New Apple Store app in the works with ‘For You’ recommendations

By Cody Lee on Jul 28, 2016

Apple is currently working on a redesigned version of its Apple Store mobile app with new recommendation features, reports Bloomberg. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says the updated app could be rolled out in the next two weeks.

At the heart of the refresh is expected to be a “For You” tab, that will suggest products based on prior orders—similar to what Amazon.com does with its recommendations. So after buying an iPhone, the app could recommend cases and other accessories. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple’s Project Titan prioritizes autonomous driving amid new hirings

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Apple’s rumored electric vehicle project has shifted its focus towards autonomous driving systems although that shouldn’t be interpreted as Apple abandoning efforts to design its own vehicle, Bloomberg reported today.

After bringing former hardware chief Bob Mansfield back from retirement to run its Project Titan initiative, Apple has now hired BlackBerry and Ford talent to help perfect its secret self-driving software. Read More

 

WSJ: Apple’s “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have “alienated” cable providers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Apple’s stubbornness and “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have backfired and “alienated” cable providers, who say the firm is a cheapskate in terms of paying for digital content, reports The Wall Street Journal. For years, Apple’s been persuading cable firms to let it sell their cherry-picked programming in a skinny TV bundle of its own for about $30 per month vs. $80+ for traditional cable subscriptions. Read More

 

iPhone 7 pre-orders to kick off on September 9?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Last week, revered leakster Evan Blass of @EVLeaks predicted that Apple’s next iPhone would launch on the week of September 12. He later clarified that he was referring to the iPhone 7’s retail release—which should happen on Friday, September 16—not the launch event. Following up on his claims, Blass wrote today on Twitter that Apple will kick off pre-orders for the device on Friday, September 9. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple is going to refresh MacBook Air after all and it’ll have USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication that more or less accurately reports unknown features of unreleased Apple products (although the timing on its rumors is usually off), is out with a new story Wednesday claiming that USB Type-C connection is coming to a next-gen MacBook Air, implying Apple might update its most popular notebook after all. Read More

 

Reports reaffirm non-moving Home button for iPhone 7 with haptic feedback simulating clicks

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

If you believe certain analysts, supply chain chatter and reports from outlets like Mac Otakara, Apple’s next iPhone will feature an all-digital, touch-sensitive Home button flush with its front face. A pair of new rumors, first discovered by AppleInsider, have now reaffirmed that the iPhone 7’s non-moving Home button won’t physically click when pressed, instead simulating a click with vibration much like the trackpad on MacBooks uses haptic feedback to provide a click sensation. Read More

 

Apple poised to open its first retail store in Mexico later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

Apple is gearing up to open its first brick-and-mortar retail store in Mexico City ahead of push into Latin America, AppleInsider has learned from a trusted source. Located at the Centro Santa Fe mall, the upcoming outlet will be three times the size of the regular boutique storefronts that comprise the mall’s upscale Via Santa Fe wing. Read More

 

Supply chain rumor: Apple Watch 2 to release in September or October

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2016

The Apple Watch should receive its first hardware refresh this September or October, or about a year and a half following its April 2015 debut. That’s according to supply chain sources that spoke to Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes. “Although the second-generation Apple Watch is estimated to be unveiled in September or October, related supply chain is seeing rather conservative orders for the device,” as per the report. Read More

 

Iris scanning rumored to come to 2018 iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Aside from other exciting hardware features, such as a bezel-less, wraparound OLED screen with integrated Touch ID and click-less Home button, Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone could bring out iris scanning capabilities next year, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes said Monday. The technology could be potentially used to replace, or augment, Touch ID verification to boost security.

Some phones, like Samsung’s upcoming Note refresh, are expected to adopt iris scanning later this year. Keep in mind that DigiTimes has a hit-and-miss record so the DigiTimes report should be taken with a grain of salt. Read More

 

Claimed photos of 12.9″ iPad Pro 2 hit the web

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

iPhone 7 leaks and rumors have dominated the headlines for better part of the summer, especially as we’ve been inching closer and closer to the handset’s expected September introduction. But the iPhone 7 isn’t the only Apple product that’s up for a refresh.

The iPad Pro, which made its debut last September alongside the iPhone 6s, should see its regular annual refresh, too, and now photos sent in to AppleInsider from a Chinese supply-chain source claim to picture a second-generation iPad Pro prototype with a 12.9-inch screen. Read More

 

WSJ: Apple’s retired hardware chief Bob Mansfield to oversee development of Project Titan

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Following a report last week alleging that Apple’s rumored electric vehicle project was internally delayed after its lead Steve Zadesky left in January 2016 for personal reasons, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Apple’s enlisted help of its retired hardware chief Bob Mansfield, who will now oversee development of Project Titan. Read More

 

Rumor: ‘iPhone 7’ may be called ‘iPhone 6SE’?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

German blog Apfelpage.de has learned from sources in China who claim to have seen the next iPhone’s packaging that the forthcoming handset will be marketed under the ‘iPhone 6SE’ moniker rather than be called ‘iPhone 7’. Although the report is somewhat sketchy, such a move may not be without its merits.

For starters, Apple is rumored to be switching to a three-year iPhone refresh cycle and, more importantly, the next iPhone seems to sport iterative enhancements and be very similar in appearance to the existing iPhone 6/6s lineup. Read More

 

Apple leases 40,000 square feet of office space in India for iOS app design accelerator

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook during his May 2016 India trip announced that his company will be opening an iOS app design and development accelerator in the country early next year. Today, The Economic Times reported that the Cupertino firm has reached an agreement to lease 40,000 square feet of office space, spread over two floors at Galleria in North Bengaluru, to house the facility. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 7 to launch week of September 12

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2016

Apple typically launches new iPhones in September and assuming the company sticks to its release schedule, this year should be no different. With only six or so weeks until an official introduction, prominent leakster and VentureBeat reporter, Evan Blass, posted on his @EVLeaks account on Twitter that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released during the week of September 12. New iPhones typically go on sale on Friday, so we’re guessing Friday, September 16, is our release date. Read More

 

Blurry video out of China compares claimed Rose Gold iPhone 7 rear shell to iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Earlier in the week, a video out of China gave us a nice look into iPhone 7 dummies in Gold, Rose Gold and rumored Space Black. It’s time for another iPhone 7 video as we head out into the weekend.

Brand new footage, which surfaced last evening on Chinese social media, offers yet another comparison between a claimed iPhone 7 rear shell in rose gold finish and a Rose Gold iPhone 6s. Read More

 

Report: Apple’s rumored electric car project faces internal launch delay until 2021

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessia Lessin’s outlet, The Information, this morning ran a story behind a paywall claiming that Apple’s tentative 2020 launch target for a rumored autonomous electric vehicle may have slipped until 2021. Project Titan, as it’s code-named, “has run into challenges” after its top executive left in January, as per sources. Read More

 

TSMC reportedly wins exclusive contract to build A11 chips for 2017 iPhones and iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

Citing a story in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News newspaper, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported yesterday that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be the sole supplier of an Apple-designed ‘A11’ chip, which should power 2017 iPhone and iPad models.

In other words, Samsung could be on the outs for the next two generations of iPhone processors as both this year’s A10 and next year’s A11 are now said to be exclusively manufactured by TSMC. The A11 chip will be built on the foundry’s cutting-edge ten-nanometer FinFET process. Read More

 

Claimed ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ shown on newly leaked photos

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Dutch blog iPhoneabonnementen.com re-posted Monday some interesting new photos that allegedly show off a three-model iPhone 7 lineup consisting of the claimed ‘iPhone 7’, ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ and ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ models. The images were originally posted on Chinese social network Weibo by an unknown source and should be taken with a grain of salt. Read More

 

Short but sweet video out of China shows iPhone 7 design similar to previous leaks

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Following a bunch of photographs, most of which have been leaking out of Asia, that purport to depict various iPhone 7 components, dummy cases and molds, a fully assembled iPhone 7 case has now been caught on video.

Posted to the Chinese social network Weibo by an unknown source, and first spotted by Dutch site TechTastic.nl, the short six-second clip gives us a look at the backside of what appears to be a 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Read More

 

VIDEO: is Apple adding 3D Touch to iPad with Apple Pencil?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Many people are disappointed that the latest iPads lack 3D Touch-capable screens although it’s anyone’s guess whether or not 3D Touch would make sense on tablet-sized screens. Well, iOS 10 beta 2 apparently has 3D Touch-like functionality on the iPad thanks to the Apple Pencil, which has been discovered to support deep presses.

Using an Apple Pencil, it’s possible to do things like clear all notifications with a deep press on the latest beta of iOS 10. Check out our video showing the feature in action and, as usually, let us know what you guys think of this. Read More

 
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