Bank of America and Wells Fargo adding Apple Pay support to ATMs

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2016

Both Bank Of America and Wells Fargo are working on integrating Apple Pay into their ATMs, reports TechCrunch. The outlet says it has learned that ATM engineers from the two companies have been placed on assignments to build out support for Apple’s digital wallet.

When questioned, Wells Fargo’s head of ATMs Jonathan Velline implied that the report holds water, telling TechCrunch his team has been working on the technology that will allow the bank to hook into digital wallets to replace the need for cards during ATM transactions. Read More

 

Apple planning to unveil iPad Air 3 at March event, report says

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2016

Apple is planning to unveil a third generation model of its 9.7-inch iPad Air in March, reports 9to5Mac. The site’s well-sourced Mark Gurman says that the tablet will likely make its debut at an event during the week of March 14, alongside the rumored 4-inch iPhone and new Apple Watch bands.

Gurman doesn’t offer much in terms of what the new tablet will look like, though the consensus is the design will resemble the previous Air, or what kind of internals it will have. He does however say that Apple has been testing 9.7-inch panels that support the Pencil, which for now is iPad Pro-only. Read More

 

Apple planning to offer subscription content in News app, report says

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2016

Apple is looking to add support for subscription content in its News app, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet says the move will give publishers with paywalls a new way to control who sees their articles and track who is reading them.

Such a change would help differentiate the struggling Apple News with Facebook’s Instant Articles, which does not currently offer subscriber-only content. It’s unclear right now how Apple plans to authenticate subscribers, or if it’s going to take a cut of in-app subscription fees. Read More

 

Microsoft’s incoming iOS keyboard to feature special one-handed mode

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2016

The Windows Phone keyboard Microsoft is bringing to iOS will feature a special one-handed mode, reports The Verge. Speaking with sources familiar with the company’s plans, the site says that an early version of the keyboard is currently in internal beta, and it will soon be available to public testers.

One of the more interesting things the beta has revealed thus far is that the iOS version of Microsoft’s Flow keyboard will feature a special one-handed mode. Yes, the Windows version also has a one-handed mode, but those who have tried the iPhone version say that there are a few noticeable differences. Read More

 

Samsung said to be porting several of its device companion apps to iOS

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2016

Samsung is preparing to port several of its applications to iOS, reports SamMobile. The site says it has received information from trusted insiders that the South Korean company plans to bring “most of its apps (if not all)” to Apple’s mobile platform.

Of course, Samsung already has a handful of apps in the App Store, and the tech giant confirmed at CES that it will be adding iPhone support for the Gear S2 later this year. But today’s report says S Health, Gear Fit Manager and others are on the way. Read More

 

Head of Apple’s electric car project leaving the company

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2016

Apple is losing long-time veteran and VP of Product Design Steve Zadesky, reports The Wall Street Journal. Zadesky has been with the company for 16 years, where he worked on the iPhone and iPod, and most recently spearheaded its ambitious automobile efforts. Read More

 

Apple Watch to gain new bands in March, new hardware in September

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2016

Apple is planning to announce new Apple Watch models in March, reports 9to5Mac. But the refresh will be in line with what we saw in September of last year, in that we may see new bands made out of new materials, and new brand partnerships, but no new hardware.

Instead, the outlet claims Apple is going to wait until September to show off its second-generation Watch. This contradicts recent rumors that the new wearable is going to be ready for production this month, but it does lines up with this last week report from TechCrunch. Read More

 

Apple said to be readying 4-inch ‘iPhone 5se’ for spring launch

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2016

Apple is preparing to launch a new 4-inch iPhone this spring, reports 9to5Mac. The oft-accurate Mark Gurman claims he has it on good authority that the device, codenamed N69, will publicly be called the “iPhone 5se,” and should begin shipping by March or April.

Gurman says the device that made headlines yesterday, which looked identical in design to Apple’s current smartphones, is a fake, and the real 4-inch iPhone looks a lot like the iPhone 5s. He also notes that contrary to recent rumors, the handset has a headphone jack. Read More

 

Apple ‘frustrated’ by streaming TV challenges, says ESPN President

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2016

Apple is frustrated with the many challenges it has faced in trying to build its streaming TV service, reports The Wall Street Journal. The outlet recently sat down with ESPN president John Skipper, who said the iPhone-maker is finding it tough to create something that works for both them and programmers.

“They are creating a significantly advantageous operating system and a great television experience and that television experience is fabulous for sports,” Mr. Skipper told the Journal. “We are big proponents of believing it would be a fabulous place to sell some subscriptions. We have ongoing conversations.” Read More

 

New report claims we may not see Apple Watch 2 in March

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2016

Don’t get your hopes up for new Apple Watch hardware in March, reports TechCrunch. Citing several sources with knowledge of the company’s plans, the outlet said on Friday that it believes the oft-rumored March unveiling is a bit too soon for Watch 2.0.

The scoop goes directly against a recent report that the second-gen Apple Watch is set to begin production later this month. It also contradicts a December report from the reliable 9to5Mac, which said that Apple had been planning a Watch event for March. Read More

 

Apple stepping back from iAd sales, wants publishers to do the heavy lifting

By Cody Lee on Jan 13, 2016

Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team, reports BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the well-connected journalist says the company plans to move to a more automated platform in which the publishers take care of the heavy lifting.

“It’s just not something we’re good at,” one source told Paczkowkski. “And so Apple is leaving the creation, selling, and management of iAds to the folks who do it best: the publishers.” Apple is said to be updating its iAd tools and software to allow publishers to sell through it directly. Read More

 

Apple in talks with NFL to live-stream next season’s London games

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2016

Apple is in talks with the National Football League regarding streaming rights, reports Reuters. Citing two sources familiar with the situation, the outlet says the iPhone-maker is among a group of tech firms pursuing the opportunity to live-stream 3 NFL games next season.

More specifically, the companies are looking to buy the rights to conduct live streams for all three of the NFL games to be played in London next year. Yahoo hosted a live stream of a single London-based game this season, and by most accounts it was a success for both parties. Read More

 

Apple has registered Apple.car and other similar domain names

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2016

Apple has registered a handful of rather interesting domain names within the last few weeks. As noted by MacRumors, the company purchased three top-level domain names in December including apple.car, apple.cars and apple.auto, through sponsored registrar MarkMonitor.

The acquisitions only posted on Whois this morning, and they aren’t active yet, but given the ongoing chatter regarding Apple’s secret car project, they do arouse curiosity. There’s certainly a precedent of the firm purchasing domain names for rumored projects: iCloud and iPhone 4. Read More

 

iPhone 7 again said to be waterproof and feature wireless charging

By Cody Lee on Jan 7, 2016

Apple’s next iPhone will likely feature a thinner, waterproof body and other significant changes, reports Fast Company. Citing a source with knowledge of the company’s plans, the outlet says the iPhone 7 will also feature wireless charging and special noise-canceling technology.

Additionally, Fast Company says the handset will ship without a 3.5mm headphone jack—something that has popped up in multiple iPhone 7 rumors. The move will allow Apple to make the device thinner, but will force users to switch to wireless or Lightning-enabled headphones. Read More

 

Report claims Apple cutting iPhone 6s production by 30% this quarter

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2016

Japanese and South Korean component suppliers are bracing for a significant drop in their business with Apple, reports Nikkei. Citing lackluster sales, the outlet claims that the Cupertino firm is expected to reduce output of its latest iPhone models by around 30% for the January-March quarter.

“The U.S. company had initially told parts makers to keep production of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for the quarter at the same level as with their predecessors. But inventories of the two just-launched models have piled up at retailers in markets ranging from China and Japan to Europe and the U.S.” Read More

 

Microsoft said to be considering smaller Xbox to compete with Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Dec 30, 2015

Microsoft is said to be once again looking to create a device that would go head-to-head with the Apple TV and similar products. Citing internal sources, veteran blogger Brad Sams reports (via Business Insider) that the company is considering plans for a “lightweight Xbox One.”

The smaller console would feature access to a variety of streaming services, and be capable of playing games from Microsoft’s Windows store. Sams believes the device, if it materializes, will launch in the second half of 2016 with a much lower price point than existing Xbox models. Read More

 

AT&T to stop offering two-year phone contracts next month

By Cody Lee on Dec 30, 2015

AT&T plans to stop offering two-year phone contracts next month, reports Engadget. The outlet on Wednesday published an internal document that says the carrier will launch a “pricing simplification effort” on January 8 that will effectively get rid of contracts.

According to the document, starting on the 8th, AT&T Next and full-retail will become the only purchase options for smartphones. Folks looking to buy a flip, or “basic,” phone from the carrier will also have to choose between paying full-retail or an installment plan. Read More

 

Facebook reportedly launching standalone news app next week

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2015

Facebook is preparing to launch a new standalone news app next week, according to The Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says that the app is going to be called Notify, and it is going to feature content from dozens of media partners including CBS and Vogue.

As reported by BusinessInsider in August, the app will look similar to Twitter, in that it will allow publications to blast short push notifications to “followers” when they have urgent news to share. If users want to read more about a headline, the can click a link that will take them to the full story. Read More

 

Analyst predicts 100% of Apple’s A10 chip orders will be handled by TSMC

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2015

Bad news for Samsung as rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been predicted to account for a cool 100 percent of orders for Apple’s next-generation A10 processor expect to serve as the powerful engine for 2016 iPhones and iPads.

Taiwanese media quoted a JP Morgan analyst as saying that Samsung will be left out entirely from the lucrative contract to build these chipsets. The current A9 and A9X processors are being built by both TSMC and Samsung. Read More

 

CBS chief again says the network intends to sign up for Apple’s TV service

By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2015

CBS’s Les Moonves on Wednesday reiterated that the network intends to sign up for Apple’s upcoming TV service. During an interview with Bloomberg, the CEO again indicated that recent discussions with the Cupertino company will probably lead to a content deal.

“Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves told the hosts of Bloomberg TV. “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I do not know when.” Read More

 
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