By Christian Zibreg on May 7, 2016
Apple is working on a minor update for desktop iTunes and MacRumors was able to obtain screenshots which show off several design improvements in tow for the app. This isn’t the top-to-bottom overhaul we’ve been all waiting for though the changes in iTunes 12.4 should make this infamous Mac and Windows app a bit easier to use.
As per the leaked screenshots, iTunes 12.4 packs in a redesigned media picker, a persistent sidebar for quick access to different sections of your iTunes library, a slightly reworked mini player and a tad simpler menus. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2016
9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has added some color to Bloomberg’s report this morning which described an upcoming overhaul of Apple Music in broad strokes. According to Gurman’s sources, the new-look Apple Music section within the stock Music app will be part of the overall iOS 10 refresh and include, among other things, lyrics integration.
The end-to-end overhaul includes ditching the colorful look in favor of a simpler, black and white design which emphasizes text. For example, the appearance of the albums view will no longer change based on the color of a particular album’s art. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 2, 2016
According to a post on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo, Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones may come outfitted with slightly larger batteries than the current-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. Based on a claimed spy shot of purported battery packages for the upcoming devices, the iPhone 7 should have a one percent stronger battery than the iPhone 6s while the iPhone 7 Plus should pack in a more than two percent stronger battery versus its iPhone 6s Plus counterpart. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016
In its June 2016 edition, Japanese monthly Mac Fan brings purported design schematics of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 Plus model, which they refer to as an ‘iPhone 7 Pro’. The drawings reaffirm upcoming features such as the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, a dual-lens camera on the back and roughly the same dimensions as the current-generation iPhone 6s Plus model. Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2016
Apple in the past few weeks has been dismissing all of its contract recruiters, reports VentureBeat. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the outlet says the Cupertino company has begun cutting full-time recruiter as well.
These moves are part of a broader plan to slow down recruiting efforts across the board, the report says, as Apple looks to reevaluate. At least 100 people are expected to be cut, and there are no new job postings for recruiters. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2016
Apple will be launching new iPhones this fall, likely to be marketed as ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus’.
Should the company stick to its established S-upgrade cycle, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t, then we should see an ‘iPhone 7s’ and ‘iPhone 7s Plus’ in 2017, right? That’s what conventional wisdom has taught us, but one analyst’s turned that conventional wisdom on its head.
Citing industry sources, Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz recently wrote a lot of nice things about Apple’s 2017 iPhone, which he called a “mega cycle” upgrade that will feature a bunch of significant hardware advances that should help increase Apple’s iPhone sales by as much as 10.3 percent. Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 18, 2016
Apple has been secretly meeting with top entertainment talent, reports Fast Company. In a lengthy article detailing the streaming ambitions of various tech giants, the outlet says the iPhone-maker has its sights set on building a lineup of original programming.
According to sources, the company quietly set up shop at the Imperial Hotel in Utah during this year’s Sundance Film Festival. There, it hosted a series of private events, known as the “iTunes Lounge,” where it discussed content deals with actors and filmmakers. Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016
More evidence that Apple is planning to rebrand OS X to MacOS in the near future has been discovered on Apple’s environmental webpage. First spotted by 9to5Mac, the recently updated page specifically refers to “MacOS” devices.
The news follows a March report that pointed to a MacOS reference hidden inside OS X code. And of course the change has long been speculated about, as it would bring the desktop OS branding in line with Apple’s other platforms. Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016
Apple has a “secret team” exploring various changes to the App Store, reports Bloomberg. Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says among the ideas being pursued is paid search results, where developers pay to have their apps more prominently displayed.
Such a move would drastically impact search results, as a developer with a word puzzle game in the App Store could essentially pay to have their game listed among the top search results—similar to Google.com. It would also give Apple a new way to make money from the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2016
As you know, Apple has scheduled a media event on its Cupertino campus on this coming Monday, March 21. Earlier this month, the company sent out its predictably cryptic invites with the “Let us loop you in” tagline to select members of the press.
It looks to be a pretty significant event.
On top of an all-new four-inch iPhone model, we’re expecting other announcements like a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands—including a black edition of the Milanese Loop—and a bunch of enhancements for Apple’s operating systems. Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 2, 2016
Apple plans to introduce the first iPhone with an OLED display in 2017, reports Nikkei. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims that the company has contacted LG and Samsung to discuss ramping up OLED production in time for next year’s handset launch.
If true, Apple’s move to OLED displays will occur at least a year earlier than some estimates, and two years earlier than predicted by noted analyst Ming Chi Kuo. In a November note, Kuo said that he expects Apple to continue using existing TFT-LCD panels until at least 2019. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 29, 2016
The upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro will likely feature a 12-megapixel rear camera, reports 9to5Mac. The site claims that prototypes of the rumored tablet being used inside Apple have a rear camera comparable to the sensor in the iPhone 6s.
This would mark an improvement over the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which debuted in November with an 8MP camera. The reasoning behind the move is the smaller iPad is more portable, thus more folks will likely use it to take photos. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2016
Don’t expect the Apple Car to start hitting stores anytime soon, says Tim Cook. During Apple’s annual shareholders meeting on Friday, the CEO responded to a question regarding the rumored vehicle, suggesting the project is far from launching.
Business Insider has Cook’s full response from the Q&A session: “Do you remember when you were a kid, and Christmas Eve it was so exciting, you weren’t sure what was going to be downstairs? Well, it’s going to be Christmas Eve for a while.” Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2016
The rumored iPad Air 3 will actually bear iPad Pro branding when it lands next month, reports 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the site claims that Apple plans to carry its MacBook Pro strategy over to its Pro tablet line.
“Much like the MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, the iPad Pro will soon come in 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch variations.” The move makes sense, considering that the new iPad is expected to feature most of the Pro’s internals. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 12, 2016
Apple is planning to launch the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 on Friday, March 18th, reports 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims the launch of the long-rumored 4-inch iPhone and third-gen iPad Air will follow their unveiling at an event on Tuesday, March 15th.
If true, this would mark a departure from Apple’s usual launch cycle, in which products are introduced one to two weeks before they are available for sale to the public. Unsurprisingly, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman says that because of the quick turnaround, Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2016
A new report late Wednesday claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the exclusive supplier of mobile processors for Apple’s next generation iPhone. The news comes from South Korea’s Electronic Times, via Reuters, who cites unnamed sources within the industry.
ET says that TSMC beat out rival, and long-time Apple chip-maker, Samsung for the job thanks to its ability to scale its 10-nanometer process. Their report lines up with previous analyst predictions, who felt TSMC would take 100% of Apple’s next-gen chip orders thanks to its InFO chip tech. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2016
Apple is among a group of tech giants vying for the rights to stream Thursday night NFL games, reports Variety. The NFL said on Monday it has reached a two-year agreement with CBS and NBC for broadcast rights, and it’s been in active discussions with potential partners for digital rights.
According to Variety’s sources, Apple is among those potential partners, as are Amazon, Google and Verizon Communications. The League is said to be considering a variety of scenarios, including potentially selling the rights to more than one distributor, and mixing in games played overseas. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 2016
The iPhone 7 won’t feature a camera bump or antenna lines on its rear casing, reports MacRumors. Citing a source who has “provided reliable information in the past,” the outlet says the smartphone is going to appear similar in design to the iPhone 6s, except for these changes.
For the camera bump, it appears Apple will use a thinner camera module for the iPhone 7’s iSight camera that will allow the lens to sit flush with the back-casing. The iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to feature a dual-lens camera, so it’s unknown if it will retain the rear bump or not. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2016
Apple has assembled a large team of virtual and augmented reality experts for a top secret project, reports the Financial Times. The team is said to be building prototypes of headsets that could one day compete against Oculus Rift or Microsoft’s Hololens.
Sources say the secret research unit is made up of hundreds of staff Apple has picked up in a series of carefully targeted acquisitions, as well poached employees from companies working on VR tech such as Microsoft and the darling camera start-up Lytro. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2016
Apple is exploring new wireless charging technology for future iOS devices, Bloomberg reported late Thursday. Citing sources familiar with the plans, the outlet says the company is working with partners in the US and Asia to develop wireless charging tech that works over longer distances than current solutions offer. Read More