Husain Sumra

Husain is a former Contributing Editor at MacRumors. When not covering Apple he's writing about movies, watching movies, planning Disneyland trips and dreaming of Back to the Future hover boards for all.

Husain Sumra's Articles

'iPhone 8' Could Reportedly Be Called 'iPhone Edition,' Ship Well After 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch Versions

Tuesday March 7, 2017 8:06 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple may call the 2017 iPhone 8, rumored to be announced alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus at a September event, the "iPhone Edition," according to a new report from Japanese website Mac Otakara. The name would reportedly signal that the phone is a higher end model, similar to how Apple names the Apple Watch Edition. The "Edition" moniker lines up with reports that the model could cost upwards ...

Apple Says Many of the Vulnerabilities Detailed in 'Vault 7' Leaks Already Patched

Tuesday March 7, 2017 6:35 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Earlier today a new series of WikiLeaks leaks revealed the United States Central Intelligence Agency's efforts to hack iPhones. The leaks detail a number of iOS exploits that can be used to bypass security on devices. Tonight, Apple said in a statement provided to TechCrunch that most of the vulnerabilities detailed in the leaks have been patched. “Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding ...

Apple Captured 79% of Global Smartphone Profits in 2016

Tuesday March 7, 2017 5:44 pm PST by Husain Sumra
The iPhone captured 79 percent of global smartphone profits in 2016, according to new research from Strategy Analytics obtained by The Korea Herald. Global smartphone profit stood at $53.7 billion, with Apple's iPhone profit accounting for $44.9 billion. Apple held 14.5 percent global smartphone marketshare in 2016, second behind Samsung's 20.8 percent global marketshare. For comparison,...

Tim Cook Introduces 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' At Silicon Valley Film Debut

Thursday March 2, 2017 6:33 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple board member and former Vice President Al Gore debuted "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," the sequel to his hit documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," tonight in Silicon Valley. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Environmental Policy Lisa Jackson were also in attendance, with Cook delivering an introduction for the film that was recorded by venture capitalist Steve...

Apple Shares 'Home' App Ad on Refreshed 'Home' Webpage

Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:54 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple tonight debuted an ad for its Home app on the Home app webpage on its site, showing off what users can with the HomeKit ecosystem. The ad is not yet on Apple's YouTube page, and is only available on Apple's website. The ad depicts a woman who uses the Home app to get through the day. When she wakes up, she tells Siri good morning, prompting Siri to tell the woman that her home is ready ...

Facebook Launches 'Video' App for Fourth-Generation Apple TV

Tuesday February 28, 2017 7:25 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Facebook tonight launched its Facebook Video app for the fourth-generation, tvOS-based Apple TV. The app allows users to watch videos from friends, liked pages, top live videos and more. Videos are split into six channels: Shared by Friends, Following, Recommended for You, Top Live Videos, Saved Videos and Recently Watched. Following contains videos by both friends and liked pages while...

Apple Investigating iPhone 7 Plus Caught Melting on Video

Thursday February 23, 2017 8:57 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple is investigating a melting iPhone 7 Plus that's the subject of a viral video on Twitter, reports Mashable. The owner of the phone, Brianna Olivas, says her phone exploded and started smoking Wednesday morning. Her boyfriend grabbed his phone and started recording the video, which has garnered 21,340 retweets on Twitter. So my IPhone 7 plus blew up this morning was not even using it, ...

10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPads May Not Ship Until May or June

Thursday February 23, 2017 8:26 pm PST by Husain Sumra
The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads that Apple is expected to debut at a March event aren't expected to ship until May or June, supply chain sources tell DigiTimes. An entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, however, is expected to ship within close proximity of the March event. In January, DigiTimes reported that the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads were expected to enter mass production in the Q2 of 2017...

Apple Speaks Out Against Trump Order to Rescind Protections for Transgender Students

Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:09 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple tonight spoke out on U.S. President Donald Trump's move to rescind Obama administration protections for transgender students, providing a statement to Axios. The protections had allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identity. The Cupertino company reiterated its commitment to equality, saying that everyone deserves a chance to be free from...

Ticketmaster App Updated With Apple Music Integration to Track Concerts

Wednesday February 15, 2017 7:30 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Ticketmaster today updated its iOS app with Apple Music integration, allowing users to easily track upcoming concerts they might be interested in. The update makes Ticketmaster one of the few apps to take advantage of the Apple Music API. Once the update is downloaded, users can allow the app to scan their Apple Music library for their favorite artists. Users will then receive ticket alerts...

Apple Considering Adding China's BOE as OLED Supplier for 2018 iPhone

Tuesday February 14, 2017 8:00 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple is in discussions with China's BOE Technology Group to supply OLED screens for the 2018 iPhone, reports Bloomberg. The Cupertino company is looking for ways to shore up its OLED supplies as the iPhone transitions from LCD to OLED displays. Apple has been testing BOE's OLED displays for months, according to Bloomberg, but it isn't yet sure whether to add the company as a supplier. BOE...

Pioneer's New 'Rayz' Lightning Earphones Come With Built-In iPhone-Charging Port

Tuesday February 14, 2017 6:24 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Pioneer today announced a pair of new smart Lightning earphones, the Rayz and Rayz Plus. The Plus model includes a built-in Lightning port that allows users to charge their phone while listening to music. Pioneer says it's the "first and only" Lightning headset with a built-in "charging node." While the regular Rayz do not include a Lightning port, both models use Avnera's LightX technology, ...

Apple Planning to Fight Proposed 'Right to Repair' Legislation

Tuesday February 14, 2017 5:43 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple is preparing to fight proposed "Right to Repair" legislation proposed in the Nebraska state legislature, reports Motherboard. The legislation aims to make it easier for both customers and indie repair shops to repair electronics, similar to how car repair works. Nebraska is one of eight states considering such legislation. In addition to Nebraska, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas ...

Eddy Cue Previews 'Planet of the Apps' at Code Conference: Non-Linear Viewing, Weekly Release, First Trailer and More

Monday February 13, 2017 7:40 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Services, spoke at Code Conference tonight alongside Planet of the Apps producer Ben Silverman to preview the show and debut the first trailer from the program. Cue and Silverman also teased several unique aspects of the show, including a dedicated app that allows you to watch the show in a non-linear format. The format of the show is similar to that of...

Apple's WebKit Team Proposes W3C Community Group to Strive for More Powerful Graphics on the Web

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:34 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple's WebKit team today proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) focused on discussing the future of 3D graphics on the web. The goal of the group is to lead to development of a new Web API that would better prepare web browsers to take advantage of modern, and future, GPU technologies on a variety of platforms. On the WebKit blog, Apple's Dean Jackson says...

Apple Hires Amazon Fire TV Head to Spearhead Apple TV Business

Tuesday February 7, 2017 4:58 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the general manager and director of Amazon's Fire TV business, to be the vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing, reports Bloomberg. Twerdahl joined Apple earlier this month. Twerdahl has been in charge of Fire TV since 2013, overseeing two generations of the product and its rise as one of the more popular internet-connected set-top boxes....

Lawsuit Alleges Apple Broke FaceTime on iOS 6 to Force iOS 7 Upgrades, Save Money

Thursday February 2, 2017 6:50 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Christina Grace of California has filed a new class-action lawsuit that alleges Apple broke FaceTime in iOS 6 to force users to upgrade to iOS 7, reports AppleInsider. According to the lawsuit, Apple forced users to upgrade so it could avoid payments on a data deal with Akamai. The class action found its genesis in internal Apple documents and emails disclosed in the VirnetX patent...

Apple Supplier Wistron to Manufacture iPhones in India

Thursday February 2, 2017 4:20 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple has agreed to a deal with the government of Indian state Karnataka to begin manufacturing iPhones in Bangalore, reports The Times of India. The Karnataka government announced that it had approved Apple's proposal to "commence initial manufacturing operations" in a press release. Apple's desire to open a manufacturing hub in India started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began...

Apple Considering Legal Options Against Immigration Executive Order

Tuesday January 31, 2017 9:36 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Apple is considering legal action to pressure the Trump administration into rescinding its executive order on immigration, Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal in a new interview. The news comes days after Microsoft, Amazon and other companies pledged declarations of support for Washington state's legal fight against the executive order. The order, signed last Friday, suspends entry of all...

Prince's Music Reportedly Coming to Apple Music February 12

Tuesday January 31, 2017 6:31 pm PST by Husain Sumra
Prince's catalog of songs is headed to Apple Music and other streaming services, like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play and more, on February 12, reports the New York Post. Currently, Prince's songs are only available to stream on Tidal. It would be the first time in 19 months the singer's music would be available on that many streaming networks. Prince pulled his music from all streaming...