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Apple Debuts Music-Themed iPad Air 2 Ad Ahead of Grammy Awards

Sunday February 8, 2015 4:43 pm PST by
Ahead of tonight's telecast of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Apple has debuted a new music-themed iPad commercial titled "Change" featuring Swedish singer Elliphant, Los Angeles-based producer Gaslamp Killer, and English DJ Riton. The ad shows the three musicians composing a remix to Elliphant's "All Or Nothing" entirely on an iPad, from initial songwriting, production, recording, and...
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14 Major U.S. Hospitals Now Using HealthKit as Apple Adds Health Industry Advisors

Thursday February 5, 2015 2:15 am PST by
Fourteen major U.S. hospitals have rolled out their own trials of Apple's HealthKit tool, with the pilot program earning praise among doctors for its ease of use and advanced tracking of various health metrics, reports Reuters. According to the news agency, eight hospitals trying out HealthKit are on the U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll which ranks the best hospitals, with the program...

U.S. iPhone Sales Overtake Android Sales by Slim Margin in Q4 2014 with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch

Wednesday February 4, 2015 1:13 am PST by
For the first time since 2012, sales of Apple's iPhone overtook sales of Android devices by a slight margin during the October to December 2014 period in the United States, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel (via TechCrunch). Apple's iPhone took a 47.7% sales share of the U.S. smartphone market while Android accounted for 47.6%, with Windows Phone accounting for 3.8% of sales. ...

Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7

Monday February 2, 2015 3:09 am PST by
Apple today announced on its Chinese retail website that it will be opening its brand new store in Tianjin, China this Saturday, February 7. The store will be located within the Nankai District and follows Apple's other recently opened locations in Zhengzhou, Hangzhou, and Chongqing. Last month, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts noted that Apple would be opening five new retail stores...

Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year

Monday February 2, 2015 2:20 am PST by
Apple today released a new version of its holiday ad "The Song" to coincide with the Chinese New Year holiday, using new actresses and showing a variety of Apple products throughout the video. Like the original version, the Chinese version of "The Song" centers around a girl who comes across a vintage record sung by her grandmother as she secretly learns the notes and vocals to put together ...

Microsoft Launches Outlook for iOS with iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo Mail Support

Thursday January 29, 2015 12:10 am PST by
Microsoft today launched its official Outlook app for iOS, which allows users to easily view and organize their email inbox, calendars, attachments, and more under one unified view. The app works with Microsoft's own and Office 365 services, while iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail are also compatible. Outlook for iOS also features quick gestures, as users can simply swipe to delete,...

Apple China Posts Video Showing Creation of Mural for New Chongqing Store

Sunday January 25, 2015 11:09 pm PST by
Apple has posted a video on its Chinese retail website showing off an art collaboration between international photographer Navid Baraty and artist Yangyang Pan to design a mural for the company's upcoming Jiefangbei store in Chongqing. The video shows Baraty discussing his work in taking photos of Chongqing, while Pan shares her role in painting the mural that covers the location. Last week, ...

Apple Launches 'Free on iTunes' Section With Free TV and Music Downloads

Sunday January 25, 2015 10:15 pm PST by
Apple today added a new "Free on iTunes" section in the iTunes Store, featuring free downloads of songs and full length TV episodes. The section replaces Apple's "iTunes Single of the Week", which previously offered free songs from popular and indie music artists. Currently, Apple is offering full-length TV episodes from shows including Fox's Backstrom, Syfy's 12 Monkey's, Disney Channel's KC...

Samsung to Produce Majority of Apple's A9 Chips for Next-Generation iPhone

Sunday January 25, 2015 8:46 pm PST by
Samsung will be the main supplier of Apple's upcoming A9 chip that will power the next-generation iPhone, reports South Korean newspaper Maeil Business (via Reuters). The newspaper notes that Samsung will supply around 75% of chips for the next iPhone, and that the processors will be produced at the company's factory in Austin, Texas. Apple's A8 chip Last month, a report from Korea's ET ...

Apple Reported to Begin Shipping Apple Watch in March, 12-Inch MacBook Air in Early 2015

Saturday January 24, 2015 3:31 pm PST by
Apple will begin shipping the Apple Watch in March and will also look to launch its new 12-inch MacBook Air during this quarter, according to a new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also predicted that iPhone shipments would beat expectations for Q1 2015 with over 61 million units shipped, while iPad shipments are expected to total to 10 million units. Kuo notes...

Apple Acquires Media Analytics Company Semetric Ahead of Beats Music Relaunch

Tuesday January 20, 2015 11:53 pm PST by
Apple has acquired British media analytics company Semetric and will look to roll in the company's Musicmetric tracking service into its relaunch of Beats Music later this year, reports The Guardian. In documents filed with Companies House earlier in January, Semetric’s registered address was changed to 100 New Bridge Street in London – the office of law firm Baker & McKenzie, which is...
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Apple's Smartphone Market Share Rises Sharply in Asia After iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch

Tuesday January 20, 2015 9:59 pm PST by
Apple's share of the smartphone market in Asia has risen significantly since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September, according to market research firm Counterpoint (via The Wall Street Journal). The biggest market share gains for the iPhone came in Japan, China, and South Korea, with the iPhone seeing a 33% market share during November in the latter country. This only trailed...
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Apple China Posts New Calligraphy Video to Commemorate Upcoming Hangzhou Store

Monday January 19, 2015 10:21 pm PST by
Apple has posted a new video on its official Chinese retail website showing renowned calligrapher Wang Dongling creating a mural for the company's upcoming West Lake store in Hangzhou. The video shows the artist using precise brush strokes to form characters around an Apple logo on a surface, which is then shown covering the West Lake retail location. Last week, Apple retail chief Angela...
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Apple Ramping Up Production of 12-Inch MacBook Air for Q1 2015 Delivery

Monday January 12, 2015 11:46 pm PST by
Apple supplier Quanta Computer has begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air ahead of a release during the first quarter of 2015, reports Digitimes. The company has stepped up its efforts to recruit more workers for its production efforts on the notebook, and is looking to bring in a total of 30,000 workers during the quarter to also help with the Apple Watch. Sources...
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Samsung Supposedly Wins Orders to Produce Apple Watch Components

Friday January 9, 2015 12:53 am PST by
Samsung has won the orders to produce Apple's S1 system-in-a-package for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. The S1 produced by Samsung will combine multiple components including the processor, mobile DRAM, NAND flash, and other chips into one package. A report in November shared similar information, noting that Apple would be relying heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch...

Apple's Online Store in U.S. Now Listing All iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models as In Stock

Friday January 9, 2015 12:03 am PST by
Apple's Online Store in the U.S. is now listing all capacities and colors of iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers as in stock, with the company now appearing to have now achieved supply and demand balance. The SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are also showing an avaliability of 1 business day. Last month, shipping estimates for the 16/64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus improved...

Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Now Available in U.S. with 3-5 Day Shipping

Tuesday January 6, 2015 1:26 am PST by
As indicated yesterday, Apple has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its U.S. online store. Pricing for the SIM-free versions of both phones are the same as the other unsubsidized models. The 16, 64, and 128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 are sold for $649, $749, and $849 respectively, while the 16, 64, and 128GB configurations of the iPhone 6 Plus...

CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens

Monday January 5, 2015 9:51 pm PST by
Biometric shirt manufacturer Hexoskin today announced its new line of smart shirts for kids and teenagers at CES 2015, allowing coaches and parents to track physical metrics in real-time through an iOS app. The Hexoskin Junior features built-in sensors inside of a lightweight, water-resistant shirt, with an optimized fit for regulation of moisture and heat. The sensors themselves can track...
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Apple to Announce Q1 2015 Earnings on January 27

Monday January 5, 2015 2:32 pm PST by
Apple updated its investor relations page today to note that it will announce its earnings for the first fiscal quarter (fourth calendar quarter) of 2015 on Monday, January 27. The quarterly earnings statement will be released sometime 1:30 PM Pacific/4:30 PM Eastern, with a conference call to discuss the report taking place at 2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern. The earnings release will...

CES 2015: Adonit Debuts New Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses with Improved Grip, Carrying Clip

Monday January 5, 2015 2:15 pm PST by
Adonit today unveiled its new Jot Pro and Jot Mini styluses at CES 2015, which feature grip enhancements and new color options while carrying the same "Precision Disc" ball point design that allows for more precise writing and sketching as opposed to rubber tipped styluses. The new Jot Pro comes with a carrying clip and and an etched grip for enhanced comfort, along with an improved cushion...