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Apple May Acquire Music Recognition Service Shazam

Friday December 8, 2017 11:58 am PST by
Apple may be planning to acquire music recognition service Shazam, reports TechCrunch, which would be one of the most high-profile acquisitions Apple has made since it purchased Beats in 2014. Shazam is a well-known music service that uses machine learning techniques to identify short audio clips from songs, television shows, and more. Shazam operates a standalone app for iOS, macOS, and...

Apple TV Said to Have Motion Sensitive Remote Control Targeted at Casual Gamers

Friday August 28, 2015 12:11 pm PDT by
In a report corroborating several oft-rumored features of the next-generation Apple TV, including an A8 chip and a native SDK for creating apps, TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino has revealed that the set-top box will also have a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri. Panzarino claims...

Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App

Friday March 13, 2015 9:38 am PDT by
Although it went unmentioned at Apple's big Apple Watch event on Monday, an Amazon spokesperson hinted to TechCrunch that the company is looking "to expand to other devices", suggesting an Apple Watch app could be in the works for the device's launch next month, or sometime in the future. TechCrunch believes the app will be largely similar to the Android Wear Amazon app, letting users search...

The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable

Tuesday March 10, 2015 5:00 am PDT by
New details are still emerging about the Apple Watch following yesterday's big "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco, with a new report pointing to a completely replaceable battery for Apple's new wearable. Following the event yesterday, an Apple spokesperson disclosed to TechCrunch that the Apple Watch "battery is replaceable." The big missing piece of information of course relating to how...

Apple Watch Takes Two Hours to Charge, Only Delivers Notifications While on the Wrist

Friday March 6, 2015 11:42 am PST by
Apple Watch will take approximately two hours to fully charge and deliver all-day battery life with normal on-and-off usage, according to TechCrunch. Those estimates corroborate a previous report that also claimed the Apple Watch will deliver all-day battery life and support up to five hours of heavy usage per charge. The report also claims that the Apple Watch will only deliver notifications ...

Hidden Diagnostic Port on Apple Watch Could Allow for Smart Band Accessories [Updated]

Thursday March 5, 2015 12:57 pm PST by
Ahead of Monday's media event where Apple is expected to provide final details on the Apple Watch, a new report from TechCrunch details a hidden "diagnostic port" inside one of the channels on the Apple Watch where watch bands slip into place. While the port is currently used only for diagnostic purposes, the report argues it could be used in the future to interface with "smart band" accessories...

Apple to Unveil Revamped Streaming Music Service at WWDC

Thursday March 5, 2015 11:49 am PST by
Apple will launch a revamped streaming music service in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch. The report claims the new Beats-based service will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote, likely during the week of June 8, as opposed to an announcement taking place at the upcoming " 9">Spring Forward" media event on March 9."Apple currently plans to ...

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. ...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Boost Apple's Customer Base in Europe, but Market Share Slightly Down in U.S.

Wednesday October 29, 2014 4:29 am PDT by
Research firm Kantar WorldPanel has released a new report (via TechCrunch) highlighting global smartphone sales over the July-September period which saw the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The report found that Apple's market share in major European markets is now higher when compared to the prior-year-period that saw the debut of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. However, Apple's share in...

Lack of Maps Updates in iOS 8 Said to Be Caused by 'Internal Politics', Developers Leaving

Monday June 9, 2014 2:15 am PDT by
Leading up to last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, various reports suggested that Apple would be significantly improving its Maps application in iOS 8, enhancing the underlying infrastructure that powers the application and adding public transit directions from acquired mapping companies HopStop and Embark. However, while last week's keynote included a lot of new information...

Apple Regains Market Share in Some Countries with Strong iPhone 5s Sales

Monday April 28, 2014 2:07 am PDT by
Research firm Kantar Worldpanel has released a new report (via TechCrunch) highlighting worldwide smartphone sales over the January-March period, finding that Apple has regained share in markets such as Europe, Japan and Australia due in part to the strong sales performance of the iPhone 5s. Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, comments: "Apple regained...

Apple's New TV Effort May Kick Off This Fall with Focus on Third-Party Apps

Thursday February 14, 2013 9:02 pm PST by
TechCrunch's MG Siegler reports that Apple indeed appears to be moving closer to making a major push into television, perhaps leveraging the existing iOS-based Apple TV to pursue gaming as a focus point for the initiative. Xbox founding engineer Nat Brown had noted earlier this week that he believes Apple could destroy the traditional console gaming business by opening up the Apple TV platform ...

AT&T's Vacation Blackout Pinned Down to September 21-30 for iPhone Launch

Sunday August 26, 2012 1:27 pm PDT by
Two weeks ago, BGR reported that AT&T was planning for a launch of the next-generation iPhone in late September, instituting an "all-hands-on-deck policy" for the last two weeks of the month and into October. That news was followed last week with word that Verizon had instituted its own vacation blackout for September 21-30, bolstering claims that the new iPhone will launch in the United...

Apple's Smaller iOS Device Dock Connector Said to Include 19 Pins

Wednesday June 20, 2012 9:19 pm PDT by
Back in February, iMore reported that Apple was working on a smaller dock connector for its iOS devices, seeking to shave the size of the current 30-pin connector in order to allow its devices to shrink further and to provide space for other components. Rumors of the smaller dock connector have persisted in the months since, and with claimed rear shells for the next-generation iPhone showing a ...

iOS 6 to Bring Systemwide Facebook Integration

Friday June 1, 2012 1:00 pm PDT by
TechCrunch reports that iOS 6 will include system-level integration of Facebook, similar to the integration seen with Twitter in iOS 5. The report comes just days after Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke positively about Facebook at the D10 Conference, closing his thoughts on the relationship between Apple and Facebook with the suggestive phrase "stay tuned".After much speculation, Facebook integration...

Facebook to Launch iPad App, Preparing Web-Based Mobile Platform

Friday June 17, 2011 7:00 am PDT by
The New York Times reports that Facebook is finally set to release a free iPad app "in coming weeks", remedying a curious omission for the social networking service that touts over 600 million users worldwide.People briefed on Facebook's plans say that in coming weeks the company plans to introduce a free iPad application that has been carefully designed and optimized for the tablet. The app...

Facebook Prepping New Photo Sharing App for iPhone [Updated]

Wednesday June 15, 2011 7:35 am PDT by
TechCrunch reports that it has receiving detailed information on a forthcoming iPhone application from Facebook that will focus on photo sharing, building on top of the company's massive existing platform to apparently pull together aspects of many other popular photo apps in what appears from the leaked documents to be an "awesome" offering.But again, the app looks amazing. We've heard that...

iOS 5 to Bring Revamped Notification System and Widgets?

Friday May 27, 2011 11:12 am PDT by
TechCrunch reports on some of the discussion surrounding Apple's apparent efforts to encourage members of the international press to attend its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) early next month, disagreeing with the assessment that such encouragements suggest that an iPhone launch may indeed occur and instead arguing that iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion alone will be a big deal. To that end, the...

Apple's New Data Center Focus of Nuance Voice Recognition Partnership?

Monday May 9, 2011 1:44 pm PDT by
Late last week, we reported on claims that Apple is in discussions with voice recognition firm Nuance Communications regarding some sort of partnership presumably linked to rumors that Apple is integrating significant voice capabilities into iOS 5. TechCrunch now follows up to report that the deal seems to revolve around Apple utilizing Nuance's technology in its new North Carolina data...

Apple Negotiating Deal With Nuance for Speech Recognition in iOS 5?

Friday May 6, 2011 8:41 pm PDT by
TechCrunch reports that Apple is rumored to be negotiating some sort of deal with Nuance Communications, the speech recognition company behind the Dragon NaturallySpeaking engine that powers a number of popular applications for Mac OS X, iOS, and other platforms. Apple has been negotiating a deal with Nuance in recent months, we've heard from multiple sources. What does that mean? Well, it could ...