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Original Apple Watch Health Features Were Dropped Due to Consistency Issues

Monday February 16, 2015 6:35 pm PST by
Before Apple unveiled the Apple Watch last September, reports indicated the device would come with 10 sensors to track health and fitness data, leading some healthcare professionals to find the unveiled Apple Watch's health features disappointing. In a new report, The Wall Street Journal offers a look at the original Apple Watch health features that were dropped due to consistency problems. App...

Hundreds of Apple Employees Working On Apple-Branded Electric Vehicle

Friday February 13, 2015 3:21 pm PST by
Following up on today's report suggesting that Apple is recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts to work in a secret research lab, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is developing an electric vehicle. According to the publication's sources, Apple has hundreds of employees working to design an Apple-branded minivan-like electric vehicle under the code name...

Apple's Smartphone Market Share Rises Sharply in Asia After iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch

Tuesday January 20, 2015 10:59 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...

Alibaba and Apple in Talks Over China-Focused Payments Partnership

Tuesday November 11, 2014 4:23 am PST by
An Alibaba executive said today that the Chinese e-commerce company and Apple are currently in talks over a partnership to provide a payments solution for China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The comments were shared by Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai, who also noted that the partnership would focus on Apple's presence in China and that the details are still being worked out. ...

Apple Looking to Raise $3.5 Billion From Bond Sale Involving Euros [Updated]

Tuesday November 4, 2014 4:17 am PST by
Following yesterday's report that Apple was preparing to hold a new bond sale that includes a component denominated in euros, the company today filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining its general plans, which include two chunks of debt with staggered maturities. The Wall Street Journal has more details on the prospectus and how its yields will be the lowest ever...

Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android

Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:05 am PST by
Users of Disney's Movies Anywhere service will now be able to access their movies between iOS and Android as a part of an agreement between Apple and Google, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company launched its Movies Anywhere app on iOS in February, which allowed users purchase movies or link their iTunes account to sync eligible films to watch on all of their iOS devices. Now, the...

Apple Reportedly Planning for Investor Call Today Ahead of New Bond Sale

Monday November 3, 2014 3:45 am PST by
Apple is planning to hold an investor call today ahead of a potential bond sale, reports The Wall Street Journal. A banker working on the deal says that Apple may begin issuing bonds in Euros, as Deutsche Bank AG and Goldman Sachs Group are said to be arranging the call.Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs Inc. are arranging a call for the firm with investors Monday, and a deal, possibly at least...

iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple Prepares Beats Music Refresh

Friday October 24, 2014 11:01 am PDT by
Apple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent year-over-year. This continued decline is likely one of the reasons behind Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats...

Apple Expecting In-App Purchases to Make Up Most of Early Apple Pay Activity

Monday October 20, 2014 12:57 am PDT by
Ahead of the launch of Apple Pay tomorrow, The Wall Street Journal has posted an overview of the mobile payments service with some insight from Apple about what it expects from it over the coming months. Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue stated that he expects the biggest share of early Apple Pay transactions to be made up by in-app purchases. With Apple ...

Apple Delaying Mass Production of 12.9-Inch iPad to Deal with Strong iPhone 6 Plus Demand

Thursday October 9, 2014 3:51 am PDT by
Apple and its suppliers are delaying plans to mass produce the larger 12.9-inch iPad in order to deal with strong demand for the iPhone 6 Plus, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple was originally planning to mass produce the larger tablet in December, however the company has remained unsatisfied with the production output from its suppliers for its larger iPhone. Mockup of a 12.9-inch ...

European Union Accuses Ireland of Giving Apple Illegal State Aid with Tax Deals

Tuesday September 30, 2014 4:40 am PDT by
The European Commission today announced the results of its formal investigation into Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland, accusing the company of receiving illegal state aid from the country, reports The Wall Street Journal. In its findings, the regulatory body stated that deals between Apple and Ireland struck in 1991 and 2007 helped Irish authorities "confer a selective advantage upon...

Foxconn Facing Display Shortages as it Struggles to Meet iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Demand

Wednesday September 17, 2014 6:47 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supplies may continue to be constrained as Foxconn reportedly is struggling to keep up with demand for the handsets, reports the Wall Street Journal. Unlike previous years that saw Foxconn handling the launch of one flagship handset, the manufacturer is now tasked with producing two iPhone models that are in high demand. The Taiwan-based manufacturer, which has more...

Apple CEO Tim Cook: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Will Trigger 'Mother of All Upgrades'

Tuesday September 9, 2014 6:41 pm PDT by
In an interview with the The Wall Street Journal following today's media event, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that the company expects the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to trigger "the mother of all upgrades" as consumers consider their next smartphone purchase. Cook also added that he expects Android users to look at switching to the iPhone, claiming that the phones are "appreciably...

Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS

Wednesday September 3, 2014 11:28 am PDT by
After pulling its HERE maps app due to incompatibilities with iOS 7, Nokia is headed back to Apple's mobile platform with a new offline maps application that'll compete with Google Maps and Apple Maps. The app is in the final stages of development and expected to land before the end of the year, reports the Wall Street Journal. Nokia's previous version of HERE Maps for iOS Nokia is...

Apple Now Using China Telecom as Data Center Provider in China

Friday August 15, 2014 5:07 am PDT by
Apple has officially added China Telecom as a data center provider in China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The move comes after 15 months of "stringent tests and evaluation" by the Fuzhou city government, as Apple states that all data stored on the servers is encrypted. According to Reuters, Apple says the new data center will help improve the speed and reliability of iCloud and the iTunes...

Apple Now Allowed to Trademark Apple Store Layout in Europe

Thursday July 10, 2014 3:30 am PDT by
Apple is now allowed to register the layout of its retail stores as a trademark in Europe following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, reports The Wall Street Journal. The EU's top court said Thursday that Apple's flagship stores fulfilled the three criteria for a trade mark: they constitute a sign; they can be represented in a graphic; and they can distinguish the goods ...

iWatch Coming in Multiple Sizes With More Than 10 Sensors

Friday June 20, 2014 1:40 am PDT by
Apple will launch multiple versions of its highly-rumored "iWatch" smartwatch in the Fall, according to a new report from the The Wall Street Journal. The device is said to come in multiple screen sizes and will utilize over 10 sensors to track health and fitness, with Apple aiming to go beyond the smartphone-related functionalities seen in current smartwatches. Android smartwatch coming ...

Apple to Announce More Plans for iBeacon Technology at WWDC 2014

Sunday June 1, 2014 5:07 pm PDT by
Apple will unveil more plans for its iBeacon technology at the start of this week's WWDC 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. In addition to new details about the technology, the company will promote iBeacon by placing transmitters throughout the Moscone Center while offering sessions for developers on how to better implement the technology into their apps and services. An Estimote Beacon ...

Italian Regulators Investigating Apple and Others Over 'Freemium' App Pricing Model

Saturday May 17, 2014 2:21 pm PDT by
The Wall Street Journal reports that Italy's Antitrust and Competition Authority has launched an investigation to determine whether internet companies such as Apple, Google, and Amazon mislead people by offering in-app purchases for titles that are listed as free downloads. Consumers could be led to think, contrary to reality, that a game is completely free and therefore they don't know ahead...

Tim Cook: Apple's Shares 'Undervalued', Expansion of Share Buyback Program 'Shows Confidence'

Wednesday April 23, 2014 3:17 pm PDT by
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal following the release of Apple's financial results for the most recent quarter, CEO Tim Cook stated that the company's stock was "undervalued" and that the expansion of the share buyback program "shows how much confidence [Apple] has in the future of the company." Apple announced an increase of its capital return program to $130 billion, from an...