Posts Tagged ‘apple’
People get very giddy with every murmur and whisper about new Apple products. So what’s the fuss this time? Well, it looks like Apple may have leaked their next phone by accident, in what is being referred to as the iPhone 6C.
As you can see in the image below, swiped from Apple’s website, there’s three phones on show and one of them looks a lot like the iPhone 5S but with the coloured plastic backing of an iPhone 5C.
Apple-haters will be absolutely mystified why anyone would care. Don’t worry – everyone’s heard you tutting.
Super Apple fans will have noticed that the phone in question looks a lot like an iPhone 5C, however, this one features a Touch ID sensor. Apple have replaced the image on their site to feature a 5C, which means this could be an accidental leak.
Or Apple could just be trolling.
It would make sense for the 5C to be phased out in favour of something new, but similar. It is the only Apple phone they’re selling that isn’t equipped with the security. A new 6C would see the inclusion of that, as well as Apple Pay.
Touch ID and the NFC chip are needed for Apple Pay, and with rumours that Apple Pay will be launching in the UK this summer, Apple will be keen to have all their newest phones rigged up to use it. How do we know about Apple Pay? Well, in a now-deleted tweet, Belgium’s KBC Bank said that it would be available in Europe this summer and Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is going to happen in June, and they’ll need something to announce.
A lot of hearsay and pinches of salt are to be added to all this, but it all seems very plausible indeed.
According to The Verge, they’ve heard all manner of things from sources, and it is being suggested that Apple wants to throw around their power and influence to put an end to free streaming. ”All the way up to [Apple CEO] Tim Cook, these guys are cutthroat,” said one music industry mole.
If Apple get their way, Spotify will lose a huge chunk of their customers – 15 million currently pay for the service, of their 60 million customer base. Playing hardball, Apple will reportedly be offering their service for $7.99 per month, which is less than Spotify’s $9.99 fee.
But will the swathes of people who don’t own any Apple products – and indeed, those who object to the company as a whole on some principal (be it tribal or other) – want to sign up with them? It would be a risky move for the record companies, but then, they’ll go wherever the money is.
The sources said that Apple are also going after Google, saying that the iSalesmen offered to pay YouTube’s music licensing fee to Universal Music Group if they stopped allowing their songs on the video platform.
One hurdle is that the US Department of Justice have apparently already started interviews with music industry executives regarding Apple’s business practices. If the sources are right, the whole thing is a bit suspect, eh?
We’re sure to find out more when Apple launch Beats Music, which is widely thought to be on 8th June.
Gadget vendors Apple have been warned that they’re looking at a £1.5billion bill if they are found guilty of avoiding taxes across Europe. The tech behemoth is currently under investigation by authorities in the EU who, if they find Apple guilty, they have the power to rake all those unpaid taxes back in.
This week, Apple talked to investors about the scale of the potential repercussions. The amounts they could end up paying out ‘could be material’, which is a stock market term which translates to 5% of their average profits over the last three years. That should work out at over a billion quid, which is not to be sniffed at.
Apple’s deal with Ireland and taxes has been scrutinised for a while now.
In a statement to the stock exchange, Apple said: “If the European Commission were to conclude against Ireland, it could require Ireland to recover from the company past taxes covering a period of up to 10 years reflective of the disallowed state aid, and such amount could be material.”
Of course, Apple made £8.9billion in profit between January and March of this year, so they’re invariably not too worried about these looming tax penalties. They’ve probably got a couple of billion down the back of the sofa that’s fallen out of their jeans pocket.
European competition chiefs will release their report in June.
Google say the they’re giving up on the following:
- iOS devices which cannot be upgraded to iOS 7 and above
- Apple TV first and second generations
- Google TV versions 3 and 4
- Numerous smart TVs and Blu-ray disc players.
Google’s full list can be found here. If you have a third-gen Apple TV, you’ll have something to do as well, as you must now install a newly YouTube app if you want to keep watching videos on the service.
It is thought that this is going to be a problem for in excess of 100m iPhones and iPads plus around 50m iPod touches and Apple TVs.
Instead of watching a cat play a synthesizer or a compilation of funny Vines that say ‘bruh’, those with affected devices will start seeing this instead:
That said, you can still use the web browser to watch YouTube videos rather than the app, and there’ll inevitably be a bunch of 3rd party apps you can look at.
However, first and second generation Apple TV doesn’t have a web browser, so you’ve had it.
You see, the Apple Watch won’t be available to buy in-store from next Friday and throughout the whole of May. This is according to a memo to staff from Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts.
The memo says that customers will be prompted to order their watches online: “Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days – and there will be many more to come,” she added.
“It’s important to remember that Apple Watch is not just a new product but an entirely new category for us. There’s never been anything quite like it. To deliver the kind of service our customers have come to expect – and that we expect from ourselves – we designed a completely new approach. That’s why, for the first time, we are previewing a new product in our stores before it has started shipping.”
So, if you see one in a shop, it is only there for display and preview purposes. You’re going to have to wait until summer before you can get one in your hands in a store.
“The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives,” Ahrendts wrote. “This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more availability online, and show them how easy it is to order. You’ll make their day.”
So there you have it. We hope some Apple fans queue-up outside a store, out of sheer habit.
Apple and Google are usually at war with each other and sadly, as yet, haven’t started firing missiles at each other’s head-offices or conducting drive-bys on each other’s houses (seriously – if you’re going to beef, do it properly).
The lack of decent hostilities might be something to do with the fact that Google are looking at making their Android Wear compatible with iOS. One day, you lucky things, you might well be able to receive iPhone notifications on your Google-having smartwatches.
According to reports, Google is “close to finishing the final technical details” which is required to bridge the gap between the two platforms.
This new version of Android Wear is currently in-development and will work with a companion app on the iPhone which will receive notifications from FaceTime and all that jazz, as well as displaying information from Google Now cards. It is about time really.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Apple will return the favour and actually allow Google to run anything on their devices and if they do, they won’t open up their OS to everyone, because they’re a bit protective like that.
Thanks to huge volumes of traffic, some people have found that the Apple website is unresponsive, groaning under the weight of people wanting the new smartwatch.
What’s a little more surprising is the news that there’s going to be rather a long wait for the watch to be delivered. While a small number of people bagged an April delivery date, a lot of people have noted on various social networks that they’re looking at deliveries in May, with a ’4-6 weeks’ window being offered.
Some will have to wait until June or July to get the thing on their wrist.
It seems it all depends on which model you’ve ordered and, seeing as there’s a lot of variations you can choose from, there’s a lot of variation in delivery dates.
Whether this is a matter of Apple not being able to make their Watch quickly enough to sate demand, or whether this is a case of Apple withholding some stock to make their product feel more exclusive, is anyone’s guess. Both aren’t out of the realms of possibility.
Either way, the earliest anyone will be getting one is the end of this month.
Remember us telling you about EE’s WiFi calling thing? Well, Apple won the race to introduce it to their service with the iOS 8.3 update (the one that gave you all those lovely new emoji to play with).
Well, between the two of these things, there’s a slight problem.
You see, if you enable EE’s new WiFi caller app, it’ll knock out iOS 8′s Continuity feature, which means you won’t be able to answer calls on other non-cellular Apple devices.
Gizmodo alerted EE to this, to see if they’d made a boob, but alas, they haven’t. They were told that this is no error, but rather, all thanks to the way Apple have configured the service. Basically, by turning on WiFi calls, it disables Continuity and you’ll have to lump it.
There you have it. Clear as mud.
For a while now, Samsung hasn’t had a bit of good news. Since the success of their Galaxy S3 phone, and the increased scrutiny that comes with it, they’ve looked like the kind of people who wouldn’t know how to organise a burp in a pop factory.
And now, they’ve predicted a 30% drop in profits for the first quarter of 2015. What on earth are they playing at?
Of course, they’re still making a load of money as a company (billions in fact), but it is remarkable that they’re managing to mess this all up? They had a really popular phone which was making them cash money, so with each subsequent release, don’t mess with the format too hard, and they’d be fine?
One of the problems for them is that Apple released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which has proved to be very popular indeed. Samsung will be hoping that everyone falls like gannets on the newly released Galaxy S6 phone. If you can delete the bloatware off it, then they’re in with a shot.
The average Samsung phone has a cavalcade of apps from the company themselves (not to mention all those Google ones you can’t get rid of) which clogs up handsets and eats up memory space which consumers would invariably prefer to have filled with photos and music and the like.
Since Samsung’s Galaxy phones led the market, back in 2012 and 2013, since then, they’ve been disappointing. If they carry on at this rate, they could Do A HTC.
One of the main concerns is Apple’s forthcoming platform.
The commission want to establish whether or not premium platforms are working with labels in a way that hinders free services unfairly. According to reports, a bunch of streaming services and music labels have been questioned by EU regulators, and they want to know about their arrangements with Apple, Spotify and other services.
“There is concern in the industry that Apple, with its enormous market share and distribution power and what it can do in terms of pricing and promotion can have an unfair competitive advantage,” said one music bigwig.
That said, Apple still hasn’t announced their pricing structure, so if they have a freemium option, it would seem silly to try and build a case against them. And why labels would want Apple to own the streaming business is anyone’s guess. Should Apple not want a freemium model, then they won’t be alone, as we’ve seen with the Jay Z fronted Tidal.
Record labels are apparently going to be responding to the Competition Commission’s questionnaire within the next few weeks.
Anti-virus software company Intego, said that Apple doesn’t want iHavers to believe iOS devices are at risk from viruses and malware, so they’re going to nix a load of applications, including Intego’s ‘VirusBarrier’ app.
Intego argue that their software scans external files that were stored in emails or in the cloud, looking for malicious things. While an email attachment can’t directly install a virus to an iOS device, these viruses can still be passed on through them, and VirusBarrier wants to prevent that.
Apple are said to have called the VirusBarrier App Store description ‘misleading’ and, according to Intego, Apple are refusing to reinstate it to the App Store until the developer rewords the description to make the app’s intent ‘obnoxiously’ clear. At the moment, it says: “Your iOS device can act as a gateway for malware and viruses. Infected attachments can transfer to your computer, or your friends, family, and colleagues.”
“Intego VirusBarrier iOS offers on-demand scanning for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, so you can catch malicious files and get rid of them before they spread.”
This isn’t good enough for Apple, clearly. Then again, nothing is.
They’ve been talking to companies like ESPN, FX, CBS, and Fox, which isn’t going to set the world on fire, but is a start. You can presume that any deal won’t involve NBCUniversal, as Apple fell out with the broadcaster’s parent company Comcast.
Looks like Apple are going after the subscription market, with rumours that their service will set you back around £25 per month. If the mutterings are to be believed, we’ll be hearing much more about this around June.
It isn’t surprising they want in, what with Netflix doing so well and Amazon Prime Instant Video muscling into the market. If Apple manage to get HBO and deliver that around the world, that could be a game-changer. Only last week, they announced that they’d secured exclusive early access to the HBO Now streaming service, which means Game of Thrones devotees will be keeping an eye on all this.
Apple, as ever, aren’t commenting on the speculation, leaving berks like us to do all their promotional work for them.
The company said that some of their services, including the App store, iTunes store, Mac App store and iBook store, were down for users worldwide today.
Apple said on their website: ”Customers may be unable to make purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store.”
They also noted that iCloud Mail and iCloud Account & Sign In were affected earlier, but that all seems to be sorted out now. Other services are acting up too, so don’t worry – you’re not going mental or don’t need to throw your phone down the toilet in anger.
The outages have been reported in a number of countries, including the United States, Switzerland, Hong Kong and all over the UK. Apple will be trying to sort it out. In the meantime, you’re going to have to either talk to some humans or do other things on the internet. You’re capable of distracting yourself, we’re sure.
Apple, as you’ll know, have announced things about their smartwatch. By law, we’re obliged to write about it or someone will kick down our door and thrash us to within an inch of our lives.
So, if you’re interested in the new Apple device and want to start queueing up right now, here’s what you need to know:
- It’ll cost you $349 for the smaller one. $399 for the larger one.
- It’ll be available to pre-order in Europe and America on April 10th and you’ll be able to buy it from April 24th.
- There’s a solid gold one and which will cost you loads of money. If you need to ask ‘how much?’ then you’re not wealthy enough to buy one.
- The phone will be like a second screen for your iPhone, which means you can leave your phone in your pocket if you like.
- You’ll be able to control your settings and that via a dedicated iPhone app.
- There’ll be loads of voice controlled stuff.
- The watch will log the rate of your heart and an accelerometer which will track how active you are.
- Apple CEO Tim Cook says: “In addition to being a beautiful object, the Apple watch is the most advanced timepiece ever created; it’s a revolutionary way to connect to others; and it’s a comprehensive health and fitness companion. We make products that enhance people’s lives, and the Apple Watch carries that to a new level. [It] tracks your daily movement, and it even reminds you if you’ve been sitting too long. It’s like having a coach on your wrist.”
- The phone’s battery will last for 18 hours of typical use.
If you need to know anything else, then surely you know how the internet works so you can salivate over every single minuscule detail of Apple’s new smartwatch
The appetite for smartwatches has been, shall we say, not that great. It seems that everyone is happy enough to have their mobile as a watch replacement and having a secondary thing on your wrist seems a bit pointless and a bit expensive.
However, as we all know, such is people’s devotion to Apple’s devices, things can really take off when they get in the market.
Today, Tim Cook is going to announce the final details of the Apple Watch, and it is noteworthy at least, because it’ll be the first Apple product he releases that didn’t have an involvement from Steve Jobs.
So what can we expect from the iWatch?
Well, Apple’s offering is going to have more features than rival watches. Of course, it’ll have a load of health-related stuff so you can see what your heart-rate is like if you’re a runner or whatever. It’ll also handle your texts, emails and phone calls too, which is well Dick Tracy. It’ll have Siri and Apple too, and if Apple’s plans work out, you’ll also be able to use your watch as a key for your car or a hotel room.
Apple’s involvement shouldn’t be overlooked in all this. Apple weren’t the first to make media players and tablets, but there’s no question that they injected excitement into the markets. With Apple fanboiz all set to queue-up overnight to get the latest product, the rest of the smartwatch market will no doubt be grateful that this device is getting closer to hitting the shelves.
This is a powerhouse of a brand and it could well be the thing that turns the smartwatch market around. Or, it might not. Does Apple’s entrance into smartwatches actually make anyone want to buy one or is this just an expensive waste of time as it is going to be around £300?
It’ll be interesting to see if everyone really takes up this new product, or whether everyone has gadget fatigue and waits a year to see how everything gets updated and drops in price.
There’s a livestream you can watch of the event, if that’s your thing, here.