More rumors are making the rounds ahead of an alleged Apple "event" in March (or April) that is said to herald everything from an "Apple Watch 2" to a rollout of new MacBooks (retina MB, Airs, and Pros). Following early speculation of an "iPhone 6c" also said to be debuting about that time, the rumor mill has scaled back that speculation considerably with a newer (and much more plausible) concept of a revamped iPhone 5s-type model, and there's been talk that Apple is considering buying Time Warner.
Apple is making a major change to its advertising business, moving away from sales teams in favor of a more automated approach, according to a report. Rather than working to sell ad inventory, Apple is allegedly working to take itself out of the equation when it comes to iAd sales, with its own sales teams being phased out and publishers, developers, and content creators themselves being given the opportunity to manage their own sales through the platform instead.
We're halfway through the week, and nearly halfway through January! Don't let the month go by without checking out the MacNN Daily Deals column. Today, like every day, the MacNN crew scours the online tech deals to see what we can find so you, our faithful reader, can save a bit of money. Today's highlights include Star Wars Battlefront for $35, a 43-inch Insignia 1080p HDTV for $250, and a Vizio 38-inch 2.1-channel sound bar for $90.
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we give you one last chance to build your own 10 app OS X bundle, as well as highlight recent updates to web development software Coda, screen capture utilities GrabIt and Screenium, wireless streamer Beamer, file sharing app Deliver, and Gmail client Mailplane.
A child has been injured by a leaking novelty iPhone 5c case, with the contents burning the nine-year-old victim's leg. Olivia Retter acquired the case from store chain New Look in the United Kingdom for £6 ($8.70), with it featuring a liquid and glitter-filled snow globe design, but after accidentally sleeping on it a few days after purchase, the case leaked and caused chemical burns to the child's skin in the shape of the case itself.
The Canadian government has received criticism from graphic designers, for its selection of font to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The government's decision to use a free font has drawn the ire of the Graphic Designers of Canada, among other complainants, for not going through a standard process of creating a font and paying a lot of money for the finished product, instead of attempting to save money.
On the heels of another year of declines in PC buying, a new graph from Asymco analyst Horace Dediu has revealed that in 2015, the number of iOS devices shipped surpassed the total number of Windows PCs shipped by a comfortable margin for the first time. Shipments of iOS devices and Windows PCs had reached parity last summer, so the result isn't shocking, but does give some indication of how popular mobile devices have become compared to traditional PCs.
Whether you hike, camp, bike, explore foreign cities and towns, or just tend to get more than a little lost when you're out driving, having an app that can help you get you to safety is great. We took a look at one such app that hosts a plethora of helpful tools, a survival app aptly named dSurvival.
Seagate has come to market with its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive. The new 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD provides maximum storage capacity for system integration by using the standard 3.5-inch CMR design. Incorporating seven platters and 14 heads, the drive seals in helium to create a turbulence-free, and quieter environment than regular air-filled drives by decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all things you can use with your home network, including optimizing your Wi-Fi, rerouting calls, a network-connected doorbell, and a tool to help you manage your media.
FileMaker has launched a new software development kit to create fully native iOS apps, without using the existing FileMaker Go tool. The iOS App SDK can be used with existing FileMaker files to create the standalone database apps for iOS devices, with the release giving developers another way to produce applications using the Apple subsidiary's platform that are potentially faster and more lightweight compared to previous efforts.
The White House has reportedly come under fire from Apple CEO Tim Cook, accusing it of failing to provide leadership in the ongoing debate over device security and encryption. Speaking to Obama administration officials who talked to leaders in the tech industry in San Jose last week, Cook is said to have asked for the administration to issue a statement that defends the use of strong or unbreakable encryption to protect user data.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE