Apple Maps comes back, trumps Google Maps usage on iOS devices

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 12:04
Category: iOS, News, Software

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When Apple Maps was released in the fall of 2012, it was shaky at best, an industry joke at worst.

iOS users, frustrated with Apple Maps, flocked to Google Maps, which included features such as transit directions.

Now, they may be flocking back to Apple Maps.

Over time, Apple has quietly but steadily improved both the usability and reliability of Apple Maps. And with the recent launch of transit direction support in iOS 9, Apple Maps signaled that it was finally ready to be taken seriously. While the notion of Apple Maps as a serious rival to Google Maps was admittedly laughable just a few years ago, Apple Maps today is now more popular on the iPhone and iPad than Google Maps.

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Apple now accepting Red Cross donations for migrant crisis via iTunes Store

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Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015, 08:02
Category: News

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In the wake of the migrant crisis, Apple has Apple has added a banner to its U.S. website that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store to support the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.

Users can donate in tiers of US$5, US$10, US$25, US$50, US$100 and US$200.

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Developer confirms 2 GB of RAM for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, 4 GB of RAM for iPad Pro

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Date: Monday, September 14th, 2015, 07:56
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

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This is pretty clever.

Developer Hamza Sood was able to use asset catalogs associated with the Xcode 7 Golden Master to confirm the rumors around the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro RAM specifications. The catalogs confirm that the iPhone 6s has 2 GB of RAM, up from 1 GB in the iPhone 6, and the iPad Pro has 4 GB RAM, a 100% increase from the 2 GB in the iPad Air 2’s A8X chip.

RAM upgrades for the iPhones has been somewhat overdue, with many complaining apps have to relaunch too frequently on current hardware, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus. RAM affects how much app data the device can keep in memory at once. This is often seen through the number of tabs Safari can open before having to reload a website. More RAM provides a better experience across the system. The iPhone has been stuck with 1 GB of RAM since the iPhone 5 in 2012.

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Apple releases updated iPod nano, shuffle models, offers new color options

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Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 08:54
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, News, retail

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Despite a three year hiatus between the last update, Apple gave the iPod a major overhaul on Tuesday.

Among these are the revamped iPod nano and shuffle models, which, like the new iPod touch, come in gold, dark blue, and pink colors.

Apart from the new colors, Apple hasn’t upgraded the hardware of the iPod nano since the 2012 rendition. The device arrives with the same 16 gigabytes of storage, but still supports video, FM radio and is available for a US$149 price tag.

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Report shows Apple taking 92% of smartphone industry profits on 20% market share

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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There’s market share and there’s profits.

And Apple seems to be gobbling up 92 percent of the latter.

A report released by Canaccord Genuity indicate that Apple takes 92 percent of the profits for the entire smartphone industry despite accounting for only 20% of sales.

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Apple initiates 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program for 3TB hard drives shipped with some 27-inch iMacs

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Date: Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 13:52
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

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This is Apple admitting it goofed.

Apple has initiated a 3TB Hard Drive Replacement program for 3 terabyte hard drives ordered on 27-inch iMacs manufactured between December 2012 and September 2013 in which the company will replace the drive for free.

Apple has stated that the drive can fail “under certain conditions.” The service will be performed at your local apple Store or at a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone display could feature Touch ID function, eliminate Home button

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Date: Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 09:10
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone’s display may incorporate some interesting additional features.

The sometimes-reliable DigiTimes reported on Monday that Apple is developing touch and display driver integration single-chip solutions for future iPhones. The chips are also said to include fingerprint sensors, which would allow for new iPhone designs without a home button, enabling the entire front panel to be the device’s display.

This syncs with Apple’s recent patents and acquisitions, which has signaled interest in moving Touch ID to the iPhone’s display.

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Next-gen Apple TV won’t surface at WWDC, not ready for prime time

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Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News

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It looks like Apple won’t be unveiling a next-gen Apple TV at WWDC this year.

In spite of copious rumors that Apple would introduce an updated set-top box, it seems as if the device isn’t ready yet. The New York Times’ Brian X. Chen writes that Apple has postponed its plans because the product is “not ready for prime time.”

The event was rumored to show off new Apple TV hardware, including an improved remote control and a tool kit for developers to use to make apps with. But those plans were postponed partly because the product was not ready for prime time, according to two people briefed on the product.

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Rumor: Apple TV ship times slip to 1-2 weeks, next-gen device expected at WWDC

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Date: Friday, May 1st, 2015, 07:25
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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It’s when the shipping times slip that new stuff is probably around the corner.

Recently, shipping times for the current generation of Apple TV has slipped to 1-2 weeks, as opposed to “in stock” or “1 day”.

The change hints towards a next-generation Apple TV that’s rumored to feature slimmer hardware, a new tactile remote, and a redesigned operating system with App Store-like functionality.

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Rumor: Apple to release updated Apple TV with A8 processor, Siri interface at WWDC

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Date: Friday, March 20th, 2015, 09:06
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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Apple may be updating the ol’ hockey puck come WWDC…

Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed News reported on Friday that Apple will introduce a next-generation Apple TV in a matter of months. It will also apparently provide developers with a new software development kit to write applications for the new hardware.

In addition to a dedicated App Store with support for third-party software, the new Apple TV will also reportedly support Siri voice input, as well as the company’s latest A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Characterizing it as a “significant overhaul,” Paczkowski also said that the device will feature onboard storage that goes “well beyond” the 8 gigabytes found on the current hardware.

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