Apple iOS has been under the tight control of its creator, locking iPhone and iPad users to default elements of the software. On the same day that Apple announced that it would update the iOS 8 keyboard to include predictive text, Apple also revealed that users will have more freedom, including the freedom to use an iPhone replacement keyboard. Read More »
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Before the infamous incident of an iPhone 4 being left in a bar, Apple had one of the tightest security measures for maintaining secrets. Since then, leaks of upcoming Apple products have been routine, and the company has finally had enough. Apple has reportedly sought help from Chinese authorities to crack down on people who leak its products, according to Sonny Dickson, an Australian who has leaked a few Apple components. Dickson says that Apple is trying to prevent any further leaks about the upcoming iPhone 6, and it's even taken the step of hiring 200 private security guards to track down and block any further revelations about its flagship smartphone.
While the iPhone 4 appeared prematurely because of the irresponsibility of one employee at its Cupertino headquarters, almost all Apple leaks these days come from the supply chain in China. Apple outsources its manufacturing to several companies, which means maintaining tight control is incredibly difficult. Factory workers can be bribed to sell information to case makers or counterfeiters, and others just like to leak information to the press and blogosphere. It's tough to keep a tight lid on things when the Touch ID sensor is made one place, the display is manufactured in another, the processor is handled by another group, and it all gets assembled later. There are plenty of potential leak sources along the way, and Apple, like most companies, can't seem to plug them all.
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In the second quarter of 2014, Apple had yet another record performance, selling more than 43.7 million iPhones. In the three months ending in March, Apple sold more smartphones than the year for mostly one reason - Read More »
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"Siri, open HBO Go." You can already tell Apple's voice assistant to launch apps from an iPhone or iPad, and that same feature, along with other capabilities of Siri, will be possible with an Apple TV. Read More »
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Google's search app on Android can identify whatever song you hear on the radio or in stores, and Microsoft's Cortana has added that same feature in the Windows Phone 8.1 preview. Apple is set to gain its own music ID system by integrating Shazam with Siri in the next version of iOS. Read More »
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Apple plans to eventually bring 2,000 jobs to Arizona by building a sapphire plant that will be important for producing products like the iPhone. However, Apple is not pleased with a recent bill that passed the state senate that could negatively affect employees and visitors to its Mesa, Arizona plant. Read More »
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Apple has received a patent related to placing pressure sensors in touchscreens to measure the amount of force a finger applies to the display. The patent would call for three sensors to to be stacked below the screen's surface at varying points or in the corners of the bezels in order to more effectively recognize gesture and intentions. So what would be the difference between an iPad now and one with pressure sensitivity? Read More »
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