Apple may have lowered the entry point to picking up an iMac, with its new more affordable model announced yesterday, but a teardown of the new all-in-one shows it comes with an sting in its upgrade tail. The $1,099 21.5-inch iMac - which some had expected to be announced at WWDC 2014 earlier this month - became the most affordable version in Apple's range, but there's a catch.
Apple CEO Tim Cook may be building a smartwatch but he's taken a hands-off approach to the rumored wrist-worn wearable, it's suggested, at odds to the notoriously micro-managing Steve Jobs. Development of the so-called "iWatch" has seen Cook delegate the details of its creation to his executive team, according to new leaks, including design chief Jony Ive, while the CEO takes a more over-arching view of Apple's wearables strategy.
Apple has just made a public service announcement that informs its users in several countries in Europe and Asia that a certain make of its USB adapter for the iPhone poses risks as it is prone to overheating. The good news is that it is accepting responsibility for this QA failure and will replace faulty adapters at no cost.
CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.
Apple Stores in the US may let you walk out with a prepaid plan, soon. According to sources, the Cupertino firm will not only sell you a device at full price, they’ll also offer up a low-cost prepaid plan. This move is believed to be starting the last week of June.
In what appears to be an attempt to make their Maps app better, Apple has acquired Spotsetter. The small firm is aimed at providing you suggestions on places to go, all overlaid on a map interface. This would make Apple maps a bit more contextual, as well as just plain useful.
Apple aims to launch its first wearable device at an event in October, insiders claim, with a standalone launch for the new hardware range. Form-factor for the new device is unclear at this stage, though long-standing rumors point to an "iWatch" smartwatch with a health focus that would link into Apple's new HealthKit platform.