Apple TV might just be the best platform you’ll have for a connected home. An update to the software today shows how Apple could leverage the device to make HomeKit reliably cool. If you’ve got Apple’s set-top box, it may be your go-between for controlling your home from your smartphone.
GT Advanced is Apple’s partner in their yet-to-be-opened Sapphire Glass facility in Arizona. The facility is near completion, and with a possible ocean of Sapphire Glass flowing from the desert soon, GT Advanced filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. In examining the circumstances surrounding that filing, it seems Apple could be poised to own the facility themselves.
Looking at Apple’s website, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are out of stock. Available in a few weeks, both are keeping Apple on their toes when it comes to stock levels. If you’re angling for an iPhone 6 Plus, there might be some good news ahead, as Apple is reportedly shifting their production energy to make more of the bigger iPhone.
Does the world need another alternative payment method? Plastc believes so, promising the most security as well as the most convenience with its touchscreen-blessed credit and debit card replacement. Capable of switching between a traditional payment card, a loyalty or gift card, or even an access card to your office, Plastc has a magnetic strip that can be re-written on the fly so as to change its identity depending on where you're using it and what you want to use it for, all controlled with an app on your smartphone and an E Ink panel on the card itself.
Apple Pay gets a lot of attention for how it interacts with the physical world, and rightly so. Apple’s inclusion of NFC on the iPhone 6 means we’ll get the ability to pay for goods with a tap of our phone. Sadly, that tech needs various point-of-sale terminals to include it, but there’s another way Apple Pay will be useful: in apps.
You may not have heard of the manufacturer GT Advanced Tech (GTAT or just "GT"), but Apple is certainly keeping a close eye on the lot right this minute. GT Advanced Tech is the primary supplier of Sapphire Glass to Apple, having been part of a $578 million dollar purchase of the material from GT in advance of production in late 2013. Apple and GT also have an Arizona-based facility dedicated to Sapphire glass made specifically for Apple’s future products. One of those products is the Apple Watch, of course.
It's been made clear by now that Apple is not just targeting its forthcoming wearable device at tech enthusiasts, but at the world of high fashion as well. While the Apple Watch was first unveiled at Apple's own media event on September 9th, it was also given a one-day showcase recently during Paris Fashion Week. It was at this event that Chinese fashion model Liu Wen was snapped wearing the watch, and teasing that we'd be seeing more of her as its release approaches.
On Sunday, the 5th of October, 2014, it’ll have been three years since Apple cofounder Steve Jobs passed away. Today a letter was sent to Apple employees - and subsequently the whole world - by current Apple CEO Tim Cook. That letter is reproduced here.
Yes, the App Store has been down and out for a bit this morning and you’re not the only one to experience this oddity. Starting in the evening of October 2nd, 2014, the App Store for both of Apple’s main platforms, iOS and OS X, were sporadically out to dinner - then breakfast.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event was chock full of good stuff, but gave up nothing more than a few phones and a wearable. Adding more would have extended the conference beyond our level of comfort, so Apple decided to host a second event later on. Originally believed to be toward the end of this month, it seems the iPad event we’ve been anticipated has been bumped up.