Technology has alleviated our need for many physical products, like DVDs or CDs. Apple may be trying to do away with more plastic, as a recently launched service in Japan allows users to get iTunes Store credit without even snatching a gift card. Called iTunes Pass, the program uses a familiar app to hold onto the credit.
Apple's lauded Touch ID has been rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), according to a letter acquired by Patently Apple. The rejection of Apple's trademark effort revolves around a different, earlier trademark, which the USPTO says is likely to be confused with the one Apple is seeking.
Battery life is a concern for anyone with a gadget, and as much as we want longer life — it’s just not happening on a hardware level. Companies like LG work clever software workarounds into devices like the G3, but the hardware fix still escapes us. Apple has reportedly partnered with a fuel cell company, and may be looking to bring their technology to our various devices.
While Apple has worked with creative agency TBWA Media Labs for decades, this week it’s suggested that they may be ready to move on. With Beats under their wing, Apple is said to be pushing for a new direction in the audiovisual elements they present to the public in the form of advertisements and billboards and everything in-between. "Shortlist" is the word, and one of the list members appears to be Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine.
The semi-dated iPhone 5S still reigns supreme, according to Counterpoint research. Their metrics for May of 2014 show the flagship iPhone is stil the best-selling phone. Many expected the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S5 would have snapped that title from Apple, but once again, the iPhone tops them all.
An FCC filing was recently discovered, and it’s got Apple written all over it — literally. Their application for iBeacon hardware has many scratching their head, wondering why Apple would jump into a hardware sector meant for more back-end utility. The device being powered by a USB connection is even more confusing.
The upcoming iPhone 6 has long been rumored to exist in two sizes: 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. Of these, the 5.5-inch model in particular has been more of a mystery, appearing less frequently in leaks and, on more than one occasion, being tipped as troublesome on the manufacturing level. The latest report on the model is no different, suggesting that the larger of the two iPhone 6 handsets will launch later on in the year, or possibly not until 2015.
Of course, iPhone clones are almost a fact of life by now, no matter how much authorities try to crack down on them. That said, it is quite amusing, if not ridiculous, that an iPhone 6 clone would start getting distributed around the Chinese market, when the iPhone 6 itself is months away from being revealed. Talk about efficiency!
China's state-run broadcaster has called the iPhone a "national security concern" because of its location tracking features, basically the same GPS-based features you can find on any modern smartphone and mobile platform. Apple has now released a statement via it's China office claiming that it does not participate nor does it condone any act of spying using its products. However, the Chinese government might have been looking not for an explanation but for a scapegoat instead.