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Apple rumored to bring public beta program to iOS

Apple rumored to bring public beta program to iOS

On release of OS X Yosemite, Apple opened up a fairly open public beta of the new desktop operating system. It worked really well, too. Those who were clamoring to get a chance to see changes ahead of time could, and it contributed some really important feedback straight to Apple. A new reports suggests the same may be happening for iOS, as upcoming releases could see a public beta — a first for iOS. This program is said to start as early as March, too.

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With 200-strong team, Apple “Titan” EV to be ready by 2020

With 200-strong team, Apple “Titan” EV to be ready by 2020

Rumors and leaks about Apple's electric vehicle, which may or may not be self-driving, just keeps on pouring in. Apple has been known to eye cars but, until recently, everyone presumed it was just for in-vehicle infotainment systems. Now insider sources are revealing just how aggressive Cupertino's automobile push really is, saying that the iPhone maker is eying a 2020 deadline for its rumored Titan EV. That is, of course, if it manages to overcome not just technological hurdles but recent new legal problems as well.

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Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with faulty GPU

Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with faulty GPU

If your MacBook Pro has what appears to be an issue with its screen, there may be reprieve for you. In some older MacBook Pros, a GPU supplied by AMD wasn’t up to snuff, and is causing some users to see lines or otherwise glitchy behavior. Now, Apple is going to fix those computers for you, even if they’re out of warranty. It’s a welcome announcement for those affected, as the screens are pretty useless under heavy strain, especially when editing video.

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Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Google has updated their iOS build of Inbox by Gmail to work for the Apple iPad. This update brings a couple of changes to the way the app is organized on the tablet vs the ever-so-slightly smaller iPhone. This app continues to be an "invite only" situation, but emailing inbox (at) google (dot) com generally results in an invitation sent rather rapidly. This app is also (obviously) out for Android and was originally released to both platforms essentially at the same time.

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Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple's electric car project may only have been grist for the rumor-mill for a week, but it's already landed the firm in legal hot water over alleged expert-poaching. Speculation about the so-called "Project Titan" underway at a secret facility near Apple's Cupertino headquarters has so-far centered on intermingling rumors of EV powertrains and self-driving technology. However, according to battery maker A123 Systems, some of the skills that are helping those projects came as a result of a targeted campaign by Apple to grab the firm's staff. Now, it's decided to take it to the courts.

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Apple Pay lands support for 20 more banks and credit unions

Apple Pay lands support for 20 more banks and credit unions

Apple Pay is an interesting service that allows consumers to carry their credit cards inside their iPhone and use them without actually having to pull out a physical credit card. So far, there has been a good response to the service from consumer, banks and credit unions. Apple has announced that Apple Pay has recently landed 20 additional banks and credit unions expanding support.

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Motorola boss rebuffs Apple’s Ive Moto Maker slight

Motorola boss rebuffs Apple’s Ive Moto Maker slight

Whether you use Apple products or not, you have to admit; they’re really gorgeous, masterfully crafted devices. Jony Ive and his crew dedicate a lot of time and energy into creating some really great hardware, so his views on the subject of design should be treated with a level of respect. I mean, the guy was knighted — he’s probably worth hearing out. Still, the guy running Motorola was non-plussed about recent statements Ive made. Though he didn’t specifically call Motorola out, Ive’s comments were pretty transparent.

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Siri may get improved voice synthesis in iOS 8.3

Siri may get improved voice synthesis in iOS 8.3

With the incoming Apple Watch, Siri will play a big role. She’s not done a whole lot recently, either, aside from listening attentively when plugged in with her new ‘Hey Siri’ feature. As we wait for April to roll around so we can check out the Apple Watch, we’ve also got some iOS updates to juggle. The beta version of iOS 8.2 mentions the Apple Watch, but Apple has seeded iOS 8.3 as well — and it looks like Siri is getting some attention.

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Apple awarded patent for iPhone headset ala Gear VR

Apple awarded patent for iPhone headset ala Gear VR

It seems like almost everyone is getting on the VR trend these days. Surprisingly, even Apple seems to be game, or at least considered the possibility. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just granted Cupertino a patent for a "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display". Or to keep it short, a Samsung Gear VR-like accessory but powered by the iPhone instead. Is Apple now jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon? Probably not yet, but at least the legal groundwork has been established.

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Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

According to the familiar unnamed sourced, Apple has reportedly asked suppliers to provide between 5-6 million Apple Watches for their initial push to retail. The sheer volume of the order suggests Apple is preparing for massive onslaught at retail stores, which will likely bring lines much like we see with iPhone releases. Apple is also keeping themselves grounded, and have reportedly asked for half of those orders to be the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, with much of the rest going toward the Apple Watch.

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