This week’s Apple Loop includes a third iPhone 7 model, Apple rationing its new technology, how to market the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 weakening Samsung, details on iOS 9.3.3, a new proposal for streaming music fees, more ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign adverts, and how Apple wins at Pokémon GO.
Apple has fired back after Spotify took the company to task for rejecting an app update.
In a letter sent by Apple’s top lawyer, the Cupertino company accuses the music streaming platform of asking for special treatment while blasting it for “rumors and half-truths.”
In the letter, first reported by BuzzFeed, Apple’s General Counsel Bruce Sewell notes that Spotify has “benefited enormously” from Apple’s App Store and asks the company to update its app to bring it in line with the App Store’s developer guidelines. Read more…
Your Apple Watch is a device of such beauty and innovative technology that it just doesn’t seem right to toss it on any old charger. Such a hi-tech accessory calls for a certain degree of style in presentation and charging, and TNW Deals has two great new offers from Nomad to enhance your Apple Watch charging experience and presentation options. It’s time to put your wrist piece on the pedestal it deserves! Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack Give your hi-tech wrist piece a charger worthy of its excellence. With the Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack, you’ll…
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BEIJING — China has blocked the sale of iBooks and iTunes movies less than seven months after Apple launched its service in the country.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Apple’s online movie and book stores initially received government approval but were blocked last week on orders from the broadcasting regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
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Apple said in an emailed statement that it hoped the services could resume “as soon as possible,” but offered no details about the shutdown.
Though Apple’s products have gained a bit of color in the form of gold and rose gold options recently, the company isn’t known for providing particularly vibrant hues on its high-end devices. Fortunately, the company has just designed a bright yellow (no, not gold) 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Unfortunately, you might have to pony up around $ 18,000 to buy it. Apple designed the one-off iPad Pro for a charity auction at London’s Design Museum. The Phillips auction house estimates the iPad will sell for anywhere from £10,000 to £15,000, or approximately $ 14,200 to $ 21,300. For that price, at least you’re getting a nifty…
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After a multi-week battle that saw Apple and the FBI duke it out both in court and in the court of public opinion, the FBI finally managed to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Ultimately, the FBI reportedly relied upon an exploit from an Israeli software forensics company called Cellebrite to bypass the iPhone’s built-in security mechanisms.
While one might reasonably assume that this spells the end for what proved to be a contentious issue, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. For starters, the DOJ has indicated that it won’t think twice about seeking help from device manufacturers in future cases.
A DOJ statement on the matter reads:
Apple has moved some of its iCloud and services data from Amazon Web Services to Google’s cloud platform, in what is seen as a bid by the iPhone maker to diversify its cloud service providers, according to reports.
The move comes even as the company is building its own new data centers, leading to speculation whether the shift is only temporary.
Google is a rival of Apple in smartphones and other devices, but such deals are common among tech companies in areas where they don’t compete.
After signing the deal with Google late last year, Apple has significantly reduced its reliance on AWS, whose infrastructure it has been using to run parts of iCloud and other services, reported CRN, quoting sources with knowledge of the matter. The publication put Apple’s spending with Google at between $ 400 million and $ 600 million, though it added it wasn’t clear whether the figures referred to an annual spending rate or a set amount of capacity.
Apple’s developer software Xcode will soon be available to Chinese developers.
First spotted by Apple Insider, this news comes on the heels of a malware attack on apps in the App Store.
Last week, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks discovered the infected apps and publicized an analysis report detailing the malware’s spread and impact. Xcode is a set of software tools developers use to create iOS apps, but a modified version of Xcode containing the malware, dubbed XcodeGhost, made its way into the App Store.
As Palo Alto Networks explains, the standard Xcode installer is nearly 3GB, which means it could take even longer to download large files from Apple’s servers in other countries. In response to this, some Chinese developers choose to download the software from other sources or obtain copies from colleagues. It’s also hard for developers to detect malware like XcodeGhost because it’s deeply hidden. Read more…
For the second year in a row, Apple reduced prices for its expanded iCloud storage plans, putting costs in line with rivals like Google, Microsoft and Dropbox.
Although the Cupertino, Calif., company did not boost the amount of free storage space — as Computerworld speculated it might — and instead continued to provide just 5GB of iCloud space gratis, it bumped up the $ 0.99 per month plan from 20GB to 50GB, lowered the price of the 200GB plan by 25 percent to $ 2.99 monthly, and halved the 1TB plan’s price to $ 9.99.
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Yes, it’s that time again, when the Apple faithful/crazy line up way early to buy the next version of the iPhone, this time the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
This year, people are standing out in the elements — and sleeping there overnight — to buy a phone that looks identical to the one they already have, but with, um, an updated camera and a new kind of screen press.
Here are the lines, in cities around the world.
Above: Apple fans line up at the “Church of Apple” in New York to buy an iPhone 6s.
Periscoper Justin Harris reported that around 16 people were already camped out at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store Thursday night. Check it out here.
Above: This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)
In the first official U.S. visit of China’s President Xi Jinping this week, nothing speaks louder than one single photo on China’s hopes for its high-tech diplomacy.
Apple names Apple Watch Marketing and Medical VPs as it puts out first job listing
Apple has now named new Marketing and Medical VPs for its Apple Watch team following the product's official unveiling earlier this month. The company has also today posted its first job listing seeking software engineers for the Apple Watch team on its …
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MWH announces new VPs for Southern California water, wastewater industry
BROOMFIELD, CO, Sept. 5, 2014 — On Tuesday, Sept. 2, MWH Global, a provider of strategic consulting, environmental engineering and construction services, announced the expansion of its Southern California practice with the addition of Vice Presidents …
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