Articles about Apple

Apple borks Apple News ad-blocking app due to 'privacy concerns'

Apple has confirmed having removed "a few apps" from the App Store, including Been® Choice - which blocked advertisements even within the native Apple News app - over what it claims are privacy concerns. The approval of Been Choice came as a surprise to many as it allowed users to circumvent Apple's own profitable advertising …
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7 million Apple Watches just buried the competition – Canalys

Apple has shipped nearly seven million of its Watches since Cupertino launched the device in April this year. According to Canalys, Apple has hugely outstripped all of its smartwatch competition. The seven million figure, the analyst house noted, was "in excess of all other vendors' combined shipments over the previous five …
Team Register, 05 Nov 2015
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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

Apple TV users might be getting new channels, and Cupertino some more money, according to insiders in the firm. The Cupertino giant is in talks to put out a subscription television service with Fox, CBS and the Discovery Networks, The Wall Street Journal reports. Apple is currently part of a conglomerate that includes ABC, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Mar 2015
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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

Two former Apple Store staffers suing Apple for searching their bags at work for possible stolen gear have upgraded their legal challenge to a wide-ranging class-action lawsuit. Judge William Alsup approved the class-action status in California's northern district court in San Francisco on Thursday. It means the lawsuit, …
Chris Williams, 17 Jul 2015

Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

Apple is getting ready to launch its own piece of the internet: .apple. The iPhone and Mac manufacturer signed the agreement to run its namesake top-level domain back in May, but has only recently moved toward "delegation," meaning putting the name live in the internet's root zone. It is however the registration of 29 …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2015

Apple's OS X App Store downloads knackered by expired security cert

A forgotten security certificate renewal appears to be behind a series of failed downloads from Apple's App Store. Overnight, users who downloaded Mac apps from the firm's online storefront found they couldn't open the software. The problem appears to be a software certificate – designed to thwart piracy and verify programs …
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2015
Apple MacBooks tarnised by faulty anti-reflective coating

Apple quietly swaps out MacBook Retina displays to fix skin-peeling stains

Apple has finally agreed to swap out "stained" Retina displays, months after ugly blobs of anti-reflective coating began peeling off of affected MacBooks that had cost fanbois more than $2,000 a pop. According to MacRumors, Cupertino has initiated a Quality Program to address the issue, which was inevitably dubbed "Staingate" …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2015
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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

Updated Apple's web stores, music-streaming jukeboxes, and cloud services have been struggling to stay online for the past three hours. As of 0959 PT (1659 UTC), Apple's status page is still reporting partial outages for the iOS and OS X App Stores and Apple TV, as well as the iTunes services, Apple Music, and Radio. The systems fell …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2015

Apple news-churn app mysteriously stops churning news in China

Apple's URL-redirect news app has stopped working behind the Great Firewall of China, it has emerged. Even articles saved by those who are too fearful of the world to venture outside the walled garden for their news have been blocked. The New York Times noted that Apple News users in China needed to convince Cupertino that …

Apple working on 3D mapping at secret Swedish hideaway

Apple is secretly expanding a research and development plant in Sweden that develops 3D mapping technologies. The plant is run by C3 Technologies, which Apple bought in 2011. According to Swedish news sources, it's based in Lund in the south of the country, just over the water from Copenhagen. C3 Technologies was a subsidiary …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2015
Apple iBooks

ebook price-fixing saga: Apple rids self of court-appointed watchdog

The watchdog assigned to keep close tabs on Apple after it inflated ebook prices has been told to go home by a US court. In 2013, Apple was found to have conspired with publishers to fix the prices of digital books. The Cupertino goliath was ordered by a court to allow an independent monitor into its hallowed halls and inspect …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2015
Road block

AD-NNIHILATION: Apple-approved iOS tool blocks ALL ads in apps, Safari, Apple News

A new tool approved by Apple and added to the iOS App Store blocks ads in Safari – and, if you trust the tool's makers, even in-app ads and banners in Apple's own software. Dubbed Been, the software relies on the content-blocking features of iOS 9 to kill off adverts and trackers in Safari – the web browser on iPhones, iPads …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Oct 2015

Apple to add 1000 jobs to Cork payroll

Apple is expanding its Cork, Ireland manufacturing plant - where it builds its iMacs - and will hire up to 1000 more people in the next 18 months. CEO Tim Cook announced the move today in an address to students at Trinity College Dublin. The company already employs 5000 at its Hollyhill campus - a 25 per cent increase over the …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015
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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

Apple Store employees are better off turning up to work without a bag, if – that is – they want to avoid being frisked for stolen goods at the end of their shifts. On Saturday, a judge chucked out a class action lawsuit that had been brought against Apple by two ex-staffers, who had objected to the shake downs taking place …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Nov 2015
Elon Musk

Who gets Teslas made and throws Apple shade? It's… MUSK!

Billionaire business mogul Elon Musk is taking some time away from his electric car and space exploration ventures to slag off Apple. Speaking in an interview with Germany's Handelsblatt Global Edition, the Tesla founder said that employees who left the automaker to take up positions in Apple were anything but important pieces …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Oct 2015

Apple ordered to write a $234m check to uni in A7 chip patent spat

A jury has today awarded the University of Wisconsin a $234m payday from Apple after the iGiant ripped off the college's processor design patent. Earlier this week, a district court in Madison, Wisconsin, said Apple's A7 system-on-chip in its iPhones and iPads infringed a patent belonging to the university's Wisconsin Alumni …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2015

Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

Apple’s streaming music service will be available on Sonos’ streaming Wi-Fi speaker set-up by the end of the year. Buzzfeed editor Jon Paczkowski received a message from Apple confirming the move and tweeted the news: Apple_Sonos_Bussfeed Paczkowski Apple Music on Sonos tweet Sonos confirmed this to The Verge. Sonos makes Wi …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2015
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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

DIY repair biz iFixit says it can no longer offer its iOS mobile app, thanks to a ban from Apple. iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens wrote in a blog post that Apple had pulled his company's developer account due to a terms and conditions violation and, as a result, the iFixit iOS app had also been taken down from the App Store. According …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Oct 2015
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Apple watch breathes down Fitbit's neck

Apple is preparing to haul past Fitbit on sales of wearables after just four months, according to IDC. The fruity firm sold a total of 3.6 million watches in the second quarter, having only released the phone-dependent wristable in April. Apple closed to within 0.8 million units of Fitbit, which has been pumping wearables …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015

Apple supremo Tim Cook rules out OS X fondleslab, iOS merger

Apple CEO Tim Cook is telling customers not to expect a Mac answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro any time soon. The Apple boss said in an interview with Ireland's Independent that the Cupertino giant has no desire to merge its iOS mobile operating system and its Macintosh desktop and notebook lines with a "hybrid" tablet that …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2015

Hey, Apple, we’re watching Faulty Tellies. Gonna tell us why?

Third generation Apple TVs were shipped with a faulty part, and the company has begun to contact consumers to confirm the issue and offer a replacement. Cupertino has not specified what the faulty part is, although MacRumours reports the fruity firm will offer gleaming new devices to replace the mysteriously banjaxed old ones …

Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

Apple's design has fallen from the high standards set by Donald Norman and Bruce Tognazzini, reckon... er, Donald Norman and Bruce Tognazzini. The two UX gurus and former Apple alumni now think "Apple is giving design a bad name". Nothing new, you might think. But because Apple is now so influential, poor design from Cupertino …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2015
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Apple: Hey TV people, wanna be in the same place Samsung phones are these days?

Apple is reportedly in talks with television studios to develop original shows for its planned internet video-streaming service. A report from Hollywood business mag Variety cites sources who claim that Apple internet software and services boss Eddy Cue has been meeting studio executives to open up negotiations for original …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2015
Apple iPhone 6

LG picks up US smartphone crumbs, gains on Apple and Samsung

Apple and Samsung are still the category-killers in the US smartphone market, but LG has managed to peel a small sliver of market share from both in the September quarter. That's what emerges in data from Comscore, whose September 2015 numbers show that Apple and Samsung each shed 0.5 per cent US market share, picked up by LG …
Apple Watch wireless charging

Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

Apple is now selling a wireless charging pad for its smartwatch. The $79 plate not only demonstrates Cupertino's commitment to design, it also confirms its habit of ripping off people. The magnetic charging dock is a small circular pad that the Watch can be placed on to recharge. It will only work with Apple's smartwatch, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2015

ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

The Register can reveal that beautiful animals are being cut down in their prime to make Apple Watch straps. We at The Register's nature history desk were upset to discover that creatures such as the majestic ostrich, the noble alligator and the much-maligned shark are being used to make wrist securing devices for fruity …
Team Register, 12 Aug 2015

Apple killed our app say Chaos Computer Club

The Chaos Computer Club is claiming that Apple has rejected an app that would stream security talks from its Chaos Communications Congress event because researchers there have previously hacked iOS. The Congress is Europe's largest hacker confab, regularly attracts more than 10,000 delegates and has run for 31 years. The event …
Darren Pauli, 02 Nov 2015

Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

Amazon has decided its own video streaming plans take precedence over customer choice, and has given notice that Chromecast and Apple TV devices will be kicked off its Web store. Scrabbling around for any explanation that doesn't say “we don't like selling competitors' products”, the retailer says instead that products using …
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Bug forces Apple to halt watchOS 2 update – still emits iOS 9 on time

Apple has delayed its planned September 16 rollout of watchOS 2, blaming a bug in the firmware update. "We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected," Apple has told the press. "We will not release watchOS 2 today, but will shortly." Apple has not let slip anything …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2015
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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

Apple has kicked off a replacement program for faulty hard drives in some of its 27-inch iMac computers. Cupertino confirmed on Friday that an unknown number of systems sold between December 2012 and September 2013 were affected by the flaw. It said: "Apple has determined that a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27- …
Team Register, 21 Jun 2015
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

Apple is asking owners of its iPhone 6 Plus phablet to check the device's serial number, because some batches of the device are producing blurry photos. Cupertino says the problem is attributable to “a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry.” If that's the case, entering your serial number here will reveal if …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2015
Apple facial recognition patent application

Apple tries to patent facial recognition

Apple has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to grant it the rights to produce facial-recognition features for iOS devices. Apple’s patent application, filed in 2014 and published Thursday, describes a system for selecting contacts via facial recognition and then tagging their faces in photos. This, Apple argues, will …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2015
Taylor Swift

Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

Taylor Swift has beaten Cupertino: Apple has backed down in the royalty stoush with the chanteuse and agreed to pay, even during Apple Music customers' free trial period. The singer had boycotted Apple's platform over the issue, withholding her album 1989 and calling the prior policy “shocking, disappointing, and completely …

Apple's mystery auto project siphoning staff from other divisions

Apple is investing significant resources into a car-related project, so much so that it's been reassigning employees from other divisions, insiders claim. Sources familiar with the matter told El Reg that Apple has shifted so much staff towards its auto division that senior managers in other divisions are complaining about the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
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Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

Apple has inked a deal with networking giant Cisco, as Cupertino beefs up its efforts to pull in more business customers. Financial details of the agreement were kept secret. But the motivation was clear: to make iOS devices work more smoothly on networks that use Cisco kit. Apple said it planned to integrate its iThings with …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Sep 2015
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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) could be set to deal a significant blow to the $548m payout Apple is due from Samsung by invalidating a key patent in the case. According to a preliminary judgment obtained by blogger Florian Mueller, the USPTO has decided that one of Apple's smartphone design patents, filed in 2008, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2015

Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

The long-rumoured iRing might not be a myth after all. Apple has just applied for a patent on "Devices and Methods for a Ring Computing Device". The iRing does for the Apple Watch what the Apple Watch does for the iPhone. The next step must be smart earrings, which were a 2000 vision from Orange. Image from iring Apple patent …
Simon Rockman, 02 Oct 2015
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

Apple – it's true: iPad Pro slabs freeze when plugged in to charge

Apple has confirmed its iPad Pro tablets sometimes freeze while recharging. The Cupertino giant has published a support document acknowledging that its new 12.9-inch tablet has a tendency to lock up when plugged in for a battery charge, requiring a hard reboot to revive it. This comes after people have been complaining for …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2015

You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

Apple's battle to avoid handing over user data to the US government has taken an unwelcome turn, with the Feds claiming in court that Cupertino's license agreement gives it the right to do what the government tells it. In a case being heard by US Federal Court magistrate James Orenstein, the government has argued that the …

Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

After hyping his first new product as Apple CEO to death, it appears Tim Cook is feeling the pressure to make the Apple Watch a success. Sadly, that has not been the case and the expensive and not terribly useful wristwatch is expected to have sold just seven million units in its first year, against expectations of 30 million …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2015

Apple gobbles Brit AI outfit VocalIQ

Apple is reported to have snapped up UK artificial intelligence company VocalIQ, which had previously sneered at Cupertino's digital assistant Siri as being a mere "toy." The deal is the latest in a number of UK acquisitions this year, including media data startup Semetric in January and Camel Audio, a maker of virtual …
Kat Hall, 02 Oct 2015
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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

Cupertino's lawyers must hasten with all fair speed to Milan, where Irish company Probendi has filed a suit alleging infringement of the latter's iWatch trademark. Apple has placed an advertisement with Google to link to its wristjob when users search for the "iWatch", presumably to catch the eyes of novitiate fanbois not yet …

Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

Apple has dealt a legal blow to a woman who claimed the iGiant's iMessage system prevented her from receiving texts when she switched from an iPhone to an Android-based smartphone. Adrienne Moore brought her case against Apple in a district court of northern California, and was hoping to upgrade her legal challenge to a class- …
Kat Hall, 06 Aug 2015
Apple iPhone 6s

Apple in eyebrow-raising threesome with TSMC, Samsung for iPhone 6S

Apple is using two slightly different A9 processors from two suppliers – TSMC and Samsung – in its new iPhone 6S. This is according to analyst house Chipworks, which tore apart the electronics in the new smartphones: the silicon gazers found that the system-on-chips in the iPhone 6S are manufactured by either TSMC or Samsung …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2015

Apple fanbois cry (bless) as site motionless during iPhone 6S pre-order wrest

Apple suffered website woes overnight – just as its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were meant to be available for fanbois to pre-order online. The multinational's site was spewing out unfriendly error messages, instead of the sunny, life-affirming sort of stuff that we've all come to love from Cupertino chief Tim Cook. Friday …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Sep 2015
Sad iPhone

Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

Apple has published a workaround after some iPhone and iPad users were left stranded in the middle of the iOS 9 update process. The Cupertino giant has acknowledged multiple complaints that devices were unable to progress past the "Slide to Upgrade" screen when moving to the latest version of iOS. Apple's remedy: wipe your …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2015
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US gov to Apple: COUGH UP iMessages or FEEL our FEDERAL FROWN

It's been reported that US officials might yet do battle with Apple over customers' encrypted communication. The idea is raised in The New York Times, which has managed to get Justice Department and FBI officials to say that folks in those agencies want to see Apple cuffed and in the dock. The case in question pertains to the …

Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

Apple's A7 processors in iPhones and iPads infringe a patent held by the University of Wisconsin, a court has ruled. A jury, sitting in a US district court in Madison, Wisconsin, found Apple guilty of patent infringement late yesterday afternoon. While the damages in the case have yet to be determined, Judge William Conley …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2015

iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

Pic Apple has whipped out a new iPod Touch model with an eight-megapixel camera, a new processor, and more case colors. The iPhone-without-the-phone gizmo – which many assumed would be killed off by Apple – will now come in space gray, silver, gold, pink, or blue. It will also use Apple's A8 ARM-compatible CPU, which first …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015
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Apple slings bug-fixed iOS 9.0.1 at fanbois, PIN bypass hole still open

Apple has released an update to address several bugs spotted in its iOS 9 mobile operating system. iOS version 9.0.1 aims to fix, among other things, an installation problem that stopped fans from upgrading from iOS 7: their devices froze on the "slide to upgrade" screen. Other fixes in the update correct a problem that was …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2015