All the latest Apple news, updated throughout the day.
August 29, 2016
Rumor: Apple is said to be preparing a number of iPad software upgrades, including better support for the Apple Pencil, for early 2017. - Bloomberg
The planned iPad update will include improvements to the Apple Pencil, a handwriting and drawing stylus aimed at professionals, according to one of the people. Apple has considered allowing users to annotate objects in many applications across the whole operating system, including in Mail, the Safari web browser, and iMessage, similar to what Samsung Electronics Co. offers on its Note smartphones, the person said. Currently, Apple only supports Pencil functionality in specifically developed apps.
August 26, 2016
Rumor: Apple reportedly planning to support Sony's FeliCa tap-to-pay technology in future iPhones in Japan. - Bloomberg.
The FeliCa chip will let customers in Japan store their public bus and train passes on their iPhones. Users would then be able to tap their phones against the entrance scanners instead of using physical cards. While the FeliCa chip is the standard technology underlying the service, there are several different providers of transit payment cards based on the type of transit and areas within Japan.
August 25, 2016
News: Apple has announced the lineup for Apple Music Festival 10, which includes Elton John, The 1975, and Britney Spears. - Apple
Rumor: Apple is reportedly developing a new video sharing and editing app, as well as new social features for iOS. - Bloomberg
Now Apple is starting to develop a video sharing app that allows users to record video, apply filters and drawings to the media -- much like Snapchat does -- and send it to contacts or via existing social networks such as Twitter Inc., according to the people familiar with its development. The software is currently being designed to be used mostly with one hand and with the intention that video could be shot, edited, and uploaded in less than 1 minute, the people said. At least one of the prototype designs for the app would shoot video in an Instagram-like square shape, one of the people said.
August 24, 2016
News: A new interview goes in-depth with Apple execs on the company's machine learning efforts and improvements to Siri. - Backchannel
The company's machine learning talent is shared throughout the entire company, available to product teams who are encouraged to tap it to solve problems and invent features on individual products. "We don't have a single centralized organization that's the Temple of ML in Apple," says Craig Federighi. "We try to keep it close to teams that need to apply it to deliver the right user experience."
August 22, 2016
News: Apple has announced that Apple Music Festival 10 will take place September 18-30 in London. - Apple
Apple Music Festival 10 returns to London in September for 10 exhilarating nights of live music. Residents of the UK can win tickets to the gigs. Apple Music members around the world can watch the performances for free. Ticket applications will be opening soon. Follow @AppleMusic on Twitter and Snapchat for up-to-the-minute information and join the #AMF10 conversation.
"There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides," the source said, adding the first two will continue to have flat screens, like current Apple mobile devices.
News: Apple acquires Gliimpse, a personal health data startup that lets any securely share a picture of their health. - Fast Company
Silicon Valley-based Gliimpse has built a personal health data platform that enables any American to collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data. The company was started in 2013, and funded by serial entrepreneur Anil Sethi, who has spent the past decade working with health startups, after taking his company Sequoia Software public in 2000. He got his start as a systems engineer at Apple in the late 1980s.
August 19, 2016
News: Apple begins taking donations to help Louisiana flood relief through iTunes, App Store. - Apple
Help the people affected by the Louisiana floods by donating to the American Red Cross.
August 18, 2016
Rumor: Apple reportedly hits snags in developing cellular Apple Watch, GPS-equipped model supposedly coming this fall. - Bloomberg
The source of the delay is that current cellular chips consume too much battery life, reducing the product's effectiveness and limiting user appeal, according to three of the people. Apple has begun studying lower-power cellular data chips for future smartwatch generations.
August 17, 2016
News: Apple announces environmental progress in China as supplier Lens Technology commits to running operations completely using renewable energy. - Apple
Lens Technology has committed to power all of its glass production for Apple with 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2018, as part of Apple's industry-leading supply chain clean energy program announced last year. Lens is the first supplier to make a clean energy commitment for all of its Apple production, and will meet its goal through an unprecedented power purchase agreement with local wind projects.
August 15, 2016
Rumor: Apple is reportedly preparing a 10.5-inch version of the iPad Pro for some point in 2017, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo - MacRumore:
We expect three new iPads (12.9" iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5" iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7" iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5" model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5" iPad Pro in 2017.
August 11, 2016
News: Apple hires Flipboard co-founder Evan Doll to lead health software engineering. - Bloomberg
Doll became a director of health software engineering at Apple last month, according to LinkedIn, which doesn't expand further on his role. During his previous stint at Apple, from about 2003 to 2009, the software engineer helped develop the iPhone operating system. He left to found digital news magazine app Flipboard with Mike McCue.
August 10, 2016
Rumor: Apple reportedly preparing a thinner MacBook Pro with OLED touch bar for later this year. - Bloomberg
The most significant addition to the new MacBook Pro is a secondary display above the keyboard that replaces the standard function key row. Instead of physical keys, a strip-like screen will present functions on an as-needed basis that fit the current task or application.
August 9, 2016
Rumor: Screen panels for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus allegedly leak, point to 1080p and 2K resolutions. — PhoneArena
That's not the first time eventual parts of the iPhone 7 are making the rumor rounds, but an intriguing comment towards the panels pictured here says that the 4.7" one is with 1080p resolution, while the 5.5" LCD display is said to be a 2K screen, likely meaning a 1440p screen. The source also goes on to add that one of the packages is made by JDI, while the other's maker is not clearly visible.
August 8, 2016
News: Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, and Eddy Cue reveal the origins of the public beta program, talk innovation and more. — Fast Company
Apple's future may look very different from its past, and Cook, Federighi, and Cue wouldn't have it any other way. "Look," says Cue, who somehow manages to look both like a man who just woke up and a compact ball of perpetual energy, "one thing you know if you've been in technology a while, you're only as good as the last thing you did. No one wants an original iPod. No one wants an iPhone 3GS."
Rumor: Next MacBook Pro said to include a Touch ID sensor in its power button alongside OLED display bar. — 9to5Mac
Rumor: iPhone 7 again reported to remove headphone jack, have dual camera system. Also: Force Touch Home button. — Bloomberg
The standout features will be a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with haptic feedback and the removal of the devices' headphone jack, said the people, who didn't want to be identified discussing unannounced features.
Rumor: Apple Watch 2 reported to be faster, more water resistant, have GPS, and barometer. Apple Watch 1 reported to be updated with better performance. — KGI Securities via MacRumors
Kuo said the upgraded Apple Watch 1 models will not have a GPS, barometer, or other larger additions reserved for the Apple Watch 2, nor will the waterproofing improvements be as significant, suggesting only an incremental refresh of internal hardware. The watches are said to retain a similar form factor.
August 6, 2016
News: Despite Tim Cook's recent trip to India, a new report shows iPhone struggling in the sub-continent. New rumors have surfaced about Apple wireless headphones and TV guide services. Apple Music continues to expand. Apple launches a security bounty program. Here's that and all the latest Apple news!
August 5, 2016
News: Apple reportedly buys Turi, a machine learning company based in Seattle — GeekWire
According to people familiar with the acquisition, Turi's team is expected to remain in the Seattle region and continue to grow as Apple builds out further expertise in data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Turi recently hosted a closely-watched Data Science Summit in San Francisco, in an indication of its leadership position in the field.
News: Campus 2 has gotten its monthly drone flyover, and the landscaping has been more scaped!
News: Apple iOS falls 35 percent annually in India, ships just 0.8 million units in Q2 2016. — Strategy Analytics
Woody Oh, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, "Apple iOS fell 35 percent annually and shipped 0.8 million smartphones in India in Q2 2016. Apple's smartphone marketshare has halved from 4 percent to just 2 percent in India during the past year. Apple iOS will need to reduce iPhone pricing to cheaper levels, attract more operator subsidies and enlarge its retail presence through Apple stores or online channels if it wants to regrow significantly in the future."
August 4, 2016
Rumor: Apple has spent the last few years developing a custom Bluetooth radio chip for wireless earbuds that could debut as soon as September, alongside an iPhone 7 with no headphone jack. Forbes
Apple has spent the last few years developing a custom Bluetooth radio chip for wireless earbuds, according to a source with knowledge of the project. It's possible the Bluetooth device will launch in September with the first iPhone without a headphone jack (likely called iPhone 7). If Apple succeeds, the wireless earbuds will fix a problem that has plagued Bluetooth headphones: limited battery life.
News: Apple music is now available in Korea with free 3-month trials. — @AppleMusic
News: Apple announces new security bounty program, invitation-only to start but open to expansion, can match charitable donations. — iMore
News: A Samsung patent filing for interchangeable watch bands contains numerous diagrams of an Apple Watch. — Patently Apple
The Samsung patent, first discovered by Patently Apple today, presents patent figures 10a – 10c and 11a – 11f that are clearly Apple Watch designs with its classic backside charging mechanism that Samsung doesn't incorporate and various Apple band styles. Nowhere in the patent do they reference the designs as being from Apple.
Rumor: Apple working on a "TV guide" that would work as a unified front-end interface for accessing programming contained in a variety of apps. — recode
The idea is to let users see what kind of programming is available in video apps made by the likes of HBO, Netflix and ESPN, without having to open up each app individually, and to play shows and movies with a single click.
News: Apple releases iOS 9.3.4 with bug fixes, performance enhancements, and an "important security update". — Apple
News: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has signed on to serve as a mentor on Apple's upcoming Planet of the Apps reality series. — Variety
"Developing and launching a business based on your own original idea can be exhilarating, but intimidating," Paltrow said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity to be part of a series that lets us use our experiences to help app developers break through and create viable businesses that will impact peoples' lives."
News: Over 100 world-renowned designers join amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Apple's infringement claims against Samsung. — Apple