Mac|Life - News en Apple Daily: 'Negative' Steve Jobs Documentary Out; Star Wars Droid Toy in Apple Stores <!--paging_filter--><p>Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs documentary hits a few theaters throughout the U.S. today, and it shows a bleak portrait of Steve Jobs that the people who were closest to him aren't that happy with. In other news, you know that cool spherical droid seen in the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars movie? You can now get it in Apple retail stores.</p><h3>Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs Documentary Hits Theaters Today</h3><p>It's a good weekend for moviegoers looking for different perspectives on the kind of man Steve Jobs was (provided, that it, they have plane tickets to Colorado already on hand). Today marks the theater and view-on-demand release of Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine documentary, which caused no small amount of controversy at SXSW earlier this year for its unrelenting focus on Steve Jobs' bad side.</p><p>As we reported <a href="" target="_blank">yesterday</a>, Danny Boyle's highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic will also be publicly shown for the the first time sometime this weekend at Colorado's Telluride Film Festival. Boyle's film, while depicting some of Jobs' harsher qualities, also seems to do a good job of showing what made him great.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/steve2.jpg" /></p><p>Gibney's documentary has a rather limited release, considering that it's only being shown in 65 theaters in 50 markets (via <a href="" target="_blank">Deadline</a>). It apparently isn't bad as it earned a 75 percent rating on movie review aggregate site <a href="" target="_blank">Rotten Tomatoes</a>, but it has also received substantial criticism for only depicting one side of Jobs. Some of the most vocal criticisms come from Apple executives such as Eddie Cue, who walked out of the SXSW theater claiming that it was "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and that it wasn't a "reflection of the Steve I knew."</p><p>You'll most likely be able to see it in theaters if you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York, but you can also watch it on view-on-demand through services such as Apple's own <a href="" target="_blank">iTunes</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Xbox</a>, and the <a href="!/en-us/movies/steve-jobs-the-man-in-the-machine/cid=UV0029-NPVB13998_CN-0000000000281929" target="_blank">PlayStation Store</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Star Wars Droid BB-8 Now For Sale in Apple Stores</h3><p>The Apple Store now has the perfect gift for the Apple fan who's also a Star Wars fan in the form of a new remote-controlled robot based on the droid BB-8 from the upcoming J.J. Abrams film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's also a stellar debut toy for today's designation as "Force Friday," the first day when officially licensed merchandise for the film goes on sale.</p><p>The BB-8 toy comes from Sphero, which has garnered substantial recognition for manufacturing "robotic balls" in the past. In fact, the company was heavily involved the the creation of the actual BB-8 droid used in the film, which many viewers of the original trailer thought was made from CGI owing to its construction from two seemingly unconnected pieces.</p><p><iframe src="" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>The range of things you can do with the toy are impressive, and it isn't just limited to manually controlling it. You can, for instance, use your iPhone to put him on a patrol mode where he wanders around on his own, or you can get BB-8 to follow you or follow routes you've designed for him ahead of time. Users can also control him through voice commands on their iPhones, and BB-8 reportedly develops and attitude based on how you've been interacting with him.</p><p>You can buy BB-8 for $149.99 from the Apple Store for from <a href="" target="_blank">Sphero itself </a>starting today. And you just gotta love their tagline for the toy: "This is the droid you're looking for."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Alex Gibney Apple retail store Apple Store BB-8 documentary Droid Steve Jobs toy Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:53:22 +0000 Leif Johnson 22019 at Apple Daily: 21.5" 4K iMac, Steve Jobs Movie Screening; Apple Music Needs 'Homework' <!--paging_filter--><p>The talk of the town may be all about the next iPhones and Apple TV, but a new report came in today claiming that we'll get an impressive new iMac in November. Elsewhere, we'll get to see just how good Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is this weekend, and an Apple executive admits that parts of Apple Music still need some work.</p><h3>Apple Rumored to Announce 21.5" 4K iMac in October</h3><p>Most speculation surrounding Apple's future product releases is currently focused on the company's big media event next Wednesday, but sources who spoke with <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> allegedly know that the Cupertino company also plans to announce a 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display toward the end of October. If that sounds familiar, it's because clues regarding the existence of the device were found lurking in the code for OS X El Capitan <a href="" target="_blank">back in June</a>. The sources claim the unit will go out to stores in November.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/09/imac2.jpg" width="620" height="325" /></p><p>As a recap, the discovered code suggests that the device will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. In addition, it hinted that the new iMac will likely contain a Broadwell processor and the associated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 chipset and AMD Radeon M380 - M395X graphics.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Steve Jobs Biopic to Show at Film Festival This Weekend</h3><p>Just a few days ago, it <a href="" target="_blank">seemed certain</a> that Danny Boyle's new Steve Jobs biopic would debut at the New York Film Festival on October 3, but today <em><a href="" target="_blank">Entertainment Weekly</a></em> reported that the film will actually have its first public screening at the <a href="" target="_blank">Telluride Film Festival</a> in Colorado this weekend. That's a whole month ahead of the previously announced screening, which means that Boyle must be really proud of his work here as this gives critics more than enough time to tear the thing apart ahead of the wide release if it's bad.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/jobs2.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>Currently, it's not known when exactly the festival will show the film; right now, we know only that it'll happen sometime over Labor Day weekend. Director Danny Boyle will also receive a "Silver Medallion Award" from the festival in honor of his "significant contribution to the world of cinema," and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will even be in town to see how well Seth Rogen depicts him on screen.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Admits It Has 'Homework' to Do Regarding Apple Music</h3><p>Apple is on the verge of bringing Apple Music to Android this fall, according to a new story from <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>, but the report is particularly noteworthy for iTunes executive Oliver Schusser's admission that Apple still has "a bit of homework to be done" with the service. Schusser was specifically speaking about Apple Music Connect, the service's social network where artists can interact with their fans, but his other statements make it clear that he believes it applies to other aspects of the service as well.</p><p>"There’s a lot of work going into making the product better. Our focus is on editorial and playlists, and obviously we have teams all around the world working on that, but we’re also adding features and cleaning up certain things," Schusser told <em>The Guardian</em>.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/applemusic.jpeg" width="620" height="372" /></p><p>Over 11 million people reportedly signed up for the free trial for the service, but it's not clear at this point how many will stick around once the first free trials end toward the end of this month. Even Jim Dalymple of The Loop, well-known for his insider info regarding the workings of Apple, threw up his hands and announced in a <a href="" target="_blank">July post</a> that "Apple Music is a nightmare and I’m done with it." Schusser also took the occasion to point out that iTunes, his own area of the business, is still doing just fine with a download model in the wake of all this streaming music talk:</p><p>"If you follow the industry and look at the numbers, the download business has been really, really healthy," Schusser said. "iTunes is a big part of our business, still, and will continue to be, so we focus just as much time and energy on maintaining that, editorially and working on features."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News 21.5 Apple Music biopic Danny Boyle iMac Mac Steve Jobs Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:23:09 +0000 Leif Johnson 22013 at Apple Daily: Universal Search on Next Apple TV; Apple May Reveal 'iPad Pro' Next Week <!--paging_filter--><p>More specific details about the devices we'll probably see at Apple's media event next week continue to roll in from alleged insider sources, which at this point means that Apple CEO Tim Cook could just walk on stage and show that the devices exist and his work would be done. Today's rumors claim that the next Apple TV will have a universal search feature and come with a black remote, and that we'll finally get to see the "iPad Pro" after months of rumors.</p><h3>Next Apple TV Said to Support Universal Search Feature</h3><p>The latest batch of rumors regarding the Apple TV came in this morning from both Buzzfeed and 9to5Mac. In Buzzfeed's <a href="" target="_blank">report</a>, insider sources revealed that the device will start at $149 (in line with <a href="" target="_blank">previous rumors</a>) and support a universal search feature that will let users search for media through third-party services such as Netflix in addition to iTunes. As for 9to5Mac's sources, they <a href="" target="_blank">claim </a>that the device will contain somewhere between 8 and 16 GB of storage, and that the long-rumored touchpad remote will be black instead of the current silver.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/silver.jpg" width="620" height="392" /></p><p><strong>Farewell, Silver</strong></p><p>According to the "sources familiar with Apple's plans," the Cupertino company expects that the universal search feature will be a "cornerstone" of the new set-top box. What's more, the search feature won't limit users to titles, but will also allow them to search for media based on directors, actors, or a number of other "targeted searches." Even better, you'll be able to do all this through Siri.</p><p>All this comes on top of all of the other information we "know" about the device, such as how it'll come with an A8 processor and its own App Store, which is widely expected to contain games in addition to the core streaming services. Additional rumors claim that the device will support lightweight motion controls that resemble those currently found on iOS devices.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple May Reveal 'iPad Pro' and New iPad Mini at Next Week's Event</h3><p>Apple's September 9 event is shaping up to be very busy indeed, as new rumors from <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac </a>claim that it'll also feature the new iPad mini 4 and the long-awaited 12.9-inch "iPad Pro."</p><p>But don't get too excited yet. While the huge iPad is expected to make an appearance on stage a week from now, it allegedly won't land in customers' hands until sometime in November. It's currently thought that Apple might choose this later launch date out of a desire to give developers time to create specialized apps for the device. Indeed, there's always a chance that Apple could reveal the device at a separate autumn event, as the list of products rumored for next week's show is growing longer by the day and the company has been known to host two fall shows in the past.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/ipad.jpg" width="620" height="349" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>As for the iPad mini 4, in line with previous rumors, it's expected to match the specs of the existing iPad Air 2 (but in a smaller package). If you want a new iPad Air, you're apparently stuck with what's on the market as there's no indication that Apple plans to release a new version of the device before 2016.</p><p>Based on previous rumors, the "iPad Pro" will sport a 12.9-inch screen, a Force Touch-compatible stylus, an A9 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and possibly even USB 3.0 ports for users who want to hook up peripheral devices. There's also some indication that the device will launch with iOS 9.1 installed rather than 9.0, which sits well with the new rumor of a November launch date.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News 12.9-inch Apple TV force touch iPad iPad Mini ipad pro remote September 9 Siri universal search Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:50:34 +0000 Leif Johnson 22008 at Apple Daily: Apple's Original TV Programming; Offline Movies from Amazon; Next-Gen Stores <!--paging_filter--><p>Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have all caught the "original television programming" bug, and now Apple apparently wants in on the action, too. In other news, you can now download videos from Amazon Prime Video to your iPhone or iPad for offline viewing, and the first of Apple's next-generation retail stores is reportedly coming to a Memphis suburb.</p><h3>Apple Allegedly 'Flirting' With Producing Its Own TV Shows</h3><p>Apple recently bolstered its presence in the music world with the introduction of Apple Music, and according to a new report from <em><a href="" target="_blank">Variety</a></em>, the Cupertino company now wants to get on some of the action that services like Netflix and Amazon are enjoying and start making its own television programming. Apparently, "preliminary conversations" have already started. As with all of Apple's digital content endeavors, Apple's Eddy Cue is reportedly heading the project.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/apple-tv-hero.png" /></p><p>It's currently unknown, however, just how far Apple wants to go with the idea. One source who spoke with the magazine claims that Apple wants to make its own original shows and movies and is prepared to create the necessary production departments. Yet another claims that Apple is merely "flirting" with the idea, although reportedly it did recently make a try to nab Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond after their departure from the BBC.</p><p>Apple's current homegrown media offerings are largely limited to the Beats branch of the business, through which Apple hosts the acclaimed Beats 1 radio station and reportedly produces videos for the likes of Drake and Eminem.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Amazon Prime Video Now Allows Offline Viewing for iOS Devices</h3><p>Speaking of television content services, Amazon just scored a massive victory over Netflix today with its announcement that Amazon Prime Video users can download movies and television shows on their iPhones and iPads for offline viewing. Best of all, there's no additional charge for the service if you're an <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon Prime </a>member. The company expects to have a wider release for the service down the road, but for now the service is limited to Prime customers in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and Austria.</p><p>The catch is that not all shows are available for offline viewing, although Amazon claims that "thousands" are ready to download. And these aren't piddly releases, either — current offerings include everything from Downton Abbey to Star Trek: Into Darkness.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/amazon_0.jpg" width="620" height="216" /></p><p>"There's no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing — anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today," said Amazon digital video chief Michael Paull in the release. "We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing — on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection."</p><p>Amazon previously allowed offline viewing through its Kindle Fire tablet, but this marks the first time that the feature has been available outside of the company's own ecosystem. You can download the relevant app for free <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple's First 'Next-Generation' Store in U.S. Coming to Memphis</h3><p>Apple is reportedly seeking a building permit to renovate a new storefront at <a href=",+Germantown,+TN+38138/@35.0928587,-89.811481,450m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x887f9ba873bdafd9:0x8edd3939f6a03b3" target="_blank">2031 West St.</a> in Memphis' Germantown suburb, which isn't really news in itself. But as the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Memphis Daily News</a></em> reports, Apple representative Rick Millitello claims that the new store will be one of the first next-generation Apple Stores. Rumors about what to expect from Apple's overhaul of its stores have been circulating ever since <em>The New Yorker</em>'s <a href="" target="_blank">profile </a>of Jony Ive mentioned an upcoming "redesign," and the Germantown plans provide us our first glimpse of what to expect.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/09/germantown.png" /></p><p><strong>Apple's existing Germantown store. Photo: Daniel McGarry</strong></p><p>Some of the changes aren't too surprising, such as Apple's plan to replace the building's existing brick facade with three huge glass panels and to fill the room with natural oak display tables. But hints of what to expect reveal themselves in other details, such as the way the building's exterior will have matte granite reinforced panels and a changeable display that exhibits artwork, "living plants at times, TV displays," and other things.</p><p>Apple's existing store in the area is across the street at 7615 W. Farmington Blvd. in the Shops of Saddle Creek North. Once it opens, the new store will be located in the Shops of Saddle Creek South. Millitello also said that multiple overseas locations will also see the redesigned stores this fall.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Amazon Apple Store Apps Germantown Memphis movies netflix offline viewing retail Tennessee Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:11:50 +0000 Leif Johnson 22004 at Apple Daily: New Apple TV Rumors; Apple and Cisco; Jailbreakers Attacked by Malware <!--paging_filter--><p>More "leaked" information about the next Apple TV came in over the weekend, and the latest rumors claim that the device will support Bluetooth gaming controllers. Elsewhere, Apple added Cisco to its growing list of enterprise partners, Apple Pay is now available on an entire university campus, and a quarter of a million iPhone jailbreakers found their iPhones affected by a particularly nasty strain of malware.</p><h3>Next Apple TV Said to Support Bluetooth Game Controllers</h3><p>Less than a week ahead of the expected announcement of the next-generation Apple TV, new rumors about the device continue to pour in, and they continue to make the device sound amazing in comparison to its current incarnation. The latest batch comes from insider sources who allegedly spoke with <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>, and they claim that the next Apple TV will support Bluetooth game controllers that closely resemble those for gaming consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — in other words, they'd be a lot like the MFi controllers currently available for iOS devices. As with those controllers, it's Ilikely that third-party manufacturers like Logitech will make the actual controllers.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/apple-tv.jpg" /></p><p>That's cool and all, but the report also dispels some other exciting rumors, specifically the ones <a href="" target="_blank">claiming </a>that the next Apple TV would support the kind of motion controls you find on the Nintendo Wii. Instead, the sources claim, it'll just mimic the same tilting features you already find on the iPhone and iPad.</p><p>Other "leaked" information about the device came in from 9to5Mac <a href="" target="_blank">earlier </a>in the day, claiming that the device will cost somewhere between $149 and $199 and that it'll be available in October. In addition, the sources claim that Apple's long-awaited cable-cutting streaming TV service will come to both the third and fourth generations of the device, with the $69 third (and current) generation mainly being regarded as an entry-level device.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple and Cisco Announce Enterprise Partnership</h3><p>Apple first made big headlines in the enterprise market when it announced its surprise partnership with IBM last year, and now the Cupertino company has teamed up with Cisco to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users. The <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a> announcing the partnership is light on details (as was an appearance by Tim Cook at Cisco's Global Sales Experience (GSX) today), but it notes, for instance, that switching between an iPhone and a desk phone should be seamless with the resulting optimized technology.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/cookbell.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Eric J. Bell</a></strong></p><p>"iOS is the world's best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the press release. "iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love."</p><p>As partners, Apple and Cisco will reportedly work together to create "experiences" for "mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence, and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Over 225,000 Jailbreakers Affected By New Malware Attack</h3><p>If you've ever considered breaking away from Apple's "walled garden" and jailbreaking your iOS device, consider this: Today Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">revealed&nbsp;</a>that malware known as KeyRaider has affected around 225,000 jailbroken iOS devices. That's a quarter of a million Apple IDs that the people responsible for KeyRaider have access to, and they're reportedly already using it to make fraudulent purchases off the App Store. Worse yet, the malware removes the ability to unlock an iPhone from the lock screen, and the culprits are sometimes using that feature to demand ransoms before the phone can be unlocked again.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/paloalto.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: Palo Alto Networks</strong></p><p>The bulk of the damage is in China, where users unassumingly downloaded affected apps through the jailbreaking tool Cydia, although Palo Alto notes that it has also affected some devices in the U.S. and the U.K. In addition to Apple IDs and passwords, KeyRaider also gains access to each affected device's unique GUID identifying code, its security certificates, its private keys for push notifications, and its App Store purchase history. Indeed, one of the ways jailbroken devices get affected is when the user download two jailbreak features that allow users to download apps from the App Store for free.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Pay Now Available Throughout University of Oklahoma Campus</h3><p>Apple Pay has been making steady inroads into retail establishments across the U.S. since its debut last year, but as of this week, it's also available throughout the entire University of Oklahoma campus. That means students can use it at any of the Norman, Oklahoma campus' 400 point-of-service locations, which include everything from restaurants to bookstores. It's the first time a university has so fully embraced Apple's mobile payment technology.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/norman.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p><strong>Source:&nbsp;<a href=",_Norman,_OK.jpg" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a></strong></p><p>And it's apparently just the beginning. Back during Apple's earnings call for the third quarter last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that more than 700 colleges and universities would start using the service. The University of Oklahoma was among the universities Cook specifically mentioned at the time, as was the University of Kentucky and Cook's own alma mater Auburn University.</p><p>As for the University of Oklahoma itself, it's certainly enthusiastic about the service's potential, as it released a <a href="" target="_blank">meme-filled list</a> today detailing why "having Apple Pay campus wide is so awesome."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News App Store Apple Pay Apple TV bluetooth Cisco Cydia Enterprise games gaming controller iOS 8 iphone jailbreaking KeyRaider malware University of Oklahoma Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:20:24 +0000 Leif Johnson 21999 at Apple Daily: Motion Sensing Apple TV; Apple and Pentagon; 16GB iPhones Here to Stay <!--paging_filter--><p>The next Apple TV is set to be revealed at Apple's next big media event on September 9, if you believe the rumors, and the latest batch claims that it'll feature some spiffy motion-sensing technology that could make it a big hit with casual gamers. Meanwhile, Apple and other companies are joining up with the Pentagon to create "flexible hybrid electronics," and it looks like we're stuck with 16GB baseline iPhones for another year.</p><h3>Next Apple TV Said to Have Motion-Sensitive Remote</h3><p>Rumors that the next big Apple TV will support motion-sensing technology have been around since <a href=",4" target="_blank">2010</a>, but they resurfaced again in a report from <a href="" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>&nbsp;detailing new aspects about the feature mere weeks ahead of the device's expected reveal. The motion control itself will center on a redesigned remote with the touchpad and Siri support we've all heard so much about it, but the report notes that insider sources claim that it'll have "several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote."</p><p>The report suggests that Apple likely aims to use the features to attract "the broad casual gaming market" but notes that it also allows the possibility of innovative gameplay. The design would also fare well for multiplayer gaming, as the players involved could use the built-in voice support, and the Apple TV would provide a better home for party games that are a tad too awkward to use on the iPad on the iPhone.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/appletv_0.jpg" width="620" height="425" /></p><p>While the motion capabilities of the device are the highlight of the article, the report also cites anonymous sources who note that the combination of the device's "polish, polish, polish," its own App Store, and other factors will "blow away the types of junky smart TV interfaces we’ve had to deal with so far." The changes are so extensive, apparently, that they end Apple TV's long designation as a "hobby" and elevate it into "the first real Apple TV product."</p><p>If that's all true, the debut of the new Apple TV would have been even more impressive with the inclusion of Apple's long-rumored streaming TV service, but multiple reports claim that it's being held up by negotiations. The latest report in that regard comes from The Information's Jessica Lessin (via <a href="" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>), who said in a letter to subscribers this morning that Apple's rumored $40 monthly fee for the service is the main sticking point. It's apparently simply too low for the content makers to want to bite, and thus it might be a bit higher when (and if) the service ever sees the light of day.</p><p>"There's still a big gap between the price media companies want for their TV channels and the roughly $40 a month Apple wants to charge consumers," Lessin wrote in her letter. "Something has to give."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Teaming Up with Pentagon to Make Military Wearable Tech</h3><p>The Apple Watch, it seems, was only the beginning: The Cupertino company's wearable technology might soon be coming to a soldier near you. According to a new report from <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, Apple is one of 162 tech companies teaming up with the Pentagon in order to make high-tech, stretchable and wearable electronics for soldiers in order to keep track of their vitals. In the future, the Pentagon expects warplanes and warships will use the same technology in their hulls order to monitor their structural integrity in real time.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/ames.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Above: Silicon Valley's Ames Research Center (via <a href="" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a>)</strong></p><p>The San Jose-based group goes by the name of the FlexTech Alliance, and it includes several other powerhouse companies and organizations such as Boeing and Harvard. The project will reportedly receive around $171 million in funding over the next five years to further develop "flexible hybrid electronics," with $90 million of that coming from Apple and its partner companies and $75 million coming from the federal government. The remainder will come from local governments.</p><p>"I’ve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at NASA's Ames Research Center as he awarded the project the government's share of the funding.</p><p>Interestingly enough, the news comes on the same day that <a href="" target="_blank">Politico</a>&nbsp;ran an article on how current Apple CEO Tim Cook has embraced Washington politics. Steve Jobs famously shunned it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>'Leaked' Photo Suggests 16GB Baseline Units for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus</h3><p>Many commentators had hoped that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be the last iPhones to start out with 16GB of storage, but in line with earlier rumors, a newly "leaked" photo of an information sheet for the upcoming devices suggests that might not be the case (via <a href="" target="_blank">Steve Hemmerstoffer</a>). Even in this digital storage hungry world, it appears that the base models for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature 16GB of storage.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/iphone.jpg" width="620" height="414" /></p><p>There's always a chance, of course, that some bored guy faked the photo or that it merely represents an earlier stage of Apple's production process that has since been abandoned. It's possible, yes, but at this stage it seems like wishful thinking.</p><p>Apple is widely expected to reveal the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the media event on September 9 Apple announced yesterday. While the devices likely won't look terribly different from their current counterparts on the surface, they're expected to sport much better cameras, Force Touch technology, improved cellular connectivity, and stronger aluminum for the exteriors. The devices are also expected to come in a new "<a href="" target="_blank">rose gold</a>" color and to support animated lock screen <a href="" target="_blank">wallpapers</a>&nbsp;in the style of the "Motion" watch faces for the Apple Watch.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News 16 GB Apple TV games iphone Pentagon Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:25:07 +0000 Leif Johnson 21991 at Apple Daily: Next iPhone Event Set for Sept. 9; Next iPhones May Get Animated Wallpapers <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple has at last announced the date for its next big media event and, well, it's going to take place on the date we've all been saying it was going to take place on for months now. In addition, Apple is said to be bringing some spiffy animated wallpapers to the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus."</p><h3>Apple to Hold Next iPhone/Apple TV Event on September 9</h3><p>And so the rumor mill is right again. Apple sent out invitations this morning stating that, yes, the next Apple media event will be held at 10AM PDT on Wednesday, September 9 at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple II in 1977. The invitation's message is both simple and vague: "Hey Siri, give us a hint."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/invitation.jpg" /></p><p>In addition, Windows users will be able to join in on the festivities live for the first time ever this year, as the Cupertino company's <a href="" target="_blank">page for the event</a> notes that you can stream it on September 9 "on a PC with Edge on Windows 10." As usual, of course, you can also watch the event on Apple TV or through the Safari browser on a Mac or iOS device.</p><p>There's always a chance Apple could surprise us, but there have been plenty of trustworthy "hints" from the rumor mill that suggest that Apple will at last unveil the so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the event. Both devices are expected to be be made from stronger aluminum than their immediate predecessors, and they're expected to feature Force Touch, an improved camera, 2GB of RAM, and an A9 processor.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/fullsizerender.jpg" /></p><p>Apple is also expected to use the event to unveil the next generation of the Apple TV, which is expected to have Siri support (which likely explains the invitation's tagline), its own App Store, a touch-based remote control, and an A8 processor. Apple isn't expected to announce its long-awaited subscription-based streaming TV service at the event, though, as negotiations are supposedly still bogged down.</p><p>For a bit of fun, saying "Hey Siri, give me a hint" to Siri does, in fact, reveal a set of customized responses. Unfortunately, the hints are no more helpful than "Well, I hear there's something big happening on September 9" and our personal favorite: "Why don't you check a rumors blog? That's what I do."</p><p>Ouch, Siri.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>iPhone 6s and 6s Plus May Have Apple Watch-Like Animated Wallpapers</h3><p>Fittingly enough, the pace of rumors hasn't slowed down even with the next Apple media event on the near horizon. The latest rumor passed along from insider sources to <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac </a>claims that the so-called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature new animated wallpapers in the style of the "Motion" watch faces for the Apple Watch. Each time a user wakes up his or her phone, they'll be treated to watching the wallpaper dynamically change based on their interactions.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/iphone6scarp.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">cnBeta</a></strong></p><p>Some of the wallpapers seem based off the static backgrounds that showed up in the beta for iOS 9 earlier in the month, such as smoky clouds with different colors and a school of koi. The koi, in fact, seems to lend some credence to a "leaked" photo of the box for the iPhone 6s Plus that appeared on the Chinese site <a href="" target="_blank">cnBeta </a>this morning. Some inconsistencies with Apple's earlier iPhone packaging led some commentators to doubt its authenticity, but as the box depicts a koi fish on the front, it could be a way to tie-in the packaging with this new feature.</p><p>Dynamic wallpapers already exist to a degree on the current iPhones, but their complexity doesn't come close to matching that of the motion watch faces for the Apple Watch. At the moment, there's no word as to whether we'll get to put the snazzy new wallpapers on older iPhones, but it seems unlikely in light of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus's allegedly better processor and extra RAM. In fact, the static images we saw in the iOS 9 beta might be as close as we get.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News animated wallpaper Apple TV backgrounds iphone iPhone 6s iPHone 6s Plus koi Siri wallpaper Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:54:43 +0000 Leif Johnson 21988 at Apple Daily: Apple Watch Accessories in Stores; Jobs Biopic Poster; Tim Cook's Big Reward <!--paging_filter--><p>At last, Apple has started selling third-party Apple Watch accessories in its stores, although the selection is currently severely limited. In other news, we finally get to see the movie poster for the Steve Jobs biopic that's been in the news for months, and Apple CEO Tim Cook received an, ahem, agreeable amount of Apple shares for his recent performance as CEO.</p><h3>Apple Starts Selling Third-Party Apple Watch Accessories in Stores</h3><p>As a part of Apple's continuing redesign of its retail experience, the Cupertino company today started selling third-party accessories for the Apple Watch in its stores. As noted by <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>, the first product available is ElevationLab's $29.95 NightStand, which serves as both a charger and an alarm clock.</p><p>ElevationLab <a href="" target="_blank">originally </a>only offered the NightStand in blue, black, and red, but as a result of its new direct partnership with Apple, it's now also possible to get the unit in pink, blue, green, black, and white (in Apple stores only) — specifically, the exact colors used for the Apple Watch Sport band. The device is also one of the few third-party devices so far to take advantage of watchOS 2's upcoming Nightstand Mode, which turns the Apple Watch into an alarm clock while it's charging.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/nightstand_0.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>Sources claim that the device is the only third-party Apple Watch accessory available for purchase in an Apple retail store at the moment, but that might change next month.</p><p>As an aside, the report also notes that Apple has indeed removed that iPad "smart signs" that used to provide pricing and information for products like iPads, iPhones, and Macs throughout the store; now, instead, you'll have to take the slightly more awkward step of opening a dedicated pricing app to find out how much the device you're handling actually costs.</p><h3>Movie Poster for Danny Boyle's Steve Job Biopic Revealed</h3><p>Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic is rapidly approaching its October wide release date, and now we even have an official poster for the highly anticipated film. The poster is designed with the same minimalist, white-space heavy design Apple products are known for, and it also recalls the cover of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography the film is based on. As a bonus, it features actor Michael Fassbender looking a little more like Steve Jobs than usual.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/jobsposter.jpg" width="620" height="981" /></p><p>The film itself will first be shown as the highlight of the New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 3. Michael Fassbender stars in the title role, but the film also stars Kate Winslet in the role of former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley.</p><p>The film focuses on the action backstage on the eve of three major Apple product launches: the original Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Tim Cook Receives Performance-Based Award of $58 million in Apple Stock</h3><p>Tim Cook just had a very good Monday, according to a new report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (via <a href=";utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>). As rewards for his tenure and performance, the Apple CEO received 560,000 vested restricted Apple stock units, which roughly amounts to a value of $58 million based on Apple's current stock price. Cook didn't sell any of the vested restricted stock units, and Apple reportedly withheld 290,836 units in order to stay within minimum statutory tax withholding requirements.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/cookbig_0.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>According to the filing, Apple's total shareholder return (TSR) had to fall within the top third&nbsp;of the Standard &amp; Poor 500 in order for Cook to receive the stock. Apple ranked 46th, which was within the 90th percentile. Had Apple only reached the middle third, Cook would have received only 50 percent of the given award. If Apple had ranked in the bottom third, Cook wouldn't have received any restricted Apple stock units at all.</p><p>But, of course, he did well, and that brings his total current stock to approximately 1.17 million AAPL shares, with an additional 4.76 million set to vest in 700,000-unit batches in 2016 and 2021. Also, 1.68 million more will vest in six annual installments beginning in August of 2016.</p><p>In line with Cook's stated desire to make Apple "a force for good," Cook stated last year that he plans to give his entire fortune away once he pays for the college education of his young nephew.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News AAPL Apple Stock Apple Watch shares Steve Jobs Tim Cook Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:26:22 +0000 Leif Johnson 21983 at Apple Daily: Leaked Parts Allegedly Boot Up iPhone 6s; Steve Jobs Film Rehearsal Process <!--paging_filter--><p>In yet more proof that Apple probably needs to work a little harder on that whole "doubling down on secrecy" thing, someone has allegedly put together a more-or-less working iPhone 6s using the many parts that have supposedly leaked over the last few months. In other news, one of the actors from the upcoming Steve Jobs movie reveals details about the film's unique rehearsal process.</p><h3>Video Allegedly Shows 'iPhone 6s' Powered On with Help of Leaked Parts</h3><p>Leaked iPhone 6s parts are apparently numerous enough that it's now possible to build working models out of them, and someone has apparently done just that with the help of a couple of iPhone 6 parts. The unidentified source then sent photos and a video of the device to <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>. The authenticity of all this isn't confirmed, but the components match what we'd&nbsp;expect to see from an iPhone "s" release, such as minimal changes to the device's exterior and multiple tweaks to the interior.</p><p><iframe src="" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>There are enough components on hand to power up the device, as seen in the video. Unfortunately, it only goes to a blank screen with a gear icon, which doesn't do much to confirm the rumors of Force Touch coming to the device. The same could also be said of the photos showing the inside of the device's display, which sports the same mysterious rectangular hole that was spotted in other alleged component <a href="" target="_blank">leaks </a>from a couple of weeks ago. Then as now, it's not clear what function the hole serves, but Force Touch at least seems like a possibility.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/iphone_6s.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>Other photos purport to show the logic board for the iPhone 6s, which shows the already "leaked" Qualcomm <a href="" target="_blank">MDM9635M </a>LTE modem for better data speeds and a heretofore unknown Qualcomm WTR3925 radio frequency chip designed to boost cellular connections. On display, too, is what seems to be the Samsung-made A9 chip for the next iPhone. The chip is thought to deliver 2GB of RAM, although nothing about the photos confirms that.</p><p>Apple is expected to reveal both the so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at a media event next month, likely on September 9.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Steve Jobs Biopic Actor Relates Details About Unique Rehearsal Process</h3><p>It's<a href="" target="_blank"> long been known</a> that Aaron Sorkin's script for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender is split into three acts, but a new <a href="" target="_blank">Collider </a>interview with actor Michael Stuhlbarg demonstrates that the structure uniquely affected rehearsals for the film too. Stuhlbarg plays Andy Hertzfeld, one of the Macintosh's original engineers, and he claims the rehearsal process was "unlike anything I've ever done to this point and probably unlike anything I'll ever do again."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/jobs.jpg" width="620" height="356" /></p><p>In contrast to many movies, which are apparently rehearsed on a scene-by-scene basis, the rehearsals for the Steve Jobs film focused on each act individually — as Stuhlbarg says, more "like a three-act play." Two weeks were devoted to the rehearsal of one act, and an additional two weeks were spent filming at the original location used for a famed Apple product unveiling. The three product unveilings depicted in the film are the original Macintosh, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac.</p><p>The unique filming process allowed the actors to bond "in an extraordinary way," Stuhlbarg says, and "it kind of gave us something in the telling of the story that you don't often get, which is a sense of momentum of what a story is telling you."</p><p>The film will hit most theaters on October 9, although you can <a href="" target="_blank">see it</a> at the New York Film Festival a few days ahead of time on October 3.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Aaron Sorkin biopic Danny Boyle iphone iPhone 6s leaks Michael Fassbender Michael Stuhlbarg Steve Jobs Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:08:59 +0000 Leif Johnson 21978 at Apple Daily: Tim Cook Saves Apple Stock, Possibly U.S. Stock Market; iPhones with Hydrogen Fuel Cells? <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook saved Apple Stock (and, some say, the whole U.S. stock market) today with a well-timed e-mail after this morning's stock market tumble, although it's possible he'll get in trouble with the U.S.&nbsp;Securities and Exchange Commission as a result. In other news, you may soon be able to get a seven-day charge out of your iPhone, but now the question is whether Apple will actually pick up the somewhat unconvential technology involved.</p><h3>Tim Cook E-mail Saves Apple Stock from Fall, But Draws Ethics Concerns</h3><p>The stock market had an "interesting" time this morning after the Dow plummeted by 1,000 points owing to fears associated with the Chinese economy, and Apple felt the pain along with the rest of the market. Early this morning, Apple stock stood at $94.87, well below the record highs it reached in recent months. As it turns out, it was also a good time to buy Apple stock. As of the time of writing, Apple stock had climbed back to a daily high of $108.80 before slipping to $104.25 in after-hours trading.</p><p>You can thank Apple CEO Tim Cook for the significant surge, which occurred after Cook sent<a href="" target="_blank"> an e-mail</a> to Jim Cramer on CNBC's Mad Money this morning regarding Apple's situation in China. That's an exceedingly rare move for both Cook and Apple as a whole, as news about the company's financial state usually doesn't emerge until Apple's widely followed quarterly earnings reports.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/08/aapl.png" width="620" height="550" /></p><p>"Growth in iPhone activations has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last two weeks," Cook said in the e-mail.</p><p>Cook, who had a surprise live on-air chat on Cramer's show back in March, also suggested that his e-mail was also directed at investors as a whole in the wake of today's events, and Cramer thus posted it not long after.</p><p>"As you know, we don't give mid-quarter updates and we rarely comment on Apple Stock," Cook said. "But I know your question is on the minds of many investors."</p><p>Unfortunately, while Cook's e-mail had the seemingly desired effect of saving Apple stock for the day (and, by some estimations — via <a href="" target="_blank">Talking New Media</a>&nbsp;—&nbsp;the entire U.S. stock market), lawyers who spoke with <a href="" target="_blank">MarketWatch </a>claim that Cook's e-mail possibly violated the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's <a href="" target="_blank">Fair Disclosure</a> regulation.</p><p>According to the regulation itself:</p><p>"The regulation provides that when an issuer, or person acting on its behalf, discloses material nonpublic information to certain enumerated persons (in general, securities market professionals and holders of the issuer's securities who may well trade on the basis of the information), it must make public disclosure of that information."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Hydrogen Fuel Cells May Boost iPhone Battery Life to Seven Days</h3><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/iphone-6-battery.jpg" class="graphic-right" />A British company by the name of Intelligent Energy is convinced that the iPhone of the future should at least partially run on hydrogen fuel cells, and to prove that the concept works, they recently built a working iPhone 6 that included the fuel cells without altering almost any the existing internal components of the device. Impressive, to say the least, especially considering how thin the iPhone 6 is to begin with. In addition, the team reportedly showed off a hydrogen-powered MacBook Air.</p><p>The appeal here is that the hydrogen fuel cells could stretch the device's power to around a week and thus help users avoid the daily (and sometimes more) charges needed with today's iPhones. The only waste products of the technology are apparently a little bit of water vapor and a small amount of heat. The current rechargeable USB battery would remain with Intelligent Energy's design; the fuel cells would largely be there in cases of emergency.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a></em>, who saw a prototype, the only alteration Intelligent Energy made to the device was to redesign the headphone jack so it doubles as a refilling port for the hydrogen. The report notes, however, that there would be a separate port for refills in any device that ships with the technology. This may or may not be an iPhone, although Intelligent Energy is apparently "working closely" with our favorite Cupertino company, although the Intelligent Energy didn't single out Apple by name. In addition, neither company has issued a statement detailing the extent of that relationship.</p><p>According to Mark Lawson-Statham, Intelligent Energy's corporate finance chief, any consumer products with the technology are still "a couple of years out." He hints that it could happen sooner, but that depends on "how quickly...our partner [which may or may not be Apple] wants to press the button and get on with it."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News AAPL China hydrogen hydrogen fuel cells iphone stock market Tim Cook Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:27:27 +0000 Leif Johnson 21974 at