Looks like the "iWatch" is going to be a real thing after all. After more than a year of speculation and occasionally outlandish rumors, Apple is apparently going to start production on the fabled device next month, reports Reuters. Allegedly, we'll actually see it in October. Based on the additional information in the report, the device will look only slightly like some of the more popular works of concept art we've seen.
One of the big announcements at WWDC this year was the introduction of Continuity for both iOS 8 and Yosemite, which allows Apple users to continue what they were doing on one device on another. Although Apple made no mention of extended compatibility in the keynote, it now looks as though the Cupertino company is extending that same functionality to Apple TV.
In case you haven't heard, there's a currently a major legal battle being fought between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group. While the battle wages on, Amazon is refusing to sell books by the popular publishing company. Apple isn't, however, and Re/code reports that the Cupertino company is even taking advantage of the situation by offering a sale on digital copies of Hachette titles.
It's a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011: Is Apple still the design leader it once was? Apple's design chief Jony Ive certainly seems to think so, or so he claims in an Q&A with the New York Times on the heels of the Gray Lady's larger piece on Tim Cook. Not only is Apple's approach to design in a good place, Ive says, but the company is about to extend it to products with "materials we haven't worked in before."
Of all the companies that would make sense for Apple to acquire, Nuance — the company behind Siri — would seem high on the list. That's apparently not the case. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple's chief rival Samsung is moving in to acquire the influential creator of voice-recognition software, which could mean dire things for the folks in Cupertino if the deal goes through.
Angela Ahrendts, Apple's new senior vice president of retail, has only been on the job for a few weeks, but she's wasted no time in establishing herself as one of the company's most noteworthy and visible figures. Just yesterday we relayed the news about her enthusiastic discussion of "new technologies" from Cupertino; today we get a look at first official public appearance at the opening of the new Apple store in Tokyo, Japan.
If you thought Apple was done with acquisitions for a while after putting down $3 billion for Beats, think again. A new report from TechCrunch claims that the Cupertino company has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine offering personalized recommendations on places you should visit.
Apple is a little late to the music-streaming revolution with its acquisition of Beats Music; that much is clear. According to a new Buzzfeed report, however, that tardiness has as much to do with willful ignorance on the part of Apple's executives as it does with maintaining sales on iTunes.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the extensive improvements for SDK for iOS and Mac today, calling it "the biggest release since the launch of the App Store." Craig Federighi (whom Cook jokingly called "Superman" in reference to the time he's spent onstage today), took the stage to discuss the features.
Apple kicked off WWDC with a short but well-crafted video detailing the perception of what an app developer looks like and the way they actually are. (In short, there's not as many nerds with glasses as the folks interviewed seemed to think.) It then cut to how iOS users use the apps in the App Store, whether it's marine biologists documenting ocean life, baseball players perfecting their techniques, or simply playing Candy Crush Saga. Above all, the message was that developers were changing the world: "What we have is an intersection between technology and art."