Most commentators tend to agree that Apple mainly bought Beats for a head start into music streaming, but the Cupertino giant has repeatedly shown its willingness to support the headphone lineup that first made Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's brand such a big name. According to a new report, that may also mean that Apple will start letting Beats customers take their devices up to their local Genius Bars for repair.
Well, the rumor mill is definitely talking about the iPad Air 2, but nothing like it did the iPhone 6 series. Interesting. Well, we certainly hope Cupertino is able to wow the crowds at their October 16 event, and we expect next week will kick things up a notch with leaks and rumors. Meanwhile, what else shook free in the news this week?
Just hours after a rumor circulated that Apple would start telling its employees to remove all Bose products from the shelves of its stores, a new report emerged at Reuters claiming that the two companies have reached a settlement. The details aren't clear, but the matter is allegedly “resolved” and Bose won't press its patent-infringement suit directed at Beats' headphones.
The Apple Watch continues to impress fashionistas, who will see the device featured prominently on the wrist of a supermodel in the next issue of Vogue China. Our Friday Morning Report has the details on that, as well as a possible escalation in the Beats-Bose skirmish that could see the latter ejected from Apple retail stores, plus details on the latest Skype for Mac update. We've got all the news, just a click away...
Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.
Whenever I’m on an airplane, as soon as passengers are allowed to use electronics, at least a half-dozen pairs of Bose’s Quiet Comfort headphones pop out of carry-on bags. Despite increased competition, Bose’s noise-canceling headphones are pretty much the standard for air travel.
Portable speakers are known for being portable first, and sounding great...well, almost never. Bose is aiming to change that perception with the SoundLink Mini, a diminutive 1.5-pound speaker that connects to any device via Bluetooth. With seven hours of playback on a single charge, and surprisingly good bass, the SoundLink Mini is an itty-bitty powerhouse, whether it’s on your desk or hanging out in the backyard.
The worst part about airplane travel is, well, the plane. Besides being
cramped, crowded, and short on any decent snack foods, they’re also
noisy. So noisy that it’s difficult to make the hours zip by more
quickly by revisiting your favorite albums on an iPod or watching a
movie on your MacBook. Bose’s new Quiet Comfort 15 headphones are made
for just these moments. The active noise cancellation helps block out
background noise, and Bose’s considerable audio experience brings you a
clean-sounding set of cans--with a couple of drawbacks, however.