The stormy relationship between Apple and Samsung continues to grow more interesting. After a series of brutal lawsuits focusing on Samsung's infringements of Apple's copyrights during the creation of the original iPhone, Samsung has now emerged as the top supplier of display panels for the iPad in the first quarter of 2014.
Nokia's smartphone division may have been officially acquired by Microsoft two weeks ago, but that doesn't mean that the long-time Apple rival gets to enjoy the Finnish smartphone maker's talent as well. Indeed, based on a series of tweets from earlier today that were first spotted by Engadget, former Nokia camera engineering executive Ari Partinen is headed to Cupertino.
The word on the street is that the next iPhone and iOS 8 will boast a heavy emphasis on health, but a new report from the University of Houston (via 9to5Mac) shows that you achieve some impressive medical feats with the existing models. According to the study, a researcher from the university developed an app that can detect melanoma with an accuracy rate of 85 percent based on early tests.
In one of the surest signs that the so-called "iWatch" is on its way and not just a rumor, Apple recently attempted to extend its corporate trademark to provide coverage for "Class 14" objects, which include jewelry, clocks, and, yes, watches.
If this week was notable for anything, it was a plethora of iPhone 6 rumors, leaks, potential leaks, and concepts. To think, last week we were all talking about the iWatch. Looks like the Apple rumor mill operating system isn't in any need of an update.
Through what appears to be a stroke of (dubious) luck, Apple Maps has proven more useful than Google Maps in the long search for Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster. As reported by Britain's Daily Mail, amateur monster hunters Andy Dixon and Peter Thain uncovered what looks like an underwater outline of the beast while scanning the lake with satellite photos from Apple's navigational service.
Taking a cue from social networking services like Foursquare and Apple's own Find My Friends, Facebook has started releasing a new service for its iOS app that will announce when your friends are in the general area. It's called Nearby Friends, it's optional, and it's meant to facilitate impromptu group activities and social events.
It's all but a given now that the next iPhone will come in two larger screen sizes, but that extra real estate raises the important question of how Apple plans to handle the resolution. As a user named "Pi is exactly 3" on The Verge's Apple forums notes (via Cult of Mac), it'll likely remain the same if past history proves anything.
Anki Drive turned heads last June when it took the stage at Apple's WWDC 2013 with its iOS-compatible toy race cars powered by a form of artificial intelligence. As of today, Anki has expanded the lineup, offering new cars, new tracks, and a new race mode.