Back in March we reported that Neil Young was trying to push his "PonoPlayer" to deliver "master quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible." Young targeted Apple's iPod in some of his marketing of the device, but now it appears Apple might be stepping up its game with a "dramatic overhaul" of iTunes by offering higher quality music downloads on iTunes than we've seen in the past.
It's a good day to be an Apple user. Dire news about a security flaw named Heartbleed has been circulating around the Internet for the last week, but the Cupertino company said in a statement to Re/code today that you have little to worry about as regards iOS, OS X, and Apple's "key web services." All were apparently unaffected.
Something is rotten in Cupertino. After more than 20 years with Apple, Greg Christie, who played a key role in the development of the original iPhone and other major Apple products, is allegedly leaving the company due to "friction" (to use 9to5Mac's word) with design chief Jony Ive. As a result, Ive will have even more direct control over the design of Apple's software.
More rumors about the "iWatch" today, and they show just how risky it is to take them at face value. According to the latest report from DigiTimes (the same folks who relayed the news about the "August" release date just yesterday), three of Apple's suppliers have delivered samples of the flexible circuit boards intended for the iWatch.
If the latest rumors from China are correct, we may be getting the iWatch on our wrists a lot more quickly than anticipated. As reported by the Economic Daily News, Apple's long-rumored piece of wearable tech will be built by Quanta Computer of Taiwan, who'll be manufacturing 65 million units at first. And we could see it as early as August.
Sometimes important acquisitions by Apple make big news; other times, months by go by before anyone even knows about it. (It's a pity it seemingly can't achieve that same secrecy with the iPhone anymore.) As TechCrunch reports, it appears that the iPhone maker acquired staff from Novauris Technologies last year to assist in improving Siri, thus all but confirming Apple also acquired the company at the same time.
On the eve of the launch of Microsoft's three signature Office apps for the iPad, several critics were still suggesting that it was too late for their appearance to make much of a difference. According to today's Twitter report from Microsoft, however, they couldn't have been more wrong. Just one week since Word, Excel, and PowerPoint came to Apple's tablet, the apps (combined with OneNote) have been downloaded a stunning 12 million times.
Blizzard Entertainment's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is starting to make its way to the iPad as of today, although it's currently only available in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. That could change, though, as the night goes on. Designed by the makers of popular games like World of Warcraft and Diablo III, Hearthstone presents a fun, free-to-play take on the genre probably best known for Magic: The Gathering and, in true Blizzard fashion, it makes it easily accessible for the most novice of players.
Following the release of Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad, Apple is drawing attention to its own office suite with a visual overhaul of the online versions of iWork. The iCloud and Mac versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all resemble their iOS 7 counterparts after today's update, bringing a common visual aesthetic to the Cupertino company's productivity suite regardless of which platform you prefer.
Just how good is Apple's new ARM-based A7 processing chip for the iPhone 5s? According to Anandtech (via AppleInsider), it's almost strong enough to power a desktop computer, thus validating some earlier claims by the Cupertino company. After studying the A7 chip and going over Apple's coding for the LLVM compiler project, Anandtech's Anand Shimpi arrived at the conclusion that the A7 features the same amount of execution ports found in Intel's Ivy Bridge chips.