Intel made an enemy out of Apple back in 2010 when it helped create the so-called "UltraBook," which was powered by Windows but looked an awful lot like the MacBook Air. Partly in response, Apple started making its own A-series chips (with more than a little help from frenemy Samsung), and now the chip giant is reportedly paying for its "backstabbing style of partnership." According to an extensive report, Intel's move has cost it around $7 billion in losses.
Apple today released new patches for both Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The notes for both are rather small and the updates don't introduce any new features, but they do fix some problems that some users have struggled with for several weeks or more. And perhaps best of all, both appear to have gone live without the hiccups that characterized the launch of iOS 8.1.
How bad is the "Masque Attack" we wrote about earlier this week? Well, considering that the U.S. Government is now warning people to watch out for it, it's something you'll probably want to take very seriously. It's a particularly nasty thing, too, as it can replace your legitimate apps with malware versions even on non-jailbroken devices.
Most rumors agree that Apple's next big reveal will be a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," but according to a respected analyst, production hiccups may keep Apple from mass producing the device until the second fiscal quarter of next year. And that's not all; Kuo also has some rather grim sales projections for Apple's entire tablet line.
If you're willing to brave the crowds on Black Friday this year (particularly when retailers are referring to the sales as "doorbusters"), you'll find some good deals at Best Buy that you'll never find in an Apple retail store. Other sales sheets from Target and Sam's Club leaked over the last couple of days, but Best Buy took a different direction and published their deals for their Doorbusters sale outright.
Last week, the Home Depot suffered a devastating security breach in which 56 million credit card numbers and 53 million e-mail addresses were stolen. By the time a massive story hit The Wall Street Journal regarding the issue, investigators revealed that someone had managed to get access to the files through a Windows security breach. And what do you do when that happens? If you're in charge at Home Depot, apparently, you buy your executives a bunch of MacBooks and iPhones to replace their old Windows devices.
Apple's Photo Library for iCloud has so far relied on syncing with photos and videos taken with iDevices, but that may change soon. The beta for iCloud.com now allows users to upload photos they've taken with devices other than their Apple products to the cloud, which immediately makes the service a more attractive method of storing photos.
They went quickly as usual, the refurb Mac minis. Gone after appearing briefly last week, despite Apple's refresh of the pint-sized desktop. So this week, in their honor, we'll feature other small devices, meaning if you're looking to save money on some iOS products and don't need the very latest model Air, this is the place to save some serious cash and pick up some great products.
Americans might be divided on the meaning of last night's election results, but at least the Apple faithful can unite in enjoying another botched product placement from an Apple competitor. Last month homegrown rival Microsoft announced it would be working closely with CNN for coverage of the midterm elections, but the associated product placement fell flat last night when CNN commentators were caught using Microsoft's Surface tablets to hide their iPads.
The runaway success of the iPhone 6 Plus no doubt proves to Apple that big is in, but is that success enough to make the Cupertino company turn its back on one of its most highly rated devices? Apparently so, according to a dubious new rumor from Taiwan's Economy Daily News, which claims that Apple plans to discontinue the device in favor of the long-rumored, gigantic 12.2-inch "iPad Pro."