When Apple introduced a "kill switch" of sorts for iPhones and iPads with the release of iOS 7, it was hailed as a landmark moment in the growing fight against smartphone theft. But as Re/code reports (via MacRumors) it may soon be required as part of a federal law directed at all smartphones sold in the United States. The federal bill follows a similar one introduced in the state of California last week.
Once upon a time, Microsoft Office for iPad was was hailed as the office suite that would make Apple's tablet a worthy work product for professionals. And now, years after the device's first appearance, it appears (via a report from ZDNet), that we may get it after all. The big question, of course, is if it's too late to matter.
It's often said that we live in a "post-PC" world, but few reports verify the truth of that statement quite like analyst Benedict Evans' recent research. During the holiday quarter, according to Evans, Apple achieved higher sales numbers with combined sales of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch units, and Macs than were achieved by the global Windows PC industry. It also marks the first time Apple has outdone PCs in terms of hardware sales.
Love Taco Bell? Ordering burritos and crunchy tacos at the popular fast food chain is about to get a lot more convenient. According to Nation's Restaurant News (via MacRumors), the restaurant is planning on introducing a mobile ordering platform that'll let you orders your tacos in advance and pick them up fresh at your nearest location.
How times have changed. Americans used to marvel that the television brought conflicts such as the Vietnam War "into the living room," but a new app brings the reality of contemporary warfare in the Middle East to our iPhones. It's called Metadata+, and its purpose is simple: it tells you when drone strikes have killed someone in the Middle East.
If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you might want to get used to seeing products by your favorite Cupertino computer company at the stands. No, Apple isn't selling devices at the popular grocery chain; it's partnering with Square to start offering its iPad-based credit and debit card processing payment options at some of the company's secondary checkout lines.
The rumors popping up over the past few months have increasingly made the so-called "iWatch" sound like the wonder product many of us have been waiting for from Cupertino for years, but a new report from Networkworld (via MobiHealthNews) suggests that it won't be quite as epic as all that.
Stunned by the high costs of many of the new "Made for iPhone" (MFi) products? Apparently those high costs at least partially spring from Apple's high licensing costs. Change might be on the way, though, as Japanese site Mac Otakara reports (via MacRumors), as Apple has both reduced the licensing costs for the program and the price of the associated Lightning cables and other accessories.
The more news we hear about the beta patches for iOS 7.1, the more it sounds like a release of Apple's operating system that should make even the staunchest critics happier. And according to 9to5Mac (which seems quite in-the-know these days), we won't have to wait much longer. Based on their "reliable" sources, we'll likely see the highly anticipated patch sometime in March.
Get ready for a tougher iPhone. Word came in today via 9to5Mac that Apple's partner GT Advanced had received equipment for sapphire glass manufacturing and testing at its new plant in Arizona, and the whole setup is allegedly capable of putting out between 100 to 200 million 5-inch iPhone displays per year.