The most exciting news this week was certainly Apple's announcment of its next big press event — and it's only a little over a week away! Lots of other cool stuff happened in the world of Apple, too, including improvements to iCloud and Apple Maps, some buzz on the next iPhone, and a good reason to reflect on Steve Jobs.
Apple fans are once again remembering the life and times of Steve Jobs today on what would have been the 60th birthday of the legendary co-founder. In our Tuesday edition of Apple Daily, we'll find out how current CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that date, along with news that Samsung may still be in the iPhone memory game, the latest Apple acquisition, and how much of the smartphone market iOS and Android have gobbled up to date.
Yo, HTC raps...apparently. In today's Apple Daily, watch as the Taiwanese smartphone maker starts a rap battle with Apple and Samsung. Elsewhere, listeners seem to prefer the iPhone over Neil Young's ambitious PonoPlayer, and we could see iOS 8.2 sooner than expected.
Analysts and pundits are still realizing the larger implications of Apple's insanely profitable quarter, and new reports reveal how the Cupertino company has caught up with Samsung in a key race. In other news, there's a cool new wireless iPhone charging case in the works on Kickstarter.
There's been lots of news, discussion, and rumors about upcoming Apple products this week, including Apple Watch, the 12-inch MacBook Air, and the supposed iPad Pro. But that's not all! There's plenty of info on current Apple products as well, such as how you'll be able to view Super Bowl XLIX on your iOS device for free, and 10 advanced tips for OS X Yosemite that you should try if you haven't already.
In today's Apple Daily, we learn that Apple's making some serious inroads into Samsung's native South Korea. In addition, word just dropped that the Cupertino giant bought a British music analytics company last year (presumably to improve Beats Music), and one of the iPhone's best thermal imagining attachments gets an upgrade.
This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
Our Wednesday Morning Report has some bad news for Apple buyers in Russia, who won't be able to purchase their favorite products from Cupertino's online store until further notice. We've also got potentially good news for mobile payment provider LoopPay, and big savings for everyone as App Santa kicks off big app savings for the holidays. Don't delay, click and read on!
The third-quarter numbers for the smartphone market are in from Gartner, and the outlook's especially good for Apple has it continues to ride the wave of strong sales of the iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus. The numbers are a little more dire for Samsung. While it's still the reigning king of the smartphone industry by far, its numbers dropped significantly for the quarter, and smaller competitors apart from Apple continue to eat away at its throne. Sales of smartphones as a whole were up by a full 20 percent from the same quarter last year.
Apple's upcoming A9 chips are reportedly rolling off the production line at a plant in Austin, Texas, according to South Korea's ET News (via iDownloadblog). While the labor might be homegrown, the company responsible for the chips is none other than Apple's longtime frenemy Samsung. And thus the cycle continues, as the iPhone maker continues to rely on its rival even as it continues to chastise the company for taking excessive "inspiration."