The iPad 2 and iPhone 5 haven't even been announced yet, but there is already some intriguing information about the technology that could be in future versions of Apple's iOS devices. Two separate patent filings uncovered this week reveal Apple's work on a smart bezel that could be used for tablets, and on denser lithium batteries that will go longer between charges.
U.S. antitrust investigators are examining the terms Apple placed this week on publishers wishing to sell digital subscriptions through the App Store, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cited people familiar with the matter.
The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are interested in whether Apple is violating antitrust laws by routing customers through Apple's App Store and taking a 30 percent cut of each subscription, sources told the newspaper. Regulators' interest in the subscription terms is reportedly preliminary and might not lead to a formal investigation.
Representatives for Apple, the Justice Department, and the Federal … Read more
Is the next iPhone going to be smaller? Bigger? Or maybe cheaper?
"Cheaper" is the latest in a series of confusing and seemingly contradictory rumors about the nature of the next iPhone Apple has in store. Today the New York Times chimed in to say that contrary to a previous report in The Wall Street Journal, the next iPhone is not going to be smaller, but Apple is working on ways to make it cheaper and more accessible for buyers.
Apple is focused on making the iPhone attractive to a larger audience, according to the report. That includes … Read more
Apple is reportedly planning to open its largest-ever retail store in New York's Grand Central Terminal.
Citing "a source close to the company," Cult of Mac today said it confirmed Apple will make an internal announcement in the next month or so about the new retail location. Apple is said to have chosen Grand Central to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first store opening.
The store, which will open in the fall, will reportedly be the largest Apple store in the world when completed. Currently the company's largest retail store is the Regent Street store … Read more
Sony wants to take back digital music from Apple.
The creator of the Walkman says it is ready to challenge iTunes, forge ahead into music streaming, and also put its doomed prior attempts to build iTunes-killers behind it.
Today, Sony unveiled a new cloud music service in the United States that will play songs on a mix of Sony devices, such as the PlayStation3, Bravia TVs, and Blu-ray Disc Home Theater system, as well as a range of Sony's portable devices. The service is called "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity," and hopefully the service is less clunky … Read more
Whether they consider it bling or just a tool, people typically buy phones based on features and carrier plans. But if you're looking to add benign environmental and societal impact to your feature wish list, GoodGuide has got the data.
GoodGuide launched on Thursday cell phone ratings that rank individual models and manufacturers on health, environment, and social attributes. The new category joins others already on the site, including cleaning products, food items, personal care products, and home appliances.
The ratings cover 576 phones and are based on publicly available information, said Chief Scientist Bill Pease. Altogether, 150 factors … Read more
Nvidia's CEO added his two cents to an increasingly popular theory on laptop design: that is, the MacBook Air as a template for all future designs.
In case you're wondering where the laptop is headed--circa 2014--Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang offered what could be considered a highly educated guess in response to a question I posed to him in a phone interview today.
"You'll have trouble finding one that doesn't look like the MacBook Air," he said. "I think the Macbook Air is a good mental image of what a clamshell laptop will look … Read more
The Verizon iPhone launch at stores last week came and went rather quietly. Lines were short to nonexistent at Apple and Verizon stores, though we still don't know how many phones were sold over the first few days. Verizon said it plans to sell more than 10 million iPhones by the end of the year.
We still don't have official totals, but we do have one purported snapshot of what launch sales looked like at a handful of Apple stores. Boy Genius Report says it snagged some data from someone at Apple who said sales of the Verizon … Read more
Apple iBooks users who jailbreak their iPhone may find themselves locked out of their own book collection.
Apple has allegedly built a jailbreak checker into iOS version 4 and above to see if someone's iPhone has been jailbroken with a hack known as greenpois0n, according to the Web site Social Apples. If the hack is found, then Apple reportedly blocks access to content in the latest version of the iBooks e-reader app.
The unlucky iBooks user who reported the experience on Social Apples ran into the following error when trying to access an e-book on a jailbroken device: "… Read more
Apple suddenly stands at the top of the mobile PC market, research firm DisplaySearch said today.
According to DisplaySearch, Apple shipped 10.2 million mobile PCs worldwide in the fourth quarter, capturing 17.2 percent market share. It was followed by Hewlett-Packard's 9.3 million units and 15.6 percent share. Acer, Dell, and Toshiba rounded out the top five with mobile PC shipments of 8.4 million, 5.9 million, and 5.1 million, respectively.