Apple's iPhone processor partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015. If Apple's marketing is to be consistent, then the new 12.9 inch iPad is likely be branded the iPad Plus – though it's far from being a guarantee.
As Apple's developers begin to use HomeKit to create smart home products controlled by your iPhone, we'll have a lot of choices to consider. One such product is the August smart lock. The August Smart Lock is a neat way to enter and leave your home securely without reaching for your keys. Walt Mossberg gives his verdict on the digitalization of the humble home door in a brief video review as noted above.
It's Really Starting to Stink: An executive from bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies who oversaw its troubled sapphire production facility set up a plan to sell part of his shareholdings after the company failed to meet Apple's technical milestones on time.
A new study released today by Germany's respected market research firm GfK covers survey statistics from China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US about the reception of potential smartwatch services. The results reveal that that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches like the upcoming Apple Watch to carry tickets for passenger transport or as security keys to their computers and/or online accounts. The ability to transmit healthcare data via a smartwatch is also of particular interest to the majority of people. In America and China, there is far more openness for using smartwatches as identity cards and payment systems than those surveyed in Europe where there's much deeper skepticism of such future cloud based services.
When the late Steve Jobs first introduced the first Apple Store, the critics were out in force reporting that it was bound to fail because Gateway tried it and failed. Over the years the original vision of the Apple Store has been nothing shy of a raging success for Apple. When new products are being introduced, Apple Stores become a marketing companies dream come true with line-ups around most stores. Now Microsoft is racing to get into the game and is even set to develop a new store near Apple's Glass Store in Manhattan. Now it looks like Amazon wants get in on the action and open a store in New York as well as experiment with a new "pop-up" retail store concept in San Francisco later this month.
Scotland recently held a referendum on whether to stay or separate from England. Although the people of Scotland narrowly voted to rebuff independence for the time being, it was a divisive election. For the people of Edinburgh, there's a way to bring everyone together for a positive common cause this weekend. That cause is celebrating a new Apple Store opening. The evening news in Edinburgh reported that the Country's Capital is set to experience "Apple-madness at first hand," as the flagship Princes Street store opens its doors at 10am this coming Saturday.
A Korean report today revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong at Samsung's main office in Seocho today and agreed to jointly develop mobile content. The social network site looks to improve its mobile presence and Samsung needs to boost its content business.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three specific patents relating to iDevice moisture controls, video game or future Apple TV remotes and enterprise level video conferencing for smaller conferences. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent relating to advanced haptics that could be used in many environments including video games. Apple notes that "in some instances, the signals outputted by the accelerometer may be used with interactive software (such as a video game) to provide an additional input device for user gameplay…" Today, Apple's advanced haptics are being incorporated into their upcoming Apple Watch.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent brief we find that Apple has invented a tool for developers where there's a common "Makefile" that could be used to create software for any platform.
Siri, the Financial Whiz: Today sources close to Apple have revealed that Siri will work in concert with Apple Pay. This has been confirmed based on tests conducted on the iPhone 6 with iOS 8.0.2., which seems to have Apple Pay-related features built in. Based on tests conducted by Bank Innovation, if users tell Siri to "Open my Bank of America credit card," the Passbook app opens up.
Last night's part two of a CBS 60 Minute segment with FBI Director James Comey revealed his views about internet surveillance in general and in context with Apple and Google's latest encryption technology specifically. Around the 7 minute mark of the interview, CBS's Rich Handcock teed up the segment this way: "Apple and Google will have the power to upend the rule of law. Until now, a judge could order those companies to unlock a criminal suspect's phone. But their new software makes it impossible for them to crack a code set by the user."
Last July we posted a report titled "Finland's PM Blames Apple's Success for their Financial Crisis." I had received a few private emails telling me that the Prime Minister's comments got lost in translation. I didn't buy it then and today we hear it directly from the Prime Minister in English during a CNBC-Euro interview as noted above.
Apple's new iPhone 6 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi that could deliver speeds up to 3 times faster than the previous generation when used with the new AirPort Extreme or equivalent device. We don't even have time to really appreciate this recent leap when news of the next gigantic leap is already being announced. The next generation 802.11ad standard is reportedly up to 5 times faster than the newly released 802.11ac and could make it to market as soon as next year.
The iPhone 6 Invasion Continues: Today, Apple announced that the iPhone 6 will be rolling into 36 more Countries and Territories this month including Latin America, India, South Korea, Thailand and more. It'll be interesting to see how well Apple's iPhone 6 will do in South Korea under their newly implemented law regarding smartphone subsidies. To date, the new law has already affected LG and Samsung sales significantly. Will the popularity of Apple's iPhone 6 overcome this potential obstacle? Only time will tell.