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New 3.5mm aux-to-Lighting adapter concepts appear ahead of iPhone 7

Whatever Apple decides to call the next iPhone, there’s a high chance that the iPhone maker will be getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. According to Macotakara, some Chinese accessory makers area already prototyping adapters that’ll help users make the switch without replacing their existing headphones. There’s a low chance that any of these will…

Nikkei: Apple to move to 3-year iPhone refresh cycle

Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports that Apple will be moving to a three year refresh cycle for its iPhone rather than the usual tick-tock cycle. Apple will likely take three years between full-model changes of its iPhone devices, a year longer than the current cycle. In a typical two-year term, fall 2016 was supposed to see a major upgrade. But the…

Developers want Apple Watch to run apps independently

Via Business Insider, Realm, a mobile data base company used by 100,000 app developers, is noting that developers are losing interest in the Apple Watch. “On a weekly basis we’re seeing very few Watch apps, compared to iOS apps,” says VP Tim Anglade. “For every 1,000 new iOS apps being built, there are 10 tvOS apps and maybe 1 Watch app”…

India denies Apple’s request to sell iPhones in the country

The Indian government has declined Apple’s request to sell refurbished iPhones within its country (via LiveMint). The iPhone maker’s primary goal was to sell the iPhone at a more affordable cost for its customers living in the country. High import duties are applied on used goods in India to encourage local manufacturing. The standard fee is typically…

Acquisition of VocalIQ shows how Apple could improve Siri

Apple is rumored to be readying a Siri SDK this summer. However, beyond opening up Siri to developers, Apple may be looking into improving Siri’s vocal recognition and ability to hold a conversation. Last year, Apple purchased British intelligent assistant developer VocalIQ, a service that aims to create conversations. Business Insider was able to…

Apple is working ‘rapidly’ to bring Apple Pay to Asia and Europe

With Apple Pay launching earlier this week in Singapore, it looks like Apple will be continuing the trend as Apple’s VP Jennifer Bailey talks about Apple Pay’s future roadmap (via TechCrunch). Bailey notes that the company is pushing hard to expand Apple Pay into Europe and Asia. As it stands, Apple Pay is available in the United States, the United…