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Samsung and TSMC working on higher efficiency mobile processors

Business Korea reports that Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are racing to perfect a 10-nanometer process for ARM processors. The first to get things right is expected to win a contract with Apple to manufacture future processors. TSMC skipped any 14-nanometer efforts, for which Samsung came out ahead. This time around,…

Rumor: iPod lineup to be refreshed next week

It has been years since we’ve seen any significant changes to the iPod. Now, according to French site iGen, Apple will be updating their iPod line up on or around July 14. Right now, the Apple iPod line up consists of three models: the wearable iPod shuffle, the pocketable iPod nano, and the iPhone-without-the-phone iPod touch. Each of these is said…

Apple publishes new “If it’s not an iPhone” ads

According to Apple, “If it’s not an iPhone… It’s not an iPhone.” As the first two advertisements in what seems to be a new ad campaign, Apple has chosen to focus on what sets iPhones apart from the competition. The first advertisement focuses on the benefits of Apple’s hardware/software integration, in plain very plain language. Apple explains that…

Specially packaged third-party accessories arrive at Apple Stores

Third-party accessories with packaging co-designed by Apple have started trickling into Apple Stores, with a sighting in Japan. As reported on June 7, Apple has been working with several third-party manufacturers to conform their product packaging with Apple’s own style. When it was reported that Jony Ive would be moving to his new Chief Design…

Public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 to come later today

A day after dropping new developer betas for OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, Apple appears to be gearing up for the public beta release of these upcoming operating system updates. Apple’s beta website, where users can sign up to participate in the beta, has been updated with the following message. Once Apple has restored the website, we’ll make sure you…

Alto’s Adventure updated with new items, upgrades and improvements

Everyone’s favorite endless snowboarding odyssey Alto’s Adventure has today been updated to version 1.1 bringing with it a number of new items to unlock, upgrades to earn and improvements to the overall experience. The beautiful Alto’s Adventure has proven to be a popular choice for iOS gamers since its launch earlier this year, earning a place in…

Spotify asks customers to skip Apple for subscriptions

Following the release of Apple Music, Spotify is reminding its premium subscribers that they can pay $9.99 per month for their service by paying Spotify directly. Those paying via in-app purchase are currently paying $12.99 per month to somewhat make up for Apple’s 30% cut for App Store transactions. With over 41% of users already on iOS 8.4, for which…

iOS 8.4 sees rapid adoption following Apple Music release

According to analytics company mixpanel, over 41% of iOS users are running the latest public build, iOS 8.4, as of July 8. This comes on the 9th day of iOS 8.4′s availability. iOS 8.3 is still in a strong second place at over 32% of users, but its number have declined significantly since its ~71% rating on June 29, right before the release of iOS…

Apple Watch demand has fallen, but we’ve seen this before

While demand was initially strong for the Apple Watch, demand has apparently dropped down by 90%. This is according to Slice Intelligence. In a recent post from MarketWatch, Slice’s data seems to show a dismal future for Apple Watch. Apple hasn’t shared any official sales data. However, Slice has compiled sales estimates based on individuals who have…

What’s new in iOS 9 beta 3: News app, Apple Music, and more

Earlier today, Apple released the third developer beta of iOS 9. iOS 9 itself is adding smarter device searching, a new Notes app, iPad multitasking, and much more. Today’s beta is adding a few different tweaks and improvements that users may find notable. News Finally, after having been previewed at WWDC, Apple has finally added their new News app to the…

Apple releases third watchOS 2, OS X betas to developers

As expected this week, Apple has released another round of beta software to developers. This includes a third beta for watchOS 2 as well as the third beta for OS X El Capitan, the next operating system release for the Mac. watchOS 2 was debuted at WWDC in early June and will add new functionality to Apple’s new device. First, apps will run natively…