Apple Tesla Car

What is Apple doing with these brand-new Tesla Model Xs?

By on July 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

What is Apple doing with these brand-new Tesla Model Xs?

It’s no secret that car companies routinely buy (and tear apart) each other’s vehicles on a regular basis, either to gain intel or just for the sick pleasure of wanton destruction. So if Apple has two brand-new Model Xs sitting outside a building that’s been linked to its self-driving car division, that means Apple’s building a Model X competitor, right? Not so fast.

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Apple Tax

Hillary’s economic advisor just described Apple’s tax system as ‘fraud’

By on July 29, 2016 at 3:29 PM.

Hillary’s economic advisor just described Apple’s tax system as ‘fraud’

It’s no secret that Apple keeps billions of dollars in cash offshore, using legal loopholes to avoid bringing that money into the US, or paying any significant taxes on it. Whether you see the scheme as morally bankrupt or just sound financial planning tends to vary, but a Nobel-winning economist who is advising Hillary Clinton has a strong opinion on the matter.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz described Apple’s use of the transfer pricing system as “a fraud,” while also hitting out against the “obviously deficient” US law that enables Apple to do so, while still remaining technically legal.

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iPhone 7 Rumors

Shipping a headphone jack adapter with every iPhone 7 is just smart business

By on July 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Shipping a headphone jack adapter with every iPhone 7 is just smart business

The design of the iPhone 7 will represent the largest design shift for Apple’s iconic smartphone in history. For starters, it’s largely believed that the mechanical home button will be replaced by a capacitive touch sensor that will subtly vibrate when pressed, similar to the Force Touch trackpad Apple already employs on its MacBook. Second, and much more controversial, the iPhone 7 will see the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Needless to say, Apple’s rumored decision to remove an input port that has graced every single iPhone ever made has resulted in a firestorm of debate. On the one hand, some argue that Apple’s willingness to abandon something as universal as the 3.5mm headphone jack reeks of corporate arrogance and is “user hostile.” On the other hand, some contend that the only way to move the technological bar higher is to say goodbye to legacy technologies, no matter how universal, reliable, durable or even beloved they may be.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on July 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM.

We have a great collection of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today to round out this week’s series. You’ll find games, utilities, photo apps, music players and more, and every single one of them is a premium application that’s on sale for free for a limited time. There are even a few more freebies floating around in Thursday’s post, so be sure to check that one out as well. More →

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iPhone Tricks Without Jailbreak

Crazy iPhone trick turns your wallpapers into optical illusions

Crazy iPhone trick turns your wallpapers into optical illusions

By on July 29, 2016 at 12:06 PM.

Earlier today we shared a video with you that covered 25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone. There are definitely some fantastic tweaks in there and after watching that video, there’s no question that you’ll seriously consider jailbreaking your iPhone. Of course, just because you consider it doesn’t mean you’ll actually end up doing it.

If you decide not to jailbreak your iPhone, there are still some very cool tricks that will wow your friends and help set your iPhone apart from the pack. We showed you one nifty trick earlier this week, which allows anyone to easily turn all of their folders into round icons instead of the standard rounded squares. Now, we’re back with another crazy trick that might be even cooler. More →

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Best Jailbreak Tweaks

25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone

25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone

By on July 29, 2016 at 11:10 AM.

Apple fans celebrated in droves earlier this week as a new iOS jailbreak was finally released for the most recent versions of Apple’s mobile platform, including the brand new iOS 9.3.3. It’s not a perfect solution and it isn’t a true untethered jailbreak, but it works very well and it’s very easy to apply. In fact, as we explained in a recent post, you don’t even have to connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and other recent versions. Instead, you can do the whole thing on your device quickly and easily using a special web-based tool accessible in mobile Safari.

Jailbreaking is easy indeed, but is it worthwhile? Wait, don’t answer that question just yet. Check out the 25 hot iOS tweaks covered below first, and then decide. More →

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Apple Car Development

Apple’s secretive car project to focus more on autonomous driving software

By on July 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Apple’s secretive car project to focus more on autonomous driving software

In an interesting but not altogether surprising turn of events, Apple is reportedly recalibrating the focus and underlying goal of its long-rumored car initiative. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the primary focus of Apple’s car-oriented R&D will now center on developing advanced software capable of powering self-driving cars of the future. In turn, Apple will divert some attention away from its original goal of developing and manufacturing a branded car of its own.

To help push things along, the report adds that Apple recently tapped Dan Dodge to join Project Titan, the not-so-secretive name of the company’s automotive team. While not a household name, Dodge represents an intriguing and exciting hire for Apple. Prior to signing up to work at 1 Infinite Loop, Dodge served as the top dog within BlackBerry’s automotive software division. And before that, Dodge served as both the founder and CEO of  QNX, a company that BlackBerry acquired outright a few years ago.

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iPhone 7 Headphone Jack

I am going to lose the iPhone 7’s dumb headphone adapter in 3 seconds flat

By on July 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM.

I am going to lose the iPhone 7’s dumb headphone adapter in 3 seconds flat

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, I owned a Lifeproof case for my iPhone. It was a fantastic piece of design — a snap-on case that made my iPhone waterproof without covering the screen. The only wrinkle? It needed a short adapter to use the 3.5mm headphone jack. I lost that adapter within a week of buying the case. You can probably see where this is going.

A series of leaked photos and video over on a Vietnamese blog purportedly show us the Lightning-to-35mm adapter that will be shipping with the iPhone 7. It doesn’t really matter if this is the actual Apple-manufactured adapter or not: it fits perfectly with Apple’s previous dongle design, so it’s likely 95% identical to what will come in the iPhone box (or worse, cost $29 extra).

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iPhone 7 Specs

Leaked photos of iPhone 7’s headphone adapter emerge

By on July 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Leaked photos of iPhone 7’s headphone adapter emerge

Unless Apple has a last-minute change of heart, the iPhone 7 will ship this coming September without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. And given how reliable and universal the tried and true headphone jack is, Apple’s rumored decision to banish it from existence has understandably created a firestorm of debate.

Seeking to soften the blow, recent reports suggest that Apple will ship a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle inside of every iPhone 7 box. With the iPhone 7 unveiling just a little bit more than a month away, we’re starting to see images and video which purport to show us what the aforementioned dongle is going to look like.

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iPhone Digital Crown Button

Yep, Apple can make the iPhone uglier

By on July 28, 2016 at 1:15 PM.

Yep, Apple can make the iPhone uglier

The iPhone is often regarded as the trendsetter in the smartphone business. Whatever Apple does with its phone tends to set design trends for the next couple years: plastic became glass, which gave way to the unibody metal phones everyone is churning out now.

Despite that, the iPhone is far from perfect, and the last two generations are a testament to that. There’s some “ugly” in both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series, represented by the antenna lines on the back, and that protruding rear camera. But if you thought Apple couldn’t make the iPhone any uglier than that, then you’d be wrong.

How wrong? Well, look at this.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on July 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM.

Believe it or not, there are more iPhone apps out there than just Pokemon Go. We know, it’s difficult to believe, but it’s true. In fact, there are more than a million other apps out there. On Thursday’s list of paid iOS apps on sale for free you’ll find 10 apps that are not Pokemon Go, but they’re still pretty cool. You’ll also find a few more freebies in yesterday’s post if you head back there and check it out. More →

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iPhone 7 Release Date Preorder

This is when you’ll finally be able to buy the iPhone 7

This is when you’ll finally be able to buy the iPhone 7

By on July 28, 2016 at 10:45 AM.

After so many years of seeing Apple launch new iPhones at some point in September, we all expect to see the new 2016 iPhone models arrive less than two months from now. We don’t have any official announcements from Apple just yet, but new a new report appears to reveal the actual dates on which the upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be made available for preorder and the released. More →

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