Apple Suicide

Everything we know about the suicide at Apple’s headquarters this week

By on April 29, 2016 at 9:17 AM.

Everything we know about the suicide at Apple’s headquarters this week

This has been an incredibly difficult week for Apple. The company shed more than $40 billion in market capitalization on Tuesday evening following its fiscal first-quarter earnings report, which showed a much steeper decline than Wall Street was expecting in both profit and iPhone sales. Then, just one day later, tragedy struck Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters when one of the company’s employees was found dead in a conference room on campus.

The story is still unfolding two days later. More →

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FBI San Bernardino iPhone 5c Unlock

FBI director doesn’t even know who created the $1M iPhone-hacking device

By on April 29, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

FBI director doesn’t even know who created the $1M iPhone-hacking device

More details have emerged in the San Bernardino shooting investigation. The FBI has arrested three suspects on Thursday, though it’s not clear whether that move is connected in any way with any of the scant evidence it may have discovered on the iPhone 5c belonging to one of the shooters. However, a new report also sheds more details about the hack the feds bought to crack open the device.

Apparently, there’s a physical gadget used to unlock any iPhone 5c running iOS 9, but the FBI has no idea how it works. That’s even if it paid up to $1 million for the tool. More →

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Apple Acquiring Netflix

It makes much more sense for Apple to compete with Netflix than to buy it

By on April 28, 2016 at 5:58 PM.

It makes much more sense for Apple to compete with Netflix than to buy it

With iPhone sales down, perhaps temporarily, Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated during the company’s earnings conference call this week that Apple is always on the look out for exciting new technologies and companies to acquire. Not only that, Cook suggested that Apple would be willing to shell out big bucks for a blockbuster acquisition if the right opportunity arose.

We’re always looking in the market about things that could complement things that we do today, become features in something we do, or allow us to accelerate entry into a category that we’re excited about,” Cook explained. Later on, Cook added that Apple “would definitely buy something larger than we bought thus far.”

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iPhone 7 Features Smart Connector

What’s the purpose of the iPhone 7’s most puzzling new feature?

By on April 28, 2016 at 12:16 PM.

What’s the purpose of the iPhone 7’s most puzzling new feature?

I know, I know, it’ll be a few more months before Apple reveals the secrets behind the brand new iPhone 7. But there have already been plenty of leaks that give us a boatload of information about the upcoming handset, with multiple reports agreeing on certain new features. Aside from the iPhone 6s-like design, redesigned rear antennas, dual lens camera for the 5.5-inch “Pro” version and absence of the headphone jack, there’s one mysterious iPhone 7 feature that no one has gotten to the bottom of at this point. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

15 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

15 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on April 28, 2016 at 11:53 AM.

Welcome to our biggest list of the week of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. This isn’t just the best list of the week because it has the most apps — 15 in total, if you’re counting. It also has a fantastic variety of high-quality apps and games that will keep you entertained. There’s even a special surprise at the end that might change your life… or at least make you laugh.

Be sure to check out yesterday’s post as well, where you’ll find a few remaining free downloads. More →

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Apple Suicide

Apple issues statement following apparent suicide at Cupertino headquarters

By on April 28, 2016 at 11:32 AM.

Apple issues statement following apparent suicide at Cupertino headquarters

Apple on Thursday morning issued an official statement after a man was found dead on Wednesday at Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California. Officials from the Santa Clara County’s Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Wednesday that they responded to a call around 8:35 a.m. local time stating that there was a “person down” on Apple’s Cupertino campus. Upon arriving at the scene they discover the body of a deceased male. The coroner is currently examining the body and the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but reports suggest that the victim died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Now, Apple has released a statement confirming that the deceased man was indeed an Apple employee. More →

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iPhone Sales Decline

All the panic surrounding Apple’s declining iPhone sales is way overblown

By on April 27, 2016 at 4:52 PM.

All the panic surrounding Apple’s declining iPhone sales is way overblown

For the first time in company history, Apple recently posted a year-over-year drop in iPhone sales. During the March 2016 quarter, Apple sold 51.1 million iPhones compared to 61.2 million iPhones sold during the same quarter a year-ago. And seeing as how the iPhone is Apple’s primary revenue driver, Apple’s earnings also took a hit, with the company posting EPS of $1.90, down from $2.33 during the year-ago quarter.

Not surprisingly, shares of Apple opened up 8% lower when trading began earlier this morning. And while shares have since climbed back up from a low of $95.98 to about $98, the stock is still down more than 6% as fears of ‘peak iPhone’ continue to grow.

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iPad Speed Testing

Ultimate iPad speed shootout pits all 12 iPad models against each other

By on April 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM.

Ultimate iPad speed shootout pits all 12 iPad models against each other

Since the release of the original iPad back in 2010, Apple’s famed tablet has taken on a number of varied form factors; it’s gotten smaller (iPad Mini), unbelievably thin (iPad Air), and more recently, it’s gotten a whole lot bigger thanks to the iPad Pro.

And much like we’ve seen with the iPhone, Apple has, more often than not, improved the iPad’s hardware consistently year after year, with the iPad 3 perhaps being the lone outlier. In an interesting effort to see how performance varies across every iPad model ever released – an astounding 12 devices in total – the YouTube channel EverythingApplePro recently dusted off Apple’s older iPads and put together a well-done video comparison.

Suffice it to say, Apple’s hardware has improved tremendously over the last six years.

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iPhone 7 Plus Rumors

Apple’s iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ design might not be a mystery anymore

By on April 27, 2016 at 2:47 PM.

Apple’s iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ design might not be a mystery anymore

What’s the relationship between a standard 3.5mm audio jack and iPhone 7’s battery life, you ask? Some reports indicated that Apple is looking to remove the headphone jack from upcoming iPhone design to come up with an even slimmer iPhone. Such changes would also impact the size of the phone’s battery. While Apple would likely find ways to keep battery life about the same even after decreasing the battery’s size, some would argue that a thicker iPhone could pack a more generous battery.

A new schematic leak from Asia suggests that not only will the iPhone 7 Plus — or iPhone 7 “Pro,” as it has sometimes been called — have the same size battery as the current 5.5-inch iPhone, but that it would also sport a certain “Pro” feature we keep hearing about in iPhone rumors. The leak might also have eliminate nearly all of the mystery surrounding the design of Apple’s next-generation iPhones. More →

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iPhone 7 Wireless Headphones

Samsung already has a fix for the worst thing about the iPhone 7

By on April 27, 2016 at 1:57 PM.

Samsung already has a fix for the worst thing about the iPhone 7

One of the worst features reportedly coming to the iPhone 7, according to some potential buyers, is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. But while iPhone fans might be annoyed, other companies including headset makers, Intel, and more are prepping for a future without the old standard jack.

Even Samsung is working on a new type of headset: truly wireless headphones that come with their own storage. More →

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apple sign

Police are investigating a death at Apple’s headquarters this morning

By on April 27, 2016 at 1:07 PM.

Police are investigating a death at Apple’s headquarters this morning

Authorities in California are investigating a death at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino after a body was found early this morning in a conference room. Details are extremely limited right now and local news channel KTVU broke the story. Apple has not yet commented and police have not released the identity of the person found deceased. It’s not even clear at this point if the body has been identified at all. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on April 27, 2016 at 12:18 PM.

Welcome to what is unquestionably our best list so far this week of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We’ve got 12 fresh new apps for you today that have all gone on sale for free for a limited time, and they span a very wide range of genres. This list also includes a few apps that we really love, including what is easily one of the most innovative apps ever. There’s even an app that’s perfect for anyone who loves burgers — and who doesn’t love burgers?

You’ll also find a few additional freebies in yesterday’s post so be sure to check those apps out as well. More →

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