Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Will Ship in April

6 hours, 24 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday that Apple will ship its highly anticipated Apple Watch in April. Until now, we've only had an "early 2015" timeline, making Mr. Cook's comments the first hard news on a shipping date for the device.

Apple iOS Device Sales Top 1 Billion Units

6 hours, 28 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple has sold over 1 billion iOS devices since the original iPhone was introduced over seven years ago. News of the sales figures came from Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company's first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

Apple TV 7.0.3 Squashes 16 Security Vulnerabilities

9 hours, 6 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple TV

Apple released Apple TV 7.0.3 Tuesday. Apple hasn't yet released patch notes for the update, but the company did send out security patch notes. Apple TV 7.0.3 squashes some 16 security bugs, including several that could allow the bad guys to take over your device.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, Reduces Storage Required for Updates

9 hours, 35 minutes ago · · iObserver

iOS 8.1.3

Apple released iOS 8.1.3 Tuesday, and update that most notably reduces the amount of storage required to install an update. In the past year, a number of users were upset to find they could not install over-the-air (OTA) updates on their iPhones and iPads because of the amount of space required. The update also includes various bug fixes. 

Apple TV gets More Athletic with 120 Sports Channel

11:07 AM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple pushed out another sports-related channel to Apple TV owners on Tuesday, this time in the form of 120 Sports. The channel offers content online and through iOS apps, along with its Apple TV channel, and promises to provide content in new ways sports fans haven't experienced before.

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More sports on Apple TV means fewer people will feel tied to their cable TV subscription. That said, there's still a long way to go before Apple TV poses a serious threat to Comcast and Time Warner.

Yosemite/iOS 8: Muting Messages Conversations

8:50 AM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

What Melissa Holt's discussing today is how to mute text conversations under both Yosemite and iOS 8. So, you know, when your Aunt Zelda texts for the bajillionth time about your family reunion, you can at least come a little bit closer to ignoring her. Some darned peace and quiet just may be offered in this Quick Tip.

Apple’s AuthenTec Purchase Blocked Fingerprint Sensor on Nexus 6 Smartphone

11:15 AM, Jan. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Google wanted to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6 smartphone, but had to abandon that plan thanks to Apple's timely purchase of AuthenTec. Apple bought the company to use its fingerprint scanning technology in the iPhone 5S and in the process ensured on one else would be able to use it in their smartphones, including Google.

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Apple is a pretty shrewd company. Not only did they get the sensor tech they needed for Touch ID, but they also blocked all of their competitors from using it, too.

OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle Finally Coming to iPhone

10:07 AM, Jan. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Long time OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle fans begging for iPhone versions of the apps are finally getting their wish. The Omni Group has been developing both for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and has started inviting some of its users to check out pre-release versions.

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OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Oh, yes. We've waited so long for this.

Apple Revamps Free on iTunes, Brings Back Free Songs

8:54 AM, Jan. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple quietly dropped its free weekly songs on the iTunes Store about a week ago but has now brought them back, along with a makeover for its Free on iTunes page in iTunes. The revamped Free on iTunes showed up over the weekend and includes multiple free songs, TV shows, and more.

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It's good to see free songs back on the iTunes Store. First Play on iTunes Radio is nice, but it seems a lot of people really enjoyed their weekly visit to the iTunes Store for new songs.