Intel Wins a Space in Apple’s next iPhone

10:26 AM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Intel has reportedly won a space inside the next iPhone model, and that's coming at Qualcomm's expense. Intel's new 7360 LTE modem will replace Qualcomm's LTE chip in iPhones sold in Asia and Latin America.

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Sourcing at least LTE chips from Intel should have Qualcomm worried. If Intel manages to impress Apple with its designs, that could cut deep into Qualcomm's LTE chip sales to the company.

The Ultimate Apple Watch Comparison Chart

3:03 PM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · · iObserver

The Ultimate Apple Watch Comparison Chart

Rob Griffiths has posted a great comparison chart for Apple Watch. It lists every model with every strap option, and includes the price, weight, and size of the model. If you're interested in this device, it's a must-see.

The CIA Has a Secret War against Apple Encryption

10:04 PM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · iObserver

The CIA Has a Secret War against Apple Encryption

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is engaged in an active campaign to break Apple's encryption technologies in order to broaden its ability to surveil anyone, anywhere. According to The Intercept, the CIA has waged a multi-year effort to find vulnerabilities in iOS, iPhones, and iPads that it can exploit.

Apple Watch Battery is Replaceable, but You Can’t do it

11:15 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · iObserver

If the battery in your Apple Watch should ever die and need to be replaced, there will be an option for that, but it isn't something you'll be able to replace yourself—at least from Apple's perspective. Instead, Apple will offer a battery replacement service, which means you'll most likely have to get a Genius Bar appointment to get your smartwatch up and running again.

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Designing Apple Watch with a replaceable battery was a smart move for Apple. Designing it so users can't replace the battery themselves isn't a big surprise, although it's a safe bet some company will figure out how to open one up and swap out the battery at some point.

Apple’s $17,000 Smartwatch

10:15 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · iObserver

When Apple announced pricing for its top of the line Apple Watch Edition during Monday's "Spring forward" media event, CEO Tim Cook said it started at US$10,000. Turns out you can push that number up to $17,000 depending on which model you buy without even adding in extra wrist bands.

Mammoth Interactive Apple Watch WatchKit Course: $19

8:01 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

Mammoth Interactive Apple Watch WatchKit Course: $19

Lots of people are stoked about Apple Watch, and if you're a developer, here's your chance to learn how to make apps for the device. We have a deal on the Apple WatchKit Course from Mammoth Interactive. It's five hours of tutorials that will walk you through creating six different sample apps for Apple Watch. You'll learn how to transport data from the iPhone,  how to navigate the WatchKit interface, and learn Apple's human interface guidelines for the device. All that for $19. Get on it. Make some cool apps.

Apple Rolls Out Apple TV Software Update Following Apple Watch Media Event [Update]

4:30 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple didn't release a new Apple TV model during its "Spring forward" media event, but it did push out a new software update for the set top entertainment box. The update for Apple TV 3 doesn't include any noticeably flashy changes—like the promised HBO Now channel—so it's more likely a compatibility update for iOS 8.2 and the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update.

Apple TV Status Remains a Disappointment and a Mystery

4:15 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple must be working on something really big related to the Apple TV.  The last major release, the 3rd generation Apple TV, was on March 7, 2012. Three years is an eternity in the tech industry. John Martellaro expresses his disappointment that no new hardware was announced.