Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [Update]

4:41 PM, May. 19th, 2015 · · News

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Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.

Apple Updates iMac 5K, Lowers Starting Price to $1,999

11:28 AM, May. 19th, 2015 · · News

Apple Updates iMac 5K, Lowers Price to Start at $1,999

Apple updated the iMac with Retina 5K—iMac 5K for short—on Tuesday, rejiggering the line with lower prices. The company added a new entry-level model that starts at US$1,999, and it dropped the price of the high-end model from $2,499 to $2,299.

Carl Icahn Steps Up Pressure on Apple and Tim Cook to Buy Back More Shares

8:41 PM, May. 18th, 2015 · · News

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Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.

Appeals Court Agrees that Samsung Copied Apple

6:24 PM, May. 18th, 2015 · · News

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Samsung did indeed copy Apple. In a 34-page ruling, the court upheld most Apple's landmark victory over Samsung in 2012, but threw out damages relating to trade dress. In other words, Apple's innovations in the area of user interface remain protected in this ruling, but the overall look of Apple's hardware was not.

Rumor Claims MacBook Pro, iMac Update Coming this Week

11:08 AM, May. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple is reportedly planning on updating the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac on Wednesday. The new computers are said to include Intel's new Broadwell processors, and the MacBook Pro will ship with the Force Touch trackpad recently introduced on the new MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

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Regardless of when new MacBook Pro models ship, it seems likely they'll include Intel's Broadwell processors and the Force Touch trackpad. It's just a matter of timing.

Apple Buys GPS Company Coherent Navigation

9:25 AM, May. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple's Maps service will most likely gain some more independence now that the company has purchased Coherent Navigation. Coherent is a GPS company that offers higher accuracy location data compared to other services.

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Apple has been buying up navigation-related companies ever since it dropped Google Maps for its own navigation system for the iPhone. Getting its own satellite-based positioning company is yet another step in closing the gap between Apple and Google for navigation, and considering the level of accuracy Coherent Navigation offers, it looks like a pretty smart purchase.