5.5-inch iPhone 6 Photos Surface, Along with Horrible Name

9:07 AM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · News

Photos showing what are claimed to be components from a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 have surfaced, although they don't exactly qualify as definitive proof that a super-size iPhone is on the way. The name that goes along with the big-screen model photos is a bit dubious, too: iPhone 6L.

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At this point, not seeing a 4.7-inch iPhone model this fall will be a big surprise. The rumored 5.5-inch model, however, still feels like a wild card.

Apple Adds 5 Vice Presidents to Leadership Page

6:41 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · · News

5 Additions to Apple's Leadership Page

Apple significantly expanded the ranks of executives featured on its leadership page Friday. That page previously featured Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's nine senior vice presidents, but now features an additional five vice presidents, all of whom report to CEO Tim Cook.

Leaked Photos Show Finished and Working iPhone 6

9:46 AM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · · News

With Apple's rumored iPhone 6 media event less than a month away, leaked photos showing what appears to be the next version of the company's smartphone are finally surfacing. The pics include shots of the device's screen and seem to confirm the new model will be bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S.

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It's just about the right time for photos of completed iPhone 6 models to appear. Assuming they're legit, the new iPhone will be much taller and wider than the iPhone 5S.

Dr. Bott Going Out of Business, Liquidating Inventory

8:48 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · · News

Dr. Bott Booth

It's a sad day for the Mac world, as Dr. Bott LLC announced on Thursday that the company is shutting its doors and liquidating its inventory. Dr. Bott is a reseller that specialized in distributing Mac and iPhone accessories companies in addition to selling some of its own products.

Apple Officially Bans Two Toxic Chemicals from Manufacturing

8:10 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · · News

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Apple announced on Thursday that it is officially banning two toxic chemicals from use by its manufacturing partners around the world. Apple said that an investigation of 22 of its final assembly facilities that collectively employ nearly half a million people found no widespread use of benzene or n-hexane, but that it was "expressly prohibiting" its use anyway.

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Banning these two chemicals is an important step towards protecting workers. The idea of someone getting nerve damage so that my iPad or iPhone can look great when I first open the box is a non-starter.

The Emerging War Over Desktop Push Notifications

12:05 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · · News

Push

Push notifications may have grown up on mobile apps. But now the Web is making a comeback because of a push notification innovation introduced by Apple through Safari Mavericks. Warring standards are already beginning to emerge, though Apple holds the early lead.

Apple Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit Over Employee Anti-poaching Pact

10:24 AM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · · News

Apple's involvement in an agreement with other tech companies to not poach employees from each other has landed it in another lawsuit, this time from a shareholder claiming the deal cost the company value, and that executives misled investors. The class action lawsuit names current CEO Tim Cook, along with William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Arthur Levinson, Robert Iger, Andrea Jung, Fred Anderson, and the Estate of Steve Jobs.

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Then-CEO Steve Jobs didn't want his engineers working for the competition, and in this case his efforts to keep his employees from working for Google, Intel, and other companies looks to have been a overzealous. This new shareholder lawsuit is a perfect example of how the decision to go down the employee anti-poaching path is going to be an ongoing headache for Apple for some time.

Apple Patches Safari WebKit Security Issues

9:01 AM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · · News

Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion on Wednesday to patch several WebKit-related security and memory corruption issues that could let attackers run arbitrary code on victim's computers. The security issue could also cause app crashes.

Apple Ready for iPhone 6 Mass Production

3:33 PM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · · News

Apple is reportedly ready to flip the switch and start mass production of the iPhone 6 ahead of the all but confirmed September 9 media event to introduce the newest member to the company's smartphone lineup. Assuming full scale production is ramping up now, that gives Apple about a month to build up inventory before the iPhone 6's projected release date.

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Apple hasn't confirmed the September 9 media event, or even that new iPhone models have been designed. That said, it's pretty likely we'll get our early September announcement, and the new models will ship a week or so later.

Siri Developers Hard at Work on Your Next AI Overlord

9:41 AM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · · News

Apple's Siri voice recognition technology may be the culmination of the efforts from a long list of engineers, but it's also just the beginning. Part of the Siri development team has spun off to form their own company where they're working on a new voice recognition system that's more like Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. than asking your iPhone for a weather update.

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Siri is amazing technology, but it's barely the first step into true voice interaction with our smartphones. A true artificial intelligence system that learns and improves as it interacts with us sounds awesome -- and just a little scary.