9to5Mac, with the help of analyst Matt Margolis, unveiled that the iPhone maker recently placed a large order with GT Advanced Technologies for furnaces and chambers used in making sapphire displays. According to 9to5Mac, GT Advanced has already received 518 furnace and chamber systems, which would let it build 103 million to 116 million 5-inch displays per year. (Another … Read more
I opened my eyes a touch reluctantly this morning and began to read my e-mails in bed.
It was raining outside and the fog was thicker than "War And Peace."
Microsoft, however, wanted to cheer me up. It sent me an e-mail with the subject line: "You deserve something better."
"How sweet," I thought. "I'm not sure I actually deserve something better, but, you know, if you're offering, why would I not listen?"
I eagerly opened the e-mail and then recoiled a touch. For there was a picture of a … Read more
That's the number (to date) of references to Apple in the 33 total seasons so far of "Futurama" and "The Simpsons." And if you're a fan of the company, the shows, or both, you'll appreciate this: TUAW just released a list of every Apple reference ever made in the two series.
This is no mere YouTube compilation of show clips. Writer Yoni Heisler interviewed "Simpsons" writer Bill Oakley and director David Silverman, then went on to not only list each reference, but also provide some background and, where possible, the … Read more
Tim Cook is standing onstage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
He turns to leave, having finished his speech.
Then he seems to have an afterthought. He turns back to the audience and says the magical words: "One more thing."
The crowd shimmers with anticipation.
Then Cook says: "The iPhone 5A. The 'A' is for 'Android.'"… Read more
We've all made embarrassing mistakes in text messages, whether on our own or through the device's autocorrect feature. An Apple patent filing envisions a way to fix those mistakes before anyone else sees them.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application named "Transient Panel Enabling Message Correction Capabilities Prior to Data Submission" outlines a technology that would give you a chance to correct any mistakes before the message is actually on its way.
As Apple acknowledges in the patent filing, autocorrect is a handy feature but it's hardly perfect. Though … Read more
Apple seems to be gearing up for a fitness product, at least based on details from a new job posting.
Listed Thursday on Apple's job site but since taken down, the ad was seeking a "User Studies Exercise Physiologist" to put in 40 hours a week at Apple headquarters in Santa Clara Valley. As quoted below from the ad, Apple is looking for people who not only are knowledgeable about cardiovascular fitness but can put that knowledge toward the design of products.
Design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure, including calories burned, … Read more
Apple is finally launching its first store in Brazil.
The Web site for the new store points to Rio de Janeiro's VillageMall shopping center as its locale and February 15 as its launch date. The store will be Apple's first in Latin America, joining its hundreds of other outlets, most of which are in the US and Europe.
The store will host a couple of workshops on opening day devoted to the iPhone and iPhoto. A workshop on the following day will focus on the iPad, while subsequent workshops will cover iCloud and the Numbers app.
Apple first … Read more
The Retina display, found in Apple's iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and MacBook Pro, might soon look a bit better, thanks to quantum dots.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday published four patent applications from Apple, noticed earlier by Patently Apple, on technology that would employ quantum dots to deliver better color accuracy in the company's Retina display.
Apple's patent applications get into the minutiae of quantum dots and how they work, but the gist of the technology is this: quantum dots are exceedingly small nanocrystals with the ability to (among other things) emit light … Read more
Apple doesn't appear to be all that fond of Bitcoin.
The company on Wednesday removed from its App Store the last remaining Bitcoin wallet application, Blockchain. The app allowed Bitcoin owners to store the digital currency and use it for purchases where possible. It was the last of a series of Bitcoin wallet apps Apple has nixed.
In a blog post on Thursday, Blockchain confirmed the news, saying that it was offered "no explanation and no opportunity to address any issues."
"These actions by Apple once again demonstrate the anti-competitive and capricious nature of the App … Read more