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Apple planned ahead for the inevitable hardware slump

It was inevitable but nonetheless concerning to investors: iPhone sales flattened out this quarter, part of an overall trend of weakness in the smartphone market, and Apple admitted that next quarter will see sales decline year over year for the first time. Yes, the company just reported …

Here's What Apple Investors Should Do Now

Just looking at the numbers Apple unveiled earlier this week you’d never imagine that a multitude of skeptics are calling the iPhone maker a colossus …

Apple Watch getting full update in the fall, new bands in March, report says

Although popular among celebrities, the Apple Watch still hasn't turned out to be a runaway hit with regular consumers like the iPhone. Nevertheless, …

Half a year later, the Apple Watch feels like a stalled platform

Seven months later, my Apple Watch is still the second thing I put on every morning. (Glasses first.) But while I still enjoy using it and recommend buying it, I’m starting to feel the limitations of what the first version of the watch can do.<p>The main issue: I’m still only using it for a few tasks, …

Smartwatches

In A Rare Move, Apple Discounts The Apple Watch With New iPhone Purchases (In Some Stores)

Outside of the deals they give students and the occasional Black Friday hook up, Apple isn’t exactly known for throwing around discounts.<p>So here’s a wild one: Apple is experimenting with giving people $50 discounts on Apple Watches if they buy one at the same time as a new iPhone 6s or 6s …

Inside Apple's perfectionism machine

Inside Apple's perfectionism machine<p>Inside Apple's perfectionism machine<p>CUPERTINO, California — In retrospect, it was easy to miss — a bit of …

OS X El Capitan License: in Plain English

I decided to upgrade my Mac to El Capitan, but my computer said, <b>on one condition</b>: I must “carefully” read and agree with something. It even provided a<p>…

Operating Systems

Steve Jobs’ management legacy at Apple can be glimpsed in recently disclosed SEC letters

When Apple talks about its business in public, it often recites lofty but vague concepts.<p>Focus on the customer. Making the best, not the most.<p>Lots of people say these things now because they are trendy. But they are the ideals that have made Apple the world’s most valuable company. So, while others …

iPhone 6S Users Are Haplessly 3D Touching Everything

Just press harder.<p>The tech blogs are in agreement: The iPhone 6S's new 3D Touch technology is revolutionary, a feature that will someday change how we interact with the world, will make us more productive, and will save society untold amounts of time. For now though, new iPhone owners are just …

The Apple bias is real

If there's one constant on the consumer tech calendar, it's iPhone reviews day. Happening sometime between the announcement and the release of the latest iPhone, it manifests itself with glowing accounts of the latest Apple smartphone at the top of the page, and irate accusations of Apple-favoring …

Why iOS Could Become the Enterprise OS of the Millennial Generation

Apple is crazy like a fox with this Apple-at-work strategy -- and Steve Jobs was its architect.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>For the majority of my life, Windows and the Mac …

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WatchOS 2 hands-on: What Apple Watch should have had from the start

Ignoring the mixed reviews, common sense and the usually wise advice that you should avoid first-gen products at all costs, I bought an Apple Watch last June. Honestly, I'm still surprised by that. I backed the original Pebble crowdfunding campaign, and I've tested a few Android Wear devices, but …

How Apple Built 3D Touch

The grinding work behind a single iPhone feature.<p>By Josh Tyrangiel | September 9, 2015<p>Illustrations by Chris Nosenzo<p>Apple has made many things over …

What Apple employees really think about the company's internal corporate culture

Apple has a reputation for being extremely secretive in its day-to-day operations. So secretive, in fact, that some employees didn't know they were working on the first iPad until Steve Jobs unveiled it on stage.<p>That makes us all wonder what it must be like to work for Apple.<p>We know it can be …

Early iOS 9 Adoption Rate in Line With iOS 8 Adoption

iOS users are installing Apple's latest operating system at roughly the same pace iOS 8 was installed last year, according to multiple analytics companies that are tracking iOS 9 adoption rates. iOS 9 has now been available for download for just over 24 hours.<p>Mixpanel's live iOS 9 tracking site …

Android Lollipop

Twenty Minutes With Tim Cook

The Apple CEO addresses new iPhone features, privacy concerns, the iPad Pro as a desktop replacement, and why you can't delete that pesky Stocks app, in a car ride across Manhattan.<p>Tim Cook is twisted sideways in the deep passenger-side backseat of a black Cadillac Escalade, rolling through …

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Survey shows battery life a non-issue for most Apple Watch owners

With its small 205mAh battery, many expected the Apple Watch would need as much time on a charger as your wrist. A new survey suggests most Apple Watch owners get through a day just fine, and rarely worry about battery life at all.<p>Wristly surveyed over 1,200 Apple Watch users, and found 44 percent …

Smartwatches

5 things Apple really got right in Apple TV 4’s tvOS UI, and 2 things that need work

Apple TV’s user interface has been through more changes over the past 8 years than any other Apple OS — the rare Apple UI that has seen more major changes than the devices it runs on. As improbable as this might have seemed for a “hobby,” fixing the Apple TV was one of the last topics Apple’s CEO …

Smart TV

What I learned this week about Tim Cook’s Apple

Nearly four years after Steve Jobs’ death, the company is still unique, if imperfect<p><i>This is the debut installment of a new, weekly commentary and reviews column on</i> The Verge<i>, also available on</i> Re/code<i>, by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at</i> The Verge <i>and Editor at Large</i> …

Apple didn’t “blow it” with the stylus, it did what was right

Apple announced a giant new iPad Pro yesterday that comes in at a gargantuan 12.9 inches along with a new accessory called the Apple Pencil which just happens to be a stylus made for graphic designers or document editing.<p>Naturally, the world went crazy citing the two times Steve Jobs famously said …

Apple's Sept. 9 event: What caught the analysts' eyes—updated

Excerpts of the notes we’ve seen (as of Thursday 10:40 a.m. EDT). More as they come in.<p><b>T. Michael Walkley, Canaccord Genuity: New products strengthen</b> …

Apple's Tim Cook finally steps out of Steve Jobs' shadow

Apple came under fire on social media for introducing a souped up stylus, which Steve Jobs openly hated. But Tim Cook is unperturbed - he is building his own legacy.<p>When Apple revealed its new, giant iPad Pro with a special accessory called Apple Pencil yesterday, the crowd in the San Francisco …

Hands on with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus: 3D Touch is for real

Apple's tagline for the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus is "the only thing that's changed is everything."<p>And as much as I would like to reject that …

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Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Today’s ‘Hey Siri’ Apple Event

All for One, One for AllThis was it: one big event for <i>all</i> of Apple’s late 2015 product announcements. In the previous three years, Apple held …

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Apple Needs to Slash Apple Watch Prices to Sell More, Says Telsyte

According to Australian analyst firm <i>Telsyte</i>, the Apple Watch should cost no more than $210 (AU$300) and that the company should slash the prices of …

Study: Apple Watch holds 97% satisfaction rating, used mostly for fitness & timekeeping

The Apple Watch has a 97 percent satisfaction rating among owners, although the most popular uses are simply fitness tracking and telling the time, …

The MacBook Air is on a path to extinction

Apple is squeezing the air out of the Air<p>When Apple redesigned the MacBook Air in 2010, it created one of the best machines to ever carry its Mac label. That new laptop was a revelation: extremely thin and light, like the original Air, yet also powerful enough for most tasks and equipped with a …

The Wii, For Real This Time

A funny thing happened on the way to Apple dominating living room gaming — they failed to release such a device.<p>Two and a half years ago, I wrote …

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