Today, services like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are getting better at responding to some types of requests, but because they can misunderstand questions and aren't cognizant of their surroundings, they're often super awkward to use in public spaces around other people. But a patent filed by Apple and made public today suggests Siri may someday detect when you're whispering at it, and in turn know when to whisper back.
Apple announced on Wednesday it is giving one of its laser manufacturers, Finisar, US$390 million. Finisar larer clarified that Apple had not made a debt or equity investment in the company.
Apple plans to buy Shazam, the song-recognition company, for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Apple has confirmed its plan to acquire the music-discovery service Shazam. In a statement to Fortune, an Apple spokesperson said that the tech giant is "thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple." While the Apple spokesperson didn't share terms of the deal, the statement did say that "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit," suggesting the service could be integrated into Apple's own music streaming app.
Apple says it has issued a fix for an iOS security flaw that left key connected home hardware open to unauthorized third-party access. The bug, which was initially spotted by 9to5Mac, reportedly made it possible for an outside party to access things like smart locks and garage doors.
Apple's work in the health industry has been well reported thus far, but CNBC reports today that the person running Apple's health efforts is leaving the company. Anil Sethi was originally named director of the health team last year, when Apple acquired his medical record startup Gliimps.
Apple is likely to release another new iPhone model with LCD next year, said a source privy to the company's product designs, and it also has tentative plans for two new handsets that use OLED screens.
Nikkei Asian Review
Apple will ship 13-14 million AirPods in 2017 and 26-28 million units in 2018, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said. Kuo said they're one of the most popular Apple accessories and points to increased supply as one helpful growth driver.
Shares in Dialog Semiconductor, the publicly listed British firm which supplies power management chips for the iPhone and other Apple products, are plunging after its chief executive admitted that Apple could one day bring iPhone chip design in-house.
Qualcomm is seeking to limit sales of the iPhone X in the US with another new round of litigation that accuses Apple of patent infringement.
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Users of Apple's new MacOS High Sierra operating system can access it without using a password.
iOS 11 is at it again. Following the release of iOS 11.1.1 earlier this month specifically to fix a bizarre typing bug, it turns out that its successor one week later only made things worse. And Apple has now confirmed this nasty surprise...
The flaw in MacOS High Sierra - the most recent version - makes it possible to gain entry to the machine without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights.
BOE has set a plan to use its B11 line, which is located in Sichuan, and B12 line that is currently in an investment process as production lines exclusively for Apple.
Apple's next big innovation may be a foldable iPhone that opens and closes like a book. The consumer technology giant filed a patent application last week with the U.S. Patent & Trade Office that details its research into electronic devices with flexible display screens.
Kuo puts the current production levels between 440,000 and 550,000 units per day.
Foxconn, a main supplier for Apple's iPhone, says it has stopped interns from working illegal overtime at its factory in China. It comes after a Financial Times report found at least six students worked 11-hour days at its iPhone X plant in Henan province.
Apple found that its main supplier in Asia has been employing high-school students working illegal overtime to assemble the iPhone X.
Research by Apple computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.
As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset - which had rave reviews but never shipped. The deal was for around $30 million, two sources tell TechCrunch.
"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers," an Apple spokesperson said. "We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018."
While Qualcomm currently has a more advanced 5G modem, Apple engineers believe Intel's technology will satisfy its requirements for a future iPhone.
Apple has released a brand new ad for the iPad Pro. It features a young girl and a rose gold iPad Pro running iOS 11. And Apple's pitch is quite clear here - the iPad is the future of computers. The company even thinks there will be a time when a young person doesn't know what "computer" means.
Apple's acquisition of InVisage is very exciting as iPhone cameras are becoming a key feature to keep their smartphones ahead of the pack.
Apple continues to use a mix of Qualcomm and Intel cellular baseband processors in the iPhone X. Teardowns of the handsets also show that the company employed a combination of new and old tricks to pack features into its new flagship smartphone.
Apple published its fiscal Q4 results on Thursday, November 2, significantly beating market expectations as its Services, iPad and Mac segments drove growth despite a transitional quarter for the iPhone product line.
Apple is a major customer within AMS's supply chain, contributing about 20% of revenue.
Apple, locked in an intensifying legal fight with Qualcomm, is designing iPhones and iPads for next year that would jettison the chipmaker's components, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Google's stellar third-quarter earnings report had one small blemish: The company needs to pay more money to some of its partners. Wall Street usually frowns on rising costs, even at a company like Google, which generated $28 billion in revenue during the third quarter and is sitting on $100 billion in cash and short-term securities.
Apple quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture, according to people familiar with the situation.
Initial shipments of Apple's highly anticipated iPhone X are expected to total around 20 million units, only half the planned amount for this year, The Nikkei has learned.
Nikkei Asian Review
United States Senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy this week sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook demanding answers after the iPhone maker removed a number of privacy-providing apps from its Chinese App Store.
A patent-holding company called VirnetX has won a massive patent case against Apple, for the third time. Today, it became clear just how big the win was. An order unsealed Friday reveals that not only did a federal judge award VirnetX the full US$302 million jury verdict that it won last year, but the judge tacked on US$41.3 million in enhanced damages and US$96 million in costs, attorneys' fees, and interest. In all, Apple has been ordered to pay a staggering US$439.7 million to VirnetX.
Qualcomm has made its most dramatic legal move yet in its long-running battle against Apple, by seeking to halt manufacturing of the iPhone in China.
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All of the iPhones Apple plans to produce in 2018 are likely to abandon the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in favor of facial recognition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a note sent out this evening.
It's been clear that Apple has been looking to expand into the world of original content, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company has struck a deal to revive the Steven Spielberg anthology series Amazing Stories.
Apple may be looking to reduce its reliance on chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm, reportedly working on its own semiconductors for its MacBooks and iPhones.
Apple is investigating after two iPhone 8 Plus owners shared pictures of the device burst open due to possible battery failure.
The iPhone X is facing production delays due to problems in manufacturing the 3D sensors used for facial recognition, reports say.