U.S. carriers' embrace of equipment installment plans, and consumers' newfound appetite for such plans, helps operators' bottom lines. But analysts say that as consumers hold onto their phones for longer than they used to under two-year contracts, it is likely going to cause pain for smartphone makers that had grown accustomed to consumers upgrading to new phones more often.
Apple didn't make a formal announcement about it at its recent WWDC in San Francisco, but a developer blogging on 9to5 Mac noticed a policy change that will allow developers, for the first time, to restrict their apps to only run on devices with 64-bit processors.
While HBO isn't forthcoming about its subscriber numbers, particularly for its shiny new standalone service HBO Now, an online video industry analyst pegged the number of subscribers to the OTT variant at more than 850,000, "and the number could very well be around 1 million."
The Force (touch) appears to be with Apple. The company has started early production of new iPhone models with its "Force Touch" feature, which can sense how hard users are pressing down on a screen, according to a Bloomberg report.
Two Apple patent applications were published last week that demonstrate Apple's ongoing interest in mobile device location sharing, including one that details a new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation, according to AppleInsider.
It's not every day that an industry group can claim Apple as a member, but the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that Apple has expanded its participation by becoming a Promoter member.
Nokia is still searching for a potential buyer for its HERE mapping and location business, as German car companies, Uber, Chinese search engine Baidu and perhaps even Apple and Facebook jockey with each other to get access to HERE's assets and technology.
Apple just started selling the Apple Watch in its physical retail stores, but already the rumor mill is churning about what upgrade to expect in the next version of the company's first wearable device.
Buzzfeed is better known for top-10 style listicles and celebrity gossip than longform think pieces, but as the iOS crowd exited the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week, there was nothing more provocative written about Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) than a diatribe by Charlie Warzel.
The news came out as Apple's WWDC 2015 was coming to an end, but the company's decision to allow ad blockers on Safari may have gotten the most developer applause, based on their Twitter comments.