Category Archives: Apple

Apple warns of iPhone ‘supply shortages’ due to coronavirus outbreak

The consequences of the coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected for Apple. The tech firm has warned that global iPhone supply will be "temporarily constrained" while it resumes production. Although its factory partners have reopened, those…

Watch the first trailer for Spielberg’s Apple TV+ series ‘Amazing Stories’

Apple has shared the first trailer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming Amazing Stories revival. The series will hit the tech giant's TV+ streaming service on March 6th, with five different stories to watch.

Apple Music’s Replay 2020 playlist tracks your favorites week-by-week

You don't have to sit tight until December to start your 2020 retrospective. As promised, Apple Music has made its automatic Replay 2020 playlist available to subscribers through its beta web player. You'll have to visit the site through a mobile bro…

Rumor suggests Apple’s 5G iPhone could rely on a custom antenna

For years, leaks and rumors have targeted 2020 for the arrival of Apple's first iPhone with 5G capabilities. Now we're in the year, and carriers are starting to roll out networks with the high-bandwidth connections. Samsung already revealed that its…

Since the iOS Files app is finally useful, Gmail will add attachments from it

Google's branding for Gmail.

Enlarge / Google’s branding for Gmail. (credit: Google)

Apple only recently fully integrated its Files file-and-folder-management app with the rest of its own apps and services on iPhones, but Google has already taken that step with its popular Gmail iOS app.

Google announced in a post on its G Suite updates blog today that users will be able to attach files to emails from folders accessible from the Files app. This feature is coming to both the iPhone and iPad versions of the Gmail app, but Google says it could take a while to reach all users.

Additionally, this means that you can add files from Dropbox by this same method, since you can browse files stored in Dropbox through the Files app when the Dropbox app is installed.

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YouTube TV won’t work with App Store subscriptions after March 13th

Starting on March 13th, Google will no longer allow people to subscribe to YouTube TV through the App Store. In an email obtained by MacRumors, the company says not only will it stop accepting new App Store subscriptions next month, but it will also…

Feds launch a probe into Big Tech’s smallest acquisitions

FTC Chairman Joe Simon speaking at a press conference in September, 2019.

Enlarge / FTC Chairman Joe Simon speaking at a press conference in September, 2019. (credit: MANDEL NGAN | AFP | Getty Images)

The Federal Trade Commission this week announced another set of probes to add onto the heaping mound of antitrust investigations the nation’s biggest tech firms now face. This time around, they’re digging into a decade’s worth of acquisitions that were small enough to escape scrutiny the first time around but may have proven to have big consequences after the fact.

The review will cover acquisitions made by Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft between 2010 and 2019, the FTC said. The probe is not a criminal investigation but rather a “wide-ranging study” to help regulators better understand what trillion-dollar companies are doing when they gobble up little startups and their staffs.

The smaller transactions escaped scrutiny the first time around thanks to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act—the same law that mandates a look at bigger transactions. Under HSR, plans for mergers and acquisitions above a certain dollar threshold must be submitted to the FTC and Department of Justice in advance. The process is called, fittingly, premerger notification. Once a company has submitted its premerger filing, regulators have 30 days to take a look at the proposal and determine whether to probe deeper. If the waiting period expires or the FTC grants it early termination, the companies can move forward.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 vs. iPhone 11 Pro: A deeper division lurks beneath the spec sheets

Flagship phones like the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S20 or the iPhone 11 Pro get a lot of the marketing and press hype, but most people aren’t buying. The small percentage of consumers who are buying face a difficult choice that’s about much more than just benchmarks, specs, or camera features.

A recent NPD report claimed that fewer than 10 percent of Americans buy flagship smartphones (in this case, defined as phones costing more than $1,000). After a year of smartphone shipments and revenues gradually sliding down a hill, global smartphone shipments finally grew in the fourth quarter of 2019—but only by one percent. Of the market’s 369 million units in Q4, Apple shipped 78 million iPhone 11 models, and Samsung shipped 71 million. In other words, Samsung and Apple together accounted for 40 percent of the smartphones hitting the market. Looking at what they’re doing tells us a lot about what today’s priorities are.

When you look across the whole product lineups of these two companies, you see very different strategies. But at the top of each line, the phones are mostly similar. The latest flagship smartphones from these market behemoths focus on cameras and screens above all else, and on those counts, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro aren’t actually that radically different from one another.

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Microsoft’s Project xCloud preview extends to iOS devices

After first launching in preview on Android phones, Microsoft's Project xCloud is making its way over to iOS devices. Starting today, iPhone and iPad owners can check out the game streaming service through Apple's TestFlight platform.

BlueMail is back in the App Store after it called out Apple

BlueMail is back in the Apple App Store eight months after it was removed. If you'll recall, the email app's creators sued the tech giant last year after it launched the "Sign in with Apple" feature, which lets you sign into apps and websites with yo…