Featured Intel offers AI breakthrough in quantum computing Quitting the five tech giants: Could you abstain from Apple? My first laser cutter project: Saint Patrick's Day coasters Best live TV and video streaming services: Top picks for cord-cutters Apple CEO Tim Cook adores One Republic.Surely, then, he has a good grasp of humor.Also: Facebook's privacy pivot vs Microsoft's 2002 security pivot Yet when you see him talk about privacy, you see a man deeply committed and wholly serious about it being a moral issue.It's not surprising, then, that Apple has chosen to advertise the alleged superior privacy features of the iPhone when compared to what the company sees are the evil ways of Facebook and Google. I expected, then, that the ad would be a serious message depicting Apple's embrace of the personal, private realm together with, perhaps, a veiled upper cut aimed at the Zuckerberg-Pichai axis.Instead, Apple plays it for humor. We see a sign that says "Privacy … [Read more...] about Apple’s criticism of Google and Facebook is a bit of a joke
Today sees Apple unveil two updates to its iPad line in the form of a new 10.5-inch iPad Air, and a 7.9-inch iPad mini that comes with support for Apple Pencil. This hardware unveiling comes ahead of Apple's upcoming event, scheduled for March 25, which is expected to focus on services.Must read: 10 Apple products you shouldn't buy (March 2019 edition)The new iPad Air comes equipped with Apple's latest A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, which offers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability over the previous silicon. The iPad Air also comes with a 10.5-inch Retina True Tone display, which is close to 20 percent larger and kitted out with more half a million more pixels compared to the old 9.7-inch display.On the iPad Mini front, the updated 7.9-inch tablet also comes with the A12 Bionic chip, offering three times the performance and nine times faster graphics of the previous-generation iPad mini. It too features a True Tone Retina display which is 25 percent … [Read more...] about Apple unveils new 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini with Apple Pencil support
Nothing stays the same for as long as we'd like it to.Time -- and its evil leech, money -- can warp things beyond recognition.When it comes to Apple stores, they've long been regarded as a fundamental pillar of the Apple experience. Malls still beg for an Apple store to open, because it changes the tone of the neighborhood.Apple stores have, though, themselves changed. Yes, there are still the glorious flagship stores, monuments to understated taste and an overabundance of noise. The more regular stores, though, are just that -- regular. From this consumer's point of view, there seem to have been few meaningful innovations. The last, perhaps, involved the disappearance of the physical Genius Bar. A departed Apple store manager offered me his inside view of the ups, the downs and the slight disappointments of a long period of Apple history.There were, he said, three eras. More by David Gewirtz Four hours in Apple Store hell: What iPhone Upgrade customers need to know If you're … [Read more...] about How Apple stores changed for the worse, according to a former employee
Welcome to the final day of our series about quitting the Big Five. We started the week looking at abandoning Amazon. Then we looked at fleeing Facebook and saying goodbye to Google. Yesterday, we explored whether it's possible to manage without Microsoft. Today, it's Apple. How far from the tree can you get? I'm basing my series on a project running on Gizmodo. Reporter Kashmir Hill attempted to quit Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, one each week. Also on ZDNet:Day 1: Quitting the five tech giants: Could you abandon Amazon?Day 2: Quitting the five tech giants: Could you really flee Facebook?Day 3: Quitting the five tech giants: Could you say goodbye to Google?Day 4: Quitting the five tech giants: Could you manage without Microsoft? Featured Windows 10 latest preview: Sandbox gets new features, but VMware's still broken The downsides of buying a new Mac Apple announces March 25 event, subscription services likely the focus Best phones not … [Read more...] about Quitting the five tech giants: Could you abstain from Apple?
Apple is planning major changes for Mac, should buyers wait? Rumors that Apple is planning an architecture switch away from Intel chips to its own silicon have been circulating for some time now, but recent reports suggest that Apple's revamping will be widespread, and bring even tighter integration between iPhone, iPad, and the Mac. Read more: https://zd.net/2EViugP Apple has hit back against Spotify after the latter filed a complaint against the iPad and iPhone maker with the EC, alleging that Apple's App Store is anti-competitive and limits customer choice.Earlier this week, Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek revealed the complaint, filed with the European Commission (EC), which is based on the premise that new rules introduced by Apple impact the App Store and have caused the platform to "purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience." Featured Windows 10 latest preview: Sandbox gets new features, but VMware's still broken The downsides of … [Read more...] about Apple on Spotify App Store complaint: It’s all about the money