Author Archives: Gizmodo

Does Apple Have a Fancier iPad 4 Up Its Sleeve?

January 28th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Scraps of evidence are appearing across the internet, so 9to5mac claims , that point towards Apple maybe, possibly, perhaps readying an update for the iPad. 9to5mac has reported that devs are finding code in the soon-to-be-released iOS 6.1 that point towards a new device, featuring 128GB of storage. Adding some fuel to that fire is a new set of SKUs, leaked by a "high-profile


jOBS Review: a Satisfying Experience

January 27th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Today I saw jOBS at Sundance, the story of a young Steve Jobs, the now legendary co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer. And although I know it may be inaccurate and exaggerated , it was the experience I wanted


Apple Audit Reveals 106 Cases of Underage Labor in China

January 25th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Apple has released its seventh annual supplier audit and it reveals that one of its suppliers—Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics—was found to violate its underage labor policy 74 times. Unsurprisingly, Apple was clear about the consequences of such a problems, and has completely severed ties with the manufacturer


Can Apple’s Stock Recover Without Steve Jobs?

January 24th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Apple's stock is going down like a plane in flames sinking 12 percent on its biggest fall since the 2008 Wall Street crash. That's $60 dollars per share just after they announced one of its best quarters in history ... but still under analysts' expectations, who think the company is slowing down because its markets are saturated


Siri Was Going to be a Droid Feature, Until Apple Stole It Away

January 23rd, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Way back in the mists of 2009, before Siri was even a twinkle in Apple's eye, Verizon was planning to add the app to all of its Android smartphones. Sadly for the carrier, that didn't last. That story is told in some detail by the Huffington Post, in a long feature called Siri Rises


The No-Hire Emails That Incriminate Apple, Google, Adobe and More

January 23rd, 2013 | by Gizmodo

A court filing has just been made public which sheds light on the "no-hire" gentleman's agreements that have pervaded the tech industry—and reveals how Steve Jobs threatened litigation to prevent companies from stealing his staff. Of course, it's not just Apple and Palm that are being investigated: this publicly available court filing is in fact part of civil lawsuit investigating "gentleman's agreements" between the likes of Apple, Google, Intel and plenty more.


Android Is Popular Because It’s Cheap, Not Because It’s Good

January 22nd, 2013 | by Gizmodo

The story goes like this: The iPhone comes out, and it's the only smartphone anyone wants, because there's never been anything like it. It is the smartphone. Step forward a few years, and Apple is losing to Google—at least in sheer numbers of phones being sold.


Whoops, Best Buy Accidentally Gave Away $50 in a Coupon

January 22nd, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Best Buy released a too good to be true coupon earlier today: Spend a $100 and save $50 automatically when you pay with a MasterCard credit card. The fine print had excluded a few products but it was pretty much a free $50 bucks for everything else. So predictably people took advantage of ol' Best Buy and rung up thousands of dollars of Amazon.com and iTunes gift cards for half off, Apple TVs for $50, Kindle Paperwhites for cheap and anything they could find without any limits


Reuters: Sharp Cuts Screen Production as iPad Demand Drops

January 18th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Reuters is reporting that Sharp has "nearly halted" production of its 9.7-inch iPad screens, as demand for Apple's large tablet drops. According to "sources familiar with the matter" , screen production at Sharp's Kameyama plant in central Japan has "fallen to the minimal level to keep the line running" following a gradual slow down since the end of 2012. However, it's worth pointing out that the sources don't make any direct reference to the cause of the slowdown—is it cannibalization by the iPad mini?


Yes, Apple Is Cutting Down iPhone 5 Orders, and It Isn’t Giving Any Explanation

January 15th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

The New York Times confirmed today that Apple is drastically cutting iPhone 5 orders , just as the Wall Street Journal and Nikkei of Japan reported yesterday . Apple hasn't answered the reports, even while there is really no excuse not to do so except the perfectly fine "because we don't want to." Yet, Apple hasn't offered any explanation—even while their stock continues to dive! dive! dive! faster than James Cameron's submarine.


How Apple Sets Its Prices

January 15th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Apple pricing is unlike almost every other brand in consumer tech: consistent across each and every retailer, and rarely discounted. How do Cook and Co manage to pull that off? MacWorld has an interesting article about the techniques which Apple uses to keep its prices fixed.


WSJ: Apple Cuts Orders of iPhone Parts Following Low Demand

January 14th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has cut orders for iPhone 5 components due to "weaker-than-expected demand" for the device. Citing "people familiar with the situation", the Journal claims that Apple has cut its orders of iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter, for instance, by half. If the rumors are true, they suggest that the phone isn't selling as well as Apple anticipated—or, more unlikely, that its plans are changing


Apple’s App Store Is Finally Cracking Down on the Screenshot Scam

January 10th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

After years of complaints, scams, and careless screening tactics, Apple's App Store is finally starting to figure itself out. The latest update should stop developers from using misleading screenshots by locking them into place once the app gets approved. As one of the most widespread app store hoaxes, developers would upload actual screenshots to gain approval and then switch them out with those from a more popular game once the review process ended.


Apple Cuts the Price of Thunderbolt Cables

January 10th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Apple has decided to cut the price of its exorbitantly priced Thunderbolt cables. Its 2-meter cable has fallen in price from a painful $50 to an only-slightly-more-palatable $40


WSJ: Apple’s Building a Cheaper iPhone (Again)

January 8th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

The WSJ, never ones to pass up a good (or bad) Apple rumor, is reporting that the company is working on a less expensive alternative to its $200 (on-contract) iPhone. And if that sounds familiar, well, it should


Grace Your iPad Mini With the Sterile Charm of an Apple Store Display

January 3rd, 2013 | by Gizmodo

If you're worried about friends, family, or co-workers breaking or even scuffing up your new iPad Mini, this heavy-duty acrylic security base is reminiscent of what Apple uses to protect its hardware in its stores. Made from clear acrylic that's over an inch thick at one end, the case can even be secured to a surface with an adhesive backing or tamper-proof screws


Microsoft Just Bought a Company That’ll Help the Xbox Win Your Living Room

January 3rd, 2013 | by Gizmodo

Microsoft just bought R2 Studios, a company that Apple and Google were both after , to help the Xbox continue its assault on living rooms across the world. R2 Studios, which was founded by Blake Krikorian (the guy who also made the Slingbox), apparently "works on" technology related to distributing and displaying digital media on televisions. Basically, it's more of Microsoft seeing the Xbox as a set top box as opposed to just a gaming device


The Next Trick Up Apple’s Sleeve: Super Speedy Wi-Fi for Macs?

January 2nd, 2013 | by Gizmodo

According to The Next Web , the next generation of Apple's Mac lineup won't look much different—understandable, given the 2012 overhaul—but the guts will be shiny and new. Including, importantly, a new Broadcom chipset that boosts Mac Wi-Fi to the 802.11ac standard. Apple won't be the first laptop manufacturer to roll the speedy—1.3Gbps throughput with three antennas—802.11ac Wi-Fi; Asus rolled it into a gaming notebook last summer.



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