Category Archives: Apple News

Apple’s AI and Machine Learning Initiatives Go Beyond Just Siri

When I have written about Apple’s AI and Machine Learning initiatives in the past, the articles have usually centered around Siri and Voice Dictation. It’s easy to put these things together because Siri is the most visible and user-centered Apple interface that involves AI. However, as we have seen this month, there is a lot more than meets the eye going on beneath the surface at Apple.

Last week, Wired ran a story about a lunch talk given by Apple’s leading AI expert, Rutland Salakhutdinov, for around 200 others in the field during the NIPS machine learning conference. The most interesting thing to come out of his presentation was fresh news of Apple’s continued work in the field of self-driving cars.

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Apple is Reportedly Buying Music Recognition Service Shazam

A couple of days ago, I asked if Siri is finally starting to improve. I’ve seen some positive changes and evidently I’m not the only one. However, as was noted in the survey that was the main focus of my article, Siri isn’t where it needs to be when it comes to music. This has to be a major concern for Apple, especially considering that they recently delayed the release of a new hardware platform that will depend heavily on Siri’s skill as a “musicologist.”

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Is a New Budget-Priced iPad on the Way?


According to a DigiTimes article on Friday, Apple is planning to release a new 9.7″ iPad that will cost even less than last year’s new 9.7″ model. The target price that they give is $259, which is a full $70 below the current iPad’s price. While it may seem natural to assume that this article is talking about a simple price reduction, DigiTimes hammers home the fact that this device is “new” and aimed at the value tablet market.

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Apple’s Hour of Code Events Show Their Interest in Taking Coding to the Masses

Recently, Apple announced that it would be hosting Hour of Code sessions from December 4-10 at their Apple Retail Stores. This is the fifth year that the company has held such events in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Each of the classes, which have various age and interest targets, focuses on the Swift programming language and uses the iPad and Swift Playgrounds as the tool. Attendees can bring their own iPad, or if they don’t have one, Apple will provide them one for use during class time.

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Apple Pulls a Trump Card on Qualcomm

If you haven’t been keeping up, Apple and Qualcomm have been waging quite the slap battle across the globe. Apple sued Qualcomm. Qualcomm countersued for patent infringement. Qualcomm called for a ban against iPhones in China covering both sale and production, which would cripple Apple. Qualcomm then asked the ITC and US District Court to all ban imports of iPhones.

Since then, Apple has fired back and sued again with allegations that Qualcomm’s business model of double-charging for their technologies is illegal, which would be severely damaging to them. Qualcomm countered. Again. Apple filed a THIRD suit in US and then sued Qualcomm in China for an additional 145 million.

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Adobe’s Black Friday Analysis Shows iPad Sales Still Trending Upward

I have loved the iPad since the original was released and have owned every model except the 4 and the Minis 2 through 4. Even though it is more capable now thanks to the enhancements in iOS 11, I have found the platform to be a great productivity aid since the days of the iPad 2. That device pared with a good keyboard case was a revelation. However, I won’t lie and say that I had no worries when the sales didn’t just slump, but collapsed over recent years.

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Any Former Jailbreakers Out There?

Jacob Siegel of BGR, among others, is heralding what may be the beginning of the end of Jailbreaking. Two of the three main repositories that Cydia depends on, ModMi and ZodTTD, have both announced that they are shutting down. With many of the early reasons to Jailbreak worn away by the passage of time and ten years of updates to iOS, it certainly feels like this is the home stretch for something once thought to be essential to the power user experience on Apple’s mobile platforms.

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A Few Apple Deals for Your Cyber Monday

While Apple isn’t known for going all out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, other retailers who sell Apple gear always come up with something that won’t get them on the wrong side of the most profitable company in the world. Usually these come in the form of rebates, gift cards, and such, but there are always a few gems out there.

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For All of You Still Trying to Preorder the iPhone X, I Salute You

Whew! I am very happy that’s over. I got in with my iPhone using the Apple Store App at about 2:04 AM CST, and thanks to the fact that I used the iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approval, all I had to do was hit two buttons to process my order. That was it. It was definitely the easiest Apple preorder that I’ve done.

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Be Wary of Insurance Providers Offering Cheap Apple Watches

There is news this week that insurance company John Hancock is offering their Vitality life insurance policy owners the opportunity to get an Apple Watch Series 3 for only $25. This is a whopping $304 off the normal retail price, which is a pretty amazing deal. So what’s the catch?

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Report: Apple Had to Downgrade Face ID Specs to Meet Ship Deadline

So it looks like Bloomberg has a pretty big scoop on the iPhone X production troubles here. Normally I would take a story like this with a big grain of salt. However, Bloomberg is a pretty solid source for Apple news, even though the company has waged a war of secrecy against them recently. They still have their sources, and don’t tend to just run with wild rumors like many other media outlet, so there is a high likelihood that this report is as least partially accurate. Also, I have to give Alex Webb and Sarah Kim of Bloomberg credit- this is a well-written and balanced article that provides a lot of insight into the entire situation. There are a lot of good details, and I highly recommend reading the whole thing. This is definitely not just a click-bait Apple hit piece. Kudos to the authors for that.

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