Japanese Apple Stores Again Selling Annual ‘Lucky Bags’ on January 2

During the new year in Japan, retailers often offer a Fukubukuro, or “mystery bag,“ which is a grab bag filled with a random assortment of products sold at a steep discount. Apple has participated in this tradition for quite some time, and will once again be offering its “Lucky Bag” in several different Apple Retail […]

Mac Pro Reviews Find Impressive Hardware, But Few Software Titles Take Advantage

After a weekend of testing, Engadget and The Verge have posted longer pieces on their Mac Pro review units, with mixed results. As The Vergerepeatedly notes, the new Mac Pro really only shines when used with software specifically optimized for its dual-GPU setup. At the moment, Final Cut Pro X is the best demonstration of […]

OS X Console Emulator ‘OpenEmu 1.0’ Launches

OpenEmu 1.0, an open source project designed to bring game emulation to OS X, has officially launched following a lengthy beta testing period. Though there are other emulator options for OS X, OpenEmu has been designed from the ground up for OS X. For the first time, the ‘It just works’ philosophy now extends to […]

Beyoncé Album Shatters iTunes Store Records

Apple announced that BEYONCÉ has become the fastest selling album ever on the iTunes Store worldwide with an unprecedented 828,773 albums sold in just its first three days. BEYONCÉ also broke the US first week album sales record with 617,213 sold and proved to be a global success, going to number one in 104 countries. […]

Apple wants Siri to be able to search your iPhone photos

Starting with iOS 7, Apple began automatically sorting users’ iPhone photos based on time taken and location. But a new patent application reveals the company is interested in taking it one step further, and allowing Siri to sort through iOS photos based on voice search and tagging. More: continued here

All-New Mac Pro Available Starting Dec. 19

Apple has announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. The Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, and ultra-fast ECC memory. Designed around a unified thermal core, the Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is 9.9 inches […]

Apple patents accurate touch and hover panel, embedded heart rate monitor

Apple on Tuesday was granted two iOS device-targeted patents, one for a "touch and hover" display panel that is made more accurate by compensating for signal drift, and another for heart rate monitor that can be seamlessly integrated into a handset. More: continued here

Catch: How Apple Could Integrate Note-Taking Capabilities into Reminders, Siri, Maps, and More

Before shutting its doors in August of 2013 following an acquisition by Apple that was revealed this morning, Catch operated a web-based note taking service and iOS and Android apps known as Catch Notes. Ahead of the company’s acquisition, Catch Notes was well-known as a high-quality productivity app and had been featured by Apple as […]

Tim Cook Sends Email to Apple Employees Reflecting on 2013, ‘Big Plans’ for 2014

In an email sent to employees today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reflected on the company’s accomplishments throughout the past year, discussing a wide variety of subjects including product releases, humanitarian efforts, and corporate initiatives. Cook also made statements looking toward the next year, stating that Apple has “big plans“ for 2014. The full email has […]

iOS 7.1 Launching in March Following Lengthy Testing Period?

Apple has seeded a new build of iOS 7.1 to its “testing partners” or carriers, reports BGR, with a public release of the software set to come in March. A March launch of iOS 7.1 would mark more than four months of testing, as the first iOS 7.1 beta was seeded to developers in mid-November. […]