Classic Rock, via MacRumors, has fantastic news for Def Leppard fans who were waiting for the group’s full catalogue to finally appear on Apple Music, as that moment has finally arrived, after a years-long royalty payments dispute between the band and Universal Music, which owns the rights to the original recordings. For that reason, classic Def Leppard albums such as Hysteria and Pyromania were not available on Apple Music until today.
During an interview to announce the band’s forthcoming Hysteria tour, which will take place in the UK and Ireland in December, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott explained why the time was finally right for the band’s music to appear on streaming services.
9to5 Mac reports today that Apple has just been proclaimed the most admired company in the world by Fortune for the 11th year in a row. In contrast, Samsung dropped off the list last year after its exploding batteries issue, and hasn’t returned this year. The remaining companies joining Apple in the Top 10 are: Amazon, Alphabet, Berkshire Hathaway, Starbucks, Walt Disney, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, FedEx, and JPMorgan Chase.
Other companies further down the Top 50 include Netflix, Facebook, Salesforce, IBM, Accenture, Intel, and AT&T.
Here’s what Fortune had to say about how it picked the winners this year:
AppleInsider reports today that Apple CEO Tim Cook has given a new interview today in which he says that iPhone users with worn-out batteries will soon have the option to disable the built-in throttling function that has been the cause of much controversy and a battery replacement scheme over the past few weeks.
Speaking to ABC News at Apple’s data center in Reno, Nevada, Cook said that the new feature will be included in a developer beta that will be released next month, with a public release soon after.
Back in December, Apple announced that a forthcoming iOS update would include a new feature that would enable the user to check if their phone’s battery condition was affecting its performance. Cook stated today that the new feature he is talking about would be...
MacRumors reports that Apple has today announced that it will be contributing $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next 5 years, and $55 billion in 2018 alone. The company is also set to increase its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5 billion, up from $1 billion.
As part of this program, Apple will be creating 20,000 jobs in the next 5 years, spending $30 billion to hire workers for the new Apple Park Campus, as well as opening a new campus in a location that will be announced later in the year, which will “initially house technical support for customers.”
The Apple HomePod smart speaker is finally on its way, according to a new report in the Taipei Times, via AppleInsider, which says today that HomePod manufacturer Inventec has just shipped the first million units . Foxconn is also said to be manufacturing HomePod units, but there is no information as yet about how many the latter has shipped. Overall, Inventec and Foxconn together are likely to ship between 10 and 12 million units in 2018, with orders split between them.
It’s great to hear that the HomePod will finally be available very soon, with its original launch back in November having been delayed, missing that all-important holiday deadline.
The HomePod costs $349, and is Apple’s first ever voice-controlled smart speaker. It’s expected to focus on having...
TechCrunch reports today that according to Reddit users, via MacRumors, YouTube is finally rolling out its recently introduced dark mode to its iOS apps. The dark mode first appeared last spring on the desktop version of YouTube as part of its overall redesign and speedier framework.
According to Reddit posters, while there has been no official announcement about the dark mode coming to the iOS YouTube app, some viewers have noticed it has appeared in the newly released YouTube iOS app update (13.0.1).
In order to activate the dark mode, which is called “Dark Theme,” once it has rolled out in your neck of the woods, all you have to do is access the YouTube app’s Settings screen, and you should find it above the setting for Restricted Mode.
According to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), via AppleInsider, Apple had the largest share of US smartphone activations on carriers in the fourth quarter of 2017, ending December 31, with a 39% share. This represents a 10% increase from the September 2017 quarter, where Apple had 29% activation share, and a 5% increase from the year ago share of 34% in 2016.
Android devices, in contrast, saw a fall of 4% from the year ago quarter, down to 60% from 64% in the December quarter in 2016, and a drop of 11% from the September 2017 quarter share of 71%.
CIRP partner and co-founder Josh Lowitz attributed Apple’s increase in share of activations in the December 2017 quarter to the company’s major product launches in that time period, in...
According to a new report from ETNews, via MacRumors, it looks like Apple might have got the message that the iPhone X notch is not its most popular feature, to say the least, as the paper’s industry sources say that the company is “looking into” combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on 2019 iPhones. Doing so would most likely mean that the TrueDepth sensor doesn’t require such a big housing, or “notch.”
It’s hard to say just how accurate this early report is about the 2019 iPhone line-up, as it’s not exactly clear from the information provided how Apple would be able to combine Face ID’s infrared camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator in a single face-recognition module.
The notch has been criticised by many for its poor design, with the likes of...
Last night’s post season Vikings vs. Saints game was such a thriller that it seems it actually set off people’s Apple Watch heart rate alerts, according to BGR. The upgraded heart rate warning alert was one of the very useful, and, in some cases, life-saving, features introduced in watchOS 4 last year. It alerts the wearer if their heart rate rises dramatically, especially when the wearer is in a resting state when the heart rate would not usually be elevated.
BGR’s Yoni Heisler writes that in the last few seconds of last night’s game, when the Vikings were behind by 1 and up against a third down and 10 from their 39 yard line, Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum threw the ball to Stefon Diggs who made an incredible catch, then went on to score the winning touchdown....
AppleInsider reports today that according to research firm Counterpoint, Apple continues to surge forward in the all-important, highly competitive Chinese smartphone market, with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both making the top 10 of best-selling mobile devices in China in 2017. The iPhone 7 Plus was actually the 2nd-highest selling smartphone in China last year, with a 2.8% market share, and the iPhone 7 came in fifth, with a 2.4% market share.
The number 1 smartphone in China last year was the Chinese brand, Oppo R95, with a 3% share. Other Chinese phones made up the rest of the top 10.
According to Counterpoint, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales rose in the second half of 2017, following a price cut, with sales of the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus benefitting greatly...