Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch "will be the first modern smartwatch--the first one that matters," even if its usefulness is not readily apparent.
Apple will soon start accepting Google's Android smartphones as part of an iPhone trade-in program, according to multiple reports, in an effort to juice sales of its latest iPhones and cut into Android's market share.
Microsoft is going to enhance its Cortana digital assistant for its own Windows 10 platform and then offer it as a standalone app on other platforms including Google's Android and Apple's iOS, according to a Reuters report.
The next versions of Apple's iPhones will include an LTE modem chipset from Intel, according to a VentureBeat report, a move that would give a major boost to Intel's wireless ambitions and hit Intel rival Qualcomm.
Apple is still riding high from its record-breaking 74.5 million iPhone shipments in its most recent quarter, but the rumor mill about the next iteration of the iPhone is already starting to kick into gear. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, the company plans to add sensors to its next iPhone that would detect how hard a user is pressing on the screen.
Researchers at the Central Intelligence Agency have spent years trying to crack the security and encryption technology of Apple iPhones and iPads as part of an effort remotely steal information off of those devices, according to a report from The Intercept.
Google's Android and Apple's iOS continued to thoroughly dominate the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, according to research firm IDC, with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus driving Apple to gain share at Android's expense. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform continues to be an also-ran in the market, though the company as vowed to introduce a range of new phones this year running its new Windows 10 software.
Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh blasted Apple's prices as "outrageous" and said that Motorola and Apple have different design philosophies and strategies. The comments appear to be a slap back against Apple executive Jony Ive, who appears to have issued veiled insults against Motorola in a recent magazine article.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's blockbuster holiday quarter proved that the company did not need to make a cheaper iPhone in order to continue to grow its smartphone business. He reiterated that Apple will not make a less expensive iPhone for the sake of making one, and will continue to focus on making great products.
Apple is going to rely on rival Samsung Electronics to produce the processor for its next iPhone models, according to a Re/code report, which would be a major coup for Samsung's semiconductor unit.