Apple has created "a secret team" tasked with considering changes to its App Store, according to a Bloomberg report. Among other ideas, the group is exploring a paid search model that would enable publishers to have their apps appear at the top of search results based on keywords customers use to search for titles. Roughly 100 employees are reportedly working on the project.
The Senate Intelligence Committee delivered a draft of a long-awaited encryption bill, setting the stage for another high-profile debate pitting national security against consumer privacy. And it came just as California legislators killed a similar effort.
It appears that Apple is adding support for WebRTC to WebKit, the engine that powers its Safari browser. The company updated its WebKit website to add WebRTC to a list of features that are "in development."
The FBI paid professional hackers a one-time fee to unlock a San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone rather than employing the Israeli firm Cellebrite, according to a Washington Post report.
Apple is expected to face tougher conditions in the wearable device market in 2016, with an analyst at investment bank KGI Securities forecasting sales of the Apple Watch will fall by at least a quarter year-on-year.
The Apple Watch has had an underwhelming first year, according to new data from the advertising technology company Fluent. Only 47 percent of respondents in a survey of 2,500 American adults agreed that "the Apple Watch is a successful product," the company said, and only 62 percent of regular users of Apple products deemed the wearable successful.
U.S. consumers are increasingly buying iPhones from carriers or other retailers rather than Apple, according to a new report obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
Huawei continues to attack the high end of the smartphone market with this week's launch of the P9 device at a high-profile event in London. Huawei executive Richard Yu touted the company's new flagship Android device, comparing its specs favorably with Apple's iPhone 6s and Samsung's Galaxy S7, both top-of-the-line handsets.
The worldwide smartphone market will rebound slightly in 2016, CCS Insight predicted, gaining 2.9 percent over "a weak 2015." And according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the new iPhone SE could account for a respectable chunk of that growth.
Apple faced a legal challenge to its mobile operator contracts in France that could cost the company nearly €50 million ($56.7 million) in repayments if the claims are accepted by a domestic court.