Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has signed up 9 more manufacturers for CarPlay, which include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram. CarPlay lets users that already own a smartphone bring that same experience into an infotainment system.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri competes against Google Now and Microsoft Cortana. To make sure that Siri receives more positive reviews over its rivals. According to Wired, Apple has formed its own speech recognition team and a “neural-net-boosted Siri is on the way.”
Apple employees and CEO Tim Cook attended the Pride Parade in San Francisco on Sunday. Cook fully supports LGBT issues and was joined by Apple Environment Director Lisa Jackson at the event. Employees gave out $1 iTunes gift cards to celebrate. Check out some of the social media posts from the event below:
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Walmart has dropped the price of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5s and 5c as part of a deeply discounted “permanent price change” starting today. The 16GB iPhone 5c costs $29 with a two-year phone contract. It used to sell for $49 at Walmart. The Apple retail store is selling it for $99 with a two-year contract. Walmart is selling the iPhone 5s for $99, which is down from $149. The two-year contracts are available through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. The deal is only available at Walmart’s stores. The iPhone 5s starts at $199 in Apple Stores and Apple.com.
Apple is ceasing the development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps. Both apps will be replaced with the Photos for OS X app when it ships next year.
On Thursday, Apple unveiled a tweak to the iOS App Store that showcases games that were updated in a new “Best New Updates” section. Apple used to curate game updates into a curated “Best New Games” section.
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It is rumored that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 will be launched on September 19th. Apple already sells 32GB and 64GB iPhones, but it does not have a 128GB version as of yet. Based on rumors coming out of China, a 128GB version of the iPhone is on the way. However, the 128GB version of the phone will only be available to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Apple is said to launch the iPhone 6 in two different sizes like the 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Both of these models are expected to start production in July. It is unknown how much the 128GB will cost.
Apple has launched a new version of the iPod Touch. The new iPods include a new 16GB model and there are lower prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions. The cheapest iPod Touch is now the 16GB model for $199. It has six colors and a rear facing camera. The 32GB and 64GB models cost $249 and $299, respectively. The iPod used to be one of Apple’s best selling products, but it is now being overshadowed by the iPhone and iPad.