Tim Cook's review of new Apple book: 'Nonsense'

When it comes to a newly-published book about Apple and Steve Jobs, don't look for a two thumbs up from Tim Cook. A middle finger might be more likely.

The book, "Haunted Empire," focuses on the post-Jobs era and is written by former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane. It draws a comparison between Jobs and Cook and argues that the company is in a period of decline from the apogee it reached during the reign of its legendary co-founder. But Cook, named CEO in August 2011 after an ailing Jobs resigned, blasted the book … Read more

Why an 8GB iPhone 5C just isn't a good deal

Please, please, please, don't buy the 8GB iPhone 5C.

Apple on Tuesday introduced a version of its new, brightly colored iPhone that comes with half the storage of the former cheapest model but also a smaller price tag. In the UK, for example, the 8GB iPhone 5C costs £429 ($712) versus £469 ($779) for the 16GB model. For now, the 8GB iPhone 5C is available only in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China. US customers will have to settle for the 16GB version or choose another iPhone model like the (non-4G) 4S.

The 8GB iPhone 5C … Read more

Apple, Google execs out-earn Samsung counterparts

Samsung might be a giant company with massive amounts of revenue, but that doesn't mean that its executives make massive amounts of money -- at least when compared to other executives in Silicon Valley.

The company revealed at its annual shareholder meeting last week that its leadership executive team, comprised of its three co-CEOs and CFO, collectively made 33.9 billion Korean won, about $31 million, during the company's 2013 fiscal year. Samsung went on to say that compared to competitors in the marketplace, it's far behind other companies, including Apple, which hit nearly $300 million in … Read more

Apple patent points to next-gen Siri with sensors

Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, could be due for a dramatic overhaul, if a recently acquired patent is to be our guide.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday published patent 8,677,377, "Method and apparatus for building an intelligent automated assistant," which describes what is essentially a higher-end Siri that can provide automated assistance to people in a wide array of circumstances.

According to Patently Apple, the technology relies on software and a combination of sensors to identify where people are. In one embodiment, the patent shows how Siri, using information gathered from … Read more

Apple iPhone 6 will reportedly start production in Q2

Apple could be weeks away from starting production on the iPhone 6.

That's according to a Commercial Times report, which Reuters translated.

Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron is apparently opening up new factory space and recruiting workers to build the iPhone 6, according to the report. The production would begin in the second quarter, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.

Apple declined CNET's request for comment.

Pegatron wouldn't be the only manufacturer of Apple's flagship phone. The Commercial Times said Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, would be the primary manufacturer of the phone.

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iPad with Retina Display makes $399 comeback, knocks out iPad 2

Apple tweaked its iPad lineup Tuesday morning, bringing back the fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display in place of the elderly iPad 2.

Available with only 16GB of storage, the comeback tablet is listed on Apple's US Web site either with just Wi-Fi for $399, or with Wi-Fi and cellular for $529. Consumers can choose between models from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Apple CEO Tim Cook canned the Retina-enabled iPad last year when he launched the super-skinny iPad Air. The high-end iPad still starts at $499, while the Retina iPad Mini is still $399.

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Cheaper new 8GB iPhone 5C goes on sale

A new lower-capacity iPhone 5C has gone on sale across Europe, with the UK Apple Store charging £429 ($712) for the unlocked smartphone.

French and German iPhone fans can get their hands on one for 559 euros ($779), while Australian Apple aficionados can spend A$679 ($616) on the new mobile. Interestingly, it's also available in China, for 4,088 yuan ($660).

The new model has 8GB of storage, or half the amount of the former cheapest model, which remains at £469 in the UK. The iPhone 4S is still available, for £349, but the new … Read more

Discontinued iPad 4 may see return with 8GB iPhone 5C

Editors' note: Shortly after this story was posted, Apple unveiled its new 8GB iPhone 5C and a $399 version of its formerly discontinued fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display.

Apple is reportedly planning a couple of iOS product refreshes, one of which could see the return of the iPad 4 to retailer shelves.

After reports Monday that the company was planning to release an 8GB iPhone 5C as early as Tuesday, another report suggested that Apple would also reintroduce the discontinued iPad 4 with Retina display. A source told 9to5Mac that shipments of the discontinued tablet are arriving at Apple retail … Read more

Following Google and Roku, Amazon plans a TV dongle?

Amazon's video-streaming device is following the lead of Google, and more lately Roku, by going with a thumb-sized stick rather than a set-top box, according to a report from TechCrunch.

The Chromecast-like device is made by Lab126, the research and development arm of Amazon that produced the Kindle family of devices, TechCrunch reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources. It also cited a single source that it should have support to stream full PC games.

Amazon has been said to be on track to unveil a TV-streaming product, possibly with gaming, this month. Last week, images of an Amazon video-game controllerRead more

Apple's Healthbook app would play virtual doctor -- report

Apple's rumored Healthbook app could break new ground in the area of health and fitness tracking.

Reports of Healthbook have previously popped up, but new information and recreations of screenshots of the app from 9to5Mac reveal Apple's ambitious plans for the app.

Healthbook would be able to monitor many of your vital stats, according to 9to5Mac, including heart rate, blood pressure, weight, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, and blood sugar. It also reportedly will track your bloodwork, hydration, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep.

The Weight feature would let you enter your height and weight to keep track of your … Read more