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Apple releases iOS 15 with Focus mode and more

Enlarge / iOS 15's Focus feature. (credit: Apple) As announced previously, Apple today released iOS 15 for the iPhone, iPadOS 15 for the iPad, watchOS 8 for the Apple Watch, and tvOS 15 for the Apple TV. Apple has also announced a major annual update to the Mac operating system called macOS Monterey, but that is not one of today's releases. iOS...

Big tech companies snap up smaller rivals at record pace

Enlarge / An FTC study showed how big Silicon Valley companies bought startups to eliminate future competitors. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) The world’s largest technology companies have snapped up smaller rivals at a record pace this year in a buying spree that comes as US politicians and regulators prepare to crack down on “under the...

Google is getting caught in the antitrust net

Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto | Getty) Being a global company has its perks. There’s a lot of money to be made overseas. But the biggest US tech companies are finding out that there’s also a downside: every country where you make money is a country that could try to regulate you. It’s hard to keep track of all the tech-related antitrust action happening...

Apple and Google cave to Putin’s censors, block Navalny app as election begins

Enlarge / A sculpture of Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny in front of the Brandenburg Gate at an anti-Putin demonstration on May 9, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (credit: Getty Images | Adam Berry ) Apple and Google gave a boost to Russian President Vladimir Putin's ruling party by removing a strategic voting app developed...

Apple sunsets the 256GB iPhone SE

The 2020 iPhone SE. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Apple has quietly discontinued the largest storage configuration of the iPhone SE. Previously, the SE was available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants. But the 256GB model is no longer available...

The iPhone 13 is thicker and heavier than the iPhone 12

Enlarge / The IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. (credit: Apple) Yesterday, Apple announced its new flagship iPhones: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. But while Apple's announcement livestream was full of details, some things were left out. Fortunately, we've learned a bit more from Apple's updated website, including...

Apple announces iPhone 13 in 4 flavors: mini, regular, Pro, and Pro Max

The iPhone 13 in a variety of colors. Today, Apple executives took the stage in a virtual streaming event to announce the new flagship iPhone lineup. The iPhone 13 is official. The iPhone 13's body has a similar look to last year's model, but the cameras in the base model are now arranged diagonally. This...

The Apple Watch gets a slight visual upgrade with the Series 7

Enlarge As expected, today Apple announced details about the next version of the Apple Watch. Dubbed the Apple Watch Series 7, it has a new retina display with 20% more screen area, brighter indoor performance, and smaller bezels that are 40% thinner. Apple says the screen is the most durable "crack resistant" display on an Apple Watch thanks to...

The redesigned $499 iPad mini finally catches up with the times

Enlarge / The new iPad Mini takes most of its cues from the iPad Air 4. (credit: Apple) After years of stagnating in the same look and features, Apple's iPad mini will finally get a major redesign akin to last year's iPad Air update, the company announced today. The tablet's screen size gets a bump from 7.9 to 8.3 inches, and includes a new A15 Bionic...

Apple refreshes entry-level $329 iPad with faster chip, 64GB of storage

Enlarge (credit: Apple) Apple announced a modest refresh of its entry-level iPad at the company's product event on Tuesday. The tablet's design hasn't changed, but the new model swaps out the A12 chip for the newer A13, which Apple says is "up to 20%" faster than the previous chip. The new iPad costs $329, the same price as the previous model, despite...

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