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Apple TV may be getting Amazon Prime Video at long last


Amazon’s Prime Video TV service may be available on Apple TV later this year, according a report by Recode. For those not keeping track, Amazon hasn’t exactly had a smooth relationship with some of its competition in the video streaming space. The company’s Prime Video service is not available on Apple TV or most Android TV devices, and the company has ignored Google Cast in lieu of its own Fire-branded streamers. In fact the feud runs so deep that Amazon removed all Apple TV and Chromecast listings from its store in late 2015. It gave the lame excuse that it would…

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Steve Wozniak discusses how Apple is becoming Microsoft, commercial space travel, and more


There would be no Apple without Steve Wozniak.

Wozniak, who co-founded Apple over 40 years ago with the late Steve Jobs, remains a revered figure in Silicon Valley. Although he is no longer connected with Apple, he keeps busy making appearances at big tech conferences to inspire inventors, serves as chief scientist for the enterprise data storage startup Primary Data, and even found time to cha-cha-cha on the TV show Dancing With The Stars a few years ago.

On Friday, Wozniak returns to the upcoming Silicon Valley Comic Con event where pop culture fans, celebrities, and technologists will celebrate “the nerd side of things,” as he put it. In this edited interview with Fortune, Wozniak discusses how his former company is acting like Microsoft, the influence of money in Silicon Valley, and being an introvert in the social networking era.

Fortune: How has the tech landscape changed over the years?

Wozniak: When Steve and I started Apple we were so naïve and young. We didn’t know anything about business. We didn’t know that it’s often the case that you start a company and then you get bought out as an exit strategy. We thought that you start at home, you make a product, and become profitable so you have your company forever. As long as it makes a profit, it never goes away. That’s how I thought companies worked. Boy, it’s a different story now in Silicon Valley.

I think there are an awful lot of people who have a quick exit plan like selling the business to another big company to get enough money to buy a house in San Francisco. Then they move on to the next one. There are many companies that are started by business people and not engineers. Engineers say, “What would be a cool product? What would make the world greater and better?” That’s where I come from.

Engineering is your line of work.

I do not invest. I don’t do that stuff. I didn’t want to be near money, because it could corrupt your values.

What are your thoughts on the rise of engineers as rock stars in Silicon Valley?

Mostly it’s because of how much money they have—and I went the other way. I did not want to be one of them. I invested early in things like museums in the city I love, San Jose. I was born there, and I have a street named after me there because of it. I really didn’t want to be in that super “more than you could ever need” category.

Did you ever think when you were starting Apple that software companies like Facebook would become so dominant?

Well, there was Microsoft. I was just on CNBC and they were asking, “Oh, my gosh. Apple wants to make this software and license it for self-driving cars.” Well, Apple’s becoming Microsoft. Microsoft had an operating system that was their crown jewel and they licensed it to everybody. Apple said no—they had to make the hardware. Hardware and software have to go together [in computers], but not so in cars.

What is your take on commercial space travel and people like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk getting involved?

Nobody expected the iPhone. Nobody expected Google. Nobody expected Facebook and Twitter would be these great things. It is really hard to predict with a spreadsheet what makes sense, otherwise big companies that already existed would have created those things. Of course SpaceX [Musk’s space startup] and Blue Origin [Bezos’ space startup], they’re not coming out of nowhere, but they’re coming out of individuals trying to do something very risky.

It is very risky, but it is fascinating to watch what these companies are doing.

Yeah, space exploration comes down to engineering and scientific knowledge. It does take a certain amount of funding, but NASA’s budget seems so small for what they bring us. It just seems so small that I’m not surprised that large private players can make a difference too.

You recently said that companies like Apple and Google would be even bigger in 2075 than they are now. Do you think these companies will do so by expanding into other areas, like how Google and Apple are moving into healthcare?

I don’t know. Every company should do what they’re good at. There are actors who are just good at acting. Everyone shouldn’t try to do every single thing in the world, and Apple’s big thing, really, is more about protecting the brand. Making products a certain way that protects your brand. That’s one role. That’s one key role in the world, and it doesn’t mean making every single product. Everyone who owns Apple shares just says, “No, no, no, you gotta have something new now.” Well that’s Silicon Valley in that you’re always chasing the next new thing and you never get to stop. I mean unless you’re somewhat smart.

Why is your Twitter feed essentially a timeline of places you’ve visited and restaurants you’ve eaten at?

I am not the right person for social networks. I was never social in my life. I am not good at socializing in person.

I skipped Facebook and I skipped Twitter when it came out, because I’d wind up with everybody asking me to be a friend. I have 5,000 Facebook friends I don’t know, and I’m going to scan what they’re doing in their lives everyday? It doesn’t work well for me because I won’t just cut it down to the only 100 people I really know.

But I found Foursquare. I was actually in Spain and some young kids introduced me to Foursquare, so I started checking in. I thought, “My wife will be able to see where I am.” But if I check into a restaurant and somebody comments on it, I get that comment in an email from Facebook. So I typically have 100 to 200 Facebook inquires a day, and some of those I go in and answer when I feel my answer’s important.

It’s interesting that you prefer Foursquare over other social networks.

It’s kind of one directional, and Twitter can be one-directional. To tell you the truth, I admire what Twitter is and what it’s done for the world. And I admire Facebook, but I’m a little scared of the power Facebook and Google get and I avoid them more than most people. My calendar is on Google and about nothing else of me wants to touch Google. When I get these advertisements all over the place and they’re exactly what I’ve been looking at recently, you’re living in my world. You’re making it stale. That’s not the adventurous world of going and watching a new movie with superheroes achieving victory.

Well, that’s a realistic application of artificial intelligence today.

That’s today’s level of simulated intelligence to kind of knowing you. The funny thing is, everyone in popular culture movies has to be an individual—to be above the others, to be super. And that’s how we think of ourselves as human beings. Well what am I? I’m what’s in my brain. I have my memories, my feelings, my way of thinking of the world. And that’s who I am

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Apple will leave millions of iPhones out in the cold with the next iOS update


Apple is currently beta testing the next reiteration of iOS, but it seems the upcoming version 10.3.2 will never make it some older iPhone models. While the Cupertino behemoth was already expected to drop support for 32-bit apps with the upcoming release of iOS 11, it seems the company might begin to phase out several 32-bit iPhone models mid-cycle starting with version 10.3.2, Forbes reports. While Apple has previously rolled out support for 32-bit phones with delays, the publication states iOS 10.3.2 won’t follow the path of limited releases – like version 10.0.3 which initially landed exclusively on iPhone 7 and 7…

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Equity Podcast: Apple and Amazon buy more companies, and Uber’s saga

 Welcome to the second episode of TechCrunch’s newest podcast, Equity, our venture capital-focused show focused on the numbers, people and companies driving the technology industry. This week, TechCrunch’s Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley, and myself were joined by special guest Elizabeth “Beezer” Clarkson from Sapphire Ventures. We discussed the potential for rising… Read More
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Apple might put an end to almost 200,000 oldschool apps with iOS 11


Thousands of mobile developers might be in for a nasty surprise as Apple could be planning to obliterate a massive chunk of apps with the launch of its new and improved iOS 11, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. While the Big A has long been nudging developers to update older apps to be compatible with the new 64-bit processors that kicked off with the iPhone 5S, it seems the electronics giant is finally taking firmer steps to make this happen. Sensor Tower claims the move towards ending support for 32-bit software would render about 187,000 apps useless overnight. While…

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Apple will announce the future of iOS and macOS at WWDC on June 5


Earlier today, Apple announced the 2017 edition of the flagship software Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place from June 5 till June 9 in San Jose, California. At the event, you can expect the Big A to unveil the future direction of iOS and macOS in a series of presentations and talks by hundreds of Apple engineers and executives. Here’s how the Cupertino behemoth summed up the upcoming conference: Technology alone is not enough. Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant…

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Apple might secretly start iPhone 8 production earlier than expected


Apple might be gunning to begin building its upcoming iPhone 8 earlier than usual this year, Barron’s Tech Trader Daily reports. John Donovan and Steve Mullane from BlueFin Research Partners told the outlet there is “some indication” the Big A is ramping up production for its next-generation smartphone ahead of schedule, with plans to start supply chain as early as June. The sources further say that, while Apple could indeed begin putting together its revamped iPhones in advance, this might not necessarily lead to any changes in the usual fall release period. Here’s what BlueFin wrote in its report: The most intriguing…

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Apple might boost the iPhone camera with augmented reality gimmicks


Tim Cook has repeatedly voiced his preference for augmented reality over virtual reality during the past few years, but it seems Apple is finally prepping to integrate the technology into its products – and it’s starting with the iPhone. The Cupertino giant has purportedly assembled a secret power team of augmented reality experts in order to supercharge the capabilities of the iPhone camera app with new augmented reality features, Business Insider reports. Leaning on sources familiar with the company’s strategy, the publication speculates the Big A wants to give consumers a meaningful way to interact with real-world objects by simply pointing their phone…

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Welcome to Twitter, @Apple

This calls for some congrats Twitter, don't you think?


It’s about time.

Apple has an official verified Twitter account now, as noted today by Business Insider. It has not tweeted once, but it has accumulated 52,000 followers. (It’s listed as joining Twitter back in 2011.) The header photo of Apple’s Twitter profile page is the same image that appeared on the invitation to Apple’s September 7 event in San Francisco — where the company is expected to unveil new iPhones.

It is not clear what the new @Apple account will say. But one thing is sure: It won’t be for customer support. Apple set up the @AppleSupport account for that earlier this year.

Apple operates plenty of other accounts on Twitter, including @AppleMusic and its Japanese and Spanish-language units, @AppleNews and its Australian and United Kingdom variants, the @AppStore, @beatsbydre, and @Beats1.

But for it to hold off for more than a decade on joining the service as a corporation is pretty astonishing, especially considering all of the company’s executives who have Twitter presences: Tim Cook, Angela Ahrendts, Phil Schiller, Eddy Cue, and Lisa Jackson — although, for better or worse, Jony Ive still does not have a Twitter account. (There is the great not Jony Ive account, though.)

Over the years, some have speculated that Apple might one day be the company to buy Twitter. If that ever happens, at least Twitter would be able to at-mention its buyer.

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Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016

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Apple kicked off its annual developer conference today in San Francisco on a somber note, as CEO Tim Cook asked attendants to stand up in silence to commemorate the shooting victims in Orlando.

Then, the company launched into a two-hour keynote detailing the changes coming to iOS, OS X (now macOS), watchOS, and more. Lots of updates and no new devices — that sums up this year’s WWDC.

Here’s a rundown of everything Apple announced.

Meet iOS 10

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 5.01.22 PMThe newest version of iOS, which powers iPhones, iPads, and iPods, will feature deeper 3D Touch integration and major upgrades to iMessage, Siri, Photos, Maps, and more.

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So long, OS X. Hello, macOS Sierra

 

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Confirming earlier rumors, Apple announced today that it is renaming its desktop operating system from OS X to macOS.

Apple’s next big update to the Mac operating system will be called macOS Sierra (and was probably not named after the Instagram filter). It’s available now for Apple Developers, and it will open up to everyone in “public beta” next month.

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watchOS 3

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Apple unveiled its third major update to watchOS, the software that powers the Apple Watch. With the new version, there will be some common components of Apple’s other mobile operating systems — the Dock from OS X and the Control Center from iOS.

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Apple hits refresh on Apple Music

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Apple VP Eddy Cue announced the refresh today during the company’s WWDC keynote. He described the upcoming Apple Music update as “redesigned from the ground up,” and said it’s been streamlined to make the experience less confusing.

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 Apple TV gets smarter

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Apple is updating the streaming box with Siri improvements, single sign-on, and a dark mode.

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Siri is coming to Macs, finally

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Siri for macOS will let you send text messages, watch videos picture-in-picture, and summon files that you’re looking for, among other things.

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Apple Pay is coming to the web

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The integration will feature payment authentication using TouchID, an iPhone, or an iPad.

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Redesigned Apple News

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Along with bringing “subscriptions” to the over 2,000 publications available within the app, the update also delivers breaking news notifications.

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Siri is now open for Developers

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Apple today finally did what it should have done years ago: release an application programming interface (API) that will enable third-party developers to tightly integrate their applications with Apple’s Siri virtual assistant.

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Swift Playgrounds app will teach kids to code

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the launch of Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that’s designed to teach people how to code — specifically with Apple’s open-source Swift programming language.

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Xcode 8

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Hidden in a slide during Apple’s WWDC developer conference keynote today was a reference to “Xcode editor extensions.” The presentation style of this information suggests that this is a minor update. But in fact, it’s a major addition to Xcode…

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Apple’s App Store hits 130B downloads, soon $ 50B paid to devs

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Apple announced that its App Store has surpassed 2 million apps and 130 billion downloads, resulting in nearly $ 50 billion paid out to developers.

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