What Do Smartphones Need That They Don’t Already Have?

Welcome to the first week of September, also known as crazy-insane IFA 2014 and iPhone event extravaganza. During the next 10 days we'll see new handsets, smartwatches, and other tech paraphernalia from almost every major hardware manufacturer. So now I'm wondering, where do smartphones even go from here? » 8/31/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

More Rumors Point To Apple Turning Your iPhone Into a Digital Wallet

If you would have asked me a month ago what would be some of the most talked about topics surrounding Apple's upcoming event on Sept. 9th, bigger iPhones, sapphire screens, and a rumored iWatch would definitely be my top three. NFC-powered mobile payments would rank somewhere near last place. » 8/31/14 12:06pm Yesterday 12:06pm

Apple Now Has a Design Patent for Its Giant Glass Cube

Apple's been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the U.S., with "Steve P. Jobs" listed as one of the inventors. » 8/28/14 11:23am Thursday 11:23am

Report: Apple Might Finally Embrace NFC With iPhone 6

After years of ignoring the promise of NFC, Apple may finally be ready to take the plunge—and one of its major applications may include mobile payments. Sources familiar with Apple's new payment plan spoke with Wired saying that the feature will be included in the new iPhone 6 when it is revealed on Sept. 9th. » 8/28/14 9:25am Thursday 9:25am

Report: Apple Will Announce Its Watch at the Sept. 9th iPhone Event

The ever-reliable John Paczkowski is reporting that Apple will announce a wearable at the previously reported event on September 9. That wearable is almost surely that "iWatch" thing everyone has been talking about, though an announcement wasn't expected until later this year. But why wait when you have billion of… » 8/27/14 1:42pm Wednesday 1:42pm

iPhone 5 Battery Letting You Down? Apple Might Replace It—For Free

If your iPhone 5's battery just doesn't have the kick that it feels like it should, you might be able to get a new one for free. Apple has found that an apparently small batch of iPhone 5s (not the S or C) that "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently." You can check if yours… » 8/22/14 6:31pm 8/22/14 6:31pm

Report: Apple Will Begin Making a Jewelry-Classified Gadget This Month

We've been following the emergence of Apple's sapphire production plant in Arizona closely this year, since it tells us a lot about the products coming down the line. Now, Mark Gurman reports, filings from Apple indicate that not only is the company manufacturing a new sapphire product this month—it's being… » 8/21/14 1:16pm 8/21/14 1:16pm

Why We Still Have Bezels (But May Not For Long)

Yesterday, the first Sharp smartphone to come to these great United States brought with it one of the skinniest bezels we've ever seen on a smartphone. The Aquos Crystal is visually impressive, and a major step into the frameless future that seems to be emerging. There's just one problem, though. Bezels matter. And we… » 8/20/14 10:40am 8/20/14 10:40am