A new report suggests Apple “might” make the switch to USB-C in 2019 on both the iPhone and iPad. The report, from supply chain blog Macotakara, claims Apple engineers are working on the USB-C transition but haven’t yet reached the reference design stage — meaning, it could miss the 2019 cut-off, pushing it to 2020. Macotakara, for those unfamiliar with the blog, has a sound track record, although not a perfect one. Take any rumors coming from a supply chain blog with a grain of salt. We just launched Plugged It’s our cool new gadget site. Take me In other news from the same source, Apple is almost certainly making a charge into technology it abandoned just a few years back: the portable MP3 player. The last iPod Touch launched in 2015, and was available for $199 for 32GB of storage. The iPod Classic was also shelved in 2015. As for other models, the Nano and Shuffle, both managed to eek their way into 2017 before Apple axed them, leaving a gaping hole … [Read more...] about Report: Apple may abandon Lightning for USB-C (and bring back the iPod Touch)
caption What Apple’s website looked like in 2010. source Apple Microsoft briefly surpassed Apple as the most valuable US company on Monday. The last time Microsoft was worth more than Apple was in 2010. The technology industry has changed a lot since then. Microsoft briefly dethroned Apple as the most valuable US company during trading on Monday. However, at the end of the day, Apple still had a larger market cap than the Windows giant. The largely symbolic and brief milestone came less than two months after Apple’s market cap reached a peak above $1.12 trillion, significantly above Microsoft’s peak of $887 billion. Apple was even the first US company with a $1 trillion valuation. But since then, Apple’s stock has gotten whacked based on fears of slowing iPhone demand, seemingly confirmed by the company when it said on November 1 that it would no longer disclose iPhone unit sales. The last time that Microsoft was more … [Read more...] about The last time Microsoft was more valuable than Apple, the Zune was still taking on the iPod
By Stephen Silver Wednesday, September 05, 2018, 03:51 am PT (06:51 am ET) September 5, 2007 is the day Apple's sole-surviving iPod was launched. Yet for a final device, the iPod touch has persisted and it's also introduced many to iOS. AppleInsider examines its legacy and the surprising number of editions that were made. It was a sleek, modern, touch-screen device that Apple introduced to the world in 2007 —but it wasn't the iPhone. On September 5, 2007, the company launched the iPod touch and if it didn't get the same attention then, perhaps it should have. For in retrospect it was a watershed moment for Apple. Up until then, the iPod in its many forms had been an incredible success that genuinely changed both Apple and the world. It was a music player that had transformed Apple from a computer company into a consumer electronics one and everybody had one. That ended in 2007 when the iPhone was introduced and, seemingly overnight, replaced the iPod completely. Yet if the … [Read more...] about The iPod touch is a worthy end to the iconic music line
Flashback a couple of years ago and, for Apple's traditional pro users, things looked bleak. The Mac Pro had come out of the gates like a hyper car but hadn't really gone anywhere, and the then-brand new MacBooks Pro seemed to be designed for everyone but them. The dynamics were twofold. Apple itself had become a different company. The success of the iPod and iPhone had taken it from niche computing fully into mainstream consumer electronics. From millions of customers, it was reaching over a billion. The definition of "pro" had also evolved. With the democratization of computing, people of all kinds were using technology to create and succeed in a wider range of endeavors than ever before. We know now, because Apple has told us. With the 2013 Mac Pro, the company says it painted itself into a thermal corner: a design that made a huge bet on dual GPU and Open CL in a world that ultimately went a different way. And that was no comfort to the generations of pro users who'd grown up on … [Read more...] about Apple is back in classic pro mode, and we’re getting the new Macs to prove it
DUST OFF your tech from yesteryear – old-school devices like iPods, Walkmans and Gameboys are fetching hundreds of pounds online. Vintage technology buffs are shelling out big money for classic gadgets from the '80s, '90s and '00s on eBay, now deemed "collectables". Unused items are selling for more, but second-hand tech can also net you some extra pocket money, according to The Mirror. An original Nintendo Game Boy – which would've cost you £67.40 when it landed in 1989 – recently sold for a whopping £870 in its original polythene wrapping. But a good condition model can still get you £165. Even sealed classic Game Boy games in their original packaging, including Super Mario Land 2 and Megaman V, are fetching more than £500. How much you can get for your old gadgets onlineThese recently sold classic devices netted their owners big bucks on eBay... Nintendo Game Boy – £870 Tamagotchi – £572.99 Apple iPod – £399.99 … [Read more...] about Old iPods, Walkmans and Game Boys selling on eBay for THOUSANDS – are you sitting on tech treasure?