Apple has officially announced that it’s agreed to acquire the subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.
As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.
“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”
“I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple,” said Jimmy Iovine. “The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”
The latest rumors regarding Apple’s long-awaited iWatch point to a release as early as Summer 2014. Supposedly set to debut sometime after the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, initial production reports point to 65 million units at launch. A report from the Economic Daily News claims the device will boast custom A-series chips designed by Apple specifically for the iWatch, with manufacturing handled by Samsung. The report also points to a display made of sapphire glass, the same material used on the TouchID home button of the iPhone 5s. Like early rumors, the latest report also points to the iWatch playing a more biometric role with advanced sensors capable of detecting a user’s heart rate, blood pressure and more.
The video, despite its poor English, is of impressive quality mimicking the elements of Apple’s ‘Plastic Perfected’ ad and product introduction videos. SET Solution has posted an introductory video for their iPhone 6C concept. Read more
As one of the many new features in iOS 7, iTunes Radio is Apple’s long-awaited music streaming service. iTunes Radio is a direct competitor to similar streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and Google Play Music All Access. At the heart of the service are playlists or “stations” which are based on the music that already exists in your personal library, generated from iTunes’ entire catalogue. Or as the iTunes Radio site puts it, “So the more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more iTunes Radio knows what you like to listen to — and the more it can play music you’ll love.”
The service is free and supported by ads, although you can subscribe to iTunes Match to get rid of them. iTunes Radio is available on all Apple devices and as part of iTunes on Windows-based devices.
As expected, Apple has introduced the iPhone 5c — the most colorful iPhone yet. Coming in five new colors, the iPhone 5c features an all new design and is available in blue, green, pink, yellow and white. Read more
Apple today announced iPhone 5s featuring an all-new 64-bit A7 chip, a new 8 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, and Touch ID, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology and featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and iTunes Radio. Read more
Check out this video that shows the unboxing of part components for the rumored iPhone 5C.
According to Sonny Dickson, who has been the source of several past leaks, these will be the only colors of the iPhone 5C.
Dickson also says that reports of a black iPhone 5C are completely false. Read more
Apple today unveiled iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, featuring a new skinny and flat user interface.
iOS 7 is completely redesigned with subtle motion, an elegant color palette and distinct, functional layers that make it feel more alive. The typography has been refined for a cleaner, simpler look, and the use of translucency and motion makes even simple tasks more engaging. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes. Read more
The iPhone 5 hasn’t even been out for 3 months yet & now we’re hearing that the 5S is in the works.
First rumors have come out this week. Apparently the new smartphone will already arrive June 2013, just 9 months after the release of the iPhone 5. Also it is expected to come with NFC connectivity and a “super HD” camera. Also analysts are speculating that the iPhone 5S will actually come in 6-8 colors, which would be a first for the phone, which until now only came in two colors.
Only time will tell which one of the rumors becomes reality and we will of course keep you posted.
Gold & Co. introduces the first 24-Karat gold plated iPhone 5′s. The black iPhone 5 comes with gold plating and the white version comes with rose gold plating. The phone will reportedly cost $4,380 USD when it drops in the upcoming weeks. Read more
Gizmodo reader Martin Hajek has rendered these images based on the information that has been previously released. It’s all speculation, not the real thing but he could be on to something. Check out the images below. Read more
The first videos of the iPhone 5 being unboxed have surfaced online, notes MacRumors. You may also want to check out the iPhone 5 reviews that went live yesterday evening.
Note: That’s an international plug. The plug for US, North America will still be the same.