Apple WWDC highlights

Apple announced an end to the iTunes era at WWDC 2019, Apple’s annual developer conference on Monday. The upcoming MacOS Catalina, slated to release this fall, will replace iTunes with three separate apps - Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app.

Apple TV+ streaming service

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston were part of a parade of A-listers who took the stage at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, where the main attractions are usually the company's latest high-tech gadgets. Apple chief executive Tim Cook gave what he called "a sneak peek" of the tech giant's plans to transform television viewing and jump — some analysts say belatedly — into the streaming business Netflix has pioneered.

Facebook app controversy

Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use. In doing so, Apple closed off Facebook's efforts to sidestep Apple's app store and its tighter rules on privacy.

iPhone sales slump

Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is waning, confirming investor fears that the company's most profitable product has lost some of its luster.

Apple event in Brooklyn

Cupertino has come to New York. For the first time, Apple unveiled new products in New York City at a live event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Apple showed off a new MacBook Air, a new Mac Mini and a new iPad Pro.

New Apple Watch, iPhone models

Apple Inc. hosted its much-anticipated annual event in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday. CEO Tim Cook unveiled three new iPhone models (Xs, Xs Max, and Xr) and the Apple Watch Series 4. The iPhone Xs has a 5.8-inch OLED screen. It so water-resistant to two meters for up to 30 minutes, and has up to 512 GB of storage, which could hold 200,000 thousand photos. It will come in a gold option and starts at $999.

Chatting digital assistants?

Ask Siri, the iPhone and now HomePod's digital assistant, if she knows Alexa, Amazon's competitor, and she'll respond with one of her pre-programmed responses. Often something like: "I'm sorry. I'm afraid I don't have an answer to that." That answer is a lie. And we can thank the YouTube user danrl, among others, for recording and uploading the proof to call shenanigans on Apple's duplicitous personal assistant, the first speaking machine many of us ever integrated into our lives.

Meltdown and Spectre hardware bugs

Your important data—passwords, photos, e-mails and instant messages—are at risk because of a design flaw in Intel's processor chip. The flaw leaves your personal devices vulnerable to attack. Fixing the flaw could result in your system slowing down as much as 30 percent. The security flaws are called Meltdown and Spectre.

'Freezing' iPhone X?

Those with the iPhone X almost expect the brand-new iPhone with facial recognition will have some type of glitch. Apple has been made aware a few people are experiencing the latest one on the latest phone.

Apple unveils new iPhones, Watch

Tech junkies had to sit through 90 minutes of the apple event and endless videos to get to the big reveal: the brand-new iPhone X with an edge-to-edge screen, Super Retina OLED technology, and face ID instead of a home button.

Apple unveils HomePod

Apple has unveiled a new device called the HomePod, a voice-activated smart speaker that is a lot like Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple's announcement Monday had so much information that some compared it to a data dump. So we thought we'd make ourselves useful and tell you what you should pay attention to and what you could skip over to save time.

Red iPhones

Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets. Apple unveiled the new products with no fanfare; just press releases.