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Ford won’t join GM in dumping CarPlay


Apple CarPlay
Ford is sticking with CarPlay, even as GM opts out.
Photo: Apple

The Ford CEO Jim Farley indicated his company will not end support for Apple’s CarPlay in the vehicles it makes. He said the decision was an easy one because a majority of Ford buyers own Apple products.

He was asked the question in an interview because rival GM recently announced it will end CarPlay support in some of its vehicles.

Apple’s self-driving car fleet gets downsized


Project Titan
Apple is invested heavily in self-driving tech.
Photo: Idiggapple/Twitter

Apple’s fleet of self-driving cars has gotten smaller for the first time since the project’s inception.

In a recent filing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Apple revealed that both its number of cars and drivers permitted to test them have decreased since that company’s last report at the end of 2018.

Verizon app confirms Apple Watch Series 3 is imminent


Get ready for LTE on your Apple Watch.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Developers found no reference to Apple Watch Series 3 in the iOS 11 GM code, but we’re still confident the new wearable will get its grand unveiling tomorrow.

The device has already appeared inside iOS 11 itself, and now it’s even popping up in the official Verizon app.

Automotive old guard doesn’t like the sound of Apple Car


The former boss of GM may not be lining up to buy an Apple Car. Photo: Commonwealth Club/Flickr CC
The former boss of GM may not be lining up to buy an Apple Car. Photo: Commonwealth Club/Flickr CC

While most people are excited about the possibility that Apple might build a car to take on Tesla, former CEO of General Motors, Dan Akerson, has some warning words for Tim Cook: namely that Apple should steer clear of getting into the automotive industry.

“If I were an Apple shareholder, I wouldn’t be very happy,” Akerson told Bloomberg. “I would be highly suspect of the long-term prospect of getting into a low-margin, heavy-manufacturing.”

Well, if anyone would know, it’s the ex-head of beleaguered GM.

Get your hands on iOS 8’s gorgeous new wallpapers right here


One of iOS 8's new wallpapers on the iPhone 6. Photo: Apple.
One of iOS 8's new wallpapers on the iPhone 6. Photo: Apple.

With its latest iOS 8 beta, Apple added a bunch of gorgeous new wallpapers. Some of them appeared on stage during the company’s special event on Tuesday, and others can be seen on the its website decorating the home screens of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

But you don’t need to wait until iOS 8 goes public next week to get your hands on them, because they’re all available to download right here.

BMW Wants To Copy Apple And Put A Genius Bar In Every Dealership




Apple’s retail operations were mocked by everyone on the planet when the first Apple Store was opened. But now that the Apple Store is the most profitable retail store in the world, everyone wants to copy what Apple’s doing.

Thanks to some inspiration from the Apple Store, BMW has decided that starting in 2014 they will require all dealers to hire young tech-savvy employees to handle questions from customers about the vehicles on the showroom floor. They’ll even be equipped with iPads and be called Geniuses.