In pictures: 30 years of the Apple Mac

Apple's iconic Macintosh - or Mac - celebrates its 30th birthday today. The first ever Mac began a revolution in personal computing.

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Apple set to unveil new iPhone 6 'on September 9'

Apple is set to unveil the new iPhone 6 on September 6 , according to reports. A "big" media event has been scheduled by the firm related to its new mobile phone next month, according to Re/code.

Apple set to unveil new iPhone 6 due on 'September 9'
Apple set to unveil new iPhone 6 due on 'September 9' Credit: PA

From past new releases from the technology giant, the iPhone 6 could be on shop shelves as early as September 1.

The phone would be Apple's ninth, and is mooted to be released in two sizes, both 4.7 inches screen and 5.5 inches, with the smaller of the two to be made available first, according to the Telegraph.

Apple recalls European iPhone chargers over 'safety risk'

Apple has recalled 'overheating' iPhone chargers which the tech firm say may "pose a safety risk".

The company has warned anyone who owns a European USB adapter sold between October 2009 and September 2013 to stop using it, while pointing out that problem only exists in "rare cases".

The Apple 5W European USB power adapter came with was sold as a stand alone accessory and was sold with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models, according to advice on the firm's website.

The affected adapter. Credit: Apple

The charger was sold in 37 countries, including some countries in Africa and Asia, but not in the UK.

It was sold in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, and Latvia.

It was also sold in Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam.

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Apple: We pay all the tax we owe

Apple has said it pays all the tax it owes amid an investigation into its operations in Ireland.

Success and growth come from the hard work of our Irish employees, not from any special tax deal with the Irish Government.

We have received no selective treatment from Irish officials. Apple is subject to the same tax laws as scores of other international companies doing business in Ireland.

Apple pays every euro of every tax that we owe. Since the iPhone launched in 2007, our taxes in Ireland have increased tenfold.

– Apple spokesperson

Ireland confident of passing tax tests amid Apple probe

The Irish government has brushed off questions about its tax laws.
The Irish government has brushed off questions about its tax laws. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish Government has said it will pass any test on tax laws after European chiefs launched investigations into tax breaks allowing Apple to save hundreds of millions.

In response to the state aid inquiry by Brussels, finance chiefs in Dublin have stressed that the global brand did not get a special deal or selective treatment before setting up in Ireland.

The Apple case is one of three being examined by the European Commission - the others are the tax arrangements of coffee giant Starbucks in the Netherlands and Fiat Finance and Trade in Luxembourg.

The Commission said it has concerns that tax calculations by finance chiefs amounted to a sweetheart deal by underestimating taxable profit on its products like iPhones and iPads, creating an unfair advantage and lower tax bills.

Apple 'formally investigated' over tax in Ireland

Technology giants Apple Inc are to be formally investigated over its tax arrangements in Ireland, the European Commission has said.

Last year it was revealed the company had cut billions from its tax by declaring companies in Cork and not tax resident in any other country.

The EU's competition authority has been looking into corporate tax arrangements in several member states.

Apple unveils software that controls home appliances

Apple has introduced new software that will allow users to control their homes directly from mobile devices.

Apple has revealed new "smart home" app. Credit: Press Association Images

Working with smart devices in the home, Apple's HomeKit software will enable users to control things such as lighting and doors directly from their smartphone.

Speaking about the software updates at its annual developer's conference, WWDC, in San Francisco, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said: "This is a milestone year for this conference. It's our 25th year."

The technology giant has also introduced a new health app that will enable users to store health and fitness data from different apps in a single place.

Apple has been under pressure to move into the health sector following rival Samsung's introduction of a wristband that syncs with a smartphone.

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Upcoming Apple product line-up 'best in 25 years'

An Apple executive has said the company's upcoming line-up will be the "best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple", according to tech site Re/code.

Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was speaking after the technology giant confirmed its $3bn (£1.78bn) takeover of Beats Electronics, which includes both the company's flagship headphones and its music streaming service.

Beats headphones
Dr Dre's Beats Electronics was rumoured to be dealmaking with Apple three weeks ago, but Apple didn't confirm this until now. Credit: PA

Cue also praised Apple CEO Tim Cook as a tremendous leader, rejecting claims that the company had had to “reset” after Steve Jobs' death in 2011.

Apple products rumoured to be in the pipeline include a refreshed Apple TV, large iPhones, an iWatch and a possible venture into health-related technology.

Beats co-founder: Company 'belongs with Apple'

One of the co-founders of Beats Electronics has said he has "always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple".

Jimmy Iovine's comments come after Apple's $3bn (£1.78bn) acquisition of the headphones manufacturer.

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.

– Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine

The media mogul co-founded Beat Electronics in 2008 with US rapper and producer Dr Dre, who after the deal with Apple reportedly called himself the "first billionaire in hip hop".

Apple: Main Beats selling point is streaming service

The main selling point of the deal with Beats is the company's streaming service, Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said.

Beats headphones
Apple is reportedly counting on the Beats acquisition to boost its popularity with teenagers and younger adults. Credit: PA

The technology giant today confirmed a deal to buy Dr Dre's Beats Electronics for $3bn (£1.78bn), details of which were leaked to the media three weeks ago.

Beats Music, the music streaming subsidiary of the electronics maker, launched this year and has more than 250,000 subscribers.

Although Apple broke into streaming with the launch of iTunes Radio last September, the service has reportedly not been as popular or as lucrative as the company expected.

Apple confirms deal to buy Beats for $3bn

Apple will make the most expensive acquisition in its history, after confirming a deal to buy Dr Dre's Beats Electronics for $3bn (£1.78bn).

Dr Dre wearing a pair of Beats headphones in 2010. Credit: Reuters

The luxury headphone brand and its music streaming service was co-founded by music mogul Jimmy Iovine and US rapper and producer Dr Dre, who called himself the "first billionaire in hip hop".

Technology giant Apple is stumping up the huge price tag, by far the highest it has ever paid in a takeover, to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.

The announcement comes three weeks after deal negotiations were leaked to the media.

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