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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Apple Pay launches in Taiwan with support for 7 banks

Apple Pay launches in Taiwan with support for 7 banks

Apple introduced Apple Pay to Taiwan on Wednesday local time with support for seven banks in the region, bringing the touchless payments system to to its 15th market.

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FeatureApple's iOS 10.3 update can reclaim as much as 7.8GB of available storage

Apple's iOS 10.3 update can reclaim as much as 7.8GB of available storage

While the feature enhancements of new OS updates generally take up more of your available storage, Apple's latest iOS 10.3 update has freed up gigabytes of available storage for many users making the upgrade. It reclaimed as much as 7.81 GB in our testing.

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Apple updates iTunes U for iOS with photo annotations, video messages

Apple updates iTunes U for iOS with photo annotations, video messages

Apple on Tuesday updated iTunes U with a handful of new features, including improved annotation options and ways of sharing and accessing media.

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AAPL price crushes old record, cruises past $1,000 pre-split per-share price

AAPL price crushes old record, cruises past $1,000 pre-split per-share price

Apple's stock price on Tuesday hit a new record of $143.80, eclipsing the $1,000 per share pre-split benchmark, and if it keeps pace for the rest of the week will beat the company's old market capitalization record.

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TipsHow to identify all the 32-bit apps installed on your iPhone running iOS 10.3

How to identify all the 32-bit apps installed on your iPhone running iOS 10.3

The day is rapidly approaching where Apple will just disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS, maybe as soon as iOS 11. AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit — and points out some problems that Apple needs to rectify before that day comes.

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Apple extends VoLTE & Wi-Fi iPhone calling to more carriers in UK, Russia & other countries

Apple extends VoLTE & Wi-Fi iPhone calling to more carriers in UK, Russia & other countries

With the release of iOS 10.3 on Monday, Apple has also extended Wi-Fi and VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) calling to more carriers worldwide, most notably enabling both options for the U.K. branch of O2.

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Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1

Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1

Just a day after an omnibus release spanning all of Apple's operating systems, the company has released beta versions of macOS Sierra 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and watchOS 3.2.2 to developers.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Apple permits iPhone app chronicling US drone strikes to return to App Store [u]

Apple permits iPhone app chronicling US drone strikes to return to App Store [u]

Apple on Tuesday once again approved Metadata — an app drawing attention to U.S. drone strikes — for download on the App Store, following a nearly two-year wait after its removal. [Updated with second removal]

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Square brings payment service to UK with Apple Pay-supporting Square Reader

Square brings payment service to UK with Apple Pay-supporting Square Reader

Card payment firm Square is expanding its reach into Europe, with the launch of the Square Reader in the U.K., offered as a way for small businesses to easily accept card payments using chip and PIN, contactless transactions, and mobile payments including Apple Pay.

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Facebook rolls out Snapchat-like Stories & in-app camera for Apple's iPhone

Facebook rolls out Snapchat-like Stories & in-app camera for Apple's iPhone

Following a limited test, Facebook began rolling out Stories to all its iOS and Android users on Tuesday, coming alongside a new in-app camera with masks, filters, and other effects.

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Urbanears launches Connected Speakers with built-in support for Apple AirPlay

Urbanears launches Connected Speakers with built-in support for Apple AirPlay

Though new AirPlay accessories are seemingly few and far between these days, Urbanears on Tuesday announced a lineup of standalone speakers that support Apple's Wi-Fi-based music streaming protocol.

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TipsHow to manage your Apple ID, iCloud, iPhone backups & more in iOS 10.3

How to manage your Apple ID, iCloud, iPhone backups & more in iOS 10.3

One of the smaller but still significant changes in Monday's iOS 10.3 update is easier, centralized access to all the info related to an Apple ID account, directly from the top of the Settings menu. Here's how to take advantage of it.

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Apple's CarPlay gains quick-access task switcher with iOS 10.3

Apple's CarPlay gains quick-access task switcher with iOS 10.3

Upon updating their iPhone to iOS 10.3, CarPlay users will find that their in-vehicle system now offers a convenient multitasking menu, showcasing the three most recently used apps — with some caveats intended to keep eyes on the road.

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OpinionNo, an LTE-equipped Apple Watch will not come with a physical SIM card

No, an LTE-equipped Apple Watch will not come with a physical SIM card

Amidst a lull in Apple hardware releases, an industry analyst on Monday issued a research note claiming Apple's next-generation Apple Watch will use a physical SIM card for standalone LTE connectivity. We explain why that is an unlikely scenario.

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Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

Japanese tech giant SoftBank is reportedly in talks to back a $6 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a move that could dilute stakes of existing backers like Apple.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Apple's iOS 10.3 patches mobile Safari bug used in ransomware campaign

Apple's iOS 10.3 patches mobile Safari bug used in ransomware campaign

Nefarious actors using a mobile Safari exploit to extort iTunes gift cards from unwitting iOS device users will need to look elsewhere, as Apple patched the web browser flaw as part of Monday's iOS 10.3 update.

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Apple's iOS 10.3 lets customers leave in-app ratings, developers can respond to reviews

Apple's iOS 10.3 lets customers leave in-app ratings, developers can respond to reviews

With Monday's iOS 10.3 release, Apple introduced new App Store tools that streamline app ratings and offer new levels of customer outreach by allowing developers to publicly respond to reviews.

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VideoVideo recap: Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2

Video recap: Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2

Apple this week issued firmware updates for its major platforms, introducing all new features like Find My AirPods for iOS and Theater Mode for Apple Watch, as well as bringing Night Shift to Mac.

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Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature — Live Location — to its Messenger apps for iOS and Android, just days after Google announced a similar feature for Google Maps.

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Facebook hires former Apple designer Michael Hillman to take charge of VR hardware at Oculus

Facebook hires former Apple designer Michael Hillman to take charge of VR hardware at Oculus

Facebook is taking on Michael Hillman — a person with 15 years at Apple, including key work on the company's Mac desktops — as the head of hardware at its Oculus VR division.

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Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

CalDigit is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three TS3 Lite docks featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and more.

Apple TV Remote app updated, adding iPad support and better caption selection

Apple TV Remote app updated, adding iPad support and better caption selection

Once iPhone and iPod Touch only, Apple has updated the standalone Apple TV remote app, and for the first time has a specific iPad interface.

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Lengthy iOS 10.3 install time likely due to conversion to new Apple File System

Lengthy iOS 10.3 install time likely due to conversion to new Apple File System

Early adopters of the full iOS 10.3 release are seeing lengthy install processes, with multiple device reboots — probably as a result of the shift to Apple's new APFS.

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Apple adds Touch ID security in updated iOS, macOS versions of Numbers, Pages & Keynote

Apple adds Touch ID security in updated iOS, macOS versions of Numbers, Pages & Keynote

Alongside macOS 10.12.4 Sierra and iOS 10.3 releases, Apple has also updated its Numbers, Pages, and Keynote productivity apps with Touch ID authentication, and assorted bug fixes.

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Apple releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 & tvOS 10.2 updates

Apple releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 & tvOS 10.2 updates

In addition to iOS 10.3, Apple on Monday released macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, watchOS 3.2 with SiriKit and Theater Mode, and lastly tvOS 10.2, featuring smaller enhancements.

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Apple opens developer lottery registration for WWDC 2017 tickets

Apple opens developer lottery registration for WWDC 2017 tickets

Starting immediately and extending through Friday morning, developers can now sign up for the ticket lottery for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.

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iOS 10.3 now available for iPhone, iPad with Find My AirPods, Apple File System, more

iOS 10.3 now available for iPhone, iPad with Find My AirPods, Apple File System, more

After seven beta releases, Apple has released iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, APFS implementation, and other improvements for developers and the App Store.

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Rumor: Siri to get iMessage integration, adapt to user habits in 'iOS 11'

Rumor: Siri to get iMessage integration, adapt to user habits in 'iOS 11'

Apple is planning a slate of Siri updates for "iOS 11" which should include things like more adaptive AI and integration with iMessage and iCloud, according to a rumor stemming from an Israeli site.

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Pre-order Deal: $10 off every new 9.7-inch iPad at B&H with no tax in 48 states, plus earn 5% reward

Pre-order Deal: $10 off every new 9.7-inch iPad at B&H with no tax in 48 states, plus earn 5% reward

Now is your chance to pre-order Apple's brand-new 9.7-inch iPad, which was announced on March 21, and save $10 instantly at B&H with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ. Plus, shoppers can earn 5% in rewards points on every iPad pre-order with prices starting at $319.

Apple's 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report reveals 2.4M workers taught rights, carbon emissions cut

Apple's 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report reveals 2.4M workers taught rights, carbon emissions cut

The welfare of workers employed by Apple's partners is continuing to improve, according to the iPhone producer's latest annual Supplier Responsibility Report, with the firms audited also found to be following its lead in becoming more environmentally friendly with their production processes.

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Wells Fargo to offer Apple Pay-based ATM transactions later in 2017

Wells Fargo to offer Apple Pay-based ATM transactions later in 2017

In launching smartphone-based ATM transactions across the U.S. on Monday, Wells Fargo simultaneously announced plans for NFC support "later this year," including Apple Pay.

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UK official calls for government access to encrypted iMessage, WhatsApp messages

UK official calls for government access to encrypted iMessage, WhatsApp messages

Apple and other tech companies must provide government intelligence agencies access to encrypted messaging services, the United Kingdom's Home Secretary declared in the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack, claiming there must be "no place for terrorists to hide" from surveillance.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook tapped to advise President Trump's 'Office of American Innovation'

Apple CEO Tim Cook tapped to advise President Trump's 'Office of American Innovation'

On Monday U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new White House agency dubbed the "Office of American Innovation," staffed by former business executives and advised by current ones — among them Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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JP Morgan raises Apple target to $165, sees sales of 260M iPhones in 2018

JP Morgan raises Apple target to $165, sees sales of 260M iPhones in 2018

Buying in on hype for an anticipated 10th anniversary "iPhone 8" super-cycle, investment firm J.P. Morgan has raised its price target on shares of Apple to $165.

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Final days! The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Final days! The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Extended by popular demand! Shoppers can save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans for MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros and iMacs with free shipping at Apple authorized reseller Adorama. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Drake's 'More Life' garners half of its worldwide downloads from Apple Music because of Beats 1

Drake's 'More Life' garners half of its worldwide downloads from Apple Music because of Beats 1

A new interview sheds some light on Drake's 300 million worldwide streams for his album More Life in its first week on Apple Music, and discusses the synergies between Beats 1 and Apple's streaming service.

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Apple 'stepping up' development of augmented reality glasses, moving towards consumer device - report

Apple 'stepping up' development of augmented reality glasses, moving towards consumer device - report

Apple is reportedly "stepping up its efforts" in developing augmented reality glasses, allocating more resources to the project with the aim of shifting it from research into a consumer product.

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Trade-in time: How to sell your used iPhone or iPad for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus

Trade-in time: How to sell your used iPhone or iPad for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus

With the launch of Apple's 9.7-inch low-cost iPad line, as well as a new red iPhone 7 and 128GB iPhone SE, now is the time to trade in your old device and secure a cash bonus before values drop. BuyBackWorld is offering readers a $10 to $20 bonus on trades over $50, while Gazelle is giving customers 10% more for iPads valued over $75.