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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tim Cook says hardware, software integration puts HomePod ahead of competition

Tim Cook says hardware, software integration puts HomePod ahead of competition

Tim Cook on Tuesday offered a peek into Apple's ambitions for HomePod amid a landscape littered with smart speakers powered by Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, suggesting the key to success lies in Apple's ability to seamlessly integrate hardware and software

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Estimates peg iPhone X shipments at 29M in Q4 2017, 7M of which went to China

Estimates peg iPhone X shipments at 29M in Q4 2017, 7M of which went to China

Apple shipped some 29 million iPhone X units in the last quarter of 2018, according to fresh estimates from Canalys, making it the best-shipping smartphone for the period.

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HomePod: Everything you need to know about Apple's smart speaker

HomePod: Everything you need to know about Apple's smart speaker

Apple's HomePod is finally available to preorder this Friday, January 26th, and arriving in stores starting Friday, February 9th. AppleInsider delves into the device pre-release, and tells you everything you need to know before you drop $349 on it.

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Jamf now manages more than 9M Apple devices

Jamf now manages more than 9M Apple devices

Enterprise device management firm Jamf recapped 2017 growth in an announcement on Tuesday, saying it closed the year managing two million additional Apple devices, bringing the company's total to more than 9 million unit deployments.

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Apple's latest iTunes release includes HomePod support

Apple's latest iTunes release includes HomePod support

Following the release of macOS 10.13.3 and new versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple on Tuesday issued the latest version of iTunes for Mac, with the updated media software boasting support for the upcoming HomePod.

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Apple issues Meltdown and Spectre fixes for older Mac operating systems

Apple issues Meltdown and Spectre fixes for older Mac operating systems

Apple's latest macOS High Sierra was not the only Mac operating system to receive fixes for Meltdown and Spectre on Tuesday, as a separately released security update addresses critical vulnerabilities in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan.

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Hands-OnDJI's iOS-connected Mavic Air drone hits new price points, pushes portability

DJI's iOS-connected Mavic Air drone hits new price points, pushes portability

With GoPro exiting the drone market entirely, the dominant name in aerial photography, DJI, unveiled its latest product on Tuesday: the Mavic Air. It's a $799 foldable model that can fit inside of a jacket pocket. AppleInsider was on hand for the announcement and went hands-on with the new flying camera.

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EU tipped to sanction Qualcomm over Apple chip deal with potential $2B fine

EU tipped to sanction Qualcomm over Apple chip deal with potential $2B fine

The European Commission is reportedly preparing to sanction Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices in supplying components to Apple for use in its iPhones, with the antitrust watchdog potentially levying a fine against the chip producer of up to $2 billion.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5

Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5

Apple has updated its entire suite of operating systems, shipping updates macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 to the public on Tuesday.

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Entry-level 2018 6.1-inch iPhone may be LCD, cost between $700 and $800

Entry-level 2018 6.1-inch iPhone may be LCD, cost between $700 and $800

An investor's note is shedding some more light on previous prognostications, saying again that moving at least some iPhone X features to the entire line will boost sales volume — and has some predictions on specifications of the 6.1-inch LCD model.

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HomePod at launch lacks stereo linking and multiple-room support, features coming 'later this year'

HomePod at launch lacks stereo linking and multiple-room support, features coming 'later this year'

Apple's HomePod may be shipping in the beginning of February, but multiple-room audio support and stereo sound between two HomePods will be absent at launch.

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TipsTips: If you're holding off on macOS High Sierra, turn off upgrade notifications for good

Tips: If you're holding off on macOS High Sierra, turn off upgrade notifications for good

Every time you boot a computer capable of upgrading to High Sierra, macOS will pop up at least one notification a day exhorting you to move up. Here's how to turn them off for good, with one Terminal command.

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DJI launches $799 Mavic Air drone with 4K camera as a smaller, lighter counterpart to the Mavic Pro

DJI launches $799 Mavic Air drone with 4K camera as a smaller, lighter counterpart to the Mavic Pro

DJI has launched its Mavic Air drone, a foldable quadcopter that offers a middle ground between the Mavic Pro and the Spark drones, with the new model featuring a 4K camera on a three-axis gimbal and the ability to control it using gesture controls.

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ExclusiveLast call! Lowest Prices Ever: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,299; iMacs as low as $799; plus no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Last call! Lowest Prices Ever: 13

Kicking off 2018, shoppers can save $500 on Apple's 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray. Now $1,299 with our exclusive coupon, this is the lowest price we've seen to date on this model. Closeout iMacs also start at just $799, a discount of $300 to $420 off. All with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and 0% financing OAC.

After speculative reports of slow sales, iPhone X is now said to be in the "high end of the industry range"

After speculative reports of slow sales, iPhone X is now said to be in the

Just one week after delivering a widely-distributed report speculatively suggesting that 'weak demand' might result in Apple canceling production of iPhone X this summer, analysts are now lining up to shift their stories in the days before Apple releases its actual fiscal Q1 performance data for the winter quarter. In a remarkable turn, iPhone X is suddenly said to be selling well, and scuttlebutt about slashed component orders is again looking uninformed.

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Double Feature sale in the iTunes store offers two movies for $9.99

Double Feature sale in the iTunes store offers two movies for $9.99

Apple is giving movie lovers in the United States an easy way to expand their digital film collections, by launching a new 'Double Features' sale in the iTunes Store that offers two related films together in a bundle for $9.99.

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Apple's $7M in government lobbying dollars higher than ever, still eclipsed by Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft

Apple's $7M in government lobbying dollars higher than ever, still eclipsed by Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft

Apple's lobbying money grew dramatically to $7 million in 2017 — but the biggest spender was Google, coming in at more than $18 million spent on lobbying efforts.

Man causes explosion in Chinese electronics store by biting replacement iPhone battery

Man causes explosion in Chinese electronics store by biting replacement iPhone battery

A man in an electronics store in China caused a replacement battery for his iPhone to explode by biting the component, according to a report, with footage from the incident quickly becoming a viral hit in the country within days of being uploaded to a video sharing service.

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Apple HomePod smart speaker preorders begin Friday, shipments start Feb. 9

Apple HomePod smart speaker preorders begin Friday, shipments start Feb. 9

Apple's long-awaited HomePod arrives in stores beginning Friday, February 9 and is available to order online this Friday, January 26 in the US, UK and Australia.

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Deals: $600-$1,000 off 15" MacBook Pros; 21" iMac 4K for $899; Apple TV 4K for $169; Super Bowl TV discounts

Deals: $600-$1,000 off 15

Gearing up for the big game? This week, save up to $2,700 on Ultra HD TVs just in time for the Super Bowl. Plus, pair your new set with the Apple TV 4K, which is now $10 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros are also on sale with prices starting at $1,799, while a certified refurbished 21.5" iMac 4K is $899.

Rumor: Apple buying screens for 13" MacBook, could signal end of MacBook Air

Rumor: Apple buying screens for 13

Reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple has picked a supplier for 13-inch screens for a new MacBook — which if accurate may mean that the MacBook Air's days are numbered.

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Supply chain rumors again point to OLED and LCD iPhone models in 2018

Supply chain rumors again point to OLED and LCD iPhone models in 2018

A new report claims Apple is meting out display orders for its next-generation iPhone lineup, which is rumored to include two OLED versions — 5.8 and 6.5 inches — and a 6.1-inch LCD variant.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook pops up in Canada to promote 'Everyone Can Code,' visit Shopify [u]

Apple CEO Tim Cook pops up in Canada to promote 'Everyone Can Code,' visit Shopify [u]

Following his European tour last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday showed up at an Apple store in Toronto to discuss the importance of coding in education, talk up the company's Swift programming language and visit a few local developers.

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Apple's TestFlight increases cellular data limit to 150MB, support for Smart Invert Colors

Apple's TestFlight increases cellular data limit to 150MB, support for Smart Invert Colors

Apple on Monday updated its TestFlight beta testing app with a few new features including the ability to download app versions up 150MB in size over cellular connections.

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Apple's sapphire curse strikes again as glass material manufacturer sues over breach of contract

Apple's sapphire curse strikes again as glass material manufacturer sues over breach of contract

Years after a disastrous first foray into sapphire production, Apple's troubles with the super hard glass, or more precisely its manufacturers, continue, as the company on Monday was saddled with a lawsuit from material producer Hebei Hengbo Fine Ceramic Material claiming breach of contract.

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Apple employees can earn special Apple Watch band in 2018 'Close the Rings' challenge

Apple employees can earn special Apple Watch band in 2018 'Close the Rings' challenge

Apple in February will hold its annual fitness challenge for employees, and participants who complete the event with "gold" metrics will net themselves a specially designed Apple Watch band featuring an Activity Rings motif.

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Running Microsoft 'Xbox Watch' discovered, is no Apple Watch killer

Running Microsoft 'Xbox Watch' discovered, is no Apple Watch killer

An "Xbox Watch" prototype has been unearthed and brought back to life, showing what Microsoft had in mind for its first, true smart watch after a failed effort in the beginning of the century.

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'Apple Music for Artists' dashboard beta launches as music streaming analytics tool for musicians

'Apple Music for Artists' dashboard beta launches as music streaming analytics tool for musicians

Apple is giving musicians a way to examine the listening habits of their fans, debuting 'Apple Music for Artists' in beta as a dashboard offering data to bands and artists about the performance of their tracks on the streaming service as well as sales through iTunes.

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Screenshots show HomePod customization in Apple's Home app, including option to disable screen

Screenshots show HomePod customization in Apple's Home app, including option to disable screen

Early testers of Apple's upcoming HomePod have shared screenshots of customizable settings for the speaker, which will be configured through the iOS Home app. Users will be able to disable features such as "Hey Siri," and the lighted display on top of the unit.

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DJI 'Mavic Air' drone leak ahead of launch reveals foldable legs, 4K camera on 3-axis gimbal

DJI 'Mavic Air' drone leak ahead of launch reveals foldable legs, 4K camera on 3-axis gimbal

A drone expected to be released by DJI on Tuesday has reportedly leaked ahead of its public unveiling, with alleged images and specifications said to reveal the 'Mavic Air' as a smaller and lighter drone compared to the Mavic Pro, while still offering 4K resolution video and similar functionality to its predecessor.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $50 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $50 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

First come, first served! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $200 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing offer

By Odin's beard! Marvel's 'Thor: Ragnarok' accidentally made available on Apple's iTunes a month early

By Odin's beard! Marvel's 'Thor: Ragnarok' accidentally made available on Apple's iTunes a month early

The hit Marvel Studios film "Thor: Ragnarok" isn't scheduled to get a digital release until Feb. 20. But some lucky customers received an early download of the blockbuster, thanks to a glitch in iTunes.

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iPhone 8 outsold iPhone X in Apple's holiday quarter, consumer survey finds

iPhone 8 outsold iPhone X in Apple's holiday quarter, consumer survey finds

Apple's active shipping of eight iPhone models during the holiday season has led to some interesting data, with the fall 2017 releases outselling older models nearly two to one.

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Sphero slashes 45 jobs, pivots to educational market after weak holiday sales of iPhone-connected robots

Sphero slashes 45 jobs, pivots to educational market after weak holiday sales of iPhone-connected robots

Sphero, the producer of iPhone-controlled toys and programmable robots, has laid off a number of its staff following reportedly lackluster sales over the holiday period, with the firm intending to realign itself more towards the educational robotics market.

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iPhone X seen as 'strategic success' for Apple as 3D sensing cameras 2 years ahead of competitors

iPhone X seen as 'strategic success' for Apple as 3D sensing cameras 2 years ahead of competitors

Fretting over iPhone X sales data is a fool's errand, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes, as he told investors on Monday that the premium-priced handset is a key strategic move for the company, positioning it far ahead of competitors for years to come.

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Apple partners with Malala Fund to provide educational opportunities to more girls in developing countries

Apple partners with Malala Fund to provide educational opportunities to more girls in developing countries

Apple has pledged support to the Malala Fund, the organization led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, with the assistance expected to increase the Fund's impact in providing education to girls living in developing countries, including new programs in India and Latin America.

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Asset icons pulled from iOS beta show muted HomePod microphone, environmental alerts

Asset icons pulled from iOS beta show muted HomePod microphone, environmental alerts

Delves through iOS beta firmware released on Friday has revealed some HomePod iconography, showing an Apple TV, assorted environmental icons probably for HomeKit, a muted microphone icon associated with the HomePod, and other graphics associated with use and setup of Apple's Siri speaker.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Apple highlights Portrait Lighting selfies in latest iPhone X ad

Apple highlights Portrait Lighting selfies in latest iPhone X ad

Apple continued its promotional push for iPhone X on Sunday with a short video advertisement featuring Portrait Lighting selfies, a new front-facing camera mode made possible by the smartphone's TrueDepth camera system.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stars in new 'Above the Noise' Beats by Dre commercial

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stars in new 'Above the Noise' Beats by Dre commercial

"Doubt me. Distract me. Give me noise," New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady says in the new Beats by Dre ad. "Cause all I hear is, 'it's payback time.'"

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