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Monday, January 16, 2017

EditorialWhat history teaches about Apple's windows of opportunity for 2017

What history teaches about Apple's windows of opportunity for 2017

If you listen to groupthink critics on Apple, you'll hear that the company is deeply troubled by too much reliance on iPhone sales, aging Mac Pro and Mini offerings that haven't been updated in years and a stagnating market for iPads that has fallen precipitously since Peak iPad occured in 2014. They're wrong, here's why.

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Apple to offer 32GB of desktop RAM in top-end 2017 MacBook Pro, 16GB for 12" MacBook

Apple to offer 32GB of desktop RAM in top-end 2017 MacBook Pro, 16GB for 12

Answering the call of professional users, Apple is predicted to offer a high-end MacBook Pro model in 2017 with up to 32 gigabytes of — potentially desktop-class — RAM, while bumping 12-inch MacBook to 16GB of RAM.

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Apple's fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 warns if display brightness affects MacBook battery life

Apple's fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 warns if display brightness affects MacBook battery life

In a bid to extend battery life, the latest beta of macOS Sierra introduces a new option to the Mac's battery menu that will reduce the brightness of the display if it is above 75 percent.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 could get updated S Health app to counter Apple's HealthKit, CareKit

Samsung Galaxy S8 could get updated S Health app to counter Apple's HealthKit, CareKit

Samsung's next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, could include a new S Health app with features above and beyond Apple's HealthKit and CareKit — including the ability to schedule online consultations with doctors, or even pay medical fees.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' prompts rival smartphone makers to clamber for OLED supplies

Apple's 'iPhone 8' prompts rival smartphone makers to clamber for OLED supplies

Worried that Apple will monopolize OLED supply capacity for this year's "iPhone 8," a number of smartphone vendors are said to be racing to secure some that capacity for their own OLED products.

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Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,959; up to $175 off 13" MacBook Pros; $188-$250 off 2015 12" MacBooks

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Shoppers can save $140 this week on Apple's 2015 2.5GHz 15" MacBook Pro with no tax outside NY. Or pick up a 13" MacBook Pro at $75-$175 off with exclusive promo code savings. Apple's upgraded 2015 12" MacBooks are also up to $250 off with special financing offers.

Lawsuit accuses Apple's iMessages of violating 2002 point-of-sale patent

Lawsuit accuses Apple's iMessages of violating 2002 point-of-sale patent

A new patent infringement lawsuit accuses Apple and its iMessage service of violating a 15-year-old patent — one related to the recording and playback of voice messages over a network.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 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 $415 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.

Samsung testing confirms battery problems to blame for Galaxy Note 7 fires

Samsung testing confirms battery problems to blame for Galaxy Note 7 fires

Internally, Samsung has concluded that the battery — and not any faults in software, or other hardware — was reportedly to blame for the fires that led to the recall and ultimate cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7.

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Apple partner Pegatron could boost US manufacturing capacity by 3-5x, if pressed

Apple partner Pegatron could boost US manufacturing capacity by 3-5x, if pressed

The chairman of Apple supplier Pegatron has revealed that his company could expand its operations in the U.S. by three to five times, should it be necessary — but even that won't make much of a dent in Apple's iPhone and Mac production needs.

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Jimmy Iovine says Apple Music creating 'pop cultural' experience with new TV content

Jimmy Iovine says Apple Music creating 'pop cultural' experience with new TV content

Responding to reports that Apple Music content will expand further into full-length movies and TV shows, a key executive with the service — Jimmy Iovine — said over the weekend that Apple is willing to do "whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose" in order to differentiate itself.

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Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with quote on website

Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with quote on website

Acknowledging the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple on Monday updated the front page of its website with a photo of and quote from the legendary civil rights leader, calling on people to fight for equality.

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Samsung chief's arrest sought in South Korean corruption scandal

Samsung chief's arrest sought in South Korean corruption scandal

An arrest warrant for heir apparent to Samsung's throne, Lee Jae-yong, was issued Monday for his suspected involvement in an insidious corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hands on with Airmail 1.5, managing Apple Mail, Gmail, and Exchange on iOS

Hands on with Airmail 1.5, managing Apple Mail, Gmail, and Exchange on iOS

Users can connect a series of Airmail functions to speed up your work, and weed out important emails from the less-so. AppleInsider shows you how, and when, to use the app.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Apple debuts first AirPods TV commercials, Apple Watch ad focusing on activity

Apple debuts first AirPods TV commercials, Apple Watch ad focusing on activity

Apple on Saturday shared its first AirPods TV commercials, a series of four spots lumped into the company's "practically magic" iPhone campaign, as well as an Apple Watch Series 2 ad focusing on keeping active.

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This week on AI: iPhone's 10th anniversary, Apple AR glasses, 'iPhone 8' and iPad rumors and more

This week on AI: iPhone's 10th anniversary, Apple AR glasses, 'iPhone 8' and iPad rumors and more

As Apple marked the iPhone's 10th anniversary, rumors emerged on more of the company's plans for 2017 and 2018, including the "iPhone 8," a trio of new iPads, and other possibilities like augmented reality glasses and Netflix-like original video on Apple Music.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

TipsInstall an inexpensive USB-C PCI-E card in a Mac Pro for full USB 3.1 data transfer speeds

Install an inexpensive USB-C PCI-E card in a Mac Pro for full USB 3.1 data transfer speeds

An inexpensive card available from Amazon allows users of Apple's Mac Pro tower with PCI-E slots to get some of the benefits of the new USB-C connector — and faster USB 3.1 speeds. AppleInsider tells you what you need.

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Hands On: SuperDuper! 2.9.1 backup tool updated for macOS Sierra

Hands On: SuperDuper! 2.9.1 backup tool updated for macOS Sierra

AppleInsider continues its ongoing backup tool examination series, and examines long-standing utility SuperDuper! that promises to protect your data with speed and ease of use.

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TipsHow to turn on Siri for third-party apps in iOS 10

How to turn on Siri for third-party apps in iOS 10

Apple made a big deal of third-party Siri integration when it introduced iOS 10 last year, but you may have noticed that you can't order your favorite apps around by default — here's how to make it work.

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ExclusiveDeals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016 13" MacBook Pro; 1TB 27" iMac 5K for $2,199

Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016 13

Shoppers this week can save $20 on 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs or $150 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar thanks to exclusive savings. Or snap up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K (3.2GHz, 32GB, 1TB, M380) at $200 off with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Android creator Andy Rubin plans AI-equipped smartphone with edge-to-edge display, ceramic back

Android creator Andy Rubin plans AI-equipped smartphone with edge-to-edge display, ceramic back

The man behind Google's Android platform, Andy Rubin, is preparing to reveal a company that will field a high-end smartphone with a bezel-free screen, ceramic back, and a heavy focus on AI — posing yet another challenge to Apple's iPhone, a report said on Friday.

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Revenue from Apple's App Store grows 60% to $5.4 billion

Revenue from Apple's App Store grows 60% to $5.4 billion

An end-of-year report into non-gaming app revenues reveals a considerable yearly increase, with streaming media apps including Spotify, Netflix, and Pandora contributing heavily to the higher revenue levels seen by Apple's App Store.

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New Swift project head Ted Kremenek said to be running the show behind the scenes for some time

New Swift project head Ted Kremenek said to be running the show behind the scenes for some time

Apple senior manager Ted Kremenek has been named as the new lead of the Swift development project, and has apparently been operating in that capacity for some time behind the scenes, according to outgoing head Chris Lattner.

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US appeals court reopens Apple v. Samsung iPhone design suit in wake of Supreme Court ruling

US appeals court reopens Apple v. Samsung iPhone design suit in wake of Supreme Court ruling

In the aftermath of a critical Supreme Court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened a long-standing Apple lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design.

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WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages [u]

WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages [u]

The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages [updated with statement from WhatsApp].

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Trump-proposed corporate tax reform predicted to have minor positive impact on Apple EPS

Trump-proposed corporate tax reform predicted to have minor positive impact on Apple EPS

Given current speculation on tax reform in the U.S., analysts predict that with all other factors unchanged Apple will see a negative impact on its cash hoard because of a repatriation tax, and an increase on taxes paid to import manufactured goods from China, but an overall slight uptick on earnings per share as a result of all factors.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' to gain tougher IP68 water and dust resistance - report

Apple's 'iPhone 8' to gain tougher IP68 water and dust resistance - report

When it launches later this year, Apple is reportedly planning to make the water and dust resistance of the "iPhone 8" even better than the iPhone 7, upgrading it to an IP68 rating.

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Nintendo's new Switch console will allow remote parental controls via Apple's iPhone

Nintendo's new Switch console will allow remote parental controls via Apple's iPhone

In announcing its upcoming Switch console this week, Nintendo revealed that parents will have access to extensive controls on how their children play by way of a mobile app available for Apple's iOS.

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Snapchat for iPhone adding universal search bar to speed up interactions

Snapchat for iPhone adding universal search bar to speed up interactions

Image and video sharing app Snapchat is making itself easier and quicker to navigate by username, via a soon-to-arrive update for iOS introducing a universal search bar that gives access to core functions.

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Apple Music rival Pandora cuts 7% of US staff despite upturn in subscribers

Apple Music rival Pandora cuts 7% of US staff despite upturn in subscribers

One of Apple's competitors in the music space, Pandora, has announced plans to lay off 7 percent of its U.S. workers — excluding those at Ticketfly — despite improvements in its paid subscriber base, and plans to launch on-demand streaming.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks 10 years of iPhone, CES, and more

AppleInsider podcast talks 10 years of iPhone, CES, and more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 10 years of iPhone, all the HomeKit things introduced at CES, and what's going on with Apple and transportation.

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Apple culture of secrecy claimed to cause Swift lead's exit, but Chris Lattner denies report

Apple culture of secrecy claimed to cause Swift lead's exit, but Chris Lattner denies report

According to colleagues, Swift developer Chris Lattner reportedly left Apple because of a culture of secrecy within the company — a claim that Lattner denies.

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Apple suppliers Foxconn, Sharp, TSMC all weigh building manufacturing plants in USA

Apple suppliers Foxconn, Sharp, TSMC all weigh building manufacturing plants in USA

Three of Apple's key suppliers — Foxconn and its subsidiary Sharp, as well as chipmaker TSMC —have all expressed interest in taking advantage of business-friendly incentives proposed by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, though no commitments have been made.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB

Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB

Apple on Thursday announced a change in App Store policy which increases the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200 megabytes to 4 gigabytes, a boost that should provide a better end user experience upon initial installation.

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US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that people do indeed have the right to sue Apple over limiting iOS devices to apps from the App Store, potentially paving the way for an open app marketplace in the future.

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Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix

Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix

In a bit of backpedaling, Consumer Reports on Thursday said it can now recommend Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup after a software fix remedied battery life inconsistencies found in previous testing.

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Deals: $415 off 2016 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799; $150 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro

Deals: $415 off 2016 15

While supplies last, AI readers can pick up a high-end 2016 MacBook Pro in Silver with AppleCare for $2,733. Or save $200 on Apple's 2015 15" MacBook Pro. Those looking for the new 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can snap one up for $1,649.99 with no tax outside NY.

Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

Just days after Apple seeded a third beta version of iOS 10.2.1 to developers, the company on Thursday issued a fourth iteration of the forthcoming operating system for testing.

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Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.

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