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Friday, November 17, 2017

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Just a few days after the third betas arrived, Apple has issued new builds of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 to developers, with increasing frequency potentially suggesting that the public releases could arrive soon.

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ExclusiveLowest price ever: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ Radeon 460 for $1,899 ($1,000 off), plus no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Lowest price ever: Apple's high-end 15

Exclusively for AppleInsider readers, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is taking $1,000 off the Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor and top of the line Radeon 460 graphics. This Space Gray notebook also qualifies for free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Adorama is also offering no interest if paid in full within 12 months using the store card.

LTE Apple Watches may be able to make emergency calls without linked iPhone plan

LTE Apple Watches may be able to make emergency calls without linked iPhone plan

Although cellular versions of the Apple Watch Series 3 nominally need to be linked to an iPhone number to make calls, they may be able to dial emergency services even if their phone/data service isn't activated.

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Apple delays HomePod launch until 'early 2018'

Apple delays HomePod launch until 'early 2018'

Originally scheduled to debut in December, Apple has pushed the launch of its Siri-equipped HomePod speaker into early 2018, saying the company needs more time to complete the home audio accessory.

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Where to get Apple's iPhone X right now for the lowest premium

Where to get Apple's iPhone X right now for the lowest premium

With demand outpacing supply, Apple's new iPhone X has a wait time of 2 to 3 weeks when ordered directly from Apple. If you want the device right now, though, there are ways to lessen the premium and get an iPhone X right away.

Faster LTE speeds expected from Apple's 2018 iPhones with upgraded baseband chips from Intel, Qualcomm

Faster LTE speeds expected from Apple's 2018 iPhones with upgraded baseband chips from Intel, Qualcomm

While current iPhones are limited to 2x2 MIMO technology, Apple is now rumored to upgrade to 4x4 MIMO for its 2018 iPhone models, offering users the fastest cellular LTE speeds available yet in an iPhone.

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Android smartphones expected to follow Apple's iPhone X lead in adopting 3D sensor tech

Android smartphones expected to follow Apple's iPhone X lead in adopting 3D sensor tech

Looking to keep up with the competition from Apple's iPhone X, a number of Android smartphone makers are expected to adopt 3D sensors for products launching in 2018.

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ExclusiveSpecial delivery: Apple rush orders giant replacement glass for soon-to-open Brooklyn store

Special delivery: Apple rush orders giant replacement glass for soon-to-open Brooklyn store

Days after a massive pane of glass shattered at Apple's upcoming downtown Brooklyn retail store, the company received a replacement piece Friday morning, custom ordered from German glass manufacturer Sedak.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks rumored iPhone X Plus, Face ID 'hacks,' iPad Pro 2018 and more

AppleInsider podcast talks rumored iPhone X Plus, Face ID 'hacks,' iPad Pro 2018 and more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the iPhone X lineup for 2018, the supposed Face ID 'hacks', and a major motion picture shot entirely on iPhone 7 Plus.

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Tesla unveils new Semi with a 500 mile range, Roadster that can hit 250 miles per hour

Tesla unveils new Semi with a 500 mile range, Roadster that can hit 250 miles per hour

Elon Musk's Tesla has debuted its semi truck that was previously expected with a 500 mile range between charges, and also unveiled a new roadster capable of going 620 miles — with the ability to go zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Early Black Friday Deal: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799 ($600 off) with free JBL headphones & Office 365, plus no tax in 48 states

Early Black Friday Deal: Apple's 15

For a limited time only, B&H is knocking $600 off the standard Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro and throwing in a free pair of JBL E45BT Bluetooth Headphones and a year of Office 365 Personal (a combined value of $170). Plus, no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

IK Multimedia ships iRig Keys I/O keyboard MIDI interface that can record microphones and other instruments

IK Multimedia ships iRig Keys I/O keyboard MIDI interface that can record microphones and other instruments

K Multimedia has added another device to its audio interface line, introducing the iRig Keys I/O as pair of MFi-certified MIDI controllers that can be used to create music on an iPhone or iPad, using its included keyboard or via another instrument or microphone using the device as a preamp.

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Apple dominates all electronics, jewelry companies in ethical sourcing of conflict minerals

Apple dominates all electronics, jewelry companies in ethical sourcing of conflict minerals

A report from a conflict mineral advocacy group puts Apple well ahead of other companies including Google, Microsoft, and Intel in efforts to develop supply chains of metals outside of conflict zones like the Congo.

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Time includes iPhone X in its list of '25 Best Inventions of 2017'

Time includes iPhone X in its list of '25 Best Inventions of 2017'

Time Magazine has named the iPhone X as one of the '25 Best Inventions of 2017,' calling Apple's flagship mobile device 'arguably the world's most sophisticated smartphone' over its new display, its augmented reality applications, and the inclusion of Face ID.

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Apple, Intel engineers reportedly tightly engaged to produce 5G modem for future iPhone

Apple, Intel engineers reportedly tightly engaged to produce 5G modem for future iPhone

Apple may completely ditch Qualcomm for a 5G modem in the future, with a new report claiming that iPhone engineers are working closely with Intel to deliver gigabit per second wireless speeds.

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Apple announces that it won't accept app updates built with watchOS 1.0 SDK after April 1, 2018

Apple announces that it won't accept app updates built with watchOS 1.0 SDK after April 1, 2018

Apple has issued guidance to developers, suggesting that it will discontinue support for watchOS 1, with updates for apps limited to that version no longer accepted after April 1, 2018.

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New Apple video blurs the line between iPad Pro and computer, repeats Steve Jobs 'post-PC' concept

New Apple video blurs the line between iPad Pro and computer, repeats Steve Jobs 'post-PC' concept

Apple has published a new YouTube video, and with it is repeating the message that "a post-PC world may be closer than you think."

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Apple's Denise Young Smith to leave Inclusion & Diversity post by end of 2017

Apple's Denise Young Smith to leave Inclusion & Diversity post by end of 2017

Though in the job for just 7 months, Apple's first-ever VP of Inclusion and Diversity, Denise Young Smith, is leaving the company at the end of the year.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix cold weather & video distortion trouble on iPhone X

Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix cold weather & video distortion trouble on iPhone X

Apple on Thursday issued an incremental iOS 11.1.2 update, mainly intended to solve complaints about the iPhone X temporarily failing to respond to touch in cold weather.

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Vimeo adds support for vivid HDR colors on iPhone X, iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K

Vimeo adds support for vivid HDR colors on iPhone X, iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K

Popular streaming video service Vimeo has updated its official iOS and tvOS apps to take advantage of Apple's recent support for high dynamic range video across its platform of devices, including the iPhone X.

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Apple seeds fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple seeds fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple on Thursday pushed out a fourth beta of macOS 10.13.2 for developers, available through the company's developer portal or as a Mac App Store update.

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Jack White's Third Man Records gets special edition of Beats' Solo3 Wireless

Jack White's Third Man Records gets special edition of Beats' Solo3 Wireless

Apple's Beats on Thursday revealed a new color option for its Solo3 Wireless headphones, made for rocker Jack White's Third Man Records.

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Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button, other tech in interview about iPhone X

Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button, other tech in interview about iPhone X

In an interview published on Thursday, Apple chief design officer Jony Ive argued for the company's sometimes controversial decisions to abandon common technologies — in the case of the iPhone X, foregoing a home button in favor of touchscreen gestures.

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Apple Early Black Friday Roundup: Find the best deals & lowest prices on MacBooks, iPads, iMacs and Apple Watches

Apple Early Black Friday Roundup: Find the best deals & lowest prices on MacBooks, iPads, iMacs and Apple Watches

With a week left before Black Friday, Apple authorized resellers are already launching steep discounts on Apple products, including MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads and Apple Watches. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states and no interest financing for up to 12 months on many items.

iHome launches new HomeKit-compatible outdoor plug, indoor sensors that lack official HomeKit support

iHome launches new HomeKit-compatible outdoor plug, indoor sensors that lack official HomeKit support

Smart home accessory maker iHome this week launched a new Apple HomeKit smart plug, intended for outdoor use, just in time for the holiday season and lighted Christmas decorations. The company also debuted a trio of indoor sensors, though none of those offer HomeKit compatibility.

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Apple's latest Machine Learning Journal entry talks face detection, Vision framework

Apple's latest Machine Learning Journal entry talks face detection, Vision framework

Apple on Thursday published a new entry to its Machine Learning Journal for researchers and developers, discussing face detection and the related Vision framework, which developers can use for apps on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

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GymKit for Apple Watch makes global debut in Australia

GymKit for Apple Watch makes global debut in Australia

Apple's director of Fitness and Health technologies, Jay Blahnik, was on hand in Sydney this week to showcase the first gym equipped for GymKit, a technology introduced alongside watchOS 4.1.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $320 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $320 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

New, lower prices for Black Friday! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $320 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.

Racing game Dirt Rally powerslides onto macOS, coming soon to Mac App Store

Racing game Dirt Rally powerslides onto macOS, coming soon to Mac App Store

Feral Interactive has shipped its port of the Codemasters off-road racing game 'Dirt Rally' to macOS, bringing the simulation of driving at high speed through forests to the Mac two years after the game was originally released on other platforms.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AT&T iPhone owners suffering from connectivity issues on LTE

AT&T iPhone owners suffering from connectivity issues on LTE

AT&T has confirmed reports of outages across its network in the U.S., and has instructed users to restart their devices to restore connectivity.

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VideoVideo: Speed and resource testing Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on the Mac

Video: Speed and resource testing Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on the Mac

Mozilla just released their new Firefox "Quantum" browser with new features including built-in screenshots, a save-for-later feature named Pocket, and a Library that holds all of your pocket saves, bookmarks, browsing history, screenshots and downloads in one spot. AppleInsider compares the new release with Safari, and Google's Chrome.

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Experts split on whether police can use dead bodies to unlock an iPhone

Experts split on whether police can use dead bodies to unlock an iPhone

Security and biometrics experts are said to be divided on the question of whether police — or the FBI — could have used the body of Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley to unlock his rumored iPhone.

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LIFX launches HomeKit-compatible LED light strips, add-on bridge for older setups

LIFX launches HomeKit-compatible LED light strips, add-on bridge for older setups

Lighting provider LIFX has upgraded its LIFX Z light strip kit, with the new version supporting HomeKit natively.

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TipsHow to share Apple Watch Activity progress with friends & family

How to share Apple Watch Activity progress with friends & family

Some people need a little encouragement — or friendly rivalry — to get in shape. Here's how to share Activity stats from your Apple Watch with others.

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Video for iOS & tvOS-exclusive game 'Sky' teases story, multiplayer elements

Video for iOS & tvOS-exclusive game 'Sky' teases story, multiplayer elements

More details about "Flower" and "Journey" developer thatgamecompany's next title, "Sky," have been revealed in a brief gameplay video, showing the opening moments of the and collaborative puzzles from the game, which will launch first on iOS and tvOS.

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iPhone X shipments from Apple improve to 2-3 weeks in US

iPhone X shipments from Apple improve to 2-3 weeks in US

In a sign that production of the iPhone X is catching up with overwhelming demand, new orders for the iPhone X are now advertised to ship within two to three weeks, a one-week improvement from their previous estimate.

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MacBook refreshes push Apple to 4th in global notebook shipments

MacBook refreshes push Apple to 4th in global notebook shipments

Apple considerably improved its MacBook shipments in Q3 2017 compared to the previous quarter, market research firm TrendForce claims, with Apple said to have overtaken Asus in the global notebook shipment rankings for this quarter and achieving fourth place amongst other notebook brands.

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Rumor: 2018 iPad Pro with Face ID will be powered by 8-core 'A11X' chip

Rumor: 2018 iPad Pro with Face ID will be powered by 8-core 'A11X' chip

In a move that would follow Apple's usual strategy, it's expected that new iPad Pros due in 2018 will feature a beefed up version of the A11 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X lineups, adding two more processing cores into the mix.

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Like Apple, Amazon abandons 'skinny' TV bundle plans following network resistance

Like Apple, Amazon abandons 'skinny' TV bundle plans following network resistance

For now, Amazon has allegedly jettisoned plans to offer a "skinny" bundle of cable and broadcast TV channels, owing to low expected profit margins and the same problem rumored to have halted Apple's bundle: resistance from networks.

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