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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ExclusiveInside Consumer Reports: Controversies surrounding the MacBook Pro and HomePod

Inside Consumer Reports: Controversies surrounding the MacBook Pro and HomePod

Enthusiasts have questioned Consumer Reports' assessments of Apple's products for many years. After looking at the test facilities, AppleInsider talked to Consumer Reports leaders about the various controversies of the past.

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Apple's self-driving shuttle project to use Volkswagen vans, report says

Apple's self-driving shuttle project to use Volkswagen vans, report says

After rebuffed attempts to partner with major carmakers over an ambitious electric vehicle project, Apple has reportedly inked a deal with Volkswagen to convert a number of T6 Transporter vans into self-driving shuttles for company employees.

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VideoiPhone X's Face ID reviewed, six months later

iPhone X's Face ID reviewed, six months later

A major shift in biometric security that enabled Apple to add an edge-to-edge display to the iPhone X, the introduction of Face ID as a replacement for Touch ID was a fundamental change in how users interact with their devices. Six months down the line, Face ID continues to prove the security switch was worth doing.

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China's Smartisan says Apple has 'lost its soul' in pitch for new smartphone

China's Smartisan says Apple has 'lost its soul' in pitch for new smartphone

Known for treating product launches as variety shows, even selling tickets to such events, Chinese device maker Smartisan cast doubt on Apple's prospects in recently announcing its new R1 smartphone in front of a crowd of about 37,000 people.

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Google takes top spot in global smart speaker market, HomePod nowhere to be found

Google takes top spot in global smart speaker market, HomePod nowhere to be found

In a smart speaker marketshare leaderboard not yet cracked by Apple's HomePod, Google has overtaken Amazon according to new research data.

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Comcast plans 'superior' cash offer to beat out Disney for 21st Century Fox

Comcast plans 'superior' cash offer to beat out Disney for 21st Century Fox

Comcast on Wednesday confirmed rumors that it intends to outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox and some of its subsidiaries, in a deal that could radically shake up the streaming media landscape — if it's approved.

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Killer Deals: $799 MacBook Air; 13" MacBook Pro for $1,099; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,999; 27" Apple iMac 5K for $1,549, Mac mini for $399

Killer Deals: $799 MacBook Air; 13

Just in: Apple authorized resellers have slashed prices on popular Apple computers. From 2017 MacBook Airs for $799 to 13" MacBook Pros for $1,099 (and 15" models for $1,999), these are the most aggressive deals available on current models from an Apple authorized reseller. Closeout discounts of up to $1,300 off are also going on now — all with no tax collected in most states.

Uber drops self-driving operation in Arizona, following fatality

Uber drops self-driving operation in Arizona, following fatality

Two months after an autonomous car struck and killed a woman in Arizona, Uber is shuttering its self-driving car program in the state.

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Lawsuit over Apple's Powerbeats3 battery, sweat resistance given partial go-ahead

Lawsuit over Apple's Powerbeats3 battery, sweat resistance given partial go-ahead

A U.S. judge has given the greenlight to a lawsuit against Apple over its Powerbeats2 and 3 headphones, but only if some amendments to the complaint are made.

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Giveaway: Enter to win 1 of 12 RAVPower wireless chargers for your iPhone X or 8

Giveaway: Enter to win 1 of 12 RAVPower wireless chargers for your iPhone X or 8

AppleInsider is partnering with RAVPower this week to give away a variety of wireless chargers for Apple's iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. Twelve chargers are up for grabs — find out how to enter today.

Apple Watch leads wearable device market with estimated 3.8M unit shipments in first quarter

Apple Watch leads wearable device market with estimated 3.8M unit shipments in first quarter

The Apple Watch is continuing to dominate the wearable device market, analytics firm Canalys claims, marginally beating Xiaomi in terms of wearable band shipments in the first quarter of 2018 at a time when shipments in the market grew by 35 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Apple offering $50 credit for iPhone batteries replaced before discounted repair program

Apple offering $50 credit for iPhone batteries replaced before discounted repair program

Apple is offering a $50 credit to customers who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement for iPhone 6 or later devices.

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iPhone 7 Plus tops smartphone consumer satisfaction survey

iPhone 7 Plus tops smartphone consumer satisfaction survey

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus from 2016 tops the ASCI Telecommunications user survey, with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus coming in fourth and fifth.

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TipsHow to request your personal data using Apple's Data & Privacy portal

How to request your personal data using Apple's Data & Privacy portal

Apple has just launched its Data and Privacy portal, enabling users to download a copy of their personal data held on Apple's servers. AppleInsider walks you through the process of requesting the data archive through the new online tool.

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Foxconn's Wisconsin plant could make Apple iPhone and Mac displays after all

Foxconn's Wisconsin plant could make Apple iPhone and Mac displays after all

Originally intended to churn out larger displays for products like TVs, Foxconn's upcoming $10 billion Wisconsin factory may actually turn to making small- to medium-sized panels for the likes of Apple and automakers in a bid to cut costs, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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Apple's Federighi promises APFS boot support for Mac Fusion Drives 'very soon'

Apple's Federighi promises APFS boot support for Mac Fusion Drives 'very soon'

Apple will have news on APFS for the Fusion Drives in Macs "very soon," according to the company's software engineering head, Craig Federighi.

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Apple's new Data & Privacy portal lets European users download stored personal data

Apple's new Data & Privacy portal lets European users download stored personal data

Apple has made it easier for its customers to download all of their personal data stored on the company's servers, with a new Data and Privacy portal offering users also offering ways to correct personal information collected by Apple, and to deactivate or delete their account completely.

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Apple's MacBook butterfly switch keyboards target of second class action complaint

Apple's MacBook butterfly switch keyboards target of second class action complaint

Customer complaints over Apple's butterfly keyboard have again turned into legal action, with a class action lawsuit filed in California court on Tuesday claiming the company sold, and continues to sell, a product known to be defective.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $450 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $450 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $450 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing OAC.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Apple partner TSMC begins mass production of 7nm processors for next-generation iPhone

Apple partner TSMC begins mass production of 7nm processors for next-generation iPhone

Apple's system-on-chip manufacturing partner TSMC is churning out next-generation 7-nanometer "A12" processors that will power iPhones expected to launch later this year, according to a report on Tuesday.

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FBI reportedly inflated statistics on encrypted cellphone threat

FBI reportedly inflated statistics on encrypted cellphone threat

The FBI has for months bemoaned the threat encrypted cellphones pose to ongoing investigations, saying investigators were locked out of some 7,800 devices last year. A new report, however, claims the agency's figures are grossly inflated.

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VideoWish list: Nine features we want to see in an iMac refresh at WWDC 2018

Wish list: Nine features we want to see in an iMac refresh at WWDC 2018

At last years' WWDC in June, Apple refreshed its iMac line, and the same thing could happen again during this year's annual conference. With less than two weeks left until the big day, here's our wishlist of things we want to see in any 2018 iMacs that may make an appearance.

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Apple to live stream WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4

Apple to live stream WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4

As it has done in years past, Apple will present live streaming coverage of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 keynote event, offering those unable to attend a glimpse at this year's upcoming software platform updates.

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EditorialWhy Google IO 2018 squandered AI leadership to focus on copying Apple's innovations

Why Google IO 2018 squandered AI leadership to focus on copying Apple's innovations

Google appears to have a formidable lead in developing "smart services," including intelligent search, voice assistance, map routing, imaging and other app features powered by artificial intelligence. Yet at its annual Google IO developer conference, the company failed to show developers how this edge would do much for them, given that most Android devices aren't updated and that Google's own updated, premium-priced Android devices aren't selling.

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YubiKey NEO's physical NFC key can now unlock apps on iPhone 7 & later

YubiKey NEO's physical NFC key can now unlock apps on iPhone 7 & later

Taking advantage of the more open NFC access on iPhones made possible with iOS 11, Yubico has announced that its physical YubiKey NEO authentication key can now be used to unlock compatible iOS apps.

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'Once Upon a Time' co-creators join Apple's 'Amazing Stories' reboot as new showrunners

'Once Upon a Time' co-creators join Apple's 'Amazing Stories' reboot as new showrunners

Apple's reboot of anthology series "Amazing Stories" has two new showrunners, joining three months after the original showrunner left the production.

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Legrand Radiant Wireless Charger offers in-wall power for Apple's iPhone 8 & iPhone X

Legrand Radiant Wireless Charger offers in-wall power for Apple's iPhone 8 & iPhone X

The newest twist on charging the iPhone 8 and X is the Legrand Radiant Wireless Charger, a wall outlet with a built-in Qi-compatible charging pad.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $350 to $550 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $350 to $550 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Readers this week can snap up the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's iMac Pro with our exclusive coupon. On top of the bonus savings available only at AppleInsider, there's no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as no interest financing for 12 months on approved credit.

Grab up to a $25 cash bonus on Apple trade-ins ahead of WWDC 2018

Grab up to a $25 cash bonus on Apple trade-ins ahead of WWDC 2018

As WWDC 2018 approaches, now is the time to lock in a price for your used MacBook or iPhone. Take advantage of a $15 to $25 cash bonus on top of competitive rates at Gazelle, and secure a 30-day price lock ahead of anticipated new hardware.

Belkin intros Lightning to headphone jack cable for iPhone 7 and newer

Belkin intros Lightning to headphone jack cable for iPhone 7 and newer

Accessory maker Belkin on Tuesday launched a straightforward 3.5mm-to-Lightning audio cable, offering a way for owners of recent iPhones to connect to 3.5-millimeter headphones and speakers.

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Apple confirms WWDC 2018 keynote for June 4 at 10 a.m.

Apple confirms WWDC 2018 keynote for June 4 at 10 a.m.

Apple on Tuesday issued press invitations to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, scheduled for June 4 at 10 a.m. at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

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Starbucks app ahead of Apple Pay in U.S. mobile payment user adoption

Starbucks app ahead of Apple Pay in U.S. mobile payment user adoption

Starbucks may be leading Apple in the U.S. mobile payments market with the coffee chain said to have more users who made a payment using its app than Apple Pay.

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ExclusiveInside Consumer Reports: How iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod testing is performed

Inside Consumer Reports: How iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod testing is performed

After years of controversies over Consumer Reports' assessments of Apple products, AppleInsider paid a visit to the organization's headquarters for an inside look at the testing process.

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Sony buys controlling stake in EMI for $2.3B to become world's largest music publisher

Sony buys controlling stake in EMI for $2.3B to become world's largest music publisher

Sony has announced it will be buying a controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing as part of the company's plan to increase its revenue from streaming media services like Apple Music.

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Apple iPhone surges 16 percent in US in spite of market's overall decline

Apple iPhone surges 16 percent in US in spite of market's overall decline

Apple's U.S. iPhone sales were up 16 percent year-over-year during the March quarter to 16 million, even as the domestic smartphone market as a whole dropped 11 percent from 43.7 million units to 38.7 million, according to research published on Tuesday.

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Razer launches Mac compatible Core X eGPU for $299

Razer launches Mac compatible Core X eGPU for $299

Gaming hardware specialist Razer on Tuesday released the Razer Core X, an all-new external GPU enclosure that, thanks to Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, is compatible with Macs running macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra.

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Trump uses iPhones for Twitter and voice calls, reportedly refuses security swap outs

Trump uses iPhones for Twitter and voice calls, reportedly refuses security swap outs

President Donald Trump uses at least two White House issued iPhones for daily business, but ignores advice to regularly swap out a model dedicated to Twitter communications because doing so is "too inconvenient."

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Intel promises fix for new 'Variant 4' Meltdown, Spectre vulnerability

Intel promises fix for new 'Variant 4' Meltdown, Spectre vulnerability

Industry woes over Meltdown and Spectre continued this week when Google and Microsoft on Monday revealed a newly discovered silicon-level vulnerability impacting chips used in millions of computers, including those marketed by Apple.

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Apple staring down possibility of new per-employee tax in Cupertino

Apple staring down possibility of new per-employee tax in Cupertino

Apple's home city of Cupertino is considering a per-employee tax to generate funds for city infrastructure, and the tech giant might be among those companies impacted by the regulations.

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