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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fitbit leads in fitness tracker popularity, but Apple Watch poised to gain ground

Fitbit leads in fitness tracker popularity, but Apple Watch poised to gain ground

Fitbit devices remain both the most used and most wanted fitness trackers, but Apple is in a position to make gains with the Apple Watch, especially as a huge number of consumers plan to buy a wearable device in the near future, according to a U.S. consumer survey published on Friday.

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Rumor: Intel prepping next-gen Skylake chips for August debut, may curtail Broadwell sales

Rumor: Intel prepping next-gen Skylake chips for August debut, may curtail Broadwell sales

Chip giant Intel is reportedly targeting August of this year for the initial rollout of its next-generation Skylake microarchitecture, a timeline that likely means Apple's high-end Macs will skip the oft-delayed Broadwell line.

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Watch OS 1.0.1 update causes Apple Watches to skip heart rate tracking, users say

Watch OS 1.0.1 update causes Apple Watches to skip heart rate tracking, users say

This week's Watch OS 1.0.1 update has caused some Apple Watches to track heart rate sporadically, in some cases with an hour or more between readings, according to complaints on Apple's support forums, and verified by AppleInsider's own tests.

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Apple wants subscription TV service to include live local broadcasts, content rights remain roadblock

Apple wants subscription TV service to include live local broadcasts, content rights remain roadblock

The main hold-up in Apple launching a subscription TV service is content rights, with a new report on Friday saying the company could again face delays as it seeks to include live, local network television stations.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses new Macs, Apple Watch update & Wall Street analysts

AppleInsider podcast discusses new Macs, Apple Watch update & Wall Street analysts

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Neil Hughes and Shane Cole as we discuss the latest iMac, MacBook Pro, and Apple Watch news. Also, Neil has a word to say on Wall Street analysts.

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Steals: $300 off Apple's new 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare; Free AppleCare with each 3.3GHz iMac 5K; Unlocked iPhone 5s from $256

Steals: $300 off Apple's new 15

Exclusives: AppleInsider this week is proud to offer the lowest price anywhere on Apple's brand new 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare at $2,043.00 ($300 off) and its new 3.3GHz iMac 5K with AppleCare at $1,999 ($169). Plus, certified unlocked, contract-free iPhone 5s units from $256 and iPhone 6 units from $468.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

New AT&T policy may restrict Apple Stores from selling iPhone with two-year contract, reports say

New AT&T policy may restrict Apple Stores from selling iPhone with two-year contract, reports say

According to multiple unconfirmed reports, AT&T is on the verge of making a major change to its smartphone sales model that will prohibit third-party retailers, like the Apple Store, from selling handsets under two-year contract terms.

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Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication, deeper Touch ID integration

Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication, deeper Touch ID integration

Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.

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Rumor: Delayed Kanye West album could debut on Apple's streaming music service

Rumor: Delayed Kanye West album could debut on Apple's streaming music service

A tenuous rumor on Thursday claims there might be a connection between Apple's unannounced streaming music service and the release of a long-delayed album from Kanye West, who recently signed a partnership deal with competitor Tidal.

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Apple, IBM roll Apple Watch support into three MobileFirst apps

Apple, IBM roll Apple Watch support into three MobileFirst apps

As part of an ongoing enterprise solutions partnership, Apple and IBM on Thursday announced Apple Watch support for three MobileFirst apps serving the healthcare, public safety and energy industries.

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Apple highlights accessibility in iOS apps, Apple Watch for Global Awareness Accessibility Day

Apple highlights accessibility in iOS apps, Apple Watch for Global Awareness Accessibility Day

In recognition of Global Awareness Accessibility Day on May 21, Apple has showcased a series of iOS apps and published a podcast highlighting its efforts to make Apple Watch easy to use for people with disabilities.

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Regent Street Apple Store to undergo major renovations for more light, street visibility

Regent Street Apple Store to undergo major renovations for more light, street visibility

Apple is planning a major renovation of its flagship Regent Street store in London, one which will radically impact the interior and exterior appearance of the building.

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Google's Chromebooks continue to make inroads in education, Gartner says

Google's Chromebooks continue to make inroads in education, Gartner says

After a slow start, the market for laptops running Google's Chrome OS —known as Chromebooks —has begun to pick up steam, new data indicates, with education customers representing a sizable majority of orders.

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Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch, offers video glimpse of future replacement tech [u]

Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch, offers video glimpse of future replacement tech [u]

Adobe on Thursday announced plans to discontinue Photoshop Touch, its advanced photo editor for iPad and Android tablets, while offering brief hints about where a successor or successors might go.

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Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input based on pressure, grip, angle & more

Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input based on pressure, grip, angle & more

As rumors suggest Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad with a new stylus accessory later this year, a new patent application offers a glimpse at what the company could be working on, describing an advanced stylus that would offer much more dynamic ways of interacting with a touchscreen than just the press of a finger.

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Apple Stores begin selling Watch bands in advance of device's own retail debut

Apple Stores begin selling Watch bands in advance of device's own retail debut

Select Apple Stores are now selling official bands for the Apple Watch, according to photos and anecdotes posted on Twitter on Thursday, as Apple gears up for the product's formal retail debut.

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Foxconn to handle bulk of manufacturing for Apple's 'iPhone 6s' & 'iPad Pro' this fall, insider says

Foxconn to handle bulk of manufacturing for Apple's 'iPhone 6s' & 'iPad Pro' this fall, insider says

Longtime Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will handle the bulk of production for the company's next-generation iPhone, and will also be the sole manufacturer of the anticipated 12.9-inch iPad, both on track to launch this fall, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Apple's online store outs Touch ID-equipped iPhone 5c [u]

Apple's online store outs Touch ID-equipped iPhone 5c [u]

A promotional photo posted to Apple's online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, largely unchanged save for the notable addition of a Touch ID sensor in the home button.

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Apple's iCloud experiences hours-long global outage and service slowdowns [u]

Apple's iCloud experiences hours-long global outage and service slowdowns [u]

Apple's iCloud took a hit late Wednesday night as users from around the world experienced trouble with multiple services due to an unknown issue, ultimately resolved some seven hours later.

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Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display, highly portable cellular hotspot

Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display, highly portable cellular hotspot

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

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ExclusiveDeals: $400 off 2014 15" MacBook Pros & mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros at the lowest prices

Deals: $400 off 2014 15

Apple's 2015 MacBook Pro lineup is now complete and AI is proud to offer all 13- and 15-inch Force Touch models at the lowest prices anywhere via exclusive discount coupons. Meanwhile, the 2014 models they replace are now a bargain with fresh price cuts of $200-$400.

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Morgan Stanley: Apple Watch demand up 60% in US since March, estimated 36M unit sales in first year

Morgan Stanley: Apple Watch demand up 60% in US since March, estimated 36M unit sales in first year

Countering an analyst report earlier on Wednesday predicting a plateau to Apple Watch demand, investment bank Morgan Stanley says U.S. consumer interest is not just strong, but is increasing, with first-year sales estimated to hit 36 million units.

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Apple Watch connects to display pedestal via 'hidden' data port with Lightning connector, photos show

Apple Watch connects to display pedestal via 'hidden' data port with Lightning connector, photos show

A set of images posted to the Web on Wednesday purportedly show a partially dismantled Apple Watch in-store display with attached Lightning cable, suggesting the device can be charged and fed data via a hidden data port.

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Uber poaches Apple legal counsel to work on privacy issues

Uber poaches Apple legal counsel to work on privacy issues

Popular connected transportation service Uber has hired away Apple lawyer Sabrina Ross to work on an internal team focusing on privacy law, according to a report on Wednesday.

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TipsHow to hand off Mail, Messages and more from Apple Watch to Mac

How to hand off Mail, Messages and more from Apple Watch to Mac

Apple Watch relies heavily on iOS Continuity features like Handoff to ease the load, in some cases transferring to iPhone complex tasks that require a keyboard or access to a full-fledged app. Not documented in the Apple Watch user guide, however, is the ability to transfer these same tasks to Mac.

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Russia to be among first countries with access to Apple's new streaming music service, report says

Russia to be among first countries with access to Apple's new streaming music service, report says

According to a report on Wednesday, Russia will be one of the first countries to host Apple's upcoming on-demand streaming music service rumored to debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

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FeatureDemolition making way for new Apple Campus 2, Phase 2 buildings, aerial footage shows

Demolition making way for new Apple Campus 2, Phase 2 buildings, aerial footage shows

Phase two of Apple's ambitious Campus 2 construction project is now underway as obsolete buildings have been demolished over the past weeks to make way for new testing workshops and facilities for research and development.

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Spotify gains video, moods, and podcasts, Facebook Messenger rolls out video calls globally

Spotify gains video, moods, and podcasts, Facebook Messenger rolls out video calls globally

Music service Spotify on Wednesday announced a slate of major changes — including the addition of videos, podcasts, and mood-based playlists — while Facebook officially expanded Messenger video calls worldwide.

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Pebble struggling to secure new funding in wake of Apple Watch, rumor claims

Pebble struggling to secure new funding in wake of Apple Watch, rumor claims

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are reportedly turning down requests from smartwatch maker Pebble for funding, leading to speculation that the company may be struggling following the launch of the Apple Watch.

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MD Anderson Cancer Center turns to Apple Watch for breast cancer treatment

MD Anderson Cancer Center turns to Apple Watch for breast cancer treatment

The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is using the Apple Watch to improve the treament regimens of breast cancer patients, citing the advantages of wearables in getting people to change their behavior.

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Wanting for real estate, Apple may undertake 'major expansion' in San Jose - report

Wanting for real estate, Apple may undertake 'major expansion' in San Jose - report

With a rapidly-expanding workforce and a shortage of options in the city of Cupertino, Calif., Apple is reportedly considering a "major expansion" of its corporate office and research and development facilities to neighboring San Jose.

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Apple Watch shipments likely to remain under 15 million through Sept., insider says

Apple Watch shipments likely to remain under 15 million through Sept., insider says

Faced with production issues from launch, and amidst unknown levels of consumer demand, the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted on Wednesday.

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Refurbished iPad Air 2 goes on sale at Apple's online store

Refurbished iPad Air 2 goes on sale at Apple's online store

Apple is for the first time offering refurbished iPad Air 2 models through its U.S. online store, potentially saving shoppers up to $140 off the cost of the tablet.

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Microsoft inadvertently reveals 'Flow by Outlook' chat app for iPhone

Microsoft inadvertently reveals 'Flow by Outlook' chat app for iPhone

Microsoft appears to be developing a streamlined chat and email application for iPhones called Flow by Outlook, a leaked download webpage marked "Microsoft Confidential" revealed on Wednesday.

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Apple upgrades some 27" non-Retina iMac orders to 5K model following price cut

Apple upgrades some 27

Some consumers who ordered Apple's top-end, non-Retina 27-inch iMac in advance of Tuesday's iMac lineup shuffle have seen their orders automatically upgraded to the new, less costly Retina 5K base model.

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First look: Mophie's aluminum & leather, cable concealing Apple Watch Dock

First look: Mophie's aluminum & leather, cable concealing Apple Watch Dock

Mophie is one of the biggest accessory makers out of the gate with a docking station for the newly released Apple Watch, and AppleInsider offers an exclusive first-hand look at the soon-to-be-released hardware.

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Apple starts advertising Watch as part of connected iOS, Mac ecosystem

Apple starts advertising Watch as part of connected iOS, Mac ecosystem

Apple updated its online storefront on Tuesday with fresh imagery and text touting so-called Continuity features that interconnect iOS, Mac and now Apple Watch devices.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Apple to hire up to 500 more workers for Mesa, Ariz. 'global command center'

Apple to hire up to 500 more workers for Mesa, Ariz. 'global command center'

Months after Apple announced plans to build a "global command center" on the site of its failed sapphire production facility in Mesa, Ariz., a report on Tuesday says the company is looking to hire up to 500 extra workers to complete and maintain the project.

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Clothing retailer Express now accepting Apple Pay at all US stores

Clothing retailer Express now accepting Apple Pay at all US stores

Clothing retailer Express on Tuesday began accepting Apple Pay at all of its U.S. outlets, adding yet another feather in the cap of Apple's mobile payment platform.

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