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Monday, August 21, 2017

AirPods ship times drop to 2-3 weeks from Apple amid immediate availability from resellers

AirPods ship times drop to 2-3 weeks from Apple amid immediate availability from resellers

AirPods ship times from Apple's online store have dropped below one month for the first time since the popular headphones debuted more than eight months ago, though third-party resellers have stock available for immediate purchase.

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VideoVideo: Apple eGPU developer kit tested with a 15-inch Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro

Video: Apple eGPU developer kit tested with a 15-inch Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro

AppleInsider takes a look at Apple's eGPU developer kit, including the Radeon RX 580 video card, and the Sonnet eGFX enclosure.

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Apple holds commanding lead over Qualcomm in 3D sensing tech development by nearly two years

Apple holds commanding lead over Qualcomm in 3D sensing tech development by nearly two years

A new analyst report claims that Apple holds up to a two year lead on rival Qualcomm, when it comes to software and hardware development of accurate 3D sensing systems — and no Android product developer seems that willing to host the technology in the foreseeable future.

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Latest tvOS 11 beta points to HDR-equipped 'J105a' model for Apple TV

Latest tvOS 11 beta points to HDR-equipped 'J105a' model for Apple TV

Further backing the impending arrival of a new Apple TV, the seventh tvOS 11 beta — released on Monday — makes references to a "J105a" model with support for HDR (high dynamic range).

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Android Oreo exits developer beta program, coming to Google's Pixel, Nexus soon

Android Oreo exits developer beta program, coming to Google's Pixel, Nexus soon

Google's latest version of Android has been named. Android Oreo is complete, has exited developer-only beta testing, and is coming soon to the Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

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Apple AI expert Tom Gruber's TED Talk video about Siri's 'humanistic AI' viewable on YouTube

Apple AI expert Tom Gruber's TED Talk video about Siri's 'humanistic AI' viewable on YouTube

A talk from a TED conference in April by Apple AI expert and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber is now available to watch on YouTube, with Gruber sharing how Apple's digital assistant Siri and 'humanistic AI' can be used to help humans become smarter.

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Longtime label holdout Drag City puts catalog on Apple Music

Longtime label holdout Drag City puts catalog on Apple Music

Independent label Drag City has added most of its back catalog to Apple Music, reversing a previous stance calling for better artist compensation.

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Apple makes seventh developer betas of High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4 available [u]

Apple makes seventh developer betas of High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4 available [u]

Keeping up with the one per week cycle, apple has updated all of its developer betas, with seventh releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. [Updated with public beta info]

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iTunes U Collections migrating to Apple Podcasts app in September

iTunes U Collections migrating to Apple Podcasts app in September

Apple is preparing to migrate iTunes U Collections from the iTunes U app to Apple Podcasts, with a warning to educational institutions advising the change will take place in September as part of the release of iTunes 12.7.

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Apple Pay likely to get boost from Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

Apple Pay likely to get boost from Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

Apple Pay should get a major lift within the next five years from a pair of factors, according to new research, most notably contactless support demanded by credit card giants Visa and Mastercard.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states; AirPods in stock with free 2-day shipping

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states; AirPods in stock with free 2-day shipping

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $250 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Interview from 1988 about the Macintosh Portable leak shows how far Apple leaks have evolved

Interview from 1988 about the Macintosh Portable leak shows how far Apple leaks have evolved

A clip from a local news program discussing the then-unreleased Macintosh Portable has been unearthed and uploaded to YouTube, with the news item from 29 years ago serving as a reminder that Apple leaks are certainly not a new phenomenon, and are largely easier to spread now than ever before.

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Deals: 12" MacBooks for $999 ($300 off); 27" iMac 5K for $1,199 (Apple refurb); $300 off 13" Touch Bars; AirPods in stock w/ no tax in 48 states

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Kicking off this solar eclipse Monday, Amazon is knocking $300 off Apple's 2016 12" MacBook, bringing the price down to $999. An upgraded Apple refurbished 27" iMac 5K is also $1,199 with no tax outside NY. Meanwhile, Late 2016 13" Touch Bars are $300 off instantly and AirPods are now shipping with no tax in 48 states.

Minus Touch ID, Apple's 'iPhone 8' may enter mass production in 'third week of September'

Minus Touch ID, Apple's 'iPhone 8' may enter mass production in 'third week of September'

The "iPhone 8" may finally enter full-scale production in the "third week of September," an analyst claimed on Monday, reinforcing predictions that the device will be available in limited numbers that month — but will likely not have Touch ID embedded in the display.

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Intel details 8th-generation Core i7, i5 processors suitable for MacBook, dual-core MacBook Pro refresh

Intel details 8th-generation Core i7, i5 processors suitable for MacBook, dual-core MacBook Pro refresh

Intel launched its 8th-generation processors on Monday, starting with the with the new 'U-series' chips for notebooks boasting a 40 percent performance boost compared to the previous generation, though while this series is suitable for use in MacBooks and the dual-core MacBook Pro, it won't help provide users with a 32GB memory option.

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Photos show alleged display assembly, flex cables for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Photos show alleged display assembly, flex cables for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Images published over the weekend are claimed to show an assortment of parts for Apple's "iPhone 8," including a display assembly, a Lightning connector, and associated flex cables.

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Barclays iPhone app update allows for payments to be sent to contacts with Siri

Barclays iPhone app update allows for payments to be sent to contacts with Siri

Barclays has taken advantage of Siri integration to add the ability to pay people and business that have already paid in the past just using Siri.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Apple opens promised iTunes donations to Southern Poverty Law Center

Apple opens promised iTunes donations to Southern Poverty Law Center

As planned Apple has opened up iTunes donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, part of a broader reaction to the violence at this month's far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

ReviewReview: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiver

Review: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiver

Alpine's newly released iLX-107 is the first infotainment system to boast wireless CarPlay compatibility, allowing users to listen to tunes, navigate, interact with Siri and more without a Lightning cable. AppleInsider went hands-on with the receiver and came away greatly impressed.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Adata SE730H portable USB-C SSD a good solution for external OS installs, Time Machine

First look: Adata SE730H portable USB-C SSD a good solution for external OS installs, Time Machine

While small SSDs aren't new, ones with USB-C compatibility are. AppleInsider examines the forthcoming Data SE730H USB-C portable SSD.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Apple uses hidden webpage to recruit cloud infrastructure engineer

Apple uses hidden webpage to recruit cloud infrastructure engineer

A hidden, now-defunct page on Apple's website was apparently being used by the company to recruit an engineer for work on a "critical infrastructure component."

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TipsHow to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone

How to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone

On August 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will trace a coast-to-coast path across the U.S. Here's some tips on how to capture it with your iPhone.

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This week on AI: Apple Watch 'Series 3,' Apple's $1B Hollywood war chest, Charlottesville fallout & more

This week on AI: Apple Watch 'Series 3,' Apple's $1B Hollywood war chest, Charlottesville fallout & more

Some of the most interesting news of the week revolved around this fall's Apple Watch "Series 3," which may get LTE, but not a new look. Apple also appears to have big Hollywood plans — if not quite as big as HBO or Netflix.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Killer Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,099; 13" Pro for $1,249 ($250 off); $100 off 2017 Airs; 10.5" iPad Pro for $599 w/ no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: High-end 15

B&H's massive Back to School Sale is going on now with cash discounts on popular MacBooks, iMacs, iPads and more. Top picks include Apple's 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 ($500 off) or the high-end model for $2,099 ($700 off), $400 off the 27" iMac 5K, $100 off 2017 MacBook Airs, and $599 10.5" iPad Pros. All systems qualify for free shipping with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Functional Apple I computer to hit online auction block in September

Functional Apple I computer to hit online auction block in September

A fully operational Apple I computer built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976 is going up for auction through Charitybuzz next month, with all proceeds earmarked for charity.

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Final day! Giveaway: Enter to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass

Final day! Giveaway: Enter to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass

Plex is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass, HDHomerun Connect Tuner and Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna. In addition to the grand prize, four lifetime Plex Passes are up for grabs.

Apple's Siri latest target in string of natural language patent lawsuits

Apple's Siri latest target in string of natural language patent lawsuits

One-man company Word to Info on Friday expanded a string of patent lawsuits over natural language processing technology — active cases involve Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Nuance — to include Apple, taking specific aim at the tech titan's Siri virtual assistant.

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Case manufacturer says Apple likely to ditch Touch ID in 'iPhone 8'

Case manufacturer says Apple likely to ditch Touch ID in 'iPhone 8'

Accessory maker Nodus believes Apple will abandon Touch ID fingerprint technology when it releases "iPhone 8," information the case maker gathered from supply chain sources as it worked on designs for the forthcoming handset.

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Android O, Google's response to Apple's iOS 11, will be revealed next Monday amid solar eclipse

Android O, Google's response to Apple's iOS 11, will be revealed next Monday amid solar eclipse

Google will showcase and possibly launch the next version of Android, "Android O," on August 21 — setting the stage for competition with Apple's iOS 11, which should come to iPhones and iPads as soon as next month.

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Hands-OnHands on: ScreenFlow 7 update turns the screen recording app into a video suite

Hands on: ScreenFlow 7 update turns the screen recording app into a video suite

Extensive editing, titling and annotation features recently added to ScreenFlow 7 make it a serious production tool.

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Apple silently kills off some colors for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch accessories

Apple silently kills off some colors for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch accessories

A variety of colors for official Apple accessories are reportedly vanishing from the company's online and retail stores, suggesting that it's phasing out some options, and/or allowing stocks to deplete before new devices arrive this fall.

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Small $500 device shown to brute force hack iPhone 7 lock screen passcodes, but could take days to work [u]

Small $500 device shown to brute force hack iPhone 7 lock screen passcodes, but could take days to work [u]

A unique new exploit is said to take advantage of just Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus running recent firmware, utilizing a small device to brute force hack and bypass the iOS lock screen passcode of up to three handsets at a time.

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Movie studios may sidestep theater chains in deals for early Apple iTunes rentals

Movie studios may sidestep theater chains in deals for early Apple iTunes rentals

Movie studios looking to set up early-access rentals with companies like Apple and Comcast may reportedly push ahead with those negotiations and skip revenue sharing with theater chains, if the latter don't reduce their demands.

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On strength of LTE version, Apple Watch predicted to hit 15M sales in 2017, 20M in 2018

On strength of LTE version, Apple Watch predicted to hit 15M sales in 2017, 20M in 2018

Reports from the supply chain suggest that the Apple Watch will see 15 million sales, but a suspected launch of an LTE model in the fall will push that number to 20 million in 2018.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks LTE Apple Watch, 'iPhone 8,' and CarPlay

AppleInsider podcast talks LTE Apple Watch, 'iPhone 8,' and CarPlay

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the almost-certainty that is an LTE-enabled Apple Watch, pricing and affordability on the "iPhone 8," Tim Cook's leadership following the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., and CarPlay.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Apple leases additional Santa Clara office space near Apple Park

Apple leases additional Santa Clara office space near Apple Park

Apple continues to expand its San Francisco Bay Area footprint to accommodate a growing workforce and new projects, with the latest leases involving multiple industrial buildings near the soon to open Apple Park.

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Apple promotes iOS 11 for iPad in new ad series

Apple promotes iOS 11 for iPad in new ad series

Apple on Thursday published a series of six iPad commercials to its official YouTube channel, focusing on the new capabilities iOS 11 is set to deliver to tablet users this fall.

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Apple Watch data privacy, cost main concerns in Apple and Aetna partnership

Apple Watch data privacy, cost main concerns in Apple and Aetna partnership

In a meeting earlier this month, Apple, Aetna and a number of industry influencers discussed the viability of offering Apple Watch to millions of health insurance subscribers at a discount, but according to one attendee, sticking points remain.

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YouTube TV comes to 14 more US cities like Boston, Seattle & Pittsburgh

YouTube TV comes to 14 more US cities like Boston, Seattle & Pittsburgh

Google's nascent YouTube TV on Thursday expanded into 14 more U.S. cities, a few notable places being Baltimore, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Tampa.

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