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2016

AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, iPhone 7 stock at launch, and headphones

Friday September 16, 2016

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil Hughes tells Victor Marks about the latest iOS, iPhone 7 supply shortage, headphones (Bluetooth and otherwise), and more.

Apple pays $118M tax for underreported iTunes Japan income, report says

Friday September 16, 2016

Japan's tax authority ordered Apple to pay about 12 billion yen (roughly $118 million) in taxes for improperly reporting earnings associated with its iTunes unit, according to local reports Friday.

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals high capacity battery

Friday September 16, 2016

In tandem with a teardown of Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, iFixit on Friday disassembled the new Apple Watch Series 2, finding a larger battery cell and slightly tweaked internal layout.

Laurene Powell Jobs donates $100M to reinvent US high schools

Friday September 16, 2016

Laurene Powell Jobs, president of the Emerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, this week awarded ten high schools $10 million each as part of a project to foster innovative ideas in education.

Big shift: demand for dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus surges past standard iPhone 7

Friday September 16, 2016

For the first time ever, order demand among early iPhone buyers has decisively shifted to Apple's Plus-sized model compared to the standard 4.7 inch version. If sustained, a shift to the higher-end would mean even greater profits for Apple, which is already basking in reports of enthusiastic demand for its latest and greatest iPhone.

First iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals larger battery, revamped internal design, faux speaker port, more

Thursday September 15, 2016

Mere hours after Apple's iPhone 7 Plus arrived in the hands of pre-order customers on Friday, the team at iFixit ripped the new flagship smartphone open to reveal a larger battery, revamped internal layout, fake speaker port in lieu of a headphone jack and other goodies.

Matte black iPhone 7 undergoes brutal scratch, bend test in new video

Thursday September 15, 2016

Although it just launched mere hours ago, Apple's latest 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has already been subjected to a brutal durability test that shows the new matte black finish, while fairly resistant to scuffs, is no match for a razor.

First iPhone 7 pre-order shipments arrive as lines form at Apple stores

Thursday September 15, 2016

As the first iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units land in the hands of pre-order customers living in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia, customers eager to score their own copy are queueing up outside Apple's retail stores.

U.S. urges Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop use, return after 26 burned, 55 property damage fires

Thursday September 15, 2016

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today issued an announcement urging anyone using a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 purchased before today to "immediately stop using and power down" the device and seek a replacement or refund, due to the risk of battery overheating and fires.

A closer look at Apple Watch Series 2 and the long path Apple took to the world of wearables

Thursday September 15, 2016

Apple's second generation smartwatch enhances overall performance, expands its usability to swimmers with better water resistance and to runners with GPS support, and improves upon both battery life and screen brightness. However, the massive enhancements made to watchOS 3 improve things sufficiently for existing Apple Watch owners, to the point where last year's watch is still fresh and relevant. Here's a deep look at the smartwatch state-of-the-art that Apple dominates globally.

Apple hires former Magic Leap, Oculus engineers in VR/AR push

Thursday September 15, 2016

Two recent Apple hires suggest the company is getting serious about building out its own virtual and augmented reality technologies, though Cupertino has some catching up to do as Google, Facebook and Microsoft forge ahead with mature projects.

Apple cracking down on gif search terms in iOS 10 Messages after porn discovery

Thursday September 15, 2016

Apple appears to be applying heavy-handed moderation tactics to a newly introduced gif search iMessage app in iOS 10 that inadvertently retrieved pornographic images, as queries for seemingly innocuous words no longer yield results.

Apple releases second GM of macOS Sierra days before official launch

Thursday September 15, 2016

In an unusual move, Apple on Thursday released a second gold master of macOS Sierra to developers, even though the final release of the OS is just five days away.

Wireless charging tech firm Energous namechecks Apple in regulatory filing

Thursday September 15, 2016

A report on Thursday claims to have uncovered evidence that Apple is working on a viable wireless charging solution for iPhone in partnership with Energous, a sector specialist whose long-distance WattUp technology has been under development for years.

US Treasury guidance could stop Apple from recouping Irish taxes at home

Thursday September 15, 2016

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday issued new legal guidance that might prevent Apple from recouping any back taxes owed in Ireland by claiming them against taxes it would normally pay in America.

Jet black is most popular color option among Sprint's high-capacity iPhone 7 preorders

Thursday September 15, 2016

With the iPhone 7 back in black, Apple's new glossy jet black aluminum shade has edged out matte black in preorder sales, at least among 128- and 256-capacity models bought through U.S. carrier Sprint.

T-Mobile users complain about iOS 10 carrier settings causing service blackouts [ux2]

Thursday September 15, 2016

A carrier settings update, associated with iOS 10, is causing some T-Mobile customers to lose their cellular connection in places where they should otherwise have a signal, according to complaints on Apple's support forums. [Updated with official T-Mobile response and promised Apple fix]

iRig HD 2 lets you connect guitar, 3.5mm headphone to Apple's iPhone via Lightning

Thursday September 15, 2016

IK Multimedia on Thursday announced its next-generation iRigh HD 2 digital guitar interface, featuring Lightning connectivity that will allow users to simultaneously connect both a guitar amp and 3.5-millimeter headphone to the new iPhone 7.

Pandora launches new 'Plus' tier, promises on-demand streaming by end of 2016

Thursday September 15, 2016

Pandora on Thursday announced "Pandora Plus," a revamping of its $4.99 Pandora One plan, while also making changes to its free tier and confirming it will offer on-demand streaming later in 2016, in a bid to compete with Apple Music and Spotify.

'About a dozen' Magna engineers working on Apple's electric car, 'Project Titan' - report

Thursday September 15, 2016

Despite "Project Titan" shifting gears under new head Bob Mansfield, contract manufacturer Magna Steyr still reportedly has roughly a dozen engineers working on a car at Apple facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif.