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2016

AppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the meaning of 'Pro,' and iPhone news

Friday November 18, 2016

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss Dan's MacBook Pro review, MacBook Pros, what happens when Siri becomes a chatbot in Messages, and the latest in iPhone news and rumors.

Apple activates iPhone 6 Plus repair program to address 'touch disease'

Thursday November 17, 2016

In what appears to be a response to the so-called "touch disease" problem, Apple on Thursday initiated a special program to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting screen flicker issues due to multiple drops on a hard surface.

Apple's Touch Bar MacBook Pro available for in-store pickup, stock limited

Thursday November 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday activated in-store pickup as an online order option for new MacBook with Touch Bar models, though initial stock checks show extremely limited availability nationwide.

Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro in new video spot

Thursday November 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday premiered a new video ad for the Touch Bar-enhanced MacBook Pro, marketing the computer as a "tool for all the ideas to come."

System Integrity Protection disabled by default on some Touch Bar MacBook Pros

Thursday November 17, 2016

Some -- but not all -- Touch Bar models of the new MacBook Pro are shipping with System Integrity Protection disabled, potentially exposing them to malware threats, according to discussions on Twitter.

PlayStation Vue subscription streaming service launches on Apple TV App Store

Thursday November 17, 2016

Following availability on iOS and the PlayStation 4 game console, Sony on Thursday expanded its PlayStation Vue cable cutting service to the Apple TV.

Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new Learn to Code lesson, music support

Thursday November 17, 2016

Apple's new iPad app designed to teach programming concepts has been updated with a third new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music, line highlighting and the upcoming Hour of Code workshops the company is hosting in its retail stores in early December.

How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some older models without official support

Thursday November 17, 2016

Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible -- and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers that Apple doesn't officially support.

Mozilla launches ad-blocking Firefox Focus browser for iOS, Twitter updates notifications for iOS 10

Thursday November 17, 2016

Mozilla on Thursday launched a new privacy-focused iOS Web browser, Firefox Focus, while Twitter started rolling support for iOS 10's more detailed notifications.

Apple exploring the possibility of moving iPhone manufacturing to United States

Thursday November 17, 2016

Primary iPhone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron are said to have been evaluating the ability of the company to shift production of Apple's mobile devices to the U.S., with the verdict mixed on if the move would be cost-effective.

Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between Dec. 5 & 11

Thursday November 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday opened up registrations for its free 2016 Hour of Code workshops, which will take place between Dec. 5 and 11 at Apple stores worldwide.

B&H claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds will go on sale Dec. 16

Thursday November 17, 2016

Apple will finally launch its BeatsX earbuds -- equipped with the company's proprietary W1 wireless chip -- on Dec. 16, according to retailer B&H.

Dual-lens cameras expected to be the de facto iPhone standard by 2018

Thursday November 17, 2016

A recent analyst note predicts that the iPhone's installed base will migrate over to optical image stabilization in both camera lenses across most of the line in 2017, with about 85 percent of the line sporting a camera similar to that in the iPhone 7 Plus by 2018.

Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to iCloud, forensics firm says [u]

Thursday November 17, 2016

Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers -- without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Updated with statement from Apple]

Apple's new high-end OLED 2017 iPhone expected to feature 5.1"-5.2" display

Thursday November 17, 2016

Apple is widely expected to introduce a new premium iPhone model in 2017 featuring an all-new design and OLED display, but the screen will be sized somewhere in between the current iPhone and iPhone Plus, according to one well-connected insider.

French retailer claims Nov. 30 shipping ship date for Apple AirPods

Thursday November 17, 2016

A French reseller has started pre-orders of the Apple wireless AirPods, and is telling customers that the highly sought-after device will ship on Nov. 30.

Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids in peer-to-peer financial transactions

Thursday November 17, 2016

An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests the company is investigating the potential of integrating its Siri virtual assistant into Messages, with claims suggesting the feature might assist users with peer-to-peer payments.

Report reconfirms 2017 OLED iPhone to be limited by panel supplier yields

Thursday November 17, 2016

A report late Wednesday reconfirms rumors of an OLED iPhone variant anticipated to debut in 2017, noting the advanced display technology might be limited to higher-end models as panel manufacturers currently lack the ability to handle Apple's expectedly large order volume.

Apple researching methods to monitor Parkinson's disease with Apple Watch and iPhone

Wednesday November 16, 2016

In a potential expansion to its current health and wellness offerings, headlined by ResearchKit and HealthKit, Apple is reportedly investigating the viability of employing Apple Watch and iPhone in real-time monitoring of patients with Parkinson's disease.

Watch: Unboxing Apple's 13" and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...simultaneously

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Most buyers in the market for Apple's MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will end up purchasing one of two models, the portable but capable 13-inch version or the powerful 15-inch flagship. But choosing one means missing out on an epic dual unboxing. Luckily, they can live vicariously through us.