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2016

This week on AI: No 3.5mm jack on 'iPhone 7,' Tidal takeover talks, Apple vs. Spotify & more

Saturday July 02, 2016

"iPhone 7" rumors resurfaced with a vengeance this week -- but there were also interesting developments in the music streaming world, particularly with claims that Apple is interested in buying one its rivals, Tidal.

Apple releases animated emoji sticker packs for iOS 10 Messages

Saturday July 02, 2016

As promised, Apple on Friday released the first official animated sticker packs for use with iOS 10 Messages, making the GIF-like graphics available to developers through iTunes.

Apple Maps to gain Japan transit data in iOS 10

Friday July 01, 2016

Apple in a recent update to its Japanese website confirmed local transit data will arrive in Maps when iOS 10 launches this fall, further expanding the feature's reach into Asia.

Major weakness in Google's key storage breaks open Android's Full Disk Encryption

Friday July 01, 2016

Higher end Android phones using premium Qualcomm chips have been seeking to court the attention of enterprise users, but new research shows that Android encryption is easy to defeat because the devices store their disk encryption keys in software, unlike Apple's iOS.

Apple Pay promotion offers discounts, rewards on select in-app purchases

Friday July 01, 2016

As part of a recently launched iOS App Store promotion, select third-party retailers like Hotel Tonight, Uber, Grubhub and Ticketmaster are discounting in-app purchases processed through Apple Pay.

Apple counsel attacks Spotify complaints as 'rumors and half-truths'

Friday July 01, 2016

Spotify is "resorting to rumors and half-truths" in order to ask for an exemption from App Store rules, according to a letter to the company by Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell.

Deals: $100-$300 off 13" MacBook Airs; 16GB Unlocked iPhone 6 for $350; $150 off 13" MacBook Pro

Friday July 01, 2016

Apple authorized reseller B&H is kicking off the 4th of July weekend by slashing prices on 13-inch MacBook Airs with models starting at $829 with free expedited shipping. Or save $150 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with no tax outside of NY. Plus, snap up an unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 (refurbished) on eBay before they sell out.

Sources split on alleged acquisition talks between Apple and Tidal

Friday July 01, 2016

Two newer claims differ on whether Apple is in talks about possibly acquiring Tidal, one of its rivals in the streaming music space.

Video: See how widgets in iOS 10 offer quick access to app data

Friday July 01, 2016

A new Widgets feature will be included in iOS 10 when the operating system launches this fall, making it easier for users to quickly access snippets of app data from both lock and home screens. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the upcoming feature poised to fundamentally change the way users interact with iPhone.

Brazilian court freezes $6M in Facebook funds in fight over WhatsApp encryption

Friday July 01, 2016

Over $6 million in Facebook's Brazilian bank accounts has been reportedly frozen, following a fresh court order in disputes over encrypted WhatsApp conversations.

AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, Thunderbolt displays, HomeKit, more

Friday July 01, 2016

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss rumors, the lack of iOS 10 beta 2, iPhone at 9 years, the Thunderbolt Display with built-in GPU rumor and the best alternatives, the 'iPhone 7' case with no headphone port in it, and more.

Winners of the Dog & Bone iPhone case and keyless lock giveaway announced [Ryan T. and Matthew R.]

Thursday June 30, 2016

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Ryan T. and Matthew R., both of whom will receive an iPhone case and LockSmart keyless lock bundle courtesy of Dog & Bone.

Facebook removes 'Paper' newsreader app from iOS App Store, to discontinue service

Thursday June 30, 2016

Two and a half years of its launch, Facebook is pulling the plug on Paper, a stripped down newsreader-style app initially introduced as an alternative to the social media giant's flagship iOS offering.

New third party iOS 10 App Extensions designed to extend Siri, Maps in tandem

Thursday June 30, 2016

Developers building support for their ride sharing apps to plug into iOS 10's Siri can be supported within Maps as well, thanks to integrated efforts between the two teams to share a mechanism for deciphering and responding to user intent, whether driven by voice or the multitouch interface.

Renderings of Space Black 'iPhone 7' has hints of rumored dark Space Gray option

Thursday June 30, 2016

Ahead of an expected next-generation iPhone release this fall, graphic designer Martin Hajek ran with the latest rumor and speculation to create a detailed rendering sans headphone jack, with "Force Touch ID" and clad in a Space Black finish.

Apple reportedly mulling Tidal acquisition for access to exclusive content

Thursday June 30, 2016

A shaky rumor on Thursday claims Apple is in early talks to acquire Tidal, the music streaming service and Apple Music competitor purchased by rapper Jay-Z in 2015.

Dell abandons its remaining Android tablets, 6 months after HP

Thursday June 30, 2016

The weak sustainability of low-end market share has claimed a new victim. Dell has dropped its remaining Venue-branded Android tablet line and will instead focus on selling conventional PCs and hybrid "2-in-1" devices running Windows, citing over-saturation and declining demand for slate-style tablets.

Apple and NASA collaborate on Jupiter-themed short film 'Visions of Harmony'

Thursday June 30, 2016

To commemorate the impending arrival of NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, Apple and the space agency released a new short film on iTunes and Apple Music on Thursday featuring original music by artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple executive Trent Reznor.

Apple CEO Tim Cook named lead independent director at Nike

Thursday June 30, 2016

Nike on Thursday appointed Apple CEO and longtime board member Tim Cook as its "lead independent director," while announcing company founder Phil Knight's retirement from the board.

JVC ships promised KW-V820BT receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay

Thursday June 30, 2016

JVC on Thursday launched the KW-V820BT, its first aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay.