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2017

Inside iOS 11: Cover Sheet mimics lock screen, foretells swipe up to unlock for iPhone X

Thursday September 21, 2017

The launch of iOS 11 brings about a convergence of the iPhone's Notification Center and Lock Screen for a new feature called Cover Sheet. Presenting a user's notifications and other events, the feature also offers a glimpse at how the new home-button-free iPhone X will work when it debuts in November.

LIFX smarbulbs gain long-delayed support for Apple's HomeKit

Thursday September 21, 2017

Several LIFX smartbulbs are now compatible with Apple's HomeKit, the company announced on Thursday, in a move which could bolster attempts to compete with Philips' popular Hue series.

Deals: Save $95 on every 2017 27-inch iMac 5K with no tax in 48 states

Thursday September 21, 2017

Shoppers looking for the lowest price on Apple's current 27-inch iMac 5K can instantly save $95 with cash rebates and our exclusive coupon code, plus no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Inside iOS 11: Apple's new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing

Thursday September 21, 2017

Although most recent iPhones aren't as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple's new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here's how to use it.

Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how bought-in users are to iTunes

Thursday September 21, 2017

Early reviews of the Apple TV 4K are in, with most reviewers having a generally positive impression of the device -- but all point out that other than future-proofing there is no reason to invest in the device if you have no interest in the Apple iTunes ecosystem, or don't have a 4K television.

Apple says Dolby Atmos surround sound coming to Apple TV 4K in later update

Thursday September 21, 2017

Although the shipping version of the Apple TV 4K is missing Dolby Atmos surround sound, support should be coming in a future tvOS update, according to Apple.

Ellen DeGeneres sent a 12-year-old app developer to meet Tim Cook at iPhone X release event

Thursday September 21, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres sent 12-year-old Alex Knoll to the iPhone X release event, where the youth got a chance to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Future iPhones could sport front and back 3D Touch force detection

Thursday September 21, 2017

An Apple patent application published Thursday confirms the company's continued interest in advanced force detection technology, dubbed 3D Touch in Apple parlance, with a novel back-sensing configuration that could lead to thinner handset designs.

Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty fight with Apple

Thursday September 21, 2017

Qualcomm got two bits of bad news today in its squabble with Apple. First, it has failed to force Apple's manufacturing partners to make royalty payments prior to a determination of what the total disputed royalties should be, and second it lost an effort to stop Apple from pursing antitrust cases against it in other countries.

Google buys HTC smartphone team for $1.1B [u]

Wednesday September 20, 2017

After HTC announced a coming halt to trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending "material information" that could impact the stock's value, a move that sparked speculation of a takeover, Google on Wednesday confirmed plans to buy the firm's mobile division team for $1.1 billion.

Apple highlights revamped iOS 11 App Store in new ads

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Apple debuted a redesigned App Store with the launch of iOS 11 on Tuesday, bringing with it a revamped card-based user interface with bold graphics, a new set of spotlight categories, an emphasis on content curation and more.

Watch: watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected iPhone music library

Wednesday September 20, 2017

With the release of watchOS 4, Apple no longer allows users to browse their iPhone's music library, restricting song list viewing to tunes stored on device.

Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead of Apple TV 4K release

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Ahead of Friday's public release of Apple TV 4K, Apple on Wednesday updated its iTunes Store with a special section dedicated to available 4K HDR movies, content that highlights the new set-top streamer's high-definition capabilities.

Nest unveils Hello doorbell, Cam IQ Outdoor & Secure home security system

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Alphabet's Nest on Wednesday revealed an assortment of smarthome accessories, including the Hello doorbell, an outdoor version of the Cam IQ, and a complete security system called the Secure.

Bluetooth & Wi-Fi can't be fully disabled via iOS 11 Control Center, Apple says

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Contrary to intuition, toggling off Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi in the iOS 11 Control Center won't completely disable those radios, according to a new Apple support document.

Delays in Intel Cannon Lake processor rumored again, may impact 32GB MacBook Pro plans

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Supply chain sources suggest that the Intel Cannon Lake processor needed to drive 32GB of RAM in a MacBook Pro without the need of a dedicated memory controller has slipped to the end of 2018, likely pushing any MacBook Pro with the configuration that far away as well.

Messages in iCloud not implemented at present, coming in a future update to iOS 11

Wednesday September 20, 2017

A feature touted for iOS 11 at the 2017 WWDC was Messages in iCloud -- but it was removed during the beta process, and will return at some undisclosed point in the future.

Toshiba picks Bain consortium as winner for its memory unit, likely backed by Apple

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Toshiba on Wednesday announced an $18 billion agreement to sell its memory chip business to a group of companies led by U.S. equity firm Bain Capital, one prominent backer likely being Apple.

Tim Cook issues strongest language yet regarding DACA, supporting DREAMers

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his stance against DACA's elimination in what is possibly his most candid and firmest statement on the matter since he first spoke on the matter.

Deals: 64GB Apple TV for $169 ($30 off); 27" iMac 5K for $1,599 ($200 off); 13" Touch Bar with 16GB RAM for $1,899 ($100 off); $100 off Airs

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Weekend deals are in effect now with cash discounts on 2017 Macs and 4th generation Apple TVs. Pick up a 27" iMac 5K for $1,599 ($200 off) or an upgraded 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,899 ($100 off). Apple's latest 13" MacBook Air is also $100 off and 64GB Apple TVs are $169.95 -- all with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.