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2017

Apple to borrow again with company's first-ever Canadian dollar bond

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Apple's international borrowing continues to expand to new countries, with the company revealing in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday that it will offer its first debt offering in Canadian dollars.

Apple's iPhone loses out in new contactless payment support for Beijing public transit

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Yikatong, the company handling payments for Beijing's public transit, this week enabled contactless payments for riders using Android -- but has reportedly skipped support for the iPhone.

Report corroborates fall Apple Watch refresh with LTE connectivity, same design

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Citing new sources, another venue has jumped into the fray with new Apple Watch rumors, suggesting that LTE connectivity is coming in September to Apple's wearable line.

Latest Price Drops: iMacs from $929; $350-$1,000 off Touch Bar MacBook Pros with no tax in 48 states

Monday August 14, 2017

Apple authorized reseller Adorama has just launched additional price drops, including up to $1,000 off Apple's Late 2016 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. Meanwhile, iMacs start at just $929 with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

Latest iOS 11 beta contains new Maps icon featuring Apple Park, updated App Store icon

Monday August 14, 2017

Apple's latest iOS 11 beta release, issued on Monday, contains a few graphical tweaks that bring a fresh feel to the operating system, including a new Maps icon that appears to feature Apple Park's main "spaceship" structure.

LTE Apple Watch will keep current form factor, be offered alongside standard versions

Monday August 14, 2017

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Monday weighed in on Apple's upcoming Apple Watch release, affirming recent reports of LTE cellular connectivity and dispelling rumors that the device will sport a new form factor.

Google could pay Apple up to $3B to hold default search status on iPhones

Monday August 14, 2017

Google could end up paying Apple as much as $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, an analyst estimated on Monday.

Sony previews new XAV-AX200 receiver with Apple CarPlay support

Monday August 14, 2017

Sony on Monday revealed the XAV-AX200, its latest aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay, due to ship in North America by the end of the year.

Swift creator Chris Lattner moving to Google Brain's artificial intelligence effort

Monday August 14, 2017

After a six-month stint at Tesla, one-time Apple engineer and Swift champion Chris Lattner has landed at the Google Brain artificial intelligence project.

Apple, Aetna, major hospital chains allegedly teaming up for customer discounts on Apple Watch

Monday August 14, 2017

Apple reportedly held a number of discussions with Aetna in the beginning of August to see how to best bring the Apple Watch to the 23 million customers of the insurer.

Apple HomePod manufacturer Inventec warns of limited quantities available at Dec. launch

Monday August 14, 2017

During an earnings conference call, Inventec's CEO said that Apple's HomePod would have little material impact on the company's future results as quantities of the device will probably be constrained at launch -- with other reports claiming that Foxconn will handle half of the manufacturing duties in 2018.

Apple seeds sixth developer betas of iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4 & macOS High Sierra [u]

Monday August 14, 2017

Apple on Monday issued its sixth developer betas of iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS High Sierra, paving the way for full launches due this fall.

Leaked Microsoft memo points to high initial return rates for Surface Book & Surface Pro 4

Monday August 14, 2017

Problems with the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 may be responsible for Consumer Reports's recent decision not to recommend the Surface line as a whole, a leaked Microsoft memo suggests.

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Monday August 14, 2017

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 says more Smart Connector products for iPad Pro are coming

Monday August 14, 2017

A recent conversation with manufacturers mostly points the finger at Apple for slow rollout of Smart Connector peripherals, but Apple itself says that vendors have products in the pipeline using the technology.

Chinese government sets up committee to watch over Apple's new iCloud data center

Monday August 14, 2017

China's Guizhou province is setting up a working committee specifically to oversee Apple's new data center in the region, which was established to comply with cybersecurity laws that went into effect earlier this year.

TSMC in mass production of 10nm 'A11' chips for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Monday August 14, 2017

TSMC is reportedly churning out 10-nanometer "A11" processors for Apple's "iPhone 8," which is likely to be announced early next month -- even if a ship date is still nebulous.

Google refuses comment on 'aggressive deployment' of Android spyware app in Play store

Monday August 14, 2017

Google has taken action to curb the spread of Android malware based on "SonicSpy" that besides just exfiltrating personal data from the phone, had the ability to silently record audio, take photos with the camera, make calls, and send text messages.

Rumors tap Apple's new 'iPhone 8' color as 'blush gold,' models coming in 64 & 128GB

Monday August 14, 2017

At Apple's primary assembly partner, Foxconn, the copper-tinged version of the "iPhone 8" is known internally as "blush gold," according to rumors circulated over the weekend.

Pair of videos purport to show 'iPhone 8' rear enclosure on Foxconn production lines

Monday August 14, 2017

Two videos published on Chinese social media depict workers polishing the enclosure of what appears to be the "iPhone 8," as well as a a rack to allow air circulation around the parts without human contact, or stacking.