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2018

Apple considers cheaper HomePod in face of lackluster sales

Friday April 13, 2018

Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in on low HomePod demand, estimating Apple will only sell between 2 million and 2.5 million units through the end of the year, well below market expectations. He adds the company is considering a low-cost version of the device to boost adoption.

Wish List: 14 new HomeKit features we want to see from Apple

Friday April 13, 2018

Compared to where it was only a couple years ago, HomeKit has progressed immensely. The number of supported accessories is growing exponentially, third-party apps are increasingly powerful, and Apple continues to add additional features and functionality. Now that WWDC is approaching, we wanted to think about how HomeKit could most improve.

Apple's ongoing legal battle with Smartflash involving iTunes technology likely over

Friday April 13, 2018

The legal saga of Apple and its battle with technology holding company Smartflash took another turn in Apple's favor this week

Taylor Swift's Apple Music streaming record crushed by new Cardi B album

Friday April 13, 2018

Rapper Cardi B's first full-length release, "Invasion of Privacy," reached over 100 million streams in its first week on Apple Music -- more than doubling the record for a female artist on the service, previously set by Taylor Swift's "Reputation."

Apple trialing iPhone 6s Plus production in India in bid to cut costs

Friday April 13, 2018

Apple's lone assembly partner with a footprint in India, Wistron, has reportedly entered trial production of the iPhone 6s Plus there -- despite that device being nearly three years old.

AppleInsider Podcast discusses CarPlay's future, HomePod orders, Facebook, and more

Friday April 13, 2018

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about whether or not sales are soft for the HomePod, and what Apple could do about it, as well as Zuckerberg's appearance in DC.

B&H is knocking $500-$1,000 off MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 and up to $250 off Propel Star Wars battle drones

Friday April 13, 2018

B&H is clearing out remaining Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros with cash discounts of up to $1,000 off. Prices start at just $1,899 with free expedited shipping and no tax in most states. Meanwhile, Apple Watch Series 3 devices with GPS + Cellular functionality are up to $50 off and Propel Star Wars battle drones are up to $250 off today only.

CarPlay becoming pivotal purchase priority for new car buyers

Thursday April 12, 2018

As smartphones near peak saturation in developed markets, new data suggests in-car infotainment systems like Apple's CarPlay are quickly transitioning from a nice-to-have option to required feature for new vehicle buyers.

Our biggest gripes with Apple's 2018 iPad

Thursday April 12, 2018

Apple's new 2018 iPad is undoubtedly the budget iPad of choice, thanks to it's powerful A10 Fusion processor and Apple Pencil support, which until now, hasn't been available on any iPad other than the Pro line. However, the low-cost build creates some pretty big issues that might make you reconsider.

iMovie for iOS update delivers iPhone X, Metal graphics support

Thursday April 12, 2018

Apple on Thursday issued an update for the iOS version of iMovie, bringing with it support for the Super Retina display on iPhone X, compatibility with Metal graphics processing, bug fixes and more.

iPhone unlocking tool GrayKey sees increased use across all levels of law enforcement

Thursday April 12, 2018

With the help of the iPhone-cracking GrayKey, local police departments and government agencies alike are gaining the ability to crack the security in the iPhone in ever-greater numbers, a new report says.

Apple bringing in more labor to cope with surge of iPhone battery replacements

Thursday April 12, 2018

In the wake of Apple dropping the price of out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements to $29, demand has become so high that the company is stretching its retail resources to cope -- possibly even hiring outside contractors.

How to sort folders in the macOS Finder to group together files by their corresponding application

Thursday April 12, 2018

There are many ways to organize files in folders within Finder, but possibly one of the handiest is to sort files by the application that will open them. AppleInsider shows how to enable this Finder view, as well as a similar option that can be used to group applications by function.

New ESPN+ herald of Disney's future efforts, will ramp up challenge to Apple's nascent video efforts

Thursday April 12, 2018

Disney on Thursday launched ESPN+, its entirely internet-based sports streaming service intended to appeal to cord-cutters using technology that it will likely use to launch its own streaming service in the near future.

Apple again said to cut HomePod orders on poor sales performance

Thursday April 12, 2018

A report out of China citing supply chain sources claims that Apple is already reducing its sales forecast for the HomePod, and is cutting orders for the next few months.

iPhone & iPad Touch ID technology at center of suit filed by probable patent troll

Thursday April 12, 2018

A South Korean company, First Face, has launched a U.S. patent infringement lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung over their implementation of fingerprint detection to unlock smartphones.

OLED production for 2018 iPhone starting in May amid Apple and Samsung pricing dispute

Thursday April 12, 2018

The Apple supply chain is gearing up to start production of OLED panels for the 2018 iPhone launches expected this fall, according to industry reports, but despite the impending commencement of manufacturing the components, Apple and Samsung Display are apparently still negotiating the prices for the panels.

Channel checks, sales data on HomePod likely as wrong as it was about Apple Watch in 2015

Thursday April 12, 2018

Without actually presenting any hard data on sales, a new report has claimed Apple's HomePod sales are "weak," based on supply channel checks and data from Slice Intelligence--the same two sources that were used to suggest Apple Watch sales were "collapsing" three years ago.

Kuo: Apple losing AR lead to low-cost competitors, lack of software innovation to blame

Thursday April 12, 2018

Apple is frittering away its lead in the augmented reality space after setting a rapid pace with ARKit in iOS 11 and advanced hardware in iPhone and iPad, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who sees Chinese upstart Oppo gaining ground with less complex -- and less expensive -- solutions.

T-Mobile integrates new Apple Business Chat support

Wednesday April 11, 2018

T-Mobile on Wednesday announced support for Apple's new Business Chat feature, allowing customers and non-customers alike to message customer service representatives directly from the Messages app on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac.