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2019

New price drops: 2018 MacBook Airs from $1,099 ($100-$150 off); AirPods back in stock; $100 off 2018 iPad Pros

Wednesday January 16, 2019

New markdowns are in effect on Apple's latest hardware, with 2018 MacBook Airs up to $150 off. The 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale, with prices starting at $729 after $70 to $100 in savings. Meanwhile, those looking for a 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro can pick up current Touch Bar models at up to $150 off. And AirPods are back in stock.

After a year, the iMac Pro benefits from better performance, proving its value

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Apple's iMac Pro has been on the market for just over a year now, and what initially seemed like an overpriced machine compared to the high-end iMac 5K now looks a lot more reasonable. In this follow up examination after living with the machine for a year, we'll be looking at what's changed in Mac alternatives, complaints we've heard, and specific performance tests which have varied with software updates.

Sprint adds Apple Business Chat to support its iPhone & iPad customers

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Subscribers with U.S. carrier Sprint can now take advantage of Apple Business Chat when they need help with a plan or device.

Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey to deliver keynote at Transact payments forum

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Apple vice president of internet services Jennifer Bailey will be delivering the keynote address at payments technology forum Transact in April, and is expected to speak about how Apple Pay helps merchants make customer payments as secure and convenient as possible.

Apple in talks to put Apple Watch into the hands of Medicare users

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Apple has reportedly spoken with "at least three" private Medicare plan providers, exploring the possibility of subsidizing the Apple Watch for seniors 65 or older.

Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could cost more than an iPhone XS Max

Wednesday January 16, 2019

The Motorola Razr could be making a comeback as part of a deal between Lenovo and Verizon in the near future, but the iconic flip phone's return could introduce a foldable display as part of its redesign, as well as a hefty price tag of $1,500 that outweighs even the iPhone XS Max.

AirPower reference spotted in Malaysian iPhone Smart Battery Case website [u]

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Potentially keeping hope that the AirPower is still alive, Apple's Malaysian website makes a reference to the charging mat in relation to its new Smart Battery Cases.

Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC's antitrust claims

Wednesday January 16, 2019

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has rested its case against Qualcomm, with the chip maker saying that innovation is expensive, and its licensing practices are justified based on that alone.

iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged benchmark testing

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Supposed Geekbench data for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10+ would put the phone's performance behind its direct competitor, the iPhone XS Max, and even 2017's iPhone X.

Former Apple exec Scott Forstall discusses creativity in tech, more in interview

Wednesday January 16, 2019

In a rare interview published last week, Apple's former head of iOS development Scott Forstall discusses a wide range of topics that offer a peek behind the scenes at the company during the genesis of iPod, iPhone, iPad and other landmark devices.

Tim Cook highlights story of Apple Watch owner whose device detected A-Fib

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a tweet on Tuesday highlighting yet another Apple Watch Series 4 success story, with the device reportedly detecting atrial fibrillation in its wearer -- and potentially saving a life -- thanks to new ECG functionality.

Verizon to bundle Apple Music with top-tier unlimited plans starting Jan. 17

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Verizon on Tuesday announced a new promotion that will bundle Apple Music subscriptions to customers of its two most expensive monthly plans, expanding on an existing partnership with Apple that provided six free months of the streaming service to select users.

Apple launches Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max & XR

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Apple on Tuesday launched three new Smart Battery Cases to match its latest iPhone lineup, significantly extending the longevity of its handsets.

Nomad debuts new natural leather Apple Watch bands and AirPods case

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Accessory maker Nomad has taken the wraps off its latest accessories -- a modern leather Apple Watch band and an AirPods case both in a new natural leather finish.

First Apple & A24 collaboration is Sofia Coppola's 'On the Rocks'

Tuesday January 15, 2019

The first collaboration between Apple and film studio A24 will be "On the Rocks," directed by Sofia Coppola with stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.

How to make new T2-secured Macs boot from external drives

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Apple's security processor gets in the way when you're trying to use external drives to boot from. Fix this now because if you wait until you need to restart from one, you'll have problems.

Another render of a potential 2019 iPhone design with triple-lens camera emerges

Tuesday January 15, 2019

A new set of "iPhone XI" renders emerged on Tuesday, claimed to depict one of the rear camera designs Apple is considering.

Apple's COO delivers blistering testimony on Qualcomm's 'onerous demands' over cellular patents

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Court testimony from Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams has laid out that Qualcomm has repeatedly flexed its monopoly control over the cellular industry in its dealings with Apple, demanding that Apple not only pay to license its patents, but also cross-license all of its own intellectual property above and beyond requiring a 5 percent cut of the total cost of Apple's products plus exclusivity in sourcing all of Apple's mobile chips.

PowerColor, VisionTek roll out new Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Two new Mac-compatible and upgradable eGPU enclosures have been announced, the PowerColor Mini Pro Thunderbolt 3 eGFX Box 240FU, and the VisionTek Thunderbolt 3 Mini eGFX.

DuckDuckGo adds Apple Maps integration for local search results

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Users of the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo will be seeing local search results with Apple Maps integration, the search engine has confirmed, with the integration of MapKit JS being used both for location-based searches as well as the Maps tab.