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2018

Apple's shift in iOS development pace about evolving scale, not coping with bugs, says former Windows chief

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Apple's "cultural shift" towards spacing out new features in iOS is more a natural function of development scale, and not really the revolution some people might perceive it to be, according to a noted former Microsoft Windows president.

Android-powered Essential Phone estimated to have shipped just 88K units in 2017

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Despite being one of the first handsets on the market with an edge-to-edge display, the Essential Phone, pioneered by former Android chief Andy Rubin, failed to compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone X in any meaningful way, with one new estimate suggesting just 88,000 units were shipped last year.

Apple's 2018 shareholder meeting today, held for the first time at Apple Park

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Later this morning, Apple is holding its 42nd annual shareholder meeting at its new Apple Park facilities for the first time, offering some members of the public a glimpse inside its new headquarters. However, this year attending the meeting requires a pre-arranged registration; shareholders of record who simply show up have been put on notice that the event is already at capacity.

First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station returns legacy ports to MacBook, MacBook Pro in a portable package

Tuesday February 13, 2018

The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear -- but isn't perfect for 4K.

Facebook to launch subscription tool in iOS app after resolving dispute with Apple

Monday February 12, 2018

Facebook has resolved a revenue sharing issue with Apple, it was announced on Monday, allowing the social media giant to launch a subscription tool for publishers looking to enable paywall access on Facebook's iOS app.

Apple to expand Apple Music student discount to 82 new regions this month

Monday February 12, 2018

In an expansion scheduled to roll out over the course of February, Apple will begin offering half-price Apple Music discounts to students in 82 additional countries, according to a report on Monday.

Apple highlights Portrait selfies, bouncing Live Photos in latest iPhone tutorials

Monday February 12, 2018

Apple on Monday posted a trio of short tutorial videos to its YouTube channel explaining how to take perfect Portrait selfies with iPhone X and bouncing Live Photos with all current iPhone models.

See Apple's HomePod take on the competition in our ultimate smart speaker sound comparison

Monday February 12, 2018

AppleInsider puts HomePod's sound quality to the test against four smart speaker competitors, Sonos' One, Amazon's second-gen Echo, Google Home and Google's Home Max, in this comprehensive comparison. Find out which comes out on top.

Apple Maps transit directions come to Tucson, Arizona

Monday February 12, 2018

Thanks to behind-the-scenes updates, visitors and residents of Tucson, Ariz. can now use Apple Maps to figure out public transit directions across the city.

Apple's MacBook lineup now world's fourth-largest notebook brand

Monday February 12, 2018

Apple's share of the global laptop market climbed from 8.3 to 9.6 percent during 2017, allowing the company to rise from fifth to fourth place.

Alto's Odyssey coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV on Feb. 22

Monday February 12, 2018

The follow-up to "Alto's Adventure," snowboarding endless-runner "Alto's Odyssey" now has a release date, with the new title expected on Feb. 22.

Reminder: Apple includes a tiny AirPlay toggle in iOS 11's Control Center for iPhone and iPad

Monday February 12, 2018

Apple, in its "infinite wisdom," compacted the Control Center in iOS 11, and gave AirPlay even less of a starring role on it. With HomePod now available and able to have audio streamed via AirPlay, AppleInsider shows you where the AirPlay button is, and two slightly different ways to turn it on.

Verizon to join other carriers in temporarily locking new iPhones

Monday February 12, 2018

Verizon will soon begin briefly locking all smartphones bought for its network as way of combatting theft and fraud, the wireless carrier announced on Monday.

Apple suppliers Qualcomm & Broadcom to meet directly to talk $121B acquisition deal

Monday February 12, 2018

Qualcomm and Broadcom will reportedly meet on Wednesday in order to discuss the latter's $121 billion takeover offer, despite Qualcomm's repeated rejections in the past.

Deals: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $899; upgraded 27" iMac 5K for $1,869; iPads from $299 (up to $150 off)

Monday February 12, 2018

Presidents' Day deals are in effect now with prices starting at just $299. Apple's current 13" MacBook Air is also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ, while a premium 27" iMac 5K with Radeon 575 graphics is $130 off. Current iPads are up to $150 off with $20 off AppleCare as well.

Exhaustive acoustical analysis demonstrates HomePod is '100 percent an audiophile-grade speaker'

Monday February 12, 2018

The audiophile community now has their hands on the HomePod, and one Reddit user has thoroughly examined the device from an acoustical standpoint, calling it 'witchcraft" plus "100 percent an Audiophile grade Speaker."

Google's next big Android update to support iPhone X-style 'notches'

Monday February 12, 2018

The next major iteration of Android, due later this year, will reportedly support devices with "notches" like the one on Apple's iPhone X -- as well as other unusual display designs.

Apple Park drone footage shows not-quite complete campus, continued landscaping

Monday February 12, 2018

The drone flights around Apple Park have not stopped following opening of the campus, with the latest footage showing still-progressing landscaping, and most of the facilities very near 100 percent completion.

Apple, LG & Valve pump $10M into OLED 'microdisplay' maker eMagin [u]

Monday February 12, 2018

Further signaling Apple's augmented reality plans, the company has joined LG and Valve in a $10 million investment into eMagin, a maker of "microdisplays" for both AR and VR technology. [Updated with denial by eMagin]

HomePod teardown needs sawing, cutting to get into interior, but is built 'like a tank'

Monday February 12, 2018

As it does with every Apple device, iFixit has torn apart the HomePod, finding a device that is a "labyrinth to open." That means, like many other devices, it's probably not a great candidate for user repairs.