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2019

Apple Music promo lets subscribers give one month of free service to a friend

Friday February 15, 2019

In what is quickly becoming Apple's preferred method of advertising to existing customers, the company on Friday sent out an iOS push notification offering Apple Music subscribers the ability to give away one free month of service.

'AirPods 2' rumored to launch in spring alongside AirPower, feature new black color option

Friday February 15, 2019

Echoing earlier rumors, a report claimed on Friday that Apple will ship second-generation AirPods product this spring, including a new black color option.

Apple to acquire voice app firm PullString in deal worth below $100M, report says

Friday February 15, 2019

As part of a larger push into voice recognition and artificial intelligence technology, Apple has reportedly agreed to purchase PullString, a San Francisco startup focused on the development and publication of voice apps for Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and "internet of things" hardware.

Apple's latest iPhone XS & XR ad 'Bokeh'd' plays with social downsides of Depth Control

Friday February 15, 2019

Perhaps signalling that it's embarking on a broader campaign, Apple has released a second ad promoting Depth Control on the iPhone XS & XR, "Bokeh'd."

Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't consider any Apple buyout offer

Friday February 15, 2019

Despite its potentially lucrative nature, the CEO of healthcare IT firm Epic Systems says she won't consider any possible takeover offer by Apple.

Review: The G-Drive Mobile USB-C HDD is a great storage solution for your Mac

Friday February 15, 2019

Finally, G-Technology has added a USB-C port to the G-Drive Mobile line, and we've got one on our test bench.

Apple extends Chinese iPhone XS & XR trade-up offers through March 25

Friday February 15, 2019

Apple is extending a Chinese promo in which shoppers get better credit for old iPhones put towards the cost of an iPhone XS or XR.

Niantic agrees to change Pokemon Go locations in trespassing lawsuit settlement

Friday February 15, 2019

Game studio Niantic has settled a lawsuit surrounding the popular iOS game Pokemon Go, pending judicial review, a suit where property owners complained about players of the hit title causing a nuisance in physical locations designated as Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms.

How to make PDFs in macOS Mojave without any extra software

Friday February 15, 2019

You've been able to make a PDF out of any document on Macs for years. We take it so much for granted, though, that we don't know what extra options we've got -- nor noticed how Apple is trying to change the way we're supposed to make PDFs. AppleInsider walks you through making a PDF, with only the tools that come with macOS.

FTC & Facebook negotiating record-breaking billion-dollar privacy violation fine

Friday February 15, 2019

Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are in talks over a privacy violations fine that could cost the former billions of dollars.

Compared: Apple's Smart Battery Case versus Mophie Juice Pack Access

Friday February 15, 2019

Both Apple and Mophie have introduced their own battery cases which spurs the debate on which route people should go. Apple's Smart Battery Case and Mophies Juice Pack Access have their benefits, but which is best is going to be up to you.

Apple sued over faulty iPad battery behind 2017 lethal apartment fire in New Jersey

Friday February 15, 2019

A lawsuit has accused Apple of being responsible for the death of a man in New Jersey in 2017, following a fire caused by a faulty battery pack in an iPad, with the suit alleging the tablet was "unreasonably dangerous and unsafe" due to having "defects in its design."

Apple's latest conflict minerals report says five smelters & refiners removed during 2018

Friday February 15, 2019

Apple on Friday submitted its latest annual conflict minerals report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing that it asked suppliers to kick out five smelters and refiners during 2018.

Real-world LTE speed has doubled since iPhone 5s, is big reason to upgrade

Friday February 15, 2019

Owners of older iPhone models should upgrade to newer versions if they want to benefit from faster cellular speeds, research from OpenSignal advises, with the iPhone 5s seemingly only capable of half of the network performance of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max due to the use of older communications technologies.

Samsung poised to challenge Apple at retail in US with first full-scale stores

Friday February 15, 2019

Looking to push beyond its modest retail efforts so far, Apple rival Samsung is planning to open three full-scale U.S. stores on Feb. 20, the same day it announces the Galaxy S10 and its first foldable phone.

Amazon buys Eero, March 25 for 'Apple News Magazines,' and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

Friday February 15, 2019

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about digital data security and how protecting your privacy is getting harder, and whether or not it makes sense for Apple to start making their own Wi-Fi routers again.

Allstate acquires iPhone repair outfit iCracked, joins 'right to repair' fight against Apple

Friday February 15, 2019

Insurance firm Allstate is expanding its offerings in the field of consumer protection plans by acquiring repair outfit iCracked, a purchase that could allow customers of its plans to more easily repair their iPhones and iPads, and could also give the company more sway in pushing for right-to-repair legislation in the United States.

Samsung app leaks new Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds earphones, fitness bands

Friday February 15, 2019

Samsung inadvertently unveiled a slate of new wearable products in an app update on Thursday, revealing images of unannounced devices like a new Galaxy Watch and a set of wireless earphones dubbed Galaxy Buds that will likely debut at a special media event slated for Feb. 20.

Apple's Beats releases 'NBA Collection' Studio3 Wireless headphones in six team colors

Thursday February 14, 2019

Some five months after Apple inked a deal to make Beats the official supplier of audio products for the National Basketball Association, the company on Thursday announced availability of "NBA Collection" Studio3 Wireless models that sport colors and livery from six teams.

iPhone XS 4G speeds at least 26 percent faster than predecessors, study shows

Thursday February 14, 2019

Apple's 2018 iPhone models -- particularly the XS line -- offered the first significant boost to 4G data speeds in several years, according to research firm OpenSignal.