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2017

AppleInsider podcast talks wireless charging, 'iPhone 8' rumors, Apple Watch weather apps, more

Friday February 10, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8', weather apps for Apple Watch, wireless charging, and more.

Apple's W1-equipped BeatsX earphones now available to purchase after months-long delay

Friday February 10, 2017

After missing a scheduled fall 2016 release, Apple on Friday initiated sales of its new BeatsX wireless earphone model, with select models ready to pick up in store today ahead of initial shipments next week.

Apple Pay to support cards from ING, Macquarie in Australia next month

Thursday February 09, 2017

As Apple fights off regulatory attacks from Australia's "big three" banks in a bid to widen regional Apple Pay adoption, major international brands ING and Macquarie on Friday local time promised to support the digital payments system in the near future.

Quickly adjust AirPods volume by percentage and check listening levels with Siri

Thursday February 09, 2017

Due to its distinct lack of physical controls, setting sound levels on Apple's new AirPods requires the use of either Siri or the volume buttons on a paired iPhone, both of which operate on preset magnitudes. For greater control, use Siri to raise or lower the beats by percentage.

LG UltraFine 5K Display shipments slip to 5 to 6 weeks as company updates hardware shielding

Thursday February 09, 2017

Shipping estimates for LG's UltraFine 5K Display, sold exclusively through Apple's retail network, have slipped to over a month as the Korean company issues updated hardware with better RF shielding.

Nintendo president gaining confidence in iPhone gaming following big 'Mario,' 'Fire Emblem' launches

Thursday February 09, 2017

Nintendo has latest mobile game, 'Fire Emblem: Heroes', has so far earned the game company $5 million dollars since its launch on February 2, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima advised in an interview, with the Japanese firm increasing its confidence in producing apps for iOS and other platforms.

B&O Beoplay H4 $299 wireless headphones launch with iOS app, Apple Watch controls

Thursday February 09, 2017

B&O Play has launched the Beoplay H4 wireless headphones, the Bang & Olufen brand's cheapest wireless option in its over-ear headphone range, with users able to alter the settings of the headset from an Apple Watch.

Apple's Pro Apps Bundle for Education arrives in over 30 more countries

Thursday February 09, 2017

People wanting to take advantage of Apple's heavily-discounted Pro Apps Bundle for Education can now do so in over 30 more countries around the world, thanks to expanded distribution this week.

5 Apple execs crack Billboard Power 100 list, including Cue, Iovine & Saint John

Thursday February 09, 2017

Apple executives have received high placings in Billboard's 2017 Power 100, a list of the major players in the music industry, with Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Robert Kondrk sharing fourth place behind the chief executives of Live Nation, Universal Music, and Spotify.

BeatsX earbuds launching Friday come with 3 months of free Apple Music [u]

Thursday February 09, 2017

Customers who have been waiting months for Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds will be given a consolation: three free months of Apple Music streaming.

Track today's blizzard with the best third-party weather apps for your iPhone or iPad

Thursday February 09, 2017

Apple's native iOS Weather app is pretty spartan. Given that we're in the midst of a very strange winter in the U.S. -- with record temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, and epic snow all in the same week -- use one of these six weather apps to get a bit more data than Apple supplies.

Researchers find iCloud storing Safari history & Google search data for years, Apple now deletes data older than 2 weeks

Thursday February 09, 2017

iCloud-stored Safari browser history was discovered to be stored on iCloud and accessible by an update to a newly-updated forensics data gathering suite for over a year even after deletion -- but Apple has already taken steps to rectify the problem.

Screen protector bubbles on your iPhone could be a thing of the past with Kawasaki's new robot

Thursday February 09, 2017

Kawasaki this week showed off an industrial robot called "duAro" that can perfectly apply a screen protector to Apple's iPhone with no trapped air bubbles, accomplished in conjunction with Aldebaran and SoftBank's humanoid Pepper robot.

Wireless charging and new glass casing will require heat compensation in Apple's 'iPhone X'

Thursday February 09, 2017

In reimagining the iPhone from the ground up with new features like wireless charging, Apple will reportedly also have to rethink how the handset is built, adding a thin graphite sheet to the handset's internals to prevent overheating.

Apple begins recruiting for unannounced store in downtown Vienna [u]

Thursday February 09, 2017

Apple's rumored store in the Austrian capital of Vienna was confirmed on Thursday, as the company posted job listings for an unspecified location in the city [updated with confirmation].

Mac malware discovered in Microsoft Word document with auto-running macro

Thursday February 09, 2017

A second example of malware targeting macOS users has surfaced this week, with the discovery of a Word document that attempts to use an automatically-running macro, one that tries to download a hazardous payload to infect the target Mac.

Apple's Tim Cook talks Brexit & more with UK Prime Minister Theresa May [u]

Thursday February 09, 2017

In a Downing Street meeting on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May discussed a variety of topics, including local Apple investments and May's plans to withdraw her country from the European Union following a 2016 referendum [updated with more info on Cook's UK visit].

Fate of screen supplier Japan Display unclear if Apple shifts to OLED for 'iPhone X'

Thursday February 09, 2017

Analysts predict that recent reorganizational efforts and a financial assist by the Japanese government for Apple supplier Japan Display, the prime supplier of iPhone screens, may not matter much if Apple does in fact shift to OLED screens in the "iPhone 8" and future models.

Future Apple Watch owners might exchange data with a handshake or fist bump

Thursday February 09, 2017

An Apple patent application uncovered on Thursday details a method of triggering the automatic exchange of information between two wearables with a simple greeting gesture, like a wave or fist-bump.

Apple invents stretchable display backed by mesh-like elastomer

Thursday February 09, 2017

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application hinting at the company's plans to build an advanced iPhone, or other personal device, with an exceedingly flexible display.