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2017

Spotify retains clear lead over Apple Music with 60M paid subscribers

Monday July 31, 2017

Spotify on Monday announced that it has 60 million paid subscribers, keeping it well ahead of Apple Music in the on-demand music industry.

Further Apple HomePod firmware spelunking shows 1GB of RAM, 272x340 screen

Monday July 31, 2017

A deeper dive into the HomePod firmware that was briefly available over the weekend shows the A8-powered device will boast 1GB of RAM available and a 272-by-340 pixel screen, suggesting that rudimentary app support will be possible for the hardware in the future.

Romanian gang arrested for stealing $590,000 in Apple iPhones from a moving truck

Monday July 31, 2017

Police in the Netherlands have arrested a gang of Romanian thieves suspected of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euros ($590,000), with the gang said to have used a high-risk technique of breaking into the back door of delivery trucks while they were still in motion on a highway.

Apple outs new trailer for 'Carpool Karaoke' in advance of Aug. 8 debut

Monday July 31, 2017

Apple on Monday released another trailer for "Carpool Karaoke," its exclusive Apple Music show set to premiere next week.

Apple's established 'staircase model' suggests 'iPhone 8' price could reach $1100

Monday July 31, 2017

A new analysis details Apple's historical pricing trends with the iPhone, and predicts that the 256-gigabyte "iPhone 7s Plus" could reach a price as high as $1100, with the "iPhone 8" at that point or even higher.

Judge gives greenlight to class action suit claiming Apple 'broke' FaceTime

Monday July 31, 2017

A class action lawsuit charging that Apple deliberately "broke" FaceTime on older iPhones can continue, a U.S. District judge has ruled, tossing out an Apple motion to dismiss.

HomePod firmware digging affirms 'iPhone 8' will have 5.15" display area with 2436x1125 resolution

Monday July 31, 2017

Apple's anticipated "iPhone 8" will pack more pixels than ever into a screen size slightly smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, the latest details culled from Apple's own HomePod firmware reveal.

Deals: $500-$1,100 off Radeon 455 15" MacBook Pros and upgraded 27" iMac 5Ks; eero Wi-Fi 3-pack for $299 ($100 off); $50 back with 2 pairs of AirPods

Monday July 31, 2017

Back to school deals on Macs are hitting a fever pitch this week with high-end 15" MacBook Pros with Radeon 455 graphics now $600 to $1,100 off exclusively for AI readers. Apple's 2015 27" iMac 5Ks are also slashed by up to $1,100 with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Plus, get a free $50 prepaid Visa with two pairs of AirPods through Aug. 5, or save $100 on the eero Wi-Fi 3-pack.

Russia approves VPN ban likely to kick apps out of Apple's App Store

Monday July 31, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new law that will ban virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies enabling anonymous access to the Web, likely signaling an impending wave of removals from Apple's regional App Store.

AMD Radeon Vega 56, 64 officially announced, shedding more light on iMac Pro GPU

Monday July 31, 2017

AMD has officially rolled out PCI-E versions of the Vega 56 and 64 GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro in December, with cards seeing retail in the middle of August.

Evolving tactics, rule changes make it harder to uncover future Apple product names

Monday July 31, 2017

While Apple is finding it increasingly hard to stop feature leaks, this year, the company has had some success preventing people from learning exact product names -- owing to the countries it's now choosing for trademarks.

Former Google exec Vic Gundotra praises Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera, says Android photography years behind

Monday July 31, 2017

Former chief of Android Vic Gundotra praised Apple for its camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, and panned the Android ecosystem for a slow march in photography technology because of how innovations need to propagate across the entire codebase.

Discovery Communications merges with Scripps in $14.6B deal, will make streaming juggernaut

Monday July 31, 2017

The combination of Scripps and Discovery will generate over seven billion monthly streams of programming, making it the largest TV show network in the world

Apple HomePod firmware reveals 'iPhone 8' bezel-less design, facial recognition

Monday July 31, 2017

Sometimes the best source of Apple leaks is Apple itself, as revealed by the company's HomePod firmware, which apparently includes a rough sketch of the front face of the "iPhone 8," as well as references to its anticipated facial recognition unlock feature.

Apple seeking to diversify iPhone OLED supply beyond Samsung with LG investment, postulates analyst

Sunday July 30, 2017

With rumors swirling about an Apple investment in LG Displays to crank out OLED screens, an analyst report suggests that the iPhone maker is seeking to make LG a secondary supplier of iPhone screens in 2019 and 2020 to cut back on the need for Samsung screens.

Hands on: FileMaker Pro 16 adds design and integration features to long-time Mac database app

Sunday July 30, 2017

This year's upgrade to FileMaker Pro 16 brings small but key improvements to the database app -- and AppleInsider gives you a brief overview.

Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store in compliance with government crackdown

Saturday July 29, 2017

Apple has removed virtual private network (VPN) apps from the Chinese App Store, apparently complying with a broader government crackdown on VPN technology.

Hands on: Default Folder X for macOS transforms how you use and retrieve documents

Saturday July 29, 2017

AppleInsider didn't think Open and Save dialogs needed fixing, but it turns out that they could be improved -- and this app does it so well you might get addicted.

Watch: Drag and drop on iPad in iOS 11 beta

Saturday July 29, 2017

Apple is introducing a number of new features with iOS 11, which for iPad will make the operating system look and feel more like a traditional desktop environment. One hotly anticipated tablet-specific function is the ability to drag and drop files between apps.

This week on AI: iPods fade away, 'iPhone 8' & Apple TV rumors, Trump promises US plants

Saturday July 29, 2017

The end of an era came this week as Apple discontinued its last remaining "old-school" iPods, the Nano and the Shuffle. "iPhone 8" and Apple TV rumors continued to steam ahead, while U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Apple will set up multiple factories in the country.