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2016

MacMall has MacBook Pros with Touch Bar now shipping; grab one before they're gone

Monday November 14, 2016

Grab one while they last: MacMall on Monday became the first reseller to reflect availability of all 8 different retail configurations of Apple's Late 2016 MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, which the Apple authorized reseller will begin shipping out as soon as the next day. In addition to skipping the 4-5 week wait at Apple, MacMall is also knocking $15 to $34 off each model.

Google revamps Play Music with recommended playlists based on location, time & activity

Monday November 14, 2016

Google on Monday overhauled the interface for its on-demand streaming service, Play Music, with an emphasis on serving up playlists based on factors like location, activity, time of day, and even the weather.

Apple SVP Phil Schiller addresses Touch Bar, other MacBook Pro concerns

Monday November 14, 2016

In an interview, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller further elaborates on Apple's reasoning behind the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, why Apple hasn't gone to a full touch screen, and the USB-C connector.

Deals: $80 off Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones; $270 off 2015 13" MacBook Pro; $20 off 128GB unlocked iPhone 7

Monday November 14, 2016

Shoppers this week can snap up a 13" MacBook Pro for $1,029.99 on eBay or pick up a pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones for $219.99 on Amazon. Unlocked 128GB iPhone 7s are also $20 off with no tax outside NJ, while B&H Photo has CTO 2016 13" MacBook Pros in stock with no tax outside NY.

Microsoft to bring Visual Studio to Mac later this week

Monday November 14, 2016

Microsoft is bringing its Visual Studio development tool to the Mac, launching it during this week's Connect() conference starting on Wednesday, according to a quickly deleted announcement.

Quick take video review: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is an exciting upgrade

Monday November 14, 2016

Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest and thinnest professional-grade notebook ever from the company. It features a high-contrast wide color Retina display, improved speakers, a larger Force Touch trackpad, versatile expansion via USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, Touch ID, and it's the first device to sport the Touch Bar input row. If you're looking to buy, AppleInsider has you covered with everything you need to know in our video review.

Samsung buys Harman for $8B in deal that could pave way for 'Apple Car' competition

Monday November 14, 2016

Chief Apple rival Samsung Electronics on Monday announced plans to buy Harman International Industries for $8 billion, in a move that could signal its intention to compete against Apple and Google in smartcar technology.

Chinese state-run media promises consequences for Apple, others if Trump starts trade war

Monday November 14, 2016

China has threatened that a trade war against the country will result in more harm to the U.S., with a state-run paper threatening that the government will take "countermeasures" against Apple's iPhone and the automotive industry if an economic conflict comes to pass.

Review: Apple's late-2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Monday November 14, 2016

Apple's new Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest and thinnest MacBook Pro ever, but unlike the company's earlier ultralight MacBook Air, it packs a fast, quad-core Intel CPU and a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU along with 16GB of high speed RAM and other "pro" level niceties. After spending some time with the new flagship, AppleInsider came away impressed at what Apple was able to achieve.

Review: Apple's Late-2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar

Sunday November 13, 2016

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar and Touch ID is in many ways an evolutionary update, offering would-be buyers a lightweight, relatively powerful portable rig with a beautiful Retina display and solid keyboard and trackpad. But is a major redesign and minor internal upgrades worth a starting price of $1,499?

First Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders shipped, arriving Monday

Saturday November 12, 2016

Customers are getting shipment notifications for the new MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch models with Touch Bar, with some shipment tracking data showing arrivals as soon as Monday morning.

This week on AI: Refurb iPhones, Powerbeats3, first Touch Bar MacBook Pros get ready to ship & more

Saturday November 12, 2016

While Apple prepared its first shipments of Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros, it meanwhile launched its first refurbished iPhone sales in years, and Beats' Powerbeats3 headphones, which AppleInsider gave a first look.

Watch: Apple's 2016 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar vs. 2015 13" MacBook Air

Saturday November 12, 2016

With the launch of its new 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and subsequent 11-inch MacBook Air discontinuation, Apple appears to be drawing down the thin-and-light series in favor of more affordable pro laptops. To see how this plays out in real life, AppleInsider pit the new entry-level MacBook Pro against last year's 13-inch MacBook Air.

AT&T to throttle streaming video quality by default in 2017

Friday November 11, 2016

AT&T on Friday announced Stream Saver, an upcoming "data-saving" feature that automatically reduces high-resolution streaming video content to standard definition DVD quality for mobile service subscribers, including those with unlimited data plans.

Apple ships first LG UltraFine 4K Display orders ahead of MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar

Friday November 11, 2016

Apple on Friday began shipping the new LG UltraFine 4K Display to customers who placed orders in late October, with current estimates showing deliveries scheduled to arrive in the middle of next week.

Craft sales platform Etsy adds support for Apple Pay on the web

Friday November 11, 2016

Etsy on Friday launched support for web-based Apple Pay transactions, marking a small but significant expansion of the technology.

1Password for Mac gets support for Touch Bar & Touch ID on new MacBook Pros

Friday November 11, 2016

AgileBits has updated its flagship password management app for the Mac, 1Password, with support for the Touch ID and Touch Bar features on 2016 MacBook Pros.

iPad refresh rumored for March, featuring both iPad Pro models plus 10.9-inch size

Friday November 11, 2016

According to supply chain rumors, Apple is planning to update the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro line, in conjunction with releasing a bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad in a March release event.

Purpose of Apple's 'Control Strip' trademark filing detailed in Touch Bar developer guidelines

Friday November 11, 2016

A trademark application for the term "Control Strip" fueled speculation that it might be the name Apple would use to refer to what is now officially known as the Touch Bar on its new MacBook Pros. But Apple's developer guidelines reveal that the Control Strip is the official name for an essential portion of the Touch Bar.

Analysts reaffirm rumors of curved 5- & 5.8-inch 'iPhone 8' models in 2017

Friday November 11, 2016

A new analyst report tells investors to expect both 5- and 5.8-inch curved, bezel-free iPhones in the future, after visiting production lines and suppliers in China.