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2017

AppleInsider podcast discusses iPhone 8 production, FM radios, and Apple acquiring a health company

Friday October 20, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about iPhone 8 production numbers being cut, anticipation for iPhone X, the FCC's useless call for FM radios on iPhones, and Apple buying a healthcare company, and much more.

Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to launch, component shortage eases in November

Friday October 20, 2017

Apple's iPhone X production woes are nearing an end, according to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says shortages of key components like specialized handset circuit boards should resolved in November.

Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in China, suggest Apple enables censorship

Friday October 20, 2017

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) penned a joint letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook this week asking for clarification on the company's decision to remove certain virtual private network (VPN) apps from China's App Store, saying the move potentially enables the country's censorship and internet surveillance policies.

Apple sued over 'Animoji' trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior to iPhone X debut

Thursday October 19, 2017

A Japanese company on Wednesday filed suit against Apple for allegedly infringing on a U.S. trademark covering "Animoji," which the Cupertino tech giant is using to market a new facial recognition feature introduced with iPhone X.

Sprint and T-Mobile merger announcement likely postponed to November, report says

Thursday October 19, 2017

Though a long-rumored merger between Sprint and T-Mobile was expected for October, a new report claims the U.S. cellular carriers may push back the announcement until after they reveal respective quarterly earnings.

Microsoft revamps Cortana app for iOS with new look, streamlined UI

Thursday October 19, 2017

Microsoft on Thursday updated its Cortana virtual assistant app for iOS, delivering a redesigned user interface that streamlines access to key features like reminders and daily calendars.

How to sync and load music onto Apple Watch with watchOS 4

Thursday October 19, 2017

Apple introduced a few music management changes to Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 4, which now allows users to load multiple playlists, albums and individual songs onto the wearable device. Check out how to sync and load tunes from iPhone to your Apple Watch in this video.

Apple Music snags Major Lazer concert documentary "Give Me Future"

Thursday October 19, 2017

In March 2016, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years, marking an easing of political tension between the world power and the small island republic. That same month, electronic music group Major Lazer self funded the first major Cuban-American concert in Havana, an event that drew nearly half a million attendees.

CEO of Canada's Rogers sees 'anemic' demand for Apple's iPhone 8

Thursday October 19, 2017

The CEO of Canadian communications giant Rogers said that the company is so far seeing "anemic" demand for Apple's iPhone 8, potentially adding to the evidence that global sales are soft.

Facebook not launching media and news subscription tool on iPhone because of Apple's 30% take

Thursday October 19, 2017

Facebook is on the verge of launching a way to allow companies to sell subscriptions through the social media venue -- but a dispute over Apple's mandated 30 percent of revenue derived through apps distributed on its store appears to have scuttled the launch on the iPhone.

Tim Cook email claims Mac mini 'important part' of Apple's product matrix

Thursday October 19, 2017

In response to an email concerned about the future of the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded that the Mac mini will continue -- but didn't share any specifics about the product's future.

Rumor: Apple supply chain looking to cut iPhone X costs in 2018, reducing consumer prices

Thursday October 19, 2017

A new report from the Chinese supply chain suggests that Apple has been developing the 2018 model-year iPhones to include many if not all of the iPhone X technologies, in new models said to be codenamed "Lisbon" and "Hangzhou."

Apple teases opening of Chicago's Michigan Avenue store, prepares 'Chicago Series' events

Thursday October 19, 2017

Apple on Thursday went on a publicity blitz for its Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, which opens tomorrow at 5 p.m. Central time, showcasing new interior and exterior photos as well as plans for a "Chicago Series" of Today at Apple events.

Opposition to Apple's Irish data center stages last-ditch appeal, hearing scheduled next week

Thursday October 19, 2017

Two of the Athenry residents who have long opposed Apple's Irish data center are hoping to appeal a Commercial Court decision which otherwise greenlit the $1 billion project, potentially signalling yet more delays.

Echoing Apple's $1B investment in Didi Chuxing, Alphabet sinks $1B into Lyft

Thursday October 19, 2017

In a deal that values Lyft at $11 billion, Google's parent company Alphabet has invested $1 billion into the ride sharing service, more than a year after Apple placed its own $1 billion bet on Chinese taxi provider Didi Chuxing.

Assa Abloy buys out HomeKit-compatible smartlock maker August

Thursday October 19, 2017

On Thursday, Sweden's Assa Abloy -- one of the world's biggest lock manufacturers, owning several brands including Yale -- announced plans to buy out August Home, best known for its Apple HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock.

Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,879 ($320 off); $100-$150 off 12" MacBooks; 21" iMac 4K for $1,199 ($100 off)

Thursday October 19, 2017

Shoppers this week can exclusively save $320 on Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and Radeon 560 graphics. Or snap up a 12" MacBook at $100 to $150 off with prices starting at $1,169. Apple's 2017 21.5" iMac 4K is also $1,199 after a $100 cash discount with no tax outside NY and NJ, and a MacX Media Conversion Lifetime License Bundle is $14.99.

How to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on your iPhone

Thursday October 19, 2017

Some names can be hard for Siri to pronounce, and if you don't correct the matter won't be accurately retrieved by Apple's voice-powered assistant. Here's how to fix them.

Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production orders in half

Thursday October 19, 2017

Apple is allegedly slashing its production orders for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus by roughly 50 percent for November and December, which if true could be the earliest such cut in the iPhone's history.

LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in China, government concerns likely to blame

Thursday October 19, 2017

Purchasers of the Series 3 Apple Watch with LTE in China at present have no wireless network connectivity options, with the lone carrier possibly forced by the government to cease service.