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2017

Apple A10 iPhone 7 speeds past Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, LG G6 & BBK 3T (with 2x RAM)

Monday April 17, 2017

Apple's lead in mobile performance--powered by the efficiency of iOS 10 and the computational speed of its custom A10 Fusion Application Processor--beats the newest, leading premium Androids in a wide range of tests from processor and 3D benchmarks to real-world device startup and app launching and multitasking. Not even 6GB of RAM and the extra cores of Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 835 can prop up the laggard, inefficient Android OS.

Google Maps for iOS gets Directions widget, location sharing via iMessage app

Monday April 17, 2017

Google on Monday updated its Google Maps iOS app with a new lock screen widget bearing turn-by-turn directions, as well as iMessage integration for the mapping service's newly released location sharing feature.

Apple's 'iPhone 8' again rumored to adopt stainless steel chassis, flat OLED, vertical iSight camera

Monday April 17, 2017

Seemingly confirming a handful of rumors regarding Apple's next-generation "iPhone 8" handset, a report out on Monday claims the forthcoming smartphone will feature a polished stainless steel "glass sandwich" design, vertical iSight camera array for augmented reality functionality and a flat OLED display.

How to disable homescreen rotation on Apple's Plus-series iPhones

Monday April 17, 2017

By default, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus add an auto-rotating home screen to iOS, rearranging icons and the dock whenever a device is tilted sideways. Aside from the Control Center orientation lock, here's an indirect way of achieving the same result.

Wall Street expects Apple's revenue to grow to $52.9B in March quarter

Monday April 17, 2017

Apple's recently-concluded March quarter could see revenue once again increase year over year, investors on Wall Street believe, on continued strength of the flagship iPhone 7 lineup.

US appeals court revives 'rubberbanding' portion of key patent from Apple v. Samsung case

Monday April 17, 2017

In response to an anonymous outside examination request made against the Apple document, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has actually revived parts of rejected U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 -- the so-called "pinch-to-zoom" filing -- while leaving others intact.

Apple releases third betas of macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1, iOS 10.3.2 to developers

Monday April 17, 2017

Apple on Monday issued third betas of macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, including no more than minor bug fixes and security improvements.

Analyst speculates Apple's OLED 'iPhone 8' could ditch embedded fingerprint sensor

Monday April 17, 2017

A Wall Street analyst claims Apple has yet to finalize an embedded fingerprint recognition for this year's OLED-based "iPhone 8," leading him to speculate that the phone could ship late -- or without a fingerprint sensor at all.

Deals: 15" MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar for $2,174 ($225 off); 13" MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 16GB, 512GB) for $1,799 ($100 off); 20% off iPhones at eBay

Monday April 17, 2017

Exclusive savings on Apple's Late 2016 MacBook Pros abound with 15" models marked down to $2,174 after coupon. Or pick up an upgraded 13" MacBook Pro for $1,799 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Select iPhone and Mac purchases are also 20% off at eBay.

Nvidia 1080ti with new drivers in external enclosure quadruples MacBook Pro native performance

Monday April 17, 2017

Enthusiasts have wasted no time in testing the new Nvidia Pascal video card drivers, and have found external GPU performance nearly four times that of the Radeon Pro 450 in the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Al Gore & Apple's Lisa Jackson to talk 'climate optimism' at San Francisco store

Monday April 17, 2017

On Wednesday, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will sit down with Apple's VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives -- Lisa Jackson -- for a special event, hosted at the company's Union Square store in downtown San Francisco.

Google to patch Chrome phishing vulnerability already solved in Safari & Edge

Monday April 17, 2017

Google is finally preparing to update its Chrome browser, available for platforms including macOS and iOS, with protection against a phishing vulnerability already patched in Apple's Safari and Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer.

Rumor: Apple pushing LG to get into smartphone OLED business for 2018 iPhone

Monday April 17, 2017

In an apparent bid to diversify its supply chain and reduce reliance on rival Samsung, Apple is said to be pushing LG Display to enter the small- to medium-sized OLED business, potentially in time for a 2018 iPhone update.

Alleged 'iPhone 8' diagrams show display dimensions, sensor array

Monday April 17, 2017

Early on Monday a new diagram purporting to be of the "iPhone 8" surfaced, including questionable specifics about exactly how close the screen comes to the edge of the enclosure, and how the sensors adjacent to the phone's ear speaker are aligned.

One Apple GPU, one giant leap in graphics for iPhone 8

Monday April 17, 2017

Apple is building its own GPU architecture, but why? Rather than being motivated by simple cost savings, evidence points to the timing of a significant technical leap forward that could be as big of an advance as iOS was ten years ago.

Rumor: Apple TV to get multi-user support, picture-in-picture with 'tvOS 11'

Sunday April 16, 2017

With "tvOS 11" -- likely to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June -- the Apple TV will allegedly gain a pair of demanded features from the company's other platforms.

In-browser Mac OS 7.0.1 emulation, compatible software suite arrives at the Internet Archive

Sunday April 16, 2017

A pair of 20MB hard drive compilations contain a full MacOS 7.0.1 environment that runs in a browser, and contains an assortment of applications spanning from 1984 to 1991 has appeared on the Internet Archive, with the entire bundle able to be run inside Safari.

iPad 4 service replacement with iPad Air 2 not universal policy, but allowed in low-stock conditions

Sunday April 16, 2017

Despite reports to the contrary, there is no official Apple policy mandating that iPad 4 owners coming into Apple Retail for service receive an iPad Air 2 for the cost of service -- but stores have been allowed to make the swap if they have no service stock, and have been for some time.

Garmin's Fenix 5 smartwatch aims at athletes, not Apple Watch fans

Sunday April 16, 2017

Garmin's Fenix 5 is an impressive smartwatch for people serious about fitness or the outdoors, but probably both too much and too little for people expecting something like the Apple Watch.

Breaking the trend: why Apple is likely to release both an 'iPhone 7s' and 'iPhone 8' this year

Saturday April 15, 2017

The rumor mill is working overtime this year, suggesting that Apple is looking at debuting three new iPhone models, including an "iPhone 8" loaded with new technology, and a new design. AppleInsider examines why, in the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, that this seems likely.