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2017

Apple blames Beats headphones explosion on third-party batteries

Friday May 19, 2017

In a statement published on Friday, an Apple representative blamed the explosion of an Australian woman's Beats headphones on her using third-party batteries, rather than any product defects.

Deals: $100-$150 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros; $100-$250 off 12" MacBooks; 9.7" 4G LTE iPad Pro for $599 ($130 off) + no tax in 48 states

Friday May 19, 2017

Readers shopping for a new Touch Bar MacBook Pro can save up to $150 this week on popular models with prices starting at $1,699. Meanwhile, Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is $130 off, and 12" MacBooks are up to $250 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Ford updates 2016-model vehicles with support for Apple CarPlay

Friday May 19, 2017

Ford on Friday issued a software update for 2016-model vehicles equipped with its SYNC 3 platform, enabling support for Apple's CarPlay, as well as Google's Android Auto.

Stevie Wonder performs at Apple HQ to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Friday May 19, 2017

Multi-platinum Grammy winning artist Stevie Wonder performed at Apple's corporate headquarters this week, in an event recognizing Global Accessibility Awareness Day, focused on making technology accessible and usable for persons with disabilities.

Apple suppliers ramping up 10.5-inch iPad Pro production to hit 5-6M target for 2017

Friday May 19, 2017

Apple's manufacturing partners are reportedly stepping up production of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 500,000 units a month to 600,000 units by July, and should ultimately churn out 5 million to 6 million units for the whole of 2017.

AppleInsider podcast talks with makers of tools for pro musicians at Moogfest

Friday May 19, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor goes to Moogfest and interviews music makers and the people that make the tools professional musicians use, discussing how those tools work with Apple's ecosystem.

New 'iPhone 8' 3D Touch tech rumored to be more expensive than Apple expected

Friday May 19, 2017

Apple's alleged supplier for the 3D Touch implementation for the OLED "iPhone 8" has hiked its price, and is reportedly charging more than double for the assembly in the new phone, versus what it charges for the iPhone 7.

Spotify buys AI firm Niland to power recommendations, stave off Apple Music advances

Friday May 19, 2017

In an escalating war with Apple Music, streaming music market leader Spotify on Thursday announced the acquisition of Niland, a small machine learning startup whose technology will help deliver song recommendations to users.

Apple release of iTunes on Windows Store foreshadows 'tipping point,' Microsoft exec says

Thursday May 18, 2017

Touting the benefits of Windows 10 S in a recent interview, Microsoft CVP of Windows Joe Belfiore said Apple's decision to list iTunes in the Windows Store suggests the platform is approaching a "tipping point."

Vevo adds curated playlists, improved personalization, more in tvOS app update

Thursday May 18, 2017

Taking a page out of Apple Music's playbook, popular video music service Vevo will this week introduce a revamped tvOS app with curated and customizable playlists, new browsing features, a "peek-inside-playlist" user interface and more.

Watch: Everything Google announced at Google I/O 2017

Thursday May 18, 2017

Google introduced a number of new products at its I/O conference this week, including the next-generation Android O operating system, the streamlined Android GO OS for emerging markets and Google Assistant for iOS. AppleInsider breaks down the event's biggest news in this video.

'Fair Repair Act' proposal in New York under fire by Apple lobbyists

Thursday May 18, 2017

A bill currently on the table which would require electronics companies to sell replacement parts and service tools to the general public is being challenged by a lobbyist group being funded by Apple.

Rumor: Tim Cook personally testing new glucose blood sugar monitor for Apple Watch

Thursday May 18, 2017

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is said to have been spotted on his company's corporate headquarters wearing a new, unannounced Apple Watch accessory that could be used to measure a user's blood sugar levels in an non-intrusive fashion.

Kanex announces GoPower Watch Stand with built-in magnetic Apple Watch charger, USB port

Thursday May 18, 2017

Kanex on Thursday announced its new GoPower Watch Stand, a premium magnetic charging stand for both Apple Watch and iPhone, featuring an Apple-certified charging connector integrated directly into the hardware.

Google's Android O changes 'blob' emoji to more iOS-like circular shape

Thursday May 18, 2017

With Android O, due later this year, Google will be changing the look of its emoji to a look more consistent with the icons seen in Apple's iOS 10.

SiriusXM reviving talks to buy Apple Music competitor Pandora - report

Thursday May 18, 2017

Satellite radio company SiriusXM is reportedly in "active discussions" about buying Pandora, which recently began tackling Apple Music head-on through the launch of its on-demand Premium service.

Google Assistant arrives on the iPhone, but isn't going to replace Siri soon

Thursday May 18, 2017

After a year stuck just on Android devices, Siri competitor Google Assistant has come over to the iPhone -- AppleInsider fires it up, to see how it fares on its own, and compared to Apple's offering.

Pioneer reveals 2017 NEX aftermarket head units with CarPlay support

Thursday May 18, 2017

Pioneer has introduced a new range of aftermarket head units to its collection, with the five 2017-edition NEX in-dash multimedia receivers giving more CarPlay-compatible options to drivers to install into their vehicles, at a more consumer-friendly price point.

US & EU decide against banning phones & tablets on flights from Europe

Thursday May 18, 2017

Officials from the U.S. and the European Union have reportedly decided against a ban on travelers carrying devices like Apple iPads and MacBooks in the cabin while on flights from Europe.

Apple orders Chinese social networks to stop 'tip' functions that break App Store rules

Thursday May 18, 2017

Apple is reportedly cracking down on social networks in China providing payment services between users, ordering the creators of popular messaging apps to disable 'tip' functions in order to comply with App Store rules, in what may be a move by Apple to try and increase revenue from in-app purchases.