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2017

This week on AI: $1,000+ 'iPhone X,' Apple opposes Trump immigration ban, AR glasses in 2017 & more

Saturday February 11, 2017

A jam-packed news week offered numerous rumors about Apple's "iPhone X" and other future devices, as well as a fair share of politics including Apple opposing President Trump's immigration ban, and CEO Tim Cook meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

First look: Apple's BeatsX earphones with integrated W1 chip

Friday February 10, 2017

Apple on Friday released BeatsX, a long-delayed wireless earphone product in the Beats line that incorporates the company's new W1 chip into a tethered headset design. AppleInsider goes hands-on in this first look video.

Tim Cook says AR is a 'big idea,' likens tech to smartphone

Friday February 10, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to drop hints about the company's ambitions to enter the augmented reality space, most recently saying the technology is "for everyone," much like the now ubiquitous smartphone.

AirPods TV commercial took sales of Marian Hill's song 'Down' from 'negligible' to 'magical'

Friday February 10, 2017

The power of Apple's advertising influencing music sales has come into the spotlight again, with the use of Marian Hill's 'Down' in the first TV advertisement for AirPods revealed to have made a considerable impact on track sales.

Shipping times for Apple's BeatsX earbuds slip to as long as 2-3 weeks

Friday February 10, 2017

Despite the product only going on sale on Friday, some U.S. shipments of Apple's BeatsX earbuds are already being delayed up to 2 to 3 weeks, AppleInsider checks show.

Matte black iPhone 7 owners complain to Apple about chipping paint finish

Friday February 10, 2017

A number of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners have issues with the handset's matte black finish, with some finding that the paint coating is prone to chip off.

Apple Pay VP says Australian banks short-circuited adoption by sidestepping talks

Friday February 10, 2017

The VP in charge of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, criticized hold-out Australian banks in an interview published on Friday, arguing that they were too quick to jump to legal action rather than talk with Apple.

How to enable two-step verification in WhatsApp for Apple's iPhone

Friday February 10, 2017

Following a months-long testing period, Facebook's WhatsApp has enabled two-step account verification as extra security for all users of its mobile messaging app. Here's how to enable the feature on your iPhone.

Apple meets with Chinese consumer watchdog in Beijing to talk iPhone 6s shutdown issues

Friday February 10, 2017

A representative from Apple has met with the government-affiliated China Consumer Association, advising the watchdog of the progress it has made in combatting the battery issues plaguing some iPhone 6s units.

Apple's Tim Cook visits UK's Regent Street store, Tate gallery & ustwo Games, talks 'fake news' in interview

Friday February 10, 2017

As a part of his ongoing European tour, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday visited the U.K.'s famous Tate Britain gallery as well as "Monument Valley" developers ustwo Games, and discussed the issue of fake news in an interview with "Good Morning Britain." On Friday he also appeared at the company's flagship store in the country, based on Regent Street in London.

Rumor: Apple to begin 'iPhone 8' production earlier than usual with more stringent inspection requirements

Friday February 10, 2017

While the handsets are still on track to launch September, Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup --led by an anticipated high-end OLED model --is rumored to go into production earlier than the usual timeframe, in a move that could allow the company more time to iron out kinks associated with new technology.

AppleInsider podcast talks wireless charging, 'iPhone 8' rumors, Apple Watch weather apps, more

Friday February 10, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8', weather apps for Apple Watch, wireless charging, and more.

Apple's W1-equipped BeatsX earphones now available to purchase after months-long delay

Friday February 10, 2017

After missing a scheduled fall 2016 release, Apple on Friday initiated sales of its new BeatsX wireless earphone model, with select models ready to pick up in store today ahead of initial shipments next week.

Apple Pay to support cards from ING, Macquarie in Australia next month

Thursday February 09, 2017

As Apple fights off regulatory attacks from Australia's "big three" banks in a bid to widen regional Apple Pay adoption, major international brands ING and Macquarie on Friday local time promised to support the digital payments system in the near future.

Quickly adjust AirPods volume by percentage and check listening levels with Siri

Thursday February 09, 2017

Due to its distinct lack of physical controls, setting sound levels on Apple's new AirPods requires the use of either Siri or the volume buttons on a paired iPhone, both of which operate on preset magnitudes. For greater control, use Siri to raise or lower the beats by percentage.

LG UltraFine 5K Display shipments slip to 5 to 6 weeks as company updates hardware shielding

Thursday February 09, 2017

Shipping estimates for LG's UltraFine 5K Display, sold exclusively through Apple's retail network, have slipped to over a month as the Korean company issues updated hardware with better RF shielding.

Nintendo president gaining confidence in iPhone gaming following big 'Mario,' 'Fire Emblem' launches

Thursday February 09, 2017

Nintendo has latest mobile game, 'Fire Emblem: Heroes', has so far earned the game company $5 million dollars since its launch on February 2, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima advised in an interview, with the Japanese firm increasing its confidence in producing apps for iOS and other platforms.

B&O Beoplay H4 $299 wireless headphones launch with iOS app, Apple Watch controls

Thursday February 09, 2017

B&O Play has launched the Beoplay H4 wireless headphones, the Bang & Olufen brand's cheapest wireless option in its over-ear headphone range, with users able to alter the settings of the headset from an Apple Watch.

Apple's Pro Apps Bundle for Education arrives in over 30 more countries

Thursday February 09, 2017

People wanting to take advantage of Apple's heavily-discounted Pro Apps Bundle for Education can now do so in over 30 more countries around the world, thanks to expanded distribution this week.

5 Apple execs crack Billboard Power 100 list, including Cue, Iovine & Saint John

Thursday February 09, 2017

Apple executives have received high placings in Billboard's 2017 Power 100, a list of the major players in the music industry, with Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Robert Kondrk sharing fourth place behind the chief executives of Live Nation, Universal Music, and Spotify.