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2018

AppleInsider podcast talks OS updates, interviews Yoav Degani of MyPermissions about Facebook, and discusses new iPads

Friday March 30, 2018

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about the latest OS updates, Facebook privacy in light of moves Apple is making, and Victor interviews Yoav Degani of MyPermissions, a company whose mission is to make privacy settings easier for users.

Chinese customs officials bust $80M drone-based iPhone smuggling ring

Friday March 30, 2018

A smartphone smuggling ring has been broken up by Chinese customs officials, one where a gang used a fleet of drones to transport approximately 500 million yuan ($79.8 million) worth of refurbished iPhones across the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.

Fake news: Apple isn't killing iTunes music downloads

Friday March 30, 2018

Google and Facebook have helped fuel the viral redistribution of another false report that Apple was planning to kill off all music downloads in iTunes next year in order to force users into an Apple Music subscription streaming plan. They're wrong, here's why.

Apple Pay transit card integration goes live in Beijing and Shanghai

Friday March 30, 2018

Following the release of iOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3, Apple on Friday began rolling out transit card integration in China, offering iPhone and Apple Watch users in Beijing and Shanghai tap-to-ride public transportation access.

Disgruntled HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality

Thursday March 29, 2018

A number of HomePod owners are airing their dissatisfaction over Apple's first firmware update for the device, saying the new software tweaks the speaker's sonic fingerprint, a specific sound for which customers paid a hefty premium.

Apple debuts macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with Business Chat and eGPU support

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple today updated macOS to version 10.13.4, bringing new features like Business Chat in Messages and support for external GPU (eGPU) enclosures to Mac users.

MyFitnessPal data breach exposes email addresses, passwords of 150M accounts

Thursday March 29, 2018

Under Armour's popular health and nutrition app and corresponding website MyFitnessPal was hit with a security breach in February that exposed the usernames, email addresses and passwords of about 150 million users, the company said on Thursday.

Apple Watch heart rate, activity data key in Australian murder case

Thursday March 29, 2018

Activity data recovered from an Apple Watch will be reportedly become key evidence for the prosecution in an Australian murder trial.

Get 20% off Fanatics sports gear with new Apple Pay promo

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple this week continued its weekly Apple Pay promotional campaign with a new offer from sports apparel and accessory purveyor Fanatics, which is granting a discount on purchases paid for with Apple's payments service.

Apple releases iTunes 12.7.4 with new Music Videos section

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple on Thursday issued a fresh version of iTunes with a new section for browsing and playing back music videos, bringing its desktop content repository up to speed with Apple Music for iOS.

Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ video quality compared

Thursday March 29, 2018

The latest installment in our Galaxy S9 comparison series examines the video quality of the cameras in Apple's iPhone X against Samsung's Galaxy S9+, including a close look at Samsung's new Super Slow Motion feature.

Compared: 2018 iPad cost efficiency versus iPad Pro features and speed

Thursday March 29, 2018

The addition of Apple Pencil support to the sixth-generation iPad makes the tablet a considerably cheaper option for those needing to use a pressure-sensitive stylus when compared to the iPad Pro range, but there are more differences that need consideration. AppleInsider pits the new iPad against the current 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models to show what else the extra cost offers consumers.

Apple releases its first HomePod software update, but no AirPlay 2 or pairing

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple has issued a software update to the HomePod alongside updates for iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3, and watchOS 4.3, bringing the firmware for the smart speaker up to version 11.3, with today's release also marking the first update of the audio device's software since it shipped.

Apple Health Records rolls out in iOS 11.3 to praise from doctors in 39 health groups

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple's Health Records has rolled out in iOS 11.3 and is now available for patients in 39 different health groups covering hundreds of thousands of patients across the United States.

Apple will let users download all iCloud and Apple ID data to comply with new European rules [u]

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple is switching up its privacy policies to satisfy the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect May 25 -- most notably by offering a way to download all personal data stored on Apple servers. [Updated with more details and clarification provided to AppleInsider by Apple]

watchOS 4.3 update for Apple Watch arrives with new portrait Nightstand mode, iPhone music browsing

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple on Thursday released watchOS 4.3 for the Apple Watch, giving the wearable device new features like a portrait Nightstand mode and aesthetic user interface changes, along with the return of the previously-removed ability to browse an iPhone music catalog.

iOS 11.3 with battery improvements, ARKit 1.5, HomeKit authentication now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Thursday March 29, 2018

The new iOS 11.3 release for all remaining iOS devices has shipped, featuring new battery health information for iPhones, ARKit 1.5, a new Health Records feature, new Animoji characters, and more.

Apple releases tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV with new filtering options & more

Thursday March 29, 2018

Apple has released the final version of tvOS 11.3 for the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, bringing several expected improvements -- but not anticipated AirPlay 2 compatibility.

2017 Macs on sale from $899, accessories up to 99 percent off

Thursday March 29, 2018

On the heels of Apple's education event, Apple authorized resellers are launching instant rebates on a variety of Mid 2017 MacBooks and iMacs. Save $100 to $250 on systems with prices starting at just $899. Looking to upgrade an older Mac? Save up to 99 percent on a variety of components and accessories as well.

Alleged final iOS 11.3 release notes omit AirPlay 2, label battery features as beta

Thursday March 29, 2018

Leaked release notes for Apple's critical iOS 11.3 update indicate that when it arrives for devices beyond the sixth-generation iPad, it won't support AirPlay 2 -- and that even the company's promised battery health features are technically unfinished.