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2017

Google Keep for iPhone and Mac disappoints, imposes profound limitations on users

Friday March 03, 2017

Even with Google's powerful search, the company's Keep service is too lightweight for serious use, but AppleInsider squeezes the most out of it that we can.

Apple Music ads aired during BRIT Awards shared on YouTube

Friday March 03, 2017

Apple has shared a pair of commercial spots that aired during the United Kingdom's BRIT Awards last month, with the two ads promoting Apple Music to viewers as a venue to listen to the nominated and winning musical acts featured during the show.

Apple execs looking to recruit TV & movie producers for 'transformative' change - report

Friday March 03, 2017

Senior Apple executives have been talking to big-name Hollywood TV and film producers in the past two weeks in a bid to recruit them, a new report claims, as part of what could be a more ambitious video strategy.

Google's second-gen Pixel due in 2017, will tackle Apple iPhone in 'premium' segment

Friday March 03, 2017

Riding off the success of its first self-designed phone, the Pixel, Google is at work on a second-generation model that will continue to challenge Apple's iPhone in the "premium" smartphone market, the company's hardware chief revealed on Friday.

Taiwan Mobile opens preorders for limited release of gold iPhone 6 with 32GB storage

Friday March 03, 2017

Taiwan Mobile has started to accept pre-orders for a limited-edition release of the iPhone 6, with the Taiwanese carrier offering the gold version to customers on March 10 with 32 gigabytes of storage, a capacity that Apple hasn't offered in western markets.

Second firm offers to paint your Apple AirPods black, with $249 price tag

Friday March 03, 2017

Competing with first entrant Colorware, new vendor Blackpods is also offering a coloring service for the white Apple AirPods, to allow users to color-coordinate the popular wireless earbuds with the iPhone.

Apple's 'iPhone 8' using custom fingerprint tech, not starting production until September -- report

Friday March 03, 2017

Apple is developing a custom fingerprint sensor for its OLED-based "iPhone 8," and as a result might not begin production of the device until September -- well after a July start date for two LCD-based iPhone models, a report claimed on Friday.

AppleInsider podcast talks iPhone and USB-C, iPads instead of Mac, and the meaning of 'pro'

Friday March 03, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about USB-C and iOS devices, iPads as computer replacements, and what the definition of "pro" is.

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends Silicon Valley screening of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

Thursday March 02, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his schedule to attend former vice president and current Apple board member Al Gore's new film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which was screened for a select audience in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

Bare Bones Software to retire TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit

Thursday March 02, 2017

Bare Bones Software recently announced it has halted development of popular -- and free -- OS X text and code editor TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit, the company's professional-level HTML and text editor.

Apple board members receive restricted stock grants worth more than $253K

Thursday March 02, 2017

Each member of Apple's board of directors recently received an automatic grant of restricted stock units currently worth more than $253,000, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show.

Apple Music rival Spotify hits 50 million paid subscribers

Thursday March 02, 2017

Spotify on Thursday announced a milestone of 50 million paid Premium subscribers, keeping up a strong lead over its main rival in on-demand music streaming, Apple.

Apple's Macs and iPads fall to third place in US classroom use

Thursday March 02, 2017

Apple's Macs and iPads have lost significant ground in the U.S. educational market during the last three years, in 2016 slipping to third place behind Chromebooks and Windows devices, according to new research.

Human error caused Amazon Web Services outage, Apple iCloud service issues

Thursday March 02, 2017

Tuesday's major Amazon Web Services outage was caused through human error, the retailer has confirmed, with the downtime that impacted a number of online services, including Apple's, traced back to a single wrongly-entered command performed during debugging.

Apple adds to Qualcomm legal battles with new UK lawsuit

Thursday March 02, 2017

Apple on Thursday filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm in the U.K., further escalating the legal row between the two tech firms over patent royalties and chip deals.

Google director hints at advanced Assistant tech coming to Apple's iPhone

Thursday March 02, 2017

Google Assistant -- the chief rival to Apple's Siri -- could be coming to the iPhone and iPad in the future, a Google director hinted on Thursday.

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to speak at April's Global Retailing Conference

Thursday March 02, 2017

Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts will be one of the featured speakers at next month's Global Retailing Conference in Tucson, Ariz., according to the event's website.

How to set up Apple's carrier billing on your iPhone or Mac (where available)

Thursday March 02, 2017

In select countries -- notably excluding the U.S. so far -- people wanting to pay for iTunes, iBooks, App Store, or Apple Music purchases can do so through carrier billing, which simply adds the cost onto monthly phone bills. Here's how to set that up, whether you're on an iPhone or another device.

Apple Watch saw 'best quarter ever' with 4.6M units during holidays, estimate claims

Thursday March 02, 2017

Thanks to the Series 1 and Series 2, the Apple Watch saw its best-ever performance in the December quarter, according to research estimates shared on Thursday -- even if Apple was eclipsed in the wearables market by the likes of Xiaomi.

Apple investigating hide-able, attachable Apple Pencil storage loops

Thursday March 02, 2017

Apple is continuing to work on solving the problem of storing the Apple Pencil when it isn't required by the user, with a patent application published on Tuesday revealing designs for Pencil loops incorporated into iPad Pro cases and covers, keeping the stylus close at hand.