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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Apple TV 4K teardown demonstrates new cooling system for A10X processor

Apple TV 4K teardown demonstrates new cooling system for A10X processor

A disassembly of the new Apple TV 4K shows now only the improved processor in the device, but a completely redesigned cooling solution complete with "serious thermal venting" plus a fan.

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Apple patent for ultrasonic force sensor could lead to iPhone with under-screen Touch ID

Apple patent for ultrasonic force sensor could lead to iPhone with under-screen Touch ID

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an ultrasound-based force and touch sensor that could lead to a thinner, less obstructive 3D Touch mechanism, a structure which was reportedly a barrier to below-screen Touch ID integration in iPhone X.

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Apple's iPhone X to boast 2,716mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, Chinese regulatory filing shows

Apple's iPhone X to boast 2,716mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, Chinese regulatory filing shows

A filing with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) appears to show specifications for Apple's iPhone X, notably a capacious 2,716 milliamp-hour battery that will power an A11 Bionic chip clocked at 2.4GHz.

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VideoWatch: Final Cut Pro X still waiting for H.265 HEVC support

Watch: Final Cut Pro X still waiting for H.265 HEVC support

Apple's newly released macOS 10.13 High Sierra operating system supports H.265 video playback, but users looking to cut HEVC video from iPhone 8 on Final Cut Pro X will have to wait for an update.

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Apple's Safari applies differential privacy to ferret out problematic websites in macOS High Sierra

Apple's Safari applies differential privacy to ferret out problematic websites in macOS High Sierra

Alongside a new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature designed to protect user privacy, Apple's latest Safari web browser incorporates differential privacy technology to collect user data in a bid to identify troublesome websites.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Apple spends an estimated $247.51 on iPhone 8 parts, $288.08 on iPhone 8 Plus

Apple spends an estimated $247.51 on iPhone 8 parts, $288.08 on iPhone 8 Plus

Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly dismissed bill of material estimates as incorrect, but that's not stopping research firm IHS Markit to share its latest findings with industry analysts. This year, the firm estimates Apple spends $247.51 on the components that comprise one 4.7-inch iPhone 8 with 64GB of storage.

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VideoWatch: Everything you need to know about Apple's macOS High Sierra release

Watch: Everything you need to know about Apple's macOS High Sierra release

Apple on Monday released its latest and greatest Mac operating system, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, to users around the world. Check out what's new in this video.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $300 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Apple updates iMovie for Mac with HEVC support

Apple updates iMovie for Mac with HEVC support

Following the release of maOS 10.13 High Sierra on Monday, Apple has updated its consumer level video editing tool, iMovie, with support for High Efficiency Video Encoding, a tentpole video feature introduced alongside the company's latest hardware and software releases.

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Apple's iPhone 8 supports EVS for high-quality audio over LTE

Apple's iPhone 8 supports EVS for high-quality audio over LTE

Gone largely unnoticed in the aftermath of Apple's iPhone unveiling, the new iPhone 8 lineup now supports the enhanced voice services (EVS) codec, promising higher quality calls over LTE networks that support the feature.

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macOS High Sierra vulnerability may let unsigned apps steal Keychain logins in plaintext

macOS High Sierra vulnerability may let unsigned apps steal Keychain logins in plaintext

Apple's macOS High Sierra contains a vulnerability that lets apps discover Keychain passwords in plaintext, though it requires victims to intentionally override built-in security, a researcher noted on Monday.

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Apple updates iBooks Author with wide color gamut support, easier Photos imports

Apple updates iBooks Author with wide color gamut support, easier Photos imports

Apple on Monday issued an update to iBooks Author, its tool for building interactive e-books viewable on Mac and iOS devices — its first such update since 2016.

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macOS High Sierra includes support for H.265 video, but Final Cut Pro users are still waiting

macOS High Sierra includes support for H.265 video, but Final Cut Pro users are still waiting

The iPhone 8 shoots H.265 4K video, and macOS High Sierra can view it, but editors who rely on Final Cut Pro X cannot yet utilize the codec until Apple issues a highly anticipated update.

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Amazon slashes 4K video prices in apparent reaction to iTunes 4K deals

Amazon slashes 4K video prices in apparent reaction to iTunes 4K deals

Amazon has dramatically reduced the costs of 4K movies on Amazon Video, undercutting prices at Apple's iTunes for streaming on the Apple TV 4K.

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FeatureInside High Sierra: Safari's Javascript engine much faster, accursed autoplay videos (mostly) killed

Inside High Sierra: Safari's Javascript engine much faster, accursed autoplay videos (mostly) killed

While marquee features like APFS have stolen most of the spotlight, Apple has implemented significant improvements to Safari with the goal of making a user's time with it easier, and less annoying.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra with APFS, Metal 2, new Safari, Photos improvements

Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra with APFS, Metal 2, new Safari, Photos improvements

High Sierra has arrived for all users, and brings the Apple File System to the Mac for the first time, while introducing support for a variety of other standards such as HEVC video, HEIF image encoding, and Apple's Metal 2 graphics platform supporting technology like external GPUs.

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Giveaway: Enter to win an unlocked iPhone 8 in Space Gray complete with a Speck Presidio Ultra case

Giveaway: Enter to win an unlocked iPhone 8 in Space Gray complete with a Speck Presidio Ultra case

AppleInsider has partnered with Speck this week to offer readers the chance to win a special iPhone 8 package. One lucky winner will receive an unlocked 64GB iPhone 8 in Space Gray complete with a Presidio Ultra case from Speck to keep the new device safe and secure. Total combined value exceeds $750.

Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search platform in Siri, iOS Search, and Mac's Spotlight

Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search platform in Siri, iOS Search, and Mac's Spotlight

Apple is switching from Microsoft's Bing to Google as the default Web search provider for Siri, iOS Search, and Spotlight on the Mac, the company announced on Monday.

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MLB At Bat to get Apple ARKit enhancements for 2018 season

MLB At Bat to get Apple ARKit enhancements for 2018 season

Major League Baseball is in the middle of testing ARKit features for its At Bat iOS app, which will offer people live statistics as they watch a game from the stands.

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Deals: Apple Watch Series 2 as low as $289 ($80-$120 off); 2017 13" Touch Bar $1,649 ($150 off); high-end 15" MacBook Pro $2,099 ($700 off)

Deals: Apple Watch Series 2 as low as $289 ($80-$120 off); 2017 13

Kicking off the last week in September, Apple authorized resellers are rolling out discounts on remaining Apple Watch 2 devices with savings of $80 to $120 off. Apple's Mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also $150 off, while the Late 2016 high-end 15" MacBook Pro is $2,099 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Latest Apple Park drone video shows construction progressing past debut of Steve Jobs Theater

Latest Apple Park drone video shows construction progressing past debut of Steve Jobs Theater

Sunset drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino shows that construction is still very much ongoing at the new headquarters, even after this month's public debut of the Steve Jobs Theater.

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Apple taking cautious approach with iPhone X production before preorders begin - report

Apple taking cautious approach with iPhone X production before preorders begin - report

With preorders for the iPhone X not set to start for over a month, Apple is said to be employing a conservative approach with production of its flagship handset, as suppliers are reportedly turning out parts at a pace slower than anticipated.

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iPhone X preorders could top 50 million, but TrueDepth camera is bottleneck for Apple

iPhone X preorders could top 50 million, but TrueDepth camera is bottleneck for Apple

The premium-priced iPhone X is on track to be a colossal success for Apple, but whether or not the company can overcome production issues to satisfy consumer demand remains a major question mark ahead of its November launch.

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Apple rumored to launch jumbo-sized 6.46-inch iPhone X in 2018

Apple rumored to launch jumbo-sized 6.46-inch iPhone X in 2018

Reports from South Korea suggest that Apple has ruled out a 5.2-inch OLED phone in 2018, and is examining two sizes of OLED screens with one very similar to the iPhone X, plus a large-format LED model.

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New levels, character coming to 'Super Mario Run' with 50% discount

New levels, character coming to 'Super Mario Run' with 50% discount

Nintendo is preparing to release a major update to 'Super Mario Run' on September 29, with the Friday upgrade introducing new content to the iOS platform game, including a new game mode and playable character, with a discount implementing at the time of the update's release cutting the price of unlocking the full game in half.

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High Sierra validates Mac firmware weekly, alerts users to possible security issues

High Sierra validates Mac firmware weekly, alerts users to possible security issues

A new routine in High Sierra runs automatically weekly and checks the firmware of the Mac that is installed on to check for modifications that may jeopardize the security of the machine.

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Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds slightly bigger battery, few other changes beyond LTE

Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds slightly bigger battery, few other changes beyond LTE

A teardown of the Apple Watch Series 3 published on Monday found that the device is largely similar to the Series 2, but with some redesign work to accommodate LTE technology.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

VideoWatch: Why Apple TV 4K can't play 4K YouTube videos

Watch: Why Apple TV 4K can't play 4K YouTube videos

Apple TV 4K promises users the ability to view 4K HDR content from a wide range of sources, including Netflix and Apple's own iTunes Store. However, the streamer is incompatible with one of the world's largest repositories of free 4K content: YouTube. We explain why.

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VideoVideo: First look at new Apple TV 4K with HDR

Video: First look at new Apple TV 4K with HDR

The new Apple TV 4K offers ultra-high resolution streaming from services like iTunes and Netflix, as well as access to apps and games on the tvOS App Store. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new set-top streaming box.

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Netflix app updated for 1080p HDR on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, forthcoming iPhone X

Netflix app updated for 1080p HDR on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, forthcoming iPhone X

An update to the iOS Netflix app brings HDR video to Apple's new crop of phones including the iPhone 8 family and November's iPhone X, but as of yet, the feature has not been added to the Apple TV version of the app.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Inside iPhone 8: Apple's A11 Bionic introduces 5 new custom silicon engines

Inside iPhone 8: Apple's A11 Bionic introduces 5 new custom silicon engines

Apple's new A11 Bionic chip used in iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X packs in an array of processing cores and sophisticated controllers, each optimized for specific tasks. We only know a bit about these, let alone what else is packed into this SoC. Here's a look at the new Apple GPU, Neural Engine, its 6 core CPU, NVMe SSD controller and new custom video encoder inside the package.

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VideoWatch: Unboxing both Apple Watch Series 3 Edition models...at once

Watch: Unboxing both Apple Watch Series 3 Edition models...at once

Apple released its all-new LTE-connected Apple Watch Series 3 lineup on Friday, including two Edition models sporting sleek ceramic cases. AppleInsider presents a special dual unboxing of the high-end wearables, in both gray and white.

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This week on AI: iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K & Apple Watch Series 3 make their debut alongside OS updates

This week on AI: iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K & Apple Watch Series 3 make their debut alongside OS updates

The iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 finally hit shelves at the end of the week, not long after the launch of iOS 11, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. All was not smooth sailing for Apple, as the company found itself having to promise minor software updates to fix bugs or fill in missing features.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Imagination Technologies sells to China-backed equity firm for 550M pounds

Imagination Technologies sells to China-backed equity firm for 550M pounds

Canyon Bridge, an equity firm backed by Chinese fund Yitai Capital, on Friday announced an agreement to acquire British chipmaker, and soon-to-be-former Apple partner, Imagination Technologies.

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Singapore government to trial Apple Pay for public transport in 2018

Singapore government to trial Apple Pay for public transport in 2018

A small number of commuters in Singapore will soon be able to use their iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for train and bus rides, as the country's Land Transit Authority plans to launch a pilot program involving Apple Pay in 2018.

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Apple adds global FeliCa support to Apple Pay with iPhone 8, iPhone X & Apple Watch Series 3

Apple adds global FeliCa support to Apple Pay with iPhone 8, iPhone X & Apple Watch Series 3

Overshadowed by Apple's recent glut of hardware news, the company's latest mobile devices now feature NFC technology that allows all iPhone 8, iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 devices, even those sold outside of Japan, to interact with FeliCa terminals.

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Inside iPhone 8: new 29 watt Fast Charging like iPad Pro, using USB-PD

Inside iPhone 8: new 29 watt Fast Charging like iPad Pro, using USB-PD

Apple's new iPhone 8 supports new Qi wireless charging pads as a wireless convenience, but if you're in a hurry to recharge, you'll want to plug it in to take advantage of the significantly faster charge you can get using a standard 10 or 12 watt iPad adapter. New to iPhone 8 is an even quicker "Fast Charging" feature that uses the 29 watt USB-Power Delivery specification associated with USB-C and USB 3.1 to get you from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

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VideoWatch: Unboxing all 3 iPhone 8 colors, plus bonus Quick Start setup

Watch: Unboxing all 3 iPhone 8 colors, plus bonus Quick Start setup

Considering a new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? AppleInsider unboxes all three color options of Apple's latest handset lineup and goes through the new Quick Start setup feature, which lets users transfer setup options and settings over from another device running iOS 11.

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iTunes Digital Copy redemptions from non-4K Blu-rays appear to support 4K streaming on new Apple TV

iTunes Digital Copy redemptions from non-4K Blu-rays appear to support 4K streaming on new Apple TV

While 4K films on iTunes are streaming-only, it appears that users may be able to upgrade their movie collection if they buy a physical Blu-ray copy that comes with an iTunes Digital Copy code, even if the Blu-ray is just 1080p HD.

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