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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Apple Pay picks up more card issuers in US, France & Australia

Apple Pay picks up more card issuers in US, France & Australia

Apple has updated its worldwide roster of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay, adding 21 more institutions — though as usual, the vast majority of these are based in the U.S.

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CBS Sports Radio streaming added for Apple Music subscribers

CBS Sports Radio streaming added for Apple Music subscribers

Boosting its streaming sports-related programming, Apple has added the CBS Sports Radio syndicated radio channel to Apple Music.

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Class-action suit demands Apple add lock-out system to iPhone to prevent texting while driving

Class-action suit demands Apple add lock-out system to iPhone to prevent texting while driving

A new class action lawsuit filed in California seeks to force Apple into adding features to the iPhone that will help prevent drivers from texting while behind the wheel, while also alleging Apple is putting profit before consumer safety.

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Former Apple engineer says company more rigid, less competitive under Tim Cook than Steve Jobs

Former Apple engineer says company more rigid, less competitive under Tim Cook than Steve Jobs

Under Tim Cook — who assumed the CEO reins from Steve Jobs in 2011 — Apple has become a more hierarchical company, where people largely stick to the tasks they were hired for, according former Apple engineer Bob Burrough.

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Foxconn looking to build Apple prototype manufacturing facility in Shenzhen - report

Foxconn looking to build Apple prototype manufacturing facility in Shenzhen - report

After possibly receiving some pressure by the Chinese government about remaining in the country and not expanding in the U.S., Foxconn is seeking land to build a prototype facility to assist Apple in developing hardware prototypes in Shenzhen, and figuring out how to manufacture them at scale.

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President-elect Trump says Apple's Cook wants to 'do something major' to build iPhones in USA

President-elect Trump says Apple's Cook wants to 'do something major' to build iPhones in USA

Just a few days before he is set to be sworn into office, President-elect Donald Trump continues to believe that Apple will make an effort to move iPhone manufacturing to the U.S., saying CEO Tim Cook has his "eyes open to it."

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Next-generation LG and Google Android Wear 2 smartwatch may have Apple Watch-inspired Digital Crown

Next-generation LG and Google Android Wear 2 smartwatch may have Apple Watch-inspired Digital Crown

LG and Google's next-generation Android Wear smartwatch expected in early February is said to be adopting a Digital Crown — similar to the technology Apple pioneered in its wearable Apple Watch.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $415 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Stanford program offers 1,000 Apple Watches, funding for healthcare research proposals

Stanford program offers 1,000 Apple Watches, funding for healthcare research proposals

Stanford University is offering to hand out up to 1,000 Apple Watches and up to $10,000 in funding to instructors and members of the faculty, as part of a new program to find innovative ways to use the Apple Watch in healthcare.

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India promises 'open mind' when looking at Apple demands for local manufacturing

India promises 'open mind' when looking at Apple demands for local manufacturing

The Indian government will adopt an "open mind" when examing Apple's demands before setting up local manufacturing in the country, the country's Information Technology Minister said on Wednesday.

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New supply chain reports lend weight to 'wraparound' 5.8-inch 'iPhone 8' with embedded sensors

New supply chain reports lend weight to 'wraparound' 5.8-inch 'iPhone 8' with embedded sensors

New details on this year's anticipated "iPhone 7s" upgrade and "iPhone 8" redesign have emerged, with a Wall Street analyst claiming the iPhone's 10th anniversary will be celebrated with a new jumbo-sized model featuring a 5.8-inch OLED "fixed flex" screen.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Morgan Stanley lowers 2017 iPhone 7 sales estimates ahead of next-gen 'supercycle'

Morgan Stanley lowers 2017 iPhone 7 sales estimates ahead of next-gen 'supercycle'

Investment bank Morgan Stanley expects Apple to see decreased iPhone 7 demand in the coming months as buyers anticipate this year's "iPhone 8" revamp, one model of which is expected to feature a drastic redesign and exotic technologies like an OLED display.

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IBM and Bell partner to bring MobileFirst for iOS apps to Canada

IBM and Bell partner to bring MobileFirst for iOS apps to Canada

IBM on Tuesday announced a new MobileFirst for iOS partnership with Bell Canada that promises to deliver enterprise apps for iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch to the Great White North.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,599; up to $150 off 2016 12" MacBooks; $250 off 15" MacBook Pros

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Shoppers can pick up a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for the lowest price ever with our exclusive promo code. Or save $60-$150 on 12" MacBooks. Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro is also $2,149 this week with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Verizon to redirect calls in last-ditch effort to deter Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users

Verizon to redirect calls in last-ditch effort to deter Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users

Verizon will soon take extreme steps to deal with the "thousands" of people on its network still using Samsung's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 in spite of a recall and subsequent attempts to cripple the device, a report said on Tuesday.

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FTC lawsuit accuses Qualcomm of forcing Apple to buy wireless chips in exchange for better royalties [u]

FTC lawsuit accuses Qualcomm of forcing Apple to buy wireless chips in exchange for better royalties [u]

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission launched a lawsuit against Qualcomm on Tuesday, accusing the company of forcing Apple into an exclusive deal to buy its baseband chips.

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Apple fixes El Capitan kernel issue in supplemental security update

Apple fixes El Capitan kernel issue in supplemental security update

Apple on Tuesday issued a supplemental security update for OS X 10.11.6, fixing a kernel issue for El Capitan users that causes affected Macs to 'occasionally become unresponsive.'

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AT&T pulls plug on 2G network, ending cellular data for Apple's 2007 iPhone

AT&T pulls plug on 2G network, ending cellular data for Apple's 2007 iPhone

U.S carrier AT&T has announced the shutdown of its 2G network, in the process killing off support for some older phones — including Apple's original iPhone, which didn't offer any faster cellular options.

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Twitter starts looping brief video clips ahead of impending Vine service closure

Twitter starts looping brief video clips ahead of impending Vine service closure

Twitter has started automatically looping all short videos uploaded to the microblogging service in preparation for the imminent closure of Vine, while also giving users of the video service a little more time to download uploaded clips.

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Roku for iPhone gets 'one-tap' streaming, Evernote app overhauls iOS interface

Roku for iPhone gets 'one-tap' streaming, Evernote app overhauls iOS interface

Roku and Evernote each released major revamps of their iOS apps on Tuesday, the former making it easier to find and launch video streams, the latter simplifying navigation and other features.

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Apple temporarily shutters Palo Alto store for repairs after smash-and-grab burglary

Apple temporarily shutters Palo Alto store for repairs after smash-and-grab burglary

Apple's store in Palo Alto, Calif. has so far been closed all of this week, likely coping with the aftermath of a major burglary last month in which a vehicle rammed through the glass facade.

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ExclusiveDeals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016 13" MacBook Pro; 1TB 27" iMac 5K for $2,199

Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016 13

Shoppers this week can save $20 on 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs or $150 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar thanks to exclusive savings. Or snap up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K (3.2GHz, 32GB, 1TB, M380) at $200 off with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Larry Jackson, Zane Lowe, Bozoma Saint John interview addresses ambitions, goals for Apple Music

Larry Jackson, Zane Lowe, Bozoma Saint John interview addresses ambitions, goals for Apple Music

The trio of Apple Music leads sat down in an interview to discuss the evolution of the service after 18 months, working with Apple, and how the music industry will have to adapt in the next decade.

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Apple's App Store continues to pay developers more than Google Play, thanks to Chinese iOS users

Apple's App Store continues to pay developers more than Google Play, thanks to Chinese iOS users

The App Store remains more profitable for iOS developers than the Google Play store is for Android apps, new estimates reveal, with App Store revenues in China also continuing to climb at a fast pace.

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TipsThe best third-party apps for iOS 10 that support Apple's Siri

The best third-party apps for iOS 10 that support Apple's Siri

Since the launch of iOS 10 last September, Apple has made it possible for third-party applications to respond to voice commands through its Siri personal assistant. AppleInsider offers a list of some of the the best apps that boast Siri support.

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Apple denies imminent iPhone 6 battery exchange program in the works

Apple denies imminent iPhone 6 battery exchange program in the works

After rumors circulated claiming that the iPhone 6 family will be the next recipient of a battery exchange program, AppleInsider has been told that the report is incorrect, as there is apparently no justification for a wide program to fix issues.

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Hands-OnPowerColor's Thunderbolt 3 Devil Box is the easiest way to get an external GPU on the MacBook Pro

PowerColor's Thunderbolt 3 Devil Box is the easiest way to get an external GPU on the MacBook Pro

New third-party hardware releases make the external GPU situation for macOS both less expensive, and slightly less "hacky" to install. AppleInsider examines the PowerColor Devil Box — so far the best way to get your MacBook Pro to Mac Pro tower GPU speeds and even give older hardware a significant boost without doling out the cash for a new computer.

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Apple App Store prices increase 25% in UK, as result of 'Brexit' exchange rate drop

Apple App Store prices increase 25% in UK, as result of 'Brexit' exchange rate drop

Apple will be raising the prices of apps and in-app purchases from the App Store for customers in the United Kingdom, among price changes affecting other regional stores, with currency fluctuations the main cause of the changes.

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Supply chain predicts 2017 MacBook sales will top 15M thanks to recent refresh, Kaby Lake upgrade

Supply chain predicts 2017 MacBook sales will top 15M thanks to recent refresh, Kaby Lake upgrade

Analysts from the supply chain are predicting that sales of Apple's portable MacBook and MacBook Pro lines will exceed 15 million in 2017, on the strength of sales of the 2016 MacBook Pro, and improvements to the line with the Kaby Lake processor and possibly 32GB of RAM later in the year.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

EditorialWhat history teaches about Apple's windows of opportunity for 2017

What history teaches about Apple's windows of opportunity for 2017

If you listen to groupthink critics on Apple, you'll hear that the company is deeply troubled by too much reliance on iPhone sales, aging Mac Pro and Mini offerings that haven't been updated in years and a stagnating market for iPads that has fallen precipitously since Peak iPad occured in 2014. They're wrong, here's why.

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Apple to offer 32GB of desktop RAM in top-end 2017 MacBook Pro, 16GB for 12" MacBook

Apple to offer 32GB of desktop RAM in top-end 2017 MacBook Pro, 16GB for 12

Answering the call of professional users, Apple is predicted to offer a high-end MacBook Pro model in 2017 with up to 32 gigabytes of — potentially desktop-class — RAM, while bumping 12-inch MacBook to 16GB of RAM.

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Apple's fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 warns if display brightness affects MacBook battery life

Apple's fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 warns if display brightness affects MacBook battery life

In a bid to extend battery life, the latest beta of macOS Sierra introduces a new option to the Mac's battery menu that will reduce the brightness of the display if it is above 75 percent.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 could get updated S Health app to counter Apple's HealthKit, CareKit

Samsung Galaxy S8 could get updated S Health app to counter Apple's HealthKit, CareKit

Samsung's next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, could include a new S Health app with features above and beyond Apple's HealthKit and CareKit — including the ability to schedule online consultations with doctors, or even pay medical fees.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' prompts rival smartphone makers to clamber for OLED supplies

Apple's 'iPhone 8' prompts rival smartphone makers to clamber for OLED supplies

Worried that Apple will monopolize OLED supply capacity for this year's "iPhone 8," a number of smartphone vendors are said to be racing to secure some that capacity for their own OLED products.

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Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,959; up to $175 off 13" MacBook Pros; $188-$250 off 2015 12" MacBooks

Deals: 15

Shoppers can save $140 this week on Apple's 2015 2.5GHz 15" MacBook Pro with no tax outside NY. Or pick up a 13" MacBook Pro at $75-$175 off with exclusive promo code savings. Apple's upgraded 2015 12" MacBooks are also up to $250 off with special financing offers.

Lawsuit accuses Apple's iMessages of violating 2002 point-of-sale patent

Lawsuit accuses Apple's iMessages of violating 2002 point-of-sale patent

A new patent infringement lawsuit accuses Apple and its iMessage service of violating a 15-year-old patent — one related to the recording and playback of voice messages over a network.

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Samsung testing confirms battery problems to blame for Galaxy Note 7 fires

Samsung testing confirms battery problems to blame for Galaxy Note 7 fires

Internally, Samsung has concluded that the battery — and not any faults in software, or other hardware — was reportedly to blame for the fires that led to the recall and ultimate cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7.

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Apple partner Pegatron could boost US manufacturing capacity by 3-5x, if pressed

Apple partner Pegatron could boost US manufacturing capacity by 3-5x, if pressed

The chairman of Apple supplier Pegatron has revealed that his company could expand its operations in the U.S. by three to five times, should it be necessary — but even that won't make much of a dent in Apple's iPhone and Mac production needs.

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Jimmy Iovine says Apple Music creating 'pop cultural' experience with new TV content

Jimmy Iovine says Apple Music creating 'pop cultural' experience with new TV content

Responding to reports that Apple Music content will expand further into full-length movies and TV shows, a key executive with the service — Jimmy Iovine — said over the weekend that Apple is willing to do "whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose" in order to differentiate itself.

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