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Monday, February 08, 2016

Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for iPhone' program within 2 years

Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for iPhone' program within 2 years

Following up on a recent flurry of Apple acquisitions and key hires from the augmented reality/virtual reality field, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the iPhone maker plans to pivot on iOS in a bid for the mixed reality space within the next two years.

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Apple's Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4

Apple's Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4

Apple's Notes app, included as part of the upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, has been confirmed to support Evernote .enex file format imports in what could be a move to convert users to the iCloud native format.

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Apple open-sources Swift benchmarking suite

Apple open-sources Swift benchmarking suite

Apple on Monday took its Swift benchmark suite open source, providing developers access to a wide-ranging set of tools designed to track project performance and catch bugs in code written in the company's fledgling programming language.

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Lawfirm considers suit over iPhone's Touch ID-connected 'Error 53'

Lawfirm considers suit over iPhone's Touch ID-connected 'Error 53'

A Seattle-based lawfirm is considering a class action lawsuit against Apple, following reports of an "Error 53" message some iPhone owners have seen after having unofficial repairs done on their Touch ID sensor.

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Apple seeds third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4

Apple seeds third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4

Apple on Monday issued a third developer beta of its upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update, roughly two weeks after the release of the second.

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Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue attend Super Bowl 50 amid talks of NFL streaming deal

Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue attend Super Bowl 50 amid talks of NFL streaming deal

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his head of Internet endeavors — Eddy Cue — made an appearance at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, amid multiple reports the company is vying to stream NFL games.

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Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 [u]

Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 [u]

Apple on Tuesday provided developers with new pre-release versions of the software that runs the company's mobile ecosystem, releasing iOS 9.3 beta 3, watchOS 2.2 beta 3, and tvOS 9.2 beta 3.

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Tommy Hilfiger's next fashion show to offer 'fast lane' for Apple Watch wearers

Tommy Hilfiger's next fashion show to offer 'fast lane' for Apple Watch wearers

For its upcoming New York Fashion Week show, clothing brand Tommy Hilfiger will reportedly be offering speedier entry for people wearing an Apple Watch, including a dedicated fast lane to usher them in.

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Apple rejects indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth over child violence

Apple rejects indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth over child violence

The sequel to cult indie game The Binding of Isaac will not be allowed in the App Store — at least for now — thanks to what Apple has reportedly deemed to be themes of violence toward children.

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Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Though Facebook has been trying to address power usage concerns through software updates, its main iOS app is still a drain on the iPhone's daily battery life, a report claimed on Monday.

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Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

When it comes to the privacy and security of user data, the Apple Watch and its accompanying software ecosystem are the most well-designed products in the wearable marketplace, a new study shows.

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Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores - report

Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores - report

The Indian government is said to be preparing to fast-track approval of the country's first Apple Stores, detouring normal rules about foreign ownership.

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Apple sneaks into several Super Bowl 50 commercials

Apple sneaks into several Super Bowl 50 commercials

Apple didn't buy airtime during America's National Football League 2016 Super Bowl, but some of its products did turn up playing a cameo role in a variety of commercials.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

EditorialApple, Inc CEO Tim Cook's piqued peek at Peak iPhone

Apple, Inc CEO Tim Cook's piqued peek at Peak iPhone

Halfway through the last quarter, supply chain rumors of iPhone production cuts—purportedly "30 percent" of some unknown number—snowballed into an abominable snow-boogeyman of conjecture that claimed the end to iPhone growth was nigh and speculated about a downhill implosion of Apple's sales overall, an embarrassing lack of interest in Apple's newest iPhone 6s and a rapid evaporation of the world's most valuable company. They were wrong, here's why.

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ReviewReview: Parrot's Bebop Drone is lightweight, aimed at casual hobbyists

Review: Parrot's Bebop Drone is lightweight, aimed at casual hobbyists

The market for personal drones has grown exponentially over the last several years, led by consumer-oriented products from companies like Parrot. We got the chance to play with the firm's entry-level model, the Bebop Drone, designed for casual hobbyists looking to get their feet wet in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple has launched a free repair program for 2013 Mac Pros dealing with faulty video cards, in some cases believed to be responsible for problems like distorted or non-existent graphics, as well as freezing, reboots, sudden shutdowns, or even a system failing to start.

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ReviewThe best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The first two Smart Connector accessories for iPad Pro offer very different keyboard style experiences, each addressing two different types of tablet users. But which keyboard is best, Apple's Smart Keyboard or Logitech's Create? AppleInsider breaks down which accessory is best for you.

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How to watch Super Bowl 50 on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

How to watch Super Bowl 50 on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

It's Super Bowl weekend, and for cord cutters that usually means a visit to a bar or friend's house — but not this year, as NFL broadcast partner CBS has made the game available almost everywhere you look.

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This week on AI: Glimpses at Apple's plans for new iPhones, iPads, VR & more

This week on AI: Glimpses at Apple's plans for new iPhones, iPads, VR & more

This week saw teases about the plans for next-gen iPhones and iPads, as well as Apple Pay, cross-platform services, and even virtual reality. Apple was also hit with a massive penalty in the VirnetX patent case however, and saw Alphabet overtake it as the world's most valuable company — at least temporarily.

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Apple adds server-to-server web service requests to CloudKit

Apple adds server-to-server web service requests to CloudKit

Apple's CloudKit framework for automating apps' storage and retrieval of user data "in the cloud" has learned a new trick. Developers can now read and write data in their app's public database from a server-side process or script.

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TSMC, other Apple suppliers in Taiwan largely unaffected by deadly 6.4 earthquake

TSMC, other Apple suppliers in Taiwan largely unaffected by deadly 6.4 earthquake

A tragic earthquake has hit the city of Tainan in southern Taiwan, injuring 144, killing at least 5 people and causing the collapse of several large buildings. So far however, it appears that Apple's suppliers in the region have survived the quake without sustaining significant damage.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

On February 11, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have had settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday February 8 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $2.898 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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Apple's rumored 4" iPhone to launch with hot pink color option, report says

Apple's rumored 4

Apple is working on three different color options for the launch of its much-rumored 4-inch iPhone, including a version closer in hue to a hot pink iPod than rose gold, a report said Friday.

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LeapFrog toy tablets out-jumped by Apple's iPad

LeapFrog toy tablets out-jumped by Apple's iPad

Northern California's educational toy tablet maker LeapFrog is selling itself to its Hong Kong-based competitor VTech for just $72 million, after years of declining sales. Apple leapfrogged the company with its more general purpose, albeit more expensive, iPad—which LeapFrog now develops apps for.

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Apple, Inc has filed for mistrial in $625M VirnetX lawsuit

Apple, Inc has filed for mistrial in $625M VirnetX lawsuit

After objecting to the closing arguments made by Caldwell, Cassady & Curry attorneys representing VirnetX, Apple has now filed a motion for mistrial in the case that awarded a $625 million verdict after just a week of testimony and deliberation.

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Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says it's part of Touch ID security [u]

Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says it's part of Touch ID security [u]

Apple on Friday publicly acknowledged an unusual "Error 53" message, triggered by updating an iPhone 6 to iOS 9 or later after having the phone's Touch ID sensor fixed by an unofficial technician. [Updated]

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Sharp takeover deal should be finalized by end of February, Foxconn CEO says

Sharp takeover deal should be finalized by end of February, Foxconn CEO says

The Foxconn bid to take over Sharp is now only awaiting finalized details between the two parties, Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou told reporters on Friday, indicating that Innovation Network Corp. has indeed been cut out of the loop.

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Apple Pay hits 1,000 US card issuers ahead of planned retail expansions

Apple Pay hits 1,000 US card issuers ahead of planned retail expansions

On Friday Apple reached the 1,000 mark for the number of U.S. card issuers supporting Apple Pay, a figure continuing to outpace the number of retail chains supporting the platform.

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AppleInsider podcast talks March event expectations, '3D Touch ID,' VirnetX, more

AppleInsider podcast talks March event expectations, '3D Touch ID,' VirnetX, more

On this week's episode of the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey riff on Apple's rumored March event, what a new patent filing could mean for Touch ID, a substantial legal win for patent troll VirnetX and much more. Bonus GoPro rant courtesy of Neil.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Japan Apple Stores roll out iPhone screen protector installation service

Japan Apple Stores roll out iPhone screen protector installation service

Apple Stores in Japan are now offering screen protector installations using dedicated TrueClear Pro machines made by Belkin, with prices ranging from 2,180 yen to 4,280 yen (about $19 to $37) depending on material and size.

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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion with new features

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion with new features

Apple on Thursday rolled out a trio of updates for its pro-level video editing suite, bumping versions of Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion with feature additions and numerous bug fixes.

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Apple to allow broken screens on trade-in iPhones, offer optional screen protector installations

Apple to allow broken screens on trade-in iPhones, offer optional screen protector installations

Apple Stores will soon reportedly adopt two new measures related to the problem of cracked iPhone screens, including allowing some broken iPhones into its Reuse and Recycle trade-in program, and offering installation of purchased screen protectors.

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Apple again rumored to bid on NFL streaming partnership

Apple again rumored to bid on NFL streaming partnership

Apple, Google, Amazon and Verizon might soon be locked in a bidding war for rights to stream NFL's "Thursday Night Football," as a report on Thursday says each company is seeking favor as the league's Internet content partner.

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Apple integrates Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV into Apple TV universal search [u]

Apple integrates Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV into Apple TV universal search [u]

After integrating PBS and PBS Kids into tvOS universal search last month, Apple on Thursday expanded the deep linking feature to include content sources Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV.

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Apple CEO hints at more cross-platform services, says iPad revenue will rebound by year's end

Apple CEO hints at more cross-platform services, says iPad revenue will rebound by year's end

Speaking at a recent internal "town hall" event, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that services beyond Apple Music might soon make the leap to additional platforms, like Android.

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Microsoft's Bing & Cortana apps for iPhone add 3D Touch, other new features

Microsoft's Bing & Cortana apps for iPhone add 3D Touch, other new features

Microsoft on Thursday updated two of its iPhone apps — Cortana and Bing Search — with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, along with a number of other new upgrades.

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Apple Deals: $100 off 13" MacBook Airs with 8GB RAM; $400 off 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Apple Deals: $100 off 13

AI readers this week can save $370-$440 on Apple's most popular 15" MacBook Pros with 3 years of AppleCare included, plus a free AIO AirPrint photo printer, free shipping, and no tax in 48 states. Also, $100 off select 13" MacBook Airs, or $100+ off all 13" MacBook Airs with AppleCare plus a free Apple Super Drive.

iTunes, App Store, & Apple TV services hit by new outage [u]

iTunes, App Store, & Apple TV services hit by new outage [u]

The iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and even the Apple TV were among services affected by a midday outage on Thursday, leaving some people unable to reach them or make purchases. [Updated]

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Sharp leaning towards Foxconn takeover, but with no exclusive negotiations, CEO says

Sharp leaning towards Foxconn takeover, but with no exclusive negotiations, CEO says

Sharp is indeed leaning towards a takeover by Apple's main manufactuing partner, Foxconn, but no exclusive negotiating rights have been offered, the company's CEO announced at a Thursday press conference.

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