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Monday, March 27, 2017

New $329 2017 Apple iPad with A9 processor now shipping, arriving March 30

New $329 2017 Apple iPad with A9 processor now shipping, arriving March 30

The first batch of 2017 iPads ordered on Friday have shipped from Apple's warehouses, with recipients getting arrival notifications for as soon as March 30.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hands-OnHead to head: The best calendar apps for iPhone, iPad, and macOS

Head to head: The best calendar apps for iPhone, iPad, and macOS

After two months spent examining the calendar app heavy-hitters available for iPhone and macOS, AppleInsider helps you narrow down the choices.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Frankenphone combines (Product)Red iPhone 7 Plus with Jet Black iPhone face

Frankenphone combines (Product)Red iPhone 7 Plus with Jet Black iPhone face

A YouTube video creator took umbrage to the white bezel on the new (Product)Red iPhone 7 Plus, and swapped out parts with a Jet Black model leading to an iPhone 7 Plus with a red back case, and black front bezel.

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Chinese court overturns patent ruling, enabling continued iPhone 6 sales by Apple

Chinese court overturns patent ruling, enabling continued iPhone 6 sales by Apple

The Intellectual Property Court in Beijing has overturned a ruling that found Apple violated a patent belonging to a Chinese tech firm, Shenzhen Baili — and in the process, removed the threat of a city-wide ban on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales.

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FeatureApple's 2017 iPad vs. 2016 9.7" iPad Pro: Which model is right for you?

Apple's 2017 iPad vs. 2016 9.7

Paying $270 more for the same size iPad with roughly similar specs can be a tough pill to swallow — AppleInsider examines the differences between the new 2017 9.7-inch iPad, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from March 2016.

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This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget' iPad, red iPhones, hacking threats & more

This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget' iPad, red iPhones, hacking threats & more

It was a very busy week for Apple, headlined by several surprise announcements on Tuesday, including a new "budget" iPad and a (Product)Red iPhone 7. A hacking group tried to hold Apple iCloud accounts hostage, and WikiLeaks released details of Mac and iOS exploits used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency — just for a start.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied research and development building, landscaping progress

New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied research and development building, landscaping progress

Following a break in nasty weather, the latest drone footage of Apple Park shows yet more landscaping progress, an occupied research and development building, and the removal of most of the heavy-lifting machinery from the campus.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 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 $390 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.

Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious 'Show on Profile Page' option

Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious 'Show on Profile Page' option

Apple on Friday took the unusual step of reissuing Tuesday's iTunes 12.6 update, stripping out a "Show on Profile Page" toggle that may have accidentally hinted at plans for Apple Music.

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FeatureHands-on: Calendars 5, a powerful yet simple iPhone scheduling app

Hands-on: Calendars 5, a powerful yet simple iPhone scheduling app

All Calendars 5 lacks for the Apple faithful is a Mac version — AppleInsider schedules some meetings to see if that's an issue or not.

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US Senate votes to allow ISPs to sell personal data to advertisers without opt-out safeguards

US Senate votes to allow ISPs to sell personal data to advertisers without opt-out safeguards

The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of overturning privacy rules instituted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016, which — if the measure survives a second vote in the House of Representatives — will allow internet service providers to sell customer data to advertisers without people having a say.

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Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE

Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE

After a brief outage, the Apple online store is back online, and is now selling the (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE, all of which were announced earlier this week.

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Microsoft Word macro malware automatically adapts attack techniques for macOS, Windows

Microsoft Word macro malware automatically adapts attack techniques for macOS, Windows

A form of Word macro-based malware has been uncovered that can affect both macOS and Windows users when executed, with the malicious file modifying its attack method depending on which operating system it detects it is being run within.

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Industry so far 'lukewarm' towards Samsung's post-Note 7 battery testing standards

Industry so far 'lukewarm' towards Samsung's post-Note 7 battery testing standards

Carriers and phone makers have so far largely ignored Samsung's efforts to promote its new battery testing procedure — created in the aftermath of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 — as a possible industry standard, a report said on Friday.

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Pre-order Deal: $10 off every new 9.7-inch iPad at B&H with no tax in 48 states, plus earn 5% reward

Pre-order Deal: $10 off every new 9.7-inch iPad at B&H with no tax in 48 states, plus earn 5% reward

Now is your chance to pre-order Apple's brand-new 9.7-inch iPad, which was announced on March 21, and save $10 instantly at B&H with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ. Plus, shoppers can earn 5% in rewards points on every iPad pre-order with prices starting at $319.

FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks (Product)Red iPhone 7, iPads, and Apple acquisitions

AppleInsider podcast talks (Product)Red iPhone 7, iPads, and Apple acquisitions

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor catch up on the latest iPads, iPhone, and the latest Apple acquisitions, and also talk Apple's efforts in social media.

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Report verifies some iCloud credentials held by hacker group as valid

Report verifies some iCloud credentials held by hacker group as valid

A hacker group attempting to hold Apple ransom with claims it has hundreds of millions of iCloud credentials in its possession recently sent a batch of 54 UK-based accounts for testing, all of which were deemed legitimate.

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Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

CalDigit is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three TS3 Lite docks featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and more.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Apple responds to latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, says iPhone and Mac exploits fixed

Apple responds to latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, says iPhone and Mac exploits fixed

Apple issued a statement in response to Thursday's WikiLeaks release of CIA-gathered iPhone and Mac exploits, saying a preliminary assessment reveals the vulnerabilities to be years old and long since patched.

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Rare photos of 'Apple II Forever' media event surface, reveal Apple keynote progenitor

Rare photos of 'Apple II Forever' media event surface, reveal Apple keynote progenitor

A set of photographs taken during Apple's 1984 announcement of the Apple IIc surfaced online on Thursday, showing company cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak taking part in a media bonanza that would serve as a model of contemporary Apple keynotes.

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VideoVideo recap: Apple doubles iPhone SE storage capacity

Video recap: Apple doubles iPhone SE storage capacity

Apple this week announced a minor iPhone SE refresh, upping storage of the 4-inch handset to 32GB or 128GB while keeping prices steady at $399 or $499, respectively. The updated handset goes on sale Friday morning.

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Google's Top News results for 'Great Barrier Reef' directs to fringe political commentary

Google's Top News results for 'Great Barrier Reef' directs to fringe political commentary

Google's algorithmic efforts to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" are again facing a critical failure, calling into question confidence in the search giant's unfinished, buggy artificial intelligence that's currently stomping all over its mission statement.

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Apple Pay gains over 30 more card issuers in US, China & Australia, re-adds Santander

Apple Pay gains over 30 more card issuers in US, China & Australia, re-adds Santander

Apple this week updated its list of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay with over 30 additions across the U.S., China, and Australia, most notably re-adding Santander in the U.S., which was mistakenly put on the list a month ago.

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Beats 1 host Zane Lowe sees a future with multiple Apple-hosted live radio stations

Beats 1 host Zane Lowe sees a future with multiple Apple-hosted live radio stations

A new interview with Beats 1 head Zane Lowe emphasizes Apple's message about how streaming is the future, and that Apple is possibly looking to expand live Beats-branded streaming radio stations even further.

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First look: Lightweight Nike Sport Band is now sold separately from Apple Watch for $49

First look: Lightweight Nike Sport Band is now sold separately from Apple Watch for $49

This week, Apple expanded the lineup of band options for Apple Watch owners, including the ability to buy the Nike Sport Band on its own. AppleInsider offers fitness-focused Apple Watch users a first look at the add-on accessory.

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Apple's iPhone, Samsung phones nearly equal in J.D. Power satisfaction survey

Apple's iPhone, Samsung phones nearly equal in J.D. Power satisfaction survey

While Apple and the iPhone ranked first in a survey of U.S. customer satisfaction with smartphones, the company's chief rival — Samsung — came second by only the slimmest of margins, according to a J.D. Power report published on Thursday.

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TipsHow to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad

How to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad

Given all the talk in the news about a possible hacker mass-wipe of iCloud accounts, it seems only prudent for users to take precautions, and a good safety measure is two-factor authentication — AppleInsider shows you how to turn it on from your Mac or your iPhone.

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Latest leaked CIA hack focuses on Apple's macOS, utilizes patched Thunderbolt EFI exploit

Latest leaked CIA hack focuses on Apple's macOS, utilizes patched Thunderbolt EFI exploit

A second batch of CIA "Vault 7" documents published by WikiLeaks reveals some penetration methods for Mac hardware in-use by the CIA, none of which are wide-reaching, requiring physical device access to implement.

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Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129 ($20 off); iPhone case blowout from $2.99; 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349 ($150 off)

Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129 ($20 off); iPhone case blowout from $2.99; 13

Apple deals are rolling in this week with instant discounts on 4th gen 32GB Apple TVs ($20 off) and 13-inch MacBook Pros with function keys ($150 off). B&H is also slashing prices on iPhone 6/6s/Plus cases with free shipping and prices starting at $2.99. Quantities are limited, though.

Wells Fargo to open up iPhone-based ATM withdrawals next week, no Apple Pay yet

Wells Fargo to open up iPhone-based ATM withdrawals next week, no Apple Pay yet

Following the end of a successful pilot project, Wells Fargo will be opening up smartphone-based withdrawals at all 13,000 of its U.S. ATMs on Monday, March 27 — though support for Apple Pay isn't yet on the horizon.

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FeatureThe tech inside: San Francisco's Electroluxx art & dance party

The tech inside: San Francisco's Electroluxx art & dance party

Electroluxx is a reoccurring, technology-fueled creative art and dance party held at San Francisco's Public Works venue. Here's a look at the tech that goes into coordinating the event, building interactive projection art, visualizations, lighting, a wireless silent disco and Virtual Reality experiences.

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4-year-old saves mother's life by asking Apple's Siri to call emergency services

4-year-old saves mother's life by asking Apple's Siri to call emergency services

A four-year-old boy in the United Kingdom saved his mother's life after she collapsed, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed, by unlocking his mother's iPhone and asking Siri to contact the emergency services.

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US Attorney General claims a 'few weeks' needed to harvest data from rioters' locked iPhones

US Attorney General claims a 'few weeks' needed to harvest data from rioters' locked iPhones

The U.S. Attorney General coordinating the prosecution of 214 of the demonstrators arrested during the inauguration has declared that the cell phones, including iPhones, obtained during the arrests will be unlocked in the next few weeks.

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Apple to start Indian iPhone manufacturing within next two months

Apple to start Indian iPhone manufacturing within next two months

Apple's Indian manufacturing will finally begin within the next 4 to 6 weeks at a Wistron plant in Bangalore — and more ambitious plans are already being hatched.

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Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop

Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop

An Apple patent application published Thursday details a so-called "thin" portable hardware accessory that boasts the components necessary to act as a laptop surrogate for iPhones and iPads.

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Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

Apple in a statement late Wednesday responded to claims that a hacking group is threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads using stolen credentials, saying its own systems have not been compromised.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tim Cook says Apple in China for long haul, touts job creation in new interview

Tim Cook says Apple in China for long haul, touts job creation in new interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his China tour this week to speak with a local news publication about the company's regional intentions, saying Apple is planting deep roots in the country, from job creation to economic and environmental investments.

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Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

Apple on Wednesday finalized a deal to acquire popular automation app Workflow and its three-member development team for an undisclosed sum, and is for now leaving the title on the App Store where it will be free to download.

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AT&T, Verizon join firms pulling millions in ads from Google, YouTube over hate, terrorist content

AT&T, Verizon join firms pulling millions in ads from Google, YouTube over hate, terrorist content

The U.K. advertising backlash against Google is spreading to the United States. Mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon, Enterprise car rental and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline are among the major ad buyers acting to distance their brands from the offensive and extremist content that saturates YouTube.

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