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Saturday, July 23, 2016

This week on AI: 'Apple Car' delayed, new iOS 10 & macOS betas, 'iPhone 7' leaks & more

This week on AI: 'Apple Car' delayed, new iOS 10 & macOS betas, 'iPhone 7' leaks & more

While much of the week was dominated by nearly identical "iPhone 7" leaks, we did learn a little bit more about the "Apple Car," and Apple itself released a bevy of software updates, while bringing Apple Pay to more markets.

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Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google accounts sentenced six months in prison

Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google accounts sentenced six months in prison

An Oregon man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple and Google email accounts, including a number owned by unnamed celebrities, was sentenced to six months in prison this week.

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Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week of Sept. 12

Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week of Sept. 12

According to noted industry blogger Evan Blass, Apple is planning to announce its next-generation iPhone lineup at a special event scheduled for the week of Sept. 12, in line with its usual fall launch cycle.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

US appeals court vacates Apple win in Unwired Planet patent suit

US appeals court vacates Apple win in Unwired Planet patent suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents, claims of which originate from a string of "kitchen sink" patent lawsuits leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet.

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Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch downloads, but US growth slowing

Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch downloads, but US growth slowing

The extraordinarily popular Pokémon Go has broken the previous record for downloads in the first week after launch, as "peak Pokémon" hit one week after U.S launch.

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Apple retakes top spot in FutureBrand 'perception strength' rankings

Apple retakes top spot in FutureBrand 'perception strength' rankings

Apple has reclaimed the top spot in the 2016 edition of the FutureBrand Index, which each year ranks the world's 100 biggest corporations according to their "perception strength," based on a survey of 3,000 consumers and professionals across 17 countries.

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FeatureWhy Alphabet's Nest doesn't (and probably won't ever) support Apple's HomeKit

The Nest smart home thermometer, designed by one of the 'fathers of the iPod' Tony Fadell, was on sale shortly after its debut at Apple retail stores. So why doesn't HomeKit support it? AppleInsider explains.

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'Solid' forecast from Apple chipmaker Skyworks may bode well for 'iPhone 7' production

'Solid' forecast from Apple chipmaker Skyworks may bode well for 'iPhone 7' production

September-quarter guidance by Apple supplier Skyworks may back the idea of healthy "iPhone 7" production, despite some previous hints to the contrary, according to a new investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

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New video from China compares rose gold finish in alleged 'iPhone 7' to iPhone 6s

New video from China compares rose gold finish in alleged 'iPhone 7' to iPhone 6s

Another comparison video apparently showing Apple's anticipated "iPhone 7" rear shell has appeared on Chinese social media, apparently comparing the rose gold casing of the new model to the finish of the iPhone 6s.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

Apple confirms plans to open first Apple Store in Taiwan

Apple confirms plans to open first Apple Store in Taiwan

Apple on Friday revealed that it's planning to launch its first store in Taiwan, finally coming to the island where a number of its suppliers are headquartered.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch battery life, beta updates, iOS 10 liquid detection, more

AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch battery life, beta updates, iOS 10 liquid detection, more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates in public betas, the reason the GPS watches seem to last longer that a day, liquid damage avoidance in iOS 10, apparent delays for the "Apple Car," and much more.

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Pokemon Go comes home, launches in Japan with McDonald's sponsorship

Pokemon Go comes home, launches in Japan with McDonald's sponsorship

Pokémon Go has gone live in the nation that originated the monster catching craze in the nineties, with sponsored McDonald's locations in the country hosting key gameplay locations.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Apple's limited edition Olympic Apple Watch straps feature national flag motifs, only available in Rio

Apple's limited edition Olympic Apple Watch straps feature national flag motifs, only available in Rio

Apple has created a series of woven nylon Apple Watch straps for this year's Olympics, though the limited edition bands featuring motifs representing the flags of 14 countries competing in this year's games are only available at a single store in host city Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Apple's latest software updates fix flaw resembling Android Stagefright

Apple's latest software updates fix flaw resembling Android Stagefright

Apple's recent iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS updates patch a previously unknown security flaw that allows the surreptitious gathering of sensitive data with a simple text message, an OS-level bug which bears a striking resemblance to last year's much derided Stagefright exploit on Google's Android platform.

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Ultra rare Apple-1 computer could fetch up to $1M in auction

Ultra rare Apple-1 computer could fetch up to $1M in auction

Auction website CharityBuzz on Thursday announced the upcoming sale of an extremely rare Apple-1 computer dubbed "Celebration," so named because it is the only known unit still in existence to feature a pre-production circuit board.

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Square Enix to release exclusive Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings this summer

Square Enix to release exclusive Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings this summer

Currently in development at Square Enix, makers of the "Final Fantasy" series, "Cosmos Rings" is a possible extension of the four-game iOS "Chaos Rings" adventure game franchise that will make its debut this year only on the Apple Watch.

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Intel's 7th-gen 'Kaby Lake' processors delivered to manufacturers

Intel's 7th-gen 'Kaby Lake' processors delivered to manufacturers

Intel's seventh-generation Core processor was recently delivered to unspecified companies in sufficient quantities for manufacturing, however the first run of chips are not likely destined for Apple's MacBook Pro.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden collaborates on ultra-secure iPhone case

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden collaborates on ultra-secure iPhone case

Despite being exiled in Russia, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is reportedly working with a famous hardware hacker on an iPhone case designed to eliminate the risk of snooping by outside parties.

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Deals: $140-$270 off 13" MacBook Pros with AppleCare; $100 iTunes card for $85; $200 off 13" MacBook Air

Deals: $140-$270 off 13

With back-to-school shopping well underway, shoppers can snap up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with AppleCare at up to $270 off with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. Or opt for an Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) for $799 with free Parallels. Pokémon Go fans in need of PokéCoins can also save 15% on $100 iTunes gift codes.

Verizon planning to push biggest unlimited data users into capped plans

Verizon planning to push biggest unlimited data users into capped plans

Ratcheting up the pressure on people grandfathered into unlimited data plans, Verizon is planning to force its greatest data consumers into picking a fixed plan or leaving entirely.

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Apple to open first Brooklyn retail store on July 30

Apple to open first Brooklyn retail store on July 30

Apple's ninth New York City retail store, and its first in the borough of Brooklyn, will open next weekend in the Williamsburg neighborhood, the company has officially announced.

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Mozilla Firefox browser to block 'not essential' Adobe Flash content

Mozilla Firefox browser to block 'not essential' Adobe Flash content

Blocking unnecessary Flash content loading in the Firefox browser will lead to improved battery life, faster web page loads, and greater user security, according to developer Mozilla. And the block starting in August is only the beginning.

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'Apple Car' rollout reportedly delayed until 2021, owing to obstacles in 'Project Titan'

'Apple Car' rollout reportedly delayed until 2021, owing to obstacles in 'Project Titan'

Apple's rumored electric car won't hit the roads until 2021, owing to various obstacles encountered in "Project Titan," a report claimed on Thursday.

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Giveaway: Win a Buzz 2in1 Cable, Reload 5 HP Battery and MUV USB World Adapter from Skross

Giveaway: Win a Buzz 2in1 Cable, Reload 5 HP Battery and MUV USB World Adapter from Skross

Skross is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of five accessory bundles containing a Buzz 2in1 alarm cable, Reload 5 HP smartphone charging solution and a 2-pole MUV USB adapter.

Apple Watch falls to 47 percent marketshare, but retains lead among smartwatches

Apple Watch falls to 47 percent marketshare, but retains lead among smartwatches

About 1.6 million Apple Watches were shipped during the June quarter, according to estimates released on Thursday, but while still dominating the smartwatch market, Apple also saw its share drop amid growing competition.

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Largest torrent site's owner arrested, Apple data crucial to investigators

Largest torrent site's owner arrested, Apple data crucial to investigators

An iTunes account and the associated Apple email address were keys to the investigation leading to a takedown of the head of the world's largest torrent aggregator.

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Apple invention could lead to glasses-free 3D on mobile devices

Apple invention could lead to glasses-free 3D on mobile devices

An Apple patent application published early on Thursday could theoretically set the stage for iPhones and other devices with "autostereoscopic" displays, simulating 3D without the need for special glasses.

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Winners of the Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar and Case giveaway announced [John B., Katie J. and Daniel O.]

Winners of the Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar and Case giveaway announced [John B., Katie J. and Daniel O.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, John B., Katie J. and Daniel O., each of whom snagged a Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar with a Custom Carrying Case.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Liquid ingress warning in iOS 10 beta protects iPhone against water damage

Liquid ingress warning in iOS 10 beta protects iPhone against water damage

A new feature discovered in Apple's latest iOS 10 beta warns users when liquid is detected in an iPhone's Lightning port, a handy tool for saving compatible devices from irreversible water damage.

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Apple supplier Qualcomm reports 18.6% earnings growth, jump in higher-end smartphone chip sales

Apple supplier Qualcomm reports 18.6% earnings growth, jump in higher-end smartphone chip sales

Qualcomm reported strong quarterly earnings of $1.4 billion—an 18.6 percent increase over the year ago quarter—based on higher intellectual property licensing royalties, a jump in chip orders from China and guidance-exceeding MSM chip sales, indicating that the market for premium smartphones is continuing to grow faster than expected.

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Video shows 'iPhone 7' mockups in Space Gray, gold and rose gold

Video shows 'iPhone 7' mockups in Space Gray, gold and rose gold

With iPhone rumor season in full swing, dummy "iPhone 7" models sourced from China are showing up in an increasing number of videos, the latest of which offers a peek at what production colors might look like when they see release this fall.

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Apple hit with lawsuit targeting AppleCare+ refurbished devices

Apple hit with lawsuit targeting AppleCare+ refurbished devices

A class action suit filing in California complains that "refurbished" service stock replacements doled out by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders are not functionally the same as new.

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Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, evolutionary successor for iPhone screens

Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, evolutionary successor for iPhone screens

A new version of the Corning Gorilla Glass used in iPhone screens since launch promises better impact resistance for equipped devices, with the improved glass panels surviving falls from greater heights than previous versions.

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Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Apple has bought out "global music platform provider" Omnifone in a deal thought to be worth $10 million, a report said on Wednesday.

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Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 for full support on Apple devices

Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 for full support on Apple devices

Effective October, Skype will require at least OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on Apple platforms for full functionality, due to a switch to cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

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Breaking
Second public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra now available

Second public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra now available

Members of Apple's Beta Software Program can now download and try the second public beta releases of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which were seeded on Wednesday.

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Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN tribunal South China Sea decision

Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN tribunal South China Sea decision

Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN body decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea.

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Indian PM's cabinet intervening to allow local Apple Stores - report

Indian PM's cabinet intervening to allow local Apple Stores - report

Finally clearing out legal obstacles, the cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to approve an exemption enabling Apple's first retail stores in the country, a report said on Wednesday.

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