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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

EditorialEditorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance

Editorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance

Shares of Apple are currently trading at an all time high, in a bull market rally that recently-elected U.S. President Trump has frequently taken credit for. However, stock market gains—including Apple's—appear to driven primarily by favorable earnings reports from the December quarter. The economic future of Apple—and the U.S. overall—is less certain, given risks related to infrastructure investment, taxes, currency valuations, immigration restrictions and travel bans under the new administration.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro out of stock as refresh looms

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro out of stock as refresh looms

Amidst rumors claiming Apple plans to refresh its iPad line at a special event in March, the company and its reseller network are seeing stockouts of all 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, with both online and brick-and-mortar stores showing availability estimates pushed back by 2 to 3 weeks.

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Apple shares four new 'One Night' ads focusing on iPhone 7 low-light photography [u]

Apple shares four new 'One Night' ads focusing on iPhone 7 low-light photography [u]

Apple on Monday shared a series of four short commercial spots featuring the low-light photo capture capabilities of iPhone 7, with the ads taking viewers on a trip through a sampling of nighttime scenes, from New York to Johannesburg.

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Apple updates German and Italian Apple Pay support pages ahead of rumored launch

Apple updates German and Italian Apple Pay support pages ahead of rumored launch

Apple recently added complete translations and custom explainer graphics to Apple Pay support documents on its regional websites in German and Italy, suggesting the payments service might soon launch in those countries.

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Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14 billion tax edict

Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14 billion tax edict

Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion in taxes on Apple on behalf of the EU is erroneous, against the rule of law, and should be stricken.

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TipsHow to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

How to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Students who own Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may not be able to use its dynamic function row in public examinations as industry officials believe its integrated predictive text feature and other capabilities could give them an unfair advantage. Here's how to disable it.

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macOS Sierra 10.12.4 third developer's beta now available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 third developer's beta now available

In addition to betas for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, Apple on Monday also deployed its third developer-centric beta of macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, and other bug fixes.

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As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging, Disney Research demos cord-free room concept

As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging, Disney Research demos cord-free room concept

Disney Research has showcased an automatic, unaided charging platform that would enable purpose-built structures — such as cabinets, rooms or even entire warehouses — to generate and deliver power to mobile receivers in close proximity.

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Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

Apple doesn't appear interested in developing a standalone Amazon Echo-like speaker utilizing Siri, as the company's vision is instead linked to devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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Apple releases third beta of iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2 for developers

Apple releases third beta of iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2 for developers

Nearly two weeks since the last release, Apple has made available the third betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 available to developers.

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Irish government spent $467,000 on report defending Apple's tax arrangements

Irish government spent $467,000 on report defending Apple's tax arrangements

The Irish government spent more than 440,000 euros ($467,000) on a report to defend the tax arrangements between the country and Apple, amid ongoing scrutiny from the European Union.

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ExclusiveApple Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,649; 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2,079; $180 off 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + LTE)

Apple Deals: 13

Shoppers have less than two days left to save $150 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray at B&H. Or save $320 on the Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro in Silver at Adorama. Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is also $549 in Rose Gold — all with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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.

Snapchat begins online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles

Snapchat begins online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles

Snap on Monday launched online sales of the Spectacles, its iPhone- and Android-connected smartglasses, finally expanding beyond its rare vending machines and a pop-up store located in New York City.

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Apple places 5th on corporate reputation poll, Samsung drops 42 spots

Apple places 5th on corporate reputation poll, Samsung drops 42 spots

Apple is the fifth most reputable company in the United States, with the results of an annual poll into the public perception of a company putting the iPhone producer ahead of Disney, Google, Tesla, and Netflix in the rankings.

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Rumor: Apple to launch 'iPad Pro 2,' red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE at March event

Rumor: Apple to launch 'iPad Pro 2,' red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE at March event

In addition to new iPads, Apple is also expected to unveil a high-capacity 128-gigabyte iPhone SE — as well as a potential (Product)Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — at a media event in March, a new report claims.

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Apple-issued developer certificate expires, causing crashes in 1Password and other apps

Apple-issued developer certificate expires, causing crashes in 1Password and other apps

The consequences of an Apple-issued security certificate expiration combined with a change made by Apple, is leading to some apps purchased outside the app store like 1Password, PDFpen, and Soulver for Mac to require reinstallation with a new version before coming back to life — but the issue may have lasting consequences for some software.

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Apple changes up ad strategy to focus on digital and regional campaigns

Apple changes up ad strategy to focus on digital and regional campaigns

Apple's long-time ad partner, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, is "reorganizing and introducing a new operating model" in order to accommodate its client's new focus on digital and regional campaigns, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Apple reportedly snaps up Israeli facial recognition company RealFace for $2 million

Apple reportedly snaps up Israeli facial recognition company RealFace for $2 million

Adding weight to the rumors circulating about a future iPhone boasting facial recognition, reports claim that Apple has purchased RealFace — a machine learning company specializing in the technology.

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TipsUse Workflow 1.7 for iPhone to quickly save notes and images

Use Workflow 1.7 for iPhone to quickly save notes and images

The latest update to automation app Workflow 1.7 latest update makes it simpler to get started and better to streamline multi-app user processes. AppleInsider walks you through setting up your first workflow, and tailoring it specifically to what you need.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese smartphone market

Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese smartphone market

Apple continued to struggle for ground in China during the December quarter, ceding fourth place in the country's smartphone market under pressure from local brands like Huawei and Xiaomi, according to new research data.

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The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad

The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad

There are dozens of Warhammer 40,000 games available for iOS, but which are the must-plays? AppleInsider examines them, and purges the heretical ones.

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Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone is short on plot, long on tactics

Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone is short on plot, long on tactics

The 27-year-old "Fire Emblem" series' latest entry was released earlier in February on iOS — AppleInsider fights the forces of evil in "Fire Emblem Heroes."

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FeatureAirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones are better for working out and exercising?

AirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones are better for working out and exercising?

Apple now has four pairs of headphones on the market with its proprietary W1 wireless chip, allowing for simpler Bluetooth pairing and better connectivity. But only two of those headphones are really well suited for workouts: Apple's AirPods and the Powerbeats3. AppleInsider helps you decide which pair is right for you.

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This week on AI: WWDC 2017, virtual buttons on 'iPhone 8,' BeatsX review & more

This week on AI: WWDC 2017, virtual buttons on 'iPhone 8,' BeatsX review & more

Apple announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, set to return to San Jose for the first time in well over a decade. Meanwhile, yet more hints about Apple's iPhone plans emerged, including a claim that the OLED iPhone will replace the home button with a virtual "function area."

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone

Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone

Apple is thought to be working with chipmaker Broadcom on a custom designed wireless charging system destined for the company's iPhone product line, though the silicon might not be ripe for inclusion in this year's "iPhone 8" model.

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GM & Lyft to deploy 'thousands' of self-driving Bolts in 2018 - report

GM & Lyft to deploy 'thousands' of self-driving Bolts in 2018 - report

Forging ahead of other self-driving tech makers like Apple and Waymo, General Motors is reportedly planning to test "thousands" of self-driving Chevy Bolts in partnership with Lyft, starting in 2018.

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Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again, given change in US regulatory climate

Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again, given change in US regulatory climate

After laying fallow for two and a half years, the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint may be lurching back to life, given the change in the U.S. government, and a new willingness by SoftBank to cede control of Sprint to the combined company's master.

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Revamped SoundSource 3.0.0 brings quick audio source & output switching back to Mac after 5-year hiatus

Revamped SoundSource 3.0.0 brings quick audio source & output switching back to Mac after 5-year hiatus

A pair of old OS X audio routing applications have regenerated, and have merged to form the new SoundSource 3.0.0 by Rogue Amoeba — and AppleInsider takes a look at the offering.

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Apple launches new series of iPad Pro ads as anticipated hardware refresh looms

Apple launches new series of iPad Pro ads as anticipated hardware refresh looms

Apple on Friday released four new commercials for the iPad Pro, coming amidst several rumors that the company is planning to update the iPad lineup within a matter of months.

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FeatureHands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera

Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera

This week, accessory maker D-Link began shipping the Omna 180, the first security camera on the market boasting compatibility with Apple's HomeKit line of smart home accessories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new hardware that can keep your home safe.

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Confide app used by White House staff not as secure as claimed, report suggests

Confide app used by White House staff not as secure as claimed, report suggests

Confide — a messaging app being used by some White House staff and reporters, and available for Apple's iPhone and Mac among other platforms — may not be sufficiently secure, according to a new report.

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Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2, profits retained by high ASP until 'iPhone 8'

Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2, profits retained by high ASP until 'iPhone 8'

A recent analyst report suggests that Apple will see a slight drop in iPhone sales from 2016 for the next two quarters, but profits will be relatively unaffected because of the continued consumer interest in the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrested for part in South Korean corruption scandal

Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrested for part in South Korean corruption scandal

The acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was arrested on Friday by police in South Korea, taken into custody hours after a warrant for his arrest was approved by the country's Central District Court.

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Bomb threat forces evacuation of Apple's flagship Australian store

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Apple's flagship Australian store

Apple's flagship Australian store was briefly evacuated mid-day on Friday, in what appears to have been a response to a bomb threat, according to local media reports.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks about 'iPhone 8' function area, fake news, BeatsX and more

AppleInsider podcast talks about 'iPhone 8' function area, fake news, BeatsX and more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk about an 'iPhone 8' with no home button, Malware on the Mac, Apple's effort to fight fake news, and more.

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Apple to begin iPhone SE production in India this April, report says

Apple to begin iPhone SE production in India this April, report says

Apple's first "made in India" device will be the iPhone SE, with reports on Friday claiming the tech giant plans to start production of the entry-level handset in the coming months through contract manufacturer Wistron.

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EditorialBloomberg attacks Apple TV as failing to be "a groundbreaking, iPhone-caliber product"

Bloomberg attacks Apple TV as failing to be

Bloomberg is doubling down on its narrative of Apple as an incompetent, poorly managed company with a perpetual strategy of failure that can't quite pull off its iPhone Magic in everything else the company does. However, the site's facts and analysis of the TV opportunity are seriously flawed.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

AT&T expands unlimited plan to all customers, single line pricing starts at $100

AT&T expands unlimited plan to all customers, single line pricing starts at $100

In a bid to stay current amid recently increased competition, AT&T on Thursday said it will make a new AT&T Unlimited Data Plan available to all post-paid customers on Friday, with tiers starting at $100 for a single user.

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