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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

ReviewReview: Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch

Review: Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch

Apple Watch owners looking to conveniently charge and showcase their wrist-worn device have a new, affordable quality option with the Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock.

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Olloclip introduces Studio camera case & accessories for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Olloclip introduces Studio camera case & accessories for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Olloclip on Wednesday announced its new Studio accessory system, meant to enhance the use of its add-on lenses for iPhones, including a ruggedized case with kickstand and new mounts.

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Apple could eschew plastic back for new metal case with 'iPhone 6c,' rumor says

Apple could eschew plastic back for new metal case with 'iPhone 6c,' rumor says

The next iteration of Apple's lower-cost iPhone "C" series might do away with the colorful polycarbonate shell it's currently known for in favor of a more robust metal case similar to the iPhone 6, according to a recent analyst report.

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New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music integration due next week

New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music integration due next week

Developers testing out iOS 9 were excluded from Apple Music launch day festivities, but Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said to expect a build supporting the new streaming music service early next week.

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Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X 10.10.4

Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X 10.10.4

Some four years after adding TRIM support for first-party solid state drives to OS X, Apple incorporated the command for aftermarket drives as part of Tuesday's OS X 10.10.4 update.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers, designers for maps initiative

Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers, designers for maps initiative

Mapzen, a pioneering open source mapping project now backed by Samsung Research America, has hired a number of former Apple employees previously attached to Apple Maps, AppleInsider has learned.

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Apple's automotive ambitions reportedly take toll on other departments with staff reassignments

Apple's automotive ambitions reportedly take toll on other departments with staff reassignments

A report on Tuesday claims Apple's secret automotive initiative is creating tension within the company's ranks as resource allotments are now gobbling up personnel from other divisions.

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Apple Music comes to Mac and PC with iTunes 12.2

Apple Music comes to Mac and PC with iTunes 12.2

Following the release of iOS 8.4 earlier on Tuesday, Apple pushed out the latest version of iTunes with support for the company's Apple Music streaming service, bringing including Beats 1 radio, Apple Music Connect, Apple Music Radio and more to Mac.

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TipsHow to save Apple Music songs, albums & playlists for offline listening

How to save Apple Music songs, albums & playlists for offline listening

Like Spotify and some other streaming music services, an important feature of Apple Music is the ability to temporarily save songs for when an Internet connection is unreliable — or simply to avoid data caps imposed by cellular carriers.

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Photos of alleged 'iPhone 6s' chassis show revised internal layout, unchanged external design

Photos of alleged 'iPhone 6s' chassis show revised internal layout, unchanged external design

A set of supposedly leaked photos suggest Apple's next-generation iPhone will include new or redesigned internal components, while retaining an external design identical to current models.

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GarageBand 10.1 for Mac adds Force Touch, Apple Music Connect publishing [u]

GarageBand 10.1 for Mac adds Force Touch, Apple Music Connect publishing [u]

Apple on Tuesday released GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, adding a number of features including Force Touch support and the ability to publish directly to Apple Music Connect. Accompanying it was a minor iOS app update. [Updated]

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First look: Apple's revamped Music app in iOS 8.4

First look: Apple's revamped Music app in iOS 8.4

The launch of Apple Music on Tuesday brought with it a nearly all-new Music app, with a host of new functionality that blends the best of Beats Music with Apple's long-standing iTunes platform.

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TipsHow to hide the Apple Music subscription service & get back Playlists parent menu in iOS 8.4

How to hide the Apple Music subscription service & get back Playlists parent menu in iOS 8.4

Though heavily hyped, Apple Music subscriptions may not be for everyone. Those who want to remove the streaming service from their iOS 8.4 Music app, and gain back easy access to custom playlists in the process, can easily do so —here's how.

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Save $809: Apple's 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,089 with free AppleCare, Microsoft Sculpt Mouse & LG CD/DVD drive

Save $809: Apple's 11

For just a few more days, readers can save $809 on Apple's completely maxed out 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB), which is up for grabs at $1,089 with free AppleCare and plus your choice of two free or heavily discounted accessories.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Apple SIM goes global: GigSky brings iPad data plans to more than 90 countries & territories

Apple SIM goes global: GigSky brings iPad data plans to more than 90 countries & territories

iPad toting travelers can now use their Apple SIM card in many more places internationally thanks to GigSky, which announced on Tuesday that it has struck a deal with Apple to provide high-speed wireless connectivity in more than 90 countries and territories across the world.

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TipsHow to sign up for (and cancel) an Apple Music streaming subscription

How to sign up for (and cancel) an Apple Music streaming subscription

Signing up for the brand new Apple Music service is a relatively simple process. Here's how to get up and running quickly, as well as how to turn off automatic renewals or cancel later down the road.

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Apple's 24-hour Beats 1 radio station goes live in 100 countries with Spring King, Beck, Jamie xx

Apple's 24-hour Beats 1 radio station goes live in 100 countries with Spring King, Beck, Jamie xx

Apple on Tuesday began officially broadcasting Beats 1, its live, worldwide Internet radio station built into the iOS 8.4 Music app intended to promote new artists and songs, enhancing discovery for music lovers.

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FeatureEverything you need to know about Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1 radio, and more

Everything you need to know about Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1 radio, and more

Apple on Tuesday launched Apple Music, as well as companion services Connect, Beats 1, and Apple Music Radio. Together, the platforms represent a major push into the streaming music world. Here's everything you need to know about Apple Music.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements, 'discoveryd' fix

Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements, 'discoveryd' fix

In addition to iOS 8.4 and Apple Music, Apple on Tuesday released OS X 10.10.4, making a variety of bugfixes including one solving problems caused by the infamous "discoveryd" service.

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Apple loses final e-books antitrust appeal, will pay $450M settlement [u]

Apple loses final e-books antitrust appeal, will pay $450M settlement [u]

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday confirmed a lower court's finding that Apple colluded with major publishers to raise the price of e-books following the launch of the iBookstore, putting the case to rest and clearing the way for distribution of a $450 million settlement.

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Apple Music service goes live with redesigned app, out now in iOS 8.4

Apple Music service goes live with redesigned app, out now in iOS 8.4

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, officially debuting the Apple Music subscription streaming service, as well as the Beats 1 live radio station set to start broadcasting at 9 a.m. Pacific, noon Eastern.

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Apple Music & Beats 1 launches hyped by Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine & Trent Reznor

Apple Music & Beats 1 launches hyped by Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine & Trent Reznor

To promote this week's launch of the subscription Apple Music streaming service, as well as the 24/7 Beats 1 worldwide radio station, the faces of Apple's music business — Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor — stepped into the limelight once again, to explain how their new services are intended to stand out from the rest.

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iTunes Match libraries seeing duplicates, bad metadata ahead of Apple Music launch

iTunes Match libraries seeing duplicates, bad metadata ahead of Apple Music launch

As Apple Music prepares to launch later on Tuesday, many people are experiencing problems with iTunes Match that are causing havoc with their music libraries, according to complaints received by AppleInsider and on Apple's support forums.

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As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber

As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber

Uber is set to acquire the imagery collection unit of Microsoft's Bing Maps division —giving the ridesharing service a leg up as it seeks to lessen its dependence on mapping products from Apple and potential rival Google —in a deal that will see Microsoft end its own in-house mapping data efforts.

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EditorialSamsung Galaxy S6 'fastest smartphone,' if using phony benchmarks and ignoring iPhone 6 real world performance

Samsung Galaxy S6 'fastest smartphone,' if using phony benchmarks and ignoring iPhone 6 real world performance

Last Friday, Tom's Guide published an article calling Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 the "world's fastest smartphone," writing that it came in "first in 6 out of 9 real-world tests and synthetic benchmarks." Unfortunately, that claim relied on cherry picked figures and ignored the real world entirely.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Apple Camp 2015 enrollment begins with moviemaking, e-book creation workshops for kids

Apple Camp 2015 enrollment begins with moviemaking, e-book creation workshops for kids

For the 2015 summer season, Apple is again inviting children aged 8 through 12 to participate in Apple Camp, a series of three-day retail store workshops designed to teach inquisitive young minds how to create rich digital content on iPad and Mac.

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AppleCare for Mac now covers batteries retaining less than 80% charge

AppleCare for Mac now covers batteries retaining less than 80% charge

In a minor change to its AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac policy on Monday, Apple is now replacing non-removable MacBook batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original charge.

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AC/DC to join subscription streaming bandwagon in time for Apple Music debut

AC/DC to join subscription streaming bandwagon in time for Apple Music debut

According to a report on Monday, rock legends and longtime streaming music holdouts AC/DC are primed to offer their tracks through subscription services, including Apple Music, as early as Tuesday.

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Apple to reveal fiscal Q3 2015 earnings on July 21

Apple to reveal fiscal Q3 2015 earnings on July 21

Apple on Monday announced it will reveal financial results for its third fiscal quarter of 2015 on July 21, to be followed by a conference call potentially offering insight into the sales performance of the company's newest product category, the Apple Watch.

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Samsung jockeying to supply NAND for next-gen iPhone as Apple looks to boost storage, report says

Samsung jockeying to supply NAND for next-gen iPhone as Apple looks to boost storage, report says

Samsung is reportedly looking to regain its role as a major NAND flash supplier to Apple's iPhone lineup, a lucrative deal that could bear fruit with year's expected hardware refresh.

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TipsiOS tips: Reopen recently closed tabs in Apple's mobile Safari browser

iOS tips: Reopen recently closed tabs in Apple's mobile Safari browser

Apple's Safari browser for iPhone and iPad features a somewhat hidden but incredibly useful feature, allowing users to quickly reopen tabs they recently closed. Here's how to access it.

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FeatureAs Apple's iPhone turns 8, Force Touch and Touch ID are ready for the future

As Apple's iPhone turns 8, Force Touch and Touch ID are ready for the future

Eight years after redefining the mobile computing experience with multitouch, Apple is laying the groundwork for yet another revolution with Force Touch and deep investments in biometric authentication technology that could make future iPhones even more secure and easier to use.

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Lab tests show sapphire Apple Watch display suffers worse in ambient light than Ion-X glass

Lab tests show sapphire Apple Watch display suffers worse in ambient light than Ion-X glass

Although the sapphire used in most Apple Watch displays is more durable than the Ion-X glass in the Apple Watch Sport, it comes with penalties to image quality — especially in ambient light, according to lab tests published on Monday.

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Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' to making streaming debut with Tuesday's Apple Music launch

Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' to making streaming debut with Tuesday's Apple Music launch

One of the most famous rap albums of all time — Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" — will reportedly make its premiere on streaming services with this week's launch of Apple Music.

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FeatureFirst look: Lutron's HomeKit-compatible Caseta Wireless smart lighting dimmer

First look: Lutron's HomeKit-compatible Caseta Wireless smart lighting dimmer

One of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible products on the market is the Lutron Wireless lineup. AppleInsider was given the opportunity to test out its new smart lighting dimmer, and we found that while HomeKit shows plenty of promise, our initial experiences show there's still a lot of work to be done.

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Buyers opting for higher capacity iPhones, likely boosting Apple profits, RBC survey finds

Buyers opting for higher capacity iPhones, likely boosting Apple profits, RBC survey finds

RBC Capital Markets has raised its Apple revenue forecasts for 2015 and 2016, arguing that iPhone demand could beat expectations for some time into the future, and that people are skewing towards buying more expensive, higher capacity iPhone models.

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Average selling price of smartphones in China jumps 37% thanks to popularity of Apple's iPhone

Average selling price of smartphones in China jumps 37% thanks to popularity of Apple's iPhone

Following years of race-to-the-bottom pricing in China, the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus —which introduced larger displays to Apple's lineup —prompted an apparent shift in consumer habits that has seen the average selling price of a smartphone jump by nearly 40 percent in the Asian nation.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

New iOS 8.4 will enable Apple Music, Beats 1 on Tuesday; Sonos, Android support coming later this year

New iOS 8.4 will enable Apple Music, Beats 1 on Tuesday; Sonos, Android support coming later this year

In a blog post (that has since been removed), Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers—the former CEO of Beats Music—noted that Apple will make iOS 8.4 available at 8 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday, two hours earlier than the company's typical release time, in order to allow users to hear the inaugural broadcast of Apple's new Beats 1 radio programming and begin using Apple Music.

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EditorialAfter crushing rival smartwatch sales, Apple Watch portrayed as doomed by CNBC

After crushing rival smartwatch sales, Apple Watch portrayed as doomed by CNBC

CNBC has issued a stream of flawed reports suggesting calamity and doom for Apple Watch—already the world's most commercially successful wearable—with each article twisting data to say the opposite of the truth in order to deliver sensational clickbait.

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