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Monday, January 23, 2017

Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 maintenance updates

Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 maintenance updates

Adding to the bevy of updates, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1, the former being Apple's first Watch update since the botched 3.1.1 code from December.

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New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU fix, rectifies Safari battery drain

New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU fix, rectifies Safari battery drain

In conjunction with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple has also released the 10.12.3 update to macOS Sierra, bringing GPU driver updates to the 2016 MacBook Pro, and a fix for PDF corruption.

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Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing minor fixes

Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing minor fixes

Wrapping up weeks of beta testing, Apple on Monday released the completed version of iOS 10.2.1, a minor update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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TipsHow to use offline mode in Google Maps with your iPhone or iPad

How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your iPhone or iPad

One of the continuing advantages of Google Maps over Apple's native iOS Maps app is better support for going offline — something particularly important when going on vacation, traveling through rural areas, or otherwise passing through regions with weak internet access. Here's how to take advantage of those offline functions on your iPhone or iPad.

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Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones iPhone modem royalties

Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones iPhone modem royalties

Apple chip supplier Qualcomm could take a major financial hit if the former decides to withhold royalties until its $1 billion lawsuit is finished, an analyst noted on Monday.

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Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour immersion after dunk in Russian river

Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour immersion after dunk in Russian river

An ice fishing accident has led to an unexpected demonstration of the iPhone 7's water resistance capabilities, after an iPhone 7 Plus was retrieved from the bottom of a frozen-over river, and found to be in perfect working order.

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Deals: $250 off 15" MacBook Pros; $300 off 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar & AppleCare; DJI Phantom 3 4K for $499

Deals: $250 off 15

Kicking off the week, readers can snap up a Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2,149. Or opt for a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare for $1,748.99 with promo code. B&H is also taking $300 off the DJI Phantom 3 4K drone today only with no tax outside NY.

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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 to miss Mobile World Congress debut in aftermath of Note 7 fires

Samsung Galaxy S8 to miss Mobile World Congress debut in aftermath of Note 7 fires

Owing to precautions set up in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung's next rival to the Apple iPhone — the Galaxy S8 — won't be revealed at late February's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, the company's mobile head revealed on Monday.

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Apple Watch pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette closes, one remains in Tokyo

Apple Watch pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette closes, one remains in Tokyo

Apple has shut down a second dedicated Apple Watch gallery, with the closure of the boutique store in the Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris taking place weeks after a similar Apple Watch pop-up shop in London closed.

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Wistron set to help produce Apple's 2017 iPhones in India - report

Wistron set to help produce Apple's 2017 iPhones in India - report

Apple has indeed picked Wistron to be its first iPhone manufacturer in India, with plans to get the company working phones launching later this year, a report claimed on Monday — despite Apple having not yet secured a deal to set up Indian manufacturing.

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Some users finding AirPods drop phone call audio when paired with iPhone 6s

Some users finding AirPods drop phone call audio when paired with iPhone 6s

Apple is looking into claims by a number of AirPods owners that the audio accessories have connectivity issues, with the Bluetooth connection temporarily dropping during phone calls, yet not during music playback.

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Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal, pair teaming to combat Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora

Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal, pair teaming to combat Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora

Sprint has announced that it has forged a deal for 33 percent ownership of music streaming service Tidal, and as part of the deal, Sprint customers will receive "exclusive artist content" not available anywhere else.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Apple and Foxconn weighing $7 billion display plant in U.S., report says

Apple and Foxconn weighing $7 billion display plant in U.S., report says

Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is considering the possibility of a $7 billion joint investment in an automated display production facility in the U.S., the latter company's chairman said on Sunday.

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Galaxy Note 7 investigation concludes, pair of issues will cost Samsung $5 billion

Galaxy Note 7 investigation concludes, pair of issues will cost Samsung $5 billion

Samsung has concluded its investigation involving the 2016 Galaxy Note 7 fires, and has determined that two different flaws resulted in the conflagrations in the failing devices, with one creeping in after a too-quick investigation.

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Hands-on with the completely revamped Terminology dictionary app

Hands-on with the completely revamped Terminology dictionary app

AppleInsider delves into the newly re-written Terminology app, which provides definitions for words highlighted within other apps.

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Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three local backup utilities for macOS

Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three local backup utilities for macOS

Backing up your data to prevent loss in the case of digital disaster couldn't be much easier, but there are choices to make, and things you should to to guarantee safety. AppleInsider looks at some of your options, and helps you choose.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Apple expected to replace Touch ID with two-step facial, fingerprint bio-recognition tech

Apple expected to replace Touch ID with two-step facial, fingerprint bio-recognition tech

Apple is developing advanced biometric security technologies, including facial recognition and optical fingerprint sensing designs, to replace the vaunted Touch ID module implemented in all iPhones and iPads since the release of iPhone 5s.

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Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary visits Yokohama Apple R&D center, confirms March opening

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary visits Yokohama Apple R&D center, confirms March opening

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has paid a visit to the Apple Yokohama City Tsunamshima artificial intelligence development site, now confirmed by the official to open in March.

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Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit, says iPhone maker behind 'regulatory attacks'

Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit, says iPhone maker behind 'regulatory attacks'

Responding to some of the harsh claims in Apple's more than $1 billion lawsuit, chipmaker Qualcomm has issued a statement of its own saying the allegations are "baseless" and accusing Apple of provoking "regulatory attacks" in the U.S. and South Korea.

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Apple to adopt new 3D Touch technology for OLED iPhone

Apple to adopt new 3D Touch technology for OLED iPhone

Apple is expected to replace current 3D Touch technology with a new design based on thin film sensors when it introduces a next-generation iPhone with OLED display, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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This week on AI: Apple v. Qualcomm, OLED iPhone rumors, MacBook Pro updates and more

This week on AI: Apple v. Qualcomm, OLED iPhone rumors, MacBook Pro updates and more

Perhaps the star rumor this week was that this year's OLED iPhone will actually have 5.8-inch wraparound screen, rather than the 5.1- to 5.2-inch size previously hinted. It was a busy news period overall though, including lawsuits with Qualcomm, major Logic and GarageBand updates, and teases of future MacBooks plus a second-generation Apple Pencil.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Apple gross margin likely impacted by alleged $1B Qualcomm 'extortion,' but lawsuits might lead to better chip deals

Apple gross margin likely impacted by alleged $1B Qualcomm 'extortion,' but lawsuits might lead to better chip deals

Ruminating on Apple's recently announced lawsuit against Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in vendor rebates, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes the consequent hit to Apple gross margin could help the company in the long run.

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Apple accuses Qualcomm of extortion, monopolistic practices, price-gouging and more in lawsuit

Apple accuses Qualcomm of extortion, monopolistic practices, price-gouging and more in lawsuit

Apple earlier today filed a patent royalty lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the firm failed to pay owed rebates in retaliation for Apple's part in a Korean antitrust investigation. The claims goes further, however, accusing the chipmaker of partaking in unsavory business practices, from price-gouging to extortion.

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Vine creates searchable video archive after social network shut down

Vine creates searchable video archive after social network shut down

After shutting down social networking features last week, Vine on Friday made good on a promise to activate what it calls the Vine Archive, an online browsable repository of all user content created during the service's four-year run.

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Rumor: FaceTime group video calls to debut in iOS 11

Rumor: FaceTime group video calls to debut in iOS 11

Potentially fulfilling a long-standing iPhone and iPad feature request, FaceTime might finally support group video calls with iOS 11, a report claimed on Friday.

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Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels in royalties per stream than Spotify

Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels in royalties per stream than Spotify

Record labels are getting a better deal on streaming music royalties with Apple than major rival Spotify, according to a report, with Apple Music streaming rates claimed to be nearly double what is paid out by its main competition.

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ExclusiveApple Deals: Save $169 to $369 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks & 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks with AppleCare

Apple Deals: Save $169 to $369 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks & 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks with AppleCare

Our exclusive deals keep rolling in: This week, save $169 to $369 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans, or take $169 to $269 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks paired with AppleCare. Alteratively, pick up an iMac 5K by itself for $1,674 or an iMac 4K for $1,324 — all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ.

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Apple sues iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, claims $1 billion in payments withheld over FTC probe

Apple sues iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, claims $1 billion in payments withheld over FTC probe

Apple on Friday filed a lawsuit against longtime iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, in a dispute over royalty payments apparently connected to a federal investigation into the chipmaker's potentially anticompetitive business dealings.

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Canadian antitrust bureau reaches deal with Apple and e-book publishers

Canadian antitrust bureau reaches deal with Apple and e-book publishers

Canada's Competition Bureau on Friday announced an agreement with Apple and three e-book publishers, allowing other sellers such as Amazon and Kobo to offer discounts on titles, despite the first group's attempts to keep prices higher.

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LifeProof ships waterproof Nuud cases for Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

LifeProof ships waterproof Nuud cases for Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

OtterBox-owned LifeProof on Friday launched new versions of its waterproof Nuud cases, now tailored to Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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Investment firm BlackRock increases stake in Apple stock, now owns 6.1% of shares

Investment firm BlackRock increases stake in Apple stock, now owns 6.1% of shares

The world's largest asset management firm BlackRock has increased its holdings in Apple, with a regulatory filing revealing its total ownership in the company is now over 322 million shares, worth approximately $38.4 billion.

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ExclusiveDeals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016 13" MacBook Pro; 1TB 27" iMac 5K for $2,199

Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016 13

Shoppers this week can save $20 on 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs or $150 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar thanks to exclusive savings. Or snap up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K (3.2GHz, 32GB, 1TB, M380) at $200 off with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Security concerns force President Trump to ditch Android phone

Security concerns force President Trump to ditch Android phone

Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly had to switch from his old Android phone to a new device, potentially a modified Apple iPhone.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook receives $3.6M from small sale of 30,000 shares, weeks after $1.5M pay cut

Apple CEO Tim Cook receives $3.6M from small sale of 30,000 shares, weeks after $1.5M pay cut

A small cache of 30,000 Apple shares were sold by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week as part of a scheduled trading plan, with Cook receiving a total of $3.6 million from the company stock sale.

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Hands-OnTimepage calendar iPhone app by Moleskine adds style to events

Timepage calendar iPhone app by Moleskine adds style to events

After using Apple's Calendar app, you may be on the hunt for another — Timepage by Moleskine may fit your bill. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it works.

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TipsHow to watch the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump live on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV

How to watch the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump live on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is due to be sworn into office later today, with opening remarks beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time and the oath of office at noon. Here's how to watch it live on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

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Popular beauty app Meitu checks if iPhone is jailbroken, sends carrier data back to Chinese developer

Popular beauty app Meitu checks if iPhone is jailbroken, sends carrier data back to Chinese developer

One of the App Store's top downloads — an app for creating Anime-style self portraits — is a potential privacy risk to its users, as researchers have discovered the app sends details about carrier, and whether the iPhone has been jailbroken, back to the developer.

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Lion's share of Apple's revenue expansion after 'iPhone 8' expected from services growth

Lion's share of Apple's revenue expansion after 'iPhone 8' expected from services growth

Given the Apple iPhone user base expansion, Apple's Services business led by the App Store is forecast to not only be the prime mover of Apple's income expansion, but also be the largest contributor to gross margin improvements as well.

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