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Saturday, August 11, 2018

EditorialApple Services and the ecosystem of value capture

Apple Services and the ecosystem of value capture

Apple's remarkable success in iTunes and its App Stores bears striking similarity to another example of a platform developer investing in its own ecosystem: transit Value Capture. App Store Value Capture has changed the game for Apple, and is now fueling a faster rate of revenue growth for the company than all of its hardware segments combined.

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VideoComparing the 2018 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with the Dell XPS 15 9570

Comparing the 2018 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with the Dell XPS 15 9570

The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro is powerful and well designed, but can it keep competitors like the Dell XPS 15 9570 at bay? AppleInsider looks at both to see which is the better overall package.

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App Roundup: PGA Championship 2018, The Views News, Instapaper Premium, more!

App Roundup: PGA Championship 2018, The Views News, Instapaper Premium, more!

In the constantly-changing landscape of the App Store and the software marketplace, new apps and updates to existing titles are announced all the time. AppleInsider highlights some of the more notable app introductions and software updates for iOS and macOS that surfaced in the past week.

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This week on AI: What's new in Apple's iOS 12 & macOS Mojave betas, iPhones as passports & more

This week on AI: What's new in Apple's iOS 12 & macOS Mojave betas, iPhones as passports & more

Apple's latest iOS and macOS betas were the centerpiece of the week, but travel, CarPlay, and the performance of 2018 MacBook Pros were also on your minds.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Trump says will meet Apple CEO Tim Cook for dinner

Trump says will meet Apple CEO Tim Cook for dinner

Less than four months after their April White House meeting, President Donald Trump tweeted that he and Apple CEO Tim Cook are set to dine together Friday night.

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New Siri Shortcuts beta introduces limited HomeKit integration

New Siri Shortcuts beta introduces limited HomeKit integration

Apple on Friday released a new beta version of its Shortcuts app to developers for testing, and while the update is light on big feature additions, some users who are concurrently running the latest build of iOS 12 beta have reported limited HomeKit integration.

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Last call: Save up to $1,400 on Macs, including $100-$150 off 2018 MacBook Pros and 13" MBP (16GB, 256GB) for $1,399

Last call: Save up to $1,400 on Macs, including $100-$150 off 2018 MacBook Pros and 13

Just in, B&H has issued massive markdowns on Apple hardware with discounts of up to $1,400 off. Pick up a 13" MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $1,399, a discount of $300 off MSRP. Or save $100 to $150 on all 2018 models, plus $399 Mac minis and much more. All with no tax collected in most states.

Hands-OnHands on: Final Draft 10 hangs on as the best tool for screenwriters

Hands on: Final Draft 10 hangs on as the best tool for screenwriters

This specialist word processor has enough quirks to make it irritating, yet it continues to speed up the repetitive parts of screenwriting so much. AppleInsider starts crafting the next, great Netflix series.

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Samsung goes after Apple and iPhone X again with two more 'Ingenious' ads

Samsung goes after Apple and iPhone X again with two more 'Ingenious' ads

Samsung continues its faux Apple store anti-Apple series, this time mocking the iPhone X for its lack of a pen and for its amount of power.

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VideoAll the changes to Notifications on your iPhone in iOS 12

All the changes to Notifications on your iPhone in iOS 12

Everyone dreads the chore of dealing with a large influx of Notifications, but we still need them to keep up with what is going on. Fortunately, in iOS 12, Apple made a number of changes to the improve the user experience.

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FeatureMcDonald's in Chicago is the latest Apple Store copycat - but not the first by far

McDonald's in Chicago is the latest Apple Store copycat - but not the first by far

McDonald's new flagship store is making a clear effort to mimic the Apple Store. AppleInsider takes a look at the plan, and also a takes a look back at Microsoft, Sony, and others who have "borrowed" elements of the Apple Store aesthetic in retail.

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Philips confirms Outdoor Lightstrip, other new Hue lights on the way

Philips confirms Outdoor Lightstrip, other new Hue lights on the way

Phlips has announced a slew of new HomeKit-compatible Hue lights due in 2018, including the previously leaked Outdoor Lightstrip.

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EditorialApple's secret Services sauce sells systems

Apple's secret Services sauce sells systems

Despite making the hardware business look easy, Apple hasn't always been incredibly successful in introducing new devices. But comparing its biggest hits with its worst misses helps to isolate a secret sauce that is driving demand for the company's products globally.

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Spotify tests skippable ads for free listeners in Australia

Spotify tests skippable ads for free listeners in Australia

In a move that could eventually lure new subscribers away from Apple Music, Spotify is now testing skippable ads for its free ad-based tier.

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TipsWhat to do when your Lightning cable won't charge your iPhone or iPad

What to do when your Lightning cable won't charge your iPhone or iPad

It's not a common problem — but knowing that is no help when it's just happened to you. AppleInsider shows the steps that can save you a trip to an Apple Store.

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Qualcomm, Taiwan reach settlement on $773M antitrust fine

Qualcomm, Taiwan reach settlement on $773M antitrust fine

The chipmaker is facing one less lawsuit now that it has agreed to invest in Taiwan in exchange for the dismissal of a large fine.

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FeaturePodcast discusses Apple wanting to use the iPhone as a passport, Apple Pay Cash, teacher iPads

Podcast discusses Apple wanting to use the iPhone as a passport, Apple Pay Cash, teacher iPads

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and Mike talk about an Apple working on technology so the iPhone can be used as a passport, iPads being issued to teachers for reading literacy, and an Apple Pay Cash advertisement that popped up on Apple's YouTube channel.

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Doug Field returns to Apple's 'Project Titan' after stint at Tesla

Doug Field returns to Apple's 'Project Titan' after stint at Tesla

Doug Field, who previously worked as a vice president of Mac hardware engineering at Apple, has returned to the Cupertino tech giant after a nearly five-year stint at Tesla to work on the company's secretive automotive initiative.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Denon and Marantz roll out AirPlay 2 support for select AV receivers

Denon and Marantz roll out AirPlay 2 support for select AV receivers

Audio specialists Denon and Marantz began rolling out promised support for Apple's AirPlay 2 on Thursday, providing owners with firmware updates that bring certain AV receivers in compliance with the wireless streaming protocol.

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Remote Mac hack relies on MDM bug Apple patched in latest macOS update

Remote Mac hack relies on MDM bug Apple patched in latest macOS update

Researchers at the Black Hat security conference at Las Vegas intend to demonstrate an exploit in Apple's enterprise tools that lets well-equipped hackers compromise a Mac the first time it connects to Wi-Fi, though the bug has already been patched in the latest macOS High Sierra update.

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Apple's iPhone X bests Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 in benchmark testing

Apple's iPhone X bests Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 in benchmark testing

Early benchmark testing of Samsung's just released Galaxy Note 9 shows the flagship phablet is unable to top Apple's iPhone X with A11 Bionic processor despite hitting market nearly 11 months later.

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Analyst estimates Apple Pay used by 253M people worldwide, 31 percent of iPhone install base

Analyst estimates Apple Pay used by 253M people worldwide, 31 percent of iPhone install base

Analyst Gene Munster sees Apple Pay as an increasingly important part of Apple's services category, which has enjoyed record-breaking growth over the past few quarters, estimating the payment solution now has 253 million users worldwide.

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Unicode 12 emoji shortlist includes 55 gender & skin tone combos for couples holding hands

Unicode 12 emoji shortlist includes 55 gender & skin tone combos for couples holding hands

On Thursday the Unicode Consortium — of which Apple is a part — announced the 179 candidates that are on the shortlist for emoji in Unicode 12, which should reach iPhones and other mobile devices in the first quarter of 2019.

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Hands-OnHands on: Cappuccino news reader for macOS and iOS is gorgeous but no power tool

Hands on: Cappuccino news reader for macOS and iOS is gorgeous but no power tool

Cappuccino for Mac and iOS can catch you up on the day's events and fill you in on certain topics you like. AppleInsider tries pressing it into service.

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Apple trade-in guide: Where to get the most money for your used iPhone, iPad or Mac

Apple trade-in guide: Where to get the most money for your used iPhone, iPad or Mac

With iPhone launch season around the corner, we're rounding up where to get the most money for your used device at leading buyback providers, such as Gazelle, BuyBack World and MyPhones Unlimited, with special coupons and exclusive trade-in bonus deals.

EditorialThe myth of Apple's impossibly difficult (yet super easy) hardware business

The myth of Apple's impossibly difficult (yet super easy) hardware business

Every time Apple has entered a new market segment, the wailing sirens of punditry have scrambled to scream out their logic of how impossible it will be for the company to ever get established, to meaningfully change the rules, and to succeed commercially. And at the same time, those same critics frequently throw out the idea that Apple doesn't even have to try to succeed in hardware, because its audience of raving fans will blindly buy any overpriced, underperforming thing the company releases. In both cases, they're wrong, here's why.

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Samsung Galaxy Home will fight smart speakers from Apple, Amazon & Google

Samsung Galaxy Home will fight smart speakers from Apple, Amazon & Google

In addition to revealing the Galaxy Note9, one of Samsung's other product announcements on Thursday was the Galaxy Home, the company's first smartspeaker.

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Siri improved small business name recognition by using local language models

Siri improved small business name recognition by using local language models

Improvements to the way Siri recognizes names of small businesses and local points of interest are due to the use of language models designed for specific locations, Apple's Machine Learning Journal reveals, helping the virtual assistant understand local names for nearby places.

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Samsung debuts iPhone X-challenging Galaxy Note 9 with upgraded S Pen, full-day battery & more

Samsung debuts iPhone X-challenging Galaxy Note 9 with upgraded S Pen, full-day battery & more

Samsung on Thursday announced its main competition for this fall's iPhones in the form of the Galaxy Note 9, the latest version of the smartphone often credited for popularizing "phablet" sizes.

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VideoComparing the Core i9 and graphical performance of the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Dell's XPS 15

Comparing the Core i9 and graphical performance of the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Dell's XPS 15

The 15-inch MacBook Pro's Core i9 processor is fast, but how does it stand up against another notebook packing the same chip? AppleInsider pits the new high-specification MacBook Pro against the Dell XPS 15 to see how Apple's latest release stacks up to the competition.

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How to play music using your Mac's keyboard with GarageBand's Musical Typing

How to play music using your Mac's keyboard with GarageBand's Musical Typing

Want to add elements to a GarageBand composition by playing a piano, but don't have access to a MIDI keyboard? Save money on buying a new instrument by taking advantage of the built-in Musical Typing feature to turn your Mac's keyboard into an alternative keyboard.

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Adobe InDesign & Illustrator upgrades will add direct access to 9,000-plus fonts

Adobe InDesign & Illustrator upgrades will add direct access to 9,000-plus fonts

Adobe has announced that upcoming upgrades of InDesign CC and Illustator CC will provide overhauled font interfaces, including direct access to over 9,000 fonts through a Creative Cloud subscription.

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Apple wants iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports

Apple wants iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports

Apple has considered the possibility of using the iPhone as a form of identification for the user, with one proposed onboard secure storage system using RFID having the potential to use a smartphone as an alternative to a passport for travelers at ports.

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Apple likely headed to court over potential iPhone ban in India

Apple likely headed to court over potential iPhone ban in India

The India government has refused Apple's request to exempt the iPhone from anti-spam laws regarding a mandatory anti-spam app, with the fight possibly ending up in the iPhone getting cut off from the country's cellular networks.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

One Summer Chicago students showcase Everyone Can Code projects at Apple store

One Summer Chicago students showcase Everyone Can Code projects at Apple store

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand at Apple's flagship Michigan Ave. store Wednesday night, where participants of the One Summer Chicago employment and internship initiative showcased apps built with the Swift programming language.

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Apple, Verizon partnership gives unlimited data plan subscribers six months of free Apple Music

Apple, Verizon partnership gives unlimited data plan subscribers six months of free Apple Music

Verizon on Wednesday announced a new and exclusive partnership with Apple that grants six free months of Apple Music to customers who subscribe to one of the carrier's three unlimited plans.

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Apple explains decision to keep 'Infowars' app on App Store

Apple explains decision to keep 'Infowars' app on App Store

Apple on Wednesday confirmed a decision to leave conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars app available for download in the iOS App Store following the removal of his podcast content from other digital platforms including iTunes and Podcasts, saying the app has not violated company guidelines.

Apple supplier earnings suggest TrueDepth coming to three new iPhone models in 2018

Apple supplier earnings suggest TrueDepth coming to three new iPhone models in 2018

Apple TrueDepth parts supplier Lumentum reported better than expected results for the June quarter, with anticipated order volume suggesting the depth-sensing camera system will arrive on three new iPhone models this year, according to analyst predictions.

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Apple's iOS Health Records has 75+ backers, uses open-source frameworks for easy adoption

Apple's iOS Health Records has 75+ backers, uses open-source frameworks for easy adoption

Apple's iOS Health Records program has grown to 77 supported health organizations, and is using an open-source standard known as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, or FHIR, the company's head of Clinical and Health Informatics revealed at a speech on Wednesday.

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