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Sunday, June 18, 2017

ReviewReview: Apple's 2017 12.9" iPad Pro gains feature parity with its smaller sibling

Review: Apple's 2017 12.9

Staggered launches of the first generation of iPad Pro tablets left the larger 12.9-inch model in an awkward position, lacking key professional-grade features like always-on Hey Siri and a color balancing True Tone display. Apple has rectified that with its 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro, bringing it up to speed with the smaller 10.5-inch version with a simultaneous release.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

ReviewReview: Apple's 2017 10.5" iPad Pro stuns with 120Hz ProMotion display

Review: Apple's 2017 10.5

Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro takes a device that was already a best-in-class tablet and makes it even better, headlined by a larger display with a stunning 120Hz refresh rate. But with a $649 starting price, Apple cuts just a few too many corners for our liking, especially when compared to the value proposition of the recently released $329 9.7-inch iPad.

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This week on AI: Apple's 'iPhone 8' features all but confirmed, 2017 4K iMac review & more

This week on AI: Apple's 'iPhone 8' features all but confirmed, 2017 4K iMac review & more

Following the intensity of WWDC, the heat of the iron softened to a warm glow this week, with reports all but confirming some of the features of upcoming iPhones — as well as original video content becoming a key product at Apple.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

VideoWatch: 2017 vs. 2016 Apple iPad Pro comparison

Watch: 2017 vs. 2016 Apple iPad Pro comparison

Apple's newly released iPad Pro models offer a number of changes over their predecessors, but sorting out exactly what has been updated can be difficult. Thankfully, AppleInsider is here to help you make sense of it.

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Upcoming Apple Pay shopping event in San Francisco offers discounts for iPhone-based mobile payments

Upcoming Apple Pay shopping event in San Francisco offers discounts for iPhone-based mobile payments

Apple is holding an event in San Francisco next weekend to promote the use of Apple Pay in stores and restaurants, with a number of merchants in two popular shopping areas offering exclusive discounts for customers using Apple's mobile payment platform to pay for goods and services.

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Deals: 128GB red iPhone 7 for $728 ($21 off); 2017 13" MacBook Pro $1,249 ($50 off); 20% off iPhones & iPads at eBay; $20 off 2017 13" Touch Bars

Deals: 128GB red iPhone 7 for $728 ($21 off); 2017 13

Shoppers this week can save $20 to $70 instantly on Apple's brand-new 2017 MacBook Pros with prices starting at $1,249. Or save 20% on a variety of iPhones and iPads on eBay with coupon and no sales tax in a majority of states. Apple's red iPhone 7 is also $21 off with no tax collected on your order.

Hands-OnHands-on: $499 gesture-controlled DJI Spark drone offers portability, simplicity

The first DJI Spark orders are now on their way to customers, and AppleInsider offers a first look at what comes in the box with the diminutive new gesture-controlled flying camera, which aims to make it simpler than ever to fly a drone.

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FeatureApple's eGPU developer's kit is promising, but what gets delivered in the future is anybody's guess

Apple's eGPU developer's kit is promising, but what gets delivered in the future is anybody's guess

After hammering on Apple's external GPU developer's kit for a week, AppleInsider discusses the hardware, the technology, and what needs to happen in the future for adoption of the concept by Mac users.

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VideoWatch: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K display gets dedicated graphics, Kaby Lake

Watch: Apple's 21.5

All of Apple's 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider's video review.

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Charity auction offers lunch with Eddy Cue at Apple Park

Charity auction offers lunch with Eddy Cue at Apple Park

Apple services chief Eddy Cue has followed CEO Tim Cook in offering a lunch date to the winner of a charity auction, with the latest Charitybuzz lot aiming to raise funds for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation through the sale of a meeting with the executive at the new Apple Park headquarters.

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Amazon devours Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7B, expanding AmazonFresh delivery avenues

Amazon devours Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7B, expanding AmazonFresh delivery avenues

A blockbuster deal announced Friday morning will see e-commerce giant Amazon buy organic and all-natural food vendor Whole Foods in an all-cash deal — and other retailers and grocers are seeing massive stock drops because of it.

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Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair of Sony programming directors

Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair of Sony programming directors

Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, a pair of former Sony Pictures Television executives previously responsible for programming like "Breaking Bad" and "The Goldbergs."

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FeatureAppleInsider talks 10.5" iPad Pro experience, iOS 11, ARKit, and the wish for a good smart TV

AppleInsider talks 10.5

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk iPad Pro 10.5", which iPad offers the best value, iOS 11, augmented reality, and much more.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Apple AirPort not on latest 'Vault 7' list of gear susceptible to factory firmware hack by CIA

Apple AirPort not on latest 'Vault 7' list of gear susceptible to factory firmware hack by CIA

The latest dump of "leaked" documents from WikiLeaks reportedly from the CIA details the "Cherry Blossom" firmware modification program, which allowed intelligence agencies to change firmware in a networking company's factories — but Apple AirPort hardware appears to be unaffected by the effort.

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2017 4K, 5K iMacs won't support Target Display Mode, despite Thunderbolt 3

2017 4K, 5K iMacs won't support Target Display Mode, despite Thunderbolt 3

Apple has definitively stated that new 2017 iMacs will not support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

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Report claims Nest open to HomeKit compatibility, new info suggests move not imminent

Report claims Nest open to HomeKit compatibility, new info suggests move not imminent

A new report claims that Google's smart thermostat and smart home hardware vendor Nest is considering a move to support HomeKit — but few hard details are available and new information suggests that compatibility isn't coming any time soon.

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Apple Music rival Spotify tops 140 million free & paid subscribers

Apple Music rival Spotify tops 140 million free & paid subscribers

Keeping ahead of Apple in on-demand streaming, Spotify on Thursday revealed that it has over 140 million active users worldwide, including both Premium customers and people on its free ad-supported tier.

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ReviewReview: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K display gets solid 2017 architectural refresh

Review: Apple's 21.5

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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2016 MacBook Pro Blowout: 15" Touch Bar for $2,064 ($335 off); 256GB 13" MBP for $1,299 ($200 off); 13" Touch Bar $1,589 ($210 off) [u]

2016 MacBook Pro Blowout: 15

The price wars are heating up on Late 2016 MacBook Pros with standard and upgraded models discounted by hundreds of dollars with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Plus, use our exclusive coupon code to unlock bonus savings on CTO systems while supplies last. Updated pricing on June 15.

Apple forecast to sell 41.5M iPhones in solid June quarter

Apple forecast to sell 41.5M iPhones in solid June quarter

Investors expect iPhone sales will return to growth in the current June quarter, moving up slightly from the same period a year ago, as the world waits for an anticipated "iPhone 8" this fall.

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E3 2017: 'Hitman,' 'Ark: Survival Evolved,' 'The Pillars of the Earth' coming soon to Mac

E3 2017: 'Hitman,' 'Ark: Survival Evolved,' 'The Pillars of the Earth' coming soon to Mac

Three games are preparing to launch on Mac this summer, with 'Hitman' arriving on June 20, 'Ark: Survival Evolved' leaving Early Access after two years with a full release on August 8, and the first part of 'The Pillars of the Earth' game adaptation shipping August 15.

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IBM opens new 'Garages' to boost development of MobileFirst apps for iOS

IBM opens new 'Garages' to boost development of MobileFirst apps for iOS

IBM on Thursday announced an expansion of its "Garage" concept, introducing yet more physical offices meant to speed up the creation of MobileFirst iOS apps for enterprise clients.

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Twitter launches redesigned iOS app with new look, use of Safari's in-app viewer

Twitter launches redesigned iOS app with new look, use of Safari's in-app viewer

Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out a new edition of its app for Apple's iPhone and iPad, giving it a new look and interface, as well as making some functional improvements including more convenient use of Safari for viewing links.

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Former iOS head Scott Forstall to talk iPhone's creation at Computer History Museum

Former iOS head Scott Forstall to talk iPhone's creation at Computer History Museum

Scott Forstall — Apple's former head of iOS development — will appear at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. on June 20 to talk about the origins of the iPhone, according to an announcement.

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iOS quarterly market share grows in China as Apple's iPhone outpaces local vendors

iOS quarterly market share grows in China as Apple's iPhone outpaces local vendors

Apple is increasing the market share of iPhones and iPads in a number of key markets, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, with iOS noted as posting a strong period-on-period gain in urban China after sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus outpaced those of local rivals Oppo and Huawei.

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Apple's Tim Cook talks HomePod, AR, personal legacy & more in new interview excerpt

Apple's Tim Cook talks HomePod, AR, personal legacy & more in new interview excerpt

In an interview excerpt published on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on a variety of topics, including how much time he spends thinking about what people will say about his legacy at Apple.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

VideoWatch: What's new with the 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Watch: What's new with the 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro

As part of last week's refresh, Apple released an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro plus an all-new 10.5-inch iPad, with a much smaller side bezel, a new ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and the A10X Fusion Processor. AppleInsider compares the new versions against earlier iPad Pro models.

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Report claims Apple expanding CareKit, working on iPhone health record repository feature

Report claims Apple expanding CareKit, working on iPhone health record repository feature

Apple appears to be working on a digital medical record initiative to simplify getting all of a patient's information to every caretaker that needs it, and will take advantage of the iPhone's near-ubiquity in U.S. health care to do it, according to a new report.

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E3 2017: Nexon's 'Durango' exiting long development, releases for iOS in tail-end of 2017

E3 2017: Nexon's 'Durango' exiting long development, releases for iOS in tail-end of 2017

Nexon's survival title "Durango" has made an appearance at the 2017 E3, showing off a combination of isometric role-playing and survival in a creature-infested post-apocalyptic world.

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Schiller refutes book's account that he demanded physical keyboard in early iPhone

Schiller refutes book's account that he demanded physical keyboard in early iPhone

A forthcoming book's accuracy about the early development of the iPhone has come under fire by Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller and Tony Fadell, with both denying a story that Schiller vigorously demanded a physical keyboard during development of the original iPhone prototypes was accurate.

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Wisconsin location reportedly under consideration for US Foxconn factory

Wisconsin location reportedly under consideration for US Foxconn factory

Sources claim that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has set its sights on Wisconsin as a location for its U.S. plant — but governmental sources in the state note that any firm deal is still some time away.

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Hard drive and SSD status monitor utility SMART Alec coming from OWC for macOS in July

Hard drive and SSD status monitor utility SMART Alec coming from OWC for macOS in July

Long-time Mac upgrade vendor OWC will soon launch SMART Alec, a utility to keep an eye on the health reporting data from SSDs, hard drives, and Fusion Drives connected to a Mac.

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ExclusiveTrade-in Deals: Grab a $20 cash bonus when you sell your used MacBook or iPad to BBW now that WWDC hardware has arrived

Trade-in Deals: Grab a $20 cash bonus when you sell your used MacBook or iPad to BBW now that WWDC hardware has arrived

With brand-new MacBooks, iMacs and iPad Pros hitting the shelves, now is the time to lock in a $20 cash bonus for your used iPad or MacBook before prices drop. Plus, take advantage of a 30-day price lock, giving you plenty of time to transfer files and import settings before shipping your old device to BuyBackWorld.

Survey finds 1/3 of people interested in Apple's HomePod, still more likely to buy Amazon Echo

Survey finds 1/3 of people interested in Apple's HomePod, still more likely to buy Amazon Echo

Roughly a third of people in the U.S. are interested in Apple's Siri-based HomePod, though they're more likely to buy an Amazon Echo in practice, survey results suggested on Wednesday.

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E3 2017: Supercell reveals 'Brawl Stars,' a team-based top-down shooter for Apple's iOS

E3 2017: Supercell reveals 'Brawl Stars,' a team-based top-down shooter for Apple's iOS

"Clash of Clans" and "Clash Royale" developer Supercell has revealed "Brawl Stars," an upcoming iOS multiplayer game that pits two teams of three players against each other in a top-down shooter, eliminating opponents and completing objectives in order to win the game.

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E3 2017: Mac games 'Fortnite,' 'Railway Empire,' 'Tropico 6,' 'Unto The End,' 'Tunic' announced

E3 2017: Mac games 'Fortnite,' 'Railway Empire,' 'Tropico 6,' 'Unto The End,' 'Tunic' announced

This year's E3 conference included a number of Mac-related gaming announcements, including highly anticipated titles "Fortnite," "Railway Empire," "Tropico 6," "Unto The End," and "Tunic."

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Apple partner Wistron says 'iPhone 7s Plus' will include wireless charging, improved waterproofing

Apple partner Wistron says 'iPhone 7s Plus' will include wireless charging, improved waterproofing

In an apparent breach of Apple's secrecy protocols, Wistron's chief executive told reporters on Wednesday that this fall's anticipated "iPhone 7s Plus" will add wireless charging, and also improve on the water resistant design introduced with the iPhone 7 series.

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Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with built-in Apple Music support

Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with built-in Apple Music support

Electronics maker Nativ on Wednesday launched the Vita, a high-end, touchscreen-based music player and server which has the rare feature of integrated Apple Music support.

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Largan confirms it will ship facial recognition 3D sensors this year, in time for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Largan confirms it will ship facial recognition 3D sensors this year, in time for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Though the company stopped short of saying who the components are for, Apple supplier Largan has affirmed that it will ship 3D sensors capable of scanning a user's face and unique iris, capabilities rumored to be a part of the anticipated "iPhone 8."

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