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Saturday, June 23, 2018

VideoA year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models

A year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models

Apple was rumored to refresh its MacBook line at WWDC 2018, but with the event come and gone with nary an announcement to be heard, we know we have to wait a bit longer for new hardware. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at how our 2017 MacBook Pros have fared over the past 12 months.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

VideoCan Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?

Can Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?

Apple's HomePod is one of the best sounding smart speakers on the market, and the recent addition of stereo pairing with AirPlay 2 makes the setup even more engaging. But how does a pair of HomePods stack up against a dedicated home theater system?

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ReviewReview: Amazon's Echo Spot is a cool device, but needs to do more with its screen

Review: Amazon's Echo Spot is a cool device, but needs to do more with its screen

The Echo Spot is undeniably a cool product, but without YouTube it's hard to justify over a regular Echo, except for people with security cameras or those wanting the world's best alarm clock.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

VideoDolby Atmos isn't on the Apple TV 4K yet, but it is a must for home theater fans

Dolby Atmos isn't on the Apple TV 4K yet, but it is a must for home theater fans

At last year's September iPhone release event, Apple also unveiled the Apple TV 4K, supporting the latest video technologies like Dolby Vision and HDR10 — but minus Dolby Atmos. AppleInsider delves into Atmos versus surround sound, and what you can expect when support comes in the fall.

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App Roundup: iWork for iOS and Mac, Little Snitch, Ark: Survival Evolved, Hearthstone, more!

App Roundup: iWork for iOS and Mac, Little Snitch, Ark: Survival Evolved, Hearthstone, more!

New apps and updates to existing software are pushed to the App Store and other online marketplaces every day, and there are simply too many of them to keep track of all of the changes. AppleInsider has collected together some of the main macOS and iOS updates and launches from the last week that you should know about.

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This week on AI: Lightning crashes, Apple gears iPhones against searches, iOS 12's speed put to the test & more

This week on AI: Lightning crashes, Apple gears iPhones against searches, iOS 12's speed put to the test & more

Popular stories this week included hints of Lightning being replaced with USB-C, iOS 12 features designed to block searches, and the real-world speed of the OS on older Apple devices.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $350 to $500 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $350 to $500 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Readers this week can snap up the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's iMac Pro with our exclusive coupon. On top of the bonus savings available only at AppleInsider, there's no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as no interest financing for 12 months on approved credit.

ExclusiveHere are some of the lowest prices ever on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, with new deals just added

Here are some of the lowest prices ever on Apple's 15

As we reported earlier this month, supplies of Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro are dwindling, thanks to aggressive bargains on a variety of models. However, B&H just launched new discounts on remaining inventory with savings of up to $1,600 off loaded models — the lowest prices ever — and the deals are available exclusively at AppleInsider.

US iPhone imports imperiled as ITC hears Qualcomm complaint

US iPhone imports imperiled as ITC hears Qualcomm complaint

The first of more than a dozen legal actions between Apple and Qualcomm went to trial in Washington, D.C., on Friday, where U.S. International Trade Commission staff issued a recommendation that the presiding trade judge find the iPhone maker in infringement of Qualcomm IP.

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Apple recruits senior Waymo engineer & NASA veteran for self-driving car project

Apple recruits senior Waymo engineer & NASA veteran for self-driving car project

The latest addition to Apple's self-driving car team is Jaime Waydo, previously a senior engineer at Alphabet's Waymo as well as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Apple, Oprah Winfrey sign multi-year deal for TV programming

Apple, Oprah Winfrey sign multi-year deal for TV programming

Apple and Oprah Winfrey have teamed in a long-term partnership to develop programming and original content for what will likely become Apple's streaming video service.

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VideoHere are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad

Here are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad

When Apple introduced iOS 12 during the WWDC 2018 keynote, they barely scratched the surface on what was changed in their latest major update. We've tracked down well over 150 features to find everything new in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad.

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Apple Maps recovers from multi-hour partial service outage affecting search & directions [u]

Apple Maps recovers from multi-hour partial service outage affecting search & directions [u]

Apple Maps endured a multi-hour partial service outage on Friday, with a large number of users unable to use the navigational functions to get directions on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac versions of the app.

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Apple & tech's disproportionate share of S&P index raising eyebrows

Apple & tech's disproportionate share of S&P index raising eyebrows

Tech companies, including Apple, take up a large percentage of the index's value, as well as its growth, leading some observers to question whether Big Tech has gotten too financially powerful.

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FeaturePodcast discusses the end of the lightning connector, waterproof patents, and interviews Moog iOS developer Geert Bevin

Podcast discusses the end of the lightning connector, waterproof patents, and interviews Moog iOS developer Geert Bevin

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and Andrew O'Hara discuss rumors of the Lightning connector's demise, patents on making connectors waterproof, network building tips, and an interview with the Geert Bevin, Moog Music's iOS Product Manager and Software Engineering Lead.

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Intel's next iPhone cellular modem could completely replace Qualcomm chips

Intel's next iPhone cellular modem could completely replace Qualcomm chips

Intel has commenced manufacturing of modems that will reportedly be used in the 2018 iPhone refresh this fall, one that could be used across a wide variety of cellular communications technologies, and could eliminate the need for Apple to produce iPhone variants using Qualcomm modem chips.

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Cheaper 6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone expected to be Apple's most popular model

Cheaper 6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone expected to be Apple's most popular model

Apple has reportedly made some alterations to its 2018 iPhone orders, and is expected to deliver more of the 6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone in the fall than the OLED models combined.

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Apple's new 'Behind the Mac' ad campaign puts spotlight back on creatives

Apple's new 'Behind the Mac' ad campaign puts spotlight back on creatives

Apple on Thursday debuted a new ad series detailing the many ways creative professionals use Mac to accomplish their work across a range of very different disciplines, from music to app development. Each story furthers the implication that Mac is a machine that empowers, harkening back to campaigns touting the company's close bonds with those who make.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

HomePod ad directed by Spike Jonze wins industry award

HomePod ad directed by Spike Jonze wins industry award

Apple's innovative advertisements continue to rack up industry accolades, as the company's HomePod short film, directed by Spike Jonze, this week claimed top honors at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show.

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iWork apps updated with new audio features and Smart Annotation enhancements

iWork apps updated with new audio features and Smart Annotation enhancements

Apple on Thursday issued updates to all three members of its iWork suite — Pages, Keynote, Numbers — on both Mac and iOS, bringing a slew of new features and enhancements including native audio recording, editing and playback capabilities.

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AT&T completes $85B acquisition of Time Warner

AT&T completes $85B acquisition of Time Warner

Two days after a federal judge found AT&T's proposed purchase of Time Warner does not violate antitrust laws, the telecom on Thursday finalized the $85 billion acquisition to create one of the largest media conglomerates in the world.

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Apple's TV app enables live sports, news coverage in Canada

Apple's TV app enables live sports, news coverage in Canada

Apple this week flipped the switch on live sports and news sections in its TV app for Canadian iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners, granting users access to coverage of the FIFA World Cup and other popular programming.

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Grayshift claims it defeated Apple's forthcoming 'USB Restricted Mode' security feature

Grayshift claims it defeated Apple's forthcoming 'USB Restricted Mode' security feature

Grayshift, the digital forensics firm that markets the GrayKey iPhone unlocking tool, says it already has a workaround for Apple's upcoming "USB Restricted Mode," an iOS 12 security feature that effectively disables hardwired USB data connections bid to protect user information.

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FeatureWhat movie studio consolidation means for Apple's media ambitions

What movie studio consolidation means for Apple's media ambitions

With AT&T's Time Warner purchase approved and Disney and Comcast bidding for Fox, a wave is underway of movie studios changing hands. And Apple might get in on the game too.

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Apple looking beyond just TV with push for animated feature film

Apple looking beyond just TV with push for animated feature film

In a break from its other original video efforts, Apple is reportedly angling for the rights to an animated feature film, which could be seen in theaters.

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FeatureHere are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2

Here are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 is a small but important addition to Apple's platforms, allowing audio to be played on multiple devices simultaneously. Here's a list of the compatible speakers and receivers promised so far, and where available, the dates AirPlay 2 support is expected. [Updated June 15]

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First details emerge about new batch of Intel processor security flaws [u]

First details emerge about new batch of Intel processor security flaws [u]

Details of the first of the second wave of Spectre-style vulnerabilities in Intel processors has been published earlier than expected, with the "LazyFP" vulnerability potentially allowing an attacker to access sensitive data, such as cryptographic keys.

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VideoHow to toggle Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut or the Touch Bar

How to toggle Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut or the Touch Bar

Apple's macOS Mojave is coming this Fall, and it's bringing Dark Mode, a feature that users have requested for years. AppleInsider shares one way to make it easier to turn Dark Mode on and off, without needing to enter System Preferences every time.

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Future Mac or iPad screens could be used as a smart mirror

Future Mac or iPad screens could be used as a smart mirror

Apple is considering the possibility of producing devices that have a screen with adjustable reflectiveness, one that could potentially switch between displaying information to the user and acting as a mirror.

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iPhone 3GS returns to life with South Korean carrier

iPhone 3GS returns to life with South Korean carrier

In an unusual move, a South Korean company is planning to resell units of Apple's nine-year-old iPhone 3GS — new and unused in original packaging.

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Lowest prices anywhere: Apple Watch Series 1 for $149; $249 iPads; $400 off loaded 15" MacBook Pro

Lowest prices anywhere: Apple Watch Series 1 for $149; $249 iPads; $400 off loaded 15

Apple authorized resellers have launched fresh discounts on budget-friendly iPads and Apple Watches with Series 1 devices starting at just $149 (up to 40% off) while supplies last. A loaded 15" MacBook Pro is also $400 off exclusively for AI readers with coupon.

Valve not giving up, rolls out new Steam Link beta for iOS, Apple TV

Valve not giving up, rolls out new Steam Link beta for iOS, Apple TV

Valve Software is having another go at bringing the Steam Link game-streaming app to iOS and tvOS following Apple's public refusal to list the app in the App Store.

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iPhone X burst mode, slo-mo featured in new Apple photography tutorials

iPhone X burst mode, slo-mo featured in new Apple photography tutorials

Apple is capitalizing on the popularity of the Fifa World Cup tournament to teach iPhone X owners how to use advanced features of the smartphone's camera.

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Apple in talks to open first Israeli store in country's tallest building, report says

Apple in talks to open first Israeli store in country's tallest building, report says

Apple is reportedly in talks with an Israeli retail property group to bring its company-owned brick-and-mortar stores to the country, the latest in an effort to open consumer hubs in the world's major metropolitan centers.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Apple confirms iOS 12's 'USB Restricted Mode' will thwart police, criminal access [u]

Apple confirms iOS 12's 'USB Restricted Mode' will thwart police, criminal access [u]

Apple in a statement to AppleInsider on Wednesday said iOS 12's incarnation of "USB Restricted Mode" will thwart criminals, and enhance user's privacy.

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VideoHow to watermark PDFs and images using Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

How to watermark PDFs and images using Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

When Apple revealed macOS Mojave at WWDC 2018 last week, the company briefly teased a new ability that allows Mac users to quickly add watermarks to multiple pages within a PDF file, or a batch of images, using the new operating system's Quick Actions feature. Check out how it works before Mojave sees release this fall.

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Apple rolls out second developer beta for watchOS 4.3.2

Apple rolls out second developer beta for watchOS 4.3.2

Apple has made available the second beta of watchOS 4.3.2 to developers for testing, two days after the company released the second betas for iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and macOS 10.13.6.

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FeatureHere are all the big changes to Apple Maps in 2017 and 2018

Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps in 2017 and 2018

In a bid to beat Google, Apple is continually updating Apple Maps, bringing in new features and expanding coverage. Here's what the company's been adding over the last year, current through June 20, 2018.

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EditorialThe Mac gaming landscape remains dire, with no improvements in sight

The Mac gaming landscape remains dire, with no improvements in sight

Apple is in a very strange position with the Mac and iOS in regards to gaming. One platform is enormous and making a ton of money for Apple and some developers, and the other is nearly dead. AppleInsider talks about the two, and what, if anything, is going on to improve the situation.

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