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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Apple offers free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 devices with swollen batteries, power issues

Apple offers free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 devices with swollen batteries, power issues

Apple this week initiated a new service program that grants free, out of warranty repairs to Apple Watch Series 2 owners whose device suffers from a swollen battery or refuses to turn on.

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TipsHow to use another computer's DVD drive across a network with macOS Remote Sharing

How to use another computer's DVD drive across a network with macOS Remote Sharing

Mac desktop and MacBook owners are used to living without a CD or DVD drive, but there are occasions where access to one could be handy. AppleInsider explains how to remotely access the CD or DVD drive of another Mac or Windows PC from a Mac without the drive, across a network.

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AMD releases Mac versions of Radeon ProRender plugin for Blender & Maya

AMD releases Mac versions of Radeon ProRender plugin for Blender & Maya

AMD this week published Mac versions of its Radeon ProRender plugins for 3D creation mainstays Blender and Maya — enabling Macs with compatible hardware to take advantage of ProRender for physics-based rendering.

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FeatureApp Roundup: Canary for iOS, Handbrake 1.1.0 for Mac, plus Office 2016 for Mac, Moog Model D, more!

App Roundup: Canary for iOS, Handbrake 1.1.0 for Mac, plus Office 2016 for Mac, Moog Model D, 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: Apple's iPhone 8 goes RED, legal battles, Asimov's 'Foundation' & more

This week on AI: Apple's iPhone 8 goes RED, legal battles, Asimov's 'Foundation' & more

Apple launched (PRODUCT)RED versions of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, from which a portion of sales will go to fight diseases like AIDS. There was plenty of other news this week, including legal dramas and rumors about upcoming iPhones.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

VideoHands-on: Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8

Hands-on: Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8

The (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus adopt a striking new crimson appearance to help support one of Apple's longest running partnerships. We go hands on and take a closer look at the special edition handset.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices Ever: High-end 12" MacBook on sale for $969; loaded 15" MacBook Pros from $1,949; iMac deals as low as $779

Lowest Prices Ever: High-end 12

The lowest prices we've ever seen on popular MacBooks, MacBook Pros and iMacs are in effect now with our exclusive coupon. Save up to $1,150 on loaded configs with prices starting at just $779. All with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Only at AppleInsider.

Apple loses court battle over 'counterfeit' iPhone parts in Norway

Apple loses court battle over 'counterfeit' iPhone parts in Norway

Norwegian repair shop owner Henrik Huseby got a cease-and-desist from Apple letter about his use of imported, aftermarket iPhone screens, was issued a cease and desist order, and threatened with fines — but fought the company in the courts and won.

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FCC photos hint at future — or defunct — gold iPhone X model

FCC photos hint at future — or defunct — gold iPhone X model

Apple is or was planning to ship a gold-colored version of the iPhone X as predicted by some early rumors, according to U.S. Federal Communications Commission documents.

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Apple memo reveals 29 leakers caught last year, urges staff to stop leaking confidential information

Apple memo reveals 29 leakers caught last year, urges staff to stop leaking confidential information

Apple has warned its employees about the dangers of leaking confidential information to the media, advising in a leaked internal memo that the company is still fighting to sniff out leakers, in its ongoing attempts to protect details about future products from being made public ahead of schedule.

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US lawmakers ask FBI director to explain decision to take Apple to court

US lawmakers ask FBI director to explain decision to take Apple to court

A bipartisan group within the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, looking for answers on why the agency took Apple to court to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook.

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Apple offers up extended repair program for defective iPad Pro Smart Keyboards

Apple offers up extended repair program for defective iPad Pro Smart Keyboards

To deal with problems encountered by some owners, Apple has launched a three-year extended repair program for the first-generation iPad Pro Smart Keyboard, AppleInsider can confirm.

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Apple considers cheaper HomePod in face of lackluster sales

Apple considers cheaper HomePod in face of lackluster sales

Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in on low HomePod demand, estimating Apple will only sell between 2 million and 2.5 million units through the end of the year, well below market expectations. He adds the company is considering a low-cost version of the device to boost adoption.

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FeatureWish List: 14 new HomeKit features we want to see from Apple

Wish List: 14 new HomeKit features we want to see from Apple

Compared to where it was only a couple years ago, HomeKit has progressed immensely. The number of supported accessories is growing exponentially, third-party apps are increasingly powerful, and Apple continues to add additional features and functionality. Now that WWDC is approaching, we wanted to think about how HomeKit could most improve.

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Apple's ongoing legal battle with Smartflash involving iTunes technology likely over

Apple's ongoing legal battle with Smartflash involving iTunes technology likely over

The legal saga of Apple and its battle with technology holding company Smartflash took another turn in Apple's favor this week

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Taylor Swift's Apple Music streaming record crushed by new Cardi B album

Taylor Swift's Apple Music streaming record crushed by new Cardi B album

Rapper Cardi B's first full-length release, "Invasion of Privacy," reached over 100 million streams in its first week on Apple Music — more than doubling the record for a female artist on the service, previously set by Taylor Swift's "Reputation."

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Apple trialing iPhone 6s Plus production in India in bid to cut costs

Apple trialing iPhone 6s Plus production in India in bid to cut costs

Apple's lone assembly partner with a footprint in India, Wistron, has reportedly entered trial production of the iPhone 6s Plus there — despite that device being nearly three years old.

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FeatureAppleInsider Podcast discusses CarPlay's future, HomePod orders, Facebook, and more

AppleInsider Podcast discusses CarPlay's future, HomePod orders, Facebook, and more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about whether or not sales are soft for the HomePod, and what Apple could do about it, as well as Zuckerberg's appearance in DC.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

CarPlay becoming pivotal purchase priority for new car buyers

CarPlay becoming pivotal purchase priority for new car buyers

As smartphones near peak saturation in developed markets, new data suggests in-car infotainment systems like Apple's CarPlay are quickly transitioning from a nice-to-have option to required feature for new vehicle buyers.

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VideoOur biggest gripes with Apple's 2018 iPad

Our biggest gripes with Apple's 2018 iPad

Apple's new 2018 iPad is undoubtedly the budget iPad of choice, thanks to it's powerful A10 Fusion processor and Apple Pencil support, which until now, hasn't been available on any iPad other than the Pro line. However, the low-cost build creates some pretty big issues that might make you reconsider.

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iMovie for iOS update delivers iPhone X, Metal graphics support

iMovie for iOS update delivers iPhone X, Metal graphics support

Apple on Thursday issued an update for the iOS version of iMovie, bringing with it support for the Super Retina display on iPhone X, compatibility with Metal graphics processing, bug fixes and more.

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iPhone unlocking tool GrayKey sees increased use across all levels of law enforcement

iPhone unlocking tool GrayKey sees increased use across all levels of law enforcement

With the help of the iPhone-cracking GrayKey, local police departments and government agencies alike are gaining the ability to crack the security in the iPhone in ever-greater numbers, a new report says.

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Apple bringing in more labor to cope with surge of iPhone battery replacements

Apple bringing in more labor to cope with surge of iPhone battery replacements

In the wake of Apple dropping the price of out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements to $29, demand has become so high that the company is stretching its retail resources to cope — possibly even hiring outside contractors.

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TipsHow to sort folders in the macOS Finder to group together files by their corresponding application

How to sort folders in the macOS Finder to group together files by their corresponding application

There are many ways to organize files in folders within Finder, but possibly one of the handiest is to sort files by the application that will open them. AppleInsider shows how to enable this Finder view, as well as a similar option that can be used to group applications by function.

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New ESPN+ herald of Disney's future efforts, will ramp up challenge to Apple's nascent video efforts

New ESPN+ herald of Disney's future efforts, will ramp up challenge to Apple's nascent video efforts

Disney on Thursday launched ESPN+, its entirely internet-based sports streaming service intended to appeal to cord-cutters using technology that it will likely use to launch its own streaming service in the near future.

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Apple again said to cut HomePod orders on poor sales performance

Apple again said to cut HomePod orders on poor sales performance

A report out of China citing supply chain sources claims that Apple is already reducing its sales forecast for the HomePod, and is cutting orders for the next few months.

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TipsHow to see which applications on your Mac are 32-bit and won't be supported in the future

How to see which applications on your Mac are 32-bit and won't be supported in the future

Apple has confirmed that macOS will no longer provide full support for 32-bit apps following High Sierra, and users are starting to see warnings about it. AppleInsider shows you how to check which software on your Mac might be affected by the shift.

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iPhone & iPad Touch ID technology at center of suit filed by probable patent troll

iPhone & iPad Touch ID technology at center of suit filed by probable patent troll

A South Korean company, First Face, has launched a U.S. patent infringement lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung over their implementation of fingerprint detection to unlock smartphones.

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OLED production for 2018 iPhone starting in May amid Apple and Samsung pricing dispute

OLED production for 2018 iPhone starting in May amid Apple and Samsung pricing dispute

The Apple supply chain is gearing up to start production of OLED panels for the 2018 iPhone launches expected this fall, according to industry reports, but despite the impending commencement of manufacturing the components, Apple and Samsung Display are apparently still negotiating the prices for the panels.

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EditorialChannel checks, sales data on HomePod likely as wrong as it was about Apple Watch in 2015

Channel checks, sales data on HomePod likely as wrong as it was about Apple Watch in 2015

Without actually presenting any hard data on sales, a new report has claimed Apple's HomePod sales are "weak," based on supply channel checks and data from Slice Intelligence—the same two sources that were used to suggest Apple Watch sales were "collapsing" three years ago.

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Kuo: Apple losing AR lead to low-cost competitors, lack of software innovation to blame

Kuo: Apple losing AR lead to low-cost competitors, lack of software innovation to blame

Apple is frittering away its lead in the augmented reality space after setting a rapid pace with ARKit in iOS 11 and advanced hardware in iPhone and iPad, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who sees Chinese upstart Oppo gaining ground with less complex — and less expensive — solutions.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

T-Mobile integrates new Apple Business Chat support

T-Mobile integrates new Apple Business Chat support

T-Mobile on Wednesday announced support for Apple's new Business Chat feature, allowing customers and non-customers alike to message customer service representatives directly from the Messages app on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac.

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Apple cuts HomePod orders on weak demand, report says

Apple cuts HomePod orders on weak demand, report says

Apple's first foray into the smart speaker business is not going as planned, with the company reportedly lowering HomePod sales forecasts and cutting orders for the device on the back of weak demand.

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New macOS alert notifies users Apple will soon end 32-bit app support

New macOS alert notifies users Apple will soon end 32-bit app support

Starting Thursday, Apple's macOS will begin to display alert boxes when a 32-bit app is opened, warning users that the operating system will soon end support for the legacy technology.

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Mac sales return to growth in Q1 amid continued PC market decline

Mac sales return to growth in Q1 amid continued PC market decline

Following a contraction over the holiday shopping season, Apple's Mac shipments returned to growth during the first quarter of 2018 amid a deteriorating PC market, according to fresh statistics from market research firm Gartner.

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Hands-OnFirst look: iPhone X (PRODUCT)RED Leather Folio Case

First look: iPhone X (PRODUCT)RED Leather Folio Case

Though it's not scheduled to hit store shelves until Friday, we got our hands on Apple's (PRODUCT)RED folio for iPhone X, a bold color option to the already fantastic case lineup. Check out our early hands-on, as well as a comparison to other (PRODUCT)RED cases.

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Apple expected to maintain high iPhone ASP with 2018 releases

Apple expected to maintain high iPhone ASP with 2018 releases

The next iPhone line will probably consist of three models, including two OLED variants and an entry level version with an LCD screen, leading to "flattish" average selling price for the fiscal year 2019, according to a new analyst report.

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EditorialApple needs to stop pre-announcing products like the Mac Pro and AirPower that won't be available for months or years

Apple needs to stop pre-announcing products like the Mac Pro and AirPower that won't be available for months or years

Apple released a new iPhone 8 color on Monday, and the refrain was less about the device itself, hijacked on social media into being more about Apple not having shipped the AirPower wireless charging pad — and all this can be avoided.

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Apple destroys Facebook in poll about trustworthiness with personal data

Apple destroys Facebook in poll about trustworthiness with personal data

Amid the furor over Silicon Valley companies mishandling personal data, Apple is very near the top of the charts for the most trusted company, with the majority of respondents pointing the finger at Facebook for being the least trust-worthy.

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