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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump politics

Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump politics

Despite having provided aid in the past, Apple is withholding financial and technological support from this year's Republican presidential convention — owing to controversial positions by candidate Donald Trump, a report claimed on Saturday.

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FeatureInside watchOS 3: New 'Breathe' app for Apple Watch reminds you to relax, focus

Inside watchOS 3: New 'Breathe' app for Apple Watch reminds you to relax, focus

In addition to reminding you to stand and walk throughout the day, watchOS 3 will also prompt Apple Watch users to take a minute to relax, focus and meditate with a new app dubbed "Breathe."

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This week on AI: iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS 3 lead WWDC reveals

This week on AI: iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS 3 lead WWDC reveals

Apple's WWDC keynote provided plenty of news fodder this week, including the announcements of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS 3 — plus many other technologies coming soon to Apple devices.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

E3 2016: Dragon Raja and Galak-Z land on iOS later this year

E3 2016: Dragon Raja and Galak-Z land on iOS later this year

Rounding out AppleInsider's E3 coverage are two stylish mobile games, one an RPG adaptation of Korean fantasy novel Dragon Raja, and another a portable version of popular console space shooter Galak-Z.

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Apple invites developers to Search Ads beta ahead of iOS 10 launch

Apple invites developers to Search Ads beta ahead of iOS 10 launch

In preparation of the iOS 10 launch this fall, Apple on Friday sent out emails inviting developers to take part in a beta testing program for Search Ads, a forthcoming iOS App Store feature designed to boost app discoverability.

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Apple adds sales and proceeds data to iTunes Connect app

Apple adds sales and proceeds data to iTunes Connect app

Apple on Friday released an updated version of its iTunes Connect app for content providers, adding unit sales and proceeds to the Trends analytics tool.

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E3 2016: 'Clapper' merges DDR, 'Pat-A-Cake' for rhythm gaming via iPad camera

E3 2016: 'Clapper' merges DDR, 'Pat-A-Cake' for rhythm gaming via iPad camera

One of the more unique games spotted by AppleInsider at this year's E3 expo was "Clapper," a two-player cooperative rhythm title that uses the iPad's FaceTime camera to track how well you play the classic children's hand clapping game "Pat-A-Cake."

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Apple led effort to remove rifle emoji from Unicode 9.0, report says

Apple led effort to remove rifle emoji from Unicode 9.0, report says

A proposed rifle emoji initially set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 was removed from consideration after Unicode Consortium delegates representing Apple and Microsoft expressed disapproval of its inclusion, a report said Friday.

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Apple says 'Apps for Earth' campaign raised over $8M for World Wildlife Fund

Apple says 'Apps for Earth' campaign raised over $8M for World Wildlife Fund

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund together raised more than $8 million in proceeds during April's "Apps for Earth" campaign on the App Store, the two groups have announced.

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E3 2016: 'Block'hood' represents the Mac at console-dominated gaming show

E3 2016: 'Block'hood' represents the Mac at console-dominated gaming show

Though the annual E3 gaming expo is largely a showcase for traditional gaming consoles, AppleInsider still managed to find representation for Apple's macOS at this year's show in the form of "Block'hood," an eco-focused neighborhood-building simulator.

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Coach Apple Watch bands now available in stores starting at $125

Coach Apple Watch bands now available in stores starting at $125

Luxury fashion company Coach has released its awaited Apple Watch bands both online and in retail stores, coming in nine different possible combinations priced starting at $125.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: 3D Touch enhances Apple's quick Control Center shortcuts on iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch enhances Apple's quick Control Center shortcuts on iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

Apple's force sensing 3D Touch technology is greatly expanded in the upcoming iOS 10 update, adding new capabilities to the Control Center shortcuts for flashlight, timer, calculator and camera.

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E3 2016: 'Little Lords of Twilight' tactical strategy game coming to iOS this fall

E3 2016: 'Little Lords of Twilight' tactical strategy game coming to iOS this fall

One of the stand-out Apple-compatible games spotted by AppleInsider at this year's Electronics Entertainment Expo was "Little Lords of Twilight," a free-to-play player-versus-player role-playing game coming to both iOS this fall, with a tvOS version also in the works.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: 'Raise to Wake' for iPhone requires M9 co-processor or better

Inside iOS 10: 'Raise to Wake' for iPhone requires M9 co-processor or better

Although one of the more convenient functions of iOS 10 is "Raise to Wake" for iPhones, users will need a model with Apple's M9 motion coprocessor — or its eventual successors.

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Apple working to reduce excess inventory ahead of 'iPhone 7,' Brean Capital says

Apple working to reduce excess inventory ahead of 'iPhone 7,' Brean Capital says

iPhone shipments in the coming quarters could be lower than Wall Street expects, as Apple works to reduce excess channel inventory ahead of the anticipated "iPhone 7" launch, in what could be the last painful quarter before over a year of growth, according to Brean Capital.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: Apple simplifies HomeKit control with dedicated Home app

Inside iOS 10: Apple simplifies HomeKit control with dedicated Home app

Answering a long-running demand, Apple is introducing a dedicated Home app with iOS 10, giving people a central location to manage and control their HomeKit accessories.

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Beijing patent ruling unlikely to hurt Apple in China, RBC & Piper Jaffray say

Beijing patent ruling unlikely to hurt Apple in China, RBC & Piper Jaffray say

A new patent decision accusing Apple of copying the design of a Chinese-made smartphone will not have a negative effect on Apple's revenue or margins in China, two major investment firms said on Friday.

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VideoVideo: See how Apple Music in iOS 10 has been redesigned from the ground up

Video: See how Apple Music in iOS 10 has been redesigned from the ground up

Music selection and discovery will get easier for 15 million paying Apple Music subscribers with this fall's launch of iOS 10. Here's a closer look at the big changes coming soon to iPhone and iPad.

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Chinese bureau finds Apple copying smartphone patents with iPhone 6 design

Chinese bureau finds Apple copying smartphone patents with iPhone 6 design

The design of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is too similar to the 100C phone by Shenzhen Baili, and violates that company's patents, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled on Friday.

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Deals: $140-$430 off 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare; 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pros (WiFi, Cellular) for $699

Deals: $140-$430 off 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare; 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pros (WiFi, Cellular) for $699

This week, shoppers can save $200-$430 on 15-inch MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare — plus score a free Canon printer. Or snap up a smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro, also with three years of AppleCare, for $140-$270 off MSRP. On top of that, those in the market for an iPad can grab the new 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $699. Systems without AppleCare are also up to $250 off.

Friday, June 17, 2016

FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks to former Apple evangelist Matt Sephton, wraps up WWDC

AppleInsider podcast talks to former Apple evangelist Matt Sephton, wraps up WWDC

This week on the AppleInsider former Apple technology evangelist Matt Sephton joins Victor to talk about his perspective on the week's WWDC news and shares a Steve Jobs story. Mikey chimes in with his favorite upcoming iOS 10, macOS, watchOS 3 and tvOS features.

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E3 2016: Octobo plush toy uses iPad for interactive storybook experience

E3 2016: Octobo plush toy uses iPad for interactive storybook experience

Dubbed a "reactive" plush toy, Octobo is a soft, fuzzy octopus that turns into an interactive storybook controller with a little help from Apple's iPad.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

JP Morgan downgrades Apple stock expectations on negative macro trends, Apple Watch forecast

JP Morgan downgrades Apple stock expectations on negative macro trends, Apple Watch forecast

For all the new software platform features Apple announced this week at WWDC, including a glimpse at future iOS product capabilities and internet services enhancements, JP Morgan remains cool to the company's stock prospects for 2016.

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Apple updates TestFlight with support for new iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS betas

Apple updates TestFlight with support for new iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS betas

Apple on Thursday updated its TestFlight app testing platform to support software running in the latest beta environments, and rolled out new App Store optimization and analytics tools for developers accessible through iTunes Connect.

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Politico uses Apple's Wallet to distribute breaking 'Brexit' news

Politico uses Apple's Wallet to distribute breaking 'Brexit' news

Political publication Politico is testing out a highly unorthodox news delivery method that leverages Wallet passes to keep readers up to date on the latest poll results and news from Britain's vote to leave the European Union. And it seems to be working.

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E3 2016: Square Enix announces Deus Ex Go for iOS

E3 2016: Square Enix announces Deus Ex Go for iOS

At E3 this week Square Enix announced plans to bring hit stealth action franchise Deus Ex to iOS as part of its "Go" series of mobile games, and AppleInsider was on hand check out an early version running on iPad.

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Apple douses rumor of impending iMessage release for Android

Apple douses rumor of impending iMessage release for Android

Apple recently poured cold water on rumors claiming iMessage would see introduction on Google's Android platform, potentially at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference, saying the messaging service is worth more as an exclusive first-party feature.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: New Photos app uses face, object & scene recognition to forge links

Inside iOS 10: New Photos app uses face, object & scene recognition to forge links

One of the main enhancements in the iOS 10 Photos app is face, object, and scene recognition powered by advanced machine learning technology and applied to improve photo search and automated image management features.

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Facebook revamps Messenger for iOS with new tiered homescreen

Facebook revamps Messenger for iOS with new tiered homescreen

Facebook began rolling out a new homescreen interface for its Messenger iOS app on Thursday, hot on the heels of Apple announcing iOS 10 Messages upgrades intended to compete.

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FeatureInside watchOS 3: Send text messages from Apple Watch by drawing one letter at a time

Inside watchOS 3: Send text messages from Apple Watch by drawing one letter at a time

In addition to voice dictation, users will also be able to compose text messages via the Apple Watch with their own handwriting, beginning with the launch of watchOS 3 later this year.

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Credit Suisse predicts Apple stock 'super cycle' on strength of all-glass 2017 iPhone

Credit Suisse predicts Apple stock 'super cycle' on strength of all-glass 2017 iPhone

Analysts on Wall Street are increasingly expecting an incremental iPhone hardware update this year, which has led some to turn their sights to a rumored 2017 handset revamp in hopes of pushing Apple stock to new heights.

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FeatureInside Sierra: How Apple Watch 'Auto Unlock' will let you jump straight into macOS

Inside Sierra: How Apple Watch 'Auto Unlock' will let you jump straight into macOS

One of the most anticipated features of macOS Sierra may actually be one of the simplest: Auto Unlock, which stands to save some Mac and Apple Watch owners trouble if they regularly log in and out of their system.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: Photos Memories will generate slideshow movies automatically

Inside iOS 10: Photos Memories will generate slideshow movies automatically

Looking to compete with similar options in Google Photos and other apps, Apple's iOS 10 Photos app includes a new Memories tab, which not only groups photos into events automatically but creates customizable slideshow movies for them.

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VideoVideo: See Apple Maps in iOS 10 in action, with recommended stops along route & saved parked car location

Video: See Apple Maps in iOS 10 in action, with recommended stops along route & saved parked car location

Apple Maps is far more intelligent in iOS 10, recommending possible stops along your current route, allowing plug-ins from third-party applications, and even remembering where you parked your car when you're away from home. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the update will change how you navigate.

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iOS 10 beta offers 'dark mode' for Messages, may hint at broader adoption

iOS 10 beta offers 'dark mode' for Messages, may hint at broader adoption

The iOS 10 version of Messages appears to contain a hidden "dark mode" option, potentially backing up hints that such a feature will go system-wide, or at least come to other iOS apps beyond ones like iBooks.

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Apple's dual-layer LCD technology promises high-contrast, lifelike HDR images

Apple's dual-layer LCD technology promises high-contrast, lifelike HDR images

Apple in a patent application published on Thursday details a method of reducing image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display's contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.

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Apple to open first Macau Apple Store on June 25

Apple to open first Macau Apple Store on June 25

Apple on Wednesday announced the first official Apple Store in the Macau Special Administrative Region of China will open on June 25, expanding the company's retail presence in Greater China to 41 stores.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Winners of the Microduino mCookie giveaway announced [Jake B. and John L.]

Winners of the Microduino mCookie giveaway announced [Jake B. and John L.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Jake B. and John L., who scored an mCookie Expert Kit and Advanced Kit respectively.

Apple's Trent Reznor says YouTube built on stolen content, pushes Apple Music

Apple's Trent Reznor says YouTube built on stolen content, pushes Apple Music

Rockstar-cum-Apple executive Trent Reznor spoke out against YouTube this week, calling the free streaming platform "disingenuous" and a problem for musicians looking to earn a living, a problem solved by Apple Music's subscription sales model.

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