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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

US regulators ask smartphone makers to implement function-limited 'driver mode'

US regulators ask smartphone makers to implement function-limited 'driver mode'

Federal auto safety regulators looking to cut down on smartphone-related accidents and fatalities are asking device manufacturers like Apple and Samsung to develop and include a so-called "driver mode" in their products, a function-limited operating configuration akin to existing airplane mode settings.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Apple grabs record 91% share of global smartphone profits in Q3, analyst says

Apple grabs record 91% share of global smartphone profits in Q3, analyst says

According to the latest estimates from market research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple iPhone sales gobbled up 91 percent of worldwide smartphone profits during the third quarter of 2016, setting a new record.

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FeatureLeftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going strong following Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Leftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going strong following Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday has come and gone, and with it, some great flash deals and many stock-outs. But dozens of killer offers still remain, such as exclusive savings on 2016 MacBook Pros, 12" MacBooks, and iMac 5Ks.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Apple partners with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to offer in-car Apple Music experience

Apple partners with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to offer in-car Apple Music experience

Apple is venturing further into the automotive industry in a deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola, which on Tuesday said it will offer Apple Music to passengers as part of a new in-car experience.

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T-Mobile offers 'free' iPhone 7 with Black Friday trade-in promotion

T-Mobile offers 'free' iPhone 7 with Black Friday trade-in promotion

The U.S. branch of T-Mobile on Tuesday announced a series of Black Friday-related promotions, most notably letting people get a "free" 32-gigabyte iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with a qualifying trade-in.

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President-elect Trump says Apple CEO Tim Cook phoned him after victory

President-elect Trump says Apple CEO Tim Cook phoned him after victory

In an interview on Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump noted that Apple CEO Tim Cook had called him, but no mention was made about the topics of the conversation the pair may have had, following Trump's contentious remarks on the campaign trail.

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TipsThe best iOS apps to shop for Black Friday deals

The best iOS apps to shop for Black Friday deals

The deal-grabbing frenzy known as Black Friday is just a few days away, and shoppers looking to nab the best deals on Apple products and accessories can get ahead of the game with a number of apps that help organize ads and track the best deals.

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TipsHow to customize the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in compatible apps

How to customize the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in compatible apps

If you're a purchaser of the new MacBook Pro, you're probably eager to customize the Touch Bar. AppleInsider shows you how.

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Fry's claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds due on Dec. 5

Fry's claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds due on Dec. 5

Contrasting with another recent online listing, electronics retailer Fry's is now saying that Apple's BeatsX earbuds will ship on Dec. 5.

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Circulating five-second video causes Apple iPhones to freeze

Circulating five-second video causes Apple iPhones to freeze

iPhone owners are cautioned to be careful about tapping unsolicited links as a new five-second MP4 video, currently being shared online, is causing devices to freeze not long after it's played.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pros with Touch Bar now shipping at B&H, Amazon and MacMall

Deals: 13

Shoppers looking to get a Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar as soon as possible can avoid Apple's 4-5 week wait and order one today from an online reseller and save on tax or secure 12-month no interest financing.

Pundits believe Apple's Jony Ive no longer involved in iPhone, Mac product design [u]

Pundits believe Apple's Jony Ive no longer involved in iPhone, Mac product design [u]

According to numerous reports said to be out of Apple headquarters, the company's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive hasn't contributing much to Apple's consumer goods design as of late, and has been more interested in architecture and similar projects for the last few years.

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Apple to open third Parisian store on Dec. 3

Apple to open third Parisian store on Dec. 3

Apple will open a new Parisian store on Dec. 3, the company has announced, marking its third in the heart of the city.

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DirecTV joins list of providers with single sign-on support in iOS 10.2 & tvOS 10.1 betas

DirecTV joins list of providers with single sign-on support in iOS 10.2 & tvOS 10.1 betas

A fifth TV provider, AT&T's DirecTV, has quietly appeared as an option for people trying single sign-on support in the iOS 10.2 or tvOS 10.1 betas.

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TipsBuyers' guide: Choosing the perfect MacBook model from Apple's numerous new offerings

Buyers' guide: Choosing the perfect MacBook model from Apple's numerous new offerings

Apple has three distinct lines of laptop computers — MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro — but the lines between them can be pretty hazy. If you're in the market for yourself, or somebody you know, AppleInsider can help if you know the answers to a few, basic questions.

Apple patents foldable iPhone with flexible display that can clip onto clothing

Apple patents foldable iPhone with flexible display that can clip onto clothing

An Apple patent published Tuesday reveals the company has for years been actively investigating a hinged iPhone format, with designs calling for a flexible metal-backed OLED display capable of being folded in half.

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Apple to hold one-day Black Friday sales event after skipping 2015

Apple to hold one-day Black Friday sales event after skipping 2015

Apple late Monday night posted a webpage teasing an upcoming one-day shopping event set for Black Friday, suggesting the company is reinstating its seasonal sale.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Apple's top management largely white and male, but overall workforce trending toward diversity

Apple's top management largely white and male, but overall workforce trending toward diversity

Apple on Monday quietly released employment diversity statistics current as of July 2016, revealing high level executive and management positions are overwhelmingly filled by white males.

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VideoQuick take video review: LG's UltraFine 4K Display

Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 4K Display

Apple alongside the release of its new MacBook Pro lineup partnered with display maker LG to develop a pair of complementary UltraFine Displays with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and high-resolution IPS panels. Today, AppleInsider takes a look at the 21.5-inch 4K version.

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Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is on a personal quest to stop the spread of misinformation about the company's new MacBook Pro flagship, as the executive penned another email outlining the why and how of Apple's decision to limit RAM allotments to 16GB.

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Samsung says US Galaxy S7 phones safe despite scattered incidents

Samsung says US Galaxy S7 phones safe despite scattered incidents

Although the short-lived Galaxy Note 7 was plagued by battery fires, the Galaxy S7 line should be safe — despite some rare incidents caused by damage, Samsung said in an unusual press release.

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Developer brings classic FPS Doom to Touch Bar on Apple's MacBook Pro

Developer brings classic FPS Doom to Touch Bar on Apple's MacBook Pro

In an unusual proof of its versatility, one developer has managed to get id Software's original Doom running on the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a motusBaseball Complete Package with iOS apps

Giveaway: Enter to win a motusBaseball Complete Package with iOS apps

Motus this week is partnering with AppleInsider to give readers the chance to win a motusBaseball Complete Package valued at $149.95. Four lucky winners will be drawn on Nov. 28.

TipsWith Apple abandoning AirPort, here are the best alternative Wi-Fi routers for Mac users

With Apple abandoning AirPort, here are the best alternative Wi-Fi routers for Mac users

Some fear has erupted at the news that Apple may be shutting down development of its own AirPort wireless routers. However, picking a router isn't as complicated as it used to be, and AppleInsider has some suggestions that work well with other Apple hardware.

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Instagram introduces live video in Stories, self-destructing content in Direct

Instagram introduces live video in Stories, self-destructing content in Direct

Instagram on Monday launched two potentially radical changes to its photo- and video-sharing service, including support for live videos within Stories.

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Deals: $40 off unlocked iPhone 7s; 13-inch MacBook Pros from $1,199; 15-inch MacBook Pros from $1,799; 27-inch iMac 5Ks from $1,649

Deals: $40 off unlocked iPhone 7s; 13-inch MacBook Pros from $1,199; 15-inch MacBook Pros from $1,799; 27-inch iMac 5Ks from $1,649

Heading into Black Friday, grab a 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,199, 15-inch MacBook Pro for $1,799, 21.5-inch iMac for $899, 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display for $1,649 — all with no tax outside NY. Or grab an unlocked iPhone 7s for $40 off on eBay with no tax for all.

Apple's Austin campus now up to 6,000 workers as company touts 2M US jobs since 2007

Apple's Austin campus now up to 6,000 workers as company touts 2M US jobs since 2007

In a weekend profile of Apple's campus in Austin, Tex., the company claimed that it has created over 2 million jobs in the U.S. since the iPhone first went on sale in 2007.

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Frankenstein's monster serenades with iPhone 7 in Apple's latest holiday ad

Frankenstein's monster serenades with iPhone 7 in Apple's latest holiday ad

Apple once again takes aim at viewers' heart strings with its annual holiday TV spot, though the 2016 rendition features a lighthearted twist, as Frankenstein's monster shows his sentimental side.

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Apple's 2018 iPhone could use TSMC-made 7nm processors - report

Apple's 2018 iPhone could use TSMC-made 7nm processors - report

Apple chip supplier TSMC could make use of its new 7-nanometer manufacturing technique for the processors in 2018 iPhones, a new Chinese-language report suggests.

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Boot Camp, Windows driver issue may be damaging new MacBook Pro speakers

Boot Camp, Windows driver issue may be damaging new MacBook Pro speakers

Some reports are circulating that Boot Camp users with heavy audio use in Windows 10 are experiencing random, loud pops, and seeing distorted audio after a period of use that can persist when the computer is rebooted into macOS.

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Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

Apple has apparently disbanded its internal wireless router development team, assigning engineers to other, more lucrative projects within the company, and bringing to an end the development of Apple-branded routers, a new report has revealed.

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Apple issues 5K Thanksgiving day activity challenge to Apple Watch wearers

Apple issues 5K Thanksgiving day activity challenge to Apple Watch wearers

Apple has issued a special challenge to Apple Watch wearers, offering a Thanksgiving-themed Activity achievement to those who walk, run or wheelchair a workout distance of at least 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles.

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Apple to replace batteries of iPhone 6s units suffering from unexpected shutdowns [u]

Apple to replace batteries of iPhone 6s units suffering from unexpected shutdowns [u]

It seems Apple has run into its own smartphone battery troubles. Days after the company launched an iPhone 6 Plus repair program for units impacted by so-called "touch disease" faults, a new initiative activated on Sunday seeks to replace a batch of iPhone 6s batteries causing unexpected device shutdowns.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Drake lip syncs to Taylor Swift, pumps iron in new Apple Music ad

Drake lip syncs to Taylor Swift, pumps iron in new Apple Music ad

Apple on Sunday released a new Apple Music ad spot featuring Drake getting pumped — literally and metaphorically — to Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," a meta callback to Swift's own commercial for the streaming music service.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Apple's Ive and Newson unveil unadorned fir trees for Claridge's Christmas installation

Apple's Ive and Newson unveil unadorned fir trees for Claridge's Christmas installation

Apple CDO Jony Ive and part time company collaborator Marc Newson on Saturday unveiled their awaited interpretation of Claridge's Christmas tree in London. The installation, which is quite literally a small grove of completely bare fir trees, once again proves the pair of industrial designers masters of the austere.

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Apple Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $369; 128GB Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $449; up to $600 off first-gen Apple Watches

Apple Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $369; 128GB Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $449; up to $600 off first-gen Apple Watches

Black Friday deals are starting to trickle in with B&H Photo taking $30-$50 off 32GB and 128GB iPad Air 2 models (Wi-Fi Only). Or pick up an original Apple Watch for as low as $199.99 with free shipping and no tax outside NY.

McLaren CEO admits to talks with Apple, but no bid was made

McLaren CEO admits to talks with Apple, but no bid was made

Officials from Apple met with premium automaker McLaren, but the discussions never went as far as a bid, the CEO of the sports car company has revealed in a new interview.

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Three-finger drag gestures working sporadically on 2016 MacBook Pros, users say

Three-finger drag gestures working sporadically on 2016 MacBook Pros, users say

Some buyers of Apple's new MacBook Pros are finding that the three-finger drag gesture is working inconsistently on their trackpads, if at all, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and elsewhere.

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This week on AI: Touch Bar MacBook Pro review, Apple's AR glasses & more

This week on AI: Touch Bar MacBook Pro review, Apple's AR glasses & more

Even without the first Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros showing up on doorsteps, it was a busy week in the Apple news sphere, with rumors about augmented reality glasses, OLED iPhones, and Apple possibly crippling Sprint/Verizon models of the iPhone 7.

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Friday, November 18, 2016