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Sunday, September 18, 2016

EditorialToo soon? Apple's new iPhone 7 ruffles feathers with Lightning audio, Home button changes

Too soon? Apple's new iPhone 7 ruffles feathers with Lightning audio, Home button changes

Hands on, real world use of Apple's latest iPhone 7 models provides overwhelming evidence that the company has a clear vision for the future and is marching toward it without much regard for the opinions of its detractors. This "courage of conviction" backs a series of rather radical and somewhat controversial iPhone 7 changes for Apple—already well known for breaking with the past.

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Apple shares new iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2 ads with focus on water resistance, camera

Apple shares new iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2 ads with focus on water resistance, camera

Apple released three new commercials for its latest iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 on Sunday, each showcasing new hardware features like water resistance, fitness tracking and iPhone's low-light camera capabilities.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

iPhone 7 owners say phones producing 'hissing' sound under heavy task loads

iPhone 7 owners say phones producing 'hissing' sound under heavy task loads

Some early iPhone 7 and 7 Plus adopters are complaining of an audible "hissing" sound when the devices' A10 processors run into heavy demands.

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Apple's solid-state iPhone 7 haptic Home button requires a new hard reset trick: Down+Wake

Apple's solid-state iPhone 7 haptic Home button requires a new hard reset trick: Down+Wake

Apple's new iPhone 7 models introduce a new solid-state (non-mechanical) Home button which no longer physically depresses but instead is a software-driven sensor. That necessitates a new physical button sequence to hard-reset the device if it stops responding; that happens to be holding the Volume Down and Wake buttons for five seconds.

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This week on AI: iPhone 7 & Apple Watch 2 launch, iOS 10 goes live & more

This week on AI: iPhone 7 & Apple Watch 2 launch, iOS 10 goes live & more

The big news, naturally, was Friday's launch of the iPhone 7 and the second-generation Apple Watch. iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3 emerged on Tuesday though, and there was still plenty of news going on outside the launch-day bubble.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

iPhone 7 solid-state home button works on capacitive touch, gloved users beware

iPhone 7 solid-state home button works on capacitive touch, gloved users beware

With iPhone 7, Apple updated its iconic home button from a mechanical push-button design to a solid-state sensor stack, meaning it requires direct contact with skin, or a capacitive glove, to operate.

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Apple investigated, took action against alleged sexism at Cupertino headquarters

Apple investigated, took action against alleged sexism at Cupertino headquarters

In the shadow of this week's iPhone launch, surprise allegations of corporate sexism surfaced at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, though company executives say the situation was investigated and "actions have been taken."

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FeatureBlack & Jet Black: Unboxing the new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus with Lightning headphones

Black & Jet Black: Unboxing the new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus with Lightning headphones

Apple's latest iPhone 7 models sport two new color finish options: a solid matte Black and a high gloss Jet Black. Both appear to be in high demand, so if you're on the fence (or in line) we've taken some photos and videos highlighting the differences, including their almost invisible new seam lines, Apple's enhanced leather case options and the new Lightning headphones.

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TipsTips: Apple Watch Series 2's 'Wake Screen on Crown Up' lets you discreetly check the time

The newly released Apple Watch Series 2 boasts a unique feature that allows users to check the time in a more subtle way, without distracting people nearby, via the Digital Crown. Here's how to use it.

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Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones may have range up to 400 ft. or more

Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones may have range up to 400 ft. or more

The Class 1 Bluetooth in Apple's new Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are providing extreme range, in some cases beyond what the Class 1 specification actually calls for, according to user anecdotes.

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FeatureFirst look: Apple Watch Series 2 Sport with GPS, S2 chip, new ceramic back, second mic hole

First look: Apple Watch Series 2 Sport with GPS, S2 chip, new ceramic back, second mic hole

Though the new Apple Watch Series 2 looks largely the same as its predecessor, there are a number of subtle improvements to the hardware beyond the addition of GPS and a brighter screen. AppleInsider offers a first look at the newly released wearable.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: New 'Bedtime' feature helps you get a proper night's sleep

Inside iOS 10: New 'Bedtime' feature helps you get a proper night's sleep

As part of a greater focus on user health, Apple has introduced new alarms in iOS 10 for sleep, reminding users when to go to bed for a full night of rest, and also keeping track of their sleeping habits.

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FBI sued to divulge info on San Bernardino iPhone 5c encryption hack

FBI sued to divulge info on San Bernardino iPhone 5c encryption hack

A trio of journalistic establishments have filed a freedom of information lawsuit, attempting to compel the FBI to divulge information about the hack it purchased to break into the San Bernardino shooters' iPhone 5c.

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Patent holder Acacia wins $22.1M judgement against Apple

Patent holder Acacia wins $22.1M judgement against Apple

A federal jury has ruled in favor of Acacia Research, awarding a subsidiary of the patent licensing firm $22.1 million in damages from Apple for the latter's violation of a cellular networking patent.

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Deals: $400 off 15" MacBook Pro; 30% off ZeroLemon iPhone 7 Battery Case; 99% off dev training

Deals: $400 off 15

Shoppers can pick up a 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599.99 on eBay this week. Or snap up a ZeroLemon iPhone 7 Battery Case for $69.99. A lifetime iOS and Xcode developer training subscription is also $79.

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Some new iOS 10 Home app features not supported by third-gen Apple TV [u]

Some new iOS 10 Home app features not supported by third-gen Apple TV [u]

After users upgrade devices to iOS 10, they won't be able to take full advantage of some new HomeKit-related features on older, third generation Apple TVs.

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Apple stops returns & exchanges for retail purchases in Hong Kong

Apple stops returns & exchanges for retail purchases in Hong Kong

In parallel with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launching in Hong Kong, Apple has simultaneously halted all returns and exchanges for Apple and Beats products bought at the company's local retail stores.

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Roundup: The best cases you can buy for Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus right now

Roundup: The best cases you can buy for Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus right now

With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus hitting store shelves, new cases are hitting the market at a rapid rate. AppleInsider has rounded up a list of the best iPhone 7 cases that you can buy right now to keep your device in pristine condition.

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Target, Best Buy hamstrung by Apple Watch, iPhone 7 stock issues

Target, Best Buy hamstrung by Apple Watch, iPhone 7 stock issues

Brick and mortar retailers Target and Best Buy have apparently not been given enough inventory to fulfill all pre-orders, and are emailing customers informing them that Apple Watch Series 2 orders won't be shipped by the promised date.

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iPhone 7 teardown confirms Intel modem in AT&T, T-Mobile models

iPhone 7 teardown confirms Intel modem in AT&T, T-Mobile models

A pair of teardowns have confirmed speculation that Apple used multiple vendors for cellular modems in the iPhone 7 family, with an Intel-made wireless modem found in a model for AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus survive early drop & water tests

Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus survive early drop & water tests

With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus already out in many parts of the world, people are beginning to subject Apple's phones to numerous stress tests, including drop and water tests that, at least in some early cases, the products are passing.

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Apple fans line up worldwide for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus & Apple Watch Series 2

Apple fans line up worldwide for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus & Apple Watch Series 2

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus rolled out to 28 regions around the world on Friday, and was anxiously awaited by crowds picking up pre-orders, with others disregarding Apple's warnings of low stock.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, iPhone 7 stock at launch, and headphones

AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, iPhone 7 stock at launch, and headphones

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil Hughes tells Victor Marks about the latest iOS, iPhone 7 supply shortage, headphones (Bluetooth and otherwise), and more.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: 'Raise to Wake' requires iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, or iPhone 7

Inside iOS 10: 'Raise to Wake' requires iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, or iPhone 7

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 found in the iPhone 6s series or iPhone SE, or the new M10 found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Apple pays $118M tax for underreported iTunes Japan income, report says

Apple pays $118M tax for underreported iTunes Japan income, report says

Japan's tax authority ordered Apple to pay about 12 billion yen (roughly $118 million) in taxes for improperly reporting earnings associated with its iTunes unit, according to local reports Friday.

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Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals high capacity battery

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals high capacity battery

In tandem with a teardown of Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, iFixit on Friday disassembled the new Apple Watch Series 2, finding a larger battery cell and slightly tweaked internal layout.

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Laurene Powell Jobs donates $100M to reinvent US high schools

Laurene Powell Jobs donates $100M to reinvent US high schools

Laurene Powell Jobs, president of the Emerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, this week awarded ten high schools $10 million each as part of a project to foster innovative ideas in education.

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Big shift: demand for dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus surges past standard iPhone 7

Big shift: demand for dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus surges past standard iPhone 7

For the first time ever, order demand among early iPhone buyers has decisively shifted to Apple's Plus-sized model compared to the standard 4.7 inch version. If sustained, a shift to the higher-end would mean even greater profits for Apple, which is already basking in reports of enthusiastic demand for its latest and greatest iPhone.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

First iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals larger battery, revamped internal design, faux speaker port, more

First iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals larger battery, revamped internal design, faux speaker port, more

Mere hours after Apple's iPhone 7 Plus arrived in the hands of pre-order customers on Friday, the team at iFixit ripped the new flagship smartphone open to reveal a larger battery, revamped internal layout, fake speaker port in lieu of a headphone jack and other goodies.

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Matte black iPhone 7 undergoes brutal scratch, bend test in new video

Matte black iPhone 7 undergoes brutal scratch, bend test in new video

Although it just launched mere hours ago, Apple's latest 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has already been subjected to a brutal durability test that shows the new matte black finish, while fairly resistant to scuffs, is no match for a razor.

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Deals: $200 off 2016 12" MacBook (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB); $150 off 27" iMac 5K; 50% off Hotspot Shield Elite VPN

Deals: $200 off 2016 12

Shoppers this week can snap up a 2016 12" MacBook (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB) in Gold for $1,399. Or opt for a high-res 27" iMac 5K for $1,649.99. A lifetime subscription to Hotspot Shield Elite VPN is also $49.99 ($50 off), while a 256GB 13" MacBook Air is $939.99 on eBay.

First iPhone 7 pre-order shipments arrive as lines form at Apple stores

First iPhone 7 pre-order shipments arrive as lines form at Apple stores

As the first iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units land in the hands of pre-order customers living in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia, customers eager to score their own copy are queueing up outside Apple's retail stores.

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U.S. urges Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop use, return after 26 burned, 55 property damage fires

U.S. urges Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop use, return after 26 burned, 55 property damage fires

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today issued an announcement urging anyone using a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 purchased before today to "immediately stop using and power down" the device and seek a replacement or refund, due to the risk of battery overheating and fires.

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FeatureA closer look at Apple Watch Series 2 and the long path Apple took to the world of wearables

A closer look at Apple Watch Series 2 and the long path Apple took to the world of wearables

Apple's second generation smartwatch enhances overall performance, expands its usability to swimmers with better water resistance and to runners with GPS support, and improves upon both battery life and screen brightness. However, the massive enhancements made to watchOS 3 improve things sufficiently for existing Apple Watch owners, to the point where last year's watch is still fresh and relevant. Here's a deep look at the smartwatch state-of-the-art that Apple dominates globally.

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Apple hires former Magic Leap, Oculus engineers in VR/AR push

Apple hires former Magic Leap, Oculus engineers in VR/AR push

Two recent Apple hires suggest the company is getting serious about building out its own virtual and augmented reality technologies, though Cupertino has some catching up to do as Google, Facebook and Microsoft forge ahead with mature projects.

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Apple cracking down on gif search terms in iOS 10 Messages after porn discovery

Apple cracking down on gif search terms in iOS 10 Messages after porn discovery

Apple appears to be applying heavy-handed moderation tactics to a newly introduced gif search iMessage app in iOS 10 that inadvertently retrieved pornographic images, as queries for seemingly innocuous words no longer yield results.

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Apple releases second GM of macOS Sierra days before official launch

Apple releases second GM of macOS Sierra days before official launch

In an unusual move, Apple on Thursday released a second gold master of macOS Sierra to developers, even though the final release of the OS is just five days away.

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Wireless charging tech firm Energous namechecks Apple in regulatory filing

Wireless charging tech firm Energous namechecks Apple in regulatory filing

A report on Thursday claims to have uncovered evidence that Apple is working on a viable wireless charging solution for iPhone in partnership with Energous, a sector specialist whose long-distance WattUp technology has been under development for years.

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