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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB

Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB

Apple on Thursday announced a change in App Store policy which increases the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200 megabytes to 4 gigabytes, a boost that should provide a better end user experience upon initial installation.

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US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that people do indeed have the right to sue Apple over limiting iOS devices to apps from the App Store, potentially paving the way for an open app marketplace in the future.

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Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix

Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix

In a bit of backpedaling, Consumer Reports on Thursday said it can now recommend Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup after a software fix remedied battery life inconsistencies found in previous testing.

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Deals: $415 off 2016 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799; $150 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro

Deals: $415 off 2016 15

While supplies last, AI readers can pick up a high-end 2016 MacBook Pro in Silver with AppleCare for $2,733. Or save $200 on Apple's 2015 15" MacBook Pro. Those looking for the new 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can snap one up for $1,649.99 with no tax outside NY.

Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

Just days after Apple seeded a third beta version of iOS 10.2.1 to developers, the company on Thursday issued a fourth iteration of the forthcoming operating system for testing.

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Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.

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Google updates Maps on iOS with better ridesharing UI, end-to-end Uber integration

Google updates Maps on iOS with better ridesharing UI, end-to-end Uber integration

Google on Thursday updated its Maps apps for iOS and Android alike with a new, more in-depth ridesharing interface, including deeper integration with Uber that lets people hail a car without switching apps.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $415 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Safari not able to play new 4K videos from YouTube homepage, likely due to VP9 shift

Safari not able to play new 4K videos from YouTube homepage, likely due to VP9 shift

What appears to be Google's shift to the VP9 codec for delivering 4K video on the YouTube homepage is preventing Safari users from watching videos uploaded to the service since early December in full 4K resolution, but not from viewing webpage-embedded videos in the same resolution.

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Fitbit attempted to acquire rival Jawbone last month to fight Apple Watch, report claims

Fitbit attempted to acquire rival Jawbone last month to fight Apple Watch, report claims

Jawbone could have become the latest acquisition of main rival Fitbit, with a report alleging the two fitness wearable competitors discussed a possible sale of assets at the end of last year, talks that ultimately broke down over a low-ball offer.

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Rumored 10.5-inch iPad may align with dimensions of iPad mini, resolution of iPad Pro

Rumored 10.5-inch iPad may align with dimensions of iPad mini, resolution of iPad Pro

Apple's rumored plans for a 10.5-inch iPad — not much larger than 9.7-inch models — may make more sense when considering the size of the iPad mini, and the resolution of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update in less than a week

Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update in less than a week

Apple on Thursday updated its beta macOS for the second time in a week, and has made the fourth beta of macOS Sierra available to developers for evaluation and testing.

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HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's iPhone 7 in eliminating headphone jacks

HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's iPhone 7 in eliminating headphone jacks

In a surprise announcement, HTC on Thursday revealed two new flagship phones, the U Ultra and U Play — both of which, like Apple's iPhone 7, abandon a headphone jack in favor of digital-only audio.

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With Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum customers still waiting, Cable One joins Apple's Single Sign-On

With Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum customers still waiting, Cable One joins Apple's Single Sign-On

Apple has added cable company Cable One to its Single Sign-On feature for iOS and tvOS, while most cable subscribers in the U.S. still can't utilize the feature at all.

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Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad using just your voice

Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad using just your voice

Photographs may be edited by voice commands alone in the future, creative software producer Adobe hopes, showcasing a new proof-of-concept video that shows a Siri-like digital assistant on an iPad being used to make changes to an image.

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Amazon steps up video offerings with Anime Strike, its first self-branded content on Channels

Amazon steps up video offerings with Anime Strike, its first self-branded content on Channels

Amazon on Thursday launched Anime Strike, its first self-branded option under the Amazon Channels subscription program — with more coming soon, the company said.

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Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT automated vehicle committee

Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT automated vehicle committee

In an effort to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, the Department of Transportation has established a new advisory committee to steer the future of the department, including Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson.

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After $34M in preorders, iOS-connected self-flying drone project Lily crashes, will issue refunds

After $34M in preorders, iOS-connected self-flying drone project Lily crashes, will issue refunds

Citing production issues, the makers of Lily — an autonomous, iOS-connected drone that aimed to simplify aerial photography —have announced that their project has been completely canceled, and refunds will be issued to customers over the next 60 days.

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Apple rivals Samsung & LG aiming for foldable phones by end of 2017

Apple rivals Samsung & LG aiming for foldable phones by end of 2017

Two of Apple's competitors in the smartphone space — Samsung and LG — may launch their first foldable phones towards the end of the year, potentially dampening the "wow" factor of a redesigned "iPhone 8."

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Apple negotiating to expand scripted programming in 2017 for Apple Music - report

Apple negotiating to expand scripted programming in 2017 for Apple Music - report

In the wake of "Carpool Karaoke" and "Planet of the Apps," a new report suggests that Apple may be looking at expanding unique scripted content, to draw users to the iTunes and iPhone ecosystems, and boost Apple Music subscriptions

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Apple AirPods concept finalized since at least mid-2015, patent filing shows

Apple AirPods concept finalized since at least mid-2015, patent filing shows

In debuting AirPods, Apple also introduced a seamless, dead simple Bluetooth pairing method powered by its new W1 chip. A patent application published Thursday appears to detail exactly how the system functions.

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Apple revenues from iOS ecosystem should exceed $1 trillion this year, analyst says

Apple revenues from iOS ecosystem should exceed $1 trillion this year, analyst says

According to independent analyst Horace Dediu, Apple's iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate a cumulative $1 trillion sometime in 2017, a milestone for a consumer product.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mac sales stabilize in Q4 amid worldwide PC shipment decline

Mac sales stabilize in Q4 amid worldwide PC shipment decline

After a steep slide last quarter, Apple's Mac saw a 2.4 percent sales increase over the three-month period ending in December as the wider PC market continued to suffer a now five year drought.

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Peter Thiel says 'age of Apple' at its end

Peter Thiel says 'age of Apple' at its end

Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel in an interview on Wednesday prognosticates the "age of Apple" is at its end, saying the evolution of the smartphone has reached a zenith.

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Tony Fadell explains early iPhone development process

Tony Fadell explains early iPhone development process

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell discusses the genesis of what would become the iPhone, Steve Jobs' insistence about a rotary dial in software, and the evolution of the iPod in a new interview.

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Fitbit looks to challenge Apple Watch with new acquisitions

Fitbit looks to challenge Apple Watch with new acquisitions

Fitbit recently made two big acquisitions that place the fitness wearable manufacturer in a good position to field true smartwatch products that challenge the Apple Watch.

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JetBlue completes fleet-wide rollout of high-speed Fly-Fi

JetBlue completes fleet-wide rollout of high-speed Fly-Fi

U.S. budget airline JetBlue on Wednesday announced the finished rollout of Fly-Fi, a free in-flight Wi-Fi service that claims to offer faster connections than some paid options like Gogo.

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One Drop launches Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring with HealthKit on Apple's online store

One Drop launches Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring with HealthKit on Apple's online store

One Drop on Wednesday launched the Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit on Apple's online store, offering a heavily iOS-based option for people suffering from diabetes.

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Apple's AirPods grabbed 26% of wireless headphone sales after launch, report claims

Apple's AirPods grabbed 26% of wireless headphone sales after launch, report claims

Apple's AirPods have made a sizable impact on the wireless headphone market, according to research from Slice Intelligence, with the audio accessory reportedly capturing more than a quarter of the market.

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Rejected by Apple a year ago, 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' accepted into App Store with no changes

Rejected by Apple a year ago, 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' accepted into App Store with no changes

Cult indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is now available to download from the App Store, after previously being rejected by Apple over themes of violence towards children.

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Astropad Studio promises to turn iPad Pro with Apple Pencil into high-end graphics tablet

Astropad Studio promises to turn iPad Pro with Apple Pencil into high-end graphics tablet

Astropad on Wednesday launched Astropad Studio, a new edition of its second-screen app for the iPad, geared towards making an iPad Pro suitable as a professional drawing tablet.

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Waterlogged landscaping, open Atrium shown in latest 4K drone video of Apple's Campus 2

Waterlogged landscaping, open Atrium shown in latest 4K drone video of Apple's Campus 2

New drone footage of Apple's Campus 2 construction project from the sky reveals progress is still being made on the development, though the onslaught of rain is making the task of landscaping the area a tougher task for developers.

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Alphabet to sell off Terra Bella satellite unit, impacting Google Maps - report

Alphabet to sell off Terra Bella satellite unit, impacting Google Maps - report

Google parent Alphabet is reportedly in talks to sell its satellite imaging unit, Terra Bella, in a deal that could impact the future of Google Maps and competition with Apple's own Maps app.

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Data shows Apple clawing back iPhone share in US, but ceding ground in China

Data shows Apple clawing back iPhone share in US, but ceding ground in China

Apple's iPhone continued to gain more U.S. marketshare towards the end of 2016, according to research data published on Wednesday, but saw setbacks in China, facing tough competition from local and often cheaper alternatives.

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CESHere's every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year

Here's every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year

Apple itself may not show up to CES, but about a dozen companies came to this year's show with a range of HomeKit-capable products from smart lighting products to home security. Here's a complete guide to everything HomeKit unveiled at CES 2017.

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Average iPhone price higher in US than many other countries, survey finds

Average iPhone price higher in US than many other countries, survey finds

Americans are paying more for their iPhones than citizens of 38 other countries, according to a study into the average cost of electronics around the world, with a difference between the U.S. and the cheapest country's prices found to be more than $220.

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Samsung vice chairman a suspect in South Korean bribery probe

Samsung vice chairman a suspect in South Korean bribery probe

A South Korean prosecutor's office is set to interrogate the head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, as part of a wider influence scandal involving the country's President Park Geun-hye and her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.

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Apple loses mechanical engineer responsible for original MacBook Air enclosure to Tesla

Apple loses mechanical engineer responsible for original MacBook Air enclosure to Tesla

Matt Casebolt, one of Apple's key hinge designers, and the key designer of the original MacBook Air mechanical design has departed Apple, and is now working at Tesla.

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LG UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display ship times drop to one week, in-store pickup on Jan. 23

LG UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display ship times drop to one week, in-store pickup on Jan. 23

Shipping times for the LG UltraFine 5K Display have dropped precipitously in the U.S., with outstanding orders being updated, and new order shipping estimates falling from 2-4 weeks, to just one week.

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