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Saturday, July 18, 2015

This week on AppleInsider: Apple Pay in the UK, iPod touch refresh, e-SIM & more

This week on AppleInsider: Apple Pay in the UK, iPod touch refresh, e-SIM & more

A relatively quiet week was, at least, spiced up by two important Apple announcements: the arrival of Apple Pay in the United Kingdom, and a long-overdue update of the iPod touch.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

First look: Coin 'smart' iOS-connected credit card

First look: Coin 'smart' iOS-connected credit card

After monumental delays, the Coin "smart" credit card finally started shipping out to customers in April, offering users the flexibility of carrying up to eight swipeable credit, debit a rewards cards that — for now — are accepted at more locations than touchless NFC solutions like Apple Pay.

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Apple objects to GT Advanced financing plan after Mesa plant fire

Apple objects to GT Advanced financing plan after Mesa plant fire

Apple on Friday formally objected to a financing plan by its bankrupt former sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, on the basis of provisions tied to a May fire at its one-time plant in Mesa, Arizona.

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TipsiOS 9 tips: Apple makes it easier than ever to request a desktop site in Safari

iOS 9 tips: Apple makes it easier than ever to request a desktop site in Safari

Users beta testing iOS 9 can access a new, somewhat hidden feature in the mobile Safari browser, making it easier than ever to request the desktop version of a site when browsing on an iPhone or iPad.

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Independent UK businesses quickly jump on board with Apple Pay

Independent UK businesses quickly jump on board with Apple Pay

Some independent retailers and app developers in the U.K. are reportedly already adopting Apple Pay, just days after the service became available in the region.

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Gold rear shell purportedly for Apple's 'iPhone 6s Plus' said to feature stronger construction

Gold rear shell purportedly for Apple's 'iPhone 6s Plus' said to feature stronger construction

New pictures claim to show a rear casing for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s Plus" in gold, and a hands-on with the part assert that it features new material for stronger construction than the current iPhone 6 series.

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New iPod touch teardown shows power optimizations, no sapphire camera lens cover

New iPod touch teardown shows power optimizations, no sapphire camera lens cover

A teardown of the sixth-generation iPod touch published on Friday exposed new details about the device, including the presence of a marginally bigger battery, the lack of a sapphire lens cover, and which chipmakers are involved in supplying parts.

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Hulu considering ad-free tier to better compete with Netflix, other video services

Hulu considering ad-free tier to better compete with Netflix, other video services

Streaming video service Hulu is reportedly exploring the possibility of a completely ad-free tier that could launch as soon as this fall, and cost about $12 to $14 a month.

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Apple partner TSMC to mass produce 10nm chips by early 2017, on pace to beat Intel

Apple partner TSMC to mass produce 10nm chips by early 2017, on pace to beat Intel

The race to make smaller and more efficient mobile processors continues, with iPhone chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. revealing it remains on track to mass produce its first 10-nanometer FinFET processors by early 2017 — a timeframe that would put it ahead of rival Intel.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks new iPod touch, thoughts on an 'iPhone 6c,' 'iPad Pro' rumors & more

AppleInsider podcast talks new iPod touch, thoughts on an 'iPhone 6c,' 'iPad Pro' rumors & more

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, we discuss the refreshed iPod lineup, including a new A8-powered iPod touch. Neil talks about the possibility of an "iPhone 6c," Dan details gaming benchmarks for Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6, Victor tells us how he really feels about Touch ID and Apple Pay, and it's unanimous that no one should install Adobe Flash.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Apple offers 99-cent sale pricing on 24 iOS apps for limited time

Apple offers 99-cent sale pricing on 24 iOS apps for limited time

Apple on Thursday rolled out another of its limited-time-only iOS App Store sections, this time featuring 24 apps on sale for 99 cents each, including popular titles like Pixelmator and GoodReader, as well as hit games Shadowmatic and The Room Two.

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ExclusiveFinal 36 Hours: Free AppleCare with all standard 2015 13" MacBook Pros, $300-$400 off all 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Final 36 Hours: Free AppleCare with all standard 2015 13

For just 36 hours more, readers can get 3 years of AppleCare free on all of Apple's standard early-2015 13" MacBook Pros, or save up to $200 on select custom configurations with exclusive coupon codes. These deals expire July 31st. Also, $300-$400 off all 15" MacBook Pro + AppleCare bundles and a loaded 11" MacBook Air with AppleCare for $1,089.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

OpinionXiaomi VP lists intrinsic smartphone features in defense of copycat claims, proceeds to describe iPhone

Xiaomi VP lists intrinsic smartphone features in defense of copycat claims, proceeds to describe iPhone

In a video interview with Bloomberg published on Thursday, Hugo Barra, vice president of global operations at Chinese mobile hardware upstart Xiaomi, addressed accusations that his company's products are derivative and take more than a little inspiration from Apple's iOS lineup.

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Lawsuit over Apple Store employee bag checks becomes class action covering over 12,000 workers

Lawsuit over Apple Store employee bag checks becomes class action covering over 12,000 workers

A long-running lawsuit over bag searches of Apple Store workers was certified as a class action on Thursday, broadening the potential impact to over 12,000 past and present retail staff.

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New TV ads for Apple Watch focus on tourism, fitness, parenthood

New TV ads for Apple Watch focus on tourism, fitness, parenthood

Apple on Thursday debuted four new TV ads for the Apple Watch on its official YouTube channel, continuing a strategy of depicting the device in realistic scenarios.

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iPod nano, iPod shuffle won't sync offline Apple Music tracks

iPod nano, iPod shuffle won't sync offline Apple Music tracks

Even with Apple Music advertised prominently in the iPod section of Apple's online store, neither the iPod nano nor the iPod shuffle can sync Apple Music tracks cached offline, according to a report.

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Apple, Samsung & carriers working together on 'e-SIM' standard for mobile data plans

Apple, Samsung & carriers working together on 'e-SIM' standard for mobile data plans

The two largest handset makers in the world —Apple and Samsung — are said to be working with some of the largest carriers around the globe on a new, so-called "e-SIM" standard that would replace traditional SIM cards, and make it easier for customers to sign up for new data plans.

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Apple releases first public beta of upcoming OS X 10.10.5 update

Apple releases first public beta of upcoming OS X 10.10.5 update

Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of OS X 10.10.5, following quickly on the heels of a matching developer beta, which was issued on Tuesday.

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Rovio's 'Angry Birds 2' to launch on Apple's iOS July 30

Rovio's 'Angry Birds 2' to launch on Apple's iOS July 30

Finnish developer Rovio will launch its first official sequel to the ultra-popular "Angry Birds" game on July 30, debuting on mobile platforms including Apple's iOS.

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UBS forecasts iPhone ASP at $660, pushing Apple's June margins to 40.9%

UBS forecasts iPhone ASP at $660, pushing Apple's June margins to 40.9%

Investment firm UBS revealed on Thursday that it has high expectations for Apple's gross margins in the just-concluded June quarter, predicting they will reach nearly 41 percent on outstanding sales of the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus.

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Samsung & TSMC begin volume production of Apple's next-gen 'A9' CPU for 'iPhone 6s' - report

Samsung & TSMC begin volume production of Apple's next-gen 'A9' CPU for 'iPhone 6s' - report

The two principal manufacturers of Apple processors, Samsung and TSMC, have each begun volume production of the next-generation "A9" CPU for use in the upcoming iPhones, according to a new report.

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Misfit introduces Flash Link multifunction wearable, releases Misfit Link app

Misfit introduces Flash Link multifunction wearable, releases Misfit Link app

Misfit on Thursday announced price drops for its existing fitness wearables —Shine and Flash —to make way for a new model called the Flash Link, and breathed life into older Flash models with the new Misfit Link app for iOS.

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FeatureApple's new iPod touch, iPod nano, & iPod shuffle: which one is right for you?

Apple's new iPod touch, iPod nano, & iPod shuffle: which one is right for you?

In a world of iPhones and iPads, iPods nevertheless continue to have a place at Apple, and Wednesday's update of the iPod touch — plus new colors for the Nano and Shuffle — raise the question of which iPod, if any, a person should buy.

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Apple investigating solar-powered wireless mice and trackpads

Apple investigating solar-powered wireless mice and trackpads

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals continued research into alternative energy solutions, specifically as it applies to a lineup of wireless computer peripherals with embedded solar cells.

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Apple's new Hong Kong store to open on July 30

Apple's new Hong Kong store to open on July 30

Apple will open its fourth Apple Store location in Hong Kong on Thursday, July 30, the company announced through its retail website, with the three-story Canton Road outlet expected to be one of the largest in Asia.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ship times for all non-Edition Apple Watch models improve to one day in US

Ship times for all non-Edition Apple Watch models improve to one day in US

Following severely constrained supply at launch, Apple has gradually built up Apple Watch stock for online and in-store sales, and is now showing ship times of one business day for all aluminum Sport and regular stainless steel models.

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TipsHow to reset your Apple ID password

How to reset your Apple ID password

With Apple ID responsible for iCloud, two-step verification, email preferences and basically all Apple Internet services, forgetting your password can be disastrous. Luckily, Apple built in a password reset method that involves only a few simple steps.

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Apple Watch to launch in New Zealand on July 31

Apple Watch to launch in New Zealand on July 31

Following an imminent mid-month expansion to sales, the next destination for the Apple Watch will be New Zealand, which is getting the device on July 31, according to an updated product page in the Apple Store iOS app.

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Apple's new iPod touch debuts underclocked but powerful A8 SoC, Bluetooth 4.1

Apple's new iPod touch debuts underclocked but powerful A8 SoC, Bluetooth 4.1

Wednesday's iPod touch release marked a number of firsts for Apple, including two major modifications to existing technologies in an underclocked A8 system-on-chip silicon and a communications package boasting the Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification.

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Apple releases Mac mini EMI firmware update to fix USB keyboard issue

Apple releases Mac mini EMI firmware update to fix USB keyboard issue

Apple on Wednesday released an EMI update for Mac mini, addressing an issue that could in some cases prevent a USB keyboard from being recognized when waking from sleep.

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FeatureNew iPod touch vs. iPhone 5s: Apple's latest iPod packs surprising power

New iPod touch vs. iPhone 5s: Apple's latest iPod packs surprising power

Apple surprised on Wednesday by including its latest-generation A8 processor in the latest iPod touch — a decision that makes it a formidable and highly affordable opponent to the company's mid-range iPhone 5s.

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ExclusiveKiller iMac 5K Deal: Free Apple TV, Free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint Printer & $40-$170 off with each order

Killer iMac 5K Deal: Free Apple TV, Free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint Printer & $40-$170 off with each order

AppleInsider this week is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV, a Free PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint Printer (or your choice of other accessories) and $40-$170 in instant discounts with each iMac 5K order, plus free shipping and no sales tax collected outside NY & NJ.

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Google, US government launch plan to bring Fiber service to public housing

Google, US government launch plan to bring Fiber service to public housing

Google is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring its Fiber Internet service to public and affordable housing projects, the company announced on Wednesday.

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New gold, dark blue and hot pink colors come to Apple's iPod nano, shuffle & touch lineups

New gold, dark blue and hot pink colors come to Apple's iPod nano, shuffle & touch lineups

All three devices in Apple's existing iPod lineup —the iPod nano, shuffle and touch —gained three new color options on Wednesday. And while the iPod touch's internal components were overhauled, the iPod nano and shuffle specifications remain unchanged.

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Breaking
Apple launches new iPod touch with 64-bit A8 CPU, 8MP camera, M8 motion coprocessor & 128GB capacity

Apple launches new iPod touch with 64-bit A8 CPU, 8MP camera, M8 motion coprocessor & 128GB capacity

Apple on Wednesday overhauled its iPod touch lineup for the first time in years, debuting a new high-end $399 model with a 128-gigabyte capacity, while giving all versions a 64-bit A8 processor, M8 motion coprocessor, and 8-megapixel rear camera.

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Amazon Prime Day kicks off with $49 Kindle, $79 Kindle Fire HD 7, $24 Fire TV Stick

Amazon Prime Day kicks off with $49 Kindle, $79 Kindle Fire HD 7, $24 Fire TV Stick

As a part of Prime Day, an attempt to spur Black Friday-level sales from Prime subscribers, Amazon on Wednesday discounted a number of electronics, including several Kindle readers and Kindle Fire touchscreen tablets.

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HSBC UK says Apple Pay support coming within 2 weeks

HSBC UK says Apple Pay support coming within 2 weeks

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's surprising absence from Apple Pay's UK launch earlier this week will not last much longer, the bank has confirmed, with final testing under way and availability said to come within two weeks.

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Rumor: Apple to launch 'end-of-life' iPad mini model and 'iPad Pro' in 2015, forego 'iPad Air 3'

Rumor: Apple to launch 'end-of-life' iPad mini model and 'iPad Pro' in 2015, forego 'iPad Air 3'

A questionable report out of the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple will announce a larger 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" and refreshed iPad mini by the end of 2015, but will not introduce a follow-up to the iPad Air 2. Further, the company is supposedly planning to end-of-life iPad mini after this year's revamp.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Apple, other big businesses eye Iranian market after nuclear deal, report says

Apple, other big businesses eye Iranian market after nuclear deal, report says

Just hours after the U.S. and five world powers entered into an agreement with Iran to remove sanctions in return for a reduction in nuclear weapons capability, companies like Apple are actively looking for inroads into the starved market.

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