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Sunday, December 31, 2017

TipsKeep your iPhone X safe with one of these protective cases

Keep your iPhone X safe with one of these protective cases

Anyone looking to buy an iPhone X at launch is probably concerned with keeping their new mobile device as safe as possible. AppleInsider has rounded up a selection of the cases on the market that offer protection with style.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Apple 2017 year in review: iPad gets cheaper than ever, more expensive than ever with new options

Apple 2017 year in review: iPad gets cheaper than ever, more expensive than ever with new options

Apple's iPad lineup got bigger and more expensive than ever in 2017, with the introduction of new high-end Pro models. But the company also pivoted and introduced a budget-priced 9.7-inch model that marks the most affordable entry price for an iPad ever. The combination helped sales return to long-awaited growth.

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Apple 2017 year in review: The realities of AR and VR plus Apple's ARKit

Apple 2017 year in review: The realities of AR and VR plus Apple's ARKit

At the start of 2017, it was thought that Apple was falling behind other companies in developing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) related technologies in its products. By the end of the year, Apple has taken small steps towards establishing itself in the VR industry, but it has made great strides in the field of AR, with ARKit being the main driver for its progress.

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$29 battery exchanges for iPhone 6 and newer now available at most Apple retail locations

$29 battery exchanges for iPhone 6 and newer now available at most Apple retail locations

Many Apple retail locations in the U.S. started the $29 battery replacement for the iPhone 6 or newer, well in advance of a previously announced January timeframe — but appointments are filling up, and turnaround times are growing.

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Apple 2017 year in review: The 'Pro' desktop market is revisited with the iMac Pro, with more in the pipeline

Apple 2017 year in review: The 'Pro' desktop market is revisited with the iMac Pro, with more in the pipeline

After years of no updates to Apple's "Pro" desktop line, the company uncharacteristically made some public statements in April about a forthcoming line refresh, which led to the iMac Pro's release in December. But, the remarks made may or may not ultimately lead to what Apple fans want to see.

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This week on AI: Apple bows to pressure on iPhone batteries, iMac Pro ships, Amazon Echo wins Christmas & more

This week on AI: Apple bows to pressure on iPhone batteries, iMac Pro ships, Amazon Echo wins Christmas & more

It might nominally be the holidays, but perhaps not for many people at Apple, as the company scrambled to deal with an ever-growing scandal over its decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices Ever: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,299; iMacs as low as $799; plus no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Lowest Prices Ever: 13

Kicking off 2018, shoppers can save $500 on Apple's 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray. Now $1,299 with our exclusive coupon, this is the lowest price we've seen to date on this model. Closeout iMacs also start at just $799, a discount of $300 to $420 off. All with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and 0% financing OAC.

TipsHow to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11

How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11

There's a good chance that if got an iPhone or an iPad for Christmas, you've probably still using Siri's default voice settings — but as AppleInsider can show, there are a few ways to personalize Siri's sound and functions in iOS 11 [now with video].

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The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's MacBook Pro and 2017 iMac

The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's MacBook Pro and 2017 iMac

The inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 on the MacBook Pro and iMac has created an entire industry of docks and other accessories that take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's high bandwidth and power delivery capabilities, by providing more ports that can expand a Mac's connectivity. AppleInsider compares some of the best options on the market.

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VideoVideo: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test

Video: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test

Apple's new iMac Pro now uses a much more advanced dual fan cooling solution, with almost 75 percent more airflow and an 80 percent increase in system thermal capacity. AppleInsider put it to the test to see how it performs with CPU and GPU intensive tasks, and we came away with interesting results.

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FeatureApple 2017 year in review: iPhone X with Face ID signals major platform shift

Apple 2017 year in review: iPhone X with Face ID signals major platform shift

To mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple released the iPhone X — that's pronounced "ten," as the company is eager to point out. While it may not be an earth-shaking revelation, it's an important signpost for where Apple plans to be 10 years from now — assuming we're even still using smartphones in 2027.

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OpinionAnalyst guesswork sets unrealistic expectations for Apple's iPhone in 2018, forgets iPad exists

Analyst guesswork sets unrealistic expectations for Apple's iPhone in 2018, forgets iPad exists

Prognosticating sales of tech products can be a difficult and thankless job, particularly when the companies selling the products themselves don't announce sales figures. But that doesn't excuse inconsistencies, unrealistic projections, or a lack of critical thinking skills.

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iMac Pro now shipping from Apple authorized resellers with no tax in most states & 0% financing

iMac Pro now shipping from Apple authorized resellers with no tax in most states & 0% financing

Apple authorized resellers are now shipping the iMac Pro with no tax in 46 to 48 states, saving many shoppers $400 to $930 compared to buying direct. No interest financing offers are also available on approved credit — and expedited delivery is free on many models.

iMac Pro arrives at Apple's retail stores

iMac Pro arrives at Apple's retail stores

Customers who can afford its $4,999 pricetag may now be able to find the 8-core base model of the iMac Pro in some U.S. Apple stores, ready for pickup.

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iFixit matches Apple's $29 battery swap cost, covers pre-iPhone 6 devices

iFixit matches Apple's $29 battery swap cost, covers pre-iPhone 6 devices

Looking to equal or beat Apple in the aftermath of its iPhone battery apology, iFixit has dropped the price of its do-it-yourself battery swap kits to $29 or less. More significantly this includes kits for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s, and 5c, which are excluded from Apple's discounted battery replacements.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast covers iPhone X supply chain rumors, Alexa atop the App Store, Apple's response to battery debacle

AppleInsider podcast covers iPhone X supply chain rumors, Alexa atop the App Store, Apple's response to battery debacle

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor talks about the iPhone battery debacle, supply chain orders for iPhone X, and has an interview with synthesizer musician Suzanne Ciani.

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Five of the best board game conversions for your new iPad or iPhone

Five of the best board game conversions for your new iPad or iPhone

A niche category of the expanding game market on iOS are board game translations. AppleInsider goes beyond Monopoly and Scrabble and looks into five of the best more advanced board games that benefit from an iOS implementation.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Roundup: The best cases for Apple's 2017 9.7-inch iPad that you can buy

Roundup: The best cases for Apple's 2017 9.7-inch iPad that you can buy

If you got Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad equipped with an A9 processor under the tree and are looking for the perfect case in which to house it, we've rounded up a list of the best iPad cases from slim, designer options to rugged models that offer enhanced protection.

Chicago flagship Apple Retail store roof not well suited for snow, ice

Chicago flagship Apple Retail store roof not well suited for snow, ice

Apple's North Michigan Ave., Chicago retail store is having a problem with snow and ice falls off the roof, and has roped off areas of the surrounding court to protect shoppers.

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Breaking
Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown controversy, will reduce out-of-warranty battery replacement to $29

Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown controversy, will reduce out-of-warranty battery replacement to $29

Apple on Thursday addressed mounting criticism over the revelation that it slows down iPhones with aging batteries to prevent performance issues. In addition to apologizing, the company has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29, and will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device's battery.

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Apple to start surveying 'Today at Apple' participants next month

Apple to start surveying 'Today at Apple' participants next month

Beginning in January, Apple will start collecting feedback from everyone who attends one of the company's free "Today at Apple" sessions at its retail stores.

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Hoping to capitalize on Apple battery controversy, HTC and Motorola volunteer that they don't slow down old phones

Hoping to capitalize on Apple battery controversy, HTC and Motorola volunteer that they don't slow down old phones

Bad publicity for Apple is a potential opportunity for competitors to gain ground, as seen with the iPhone battery controversy compelling HTC and Motorola to issue statements, saying they do not throttle performance on phones with older batteries.

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Italian clothing maker defeats Apple, wins rights to use 'Steve Jobs' trademark

Italian clothing maker defeats Apple, wins rights to use 'Steve Jobs' trademark

The founders of an Italian clothing company operating under the name of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have won the rights to continue using that branding, in spite of a long-running Apple legal challenge.

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Criminal lawsuit over iPhone battery slowdowns filed in France, where planned obsolescence is illegal

Criminal lawsuit over iPhone battery slowdowns filed in France, where planned obsolescence is illegal

Fallout continues to grow following the discovery that Apple slows down older phones with aging batteries to prevent random shutdowns, as a new criminal lawsuit in France aims to hit Apple's pocketbook — and could even result in jail time.

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VideoiMac Pro vs. 5K iMac, speakers and FaceTime cameras compared

iMac Pro vs. 5K iMac, speakers and FaceTime cameras compared

Apple's long-awaited iMac Pro has just our doorstep, and we've been hard at work benchmarking and testing it ever since. Here, we offer a closer look at the improved speakers, as well as a comparison of the FaceTime camera.

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Apple's first store in Saudi Arabia could open in 2019

Apple's first store in Saudi Arabia could open in 2019

Apple is reportedly readying its first store in Saudi Arabia, though a grand opening could be as distant as two years out.

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South Korea probes Apple's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries

South Korea probes Apple's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries

The Korea Communications Commission has reportedly asked for an explanation in the wake of Apple's admission that it slows down older iPhones to prolong battery life.

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Teardown of Apple's iMac Pro shows RAM upgrades possible - with extreme difficulty

Teardown of Apple's iMac Pro shows RAM upgrades possible - with extreme difficulty

One of the first teardowns of Apple's iMac Pro shows that it is in fact possible to upgrade the RAM on the computer, though all but the most experienced people will probably want to pay a specialist.

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Computer History Museum will host Apple Lisa source code following review

Computer History Museum will host Apple Lisa source code following review

Preservationists have extracted the source code and some launch software for Apple's Mac predecessor, the Apple Lisa, and are intending to make it available from the Computer History Museum after Apple examines and releases it for publication.

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Citing security, Apple's board mandates CEO Tim Cook use private jet for all business & personal travel

Citing security, Apple's board mandates CEO Tim Cook use private jet for all business & personal travel

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook earned a whopping $102 million in pay and awards in 2017, along with the perk of flying private wherever he travels. But the latter decision wasn't his — it was mandated by the company's board of directors, who are concerned about his safety.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Apple tops device activations during holidays, iPhone X handily beating iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple tops device activations during holidays, iPhone X handily beating iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple once again leads the industry in smartphone and tablet activations during the week before Christmas, with very strong sales of the iPhone X leading the iPhones released in 2017, with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 availability both overseas and as used devices adding to the lead.

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FeatureIt's cold! These are the best iPhone-compatible gloves to keep your hands warm

It's cold! These are the best iPhone-compatible gloves to keep your hands warm

Parts of the U.S. is getting slammed by a massive cold front, and touch screens don't always respond well to gloves. Why freeze, just to use your smartphone? AppleInsider has options to keep your hands warm, and still take that call from your mother!

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South Korean prosecutors seeking extended 12-year sentence for Samsung heir apparent Jay Y. Lee

South Korean prosecutors seeking extended 12-year sentence for Samsung heir apparent Jay Y. Lee

Prosecutors have appealed a lesser five-year sentence, and are requesting that the South Korean court system extend the prison term for Samsung executive Jay Y. Lee already found guilty of bribery.

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Powercast promises wireless charging of consumer electronics at an 80-foot range

Powercast promises wireless charging of consumer electronics at an 80-foot range

A second at-range wireless charging company has announced its Federal Communications Commission approval, and will be demonstrating its far-field technology, capable of charging multiple devices up to 80 feet away at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Benchmarks put Apple's entry-level $4999 iMac Pro to the test

First look: Benchmarks put Apple's entry-level $4999 iMac Pro to the test

Though it has an exclusive space gray finish and gorgeous all-in-one chassis, the new iMac Pro is all about performance. AppleInsider has put it to the test, to show just how much bang for your buck you'll get out of this 5 grand investment.

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VideoVideo: Unboxing Apple's new iMac Pro

Video: Unboxing Apple's new iMac Pro

It's here: Apple's ultra-premium $4,999 iMac Pro has begun arriving at the doorsteps of early adopters, and AppleInsider has just unboxed the brand new, professional-grade, all-in-one desktop. Take a closer look at this beast of a machine in our exclusive unboxing video.

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Apple app staple PCalc celebrates 25 years since scientific calculator debuted on Mac System 7

Apple app staple PCalc celebrates 25 years since scientific calculator debuted on Mac System 7

This month marks the 25th anniversary of PCalc, an award winning scientific calculator that debuted on the Mac back in 1992. Since then, it has expanded to virtually all of Apple's platforms, including iOS, watchOS, and even tvOS.

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B&H's Year-End Sale delivers MacBook Pros from $1,199 (up to $1000 off); Airs for $899; $100-$150 off 27" iMac 5Ks; plus no tax in 48 states

B&H's Year-End Sale delivers MacBook Pros from $1,199 (up to $1000 off); Airs for $899; $100-$150 off 27

Shoppers can save up to $1,000 on Macs during B&H's Year-End Sale with free expedited shipping and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Multiple configurations also include a free year of Office 365 Personal valued at $69.99.

TipsHow to set separate controls for left and right AirPods in Apple's iOS 11

How to set separate controls for left and right AirPods in Apple's iOS 11

Installing iOS 11 also updates the functionality of connected AirPods, giving users the ability to set separate, customizable controls for each wireless earpiece.

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