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Friday, April 15, 2016

Apple's Jony Ive donates one-of-a-kind iPad Pro & accessories to charity auction

Apple's Jony Ive donates one-of-a-kind iPad Pro & accessories to charity auction

An auction in London is featuring a custom 12.9-inch iPad Pro and accompanying Smart Cover, Apple Pencil and holder as one of its lots, as donated by Apple SDO Jony Ive and his design team.

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Apple lauds own encryption efforts, says hackers are primary iPhone threat

Apple lauds own encryption efforts, says hackers are primary iPhone threat

Apple engineers jumped on a conference call with press outlets shortly following Friday's New York court filing to tout the company's encryption efforts, while at the same time making clear that those protocols are in place to protect against hackers, not government intrusion.

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Apple's iPad multitasking has 'profound impact' on live video viewing, MLB finds

Apple's iPad multitasking has 'profound impact' on live video viewing, MLB finds

A recent study by Major League Baseball found iPad multitasking introduced in Apple's iOS 9 release, including Split View and picture-in-picture video, contributed to an 86 percent jump in live streaming over the last year.

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Apple says FBI has failed to prove necessity in New York iPhone unlock case

Apple says FBI has failed to prove necessity in New York iPhone unlock case

Apple in a court filing Friday argued the FBI has "utterly failed" to prove necessity in its request for assistance in extracting data from a passcode-locked iPhone related to a New York drug case.

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Killer Mac Clearance: $999 MacBook Pros, $400-$900 off iMac HDs & iMac 5Ks, $1299 off Mac Pros

Killer Mac Clearance: $999 MacBook Pros, $400-$900 off iMac HDs & iMac 5Ks, $1299 off Mac Pros

One Apple authorized reseller is blowing out their inventory of remaining 2013 and 2014 MacBooks, iMacs and Mac Pros, with the deepest discounts we've ever seen. There are only a few of each model, including $999 13" MacBook Pros, $1,499 15" MacBook Pros, $899 CTO MacBook Airs and $799 iMacs.

Facing 'sluggish sales,' Apple said to continue reduced iPhone production through June quarter

Facing 'sluggish sales,' Apple said to continue reduced iPhone production through June quarter

Apple has apparently signaled to its suppliers that it plans to maintain reduced output of the flagship iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus through the end of the June quarter, suggesting that year-over-year declines could continue, according to a new report.

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China eclipses Japan for second place in iOS App Store revenues

China eclipses Japan for second place in iOS App Store revenues

In the March quarter, revenues from the Chinese iOS App Store surpassed Japan for the first time — showing them on a course to eventually top the U.S, according to estimates published on Friday.

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Rumor: Ultrathin MacBook update coming in second half of 2016, will feature redesigned hinge

Rumor: Ultrathin MacBook update coming in second half of 2016, will feature redesigned hinge

Apple is allegedly planning to update its ultraportable MacBook with Retina display in the second half of 2016, featuring a new screen hing design made from metal injection molding, according to a new supply chain report.

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Apple Store logos go green, Apple's website promotes Liam the robot for Earth Day

Apple Store logos go green, Apple's website promotes Liam the robot for Earth Day

A week before Earth Day, Apple has changed the leaf on its logo at retail stores to green, and also provided retail employees with green shirts. Apple's website is also prominently featuring "Liam," the robot that the company uses to quickly disassemble devices for recycling.

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Apple begins promoting 'Live Tune-In' feature for fourth-generation Apple TV

Apple begins promoting 'Live Tune-In' feature for fourth-generation Apple TV

Owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV were on Friday greeted with an updated "What's New" splash screen, promoting "Live Tune-In," a feature letting people jump straight into the live TV feeds of select apps.

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LG marketing depicts new MacBook-like Gram laptop running Apple's Final Cut & Logic [u]

LG marketing depicts new MacBook-like Gram laptop running Apple's Final Cut & Logic [u]

Marketing images for LG's new 15.6-inch Gram laptop depict the computer as running Apple's Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X on OS X — even though the machine is based on Windows 10. [Updated]

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Tesla recruits prominent Apple Store leader to run its LA County showrooms

Tesla recruits prominent Apple Store leader to run its LA County showrooms

The store leader of Apple's Third Street Promenade store in Santa Monica, Calif. is leaving to assume a more significant role at Tesla, taking charge of a host of showrooms in Los Angeles County, according to a tip received by AppleInsider.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast imagines 'Apple Car,' talks FBI and emotion, and 'iPhone 7' rumors

AppleInsider podcast imagines 'Apple Car,' talks FBI and emotion, and 'iPhone 7' rumors

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Mikey and Victor discuss Mikey's appearance on a Motor Trend roundtable, speculating on the "Apple Car." Plus, the very latest in the FBI's posturing, and fresh "iPhone 7" rumors.

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Apple's iTunes Movies, iBooks Store go dark in China 6 months after launch

Apple's iTunes Movies, iBooks Store go dark in China 6 months after launch

Chinese consumers looking to buy a movie or e-book through Apple's iTunes services found themselves out of luck on Friday, as both stores went offline without explanation.

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Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's 13" MacBook Airs from $849 and 11" MacBook Airs from $749

Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's 13

The deepest discounts we've seen on current-generation 2015 MacBook Airs — including many rarely-discounted built-to-order (BTO) configurations — have just gone live. Shoppers can grab a 11" MacBook Air starting at $749 or a 13" MacBook Air from $849 until April 21st.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Apple Campus 2 reception building, food stations, more shown off in new renderings

Apple Campus 2 reception building, food stations, more shown off in new renderings

A set of never before seen architectural renderings of Apple's massive Campus 2 project made their way to the Web on Thursday, showing off ancillary buildings like a reception center, food shacks and more.

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Apple reportedly taps Samsung to supply 5.5" OLED iPhone panels in 2017

Apple reportedly taps Samsung to supply 5.5

Riding on the back of rumors that Apple plans to make the switch to OLED display technology, a report on Thursday claims Samsung has won a three-year contract to supply the iPhone maker with 5.5-inch panels starting in 2017.

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Apple's website hints 'OS X' to be rebranded as 'MacOS'

Apple's website hints 'OS X' to be rebranded as 'MacOS'

Adding to the evidence that Apple is intending to change the name of OS X, the company on Thursday posted an updated webpage referring to the software as "MacOS" instead.

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Apple investigating major App Store search changes, mulling paid results, report says

Apple investigating major App Store search changes, mulling paid results, report says

A report Thursday claims Apple has a "secret team" working on major user-facing changes to App Store search results, including the possibility of charging developers to promote content.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Apple to deprecate QuickTime for Windows after discovery of two flaws

Apple to deprecate QuickTime for Windows after discovery of two flaws

Software security firm Trend Micro on Thursday announced the discovery of two new flaws in QuickTime for Windows, adding that Apple has plans to deprecate support for the software.

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Apple to again square off against FBI in Congress over encryption

Apple to again square off against FBI in Congress over encryption

Apple's top lawyer is scheduled to appear before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee next week, presumably to offer testimony on the pitfalls of granting law enforcement privileged access to encrypted devices.

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FeatureApple Car: It's about the experience

Apple Car: It's about the experience

As part of its highly speculative look at "Apple Car," Motor Trend invited AppleInsider to take part in a roundtable discussion to critique a collaborative concept design worked up in partnership with the ArtCenter College of Design.

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Microsoft sues DOJ for right to tell customers about data searches

Microsoft sues DOJ for right to tell customers about data searches

On Thursday Microsoft opened a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing that the government can't prevent it from telling customers when federal agencies have searched through their data — or at least, not as frequently.

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UK soccer star Raheem Sterling close to signing six-figure Apple endorsement deal

UK soccer star Raheem Sterling close to signing six-figure Apple endorsement deal

A winger with U.K. soccer club Manchester City, Raheem Sterling, is nearing a lucrative deal to endorse Apple devices, a report said on Thursday.

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FBI requests warrant to unlock iPhone 5c connected to California murder investigation

FBI requests warrant to unlock iPhone 5c connected to California murder investigation

Rather than seeking Apple's assistance, the FBI plans to work with its own San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to obtain data from a seized iPhone 5c involved in a murder investigation, if it is awarded a warrant to do so.

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Apple's 'Apps for Earth' promo directs select app revenues to World Wildlife Fund

Apple's 'Apps for Earth' promo directs select app revenues to World Wildlife Fund

Apple on Thursday launched "Apps for Earth," an App Store promotion which will direct all of the proceeds from a small collection of apps and in-app transactions to the World Wildlife Fund during the month of April.

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Ticket reseller Rukkus adds 360-degree seat views, Google Cardboard VR support to iPhone app

Ticket reseller Rukkus adds 360-degree seat views, Google Cardboard VR support to iPhone app

Ticket marketplace Rukkus is stepping into the virtual reality field with a new update to its iOS app, allowing users to sample the view from their seats in an arena in a more immersive way before they complete their purchase.

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Leaked iPhone app suggests Samsung preparing iOS support for Gear S2 smart watch

Leaked iPhone app suggests Samsung preparing iOS support for Gear S2 smart watch

An unfinished app for managing Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch has quietly appeared online, which may hint that Samsung is nearly ready to deliver on its promised iOS support.

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Apple adds muscle in Washington with hire of White House insider

Apple adds muscle in Washington with hire of White House insider

Apple has put a new face on its efforts to lobby the federal government, bringing in Cynthia Hogan — a Washington cognoscente with close ties to the White House — to lead its office in the District.

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Apple to end iTunes Allowances for children on May 25

Apple to end iTunes Allowances for children on May 25

Apple on Thursday alerted people that it will put an end to iTunes Allowances on May 25, having mostly made the program obsolete through other iTunes features.

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Rumor: suppliers begin to receive Apple Watch 2 component orders

Rumor: suppliers begin to receive Apple Watch 2 component orders

Apple has reportedly started signing component orders for the second-generation Apple Watch, a possible sign that version two of the wearable will begin mass production within the next few months.

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White House warns Congress that anti-net neutrality bill could be vetoed

White House warns Congress that anti-net neutrality bill could be vetoed

If Congress sends HR 2666 — a bill that might seriously weaken the FCC's net neutrality rules — to the president for his signature, it would almost certainly be returned with a veto stamp, the White House said this week.

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Motor Trend spotlights 'Apple Car' development in June cover story

Motor Trend spotlights 'Apple Car' development in June cover story

For its latest June issue, long-running automotive serial Motor Trend threw a spotlight on rumors and speculation surrounding Apple's shadowy "Project Titan." To go along with its print coverage, which includes a well-studied "Apple Car" concept rendering, the magazine invited a panel of experts to discuss the broader implications of Apple's efforts, and AppleInsider was there.

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CBS tvOS app gets Apple TV universal search integration

CBS tvOS app gets Apple TV universal search integration

CBS this week became the latest streaming provider to tap into Apple TV's universal search APIs, adding to a growing list of apps that let surface first-party content via text and Siri voice search.

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Apple unlikely to learn details of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

Apple unlikely to learn details of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

Apple, in an effort to protect customers against a heretofore unknown iPhone vulnerability, has sought information regarding a working encryption exploit used by the Justice Department in its investigation into the San Bernardino terror attacks. A new report, however, suggests the passcode bypass technique will likely remain secret.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

FBI has yet to find actionable intel from breached San Bernardino iPhone, report says

FBI has yet to find actionable intel from breached San Bernardino iPhone, report says

A report Wednesday claims FBI agents have not yet discovered useful information from an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, a device that just last month was at the center of a high-profile court battle involving Apple.

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Senate draft bill requires companies extract, decrypt data for law enforcement

Senate draft bill requires companies extract, decrypt data for law enforcement

Two high-ranking U.S. senators on Wednesday released to the public a proposed bill that would grant courts the authority to order tech companies dealing in hardware, software or services help law enforcement agencies gain access to encrypted communications.

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'1970' date bug could be used to wreck pre-iOS 9.3.1 devices over Wi-Fi, researchers say

'1970' date bug could be used to wreck pre-iOS 9.3.1 devices over Wi-Fi, researchers say

Though the issue was nominally fixed with iOS 9.3, the "1970" date bug can theoretically be used to intentionally brick any pre-iOS 9.3.1 device, according to a pair of security researchers.

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