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Saturday, December 31, 2016

VideoFirst look: LG UltraFine 5K Display

First look: LG UltraFine 5K Display

Apple this week started deliveries of LG's hotly anticipated UltraFine 5K Display, a monitor developed to complement Apple's new all-Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro lineup. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the device in this first look video.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Rumor: Apple to release iOS 10.3 beta with 'Theater mode' in January

Rumor: Apple to release iOS 10.3 beta with 'Theater mode' in January

A highly questionable rumor on Friday claims Apple is preparing the first beta release of iOS 10.3, thought by some to be an iPad-centric update, in early January with a new device mode called "Theater."

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ReviewReview: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic' for iOS is faithful port of '90s title

Review: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic' for iOS is faithful port of '90s title

Attention computer gamers from the '90s and early '00s: Atari has launched its third try with the "RollerCoaster Tycoon" franchise, and AppleInsider will tell you how well the port of the early titles in the series has transferred over to mobile, as well as explore if the game is worth the relatively steep price tag for mobile, or not.

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Slower-than-expected iPhone 7 sales prompt Apple to cut production by 10%, report claims

Slower-than-expected iPhone 7 sales prompt Apple to cut production by 10%, report claims

Apple's new iPhone 7 lineup has "sold more sluggishly than expected," according to a new report, which claims that the company has cut orders for early 2017 by some 10 percent.

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Apple Music ranks ninth in 2016 Nielsen charts of most-used mobile apps

Apple Music ranks ninth in 2016 Nielsen charts of most-used mobile apps

Apple Music was the ninth-most popular smartphone app in the U.S. this year in terms of average unique users, according to new Nielsen research data, despite it being heavily iOS-focused and of less use without a paid subscription.

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Hands-OnUnboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3

Unboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3

With the first preorders now arriving in the hands of customers, AppleInsider offers a closer look at LG's gorgeous 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros.

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Apple manufacturer Foxconn aiming to fully automate factories in three phases

Apple manufacturer Foxconn aiming to fully automate factories in three phases

Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is planning to eliminate human workers from its Chinese factories in three phases — something already complete at some locations, a manager with Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee revealed on Friday.

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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.

ExclusiveKiller Deals: $300 off Apple's 2016 15" MacBook Pros, starting at $2,099 with no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: $300 off Apple's 2016 15

While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is slashing the price of two of Apple's popular Late 2016 MacBook Pro configurations by $300, bringing the base model down to $2,099 and the high-end system with 512GB of storage and Radeon 455 graphics to $2,499 with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

AirPods builder Inventec expanding capacity, growing workforce to meet demand

AirPods builder Inventec expanding capacity, growing workforce to meet demand

Apple supplier Inventec, who appears to be the sole provider of Apple's AirPods at this time, has started expanding capacity at its plants to satisfy worldwide demand for the wireless devices.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, iPhone 7 activations, more

AppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, iPhone 7 activations, more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss impressions on the AirPods, iPhone activations in light of the Note 7, and much more.

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Apple Campus 2 construction site shown off in massive 1.7-gigapixel aerial image

Apple Campus 2 construction site shown off in massive 1.7-gigapixel aerial image

Apple's Campus 2 project in Cupertino, Calif., is one of the most photographed construction sites in the world thanks to a steady stream of looky-loos and drone fly-bys. A newly published 1.7-gigapixel image from aerial camera platform specialists SkyIMD, however, offers a uniquely detailed look at the build progress.

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CESKanex to debut portable Apple Watch charger that fits on keychain, standalone charging stand

Kanex to debut portable Apple Watch charger that fits on keychain, standalone charging stand

Third-party vendor Kanex plans to expand its GoPower Apple Watch accessory lineup at CES next year with a new ultra-portable charger small enough to be carried comfortably on a keyring and a self-contained charging stand.

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Apple rumored to begin iPhone production in India by end of 2017

Apple rumored to begin iPhone production in India by end of 2017

Amid rumors that Apple is ramping up efforts to sell its wares in India, a report on Thursday claims the company is "very serious" about starting up iPhone production operations in the country by the end of 2017.

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Lawsuit blames Apple's 'less safe' FaceTime implementation for fatal traffic accident

Lawsuit blames Apple's 'less safe' FaceTime implementation for fatal traffic accident

A family whose daughter's life was tragically cut short by a driver using FaceTime is suing Apple, claiming that the company has made a "less safe" than possible version of the telecommunications utility available, and as such is responsible for the crash.

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Foxconn's iPhone plant in Zhengzhou built on billions in Chinese government aid - report

Foxconn's iPhone plant in Zhengzhou built on billions in Chinese government aid - report

Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory — where about half of all Apple's iPhones are made — exists in large part because of billions of dollars in handouts and tax breaks from the Chinese government, a report pointed out on Thursday.

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TipsHow to fix a sticky Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

How to fix a sticky Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

Through regular daily use, the rotating Digital Crown on the Apple Watch can collect dirt, debris and general gunk underneath, making it feel sticky to turn or press. Thankfully, Apple recommends a simple and quick fix that should return it to normal.

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Deals: $150-$200 off 2016 12" MacBooks; iPad Air 2s for $349; $100-$200 off 2016 13" MacBook Pros

Deals: $150-$200 off 2016 12

Apple authorized reseller B&H is offering shoppers the lowest prices available on a variety of 2016 12" MacBooks with discounts of up to $200 off and free Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac. Plus, save $50 on iPad Air 2s. Late 2016 13" MacBook Pros also start at $1,349 after cash savings, free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY.

Apple filing shows initial stab at AirPods with magnetic hooks

Apple filing shows initial stab at AirPods with magnetic hooks

An Apple patent application published on Thursday may hint at an abandoned AirPods design that aimed to keep the earbuds more firmly in place.

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Wistron said to have claimed some future Apple 'iPhone 7s,' 'iPhone 8' orders

Wistron said to have claimed some future Apple 'iPhone 7s,' 'iPhone 8' orders

Recent reports from the supply chain claim that frequent rumor target Wistron, the builder of the iPhone 5c and SE, has seized at least some future orders from Apple for future iPhone models — but what it will actually be tapped for is unclear.

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Rumor: Apple will ship 60M-70M 5.8" 'iPhone 8' units in 2017 with Samsung-made AMOLED displays

Rumor: Apple will ship 60M-70M 5.8

Apple's supply chain has huge expectations for the anticipated flagship 2017 iPhone, projecting as many as 70 million shipments next year for the all-new design, rumored to feature a 5.8-inch AMOLED display.

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Foxconn/Sharp may boost Kantatsu stake to win more iPhone camera lens orders from Apple

Foxconn/Sharp may boost Kantatsu stake to win more iPhone camera lens orders from Apple

Foxconn-owned Sharp is likely to increase its investment in a Japanese lens module maker, Kantatsu, in a bid to win iPhone orders away from Taiwan's Largan Precision, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple seeks tax benefits, label law waivers to build iPhones in India & boost local sales

Apple seeks tax benefits, label law waivers to build iPhones in India & boost local sales

Apple continues to work with the Indian government to penetrate the growing mobile market, and is seeking relaxed product labelling laws, as well as tax benefits to start manufacturing the iPhone inside the country, which is now the second largest smartphone market in the world.

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Love is blind: NPD says Android customers are so committed that exploding Note 7 did little to help Apple

Love is blind: NPD says Android customers are so committed that exploding Note 7 did little to help Apple

Like loyalty to a political party or hometown sports team, smartphone users are extremely passionate about their choices — a commitment that led many customers to stick with Samsung, despite the disaster of its downright dangerous Galaxy Note 7.

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Apple e-ink Touch Bar invention reveals potential integration with standalone peripherals, iPad

Apple e-ink Touch Bar invention reveals potential integration with standalone peripherals, iPad

A patent application made public on Thursday reveals Apple investigated the possibility of powering the new MacBook Pro's software configurable Touch Bar with electrophoretic ink, or e-ink, technology instead of an OLED multitouch unit.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cost of Chicago Apple store revised down to $27M from $62M

Cost of Chicago Apple store revised down to $27M from $62M

Construction of Apple's new Chicago flagship retail store is well underway, and according to a report on Wednesday the final build cost is now expected to hit $27 million, down from an initial estimate of $62 million in October.

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Twitter debuts live 360-degree video posts powered by Periscope

Twitter debuts live 360-degree video posts powered by Periscope

Adding to a slowly growing set of value-added services, Twitter on Wednesday activated live 360-degree video streaming capabilities through its subsidiary Periscope, an interactive feature that puts viewers in the middle of the action.

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Disk Drill 3 brings file recovery tools to Mac hard drives

Disk Drill 3 brings file recovery tools to Mac hard drives

If you don't have a good backup of your Mac, and as a result have lost something important, Disk Drill 3 aims to restore what's gone and try to protect you against future problems. AppleInsider offers a closer look.

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Hulu signs deal for Disney content landing over 50 movies

Hulu signs deal for Disney content landing over 50 movies

Although Netflix may have secured the rights to newer Disney movies, Hulu this week announced a deal claiming over 50 movies from the company's back catalog.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook tours New York Stock Exchange while on vacation

Apple CEO Tim Cook tours New York Stock Exchange while on vacation

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is enjoying the holidays in New York City, as he spent Wednesday morning on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with his nephew, and even fielded questions about the limited availability of AirPods.

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Hands-OnHands on: Duet Display for iPad brings Touch Bar, Apple Pencil to your extended Mac desktop

Hands on: Duet Display for iPad brings Touch Bar, Apple Pencil to your extended Mac desktop

Accelerated multiple-monitor tool Duet Display now brings the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar to an extended screen using an iPad, and optional full Apple Pencil support in macOS. AppleInsider shows you what's been updated in the new version.

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ExclusiveLast call! Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's high-end 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2,479 ($320 off); 13" MacBook Air for $829 in stock w/ no tax outside NY

Last call! Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's high-end 2016 15

Ends today! We've saved the best for last with the lowest prices ever on two of Apple's most popular Macs. Pick up a Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB, Radeon 455) in Space Gray for $2,479 ($320 off). Or save $170 on the 13" MacBook Air with 8GB of memory. Both are in stock and ready to ship with no tax outside NY. Happy New Year from B&H Photo and AppleInsider!

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Korea hits Apple modem supplier Qualcomm with $853M fine for antitrust violations

Korea hits Apple modem supplier Qualcomm with $853M fine for antitrust violations

The South Korean Fair Trade Commission has hit U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm — a major Apple supplier — with a 1.03 trillion won ($853 million) fine, charging that the company only licenses key patents to cellphone makers, and doesn't follow the rules when negotiating terms, among other complaints.

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Chinese manufacturers not likely to follow Apple iPhone manufacturing migration to US

Chinese manufacturers not likely to follow Apple iPhone manufacturing migration to US

Despite some research by Foxconn with a slightly positive angle towards moving some efforts to the U.S., other Apple supply chain vendors are likely to not move, citing labor and operating costs.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rumored 'Jet White' iPhone 7 mockup shown off in video

Rumored 'Jet White' iPhone 7 mockup shown off in video

A video posted to the web on Tuesday shows off glossy white iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus casing mockups, offering a sneak peek at what an official "Jet White" version of the flagship smartphone might resemble.

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Apple no longer accepts money transfers in German online store

Apple no longer accepts money transfers in German online store

Apple in a recent change to international retail policy eliminated money transfers, otherwise known as prepayment, as a purchase option on its online store in Germany.

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Apple saw twice as many mobile device activations this holiday as Samsung, data shows

Apple saw twice as many mobile device activations this holiday as Samsung, data shows

Apple's iPhone and iPad trounced the competition this holiday, giving the company a 44 percent share of all device activations —more than twice that of rival Samsung, new research suggests.

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NBC's cash-strapped 'Breaking News' app & social media feeds to shut down this week

NBC's cash-strapped 'Breaking News' app & social media feeds to shut down this week

NBC is pulling the plug on its Breaking News service that feeds the eponymous iOS app on Dec. 31, and is leaving 9.5 million followers on Twitter in the dark as well.

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Absent an Apple Siri alternative, Alexa hardware family tops Amazon holiday sales charts

Absent an Apple Siri alternative, Alexa hardware family tops Amazon holiday sales charts

Amazon has declared the holiday 2016 shopping season as "the best-ever season" for its voice-driven personal assistant Alexa, despite having problems keeping the sought-after devices in stock.

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