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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Drake lip syncs to Taylor Swift, pumps iron in new Apple Music ad

Drake lip syncs to Taylor Swift, pumps iron in new Apple Music ad

Apple on Sunday released a new Apple Music ad spot featuring Drake getting pumped — literally and metaphorically — to Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," a meta callback to Swift's own commercial for the streaming music service.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Apple's Ive and Newson unveil unadorned fir trees for Claridge's Christmas installation

Apple's Ive and Newson unveil unadorned fir trees for Claridge's Christmas installation

Apple CDO Jony Ive and part time company collaborator Marc Newson on Saturday unveiled their awaited interpretation of Claridge's Christmas tree in London. The installation, which is quite literally a small grove of completely bare fir trees, once again proves the pair of industrial designers masters of the austere.

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Apple Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $369; 128GB Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $449; up to $600 off first-gen Apple Watches

Apple Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $369; 128GB Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $449; up to $600 off first-gen Apple Watches

Black Friday deals are starting to trickle in with B&H Photo taking $30-$50 off 32GB and 128GB iPad Air 2 models (Wi-Fi Only). Or pick up an original Apple Watch for as low as $199.99 with free shipping and no tax outside NY.

McLaren CEO admits to talks with Apple, but no bid was made

McLaren CEO admits to talks with Apple, but no bid was made

Officials from Apple met with premium automaker McLaren, but the discussions never went as far as a bid, the CEO of the sports car company has revealed in a new interview.

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Three-finger drag gestures working sporadically on 2016 MacBook Pros, users say

Three-finger drag gestures working sporadically on 2016 MacBook Pros, users say

Some buyers of Apple's new MacBook Pros are finding that the three-finger drag gesture is working inconsistently on their trackpads, if at all, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and elsewhere.

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This week on AI: Touch Bar MacBook Pro review, Apple's AR glasses & more

This week on AI: Touch Bar MacBook Pro review, Apple's AR glasses & more

Even without the first Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros showing up on doorsteps, it was a busy week in the Apple news sphere, with rumors about augmented reality glasses, OLED iPhones, and Apple possibly crippling Sprint/Verizon models of the iPhone 7.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Nest introduces camera streaming to Apple TV, 'instaclip' creation and sharing

Nest introduces camera streaming to Apple TV, 'instaclip' creation and sharing

Alphabet's Nest this week rolled out an update to its app platform that allows owners to stream Nest Cam feeds directly to fourth-generation Apple TV units, while introducing a new video clip creation and sharing feature called "instaclip."

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $130 to $350 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $130 to $350 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 $130 and $350 on pre-orders for 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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Teardown of 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar reveals non-removable SSD, extra trackpad touch controller, more

Teardown of 15

Repair firm iFixit on Friday completed its dissection of Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which boasts upscaled components and extra hardware not found on its smaller 13-inch sibling.

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Apple confirmed limiting iPhone 7 Qualcomm modem to keep performance on par with Intel chip

Apple confirmed limiting iPhone 7 Qualcomm modem to keep performance on par with Intel chip

A follow-up report regarding iPhone 7 download speeds confirms Apple is indeed limiting the performance of Verizon/Sprint units with Qualcomm modems to keep parity with AT&T/T-Mobile versions running Intel's new communication package.

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VideoComparing Apple's Late-2016 13" & 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Comparing Apple's Late-2016 13

Having trouble deciding between Apple's thin-but capable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the powerhouse 15-inch MacBook with Touch Bar? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each variant in this head-to-head comparison video.

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KB Home unveils first-ever Apple HomeKit-enabled community in San Jose

KB Home unveils first-ever Apple HomeKit-enabled community in San Jose

The Promenade at Communications Hill in San Jose, Calif., will be the first HomeKit-enabled community, featuring built-in Apple-connected smart home connectivity for prospective buyers.

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Jeep joins support for Apple CarPlay with 2017 Compass

Jeep joins support for Apple CarPlay with 2017 Compass

At this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler's Jeep division revealed its first vehicle with support for Apple CarPlay built in, the 2017 Compass.

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Apple accused of throttling iPhone 7 performance on Verizon to match slower speeds on AT&T

Apple accused of throttling iPhone 7 performance on Verizon to match slower speeds on AT&T

In an effort to offer a uniform experience on the iPhone 7 regardless of carrier, Apple could be reducing the top speeds capable on Verizon, keeping them on par with rival carrier AT&T, a new investigation alleges.

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MacBook Pro integrated GPU misidentified by system profiler, confusing some early buyers

MacBook Pro integrated GPU misidentified by system profiler, confusing some early buyers

Some recipients of the new MacBook Pro with integrated GPU are reporting that the macOS System Profiler is reporting that the chipset is better than it is, but the problem is purely cosmetic and the GPU is being properly utilized by the system.

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iPhone 7 supply remains constrained, Apple viewed as unlikely to catch up to demand by end of year

iPhone 7 supply remains constrained, Apple viewed as unlikely to catch up to demand by end of year

Retail availability of the iPhone 7 —particularly the jumbo-sized iPhone 7 Plus —remains in short supply just a week before Black Friday, a new survey has found, suggesting Apple is still struggling to satisfy consumer demand for its latest-generation handset.

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In-stock alert! B&H has a 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in stock with no tax outside NY

In-stock alert! B&H has a 2016 15

While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller B&H has Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.6GHz/8GB/256GB/Radeon 450) in stock and ready to ship with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY. Plus, B&H is throwing in a free copy of Parallels 12 — all while avoiding Apple's current 4-5 week wait time.

Apple hires former Wall Street Journal editor to help Chinese PR team

Apple hires former Wall Street Journal editor to help Chinese PR team

Apple has reportedly hired Wei Gu — recently an editor with the Wall Street Journal — as a new director for its Chinese public relations team, operating out of Shanghai.

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ExclusiveFlawed 3rd-party chargers reportedly culprit in Apple's China iPhone 6 investigation

Flawed 3rd-party chargers reportedly culprit in Apple's China iPhone 6 investigation

Sources close to the investigation on Chinese iPhone 6 models failing with what appears to be a charged battery have told AppleInsider that the main cause of the problems appear to be not related to Apple engineering, but is directly related to the proliferation of low-quality third-party charging peripherals in the country.

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New iPhone lock screen exploit reveals contact information without passcode

New iPhone lock screen exploit reveals contact information without passcode

A new exploit requiring precise timing in conjunction with physical access to a device that has Siri enabled on the lock screen has surfaced, giving attackers the ability to view contact information, including photos, and message logs.

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Colbert's 'Late Show' skewers cost, content of Apple's new design book

Colbert's 'Late Show' skewers cost, content of Apple's new design book

On Thursday night's episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show aired a parody of Apple's design videos to make fun of the company's new coffeetable book, Designed by Apple in California.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the meaning of 'Pro,' and iPhone news

AppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the meaning of 'Pro,' and iPhone news

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss Dan's MacBook Pro review, MacBook Pros, what happens when Siri becomes a chatbot in Messages, and the latest in iPhone news and rumors.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Apple activates iPhone 6 Plus repair program to address 'touch disease'

Apple activates iPhone 6 Plus repair program to address 'touch disease'

In what appears to be a response to the so-called "touch disease" problem, Apple on Thursday initiated a special program to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting screen flicker issues due to multiple drops on a hard surface.

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Apple's Touch Bar MacBook Pro available for in-store pickup, stock limited

Apple's Touch Bar MacBook Pro available for in-store pickup, stock limited

Apple on Thursday activated in-store pickup as an online order option for new MacBook with Touch Bar models, though initial stock checks show extremely limited availability nationwide.

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Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro in new video spot

Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro in new video spot

Apple on Thursday premiered a new video ad for the Touch Bar-enhanced MacBook Pro, marketing the computer as a "tool for all the ideas to come."

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System Integrity Protection disabled by default on some Touch Bar MacBook Pros

System Integrity Protection disabled by default on some Touch Bar MacBook Pros

Some — but not all — Touch Bar models of the new MacBook Pro are shipping with System Integrity Protection disabled, potentially exposing them to malware threats, according to discussions on Twitter.

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PlayStation Vue subscription streaming service launches on Apple TV App Store

PlayStation Vue subscription streaming service launches on Apple TV App Store

Following availability on iOS and the PlayStation 4 game console, Sony on Thursday expanded its PlayStation Vue cable cutting service to the Apple TV.

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Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new Learn to Code lesson, music support

Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new Learn to Code lesson, music support

Apple's new iPad app designed to teach programming concepts has been updated with a third new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music, line highlighting and the upcoming Hour of Code workshops the company is hosting in its retail stores in early December.

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TipsHow to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some older models without official support

How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some older models without official support

Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible — and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers that Apple doesn't officially support.

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Mozilla launches ad-blocking Firefox Focus browser for iOS, Twitter updates notifications for iOS 10

Mozilla launches ad-blocking Firefox Focus browser for iOS, Twitter updates notifications for iOS 10

Mozilla on Thursday launched a new privacy-focused iOS Web browser, Firefox Focus, while Twitter started rolling support for iOS 10's more detailed notifications.

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Apple exploring the possibility of moving iPhone manufacturing to United States

Apple exploring the possibility of moving iPhone manufacturing to United States

Primary iPhone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron are said to have been evaluating the ability of the company to shift production of Apple's mobile devices to the U.S., with the verdict mixed on if the move would be cost-effective.

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Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between Dec. 5 & 11

Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between Dec. 5 & 11

Apple on Thursday opened up registrations for its free 2016 Hour of Code workshops, which will take place between Dec. 5 and 11 at Apple stores worldwide.

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B&H claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds will go on sale Dec. 16

B&H claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds will go on sale Dec. 16

Apple will finally launch its BeatsX earbuds — equipped with the company's proprietary W1 wireless chip — on Dec. 16, according to retailer B&H.

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Dual-lens cameras expected to be the de facto iPhone standard by 2018

Dual-lens cameras expected to be the de facto iPhone standard by 2018

A recent analyst note predicts that the iPhone's installed base will migrate over to optical image stabilization in both camera lenses across most of the line in 2017, with about 85 percent of the line sporting a camera similar to that in the iPhone 7 Plus by 2018.

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Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to iCloud, forensics firm says [u]

Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to iCloud, forensics firm says [u]

Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers — without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Updated with statement from Apple]

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Breaking
Apple's new high-end OLED 2017 iPhone expected to feature 5.1"-5.2" display

Apple's new high-end OLED 2017 iPhone expected to feature 5.1

Apple is widely expected to introduce a new premium iPhone model in 2017 featuring an all-new design and OLED display, but the screen will be sized somewhere in between the current iPhone and iPhone Plus, according to one well-connected insider.

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Killer Deal: $100-$200 off Late 2016 13" MacBook Pros with no tax outside NY

Killer Deal: $100-$200 off Late 2016 13

Apple authorized reseller B&H is taking triple digit discounts off select 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro models without a Touch Bar. On top of the instant savings, B&H will not collect sales tax on orders outside NY and expedited shipping is free. In total, shoppers can save $236-$408, making these the largest discounts we've seen on the new models to date.

French retailer claims Nov. 30 shipping ship date for Apple AirPods

French retailer claims Nov. 30 shipping ship date for Apple AirPods

A French reseller has started pre-orders of the Apple wireless AirPods, and is telling customers that the highly sought-after device will ship on Nov. 30.

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Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids in peer-to-peer financial transactions

Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids in peer-to-peer financial transactions

An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests the company is investigating the potential of integrating its Siri virtual assistant into Messages, with claims suggesting the feature might assist users with peer-to-peer payments.

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