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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Apple's Business Manager provides web-based IT management, launches this spring

Apple's Business Manager provides web-based IT management, launches this spring

In a move that flew under the radar with this week's iPad launch and education announcements, Apple began the quiet promotion of a new web-based business management platform to deploy and manage iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hands On: Manage your gear in 'Destiny 2' with Ishtar Commander for iPad

Hands On: Manage your gear in 'Destiny 2' with Ishtar Commander for iPad

Players of 'Destiny 2' who feel the existing companion app isn't great for managing the weapons and armor of their characters should look at Ishtar Commander, a free iOS app that makes item management and optimally equipping the avatars quick and easy, both during and outside of gameplay.

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How to add AirDrop to the Dock in macOS to quickly send files to a nearby iPhone or iPad

How to add AirDrop to the Dock in macOS to quickly send files to a nearby iPhone or iPad

AirDrop is one of the quickest and easiest ways to transfer files between macOS and iOS devices, but performing a small change in macOS can make it even simpler to start using straight away. AppleInsider shows how to add this handy file-sharing tool to your Mac's dock, ready to initiate transfers at a moment's notice.

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VideoVideo: Apple's 2018 iPad vs. 2017 iPad benchmark comparison

Video: Apple's 2018 iPad vs. 2017 iPad benchmark comparison

We're taking a hands-on look at Apple's new sixth-generation $329 iPad and comparing it to last year's model, complete with benchmark scores.

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This week on AI: Apple's budget iPad gets the Pencil, Apple Watch rumors, iOS 11.3 & more

This week on AI: Apple's budget iPad gets the Pencil, Apple Watch rumors, iOS 11.3 & more

Apple launched its latest education offensive at a Tuesday press event, led by a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad. The week also saw key updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, and some of the first detailed rumors about the Apple Watch Series 4.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Japan Display seeks over $500M in bid to secure next-gen LCD iPhone orders

Japan Display seeks over $500M in bid to secure next-gen LCD iPhone orders

In a rush to retain Apple as a smartphone display customer, Japan Display on Friday said it plans to raise more than $500 million that will be put towards manufacturing LCD panels for a next-generation iPhone.

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Apple details tools to help developers comply with new EU data regulations

Apple details tools to help developers comply with new EU data regulations

Apple on Friday unveiled a set of developer tools designed to keep app makers in line with the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, a set of rules that grants users more control over their digital histories.

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2018 iPad now for sale at Apple store, in-store pickup available at most locations in US

2018 iPad now for sale at Apple store, in-store pickup available at most locations in US

Apple kicked off in-store sales of the new 9.7-inch iPad through its retail chain on Friday, making good on promises to deliver the budget tablet to customers by week's end.

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VideoVideo: What's new in watchOS 4.3 for the Apple Watch, featuring portrait Nightstand mode, iPhone music controls and more

Video: What's new in watchOS 4.3 for the Apple Watch, featuring portrait Nightstand mode, iPhone music controls and more

The watchOS 4.3 update contains a few new features and tweaks aside from the multitude of bug fixes and performance improvements. Our hands-on video shows off what is new for Apple's wrist-worn device.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods

Giveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods

It's giveaway time! This week, we're giving away a free pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky reader. Enter today for your chance to win.

VideoVideo: Everything new in iOS 11.3 featuring Animoji, Battery Health, ARKit 1.5, & much more

Video: Everything new in iOS 11.3 featuring Animoji, Battery Health, ARKit 1.5, & much more

iOS 11.3 was released yesterday for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. We went beyond the release notes to find everything new in Apple latest iOS update from big features, to small tweaks.

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Foxconn profits ride high on iPhone X, dispelling worries about Apple's sales

Foxconn profits ride high on iPhone X, dispelling worries about Apple's sales

Apple assembly partner Hon Hai — better known as Foxconn — has posted net income of $2.5 billion for the December quarter, reportedly linked to strong orders and consequent sales of the iPhone X.

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Apple details eGPU support in macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra, notes no Nvidia support

Apple details eGPU support in macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra, notes no Nvidia support

The release of macOS 10.13.4 brings with it official external GPU support by Apple, but the company is recommending specific enclosures/chassis and cards, excluding ones some people might hope to use.

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2017 Macs on sale from $899, accessories up to 99 percent off

2017 Macs on sale from $899, accessories up to 99 percent off

On the heels of Apple's education event, Apple authorized resellers are launching instant rebates on a variety of Mid 2017 MacBooks and iMacs. Save $100 to $250 on systems with prices starting at just $899. Looking to upgrade an older Mac? Save up to 99 percent on a variety of components and accessories as well.

FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks OS updates, interviews Yoav Degani of MyPermissions about Facebook, and discusses new iPads

AppleInsider podcast talks OS updates, interviews Yoav Degani of MyPermissions about Facebook, and discusses new iPads

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about the latest OS updates, Facebook privacy in light of moves Apple is making, and Victor interviews Yoav Degani of MyPermissions, a company whose mission is to make privacy settings easier for users.

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Chinese customs officials bust $80M drone-based iPhone smuggling ring

Chinese customs officials bust $80M drone-based iPhone smuggling ring

A smartphone smuggling ring has been broken up by Chinese customs officials, one where a gang used a fleet of drones to transport approximately 500 million yuan ($79.8 million) worth of refurbished iPhones across the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.

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EditorialFake news: Apple isn't killing iTunes music downloads

Fake news: Apple isn't killing iTunes music downloads

Google and Facebook have helped fuel the viral redistribution of another false report that Apple was planning to kill off all music downloads in iTunes next year in order to force users into an Apple Music subscription streaming plan. They're wrong, here's why.

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Apple Pay transit card integration goes live in Beijing and Shanghai

Apple Pay transit card integration goes live in Beijing and Shanghai

Following the release of iOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3, Apple on Friday began rolling out transit card integration in China, offering iPhone and Apple Watch users in Beijing and Shanghai tap-to-ride public transportation access.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Disgruntled HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality

Disgruntled HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality

A number of HomePod owners are airing their dissatisfaction over Apple's first firmware update for the device, saying the new software tweaks the speaker's sonic fingerprint, a specific sound for which customers paid a hefty premium.

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Apple debuts macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with Business Chat and eGPU support

Apple debuts macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with Business Chat and eGPU support

Apple today updated macOS to version 10.13.4, bringing new features like Business Chat in Messages and support for external GPU (eGPU) enclosures to Mac users.

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MyFitnessPal data breach exposes email addresses, passwords of 150M accounts

MyFitnessPal data breach exposes email addresses, passwords of 150M accounts

Under Armour's popular health and nutrition app and corresponding website MyFitnessPal was hit with a security breach in February that exposed the usernames, email addresses and passwords of about 150 million users, the company said on Thursday.

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Apple Watch heart rate, activity data key in Australian murder case

Apple Watch heart rate, activity data key in Australian murder case

Activity data recovered from an Apple Watch will be reportedly become key evidence for the prosecution in an Australian murder trial.

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Get 20% off Fanatics sports gear with new Apple Pay promo

Get 20% off Fanatics sports gear with new Apple Pay promo

Apple this week continued its weekly Apple Pay promotional campaign with a new offer from sports apparel and accessory purveyor Fanatics, which is granting a discount on purchases paid for with Apple's payments service.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.7.4 with new Music Videos section

Apple releases iTunes 12.7.4 with new Music Videos section

Apple on Thursday issued a fresh version of iTunes with a new section for browsing and playing back music videos, bringing its desktop content repository up to speed with Apple Music for iOS.

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Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ video quality compared

Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ video quality compared

The latest installment in our Galaxy S9 comparison series examines the video quality of the cameras in Apple's iPhone X against Samsung's Galaxy S9+, including a close look at Samsung's new Super Slow Motion feature.

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FeatureCompared: 2018 iPad cost efficiency versus iPad Pro features and speed

Compared: 2018 iPad cost efficiency versus iPad Pro features and speed

The addition of Apple Pencil support to the sixth-generation iPad makes the tablet a considerably cheaper option for those needing to use a pressure-sensitive stylus when compared to the iPad Pro range, but there are more differences that need consideration. AppleInsider pits the new iPad against the current 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models to show what else the extra cost offers consumers.

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Apple releases its first HomePod software update, but no AirPlay 2 or pairing

Apple releases its first HomePod software update, but no AirPlay 2 or pairing

Apple has issued a software update to the HomePod alongside updates for iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3, and watchOS 4.3, bringing the firmware for the smart speaker up to version 11.3, with today's release also marking the first update of the audio device's software since it shipped.

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Apple Health Records rolls out in iOS 11.3 to praise from doctors in 39 health groups

Apple Health Records rolls out in iOS 11.3 to praise from doctors in 39 health groups

Apple's Health Records has rolled out in iOS 11.3 and is now available for patients in 39 different health groups covering hundreds of thousands of patients across the United States.

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Apple will let users download all iCloud and Apple ID data to comply with new European rules [u]

Apple will let users download all iCloud and Apple ID data to comply with new European rules [u]

Apple is switching up its privacy policies to satisfy the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect May 25 — most notably by offering a way to download all personal data stored on Apple servers. [Updated with more details and clarification provided to AppleInsider by Apple]

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iOS 11.3 with battery improvements, ARKit 1.5, HomeKit authentication now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

iOS 11.3 with battery improvements, ARKit 1.5, HomeKit authentication now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

The new iOS 11.3 release for all remaining iOS devices has shipped, featuring new battery health information for iPhones, ARKit 1.5, a new Health Records feature, new Animoji characters, and more.

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watchOS 4.3 update for Apple Watch arrives with new portrait Nightstand mode, iPhone music browsing

watchOS 4.3 update for Apple Watch arrives with new portrait Nightstand mode, iPhone music browsing

Apple on Thursday released watchOS 4.3 for the Apple Watch, giving the wearable device new features like a portrait Nightstand mode and aesthetic user interface changes, along with the return of the previously-removed ability to browse an iPhone music catalog.

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Apple releases tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV with new filtering options & more

Apple releases tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV with new filtering options & more

Apple has released the final version of tvOS 11.3 for the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, bringing several expected improvements — but not anticipated AirPlay 2 compatibility.

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Alleged final iOS 11.3 release notes omit AirPlay 2, label battery features as beta

Alleged final iOS 11.3 release notes omit AirPlay 2, label battery features as beta

Leaked release notes for Apple's critical iOS 11.3 update indicate that when it arrives for devices beyond the sixth-generation iPad, it won't support AirPlay 2 — and that even the company's promised battery health features are technically unfinished.

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Hands-OnHands on: Mantiz Thunderbolt 3 dock gives USB-A and VGA to MacBook Pro owners

Hands on: Mantiz Thunderbolt 3 dock gives USB-A and VGA to MacBook Pro owners

Mantiz took its experience in building a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure, and used it to make the new Mantiz Titan dock — and AppleInsider just got its hands on one.

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Apple Business Chat in iOS 11.3 takes on social media in privacy, sophistication

Apple Business Chat in iOS 11.3 takes on social media in privacy, sophistication

Apple is gearing up to bring its innovative Business Chat feature out of testing and into production with the release of iOS 11.3, giving individuals a streamlined, new way to communicate with customer service without wasting time sitting on hold and without reporting the contacts of all their friends.

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Apple Music app gains 'Music Videos' as an early update before iOS 11.3's full release

Apple Music app gains 'Music Videos' as an early update before iOS 11.3's full release

Apple has updated Apple Music to include a new Music Videos section to the streaming service ahead of the full release of iOS 11.3, with the addition serving as a reminder the iPhone and iPad operating system's next major upgrade will be arriving soon.

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ARKit app downloads exceed 13M in 6 months, nearly half are games, report says

ARKit app downloads exceed 13M in 6 months, nearly half are games, report says

Fresh statistics from market research firm Sensor Tower suggest uptake of Apple's ARKit is on a steady upward trajectory, with more than 13 million augmented reality apps downloaded since the framework launched last September.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

TipsHow to keep your Mac data secure from visitors by using Guest Accounts

How to keep your Mac data secure from visitors by using Guest Accounts

In situations where a visitor wants to use your Mac for a task, providing them access via your personal account may be an unwise move, especially if it isn't someone you completely trust. AppleInsider explains how to set up a guest account in macOS that provides access without endangering your personal data.

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Mazda gives in, to deliver Apple CarPlay support with 2018 Mazda6

Mazda gives in, to deliver Apple CarPlay support with 2018 Mazda6

After promising future support for Apple's CarPlay earlier this month, Mazda on Wednesday revealed two upcoming models will boast integration with the infotainment system, with the first set to launch this summer.

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