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Friday, May 05, 2017

Deals: 9.7" 4G LTE iPad Pro for $529 ($200 off); upgraded 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro + AC for $2,298 ($150 off); $100 off 1TB 15" MacBook Pro

Deals: 9.7

For 24 hours only, shoppers can save $200 instantly on Apple's 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular capability, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's upgraded 2.9GHz 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare is also $150 off with coupon, while the high-end 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro is $100 off.

Spotify, others file EU complaint over Apple and Google app store practices

Spotify, others file EU complaint over Apple and Google app store practices

Apple and Google are being targeted by a host of European internet services firms, including streaming music leader Spotify, that are urging the European Commission to investigate the tech giants over "troubling" app store practices.

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Apple's Phil Schiller makes argument for screens on voice assistant devices like Amazon Echo

Apple's Phil Schiller makes argument for screens on voice assistant devices like Amazon Echo

Amidst rumors of a Siri home speaker, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller in an interview published this week offered his thoughts on dedicated voice assistants like Amazon's Echo, saying the lack of an onboard screen is a hindrance in many situations.

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YouTube developing free original shows with Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres & others

YouTube developing free original shows with Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres & others

Possibly concerned about the growing amount of original video on competiting services like Netflix, Hulu, and Apple Music, Google's YouTube has announced plans to premiere six new shows, starring people like Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Kevin Hart.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich to host weekly Beats 1 show on Apple Music

Metallica's Lars Ulrich to host weekly Beats 1 show on Apple Music

Metallica's outspoken drummer's show on Beats 1 called "It's Electric!" will be "unfiltered, unscripted and completely all over the place" with a launch on May 7 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time with guest Iggy Pop.

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Windows malware 'Snake' ported to Mac for first time, masquerades as Adobe Flash

Windows malware 'Snake' ported to Mac for first time, masquerades as Adobe Flash

A piece of malware long targeting Windows users — known sometimes as "Snake," "Turla," or "Uroboros" — is now reportedly being turned against Mac owners.

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With Apple rumored to launch Siri home speaker, Amazon preps flagship touchscreen Echo

With Apple rumored to launch Siri home speaker, Amazon preps flagship touchscreen Echo

As rumors continue to heat up regarding a Siri-driven personal home assistant with high-end audio, Amazon is preparing to expand its own Alexa lineup, with a new leak revealing a touchscreen flagship Echo with camera.

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Fender intros iPhone-connected Mustang GT guitar amps with preset sharing

Fender intros iPhone-connected Mustang GT guitar amps with preset sharing

Fender on Friday launched a new line of guitar amps, the Mustang GT series, notable for including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — which not only enables streaming music, but changing up presets via an associated iPhone and Android app, Fender Tone.

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Prince's estate looking at bringing 'Purple Rain' debut footage, documentary to Apple Music

Prince's estate looking at bringing 'Purple Rain' debut footage, documentary to Apple Music

Prince's estate is readying an unreleased concert film from the seminal '80s album 'Purple Rain' with accompanying documentary footage, and is reportedly shopping it around to Apple Music and other streaming services.

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Apple's latest bond sale more modest than earlier offerings, hits $7 billion

Apple's latest bond sale more modest than earlier offerings, hits $7 billion

Following the initial notification of a new bond sale on Thursday, Apple has launched the offering and raised $7 billion in a six-part sale with due dates ranging to 2027.

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Amazon may finally cave, bring Prime Video to Apple TV this summer

Amazon may finally cave, bring Prime Video to Apple TV this summer

After years of holding out to push its own Fire TV streaming devices, Amazon may finally be ready to bring its on-demand video service to Apple TV in the form of a dedicated app, making it easier for subscribers to access Prime Video in Apple's ecosystem.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $310 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $310 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 $85 and $310 on every possible configuration of Apple's 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.

Germany's Bosch wins orders to supply motion sensors for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Germany's Bosch wins orders to supply motion sensors for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

German supplier Bosch will provide some of the motion sensors for "the next iPhone," diverting some orders away from Apple's once exclusive supplier, InvenSense, according to a report.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks about the history of the professional Mac, and Apple's pro software

AppleInsider podcast talks about the history of the professional Mac, and Apple's pro software

This week on a special live edition of the AppleInsider podcast, Dan and Victor talk about the history of the professional Mac hardware, the history of pro software, and what happens next, all recorded from a gathering of professional users at Adorama in New York City.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Apple maintains worldwide tablet marketshare lead in Q1, but cedes ground to Samsung

Apple maintains worldwide tablet marketshare lead in Q1, but cedes ground to Samsung

Apple held on as the world's largest tablet vendor during the first calendar quarter of 2017, though 13 straight quarters of decline are starting to take their toll on iPad's marketshare lead.

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Deals: $25 off 2017 iPad; high-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,799 ($100 off); $250 off 12" MacBook; $20-$100 off Apple Watch 2

Deals: $25 off 2017 iPad; high-end 15

Heading into the weekend, shoppers can pick up the new 128GB 9.7" iPad (Wi-Fi + LTE) for $534 ($25 off) with no tax in 48 states. Apple's Radeon 460 15" MacBook Pro is also $100 off, while the top of the line 12" MacBook is now $1,499 ($250 off). Apple Watch Series 2 devices are also up to $100 off.

VideoHow Apple subdivisions compare against Fortune 500 companies

How Apple subdivisions compare against Fortune 500 companies

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday revealed the company's wearables business — AirPods, Apple Watch and Beats — is now the size of a Fortune 500 company, while services revenue is on the verge of breaking into Fortune 100 territory. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the comparisons.

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Apple overtakes Fitbit to become world's largest wearables vendor, study says [u]

Apple overtakes Fitbit to become world's largest wearables vendor, study says [u]

Citing a boom in Apple Watch sales, market research firm Strategy Analytics in a report released Thursday said Apple overtook Fitbit to become the world's largest wearables vendor for the first quarter of 2017.

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Apple sells 80% of iPhone-class, $600+ smartphones in China

Apple sells 80% of iPhone-class, $600+ smartphones in China

Low-end Chinese phones from companies that barely turn a profit and sell their cheaper products outside of urban centers are growing fast, but, Apple has an 80 percent lock on premium phone sales in China that isn't weakening. That's fueling Services and driving buyers into Apple Stores for other premium gear.

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Coach debuts new decorative leather spring Apple Watch bands starting at $125

Coach debuts new decorative leather spring Apple Watch bands starting at $125

Luxury fashion maker Coach has issued new leather Apple Watch bands and colors, offering quirky styles and bright patterns for the spring season, ranging in price from $125 to $150.

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Apple releases tvOS 10.2.1 beta 5 for developer testing

Apple releases tvOS 10.2.1 beta 5 for developer testing

On Thursday, Apple released a single beta of tvOS to developers, and appears to be skipping a week for iOS and watchOS test builds.

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Apple updates App Analytics for developers with new metrics on discovery

Apple updates App Analytics for developers with new metrics on discovery

Apple this week upgraded its App Analytics service on iTunes Connect with new details on app discovery, offering developers more clues on how to maximize their marketing.

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C-Reach Hub brings HomeKit compatibility to C by GE's 'sleep' and 'life' LED bulbs

C-Reach Hub brings HomeKit compatibility to C by GE's 'sleep' and 'life' LED bulbs

The family of devices compatible with Apple's HomeKit is soon to grow, with a bridge to make the established C by GE smart lightbulbs work with the system coming over the summer.

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FeatureSee how Apple's Services arm is on track to become as large as a Fortune 100 company this year

See how Apple's Services arm is on track to become as large as a Fortune 100 company this year

Last year, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook suggested the company's "Services" business could grow to the size of a Fortune 100 company within 2017. After the company's second fiscal quarter of 2017, Apple's steadily growing Services business — encompassing Apple Music, the App Store and more — is well on the way to matching Cook's prediction.

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Apple ramping up for another bond sale, blowing it far past all other funds

Apple ramping up for another bond sale, blowing it far past all other funds

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple is readying yet another bond sale, and has essentially purchased an equivalent value in corporate debt to equal the world's largest mutual fund.

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Snap signs major network deals for Snapchat TV shows

Snap signs major network deals for Snapchat TV shows

Snap is reportedly signing deals with a variety of TV networks to get shows in its popular iPhone and Android app, Snapchat — echoing a similar strategy being adopted by Twitter.

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Imagination enters dispute resolution with Apple, prepares to sell off secondary businesses

Imagination enters dispute resolution with Apple, prepares to sell off secondary businesses

Apple's split-up with graphics tech supplier Imagination Technologies has entered into a "dispute resolution procedure," the latter company announced on Thursday, also revealing that it plans to sell off two of its businesses, MIPS and Ensigma.

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Latest Apple Park drone footage demonstrates scope of massive landscaping project

Latest Apple Park drone footage demonstrates scope of massive landscaping project

The latest drone footage from over Apple Park shows massive improvement in many aspects, but still a long way to go before the campus is fully complete.

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Apple's lower iTunes Affiliate rates only apply to in-app commissions, report says

Apple's lower iTunes Affiliate rates only apply to in-app commissions, report says

Clarifying a recently announced iTunes Affiliate Program policy change that reduces commission rates, a report on Wednesday claims the new schedule applies only to in-app links, not websites and other outlets.

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Last call! Giveaway: We're giving away a pair of Apple AirPods, enter today for a chance to win

Last call! Giveaway: We're giving away a pair of Apple AirPods, enter today for a chance to win

It's giveaway time! We're giving away another free pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky reader. Follow us for your chance to win the popular W1 accessory and avoid Apple's current 6-week wait.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

First Singapore Apple Store to open soon after long delay

First Singapore Apple Store to open soon after long delay

Construction barriers blocking off Apple's first Singapore store were dismantled this week to reveal an "Apple loves Singapore" mural covering what will likely be a two-story glass facade, suggesting work on the flagship outlet is nearing completion.

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Apple highlights US job creation on new webpage, touts 2M jobs across 50 states

Apple highlights US job creation on new webpage, touts 2M jobs across 50 states

Apple on Wednesday debuted a new webpage dedicated to highlighting the company's efforts toward generating jobs in the U.S., including the creation of two million jobs broken down by state, operating segment and more.

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Apple Watch helped CEO Tim Cook lose 30 pounds

Apple Watch helped CEO Tim Cook lose 30 pounds

During a Wednesday interview with Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the constant feedback and health monitoring functions provided by Apple Watch helped him lose 30 pounds.

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Apple to create $1B 'advanced manufacturing fund' in US

Apple to create $1B 'advanced manufacturing fund' in US

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday said the company has created a $1 billion manufacturing fund that will help stimulate job growth in the United States.

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Qualcomm seeks to block US iPhone imports - report

Qualcomm seeks to block US iPhone imports - report

As a part of the legal battle between the two firms, Qualcomm is reportedly looking to secure a ban on Apple's U.S. iPhone imports — a move that would financially devastate the Cupertino tech giant if successful.

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Apple's Clips video app updated with Live Title editing, other improvements

Apple's Clips video app updated with Live Title editing, other improvements

Apple updated its new Clips video editing app on Wednesday, bringing a few user interface improvements like easier Live Title editing and automated sharing suggestions to the social media sharing tool.

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US homebuilder Brookfield makes Apple HomeKit standard in new homes

US homebuilder Brookfield makes Apple HomeKit standard in new homes

U.S. homebuilder Brookfield Residential on Wednesday announced that all of its new southern California communities will by default come with Apple HomeKit accessories, making them controllable via Siri or iOS 10's native Home app.

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Tim Cook to appear on CNBC's 'Mad Money with Jim Cramer' for third consecutive spring

Tim Cook to appear on CNBC's 'Mad Money with Jim Cramer' for third consecutive spring

Apple CEO Tim Cook will take to "Mad Money with Jim Cramer" Wednesday evening on CNBC to discuss Apple's latest earnings, and the future of Apple.

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Cook claims Q2 iPhone performance better in light of channel inventory cuts

Cook claims Q2 iPhone performance better in light of channel inventory cuts

While iPhone shipments were down year-over-year in the March quarter to 50.8 million, Apple CEO defended this in Tuesday's results call, citing a simultaneous reduction in channel inventory by 1.2 million units.

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