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Monday, January 29, 2018

Initial developer tests of ARKit 1.5 show off impressive vertical surface, image detection

Initial developer tests of ARKit 1.5 show off impressive vertical surface, image detection

Developers have been testing out Apple's ARKit 1.5 since the refreshed augmented reality platform saw release with iOS 11.3 beta last week, and a few early projects offer a glimpse into the technology's ability to detect vertical surfaces, images and more.

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Apple rolls out transit directions in Milwaukee, Wis., and Omaha, Neb.

Apple rolls out transit directions in Milwaukee, Wis., and Omaha, Neb.

Continuing a buildout of its internal mapping platform, Apple recently activated public transit directions in Apple Maps for Milwaukee, Wis., and Omaha, Neb., granting users in those locations access to timetables and routes covering local bus operations.

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TipsHow to fix a drive partition failure while installing Windows through Boot Camp in High Sierra

How to fix a drive partition failure while installing Windows through Boot Camp in High Sierra

Boot Camp will add a partition on-the-fly to your system drive, but there are some things that can stand in the way of that process. AppleInsider explains how to fix most of the issues preventing you from setting up that partition, if the assistant throws you the failure to partition error.

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Ahead of Apple's HomePod launch, Amazon teases new voices for Alexa

Ahead of Apple's HomePod launch, Amazon teases new voices for Alexa

With days to go before the launch of Apple's Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker, Amazon will unveil changes to its own personal assistant, Alexa, likely to come in the form of new voice options.

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'Final Fantasy XV:Pocket Edition' arriving on iOS February 9, 'Miitomo' shuttering in May

'Final Fantasy XV:Pocket Edition' arriving on iOS February 9, 'Miitomo' shuttering in May

'Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition' is now available to pre-order from the iOS App Store ahead of a February 9 release, meanwhile Nintendo has announced plans to shut down its first smartphone-only app 'Miitomo' in May, just over two years after it launched in the United States.

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VideoVideo: How to downgrade from macOS High Sierra to Sierra

Video: How to downgrade from macOS High Sierra to Sierra

MacOS High Sierra is Apple's newest operating system for Mac, but some users might have issues with applications or home server setups not working correctly. AppleInsider shows you how to downgrade, if you must.

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Apple's HomePod will support iTunes Match streaming via Siri

Apple's HomePod will support iTunes Match streaming via Siri

Owners of the HomePod — shipping on Feb. 9 — should be able to ask Siri to stream any files uploaded to iTunes Match, not just material hosted on Apple Music.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15" MacBook Pros; premium 10.5" iPad Pros from $699; $500-$1,000 off iMac Pros

Lowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15

More exclusives have just arrived! In addition to deals on iMacs and iPads, B&H is now knocking $900 off two Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades, including faster processors, extra storage and better graphics. Prices for the premium models start at just $1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

2018 iPhone SE predicted to be a minor upgrade, if it happens at all

2018 iPhone SE predicted to be a minor upgrade, if it happens at all

While rumors of a next-generation iPhone SE continue to swirl, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is skeptical, telling investors on Monday that he's not sure Apple has the resources to debut its fourth iPhone model in just a matter of months.

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Apple closing Green Hills, Nashville & Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood stores for renovations

Apple closing Green Hills, Nashville & Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood stores for renovations

At least two additional U.S. Apple stores are closing for renovations next month in a bid to catch up with the company's latest design aesthetic.

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EditorialAnother January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei

Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei

Everyone in the industry should know that "channel checks" of Apple suppliers offer largely worthless data. But every January, Japan's Nikkei newspaper unloads a report suggesting that Apple is scrambling to slash production of its newest iPhone because of disappointing sales. Every year that report has been false, and every year the tech media falls for it.

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Apple remains second-largest semiconductor customer in 2017 behind Samsung despite increased spending

Apple remains second-largest semiconductor customer in 2017 behind Samsung despite increased spending

Apple and long-time rival Samsung continue to be the top two buyers of semiconductor chips, according to a Gartner report, with both firms growing their share of the global market year-on-year by increasing the amount they spend, potentially caused in part by flash memory price increases.

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Apple recruits Paramount's Dana Tuinier to head up comedy TV plans

Apple recruits Paramount's Dana Tuinier to head up comedy TV plans

The latest hire to Apple's Worldwide Video division is Dana Tuinier, jumping ship from the Paramount Network to become the iPhone maker's creative executive for comedy.

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ExclusiveFinal days! Killer Deal: Save $500 on every iMac Pro at B&H with free shipping & no tax in 48 states

Final days! Killer Deal: Save $500 on every iMac Pro at B&H with free shipping & no tax in 48 states

B&H is partnering with AppleInsider this week to offer shoppers a $500 cash discount on every new iMac Pro, from the base model (now $4,494 with the special coupon) all the way up to tricked out 18-core systems. This exclusive offer is in addition to free shipping and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Hurry, offer ends soon!

Apple reaches settlement, licensing agreement with Immersion following iPhone haptic feedback lawsuits

Apple reaches settlement, licensing agreement with Immersion following iPhone haptic feedback lawsuits

Immersion has announced it has made a deal with Apple, entering into a settlement with the iPhone producer as well as setting up licensing agreements for its haptic feedback technology, an arrangement that is extremely likely to halt all of Immersion's current patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

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Apple said to be cutting iPhone X production in half due to slow sales

Apple said to be cutting iPhone X production in half due to slow sales

Apple has reportedly told suppliers that it's dropping March-quarter iPhone X production from the more than 40 million it predicted to about 20 million, delivering a multi-billion dollar impact to the supply chain.

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Up to three Macs coming with T-series security chips, shift to Apple CPU inevitable

Up to three Macs coming with T-series security chips, shift to Apple CPU inevitable

Over the years, Apple has amassed personnel and materials to become a chip design juggernaut, with a new report claiming that Apple is including the T-series chip in forthcoming Mac models including a laptop refresh and a new desktop model, and has its eyes on replacing Intel as the supplier of the Mac CPU.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

6.1" LCD 2018 iPhone expected to account for 50% of Apple's new iPhone shipments

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New details on Apple's anticipated 6.1-inch LCD iPhone expected later this year were shared by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Sunday, who believes the handset will be a huge hit with consumers, offering capabilities of the iPhone X at a lower price point.

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Hands On: Rogue Amoeba's Farrago is a superb soundboard for Mac podcasters and show producers

Hands On: Rogue Amoeba's Farrago is a superb soundboard for Mac podcasters and show producers

If you already know what a soundboard is, you want Farrago from long-time audio application vendors Rogue Amoeba

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Apple's first HomePod ads urge customers to 'order now'

Apple's first HomePod ads urge customers to 'order now'

Apple Kicked off promotional efforts for its new HomePod on Saturday with four short ads showing off the smart speaker's svelte chassis and unique LCD control panel.

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VideoVideo: iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro (Part 4) - 3D rendering and thermals

Video: iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro (Part 4) - 3D rendering and thermals

In the last installment of our four part series, we put the $5,000 iMac 5K to the test against one of the most popular Mac Pro configurations to see how both machines perform from a 3D rendering and thermal perspective.

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Apple's 8 years of iPad: a revolution in iOS computing

Apple's 8 years of iPad: a revolution in iOS computing

Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced iPad, positioned as a new device category between the highly-mobile iPhone and conventional Macs. Some critics were disappointed that it wasn't a Mac in tablet form; others were upset it wasn't a telephone, that it wasn't smaller, that wasn't larger—or that it effectively was a larger iPod touch. All critics have since agreed that iPad is a disastrous, disappointing problem Apple should feel bad about despite it being the most popular, most profitable, most influential new form factor in personal electronics since iPhone itself.

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FeatureA deep dive into HomePod's adaptive audio, beamforming and why it needs an A8 processor

A deep dive into HomePod's adaptive audio, beamforming and why it needs an A8 processor

The HomePod stands to be an audiophile's ideal speaker when it ships on Feb. 9, in no small part due to the considerable effort Apple has put into audio processing for the device. Audio expert Matt Hines of iZotope explains some of the technical hurdles Apple and other smart speaker producers have to overcome to provide a high-quality audio experience in a wide variety of environments.

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This week on AI: HomePod preorders kick off, iOS 11.3 details, sapphire maker sues Apple and more

This week on AI: HomePod preorders kick off, iOS 11.3 details, sapphire maker sues Apple and more

This week's news revolved around new products from Apple, namely availability of the HomePod smart speaker and forthcoming updates to the company's major operating systems. Other developments include a lawsuit alleging Apple breached its contract with a sapphire material manufacturer.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Angela Ahrendts visit Seoul for first South Korean Apple store opening

Angela Ahrendts visit Seoul for first South Korean Apple store opening

Apple opened the doors to its first retail store in South Korea on Saturday local time, and the company's head of retail Angela Ahrendts was on hand to take part in the grand opening festivities.

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Apple to hike Apple Music prices in Hong Kong at end of February [u]

Apple to hike Apple Music prices in Hong Kong at end of February [u]

Apple plans to raise Apple Music pricing in Hong Kong at the end of February, charging individual plan subscribers an additional $10 Hong Kong dollars per month to access the streaming service.

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Logitech now shipping Harmony Hub replacements to owners of discontinued Harmony Link

Logitech now shipping Harmony Hub replacements to owners of discontinued Harmony Link

After announcing that its Harmony Link remote control device will no longer operate as of March 2018, Logitech promised free Harmony Hub replacements to all users of the product, and is now making good on its promise.

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Apple issues first macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta to public testers

Apple issues first macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta to public testers

Following Wednesday's developer release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, Apple issued the first evaluation version of the new Mac operating system to public beta program members on Friday.

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Latest supply chain rumor suggests Apple could continue to sell current iPhone X model into 2019

Latest supply chain rumor suggests Apple could continue to sell current iPhone X model into 2019

Rumors from Apple suppliers are now at odds with one another, as a new report contradicts earlier claims that the current iPhone X would be completely replaced by a new model later this year. Instead, it is suggested that Apple could stick with its usual strategy of continuing to sell previous year's models.

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New Apple ad for iPhone X Animoji features Grammy nominees Childish Gambino, Migos

New Apple ad for iPhone X Animoji features Grammy nominees Childish Gambino, Migos

Apple continues to embrace Animoji karaoke in its latest YouTube spot, using Childish Gambino's song "Redbone," as well as "Stir Fry" by Megos.

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EditorialiPhone X doomsayers lack basic reading comprehension skills (or they're purposefully dishonest)

iPhone X doomsayers lack basic reading comprehension skills (or they're purposefully dishonest)

Assorted media venues lit up when AppleInsider, based on actually reading an analyst's note, reported that the current iPhone X may be discontinued after one year. Unfortunately, many of those reports failed to accurately convey the substance or context of the rumor, instead opting to weave a narrative they seemed intent on telling.

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VideoVideo: iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro (Part 3) - video editing

Video: iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro (Part 3) - video editing

In the third installment of our series, we put our $5,000 iMac Pro to the test against one of the most popular configurations of the Mac Pro to see how much of a performance difference you can expect when editing videos in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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TipsHow to make a bootable macOS High Sierra install disk on USB or Thunderbolt drive

How to make a bootable macOS High Sierra install disk on USB or Thunderbolt drive

If you don't have a macOS Server installation and have multiple macs to upgrade, it can be a bandwidth-sucking chore. Instead, there's a way to download a full install of the latest version of High Sierra and make install media using the Terminal — AppleInsider shows you how.

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Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,699 ($300 off); $250 off premium 13" Touch Bar; up to $390 off refurbished iPad Pros

Deals: High-end 15

Friday deals have arrived with instant savings of up to $300 off high-end MacBook Pros, including the 15" model with an upgraded processor, additional storage and Radeon 560 graphics for $2,699 with no tax in 48 states. Amazon is also slashing prices on current refurbished iPad Pros by up to 30% today only, with prices starting at $579.

Supply chain chatter suggests Apple considering two OLED, two LCD iPhone models for fall 2018

Supply chain chatter suggests Apple considering two OLED, two LCD iPhone models for fall 2018

A new report from the Chinese supply chain suggests that Apple is continuing to evaluate multiple sizes for the fall 2018 releases, with the latest claim saying that the the company is evaluating a 5.7-inch and 6-inch LCD device, plus both a 6-inch and 6.4-inch OLED iPhone.

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Apple gains permits to move employees into five sections of Apple Park's 'Spaceship'

Apple gains permits to move employees into five sections of Apple Park's 'Spaceship'

Parts of Apple's 'spaceship' building at the Apple Park campus are now usable by employees, after the iPhone producer received temporary occupancy permits from the City of Cupertino, and it is expected permits to use the rest of the massive structure will be granted later this quarter.

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Apple's iOS App Store users spent $11.5 billion in Q4, 95% more than Google Play

Apple's iOS App Store users spent $11.5 billion in Q4, 95% more than Google Play

Google's Android store is pushing record numbers of app downloads to its users, with growth largely coming from developing countries. Android's ecosystem remains far less profitable than Apple's iOS App Store, however, which again grabbed the lion's share of customer spend on mobile apps despite handling fewer than half as many downloads.

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'iPhone SE 2' production rumored to begin soon, ship in May or June

'iPhone SE 2' production rumored to begin soon, ship in May or June

A supply chain report has seemingly validated previous rumors that Apple is working on a successor to the iPhone SE, with the device going into production in the second quarter, and shipping in May or June of 2018.

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HomePod preorders begin via Apple, smart speaker arrives Feb. 9

HomePod preorders begin via Apple, smart speaker arrives Feb. 9

Apple on Friday morning began accepting preorders for HomePod, the company's entrance into the smart speaker space with audiophile-focused premium sound. The $349 accessory will ship to users in two weeks, on Feb. 9.

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