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Friday, April 27, 2018

Sprint and T-Mobile could reach merger deal by next week, report says

Sprint and T-Mobile could reach merger deal by next week, report says

After multiple unsuccessful attempts, U.S. cellular carriers Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly on the verge of a merger deal that would redraw the wireless landscape and pose a serious threat to Verizon and AT&T's long-standing duopoly.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

EditorialApple's AirPort base stations are gone, and we wish they weren't

Apple's AirPort base stations are gone, and we wish they weren't

After over a year on life support, Apple's AirPort base stations are lurching to a final end. AppleInsider is waxing nostalgic about it, and we aren't very happy.

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Apple to produce 8M iPhone X units in Q2, trying to 'burn off' existing supply, report says

Apple to produce 8M iPhone X units in Q2, trying to 'burn off' existing supply, report says

Riding on the back of rumors of disappointing iPhone X sales, dismal supplier guidance and rampant speculation, a report on Thursday claims Apple plans to produce only a limited quantity of units in the second calendar quarter of 2018.

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iTunes for Windows available for download from Microsoft Store

iTunes for Windows available for download from Microsoft Store

Fulfilling promises made nearly a year ago, Apple on Thursday released iTunes for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store, ensuring compatibility with the latest Windows 10 S devices.

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Apple officially discontinues AirPort router product line, available while supplies last [u]

Apple officially discontinues AirPort router product line, available while supplies last [u]

Apple on Thursday announced the official death of its long-running AirPort Wi-Fi router line, a development many believed to be an inevitability after the division responsible for its development was axed more than a year ago.

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Kuo: Upcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone may skip 3D Touch in favor of better glass

Kuo: Upcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone may skip 3D Touch in favor of better glass

Apple is allegedly switching up the touch technology in its 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, which may make the phone lighter and more durable but might also result in the sacrifice of 3D Touch, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed this week.

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Apple sued for $15,000 over injuries sustained in Apple Store evacuation drill

Apple sued for $15,000 over injuries sustained in Apple Store evacuation drill

Not long after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., a botched evacuation during an active shooter drill at the Florida Mall Apple Store location led to injuries — and now a lawsuit.

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Record low prices: Save up to $1,150 on loaded 15" MacBook Pros; iMacs on sale from $699 w/ no tax in 48 states

Record low prices: Save up to $1,150 on loaded 15

New price drops are in effect now at Apple authorized reseller Adorama. Save up to $1,150 on loaded configs with prices starting at just $699, a record low. All with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

TipsHow to check if your Mac or iOS device is still covered under warranty or is protected by AppleCare

How to check if your Mac or iOS device is still covered under warranty or is protected by AppleCare

If you have a problem with your Mac, iPhone or iPad that needs examination by the Genius Bar or another tech support member, it's usually handy to check if the hardware is still covered by warranties or one of the AppleCare programs, or if you can expect a heftier repair bill. AppleInsider details how to find out if you are still covered before you contact Apple's support teams.

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ReviewReview: Blue Raspberry gives good recording quality to Mac and iPhone users on the go

Review: Blue Raspberry gives good recording quality to Mac and iPhone users on the go

Blue's Raspberry microphone is the ultimate portable mic that works not just with your Mac or PC, but your iPhone and iPad as well — but isn't the best choice for an arm-mount or for the less mobile.

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Tim Cook was 'helpful' and promised jobs & factories in meeting, White House says

Tim Cook was 'helpful' and promised jobs & factories in meeting, White House says

After Wednesday's meeting between Cook and President Donald Trump, White House Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow praised the Apple CEO's experience with China, and said that Cook "loves the tax cut."

Latest Apple Maps update includes indoor mapping for Sydney airport, more

Latest Apple Maps update includes indoor mapping for Sydney airport, more

Apple is ever-evolving the coverage of Maps features such as public transit directions, bringing them to more regions in the U.S. and abroad. Here's some of the latest additions, indicating the company's progress.

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B&H is knocking $1,100 off Radeon 460 MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 with no tax in most states

B&H is knocking $1,100 off Radeon 460 MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 with no tax in most states

B&H is clearing out remaining Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros with cash discounts of up to $1,100 off. Prices start at just $2,099 for premium models with free expedited shipping and no tax in most states. Meanwhile, Apple Watch Series 3 devices with GPS + Cellular functionality are up to $50 off.

Mac, iPhone highly preferred over Windows or Android by employees, survey says

Mac, iPhone highly preferred over Windows or Android by employees, survey says

A report by enterprise device management company Jamf found that more companies are allowing their employees to choose their own computers and mobile devices than ever before — and the majority of them are choosing Macs, iPads and iPhones.

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Proposed EU rules could require Apple to explain App Store rankings, defend take from subscriptions

Proposed EU rules could require Apple to explain App Store rankings, defend take from subscriptions

The European Union on Thursday proposed a new set of laws governing platform holders like Apple, Amazon, and Google, intended to improve transparency and non-discrimination in relation to the smaller businesses that depend on them.

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HomeKit support now available in four more GE air conditioning window units

HomeKit support now available in four more GE air conditioning window units

There are more options for GE air conditioning units compatible with HomeKit than first thought, as the electronics giant has confirmed other models in its AC range support Apple's smart home platform alongside the AHP08LX Energy Star 115 volt Electronic Room Air Conditioner that shipped earlier this week.

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Alleged 'iPhone SE 2' with glass back & headphone jack spotted in new pictures

Alleged 'iPhone SE 2' with glass back & headphone jack spotted in new pictures

Images claimed to be first real-world photos of the "iPhone SE 2" may suggest that Apple is bringing some touches of the iPhone 8 to the device, but not all of them.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $250 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing OAC.

Paid as a brand ambassador by Huawei, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot tweets from iPhone

Paid as a brand ambassador by Huawei, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot tweets from iPhone

Huawei paid Gal Gadot to tweet out her affection for its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, but the Wonder Woman star sent it via her iPhone, the latest in a long line of celebrity endorsements for Android that revealed they were really iOS users.

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Apple exploring use of eye-tracking technology in VR and AR headsets

Apple exploring use of eye-tracking technology in VR and AR headsets

Apple has considered ways to detect the eye movements of the wearer of a head-mounted display, such as the company's long-rumored augmented reality headset, one that uses a system of cameras and mirrors to work out the direction of the user's gaze while looking at virtual environments.

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Apple grew 32% YoY in China's shrinking phone market due to "strong performance of iPhone X"

Apple grew 32% YoY in China's shrinking phone market due to

China's smartphone market suffered its worst decline ever in the March quarter—an 8 percent YoY drop in unit sales—but Apple still managed to achieve 32 percent growth, directly attributed to "strong performance of its iPhone X."

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EditorialBloomberg butchers Samsung OLED statements to portray iPhone X as weak

Bloomberg butchers Samsung OLED statements to portray iPhone X as weak

Bloomberg is taking full advantage of Apple's quiet period in the week before its earnings release to issues a series of reports suggesting data points that could possibly be used to support its narrative that demand is somehow "weak" for the most profitable, attention-getting smartphone in the world—even as other vendors scramble to copy its looks and features.

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Qualcomm proposes new licensing terms to lure in customers

Qualcomm proposes new licensing terms to lure in customers

Qualcomm in an earnings conference call on Wednesday showed rare willingness to modify its patent licensing policies, a core segment of its business that sparked a court battle with Apple and government investigations into potentially anticompetitive practices.

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Samsung reports weak demand for OLED displays used in iPhone X

Samsung reports weak demand for OLED displays used in iPhone X

Samsung Electronics reported positive quarterly profits on Wednesday, its fourth consecutive period of massive record gains, but warned of slow growth due to weaker than expected demand for smartphone OLED panels like those supplied to Apple for iPhone X.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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.

Qualcomm to remain iPhone modem supplier in 2018, but will see orders reduced to 30%

Qualcomm to remain iPhone modem supplier in 2018, but will see orders reduced to 30%

Recent rumors suggest Apple is planning to remove longtime partner Qualcomm from its iPhone supply chain in favor of industry rival Intel, but according to a new report the switch will not be completed in full this year.

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Sonos reveals which of its speakers will get AirPlay 2 support

Sonos reveals which of its speakers will get AirPlay 2 support

Ahead of Apple's official AirPlay 2 launch, Sonos this week provided additional details as to which speaker models will gain initial support the forthcoming wireless protocol.

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ReviewLibratone TRACK+ wireless headphones pair svelte design and adaptive noise canceling with premium audio

Libratone TRACK+ wireless headphones pair svelte design and adaptive noise canceling with premium audio

Libratone TRACK+ wireless headphones make a bold statement with a smooth, modern design and an audio profile to match, with an adaptive noise cancellation feature so good, that makes it hard to live without.

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Trump and Cook talked trade in Oval Office meeting

Trump and Cook talked trade in Oval Office meeting

In what is being described as "a good meeting" by White House staff, President Donald Trump on Wednesday invited Apple CEO Tim Cook to talk trade in a closed-door confab.

Apple TV viewing hours surged 709 percent in March quarter

Apple TV viewing hours surged 709 percent in March quarter

Video streaming on the Apple TV rocketed higher during the March quarter, with viewing hours up 709 percent year-over-year, according to newly published research data.

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Bandsintown for iPhone adds Apple Music streaming through MusicKit

Bandsintown for iPhone adds Apple Music streaming through MusicKit

Concert-finding app Bandsintown has officially launched native Apple Music streaming, made possible through the use of Apple's MusicKit framework.

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EditorialDefending Tim Cook: Why Apple remains in good hands

Defending Tim Cook: Why Apple remains in good hands

Despite recent stock woes and the rough HomePod launch, Tim Cook has represented Apple well in his time at the helm, and blaming him for not being Steve Jobs is pointless, and ignores the new realities surrounding Apple that have developed in the last five years.

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iOS 11 now installed on 76% of compatible devices, up 11% since January

iOS 11 now installed on 76% of compatible devices, up 11% since January

New adoption statistics for iOS published on Apple's developer website reveal iOS 11 is installed on 76 percent of all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models, a share that has increased by 11 percent since the start of this year.

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Apple supplier comments not likely to affect long-term financial prognosis, Gene Munster suggests

Apple supplier comments not likely to affect long-term financial prognosis, Gene Munster suggests

Negative comments from two Apple suppliers about the next iPhone generation could hamper investor expectations for the next quarter, suggests Gene Munster of Loup Ventures, but predictable iPhone sales make this only a near-term risk instead of a long-term problem.

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Amazon unveils $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition, shipments start in May

Amazon unveils $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition, shipments start in May

Amazon seeks to widen its smart speaker lead with a new product intended for children's use, that comes pre-packed with parental controls, and access to some of Amazon's subscription services included in the purchase price.

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EditorialGoing all-in on USB-C with Apple's ecosystem? That's impossible — for now

Going all-in on USB-C with Apple's ecosystem? That's impossible — for now

I'm finally ready to fully embrace the smaller, reversible, more powerful USB-C port featured on Apple's recent MacBooks. But in preparing for a full switch to the versatile port, I have hit a number of roadblocks. No matter how badly I want to completely ditch USB-A, it turns out I just can't.

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Google begins rolling out overhauled Gmail iOS & Web interfaces

Google begins rolling out overhauled Gmail iOS & Web interfaces

Google on Wednesday detailed a series of changes now rolling out to Gmail users, primarily focused on the Web, but also including some upgrades for iPhone and iPad owners.

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Apple looking to simplify iPhone branding for 2018 releases, analyst predicts

Apple looking to simplify iPhone branding for 2018 releases, analyst predicts

Apple could make a major change to the way it names successive iPhone generations this year, Guggenheim analyst Robert Cihra suggests, tipping Apple to take the opportunity to simplify what the iPhones are called when the new models launch this fall.

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Apple's iPhone X delivered a KO punch to cheap Androids: Q1 smartphone demand slumped globally but ASP grew by 21%

Apple's iPhone X delivered a KO punch to cheap Androids: Q1 smartphone demand slumped globally but ASP grew by 21%

New data from GfK shows that global demand for smartphones declined by 2 percent year over year in the March quarter while Average Selling Prices grew by 21 percent, totally contradicting the media narrative that customers were looking to save money and would shy away from Apple's premium-priced iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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