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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Apple rolls out third public beta of iOS 12, tvOS 12

Apple rolls out third public beta of iOS 12, tvOS 12

A day after the fourth developer beta, Apple has deployed the third public beta of iOS 12, and tvOS 12 for a wider testing audience.

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Got a new iPhone 4s or earlier? Don't try to activate it on Verizon [u]

Got a new iPhone 4s or earlier? Don't try to activate it on Verizon [u]

U.S. carrier Verizon has announced that it will stop activating any phone that lacks VoLTE, to help advance the company's network to 5G technologies.

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External True Tone display feature only works when 2018 MacBook Pro lid is open

External True Tone display feature only works when 2018 MacBook Pro lid is open

AppleInsider has confirmed that compatible monitors will only use the True Tone feature when the lid is open in the 2018 MacBook Pro.

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Save up to $1,400 on Apple hardware during the Amazing Mac Savings blowout event

Save up to $1,400 on Apple hardware during the Amazing Mac Savings blowout event

Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on Apple hardware with the lowest prices anywhere on AirPods, MacBook Pros, iMacs and more. Discounts include $400 off 2017 15" MacBook Pros, up to $250 off 13" models, and $250-$500 off iMacs. Snap up the savings while supplies last.

VideoComparing the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar versus the MacBook Pro with function keys

Comparing the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar versus the MacBook Pro with function keys

Choosing a new MacBook Pro has gotten a little more complicated since Apple introduced the Touch Bar, as not everyone necessarily needs to have the secondary touch-enabled display. AppleInsider highlights the differences between the two models, so you can decide which one is right for your needs.

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Benchmarks for 2018 MacBook Pros show dramatic multi-core performance gains

Benchmarks for 2018 MacBook Pros show dramatic multi-core performance gains

Though Apple's 2018 MacBook Pros have shown only modest gains in single-core and graphics performance, early multi-core benchmarks have grown in leaps and bounds versus 2017.

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FeatureNetflix and HBO's uncertainty may give Apple a content opening

Netflix and HBO's uncertainty may give Apple a content opening

Netflix had a bad quarter, and HBO is staring down big philosophical production changes under its new ownership. The pair may create the perfect storm that Apple needs for its upcoming content push.

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How to save up to $535 on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro

How to save up to $535 on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro

With Apple's newest 2018 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros hitting store shelves, now is the time to secure your place in line for the configuration you want and take advantage of free expedited shipping with no sales tax in most states (saving many shoppers up to $535). Select models are also eligible for 0% financing for 12 months as well.

Hands-OnHands On: Fantastical 2.5 adds scheduling updates and Meetup support to the Mac

Hands On: Fantastical 2.5 adds scheduling updates and Meetup support to the Mac

AppleInsider tries out the small but significant improvements in Wednesday's release of Fantastical 2.5, that all aim to keep this macOS calendar app a power user's favorite

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Leaked 'Amber Lake' Intel processors could be used in 12-inch MacBook refresh

Leaked 'Amber Lake' Intel processors could be used in 12-inch MacBook refresh

A leak for an unannounced Dell notebook and a Romanian report may have revealed some details about Intel's "Amber Lake" processors, a collection of chips that could be strong candidates for use in a future MacBook refresh.

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Apple purges 'Doorbell' category from HomeKit accessories page

Apple purges 'Doorbell' category from HomeKit accessories page

Apple has quietly removed the entire "Doorbell" category from its roster of current and future HomeKit accessories, suggesting that once-promised upgrades by August and Ring are at least in purgatory.

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Google hit with $5B antitrust fine over Android search restrictions

Google hit with $5B antitrust fine over Android search restrictions

The European Commission has fined Google 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) for breaking antitrust rules, claiming the restrictions the tech giant imposes on carriers and smartphone producers using the Android operating system helps the search engine maintain its vast market share.

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Chinese iCloud data moved to servers operated by state-owned telco

Chinese iCloud data moved to servers operated by state-owned telco

Apple's Chinese iCloud partner has struck a deal with China Telecom to migrate all in-country customer data to the state-owned firm's Tianyi Cloud service, a move that seemingly flies in the face of Apple assurances against government snooping.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Samsung ad attacks iPhone X download speed, ignores performance benchmarks

New Samsung ad attacks iPhone X download speed, ignores performance benchmarks

Samsung's latest ad attacking the iPhone compares the download speeds of iPhone X to that of the Galaxy S9 while at the same time poking fun at Apple Store employees.

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Apple's rumored 18W USB-C adapter might not be sold separately at launch

Apple's rumored 18W USB-C adapter might not be sold separately at launch

Apple is rumored to debut a high-power 18W USB-C compliant power adapter alongside new iPhone models later this year, but supply constraints might restrict the part to in-the-box bundles until 2019.

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Test suggests 2018 MacBook Pro can't keep up with Intel Core i9 chip's thermal demands

Test suggests 2018 MacBook Pro can't keep up with Intel Core i9 chip's thermal demands

Technology-centric YouTuber Dave Lee claims the thermal design of Apple's latest 15-inch MacBook Pro does not provide sufficient cooling for Intel's Core i9 processor, causing the chip to throttle down performance to prevent serious damage.

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Apple ceases iOS 11.4 code signing after release of iOS 11.4.1

Apple ceases iOS 11.4 code signing after release of iOS 11.4.1

Following the release of iOS 11.4.1 earlier in July, Apple on Tuesday stopped signing code for the prior iOS version 11.4 to ensure users are running the latest operating system on their devices.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save up to $350 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Killer Deals: Save up to $350 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 $350 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.

Apple eats into Android, Samsung marketshare in Q2, study says

Apple eats into Android, Samsung marketshare in Q2, study says

Apple improved its position in the smartphone space during the June quarter, eroding Android's share and equalizing its standing with rival Samsung in the U.S. market, according to new research.

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Apple issues third macOS Mojave beta to public beta testers

Apple issues third macOS Mojave beta to public beta testers

Following Apple's release of a fourth macOS Mojave developer beta, the company on Tuesday pushed out a third evaluation version of the upcoming Mac operating system to members of its public beta program.

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Everything new in iOS 12 beta 4 for iPhone & iPad

Everything new in iOS 12 beta 4 for iPhone & iPad

AppleInsider has spent some time digging into Apple's fourth beta of iOS 12 to uncover all the changes made this time around. A number of updates have been discovered, some more noteable than others.

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FeatureThese are the top five best Menubar apps for your Mac

These are the top five best Menubar apps for your Mac

Menubar apps are the unsung heroes of your Mac. After a decade of trying just about everything that's come down the pipeline, AppleInsider tells you about the very best ones ranging from tools you use every day to once in a blue moon lifesavers.

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ReviewReview: LIFX Tile with Apple HomeKit is too rough around the edges

Review: LIFX Tile with Apple HomeKit is too rough around the edges

The Tile looks nice enough on a wall, but has enough flaws that for the price we'd recommend other products — from LIFX or otherwise — if you want lights as decorations.

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Future iPhone may get fastest ever LPDDR5 power-sipping DRAM from Samsung

Future iPhone may get fastest ever LPDDR5 power-sipping DRAM from Samsung

Samsung has developed what it calls the first 10-nanometer 8-gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM prototype, a memory module that is faster than the previous generation and is intended to help machine learning applications in 5G-equipped smartphones, and one that could make its way into a future iPhone model.

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FeatureWhat six years of Retina MacBook Pro evolution gets you

What six years of Retina MacBook Pro evolution gets you

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has come a long way since the first Retina models were unveiled in 2012. AppleInsider looks at all the changes that six years have wrought.

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iOS 12 developer beta 4 requires device to be unlocked before connecting any USB accessories

iOS 12 developer beta 4 requires device to be unlocked before connecting any USB accessories

Your iPhone's Lightning port will be even more locked down come iOS 12, which has adding an additional layer of security in the fourth developer beta.

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Apple releases fourth developer betas of iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5

Apple releases fourth developer betas of iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5

Apple has rolled out new developer betas for its milestone operating systems, with fourth beta builds of iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 available for testing one day after the newest beta of macOS 10.14 Mojave.

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TipsHow and when to turn CDs, DVDs or folders into disk image files on macOS

How and when to turn CDs, DVDs or folders into disk image files on macOS

Apple's macOS makes it easy to create disk images, the virtual equivalent of physical media. You already use them every time you install an app on your Mac but you can also exploit them for archiving and sharing your own work. AppleInsider shows you how to do it, and what to do with them after you're done.

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VirtualLink USB-C standard reduces cables count for VR headsets, is a boon for Mac users

VirtualLink USB-C standard reduces cables count for VR headsets, is a boon for Mac users

The VirtualLink Consortium has launched a new "Alternate Mode" for USB Type-C designed to reduce the number of cables required for virtual reality headsets to function, one that could make it even easier for Mac owners to get started with VR, and get accelerated video for USB-C monitors.

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Republican Mike Coffman joins push to restore net neutrality

Republican Mike Coffman joins push to restore net neutrality

Colorado Representative Mike Coffman on Tuesday became the first Republican to demonstrate support for U.S. House efforts to force a vote on net neutrality protections, undone earlier this year by a 3-2 vote at the Federal Communications Commission.

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FeatureHappy birthday to Apple's iCal, which immortalizes its July 17 release date in an icon and emoji

Happy birthday to Apple's iCal, which immortalizes its July 17 release date in an icon and emoji

Apple unveiled iCal to the world on July 17 2002 — a date that lives on in a macOS icon even if the app isn't called that anymore.

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FeatureHere are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018

Here are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018

With few setbacks, Apple is almost continuously expanding and updating its global retail chain, now over 500 locations. Here's the company's evolution in 2018 so far, updated on July 18 with confirmation of Apple's Tower Theatre restoration in Los Angeles.

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Leak shows alleged front panels for Apple's new 5.8-, 6.1- & 6.5-inch iPhones

Leak shows alleged front panels for Apple's new 5.8-, 6.1- & 6.5-inch iPhones

On Tuesday a prominent leak source showed off what are claimed to be front panels for all of Apple's 2018 iPhones, which if authentic, reaffirm expected features.

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Prime Day 2018 Deal Roundup: Here are the best bargains still left, including the lowest prices on Apple hardware [u]

Prime Day 2018 Deal Roundup: Here are the best bargains still left, including the lowest prices on Apple hardware [u]

Prime Day 2018 is here and retailers are knocking hundreds off electronics and accessories (including Apple devices) for the big event. We're rounding up a list of the best deals on and off Amazon — and updating it throughout the day.

Stretchy substrates could help Apple produce flexible displays for future iPhone

Stretchy substrates could help Apple produce flexible displays for future iPhone

Apple is considering alternative ways to mount sensors, indicators, switches, and other elements to create devices and components like a flexible display, including attaching parts to an elasticated substrate that is capable of transmitting data between individual components.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Apple pulls 'QDrops' from App Store, for-pay app pushed wild conspiracy theory

Apple pulls 'QDrops' from App Store, for-pay app pushed wild conspiracy theory

Citing App Store guidelines, Apple has pulled "QDrops," an app meant to alert adherents to new developments in the fringe conspiracy theory.

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Enter to win two tickets to the Silicon Valley premiere of 'General Magic'

Enter to win two tickets to the Silicon Valley premiere of 'General Magic'

The film, which tells the story of a group of Apple veterans who invented a smartphone-like device 15 years too early, will have its area premiere July 26 in San Jose. AppleInsider and General Magic are partnering up to give away 25 pairs of tickets to the premiere. Find out how to enter today.

Former Apple employee pleads not guilty to stealing self-driving car trade secrets

Former Apple employee pleads not guilty to stealing self-driving car trade secrets

Former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang, who worked on the company's self-driving car initiative, on Monday entered a plea of not guilty after federal prosecutors indicted the engineer on one count of trade secret theft.

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Apple's App Store doubles Google Play revenue with only half the downloads, study finds

Apple's App Store doubles Google Play revenue with only half the downloads, study finds

App analytics firm Sensor Tower is out with their latest report, once more showing Apple's App Store trouncing the more widely used Google Play Store in terms of generated revenue.

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