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2020

New Pandora app lets you stream music to Apple Watch & AirPods without iPhone

Friday February 14, 2020

Pandora now allows listeners to stream music and podcasts on their Apple Watch -- without needing an iPhone.

Malware, Microsoft gaming, and Sherlocking apps on the AppleInsider Podcast

Friday February 14, 2020

On this week's AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about coronavirus and its impact on Apple, Microsoft's iOS gaming beta, and the FTC's newfound interest in 'Sherlocked' apps or companies.

Huawei hit hard by coronavirus in China, new criminal charges in U.S.

Friday February 14, 2020

There's lots of bad news piling up for Huawei, the firm often considered to be Android's best hope of challenging Apple's leadership in smartphone design and business competency.

Apple TV+ review: 'Visible: Out on Television' a well-edited tour of LGBTQ TV history

Friday February 14, 2020

The new "Visible" five-part series combines beloved talking heads with a mountain of clips to deliver a well-told tale of progress and representation.

Apple's AirPods vs Samsung Galaxy Buds+ head-to-head

Friday February 14, 2020

Samsung has launched its second attempt at taking on Apple's AirPods, with updates to battery life and speakers giving the Galaxy Buds+ a better chance against its main rival and the noise-canceling AirPods Pro, but does it do enough to warrant your attention?

Linksys Velop HomeKit Router firmware update is coming, but not imminent [u]

Thursday February 13, 2020

Linksys appeared at first glance to be the first vendor to make available a HomeKit router, with the inadvertent release of information surrounding a firmware update enabling the functionality leaking out.

YouTube TV to cancel subscriptions purchased through Apple in-app payments in March

Thursday February 13, 2020

Google's YouTube unit this week informed YouTube TV customers of a change in policy that will see a discontinuation of subscriptions purchased through Apple's in-app payments mechanism, forcing users to subscribe elsewhere or cancel the service.

HomePod gains smart speaker marketshare in Q4, still lags far behind front runners

Thursday February 13, 2020

Apple posted strong HomePod sales for the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new statistics shared Thursday, but its sales growth rate trails that of other top players and the device's overall marketshare sits well behind frontrunners Amazon and Google.

Apple liable for millions in unpaid wages after court rules retail worker bag checks illegal

Thursday February 13, 2020

The California Supreme Court in a decision delivered on Thursday found Apple broke state law by not paying retail workers for the time they spent participating in mandatory bag and device searches, leaving the company liable for millions in unpaid wages.

Apple expands AR 'Quick Look' shopping tools to major retailer sites

Thursday February 13, 2020

Retailers are getting new customizable buttons to help sell products to iPhone users utilizing ARKit's 'Quick Look' feature.

Lowest price ever: Apple's 8-core 15" MacBook Pro just $2,149, plus up to $500 off 13" models

Thursday February 13, 2020

Available exclusively for AppleInsider readers, B&H Photo is slashing the price of Apple's Mid 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro that's packed with upgrades, dropping it to a record low $2,149. Save $650 on the high-end config with an 8-core processor, extra storage and upgraded graphics -- or snap up hundreds of dollars in savings on 13-inch MacBook Pro models.

Machine learning could help Apple Maps fix bogus GPS coordinates

Thursday February 13, 2020

Apple Maps may be able to provide its users with more accurate information about their location in the future, by using artificial intelligence to adjust GPS data when incorrect information or mistakes are detected in sensor readings.

How to play 'Halo' on your iPhone or iPad with Microsoft's Project xCloud

Thursday February 13, 2020

Project xCloud is the codename for Microsoft's new game streaming service, and it is now available in beta for users to test out, bringing massively popular titles like "Halo - The Master Chief Collection" to the iPhone and iPad. We've spent a few hours playing to test it out.

Apple's 'CarKey' API could control your HomeKit smart lock in future

Thursday February 13, 2020

The sudden appearance of the 'CarKey API' may only be the beginning, as Apple is seemingly exploring how it can expand on its cryptographic-based device authentication to bring digital keys into other areas.

Deals: Amazon's AirPods Pro discount is back; eBay delivers 15% off $25+ Presidents Day coupon

Thursday February 13, 2020

Amazon's popular cash discount on Apple AirPods Pro is back, and with inventory constraints throughout the supply chain, it's best to secure your place in line today at the discounted price. Meanwhile, eBay is serving up a coupon discount for Presidents Day with 15% savings on qualifying orders over $25 (up to $100 off).

Apple Watch of the future could have a modular back for upgrades & new sensors

Thursday February 13, 2020

Future versions of the Apple Watch could be upgradable, with the addition of a modular section to the back that adds new sensors and functionality to the wearable device, or to enhance the existing functions like battery life.

Coronavirus to hit Android's hopes for 5G, folding screens the hardest

Thursday February 13, 2020

As Apple deals with interruption of the COVID-19 epidemic in China, its Android competitors face all the same issues; except that they make far less money and operate on much thinner margins across fragile shipment volumes.

Beijing Apple Stores reopening on Feb 14, rest remain closed

Thursday February 13, 2020

Apple plans to reopen some of its Apple Stores in Beijing as the threat of the coronavirus continues to keep other locations closed.

Apple exploring HomeKit smart home update with device tracking, simple setup

Thursday February 13, 2020

Apple wants to expand the abilities of HomeKit by making it possible for devices to communicate with wall outlets, units which could potentially track the location of other HomeKit hardware, as well as potentially simplify the configuration of new HomeKit devices with others.

Apple suppliers gearing up for 'iPhone SE 2' production

Thursday February 13, 2020

Rumors continue to mount, suggesting that the "iPhone SE 2" may be close to release as manufacturers begin full production of device components.