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2019

Apple Pay now accepted for some UK government services, wider rollout planned for 2019

Friday May 03, 2019

The UK government is now accepting Apple Pay and Google Pay payments for select services through its gov.uk website, a change in policy that is expected to reach local governments and other institutions later this year.

IHS Markit: Apple shipped 43.8M iPhones in Q1, down 16% from 2018

Friday May 03, 2019

Contradicting controversial smartphone shipment estimates from market research firm IDC, IHS Markit on Thursday released its own set of preliminary figures that fall in line with wider industry expectations. At least as far as Apple is concerned.

iPhone 7 'Loop Disease' audio chip issue targeted in class action complaint

Friday May 03, 2019

A new class action complaint seeks damages and a hardware recall from Apple over the so-called iPhone 7 "Loop Disease," an issue that causes audio problems on impacted handsets and can ultimately render the device inoperable.

Xiaomi takes offense at smartphone estimates off by 2.5M units, Apple doesn't

Friday May 03, 2019

Xiaomi took the unusual step of reporting its smartphone shipments for the March quarter, which it issued in response to phone shipment data it said was "inaccurate and unfair, and deviates from our actual performance in terms of shipment of smartphones." Apple neither reported iPhone units nor took issue with IDC's data, despite its shipments clearly being undercounted by a margin more than twice as large.

Weekend deal roundup: Up to $480 off iPad Pros, up to $600 off Macs, Apple Watch sale & more

Friday May 03, 2019

The first week in May has been off to a busy start with new deals on Apple hardware and accessories, and we've rounded up the best bargains. Everything from current MacBook Pros to HomeKit switches are on sale, with savings of up to 43% off.

Massachusetts judge granted warrant to unlock suspects iPhone with Touch ID

Friday May 03, 2019

Law enforcement can compel a suspect to unlock their iPhone using Touch ID under a warrant, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled in April, muddying the waters in the ongoing battle in courts over whether the contents of a mobile device secured with biometrics are protected by the Fifth Amendment, or not.

Tim Cook says $30M Carnegie Library Apple Store is more than about selling iPhones

Friday May 03, 2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes the soon-to-open Apple Store at the Carnegie Library will be more than a retail outlet, one that reportedly cost $30 million to renovate, suggesting the focus is on community and creativity, rather than selling iPhones and other products.

These top Mother's Day gift ideas are perfect for Apple fans

Friday May 03, 2019

Many moms are happy with a card, flowers, or a meal out. If you want to go a step further, here are some Apple-related Mother's Day gifts you can spring for.

SEC presses charges against GT Advanced & CEO for fraud in iPhone sapphire supply

Friday May 03, 2019

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged GT Advanced Technologies and former CEO Thomas Gutierrez with fraud, accusing them of deceiving investors about its ability to supply sapphire for iPhones.

Facebook offers FTC greater oversight of data collection policies to end federal probe

Friday May 03, 2019

Facebook is willing to face increased government oversight of its activities relating to data collection to end the privacy-related federal probe sooner, a report into negotiations between the social network and the Federal Trade Commission alleges, along with paying a billion-dollar fine.

Editorial: The new Services - Apple Arcade plays to win, but what game?

Friday May 03, 2019

All of Apple's recently unveiled Services and most of its existing Services business are essentially software --- useful applications of hardware that help drive hardware purchases in addition to generating revenue on their own. Take a look at what these strategic new Services actually mean for Apple and its installed user base, starting with Apple Arcade.

Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett points to Apple's earnings as reason for continued investment

Friday May 03, 2019

Berkshire Hathaway will continue to hold its considerable stake in Apple, notable investor Warren Buffett has advised, with the iPhone maker's latest quarterly results showing why the investment fund has put multiple billions into the company.

Apple's Powerbeats Pro go up for preorders, delivery dates already slipping past May 10

Friday May 03, 2019

Apple's all-wireless Powerbeats Pro earbuds became available for preorder on Friday, but U.S. delivery times have already slipped past the official May 10 launch.

Google's iPhone-challenging Pixel 3a XL spotted in the wild with 6-inch display

Friday May 03, 2019

One of Google's anticipated mid-range Pixel phones, the Pixel 3a XL, has reportedly already been spotted at a Best Buy in Springfield, Ohio, setting the stage for Apple's next wave of competition.

Foxconn's Wisconsin adventures, iCloud spy chip allegations fallout, Geert Bevin of Moog, & more on the AppleInsider Podcast

Friday May 03, 2019

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about Super Micro moving manufacturing out of China, Foxconn's adventures in Wisconsin, and Victor interviews Geert Bevin of Moog about interface design.

Apple & other tech companies lobby efforts kill Ontario 'Right to Repair' bill

Friday May 03, 2019

Another 'Right to Repair' bill that would have made device producers provide the resources for consumers and third-party repair outfits to fix devices has been put to rest, with intensive lobbying from tech companies including Apple said to be behind the killing of the legislation.

Apple's famous design team now has no original members left

Friday May 03, 2019

Recent departures from Apple's Industrial Design group mean that no one remains from the original group that began to turn around Apple's fortunes. And, only two members who joined a year later are still with Apple -- although one of those is Jony Ive.

US DOJ requests hearing on remedies in Qualcomm antitrust case, cites concern over 5G rollout

Thursday May 02, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice in a filing on Thursday preemptively requested a hearing on potential remedies should Qualcomm be found liable in an antitrust case leveled by the Federal Trade Commission.

No, Adobe did not cancel its popular $10 Creative Cloud Photography plan

Thursday May 02, 2019

A number of visitors to Adobe's website recently noticed the popular $9.99 a month Creative Cloud Photography plan replaced by a $19.99 option, but the company says the change only impacts some customers and is not permanent. At least not yet.

Some macOS users having problems with discovery in App Store [u]

Thursday May 02, 2019

Some Mac users are having problems accessing the Mac App Store, with reports of issues accessing items on a few of the store's pages meaning they cannot see what apps are being recommended by Apple, nor charts of what apps other users are installing -- but server-side fixes are underway.