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This week on AI: AirPods reviewed, Nokia sues Apple, Touch Bar keyboards & more

Apple's long-delayed AirPods finally hit the scene this week to a mostly positive response, but the company probably could have stood some better news, as it faced down a barrage of Nokia lawsuits and formally appealed an EU tax ruling.




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Everything you need to know:



  • Apple's AirPods finally hit doorsteps, and AppleInsider had a chance to review them > >
  • Nokia filed a global series of lawsuits against Apple over 32 patents > >
  • Apple filed a retaliatory lawsuit against Nokia-linked patent aggregators > >
  • Apple appealed an EU ruling ordering Ireland to collect at least $13.6 billion in back taxes > >
  • Mac plans for 2017 may include Touch Bar keyboards > >
  • Manufacturing problems might delay new iPads otherwise expected in March > >
  • "Super Mario Run" topped 40 million downloads > >


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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:



Review: Apple's new wireless AirPods put a smile on 2016

Nokia files suit against Apple in US, Germany over iPhone's alleged violation of 32 patents

Apple appeals EU tax ruling, claims Commission 'retroactively changed the rules'

Touch Bar keyboards, 'modest' Mac upgrades on Apple's slate for 2017

Yield problems at TSMC could disrupt March launch for new iPads - report

'Super Mario Run' for iPhone reaps 40 million downloads amidst fears from investors

All of Apple's OLED 'iPhone 8' models to use curved Samsung panels - report

Apple hires former Porsche race car director for alleged 'Project Titan' role

Minecraft comes to Apple TV with 7 pieces of downloadable content for $20

Apple has 'great desktops' on Mac roadmap, CEO Tim Cook says

Mac losing focus of Jony Ive, others in Apple management - report

Apple extends discount on USB-C cables, monitors, hard drives, adapters, more until March 31, 2017

Supposedly leaked Apple documents peg three iPhones for release in 2017, top model codenamed 'Ferrari'

More evidence suggests Apple tie-up with wireless charging firm Energous

AirPods orders begin to arrive, stock available for purchase at some Apple stores

Apple brings second iOS 10.2.1 & macOS 10.12.3 betas to public testers

Apple lawsuit accuses Nokia of being at core of patent licensing conspiracy

MacBook Pro fails to earn Consumer Reports recommendation for first time