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Last Build Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:48:51 -0500


Examined: FileMaker Pro 15 ecosystem for macOS, Windows, and iOS

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:39:05 -0500


The latest FileMaker Pro is at the center of an entire ecosystem aiming to help individuals and whole corporations manage their data. AppleInsider examines the platform's main app, which is now -- mostly -- macOS Sierra-ready.

Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ever used

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:09:28 -0500


Bluetooth audio --?especially when exercising --?has always been "good enough," but never great. Apple's W1 chip in its latest headphones lineup changes that, and the proprietary wireless technology steals the show in its new sports-focused Powerbeats3 headphones.

This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' plans, Apple Maps drone fleet, MacBook Pro performance shootout & more

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:44:47 -0500


News settled down this week post-Thanksgiving, but there were still developments involving next year's OLED-equipped "iPhone 8," and hints about where Apple is going with its Maps app and future health hardware.

Apple expresses interest in autonomous vehicle testing in letter to NHTSA

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:58:35 -0500


In perhaps the most public admission of its automotive ambitions, Apple in a statement issued to the NHTSA in November proposed a policy update that would grant industry newcomers the same opportunities as established manufacturers when it comes to testing on public roads.

Apple scrubs VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio page from website

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:48:35 -0500


Apple this week removed Apple VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio from its Apple Leadership webpage, suggesting the executive has changed roles or is no longer with the company.

Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely caused by third-party software [u]

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:02:11 -0500


An undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random "glitches" and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

Updated Apple Store app allows users to buy favorite items from the Apple Watch itself

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:50:16 -0500


Apple's App Store app has been updated, with the primary addition being the ability to allow users to make purchases from the Apple Watch.

Executive leading HealthKit, other software platforms leaves Apple

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:37:25 -0500


An executive hired to lead teams responsible for HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit -- as well as related machine learning algorithms -- has left Apple after just a few months on the job, a report said on Friday.

Watch: Apple's 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro in performance shootout

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:42:00 -0500


Apple recently released the first MacBook Pro redesign since 2012, and in typical Apple fashion, there's been some controversy over the new machines. People are talking about are the lack of legacy ports, and the need for adapters to use current devices and accessories. With so many Macbook Pro users waiting for this redesign, AppleInsider takes a closer look and compares the new 15-inch model to the old to see if you should upgrade to the 2016 model, or stick with 2015's version.

Apple switches App Store pricing to local currencies in 9 countries

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:24:46 -0500


In nine markets, Apple will soon move to using local currencies on the App Store, according to an official notice to developers.

Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to public & developers

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:21:10 -0500


Apple on Friday released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and public beta participants, its second update of the test software in just four days.

Apple blames iPhone 6s battery problems on air exposure during manufacturing

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:39:12 -0500


Elaborating on an unfolding issue with iPhone 6s shutdowns, Apple on Friday linked the problem to gaffes during the manufacturing process.

Oppenheimer: Apple 'lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:23:04 -0500


Oppenheimer analysts have issued an unusually scathing Apple investor memo, charging that the company is headed in the wrong direction and poised for a "decade-long malaise" as a result.

Killer Deals: Save $140 to $275 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:21:00 -0500


First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this Cyber Week to instantly save between $140 and $275 on pre-orders for every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

UL safety testing shows 95 percent of counterfeit iPhone chargers lack safeguards, are unsafe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:50:55 -0500


A commissioned report of 400 fake Apple chargers bought from all over the world found that 99 percent of them were unsafe, and didn't have sufficient safeguards to protect users and plugged-in devices.

Taiwan indicts Foxconn manager on stealing & selling 5,700 iPhones

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:28:55 -0500


An ex-senior manager with Foxconn, Apple's main assembly partner, was reportedly indicted in Taiwan on Friday for stealing and selling some 5,700 iPhones in China.

AppleInsider podcast talks scaling back production of iPhone 7, external GPUs, and Nokia back from the dead

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:33:06 -0500


This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey discuss the the iPhone 7 production rumors, the surprise acquisition of Pebble by Fitbit, and Nokia's brand revival from the dead.

Consortium forms out of worries Apple could monopolize AMOLED supply with future iPhones

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:30:05 -0500


Several major Chinese smartphone vendors are forming a consortium with a supplier to invest in AMOLED production in 2017, mainly out of worries that Apple will end up monopolizing panel supplies with upcoming iPhones, according to reports.

Leftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going strong following Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:42:00 -0500


Cyber Monday has come and gone, and with it, some great flash deals and many stock-outs. But dozens of killer offers still remain, such as exclusive savings on 2016 MacBook Pros, 12" MacBooks, and iMac 5Ks.

Apple to establish centralized distribution center in India, report says

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:00:22 -0500


According to a report published Friday, Apple is looking to consolidate its logistics operations in India, and thus gain more control over regional sales channels, by establishing a centralized distribution center in the country.

Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:25:16 -0500


Researchers in a pair of reports that surfaced this week claim to have successfully bypassed Apple's Activation Lock security feature using a heretofore unknown bug, potentially leaving iPad and iPhone devices open to attack.

Flash Deal: $250 off Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2016) in Space Gray with AppleCare

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:13:00 -0500


For one day only, shoppers can snap up Apple's brand-new Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 8GB, 256GB) in Space Gray bundled with AppleCare for just $1,499.99 ($248 off). On top of the instant cash savings, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ -- and shipping is free. This is the lowest price we've seen to date on this model.

Apple dresses up stores with red logos, employees wear red shirts for World AIDS Day

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:18:34 -0500


Apple on Thursday tinted red the iconic backlit logos installed outside brick-and-mortar stores around the world, continuing a long-standing tradition in support of World AIDS Day, which falls on Dec. 1.

In Stock Alert: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) in Space Gray & Silver

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:13:00 -0500


Looking to purchase one of Apple's high-end 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar but seeking instant gratification? You could be in luck: Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo has just taken receipt of several new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models -- including the (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) configuration -- which are ready to ship out tomorrow with free expedited shipping and no sales tax in 49 states.

CBS boosts All Access video streaming with live NFL games

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:10:56 -0500


CBS on Thursday announced a significant coup for its All Access video service, revealing that as of Dec. 4 subscribers will be able to stream the network's NFL games -- though smartphone owners will have to turn elsewhere.

iHeartRadio steps into on-demand streaming with latest app updates

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:19:50 -0500


Adding more competition to an already tough marketplace, iHeartRadio on Thursday released iOS and Android app updates allowing listeners to stream music on-demand with a paid subscription, thanks to a partnership with Napster.

New Apple tool lets iPhone 6s owners check for free battery swap eligibility

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:12 -0500


People worried about whether their iPhone 6s qualifies for Apple's free battery replacement program can now check directly via the company's website.

HMD Global aims to reclaim Nokia's lost cellphone glories, will fight Apple and Samsung

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:45:58 -0500


After Microsoft's throwing away the Nokia brand name, a company has licensed the brand and is planning on tackling Samsung and Apple's on the smartphone field of battle after an initial wave of feature phones.

Apple Music rival Spotify on verge of turning a profit, board member says

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:45:07 -0500


Spotify, the world's biggest on-demand music service, could finally turn a profit in 2017, one of its board members said on Thursday.

Apple Deals: Save $169 to $369 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks & 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks with AppleCare

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:39:00 -0500


Our exclusive Cyber Week deals keep rolling in: This week, save $169 to $369 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans, or take $169 to $219 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks paired with AppleCare. Alteratively, pick up an iMac 5K by itself for $1,624 or an iMac 4K for $1,460 -- all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ.

Plex makes Media Player free to use for macOS, adds Kodi support for subscribers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:16:30 -0500


A highly-regarded media browser and playback tool, Plex Media Player, has exited subscriber-only status, and is now free for Mac users.

Apple scaling back iPhone 7 production as early demand fades - report

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:08:28 -0500


Apple is cutting down on iPhone 7 orders from suppliers as the initial wave of consumer demand subsides, a report claimed on Thursday.

HSBC expands Apple Pay functionality to Singapore, offers incentive to users

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:47:38 -0500


Adding to a day of expansion, HSBC has announced that cardholders in Singapore can begin using the Apple Pay mobile payment service effective Thursday.

Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro can use external GPUs, but at a cost

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:49:18 -0500


One of the most frequent complaints about the new MacBook Pro is the relatively weak GPU as compared to some found on the Windows side. Some progress has been made very recently by independent developers, allowing the adventurous who aren't afraid to spend a few dollars to build and connect an external GPU to a Thunderbolt 3 Mac.

Apple to use drones, indoor navigation data to improve Maps in 2017

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:44:41 -0500


Apple is preparing to use drones, indoor mapping, and better car navigation to improve its Maps apps for iOS and macOS, a report said on Thursday.

DirecTV Now launch rocky with early adopters having poor experience, getting 'Error 60'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:39:04 -0500


Wednesday saw the launch of AT&T's DirecTV Now internet TV service, but the first day of operation was allegedly anything but smooth.

Future Apple devices might warn users of environmental dangers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:31:39 -0500


Apple published a patent application on Thursday covering an embedded environmental sensor capable of sampling both gas and liquids, a component that could one day inform iPhone and Apple Watch owners of potential unseen dangers in their surrounding environment.

Apple launches Apple Pay in Spain with support for four financial institutions

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:08:47 -0500


As rumored, Apple on Thursday debuted Apple Pay in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express credit cards issued through Santander bank, Carrefour Pass and Ticket Restaurant.

Apple patent filing reveals work on circular displays for Apple Watch

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:45:37 -0500


A pair of Apple patent filings published Thursday reveal ongoing research into circular displays suitable for wearable devices, suggesting the company was at least mulling the creation of a round-faced Apple Watch.

Fitbit to reportedly buy smartwatch maker Pebble for 'small amount,' phase out product

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:28:20 -0500


Wearable fitness device giant Fitbit is reportedly on the verge of buying out, and subsequently shutting down, smartwatch upstart Pebble for what sources describe as a "small amount."

Gooligan malware roots 1M Android phones in "largest Google account breach to date"

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:20:28 -0500


A new strain of Android malware dubbed "Gooligan," thought to be "the largest Google account breach to date," is already in active circulation and three-fourths of the Android installed base is vulnerable. Once infected, devices give hackers access to the users' Gmail, Google Photos, Docs, Drive and other Google services accounts.

Apple investigating iCloud Calendar spam solution

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:14:19 -0500


Apple on Wednesday released a statement regarding a recent spate of spam iCloud Calendar invitations, saying it is working to address the issue by identifying and blocking suspicious invite senders.

Exclusive Cyber Week Deals: Save up to $140 on 2016 12" MacBooks + free Magic Mouse 2 offer

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:01:00 -0500


Cyber Week deals are still going strong and Apple authorized reseller Adorama is kicking the holiday shopping season into high gear with exclusive savings of $45-$140 off 2016 12" MacBooks. Or grab a free Magic Mouse 2 with select configs. On top of the instant discounts, shipping is free and there's no tax outside NY and NJ.

Readdle's popular iOS email client Spark arrives on the Mac App Store

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:11:20 -0500


Previously available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, Readdle's hit email client Spark launched on macOS on Wednesday, and is now available as a free download from the Mac App Store.

Tim Cook tells iPhone 7 customer to expect AirPods in the 'next few weeks'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:52:56 -0500


Responding to a customer's email, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the long-awaited AirPods are "finalizing" and expected to ship in the "next few weeks," in time for the holiday season.

Apple TV gains fourth beta of tvOS 10.1 with support for new 'TV' app

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:06:55 -0500


Apple on Wednesday supplied developers with a fourth pre-release beta of tvOS 10.1, a forthcoming update that will bring a new universal "TV" app, as well as single sign-on support for TV providers, to the company's streaming set-top box.

Cook talks Apple's social activism in interview promoting World AIDS Day plans

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:26:23 -0500


In an interview published on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook touted the company's World AIDS Day charity initiatives, while insisting that he and the company are acting beyond selfish interests.

Apple updates Boot Camp audio driver that was causing blown MacBook Pro speakers

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:43:44 -0500


Apple has issued an update to Boot Camp drivers within Windows, preventing the random, loud pops from over-ranging and damaging the new MacBook Pro's speakers. However, the driver doesn't fix speakers already damaged by the problem.

Apple AirPort Extreme claims top marks in consumer-grade wireless router survey

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:17:52 -0500


A recent customer satisfaction survey of home router technologies places Apple comfortably on top of the heap, despite recent reports of the division closing down, and engineers re-assigned to other projects.

Apple Pay to launch in Spain on Thursday with just one bank - report

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:44:01 -0500


Making good on an earlier promise, Apple will finally launch Apple Pay in Spain this Thursday, Dec. 1, a new report reveals.