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Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:43:34 -0500


Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese smartphone market

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:49:46 -0500


Apple continued to struggle for ground in China during the December quarter, ceding fourth place in the country's smartphone market under pressure from local brands like Huawei and Xiaomi, according to new research data.

The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:32:50 -0500


There are dozens of Warhammer 40,000 games available for iOS, but which are the must-plays? AppleInsider examines them, and purges the heretical ones.

Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone is short on plot, long on tactics

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:41:02 -0500


The 27-year-old "Fire Emblem" series' latest entry was released earlier in February on iOS -- AppleInsider fights the forces of evil in "Fire Emblem Heroes."

AirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones are better for working out and exercising?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:01:10 -0500


Apple now has four pairs of headphones on the market with its proprietary W1 wireless chip, allowing for simpler Bluetooth pairing and better connectivity. But only two of those headphones are really well suited for workouts: Apple's AirPods and the Powerbeats3. AppleInsider helps you decide which pair is right for you.

This week on AI: WWDC 2017, virtual buttons on 'iPhone 8,' BeatsX review & more

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:46:25 -0500


Apple announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, set to return to San Jose for the first time in well over a decade. Meanwhile, yet more hints about Apple's iPhone plans emerged, including a claim that the OLED iPhone will replace the home button with a virtual "function area."

Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:48:54 -0500


Apple is thought to be working with chipmaker Broadcom on a custom designed wireless charging system destined for the company's iPhone product line, though the silicon might not be ripe for inclusion in this year's "iPhone 8" model.

GM & Lyft to deploy 'thousands' of self-driving Bolts in 2018 - report

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:31:38 -0500


Forging ahead of other self-driving tech makers like Apple and Waymo, General Motors is reportedly planning to test "thousands" of self-driving Chevy Bolts in partnership with Lyft, starting in 2018.

Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again, given change in US regulatory climate

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:12:48 -0500


After laying fallow for two and a half years, the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint may be lurching back to life, given the change in the U.S. government, and a new willingness by SoftBank to cede control of Sprint to the combined company's master.

Killer Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,649; 27" iMac 5K (upgraded Apple refurb) for $1,499; fully loaded 12" MacBook $1,499

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:05:00 -0500


B&H Photo is offering readers $150 off Apple's Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray plus free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. The first 10 shoppers can also save $250 on a loaded 2015 12" MacBook -- and eBay has an upgraded 3.3GHz 27" iMac 5K with M395 graphics for $1,499.99 ($800 off new).

Revamped SoundSource 3.0.0 brings quick audio source & output switching back to Mac after 5-year hiatus

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:04:01 -0500


A pair of old OS X audio routing applications have regenerated, and have merged to form the new SoundSource 3.0.0 by Rogue Amoeba -- and AppleInsider takes a look at the offering.

Apple launches new series of iPad Pro ads as anticipated hardware refresh looms

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:27:18 -0500


Apple on Friday released four new commercials for the iPad Pro, coming amidst several rumors that the company is planning to update the iPad lineup within a matter of months.

Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:41:53 -0500


This week, accessory maker D-Link began shipping the Omna 180, the first security camera on the market boasting compatibility with Apple's HomeKit line of smart home accessories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new hardware that can keep your home safe.

Confide app used by White House staff not as secure as claimed, report suggests

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:43:09 -0500


Confide -- a messaging app being used by some White House staff and reporters, and available for Apple's iPhone and Mac among other platforms -- may not be sufficiently secure, according to a new report.

Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2, profits retained by high ASP until 'iPhone 8'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:03:50 -0500


A recent analyst report suggests that Apple will see a slight drop in iPhone sales from 2016 for the next two quarters, but profits will be relatively unaffected because of the continued consumer interest in the iPhone 7 Plus.

Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrested for part in South Korean corruption scandal

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:36:45 -0500


The acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was arrested on Friday by police in South Korea, taken into custody hours after a warrant for his arrest was approved by the country's Central District Court.

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Apple's flagship Australian store

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:30:47 -0500


Apple's flagship Australian store was briefly evacuated mid-day on Friday, in what appears to have been a response to a bomb threat, according to local media reports.

AppleInsider podcast talks about 'iPhone 8' function area, fake news, BeatsX and more

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:16:48 -0500


This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk about an 'iPhone 8' with no home button, Malware on the Mac, Apple's effort to fight fake news, and more.

Apple to begin iPhone SE production in India this April, report says

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:08:31 -0500


Apple's first "made in India" device will be the iPhone SE, with reports on Friday claiming the tech giant plans to start production of the entry-level handset in the coming months through contract manufacturer Wistron.

Bloomberg attacks Apple TV as failing to be "a groundbreaking, iPhone-caliber product"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:44:19 -0500


Bloomberg is doubling down on its narrative of Apple as an incompetent, poorly managed company with a perpetual strategy of failure that can't quite pull off its iPhone Magic in everything else the company does. However, the site's facts and analysis of the TV opportunity are seriously flawed.

AT&T expands unlimited plan to all customers, single line pricing starts at $100

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:21:41 -0500


In a bid to stay current amid recently increased competition, AT&T on Thursday said it will make a new AT&T Unlimited Data Plan available to all post-paid customers on Friday, with tiers starting at $100 for a single user.

Korean court approves arrest warrant for Samsung head Jay Y. Lee

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:46:40 -0500


South Korea's Central District Court has approved an arrest warrant for the acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, a report indicated on Thursday.

Head to head: Comparing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile & Verizon's 'unlimited' wireless plans for iPhone [u]

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:54:10 -0500


All four of the big U.S. wireless providers once again have unlimited plans available to smartphone users. AppleInsider looks into the four, and gives you the data you need to make the best choice possible if you're in the market.

Apple airs two new ads showcasing Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:30:40 -0500


Continuing an aggressive campaign, Apple on Thursday released two new iPhone 7 Plus ads through its YouTube channel, once again concentrating on the phone's unique Portrait mode.

Microsoft rolls out MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to all Office for Mac suite users

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:30:40 -0500


Following after a brief beta preview, Microsoft is rolling out support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to all users of Office for Mac, with the update providing quick access to functions from the new dynamic display panel.

New Billboard cover features photo shot with Apple's iPhone 7 Plus

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:01:10 -0500


The cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine -- showing Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello -- was shot on an iPhone 7 Plus at the request of the magazine, a report said on Thursday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, SVP Eddy Cue attempted Imagine Entertainment buy -- report [u]

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:37:21 -0500


Apple could have bolstered its video content strategy significantly with an acquisition of a production company, a report claims, with discussions allegedly involving Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP Eddy Cue said to have potentially led to a purchase of Imagine Entertainment.

Apple at peak of Fortune 'Most Admired Companies' list for 10th straight year

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:48:40 -0500


Racking up a 10-year streak, Apple on Thursday claimed the top spot on Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies" list for 2017, based on the opinions of 3,800 executives, directors, analysts, and experts.

Patent used by Sportbrain in Apple Watch infringement suit under review by US Patent Office

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:32:00 -0500


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to review the validity of a patent owned by Sportbrain Holdings relating to how wearable devices operate, shortly after the company sued Apple by alleging the Apple Watch infringes the patent.

Apple's WWDC 2017 art borrows design concept from 2010 Spanish film festival [u]

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:42:41 -0500


The colorful artwork Apple is using for its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference is based on a poster for a Spanish film festival from 2010, both of which were created by the same artist (updated).

Facebook 'Trending' fights fake news on desktop & iPhone, displays trusted publisher & summary

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:10:52 -0500


In an effort to fight the fake news epidemic, changes to Facebook's Trending section have now rolled out to all users, adding an original, trusted source of the material and brief summary of the story.

McDonald's parodies Jony Ive Apple design videos in promo for 'the STRAW'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:47:28 -0500


In a bid to sell its upcoming St. Patrick's-themed Chocolate Shamrock Shake, McDonald's has revealed "the STRAW," an accompanying product the fast food chain is marketing with a clip that pokes fun at Apple marketing videos, which frequently star chief design officer Jony Ive.

Fifth generation of Apple TV to bring 4K compatibility, little else - report

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:46:15 -0500


A report declares that a new 4K Apple TV, codenamed "J105" is in testing, with a debut coming as soon as this year -- but nothing new may be added to the platform besides the bump in resolution.

Apple's WWDC 2017 returns to San Jose June 5-9, registration begins March 27

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:39:54 -0500


After spending the last 13 years in San Francisco, Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference will return to San Jose this June, moving it closer to the company's corporate campus in Cupertino.

Future iPhones might notify users when their coverglass cracks

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:44:43 -0500


An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details a method of detecting and notifying users of cracks in a device coverglass, even if the break is a hairline fracture.

Apple investigating manual winding Apple Watch, iPhone

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:40:21 -0500


According to an Apple patent application published on Thursday, the company is investigating device charging mechanisms capable of generating electricity through winding, as well as wearables powered by constant spring tension, like a traditional wristwatch.

Apple regains smartphone market lead from Samsung in Q4, Blackberry sinks to '0 percent' share

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:36:32 -0500


It took eight quarters, but Apple has recovered its spot at the top of the worldwide smartphone market from Android device maker Samsung, according to the latest numbers from research firm Gartner.

Winner of the AirPods giveaway announced [Joe M.]

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:56:00 -0500


AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of our latest giveaway, Joe M., who will receive a pair of Apple's brand-new AirPods.

How to save Netflix videos for offline viewing on an iPhone or iPad

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:55:35 -0500


A feature you're bound to see more of in streaming video apps is support for offline caching -- that is, the ability to temporarily download a show or movie so you can watch it later without internet access. Here's how to do it for Netflix, one of the most popular video services on iPhone and iPad.

Apple's 'iPhone 8' to replace Touch ID home button with 'function area,' start at $1,000

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:10:58 -0500


Apple will ditch the home button when it debuts a new 'iPhone 8' model later this year, and will dedicate the extra screen real estate to an area for virtual buttons, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Comcast to launch Xfinity Stream app for iOS in prep for wider Stream TV rollout, no tvOS support so far

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:41:21 -0500


U.S. TV and internet provider Comcast has announced an upcoming iOS and Android app called Xfinity Stream, which will not only replace the existing Xfinity TV app for cable subscribers, but lay the foundations for a wider rollout of Stream TV -- its internet-only TV service -- under different branding later this year.

Exploit hidden macOS and app features with the Option key

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:47:51 -0500


This one often overlooked keyboard button unlocks options and speeds up your work all over macOS -- AppleInsider shares a few of our favorites.

3D laser scanner possibly destined for Apple's 'iPhone 8' expected to add facial recognition, future AR use

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:19:06 -0500


The 3D laser scanning module that may make an appearance on the "iPhone 8" raises a number of questions, and a new report attempts to shed some light on the subject, including what model of iPhone it might appear on this year.

Police arrest gang who stole iPhones from Madrid Apple store by chewing security cables

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:47:19 -0500


Spanish police have arrested ten people for repeatedly stealing iPhones from an Apple Store in Madrid over a two-month period, with gang members caught on camera chewing through the security tethers used to protect the store from theft.

Secure messaging app Confide for iOS finds popularity with White House staff, reporters

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:39:51 -0500


A messaging app available for both iPhone and Mac called Confide is finding unusual success at the Trump administration White House -- both among government staff and journalists.

Jaguar Shell app lets UK drivers refuel using Apple Pay from inside their car

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:54 -0500


Jaguar Land Rover and Shell have collaborated on a new payment system that can be used to purchase fuel at Shell service stations without leaving the vehicle, with an app for the car's infotainment system launching in the UK with support for Apple Pay.

Progress on bringing Apple Pay to South Korea 'still in an early stage'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:55:10 -0500


Though Apple is working on launching Apple Pay in South Korea, the mobile payments system is still some ways out -- and the company has yet to hold a critical meeting with the government, according to a local report.

CFO Luca Maestri discusses Apple R&D, potential of 'Spaceship' HQ as tourism draw

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:40:13 -0500


In an interview this week, Apple's Chief Financial Luca Maestri addressed questions regarding Apple's research spending, a possible import tax as part of a larger reform package, and the new Apple Headquarters as tourist attraction.

Apple patches malicious exploit found in GarageBand for Mac project files

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:30:18 -0500


The latest patch for GarageBand for the Mac fixes a vulnerability in the music creation software that a security researcher claims could be exploited by an attacker, by using malformed project files to execute malicious code.

Apple's confidence, acquisitions strategy stand in the way of large takeovers

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:10:44 -0500


Apple has been unable to pull off large acquisitions because it often feels it doesn't need to, but also because of its hesitant approach to the process, a report suggested on Wednesday.

Rumored new Foxconn iPhone plant in India lurches forward, timetable for opening unknown

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:26:49 -0500


Foxconn's delayed plans to build a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra, India may finally bear fruit, with Foxconn executives reportedly meating with the region's Chief Minister to hammer out some details.