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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:39:32 -0400


macOS virtual keyboard system resources lack function keys, suggest 'Magic Toolbar' legit

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:39:14 -0400

(image) Users delving through the resources in Monday's macOS "Sierra" 10.12.1 code have found a graphic representation of a keyboard without a function row, suggesting that rumors of a touch control strip replacing the function keys may be accurate.

WiGig gets official certification, promises speeds up to 8Gbps

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:35:28 -0400

(image) The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially certified WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, which could drastically improve the speed of transfers over local Wi-Fi networks and better support gigabit-speed internet connections.

12" MacBook for $849, iPhone 6s for $440, iPad Air 2 for $300, Apple Watch Sport for $190, iPod Touch for $70

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:32:45 -0400

(image) Shoppers this week can save a bundle on refurbished Apple products starting with $440 off a 2015 12" MacBook. Or pick up an unlocked iPhone at up to $350 off. Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 and Apple Watch Sport devices are $60 off, while an 8GB iPod Touch (4th gen) is $69.95, and a new 16GB iPad Air 2 is $299.99. Many refurbished items come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Beats launches Powerbeats3 Wireless earbuds with Apple's W1 wireless chip

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:53:39 -0400

(image) Apple's Beats division on Tuesday officially launched the Powerbeats3 Wireless, just the second audio product on the market with Apple's W1 wireless chip.

Rumor: Apple has made mockups of iMessage for Android with 'Material Design'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:23:51 -0400

(image) Whether or not it's ever released, Apple has allegedly toyed internally with the idea of releasing iMessage for Android, going as far as to make mockups for the text messaging client in Google's "Material Design," according to a new report.

Apple ramping up iPhone 7 production to take advantage of Samsung's Note 7 woes - report

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:06:49 -0400

(image) Apple is reportedly increasing its iPhone production orders in the fourth quarter in a bid to take marketshare from Samsung, still reeling from the end of the Galaxy Note 7.

Long-awaited Sid Meier title Civilization VI arrives on macOS

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:24:52 -0400

(image) Just three days after launching for Windows, the latest installment of the long-running Civilization strategy series, Civilization VI, has come to macOS after three years of development.

Apple invention uses ferrofluids to enhance induction charging performance

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:45:10 -0400

(image) As part of continued research into efficient wireless chargers -- perhaps powerful enough to rival Lightning -- Apple on Tuesday received a patent for an induction charging method that uses ferrofluids to reduce or negate energy loss typical of such systems.

Apple patents crowd-sourced lost-and-found electronic tag service

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:43:57 -0400

(image) Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering a lost-and-found system that enlists the help of other user devices to locate and track items to which low-power electronic tags are affixed.

Japan Apple Pay launch marred by apparent system overload

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:01:51 -0400

(image) Less than one day after launch and Apple Pay is already facing difficulties in Japan. A number of Japanese users on Tuesday complained of issues with Suica transit cards, a major regional benefit for the payments solution, while Apple itself reported ongoing problems lasting more than five hours.

Google Maps gets food delivery, plus code integration in update

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:30:15 -0400

(image) Google on Monday updated its flagship mapping app for iOS with a few new features, including integration with food delivery services like Seamless and Grubhub, as well as the ability to generate plus codes by dropping a pin.

Apple replaces Support Profile web tool with 'Get Support,' limits information to registered devices

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:58:30 -0400

(image) In a move that increases security at the potential cost of usability, Apple recently changed its online technical support and service coverage monitoring tool to display information relating only to those products for which a user is registered through Apple ID.

To iPod on its 15th birthday: Thanks for revolutionizing digital music

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:09:36 -0400

(image) In 2001, Apple unveiled a singular product that launched the company out of the niche PC market and started an evolution that morphed the company into the world-dominating presence we know now. That device was iPod.

Apple turns on Apple Pay in Japan with debut of iOS 10.1 & watchOS 3.1

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:11:54 -0400

(image) In tandem with Monday's iOS and watchOS updates, Apple has activated Apple Pay in Japan, potentially one of the platform's most important markets.

Apple updates macOS Sierra to 10.12.1 with Mail, Safari, Photos fixes

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:26:12 -0400

(image) After a month-long beta period, Apple has released the update to macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with iPhone 7 Photos compatibility fixes, Safari security enhancements, and more.

Apple releases final version of iOS 10.1 with Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:15:32 -0400

(image) Following several betas, Apple on Monday released the final version of iOS 10.1, bringing a promised Portrait shooting mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus, and various fixes for all compatible iOS devices.

Apple registers Russian trademarks for three new MacBooks ahead of Oct. 27 event

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:09:11 -0400

(image) Russian trademark filings published on Monday indicate that Apple is preparing three new computers running macOS Sierra, just days ahead of a press event expected to showcase new MacBooks, including a OLED touchbar-equipped MacBook Pro.

Deals: $300 off 13" MacBook Pro; $10 off 128GB unlocked iPhone 7; 51% off refurbished 11" Air

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:45:09 -0400

(image) Leading up to Apple's "Hello Again" media event this Thursday, resellers are offering extensive discounts on popular configurations, including $300 off a 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage. Or pick up a manufacturer refurbished mid-2013 MacBook Air for $439.99. A 64GB Apple TV 4th Gen (open box) is also marked down to $135, while GSM unlocked iPhone 7s are $10 off.

Apple Watch still holds top smartwatch sales spot, even with short Series 2 availability

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:40:33 -0400

(image) In a smartwatch market challenged by low demand and new product release timing, Apple continues to hold the top spot for quarterly sales in the segment, despite not shipping the Series 1 and 2 until the last two weeks of the reporting period.

Apple announces details of Oct. 28 Apple Watch Nike+ release, launch countries

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:05:20 -0400

(image) Following up on a quiet announcement earlier in October, Apple on Monday revealed more launch details for the Apple Watch Nike+, which will be released on Oct. 28 in 41 markets, with eight more added by the end of the month.

Note 7 owners launch first of several class action lawsuits in South Korea

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:53:24 -0400

(image) Samsung is set to face multiple South Korean lawsuits over the Galaxy Note 7, amid reports that it's still looking to track down the cause of battery fires, and offering Koreans discounted upgrades to next year's flagship phones -- including the Note 8.

T-Mobile quarterly earnings increase attributed to iPhone 7, promotions

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:57:07 -0400

(image) U.S. wireless provider T-Mobile has posted its latest quarterly results, seeing a double-digit increase in earnings, a 165 percent increase in net income, and improved customer retention, partly on the strength of Apple's iPhone 7 launch in September.

Giveaway: Enter to win an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus case from Casetify

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:08:00 -0400

(image) Casetify is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus case in the design of their choosing. Fourteen winners will be announced on Oct. 25.

Review: Neato Botvac Connected uses iPhone, Apple Watch and lasers for an effective clean

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:31:04 -0400

(image) With autonomous cleaning modes built in, and the ability to use iPhone and Apple Watch as a controller, the Neato Botvac Connected proves we are finally living in the future.

Apple to co-sponsor 2017 Met Gala without co-chair position

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:20:22 -0400

(image) New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans for the 2017 Met Gala, where Apple will be a sponsor for the second year in a row.

Apple might debut 'MagSafe-like' USB-C adapter with redesigned MacBook Pro line

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:58:26 -0400

(image) According to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple might launch a USB-C adapter with MagSafe functionality to return easy-on, easy-off functionality to a fully upgraded MacBook lineup, expected for unveiling at next week's "Hello Again" media event.

AT&T to buy Time Warner for $80B, deal announcement imminent - report [u: confirmed]

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:27:47 -0400

(image) AT&T has reportedly agreed to buy Time Warner for $80 billion, in a deal which could potentially be announced later on Saturday.

This week on AI: Oct. 27 Mac event, new future for 'Apple Car' & more

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:13:24 -0400

(image) Apple invited the press to an Oct. 27 media event, where the company is expected to showcase a new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch bar. That was hardly the end of this week's news, however, one juicy tidbit being a new course for Apple's electric car project.

Mirai-based DDoS attack highlights benefits of Apple's secure HomeKit platform

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:25:12 -0400

(image) A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that on Friday severely impacted internet access for many U.S. web denizens was found to be in part enabled by a botnet targeting unprotected "Internet of Things" devices. For Apple, the revelation vindicates a controversial walled garden approach to IoT borne out through the HomeKit protocol.

Apple monitoring AT&T's potential merger with Time Warner, report says

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:13:04 -0400

(image) As rumors fly over a potential tie-up between AT&T and Time Warner, a report on Friday claims Apple approached the media company about a potential merger months ago, though talks failed to progress past a preliminary stage.

China beats iOS App Store records in Sept. quarter with $1.7B in revenue

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:56:15 -0400

(image) China is now Apple's greatest source of revenue for the iOS App Store, after the country not only topped the U.S. in the third quarter but generated the highest-ever App Store revenue for any country.

Trade-in coupon: $20 cash bonus when you trade in your old Mac ahead of rumored 2016 MacBook Pros

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:09:51 -0400

(image) With Apple's anticipated MacBook Pro and 13" MacBook Air refresh mere days away, now is the time to trade in your old device before values drop. Plus, earn a $20 cash bonus on top of industry leading trade-in values on electronics valued at $300 or more with an exclusive coupon code.

US internet users suffering under DDoS attacks on key DNS provider

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:45:28 -0400

(image) A series of denial of service attacks on a major DNS provider spanning all of Friday have caused major issues across the internet, with outages of some of the largest sites and services experienced across about half of the U.S. -- and now the Department of Homeland Security is getting involved.

AT&T purchase of Time Warner could be announced this weekend - report

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:33:08 -0400

(image) While AT&T and Time Warner were said to have previously held informal talks about a potential takeover, those discussions have apparently since turned serious, with a deal said to be now nearing completion.

Tesla tips more details of self-driving ridesharing service

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:55:40 -0400

(image) Tesla has let slip some more information on its upcoming ridesharing program, which will eventually let the company's cars pick up fares while their owners stay at home or at work, cutting the cost of ownership.

Most expensive in-app purchase ever: Apple Pay used to buy $1 million Aston Martin

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:08:07 -0400

(image) In what is claimed to be the largest-ever transaction made with Apple Pay, a customer used their fingerprint to authorize the purchase of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 priced at over $1 million.

Deals: $10 off unlocked 256GB iPhone 7; 20% off 13" MacBook Pro; $30-$110 off 9.7" iPad Pros; iOS 10 dev bundle for $45

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:48:00 -0400

(image) Shoppers this week can snap up an unlocked 256GB iPhone 7 in Rose Gold and save $10. Or pick up a 13" MacBook Pro for $1,029.99. Apple's 9.7" iPad Pros are also up to $110 off, while an iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle is now $45 (93% off).

Apple's website leaks hints of impending Apple Pay support in Germany

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:06:59 -0400

(image) Hints from its website suggest that Apple is on the verge of announcing Apple Pay for Germany, filling in one of several major gaps in its European coverage.

Massive sales floor for Apple Watch in Galeries Lafayette closing in January

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:40:13 -0400

(image) A dedicated Apple Watch gallery in the Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris is on the path to closure because of an Apple focus shift, and lack of sufficient sales to justify keeping it open, according to new reports.

iPhone 7 made up 43% of Apple's US iPhone sales in Q3, data says

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:46:51 -0400

(image) The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus reportedly represented 43 percent of Apple's U.S. iPhone sales in the third quarter, even though they were only available for the last two weeks of the frame.

Cowen bullish on Apple's Q4 results, sees iPhone ASP growing to $606

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:36:47 -0400

(image) Analysts are starting to chime in on what they are expecting to see in Apple's forthcoming earnings report, with the latest prediction increasing both revenue and earnings per share significantly over earlier estimates.

AppleInsider podcast talks upcoming Apple event, MacBook Pro rumors, IBM

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:39:07 -0400

(image) This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike discuss the upcoming Apple Event, the latest MacBook Pro rumors, and IBM's push into schools with a Watson MobileFirst iOS app to individualize education.

Band of thieves swipe $13K in iPhones from busy Apple store

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:23:06 -0400

(image) Continuing in a string of Apple retail thefts, a bold band of burglars earlier this week made off with 19 iPhones worth some $13,000 from a busy store in Natick, Mass., according to local reports.

Microsoft Surface sales boom amid tepid iPad demand

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:41:54 -0400

(image) Microsoft on Thursday announced earnings of $4.9 billion on revenues of $22.3 billion for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, a Wall Street beat helped along in part by a strong performance from the company's Surface line of convertible computers.

AT&T reportedly held informal talks to buy Time Warner

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:18:41 -0400

(image) After last year's DirecTV acquisition, telecommunications giant AT&T is looking to extend its reach into multimedia distribution, according to a report on Thursday that claims the company recently met with Time Warner to discuss a potential merger.

Apple TV universal search gets Telemundo integration

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:15:15 -0400

(image) Apple this week added Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo to a slowly growing list of services that offer support for universal search on fourth-generation Apple TV devices.

Apple exec Eddy Cue talks future of TV at Vanity Fair event

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:28:55 -0400

(image) On Thursday Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, sat down for a three-way discussion at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, where he spoke at length about the current state of TV and where Apple sees things going.

Qualcomm's iPhone 7 Plus modem beats Intel modem in areas with weak signal

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:57:08 -0400

(image) The Qualcomm modem used in some versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus performs markedly better than the Intel one, at least where signal might be poor, according to research published on Thursday.

Owners of Apple's 2016 12-inch MacBook report USB-C to HDMI adapter flickering

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:27:56 -0400

(image) The 2016 edition of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display has an apparent screen flickering issue when used with Apple's official USB-C to HDMI adapter, numerous users have reported.

Unimplemented one-handed keyboard found in Xcode iOS debugging tool

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:28:04 -0400

(image) Deep dives into the "iOS Simulator" embedded in Xcode has found code for a one-handed keyboard implementation dating back to iOS 8 that remains unfinished, and unimplemented by Apple.