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Last Build Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:27:53 -0500


Apple expected to replace Touch ID with two-step facial, fingerprint bio-recognition tech

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:19:28 -0500


Apple is developing advanced biometric security technologies, including facial recognition and optical fingerprint sensing designs, to replace the vaunted Touch ID module implemented in all iPhones and iPads since the release of iPhone 5s.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary visits Yokohama Apple R&D center, confirms March opening

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:30:23 -0500


Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has paid a visit to the Apple Yokohama City Tsunamshima artificial intelligence development site, now confirmed by the official to open in March.

Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit, says iPhone maker behind 'regulatory attacks'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:24:46 -0500


Responding to some of the harsh claims in Apple's more than $1 billion lawsuit, chipmaker Qualcomm has issued a statement of its own saying the allegations are "baseless" and accusing Apple of provoking "regulatory attacks" in the U.S. and South Korea.

Apple to adopt new 3D Touch technology for OLED iPhone

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:19:14 -0500


Apple is expected to replace current 3D Touch technology with a new design based on thin film sensors when it introduces a next-generation iPhone with OLED display, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

This week on AI: Apple v. Qualcomm, OLED iPhone rumors, MacBook Pro updates and more

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:24:34 -0500


Perhaps the star rumor this week was that this year's OLED iPhone will actually have 5.8-inch wraparound screen, rather than the 5.1- to 5.2-inch size previously hinted. It was a busy news period overall though, including lawsuits with Qualcomm, major Logic and GarageBand updates, and teases of future MacBooks plus a second-generation Apple Pencil.

Apple gross margin likely impacted by alleged $1B Qualcomm 'extortion,' but lawsuits might lead to better chip deals

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:58:04 -0500


Ruminating on Apple's recently announced lawsuit against Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in vendor rebates, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes the consequent hit to Apple gross margin could help the company in the long run.

Apple accuses Qualcomm of extortion, monopolistic practices, price-gouging and more in lawsuit

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:20:51 -0500


Apple earlier today filed a patent royalty lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the firm failed to pay owed rebates in retaliation for Apple's part in a Korean antitrust investigation. The claims goes further, however, accusing the chipmaker of partaking in unsavory business practices, from price-gouging to extortion.

Vine creates searchable video archive after social network shut down

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:48:50 -0500


After shutting down social networking features last week, Vine on Friday made good on a promise to activate what it calls the Vine Archive, an online browsable repository of all user content created during the service's four-year run.

Rumor: FaceTime group video calls to debut in iOS 11

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:17:41 -0500


Potentially fulfilling a long-standing iPhone and iPad feature request, FaceTime might finally support group video calls with iOS 11, a report claimed on Friday.

Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels in royalties per stream than Spotify

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:42:13 -0500


Record labels are getting a better deal on streaming music royalties with Apple than major rival Spotify, according to a report, with Apple Music streaming rates claimed to be nearly double what is paid out by its main competition.

Apple sues iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, claims $1 billion in payments withheld over FTC probe

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:07:45 -0500


Apple on Friday filed a lawsuit against longtime iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, in a dispute over royalty payments apparently connected to a federal investigation into the chipmaker's potentially anticompetitive business dealings.

Canadian antitrust bureau reaches deal with Apple and e-book publishers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:32:18 -0500


Canada's Competition Bureau on Friday announced an agreement with Apple and three e-book publishers, allowing other sellers such as Amazon and Kobo to offer discounts on titles, despite the first group's attempts to keep prices higher.

LifeProof ships waterproof Nuud cases for Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:50:41 -0500


OtterBox-owned LifeProof on Friday launched new versions of its waterproof Nuud cases, now tailored to Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Investment firm BlackRock increases stake in Apple stock, now owns 6.1% of shares

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:28:12 -0500


The world's largest asset management firm BlackRock has increased its holdings in Apple, with a regulatory filing revealing its total ownership in the company is now over 322 million shares, worth approximately $38.4 billion.

Security concerns force President Trump to ditch Android phone

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:17:49 -0500


Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly had to switch from his old Android phone to a new device, potentially a modified Apple iPhone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook receives $3.6M from small sale of 30,000 shares, weeks after $1.5M pay cut

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:01:39 -0500


A small cache of 30,000 Apple shares were sold by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week as part of a scheduled trading plan, with Cook receiving a total of $3.6 million from the company stock sale.

Timepage calendar iPhone app by Moleskine adds style to events

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:26:18 -0500


After using Apple's Calendar app, you may be on the hunt for another -- Timepage by Moleskine may fit your bill. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it works.

How to watch the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump live on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:36:18 -0500


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is due to be sworn into office later today, with opening remarks beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time and the oath of office at noon. Here's how to watch it live on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

Popular beauty app Meitu checks if iPhone is jailbroken, sends carrier data back to Chinese developer

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:13:54 -0500


One of the App Store's top downloads -- an app for creating Anime-style self portraits -- is a potential privacy risk to its users, as researchers have discovered the app sends details about carrier, and whether the iPhone has been jailbroken, back to the developer.

Lion's share of Apple's revenue expansion after 'iPhone 8' expected from services growth

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:46:07 -0500


Given the Apple iPhone user base expansion, Apple's Services business led by the App Store is forecast to not only be the prime mover of Apple's income expansion, but also be the largest contributor to gross margin improvements as well.

Apple 'wish list' for Indian manufacturing includes breaks on taxes & duties for imports

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:24:48 -0500


Ahead of a meeting on Jan. 25, Apple has sent out a list of concessions it wants from the Indian government before setting up local manufacturing -- though it won't necessarily push to get them all, according to a report.

AppleInsider podcast talks about Apple and culture change, plus iPad rumors

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:23:59 -0500


This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor, Dan, and Mikey talk about whether the corporate culture at Apple is changing to one that has more difficulty innovating. We also tackle the latest rumors about iPads and Apple Pencil.

Simply Mac stores closing amid apparent corporate restructuring

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:25:42 -0500


Well known Apple product purveyor Simply Mac is shuttering brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S., with conflicting reports claiming the move is either the result of corporate restructuring or a decision by Apple to end its nationwide sales agreement with the firm.

Apple updates pro video apps with bug fixes, feature additions

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:34:45 -0500


Apple on Thursday updated its suite of video editing tools -- Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor -- with a number of minor feature additions, bug fixes and general performance improvements.

Samsung to reveal cause of Galaxy Note 7 explosions on Sunday

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:58:11 -0500


Samsung is looking to close the book on last year's Galaxy Note 7 debacle with a press conference on Sunday, at which the company intends to reveal results of multiple investigations into the smartphone explosions.

How to pair Apple's AirPods with iPhone and Mac

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:34:07 -0500


With AirPods now arriving in the hands of -- a few lucky -- customers, AppleInsider takes you through the initial pairing process, demonstrating the ease at which Apple's W1 chip facilitates connections with both iOS and Mac devices.

Unicode committee to meet at Apple campus, discuss addition of redhead emoji

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:04:22 -0500


Unicode Technical Committee members will meet at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., next week to discuss the addition of new emoji or modifiers that would introduce redhead characters in a future iteration of the standard.

How to add and switch between Instagram accounts on iPhone

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:20:00 -0500


Facebook's Instagram is a convenient way to share photos as well as short videos, but for many reasons it can be smart to have multiple personas on the service. Here's how to add additional profiles on Apple's iPhone and switch between them.

Apple provides new iOS design resources compatible with Photoshop and Sketch

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:49:47 -0500


Apple on Thursday updated the iOS Human Interface Guidelines on its Developer site to include downloadable graphical templates that help app producers understand and create software using the iOS design language.

Deals: Apple Watch Series 2 in stock for $369; DJI Mavic Pro for $999 including tax; 512GB 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,899

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:32:00 -0500


Shoppers this week can pick up an Apple Watch Series 2 device for as low as $369 with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY -- all while avoiding Apple's 2-3 week wait. DJI is also shipping the Mavic Pro within a week for $999 (tax included). Those looking for a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can save $100 on the 512GB model in Gray.

Samsung 'Galaxy S8' assistant Bixby said to use camera-based visual search to take on Siri

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:20:17 -0500


Samsung is rumored to offer visual search capabilities in the upcoming "Galaxy S8," allowing users to search for objects identified in a photograph, representing the South Korean company's latest attempt at a Siri-like virtual assistant.

Apple News gets extended formatting options for creators, refreshed tutorial

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:36:47 -0500


In its ongoing effort to improve Apple News, the company has rolled out a series of changes which extends formatting options for publishers and adds a new ad size for the iPhone and iPod touch, in conjunction with a new tutorial to assist with the new features.

In final days in office, Obama's White House uses words of Steve Jobs to woo techies

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:25:23 -0500


As the Obama administration leaves the White House this week, one piece of the outgoing president's legacy -- the U.S. Digital Service -- is attempting to woo Silicon Valley techies to work for government agencies. Their recruitment strategy: Using the words of Apple's iconic late cofounder, Steve Jobs.

NHTSA closes investigation into fatal Tesla Autopilot accident, says no defect to blame

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:12:13 -0500


Eliminating a potential obstacle to the development of self-driving technology such as developments from Apple's "Project Titan," the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that there was no evidence a fatal Tesla accident in May was caused by an autonomous driving system defect demanding a recall.

Android users will need to wait 3 months for 'Super Mario Run' after iOS-exclusive debut

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:27:34 -0500


The extremely popular Super Mario Run will soon end its iOS App Store exclusivity with Nintendo advising it will be bringing the game to Android sometime in March, three months after it launched on the iPhone and iPad.

Google struggling to meet consumer demand for iPhone 7 rival Pixel

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:13:36 -0500


Google is having a hard time matching production to demand for its rival to Apple's iPhone 7, the Pixel -- and particularly 5.5-inch Pixel XL models, according to a report.

Component supplier Lite-On reportedly supplier of wireless charging components destined for 'iPhone 8'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:29:32 -0500


Ongoing rumors that Apple will introduce wireless charging to a future generation of iPhone have been bolstered by a new report, with supply chain sources claiming that Lite-On Semiconductor has received a sizable order to supply components for the forthcoming "iPhone 8."

Apple & Amazon end exclusive audiobook deal to escape German antitrust complaints

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:19:32 -0500


Apple and Amazon have agreed to end a deal in which the latter's Audible division was the exclusive source of audiobooks for iTunes, putting an end to antitrust complaints by the German government.

Rumor: Apple's trio of new iPads may not launch until second half of 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:26:04 -0500


Though rumors have pegged an Apple event for March to unveil three new iPads, the latest supply chain scuffle suggests that the updated 9.7-, 10.5- and 12.9-inch touchscreen tablets may not find their ways into the hands of consumers until the latter half of the year.

Apple detailed Indian iPhone manufacturing demands to Modi in October letter

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:50:40 -0500


Shedding light on Apple's efforts to break into the burgeoning Indian smartphone market, a letter sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October outlines the company's request to "make the environment attractive" for iPhone production and export.

Nintendo says Fire Emblem mobile game 'coming soon' to iOS

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:00:11 -0500


After the initial blockbuster success of Nintendo's "Super Mario Run," the Japanese gaming giant on Wednesday announced its second mobile title will be a take on the long-running "Fire Emblem" series.

Post-holiday iPhone sales fears 'overblown,' analyst says

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:37:59 -0500


Contrary to some recent reports, one analyst firm believes that adverse market conditions for iPhone sales are being given too much weight and predicts better performance than previously expected buttressed by high demand for the iPhone 7 Plus.

South Korean court denies arrest of Samsung chief

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:14:47 -0500


Samsung heir and acting chief Lee Jae-yong will not be arrested as part of a sweeping inquest into the alleged indiscretions of impeached South Korean president Park Geun-hye, some of which include accepting corporate bribes in exchange for political favor.

iRig Pro I/O, iRig Acoustic Stage gives musicians more guitar recording options

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:36:13 -0500


IK Multimedia on Wednesday launched two new interfaces for musicians in the iRig Pro I/O, a compact audio and MIDI interface with Lightning connectivity straight from the box, and the iRig Acoustic Stage digital microphone system for acoustic guitars.

Hulu CEO promises offline viewing in coming months as iOS app gets user profiles

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:26:16 -0500


Not to be outdone by Netflix, Hulu will be adding support for downloads in the near future, according to the the head of the video streaming service. On Wednesday, meanwhile, the company's iOS app gained support for user profiles, better accommodating the tastes of couples and families.

Football fans can stream Super Bowl 51 live with Fox Sports Go on iOS, Apple TV

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:02:26 -0500


Fans looking to watch the spectacle of Super Bowl 51 -- to be played Feb. 5 in Houston, Tex. -- can turn to Fox Sports Go, an app available on numerous platforms, including Apple's iOS and the Apple TV.

Apple TV, iPhone, iPad gain ability to play Netflix movies directly in TV app

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:20:59 -0500


Apple is slowly rolling out the ability to stream a movie from Netflix directly from its TV app on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, but some limitations exist.

Apple's latest products add support for Japan's GPS successor QZSS

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:53:05 -0500


Apple has made a minor change to the specification its latest mobile products --?the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 -- adding support for Japan's regional satellite positioning system QZSS, alongside existing support for GPS and GLONASS.

'Fruitfly' malware patched by Apple relies on 'ancient' Mac system calls

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:17:55 -0500


Newly-patched Mac malware relies on some antiquated code predating the OS X era, but has been used in some previous real-world attacks on biomedical research groups, according to a prominent security software maker.

Apple updates Logic Pro X with Touch Bar support, GarageBand for iOS with new options & interface

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:44:04 -0500


Apple on Wednesday released updates to two of its audio production apps -- Logic Pro X for the Mac, and GarageBand on iOS -- adding customizable Touch Bar support on the former, and features like a redesigned sound browser on the latter.