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Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:56:22 -0400


Apple's 2017 iPad vs. 2016 9.7" iPad Pro: Which model is right for you?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:58:53 -0400


Paying $270 more for the same size iPad with roughly similar specs can be a tough pill to swallow -- AppleInsider examines the differences between the new 2017 9.7-inch iPad, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from March 2016.

This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget' iPad, red iPhones, hacking threats & more

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:07:30 -0400


It was a very busy week for Apple, headlined by several surprise announcements on Tuesday, including a new "budget" iPad and a (Product)Red iPhone 7. A hacking group tried to hold Apple iCloud accounts hostage, and WikiLeaks released details of Mac and iOS exploits used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency -- just for a start.

New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied research and development building, landscaping progress

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:29:22 -0400


Following a break in nasty weather, the latest drone footage of Apple Park shows yet more landscaping progress, an occupied research and development building, and the removal of most of the heavy-lifting machinery from the campus.

Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious 'Show on Profile Page' option

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:56:31 -0400


Apple on Friday took the unusual step of reissuing Tuesday's iTunes 12.6 update, stripping out a "Show on Profile Page" toggle that may have accidentally hinted at plans for Apple Music.

Hands-on: Calendars 5, a powerful yet simple iPhone scheduling app

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:11:58 -0400


All Calendars 5 lacks for the Apple faithful is a Mac version -- AppleInsider schedules some meetings to see if that's an issue or not.

US Senate votes to allow ISPs to sell personal data to advertisers without opt-out safeguards

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:09:01 -0400


The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of overturning privacy rules instituted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016, which -- if the measure survives a second vote in the House of Representatives -- will allow internet service providers to sell customer data to advertisers without people having a say.

Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:09:04 -0400


After a brief outage, the Apple online store is back online, and is now selling the (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE, all of which were announced earlier this week.

Microsoft Word macro malware automatically adapts attack techniques for macOS, Windows

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:47:51 -0400


A form of Word macro-based malware has been uncovered that can affect both macOS and Windows users when executed, with the malicious file modifying its attack method depending on which operating system it detects it is being run within.

Industry so far 'lukewarm' towards Samsung's post-Note 7 battery testing standards

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:02:03 -0400


Carriers and phone makers have so far largely ignored Samsung's efforts to promote its new battery testing procedure -- created in the aftermath of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 -- as a possible industry standard, a report said on Friday.

Pre-order Deal: $10 off every new 9.7-inch iPad at B&H with no tax in 48 states, plus earn 5% reward

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:27 -0400


Now is your chance to pre-order Apple's brand-new 9.7-inch iPad, which was announced on March 21, and save $10 instantly at B&H with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ. Plus, shoppers can earn 5% in rewards points on every iPad pre-order with prices starting at $319.

AppleInsider podcast talks (Product)Red iPhone 7, iPads, and Apple acquisitions

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:46:45 -0400


This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor catch up on the latest iPads, iPhone, and the latest Apple acquisitions, and also talk Apple's efforts in social media.

Report verifies some iCloud credentials held by hacker group as valid

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:03:49 -0400


A hacker group attempting to hold Apple ransom with claims it has hundreds of millions of iCloud credentials in its possession recently sent a batch of 54 UK-based accounts for testing, all of which were deemed legitimate.

Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:15:26 -0400


CalDigit is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three TS3 Lite docks featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and more.

Apple responds to latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, says iPhone and Mac exploits fixed

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:16:17 -0400


Apple issued a statement in response to Thursday's WikiLeaks release of CIA-gathered iPhone and Mac exploits, saying a preliminary assessment reveals the vulnerabilities to be years old and long since patched.

Rare photos of 'Apple II Forever' media event surface, reveal Apple keynote progenitor

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:35:54 -0400


A set of photographs taken during Apple's 1984 announcement of the Apple IIc surfaced online on Thursday, showing company cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak taking part in a media bonanza that would serve as a model of contemporary Apple keynotes.

Video recap: Apple doubles iPhone SE storage capacity

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:07:29 -0400


Apple this week announced a minor iPhone SE refresh, upping storage of the 4-inch handset to 32GB or 128GB while keeping prices steady at $399 or $499, respectively. The updated handset goes on sale Friday morning.

Google's Top News results for 'Great Barrier Reef' directs to fringe political commentary

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:27:35 -0400


Google's algorithmic efforts to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" are again facing a critical failure, calling into question confidence in the search giant's unfinished, buggy artificial intelligence that's currently stomping all over its mission statement.

Apple Pay gains over 30 more card issuers in US, China & Australia, re-adds Santander

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:01:04 -0400


Apple this week updated its list of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay with over 30 additions across the U.S., China, and Australia, most notably re-adding Santander in the U.S., which was mistakenly put on the list a month ago.

Beats 1 host Zane Lowe sees a future with multiple Apple-hosted live radio stations

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:27:58 -0400


A new interview with Beats 1 head Zane Lowe emphasizes Apple's message about how streaming is the future, and that Apple is possibly looking to expand live Beats-branded streaming radio stations even further.

First look: Lightweight Nike Sport Band is now sold separately from Apple Watch for $49

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:47:43 -0400


This week, Apple expanded the lineup of band options for Apple Watch owners, including the ability to buy the Nike Sport Band on its own. AppleInsider offers fitness-focused Apple Watch users a first look at the add-on accessory.

Apple's iPhone, Samsung phones nearly equal in J.D. Power satisfaction survey

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:38:27 -0400


While Apple and the iPhone ranked first in a survey of U.S. customer satisfaction with smartphones, the company's chief rival -- Samsung -- came second by only the slimmest of margins, according to a J.D. Power report published on Thursday.

How to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:31:43 -0400


Given all the talk in the news about a possible hacker mass-wipe of iCloud accounts, it seems only prudent for users to take precautions, and a good safety measure is two-factor authentication -- AppleInsider shows you how to turn it on from your Mac or your iPhone.

Latest leaked CIA hack focuses on Apple's macOS, utilizes patched Thunderbolt EFI exploit

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:57:12 -0400


A second batch of CIA "Vault 7" documents published by WikiLeaks reveals some penetration methods for Mac hardware in-use by the CIA, none of which are wide-reaching, requiring physical device access to implement.

Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129 ($20 off); iPhone case blowout from $2.99; 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349 ($150 off)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:41:00 -0400


Apple deals are rolling in this week with instant discounts on 4th gen 32GB Apple TVs ($20 off) and 13-inch MacBook Pros with function keys ($150 off). B&H is also slashing prices on iPhone 6/6s/Plus cases with free shipping and prices starting at $2.99. Quantities are limited, though.

Wells Fargo to open up iPhone-based ATM withdrawals next week, no Apple Pay yet

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:40:52 -0400


Following the end of a successful pilot project, Wells Fargo will be opening up smartphone-based withdrawals at all 13,000 of its U.S. ATMs on Monday, March 27 -- though support for Apple Pay isn't yet on the horizon.

The tech inside: San Francisco's Electroluxx art & dance party

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:02:58 -0400


Electroluxx is a reoccurring, technology-fueled creative art and dance party held at San Francisco's Public Works venue. Here's a look at the tech that goes into coordinating the event, building interactive projection art, visualizations, lighting, a wireless silent disco and Virtual Reality experiences.

4-year-old saves mother's life by asking Apple's Siri to call emergency services

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:51:18 -0400


A four-year-old boy in the United Kingdom saved his mother's life after she collapsed, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed, by unlocking his mother's iPhone and asking Siri to contact the emergency services.

US Attorney General claims a 'few weeks' needed to harvest data from rioters' locked iPhones

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:34:28 -0400


The U.S. Attorney General coordinating the prosecution of 214 of the demonstrators arrested during the inauguration has declared that the cell phones, including iPhones, obtained during the arrests will be unlocked in the next few weeks.

Apple to start Indian iPhone manufacturing within next two months

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:18:58 -0400


Apple's Indian manufacturing will finally begin within the next 4 to 6 weeks at a Wistron plant in Bangalore -- and more ambitious plans are already being hatched.

Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:13:18 -0400


An Apple patent application published Thursday details a so-called "thin" portable hardware accessory that boasts the components necessary to act as a laptop surrogate for iPhones and iPads.

Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:54:44 -0400


Apple in a statement late Wednesday responded to claims that a hacking group is threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads using stolen credentials, saying its own systems have not been compromised.

Tim Cook says Apple in China for long haul, touts job creation in new interview

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:09:32 -0400


Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his China tour this week to speak with a local news publication about the company's regional intentions, saying Apple is planting deep roots in the country, from job creation to economic and environmental investments.

Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:20:41 -0400


Apple on Wednesday finalized a deal to acquire popular automation app Workflow and its three-member development team for an undisclosed sum, and is for now leaving the title on the App Store where it will be free to download.

AT&T, Verizon join firms pulling millions in ads from Google, YouTube over hate, terrorist content

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:33:36 -0400


The U.K. advertising backlash against Google is spreading to the United States. Mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon, Enterprise car rental and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline are among the major ad buyers acting to distance their brands from the offensive and extremist content that saturates YouTube.

Newly announced iPad coming 'next week' to Apple stores, other retail establishments

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:27:57 -0400


While the newly announced 9-7 inch iPad can be ordered from Apple's online store on Friday, users wanting to purchase it in Apple Retail stores or other large electronics stores will need to wait until "next week," according to Apple.

Starbucks gifts coming to Apple's Messages app with Apple Pay

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:02:38 -0400


Starting in April, iPhone owners will be able to gift Starbucks purchases to others by way of the native iOS Messages app and Apple Pay, the coffee chain announced on Wednesday.

Google Maps gets location sharing for Apple's iPhone & iPad

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:44:15 -0400


Google will soon start rolling out real-time location sharing for users of its Maps app for iOS and Android, offering a feature similar to Apple's Find My Friends, or Google's own defunct Latitude.

How to open a playlist in a new window in iTunes 12.6 on macOS

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:25:22 -0400


With the release of iTunes 12.6, Apple has restored the ability to open a playlist in a new window on macOS --- here's how to do it.

Movie studios talk $30 rentals for films still in theaters as Apple pushes for content on iTunes

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:54:06 -0400


Hollywood studios are reportedly showing "greater flexibility" in negotiations with theater chains about the prospect of early movie rentals -- something that could affect Apple, which is also allegedly pursuing early streaming via the iTunes Store.

2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What's new and different in Apple's latest tablet?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:20:11 -0400


With the last update to the iPad Air line over two years ago, how does Apple's new 2017 iPad compare to its predecessors? AppleInsider takes a look at the three statistically, to see how they stack up.

Marriott likely to decide on Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa for hotels later this year

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:51:57 -0400


Marriott is currently testing both Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa at an Aloft hotel in Boston to gauge which assistant, if either, might be best for letting guests control their rooms through voice commands, a report said on Wednesday.

Trade-in time: How to sell your used iPhone or iPad for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:30:00 -0400


With the launch of Apple's 9.7-inch low-cost iPad line, as well as a new red iPhone 7 and 128GB iPhone SE, now is the time to trade in your old device and secure a cash bonus before values drop. BuyBackWorld is offering readers a $10 to $20 bonus on trades over $50, while Gazelle is giving customers 10% more for iPads valued over $75.

Hackers attempt to extort Apple with threat to remotely wipe iPhones, iPads

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:29:46 -0400


Hackers are allegedly trying to extort Apple by holding its customer's data for ransom, with threats to reset a number of supposedly compromised iCloud accounts and remotely wiping connected iPhones and iPads if they are not paid.

Apple avoids (Product)Red branding in China for new red iPhone 7 models [u]

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:28:22 -0400


Apple's new red options for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus -- which, through (Red), will contribute proceeds to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS -- lack that same charity branding on the company's Chinese website. [Updated with comment by CEO Tim Cook]

iOS 10.3 beta hints at more fluid Apple Pencil with next-gen iPad Pro models

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:04:45 -0400


Code discovered within Apple's latest iOS 10.3 beta shows tools that will allow developers to run their apps at variable framerates, suggesting that higher-fidelity Apple Pencil support could be coming to the company's soon-to-arrive iPad Pro refresh.

Extended! The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:03:00 -0400


Extended by popular demand! Shoppers can save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans for MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros and iMacs with free shipping at Apple authorized reseller Adorama. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Amazon adds "Send to Kindle" to Kindle for iOS, CarPlay support to Amazon Music

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:52:42 -0400


Amazon recently updated its Kindle iOS app with a new "Send to Kindle" feature that allows users to transfer and save web content to a Kindle device. The company also refreshed its Amazon Music app with support for Apple's CarPlay.

Apple's (Product)Red iPhone 7 gets first unboxing video

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:09:30 -0400


Just hours after Apple announced a special edition (Product)Red of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets, YouTuber Marques Brownlee received an iPhone 7 Plus variant and gave it the full unboxing and hands-on treatment.

Video recap: Apple launches new low-cost iPad, (Product)Red iPhone 7

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:22:10 -0400


Fulfilling recent predictions, Apple on Tuesday quietly added a few new devices to its product lineup, headlined by an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad with A9 processor and special edition (Product)Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets.

Apple adds multiscreen movie rental viewing to iTunes in latest update

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:32:29 -0400


Along with Tuesday's hardware debuts, Apple quietly released an updated iTunes version that allows users to rent movies once and watch them on multiple screens.