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Last Build Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:42:26 -0400


This week on AI: Apple's Siri & AirPlay speaker, self-driving car tests & more

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:26:43 -0400


By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple's Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple's self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch.

AT&T to throttle tablet data speeds of grandfathered unlimited plans

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:28:29 -0400


AT&T on Friday warned users with grandfathered unlimited tablet data plans that they might see transmission speeds throttled when consuming more than 22 gigabytes of data in a single billing period.

Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with swollen batteries

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:09:37 -0400


Apple on Friday alerted authorized repair facilities to an Apple Watch service coverage extension for first-generation devices suffering from battery swelling, a rare issue impacting a small segment of owners.

Robbers target two San Diego Apple stores, make off with iPhones and Macs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:44:43 -0400


Three men brandishing knives robbed two San Diego Apple stores within the space of an hour on Friday, and the small gang is still on the loose with an unknown amount of merchandise.

Rumor: New 'iPhone 8' schematic and manufacturing molds revealed in leaked photos

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:00:42 -0400


A set of unverified photos posted online on Friday claim to show manufacturing molds, as well as a schematic diagram for said molds, being prepared for production of Apple's "iPhone 8."

Apple assembler Foxconn says US investment coming, details unsettled

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:17:18 -0400


Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is indeed planning to make some form of investment in the U.S., but the exact details are yet to be finalized, the latter company's chairman confirmed on Friday.

Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving car plans out of public eye

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:59:20 -0400


A letter from Apple to the California Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking alterations in test protocols and reporting requirements for automated vehicle testing, and also declares that the company is seeking to increase public acceptance of self-driving cars.

How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a native app or an iPhone app

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:19:17 -0400


Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. Other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there's not much you can do with it other than dismiss it. Here's how to quickly tell the difference.

Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to borrow design cues from Mac Pro, could arrive at WWDC

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:52:46 -0400


More details on Apple's anticipated standalone Siri speaker have emerged, suggesting the device could look similar in some ways to the company's cylindrical Mac Pro desktop, and could be released as soon as WWDC in June.

Lowest prices anywhere! 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,599 ($200 off); 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 512GB, 460) for $2,899 ($200 off); 5% off DJI drones

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:40:00 -0400


B&H Photo is taking $200 off Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray exclusively for AI readers. High-end 15-inch MacBook Pros are also $200 off, and popular DJI drones are 5% off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

A very false narrative: Apple Watch and the future of wearables

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:39:10 -0400


It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But they're all wrong, here's why.

Qualcomm's revenue guidance slash possibly foretells Q2 iPhone sales volume

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:05:11 -0400


An analyst has examined Qualcomm's earnings reduction as a result of Apple withholding royalty payments for wireless chips, and believes that Apple is on track to sell about as many iPhones as it did during the same time frame from 2016.

New 'Dok' malware targets Macs using signed Apple developer certificate

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:01:24 -0400


A new strain of malware targeting Mac users is attempting to slip past defenses through a phishing scheme and a signed Apple developer certificate -- though in practice, it may still not pose much of a threat.

Apple to halt royalty payments to Qualcomm until end of ongoing legal battle

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:10:30 -0400


Apple is no longer paying iPhone manufacturers for any of the royalties it owes to Qualcomm, and is planning to withhold them entirely until current lawsuits are resolved, the latter company said on Friday.

Chinese manufacturer gambles on new case based on alleged 'iPhone 8' schematics

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:03:30 -0400


A case design has popped up on social media from a Chinese manufacturer, but appears to be based on the assortment of "leaked" schematics from April and may not be accurate.

AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, Amazon in the bedroom, a Siri competitor to Echo

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:38:28 -0400


This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the rumors around 'iPhone 8' wireless charging, HomeKit and a possible Siri-driven Echo competitor, the Apple Watch at 2 and more.

Deals: 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare for $1,993 ($355 off); high-end 13" MacBook Pro for $2,399 ($200 off); 256GB 12.9" iPad Pro for $949 ($50 off)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:30:00 -0400


Heading into the weekend, AI readers can exclusively save $355 on Apple's 2015 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare. Or pick up an upgraded 2016 13" MacBook Pro with function keys and 1TB of storage for $2,399 with no tax in 48 states. The spacious 256GB 12.9" iPad Pro is also $50 off.

Apple Music to provide song content for, report says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:18:58 -0400


Apple Music will provide song clips to music-based social media app in a partnership expected to kick off on Friday, according to a new report.

Apple shares photos, video from Dubai store opening

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:43:20 -0400


Apple opened its latest flagship store in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, and the company is celebrating by sharing a gallery of photos and a short video of the retail debut in Dubai Mall.

Apple's self-driving testbed spotted in Silicon Valley

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:49:40 -0400


Apple's self-driving technology testbed, an optimized Lexus RX450h SUV bristling with an array of advanced sensors, was spotted driving on Silicon Valley roads on Thursday, offering the first real-world look at the company's highly secretive autonomous vehicle project.

Trump to meet with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, report says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:23:13 -0400


Terry Gou, chairman of Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, will reportedly meet with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, where the pair are likely to discuss U.S. job creation and a pending bid for Toshiba's chip business.

A very false narrative: Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad, Mac

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:36:39 -0400


It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But they're all wrong, here's why.

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:15:00 -0400


First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on 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.

Google adds iTunes, Apple Music shortcuts & more to iOS search cards

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:12:10 -0400


Google on Thursday began adding streaming service links to the "knowledge panels" it displays in iOS search results, among them ones for Apple Music and iTunes.

Apple Watch NikeLab now available from Nike itself, but not at Apple Retail

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:11:30 -0400


The latest minor variant of Apple's wearable, the limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab, is now available from the sportswear company itself plus the sole remaining Apple Watch dedicated shop in Japan.

Acer announces USB-C 4K display geared towards professional image editor's needs [u]

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:49:22 -0400


At a live event on Thursday in New York City, PC-centric manufacturer Acer rolled out a 4K USB display aimed at image and video editors with USB-C connectivity and 85W of charging support suitable for the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple makes fifth iOS 10.3.2 beta available for developer testing

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:32:30 -0400


For the second time this week, Apple has released an iOS 10.3.2 beta for registered developers only.

Early Q2 iPhone estimates hint Apple's sales up slightly over 2016

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:18:51 -0400


Possibly offering a peek into Apple's March-quarter results due to be revealed May 2, data released on Thursday estimated that Apple shipped some 51.6 million iPhones during the period, a slight improvement over 51.2 million a year prior.

Join AppleInsider editors live at Adorama in NYC to talk Apple's pro market and win a new iPad

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:01:39 -0400


Next Monday, AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger and Victor Marks will be appearing at Adorama's flagship store in New York City to meet with professional Apple users and discuss the current state of the company's high-end hardware. Join us for the discussion, adult refreshments, and a chance to win great prizes like a brand new 9.7-inch iPad (2017).

Apple's shotgun update to Mac Pro trademark adds reference to augmented reality

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:58:00 -0400


A recent update to an Apple trademark page for the Mac Pro has added added the term "augmented reality displays" -- but the addition means very little regarding Apple's future plans, with the tactic having used before to cover every eventuality.

'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' confirmed as Apple Music exclusive

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:10:12 -0400


Almost immediately validating rumors, a new documentary on Bad Boy Records -- "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" -- has been announced as an Apple Music exclusive, arriving on June 25.

Apple still working on P2P payment transfer service to compete with Venmo

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:32:12 -0400


Apple is said to be working on its own peer-to-peer money transfer service, potentially under the secure Apple Pay umbrella, allowing users to quickly and securely send money to one another, much like Venmo and Square Cash.

Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:54:40 -0400


Apple is said to be "currently finalizing" designs for its long-rumored Amazon Echo competitor, featuring support for Siri and AirPlay and boasting Beats technology, a well-known leak source claimed on Thursday.

Apple's 'iOS 11' Music app to put more focus on Apple Music video content

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:22:42 -0400


When Apple releases "iOS 11" later this year, one of its features will allegedly be a new Music app that "better showcases video" -- specifically, video hosted on Apple Music.

Laurene Powell Jobs to detail philanthropic efforts at Code conference

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:12:11 -0400


Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, will be making an appearance at May's Code conference to discuss her trust's philanthropic efforts.

Apple investigating wireless charging via Wi-Fi routers, other communications equipment

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:51:24 -0400


Apple is experimenting with medium- to long-distance wireless charging technologies that could one day allow users to charge up their iPhones with nothing more than a Wi-Fi router, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark filing made public on Thursday.

Spotify buys blockchain startup Mediachain Labs to track, manage music royalties

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:31:17 -0400


Spotify on Wednesday announced the purchase of Brooklyn-based startup Mediachain Labs, a company which developed technology that can help the streaming music giant better track online content and reward owners with royalty payments.

A very false narrative: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple's iPhone

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:22:38 -0400


It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But all of those media narratives are wrong, here's why.

Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:48:36 -0400


New purported schematics for Apple's "iPhone 8" show the rear of the device, possibly backing up claims that the product will switch to vertically-aligned lenses -- albeit without a Touch ID sensor.

How Apple's 'iPhone 8' could improve battery life with 2-cell design, OLED screen

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:10:15 -0400


The hurdles to better battery life in modern devices are both technical, in terms of power consumption, and physical, as limited by space available. Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is rumored to address both of those issues, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever.

Final Cut Pro X now has over 2 million users, Apple says

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:47:11 -0400


Final Cut Pro X -- once a controversial redesign of Apple's professional video editing suite -- has topped 2 million users, the company announced at this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.

Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe choices with machine learning

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:19:23 -0400


On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.

Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's iPhone

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:44:26 -0400


Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options.

Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new Ecobee 4 thermostat, more devices shipping

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:23:50 -0400


Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge.

$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery at Apple's Corte Madera, Calif., store

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:22:02 -0400


Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.

NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:00:27 -0400


AppleInsider is on the scene at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show with a look at some of the hottest gear designed to work with Apple products. In this video, we take a closer look at some of FeiyuTech's handheld iPhone gimbals.

Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid customers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:01:21 -0400


Verizon on Monday introduced a new unlimited data tier for prepaid customers, with the plan adding to the mobile carrier's four capped options.

Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:39:32 -0400


Speaking at the TED conference, Siri co-founder and Apple AI expert Tom Gruber declared that artificial intelligence should be used less to replace humans, and more to enhance aspects of humanity that are unreliable or fail with time, like memory.

Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch 3, later iPhones

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:33:40 -0400


Later this year, Apple is expected to begin production of its advanced new power-efficient display technology known as micro-LED, which is expected to initially be used to replace OLED in Apple Watch Series 3. The shift is part of a series of moves that is concerning Samsung, LG and other South Korean suppliers.

Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both macOS and iOS

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:34:06 -0400


On Tuesday, Apple updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications for iOS and macOS, with the biggest addition being a numeric keypad for Numbers users on the iPad.