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Saturday, June 23, 2018

VideoA year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models

A year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models

Apple was rumored to refresh its MacBook line at WWDC 2018, but with the event come and gone with nary an announcement to be heard, we know we have to wait a bit longer for new hardware. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at how our 2017 MacBook Pros have fared over the past 12 months.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tim Cook, other Apple execs join in 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade

Tim Cook, other Apple execs join in 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade

Apple's workforce turned out en masse for the annual San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, including appearances by CEO Tim Cook and fellow executives Lisa Jackson and Jay Blahnik.

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Best Buy 'Mission: Impossible', music festival iPhone thefts, World Cup warning and more on the Apple crime blotter

Best Buy 'Mission: Impossible', music festival iPhone thefts, World Cup warning and more on the Apple crime blotter

Stealing $100,000 of product via rappelling, mass iPhone theft at the Firefly festival, and a warning about Russian hackers. The latest in an occasional AppleInsider feature: A look at Apple-related crime.

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ExclusiveBest deal anywhere: LG's 34-inch FreeSync IPS Display for $279 ($50 off) with free $40 gift card

Best deal anywhere: LG's 34-inch FreeSync IPS Display for $279 ($50 off) with free $40 gift card

B&H Photo this week is knocking $50 off the LG 34-inch 21:9 IPS Monitor (34UM59-P), bringing the price down to $279 with a free $40 gift card. An affordable display that can be used with Apple's MacBook Pro or iMac, the LG display also qualifies for free expedited shipping with no tax collected in most states.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Apple disputes claims of iOS 'vulnerability' to brute force passcode hack

Apple disputes claims of iOS 'vulnerability' to brute force passcode hack

Apple on Saturday responded to reports suggesting a security researcher had discovered a simple to execute bypass to iOS passcode protections, saying the supposed vulnerability is in fact the result of erroneous testing.

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App Roundup: GarageBand, Anchor, Hopster Coding Safari, Microsoft News, more!

App Roundup: GarageBand, Anchor, Hopster Coding Safari, Microsoft News, more!

New apps and updates to existing software releases arrive in the App Store and other digital storefronts every day, with the sheer number of them too large to monitor. AppleInsider has compiled a list of some of the iOS and macOS updates and launches from the last seven days that may be worth your attention.

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This week on AI: Previews of Apple's iOS 12 & tvOS 12, 2018 iPhone rumors & more

This week on AI: Previews of Apple's iOS 12 & tvOS 12, 2018 iPhone rumors & more

The most popular stories this week revolved around this fall's iOS 12 and tvOS 12 — and as you might expect, Apple's upcoming iPhones.

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ExclusiveHere are some of the lowest prices ever on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, with new deals just added

Here are some of the lowest prices ever on Apple's 15

As we reported earlier this month, supplies of Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro are dwindling, thanks to aggressive bargains on a variety of models. However, B&H just launched new discounts on remaining inventory with savings of up to $1,600 off loaded models — the lowest prices ever — and the deals are available exclusively at AppleInsider.

Simple hack bypasses iOS passcode entry limit, opens door to brute force hacks

Simple hack bypasses iOS passcode entry limit, opens door to brute force hacks

A security researcher recently discovered a flaw in Apple's iOS that allows anyone with a Lightning cable the ability to bypass an iPhone or iPad's passcode attempt limit, opening the door to brute force attacks.

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Apple Business Chat makes European debut at Cannes Lions festival

Apple Business Chat makes European debut at Cannes Lions festival

Apple Business Chat, the company's business-focused messaging feature, made an appearance this week as the backbone of a concierge service providing information and guidance to Cannes Lions festival attendees.

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Apple launches keyboard service program for 'small percentage' of MacBook, MacBook Pro owners

Apple launches keyboard service program for 'small percentage' of MacBook, MacBook Pro owners

Apple on Friday launched a service program for a "small percentage" of MacBook and MacBook Pro models exhibiting keyboard failures, the company's first official action to reconcile complaints concerning alleged flaws in its butterfly keyboard design.

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TipsHow to pick which wireless speaker is best for you

How to pick which wireless speaker is best for you

As with any other gadget, the term "wireless speaker" is loaded with sometimes confusing categories. AppleInsider breaks them down and talks about how to pick what features you need, and which speaker you may want.

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ReviewReview: Netgear's Cable Orbi Kit delivers fast whole-home Wi-Fi

Review: Netgear's Cable Orbi Kit delivers fast whole-home Wi-Fi

The Netgear Cable Orbi is a quality — if pricey — all-in-one package, potentially ideal for people looking to escape modem rentals and leap into mesh Wi-Fi at the same time.

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'Fallout Shelter' studio sues 'Westworld' publishers for cloning iPhone game

'Fallout Shelter' studio sues 'Westworld' publishers for cloning iPhone game

Bethesda Softworks has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Behavior Interactive for copyright infringement, alleging the recently-released 'Westworld' iOS game copies gameplay elements from 'Fallout Shelter,' and potentially some of the game's code.

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Supreme Court rules police always need warrant for cell tower location data

Supreme Court rules police always need warrant for cell tower location data

In a critical decision for iPhone owners, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant if they want to look at location data gleaned from cell towers.

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EditorialNo Lightning or USB-C in a future iPhone is a very bad idea

No Lightning or USB-C in a future iPhone is a very bad idea

Buried in a report about the AirPower was a tidbit suggesting that Apple considered removing the Lightning port in its entirety in the iPhone X. That is an amazingly bad idea right now for many reasons.

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TipsHow to manage Safari notifications in macOS High Sierra and Mojave

How to manage Safari notifications in macOS High Sierra and Mojave

Sometimes the number of Safari notifications from websites advising of new updates can be overwhelming, especially if permission is granted to too many sites. AppleInsider explains how to adjust which website notifications will be displayed to you in macOS, and how to change your preferences in the future.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $400 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $400 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $400 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing OAC.

Apple's next-gen 'A13' iPhone and iPad chipset will remain 7nm

Apple's next-gen 'A13' iPhone and iPad chipset will remain 7nm

Apple is likely to stick with 7-nanometer chip designs for 2019 iPhone and iPad processors, a report revealed on Friday.

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ReviewNanoleaf Remote is a HomeKit remote control that gets people talking

Nanoleaf Remote is a HomeKit remote control that gets people talking

Nanoleaf Remote is a twelve-sided controller that lights up and vibrates as you control your HomeKit accessories, like adjusting the lightscape on your Aurora LED panels or locking your doors. AppleInsider has had it for a while — is it worth adding to your HomeKit suite of accessories?

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Canadian sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches that he made [u]

Canadian sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches that he made [u]

A Canadian man has filed suit in small claims court, alleging the scratch on his Apple Watch proves that Apple's claim that the device is "brilliantly scratch-resistant" is false.

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Last call: Apple's 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 (lowest price ever); $799 Air; 13" MBP for $1,099

Last call: Apple's 2017 15

New Apple deals are in — and shoppers can snap up the lowest price ever on Apple's current Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with no tax collected outside NY. Other Mac models are also on sale this week, including the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

FeaturePodcast interviews Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, discusses bringing AirPlay 2 to Airport Express, Apple Pay at concerts

Podcast interviews Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, discusses bringing AirPlay 2 to Airport Express, Apple Pay at concerts

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and Neil Hughes discuss Apple Pay at concerts, AirPlay 2 on Airport Express, and where on earth is AirPower. Victor is joined by Wes Borland, guitarist for Limp Bizkit, who talks about music, his studio, and where he stands on Apple upgrades.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents amid global legal battle

Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents amid global legal battle

Apple waded into familiar ground as its legal struggle with Qualcomm advances, and on Thursday filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel four patents owned by the iPhone modem supplier.

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Hands-OnHands On: LIFX's Beam wall lighting with Apple HomeKit

Hands On: LIFX's Beam wall lighting with Apple HomeKit

The Beam is one of the more unusual smarthome accessories on the market, as much a centerpiece decoration as it is practical lighting.

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Apple dropped a new GarageBand 10.3 update that makes Artist Lessons free for all users

Apple dropped a new GarageBand 10.3 update that makes Artist Lessons free for all users

Apple just released GarageBand 10.3, a major new Mac update that's not only free to download but also makes Artist Lessons— formerly $4.99 each—free downloads for all users in over 120 countries.

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Apple came to Ireland to build a community, not skirt taxes, Tim Cook says

Apple came to Ireland to build a community, not skirt taxes, Tim Cook says

On his European tour this week, Apple's CEO visited Ireland, and talked about taxes, the abandoned Athenry data center and the company's commitment to the country.

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Hands-OnHands on with the Elgato Eve Aqua HomeKit-equipped smart watering system

Hands on with the Elgato Eve Aqua HomeKit-equipped smart watering system

The newly released Eve Aqua is a HomeKit equipped smart water controller that tries to make lawn and garden maintenance easy with scheduling, remote control, and even Siri support. AppleInsider has spent a few days testing it out during the latest heat wave.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns amidst relationship scandal

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns amidst relationship scandal

Chief executive has resigned after five years over "past consensual relationship with an Intel employee," the company said Thursday. Robert Swan has been named interim CEO.

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AT&T uses Time Warner merger to launch WatchTV, paired with new unlimited data plans

AT&T uses Time Warner merger to launch WatchTV, paired with new unlimited data plans

Taking advantage of the recent approval of its merger with Time Warner, AT&T on Thursday announced WatchTV, a new live TV service premiering next week — and initially tied to two new unlimited wireless data plans.

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Free to download Fortnite generates $100M in 90 days via in-app purchases

Free to download Fortnite generates $100M in 90 days via in-app purchases

'Fortnite' has become the second most successful free-to-play game launched on iOS, according to analysts, hitting the $100 million milestone for in-app purchases just 90 days after it shipped on iPhone and iPad, and outpacing its rivals in the 'battle royale' genre.

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Apple AirPower Qi charging mat headed for September landing

Apple AirPower Qi charging mat headed for September landing

After six months of internal testing and refinement, Apple appears to be ready to launch the AirPower charging pad alongside the 2018 lineup of iPhones.

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FeatureCarPlay, Monster offerings, and a Bluetooth water bottle: A day at CE Week

CarPlay, Monster offerings, and a Bluetooth water bottle: A day at CE Week

At the annual CE Week tech event in New York, Monster announced two public funding offerings, Pioneer showed its wireless CarPlay units, and a Sonos exec spoke about AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

VideoHands-on: Walkie-Talkie app in watchOS 5 beta

Hands-on: Walkie-Talkie app in watchOS 5 beta

Demonstrated for the first time at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Walkie-Talkie is one of the biggest additions coming to watchOS 5 this year. AppleInsider goes hands on with the upcoming app in this video.

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Apple Pay 'fast lanes,' exclusive deals pop up at prominent summer festivals

Apple Pay 'fast lanes,' exclusive deals pop up at prominent summer festivals

In what appears to be a new marketing thrust, Apple Pay is being accepted at concession stand "fast lanes" operating at major concerts and festivals this summer, offering customers a quick and easy option to pay for food and drink.

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Apple wants to replace your car keys with an iPhone

Apple wants to replace your car keys with an iPhone

The Car Connectivity Consortium, which counts Apple among its charter members, on Wednesday announced the publication of new "digital key" standard that allows drivers to actuate vehicle systems like door locks and the engine via an NFC-enabled smartphone.

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Cupertino delays vote on employee tax for Apple, other local businesses until 2019

Cupertino delays vote on employee tax for Apple, other local businesses until 2019

The Cupertino city council has voted to delay a ballot measure seeking approval for an employee tax on some businesses in the city, particularly Apple.

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VideoWhat's new in macOS Mojave beta 2?

What's new in macOS Mojave beta 2?

In macOS Mojave's second beta, a few things have changed for the better including enhancements to the new system-wide Dark Mode and better optimization for smaller screens.

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Apple takes home Cannes Lions award for 'Today at Apple' retail events

Apple takes home Cannes Lions award for 'Today at Apple' retail events

Apple on Wednesday won the "Brand Experience and Activation" Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, a largely ad- and marketing-themed festival, for the "Today at Apple" program at its retail stores.

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