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Friday, August 18, 2017

Apple silently kills off some colors for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch accessories

Apple silently kills off some colors for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch accessories

A variety of colors for official Apple accessories are reportedly vanishing from the company's online and retail stores, suggesting that it's phasing out some options, and/or allowing stocks to deplete before new devices arrive this fall.

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Small $500 device shown to brute force hack iPhone 7 lock screen passcodes, but could take days to work

Small $500 device shown to brute force hack iPhone 7 lock screen passcodes, but could take days to work

A unique new exploit is said to take advantage of just Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus running recent firmware, utilizing a small device to brute force hack and bypass the iOS lock screen passcode of up to three handsets at a time.

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Movie studios may sidestep theater chains in deals for early Apple iTunes rentals

Movie studios may sidestep theater chains in deals for early Apple iTunes rentals

Movie studios looking to set up early-access rentals with companies like Apple and Comcast may reportedly push ahead with those negotiations and skip revenue sharing with theater chains, if the latter don't reduce their demands.

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On strength of LTE version, Apple Watch predicted to hit 15M sales in 2017, 20M in 2018

On strength of LTE version, Apple Watch predicted to hit 15M sales in 2017, 20M in 2018

Reports from the supply chain suggest that the Apple Watch will see 15 million sales, but a suspected launch of an LTE model in the fall will push that number to 20 million in 2018.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks LTE Apple Watch, 'iPhone 8,' and CarPlay

AppleInsider podcast talks LTE Apple Watch, 'iPhone 8,' and CarPlay

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the almost-certainty that is an LTE-enabled Apple Watch, pricing and affordability on the "iPhone 8," Tim Cook's leadership following the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., and CarPlay.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Apple leases additional Santa Clara office space near Apple Park

Apple leases additional Santa Clara office space near Apple Park

Apple continues to expand its San Francisco Bay Area footprint to accommodate a growing workforce and new projects, with the latest leases involving multiple industrial buildings near the soon to open Apple Park.

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Apple promotes iOS 11 for iPad in new ad series

Apple promotes iOS 11 for iPad in new ad series

Apple on Thursday published a series of six iPad commercials to its official YouTube channel, focusing on the new capabilities iOS 11 is set to deliver to tablet users this fall.

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Apple Watch data privacy, cost main concerns in Apple and Aetna partnership

Apple Watch data privacy, cost main concerns in Apple and Aetna partnership

In a meeting earlier this month, Apple, Aetna and a number of industry influencers discussed the viability of offering Apple Watch to millions of health insurance subscribers at a discount, but according to one attendee, sticking points remain.

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Killer Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,099; iMac 5K for $1,399; iPads for $299; 10.5" iPad Pro for $599; Mac mini for $399 w/ no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: High-end 15

B&H's massive Back to School Sale is going on now with cash discounts on popular MacBook, iMacs, iPads and more. Top picks include Apple's 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 ($500 off) or the high-end model for $2,099 ($700 off), $400 off the 27" iMac 5K, $299 iPads, $599 10.5" iPad Pros and a $399 Mac mini. All systems qualify for free shipping with no tax outside NY and NJ.

YouTube TV comes to 14 more US cities like Boston, Seattle & Pittsburgh

YouTube TV comes to 14 more US cities like Boston, Seattle & Pittsburgh

Google's nascent YouTube TV on Thursday expanded into 14 more U.S. cities, a few notable places being Baltimore, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Tampa.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states; AirPods in stock with free 2-day shipping

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states; AirPods in stock with free 2-day shipping

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $250 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Comcast brings Xfinity Mobile nationwide, iPhone users must buy or rent

Comcast brings Xfinity Mobile nationwide, iPhone users must buy or rent

Four months after a limited initial launch, Comcast on Thursday expanded its Xfinity Mobile service to all Xfinity internet customers across the U.S., with some other limitations in tow — most notably that people buy or rent a new phone.

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Encryption key for iPhone 5s Touch ID exposed, opens door to further research

Encryption key for iPhone 5s Touch ID exposed, opens door to further research

Just prior to a hacker's conference, a participant has revealed that the iPhone 5s Secure Enclave has been hacked, and the decryption key for it has been revealed. However, at present, there is nothing for iPhone users to immediately worry about.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: New security feature allows users to temporarily disable Touch ID, quickly call 911

Inside iOS 11: New security feature allows users to temporarily disable Touch ID, quickly call 911

The latest beta release of iOS 11 includes a new security feature, with a few button presses making it impossible to unlock your phone with Touch ID, as well as giving a quick option to dial 911. Here's how to use it.

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Quanta pegged as supplier for Apple Watch 'Series 3,' shipments allegedly start in holiday quarter

Quanta pegged as supplier for Apple Watch 'Series 3,' shipments allegedly start in holiday quarter

With the rumor mill starting to churn in advance of Apple's expected September release event, a new report cites manufacturer Quanta as the manufacturer of the device — with shipments starting sometime before Christmas.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass

Giveaway: Enter to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass

Plex is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass, HDHomerun Connect Tuner and Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna. In addition to the grand prize, four lifetime Plex Passes are up for grabs.

Lawsuit over Apple retail workers' unpaid bag checks may go to California Supreme Court

Lawsuit over Apple retail workers' unpaid bag checks may go to California Supreme Court

A class action suit over Apple store workers' unpaid time spent in bag checks may soon be headed to the California Supreme Court, after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appealed to the institution for guidance.

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McDonald's uses 'iPhone 8' render to promote Australian iPhone app

McDonald's uses 'iPhone 8' render to promote Australian iPhone app

McDonald's Australia is using a render of Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" in an email promoting the company's "mymacca's" iPhone app, various social media posts noted on Thursday.

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Irish finance minister decries EU's demand for $15B+ in Apple back taxes, says it's not Ireland's job

Irish finance minister decries EU's demand for $15B+ in Apple back taxes, says it's not Ireland's job

In a German interview this week, Ireland's finance minister attacked the European Commission's ruling calling for the collection of $15 billion in back taxes (plus interest) from Apple, saying it was both unjustified and outside Ireland's responsibility.

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Steve Jobs Theater given closeup in latest Apple Park drone footage

Steve Jobs Theater given closeup in latest Apple Park drone footage

One of the last sets of drone footage while Apple Park is still under construction highlights the ever-growing landscaping taking place, and a close-up of the uncovered Steve Jobs Theater.

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Alleged Apple 'iPhone 8' internal part mistakenly identified, could instead be external charging pad

Alleged Apple 'iPhone 8' internal part mistakenly identified, could instead be external charging pad

A pair of pictures purporting to be from the "iPhone 8" wireless charging feature are clearly too large to be internal parts, but could possibly be part of the device's external charging pad.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses Charlottesville, company to donate $2M to fight hate

Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses Charlottesville, company to donate $2M to fight hate

Responding to last weekend's demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday sent a letter to company staff deriding hate groups, bigotry and violence, while denouncing President Donald Trump's "equivalence" of white nationalists and human rights advocates.

AT&T revives free Apple TV offer for new DirecTV Now subscribers

AT&T revives free Apple TV offer for new DirecTV Now subscribers

AT&T on Wednesday renewed a promotional plan that offers new DirecTV Now customers a free 32GB Apple TV when they sign up for a three-month paid subscription.

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2017 MacBook Deals: High-end 15" for $2,549 ($250 off); 512GB 13" Touch Bar for $1,824 ($175 off); 12" MacBook for $1,199 w/ no tax in 48 states

2017 MacBook Deals: High-end 15

Shoppers looking for deals on Apple's latest Mid 2017 models can take advantage of bonus coupon savings in addition to already reduced pricing this week. Pick up the high-end 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 560 graphics for $2,549 or the 512GB 13" Touch Bar for $1,824 ($175 off). The 12" MacBook is also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Video: iOS 11 introduces new Smart Invert viewing mode

Video: iOS 11 introduces new Smart Invert viewing mode

Apple is introducing a new Smart Invert viewing mode in iOS 11 that intelligently inverts all screen colors except for those is displayed media, such as photos, videos, and icons. The feature might be used to extend battery life on the upcoming OLED-equipped "iPhone 8."

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Netflix to spend $7B on content in 2018

Netflix to spend $7B on content in 2018

Apple is reported to spend some $1 billion on original content in 2018, but the number pales in comparison to streaming leader Netflix, which anticipates to spend seven times that on its own offerings next year.

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Apple disables Apple Pay for websites selling white supremacist goods

Apple disables Apple Pay for websites selling white supremacist goods

Following recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Apple has disabled Apple Pay support for a number of websites selling apparel and other paraphernalia emblazoned with Nazi symbols and white nationalist imagery.

Cypress IoT software development kit takes advantage of Apple's new, open HomeKit policy

Cypress IoT software development kit takes advantage of Apple's new, open HomeKit policy

The chip manufacturer responsible for a wide array of "internet of things" devices, Cypress Semiconductor, has announced an updated version of its development kit, adding HomeKit support and iCloud certification to the package.

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Tony Fadell-backed Keyssa partners with Foxconn, Samsung on fast new wireless data tech

Tony Fadell-backed Keyssa partners with Foxconn, Samsung on fast new wireless data tech

A startup backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell is reportedly partnering with Samsung Electronics, Apple manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn, and other firms on a new short-range wireless data standard that could in some cases bypass the need for Wi-Fi or USB.

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Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data

Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data

In a push to improve the user experience of the Apple Watch, a new LTE-connected model expected to arrive later this year will reportedly focus on delivering data to users faster, meaning FaceTime and apps may serve as a stand-in for cell phone calls.

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Luxury carmaker Genesis adds remote start feature through iPhone Google Assistant app

Luxury carmaker Genesis adds remote start feature through iPhone Google Assistant app

Luxury automotive car manufacturer Genesis has rolled out an update for its vehicles, allowing users to issue voice commands to start the car, lock the doors, and more — all through the Google Assistant app.

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Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus top Q2 smartphone market, beating Samsung's Galaxy S8

Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus top Q2 smartphone market, beating Samsung's Galaxy S8

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus held on as the world's most popular smartphones in the June quarter, according to research data published on Wednesday, handily relegating Samsung's newer Galaxy S8 flagship to third place.

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TSMC, other Apple suppliers say Taiwan power outage had little impact as 'iPhone 8' rollout nears

TSMC, other Apple suppliers say Taiwan power outage had little impact as 'iPhone 8' rollout nears

Several Taiwanese companies in Apple's supply chain — including processor maker TSMC, and assembly firm Pegatron — are insisting that a major blackout which hit the island on Tuesday did little to disrupt production, a serious concern given the imminent arrival of new iPhones.

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iDevices launches new Apple HomeKit Dimmer Switch for $100

iDevices launches new Apple HomeKit Dimmer Switch for $100

The list of Apple HomeKit-compatible accessories continues to expand, as iDevices on Wednesday launched its new wall-installed Dimmer Switch, offering users the ability to control and set the brightness of their lights with Siri.

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ESPN app for Apple TV update adds the ability to watch four live feeds simultaneously

ESPN app for Apple TV update adds the ability to watch four live feeds simultaneously

ESPN has rolled out a new update for its live streaming Apple TV app, allowing cable subscribers to catch four live feeds from the network at the same time, aimed at college football season.

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Questionable, blurry pics attempt to revive rumors of a 60-inch OLED Apple television

Questionable, blurry pics attempt to revive rumors of a 60-inch OLED Apple television

New pictures on Chinese social media have emerged of what is said to be a 60-inch OLED Apple television set — but there are significant doubts surrounding the identification.

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Apple to spend $1B on original content for up to 10 new TV shows over next year

Apple to spend $1B on original content for up to 10 new TV shows over next year

Apple is reportedly budgeting about $1 billion to secure and produce original video over the course of the next year, a figure which may soon make it a competitive force in that arena.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Apple shares 'Carpool Karaoke' ads featuring Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, 'Game of Thrones' stars

Apple shares 'Carpool Karaoke' ads featuring Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, 'Game of Thrones' stars

After last week's "Carpool Karaoke" debut, Apple on Tuesday posted two new teasers for upcoming episodes featuring Ariana Grande and Seth MacFarlane, and "Game of Thrones" stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.

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Apple hires former WGN America chief Matt Cherniss to bolster video effort

Apple hires former WGN America chief Matt Cherniss to bolster video effort

In efforts to build out its video content production team, Apple has hired former president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios Matt Cherniss, according to a report on Tuesday.

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