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Friday, September 22, 2017

Apple's iPhone 8 survives harsh scratch and bend test in new video

Apple's iPhone 8 survives harsh scratch and bend test in new video

As it does every year, Apple's latest iPhone model is being put through a battery of stress tests for the viewing pleasure of YouTube, with a new video showing off the handset's ability to withstand bends and all but the most brutal scratches.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Apple Watch Series 3 compatible with select Qi wireless chargers

Apple Watch Series 3 compatible with select Qi wireless chargers

Apple turned heads last week with the announcement of its own Qi standard-based wireless charging accessory, the AirPower mat, which promises to not only charge new iPhone 8 and iPhone X hardware, but Apple Watch Series 3, as well. This revelation led to speculation that the new wearable is also compatible with third-party chargers, a first for the product line.

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iPhone 8 unboxing & fast setup with iOS 11's new Quick Start

iPhone 8 unboxing & fast setup with iOS 11's new Quick Start

In iOS 11, Apple has made it even easier to set up a new iPhone with your existing phone with Quick Start, a new system that discovers your new device (similar to the setup of Apple Watch or AirPods) and transfers most of your settings and preferences automatically. Here's how it works.

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First iPhone 8 teardown reveals few internal design changes

First iPhone 8 teardown reveals few internal design changes

Just hours after iPhone 8 hit store shelves in early launch countries, iFixit tore down Apple's newest smartphones to reveal all the goodies packed within, finding an internal layout largely identical to iPhone 7.

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Apple shares new Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash tutorial videos

Apple shares new Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash tutorial videos

In preparation of the iPhone 8 release tomorrow (or today in some countries), Apple on Thursday posted a trio of videos to its YouTube channel and website documenting the process of adding a card to Apple Pay and using it with Touch ID.

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First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K pre-orders arrive, now on sale at international Apple stores

First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K pre-orders arrive, now on sale at international Apple stores

Apple's recently released iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K devices arrived in the hands of early pre-order customers living in Australia, New Zealand and Asia on Friday, local time, while Apple retail stores in those regions began sales of the new hardware.

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Apple contributing $1M to Mexico earthquake relief efforts, says CEO Tim Cook

Apple contributing $1M to Mexico earthquake relief efforts, says CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday announced the company is donating $1 million toward earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico, the latest gift in a string of contributions benefitting those stricken by natural disasters.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $300 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 promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

3D Touch app switcher shortcut will return to iOS 11, says Apple's Craig Federighi

3D Touch app switcher shortcut will return to iOS 11, says Apple's Craig Federighi

A 3D Touch gesture used to launch the iOS app switcher — removed in iOS 11 — will return in a future software update, according to Apple's senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi.

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Toronto police ask iPhone users not to test iOS 11 security feature that dials 9-1-1

Toronto police ask iPhone users not to test iOS 11 security feature that dials 9-1-1

A new security feature in iOS 11 allows iPhone users to temporarily disable Touch ID logins and quickly call 9-1-1 — but it has had unintended consequences in Toronto, where the police have asked residents to stop testing it out.

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OWC USB-C Travel Dock provides MacBook with HDMI, memory card, USB connectivity in a small package

OWC USB-C Travel Dock provides MacBook with HDMI, memory card, USB connectivity in a small package

Mac upgrade vendor OWC has launched another dock aimed at MacBook Pro users, with the OWC USB-C Travel Dock providing a number of extra USB connections, HDMI-out, and an SD card reader to notebooks in a compact and highly portable unit.

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TipsHow to ditch bad Wi-Fi info so Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has better connectivity

The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has a bug related to how it decides to stay on shoddy Wi-Fi, or shift to LTE. This can be remedied somewhat by cleaning up your known networks and not connecting to the some bad Wi-Fi hotspots in the first place — here's how to do it.

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Nearly 1700 Aldi grocery stores gain support for Apple Pay contactless payments

Nearly 1700 Aldi grocery stores gain support for Apple Pay contactless payments

iPhone and Apple Watch users shopping at Aldi grocery stores can now check out with Apple Pay at nearly 1,700 locations across the U.S., marking a significant expansion for Apple's tap-to-pay service.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a case for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

Giveaway: Enter to win a case for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

Casetify is partnering with AppleInsider this week to offer readers the chance to win a smartphone case valued at up to $45. Fifteen winners will be drawn — and each winner can select from a variety of Casetify cases, including covers for the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Apple TV 4K won't play 4K YouTube videos because of missing Google codec

Apple TV 4K won't play 4K YouTube videos because of missing Google codec

While the Apple TV 4K can play 4K videos from sources like iTunes and Netflix, that support is conspicuously missing from one of the most popular tvOS apps, YouTube.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: Cover Sheet mimics lock screen, foretells swipe up to unlock for iPhone X

Inside iOS 11: Cover Sheet mimics lock screen, foretells swipe up to unlock for iPhone X

The launch of iOS 11 brings about a convergence of the iPhone's Notification Center and Lock Screen for a new feature called Cover Sheet. Presenting a user's notifications and other events, the feature also offers a glimpse at how the new home-button-free iPhone X will work when it debuts in November.

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LIFX smarbulbs gain long-delayed support for Apple's HomeKit

LIFX smarbulbs gain long-delayed support for Apple's HomeKit

Several LIFX smartbulbs are now compatible with Apple's HomeKit, the company announced on Thursday, in a move which could bolster attempts to compete with Philips' popular Hue series.

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Deals: Save $95 to $200 on every 2017 27-inch iMac 5K with no tax in 48 states

Deals: Save $95 to $200 on every 2017 27-inch iMac 5K with no tax in 48 states

Shoppers looking for the lowest price on Apple's current 27-inch iMac 5K can instantly save $95 to $200 with cash rebates or our exclusive coupon code, plus no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

FeatureInside iOS 11: Apple's new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing

Inside iOS 11: Apple's new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing

Although most recent iPhones aren't as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple's new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here's how to use it.

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Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how bought-in users are to iTunes

Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how bought-in users are to iTunes

Early reviews of the Apple TV 4K are in, with most reviewers having a generally positive impression of the device — but all point out that other than future-proofing there is no reason to invest in the device if you have no interest in the Apple iTunes ecosystem, or don't have a 4K television.

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Apple says Dolby Atmos surround sound coming to Apple TV 4K in later update

Apple says Dolby Atmos surround sound coming to Apple TV 4K in later update

Although the shipping version of the Apple TV 4K is missing Dolby Atmos surround sound, support should be coming in a future tvOS update, according to Apple.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: App Store renovation for iPhone, iPad inspired by Apple Music

Inside iOS 11: App Store renovation for iPhone, iPad inspired by Apple Music

Other than speed enhancements and new multitasking features, some of the changes to iOS 11 are cosmetic — one of those surface changes is the appearance of the App Store to make it more look like Apple Music's design language.

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Ellen DeGeneres sent a 12-year-old app developer to meet Tim Cook at iPhone X release event

Ellen DeGeneres sent a 12-year-old app developer to meet Tim Cook at iPhone X release event

Ellen DeGeneres sent 12-year-old Alex Knoll to the iPhone X release event, where the youth got a chance to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Future iPhones could sport front and back 3D Touch force detection

Future iPhones could sport front and back 3D Touch force detection

An Apple patent application published Thursday confirms the company's continued interest in advanced force detection technology, dubbed 3D Touch in Apple parlance, with a novel back-sensing configuration that could lead to thinner handset designs.

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Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty fight with Apple

Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty fight with Apple

Qualcomm got two bits of bad news today in its squabble with Apple. First, it has failed to force Apple's manufacturing partners to make royalty payments prior to a determination of what the total disputed royalties should be, and second it lost an effort to stop Apple from pursing antitrust cases against it in other countries.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Google buys HTC smartphone team for $1.1B [u]

Google buys HTC smartphone team for $1.1B [u]

After HTC announced a coming halt to trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending "material information" that could impact the stock's value, a move that sparked speculation of a takeover, Google on Wednesday confirmed plans to buy the firm's mobile division team for $1.1 billion.

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Apple highlights revamped iOS 11 App Store in new ads

Apple highlights revamped iOS 11 App Store in new ads

Apple launched a redesigned App Store with the launch of iOS 11 on Tuesday, bringing with it a revamped card-based user interface with bold graphics, a new set of spotlight categories, an emphasis on content curation and more.

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VideoWatch: watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected iPhone music library

Watch: watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected iPhone music library

With the release of watchOS 4, Apple no longer allows users to browse their iPhone's music library, restricting song list viewing to tunes stored on device.

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Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead of Apple TV 4K release

Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead of Apple TV 4K release

Ahead of Friday's public release of Apple TV 4K, Apple on Wednesday updated its iTunes Store with a special section dedicated to available 4K HDR movies, content that highlights the new set-top streamer's high-definition capabilities.

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Nest unveils Hello doorbell, Cam IQ Outdoor & Secure home security system

Nest unveils Hello doorbell, Cam IQ Outdoor & Secure home security system

Alphabet's Nest on Wednesday revealed an assortment of smarthome accessories, including the Hello doorbell, an outdoor version of the Cam IQ, and a complete security system called the Secure.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: Quick screen recording comes to Control Center

Inside iOS 11: Quick screen recording comes to Control Center

A potentially handy feature discovered in Apple's iOS 11 is native screen recording support, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface.

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Bluetooth & Wi-Fi can't be fully disabled via iOS 11 Control Center, Apple says

Bluetooth & Wi-Fi can't be fully disabled via iOS 11 Control Center, Apple says

Contrary to intuition, toggling off Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi in the iOS 11 Control Center won't completely disable those radios, according to a new Apple support document.

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Delays in Intel Cannon Lake processor rumored again, may impact 32GB MacBook Pro plans

Delays in Intel Cannon Lake processor rumored again, may impact 32GB MacBook Pro plans

Supply chain sources suggest that the Intel Cannon Lake processor needed to drive 32GB of RAM in a MacBook Pro without the need of a dedicated memory controller has slipped to the end of 2018, likely pushing any MacBook Pro with the configuration that far away as well.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires firmware update, support for Apple's AirPort Express unknown

Inside iOS 11: AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires firmware update, support for Apple's AirPort Express unknown

The upcoming launch of AirPlay 2 comes with a caveat: Old hardware will need a firmware update, at the very least, to work with the new protocol. With Apple said to have ceased development on its router products, it's possible that AirPort Express owners using AirPlay could be left in the dust.

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Messages in iCloud not implemented at present, coming in a future update to iOS 11

Messages in iCloud not implemented at present, coming in a future update to iOS 11

A feature touted for iOS 11 at the 2017 WWDC was Messages in iCloud — but it was removed during the beta process, and will return at some undisclosed point in the future.

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Toshiba picks Bain consortium as winner for its memory unit, likely backed by Apple

Toshiba picks Bain consortium as winner for its memory unit, likely backed by Apple

Toshiba on Wednesday announced an $18 billion agreement to sell its memory chip business to a group of companies led by U.S. equity firm Bain Capital, one prominent backer likely being Apple.

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Tim Cook issues strongest language yet regarding DACA, supporting DREAMers

Tim Cook issues strongest language yet regarding DACA, supporting DREAMers

Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his stance against DACA's elimination in what is possibly his most candid and firmest statement on the matter since he first spoke on the matter.

Deals: 64GB Apple TV for $169 ($30 off); 27" iMac 5K for $1,599 ($200 off); 13" Touch Bar with 16GB RAM for $1,899 ($100 off); $100 off Airs

Deals: 64GB Apple TV for $169 ($30 off); 27

Midweek deals are in effect now with cash discounts on 2017 Macs and 4th generation Apple TVs. Pick up a 27" iMac 5K for $1,599 ($200 off) or an upgraded 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,899 ($100 off). Apple's latest 13" MacBook Air is also $100 off and 64GB Apple TVs are $169.95 — all with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Apple admits to LTE connection issues with Apple Watch Series 3 review units, says fix coming

Apple admits to LTE connection issues with Apple Watch Series 3 review units, says fix coming

Apple has acknowledged early problems with cellular connectivity on the Apple Watch Series 3, indicating it will try to patch them in a "future software release."

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