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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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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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.

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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Apple's AirPlay 2 not currently functional in iOS 11 devices connected to tvOS 11

Apple's AirPlay 2 not currently functional in iOS 11 devices connected to tvOS 11

Apple's AirPlay 2 discussion at the 2017 WWDC promised streaming support to multiple targets from an iPhone or iPad — but initial testing seems to suggest that the feature is not currently enabled in iOS 11, tvOS 11 or both.

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Early Apple Watch Series 3 reviews skew friendly, but with concerns about cost & glitches

Early Apple Watch Series 3 reviews skew friendly, but with concerns about cost & glitches

Some of the first reviews of the LTE-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 emerged on Wednesday, giving the wearable praise in many respects, but also raising issues around limitations and early bugs.

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Apollo Cloud 2 Duo first NAS hard drive array to support Apple's iOS 11 Files apps on iPad, iPhone

Apollo Cloud 2 Duo first NAS hard drive array to support Apple's iOS 11 Files apps on iPad, iPhone

Promise Technology has announced that its Apollo Cloud 2 Duo network attached storage device has received a software update to allow it to appear in the iOS 11 Files application for seamless transfer of files to and from the device from both the Mac and an iPhone or iPad.

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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.

Inside iOS 11: Files app brings some user control of documents stored on an iPad or iPhone

Inside iOS 11: Files app brings some user control of documents stored on an iPad or iPhone

Apple's iOS 11 brings along with it a new Files app, allowing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users the ability to seamlessly share working documents across iCloud, as well as integrate other online storage services with compatible applications.

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EditorialEditorial: Who will buy iPhone 8?

Editorial: Who will buy iPhone 8?

A variety of early reviews for Apple's new iPhone 8 & 8 Plus sought to dismiss the latest models as already "obsolete" in the face of the upcoming iPhone X. Many of their concerns focus on the idea that buyers really want an all-new design. They're wrong, here's why.

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Photos show nearly completed Apple retail outlet in Austin

Photos show nearly completed Apple retail outlet in Austin

Apple appears to be nearing completion of a soon-to-be-relocated mall outlet in Austin, Tex., that looks to feature exterior — and likely interior — design elements consistent with the company's "Apple store 2.0" aesthetic.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Apple's Lisa Jackson criticizes Trump EPA for lack of transparency

Apple's Lisa Jackson criticizes Trump EPA for lack of transparency

Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson in an interview on Tuesday said the Environmental Protection Agency, which she led from 2009 to 2013, is under threat from President Donald Trump's administration for a seeming lack of transparency.

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Ikea's augmented reality app now available for download

Ikea's augmented reality app now available for download

First teased at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June as part of Apple's ARKit debut, Ikea's augmented reality shopping app, Ikea Place, saw release on Tuesday shortly after iOS 11 was pushed out to end users.

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First ARKit apps hit App Store, including Strava's Fitness AR and room dimensioning app PLNAR

First ARKit apps hit App Store, including Strava's Fitness AR and room dimensioning app PLNAR

With the release of iOS 11 on Tuesday, iPhone and iPad owners will see a flood of augmented reality titles hit the App Store thanks to Apple's introduction of ARKit. An app utilizing fitness tracking app maker Strava's API and room dimensioning title PLNAR are among the first to take advantage of the specialized API.

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Apple Music app for Android updated with 'OK Google' support, more

Apple Music app for Android updated with 'OK Google' support, more

Apple on Tuesday updated its Apple Music app for Android with a few enhancements that bring the title more in line with its native iOS counterpart, as well as platform-specific features like "OK Google" voice control.

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VideoWatch: Everything you need to know about iOS 11, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11

Watch: Everything you need to know about iOS 11, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11

Apple on Tuesday launched its latest and greatest mobile device software in iOS 11, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11. AppleInsider goes over everything you need to know, including a summary of the most important OS changes, in this video.

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Procreate 4 delivers drag and drop, Files app support, other iOS 11 enhancements

Procreate 4 delivers drag and drop, Files app support, other iOS 11 enhancements

One of the App Store's best third-party illustration apps, Procreate, received a massive update on Tuesday with an all-new imaging engine and iOS 11-specific features like drag and drop, Files app support and more.

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Apple sets new 150MB ceiling for over the air App Store downloads

Apple sets new 150MB ceiling for over the air App Store downloads

To go along with Tuesday's big iOS 11 release, Apple announced a change in App Store policy that allows users to download apps up to 150 megabytes in size when connected to a cellular network, up from a previous cap of 100MB.

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All 2018 iPhones likely to adopt Face ID biometrics, TrueDepth camera if consumer response is positive

All 2018 iPhones likely to adopt Face ID biometrics, TrueDepth camera if consumer response is positive

With the launch of Face ID on iPhone X, and the subsequent removal of Touch ID, users are wondering whether Apple's legacy fingerprint biometric solution is dead in the water. According to one analyst, that answer depends as much on the public reception of the new facial recognition system as it does technical hurdles involving an under-screen Touch ID system.

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Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote with iOS 11 features

Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote with iOS 11 features

Following Tuesday's release of iOS 11, Apple has updated its iWork suite of productivity apps to better take advantage of the new operating system's features, with iPad-centric support for drag and drop, multitasking and more.

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Apple posts new iPad tutorial videos highlighting iOS 11 features like handwriting conversion

Apple posts new iPad tutorial videos highlighting iOS 11 features like handwriting conversion

Timed with the debut of iOS 11, Apple has uploaded three new tutorial videos for iPad owners, offering brief demonstrations of some of the operating system's tablet-centric features.

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Trade-in Deals: Sell your used iPhone for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus now that the iPhone 8 has landed

Trade-in Deals: Sell your used iPhone for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus now that the iPhone 8 has landed

The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is before new models hit the market like Apple's recently announced iPhone X. Here's a guide to help you sell your old device for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBackWorld, Next Worth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services.

Belkin rolls out 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar Lightning adapter for iPhones without a headphone jack

Belkin rolls out 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar Lightning adapter for iPhones without a headphone jack

The new 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar allows Lightning-only devices to plug in headphone jack audio devices and a source of power or data and use both at the same time.

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Apple issues Safari 11 update for macOS Sierra & OS X El Capitan

Apple issues Safari 11 update for macOS Sierra & OS X El Capitan

Though it's included by default with the upcoming macOS High Sierra, Apple on Tuesday released Safari 11 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan, giving people early access to the finished browser's features.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: Apple's Photos app gains native support for animated GIFs

Inside iOS 11: Apple's Photos app gains native support for animated GIFs

Apple's newly released iOS 11 update adds support for viewing animated GIFs in the native Photos app, and also automatically sorts them into a dedicated folder of animated images, making it even easier to find the pictures you are looking for.

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Apple updates TestFlight & Swift Playgrounds for iOS 11's new tech

Apple updates TestFlight & Swift Playgrounds for iOS 11's new tech

In conjunction with the release of iOS 11, Apple has also released new versions of TestFlight and Swift Playgrounds, redesigning the former's interface and adding an things like an Augmented Reality challenge to the latter.

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