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Thursday, January 24, 2019

FeatureApple launched Macintosh on January 24, 1984 and changed the world — eventually

Apple launched Macintosh on January 24, 1984 and changed the world — eventually

At launch, the Macintosh was far from a hit, far from being affordable and even far from being completely workable. Yet, the that original model did succeed in forever changing computing not just for fans, but for the entire world.

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Apple lays off more than 200 employees from 'Project Titan' autonomous vehicle team

Apple lays off more than 200 employees from 'Project Titan' autonomous vehicle team

In what is being billed internally as a restructuring effort, Apple this week released more than 200 employees from its "Project Titan" group, a secretive branch of the company focused on developing self-driving car technologies.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Apple restocks iPhone SE on clearance site, all models available

Apple restocks iPhone SE on clearance site, all models available

Apple on Wednesday restocked its online clearance store with iPhone SE models, once again offering fans of the popular small form-factor handset a crack at purchasing the device new nearly three years after it first debuted.

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Upcoming TiVo app for Apple TV restricted to 720p at 30 frames per second streaming

Upcoming TiVo app for Apple TV restricted to 720p at 30 frames per second streaming

TiVo is looking to build out its consumer base by extending access to the service via streaming apps set to launch on third-party hardware, including Apple TV, though the company plans to restrict video quality to a paltry 720p at 30 frames per second.

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Apple poaches Samsung executive to lead battery development team

Apple poaches Samsung executive to lead battery development team

Apple recently hired former Samsung executive Soonho Ahn to serve as its new Global Head of Battery Developments, a position that hints at potential plans to develop and ultimately produce first-party battery parts.

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ExclusiveLowest prices ever: $900 off Apple's top-of-the-line 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, $430 off 12.9" iPad Pros

Lowest prices ever: $900 off Apple's top-of-the-line 13

Exclusively for AI readers, B&H Photo is knocking $900 off Apple's high-end Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Packed with upgrades, including a 3.5GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, this model is top of the line. Apple's 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also hundreds of dollars off, with the 512GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model now $849 ($430 off).

Apple features Apple Pay Cash with new YouTube ads

Apple features Apple Pay Cash with new YouTube ads

Apple on Wednesday released a trio of videos to its YouTube channel, hoping to hook more people on the idea of using Apple Pay Cash.

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ExclusiveHere's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's upgraded 2018 MacBook Pro

Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's upgraded 2018 MacBook Pro

Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued steep markdowns on Apple's CTO 2018 MacBook Pros, with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $250 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices available, are available only at AppleInsider.

Hulu drops cost of ad-based tier, but hikes Live TV option to $44.99

Hulu drops cost of ad-based tier, but hikes Live TV option to $44.99

Hulu on Wednesday announced significant changes to its pricing schemes, making it cheaper to get in the door of the streaming service, but more expensive for access to Live TV.

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VideoReview: Apple's iPhone Smart Battery Case finally grows up

Review: Apple's iPhone Smart Battery Case finally grows up

After taking a year off — much to the chagrin of iPhone X owners — Apple recently released a new version of its Smart Battery Case. This time, it comes with new features, a refined design, and is available for the first the first time in a larger size.

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TipsHow to play music from your Apple Watch on speakers and wireless headphones

How to play music from your Apple Watch on speakers and wireless headphones

You have to stream music from the Apple Watch to something in order to hear it at all, but Apple makes your choices confusing with mislabeled options and screens that do different things depending on you get to them. Here's how to listen to non-Apple Music choices like Spotify and play them through speakers.

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Egypt calls for more direct presence from Apple amid pressure on iPhone prices

Egypt calls for more direct presence from Apple amid pressure on iPhone prices

The Egyptian government has been talking with Apple about the prospect of implementing a more direct corporate presence, according to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

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YouTube TV goes nationwide in time for Super Bowl, but some markets missing channels

YouTube TV goes nationwide in time for Super Bowl, but some markets missing channels

Live streaming service YouTube TV is now officially available across the U.S., though some small gaps remain and other regions may lack access to one or more of the four major broadcasters.

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Qualcomm doesn't wield enough power to harm competition, says trial witness

Qualcomm doesn't wield enough power to harm competition, says trial witness

Testifying during the ongoing antitrust trial pitting the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Qualcomm, an expert witness claimed that despite the FTC's allegations, the company doesn't have enough clout to harm the mobile chip industry.

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EditorialApple promotes photography with 'Shot on iPhone' contest, but is ripping off photographers

Apple promotes photography with 'Shot on iPhone' contest, but is ripping off photographers

Huge numbers of professional photographers use Apple gear, but even when they don't, why would they let Apple or any company use their images for free? Apple's new ad campaign will rob the very creatives Apple claims to champion.

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Tim Cook spotted eating with Brazil's Bolsonaro, Microsoft's Nadella & others at Davos

Tim Cook spotted eating with Brazil's Bolsonaro, Microsoft's Nadella & others at Davos

Attending this week's World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for dinner with a high-profile collection of fellow guests, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the newly-elected far-right President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.

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Apple's second-generation AirPods with health tracking features coming first half 2019

Apple's second-generation AirPods with health tracking features coming first half 2019

The second generation of Apple's AirPods will arrive in the first half of 2019, according to supply chain sources, with the wearable devices expected to include health tracking functionality that will make them more attractive in the overall wearables market.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Australia's largest bank rolls out support for Apple Pay

Australia's largest bank rolls out support for Apple Pay

After an unsuccessful attempt to boycott Apple Pay in hopes of spurring its own mobile payments solution, Australia's largest bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, on Wednesday initiated integration with Apple's product.

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Pixelmator Pro gets new layer tools, clipping masks, more in 'Prism' update

Pixelmator Pro gets new layer tools, clipping masks, more in 'Prism' update

In the third major update to Pixelmator Pro, the popular image editor gains several new features and enhancements including organizational improvements, clipping masks, and new controls.

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Apple's Tim Cook meets with power brokers at Davos, says education efforts 'for the people'

Apple's Tim Cook meets with power brokers at Davos, says education efforts 'for the people'

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Davos, Switzerland this week for the annual World Economic Forum, where corporate and political leaders gather to discuss their plans for the future.

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Apple says the iPhone is a valuable readiness aid in a world impacted by climate change

Apple says the iPhone is a valuable readiness aid in a world impacted by climate change

To a degree, Apple could actually benefit from the impacts of climate change with the iPhone a crucial part of a customer's readiness for a crisis, the company said in an unusual statement made public on Tuesday.

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Coach updates Apple Watch band lineup with three new colors and a new style

Coach updates Apple Watch band lineup with three new colors and a new style

Coach has updated its Apple Watch strap lineup with new colors of their existing styles including a refresh to the popular Tea Rose Applique variant.

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Apple's 'Shot on iPhone Challenge' offers chance for user's photos to be featured in ads

Apple's 'Shot on iPhone Challenge' offers chance for user's photos to be featured in ads

Apple has asked iPhone owners to submit their best photographs to the Shot on iPhone Challenge, with images selected by the company able to be featured on billboards, Apple retail outlets and online.

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2

Apple releases iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2

Apple has completed its latest round of beta testing, issuing final release updates of iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 for use by the general public.

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MacBook Pro 'stage lighting' problem caused by tearing of thin cable integrated into display

MacBook Pro 'stage lighting' problem caused by tearing of thin cable integrated into display

Repair advocate iFixit suggests that all of Apple's Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros may be vulnerable to fatigue failure of a thin flex-cable connecting the motherboard to the display.

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VideoTested: Using the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case on the iPhone X

Tested: Using the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case on the iPhone X

The Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS physically fits on the 2017 iPhone X — but how well does it actually work with the older device? AppleInsider puts it through its paces.

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iPhone XS Max ranks fourth in DxOMark selfie camera rankings

iPhone XS Max ranks fourth in DxOMark selfie camera rankings

DxOMark on Tuesday published its first-ever test rankings for smartphone selfie cameras, putting Apple's top-end phone, the iPhone XS Max, in just fourth place.

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Apple exec admits Qualcomm was the only option for 4G in the iPhone for years

Apple exec admits Qualcomm was the only option for 4G in the iPhone for years

Potentially aiding Qualcomm's trial defense against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple has admitted that for years, there was no other realistic option but Qualcomm when it wanted 4G modems for iPhones.

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Apple locks Fortune's 'Most Admired Company' title for 12 years in a row

Apple locks Fortune's 'Most Admired Company' title for 12 years in a row

Unfazed by iPhone sales or claims of stagnation, Apple on Tuesday claimed the top spot in Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list — for the 12th year in a row.

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Foxconn says it will hire 50,000 in China amid claims of iPhone-related layoffs

Foxconn says it will hire 50,000 in China amid claims of iPhone-related layoffs

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, said on Tuesday that it's aiming to hire over 50,000 people across its Chinese factories during the first quarter, which may at least eliminate any worst-case scenarios in the aftermath of weak iPhone sales.

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Apple Pay coming to all 1,850 US Target locations, 7,000 Taco Bell restaurants

Apple Pay coming to all 1,850 US Target locations, 7,000 Taco Bell restaurants

Target has finally caved and will start accepting Apple Pay at retail very soon, alongside other major U.S. locations like Taco Bell and Hy-Vee.

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Foxconn examining shift of iPhone assembly to India

Foxconn examining shift of iPhone assembly to India

Foxconn is examining an expansion into India to both skirt a potential US-imposed tariff, as well as to help Apple comply with Indian requirements to manufacture locally.

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Apple settles Apple Watch heart rate sensor lawsuit with biometrics firm Valencell

Apple settles Apple Watch heart rate sensor lawsuit with biometrics firm Valencell

Apple has settled a lawsuit with biometrics firm Valencell claiming the iPhone producer infringed patents relating to sensing technology, one that accused Apple of acquiring data on its technology during the development of the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor.

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2020 iPhone lineup appears set to use OLED screens across the board

2020 iPhone lineup appears set to use OLED screens across the board

A report into the misfortunes of LCD supplier Japan Display claims that the company is in trouble because of slow sales of the iPhone XR and will not recover because Apple is moving to OLED for all its phones in 2019.

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Apple's AirPower again rumored to launch in 2019

Apple's AirPower again rumored to launch in 2019

Backing up rumors that Apple's long delayed AirPower wireless charging mat has entered mass manufacturing, a report on Tuesday claims the device is in production ahead of a launch date sometime in 2019.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Apple Upper East Side store in NYC wins AIA award for interior architecture

Apple Upper East Side store in NYC wins AIA award for interior architecture

Apple recently received an award from the American Institute of Architects for the extensive repurposing of a Manhattan bank into a high-tech retail outlet, an undertaking that married painstaking exterior and interior restoration with newly fabricated design elements.

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TipsHow to choose what music gets stored on your Apple Watch

How to choose what music gets stored on your Apple Watch

Apple could make it less of a chore, but in just a few steps you can download playlists and albums directly to your Apple Watch. AppleInsider demonstrates how to keep your favorites on your wrist and leave your iPhone behind.

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EditorialSurviving the most technologically advanced trade show solely on USB-C was a nightmare

Surviving the most technologically advanced trade show solely on USB-C was a nightmare

We tried to take on the Consumer Electronics Show with nothing but USB-C, and the effort just highlighted how far the new standard has to go. While it can power your gear quickly, trying to use only USB-C wasn't great — but that doesn't have much to do with Apple.

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Hands-OnGoogle Fi for the iPhone solid for travelers, but still has same carrier customer service nonsense

Google Fi for the iPhone solid for travelers, but still has same carrier customer service nonsense

At the tail end of 2018, Google changed the name of their MVNO carrier service from Project Fi, to Google Fi and opened up support to the iPhone. AppleInsider has been using it for a while even before the announcement, so let's take a look at the service now that you don't have to jump through hoops to use it on an Apple device.

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