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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

London's ex-mayor Boris Johnson pitched Apple on sponsoring the failed Garden Bridge project

London's ex-mayor Boris Johnson pitched Apple on sponsoring the failed Garden Bridge project

While mayor of London, British politician Boris Johnson tried to sell Apple on sponsoring the ultimately abandoned Garden Bridge — to which the company allegedly said it was willing, if it could have a store on the bridge itself.

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FeatureInside High Sierra: HEVC promises to keep quality high, file sizes low for videos, photos

Inside High Sierra: HEVC promises to keep quality high, file sizes low for videos, photos

Support for HEVC, also known as H.265, was announced at the WWDC Keynote by Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi. AppleInsider examines the technology from a user's standpoint, said to be needed to keep 4K videos down to a manageable size.

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Apple TV 4K listing appears on Amazon, after two-year absence of product line [u]

Apple TV 4K listing appears on Amazon, after two-year absence of product line [u]

A listing for the 64-gigabyte version of the Apple TV 4K on Amazon is briefly buoyed hopes for an imminent release of an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple's set-top box— but the listing has since been removed by the e-commerce giant.

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Apple joins FDA pilot program allowing it to skip some rules for health products

Apple joins FDA pilot program allowing it to skip some rules for health products

Apple has been picked as one of nine companies for a pilot program by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which which will let the firms avoid regulations that can slow the development of health-related products.

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Apple squashes iOS 11 bugs with quick release of iOS 11.0.1

Apple squashes iOS 11 bugs with quick release of iOS 11.0.1

Just a week after iOS 11 was launched to the public, Apple has quickly followed up with iOS 11.0.1, a small update intended to address bugs and fix various issues with the software.

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Plex News comes to Apple TV, iPhone & iPad with over 190 sources

Plex News comes to Apple TV, iPhone & iPad with over 190 sources

Making use of its Watchup acquisition, Plex on Tuesday announced a new feature for its media streaming software, Plex News, which assembles a personalized video montage based on a range of global sources.

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Report backs up claims of slow 3D sensor production for Apple's iPhone X

Report backs up claims of slow 3D sensor production for Apple's iPhone X

3D sensor suppliers for the iPhone X are "still struggling" to achieve significant output and improve yield rates, according to a report, which also reiterated expectations that the phone will be in very short supply.

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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.

Deals: Apple TV for $134 ($15 off); Radeon 560 15" MacBook Pro for $2,379 ($120 off); 27" iMac 5K for $1,199; AirPods in stock with no tax in 48 states

Deals: Apple TV for $134 ($15 off); Radeon 560 15

For one day only, shoppers can snap up a 32GB 4th gen Apple TV for $134. Apple's 2017 15" MacBook Pro with upgraded Radeon 560 graphics is also $120 off with coupon, and AirPods are in stock with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Ebay also has Apple refurbished Late 2014 27" iMac 5Ks for $1,199.99.

Giveaway: Enter to win an unlocked iPhone 8 in Space Gray complete with a Speck Presidio Ultra case

Giveaway: Enter to win an unlocked iPhone 8 in Space Gray complete with a Speck Presidio Ultra case

AppleInsider has partnered with Speck this week to offer readers the chance to win a special iPhone 8 package. One lucky winner will receive an unlocked 64GB iPhone 8 in Space Gray complete with a Presidio Ultra case from Speck to keep the new device safe and secure. Total combined value exceeds $750.

TipsTips: Turn off iOS 11 Smart Punctuation to avoid data entry problems

Tips: Turn off iOS 11 Smart Punctuation to avoid data entry problems

An unexpected side effect of Apple's new Smart Punctuation feature in iOS 11 has manifested and is causing some problems with apps that use Core Data to store strings. Here's how to turn off Smart Punctuation, and why you might want to for now.

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macOS's Keychain vulnerability reported earlier in Sept., Apple patch likely coming soon

macOS's Keychain vulnerability reported earlier in Sept., Apple patch likely coming soon

The Keychain password vulnerability affecting multiple versions of macOS — including High Sierra — was reported to Apple on Sept. 7, and will likely be patched by the company in the near future, according to the security researcher who first publicized the issue.

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Apple TV 4K teardown demonstrates new cooling system for A10X processor

Apple TV 4K teardown demonstrates new cooling system for A10X processor

A disassembly of the new Apple TV 4K shows not only the improved processor in the device, but a completely redesigned cooling solution complete with "serious thermal venting" plus a fan.

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Apple patent for ultrasonic force sensor could lead to iPhone with under-screen Touch ID

Apple patent for ultrasonic force sensor could lead to iPhone with under-screen Touch ID

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an ultrasound-based force and touch sensor that could lead to a thinner, less obstructive 3D Touch mechanism, a structure which was reportedly a barrier to below-screen Touch ID integration in iPhone X.

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Apple's iPhone X to boast 2,716mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, Chinese regulatory filing shows

Apple's iPhone X to boast 2,716mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, Chinese regulatory filing shows

A filing with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) appears to show specifications for Apple's iPhone X, notably a capacious 2,716 milliamp-hour battery that will power an A11 Bionic chip clocked at 2.4GHz.

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VideoWatch: Final Cut Pro X still waiting for H.265 HEVC support

Watch: Final Cut Pro X still waiting for H.265 HEVC support

Apple's newly released macOS 10.13 High Sierra operating system supports H.265 video playback, but users looking to cut HEVC video from iPhone 8 on Final Cut Pro X will have to wait for an update.

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Apple's Safari applies differential privacy to ferret out problematic websites in macOS High Sierra

Apple's Safari applies differential privacy to ferret out problematic websites in macOS High Sierra

Alongside a new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature designed to protect user privacy, Apple's latest Safari web browser incorporates differential privacy technology to collect user data in a bid to identify troublesome websites.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Apple spends an estimated $247.51 on iPhone 8 parts, $288.08 on iPhone 8 Plus

Apple spends an estimated $247.51 on iPhone 8 parts, $288.08 on iPhone 8 Plus

Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly dismissed bill of material estimates as incorrect, but that's not stopping research firm IHS Markit to share its latest findings with industry analysts. This year, the firm estimates Apple spends $247.51 on the components that comprise one 4.7-inch iPhone 8 with 64GB of storage.

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VideoWatch: Everything you need to know about Apple's macOS High Sierra release

Watch: Everything you need to know about Apple's macOS High Sierra release

Apple on Monday released its latest and greatest Mac operating system, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, to users around the world. Check out what's new in this video.

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Apple updates iMovie for Mac with HEVC support

Apple updates iMovie for Mac with HEVC support

Following the release of maOS 10.13 High Sierra on Monday, Apple has updated its consumer level video editing tool, iMovie, with support for High Efficiency Video Encoding, a tentpole video feature introduced alongside the company's latest hardware and software releases.

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Apple's iPhone 8 supports EVS for high-quality audio over LTE

Apple's iPhone 8 supports EVS for high-quality audio over LTE

Gone largely unnoticed in the aftermath of Apple's iPhone unveiling, the new iPhone 8 lineup now supports the enhanced voice services (EVS) codec, promising higher quality calls over LTE networks that support the feature.

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macOS High Sierra vulnerability may let unsigned apps steal Keychain logins in plaintext

macOS High Sierra vulnerability may let unsigned apps steal Keychain logins in plaintext

Apple's macOS High Sierra contains a vulnerability that lets apps discover Keychain passwords in plaintext, though it requires victims to intentionally override built-in security, a researcher noted on Monday.

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Apple updates iBooks Author with wide color gamut support, easier Photos imports

Apple updates iBooks Author with wide color gamut support, easier Photos imports

Apple on Monday issued an update to iBooks Author, its tool for building interactive e-books viewable on Mac and iOS devices — its first such update since 2016.

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macOS High Sierra includes support for H.265 video, but Final Cut Pro users are still waiting

macOS High Sierra includes support for H.265 video, but Final Cut Pro users are still waiting

The iPhone 8 shoots H.265 4K video, and macOS High Sierra can view it, but editors who rely on Final Cut Pro X cannot yet utilize the codec until Apple issues a highly anticipated update.

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Amazon slashes 4K video prices in apparent reaction to iTunes 4K deals

Amazon slashes 4K video prices in apparent reaction to iTunes 4K deals

Amazon has dramatically reduced the costs of 4K movies on Amazon Video, undercutting prices at Apple's iTunes for streaming on the Apple TV 4K.

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FeatureInside High Sierra: Safari's Javascript engine much faster, accursed autoplay videos (mostly) killed

Inside High Sierra: Safari's Javascript engine much faster, accursed autoplay videos (mostly) killed

While marquee features like APFS have stolen most of the spotlight, Apple has implemented significant improvements to Safari with the goal of making a user's time with it easier, and less annoying.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra with APFS, Metal 2, new Safari, Photos improvements

Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra with APFS, Metal 2, new Safari, Photos improvements

High Sierra has arrived for all users, and brings the Apple File System to the Mac for the first time, while introducing support for a variety of other standards such as HEVC video, HEIF image encoding, and Apple's Metal 2 graphics platform supporting technology like external GPUs.

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Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search platform in Siri, iOS Search, and Mac's Spotlight

Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search platform in Siri, iOS Search, and Mac's Spotlight

Apple is switching from Microsoft's Bing to Google as the default Web search provider for Siri, iOS Search, and Spotlight on the Mac, the company announced on Monday.

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MLB At Bat to get Apple ARKit enhancements for 2018 season

MLB At Bat to get Apple ARKit enhancements for 2018 season

Major League Baseball is in the middle of testing ARKit features for its At Bat iOS app, which will offer people live statistics as they watch a game from the stands.

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Latest Apple Park drone video shows construction progressing past debut of Steve Jobs Theater

Latest Apple Park drone video shows construction progressing past debut of Steve Jobs Theater

Sunset drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino shows that construction is still very much ongoing at the new headquarters, even after this month's public debut of the Steve Jobs Theater.

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Apple taking cautious approach with iPhone X production before preorders begin - report

Apple taking cautious approach with iPhone X production before preorders begin - report

With preorders for the iPhone X not set to start for over a month, Apple is said to be employing a conservative approach with production of its flagship handset, as suppliers are reportedly turning out parts at a pace slower than anticipated.

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iPhone X preorders could top 50 million, but TrueDepth camera is bottleneck for Apple

iPhone X preorders could top 50 million, but TrueDepth camera is bottleneck for Apple

The premium-priced iPhone X is on track to be a colossal success for Apple, but whether or not the company can overcome production issues to satisfy consumer demand remains a major question mark ahead of its November launch.

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Apple rumored to launch jumbo-sized 6.46-inch iPhone X in 2018

Apple rumored to launch jumbo-sized 6.46-inch iPhone X in 2018

Reports from South Korea suggest that Apple has ruled out a 5.2-inch OLED phone in 2018, and is examining two sizes of OLED screens with one very similar to the iPhone X, plus a large-format LED model.

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New levels, character coming to 'Super Mario Run' with 50% discount

New levels, character coming to 'Super Mario Run' with 50% discount

Nintendo is preparing to release a major update to 'Super Mario Run' on September 29, with the Friday upgrade introducing new content to the iOS platform game, including a new game mode and playable character, with a discount implementing at the time of the update's release cutting the price of unlocking the full game in half.

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High Sierra validates Mac firmware weekly, alerts users to possible security issues

High Sierra validates Mac firmware weekly, alerts users to possible security issues

A new routine in High Sierra runs automatically weekly and checks the firmware of the Mac that is installed on to check for modifications that may jeopardize the security of the machine.

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Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds slightly bigger battery, few other changes beyond LTE

Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds slightly bigger battery, few other changes beyond LTE

A teardown of the Apple Watch Series 3 published on Monday found that the device is largely similar to the Series 2, but with some redesign work to accommodate LTE technology.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

VideoWatch: Why Apple TV 4K can't play 4K YouTube videos

Watch: Why Apple TV 4K can't play 4K YouTube videos

Apple TV 4K promises users the ability to view 4K HDR content from a wide range of sources, including Netflix and Apple's own iTunes Store. However, the streamer is incompatible with one of the world's largest repositories of free 4K content: YouTube. We explain why.

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VideoVideo: First look at new Apple TV 4K with HDR

Video: First look at new Apple TV 4K with HDR

The new Apple TV 4K offers ultra-high resolution streaming from services like iTunes and Netflix, as well as access to apps and games on the tvOS App Store. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new set-top streaming box.

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Netflix app updated for 1080p HDR on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, forthcoming iPhone X

Netflix app updated for 1080p HDR on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, forthcoming iPhone X

An update to the iOS Netflix app brings HDR video to Apple's new crop of phones including the iPhone 8 family and November's iPhone X, but as of yet, the feature has not been added to the Apple TV version of the app.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017