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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Apple shares drop on iPhone chipmaker TSMC forecasting $1B less in revenue

Apple shares drop on iPhone chipmaker TSMC forecasting $1B less in revenue

Apple's share price dropped about 3 percent during pre-market trading going into Thursday, on word that TSMC — the manufacturer of A-series processors for iPhones and iPads — is expecting about $1 billion less revenue for the second quarter than Wall Street forecasts.

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TipsHow to find your saved Wi-Fi network password stored in your Mac's Keychain

How to find your saved Wi-Fi network password stored in your Mac's Keychain

Wi-Fi passwords can be hard to remember, and sometimes difficult to reacquire if the router or the information is not easily accessible by users. If you have previously accessed the wireless network via a Mac, AppleInsider explains how you can rediscover the Wi-Fi password using Keychain Access.

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FeatureAmazon touts 100M Prime users as Apple quietly passes a quarter-billion paid subscriptions

Amazon touts 100M Prime users as Apple quietly passes a quarter-billion paid subscriptions

Apple now has a customer base of more than 250 million paid subscriptions across its Services offerings of Apple Music, iCloud and App Store continuing payments. Viewed against Amazon's recent announcement of 100 million Prime members, that figure is substantial. But Apple is also adding around 30 million new subscriptions every quarter.

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Intel to shutter New Devices Group, disband team behind AR smart glasses

Intel to shutter New Devices Group, disband team behind AR smart glasses

After numerous failed attempts to break into the wearables market, Intel plans to pull the plug on its New Devices Group, a project in which the company invested hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Qualcomm cutting jobs amidst financial woes, legal battle with Apple

Qualcomm cutting jobs amidst financial woes, legal battle with Apple

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday confirmed it is conducting layoffs as part of cost-cutting measures announced in January. The firm is fighting to remain afloat after a tumultuous few months that saw a failed hostile takeover by Broadcom, multiple government inquiries into unsavory business practices and a protracted legal war with Apple.

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VideoWatch: Six months with iPhone 8 Plus

Watch: Six months with iPhone 8 Plus

It's been six months since I switched from an iPhone 7 Plus to an iPhone 8 Plus when it and the iPhone 8 were released last September. In this video we take a closer look at the small differences that make, and literally break, Apple's updated handset.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices Ever: High-end 12" MacBook on sale for $969; loaded 15" MacBook Pros from $1,949; iMac deals as low as $779

Lowest Prices Ever: High-end 12

The lowest prices we've ever seen on popular MacBooks, MacBook Pros and iMacs are in effect now with our exclusive coupon. Save up to $1,150 on loaded configs with prices starting at just $779. All with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Only at AppleInsider.

Kuo: Budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone lineup could start at $550

Kuo: Budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone lineup could start at $550

Apple is predicted to launch two versions of a rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone later this year, one with a starting price as low as $550 and another potentially outfitted with dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) technology, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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EditorialIll-informed YouTuber bemoans Apple repair policies after breaking iMac Pro

Ill-informed YouTuber bemoans Apple repair policies after breaking iMac Pro

A YouTube video is generating over a million views and myriad social media complaints about Apple "refusing" to fix an iMac Pro destroyed after taken apart for a video — but the creators are short on specifics, and profoundly lacking an understanding of how the system works.

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FeatureApple's 2019 Mac Pro: eight things we want to see

Apple's 2019 Mac Pro: eight things we want to see

Apple has teased users for over a year about a major revamp of the Mac Pro. A new and improved model, meant to usurp the "thermally challenged" cylindrical Mac Pro that debuted years ago is coming in 2019, and this got us thinking about what we hope to see when Apple finally ships.

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Apple's iPhone holds crown for owner loyalty, as Samsung retains lead in U.S. smartphone activations

Apple's iPhone holds crown for owner loyalty, as Samsung retains lead in U.S. smartphone activations

Despite the Apple loyalty hitting a high, the March launch of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ helped propel Samsung ahead of Apple in U.S. smartphone activations during the last quarter, a reversal of what happened during the holiday period.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $250 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing OAC.

Apple Deals: 2017 13" Touch Bar for $1,599; 27" iMac 5K on sale for $1,649; $250 off premium Radeon 560 15" MacBook Pro

Apple Deals: 2017 13

Fresh Apple deals have landed this week, and shoppers can save $200 on Apple's current Mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar or $150 on the 27" iMac 5K with no tax in most states. Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro is also on sale for $2,549, a discount of $250 off retail.

Apple support site issue preventing users from booking Genius Bar visits at Apple stores [u]

Apple support site issue preventing users from booking Genius Bar visits at Apple stores [u]

A number of Apple customers are not able make appointments for the Genius Bar, with reports users unable to reserve a spot for support at their local Apple Retail outlet, a problem that Apple is working to fix as soon as possible. [Updated]

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Apple's iPhone 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature helping to reduce dangerous habits

Apple's iPhone 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature helping to reduce dangerous habits

A study found smartphone use while driving continues to be an issue in the United States, but Apple's introduction of Do Not Disturb While Driving last year has made a small difference, reducing the amount of iPhone use while at the wheel by approximately 8 percent.

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iOS release of 'Fortnite' rakes in over $25M in first 30 days

iOS release of 'Fortnite' rakes in over $25M in first 30 days

Epic Games' "Fortnite" — a free-to-play third-person shooter, which took off after adding a battle royale mode copying "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" — amassed over $25 million in its first 30 days after being ported to iOS devices, according to research data shared this week.

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Apple Music expected to grow 40% annually for next three years, drive Services growth

Apple Music expected to grow 40% annually for next three years, drive Services growth

An analyst predicts that Apple Music's dramatic growth over the next three years will be another major factor driving services revenue upward, but may push down overall margins.

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Probable 'iPhone SE 2' exposed by European regulatory agency

Probable 'iPhone SE 2' exposed by European regulatory agency

Apple may be close to announcing a follow-up to the iPhone SE, after the discovery of a regulatory filing reveals details and images for unannounced mobile devices from Apple, effectively confirming new iPhones will be on the way in the near future.

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Apple iOS App Store is trouncing Google Play in services, subscriptions

Apple iOS App Store is trouncing Google Play in services, subscriptions

Apple's U.S. customers installed 45 new iPhone apps in 2017, a growth of 10 percent over last year, while Services revenue from In-App Purchases and Subscriptions expanded by 23 percent—driven by games, music and video streaming and dating services. And overall, Apple's U.S. App Store customers drove significantly higher revenue per user ($58) than Google Play ($38).

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Dropbox gets drag and drop support for iPad in latest update

Dropbox gets drag and drop support for iPad in latest update

Dropbox updated its iOS app on Tuesday with a few new features suited for iOS 11's iPad-centric features, including the ability to drag and drop files between folders and other apps.

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Apple's Chinese sales at risk after FCC forwards security ban targeting Huawei, ZTE

Apple's Chinese sales at risk after FCC forwards security ban targeting Huawei, ZTE

Apple could soon find itself caught in the middle of a quickly escalating trade skirmish between the U.S. and China. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday moved forward with plans to limit sales of certain Chinese telecommunications products, a move that leaves America's high-tech industry open to tit-for-tat retaliations.

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Winners of the BlackPods customized AirPods giveaway announced [Angela M. and Sally J.]

Winners of the BlackPods customized AirPods giveaway announced [Angela M. and Sally J.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, Angela M. and Sally J., each of whom will receive a pair of BlackPods premium customized AirPods.

ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $350 to $500 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $350 to $500 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Readers this week can snap up the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's iMac Pro with our exclusive coupon. On top of the bonus savings available only at AppleInsider, there's no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as no interest financing for 12 months on approved credit.

Hands-OnFirst look: Sonnet's eGFX Breakaway Puck RX570 delivers on-the-go graphics power to MacBook Pro

First look: Sonnet's eGFX Breakaway Puck RX570 delivers on-the-go graphics power to MacBook Pro

The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck packs a Radeon RX570 GPU inside a portable, Thunderbolt 3-compatible package, offering MacBook users a take-anywhere graphics boost.

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VideoWatch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus battery life compared

Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus battery life compared

Continuing the comparison between Apple's iPhone X and Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus, AppleInsider pitted the flagship smartphones against each other in a number of battery life tests, to see which can last the longest. Can the battery in Apple's premium device out-last its main rival?

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IRS digital tax filing systems mostly down as midnight deadline approaches [u]

IRS digital tax filing systems mostly down as midnight deadline approaches [u]

The Internal Revenue Service's electronic filing system has failed for reasons unknown, and the agency has been attempting to solve the problem for nearly eight hours with no success.

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TipsHow to annotate screenshots with Markup on the iPhone or iPad

How to annotate screenshots with Markup on the iPhone or iPad

If you need to help someone use an app on an iPhone or iPad, it is sometimes better to show where or how to perform an action than to verbally explain it. AppleInsider explains how to take advantage of the Markup tools built into iOS to illustrate to another person what to do via annotated screenshots.

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B&H is knocking $500-$1,000 off MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 and up to $250 off Propel Star Wars battle drones

B&H is knocking $500-$1,000 off MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 and up to $250 off Propel Star Wars battle drones

B&H is clearing out remaining Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros with cash discounts of up to $1,000 off. Prices start at just $1,899 with free expedited shipping and no tax in most states. Meanwhile, Apple Watch Series 3 devices with GPS + Cellular functionality are up to $50 off and Propel Star Wars battle drones are up to $250 off today only.

Apple issues second beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to developers for testing

Apple issues second beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to developers for testing

Following the release of the latest crop of iOS-derived betas on Friday, Apple on Tuesday issued its second beta of macOS 10.13.5 to developers.

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AirPort Express Wi-Fi router removed from Home app in iOS 11.4 beta, AirPlay 2 support in doubt

AirPort Express Wi-Fi router removed from Home app in iOS 11.4 beta, AirPlay 2 support in doubt

The AirPort Express is no longer showing up in the Home app for users on the latest iOS 11.4 beta, casting doubt that it will be updated to use as an AirPlay 2 target.

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Apple to expand AI and machine learning office in Seattle, making room for 475 people

Apple to expand AI and machine learning office in Seattle, making room for 475 people

Apple is reportedly on the verge of moving into another floor at Seattle's Two Union Square, giving the company a presence on five floors of the skyscraper.

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Russia demands Apple pull Telegram for iPhone from App Store

Russia demands Apple pull Telegram for iPhone from App Store

Russia's telecomunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, sent orders to both Apple and Google on Tuesday, asking them to halt local downloads of the popular secure messaging app Telegram.

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DirecTV Now extends free Apple TV 4K offer with 3 months of prepaid service

DirecTV Now extends free Apple TV 4K offer with 3 months of prepaid service

DirecTV has extended its popular free Apple TV 4K promotion with three months of prepaid DirecTV Now service. Plans start at $35 per month, making the 32GB Apple TV 4K with service as low as $105.

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Apple grabs 86% of global smartphone profits, iPhone X alone seizes 35%

Apple grabs 86% of global smartphone profits, iPhone X alone seizes 35%

New research covering the last calendar quarter of 2017 suggests that not only did Apple once again command the lion's share of the smartphone market's profit, but the iPhone X was responsible for collecting more than one-third of it.

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Apple investigating replaceable Apple Watch battery packs

Apple investigating replaceable Apple Watch battery packs

Apple is still considering ways to make the Apple Watch more useful, with one idea consisting of adding extra sensors, batteries, and other components to the wearable device, using exchangeable backplates that clip to the back using the same slots at the top and bottom used to connect the Watch Band.

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Apple expected to launch paid news subscription service on back of Texture magazine buy

Apple expected to launch paid news subscription service on back of Texture magazine buy

As part of folding the Texture "Netflix for magazines" service into its own products, Apple appears poised to fire up a premium subscription offering integrating curated news to continue to grow services revenue.

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EditorialLennar now integrating Amazon Alexa surveillance into new home construction

Lennar now integrating Amazon Alexa surveillance into new home construction

Major U.S. home builder Lennar, along with other regional home builders, has partnered with Amazon to install multiple Echo microphones into new housing together with Alexa-controlled light switches, thermostats and even door locks that grant access to Amazon delivery workers—creating a wider threat of Facebook-style corporate surveillance and invasions of privacy.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Apple's international iPad ads tout student-friendly Apple Pencil support

Apple's international iPad ads tout student-friendly Apple Pencil support

Apple Turkey this week posted a series of short commercials to its regional YouTube page featuring the new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil, positioning the device pairing as an ideal learning and creativity platform for students.

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TipsResearcher estimates GrayKey can unlock 6-digit iPhone passcode in 11 hours, here's how to protect yourself

Researcher estimates GrayKey can unlock 6-digit iPhone passcode in 11 hours, here's how to protect yourself

New estimates from a security researcher suggest GrayKey, a digital forensics tool in active use by U.S. law enforcement agencies, is capable of cracking Apple's standard six-digit iPhone passcode in an average of 11 hours. Longer codes, however, could take years to process. Here's how to beef up your handset's security.

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