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Friday, September 22, 2017

Apple adds global FeliCa support to Apple Pay with iPhone 8, iPhone X & Apple Watch Series 3

Apple adds global FeliCa support to Apple Pay with iPhone 8, iPhone X & Apple Watch Series 3

Overshadowed by Apple's recent glut of hardware news, the company's latest mobile devices now feature NFC technology that allows all iPhone 8, iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 devices, even those sold outside of Japan, to interact with FeliCa terminals.

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Inside iPhone 8: new 29 watt Fast Charging like iPad Pro, using USB-PD

Inside iPhone 8: new 29 watt Fast Charging like iPad Pro, using USB-PD

Apple's new iPhone 8 supports new Qi wireless charging pads as a wireless convenience, but if you're in a hurry to recharge, you'll want to plug it in to take advantage of the significantly faster charge you can get using a standard 10 or 12 watt iPad adapter. New to iPhone 8 is an even quicker "Fast Charging" feature that uses the 29 watt USB-Power Delivery specification associated with USB-C and USB 3.1 to get you from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

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VideoWatch: Unboxing all 3 iPhone 8 colors, plus bonus Quick Start setup

Watch: Unboxing all 3 iPhone 8 colors, plus bonus Quick Start setup

Considering a new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? AppleInsider unboxes all three color options of Apple's latest handset lineup and goes through the new Quick Start setup feature, which lets users transfer setup options and settings over from another device running iOS 11.

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iTunes Digital Copy redemptions from non-4K Blu-rays appear to support 4K streaming on new Apple TV

iTunes Digital Copy redemptions from non-4K Blu-rays appear to support 4K streaming on new Apple TV

While 4K films on iTunes are streaming-only, it appears that users may be able to upgrade their movie collection if they buy a physical Blu-ray copy that comes with an iTunes Digital Copy code, even if the Blu-ray is just 1080p HD.

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Apple extends iTunes movie rental viewing window to 48 hours

Apple extends iTunes movie rental viewing window to 48 hours

To coincide with the launch of Apple TV 4K and iPhone 8 series, Apple on Friday updated its website with new information regarding movie rentals, saying viewers now have up to 48 hours to complete their rented titles after first pressing play.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Apple TV 4K with tweaked Siri remote design

First look: Apple TV 4K with tweaked Siri remote design

If you owned the previous fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri remote, you'll be hard pressed to find any differences with the new fifth-generation Apple TV 4K, aside from a white, raised ring around the Menu button on the remote.

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Apple premieres new promo video, '8 things to love about iPhone 8'

Apple premieres new promo video, '8 things to love about iPhone 8'

Apple on Friday released a new video ad, "8 things to love about iPhone 8," looking to hook viewers on its latest smartphone, shipping today.

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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.

Hands-OnFirst look: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular: stainless steel vs. aluminum

First look: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular: stainless steel vs. aluminum

The new Apple Watch Series 3 has arrived, and AppleInsider offers a closer look at what to expect from the next-generation model, including new packaging, a new sport loop band, and the controversial Digital Crown red dot.

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Apple says it's only streaming 4K iTunes movies, not offering downloads

Apple says it's only streaming 4K iTunes movies, not offering downloads

With the Apple TV 4K launching on Friday, people hoping to upgrade their desktop iTunes movie purchases to 4K may be disappointed — Apple is only streaming video in that resolution, not offering downloads, according to an official support document.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: Apple's 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' keeps you safe on the road

Inside iOS 11: Apple's 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' keeps you safe on the road

Apple debuted a new safety feature in iOS 11 with "Do Not Disturb While Driving." AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out — here's how it works.

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VideoVideo: The best ARKit apps you can download now on iOS 11

Video: The best ARKit apps you can download now on iOS 11

One of the most hyped features of Apple's new iOS 11 update is ARKit, a series of tools for developers that make it easier than ever to create augmented reality apps. with ARKit apps now available on the App Store, AppleInsider gives you some of the best options you can test out right now.

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Apple's Tim Cook says iPhone 8 & Apple Watch Series 3 seeing localized sellouts

Apple's Tim Cook says iPhone 8 & Apple Watch Series 3 seeing localized sellouts

Apple is seeing localized sellouts of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 on launch day, though units may still be available, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a TV interview.

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Apple says it studied famous painters & photographers for Portrait Lighting on iPhone X & 8 Plus

Apple says it studied famous painters & photographers for Portrait Lighting on iPhone X & 8 Plus

Apple looked at lighting by photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon — and painters like Johannes Vermeer — when building the Portrait Lighting feature found on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, the company claimed in an interview published on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 8 line.

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After decade of iPhone launches, there's still a line in San Francisco

After decade of iPhone launches, there's still a line in San Francisco

At Apple's Union Square flagship retail store in San Francisco, an early morning line of about 100 people formed down the block for new iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 buyers, split between users with pre-order reservations and people who just stopped by to pick up the new gear.

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Ikea 'This Charges Everything' ad campaign for iPhone 8 Qi charging invokes past Apple slogans

Ikea 'This Charges Everything' ad campaign for iPhone 8 Qi charging invokes past Apple slogans

Ikea is capitalizing on not just Apple's inclusion of Qi charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X to promote its own line of compatible charging equipment — but also implements variations of phrases that Apple has used in the past.

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FeatureInside watchOS 4: New app dock scrolls vertically, offers access to all apps

Inside watchOS 4: New app dock scrolls vertically, offers access to all apps

After being introduced in watchOS 3, the app dock for Apple Watch has already been redesigned in watchOS 4, with a new ferris wheel-like vertical scrolling interface that lets users view multiple apps at once.

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AppleCare+ iPhone 8 back screen glass replacement $99, not screen repair cost of $29

AppleCare+ iPhone 8 back screen glass replacement $99, not screen repair cost of $29

Users with AppleCare+ for the iPhone are accustomed to a relatively new $29 screen replacement from Apple — but that only applies to the screen in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and not the back glass.

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Uber loses license to operate in London over public safety and security concerns

Uber loses license to operate in London over public safety and security concerns

Uber has suffered a major blow to its operations in the United Kingdom, after Transport for London announced it will not be renewing the company's license to operate in the country's capital, with the transport authority citing Uber's policies and actions as reasons behind the decision.

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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.

T-Mobile & Sprint said nearing agreement on merger, could sign deal in October

T-Mobile & Sprint said nearing agreement on merger, could sign deal in October

T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly close to "tentative terms" on a long-rumored merger deal, and could finalize an agreement by the end of October.

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iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever, iPhone X expected to be better

iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever, iPhone X expected to be better

While the new iPhone 8 did very well beating all other manufacturer's devices in testing by DxOMark, the iPhone 8 Plus is the undisputed champion of all other smartphones ever produced.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast gives first user impressions of iPhone 8, 8 Plus

AppleInsider podcast gives first user impressions of iPhone 8, 8 Plus

In this special episode of the AppleInsider Podcast, Daniel Eran Dilger joins Victor to talk about his experiences now that he's had the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in his hands for a few days.

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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

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 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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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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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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