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Thursday, July 19, 2018

VideoHands on with Apple's 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with i7 processor

Hands on with Apple's 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with i7 processor

Apple's latest MacBook Pro refresh launched a week ago, and we've now spent some time with the base 15-inch model with six-core i7 processor. Read on for our first look and impressions as well as benchmarks for what will be one of the most popular MacBook Pro configurations.

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See photos from this year's 11th annual iPhone Photography Awards

See photos from this year's 11th annual iPhone Photography Awards

Winners for the 11th annual iPhone Photgraphy Awards were announced on Thursday evening, selected from among thousands of entrants, representing 140 countries from around the globe.

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ElevationLab's NightPad is a minimalistic wireless charger for iPhone

ElevationLab's NightPad is a minimalistic wireless charger for iPhone

The new ElevationLab NightPad Wireless Charger is a minimalist Qi charging pad intended for bed-side. Just for AppleInsider readers, we also have an exclusive discount code down below.

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MacBook Pro keyboard silicone eases but doesn't solve dust ingress issue

MacBook Pro keyboard silicone eases but doesn't solve dust ingress issue

The addition of the silicone membrane to the butterfly keyboard in the 2018 MacBook Pro may not be that effective in keeping the mechanism free from debris, after testing shows particles can still bypass the protection and cause issues with typing.

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug first HomeKit product to use software authentication

Wemo Mini Smart Plug first HomeKit product to use software authentication

A firmware update to the Wemo Smart Plug makes the product the first of its kind to offer Apple HomeKit software authentication.

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Melbourne Apple Store proposal loses controversial 'pagoda' design

Melbourne Apple Store proposal loses controversial 'pagoda' design

Apple has changed its plans for its first Global Flagship store in Melbourne, Australia, revising the design of its Federation Square retail outlet from the pagoda-inspired structure to a much simpler design, following criticism from the public.

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FeatureTop 5 utilities that every new Mac user needs

Top 5 utilities that every new Mac user needs

They're not your everyday workhorse apps like a word processor or spreadsheet, but these extras are what makes it worth having a Mac. AppleInsider picks the utilities that pack the most punch.

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How to save up to $535 on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro

How to save up to $535 on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro

With Apple's newest 2018 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros hitting store shelves, now is the time to secure your place in line for the configuration you want and take advantage of free expedited shipping with no sales tax in most states (saving many shoppers up to $535). Select models are also eligible for 0% financing for 12 months as well.

BlackMagic eGPU not just for HDMI and Thunderbolt 3 displays, but also for any USB-C monitor

BlackMagic eGPU not just for HDMI and Thunderbolt 3 displays, but also for any USB-C monitor

The Blackmagic eGPU isn't just the first one to accelerate the Thunderbolt 3 LG Ultrafine 5K, but will boost any two displays that can connect to the unit with USB-C or HDMI.

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'Think Different' ad man Ken Segall suggests Jobs' innovative spirit still alive at Apple

'Think Different' ad man Ken Segall suggests Jobs' innovative spirit still alive at Apple

Ken Segall, the former creative director of the ad agency behind Apple's iconic 'Think Different' commercial, believes the influence of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs continues to help the company innovate, according to comments made in South Korea.

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Disney will acquire 21st Century Fox assets for $70B after Comcast drops bid

Disney will acquire 21st Century Fox assets for $70B after Comcast drops bid

Disney has won the battle for 21st Century Fox, with Comcast surrendering the field to Apple's ally.

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Save up to $1,400 on Apple hardware during the Amazing Mac Savings blowout event

Save up to $1,400 on Apple hardware during the Amazing Mac Savings blowout event

Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on Apple hardware with the lowest prices anywhere on AirPods, MacBook Pros, iMacs and more. Discounts include $400 off 2017 15" MacBook Pros, up to $250 off 13" models, and $250-$500 off iMacs. Snap up the savings while supplies last.

TSMC relying on 2018 iPhone to improve financials after bad quarter

TSMC relying on 2018 iPhone to improve financials after bad quarter

Chip manufacturer and Apple partner now says sales will grow by "a high single-digit percentage" this year, rather than 10 percent.

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13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has full speed on all Thunderbolt 3 ports

13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has full speed on all Thunderbolt 3 ports

According to Apple documentation, the old bandwidth limitation on the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a thing of the past.

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Apple uses art to promote Milan Piazza Liberty store ahead of July 26 opening

Apple uses art to promote Milan Piazza Liberty store ahead of July 26 opening

Apple is celebrating the opening of its Piazza Liberty store in Milan on July 26 with art, using works from a number of artists and a colorful Apple logo on the outside of the store, along with promoting Today At Apple sessions with a creative focus.

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In stock alert: B&H is now shipping Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro with no tax in most states

In stock alert: B&H is now shipping Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro with no tax in most states

Apple authorized reseller B&H is now shipping the standard 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and an upgraded 15-inch model with no sales tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Other upgraded models are expected to arrive in the next one to two weeks, so secure your place in line today.

Huawei trying to beat Apple's iPhone shipments to become second-biggest smartphone company

Huawei trying to beat Apple's iPhone shipments to become second-biggest smartphone company

Apple may lose its second-place spot behind Samsung in the global smartphone market in the future, after Chinese mobile device producer Huawei declared it will attempt to ship 200 million smartphones before the end of 2018.

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Conflicting information distributed inside Apple about reason for silicone MacBook Pro keyboard seal

Conflicting information distributed inside Apple about reason for silicone MacBook Pro keyboard seal

A pair of documents covering Apple's service policies and procedures conflict on the reasoning for the silicone gasket around the key mechanisms in the new 2018 MacBook Pro.

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Enter to win two tickets to the Silicon Valley premiere of 'General Magic'

Enter to win two tickets to the Silicon Valley premiere of 'General Magic'

The film, which tells the story of a group of Apple veterans who invented a smartphone-like device 15 years too early, will have its area premiere July 26 in San Jose. AppleInsider and General Magic are partnering up to give away 25 pairs of tickets to the premiere. Find out how to enter today.

Future Apple Watch add-ons could help you avoid sunburn

Future Apple Watch add-ons could help you avoid sunburn

While Apple denies it will be launching smart glasses anytime soon, the company is seemingly still working on ways wearable devices could help its customers, including protecting them from sunburn and expanding the utility of the Apple Watch.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

AI guru Tom Gruber, last of the Siri founders, retires from Apple

AI guru Tom Gruber, last of the Siri founders, retires from Apple

Tom Gruber, an artificial intelligence expert who cofounded Siri, Inc., prior to its purchase by Apple, has announced his retirement from the company, becoming the last of Siri's three cofounders to leave Apple.

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New lawsuit claims Apple infringed on lead-free solder alloy patent in iPhones

New lawsuit claims Apple infringed on lead-free solder alloy patent in iPhones

In the latest patent infringement suit against Apple, Singapore Asahi Chemical & Solder Industries PTE Ltd. has brought suit in Ohio, alleging that the company infringed on its solder patent in the manufacturing of several different iPhones.

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FeatureTested: Thermal conditions in the 2018 i9 MacBook Pro dramatically hampering performance

Tested: Thermal conditions in the 2018 i9 MacBook Pro dramatically hampering performance

AppleInsider has both an i7 and i9 2018 MacBook Pro on hand, and it's time to do our own testing on the thermal throttling situation that positively afflicts the i9 model — at least at launch.

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Apple self-driving car fleet grows to 66 vehicles in California

Apple self-driving car fleet grows to 66 vehicles in California

Apple is continuing to increase the number of autonomous vehicles it has on the roads for testing, reportedly registering more vehicles with the Californian Department of Motor Vehicles to bring the fleet up to 66 self-driving cars operating in the state.

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Corning reveals Gorilla Glass 6 likely destined for Apple devices

Corning reveals Gorilla Glass 6 likely destined for Apple devices

Corning's newest glass technology is claimed to survive higher drops, or at least more drops at lower altitudes, and could potentially make its way into iPhones shipping this fall.

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FeatureGoogle's $5B antitrust fine similar to Apple's e-book, App Store woes

Google's $5B antitrust fine similar to Apple's e-book, App Store woes

Apple can tell the folks at Alphabet just how long these cases can drag on, as it has its own experience in such matters.

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FeatureHere are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018

Here are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018

With few setbacks, Apple is almost continuously expanding and updating its global retail chain, now over 500 locations. Here's the company's evolution in 2018 so far, updated on July 18 with confirmation of Apple's Tower Theatre restoration in Los Angeles.

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Apple rolls out third public beta of iOS 12, tvOS 12

Apple rolls out third public beta of iOS 12, tvOS 12

A day after the fourth developer beta, Apple has deployed the third public beta of iOS 12, and tvOS 12 for a wider testing audience.

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Got a new iPhone 5s or earlier? Don't try to activate it on Verizon [u]

Got a new iPhone 5s or earlier? Don't try to activate it on Verizon [u]

U.S. carrier Verizon has announced that it will stop activating any phone that lacks VoLTE, to help advance the company's network to 5G technologies.

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External True Tone display feature only works when 2018 MacBook Pro lid is open

External True Tone display feature only works when 2018 MacBook Pro lid is open

AppleInsider has confirmed that compatible monitors will only use the True Tone feature when the lid is open in the 2018 MacBook Pro.

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VideoComparing the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar versus the MacBook Pro with function keys

Comparing the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar versus the MacBook Pro with function keys

Choosing a new MacBook Pro has gotten a little more complicated since Apple introduced the Touch Bar, as not everyone necessarily needs to have the secondary touch-enabled display. AppleInsider highlights the differences between the two models, so you can decide which one is right for your needs.

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Benchmarks for 2018 MacBook Pros show dramatic multi-core performance gains

Benchmarks for 2018 MacBook Pros show dramatic multi-core performance gains

Though Apple's 2018 MacBook Pros have shown only modest gains in single-core and graphics performance, early multi-core benchmarks have grown in leaps and bounds versus 2017.

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FeatureNetflix and HBO's uncertainty may give Apple a content opening

Netflix and HBO's uncertainty may give Apple a content opening

Netflix had a bad quarter, and HBO is staring down big philosophical production changes under its new ownership. The pair may create the perfect storm that Apple needs for its upcoming content push.

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Hands-OnHands On: Fantastical 2.5 adds scheduling updates and Meetup support to the Mac

Hands On: Fantastical 2.5 adds scheduling updates and Meetup support to the Mac

AppleInsider tries out the small but significant improvements in Wednesday's release of Fantastical 2.5, that all aim to keep this macOS calendar app a power user's favorite

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Leaked 'Amber Lake' Intel processors could be used in 12-inch MacBook refresh

Leaked 'Amber Lake' Intel processors could be used in 12-inch MacBook refresh

A leak for an unannounced Dell notebook and a Romanian report may have revealed some details about Intel's "Amber Lake" processors, a collection of chips that could be strong candidates for use in a future MacBook refresh.

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Apple purges 'Doorbell' category from HomeKit accessories page

Apple purges 'Doorbell' category from HomeKit accessories page

Apple has quietly removed the entire "Doorbell" category from its roster of current and future HomeKit accessories, suggesting that once-promised upgrades by August and Ring are at least in purgatory.

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Google hit with $5B antitrust fine over Android search restrictions

Google hit with $5B antitrust fine over Android search restrictions

The European Commission has fined Google 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) for breaking antitrust rules, claiming the restrictions the tech giant imposes on carriers and smartphone producers using the Android operating system helps the search engine maintain its vast market share.

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Chinese iCloud data moved to servers operated by state-owned telco

Chinese iCloud data moved to servers operated by state-owned telco

Apple's Chinese iCloud partner has struck a deal with China Telecom to migrate all in-country customer data to the state-owned firm's Tianyi Cloud service, a move that seemingly flies in the face of Apple assurances against government snooping.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Samsung ad attacks iPhone X download speed, ignores performance benchmarks

New Samsung ad attacks iPhone X download speed, ignores performance benchmarks

Samsung's latest ad attacking the iPhone compares the download speeds of iPhone X to that of the Galaxy S9 while at the same time poking fun at Apple Store employees.

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