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Monday, May 17, 2021

AirPods Max won't support Apple Music lossless over Lightning, HomePod also left out

AirPods Max won't support Apple Music lossless over Lightning, HomePod also left out

Apple's top-of-the-line AirPods Max won't support Apple Music lossless audio over wireless or wired connections, while the company's HomePod and HomePod mini won't support the new audio format at all.

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Report details security compromises Apple has made to placate China

Report details security compromises Apple has made to placate China

A new investigation reveals some of the compromises that Apple has made in China to gain access to the booming market, including storing data on state-owned servers and censoring apps in the country that run afoul of local regulations.

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WWDC costs Apple $50M a year, new Apple Park developer center coming

WWDC costs Apple $50M a year, new Apple Park developer center coming

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference costs the company about $50 million a year to put on, Apple Fellow Phil Schiller testified on Monday.

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Apple working on 'Beats Studio Pro' with new form factor, betas suggest

Apple working on 'Beats Studio Pro' with new form factor, betas suggest

Images hidden within the latest iOS and tvOS betas suggest that Apple is working on a new pair of Beats earbuds with a form factor more similar to AirPods.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

TipsHow to find out if Apple Music Lossless streaming will make a difference for you

How to find out if Apple Music Lossless streaming will make a difference for you

The inbound Apple Music Lossless feature promises high-fidelity music recordings, but does it even matter in the first place? Here's how to test your own hearing and gear to see if it matters to you.

Apple issues first Release Candidate beta of iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, tvOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5

Apple issues first Release Candidate beta of iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, tvOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5

Apple has released the first Release Candidate betas, with developers now able to try the fourth builds of iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, tvOS 14.6, and watchOS 7.5.

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Apple provides release candidate beta of macOS 11.4 for testing

Apple provides release candidate beta of macOS 11.4 for testing

Apple has provided developers with the fourth beta and release candidate of macOS 11.4 for developer testing.

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Deals: Roku Ultra hits record low $69, $299 iPad, Apple Watch 6 $329

Deals: Roku Ultra hits record low $69, $299 iPad, Apple Watch 6 $329

Monday specials are in effect now, with a record-breaking price drop on the Roku Ultra 2020, which is currently 31% off. 10.2-inch iPads are also on sale for $299, while Apple Watch styles are up to $90 off.

Apple Platform Security Guide updated with Unlock with Apple Watch, Magic Keyboard details

Apple Platform Security Guide updated with Unlock with Apple Watch, Magic Keyboard details

Apple has updated its Platform Security Guide, providing more information about how the Unlock with Apple Watch feature in iOS 14.5 and Touch ID on the iMac Magic Keyboard works.

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Parler returns to App Store, says it will censor objectionable content on iOS

Parler returns to App Store, says it will censor objectionable content on iOS

Parler has now returned to the iOS App Store after "months of productive dialogue with Apple," with a solution including censoring content that violates Apple's guidelines on the mobile app.

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TipsHow to listen to Apple Music Lossless Audio and what you need

How to listen to Apple Music Lossless Audio and what you need

Apple claims that all Apple Music users will gain improved audio with Apple Music Lossless, but to get the full benefit, there are software and hardware requirements. Here's what AirPods, headphones, or other hardware you need.

Google's upcoming privacy changes won't match Apple's initiatives

Google's upcoming privacy changes won't match Apple's initiatives

Google is set to announce new privacy initiatives during Google I/O, but it appears that the Android changes will stop short of Apple's App Tracking Transparency and other programs.

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Apple announces two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

Apple announces two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

The Apple Watch Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop and Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop launch on May 25 with new watch faces.

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Amazon Music HD cuts price as Apple Music Lossless launches

Amazon Music HD cuts price as Apple Music Lossless launches

As Apple launches the higher-quality lossless Apple Music Lossless service at no additional cost, Amazon has cut the price of its existing Amazon Music HD, and extended its free trial.

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Apple releases trailer for 'The Me You Can't See' mental health series

Apple releases trailer for 'The Me You Can't See' mental health series

Apple has released a trailer for "The Me You Can't See," a mental health documentary created by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry that will air on Apple TV on May 21.

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Apple Music announces Lossless Audio, Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos

Apple Music announces Lossless Audio, Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos

Apple has revealed that its long-rumored lossless audio streaming feature for Apple Music plus Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos is coming in June, at no additional cost to subscribers.

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FeatureMatter, sharing Home control, and more on the HomeKit Insider Podcast

Matter, sharing Home control, and more on the HomeKit Insider Podcast

On this week's HomeKit Insider Podcast, your hosts and a guest from "The HomeKit Life" discuss a combined Siri Remote and AirTag hack, the rebranding of project CHIP to Matter, and how to share Home control.

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Cook preparing for Epic trial testimony, practicing with former prosecutors

Cook preparing for Epic trial testimony, practicing with former prosecutors

As the trial of Epic Games vs Apple enters its third and final week, Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly spending hours per day practicing his testimony with prior trial attorneys.

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AT&T's WarnerMedia merging with Discovery in $43B deal to form new streaming service

AT&T's WarnerMedia merging with Discovery in $43B deal to form new streaming service

AT&T is spinning off its remaining WarnerMedia services to create a new streaming service together with Discovery, to compete with Netflix, Apple TV+, and other omnibus streaming services.

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Eufy owners privacy breached for an hour, app showed wrong cameras

Eufy owners privacy breached for an hour, app showed wrong cameras

In a major security and privacy lapse, for an hour on Monday morning, users of Eufy cameras discovered that cameras owned by other users were viewable in their app instead of their own, and settings could be changed by those granted bogus access as well.

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New 'Lossless' Apple Music logo discovered online

New 'Lossless' Apple Music logo discovered online

A new "Lossless" logo has been spotted within the web version of Apple Music, as rumors of Apple's upgrading to offer higher-quality music mount.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

ExclusiveCheap deal alert: $250 off 512GB M1 MacBook Pro, plus $60 off AppleCare

Cheap deal alert: $250 off 512GB M1 MacBook Pro, plus $60 off AppleCare

In what is a record-breaking discount, Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip and a 512GB SSD is $250 off exclusively for AppleInsider readers. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare with promo code.

Bill Gates was ousted from Microsoft board over staff relationship

Bill Gates was ousted from Microsoft board over staff relationship

Microsoft founder Bill Gates' departure from the company board may have been due to pressure from other board members, prompted by allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.

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Apple Music web app leak all but confirms 'lossless' features

Apple Music web app leak all but confirms 'lossless' features

The web app to play Apple Music tracks in the browser has seemingly confirmed Apple's teased announcement is for high-fidelity audio, with code references for "lossless" appearing ahead of its launch.

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Apple teases update to Apple Music, saying that 'music is about to change forever'

Apple teases update to Apple Music, saying that 'music is about to change forever'

Apple has started to tease what could be the introduction of a lossless audio or 3D option for Apple Music with an animated video embedded in the macOS and iOS Music apps.

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US Customs seize fake AirPods worth $7M in Cincinnati

US Customs seize fake AirPods worth $7M in Cincinnati

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized over 36,000 pairs of fake AirPods as part of an inspection of goods in Cincinnati, a shipment from China valued at $7.16 million if the products were genuine.

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AT&T in talks to spin off WarnerMedia for merger with Discovery

AT&T in talks to spin off WarnerMedia for merger with Discovery

AT&T intends to break off its media arm and merge the assets with Discovery, in what could be a bid to strengthen the organization against streaming rivals such as Netflix, Disney, and Apple.

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FeatureEpic versus Apple: What's at stake if Apple loses

Epic versus Apple: What's at stake if Apple loses

If Apple loses its trial with Epic Games, it could be eventually forced into making radical changes to the App Store and how consumers spend money within its ecosystem. Here are the likeliest scenarios, and what Apple would have to do to satisfy a ruling.

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FeatureEpic Games v. Apple App Store antitrust trial - what you need to know after two weeks

Epic Games v. Apple App Store antitrust trial - what you need to know after two weeks

The Epic Games "Fortnite" versus Apple's AppStore antitrust trial has completed its second week. Here's what you need to know about the saga, with one more week of testimony to go.

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iPad Pro order arrives earlier than expected May 21 street date

iPad Pro order arrives earlier than expected May 21 street date

A few Apple customers may get their orders of the M1-equipped iPad Pro earlier than anticipated, with one person claiming to have received the 12.9-inch 5th-generation model a week ahead of the expected street date.

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Apple's push for 3D will require voxel map of the world, claims VR evangelist

Apple's push for 3D will require voxel map of the world, claims VR evangelist

Apple is preparing for another "paradigm shift" that embraces 3D, according to VR and AR evangelist Robert Scoble, with predictions that Apple's strategy involves creating a realtime 3D map of the entire planet, as well as more work on 3D audio and a headset like the often-rumored "Apple Glass."

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VideoEpic lawsuit continues, troublesome hires, and Detroit - This Week in Apple

Epic lawsuit continues, troublesome hires, and Detroit - This Week in Apple

The trial between Epic Games and Apple offered more revelations about the companies and the App Store in court, while the rest of the week centered around a controversial hiring, iPhone 13' rumors, and the Detroit Apple Developer Academy.

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'Twitter Blue' subscription may add 'undo' button to iOS app

'Twitter Blue' subscription may add 'undo' button to iOS app

Twitter will allow users to "undo" mistakenly-posted tweets in its app as part of its upcoming "Twitter Blue" subscription, a researcher has uncovered, with the $2.99-per-month service also potentially including other useful premium features.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Apple Stores keep mask mandate in place as other retailers ease restrictions

Apple Stores keep mask mandate in place as other retailers ease restrictions

Though some retailers have eased COVID-19 restrictions, Apple will keep its mask mandate and related safeguards in place at U.S. Apple Store locations, according to a report on Friday.

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Epic Games expert says iOS could be like macOS without security drawbacks

Epic Games expert says iOS could be like macOS without security drawbacks

An Epic Games expert witness laid the groundwork for an argument that Apple could make iOS more like macOS in terms of app distribution and third-party access without suffering in security.

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Antonio Garcia Martinez says Apple fired him, company was 'well aware' of his writing

Antonio Garcia Martinez says Apple fired him, company was 'well aware' of his writing

Former Apple ads engineer Antonio Garcia Martinez said Apple was "well aware" of his writing before it hired him, and accused the company of defamation in its recent statement regarding his firing.

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Biden nixes Trump's 'American Heroes' sculpture garden that included Steve Jobs effigy

Biden nixes Trump's 'American Heroes' sculpture garden that included Steve Jobs effigy

President Joe Biden on Friday officially cancelled a Trump-era project that called for the construction of a garden filled with "American Heroes" statuary, including a sculpture of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Apple offering Today at Apple sessions in American Sign Language for GAAD

Apple offering Today at Apple sessions in American Sign Language for GAAD

Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 20, Apple this week announced new virtual Today at Apple sessions presented in American Sign Language.

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