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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

VideoTesting the speed of iOS 11 versus iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 2

Testing the speed of iOS 11 versus iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 2

Apple made some big speed improvement claims regarding iOS 12 on older devices, like as some apps launching twice as fast, and CPU ramp-speed increasing across not just older devices, but also newer ones as well. AppleInsider puts the claims to the test.

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iPhone XS, XS Max, XR Battery sizes, RAM revealed by Chinese regulator

iPhone XS, XS Max, XR Battery sizes, RAM revealed by Chinese regulator

Regulatory filings in China have revealed a number of interesting details about Apple's newest iPhones, including that the iPhone XS and XS Max both use 4GB of memory, and while the iPhone XS Max and XR have larger batteries than the iPhone X, the iPhone XS uses a smaller capacity power source.

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ExclusiveNew price drops knock up to $400 off 2018 Apple MacBook Pros, delivering the lowest prices ever

New price drops knock up to $400 off 2018 Apple MacBook Pros, delivering the lowest prices ever

Adorama has issued new, steeper discounts on Apple's Mid 2018 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros exclusively for AppleInsider readers. Shoppers can now save up to $400 on a variety of models thanks to instant rebates and our exclusive coupon. Plus, there's no tax collected outside NY and NJ, with 0% financing for up to 12 months on approved credit.

Apple planning to ramp iPhone XR production to 'over 50 percent' of new iPhones

Apple planning to ramp iPhone XR production to 'over 50 percent' of new iPhones

Although much of its media hype has been focused on the iPhone XS and XS Max, Apple is reportedly planning to boost production of the iPhone XR past the 50 percent ratio by December.

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Evernote culls 15 percent of its staff in bid for increased efficiency

Evernote culls 15 percent of its staff in bid for increased efficiency

Productivity app Evernote has made a major reduction to its workforce, eliminating approximately 15 percent of its employees in a bid to make the company more efficient, shortly after the departure of key employees from the business.

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FeatureInside iOS 12: Apple's ARKit 2 and USDZ usher in a new era of collaborative augmented reality

Inside iOS 12: Apple's ARKit 2 and USDZ usher in a new era of collaborative augmented reality

With iOS 12, comes Apple's collaboration with Pixar on the USDZ format for a common augmented reality data file format. AppleInsider explains what it is, and how it helps expansion of AR.

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ExclusiveHere's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro

Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro

New September discounts added! Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued even greater markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $400 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.

Music Modernization Act passes Senate unscathed in bid to fix music streaming royalties

Music Modernization Act passes Senate unscathed in bid to fix music streaming royalties

The Music Modernization Act, a bill that aims to update laws relating to music licensing and royalty payments to take into account new services like Apple Music and Spotify, has taken one more step closer to becoming law, after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the proposal.

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Qualcomm dealt early blow in second ITC action against Apple

Qualcomm dealt early blow in second ITC action against Apple

Qualcomm's second U.S. International Trade Commission complaint against Apple is not going as planned. Staff for the agency this week issued a recommendation that found none of the chipmaker's remaining patents-in-suit infringed, adding that an iPhone import ban would adversely impact the cellular modem market.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Code in iOS 12.1 beta hints at Memoji syncing over iCloud, references 'iPad2018Fall'

Code in iOS 12.1 beta hints at Memoji syncing over iCloud, references 'iPad2018Fall'

Lines of code unearthed in Apple's first iOS 12.1 beta, released earlier on Tuesday, suggest a future version of the operating system will support syncing of Memoji characters over iCloud, a feature that points to potential integration with a rumored iPad Pro with TrueDepth camera array. Further spelunking reveals references to an "iPad2018Fall," hinting that the device could launch soon.

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Apple stores now sell Spire Health Tags for holistic self quantification

Apple stores now sell Spire Health Tags for holistic self quantification

Apple retail channels this week started sales of Spire Health Tags, small, machine-washable devices with a long battery life that sticks to a user's clothes to monitor heart rate and track steps, breathing, stress levels and sleep patterns.

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Apple shares several early iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max reviews ahead of launch

Apple shares several early iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max reviews ahead of launch

Ahead of the iPhone XS and XS Max release this Friday, Apple has highlighted a few of the early reviews praising the latest handsets.

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iOS 12.1 beta includes support for Face ID in landscape mode, likely for iPad Pros

iOS 12.1 beta includes support for Face ID in landscape mode, likely for iPad Pros

The first iOS 12.1 beta, released earlier on Tuesday, appears to include support for Face ID authentication while a device is in landscape mode, though the option is likely to be reserved for upcoming iPad Pros.

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Low heart rate monitoring included in watchOS 5

Low heart rate monitoring included in watchOS 5

Apple debuted a trio of new heart rate monitoring features set to be included in the Apple Watch Series 4. As it turns out, at least one of them was included in watchOS 5 for existing Apple Watch owners.

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VideoWhat's new in watchOS 5.1 beta 1

What's new in watchOS 5.1 beta 1

The first beta of watchOS 5.1 was released to developers on Tuesday and while we aren't able to test every feature quite yet, we do know a few things about the forthcoming update.

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Google Maps becomes first third-party navigation app with Apple CarPlay support

Google Maps becomes first third-party navigation app with Apple CarPlay support

Google on Tuesday updated the iOS version of Google Maps with CarPlay support, taking advantage of iOS 12's ability to employ navigation options beyond Apple Maps.

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Activity app challenge awards go missing for some iOS 12 upgraders

Activity app challenge awards go missing for some iOS 12 upgraders

Some iPhone owners may notice some of their Activity Challenge awards have disappeared from their list of achievements after updating to iOS 12, Apple warns, advising a fix to restore the missing accolades is on the way.

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VideoEverything new in iOS 12.1 beta 1: Group FaceTime returns!

Everything new in iOS 12.1 beta 1: Group FaceTime returns!

The first developer beta of iOS 12.1 has been seeded to developers. AppleInsider takes the plunge to discover any new features or changes buried within.

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FeatureInside iOS 12: AutoFill gives password manager apps on your iPhone a big boost

Inside iOS 12: AutoFill gives password manager apps on your iPhone a big boost

After years of steadily absorbing features like suggesting strong passwords and remembering the ones you've got, iOS 12 now gives back to password manager developers. The new AutoFill lets your third-party password manager be on tap in more places and much more easily. AppleInsider unlocks what you do — and where the unexpected limitations are.

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Apple issues first developer betas for iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1

Apple issues first developer betas for iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1

Apple has restarted its beta release cycle once again, one day after ending the previous cycle by shipping public releases, with new first beta builds of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1 being issued to developers for testing.

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VideoWhat has changed with AppleCare+ for iPhone XS or Apple Watch and why you should consider coverage

What has changed with AppleCare+ for iPhone XS or Apple Watch and why you should consider coverage

AppleCare+, Apple's warranty add-on service to help manage the cost of accidental damage, received some changes as part of the introduction of the iPhone XS and the Apple Watch Series 4. AppleInsider explains what has been altered, and why you should consider paying for the extra cover.

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FeatureThese Qi wireless chargers will power your new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR

These Qi wireless chargers will power your new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR

It is likely that people upgrading their smartphone to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR may want to take advantage of the wireless charging functionality offered by them all. AppleInsider highlights some of the best Qi wireless chargers available on the market to power your iPhone XS, XS Max or XR.

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EditorialBogus hot takes about low iPhone X demand being repeated about iPhone XS

Bogus hot takes about low iPhone X demand being repeated about iPhone XS

Financial blogs are taking seriously an early claim by a Rosenblatt Securities analyst who says he's discovered that preorders of Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max were "weaker compared to iPhone X preorders" a year ago. Reports have failed to note, however, that analyst Jun Zhang was wrong last year, too.

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VideoHands on: Screen Time in iOS 12 helps build healthy device habits

Hands on: Screen Time in iOS 12 helps build healthy device habits

In efforts to curb tech addiction, Apple has introduced a new feature in iOS 12 that provides users an in-depth look at usage statistics and offers tools to manage onscreen time. We take a look at the digital health solution, aptly called Screen Time.

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Apple pays Ireland record shattering $15 billion lump sum to settle tax dispute

Apple pays Ireland record shattering $15 billion lump sum to settle tax dispute

Ahead of an upcoming appeal of a 2016 tax ruling, Apple has paid the equivalent of over $15 billion to the Irish government to settle claims of underpayment of tax to the European Union.

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Apple Watch Series 4 EKG tech got FDA clearance less than 24 hours before reveal

Apple Watch Series 4 EKG tech got FDA clearance less than 24 hours before reveal

The electrocardiogram feature in the Apple Watch Series 4 got clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration just a day prior to Apple's Sept. 12 press event, reportedly causing some stress at the company.

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China retaliates with tariffs on U.S. goods, possibly endangering Apple's supply chain

China retaliates with tariffs on U.S. goods, possibly endangering Apple's supply chain

The day after the U.S. announced $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, China has struck back with $60 billion in new tariffs of their own.

Apple's custom Neural Engine in iPhone XS about 'letting nothing get in your way'

Apple's custom Neural Engine in iPhone XS about 'letting nothing get in your way'

Apple's insistence on custom design of chips like the Neural Engine in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR is about unchaining the company's other designers, according to the lead of its chip architects.

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iPhone XS improvements to Qi wireless charging limited to efficiency, not voltage increase

iPhone XS improvements to Qi wireless charging limited to efficiency, not voltage increase

The initial wave of reviews for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are starting to roll in, with them universally finding that Apple's implementation of Qi charging on the new models hasn't increased the power, but has instead improved efficiency of the technology.

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VideoAll the changes to Notifications on your iPhone in iOS 12

All the changes to Notifications on your iPhone in iOS 12

Everyone dreads the chore of dealing with a large influx of Notifications, but we still need them to keep up with what is going on. Fortunately, in iOS 12, Apple made a number of changes to the improve the user experience.

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ExclusiveAppleInsider giveaway: Enter to win an iPhone XS Max, 3 premium cases and $100 Casetify credit

AppleInsider giveaway: Enter to win an iPhone XS Max, 3 premium cases and $100 Casetify credit

AppleInsider is partnering with Casetify to offer readers the chance to win an incredible bundle, including Apple's brand-new iPhone XS Max in gold, three Casetify Impact cases and a $100 Casetify credit to design your own custom cover. The combined value of the prize pack exceeds $1,300 — enter today for your chance to win.

Tim Cook talks iPhone XS, Apple Watch, China tariffs on 'Good Morning America'

Tim Cook talks iPhone XS, Apple Watch, China tariffs on 'Good Morning America'

In an interview with Robin Roberts from New York, Apple CEO touted the new iPhones and also spoke about some policy questions.

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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 Sept. 18 with the planned reopening of Apple Eastview.

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Here are the best iPhone XS and XS Max cases you can buy right now

Here are the best iPhone XS and XS Max cases you can buy right now

With iPhone XS and XS Max preorders underway, we're rounding up the best cases you can buy right now to protect your new device, keeping it safe from drops, spills and scratches. Best of all, these cases can be ordered now for shipment ahead of the XS and XS Max.

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Withings Steel HR Sport is firm's first release opposing Apple Watch after Nokia sale

Withings Steel HR Sport is firm's first release opposing Apple Watch after Nokia sale

Withings has returned to the wearable device market with its first new product since being sold by Nokia, launching the Steel HR Sport, a revival of an earlier smartwatch that discretely hides its fitness-related features behind an analog watch face.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

New iPhones can conduct certain NFC transactions even when iOS is not running

New iPhones can conduct certain NFC transactions even when iOS is not running

The iPhone XS and XS Max, which ship this week, as well as the forthcoming iPhone XR support certain NFC card transactions even when iOS is not running and the host device is powered because it needs to be charged.

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iPhone XS LTE speeds up to 266 percent faster than iPhone X, early test reveals

iPhone XS LTE speeds up to 266 percent faster than iPhone X, early test reveals

As we head towards the release of the iPhone XS, the first speed tests are teasing what we can expect when it comes to LTE speeds across the major carriers. According to results from SpeedSmart.net, iPhone XS and XS Max will boast quite the improvement from last year's iPhone X.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear on 'Good Morning America,' visits SoHo Apple store

Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear on 'Good Morning America,' visits SoHo Apple store

Apple CEO Tim Cook is making the media rounds following last week's iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and Apple Watch unveiling, with the executive scheduled to talk up his company's new devices on ABC's Good Morning America.

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Photographers share stunning photos shot on iPhone XS

Photographers share stunning photos shot on iPhone XS

As it does almost every year, Apple granted a pair of professional photographers early access to iPhone XS ahead of its release to show off the handset's capabilities. Prior to launch this Friday, travel photographer Austin Mann and former White House photographer Pete Souza on Monday shared images pulled from Apple's flagship smartphone.

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