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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

ReviewReview: Apple's new AirPods are a first-class update to an already superb product

Review: Apple's new AirPods are a first-class update to an already superb product

Apple's updated AirPods are now arriving in people's hands, and they bring wireless charging — if you pay extra for it — as well as improved sound and hands-free "Hey, Siri."

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Apple services chief Peter Stern described as well-liked, but not interested in solving media industry woes

Apple services chief Peter Stern described as well-liked, but not interested in solving media industry woes

Apple vice president Peter Stern, who is in charge of rounding up partners for products like Apple News+ and Apple TV+, is reportedly well liked and respected by his peers, but media executives are well aware that he operates in the best interests of Apple, not publishers.

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Apple TV Remote app for iOS snags fresh icon in update

Apple TV Remote app for iOS snags fresh icon in update

Apple on Tuesday pushed out a minor refresh of its Apple TV Remote app for iOS, and with it a new icon bearing a stylized silhouette of the company's minimalist Siri Remote.

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Apple avoids iPhone import ban as ITC rejects Qualcomm patent infringement claims [u]

Apple avoids iPhone import ban as ITC rejects Qualcomm patent infringement claims [u]

The U.S. International Trade Commission in a final determination on Tuesday nullified Qualcomm's bid for an iPhone import ban, finding a leveraged patent covering power efficiency technology to be invalid.

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Apple profiles dance choreographer Hope Boykin to promote AirPods

Apple profiles dance choreographer Hope Boykin to promote AirPods

Apple on Tuesday published a marketing profile of New York-based dance choreographer Hope Boykin, looking to sell AirPods as more than a convenient pair of wireless earbuds.

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US FTC orders Comcast, Google, AT&T & others to share full details on data collection practices

US FTC orders Comcast, Google, AT&T & others to share full details on data collection practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday issued letters to several major internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast, ordering them all to detail their respective data collection practices.

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ExclusiveGiveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case

Giveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case

It's giveaway time! This week, we're giving away a free pair of Apple's brand-new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case to one lucky reader. Enter today for your chance to win this hot accessory that's valued at $199.

FeatureHere are the best case options to fit Apple's new 2019 iPad mini

Here are the best case options to fit Apple's new 2019 iPad mini

Apple has a penchant for showing people using "naked" iPads in ads, but we all know the truth — you need some sort of case if your iPad's going anywhere outside the home or office. These are some of the better case options for the 2019 iPad mini, whether available now or shipping in the near future.

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ITC judge recommends partial iPhone ban in Qualcomm patent fight

ITC judge recommends partial iPhone ban in Qualcomm patent fight

A U.S. ITC judge has made the recommendation that Qualcomm is granted its request for an import bank against Apple in the ongoing legal wrangling between the two tech giants, with the ban potentially preventing some models of iPhone from being imported into the United States.

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Shortcuts 2.2 update adds Notes app and number extraction automations

Shortcuts 2.2 update adds Notes app and number extraction automations

Apple has updated its Shortcuts app, adding more functions to the automation tool that can create and update items in the Notes app, as well as helping improve responses for travel time requests and to pull numbers from a block of text, among other improvements.

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VideoHands on with Apple News+ — Is it worth the monthly fee?

Hands on with Apple News+ — Is it worth the monthly fee?

AppleInsider takes you in-depth with the new Apple News+ subscription service to show you how works with both free and paid content on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac— and whether or not it is worth subscribing to.

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Tuesday steals: $199 Apple Watch Series 3, $400 off high-end 15" MacBook Pro; $149 AirPods

Tuesday steals: $199 Apple Watch Series 3, $400 off high-end 15

Tuesday morning Apple deals have just arrived, with triple digit discounts on current MacBook Pros and clearance savings on Apple Watches, iMacs and last-gen AirPods. In total, shoppers can save up to $400 instantly by snapping up the month-end markdowns.

Roku CEO says Apple TV+ needs to be on rival platforms for growth & success

Roku CEO says Apple TV+ needs to be on rival platforms for growth & success

Apple has to push its Apple TV+ service onto platforms outside of its ecosystem in order to gain a large-enough audience to be worthwhile, comments by Roku CEO Anthony Wood suggests, with the decision to offer an app for smart TVs and rival streaming platforms a way for Apple to work around the Apple TV set-top box's small market share.

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Wide spread of Apple's new services & attractiveness to iPhone install base appeal to Morgan Stanley, Bernstein

Wide spread of Apple's new services & attractiveness to iPhone install base appeal to Morgan Stanley, Bernstein

In contrast with some others, analysts at Bernstein and Morgan Stanley have declared that Apple is in a prime position to leverage its install base, and attract massive amounts of paid subscriptions with Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+.

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Apple Card partner Goldman Sachs says Apple's new video, game & news services will have 'small' impact

Apple Card partner Goldman Sachs says Apple's new video, game & news services will have 'small' impact

Analysts from Goldman Sachs and Oppenheimer are expressing skepticism about the services Apple announced on Monday, even though the former is a partner on the Apple Card.

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ExclusiveKiller deals: Apple's new AirPods, iPad Airs, iPad mini and iMacs are up to $120 off instantly

Killer deals: Apple's new AirPods, iPad Airs, iPad mini and iMacs are up to $120 off instantly

Time is running out to snap up exclusive savings on Apple's latest hardware. Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking $10 off 2019 iPad and AirPods pre-orders — or $5 off the AirPods wireless charging case by itself — delivering the lowest prices anywhere. Discounts on AirPods are extremely hard to come by, especially on a brand-new release, so don't delay in picking up a pair today. Plus, save up to $120 on 2019 iMacs.

FeatureApple Card, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+ on the AppleInsider Podcast

Apple Card, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+ on the AppleInsider Podcast

On this special episode of the AppleInsider Podcast, Daniel Eran Dilger joins us from Cupertino to talk about the announcements made at Apple's Services-centric March 25th event, where Apple News+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+ were all on display.

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FeatureHere are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018 & 2019

Here are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018 & 2019

With a 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 and 2019 so far, updated on March 26 with the closure dates for stores in Plano and Frisco, Tex.

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Apple Services privacy praised, but lack of detail on new offerings confounding analysts

Apple Services privacy praised, but lack of detail on new offerings confounding analysts

More analysts have passed judgment on the new services Apple launched during Monday's "It's show time" event, with Macquarie and UBS both highlighting the relative lack of surprises from what was speculated in the time before the event took place.

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The Apple Music app has been installed on 40 million Android devices

The Apple Music app has been installed on 40 million Android devices

Though extremely Apple-centric, Apple Music has been installed by over 40 million Android users worldwide, new research estimates suggest.

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EditorialEditorial: Apple is playing the long game with Apple TV+ & Apple Arcade as it always does

Editorial: Apple is playing the long game with Apple TV+ & Apple Arcade as it always does

The new Apple News+ service has landed for us all, but we've only had a sneak peek at Apple TV+, Apple TV Channels, and Apple Arcade. Apple's March 25 event came with almost no detail on what didn't launch immediately, but the company has proven that it can literally afford to keep us waiting like it has before, because it has a plan and the wherewithal to wait out the slings and arrows.

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Apple exploring car sunroof system with myriad user-customizable configuration options

Apple exploring car sunroof system with myriad user-customizable configuration options

Apple is still coming up with new design ideas it could incorporate into a self-produced vehicle, despite the seemingly self-driving nature of "Project Titan" in its current state, by creating a version of a car sunroof that offers a considerable number of position combinations compared to currently-used sunroof designs.

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Samsung warns of revenue shortfall due to 'weakening overall demand' for smartphones & components

Samsung warns of revenue shortfall due to 'weakening overall demand' for smartphones & components

Chief Apple rival Samsung Electronics on Tuesday warned investors that it would report disappointing results for the March quarter, foremost blaming "weakening overall demand."

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Random Apple News+ crash issue fixed by Apple [u]

Random Apple News+ crash issue fixed by Apple [u]

Less than a day after launch, and following a wide rollout of iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4, some Apple News users and Apple News+ subscribers were seeing some crashes at launch on Tuesday morning, which now appears to have been fixed server-side.

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Two Austrian banks say Apple Pay is at last 'coming soon'

Two Austrian banks say Apple Pay is at last 'coming soon'

Over four years since it launched in the U.S., Apple Pay is finally on its way to Austria, two banks announced on Tuesday.

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Apple's services bonanza 'sizzle, but little steak' at launch, needs more details says analysts

Apple's services bonanza 'sizzle, but little steak' at launch, needs more details says analysts

Analysts have started to issue their verdict on Monday's Apple event, with JP Morgan and Cowen believing the new offerings are generally a positive thing for the iPhone maker's Services business, but at the same time suggesting Apple could have gone a lot further in detailing what to expect with Apple TV+.

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Apple Pay Cash disallowing person-to-person credit card payments, other than with the Apple Card

Apple Pay Cash disallowing person-to-person credit card payments, other than with the Apple Card

Effective immediately, Apple Pay Cash in iOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2 will not allow sending person to person funded by credit cards other than the Apple Card.

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Apple Card will roll out to additional countries, after US launch

Apple Card will roll out to additional countries, after US launch

Goldman Sachs International's CEO Richard Gnodde said that the Apple Card will see an international release, after an initial, focused deployment in the U.S.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Apple Music for Android gets Chromebook support, new Browse tab in latest update

Apple Music for Android gets Chromebook support, new Browse tab in latest update

Apple on Monday pushed out an update to Apple Music for Android, delivering Chromebook compatibility and user interface tweaks that arrived on iOS last week.

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Apple Watch ECG app could arrive in Europe with watchOS 5.2

Apple Watch ECG app could arrive in Europe with watchOS 5.2

Documentation in Apple's latest iOS 12.2 release hints at potential European availability of the ECG app for Apple Watch Series 4 users, enabling a major hardware feature that for many has been sitting latent for six months.

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AirPods retail box appears to include image of AirPower charging mat

AirPods retail box appears to include image of AirPower charging mat

Apple's AirPower charging mat might be on the verge of release, as an image on the company's second-generation AirPods retail box depicts a wireless charger with a design nearly identical to that of the long-delayed device.

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Apple releases macOS Mojave 10.14.4 with Apple News+ integration, more

Apple releases macOS Mojave 10.14.4 with Apple News+ integration, more

Hours after the release of iOS 12.2 on Monday, Apple pushed out the latest version of its Mac operating system, macOS 10.14.4 Mojave, with support for the recently announced Apple News+ subscription service.

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The Wall Street Journal bets Apple News partnership will lead to new subscribers, not cannibalization [u]

The Wall Street Journal bets Apple News partnership will lead to new subscribers, not cannibalization [u]

Apple on Monday officially announced Apple News+ and with it an important launch partner in The Wall Street Journal, one of only major two publications to sign on to the new Apple News subscription tier.

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Beats' completely wireless 'Powerbeats Pro' exposed in iOS 12.2 update

Beats' completely wireless 'Powerbeats Pro' exposed in iOS 12.2 update

Buried in Monday's iOS 12.2 release are images and an animation of Beats' previously-rumored, unreleased AirPods equivalent, referred to as "Powerbeats Pro."

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'Apple TV HD' is the new name for 4th-generation 1080p Apple TV

'Apple TV HD' is the new name for 4th-generation 1080p Apple TV

Perhaps to avoid confusion with its multiplying TV services, Apple is renaming the base-level fourth-generation 1080p Apple TV to the "Apple TV HD."

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'Sesame Street'-themed kids show for Apple TV+ will teach coding basics

'Sesame Street'-themed kids show for Apple TV+ will teach coding basics

Apple is hoping to encourage more kids to learn to program via one of its Apple TV+ shows, extending its existing Swift-based coding curriculum by having a Sesame Street-themed show teaching the fundamentals program design and creation.

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Apple releases updates for iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2 with new Animoji, HomeKit TV support [u]

Apple releases updates for iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2 with new Animoji, HomeKit TV support [u]

Apple has publicly released iOS 12.2 and tvOS 12.2 just after its special event, with the latest versions of the operating systems now available to download by all iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV users.

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Deals: Save $100 off new iPad Pros, $200 off new MacBook Airs & $300 off quad-core MacBook Pros

Deals: Save $100 off new iPad Pros, $200 off new MacBook Airs & $300 off quad-core MacBook Pros

In celebration of Monday's Apple event, Amazon is knocking hundreds off current hardware, with 2018 iPad Pros starting at $699 and Macs as low as $999.

VideoApple is rolling out these 40 new features and changes in iOS 12.2 for iPhone & iPad

Apple is rolling out these 40 new features and changes in iOS 12.2 for iPhone & iPad

Now that Apple has rolled out iOS 12.2 for iPhone and iPad, AppleInsider breaks down over 40 features and changes that are included in the new OS update.

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