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Monday, April 23, 2018

Apple Music makes inroads into country music with new Nashville team

Apple Music makes inroads into country music with new Nashville team

In a bid to capture one of the more neglected genres in music streaming — country — Apple has announced plans to set up a new team at the epicenter of the style, Nashville.

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European Commission opens 'in-depth' investigation into Apple's acquisition of Shazam

European Commission opens 'in-depth' investigation into Apple's acquisition of Shazam

The European Commission is investigating the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple, with competition concerns lengthening the time it will take for the regulator to approve or deny the purchase of the song recognition service by the iPhone manufacturer.

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First Apple HomeKit window air conditioner hits US market in time for summer

First Apple HomeKit window air conditioner hits US market in time for summer

After a very long "coming soon" period on Apple's HomeKit accessory list, GE has finally shipped the Energy Star 115 volt Electronic room Air Conditioner model AHP08LX with HomeKit support.

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J. Cole's 'KOD' tops podium for most first-day Apple Music streams at 64.5M

J. Cole's 'KOD' tops podium for most first-day Apple Music streams at 64.5M

Rap star J. Cole has reportedly smashed the Apple Music record for streams in a single day, thanks to his new album, "KOD."

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Verne Troyer, star of Apple's Powerbook commercials, dies aged 49

Verne Troyer, star of Apple's Powerbook commercials, dies aged 49

Best known for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, as well as starring in a memorable Apple commercial in 2003, Verne Troyer passed away on Saturday at the age of 49.

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ExclusiveMac Blowout: Last day to save up to $1,150 on loaded 15" MacBook Pros; $630 off 12" MacBooks; iMacs on sale from $779

Mac Blowout: Last day to save up to $1,150 on loaded 15

Today is the last day to grab the lowest prices we've seen on popular closeout MacBooks, MacBook Pros and Apple iMacs with our exclusive coupon. Save up to $1,150 on loaded configs with prices starting at just $779. All with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Only at AppleInsider.

Streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify helping to turn around global record industry

Streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify helping to turn around global record industry

The record industry grew 8.5 percent in 2017, hitting $17.4 billion in revenues — much if not all of that being attributable to on-demand streaming services such as Apple Music.

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Florida police attempt to use dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone

Florida police attempt to use dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone

Florida police have reportedly attempted to unlock a dead man's smartphone using his fingerprint, an act that reflects an ethical dilemma for the modern age concerning biometric security for mobile devices.

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Xiaomi's Aqara smarthome gear to support Apple HomeKit, likely by end of 2018

Xiaomi's Aqara smarthome gear to support Apple HomeKit, likely by end of 2018

China's Xiaomi is reportedly planning to support more third-party smarthome platforms via its Aqara brand, beginning with Apple HomeKit.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods

Giveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods

It's giveaway time! This week, we're giving away a free pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky reader. Enter today for your chance to win.

Apple's A12 chip production using 7nm process from TSMC expected for 2018 iPhone releases

Apple's A12 chip production using 7nm process from TSMC expected for 2018 iPhone releases

Chip producer TSMC may enjoy its highest profits this year for production of the A12 processor, with a report claiming the manufacturer is ramping up volume production on its 7nm process lines in order to cope with the orders for the Apple-designed chip destined for its 2018 iPhone models.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

How to change the DNS server used by your iPhone and iPad

How to change the DNS server used by your iPhone and iPad

At times when websites take longer than needed to load up on an iPhone or iPad, the problem could be caused by your Internet provider's slow DNS server. AppleInsider advises how to update your iOS device's network settings to use a different DNS service than the one provided as part of the Wi-Fi connection settings.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Apple's Earth Day Beer Bash features solar-powered Ziggy Marley performance

Apple's Earth Day Beer Bash features solar-powered Ziggy Marley performance

Apple invited employees to celebrate Earth Day with a Beer Bash at its One Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Friday, an event featuring a performance by Grammy-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley.

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Apple Deals: 2017 13" Touch Bar for $1,599; 27" iMac 5K on sale for $1,649; $250 off premium Radeon 560 15" MacBook Pro

Apple Deals: 2017 13

Fresh Apple deals have landed this week, and shoppers can save $200 on Apple's current Mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar or $150 on the 27" iMac 5K with no tax in most states. Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro is also on sale for $2,549, a discount of $250 off retail.

Apple to close last dedicated Apple Watch pop-up store on May 13

Apple to close last dedicated Apple Watch pop-up store on May 13

Apple's pop-up Watch store located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo will be closing on May 13th, according to recently-posted signage at the location.

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DirecTV Now extends free Apple TV 4K offer with 3 months of prepaid service

DirecTV Now extends free Apple TV 4K offer with 3 months of prepaid service

DirecTV has extended its popular free Apple TV 4K promotion with three months of prepaid DirecTV Now service. Plans start at $35 per month, making the 32GB Apple TV 4K with service as low as $105.

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VideoWatch: Top 10 features of the new iPad you should learn to use

Watch: Top 10 features of the new iPad you should learn to use

The 2018 iPad is a massive leap forward for the tablet line, making it an attractive purchase for new users who may not know all the things that can be done with it. AppleInsider compiles a list of must-learn functions for the new iPad everyone should try out.

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App Roundup: Dropbox for iOS, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, TinyCards, macOS Server, more

App Roundup: Dropbox for iOS, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, TinyCards, macOS Server, more

The wide and varied world of software, there are new apps joining the App Store ranks all the time, while existing releases receive updates to keep them relevant to their users. AppleInsider has collected together some of the highlight additions and updates for macOS and iOS software produced in the last week.

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This week on AI: 'iPhone SE 2,' premium Apple News, 2018 iPhone timetables & more

This week on AI: 'iPhone SE 2,' premium Apple News, 2018 iPhone timetables & more

Apple has many irons in the fire — and some of the latest are said to include an "iPhone SE 2," a paid news subscription service, and big environmental projects.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Apple offers replacements for swollen 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries

Apple offers replacements for swollen 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries

Apple on Friday activated a new hardware replacement program targeting an issue that causes the internal battery of certain non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro models to expand.

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Apple sends emails to WWDC 2018 scholarship winners

Apple sends emails to WWDC 2018 scholarship winners

After three weeks of deliberations, Apple on Friday sent out notifications of acceptance to students and STEM organization members who applied for a scholarship to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Justice Department investigating AT&T and Verizon for blocking eSIM adoption, Apple reportedly filed complaint [u]

Justice Department investigating AT&T and Verizon for blocking eSIM adoption, Apple reportedly filed complaint [u]

According to sources familiar with the matter, the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating claims that AT&T, Verizon, and standards organization GSMA colluded to scuttle eSIM technology which would make switching carriers easier.

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FeatureMac mini: What we want to see in an update to Apple's low-cost desktop

Mac mini: What we want to see in an update to Apple's low-cost desktop

Apple's Mac mini is long overdue for a refresh. Not just with updated processors, but a full-on re-design. Being big Mac mini users since the original G4 version, we started wondering what we would love included in a next-generation Mac mini.

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Featured spots in iOS 11 App Store can drive app downloads up to 800 percent

Featured spots in iOS 11 App Store can drive app downloads up to 800 percent

Apple's new "Game of the Day," "App of the Day" and other featured spots can drive downloads significantly more than prior efforts to highlight new and outstanding apps, new app analytics claim.

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EditorialAnalyst's 'iPhone X is dead' memo hyperbolic, loaded with questionable claims

Analyst's 'iPhone X is dead' memo hyperbolic, loaded with questionable claims

An analyst is arguing that Apple will completely discontinue the iPhone X this year, owing to a lack of consumer interest at the high-end. That's a highly questionable claim, even if one assumes demand isn't as strong as Apple expected.

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VideoWatch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus battery charging times compared

Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus battery charging times compared

The comparison of the Apple's iPhone X's features against main rival Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus continue with more battery tests, this time examining how long each of the premium smartphones take to recharge.

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Apple stock taking a beating on analyst note predicting soft summer iPhone X demand

Apple stock taking a beating on analyst note predicting soft summer iPhone X demand

Apple stock, and the market, are both taking a big hit after a notable analyst predicted in "in-line" quarterly earnings report accompanied with predictions for the June quarter being lower than what Wall Street is currently expecting.

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EditorialSloppy report depicts Apple as struggling with LG as an alternative to Samsung OLEDs on new iPhones

Sloppy report depicts Apple as struggling with LG as an alternative to Samsung OLEDs on new iPhones

A new report claiming to understand Apple's supply chain has asserted that LG screens might be facing development issues as a second source for OLED displays on upcoming iPhones, based on Apple's higher than normal scrutiny of LG prototypes—and then strangely claims this issue is driving iPhone X prices so high that "some" are not buying it.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $250 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing OAC.

'iPhone SE 2' rumored to retain iPhone 5 styling minus headphone jack, launch in May

'iPhone SE 2' rumored to retain iPhone 5 styling minus headphone jack, launch in May

The follow-up to the iPhone SE could be arriving in May, according to one report interviewing accessory producers, but while the overall size and design is said to be the same as the original iPhone SE, it is claimed the headphone jack may be removed from the model in its next release.

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AT&T plans $15 monthly 'skinny bundle' TV streaming service, free to its wireless subscribers

AT&T plans $15 monthly 'skinny bundle' TV streaming service, free to its wireless subscribers

In another salvo in the battle for the nation's cord cutters, AT&T will launch AT&T Watch soon, one of the least expensive bundles available that will directly compete with its own DirecTV Now service.

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Siri on Apple HomePods being triggered by ad for NBA on TNT

Siri on Apple HomePods being triggered by ad for NBA on TNT

Advertisers are beginning to target the wakeword for Apple's Siri assistant in the same way they've previously gone after Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant users, anecdotes suggest.

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Apple's efforts to widen OLED screen supply for 2018 iPhones stymied by LG delays

Apple's efforts to widen OLED screen supply for 2018 iPhones stymied by LG delays

Apple's plans to work with LG as a second supplier for iPhone screens appear to have suffered a blow due to manufacturing delays, according to a new report.

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B&H is knocking $500-$1,000 off MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 with no tax in most states

B&H is knocking $500-$1,000 off MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 with no tax in most states

B&H is clearing out remaining Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros with cash discounts of up to $1,000 off. Prices start at just $1,899 with free expedited shipping and no tax in most states. Meanwhile, Apple Watch Series 3 devices with GPS + Cellular functionality are up to $50 off.

FeatureAppleInsider podcast interviews Oliver Seil, Belkin VP of Design, talks iPhone SE2 rumours, and merging iOS and macOS

AppleInsider podcast interviews Oliver Seil, Belkin VP of Design, talks iPhone SE2 rumours, and merging iOS and macOS

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor interviews Oliver Seil, Belkin's VP of Design, plus Victor and Mikey talk about iPhone SE2 rumors, and what the chances are of merging of iOS and MacOS.

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iOS 12 will continue supporting iPhone 5S, WebKit developer reports suggest

iOS 12 will continue supporting iPhone 5S, WebKit developer reports suggest

References to iOS 12, Apple's next iteration of its mobile operating system, have surfaced in development testing reports for WebKit, with the appearance strongly suggesting Apple will be bringing the next major iOS release to the iPhone 5s as the oldest supported iPhone model.

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FeatureAn iPhone thank you letter: "Live Photo saved my grandmother's laugh"

An iPhone thank you letter:

The way that technology can touch us personally is captured in a thank you letter an iPhone user sent to Apple, noting appreciation for Live Photo's capture of ambient sound and video of a loved one who had passed away. Apple's chief executive Tim Cook responded with a note of condolences and appreciation for sharing the story, stating "it is deeply inspiring for us."

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AT&T expands '5G Evolution' to 117 markets, sets stage for mobile 5G rollout this year

AT&T expands '5G Evolution' to 117 markets, sets stage for mobile 5G rollout this year

Apple partner carrier AT&T on Thursday announced the expansion of "5G Evolution" wireless technology to more than 100 U.S. markets, laying the foundation for a planned mobile 5G service launch later this year.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $350 to $500 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $350 to $500 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Readers this week can snap up the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's iMac Pro with our exclusive coupon. On top of the bonus savings available only at AppleInsider, there's no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as no interest financing for 12 months on approved credit.