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Apple-branded sneakers from early '90s to...

On June 11, a pair of official Apple-branded sneakers from the early 1990s will be sold at auction, with a starting bid of $15,000.

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Report: Apple Watch could adopt microLED display...

Apple’s plans for microLED have been reported on before, with some claiming the company is currently in the stages of trial production. Now, a report from Nikkei claims that Apple currently plans to adopt microLED in its wearable products, perhaps as soon as 2018.


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Metis CDS Debbie Berebichez to Women in STEM: Chase...

"I've helped shape the conversation," said Debbie Berebichez, chief data scientist at Metis. "It's empowered me to mentor young women and also to shape policy. At Metis, we offer a scholarship to women and minorities, so we do things actively to bring women in. I also try to recruit and hire women. Even though it's a tech company, over 60 percent of the employees at Metis are women, and they also occupy a lot of leadership roles. I always try to do things that change the conversation."

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AWT News Update: June 7, 2017

WWDC17 is still going on, and we're hearing some good details of what Apple's doing to help out developers and users. Today we have some stories on new technologies that may make it to Apple products soon:

  • Be sure to check out our video look at iOS 11 Developer Beta 1!
  • Apple may be moving to Micro LED technology for next year's Apple Watch
  • WebRTC makes it to Safari this fall
  • The new app store will give developers the opportunity to keep ratings and reviews when posting app updates

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Amazon willing to allow Apple's Siri on Echo...

Amazon is open to supporting third-party voice assistants like Apple's Siri or Google Assistant on its Echo speakers, the company's senior VP of devices said on Wednesday.

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Amazon exec says Siri & Alexa should be able to...

Apple wasn’t shy about comparing its new HomePod speaker to existing competition from the likes of Amazon and Sonos, and now an Amazon executive has spoken on the company’s newfound rival. Amazon’s senior VP of devices David Limp explained that he believes Alexa and Siri should be able to communicate with one another, while also pointing to the HomePod’s price as an advantage for Amazon…


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A first look at the redesigned App Store in iOS 11 [...

The App Store is getting a big redesign with iOS 11, and today Apple gave a preview of some of the new changes coming for developers at WWDC 2017. Head below for a first look at the refreshed app including new editorial content and features coming with iOS 11 this fall:

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Apple may use Micro LED in wearables 'as soon...

Apple may adopt Micro LED displays for wearables like the Apple Watch as soon as next year, according to a report.

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iOS 11 for iPhone: See some of Apple's best new...

This year's Worldwide Developers Conference was jam-packed with announcements, but for many, the biggest news is the next-generation version of Apple's most popular platform, iOS 11. AppleInsider dives in and offers you a closer look at what's new in iOS 11 in this video.

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Stuff to know about all the Macs Apple updated this...

Enlarge / A MacBook Pro connected to one of Apple's external graphics devkits. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I’ve had a new 15-inch MacBook Pro for about a day, and a 27-inch iMac is en route to my house as we speak. As such, I’m not currently in a position to post a “review” of either system. But I can tell you at least a few things about the surprisingly comprehensive Mac refresh that Apple dropped on us this week at this year's WorldWide Developers Conference.

What follows is a list of collected minutiae about the half-dozen different Macs I got to handle at the conference. This list is gleaned from conversations with Apple as well as my own observations in the limited amount...

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Apple Pay adds 28 new U.S. institutions

Apple Pay continues to expand its presence with the addition of 28 new banks and credit unions in the United States that will accept the mobile payment system.

At this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, apple revealed some new features for its mobile payment service, including Person to Person to give friends and family money instantly using iMessage and Pay Cash, which is essentially a storage account for those funds sent Person to Person if the recipient wants to save the money rather than transferring to a bank. 

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA.">

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DirecTV Now dropping support for Safari, Chrome...

DirecTV Now, a live-TV streaming service that piggybacks on AT&T’s television services, is one of the ways that cable cord-cutters can still access their favorite shows online. Now, without any official notice as of this writing, customers visiting the site on Safari and Internet Explorer are being told to download Google Chrome as other browsers will no longer be supported after June…


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Apple Announces Support For WebRTC in Safari 11

Youenn Fablet, software engineer at Apple, writes: Today we are thrilled to announce WebKit support for WebRTC, available on Safari on macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, and Safari Technology Preview 32. [...] Currently, Safari supports legacy WebRTC APIs. Web developers can check whether their websites conform to the latest specifications by toggling the STP Experimental Features menu item "Remove Legacy WebRTC API". Legacy WebRTC APIs will be disabled by default on future releases. Websites that need to accommodate older implementations of the WebRTC and Media Capture specifications can take advantage of polyfill libraries like adapter.js. Peer5, a startup that offers serverless CDN for massively-scaled video streaming, writes in a blogpost: This is HUGE news for the computing industry. Since its introduction in 2011, WebRTC has become an incredibly important part of everyone's favorite platforms and applications. It is at the core of a few services that you might have heard of,...

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Winners of the 2017 Apple Design Awards have been...

This year’s Apple Design Award winners have been announced. The awards, which have now occurred in some form for over 20 years, are announced each year at WWDC.

Past winners have included such excellent releases as Affinity Designer, Ulysses, and Monument Valley. This year’s awards, which include titles featured on iOS, watchOS, and macOS, continue the tradition of excellence. more…

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ARKit processor limitations cuts compatibility to...

A line has been drawn through the iOS 11-compatible devices in ARKit, with only hardware with the A9 or A10 family processors able to use the augmented reality software.

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Apple Design Awards for 2017: And the winners are...

One of the highlights of WWDC each year is the announcement of the winners of Apple Design Awards for the best designed apps of the year. Here are this year's winners:

Blackbox (free with in-app purchase): a puzzle game that uses the various sensors of the iPhone to solve those puzzles...without touching the screen of the iPhone. Pretty clever, huh? The ADA judges thought so, too.

Things 3 ($9.99): One of the best to-do list apps ever, and the second time that Things has one an Apple Design Award (the first being back in 2009). 

Mushroom 11 ($4.99): the world has been devastated, and the only thing living is a mutant fungus...

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Apple announces the WWDC 2017 Apple Design Award...

As usual, this page will cost me a small fortune.

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Hands-on: macOS High Sierra’s native eGPU support...

One of the more exciting macOS-centric features announced at Monday’s WWDC 2017 keynote was native support for external GPUs within macOS High Sierra.

As a big fan of the eGPU concept, and as someone who’s taken quite a few eGPU boxes for a spin on older versions of macOS, I was excited to try out the native functionality baked inside of High Sierra. more…

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Apple announces WWDC17 Apple Design Award recipients...

This years' Apple Design Awards recipients spanned the globe, ranging from novel games designed by a single developer to larger productions developed across a staff of full time coders and artists.

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PSA: Don't install iOS 11 beta on your main...

Every year, Apple debuts a new version of iOS in beta form. Every year, you get excited and want to test it before it's ready for public consumption. Every year, you will regret doing so.

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James Dempsey and the Breakpoints show tonight at...

Join the women@wwdc and James Dempsey and the Breakpoints for an evening of mingling and music to benefit App Camp For Girls!

I’ll be there tonight with my guitar to help support James and App Camp for Girls. There’s still time to grab a ticket!

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tvOS 11 brings Home Screen Sync and automatic dark...

While tvOS 11 didn’t see stage time at the WWDC keynote on Monday, there are two new features that you can try now in the tvOS 11 developer beta: Home Screen Sync and automatic appearance switching. Home Screen Sync is especially welcome for homes with multiple Apple TVs, and appearance switching handles dark and light mode based on time of day. Here’s how it works:


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Waze arrives on Android Auto after a year-long wait

Rocking Android Auto and wondering why Google still hasn't added its Waze traffic-and-maps app to the platform yet? Well, we don't have an explanation, but we do have news that after Google talked about it at last year's I/O developer conference, the...

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HomeKit in iOS 11: Sprinklers & faucets, QR code...

During the third day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company shared the latest updates coming to its HomeKit home automation platform. Among the updates, Apple is introducing new product type categories, a much easier setup process for accessories, improved latency, software authentication to allow older accessories to add support, and more.


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Apple now insures your Mac in case of spills and...

AppleCare is Apple's extended warranty program for almost all of its products, while AppleCare+ covered iOS devices specifically. That little plus sign is important, too, since it protects your beloved iPhone and iPad against accidental damage. So it...

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TV review: Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’

I haven’t seen it yet (I’ll watch it eventually but I’m in no rush) but this is the exact review from a “real” TV critic I would have expected on the show.

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Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' Reality...

On Tuesday, Apple made its debut into the world of original television programming with "Planet of the Apps," a reality show that brings app developers in a competition to try to get mentoring and assistance from hosts Jessica Alba,, Gwyneth Paltrow and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Contestants describe their proposals as they ride an escalator down onto a stage where the judges sit, and then fire questions at the app developer. The problem? Critics aren't pleased. An anonymous reader shares a Variety report: Apple's first offering, "Planet of the Apps," feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained. It's not terrible, but essentially, it's a bland, tepid, barely competent knock-off of " Shark Tank." Apple made its name on game-changing innovations, but this show is decidedly not one of them. The program's one slick innovation is the escalator pitch. You read that...

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Apple opens HomeKit protocol specification to all...

A quick tweet from a Seattle-based developer today noted that Apple's just made it a lot easier for developers or hobbyists to work on creating HomeKit-controlled devices. Victor Ilyukevich (@yas375) just tweeted that the "HomeKit protocol spec is now open to all devs! Can build a smart device using Arduino and control it via HomeKit without getting MFi license."

HomeKit protocol spec is now open to all devs! Can build a smart device using Arduino and control it via HomeKit without getting MFI license

— Victor Ilyukevich (@yas375) June 7, 2017

In follow-up responses, Ilyukevich pointed out the location of the documentation, which is for "non-commercial use" only. This really opens up HomeKit to experimenters or those who are considering...

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Wireless pacemakers could make life easier for heart...

Since its invention in 1932, the pacemaker has saved countless lives. Now, thanks to researchers at Rice University and the Texas Heart Institute, it looks like this essential medical device could be getting a pretty signifcant upgrade. In a bid to r...

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Inside iOS 11: Apple's Control Center grows...

For the second year in a row, the iOS Control Center is about to get a major overhaul, with the latest revisions coming in iOS 11 even bigger than last time -- including the ability to add or remove shortcuts.

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Apple can afford to mess with annoying, snoopy ads

Apple is in a unique position because of their stance on privacy and their business model.

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DirecTV Now dropping Safari support for browser...

AT&T's DirecTV Now has started to warn users of its Internet TV service that it will stop supporting Safari on Mac for streaming video at the end of June, with subscribers advised to switch to Google Chrome if they want to continue streaming through a browser on the Mac desktop.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk Memory Sale at Amazon...

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∞ 12-year-old singing ventriloquist gets golden...

This is pretty incredible.

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Apple's 'Horizon Machine' iPhone...

Apple has reportedly launched its initiative to locate iPhone screen and Touch ID calibration stations in third party repair shops, with up to 400 repair centers in 25 countries getting the "Horizon Machine: by the end of 2017.

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Do household printers leave an invisible tracking...

I thought everyone knew about this. I remember hearing about it in the late 1990s as color printers were becoming more common in offices. We were told not to try and photocopy money – it wouldn’t work and we’d be tracked.

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Be careful celebrating Google’s new ad blocker

I was automatically and understandably skeptical about the stories that Google would create an ad blocker for the Chrome web browser. As expected, this benefits Google the most and might actually hurt many users.

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Apple Makes iPhone Screen Fixes Easier as States...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple customers will soon have more choices as the company looks to reduce long wait times for iPhone repairs at its retail stores. By the end of 2017, Apple will to put its proprietary machines for mending cracked iPhone glass in about 400 authorized third-party repair centers in 25 countries, company executives told Reuters. Among the first recipients is Minneapolis-based Best Buy, which has long sold and serviced Apple products. The electronics retailer already has one of the screen-repair machines at a Miami-area store and one coming soon to an outlet in Sunnyvale, California. Fixing cracked screens may seem like small potatoes, but it's a multi-billion-dollar global business. The move is also a major shift for Apple. The company had previously restricted use of its so-called Horizon Machine to its nearly 500 retail stores and mail-in repair centers; and it has guarded its design closely. The change also comes as eight U.S. states have...

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08:18 has OWC memory upgrade kits with up to...

There's been some confusion over whether or not the new 27-inch iMac will support user upgrades of RAM, with Apple reps giving us conflicting answers. So we went to the source of RAM upgrades for a lot of users,, and got the definitive word -- they'll be selling OWC memory upgrade kits up to 64GB for the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

Not only can you get the upgrades from to install yourself, but they've calculated that you can save a lot of money doing so. If you're upgrading up to 32GB, the OWC memory upgrade can save you $320 over having Apple do a build-to-order 32GB configuration. Those who want to upgrade up to the maximum of 64GB of RAM will save $820 over Apple's pricing. In addition, those existing memory modules can be traded in to for further savings.

The upgrades are a piece of cake to accomplish. Like with...

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How to opt out of Twitter’s new privacy settings

It’s typically sleazy for Twitter to have the pop up give the impression that nothing will change.

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CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 dock with eSATA, dual...

CalDigit has commenced shipments of the Thunderbolt Station 3 dock, an accessory for Macbook Pro users wanting to expand their notebook's connectivity options first launched in CES, with the $249.99 device offering dual 4K display support and a pair of eSATA ports alongside more conventional connections.

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Inside iOS 11: Run four iPad apps on screen at once...

Multitasking capabilities on the iPad will go up to 11 (or, to be more exact, four) in the next major update to iOS coming this fall, giving users the power to run more apps onscreen at once than ever before.

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Watch the first episode of Planet of the Apps

[VIDEO] From Apple’s Planet of the Apps web site:

The season premiere is finally here! Watch this groundbreaking new series about apps and their creators. Featuring Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk, and

The first episode is available here for a limited time. Join Apple Music to get new episodes weekly.

The feel of the show is like Shark Tank meets The Voice, all built around app developers looking for funding. The first episode is embedded in the mail Loop post.

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Singapore principal confiscates iPhone for 3 months...

When Singapore schools confiscate a phone for using it during school hours, it seems they don’t mess around. The penalty handed out by the school was to confiscate the iPhone 7 for a full three months.


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Apple Pay rollout continues with over two dozen new...

New banks and credit unions across the country are continuing to adopt Apple Pay, and nearly 30 additional institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh last month. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:


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Snake Venom is officially the world’s strongest beer


Coming at you from Scotland’s Brewmeister, Snake Venom boasts a warning label and a whopping 67.5% ABV.

Nobody show this to Jim. Every bottle comes with a bright yellow hang-tag warning label. It should come with a lock and a designated EMT. Yeesh.

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Official Apple user support for external Thunderbolt...

While Apple did announce official support for Thunderbolt 3 eGPU implementations, a footnote nestled deep in the High Sierra preview page declares that user support in a non-beta fashion won't be available to users until Spring 2018.

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∞ Will my iPhone run iOS 11? What apps will I lose...

iOS 11 is a 64-bit only operating system. That means that any phone made before the A7 chip was released won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 11.

The first iPhone with the A7 chip was the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5 and 5c do not have the A7. The iPad Mini 2 does have the A7. The iPad Air does. The iPad 4 (iPad with Retina Display, released September 2012) does not.

As to your apps, head over to Settings > General > About, then tap Applications. You’ll likely see a list of applications under the heading NO UPDATES AVAILABLE. Those are the apps you’ll likely lose access to if you upgrade to iOS 11.

Once you make the transition to iOS 11, if you follow the same path, you’ll see a similar list. If any of these apps are critical to your workflow, check with the developer to see if there’s an update planned. If not, start looking for a replacement and a way to port any data you may...

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AAPL retains #3 slot in Fortune 500, overtaking...

Apple may be the world’s largest company by market capitalization, but it doesn’t top all the rankings. The Fortune 500 ranks U.S. companies by annual revenue, and Apple has retained the #3 slot it achieved last year, albeit with changes either side of it …


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Promise reveals 'Mac-ready' versions of...

Promise Technology is updating its Pegasus3 desktop RAID storage systems by introducing four new 'Mac-ready' models, with the additional Pegasus R4, R6, and R8 storage devices offering up to 80 terabytes of capacity with data transfers over Thunderbolt 3, but this time will work on Mac 'out of the box.'

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Apple makes iPhone screen fixes easier as states...


Apple Inc customers will soon have more choices as the company looks to reduce long wait times for iPhone repairs at its retail stores.

By the end of 2017, Apple will to put its proprietary machines for mending cracked iPhone glass in about 400 authorized third-party repair centers in 25 countries, company executives told Reuters.

Among the first recipients is Minneapolis-based Best Buy, which has long sold and serviced Apple products. The electronics retailer already has one of the screen-repair machines at a Miami-area store and one coming soon to an outlet in Sunnyvale, California.

This should take some of the pressure off of Apple Stores, extend the reach of iPhone repair to people who live near a Best Buy, etc., but not near an Apple Store.


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What’s new in iOS 11? Hands-on with 100+ features...

We’ve been playing with iOS 11 for the last 12 hours or so, and have been able to experience a plethora of the new features offered by the release. As you might expect, iOS 11 is quite buggy at this stage, but it’s a truly promising release that’s littered with so many new features that it’s hard to keep count of them all.

In this hands-on video walkthrough, we showcase over 100 of the new items and changes found in iOS 11. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so stay tuned for more hands-on coverage in the days and weeks to come. more…

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iOS 11 allows you to remove apps without deleting...


In iOS 11, managing your storage just got a lot easier. Apple has renamed the Storage & iCloud Usage into iPhone storage. Within this page, the design looks a bit different too. The interface didn’t capture my attention as much as a new option called Offload did.

This is a real boon to folks with storage issues, especially valuable for 16GB phones.

[Via The Verge]

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High Sierra runs on all Sierra-capable hardware,...

In a series of sessions at WWDC, Apple amplified that any Mac that is capable of running Sierra can run High Sierra -- but a shift away from 32-bit apps will start with the new version of the operating system.

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Power up your JavaScript skills with the Full Stack...

It's WWDC week, so we have plenty of bargains for anyone who is a developer or would like to become part of the app economy. On Monday, we had the iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle for just $45. Today's deal? The Full Stack JavaScript Bundle ($38) to make you a MEAN, lean web development machine. 

This limited-time offer consists of 8 courses that can elevate your JavaScript skills to new heights. Those courses include:

  • Become a Web Developer from Scratch
  • ...
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Gumdrop debuts DropTech Clear case for the 10.5-inch...

Gumdrop Case’s DropTech Clear case for the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is now available for pre-order and will ship beginning June 12. It offers drop protection, and a clear polycarbonate back window to show off logos, stickers, asset tags or simply the iconic Apple logo.

The DropTech Clear iPad case is made of shock absorbing, dual-layer silicone with reinforced bumpers on the corners and a replaceable screen shield to prevent scratches and repel light splashes. The case allows full access to Apple's touch ID technology, ports, buttons, camera and speaker.

The DropTech Clear iPad Pro case is available on the Gumdrop Cases website in a black/smoke color combination (black silicone cover with transparent smoke back window) for $59.95.

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Apple To Phase Out 32-Bit Mac Apps Starting In...

Apple will be phasing out 32-bit apps with iOS 11, and soon the company will make the same changes on its macOS operating system. During its Platform State of the Union keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple told developers that macOS High Sierra will be the "last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromises." MacRumors reports: Starting in January of 2018, all new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must be 64-bit, and all apps and app updates submitted must be 64-bit by June 2018. With the next version of macOS after High Sierra, Apple will begin "aggressively" warning users about 32-bit apps before eventually phasing them out all together. In iOS 11, 32-bit apps cannot be installed or launched. Attempting to open a non-supported 32-bit app gives a message notifying users that the app needs to be updated before it can run on iOS 11. Prior to phasing out 32-bit apps on iOS 11, Apple gave both end users and developers several warnings, and the company...

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Poll: Do the new features in iOS 11 make the iPad a...

Apple has for some time now been touting the iPad as a PC replacement device for many people. Steve Jobs way back in 2010 used the cars and trucks analogy, arguing that while some would always need the power of a Mac, many would be able to do everything they needed on an iPad.

Tim Cook suggested that day had arrived in 2015, asking ‘why would you buy a PC any more’ – before clarifying that he meant Windows PCs, not Macs. He also said that when he travels, he takes only an iPhone and an iPad Pro, not a Mac. An ad campaign last year further promoted the idea of an iPad as a fully-fledged...

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WaterField Designs introduces new iPad Pro Gear Case

Waterfield Designs has announced the $49 iPad Pro Gear Case to store accessories for Apple’s new 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro Gear Case is a waxed canvas and leather pouch with customized pockets to organize and protect out-of-the box and extra iPad necessities.

“The Apple Pencil and other accessories are critical for iPad Pro users and are easy to misplace,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “The compact iPad Pro Gear Case equips you with a consistent, protective place to store them, and it fits easily into any day bag. With your iPad Pro and stocked Gear Case by your side, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips, whether you’re at your desk, on your commute or working at the local café.”

Custom-designed for iPad Pro accessories, the iPad Gear Case main compartment includes two mesh pockets for the...

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Bloomberg interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook focuses...

[VIDEO] Some very interesting questions from Bloomberg’s Emily Chang (video in the main Loop post), including the question of HomePod being able to place a phone call, and whether Apple has retails aspirations (ordering product on your HomePod). The answer seems to be no to both. The approach seems to be, a limited version of Siri for starters, then more and more domains added in over time.

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Third-party locations will be able to offer screen...

Apple is bringing its proprietary screen repair machines to third-party repair centers, according to Reuters. The “Horizon Machine” can fix screen cracks or repair broken sensors, which would prevent the user from using thumbprint authorization. 

The Horizon Machines were previously available at Apple’s retail stores and mail-in facilities but now the tech giant hopes to have the machines installed in 400 third-party locations in 25 countries, according to Reuters. Pilot testing of the repair center machines started last year. Best Buy stores will serve as one of the major Horizon Machine centers since the stores already sell and offer repair services for Apple devices. 

The Horizon Machine news follows the Worldwide...

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Apple wants its devices to have better self-testing...

Apple wants its various devices to have enhanced self-testing capabilities. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,673,916) for an “electronic device with self-testing capabilities.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the wireless performance of an electronic device can be affected by manufacturing variations. As a result, many wireless electronic devices are tested during manufacturing. As an example, a wireless device may be placed in a test chamber to that has test antennas coupled to wireless test equipment. Tests may be performed on the wireless device while the wireless device is in the test chamber. Tests measurements such as these may be used to characterize antenna performance and to perform wireless circuit calibration. 

However, it can be challenging to effectively characterize wireless electronic devices during manufacturing. Wireless devices may be produced in large volumes. Apple says that, unless care is taken, the expense and complexity of...

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Older iPhones, iPads equipped with A6 processor will...

Apple may be pushing owners of the iPhone 5 to obsolescence with their forthcoming iOS 11 update.

This fall’s forthcoming iOS 11 update will mark the end of support for not only 32-bit apps, but also legacy 32-bit devices. That means owners still clinging to their iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad will be left behind or forced to upgrade.

The trio of devices, which still run on Apple’s A6 CPU, are the final units Apple made with a 32-bit architecture. This architecture, in turn, cannot run iOS 11.

The move isn’t a surprise, as Apple’s recently released Clips video app only supports 64-bit hardware, meaning it cannot run on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, fourth-generation iPad, or any devices older than those.

iOS 11 itself marks the end of 32-bit apps and developers have been notified that they’ll need to update their apps to the 64-bit architecture prior to iOS 11’s release this fall.

Of course, the iPhone 5 and other legacy devices...

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iOS 11 allows you to delete rarely-used apps but...

If your device is tight on storage, deleting rarely-used apps is one way to free up space. But up until now it’s come at a price: you lose your settings and data for the app, meaning you have to start again if you re-download it in future.

A nice feature in iOS 11 means that’s no longer the case …


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Apple unleashes the funny to open WWDC with “...

Prior to the beginning of Monday’s WWDC keynote and the tons of hardware and software announcements, Apple let loose with its “Apocalypse” ad, a commercial which shows what a combination of unplugging a roomful of servers, the App Store crashing, Christopher Cross’ “All Right” and a world without apps can lead to.

It’s brilliantly done, it’s funny and it shows just how attached to our devices we kind of are…

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Promise Technology debuts Mac-Ready Pegasus3 desktop...

Promise Technology  has added four new models to its lineup of Pegasus desktop RAID storage systems. The new Pegasus3 R4, R6 and R8 models feature more capacity -- 16, 36 and 64 (and 80) terabytes (TB), respectively -- and bring 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 performance.

The addition of new Pegasus3 models also continues Promise's tradition of being in lockstep with the latest from Apple, as they are an ideal storage complement to the new iMac and MacBook Pro offerings, according to Vijay Char, president, Promise Technology USA. Pegasus3 models are tested, performance tuned and ready to go out of the box for Mac users with a 1m 40 Gb/s Active Thunderbolt 3 cable for easy, high-speed...

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How to switch between list view and honeycomb app...

With watchOS 4, Apple is offering an alternative to the honeycomb screen used to display your Apple Watch apps. The honeycomb view lays out the circular watch app icons in a hexagonal grid with a focus on the middle of the display, and a miniature clock in the center.

The honeycomb design is not universally beloved but it has been the only option for Apple Watch users to date. With watchOS 4, Apple is adding list mode which sorts apps into an alphabetical scrolling view. Here’s how to enable it …


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First look at Apple’s iPhone screen repair machine...

Four years after building machines to allow damaged iPhone screens to be repaired in Apple Stores, the company will now be allowing third-party repair companies to use them. This means you’ll be able to get an Apple-standard repair for a broken iPhone screen at other retailers, including Best Buy …


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Some questions remaining from WWDC

The 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference still has two more days to go, and I still have some questions. They may have been answered at WWDC sessions, but, as I’m not a developer, I’m not privy to that info. Anyway, on to the questions:

1) The upcoming HomePod utilizes AirPlay 2. Can it easily be used, when needed, as an external speaker with my Mac? Along the same lines, since the HomePod can be activated by saying “Hey, Siri,” a la the iPhone, will it and my iPhone 7 Plus be “confused” when I speak the phrase?

2) The updated 12-inch MacBooks lack the Touch Bar that comes with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros. There's no standalone Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar available for the new iMacs. Has Apple decided...

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Apple opening up (some) access to the iPhone’s NFC...

Third-party app developers will for the first time get access to the NFC chip in the iPhone 7/Plus (and presumably this year’s iPhones). To date, only Apple Pay has been allowed to use the near-field communications chip.

Apple’s WWDC keynote did give one hint that use of the chip was being extended beyond payment when it showed the Apple Watch syncing data with gym equipment, but a new developer document says that third-party apps will be able to use it too …


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iHS Markit: Apple’s HomePod is the the most...

Apple announced its HomePod smart speaker at WWDC 2017 this week, marking its entry into that market as well as its formal manifestation of the concept of an all-Siri voice-controlled smart home in the future. According to a report by IHS Markit, it’s “the most sophisticated audio product in the smart speaker race thus far.” Following is the research group’s reaction to the upcoming product (due in December for $350):

“The HomePod’s multi-tweeter array is a competitive advantage even without beamforming, given that most smart speaker designs feature a single tweeter or a single full range driver. High frequencies, unlike bass, are directional; the multi-tweeter array allows for listeners to hear mid- and high frequencies more clearly from different areas of a room compared to the single-to-no-tweeter-based competition. 

“HomePod is a shot across the bow for Sonos, long a favored choice of iOS music enthusiasts for...

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MacBook: Apple upgrades its thinnest, lightest laptop

Along with the MacBook Pro, Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference an upgrade for the MacBook.

The MacBook is Apple's ultraportable laptop, trading portability for speed and connectivity. It has a slower processor than the Mac Pro, and it has one USB-C port. For frequent travelers, it could be the ideal laptop.

One thing that hasn't changed about the MacBook is the color choices. Apple offers four finishes: Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 7, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

So Many Ideaz has debuted Pug Chalk Photo Editor - Stickers for Dog & Puppy 1.0.1. The photo editor was developed to offer a way to allow pugs “to express themselves via photos which can include fun captions, stencils, and stickers.” No, really, that’s how the app is described. Pug Chalk Photo Editor - Stickers for Dog & Puppy 1.0.1 is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

GIANTS Software has introduced Farming Simulator 18 (v1.0), the newest addition to the simulation franchise. Farming Simulator...

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Streaming TV quality sucks compared to broadcast....

Streaming TV quality vs. broadcast and cable: How the industry's tackling frame rate, latency, and surround sound

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Phil Schiller & Craig Federighi join John Gruber...

As has become standard, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller sat down with John Gruber on his podcast “The Talk Show” this evening following Apple’s WWDC keynote. During the interview, Schiller and Federighi dove deeper into some of the news from yesterday’s jam packed keynote, which Schiller quipped was 3 and a half hours long at first draft…


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First look: The best iOS 11 features for iPad

Apple will introduce a wide range of enhancements to its mobile platform when iOS 11 sees release this fall, including a host of iPad-specific features like multitasking, a customizable dock and redesigned app switcher. AppleInsider takes a closer look at how the beta runs on iPad in this video.

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Here are the iPhone & iPad features Apple didn’t...

Earlier this week, Apple officially unveiled iOS 11 with a host of new features. The update brings things such as a redesigned Control Center, an all-new App Store, and much more. As is the case every year, however, there were things that many users hoped for that ultimately didn’t make an appearance…


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Closeout Deals: Save $150 to $600 instantly on Apple...

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $600 on every closeout Late 2016 MacBook Pro bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

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Michelle Obama talks entrepreneurship, social issues...

AppleInsider has some video but I hope Apple posts an “official” version soon for us to watch.

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First 'Planet of the Apps' episode drops...

Apple's first foray into original TV content, "Planet of the Apps," starts Tuesday night, with the first of ten episodes being made available for global streaming on Apple Music and iTunes at 9 p.m. Pacific.

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Apple could expand NFC capabilities beyond Apple Pay...

An Apple developer document published this week suggests iOS 11 will open up near-field communications hardware in iPhone 7, and presumably future iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch models, beyond Apple Pay.

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The first episode of Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’...

Apple’s first foray into original content will debut later tonight, according to a report from Reuters. “Planet of the Apps” has long been teased by Apple, but the first episode will finally be made available for streaming tonight at 9PM PT/midnight ET.


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Apple 'Error 53' Sting Operation Caught...

AmiMoJo writes: "Australia's consumer watchdog carried out a sting operation against Apple which it says caught staff repeatedly misleading iPhone customers about their legal rights to a free repair or replacement after a so-called 'error 53' malfunction, court documents reveal," reports The Guardian. Error 53 refers to an error message that renders iPhones useless if third-party repairs are made. From the report: "The case, set to go to trial in mid-December, accuses Apple of wrongly telling customers they were not entitled to free replacements or repair if they had taken their devices to an unauthorized third-party repairer. That advice was allegedly given even where the repair -- a screen replacement, for example -- was not related to the fault. Apple has so far chosen to remain silent about the case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). But court documents obtained by Guardian Australia show the company has denied the ACCC's allegations, saying...

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Michelle Obama talks entrepreneurship, social issues...

The second day of Worldwide Developer Conference opened with a conversation with Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, and Lisa Jackson, Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

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Apple Adds Support For FLAC Lossless Audio In iOS 11

Reddit users who have installed copies of the developer beta of iOS 11 are reporting that Apple has finally added support for lossless FLAC audio files in their new mobile operating system. The Next Web reports: The functionality was first spotted on an iPhone 6S Plus running iOS 11 Beta 1 and is reportedly available as part of the newly announced file-management app, Files. Up until now, Apple had deliberately opted to ignore offering playback support for FLAC files in both iTunes and iOS -- though there are numerous third-party apps to do the trick. But it appears things are finally about to change.


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Apple's iOS 11 Makes Siri a More Natural Woman...

New voices for Siri and peer-to-peer payments are among the new features in the next version of Apple's mobile device operating system iOS 11, previewed at the company's annual Worldwide Development Conference on Monday. "With the new operating system, Apple has doubled down on many of the applications it has developed for iOS," said Ross Rubin, the principal analyst at Reticle Research. "Much of the enhancement of the OS has come via those core applications versus general new functionality," he said.

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Inside iOS 11: Recommendations offer shortcuts to...

In Apple's forthcoming iOS 11, people needing a quick way of freeing up space on an iPhone or iPad will get suggested options that can often be run immediately.

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AWT News Update: June 6, 2017


Today we're taking a bit of a breather after yesterday's marathon podcast and today's iOS 11 beta testing, with just a few stories to share with you.

  • Are you in love with GIF animated images? The iOS 11 Photos app now has native support for GIFs, storing them in a special "animated images" folder
  • Anyone with a 1TB iCloud storage plan got a nice upgrade to 2TB today for the same $9.99 monthly charge

Our sponsor this week is Tick, powerful, straightforward time management software and tracking apps to boost your bottom line.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.


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iOS 11: A first look at Developer Beta 1 (video)

This morning, I downloaded and installed iOS 11 Developer Beta 1 on my test iPad, which is an iPad mini 2. The download and installation were quite fast; Apple made it easy for developers to do the install as an "Over The Air" update by making it necessary to download and approve a profile, then rebooting the device. Once that was done, the installation was just like any Apple other operating system update - fast!

Here's the video! Please let us know if you like what you see, and be sure to "Like" the video on YouTube and subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel.

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Apple overhauls iTunes website with more capable...

In addition to other various announcements this week, Apple has made a noticeable change to the web version of iTunes. Whereas the design was previously incredibly dated and hard to use, the new design is more akin to that of Apple Music and the current iTunes app on Mac and PC.


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MacBook Pro: Apple’s professional laptop gets a...

Almost lost in the landslide of product announcements at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was the reveal the MacBook Pro received an important update: The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that should provide a speed boost.

New processor, graphics, and solid-state drives

The biggest MacBook Pro news is that Apple is now using Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. Kaby Lake is Intel’s seventh-generation processor, and it replaces the sixth-generation Skylake processors that were in the previous MacBook Pro.


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∞ Thoughts on WWDC

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off on Monday in San Jose, California, the first time it’s been in the city since 2002. Not only did Apple have the pressure of putting on the conference in San Jose, they also had to deliver great updates for developers and consumers. They delivered on all counts. […]

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Apple-manufactured cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro...

Apple has updated its line of iPad cases adding support for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, in conjunction with the release of a series of Apple Pencil protective casings.

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The second coming of iPad

I’m very impressed with the new iPad and even more so with the next version of iOS. The combination is going to be enough to get me to (finally) retire my old iPad and buy the newest one.

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Tim Cook & Lisa Jackson join Michelle Obama to...

At the end of Apple’s keynote yesterday morning at WWDC, Tim Cook surprised attendees and announced that former first lady Michelle Obama would make an appearance at the developer conference. Earlier today, Michelle Obama, Cook, and Apple VP Lisa Jackson took the stage to discuss a wide range of topics, including empowerment, diversity in technology, and more.


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Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John joins Uber as...

Bozoma Saint John, formerly the head of Global Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, on Tuesday announced she is joining Uber as its new "chief brand officer."

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Apple halves cost of 2TB iCloud plan to $9.99 a month

Any cost savings is good. This makes it much easier to recommend iCloud storage to my photography students.

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Bozoma Saint John is reportedly leaving Apple for...

Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John is leaving Apple to work for Uber, according to TechCrunch, who reportedly confirmed the appointment through multiple sources at Uber. 

The transportation company views the appointment as important in helping “turn the tide on recent issues.” You should note that Saint John’s LinkedIn still lists her as working at Apple.

Saint John was awarded a Woman of Influence award by T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research in June 2016 because she “has lead distinguished careers while devoting generous time and energy to philanthropic causes.” She was also listed among “The Most Powerful Women in Business” in March 2017 by Black Enterprise.

Before coming aboard at Apple, Saint John was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at...

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Tim Cook talks HomePod's philosophy, ARKit...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week answered questions surrounding the the reasoning behind ARKit and the new HomePod announced during the WWDC keynote, calling the new speaker a "breakthrough" and Apple's ARKit's impact "profound."

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Why Apple is struggling to become an artificial-...

I don’t I’d agree with the “struggling” part of the story but it’s still an interesting look at Apple’s AI efforts.

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