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Wednesday June 7

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]

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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Tuesday June 6

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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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tvOS being added to the Apple Beta Software Program

Owners of fourth generation Apple TVs can beta test tvOS for the first time. Apple has expanded its Apple Beta Software Program to include the set-top box and tvOS 11. 

Previously, the program has been limited to iOS and macOS while tvOS betas were only available to developers with paid accounts. The Apple Beta Software Program website says “iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and tvOS 11 public betas are coming soon” and Apple promised public betas of iOS and macOS later this month.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

The first developer betas of iOS 11, High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 were issued on Monday.

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Apple TV owners to get first-ever public beta with...

Regular Apple TV owners will soon be able download betas for the first time, getting an early peek at upcoming features, according to Apple's website.

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The best cases for Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Apple has now officially unveiled the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro to the world. We even had a chance to go hands on with the new tablet to get a feel for the form factor and see iOS 11 in action. However, along with the altered footprint, you’ll be needing new cases, covers, screen protectors and more: more…

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The Apple exec who stole the show at WWDC explains...

This is a big deal and a loss for Apple but if that’s Uber’s goal, they have zero chance of achieving it with or without her.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Inside iOS 11: Early FLAC audio playback comes to...

An unexpected feature of Apple's first iOS 11 developer beta is rudimentary support for FLAC audio playback, which may hint at broader compatibility coming in the final release.

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Apple's iOS 11 leaves iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, 4th-...

In one fell swoop, 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.

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iOS 11 appears to restore Gmail push in Apple Mail

Gmail users rejoice as iOS 11 may have a solution for the long-standing push notification woes. No longer having to rely on a third-party app, users with Google email accounts should be able to jump back onto iOS’ native Mail app.


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Apple adds advanced editing features to Photos app...

I’m still not giving up Lightroom for Apple’s Photos app but it’s great to see the added features in the native app.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple bumps storage capacity for paid iCloud...

This should come in handy.

Apple has just doubled the storage from its top-tier iCloud storage plan from 1 TB to 2 TB. The plan remains available at $9.99 per month, although the old 1 TB plan is now longer available.

The company has also announced that multiple users will be able to share a single iCloud storage plan with Family Sharing in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

Unfortunately, the capacity for the free iCloud storage plan has not jumped from 5 GB. The 50 GB plan for $0.99/month and the 200 GB plan for $2.99/mo are also unchanged.

You can upgrade to the 2 TB plan today from within iCloud settings.

Apple has stated that, once iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra debut later this year, users will be able to share 200 GB and 2 TB iCloud plans via Family Sharing. All user accounts attached to the family can save to the same iCloud storage capacity, but you only have to pay one monthly subscription.

The Family Sharing features will be...

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Apple Watch band lineup boosted with new Sport, Nike...

Apple is now shipping a summer 2017 series of Apple Watch bands, including a slightly different version of the LGBT Pride band from the 2016 parade in San Francisco.

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Inside iOS 11: Quick screen recording comes to...

A potentially handy feature discovered in Apple's iOS 11 developer beta is native screen recording support, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface.

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WhatsApp update brings albums, camera filters, and...

WhatsApp has received a small update that brings in albums, camera filters, and a quick reply feature to the messaging application.


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iPad Pro Smart Connector accessory lineup grows with...

The number of accessories compatible with Apple's Smart Connector for iPad Pro continues to grow --?albeit very slowly --?with two new keyboards this week from Logitech for both tablet sizes.

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With Audio Focus, Apple Side-Steps Smart Speaker...

Apple raised the curtain on HomePod, its upcoming smart speaker, during Monday's keynote presentation at its Worldwide Developers Conference. The company also announced some desktop OS features for the iPad, and revealed its plans to become an augmented reality powerhouse.
"Just like iPod reinvented music in our pockets, HomePod is going to reinvent music in our homes," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president for worldwide marketing, told an enthusiastic crowd at the San Jose Convention Center in California.

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California and China partner on clean energy tech

The Trump administration's decision to leave the Paris Accord has already prompted some states to forge their own pro-environment pacts, but the latest such alliance is... unusual. California and China are forming a partnership that will see the two...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: New iPad Pro w/ $50 Gift Card...

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Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch w/ up to $50 gift cards, tax benefits

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Apple wants iMessage to be your customer service app

Apple has been steadily improving iMessage over the past year, and now apparently it wants to get businesses in on the action. Enter Business Chat, Apple's as-yet-unreleased tool to provide customer service through iMessage.

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New 5K iMac GPU configurations at least double best...

As with the initial Radeon Pro release with the 2016 MacBook Pro, Apple hasn't provided that much detail on the same family of GPUs used in the new iMacs -- but AMD has shed some light on the new processors, showing a radical improvement over the predecessors.

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You’ll probably need to upgrade your iPhone 5 or 5c...

Although watchOS 4 doesn’t drop support for any Apple Watch models, the new iOS 11 software update will not be available for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. This likely means Apple Watch users with either of those models will need to upgrade to a newer iPhone to update to watchOS 4.


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Nintendo hasn't forgotten about 'Pokémon...

Okay, so, today's brief Nintendo Direct didn't reveal the Switch version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, but if you aren't a fan of traditional fighting games and still prefer the 3DS to the Switch (see: battery life) there was still some silver lining for...

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Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch at authorized...

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Yesterday’s Keynote address at WWDC 2017 delivered a wide-range of new products, including fresh iPads. Today we’re seeing Apple’s latest tablets pop-up for pre-order and there are already a few ways to save.


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Here’s hoping the iMac Pro learns from the Mac Pro’s...

Andrew Cunningham

No one was allowed to touch the single iMac Pro that Apple had in its hands-on area following the WWDC keynote today. Big and dark and imposing, the computer is the first step toward making good on Apple's promises to recommit to its desktop users. It's not a new Mac Pro (a computer that's still coming, I've been assured), but it is a more concrete commitment to high-end desktops than the (nice, but straightforward) standard iMac refresh we got Tuesday.

Apple has made some cool tweaks to the iMac to earn it that "pro" moniker, specs aside. The cooling system and the vents have been entirely redesigned. A regular iMac has a single fan plus one vent in back, above the power cord and below where the stand meets the body of the computer. The Pro has two fans inside plus what appears to be a pair of long horizontal vents across the bottom, visible in the photos above...

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Amazon discounts Prime for customers with EBT cards

Amazon announced today that customers enrolled in a number of different government assistance programs can now get Prime subscriptions for $6 per month. As of now, the offer is limited to those with a valid EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, bu...

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UK police make first arrest triggered by facial...

Police in South Wales have arrested a man using automatic facial recognition software. It's the first time a person has been seized this way in the UK, according to Wales Online, following a series of trials at large-scale public events including Dow...

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Inside iOS 11: Apple's Photos app gains native...

Apple's upcoming iOS 11 will add support for viewing animated GIFs in the native Photos app, and it will also automatically sort them into a dedicated folder of animated images, making it even easier to find the pictures you are looking for.

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Google Releases Chrome 59

An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched Chrome 59 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among the additions are native notifications on macOS, settings being revamped to follow Material Design, the Image Capture API, Headless Chrome, and more service worker improvements. You can update to the latest version now using the browser's built-in silent updater or download it directly from


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∞ Thoughts on the iMac Pro

[VIDEO] Some thoughts on the iMac Pro, serving the needs of the Mac Pro crowd, and a video, all in the main Loop post.

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Lyft and nuTonomy aim to improve self-driving car...

Ride service companies like Uber and Lyft are focused on the technology of self-driving cars, but what about everythingn else? Lyft is now exploring the passenger aspect via a partnership with self-driving software firm nuTonomy. The idea, the compan...

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Report: Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John leaving...

It was reported Friday night that Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John was planning to leave the company one year after her widely praised on stage debut at WWDC 2016. Saint John drove Apple Music’s marketing effort after joining the company through Apple’s Beats acquisition. Now TechCrunch reports that Bozoma Saint John’s next role will be at Uber…


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Belkin ships $349 Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD,...

Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is now available, and in addition to the ports on it, the dock provides 85W of power to 15-inch MacBook Pro owners for charging.

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Photo highlights from the WWDC keynote stage

Direct from the lenses of Apple camera-folk.

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‘Arms’ is the successor to ‘Punch Out’ the Nintendo...

The original Punch Out may be heralded as a classic 8-bit NES game, but it's one I didn't play until I was in college. I'd heard it mentioned as I grew up but always dismissed it out of hand. Sports games, particularly those with celebrity endorsemen...

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∞ The HomePod and the ongoing battle with Amazon and...

[VIDEO] Click through to the main Loop post for some videos and commentary on Apple’s newly announced HomePod.

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Easily share your WiFi with friends on iOS 11,...

iOS 11 includes many automatic features regarding first-time setup and account login. This extends to WiFi networks too. If a friend comes over with an iPhone running iOS 11, you can automatically log them in to your WiFi in one tap.

The UI looks like the AirPods pairing process. When the WiFi password screen pops up on the new device, other nearby iOS devices that are already on the network will try to help …


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Pokémon fighter 'Pokken' is coming to...

Nintendo is bringing a Pokémon game to the Switch, but it's not the one you were hoping for. Fighting game Pokken Tournament, which lets you throw down as Gengar, Blaziken and a bunch of other critters (you can even fight as Pikachu in a libre...

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AWT TV Episode 10: WWDC 2017 Keynote Special Edition...

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software. Visit us online at and be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel here on YouTube.

Today's video is all about the news from the WWDC 2017 keynote, including the new iMacs, iMac Pros, iPad Pros, upgraded MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, HomePod, and a bunch of other things that were announced. 

To top it off, we have a short demo of Monument Valley 2, which was introduced on June 5! It's a fun discussion between the three veteran Mac and PC users who make up Apple World Today.

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Don't compare Apple's HomePod to Amazon...

When Apple unveiled the HomePod at WWDC, it was tempting to draw immediate comparisons to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. And I wouldn't blame you if you did. They're all smart speakers, of course, and there's a good chance that you might cross-shop...

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The Apple Pencil case won't save you from...

iPad Pro users, take note: Apple has released what might be the most Apple product in the history of Apple. One of the announcements to slip through the cracks during that intense WWDC keynote yesterday was the introduction of a $29 holder for the iP...

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Apple eGPU dev kit requires external monitor,...

Apple has started taking orders for its external GPU developer's kit for examination with macOS High Sierra, but the Apple software available to the wider user base until spring 2018, as released still has major caveats, and mandates an external monitor or VR kit for use.

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Mophie's cases add wireless charging to iPhone...

Mophie's cases provide a quick way to add wireless charging capabilities to iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S devices, and now they're available for the models' latest iterations. The accessories maker has released charge force cases for the iPhone 7, 7 P...

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Uber provides free rides to polling stations for...

With Britain going to the polls in a national election on Thursday, Uber is playing its part in trying to ensure everyone is able to vote. The company is offering free rides to polling stations to wheelchair users in three UK cities.


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Apple AirPlay 2 adds multi-room audio capabilities

Apple announced AirPlay 2 as part of iOS 11 announcements at WWDC 2017. It adds multi-room audio capabilities to AirPlay’s existing abilities. AirPlay 2 also enables the use of Siri to initiate and control playback to compatible speakers and devices (such as Apple TV).

AirPlay 2 is Apple’s followup to the original AirPlay Wi-Fi-based music playback standard. While Sonos popularized Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio playback, Bluetooth became ubiquitous, and multi-platform Wi-Fi audio standards spread in popularity, Apple lacked a competing story until today’s announcement.

AirPlay 2 shares some competitive similarities to the competing Chromecast Built-in (aka Google Cast) standard, but based on current announcements it lacks video capabilities and partners with mainstream volume. According to the IHS Markit research group, the latter aspect indirectly infers that there is a third competitive weakness compared to...

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Apple TV now included in public beta program...

Apple has expanded its Apple Beta Software Program to include the fourth-gen Apple TV for the first time. Apple’s public beta program has previously been limited to iOS and macOS while tvOS betas were only available to developers with paid accounts.


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∞ The new iPad Pro: Two ads and a WWDC video

[VIDEO] All three videos are embedded in the main Loop post.

The first video, titled On Any Given Wednesday, ran during the WWDC keynote. Though its focus is the new iPad Pro, it also highlights a lot of what’s new in iOS 11. Drag and drop, split view, the dock all featured prominently in the quick cuts.

Seeing this video again after having spent a good amount of time using iOS 11, I can appreciate the subtleties in the video and I now want to move to the new iPad Pro.

The two ads below the WWDC video are new entries in the iPad Pro series.

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Tempted to run iOS 11 and the other new betas? You...

If you’re curious about whether or not you should run Apple’s brand new software betas, the answer is probably just wait for now. In short, iOS 11 and the other new betas are very beta which is to be expected for a major new pre-release.


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Hyperloop One reveals its plans for connecting Europe

One of Hyperloop One's smartest ideas was the Global Challenge, a "competition" where cities could pitch for the honor of hosting a Hyperloop. From the suggestions, the company then produced a shortlist of routes that were both technically feasible a...

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