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Tuesday June 6

13:34
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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13:26
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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13:24
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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13:24
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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13:20
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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13:17
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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13:13
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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12:59
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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12:52
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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12:38
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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12:17
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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12:05
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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12:04
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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11:46
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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11:32
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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10:42
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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10:25
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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10:18
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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09:58
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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09:54
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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09:42
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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09:38
9to5Toys Lunch Break: New iPad Pro w/ $50 Gift Card...

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Harman Kardon discounts its...

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09:21
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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09:09
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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09:06
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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09:02
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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08:55
Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch at authorized...

From 9to5Toys:

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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08:50
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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08:41
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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08:36
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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08:29
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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08:25
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 google.com/chrome.


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08:24
∞ 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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08:23
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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08:13
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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08:12
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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08:03
Photo highlights from the WWDC keynote stage

Direct from the lenses of Apple camera-folk.

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08:02
‘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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07:58
∞ 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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07:46
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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07:44
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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07:36
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 https://appleworld.today 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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07:30
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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07:17
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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07:03
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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07:00
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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06:58
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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06:57
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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06:54
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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06:43
∞ 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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06:40
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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06:39
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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06:19
iOS 11 allows you to play FLAC files, albeit in a...

Audiophiles who keep their music in FLAC format will be pleased to find that you can now play these on an iPhone or iPad. FLAC is a completely lossless compressed audio format that works in a similar way to Zipped files, meaning that you get the full quality of the original recording.

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06:17
HP's 'fighter-jet' Omen gaming PCs...

HP has unveiled its latest Omen desktop and laptop gaming PCs with a refreshed, "fighter-jet"-inspired design and VR-certification, along with an external graphics accelerator that doubles as a storage booster. The most notable of those is the Omen 1...

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06:15
Apple's Tim Cook says company aiding in UK...




Apple is helping the U.K. government in its investigations of recent terrorist attacks, CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in a TV interview, adding that the company's preference for encryption doesn't mean it lacks information it can share with authorities.

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06:12
Comment: What does the iMac Pro tell us about the...

When Apple promised that new iMacs later in the year would include pro machines, it wasn’t messing around. The new iMac Pro slated for release later this year won’t just be the most powerful iMac Apple has ever made, it will be ‘the most powerful Mac ever.’

That means that Apple’s new all-in-one desktop machine will be faster and more capable than the current version of the standalone Mac Pro.

The specs certainly bear out Apple’s description …

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06:01
Uber hires a VP to fix its toxic company culture

Despite its incredibly high userbase, a string of controversies has led to what can only be described as a pretty terrible year for Uber. Now, just a few months after its employees left the company in droves, the successful ride-hailing company has r...

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06:00
Wink promises home security with its $119 smart bulb...

Wink's goal is to demystify the internet of things with a single hub and a single app that talks to all manner of smart home devices from other companies, and plays nice with Google's assistant and Alexa too. Knowing that most people are still unsure...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Lightning...

On the road (and in the air) again

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a couple of app-controlled vehicles—one for the ground, the other for the air. Plus: New bands for Apple Watch, a new line of HomeKit accessories, and more.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:59
AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires firmware...




This week's announcement of AirPlay 2 came with a caveat: Old hardware will need a firmware update, at the very least, to work with the new protocol. With Apple said to have ceased development on its router products, it's possible that AirPort Express owners using AirPlay could be left in the dust.

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05:55
∞ Appocalypse

[VIDEO] This is how Apple brought up the curtain on this year’s WWDC (video embedded in the main Loop post). Note the extra P in the title. It’s all about the apps.

I love it when Apple takes chances. I think this was well done and worked well. Enjoy.

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05:49
Apple’s patent filing for thermal haptic devices...

In 2015 Apple filed a patent for an “Apple Ring.” And it’s back — kinda — in a new patent filing (number 9,672,702) for “thermal haptic alert notification.”

The 2015 patent filing was for a “ring computing device” that a user could use to control an external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source. The ring would have a variety of the features of the Apple Watch.

The new patent filing not only mentions a ring, but also the iPhone and Apple Watch. It’s for computing devices that can incorporate thermal haptic feedback (THF) devices for providing feedback in the form of a temperature change. The thermal haptic feedback device can also change temperature based on information received from external computing devices.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that computing devices often provide a variety of indications to a user through devices such as display devices...

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05:36
Apple cuts 2TB iCloud plan to $9.99, Family Sharing...




As part of an array of updates and refreshes, Apple has also updated its iCloud data plan pricing, with a 2-terabyte plan now selling for $9.99 a month, and the old 1-terabyte plan no longer available.

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05:33
Tim Cook: Apple helps UK authorities after recent...

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a Bloomberg interview that he could not reveal details, but said Apple had provided prompt assistance to the UK authorities.

“We have been cooperating with the U.K. government not only in law enforcement kind of matters but on some of the attacks,” he said. “I cannot speak on detail on that. But in cases when we have information and they have gone through the lawful process we don’t just give it but we do it very promptly.

Bloomberg says that it’s s “likely” that Apple provided data from iCloud backups of devices associated with the terrorists. Although data is encrypted for backup on iCloud, Apple doesn’t (yet) use end-to-end encryption, meaning that the company holds the key and can decrypt data when presented with a court order.

There have been three recent terrorist attacks in the UK: a...

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05:29
Apple's first iOS 11 beta signals beginning of...




When iOS 11 launches later this year, it won't support legacy 32-bit apps, giving users and developers a few months to prepare for the upcoming change, estimated to affect up to 187,000 applications.

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05:28
WWDC: Apple urges all developers to make 64-bit apps

At this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple is urging developers to move all their apps to 32-bits as support for them is coming to an end.

iOS 11 drops support for 32-bit applications. Any 32-bit app will refuse to launch and instead show an alert pressuring the developer to release a 64-bit update. 

Apple has also started the transition for macOS to drop 32-bit support. The company say all apps and updates submitted to the Mac App Store next year must be 64-bit.

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05:28
Google is using games to teach kids about online...

With the rise of phishing, malware and fake news, it can be hard for adults, let alone children, to identify what's safe and what's not. Parents can teach internet best practices, but companies like Google want to share the load. With its new project...

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05:22
Apple tweaks its iCloud storage prices

Apple has tweaked the prices for its iCloud storage option. The 1TB (per month) option is gone, but the 2TB option price has dropped to $9.99. That’s the former price you’d pay for 1TB of storage.

You can still get 50GB of storage per month for $0.99, and 200GB for $2.99. The changes have been made in all countries where iCloud storage is available.

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05:18
Apple, other tech companies will adhere to the Paris...

President Trump may have pulled the U.S. out, but Apple, Amazon, Google, Lyft and Spotify are among hundreds of U.S. businesses teaming up with state and local regulators to pledge their support for the Paris climate agreement as part of a new campaign debuting today, reports recode.

The effort is dubbed “We Are Still In” and comes days after President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw from the pact, a landmark accord signed in 2015 by roughly 190 nations that seeks to reduce the world’s carbon emissions. The coalition will be led by Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, recode adds.

On a lighter note, here’s a climate related joke, courtesy of Nashville DJ Gerry House: though President Trump has announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, he has made one concession: he will quit using Right...

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05:00
Apple releases wireless keyboard with numeric keypad

At long last, Apple has released a wireless keyboard with a numeric keypad.

Apple’s new Bluetooth keyboard with numerical keypad was released today, retails for $129 and uses the following specs:

Height: 0.16-0.43 inches
Width: 16.48 inches
Depth: 4.52 inches
Weight: 0.86 pounds

The keyboard requires a Bluetooth-enabled Mac running macOS 10.12.4 or later or an iOS device running iOS 10.3 or later.

The new keyboard’s battery lasts a full month in-between charges using a Lightning port. Unlike with the AirPods, there is no shipping delay on this new product, so check it out in the Apple Store.

Via The Mac Observer

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05:00
Why no Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar for the new...

Overall, I was thrilled with the announcements at yesterday’s keynote that kicked off the 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference. New iMacs? Yay. (And did you notice how CEO Tim Cook said that the Mac was “in many ways the heart and soul of Apple.”

However, I was surprised that there wasn't a standalone Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar announced for the Mac. Apple touted the feature so much when the Touch Bar debuted with the 2016 MacBook Pros that I was certain the tech would quickly move to Mac desktops.

Some folks may see this as a sign that some backlash convinced Apple the Touch Bar was a bad move. I don't think that’s the case; I think we'll see a Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar by this fall, perhaps sooner.

Speaking of keyboards, yesterday Apple did quietly release a...

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05:00
Master & Dynamic's new headphones take cues...

It's no secret that Master & Dynamic makes some of the best-looking headphones around these days, and the company routinely enlists other like-minded brands to join them. On heels of a Leica collaboration, M&D teamed up with UK-based Bamford...

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04:50
Does the HomePod offer hifi audio quality? Here are...

When Apple finally confirmed HomePod, the long-rumored Siri speaker, Tim Cook said that before anything else, a home speaker had to deliver great audio.

Apple is a company that deeply cares about music and wants to deliver a great audio experience in the home. We feel like we re-invented it in the portable player area and we feel we can re-invent it in the home area as well.

At $349 – against $130 for Google Home and $180 for Amazon Echo – the HomePod will need to live up to that promise in order to justify...

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04:35
Apple Beefs Up iMac and MacBook Lines, Teases the...

As part of the announcement-heavy WWDC keynote, Apple has revved the iMac line with Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPUs, higher performance graphics, brighter screens, and faster SSDs. The MacBook and MacBook Pro also get new CPUs, the MacBook becomes more expandable, and the MacBook Air receives a small speed bump. The most unexpected news, however, was the announcement of the iMac Pro, due in December 2017.

 

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04:30
AMD Radio Pro Vega Frontier Edition could be a...

Apple's upcoming iMac Pro — due in December -- will sport an AMD Radio Pro Vega card. If it's the Frontier Edition, the all-in-one will be, as best I can tell, home to the fastest graphic card around. The Radeon Pro Vega is over three times faster than any previous iMac GPU, packing the power of a double-wide graphics card into a single chip. 

The new “non-pro” iMacs sport Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics, which deliver up to 5.5 TFLOPS of performance. It seems logical that the iMac Pro will pack the Pro Vega card, which boasts a High Bandwidth Cache Controller, the cornerstone of the advanced GPU memory architecture. Combined with HBM2, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition helps expands the capacity of traditional GPU memory to 256TB, allowing users to tackle massive datasets quickly. The result is a graphics card that can easily handle...

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04:26
Google fixes random Pixel freezing with latest update

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones debuted to strong reviews, but not all has been perfect since -- supply has been a problem, as has quality control. Case in point -- some smartphones have been freezing at random times, requiring a complete reboot t...

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04:05
Apple is assisting the UK in terror investigations

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has confirmed his company is working with UK authorities as part of their investigations into terrorist incidents. In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook said Apple was cooperating "not only in law enforcement kind of mat...

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How to connect a USB printer in macOS Sierra

The default printer is the one selected when the Print dialog opens. If there’s “No printer selected” in the Print dialog, you’ll need to add a new printer.

For most USB printers, all you have to do is update your software and then connect the printer to your Mac. If necessary, macOS automatically detects the printer and downloads any necessary software. For other printers, you may have to complete a few steps to add the printer. Here's how:

  • Update your software: Choose Apple menu > App Store, click Updates, then install any software updates listed. Even if no updates appear, this ensures that macOS has the latest information about printer software it can download from Apple. If you don’t do this, you may see a message that software isn’t available when you connect your printer.
  • Prepare your printer: Use the instructions that came with your printer to unpack the printer, install ink or toner, and add paper. Turn on the printer and make sure it’s not...
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Tim Cook said Apple cooperated with UK...

Tim Cook last night told Bloomberg that Apple had helped the UK with its investigations of terrorist attacks.

There have been three recent terrorist attacks in the UK, a suicide bombing in Manchester and two incidents where a vehicle was driven into people on bridges in London …

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03:44
Apple doubles storage on $9.99/mo iCloud tier to 2...

Apple has doubled the storage of its most expensive iCloud storage plan from 1 TB to 2 TB, retaining the same $9.99 per month price point. The old 1 TB plan is no longer available, so Apple still offers a total of three paid iCloud storage plans.

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.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 6, 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

Affinity Photo for iPad is here. It's a professional photo editing tool for the Apple tablet. Developed from the same foundations as Affinity Photo’s desktop version, the new app is tailored to harness the power of the iPad’s hardware and touch capabilities. It's being offered for $19.99 for a limited time.

James Hollender has launched Coumadin Assist - for Users of Coumadin or Warfarin 1.0. The $4.99 medical app is designed to aid patients on blood thinners in keeping track of their Vitamin K intake, which can affect INR/PT...

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02:48
32-bit apps will not launch on iOS 11, Mac App Store...

As Apple warned users with iOS 10.3, iOS 11 officially drops support for 32-bit applications. Any 32-bit app will refuse to launch and instead show an alert pressuring the developer to release a 64-bit update. Older iPhones and iPads with 32-bit CPUs cannot update to iOS 11 at all.

Apple has also started the transition for macOS to drop 32-bit support. It will require new apps and updates submitted to the Mac App Store to support 64-bit apps in 2018 …

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20:46
Apple's MacBook refresh buys time for bigger...




Overshadowed by new hardware "sneak peeks" and software news, Apple on Monday updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups with Intel Kaby Lake processors, while giving the MacBook Air minor speed boost.

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20:15
With eGPU and virtual reality support in High Sierra...




Alongside the debut of the first macOS High Sierra beta on Monday, Valve launched its own first beta of SteamVR for the Mac, giving early testers the ability to sample virtual reality experiences on compatible Macs.

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19:20
Apple, other tech companies pledge to continue...




Following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from the Paris climate accords, Apple and other major U.S. brands on Monday pledged support for an alternate environmental initiative called the "We Are Still In" campaign.

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18:15
Hands-on with iOS 11 features on the new 10.5-inch...

Earlier today Apple officially previewed iOS 11 at its Worldwide Developer Conference and to coincide with the introduction of the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, there are a host of new iPad features in the update. We managed to get some hands-on time with the new features and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro during the show….

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18:03
Roundup: Everything Apple announced today at WWDC...

Now that Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is behind us, we can finally take a step back and recap everything Apple announced today. The event was packed full of new information relating to nearly everything Apple offers, so head below for easy access to information on it all.

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18:00
First Listen: HomePod is Apple's AirPods,...




Apple's HomePod aims to further expand Siri assistance outside of iOS devices, Apple Watch, Macs, the Apple TV Remote and AirPods into the same sort of "always ready" home experience delivered by Amazon's Echo, even as it upgrades audio reproduction quality in the emerging "smart speaker" segment into the realm of affordable luxury.

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17:57
Apple removes wired keyboard with numeric keypad...

Earlier today Apple released a new wireless Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad, filling a long-standing hole in its accessory product lineup. While the new keyboard is a great option for many customers, it seems Apple has removed the much more affordable $49 wired keyboard with numeric keypad from its online store

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17:54
iOS 11 to include new Business Chat feature for...

While not given stage time today during its main keynote, Apple is set to include a new Business Chat feature in iOS 11. As first noted by The Verge, Business Chat has shown up on Apple’s developer site, though without a whole lot of details. The feature will seemingly allow users to quickly message a business for customer support help, business hours, and more directly within Messages…

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17:32
AppleCare+ terms quietly updated, now include...

AppleCare+ just got a bit more lenient.

Following Apple’s quiet expansion of AppleCare+’s warranty period from two to three years a while back, as well as covering accidental damage to the company’s desktop and MacBook product families, Apple has brought the AppleCare+ package in line with services provided for its mobile devices.

The new coverage allows for repairs for up to two accidents, with each subject to a service fee of $99 for damage to the screen or the external enclosure, plus tax, while other types of damage will cost $299 per incident.

The revised AppleCare+ plan for desktop Macs provides on-site repair, with a technician visiting the user’s work site for support, while MacBook users are able to mail in their computer for servicing using a prepaid shipping box provided by Apple. There is also the option of taking the affected Mac or MacBook to an Apple Store or other Apple Authorized Service provider for repairs.

The coverage itself is...

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17:27
RAM in the new 27-inch iMac isn’t upgradeable

Well, that's a bummer. Just got off a chat with Apple Support and discovered that the newly announced iMac isn’t user upgradable.

Previously, this was the case with the 21.5-inch models. However, the bigger all-in-ones have always had user upgradeable RAM.
If you’re ordering a new iMac, it only comes with 8GB of RAM. Upgrading the memory will cost you an extra $200 for 16GB, $600 for 32GB, and $1,400 (!) for 64GB.

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17:20
Apple Announces New 10.5-Inch iPad Pro With Narrower...

At WWDC 2017 today, Apple unveiled a brand new iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display and 40% narrower bezels. The new iPad features a 50% brighter True Tone display and "ProMotion" technology which increase refresh rates up to 120hz. 9to5Mac reports: The new iPad Pro includes dynamic refresh rate adjustments, screens move from 24hz to 48hz to 120hz. This maximizes battery life and performance, when you need it. The A10x Fusion chip improves CPU and GPU by at least 40%. Cameras have also been upgraded with the same sensor as the iPhone 7 on the back and the front. Apple demoed a photo app called "Affinity Photo," to demonstrate the 120hz refresh rates. Apple says new iPad Pro performance compares favorably with a desktop computer. This includes incredibly fast selections and fluid Apple Pencil interactions. Both iPad models start with 64GB of memory and maxes out to 500GB at the high-end. There are also several new software features for iPad, coming this fall with iOS 11: A new...

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17:01
A first look at Apple’s ‘HomePod’ Siri speaker at...

The big reveal today at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose was the unveiling of the company’s much anticipated standalone Siri speaker device officially called ‘HomePod’.

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16:53
Apple drops Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo...




Though Apple introduced a multitude of features with iOS 11, the company also removed core functionality from the next-generation mobile operating system, namely system-level integration with certain social media services.

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16:51
Checking out the new iPad Pros and their fancy 120Hz...

Andrew Cunningham

I have seen the new iPad Pros, and they are about what you'd expect, not that that's a bad thing. Since the "hands on" process is basically the same as handling any other iPad, let's focus on answering questions.

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the easiest to describe, since its physical design is the same as the original model. It's still a 0.27-inch (6.9mm) thick, 1.49 pound (677g) tablet that looks like a stretched-out version of the iPad design Apple has been selling since 2013 or so. The difference is that some of the features introduced in last year's 9.7-inch iPad Pro weren't ready for the first 12.9-inch version. That list of features includes:

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16:23
Up close with the new iMac Pro in all its space gray...

Behold, the most powerful Mac ever

Image by Roman Loyola

Apple on Monday introduced a new Mac for professionals—but it wasn’t a Mac Pro. No, it's the new iMac Pro, and Apple says it's the most powerful Mac the company has ever released. You can get the full lowdown on the specs of the $4,999 machine, but you want to know what it looks like, don’t you? We have a few pictures in this slideshow.

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16:16
Apple announces watchOS 4, upcoming changes at WWDC

watchOS 4 is around the corner and over at WWDC, Apple announced the forthcoming operating system and its robust lineup of forthcoming changes.

Here’s what the company had to say:

Intelligence:

Siri intelligence extends further into Apple Watch® with the new Siri watch face. With each raise of the wrist, the information on the display dynamically updates based on the time of day, daily routines and pertinent data from apps such as Activity, Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders and Wallet, as well as headlines from the new Apple News™ app for Apple Watch.

With watchOS 4, the Activity app delivers intelligent coaching and tailored encouragement to help close Activity Rings more often and achieve longer success streaks. Every morning, users will receive a personalized notification if they’re close to earning an Achievement, or suggest what they can do to match yesterday’s activity levels. If needed, toward the end of the day, they’ll be told...

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16:15
Tim Cook talks HomePod, Trump’s decision to leave...

Following Apple’s keynote address to kick off WWDC, Tim Cook sat down with Bloomberg for a wide-ranging interview discussing Apple’s announcements today, President Trump and the Paris climate pact, and much more…

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16:06
WWDC ’17: First look at Apple’s new iMac Pro [Video]

Apple announced a new ‘iMac Pro’ model today set to arrive for customers this December and we had a chance to get a first look. Apple wasn’t actually allowing press to get hands-on with the new machine, but we did get an opportunity to get up close and personal with some video of the new iMac Pro (below).

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