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Friday September 16

11:07
Patent trollin’: A Texas jury awards Acacia a $22.1...

Apple must pay a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp, a patent licensing company (some would say, “patent troll”), $22.1 million after a federal jury in Tyler, Texas, found that it had willfully infringed a cellular network-related patent, reports Reuters.

The jury also said that Apple didn’t prove that the patent was invalid. A finding of willfulness allows the presiding judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nicole Mitchell, to boost damages by up to three times, at her discretion.

This seems a bit strange to me. Last August US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal denied Acacia and its Adaptix subsidiary’s attempts to relaunch suits against cellphone manufacturers Apple, Sony and Amazon, among others.

Acacia and Adaptix were denied further suits over new products launched by the companies using the same technology. The judge said it must be satisfied with existing lawsuit results and patent...

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10:57
iFixIt tears down the Apple Watch Series 2

The gang at iFixIt, who tears apart tech products so you don’t have to, has completed its teardown of the Apple Watch Series 2. They say that, or the most part, the Series 2 is a typical second revision Apple device: it looks almost exactly the same on the outside, but it’s super refined and a bit easier to work with on the inside. 

The old standard S1 System-in-Package processing unit got upgraded to the S2, and in the process was flipped completely over. Now all of those pesky soldered connections are actually on the same side of the board as the things they connect to. iFixIt says that eplacing many components will still require micro-soldering, but will not require removing everything from the inside of the watch first.

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown highlights:

What makes the Series 2 so water resistant? Better, stronger adhesive. A whole lot of gaskets and o-rings. And a speaker equipped...

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10:56
Apple loses $22.1 million case against patent firm...

Apple will have to pay a patent holding firm called Acacia a penalty of $22 million, a federal jury in East Texas decided this week. The issue is over a patent dispute, which is all to common for Apple, regarding cellular network technology.

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10:54
Conan pokes fun at Apple’s new wireless AirPods

Before you start taking anything too seriously on this, another iPhone launch day, the killer writers over at Conan came up with this to poke fun at the new AirPods, Apple’s new wireless headphones.

The results speak for themselves.

A brief warning, some of the language isn’t entirely safe for work, so you may want to have your own wired or wireless headphones in before you fire up the video.

As always, please let us know what you think of the new AirPods in the comments.

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10:13
Patent holder Acacia wins $22.1M judgement against...

A federal jury has ruled in favor of Acacia Research, awarding a subsidiary of the patent licensing firm $22.1 million in damages from Apple for the latter's violation of a cellular networking patent.

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09:37
Deals: $400 off 15" MacBook Pro; 30% off...

Shoppers can pick up a 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599.99 on eBay this week. Or snap up a ZeroLemon iPhone 7 Battery Case for $69.99. A lifetime iOS and Xcode developer training subscription is also $79.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 27” 5K iMac $1,680, 15” Retina...

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09:24
iPhone 7 teardowns: Big Taptic Engine, Intel modems...

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    The iPhone 7 Plus, exploded.

    iFixit

It's iPhone release day, and while people around the world wait impatiently by their windows for the delivery truck or in line at Apple Stores, the iPhone teardown cottage industry has been ripping the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus apart to see how they tick.

iFixit's is still the teardown of record, though as of this writing it...

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09:20
Typhoon Meranti affected shipments of iPhone 7/7 Plus

Typhoon Meranti has been wreaking havoc in Asia, killing at least 11 people with others reported missing. It's the strongest typhoon to hit in many years, and widespread flooding is now hitting parts of China. The storm has also affected deliveries of the new iPhone 7. 

Several Apple World Today readers noticed that the shipping data for iPhones showed the following message on September 14:

The delivery date was still estimated for September 16 as of yesterday. This morning, UPS tracking information showed that the delay in arriving in the US would postpone delivery until tomorrow:

Visible in the tracking information for this iPhone 7 Plus is a note for Taoyuan, Taiwan -- that's the airport serving Taipei. News reports show that operations at Taoyuan were canceled on the 14th as the typhoon, which at that point was classified as a "super typhoon" with winds over 150 mph, slammed into the island. 

If any other Apple World Today readers have seen a delay...

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09:20
News: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Unboxing +...

Apple’s newest iPhones have arrived, and we’ve posted unboxing photos of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, both seen here in rose gold. We’ve also included some pictures comparing the new phones to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. Our independent, comprehensive review of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be published on Monday....

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09:18
iOS 10 Home app can't use third-gen Apple TV as...

After users upgrade devices to iOS 10, they are no longer able to utilize a third generation Apple TV as a HomeKit hub for remote access of home automation gear.

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08:55
iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals what Apple did with...

Apple’s latest round of iPhones have received some criticism as being merely an incremental upgrade, but that hasn’t stopped the iPhone 7 Plus from completely selling out before it hit store shelves. If you weren’t able to grab the iPhone 7 Plus this weekend, you can still experience the device vicariously through the latest teardown from iFixit.

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08:53
Apple stops returns & exchanges for retail...

In parallel with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launching in Hong Kong, Apple has simultaneously halted all returns and exchanges for Apple and Beats products bought at the company's local retail stores.

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08:38
News: iFixit iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals...

iFixit has posted its complete teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus. As usual, the report confirms some specs and reveals a few new things. The dimensions of the new device are identical to those of the iPhone 6s Plus, although the report confirms that it’s slightly lighter than its predecessor. A1785 is the new model for the iPhone 7 Plus. The report also confirms that the headphone jack removal did indeed make room for the new Taptic engine, as Apple…

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08:02
Target, Best Buy hamstrung by Apple Watch, iPhone 7...

Brick and mortar retailers Target and Best Buy have apparently not been given enough inventory to fulfill all pre-orders, and are emailing customers informing them that Apple Watch Series 2 orders won't be shipped by the promised date.

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07:48
Keyboard Maestro 7.3

Adds a number of refinements for the powerful automation and clipboard utility. ($36 new, free update, 19.6 MB)

 

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07:40
Apple Japan Unit Ordered To Pay $118M Tax For...

Apple's unit in Japan was ordered to pay 12 billion yen, or $118 million tax by local authorities after they determined it had underreported income. Apple has since reportedly paid the sum. From a Reuters report: The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau determined that the unit, which sends part of its profits earned from fees paid by Japan subscribers to another Apple unit in Ireland to pay for software licensing, had not been paying a withholding tax on those earnings in Japan, according to broadcaster NHK. Apple and other multinational companies have come under much tax scrutiny from governments around the world. The European Union has ordered Apple to pay Ireland 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in back taxes after ruling it had received illegal state aid. Apple and Dublin plan to appeal the ruling, arguing the tax treatment was in line with EU law.

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07:37
AirBeamTV launches wireless Mac screen mirroring to...

AirBeamTV has announced Mirror for LG TV 1.0.0 for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher), the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps. It lets you wirelessly mirror the screen of a Mac directly on any LG Smart TV without the need for any additional hardware. 

Users can even choose whether they would like the audio from their Mac to be transferred to the TV as well. Mirror for LG TV 1.0.0 costs $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store. Users who would like to test Mirror for LG TV to see if their TV is supported and their local network is fast enough, can download a free two-minute trial version from the product website.

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07:30
Why Russian Hackers Are Doing the US a Favor


Colin Powell's hacked email once again showcases that what people in office tell us and what they actually think are two very different things. Politicians work for us -- we are supposedly their employers. Yet we seem to know far less about what they do and think than what we need to know in order to vote intelligently. Powell's comments are actually far more damaging to Clinton than Trump, because he knows and has worked with Clinton and refers to her as a friend. Clearly, if it were it up to him, neither of them should be elected president.

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07:28
iFixIt offers a teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus

The gang at iFixIt, which tears apart tech products so you don’t have to, has completed its teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus. There’s been a lot of buzz about the waterproofiness of the 7 Plus, so they took a look at what contributes to that stellar IP67 rating. 

“A new set of super-sticky adhesive strips keeps the display tightly adhered to the frame,” says iFixIt. “Tons of rubber seals surround points of ingress, like the mute switch and SIM tray. There are also tight seals and fine mesh decking the dual speaker grilles. The mechanical home button has been replaced by a solid state touch sensor, and the phone’s ‘real’ buttons are gasketed to the gills.”

Other highlights of the teardown:

  • The battery is rated at 3.82 V and 2900 mAh, for a total of 11.1 Wh, a slight upgrade over the 10.45 Wh (3.8 V, 2750 mAh) of the 6s Plus, and on par with the 11.1 Wh, 2915 mAh cell found in...
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07:04
Apple surveying users about the headphone jack on...

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

In recent weeks, Apple has been sending out surveys to users asking about MacBook Pro features, most notably the headphone jack. A survey question shared by MacRumors reader Blake asks “Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?”

There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack, suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro.

If there is a MacBook Pro update coming this year, I suspect it will have a headphone jack. This sort of market research would typically be done during the design phase, not in preparation for product rollout. I suspect the headphone jack will, ultimately, go away, as wireless becomes the standard. On the iPhone 7, waterproofing and case real estate are often quoted as two driving reasons for the removal of the headphone jack. Neither of these is a...

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07:03
Comment: This is why Apple was right to hold back on...

It was yesterday suggested that Apple may be partnering with Energous, developer of a wireless charging technology known as WattApp. The company later issued a statement downplaying the evidence for the partnership, but – notably – without actually denying it.

Either way, it seems pretty clear by now that Apple is indeed waiting for either this or some similar long-distance wireless charging tech, and it is absolutely right to do so.

When I wrote a wish-list for the iPhone 7 back in November of last year, there were five items on it. Apple delivered three of them. But a number of you wondered why wireless charging wasn’t on my list, and I wrote a...

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07:03
iPhone 7 teardown confirms Intel modem in AT&T,...

A pair of teardowns have confirmed speculation that Apple used multiple vendors for cellular modems in the iPhone 7 family, with an Intel-made wireless modem found in a model for AT&T and T-Mobile.

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06:54
How to add an app to your Apple Watch dock

The dock is new to watchOS 3. This lays out the process of adding apps to the dock. Pretty simple, but worth walking through the process. Removal is just as easy – click the “-” instead of the “+”.

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06:49
100+ new iPhone and iPad features in iOS 10

This is a monster of a post, with a wealth of detail, lots of images and embedded videos. I’m bookmarking this one (I already made my way through it) so I can search it later. Well done.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:35
iPhone 7 worldwide launch day

CNET covers Apple’s iPhone 7 launch at various locations around the world. Even with the news that there would be no iPhone 7 Plus and no iPhone 7’s in Jet Black, there were still plenty of people in line, perhaps hoping against hope that those shortage announcements were not true.

As to the shortages, there seems to be two complementary explanations: One is due to the extra time required to achieve the jet black finish using a technique Jony Ive refers to as “rotational 3D polishing.”

The second issue is apparent supply chain constraints for the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera, which requires more precision and calibration during assembly.

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06:31
Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus survive early...

With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus already out in many parts of the world, people are beginning to subject Apple's phones to numerous stress tests, including drop and water tests that, at least in some early cases, the products are passing.

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06:30
Researcher proves that approach rejected by FBI...

When the FBI was still demanding Apple’s help to access a work iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, security firm Trail of Bits wrote a blog post claiming that the phone could be accessed without Apple’s assistance. A Cambridge University researcher has now successfully demonstrated that the method proposed would have worked.

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06:30
Pics and videos from Apple Green Hills retail store...

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus go on sale at Apple stores and carrier retail locations in more than 25 countries today, with prices starting at $649. With strong handset pre-orders, Apple shares have so far gained 12% in what could be their best week since October 2011.

Apple World Today contributor Jennifer Sellers was in line at the Apple Green Hills retail store in Nashville, Tennessee, and sent us these pics of the folks in line for new smartphones and smartwatches. She's also filming videos, which are coming soon.

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06:21
∞ Waterproof testing the iPhone 7 with water, Fanta...

[VIDEO] This remarkable video from the InfoHut YouTube channel shows an iPhone 7 Plus submerged in various liquids, then opened up to check for any water inside the case.

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06:14
Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals secret to...

iFixit didn’t waste any time on a teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus, and has now done the same with the new Apple Watch Series 2.

The main discovery is a much higher-capacity battery. The 273mAh battery offers almost a third more capacity than the 205mAh one in the first-gen Watch. However, all that extra power doesn’t extend the battery-life of the device – it’s rated for the same 18 hours as the original – it instead powers the built-in GPS and much brighter screen.

iFixit also identified what seems to be the main secret to the greatly-improved waterproofing of the Series 2 …

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06:09
Slice Intelligence: the iPhone 7 Plus model is the...

Data from Slice Intelligence says the first online sales figures (from its database of over four million shoppers) and reports from early shoppers shows the iPhone 7 Plus is more popular than the iPhone 7. 

Among those preordering the iPhone 7, in the first 48 hours of availability, 55% ordered the Plus model. By comparison, over half of the iPhone orders of the 6 and 6s were for the regular model during the first two days of availability. 

Those who re-ordered the iPhone 7 tend to be “Apple loyalists,” says Slice Intelligence. Fifty-five percent of iPhone 7 buyers purchased an iPhone online in the past two years. The research group also observed that the iPhone upgrade cycle is ticking up: only 34% of iPhone 7 buyers hadn’t purchased a phone online since 2014, versus 40% of 6s buyers. While there have been explosive reports about the Galaxy Note 7, only 2% of these shoppers bought a Samsung phone in the...

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06:09
Apple fans line up worldwide for iPhone 7, iPhone 7...

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus rolled out to 28 regions around the world on Friday, and was anxiously awaited by crowds picking up pre-orders, with others disregarding Apple's warnings of low stock.

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06:04
Apple II, ProDOS emulator on your Mac

Ever play with an Apple II? ProDOS? Then you’ll want to check this for yourself.

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06:02
Apple’s iTunes unit in Japan pays about $118 million...

Apple’s iTunes unit in Japan was ordered to pay some 12 billion yen (about $118 million) in tax by local authorities after underreporting income, reports Reuters. It’s been paid.

The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau determined that the unit, which sends part of its profits earned from fees paid by Japan subscribers to another Apple unit in Ireland to pay for software licensing, had not been paying a withholding tax on those earnings in Japan, according to broadcaster NHK.

This is the second time in recent days Apple has been dinged in Japan. A report by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) — as noted by Nikkei — says Apple and Google engage in practices that undermine competition in the smartphone app market by making the most of their...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Apps for iOS 10

Ten forward

This week’s roundup includes a batch of apps that have been revamped to take advantage of new features in iOS 10. Read on!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

The in-app camera in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (free, iPhone only) now supports the DNG format, Adobe’s raw-source format “that gives you maximum image quality and the greatest amount of editing flexibility.” To use the format, though, you’ll need iOS 10 and a device with a 10-megapixel camera.

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06:00
Apple Is Still Ignoring One of the Biggest iPhone...

Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: As Apple is preparing to ship its brand new iPhone, the company continues to ignore one of the biggest hardware defects to ever plague its smartphone line. Just two years after it was released, the touchscreens of thousands upon thousands of iPhone 6 Pluses are completely losing their functionality under normal use, which experts say is the long-term effect of the engineering flaw that gave us "bendgate." By most accounts, dead touchscreens have become an iPhone 6 Plus epidemic, and yet the company has not commented on it, leaving consumers uninformed and harming independent repair businesses. In many cases, Apple has charged hundreds of dollars to replace a broken phone with a refurbished one that is subject to the same engineering defect that caused the phone to break in the first place. A lawsuit has been filed against Apple, claiming the company "has long been aware of the defective iPhones," but continues to do nothing about it. "...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Uiee Portable Battery & Wall...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Uiee Portable Battery & Wall Charger for only $21.99 — that’s 26% off the regular price. This ultra-small charger is portable enough to take with you just about anywhere for those times when you need to get juiced up on the go. The coiled charging cable, collapsable prongs made it extremely compact, while an internal battery gives you a quick jolt of power when you’re away from an…

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05:57
iPhone 7 waterproof tests: submerged in water, hot...

Subject to availability, the world is getting their hands on their brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units today. This includes the fleet of YouTube accounts who buy phones just to destroy them … there are now dozens of iPhone 7 waterproofing tests ready to watch.

Apple only promises the iPhone 7 can withstand 1 meter of submersion – all the test iPhones in the YouTube videos we’ve seen easily exceed its advertised waterproofness rating. The video from infohut, embedded below, subjects the iPhone 7 in water, fizzy orange and coffee. The iPhone 7 survives in perfect working order; the video then takes the phone apart to show that no liquid residue at all breached the chassis.

Watch the video after the jump …

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05:55
XQ: The Super School Project of Laurene Powell Jobs...

The XQ: The Super School Project of Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is placing $10 million bets on 10 high schools over the next five years designed to spark experimentation nationwide, reports USA TODAY. Powell Jobs will be in Washington on Wednesday evening to unveil the 10 lucky schools funded through her charity, The Emerson Collective.

On the XQ home page it states: “We’ve gone from the Model T to the Tesla and from the switchboard to the smartphone. Yet high school has remained frozen in time.”

In an interview with USA TODAY, Powell Jobs said she was “humbled” by the response to the competition, which received about 700 applications. She and others spent a year working with 348 teams in...

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05:35
∞ “Even if you uninstall Google Maps, Google Play’s...

Mustafa Al-Bassam tweets:

Yesterday I almost had a heart attack when I entered McDonald’s and I had a notification on my phone asking me to install their app.

And:

It seems that with the latest versions of Android, Google Maps is on 24/7, waiting to send you notifications, with no way to disable it.

And:

Even if you uninstall Google Maps, Google Play’s background service is tracking your location 24/7.

As proof, that last tweet includes some screen shots with the details.

Is this a bug? Intentional? Is this info saved on your phone? Does your location data ever leave your phone, headed for Google’s servers?

On the flip side, Apple exposes Location Services with a switch in Settings > Privacy > Location Services. That switch controls location data for my iOS device and...

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05:23
Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and...

iOS 10 finally turns the iPhone into a real camera. Before you get the pitchforks and torches out, let me explain: it’s the first release that gives iPhone owners access to the same rich, deep information that standalone cameras have offered for years via unprocessed RAW images and, in some cases, wide-gamut color. Many photographers prefer to shoot in RAW and use editing programs like Lightroom to “develop” a photo with the white balance and exposure balance they prefer. And, seemingly uniquely in iOS, Apple only allows effective access to its image sensor data through third-party camera apps—it’s like throwing RAW meat (sorry) to app developers.

Broadly speaking, capturing RAW data and retaining and displaying wide-color gamut image data for in-phone editing expands an iPhone (and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro) from a high-quality snapshot camera that can be pushed to the limit with often remarkable results, to a fully professional image-capture and editing system that, when...

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05:15
Apple begins surveying users as to headphone jack,...

The 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the Retina display MacBook Pro could be next on the chopping block.

A number of users have reported Apple asking “Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?”

There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack, suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro. Apple has eliminated the headphone jack from the iPhone and may apply the change to other products.

Apple is apparently also asking users as to battery life and other ports, including the SD card slot.

Based on a leaked MacBook Pro shell, the upcoming MacBook Pro will include four USB-C ports and a...

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05:08
AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, iPhone 7 stock at...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil Hughes tells Victor Marks about the latest iOS, iPhone 7 supply shortage, headphones (Bluetooth and otherwise), and more.

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05:00
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission institutes...

As embarrassing as some of Apple’s battery-based snafus have been, the feds never announced a recall of these units.

On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission officially announced a recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphones following reports of the phone’s batteries exploding.

The program applies to devices purchased before September 15 — approximately 1 million of them, the CPSC said.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission offered the following comment:

“The lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.”

Samsung has apparently received 92 report of batteries overheating in the U.S., with 55 reports of property damage and 25 reports of...

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05:00
Sony Kicks The Last Guardian Down the Road Again


The first wave of previews for SIE's long-in-development video game epic The Last Guardian appeared following a demo at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this week, and reactions were mixed. Much of the coverage of this PS4 game, first announced at E3 in 2007, has focused on its long development process and delays. It originally was to be a follow-up to Fumito Ueda's Shadow of the Colossus, but after years of development twists and turns that resulted in nothing more than vaporware, it seemed possible the title never would be released.

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04:48
Tests show matte black iPhone 7 resists key...

While Apple has warned that the high-gloss surface of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is easily scratched, we’ve heard nothing yet about the scratch-resistance of the matte black finish. YouTuber JerryRigEverything set out to correct that by putting an iPhone through a series of torture tests.

The tests revealed a mix of good news and bad. All four surfaces tested – back, screen, Home key and camera lens – resisted scratches from both coins and keys, suggesting that the iPhone should be reasonably safe in a pocket. Not that we’d recommend conducting your own practical tests.

But scratch tests of the camera lens raised questions about Apple’s claims for the device …

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04:30
How to ‘Find My Car’ with iOS 10

Do you often forget where your parked your car in the mall parking lot? If you’ve got an iPhone running iOS 10, no problem.

Well, it’s no problem if you have a connection to your car’s Bluetooth or CarPlay stereo. If you do, Siri automatically detects when you’re driving and drops a pin at the location you stop, so you can easily find it later. When you leave the car, your iPhone will show you a notification to tell you that the Maps app has dropped a pin where you parked. You can tap that notification to get more information. There’s also an “Edit location” button in case the Maps app got the location wrong.

The Find My Car feature is enabled by default in iOS 10. If you want to turn it off, go to the Setting app, then go to the Maps preferences, and toggle it off.

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04:13
iPhone 7 Plus outselling regular iPhone 7 – first...

Pre-order data shows that more people have ordered the iPhone 7 Plus than the smaller 4.7-inch model. It’s the first time that the larger model has proven more popular than the regular one, with the dual camera the most likely explanation.

Apple never reveals the breakdown of iPhone models ordered, but Slice Intelligence has a huge panel of U.S. shoppers who agree to allow the company to roboscan their emails for purchase receipts and report the data. Analysis of almost 32,000 pre-order receipt emails reveals that the breakdown was 55% Plus, 45% regular. This contrasts with just 35% ordering the iPhone 6 Plus and 41% opting for the 6s Plus.

The company also collected data on...

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04:00
Daily Deal: 30% off the ZeroLemon iPhone 7 Slim...

Do you have an iPhone 7 arriving today or are you standing in line at the Apple Store buying one? To get both protection and more power for your new baby, take a look at this bargain in the Apple World Today Deals Shop. We're introducing the ZeroLemon iPhone 7 Slim Juicer 4000 mAh battery case for just $69.99, 30% off of the usual $99.99 price tag. 

While other manufacturers may take a while to get their iPhone 7 battery cases to market, ZeroLemon is ready to go with a protective battery case that can add 140% more power to your new iPhone:

  • Adds 14 hours of talk time or 10 hours of web browsing time
  • Syncs to charging cable or computer w/o having to remove the case
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04:00
Got light? Solar Keyboard for the Mac may be for you

Logitech's $59.99 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac will tempt you if:

  • You want a keyboard that doesn't require a physical connection OR batteries.
  • You want a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad.
  • You have lots of room on your desktop OR you don't use an Apple Magic Trackpad.

The K750 sports onboard solar cells that power the keyboard using ambient light -- even indoor lighting. I unpacked it and, as soon as paired with the Mac, it immediately worked. No wired USB connection (more on that in a moment). No batteries. No software installation required. 

Logitech says the K750 will work up to three months in total darkness. I'll take their word for it, as I never work in total darkness and know of no one who does. The keyboard -- which is svelte enough that, at first glance, you might think Apple guru Jonathan Ive designed it -- is available in...

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03:48
Boom 2 v1.5

Adds a Controlled Boost feature and re-calibrates audio to enhance the Mac’s default speakers. ($14.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB)

 

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Thursday September 15

22:08
Apple pays $118M tax for underreported iTunes Japan...

Japan's tax authority ordered Apple to pay about 12 billion yen (roughly $118 million) in taxes for improperly reporting earnings associated with its iTunes unit, according to local reports Friday.

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22:04
Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals high capacity...

In tandem with a teardown of Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, iFixit on Friday disassembled the new Apple Watch Series 2, finding a larger battery cell and slightly tweaked internal layout.

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21:22
Laurene Powell Jobs donates $100M to reinvent US...

Laurene Powell Jobs, president of the Emerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, this week awarded ten high schools $10 million each as part of a project to foster innovative ideas in education.

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21:01
Big shift: demand for dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus...

For the first time ever, order demand among early iPhone buyers has decisively shifted to Apple's Plus-sized model compared to the standard 4.7 inch version. If sustained, a shift to the higher-end would mean even greater profits for Apple, which is already basking in reports of enthusiastic demand for its latest and greatest iPhone.

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20:49
BusyCal 3.0.6

Brings updated compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.2 MB)

 

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20:23
iFixit teardown reveals exactly what replaced the...

As it does every year, device repair site iFixit is putting all of Apple’s new devices through the teardown process. This year, the site is tearing down the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch 2. As usual, Apple leaves some details regarding the internals of its new devices a secret, but iFixit is able to figure out some of those secrets with its teardowns…

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20:05
First iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals larger battery...

Mere hours after Apple's iPhone 7 Plus arrived in the hands of pre-order customers on Friday, the team at iFixit ripped the new flagship smartphone open to reveal a larger battery, revamped internal layout, fake speaker port in lieu of a headphone jack and other goodies.

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19:22
Matte black iPhone 7 undergoes brutal scratch, bend...

Although it just launched mere hours ago, Apple's latest 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has already been subjected to a brutal durability test that shows the new matte black finish, while fairly resistant to scuffs, is no match for a razor.

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19:03
Why A-Series Benchmark Scores Matter

Thom Holwerda on Twitter, quoting a tweet of mine touting the iPhone 7’s astounding Geekbench scores:

Funny how just like in the PPC days, benchmarks only start
mattering when they favour [insert platform of choice].

https://twitter.com/gruber/status/776295771943600129

I like reading/following Holwerda, because he’s someone who I feel keeps me on my toes. But he’s off-base here. I’m certainly not saying that CPU or GPU performance is a primary reason why anyone should buy an iPhone instead of an Android phone. In fact, I’ll emphasize that if the tables were turned and it were Android phones that were registering Geekbench scores double those of the iPhone, I would still be using an iPhone. In the same way that I’ve been using Mac, non-...

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18:04
First iPhone 7 pre-order shipments arrive as lines...

As the first iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units land in the hands of pre-order customers living in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia, customers eager to score their own copy are queueing up outside Apple's retail stores.

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17:49
U.S. urges Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop use...

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today issued an announcement urging anyone using a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 purchased before today to "immediately stop using and power down" the device and seek a replacement or refund, due to the risk of battery overheating and fires.

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17:26
A closer look at Apple Watch Series 2 and the long...

Apple's second generation smartwatch enhances overall performance, expands its usability to swimmers with better water resistance and to runners with GPS support, and improves upon both battery life and screen brightness. However, the massive enhancements made to watchOS 3 improve things sufficiently for existing Apple Watch owners, to the point where last year's watch is still fresh and relevant. Here's a deep look at the smartwatch state-of-the-art that Apple dominates globally.

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17:24
[Sponsor] Sticker Pals

The most technically ambitious and visually exuberant sticker app for iOS 10, hand-animated by David Lanham. Download it for free and make some awesome new friends.

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16:50
Apple hires former Magic Leap, Oculus engineers in...

Two recent Apple hires suggest the company is getting serious about building out its own virtual and augmented reality technologies, though Cupertino has some catching up to do as Google, Facebook and Microsoft forge ahead with mature projects.

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16:13
Apple frantically removing potentially NSFW terms...

As Jeff detailed in his massive how-to earlier this week, the biggest changes in iOS 10 came with the all-new Messages app. One of the most highly-anticipated features was support for built-in GIF search, which pulls in GIFs from a variety of outside sources. As with any instance of pulling images in from third-party sources, there are bound to be a few inappropriate ones that slip through the cracks, and iOS 10’s GIF search is no different.

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15:35
Second gold master of macOS Sierra released to...

Apple has released a second gold master of macOS Sierra to developers, even though the finished version of the operating system is due next week. 

A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing. The first non-beta version of macOS Sierra is due to arrive on Tuesday, Sept 20.

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15:35
AWT News Update: September 15, 2016

IK Multimedia's new Lightning-based iRig HD 2

'Twas the day before iPhone 7 and all through the house, everybody was waiting for the UPS guy, that louse... Sorry, but I couldn't think of anything that rhymed. Anyway, we have a lot of fun little stories for you on the podcast today:

  • Apple ships a second Golden Master of macOS Sierra
  • A look at a 2014 filing shows that a company that's creating long-distance wireless charging technology expects to get "Apple certification"
  • Planning on watching the NFL Thursday Night Football game on Twitter tonight?
  • IK Multimedia comes out with an audio interface that just happens to work with Lightning ports

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15:26
Apple cracking down on gif search terms in iOS 10...

Apple appears to be applying heavy-handed moderation tactics to a newly introduced gif search iMessage app in iOS 10 that inadvertently retrieved pornographic images, as queries for seemingly innocuous words no longer yield results.

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15:00
Apple surveying MacBook Pro customers: Do you use...

Say it ain’t so, Tim. Say it ain’t so.

Via MacRumors comes a disturbing story about Apple surveying MacBook Pro owners about whether they really use various ports on the device.

This is ~3rd different way I’ve answered this Q via Apple survey. MBP gonna lose #headphonejack too? #musicbiz pic.twitter.com/9HXC93NCz2

— Dan Masterson (@Dan_Masterson) September 14, 2016

If this is Apple trying to decide if the MacBook Pro should lose its SD card slot or heaven forfend, the headphone jack, I for one am aghast. There is plenty of room in a MacBook Pro for a headphone jack! Even the MacBook has a headphone jack...

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14:54
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus begin arriving to...

As the clock begins to turn to Friday, September 16th around the world, people are slowly getting their hands on Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As is usually the case with product releases, customers in Australia and New Zealand are first to receive their preordered Apple products and images have slowly been trickling in…

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14:22
Apple releases second GM of macOS Sierra days before...

In an unusual move, Apple on Thursday released a second gold master of macOS Sierra to developers, even though the final release of the OS is just five days away.

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14:20
Wireless charging tech firm Energous namechecks...

A report on Thursday claims to have uncovered evidence that Apple is working on a viable wireless charging solution for iPhone in partnership with Energous, a sector specialist whose long-distance WattUp technology has been under development for years.

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14:11
No, Apple isn't buying rival streaming service...

Tidal may have landed some high-profile exclusives, like the streaming rights to Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Prince’s entire back catalog, but that doesn’t mean Apple has any interest in buying Jay-Z’s streaming service.

“We’re not looking to acquire any streaming services,” Apple Music leader Jimmy Iovine told BuzzFeed, shooting down a rumor from earlier this summer that Apple was having early talks with Tidal execs to explore the possibility.

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14:05
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Announced two years ago, Apple’s wearable device has only been available for a little more than a year, and it’s already moving into its third major software iteration in the form of watchOS 3, released earlier this week alongside iOS 10. watchOS 3 is an update that makes some interesting and significant changes to the Apple Watch experience, and it also delivers a significant speed boost. Unlike the more mature iPhone and iPad platforms,…

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14:04
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 15, 2016

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

Tomoyoshi Matsui has introduced Everlisten++ 1.0. It’s a free music listening app that allows you to listen to the main portion of a song track, one after another. This app plays a song from the start position and plays it for a set playback duration. What’s more, you can control the playback speed and its pitch.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Eternal Storms Software says ScreenFloat has been upgraded to version 1.5.13 and is ready for macOS Sierra, which is due for release next week. You can use ScreenFloat to keep information always visible, no...

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13:44
U.S. formally recalls Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Federal consumer safety regulators on Thursday formally recalled 1 million Galaxy Samsung Note 7 smartphones after dozens of users reported the device caught fire while charging.

These things are clearly a hazard. How do you trust their next product?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:26
US Treasury guidance could stop Apple from recouping...

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday issued new legal guidance that might prevent Apple from recouping any back taxes owed in Ireland by claiming them against taxes it would normally pay in America.

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13:05
T-Mobile To iPhone Users: Do Not Download iOS 10 For...

If you have an iPhone, and you're on T-Mobile network, do not install iOS 10 for now. The U.S. carrier warned on Thursday that the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPhone 5SE users who downloaded Apple's newest iOS software were facing connectivity issues. Apple is working on a fix, and T-Mobile expects to resolve things within 48 hours. ZDNet adds: You can power-cycle your iPhone by holding in the power and home button at the same time until you see an Apple logo displayed on the screen. Apple's release of iOS 10 hasn't been perfect. During its first hour of availability on Tuesday, iOS users reported issues with the update stalling just as it finished. Those impacted by the issue were required to use iTunes on a computer to reinstall the update. Despite a rough start, iOS 10 adoption was at nearly 15 percent after just 24 hours, and is currently at 21 perfect nearly two days after availability according to Mixpanel.

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13:01
Some iPhone 7 pre-order customers report improved...

Ahead of Apple’s retail launch of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus tomorrow, many customers that pre-ordered the device are reporting that Apple is moving up shipping estimates as it expects to deliver many orders earlier than previously expected.

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12:56
Jet black is most popular color option among Sprint...

With the iPhone 7 back in black, Apple's new glossy jet black aluminum shade has edged out matte black in preorder sales, at least among 128- and 256-capacity models bought through U.S. carrier Sprint.

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12:45
Searching GIFs in iOS 10's iMessage briefly...

As happens occasionally in huge operating system overhauls, Apple's iOS 10 caused some mayhem as phones and devices tried to update and ran into trouble — with some devices even getting bricked. Though they announced a quick fix to the issue, o...

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12:35
It's now cheaper to fix your cracked iPhone...

Are you debating whether to buy a new iPhone 7 or fix a cracked screen on your current device? Well, if you have AppleCare+, you may not have to choose.

This week, Apple announced that AppleCare+ customers will only have to pay $29 to fix their cracked iPhone screens at an Apple Store. Previously, these customers had to pay $79 for screen repairs, or $99 to fix a larger Plus-sized screen. This lowered price also applies to customers who have purchased AppleCare+ in the past as long as they have an iPhone 6 or beyond.

AppleCare+ costs $129. This insurance plan extends the typical iPhone warranty to two years, and it covers up to two repairs within that time frame. Customers without AppleCare+ and whose iPhone are out-of-warranty can expect to pay $129 to fix an iPhone screen or $149 to fix a Plus-sized screen.

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12:27
Updated macOS Sierra GM build released for testers...

Apple has released a newer build of macOS Sierra for testers ahead of its official launch next week on September 20. The updated seed features build version 16A323 which is up from 16A319 on the developer GM seed released last week.

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12:27
Review: Twelve South HiRise 2 for iPhone + iPad

HiRise 2 ($60) is the latest version of Twelve South's Lightning dock, which we've seen in its original incarnation, HiRise for iPhone, and its upgraded sequel, HiRise Deluxe. Twelve South has reduced the overall footprint of the dock this time around, while increasing the weight to give HiRise 2 a sturdier presence. As before, HiRise 2 comes with different clips to adjust the position of a device based on which case is being used. HiRise 2 also comes with a Lightning cable and micro-USB cable, for those who use battery cases. Twelve South's newest dock comes in white, silver, or black — the latter is pictured here.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:12
T-Mobile: don't upgrade to iOS 10 just yet

Oops. A carrier settings update, associated with iOS 10, is causing some T-Mobile customers to lose their cellular connection in places where they normally have a signal, according to complaints on Apple's support forums. AppleInsider says it’s confirmed the glitch.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray posted on Twitter that Apple is "working to fix an iOS 10 problem" within the next 48 hours. Until then, T-Mobile customers with an iPhone SE, 6, or 6 Plus are warned not to upgrade to iOS 10.

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11:54
More evidence Apple is working on wireless charging...

Following reports earlier this year that Apple is working on wireless charging technology, VentureBeat has dug up more evidence that suggests the company is doing so with help from developer of RF-based charging tech Energous.

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11:49
Watch tonight’s NFL game on Apple TV, via Twitter

17 Orbits:

Tonight’s Thursday Night Football game features the Buffalo Bills hosting the New York Jets at 8:25 Eastern time. For the first time you can watch an NFL game on Twitter via Apple TV (4th gen) or other set top box.

And:

Just yesterday the Twitter app became available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and xBox. The app does not require an account and therefore no log in is necessary. It allows one to view the original CBS broadcast of the game alongside curated Tweets – but you cannot Tweet, Like, Follow or view your own timeline. Its like a “second-screen experience” without the second screen.

The cord-cutting wheel is turning.

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11:49
Inside watchOS 3: Send text messages from Apple...

In addition to voice dictation, users can compose text messages via the Apple Watch with their own handwriting, thanks to the newly released watchOS 3.

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11:45
iOS 10 Is Surfacing Hardcore Porn GIFs in iMessage

Apple has found itself in hot water once again. The company's revamped iMessage -- and the inclusion of a range of extensions -- isn't rendering the best of results. Hours after the release of iOS 10 -- which caused issues for some users -- news outlets noticed a "highly sexual" My Little Pony GIF was appearing in searches when curious minds searched for the word "butt". But that wasn't the end of it. The Verge explains the horror: A woman who emailed The Verge this afternoon says her eight-year-old daughter, while trying to send a message to her dad, was presented with "a very explicit image" of "a woman giving oral sex to a well endowed male." Her daughter hadn't searched for anything explicit, just the word "huge." I see the image come up like, holy shit, whoa whoa whoa, that's a hardcore porn image," Tassie Bethany, whose daughter discovered the image, tells The Verge by phone. "I grabbed the phone from her immediately. She typed in the word 'huge,' which isn't sexual in any...

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11:29
iPhone 7 Draws Tepid Notices


The iPhone 7 may be the best version of Apple's smartphone to date, but it's garnering lukewarm reactions from reviewers and pundits. The practical improvements in the new iPhone are praiseworthy, but they come at a cost. "Waterproofing and better battery life have been common iPhone feature requests for years, and the camera and speed improvements are nothing to sneeze at," wrote reviewer Andrew Cunningham, "but you'll need to buy into Apple's vision of the future if you want to get them." That vision includes a world without buttons or wires.

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11:17
External Link: A Cord Cutter’s Guide to the 2016 NFL...

If you love watching football but hate paying for cable TV, Jared Newman of TechHive has compiled an excellent guide to watching NFL games without a cable or satellite subscription. We do have one update to add: Twitter now has an Apple TV app that you can use to watch Thursday Night Football games for free.

 

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11:16
Podcast 525: Yay iOS 10, boo iPhone Upgrade Program

This week, Susie returns from her hiatus writing about the Apple event, in order to discuss, duh—the Apple event. iOS 10 is out, and our review is live. We're eagerly awaiting our chance to review the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and glad we didn't try to order them through the iPhone Upgrade Program, which temporarily put loyal customers willing to buy an iPhone every year at the back of the line.

Since we recorded this, Apple has announced that it was trying to get iPhones assigned to the Upgrade Program customers, but the result is that [Apple stores won't have _any_ iPhone 7 Plus units, nor jet-black iPhone 7 units](http://www.macworld.com/article/3120598/hardware/the-sold-out-iphone-7-p......

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10:52
Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Apple’s AirPods

Good, funny read about the perception of Apple’s new AirPods.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:50
Apple sells out of iPhone 7 Plus, jet black iPhone 7...

If you’re looking to snag a jet black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus tomorrow, you might be out of luck already.

Apple has issued a statement citing that the iPhone 7 Plus, especially in its jet black color, would be in short supply for walk-in customers without a reservation.

The statement also indicates that Apple’s jet black iPhones and all iPhone 7 plus models in all colors have sold out completely in the initial online ordering period and that no inventory will be available.

Apple offered the following statement to its customers:

We couldn’t be happier with the initial response to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and we are looking forward to beginning sales through our retail stores and partners around the world....

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10:42
T-Mobile users complain about iOS 10 carrier...

A carrier settings update, associated with iOS 10, is causing some T-Mobile customers to lose their cellular connection in places where they should otherwise have a signal, according to complaints on Apple's support forums. [Updated with official T-Mobile response and promised Apple fix]

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10:22
∞ Jony Ive says “Aluminium”

This is so funny.

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10:14
T-Mobile says iOS 10 causing ‘connectivity issues’...

T-Mobile is warning iPhone customers not to update to iOS 10, the latest software version, after several customers have reported ‘connectivity issues’ caused by the update. The issue appears to be affecting iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE customers, according to the carrier, although it’s possible a wider group of iPhones including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could be as well.

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10:00
Inside iOS 10: Photos Memories will generate...

The revamped Photos app in iOS 10 app includes a new Memories tab, which not only groups photos into events automatically but creates customizable slideshow movies for them.

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