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Apple issues first public beta of watchOS 7

Apple has made available a public beta for watchOS 7 for the first time, allowing non-developers their first chance to try out the milestone operating system update on their own Apple Watch.Public beta builds can be acquired from the Apple Beta Software Program website, once users have signed up to take part. Typically public betas arrive shortly after their developer counterparts, though for major releases this time can increase, as is the case

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Russian watchdog says Apple‘s App Store rules and behaviors are anticompetitive

Russia‘s anti-competition watchdog on Monday said that Apple is abusing its dominant industry position with the iOS App Store, and an official order is imminent.Credit: Laurenz Heymann, UnsplashApple is currently in the midst of antitrust probes in both the Europe and the U.S. In the latter country, ongoing investigations culminated at an U.S. House hearing in July. Read more...

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Google Maps updated for CarPlay, revived on Apple Watch

Google has made some changes to how Google Maps works on Apple devices, with updates made to the interface when used in CarPlay, as well as a new Google Maps app for Apple Watch providing navigation on the wrist.Drivers using Google Maps for navigation in CarPlay will now be able to view the map in a new split screen view, after Google added support for CarPlay‘s Dashboard. The main map view is placed on one side of the screen, while the ot

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Best price returns: Apple AirPods Pro drop to 219

Apple AirPods Pro are currently on sale at Verizon this week, with the popular earphones now 30 off, matching VZW‘s best price.Fresh AirPods Pro markdownMonday‘s lowest AirPods Pro price is courtesy of Verizon, with the wireless provider knocking 30 off the Apple earphones. This is a full 14 cheaper than Amazon‘s sale price on the popular earbuds. Read more...

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Philips debuting large filament HomeKit bulbs, other updates in September

A new leak indicates that Philips is set to debut new HomeKit-compatible Hue products - including ones with large filament bulbs - as soon as September.Credit: HueblogThe electronics company unveiled new HomeKit-enabled products at CES 2020, and again in June 2020. But German tech site Hueblog says that Philips has more to come later in 2020. Read more...

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Apple 12th on Fortune‘s Global 500 list of companies

Apple has slipped one place in the Fortune Global 500 list of most profitable companies, and Amazon has overtaken it to come on ninth overall.Apple has the number 12 spot on Fortune‘s Global 500 listAs it did with the US-specific Fortune 500 list earlier in 2020, Amazon has beaten Apple in the newly-released Global Fortune 500 record of companies with the most revenue. Amazon has risen four places to number 9 since last year, while Apple ha

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Foxconn starts major hiring drive for ‘iPhone 12‘ assembly lines

Foxconn has commenced its annual recruiting drive to bring on more staff to its facilities in China, in preparation for the start of mass production for the "iPhone 12."Foxconn‘s main production facility in Zhengzhou has put out a call for candidates for roles in its assembly lines. The start of the new hiring spree will considerably swell the number of employees in the facility to close to a million, up from the off-season employee count m

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New York MTA asking Apple for better masked iPhone unlocking with Face ID

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has asked Apple to make it easier and faster for users to unlock their iPhones without removing their masks, a problem that Apple has already worked on as part of May‘s iOS 13.5 update.The New York MTA has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the problems it faces over passengers needing to unlock their iPhones to pay for transportation. As many use iPhones with Face ID, this has led to passeng

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Apple bought retail uniforms from Chinese firm sanctioned for forced labor

Apple has previously bought clothing for Apple Store uniforms from a subsidiary of a company that the US Government is alleging violated human rights in China‘s Xinjiang region.Some Apple Store uniforms may have been sourced from EsquelFollowing Tim Cook saying to the House of Judiciary that Apple will not tolerate the use of forced labor in its business or any part of its supply chain, documents have shown that the company has previously b

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New HomeKit cameras, VOCOlinc PureFlow air purifier review & listener questions on HomeKit Insider

This week, on the HomeKit Insider podcast, your hosts discuss the US‘ first HomeKit air purifier from VOCOlinc, talk about the Yobi HomeKit doorbell, examine why you should use a Home Hub, answer listener questions, and more!HomeKit Insider: A new AppleInsider podcastThe biggest story of the week was our review of the VOCOlinc PureFlow air purifier. There was a lot to tackle in this incredibly compelling device that takes on the big players

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OWC launches contest to send creative content to space in the Envoy Pro

OWC, known for its line of Mac & PC accessories and upgrades, will be holding a contest that gives artists a chance for their creative content to reach new heights - outer space.They challenge contestants to show the OWC team what they‘re capable of producing with OWC products. Winning submissions will be loaded onto an Envoy Pro Thunderbolt 3 external SSD and taken to outer space - and returning - with a leading space exploration developer

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New York MTA asks Apple for better masked iPhone unlocking with Face ID

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has asked Apple to make it easier and faster for users to unlock their iPhones without removing their masks, a problem that Apple has already worked on as part of May‘s iOS 13.5 update.The New York MTA has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the problems it faces over passengers needing to unlock their iPhones to pay for transportation. As many use iPhones with Face ID, this has led to passeng

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Wedbush raises AAPL price target to industry-high 515

Wedbush has raised its AAPL price target to 515 ahead of an expected "iPhone 12" super cycle and Apple hitting a 2 trillion market valuation - and it sees a potential path to 600 per share.Credit: Andrew O‘Hara, AppleInsiderIn a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, lead analyst Daniel Ives said that supply chain checks are indicating a "discernible uptick" in "iPhone 12" forecasts, boding well for Apple‘s upgrade cycle in 2020. The

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Hard drives versus SSD storage in Macs, compared

Apple‘s move to using SSDs across the iMac lineup instead of hard drives offer considerable speed benefits to users. AppleInsider explains what these terms all mean to Mac users, and how they apply to your computing needs.A hard drive with an SSD on top. Storage on computing devices, including desktops, notebooks, and mobile devices, is a precious commodity that could easily be filled up by some users. The need to keep entire digital lives

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US WeChat ban could cut global iPhone shipments by 30%, says Ming-Chi Kuo

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has warned investors that the Administration‘s decision to ban US companies from having business relationships with firms including WeChat, may have a significant impact on Apple‘s sales worldwide.WeChat is available everywhere, but totally dominates in ChinaIn a research note seen by AppleInsider, Kuo cautions that the ban means WeChat being removed from the App Store worldwide. Even if the ban solely meant its r

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Amazon has a plan to save vacant mall department stores

Amazon is reportedly in talks with mall owners to use empty department stores previously operated by J.C. Penney and Sears as distribution hubs, and it, coupled with Apple‘s high retail draw give American malls the best chance to withstand the coronavirus pandemic.The Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall [via Simon]Online retail has been a thorn in brick and mortar retail‘s side, with consumers shifting their attention to cheaper virtual storefr

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Amazon has a plan to save vacant mall department stores - but Apple could too

Amazon is reportedly in talks with mall owners to use empty department stores previously operated by J.C. Penney and Sears as distribution hubs, and it, coupled with Apple‘s high retail draw give American malls the best chance to withstand the coronavirus pandemic.The Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall [via Simon]Online retail has been a thorn in brick and mortar retail‘s side, with consumers shifting their attention to cheaper virtual storefr

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You are cordially invited to Steve Wozniak‘s 70th birthday

Woz‘s wife Janet Wozniak is holding an online "11-days of Wozdom," celebrating her husband‘s 70th birthday and also raising funds for the charity Jewel‘s Inspiring Children Foundation.Artwork for the "11 Days of Wozdom" eventsIt‘s being billed as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak‘s "surprise birthday" party, so keep this to yourself for now. But on his 70th birthday, August 11, there will be streaming events - and then

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Micro LED screens coming to Apple Watch, but not until 2023 or 2024

A new industry report claims that Apple will first use a micro LED display in a future Apple Watch as soon as 2023.Future Apple Watches could have thinner screensFollowing previous reports that the Apple Watch Series 6 might have a micro LED display, a new report backs up the idea that it will not. The chairman of Epistar says that Apple will move to the displays, but suggests that it won‘t be until a "Series 9" or "Series 10" Apple Watch.

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US ban on WeChat could cut China iPhone sales by 30%, says Ming-Chi Kuo

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has warned investors that the Administration‘s decision to ban US companies from having business relationships with firms including WeChat, may have a significant impact on Apple‘s sales in China.WeChat is available everywhere, but totally dominates in ChinaIn a research note seen by AppleInsider, Kuo cautions that the ban means WeChat being removed from the App Store worldwide. Even if the ban solely meant its re

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US ban on WeChat may significantly damage Apple‘s iPhone sales

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has warned investors that the Administration‘s decision to ban US companies from having business relationships with firms including WeChat, may have a significant impact on Apple‘s sales in China.WeChat is available everywhere, but totally dominates in ChinaIn a research note seen by AppleInsider, Kuo cautions that the ban means WeChat being removed from the App Store worldwide. Even if the ban solely meant its re

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Deals: 200 off Apple‘s 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro (10th Gen CPU, 1TB SSD)

B&H Photo is knocking 200 off Apple‘s well-equipped Mid 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro, with units in stock and ready to ship with free expedited delivery. Plus, save up to 500 on closeout 2019 models.Latest MacBook Pro on saleApple‘s newest MacBook Pro is 200 off at B&H Photo, with units in stock and ready to ship just in time for back-to-school. This configuration is equipped with a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor, along

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Here‘s where Apple Stores have reopened and closed again around the world

Apple‘s retail operations continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Here‘s where Apple Stores have opened, as well as where they are closed, updated on August 7 with a single store re-closing in Zaragoza, Spain due to COVID-19 spread.Apple Michigan AvenueApple is opening its retail stores on a case-by-case basis, and are relying on the CDC guidance to do so. The stores that are open offer most of their services, but with

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Apple returns fire in Koss AirPods patent infringement battle

Apple is firing back against Koss‘s patent lawsuit with a filing of its own, with Apple claiming not only that the personal audio manufacturer‘s claims are baseless, but also that it broke a confidentiality agreement.In July, Koss filed in the U.S. District Court in Waco, Texas accusing Apple of infringing several patents it owns relating to wireless earphone technology, and that selling AirPods, AirPods Pro, and Beats by Dre products

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