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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Apple expands first-party app ratings to Camera, Messages, Photos, more

Apple expands first-party app ratings to Camera, Messages, Photos, more

A month after enabling user reviews for first-party apps, Apple this week expanded the feature to allow ratings for its Camera, Health, Messages, Phone, Photos and Phone software, among others.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

New MacBook Pro uses battery pull tabs for easy replacement

New MacBook Pro uses battery pull tabs for easy replacement

Apple's redesigned 14-inch MacBook Pro battery swaps glue for pull tabs, a change that could make parts replacement and repair a more user-friendly process.

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Spotify overtakes Apple as top US podcast platform, says Spotify

Spotify overtakes Apple as top US podcast platform, says Spotify

Spotify's push to build out its podcast platform is paying dividends, as the streaming music giant on Wednesday said it surpassed Apple to become the top podcast provider in the U.S.

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In-app events land on the iOS App Store

In-app events land on the iOS App Store

Apple on Wednesday launched in-app events, a new App Store feature that allows developers to create and promote special events like game tournaments, live sports, movie premieres and more.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

Apple releases Safari 15.1 for macOS Big Sur and Catalina with traditional tab design

Apple releases Safari 15.1 for macOS Big Sur and Catalina with traditional tab design

Apple on Wednesday released a new version of Safari for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina that reverts controversial tab user interface changes to a more familiar layout seen in previous iterations of the web browser.

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App Privacy Report to debut in iOS 15.2 beta, code for Communication Safety appears [u]

App Privacy Report to debut in iOS 15.2 beta, code for Communication Safety appears [u]

Apple continues to roll out new features promised for inclusion in iOS 15, with the first iOS 15.2 beta version issued on Wednesday delivering a more robust app privacy tool and hinting at future implementation of an upcoming child safety feature.

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Apple issues first tvOS 15.2 beta to developers for testing

Apple issues first tvOS 15.2 beta to developers for testing

On the heels of beta releases for iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2, Apple on Wednesday issued an initial beta version of tvOS 15.2 to developers for testing.

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Exclusive2021 MacBook Pro Giveaway: Enter to win Apple's new 16-inch laptop plus Polishing Cloth

2021 MacBook Pro Giveaway: Enter to win Apple's new 16-inch laptop plus Polishing Cloth

The verdict is in. Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro is a powerhouse thanks to new chips, additional ports and a Liquid Retina XDR display. Best of all, you can enter to win the new laptop bundled with the hard-to-find Apple Polishing Cloth during our latest giveaway.

VideoCompared: New AirPods versus AirPods Pro

Compared: New AirPods versus AirPods Pro

Apple has launched a new generation of AirPods that borrow both the design and features of the AirPods Pro. But how do the third-generation AirPods compare to their Pro counterparts?

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'Pokemon Go' developer Niantic releases 'Pikmin Bloom' AR game on iOS

'Pokemon Go' developer Niantic releases 'Pikmin Bloom' AR game on iOS

"Pikmin Bloom," a long-anticipated augmented reality game created by Niantic and Nintendo, has officially launched on iOS.

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Apple seeds first developer betas of iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3

Apple seeds first developer betas of iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3

Apple has restarted the beta process again for its operating systems, with new first-round betas of iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, and watchOS 8.3 now available for testing by developers.

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TipsHow to use Tab Groups in Safari on macOS Monterey

How to use Tab Groups in Safari on macOS Monterey

Apple may have changed its plans for tabs in Safari on macOS Monterey, but Tab Groups are something different — and they're staying.

FeatureWhat to expect from Apple's September quarter earnings call on Thursday

What to expect from Apple's September quarter earnings call on Thursday

Apple will announce quarterly fiscal results for its fourth quarter of 2021 on Oct. 28 and it will likely be a quarterly record. Here's what to expect from the earnings call with investors.

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Amazon Omni, 4-series Fire TV models to support AirPlay 2, HomeKit

Amazon Omni, 4-series Fire TV models to support AirPlay 2, HomeKit

Amazon's upcoming TVs, including its Omni and 4-series lineup, will soon include support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit technologies.

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Apple Music arrives on PlayStation 5

Apple Music arrives on PlayStation 5

Sony Playstation 5 gamers with an Apple Music subscription can now listen to the service's 90 million tracks before, during, or after gaming.

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New 16-inch MacBook Pro review: More power & more convenience for more money

New 16-inch MacBook Pro review: More power & more convenience for more money

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro is an interesting blend of very new and some older technologies, packaged up with the most power Apple can bear in a portable Mac.

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Best deals Oct. 27: 30% off 60-inch TV, $120 off 12TB hard drive, and more!

Best deals Oct. 27: 30% off 60-inch TV, $120 off 12TB hard drive, and more!

Wednesday's best deals include a $99 pair of Beats Solo wireless earphones, $32 off Apple's MagSafe Duo Charger, $200 off a DJI drone, and more!

TipsHow to use Quick Notes on macOS Monterey

How to use Quick Notes on macOS Monterey

The new Quick Notes feature in macOS Monterey is yet another boon in the forthcoming operating system, but it doesn't always work the way you expect.

Chinese students sue Apple over not including chargers with iPhones

Chinese students sue Apple over not including chargers with iPhones

A group of students from Chinese universities are suing Apple over its decision to not include chargers with the iPhone 12 and later.

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Apple launches 'Power for Impact' clean energy community projects

Apple launches 'Power for Impact' clean energy community projects

Apple has announced that it continues to add 100% clean energy suppliers, and launches 10 "Power for Impact" projects, supporting local communities most affected by climate change.

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MacBook Pro shipping delays caused by UPS 'mechanical' problems

MacBook Pro shipping delays caused by UPS 'mechanical' problems

UPS has reportedly been updating some MacBook Pro buyers, saying the unexpected delays to their orders were caused by unspecified "mechanical failures."

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Russia launches new Apple App Store antitrust investigation

Russia launches new Apple App Store antitrust investigation

Russia is the latest country to begin an antitrust investigation into Apple's App Store, this one following Apple's alleged ignoring of previous warnings.

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Customers accepting Apple's anti-tracking having 'modest' affect on Google

Customers accepting Apple's anti-tracking having 'modest' affect on Google

Google reports that its earnings have been only modestly affected by Apple's App Tracking Transparency since iOS 14, so far.

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ExclusiveEarly Black Friday deals hit Apple's 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro

Early Black Friday deals hit Apple's 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro

Early Black Friday deals on Apple's brand-new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are here, with over 180 configurations eligible for an exclusive coupon discount. Enjoy triple-digit savings on the latest Macs featuring M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

WhatsApp users can transfer chat histories from iPhone to Google Pixel, Android 12 devices

WhatsApp users can transfer chat histories from iPhone to Google Pixel, Android 12 devices

Google on Tuesday cleared another barrier to switching mobile operating systems, announcing that iPhone users can easily migrate WhatsApp chat histories to Pixel phones and devices that launch with Android 12.

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Apple's Craig Federighi to present keynote at Web Summit 2021 next week

Apple's Craig Federighi to present keynote at Web Summit 2021 next week

Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi is scheduled to present a keynote presentation at this year's Web Summit, which will be held in November in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge honors Veterans Day

Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge honors Veterans Day

Apple's next Apple Watch Activity Challenge celebrates Veterans Day, with users of the wearable able to earn a limited edition award and animated stickers by completing a workout on Nov. 11.

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Twitter revenue largely unaffected by Apple privacy changes

Twitter revenue largely unaffected by Apple privacy changes

As the social media sector bemoans Apple's recently enacted iOS privacy protections, Twitter on Tuesday said the changes that require users to opt in to ad tracking had a lower than expected impact on ad revenue.

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VideoHands on: Should you buy the Nike or standard aluminum Apple Watch Series 7

Hands on: Should you buy the Nike or standard aluminum Apple Watch Series 7

If you're pondering a new Apple Watch Series 7 purchase and are torn between the Nike and standard aluminum versions, check out this hands-on with a breakout of all the differences and our recommendation.

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16-inch MacBook Pro teardown reveals pull-tab battery adhesive & tweaked internals

16-inch MacBook Pro teardown reveals pull-tab battery adhesive & tweaked internals

Teardowns of Apple's new MacBook Pros have commenced, with one of the first showcasing the slightly tweaked internals of a 16-inch model with M1 Max chip.

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Apple News adds local coverage for three more US cities

Apple News adds local coverage for three more US cities

Apple News users can now access local coverage in three additional U.S. cities, expanding the platform's curated local news experience to 11 cities and metro areas.

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VideoCompared: 14-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro vs. Intel 13-inch MacBook Pro

Compared: 14-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro vs. Intel 13-inch MacBook Pro

The early M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro orders have arrived. Here's how the new 14-inch MacBook Pro compares to the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro , and the last 13-inch Intel version.

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FeatureCompared: 16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5

Compared: 16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5

Apple's new MacBook Pro range is powerful, but how does it compare against a gaming notebook? Here's how the 16-inch MacBook Pro fares against the Lenovo Legion 5 Apple used in its M1 Max benchmark tests.

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Apple releases iOS 14.8.1, iPadOS 14.8.1 update with security fixes

Apple releases iOS 14.8.1, iPadOS 14.8.1 update with security fixes

Apple has released an update for iOS 14.8.1 and iPadOS 14.8.1, adding a number of bug fixes and performance improvements along with security-related changes to devices that haven't upgraded to iOS 15.

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TipsHow to run Shortcuts on macOS Monterey

How to run Shortcuts on macOS Monterey

Shortcuts are the fastest way to get a lot done on macOS Monterey, but at first there's little to tell you how to actually run them. Here are all the ways to launch a Shortcut fast.

Amazon slashes $250 off 512GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1

Amazon slashes $250 off 512GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1

On the heels of the 14-inch MacBook Pro launch, Amazon is slashing the cost of the upgraded M1 13-inch MacBook Pro to $1,249.99 thanks to a hidden cash discount. Units are in stock and ready to ship.

Apple spent $64.8 million on paid search ads in 2020, ranking 12th overall

Apple spent $64.8 million on paid search ads in 2020, ranking 12th overall

Apple ranked among the top 15 Fortune 100 companies that pay the most to appear in search ads, according to analysis by Semrush.

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No plans for third-party Apple Watch face store, Apple executives say

No plans for third-party Apple Watch face store, Apple executives say

A pair of Apple executives recently detailed some of the optimizations to watchOS made specifically to suit the Apple Watch Series 7, as well as some of the decisions that they have made for third-parties.

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