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How Apple's iPhone, iOS 12, and RapidSOS could save your life in an emergency
The United States' 911 service is in its 50th year, and has saved countless lives over the last half-century. AppleInsider digs deeper into Monday's reveal that iPhones on iOS 12 will provide a wealth of data allowing emergency services to respond much faster after a 911 call.
iOS 12 will pass your location to emergency responders quickly during a 911 call
Later in 2018, iPhone users in the United States who call 911 will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with first responders nearly instantaneously and in real-time as the crisis develops.
Can Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?
Apple's HomePod is one of the best sounding smart speakers on the market, and the recent addition of stereo pairing with AirPlay 2 makes the setup even more engaging. But how does a pair of HomePods stack up against a dedicated home theater system?
Review: Amazon's Echo Spot is a cool device, but needs to do more with its screen
The Echo Spot is undeniably a cool product, but without YouTube it's hard to justify over a regular Echo, except for people with security cameras or those wanting the world's best alarm clock.
Dolby Atmos isn't on the Apple TV 4K yet, but it is a must for home theater fans
At last year's September iPhone release event, Apple also unveiled the Apple TV 4K, supporting the latest video technologies like Dolby Vision and HDR10 -- but minus Dolby Atmos. AppleInsider delves into Atmos versus surround sound, and what you can expect when support comes in the fall.
App Roundup: iWork for iOS and Mac, Little Snitch, Ark: Survival Evolved, Hearthstone, more!
New apps and updates to existing software are pushed to the App Store and other online marketplaces every day, and there are simply too many of them to keep track of all of the changes. AppleInsider has collected together some of the main macOS and iOS updates and launches from the last week that you should know about.
This week on AI: Lightning crashes, Apple gears iPhones against searches, iOS 12's speed put to the test & more
Popular stories this week included hints of Lightning being replaced with USB-C, iOS 12 features designed to block searches, and the real-world speed of the OS on older Apple devices.
US iPhone imports imperiled as ITC hears Qualcomm complaint
The first of more than a dozen legal actions between Apple and Qualcomm went to trial in Washington, D.C., on Friday, where U.S. International Trade Commission staff issued a recommendation that the presiding trade judge find the iPhone maker in infringement of Qualcomm IP.
Apple recruits senior Waymo engineer & NASA veteran for self-driving car project
The latest addition to Apple's self-driving car team is Jaime Waydo, previously a senior engineer at Alphabet's Waymo as well as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Apple, Oprah Winfrey sign multi-year deal for TV programming
Apple and Oprah Winfrey have teamed in a long-term partnership to develop programming and original content for what will likely become Apple's streaming video service.
Here are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad
When Apple introduced iOS 12 during the WWDC 2018 keynote, they barely scratched the surface on what was changed in their latest major update. We've tracked down well over 150 features to find everything new in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad.
Apple Maps recovers from multi-hour partial service outage affecting search & directions [u]
Apple Maps endured a multi-hour partial service outage on Friday, with a large number of users unable to use the navigational functions to get directions on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac versions of the app.
Father's Day Deals: 2018 iPad for $299; lowest prices anywhere on 13" MacBook Pros; up to $1,300 off 15" models
Father's Day weekend deals are in effect now with $299 2018 iPads returning for a limited time. Shoppers can also snap up Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro at up to $230 off with prices starting at $1,099. Time is running out to save up to $1,300 on closeout 15" MacBook Pros, while current models are up to $400 off as well. All with no tax collected in most states.
Apple & tech's disproportionate share of S&P index raising eyebrows
Tech companies, including Apple, take up a large percentage of the index's value, as well as its growth, leading some observers to question whether Big Tech has gotten too financially powerful.
Podcast discusses the end of the lightning connector, waterproof patents, and interviews Moog iOS developer Geert Bevin
This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and Andrew O'Hara discuss rumors of the Lightning connector's demise, patents on making connectors waterproof, network building tips, and an interview with the Geert Bevin, Moog Music's iOS Product Manager and Software Engineering Lead.
Intel's next iPhone cellular modem could completely replace Qualcomm chips
Intel has commenced manufacturing of modems that will reportedly be used in the 2018 iPhone refresh this fall, one that could be used across a wide variety of cellular communications technologies, and could eliminate the need for Apple to produce iPhone variants using Qualcomm modem chips.
Cheaper 6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone expected to be Apple's most popular model
Apple has reportedly made some alterations to its 2018 iPhone orders, and is expected to deliver more of the 6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone in the fall than the OLED models combined.
Apple's new 'Behind the Mac' ad campaign puts spotlight back on creatives
Apple on Thursday debuted a new ad series detailing the many ways creative professionals use Mac to accomplish their work across a range of very different disciplines, from music to app development. Each story furthers the implication that Mac is a machine that empowers, harkening back to campaigns touting the company's close bonds with those who make.
HomePod ad directed by Spike Jonze wins industry award
Apple's innovative advertisements continue to rack up industry accolades, as the company's HomePod short film, directed by Spike Jonze, this week claimed top honors at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show.
iWork apps updated with new audio features and Smart Annotation enhancements
Apple on Thursday issued updates to all three members of its iWork suite -- Pages, Keynote, Numbers -- on both Mac and iOS, bringing a slew of new features and enhancements including native audio recording, editing and playback capabilities.
Killer Deals: Save $350 to $500 on Apple's iMac Pro with no tax in 48 states and 0% financing
Readers this week can snap up the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's iMac Pro with our exclusive coupon. On top of the bonus savings available only at AppleInsider, there's no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as no interest financing for 12 months on approved credit.
AT&T completes $85B acquisition of Time Warner
Two days after a federal judge found AT&T's proposed purchase of Time Warner does not violate antitrust laws, the telecom on Thursday finalized the $85 billion acquisition to create one of the largest media conglomerates in the world.
Apple's TV app enables live sports, news coverage in Canada
Apple this week flipped the switch on live sports and news sections in its TV app for Canadian iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners, granting users access to coverage of the FIFA World Cup and other popular programming.
Grayshift claims it defeated Apple's forthcoming 'USB Restricted Mode' security feature
Grayshift, the digital forensics firm that markets the GrayKey iPhone unlocking tool, says it already has a workaround for Apple's upcoming "USB Restricted Mode," an iOS 12 security feature that effectively disables hardwired USB data connections bid to protect user information.
What movie studio consolidation means for Apple's media ambitions
With AT&T's Time Warner purchase approved and Disney and Comcast bidding for Fox, a wave is underway of movie studios changing hands. And Apple might get in on the game too.
Apple looking beyond just TV with push for animated feature film
In a break from its other original video efforts, Apple is reportedly angling for the rights to an animated feature film, which could be seen in theaters.
Here are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2 is a small but important addition to Apple's platforms, allowing audio to be played on multiple devices simultaneously. Here's a list of the compatible speakers and receivers promised so far, and where available, the dates AirPlay 2 support is expected. [Updated June 15]
First details emerge about new batch of Intel processor security flaws [u]
Details of the first of the second wave of Spectre-style vulnerabilities in Intel processors has been published earlier than expected, with the "LazyFP" vulnerability potentially allowing an attacker to access sensitive data, such as cryptographic keys.
How to toggle Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut or the Touch Bar
Apple's macOS Mojave is coming this Fall, and it's bringing Dark Mode, a feature that users have requested for years. AppleInsider shares one way to make it easier to turn Dark Mode on and off, without needing to enter System Preferences every time.
Future Mac or iPad screens could be used as a smart mirror
Apple is considering the possibility of producing devices that have a screen with adjustable reflectiveness, one that could potentially switch between displaying information to the user and acting as a mirror.
iPhone 3GS returns to life with South Korean carrier
In an unusual move, a South Korean company is planning to resell units of Apple's nine-year-old iPhone 3GS -- new and unused in original packaging.
Lowest prices anywhere: Apple Watch Series 1 for $149; $249 iPads; $400 off loaded 15" MacBook Pro
Apple authorized resellers have launched fresh discounts on budget-friendly iPads and Apple Watches with Series 1 devices starting at just $149 (up to 40% off) while supplies last. A loaded 15" MacBook Pro is also $400 off exclusively for AI readers with coupon.
Valve not giving up, rolls out new Steam Link beta for iOS, Apple TV
Valve Software is having another go at bringing the Steam Link game-streaming app to iOS and tvOS following Apple's public refusal to list the app in the App Store.
iPhone X burst mode, slo-mo featured in new Apple photography tutorials
Apple is capitalizing on the popularity of the Fifa World Cup tournament to teach iPhone X owners how to use advanced features of the smartphone's camera.
Apple in talks to open first Israeli store in country's tallest building, report says
Apple is reportedly in talks with an Israeli retail property group to bring its company-owned brick-and-mortar stores to the country, the latest in an effort to open consumer hubs in the world's major metropolitan centers.
Apple confirms iOS 12's 'USB Restricted Mode' will thwart police, criminal access [u]
Apple in a statement to AppleInsider on Wednesday said iOS 12's incarnation of "USB Restricted Mode" will thwart criminals, and enhance user's privacy.
How to watermark PDFs and images using Quick Actions in macOS Mojave
When Apple revealed macOS Mojave at WWDC 2018 last week, the company briefly teased a new ability that allows Mac users to quickly add watermarks to multiple pages within a PDF file, or a batch of images, using the new operating system's Quick Actions feature. Check out how it works before Mojave sees release this fall.
Apple rolls out second developer beta for watchOS 4.3.2
Apple has made available the second beta of watchOS 4.3.2 to developers for testing, two days after the company released the second betas for iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and macOS 10.13.6.
Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps in 2017 and 2018
In a bid to beat Google, Apple is continually updating Apple Maps, bringing in new features and expanding coverage. Here's what the company's been adding over the last year.
The Mac gaming landscape remains dire, with no improvements in sight
Apple is in a very strange position with the Mac and iOS in regards to gaming. One platform is enormous and making a ton of money for Apple and some developers, and the other is nearly dead. AppleInsider talks about the two, and what, if anything, is going on to improve the situation.
Owners of Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE now have more US carrier choices
People who own or plan to buy an LTE-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 now have the option of two of the bigger regional U.S. carriers, and aren't just stuck with the so-called big four anymore.
Tim Cook talks about Steve Jobs thinking differently, Apple product philosophy
Apple CEO Tim Cook praised co-founder Steve Jobs in a recent interview for Bloomberg, including his vision for how the iPhone producer should be operated and Cook's interactions with him, as well as covering the company's views on subjects like privacy and civil liberties.
Even faster charging might be coming to 2018 iPhone lineup
A new analyst report sees Apple switching to higher powered charging for its next generation of iPhones, with new component suppliers possibly coming aboard.
Future Macs could adopt Intel's new, high-performance discrete graphics chips
Intel has confirmed it intends to create its own discrete graphics processing chips by 2020, a move that opens up the possibility of Apple using discrete Intel GPUs across its laptop and desktop Mac lines.
Apple's Worldwide Video hires former Broadway Video, Netflix executives [u]
Apple recently hired Kelly Costello, formerly of Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video Entertainment studio, to head up business affairs for its fledgling Worldwide Video initiative. The company also picked up creative executive Layne Eskridge from market competitor Netflix.
Hands on: Netgear Cable Orbi modem & mesh Wi-Fi router
The Cable Orbi, the latest in Netgear's Orbi line, attempts to kill three birds with one stone: cable internet, Wi-Fi, and mesh access.
Judge rules AT&T can complete $85B acquisition of Time Warner
AT&T on Tuesday received the green light to move forward with an $85 billion deal to buy media giant Time Warner, bringing an end to a contentious antitrust lawsuit leveled by the U.S. Justice Department last year.
Apple disallows developers from collecting and sharing Contacts data
A largely unnoticed change in the revised App Store Guidelines Apple issued during WWDC was a ban on developers building their own databases with collected contact info, and/or sharing them without further permission.
How to create custom Quick Actions in macOS Mojave
The Quick Actions of macOS Mojave show promise, but there's more that can be done with them than what Apple demonstrated during the WWDC keynote. AppleInsider explains how to get started producing custom workflows that can save you time.
How to quickly force restart the iPhone X in case of a crash
Yes, even the iPhone X can crash or hang sometimes. AppleInsider shows you how to quickly and easily force a restart on your iPhone X when your device no longer responds.