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Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Apple in a recent update to Maps activated Traffic data for two Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, though it appears only major metropolitan areas are supported at this time.
Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back to 'later this year'
It appears Apple's first foray into original video content, "Carpool Karaoke," will not make its scheduled April debut, as the company on Monday again postponed a launch party initially slated for March.
Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV via AirPlay
Google on Monday updated its Google Photos app for iOS with integrated AirPlay support, meaning users can stream photos and video to the big screen with Apple TV.
Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products
Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.
Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV
Dish's internet-only TV service, Sling TV, has announced the availability of Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV, letting users record some (but not all) shows for later viewing.
Lowest price anywhere! 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray for $1,599 ($200 off) with no tax in 48 states
B&H Photo is taking $200 off Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray exclusively for AI readers. Now $1,599.00, each MacBook Pro also comes with free expedited shipping. Plus, B&H will not collect sales tax outside NY and NJ, making this the lowest price available from an authorized reseller.
Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%
Apple on Monday alerted members of its link affiliate program to a sharp reduction in their take from apps and in-app purchases, down from 7 percent to just 2.5.
On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay
Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device's core strengths.
Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate
With a growing number of complaints about a red-tinged screen in some owners with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company is issuing a software patch allowing users expanded options for correcting the problem in software by placing the responsibility for color accuracy even more in user's hands.
Apple seeds fourth developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1
Apple on Monday seeded fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, paving the way for Apple's next round of maintenance updates.
Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers
Amidst three Apple employees involved in testing of Apple's self-driving car software stands an ex-NASA researcher who was once tasked to develop an autonomous vehicle to explore one of Jupiter's moons, and three others who worked for JPL.
Flying car backed by Google co-founder Larry Page takes to skies in early demo
Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has demonstrated a prototype flying car that could be one of the first to ship, assuming it meets a late 2017 target.
Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM
Adding to the cacophony of recent "iPhone 8" rumors, a purported illustration of the layout of the interior of the high-end future iPhone has appeared on Chinese social media showing a conventional Touch ID location, and some other realignments needed for a vertical camera module position.
Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Paris
Filling in an important gap in its native Maps apps for iOS and macOS, Apple this weekend introduced public transit directions for Paris, including detailed station information.
CNC blank of 'iPhone 8' appears on Twitter, likely based on previous questionable diagrams
A purported Foxconn CNC model of the "iPhone 8" has surfaced online -- but as with the diagrams leaked over the last two weeks, there is no way to tell how accurate the model is, or if it is even close to what Apple will ship.
Apple Deals: 2017 iPad for $307 ($22 off); $240 off high-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare; loaded 2015 12" MacBook for $1,299 ($450 off)
Shoppers this week can save $22 instantly on Apple's brand-new 32GB 9.7" iPad in Space Gray (Wi-Fi Only) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a high-end 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 16GB, 1TB, 460) for $3,608 ($240 off). One unit is left of Apple's fully loaded 2015 12" MacBook in Gray for $1,299 with coupon.
'Severe supply shortages' of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be a major concern through end of 2017
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is once again cautioning investors that Apple's anticipated flagship "iPhone 8" could be in extremely limited supply to end 2017, thanks to the expected adoption of a number of new technologies, namely an edge-to-edge OLED display.
Apple hires 3D, 360VR Toolbox developer Tim Dashwood to Final Cut Pro X team
Apple has hired Tim Dashwood, the author of a series of 3D and 360 VR plugins for video editing software. Dashwood has since made his existing plugins for apps such as Final Cut Pro X free to download.
After tricking govt regulators, Uber got caught breaking Apple's iOS App Store rules
In 2014, Uber was discovered to be blocking authorities from seeing its cars in order to evade regulations or bans in a series of locations including Paris, Las Vegas, China and South Korea. The next year, Apple found out Uber was also flouting its iOS developer rules to identify users' devices by hardware ID--and nearly got kicked out of the App Store over it.
Apple's 2017 Earth Day Challenge for Apple Watch awards iMessage Stickers
In recognition of today's Earth Day, Apple created an "Earth Day Challenge" to reward reaching 30 minutes of exercise on the day with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.
Apple apologizes to users for mistakenly saying their paid iCloud subscription was canceled
Days after an error led to false iCloud cancellation emails sent to subscribers, Apple has followed up with another note apologizing for the bug, and reassuring them that their plan remains in good standing.
How the technology behind Apple's Touch ID will likely change with 'iPhone 8'
There's a lot of talk about Apple's shift to a new screen technology with the "iPhone 8," but fewer conversations about how it will all work -- AppleInsider explains what changes Apple will likely need to make to implement the technology, while retaining Touch ID on the front of the rumored edge-to-edge screen on the device.
This week on AI: Apple goes 100 percent recycled, Apple Watch NikeLab, 'iPhone 8' rumors & more
Ahead of Earth Day, Apple went on an environmental publicity blitz, most notably promising to eventually make products entirely out of recycled materials. Rumors about specific projects like the "iPhone 8" continued, meanwhile, and a new version of the Apple Watch appeared: the Apple Watch NikeLab.
Massive power outage closes busy Union Square Apple Store in San Francisco
The year-old flagship Apple Store at Union Square in San Francisco was closed down today due to a massive power outage that affected around 90,000 other customers, shut down some subway stations and turned off traffic lights that snarled many busy intersections.
Full copy of Apple's self-driving car permit revealed [u]
On Friday, a report revealed snippets of Apple's California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving car application, offering insight into the company's autonomous vehicle project. A full copy of the document has been shared with AppleInsider.
Internal documents reveal first look at Apple's self-driving car platform
Documents filed as part of Apple's application to test self-driving cars in California were revealed on Friday and offer a first look at the company's autonomous platform, dubbed the "Automated System."
UK site The Guardian drops Apple News in bid to boost ad & subscription revenues
Prominent U.K. newspaper The Guardian on Friday pulled out of two major app-based initiatives, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles, in a bid to reclaim revenue.
Apple hires two Google satellite execs for 'new hardware team'
Apple has reportedly hired two executives from Google's satellite division to head up "a new hardware team," with goals that are still unclear.
'iPhone 8' renders based on shaky diagram 'leaks' appear on Chinese social media
A new set of images purporting to be of the "iPhone 8" rear case have appeared on Chinese social media, but AppleInsider has learned that they are renders, based on recent, alleged schematic 'leaks.'
Overcast 3.1 update puts podcasts directly on Apple Watch
Popular iOS podcast app Overcast has updated with the ability to sync episodes directly to an Apple Watch, letting runners and others leave home without an iPhone in tow.
Apple's upcoming Danish data center will help warm area homes
Once complete, Apple's data center in Viborg, Denmark will actually redirect heat to warm homes in the surrounding Jutland region, Apple noted this week.
Apple's Tim Cook highlights kid-themed iPhone billboard campaign in Turkey
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to mark Turkey's National Sovereignty and Children's Day -- which actually takes place Apr. 23 -- and to showcase a local billboard campaign, using iPhone photos shot by children.
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8,' Mac Pro, Thunderbolt GPUs & more
This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan talk about the uncharacteristic rumors moving Touch ID to the back of the "iPhone 8," Mac Pro hardware rumors, the Mac Gamer, Thunderbolt GPUs and more.
Data suggests tens of millions of iPhone users ready to fuel 2017 'supercycle'
Lending credence to speculation of a coming iPhone "supercycle," market research firm comScore on Thursday released data showing tens of millions of users who own legacy iPhones are primed to upgrade.
Plastc goes the way of Coin as Apple Pay takes the lead in digital payments
The digital wallet race just lost another contestant, with Plastc Card entering bankruptcy and announcing to investors that it will shut down without ever delivering the digital payment card. Plastc joins Coin--which threw in the towel in February--in the electronic money pit that Apple has avoided with Apple Pay.
Apple CEO Tim Cook touts Didi Chuxing's data gathering abilities, strong community ties
Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a profile of Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu as part of the "TIME 100 Most Influential People" special, offering insight into Apple's investment in the Chinese ride-hailing service.
Apple Music launches 'Up Next' monthly feature with Zane Lowe to highlight new artists
Apple announced on Thursday that a new feature called "Up Next" has been added to Apple Music, a new video documentary series that promises to feature a new artist every month.
Apple promo donates $1 to World Wildlife Fund for each Apple Pay purchase at its stores
Apple on Thursday launched an Earth Day-related charity promotion promising to donate $1 to the World Wildlife Fund for each purchase made at its stores using Apple Pay.
Leaked safety document may hint at future Apple technology such as AR glasses
An report from an Apple Environment Health and Safety contractor -- said to have accidentally leaked to hundreds of Apple staff -- may point to rumored augmented reality glasses, or some other new eye-related technology.
Apple debuts Live Photos API, allows for playback on most popular browsers
Mastercard to add fingerprint sensors to cards, won't follow strict Apple Pay security policy
Mastercard is reportedly testing cards that integrate a fingerprint sensor, intended to offer a more convenient alternative to entering a PIN. Unlike Apple Pay, however, the cards would lack a series of important security features.
Apple meets with Chinese government over App Store oversight because of porn streamers
More information has emerged about the Chinese government demand that Apple crack down on streaming apps, with a new report circulating claiming that porn streamers are the government's major concern.
Photoshop World 2017 Deals: Pre-order the latest cameras & lenses with no tax in 48 states + 5% off DJI drones
With Photoshop World 2017 well underway, Adorama and B&H are both accepting pre-orders on Sony's newest mirrorless Alpha a9 camera and GM lens, as well as Nikon's D7500 DSLR camera -- with no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Plus, save 5% on select DJI drones with coupon or pre-order the Phantom 4 Advanced for $1,349 including tax.
Apple Watch NikeLab to bring new band option in limited Apr. 27 launch
Apple and Nike on Thursday revealed a new edition of the Apple Watch Series 2, the Apple Watch NikeLab, essentially a color variation on the Apple Watch Nike+.
Comcast intros app-based Apple Pay bill payments with Xfinity iPhone update
Expanding on a recent promise, Comcast on Thursday updated its Xfinity My Account app for the iPhone with support for Apple Pay, letting people handle TV and internet bills using their fingerprint.
Why an all-glass 'iPhone 8' makes sense, and could be more durable than you expect
Not since the discontinuation of the iPhone 4s has Apple sold a handset with an all-glass back, but that's rumored to change this year with the flagship "iPhone 8." In the years between those two models, advances in glass production technology have made it so an all-glass "iPhone 8" could be more robust than you might assume.
Apple publishes new Earth Day videos explaining company's environmental efforts
Apple has published a set of new videos commemorating Earth Day that explain clean energy technologies, Apple's own environmental protection efforts, and feature Apple employees and executives narrating and explaining the concepts behind the programs.
Apple original content plans a 'moving target,' may play into new Los Angeles offices
Apple's approach to original video programming is reportedly scattershot, to the point that the company hasn't settled on a focus, or even who will be in charge.
Google may build native ad-blocking into mobile & desktop versions of Chrome
Despite the company's own dependence on ads, Google is reportedly planning to build a native ad-blocker into the mobile and desktop versions of its Chrome browser -- presumably including Apple's iOS and macOS.
Prince's 'Deliverance' pulled from Apple Music, iTunes Store
"Deliverance," the first track from an album generated by a sound engineer who worked with Prince in 2006 has been pulled from Apple Music, the iTunes Music store, and other streaming services after a challenge from the musician's estate.