Report: EU to fine Qualcomm as much as $2B for anticompetitive chip deal with Apple

Posted by Peter Cao @9to5Mac 1/23/2018 4:22:25 PM

The Financial Times reports that Qualcomm could face up to a $2 billion fine from a European watchdog for having an anticompetitive chip deal with Apple. The watchdog says that it will sue Qualcomm for paying Apple to buy all of its communication chipsets between 2011 and 2016. more…

Jamf announces record growth for 2017, now manages over 9M Apple devices in enterprise

Posted by Chance Miller @9to5Mac 1/23/2018 3:43:21 PM

Jamf, the company behind popular Apple device management software for businesses, today announced that 2017 marked a record year for growth. In a press release, the company said that it expanded its base by 40 percent, with over 4,000 new organizations…. more…

012: HomePod release date, iOS 11.2.5, and 6.1-inch iPhone | 9to5Mac Daily

Posted by Zac Hall @9to5Mac 1/23/2018 2:39:33 PM

Today we’ve got loads of HomePod launch news, changes available in iOS 11.2.5, and new details about the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. document.createElement('audio'); https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/01-23-2018.mp3 mor...

Apple defuses iOS 'text bomb'

Posted by Terry Collins @CNet 1/23/2018 2:27:00 PM

The tech giant patches up a security flaw that could cause your iPhone and iPad to crash.

Apple releases iTunes 12.7.3 update w/ support for HomePod

Posted by Peter Cao @9to5Mac 1/23/2018 2:18:59 PM

Alongside the new iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS updates today, Apple has now pushed an update to iTunes for Mac and PC. This brings the software to version 12.7.3 and adds support for the HomePod. more…

Friendly reminder: Please don't bite your phone battery

Posted by Chris Matyszczyk @CNet 1/23/2018 2:13:00 PM

Commentary: In a video posted online, a customer reportedly wants to check if a new battery is authentic -- using his teeth. Cue explosion.

Hey Siri, beat Amazon, Google and Sonos: Apple HomePod hits Feb. 9

Posted by Megan Wollerton @CNet 1/23/2018 1:44:00 PM

The wait is almost over. Apple's Siri-powered answer to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home will be available for preorder on Jan. 26, and hits stores two weeks later.

Report: New 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to sport thin-film touch sensor display with 18:9 ratio

Posted by Peter Cao @9to5Mac 1/23/2018 1:06:16 PM

A report from China Times (translated) echoes news that we have heard from KGI that Apple is planning to release three new iPhones this year. The new models include 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch variants with OLED displays, and a 6.1-inch with an LCD display. However, this latest report shares new alleged details about the LCD panel for the 6.1-inch model.  more…

How to score an iMac Pro for $500 off: $4,494 shipped (Tax NY/NJ only)

Posted by Jeff Benjamin @9to5Mac 1/23/2018 11:39:55 AM

Although it’s likely that no deal will ever surpass Micro Center’s ridiculous $1000 off it recently ran for the iMac Pro, this one comes closest. B&H is offering $500 off any available iMac Pro SKU. That means that you can potentially score a base model 8-core iMac Pro, for $4494.00 out the door. more…

Apple HomePod coming on Feb. 9, preorders open on Friday

Posted by Sarah McDermott @CNet 1/23/2018 8:19:00 AM

The smart speaker, originally expected to launch last month, will compete against Amazon's and Google's counterparts, which have a significant head start.

Siri is Now Actively Used on More Than Half a Billion Devices

Posted by Juli Clover @MacRumors 1/23/2018 7:59:58 AM

In today's announcement about the HomePod's February 9 launch date, Apple quietly provided new data on how many people are using Siri. According to the company, Siri is now actively used on more than half a billion devices. As noted by Above Avalon's Neil Cybart, that's an improvement over the last Siri data point shared by Apple. Back at the June Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said Sir...

Mozilla Releases Firefox 58 for Mac With Performance Optimizations

Posted by Juli Clover @MacRumors 1/23/2018 6:59:54 AM

Mozilla today announced the launch of Firefox 58, building upon the new "Quantum" features that were introduced in Firefox 57 back in November. Firefox 57 introduced a redesigned interface, new UI features, speeds twice as fast as Firefox 52, and an engine that uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome, and Mozilla is continuing to introduce additional improvements in Firefox 58. Firefo...

Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.3 With Support for HomePod

Posted by Juli Clover @MacRumors 1/23/2018 6:30:45 AM

Alongside the public debut of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, Apple today released an updated version of iTunes for Mac. iTunes 12.7.3, according to Apple's release notes, introduces support for the HomePod. A new AirPlay menu built into iTunes 12.7.3 is designed to make it easy to choose the HomePod as an audio source and control what plays next using an Apple Music subscription. Apple's full re...

Everything New in iOS 11.2.5: Siri Audio News, HomePod Support, New Control Center Music Interface and More

Posted by Juli Clover @MacRumors 1/23/2018 5:41:11 AM

Apple this morning officially released the iOS 11.2.5 update to the public, introducing support for the upcoming HomePod smart speaker, which is set to be released on February 9. In addition to adding support for HomePod, the update also introduces several HomePod-related features such as Siri podcast-based audio news reports and a new music interface, along with bug fixes and security improvem...

iTunes Opens 'Double Features' Movie Sale With $9.99 HD Bundles

Posted by Mitchel Broussard @MacRumors 1/23/2018 4:39:29 AM

A new sale on the iTunes Movies storefront has opened up today, with two-movie bundles that are all priced at $9.99. These "Double Features" include films that are either part of a series, represent the original and rebooted versions of the movie, are the same genre, or include the same actors. Before the sale began, the bundles were priced between $19.99 and $27.99, so now you have...

AppleCare+ for HomePod Will Cost $39

Posted by Juli Clover @MacRumors 1/23/2018 4:29:39 AM

The HomePod, set to be released on February 9, will be eligible for an AppleCare+ protection plan like all of Apple's devices. AppleCare+ for the HomePod will be priced at $39, according to an internal memo sent to retail employees and shared by 9to5Mac. AppleCare+ for HomePod will extend warranty coverage for the HomePod from one year to two years, with two years of telephone support inclu...

HomePod: Everything you need to know about Apple's smart speaker

Posted by AppleInsider Staff @AppleInsider 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

Apple's HomePod is finally available to preorder this Friday, January 26th, and arriving in stores starting Friday, February 9th. AppleInsider delves into the device pre-release, and tells you everything you need to know before you drop $349 on it.

Jamf now manages more than 9M Apple devices

Posted by AppleInsider Staff @AppleInsider 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

Enterprise device management firm Jamf recapped 2017 growth in an announcement on Tuesday, saying it closed the year managing two million additional Apple devices, bringing the company's total to more than 9 million unit deployments.

Apple's latest iTunes release includes HomePod support

Posted by AppleInsider Staff @AppleInsider 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

Following the release of macOS 10.13.3 and new versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple on Tuesday issued the latest version of iTunes for Mac, with the updated media software boasting support for the upcoming HomePod.

Apple issues Meltdown and Spectre fixes for older Mac operating systems

Posted by Mikey Campbell @AppleInsider 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

Apple's latest macOS High Sierra was not the only Mac operating system to receive fixes for Meltdown and Spectre on Tuesday, as a separately released security update addresses critical vulnerabilities in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan.

DJI's iOS-connected Mavic Air drone hits new price points, pushes portability

Posted by Neil Hughes @AppleInsider 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

With GoPro exiting the drone market entirely, the dominant name in aerial photography, DJI, unveiled its latest product on Tuesday: the Mavic Air. It's a $799 foldable model that can fit inside of a jacket pocket. AppleInsider was on hand for the announcement and went hands-on with the new flying camera.

EU tipped to sanction Qualcomm over Apple chip deal with potential $2B fine

Posted by Malcolm Owen @AppleInsider 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

The European Commission is reportedly preparing to sanction Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices in supplying components to Apple for use in its iPhones, with the antitrust watchdog potentially levying a fine against the chip producer of up to $2 billion.

Apple may discontinue iPhone X when next model arrives

Posted by Alfred Ng @CNet 1/22/2018 10:44:00 AM

An analyst predicts Apple will kill off the original iPhone X once the second-generation model hits stores.

Apple partners with Malala to support education for girls

Posted by Katie Collins @CNet 1/22/2018 9:50:00 AM

The company did not reveal the size of its financial commitment but expects to double the number of grants the nonprofit offers.

Apple gets Muhammad Ali to sell you on iPhone X selfies

Posted by Chris Matyszczyk @CNet 1/21/2018 1:00:00 PM

Commentary: In a new ad, Cupertino wants you to believe the phone's camera will show you're the greatest. The double greatest, in fact.

How Google showed Apple that HomePod can succeed

Posted by Chris Matyszczyk @CNet 1/21/2018 11:00:00 AM

Commentary: Apple's smart speaker might finally see the light of day shortly. Is it too late?

Apple's Beats is on Tom Brady's side

Posted by Chris Matyszczyk @CNet 1/20/2018 4:35:00 PM

Commentary: In an ad to coincide with the AFC Championship game, Beats features the New England Patriots quarterback being deaf to criticism.

Tim Cook: I keep my tween nephew away from social networks

Posted by Chris Matyszczyk @CNet 1/19/2018 2:46:00 PM

Commentary: Speaking to students in the UK, the Apple CEO also says learning coding is more important than learning a foreign language.

What you need to know about free trials in the iOS App Store

Posted by Jason Cipriani @CNet 1/19/2018 10:04:00 AM

Trying out an app before committing to paying for it is awesome. But there are a few things to keep in mind.

How to recycle your old phone or electronics

Posted by Lexy Savvides @CNet 1/19/2018 10:00:00 AM

Don't throw old phones, batteries or bulbs into the trash. Recycle them properly with these tips.