Apple responds to customer feedback, drops prices on assorted USB-C adapters

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, USB-C

Responding to customer demand, especially in the wake of USB-C becoming that much more prevalent on the newly-released MacBook Pro notebook, Apple has dropped the prices on all of its USB-C adapters by $6 to $20.

The simple USB-C to USB Adapter, formerly priced at $19, is now $9, while the more expensive USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, formerly $49, is now available for $29. Even Apple’s newly released Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter has seen a price drop from $49 to $29.

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Kohl’s to carry Apple Watch this holiday season

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Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016, 05:15
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch in a Kohl’s this holiday season.

The retail chain will be carrying the device on store shelves before Black Friday. Kohl’s is joining Macy’s in selling the Apple Watch at select locations starting this month with one key difference: Kohl’s is positioning the watch as a wellness product, not an electronic one.

Where Apple’s deal with Macy’s will place the Apple Watch in 180 department store locations selling a variety of Apple devices, Kohl’s isn’t looking to get into the consumer electronics business. Instead, the chain will be grouping the Apple Watch in with its fitness gear, much like its Fitbit selection.

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Instapaper offers premium features for fee

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Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016, 05:37
Category: iOS, News, Software

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A cool app just made all of its premium services available for free.

On Monday, Instapaper, the handy app for saving and storing web pages for later reading, announced that its Instapaper Premium features will be available to all Instapaper users, free of charge.

The new features will include the following:

An ad-free Instapaper website

Full-text search for all articles

Unlimited Notes

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Rumor: Apple incorporating augmented reality features into car project

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Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, 05:21
Category: Hardware, Rumor, Software

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The new rumors have Apple’s car project incorporating augmented reality somewhere down the line.

Per a report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has turned its attention to developing a software-based autonomous driving system “make sense”, given that the system will support augmented reality and provide an “innovative user experience”.

All of Apple’s past successes were related to human-machine interfaces, such as mouse for Mac, click wheel for iPod, and multi-touch for iPhone and iPad.

Kuo offered the following note:

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Phil Schiller cites 2016 Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro as most ordered Apple notebook ever made

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Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iOS, MacBook Pro, macOS, News, retail

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The Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro may be about the most popular MacBook Pro to date.

In a recent interview, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller noted that the new model is the most popular notebook that Apple has ever shipped.

“Our online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before,” said Schiller.

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Rumor: AirPods to ship in January

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 05:11
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

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If you’re hankering for the new AirPods, you might have to wait until January.

Following Apple’s unexplained delay of the new headphones, foreign supply chain sources are now pointing towards a launch date in January 2017, and not the late 2016 estimation that many believed would help the new devices sell during the holidays.

The Economic Daily News has states that AirPods manufacturing supplier Inventec has anticipated a profit boost from the AirPods come January. Thus, the supplier itself is leaning towards a January release date.

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iFixit completes teardown of 2016 13-inch Touch Bar-less MacBook Pro, finds new SSD, other changes

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 05:14
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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True to form, the cool cats at iFixit got their mitts on the new Touch Bar-less 13-inch MacBook Pro and performed a complete teardown.

The new notebook features some interesting new components, is actually more repairable than its predecessor and incorporates an easily-removable, faster, PCI-E SSD inside the new MacBook Pro 13 can easily be removed. It’s powered by a custom Apple SSD controller, however, which limits your ability to actually swap out the drive. The notebook’s RAM remains soldered on to the logic board.

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Apple adds Maps support, transit directions for multiple Ohio cities

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 05:09
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Software

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If you’re looking for directions in and around Ohio’s cities and its transit systems, Apple Maps has you covered as of today.

Apple added full directions and transit support to both the iOS and macOS versions of Maps on Monday. The new cities include Akron, Athens, Canton, Dayton, Cincinnati, and parts of Cleveland. Columbus was added last month, just before the launch of iOS 10.

Users can now use Apple Maps to navigate via bus and rail routes. Each route is color-coded, and includes alerts about service issues.

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Touch Bar-equipped 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks do away with classic startup chime sound

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 05:04
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

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The Apple startup chime you know and love has gone the way of the dodo with the new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro.

Pingie noticed that the new notebook’s NVRAM reset instructions lacked a reference to the startup chime. They later said they were able to confirm the change after getting their hands on a new MacBook Pro.

It’s thought that the classic chime sound – or lack of it – is part of the MacBook Pro’s new startup feature. The notebook is designed to turn on as soon as you open the laptop cover, or when it’s connected to an external power source while the lid is open.

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Apple releases iOS 10.1.1 update, addresses data error in Health app with fix

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2016, 13:13
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s not a huge update, but it might solve a quibble you’ve been having with the Health app.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.1.1, the newest version of its iOS operating system.

The update, which weighs in around 50 megabytes, fixes a bug that prevents your data from appearing in the Health app.

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