AirPods inventory expands, pairs now easily found at Apple Store locations

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 05:23
Category: AirPods, Hardware, News, retail

If you’ve been hankering for a pair of AirPods but haven’t been able to find it on your normal store shelf, odds are they’ve finally arrived at your local Apple Store. Apple has been ramping up in store inventory over the past couple weeks, and most of the stores The Mac Observer checked have plenty in stock all the time.

Apple introduced AirPods a year ago but suffered from ongoing inventory constraints from the first day they were supposed to hit store shelves. Prior to a couple weeks ago, finding AirPods in a store was akin to finding a Wonka golden ticket and ordering online meant waiting weeks—if not months—for them to arrive.

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Security researchers point out Apple-granted API that could have allowed Uber to monitor iPhone users’ activities

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iOS, News, security, Software, Wearables

Last week, a controversial background API given from Apple to Uber designed to improve performance of the Uber app on the Apple Watch made headlines when security researchers told stated that Uber could have used it to record a user’s iPhone screen even with the Uber app just running in the background.

In a statement, Uber said the entitlement was used for an old version of the Apple Watch app and was provided to Uber because the original Apple Watch couldn’t render maps.

The company offered the following statement regarding the situation:

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Apple confirms plans for $1.3 billion Iowa data center, looks to begin construction in 2018

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Hardware, News

Apple on Thursday confirmed plans that the company plans to create a new data center in Waukee, Iowa. The project, which will cost $1.3 billion, is also expected to provide up to $100 million more for a “Public Improvement Fund.”

The complex, near Des Moines, will span 400,000 square feet, and handle services like Siri, iMessage, and the App Store, Apple said. Power will stem entirely from renewable energy, including “wind and other sources.”

The $100 million Public Improvement Fund will be managed by the City of Waukee and provide support for “community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs.” The first major project financed by this fund will feature construction of the Waukee Youth Sports Campus, which will include fields, a greenhouse, a playground, and even a fishing pier.

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Apple posts $45.4 billion in revenue, $8.7 billion profit in Q3 2017 financial report

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Google, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

Apple’s financial returns are in for the third quarter of 2017, the company boasting an $8.7 billon profit and $45.4 billion in revenue on strong iPhone, iPad and Mac sales.

The company offered the following highlights in its conference call with analysts:

Apple has surpassed 1.2 billion cumulative iPhones sold, and the iPhone 7 series continues to be a strong performer.

iPad grew for the first time in 4 years, and U.S. education market sales of iPad were up more than 30 percent.

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Apple to announce Q3 2017 financial returns on August 1st

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Finance, News

If you want to know how Apple’s doing financially, check in on August 1st.

Apple on Wednesday announced that it will reveal quarterly earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2017, traditionally the slowest sales period of the year for the company.

The upcoming earnings report is to be followed by a live-streamed conference call Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern. As usual, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to provide commentary on the performance metrics and field questions from investment analysts.

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Apple Pay ties in with National Park Foundation fundraiser for first half of July, offers activity badges in return for donations

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Fun, News, Software, Wearables

For the first half of July, Apple has announced a new Apple Pay promotion wherein users can raise funds for the National Parks Foundation.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered the following explanation for the program:

America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us. Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 2 for developer community, posts extensive change list

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

Apple has let the second developer beta of iOS 11 out the door, complete with the following fixes and changes:

Podcasts in iOS 11: Interface updates, support for seasons & cleaner titles, Podcast Analytics, more

Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4: Diabetes management, insulin delivery, CoreBluetooth, new Workout data & more

New for Accessibility: ‘Smart Invert Colors’ in iOS 11, macOS onscreen keyboard, text & photo detection for VoiceOver & more

iOS 11’s new ‘Smart Invert Colors’ is the closest thing to Dark Mode yet

iOS 11 lets you scan a router’s QR code to quickly join a network

iOS 11’s new HEIF/HEVC camera formats will save you 50% on storage

How to enable screen recording on iOS 11 without a computer

App Store now requires developers to use official API to request app ratings, disallows custom prompts
iOS 11 allows you to delete rarely-used apps but retain their settings and data

Apple opening up (some) access to the iPhone’s NFC chip in iOS 11
Easily share your WiFi with friends on iOS 11, automatically sends passwords to nearby devices
iOS 11 allows you to play FLAC files, albeit in a clunky way

32-bit apps will not launch on iOS 11

iOS 11 brings Next/Previous Track controls to individual AirPods

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Apple unleashes the funny to open WWDC with “Apocalypse” ad

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Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, 05:17
Category: App Store, Fun, iOS, News, WWDC

Prior to the beginning of Monday’s WWDC keynote and the tons of hardware and software announcements, Apple let loose with its “Apocalypse” ad, a commercial which shows what a combination of unplugging a roomful of servers, the App Store crashing, Christopher Cross’ “All Right” and a world without apps can lead to.

It’s brilliantly done, it’s funny and it shows just how attached to our devices we kind of are…

Apple unveils iOS 11 at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 15:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software, WWDC

iOS 11 is around the corner and it looks like Apple is planning some pretty meaty changes along with it.

Over at WWDC, the company announced the following changes to the mobile operating system, which will also include an augmented reality kit as well as CoreML, which gives developers access to on-device machine learning capabilities.

Apple offered the following list of forthcoming changes:

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Apple Support app updated to 1.1, adds new scheduling features for Apple Authorized Service Provider locations

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, 05:13
Category: App Store, Apple, Hardware, iOS, News, Software

This could come in handy.

Apple has just released version 1.1 of its Apple Support app, the new version allowing users to schedule device repairs at Authorized Service Providers, not just Apple store Genius Bars. The integration greatly increases the number of service locations available to customers and is a welcome addition for users living in rural areas where the nearest Apple store might be hours away.

Such a change brings the app more in line with Apple’s web site, which began displays authorized repair providers as of December. The app offers users a list of repair venues that can be sorted by location, distance and available appointment. The scheduling process is identical to reserving a spot at the Genius Bar, with authorized facilities presenting open dates and times which can then selected by the customer.

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