Apple

Apple Continues to Work on All-New Mac Pro With Upgradeable Design

With the iMac Pro release dominating headlines on Thursday, we want to make sure nobody has missed that Apple also reiterated some exciting news for pro customers: a modular Mac Pro is coming.<p>The brief mention came at the very end of Apple's press release about the iMac Pro becoming available to …

IMac Pro

What do made-for-AI processors really do?

Tech's biggest players have fully embraced the AI revolution. Apple, Qualcomm and Huawei have made mobile chipsets that are designed to better tackle machine learning tasks, each with a slightly different approach. Huawei launched its Kirin 970 at IFA this year, calling it the first chipset with a …

Machine Learning

Apple’s AI and Machine Learning Initiatives Go Beyond Just Siri

When I have written about Apple’s AI and Machine Learning initiatives in the past, the articles have usually centered around Siri and Voice Dictation. It’s easy to put these things together because Siri is the most visible and user-centered Apple interface that involves AI. However, as we have seen …

Machine Learning

Apple signs ‘Battlestar Galactica’ developer for new space drama

Apple has ordered yet another TV series to add to its growing list of star-backed original productions. The company signed network sci-fi luminary Ronald D. Moore, veteran of several <i>Star Trek</i> series and developer of the <i>Battlestar Galactica</i> reboot, to create a completely new space drama. The show …

Star Trek

Update to popular RAW camera app Halide includes 4x faster capture, 3D Touch support, more

A new version of the popular photography app, Halide, has been released today. Halide version 1.6 is a speed-centric update that contains a lot of improvements including support for the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch screen and much more.<p>The first major improvement, beyond iPhone X support, is capture speed. …

iOS

Apple Music's next exclusives come from Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith

Apple isn't slowing down on exclusives any time soon. It's releasing Apple Music-only concert films from two British superstars, Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith. Gallagher's <i>Who Built the Moon Live</i> recaptures an early November gig at London's York Hall, where he played both cuts from his new album as …

Noel Gallagher

How Apple Watch saved one man’s life — and how it’s empowering him after his heart attack

<i>Apple and Stanford are currently conducting a heart study with Apple Watch</i><p>Scott Killian never imagined his Apple Watch might save his life, but that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when he had a heart attack in the middle of the night. Killian recently shared his personal experience with</i> …

Smartwatches

Apple’s first ever retail store in Korea, close to Samsung’s HQ, said to open on Dec 30

Apple confirmed back in January plans to open its first ever retail store in Samsung’s home city of Seoul, South Korea – close to the headquarters of Samsung.<p>A new report from Korea says that the store will open on December 30, with retail head Angela Ahrendts in attendance …<p><i>ETNews</i> quotes the …

Angela Ahrendts

Free Shipping Day 2017: Hundreds of Online Retailers Offering Free U.S. Shipping and Guaranteed Christmas Delivery

In the United States and a select few other countries today is Free Shipping Day, a shopping holiday in which most participating retailers offer free shipping with no minimum purchase required. Although lesser-known than previous shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day …

eCommerce

T2-equipped iMac Pro may need to be DFU restored like iPhones and iPads in certain situations

It was recently discovered in a support document for Apple Configurator 2 that the iMac Pro may become unresponsive and will need to be restored in certain situations like a power failure during an update.<p>Spotted by developer Steven Troughton-Smith (via Jason Broccardo) Apple details how to …

IMac Pro

Chase Freedom card now offers 5% cash back for Apple Pay purchases

Chase announced today that it is now offering 5% cash back for Apple Pay purchases made with a linked Chase Freedom credit card for the first time. The offer is available for combined purchases up to $1500 at select merchants and will last for the first three months of 2018.<p>The company notes that …

Banking

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15-inch MacBook Pro $600 off, Cert. Refurb iMacs from $800, Timbuk2 Amazon sale, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by <i>signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter</i>. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p>9to5Toys Lunch Break delivers the best deals every day of the week at 12:30PM EST. This includes price drops …

MacBook Pro

iTunes won’t arrive in the Windows Store this year after all

HomePod isn’t the only thing that needs a little more time from Apple before it ships. Earlier this year Apple and Microsoft announced plans to bring iTunes (and therefore Apple Music) to the Windows Store by the end of the year. Now <i>ZDNet</i> reports that the promised deadline will indeed be …

Microsoft

U.S. intervention in Apple’s Irish tax case rejected by EU court

The latest development in Apple’s long running $15B Irish tax case is an EU court shooting down a request from the U.S. government to become involved.<p><i>Reuters</i> reports that the second-highest court in Europe rejected the U.S governments request to intervene in support of Apple “because it failed to …

India hikes tax on mobile phone imports in a move which will hurt Apple most

India has increased its import tax on mobile phones from 10% to 15%, a move which will hit Apple harder than other smartphone manufacturers. The tax on video cameras has been increased by the same amount, while that on televisions has been doubled to 20%.<p>The government made the announcement late …

Mobile

More exclusive Apple Music content coming from Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith

Apple announced today via its YouTube channel that it is bringing more original live music video content to Apple Music. Musician centered documentaries and concert films have become an Apple Music staple and Noel Gallagher is the latest artist to join the ever-growing list of featured …

Noel Gallagher

Apple just made it a lot harder for rivals to compete on AR

Expecting Android device makers to rip off Apple’s augmented reality technology any time soon? Not so fast, a new report claims.<p>Apple’s $390 million payday to TrueDepth sensor maker Finisar this week will reportedly help lock out rival companies like Samsung and Huawei from competing with its …

Augmented Reality

Apple’s iMac Pro is a love letter to developers

The iMac Pro exists because it turns out that there is a lot of air underneath the aging Mac Pro and above the incredibly popular MacBook Pro. A single-digit percentage of Mac customers buy the Mac Pro and, in recent years, Apple had been seeing a major rise in “pro” customers of all shades …

Technology

Apple Final Cut Pro X is ready to edit VR video

Apple isn't just making the iMac Pro available to order -- it's also updating the creative software you'll likely run on that iMac. A new upgrade to Final Cut Pro X adds support for both newer video technology and some key color editing tools. Most notably, the editing tool now handles VR video -- …

IMac Pro

Apple seeds first iOS 11.2.5 beta and more to developers

Hot on the heels of today’s iOS update for the public, Apple has come out with a fresh set of beta updates for developers with the release of iOS 11.2.5 beta 1, along with new betas for Apple Watch and Apple TV too.<p>Developers can download the first betas for iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2 and tvOS …

iOS

Trump’s FCC repeals net neutrality rules despite Apple’s objections

The FCC has today voted to repeal net neutrality policies put in place in 2015 during the Obama administration.<p>While today’s outcome isn’t much of a surprise, the proposed plan drew more and more criticism and concern from individuals as well as businesses and organizations in the lead up to …

Internet

Apple Releases VESA-Compatible Mounting Bracket Kit for iMac Pro

With the iMac Pro now available to order, Apple has released a VESA mount adapter kit for the computer on its online store around the world.<p>The kit comes with everything you need to replace your iMac Pro stand with a mounting bracket, which lets you attach your iMac Pro to any VESA-compatible wall …

IMac Pro

Spotify and Deezer urge EU to lean on Apple

Streaming is single-handedly boosting music sales and Spotify doesn't want any one behemoth (see Apple) gaining a stranglehold over the booming market. It got its wish when the EU promised "legislative instruments" to help out the little guy, specifically smaller firms that fear bigger corporations …

Technology (India)

Satechi unveils new USB C ‘Clamp Hub Pro’ for iMac and iMac Pro

Alongside iMac Pro preorders starting today, Satechi has announced a new USB C hub for iMac Pro and iMac that neatly mounts underneath the machine with a clean and functional design.<p>Satechi makes a variety of nice Apple accessories, including it’s popular Type-C Pro Hub for MacBook Pro.<p>Its latest …

IMac Pro

Apple offering free next-day shipping in time for the holidays

If you’re planning on buying any Apple products for Christmas (whether that’s for friends and family or a sneaky Yuletide gift for yourself), Apple’s just announced a bit of good news.<p>For any in-stock items ordered up until 3pm local time on December 22 in the United States, Apple will guarantee …

Nextgen

Amazon will start selling Apple TV and Chromecast again

Amazon pulled Apple TV and Chromecast from its retail lineup back in 2015, ostensibly because neither device offered easy access to Prime Video. Now that Amazon Prime Video is finally an app on Apple TV, it appears as if Amazon is bringing Apple TV and Chromecast devices back to its web site again …

Smart TV

AppleCare+ for iMac Pro Costs $169, Same Price as Regular iMacs

Apple today released the iMac Pro, its all-new powerful desktop workstation aimed at professional users with demanding workflows.<p>While the iMac Pro starts at $4,999 for the base model, and costs up to $13,199 for a maxed-out, 18-core configuration, fortunately the price of AppleCare+ for iMac Pro …

IMac Pro

Affinity Publisher for Mac teased on video ahead of 2018 beta release

Serif, the company behind such apps as Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, has made a significant splash over the last few years with apps aimed at creative professionals. What makes apps like Affinity Designer so appealing is that they can be purchased for a flat cost without a subscription, and …

Software

Apple patent describes how Siri could detect when a user is whispering & respond quietly

A new patent unearthed today shows how Apple is working to make improvements Siri and its core capabilities. Apple originally filed for the patent in 2016, but it was just made public today<p>Essentially, this patent covers how Siri could detect when a user is whispering and subsequently “whisper” all …

Patents

Apple now sells own brand Thunderbolt 3 cable, 0.8m length

Apple is finally offering its own brand of Thunderbolt 3 cables. More than a year after the Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro debuted, you can now get a 0.8m Apple Thunderbolt Cable for $40 from the Apple Store.<p>Prior to today, Apple stocked a third party Thunderbolt 3 cable from Belkin as it …

MacBook Pro