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AAPL: 159.78

2.57

A new report this evening about Apple’s secret car efforts, Project Titan, sheds light on what’s been happening with the company’s plans over the last few years, how much it has changed course, and why.

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While the iPhone 8 is expected to have quite a few new features, not all of them are totally new. Some have been borrowed from earlier iPhones – like the glass back seen previously on the iPhone 4 and 4S – while others use tech first seen on competitor phones …

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The best 4K & 5K displays for Mac

We learned last week that Walmart’s video streaming & download service Vudu was coming to Apple TV, and it’s now available – with a handy feature for those with large Blu-ray and DVD libraries.

Vudu supports Ultraviolet, a feature that provides digital access to some movies you bought in physical disc format …

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August 21

AAPL: 157.21

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AirPods now 2-3 weeks out from Apple, Best Buy and others have stock

The shipping time estimate for Apple’s AirPods have dropped to the lowest we’ve seen yet with an updated 2-3 week window. Strangely enough, even though they are still tough to get directly from Apple, Best Buy and others have stock of the fully wireless earphones ready to ship.

Apple updates Safari Extensions webpage with focus on Mac App Store

Along with releasing beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS today, Apple has updated its Safari Extensions webpage. The redesign includes a prominent link to the extensions available in the Mac App Store, and also features the ability to install extensions from the webpage with a single click.

As Apple today released another round of beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS, we’re hearing more details about the company’s upcoming products. This time, developer Guilherme Rambo has dug up information about the expected 4K Apple TV.

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In a new report out by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the group believes that Apple has a significant lead on Qualcomm in the 3D sensing technology space. KGI reports that Qualcomm won’t be making significant shipments until at least 2019.

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Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 7 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

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tvOS 11 developer beta 7 rolling out for the Apple TV now

Apple is rolling out the seventh tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

watchOS 4 beta 7 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the seventh watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

[Update: Public beta 6 is now also available for testers.]

Once again after just a week since the last developer beta, Apple has released the seventh developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

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Apple’s AI expert, Tom Gruber, delivered a TED talk back in April extolling the benefits that AI may provide for us in the years to come. The video of the onstage presentation has now been released and gives us a better glimpse into the future Gruber imagines. His presentation focuses on what he calls “humanistic AI”, the belief that when machines get smarter, so will we.

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A research report into the Point of Sale industry has predicted that two factors will greatly assist the growth of Apple Pay and other mobile payment services.

The first is the requirement by both VISA and MasterCard that all payment terminals across many major markets must support contactless payment by 2020 …

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If you’re lucky enough to be in the path of today’s total solar eclipse, or close enough to get there, we gave a few tips last week on how to photograph it with your iPhone. But if you’re not, you can still get to experience it live via one of the many online feeds available …

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Another working Apple I being auctioned on CharityBuzz, with interesting history & extras

Despite there being only a handful of Apple I computers still in working order, they do seem to come up for sale with surprising frequency. The latest one, due to be auctioned next month, has an interesting history and extras …

Although Apple didn’t say anything about podcasts in the WWDC 2017 keynote, they are now sending an interesting email to al the podcast providers, with the new features that are coming for them in iOS 11, the next version of the mobile OS of Apple.

The email has got three parts:

Specification Update: here they tell what are the new features that are coming for the podcast providers with iOS 11, like ‘Adding the ability for new subscribers to receive the full current season in their Library’ or ‘Adding quick play to allow users to pick up listening where they left off’.

WWDC Apple Podcast Session: in this part, Apple sends you to the recordings of the podcasts section inside the WWDC 2017 (https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2017/512/), where there are guides for help the podcast providers understanding the new method to submit the podcasts.

Facebook: in my opinion, this is very curious. Here, Apple invites you to like them on Facebook, because here they share interesting shows and podcast. This doesn’t sound great, but Apple is spamming us with its Facebook account.

Here you can see the full email:

New Apple email for podcast providers

What do you think about this?

iTunes U Collections will move to Apple Podcasts next month

Apple’s iTunes U Collections will move to Apple Podcasts next month with the release of iTunes 12.7. As the company removes iTunes U from the macOS/PC iTunes app, Apple is encouraging users to access and utilize the content from the iOS or Apple TV app.

As Tim Cook mentioned in an email last week to employees, Apple has taken another step to promote equality and justice after the Charlottesville tragedy as it has teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center to accept donations through iTunes this morning.

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August 19

AAPL: 157.50

-0.36

Apple looks for exceptional engineer with a secret job posting

[Update: Apple has pulled the posting, but it can still be seen below]

A hidden Apple website that hosts a job description and invitation to apply for an important position has recently been discovered. The posting describes a role that should be filled by a “talented engineer” who will develop a critical infrastructure component for the company’s ecosystem.

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