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Now displaying: December, 2017
Dec 19, 2017

A website app gets banned from the App Store for just mentioning jailbreaking, iTunes Movies has 4K HDR bundles for Christmas, and a lot of new banks are supporting Apple Pay worldwide:

  • AppleInsider's app was updated for iPhone X...and then rejected from the App Store because a headline showed the word "jailbreaking"
  • Getting an Apple TV 4K for Christmas? There's a sale on 4K HDR bundles in the iTunes Movie store
  • Apple Pay expands to more banks and credit unions in the USA, as well as in China, Finland, France and Ireland
Dec 18, 2017

iPhone X availability rises, iPhone 6s devices with old batteries might be slowing down, and Apple raises iPhone prices in India in return for the country raising import taxes:

  • The iPhone X is now available same day at most US Apple retail stores, and production is going so well that global supply equilibrium is expected in the next month
  • Apple may be reducing the performance of iPhone 6s devices with degraded batteries to prevent shutdowns
  • India raised consumer electronics import taxes; Apple raises iPhone prices 
Dec 15, 2017

We have some short and sweet stories for this Friday afternoon, including word of a new space drama TV series ordered by Apple:

  • A Chinese woman has received two refunds for two iPhone Xs on which Face ID was unable to discern between her and her co-worker
  • Apple's bringing a concert film with former Oasis lead guitarist/vocalist Noel Gallagher to Apple Music soon
  • Apple has ordered a new space drama TV series from the man who was responsible for the very successful "Battlestar Galactica" reboot
  • A new Apple retail store will be (hopefully) opening in Seoul, South Korea by year end

 

Dec 14, 2017

A fascinating day for news about the iMac Pro, net neutrality, and a purchase that will make the Disney empire even larger than before:

  • Apple announces that any Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider can add RAM to the iMac Pro
  • The FCC voted today to rescind the 2009 net neutrality laws
  • Disney will be purchasing most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, adding a huge amount of content to its holdings
Dec 13, 2017

Smaller chips, an updated app, and popular cameras are in our news today:

  • More efficient 7nm process chips may only be used by Apple and Samsung in 2018
  • The Iconfactory updates its classic Twitterrific app, with a change that uses less power on the iPhone X
  • Once again, the iPhone is the most-used camera brand on Flickr
Dec 12, 2017

Our top news stories for Apple fans today:

  • The new iMac Pro is coming on December 14, and it features a piece of custom hardware called the Apple T2 chip
  • Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago will be expanding Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum
  • Have a drone you fly with your iPhone or iPad? If it meets certain conditions, it will need to be registered with the FAA under new legislation
Dec 11, 2017

A light news day today after the big stories about Shazam, macOS 11.3.3 beta, and so on.

  • Three US airlines are banning "smart luggage", luggage with lithium-ion battery packs built-in
  • A fake cryptocurrency app was removed from the App Store after the operators of a legitimate Ethereum wallet service complained to Apple about the fake
  • Beginning in April of 2018, US and Canadian citizens will no longer need to sign for purchases made with American Express, MasterCard or Discover debit and credit cards...or Apple Pay payments made with those cards
Dec 8, 2017

We've been on hiatus this week due to an illness in the family, but we're back today with some interesting and fun news in the world of Apple:

  • Apple's attempt to ban spam or nonfunctional apps from the App Store is hurting legitimate businesses and a CA congressman is asking them to reconsider
  • iMore's Rene Ritchie shared a fun little Easter egg in an Apple app
  • Have SiriusXM in your car or office? You can now use your subscription to stream all 200+ channels to your Apple TV
Dec 4, 2017

Tax protestors, OS updates, Target apps, and survey results are all in the headlines today's episode of the Apple World Today News Update.

  • French anti-globalization protestors occupy a Paris Apple store today demanding that the company pay EU back taxes
  • iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2 have arrived!
  • Target introduces an in-house mobile payment system in its iOS app
  • A Barclays survey sounds bullish on Apple
Dec 1, 2017

Wow, it's December already? We have a trio of time-related stories for you today that all have to do with things that should happen by the end of the year:

  • Apple let developers know that they need to submit only 64-bit Mac apps to the Mac App Store starting January 1st
  • Remember the promise from Amazon that the Prime Video app would be available for tvOS by the end of the year? TidBITS blogger Josh Centers says they're still promising the release by the end of December
  • Expect iOS 11.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to show up soon -- like next week. The sixth beta shipped to developers today
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