AppleInsider Names OWC Among ‘Best’ Externals Drives for Your 2018 Mac mini


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After about four years of waiting, Apple finally released a new version of the Mac mini alongside a new MacBook Air at its October event. (You can read much more about the new releases here.) The new Macs were officially available last week and feature updated ports and specs, and the mini even brings back user-upgradable memory.

As far as adding storage to the 2018 Mac mini or MacBook Air, users are limited to external solutions unless they want to pay a premium for factory upgraded internal storage. However, owners of the new Mac mini or MacBook Air will be able to take advantage of the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports that both models now feature.

As part of its coverage of Apple’s latest releases, AppleInsider.com put together a feature that calls out the best external drives for the new Mac mini as well as the MacBook Air. Among

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Report: Butterfly MacBook Pro keyboards require more frequent, more expensive repairs


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Enlarge / The keyboard on the 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

An AppleInsider article has stoked some consumer frustration over Apple’s butterfly keyboards. In it, AppleInsider combed through a limited dataset of warranty events from participating Apple Genius Bars and third-party repair shops. The site determined that, in that data, the 2016 MacBook Pro’s keyboard accounted for twice the percentage of all warranty events in that machine’s first year on the market as its predecessors from 2014 and 2015 did.

These keyboards already have plenty of detractors. They have very short travel, which serves two functions: it frees up a tiny bit of space in the machine for other components (every nanometer counts), and it can make typing considerably faster since not as much effort is needed to register a key press. I like these keyboards, but a lot of other people feel strongly that they’re

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More pictures of Apple’s custom badge reader for Apple Park pop up in FCC filing


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The general appearance for a door access system intended for use in Apple-controlled facilities has been revealed in a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, with the custom badge reader shown to have striking and sleek design befitting the Apple Park corporate campus.

Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision revealed by HomePod firmware


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Apple’s own firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving for enthusiasts, this time revealing that a next-generation Apple TV will boast support for 4K video, as well as high dynamic range in both 10-bit and Dolby Vision formats.

Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision revealed by HomePod firmware


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Apple’s own firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving for enthusiasts, this time revealing that a next-generation Apple TV will boast support for 4K video, as well as high dynamic range in both 10-bit and Dolby Vision formats.

Purported ‘iPhone 8’ production photo shows L-shaped battery, wireless charging coil


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A new photo of the alleged "iPhone 8" engineering validation test codenamed "Ferrari" has been published on social media, with the image showing the locations of the charging coil, the stacked main board, and a void for where the L-shaped battery goes.

Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappoints


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The Kwikset Premis is a lot of things. It’s a HomeKit compatible connected deadbolt with a nice touch number pad with well-lit numerals. It’s also a disappointment. We reviewed it for an extended period and found all the wrinkles.

This week on AI: See the final ‘iPhone 8’ design, Apple’s stellar Q3, LTE Apple Watch & more


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Early HomePod firmware, ironically, exposed a bevy of secrets about Apple’s "iPhone 8," including the general design of the device and features like facial recognition. Not to be outshone, Apple shared its June-quarter financial results, which were up across the board — including a rare gain in iPad numbers.

Apple may integrate Service Workers into WebKit, support next-gen web apps in Safari


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Apple this week began work toward integrating Service Workers, an API that lets browsers run background scripts, into WebKit, suggesting the company might one day support a form of next-generation web app in iOS.

Apple nixes plans to incorporate under-glass Touch ID in ‘iPhone 8,’ insider says


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Apple has decided against an embedded Touch ID solution for its forthcoming "iPhone 8" handset, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, leaving the door open for competitor Samsung to debut similar technology in next year’s Galaxy Note 9.

‘Apple Watch Series 3’ rumored to boast all-new form factor


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On the heels of news that Apple intends to release an LTE-equipped Apple Watch model later this year, a new rumor surfaced claiming the smartwatch line will receive its first design refresh since launch in 2015.

Apple to launch cellular connected Apple Watch later this year, report says


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A report on Friday claims Apple is planning to release a version of Apple Watch this fall with an integrated cellular LTE chipset, allowing the device to connect to offsite servers without the help of iPhone.

Apple experimenting with ‘several different types’ of augmented reality glasses – report


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As Apple invests heavily in augmented reality, the company is still internally unsure about where the future of AR hardware may go, and as a result there are reportedly multiple competing projects being developed internally.

Apple experimenting with ‘several different types’ of augmented reality glasses – report


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As Apple invests heavily in augmented reality, the company is still internally unsure about where the future of AR hardware may go, and as a result there are reportedly multiple competing projects being developed internally.

Video: See instant markup and notes with Apple Pencil in iOS 11 on iPad Pro


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The Apple Pencil will become more powerful and useful than ever with this fall’s release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to instantly begin drawing and taking notes as soon as the stylus is in hand. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the new feature will work on the iPad Pro.

AT&T launching beta of DirecTV Now DVR functionality, including iPhone & Apple TV


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AT&T has launched a round of beta testing for its DirecTV Now streaming service DVR, and is inviting select iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV customers to participate.

Police seize $1.69M in fake Apple accessories from London warehouse in Trading Standards raid


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A collection of fake Apple products estimated to be worth £1.3 million ($1.69 million) were seized from a warehouse in London on Tuesday, with the raid by UK police and local Trading Standards officials confiscating a large collection of imitation Apple chargers, batteries, and other items.

Apple airs two new ‘Rock X Siri’ ads based on ‘Dominate the Day’ short


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Apple on Friday released two new iPhone 7 ads, once again tied into its "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" short.

Apple said to be targeting March quarter 2018 launch for second-gen iPhone SE


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Apple assembly partner Wistron is allegedly preparing to expand its production in India, setting the stage for a second-generation iPhone SE shipping in the first quarter of 2018.

Deals: High-end 2017 15″ MacBook Pro for $2,649 ($150 off); $300-$500 off 2016 15″ MacBook Pros; 21″ iMac HD for $899 ($50 off)


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Weekend deals are in effect now with instant savings on Apple’s new Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. Or save hundreds on closeout 2016 models with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Back to school shoppers can also pick up a 21.5" iMac HD for $899.99 ($50 off) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.