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Friday, July 30, 2021

Apple issues $6.5B bond to fund buyback, acquisitions

Apple issues $6.5B bond to fund buyback, acquisitions

Apple is taking advantage of historically low interest rates with a $6.5 billion bond sale that will go toward corporate initiatives like stock buybacks, payment of dividends and acquisitions.

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M1 MacBook owners complain of easily cracked screens

M1 MacBook owners complain of easily cracked screens

A small number of users are reporting a potentially serious issue in which the LCD screens of Apple's latest M1 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Pro are easily cracked or damaged.

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TipsHow to use Quick Notes in iPadOS 15

How to use Quick Notes in iPadOS 15

It's not yet the most stable part of the iPadOS 15 beta, but Quick Notes on the iPad is already excellent — and it's going to be great.

Steve Wozniak-backed 'Unicorn Hunters' seeks TV distributor

Steve Wozniak-backed 'Unicorn Hunters' seeks TV distributor

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is part of a new show called "Unicorn Hunters," and it hopes to become picked up for domestic distribution.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

Apple ships 12.9M iPads in Q2, maintains dominant lead in tablet market

Apple ships 12.9M iPads in Q2, maintains dominant lead in tablet market

Apple is maintaining its dominance in the tablet market, shipping more iPad models in the June quarter than both Amazon and Samsung tablets combined, according to new research.

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Tesla's Elon Musk backs Epic, calls App Store fees a 'de facto global tax' [u]

Tesla's Elon Musk backs Epic, calls App Store fees a 'de facto global tax' [u]

Elon Musk has come out on the side of Epic Games, and declared in a tweet that Apple's App Store is effectively taxing the internet.

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Elon Musk asking to be Apple CEO allegedly led to profanity-laced tirade from Tim Cook

Elon Musk asking to be Apple CEO allegedly led to profanity-laced tirade from Tim Cook

An anecdote found in a new book sheds some new light on the potential Apple acquisition of Tesla — a negotiation that allegedly ended with expletives from Tim Cook.

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Apple testing new Apple Maps for Italy, Vatican City, and San Marino in iOS 15 betas

Apple testing new Apple Maps for Italy, Vatican City, and San Marino in iOS 15 betas

Apple has begun testing the new Apple Maps on the Italian Peninsula as part of the iOS 15 developer and public betas.

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Best deals for July 30 - Back to School Brydge sale, MagSafe iPhone Charger, and more!

Best deals for July 30 - Back to School Brydge sale, MagSafe iPhone Charger, and more!

Friday's best deals include $100 off an ASUS Gaming Laptop, $212 off a Roborock S6 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, additional iTunes movie sales, and more.

Amazon slammed with $887 million fine by EU privacy regulators

Amazon slammed with $887 million fine by EU privacy regulators

Luxembourg's privacy regulator has found Amazon in violation of laws related to privacy and advertising, issued a record $887 million fine.

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Feature'M1X' iMac delayed, iOS 15 Safari design struggles, and Apple's Q3 earnings on the AppleInsider podcast

'M1X' iMac delayed, iOS 15 Safari design struggles, and Apple's Q3 earnings on the AppleInsider podcast

On the AppleInsider podcast this week, your hosts discuss leaks surrounding the "M1X" iMac and a 2022 release, Apple's struggles to finalize Safari's design in iOS 15, incredible Q3 earnings, and more!

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Siri accused of anti-China bias after inaccurate Olympic medal tally

Siri accused of anti-China bias after inaccurate Olympic medal tally

To the vocal annoyance of iPhone users in China, Siri was reportedly unable to read aloud the number of gold medals won by the country.

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'Watch the Sound' host Mark Ronson tells Zane Lowe the origins of the series

'Watch the Sound' host Mark Ronson tells Zane Lowe the origins of the series

As "Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson" debuts on Apple TV+, the titular host talks with Zane Lowe about how the show started, what its aims are — and whether there'll be more.

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Today's top 5 Apple deals on Amazon

Today's top 5 Apple deals on Amazon

Apple's latest hardware is up to $200 off at Amazon today, with month-end deals going on now on AirPods Pro, the 2021 Apple TV 4K, MacBook hardware and the new M1 iPad Pro 12.9-inch.

How to create social-worthy video using Wondershare Filmora X

How to create social-worthy video using Wondershare Filmora X

Do you want to make videos you share on social media better to watch? Here's how you can use Wondershare Filmora X's features to improve clips you want to share with your friends and the rest of the world.

Apple TV+ review: 'Ted Lasso' stays charming in season 2

Apple TV+ review: 'Ted Lasso' stays charming in season 2

The new season of Apple's signature series keeps up its positive ethos — and is also much funnier.

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TSMC iPhone, Mac production lines hit by gas contamination

TSMC iPhone, Mac production lines hit by gas contamination

Gases used in TSMC's production of processors for the Mac, and the iPhone, have reportedly been contaminated.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Apple reportedly asking employees for COVID-19 vaccination status

Apple reportedly asking employees for COVID-19 vaccination status

Following comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding potential mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, the company is now said to be asking staffers to disclose their vaccination status at certain locations.

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Latest Apple Pay promo nabs Sonic, ParkWhiz and HotelTonight specials

Latest Apple Pay promo nabs Sonic, ParkWhiz and HotelTonight specials

With summer in full swing, Apple on Thursday issued its latest Apple Pay promotion featuring freebies and discounts from Sonic Drive-In, ParkWhiz and HotelTonight.

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App Store, iTunes Store unavailable to some as outage hits Apple services [u]

App Store, iTunes Store unavailable to some as outage hits Apple services [u]

Apple is experiencing an outage of two major digital services, with the company offering no explanation or timeline on an expected fix.

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Beatles producer says Spatial Audio album doesn't sound right, plans new mix

Beatles producer says Spatial Audio album doesn't sound right, plans new mix

Legendary Beatles producer Giles Martin in an interview this week discussed the advent of Dolby Atmos, the technology on which Apple's Spatial Audio format is built, revealing that he intends to create a new mix of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" because the current version "doesn't sound quite right."

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Apple says hardware leaks harm consumers

Apple says hardware leaks harm consumers

Apple firmed up its stance on hardware leaks in a cease and desist letter addressed to a Chinese citizen in June, saying the publicization of unreleased products hurts consumers.

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'Hamilton' star Phillipa Soo joins cast of Apple TV+ thriller 'Shining Girls'

'Hamilton' star Phillipa Soo joins cast of Apple TV+ thriller 'Shining Girls'

Emmy Award nominee Phillipa Soo, best known for her work in "Hamilton," will join the cast of Apple TV+ original series "Shining Girls," according to a report on Thursday.

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Apple job listing hints at work on Class II medical device

Apple job listing hints at work on Class II medical device

Apple is looking to hire a regulatory project manager that will help the company develop a Class II medical device or feature likely related to the Apple Watch or iPhone.

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Apple occupying temporary space in North Carolina as it builds $1B campus

Apple occupying temporary space in North Carolina as it builds $1B campus

Apple will reportedly occupy about 200,000 square feet of space in North Carolina temporarily ahead of building out a new $1 billion campus in the state.

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TipsHow to find local points of interest in a new area using iOS map apps

How to find local points of interest in a new area using iOS map apps

Apple Maps, and third-party apps like the newly updated Where To?, can help you scout out your locale, build up an itinerary, and even use AR to show you to the places you need to go.

watchOS 7.6.1 now available with patch for known security exploit

watchOS 7.6.1 now available with patch for known security exploit

Apple has released watchOS 7.6.1 with a security update that patches a known exploit that may have been actively used.

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Preorders for retro-inspired Playdate gaming console have opened

Preorders for retro-inspired Playdate gaming console have opened

Preorders for upcoming $179 handhold gaming console Playdate, created by iOS and macOS developer Panic, have officially opened.

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CES 2022 to debut new digital initiative for NFTs and crypto

CES 2022 to debut new digital initiative for NFTs and crypto

The Consumer Technology Association announced a new initiative at CES that will exhibit and highlight non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and other blockchain-based technologies.

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Tim Cook, other CEOs urge Congress to pass citizenship path for Dreamers

Tim Cook, other CEOs urge Congress to pass citizenship path for Dreamers

Apple CEO Tim Cook was among more than 90 chief executives who have signed onto a letter urging Congress to guarantee a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

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Apple updates GarageBand with 'Sound Packs' from top artists, producers

Apple updates GarageBand with 'Sound Packs' from top artists, producers

Apple has announced that it is expanding the GarageBand app for iOS and iPadOS with new sound packs and remix sessions from some of the top artists and producers in the world.

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Best deals for July 29 - $850 M1 MacBook Air, Gigabyte Aero 15.6-inch laptop, and more!

Best deals for July 29 - $850 M1 MacBook Air, Gigabyte Aero 15.6-inch laptop, and more!

Thursday's best deals include $250 off a Touch Screen 15.6-inch Lenovo Yoga laptop, $50 off a Ring Spotlight Cam, additional iTunes movie sales, and more.

UK NHS app updated with Apple Wallet support for COVID Pass

UK NHS app updated with Apple Wallet support for COVID Pass

Separately from its controversial coronavirus contact tracing project, the U.K. has updated its regular NHS app to effectively become a vaccination passport.

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A war for the sighted is brewing in Apple's season two trailer for 'See'

A war for the sighted is brewing in Apple's season two trailer for 'See'

A new trailer for critically acclaimed Apple TV+ show "See" picks up right after the events of season one as Baba Voss must face his past and begin the fight for those who can see.

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Apple Pay now offered for eBay purchases made on desktop

Apple Pay now offered for eBay purchases made on desktop

Online retailer and auction site eBay has rolled out support for Apple Pay on its desktop website.

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ExclusiveDeals: Save $120 to $150 on Apple's M1 MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM

Deals: Save $120 to $150 on Apple's M1 MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM

Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro offers fast performance in a portable chassis. And AppleInsider readers can save $120 to $150 on upgraded models with 16GB of RAM for one week only.

Bang & Olufsen announces $399 Beoplay EQ ANC wireless earbuds

Bang & Olufsen announces $399 Beoplay EQ ANC wireless earbuds

Slated to release in August, the new Beoplay EQ Adaptive noise-canceling wireless earbuds promise authentic audio and up to 6.5 hours of playtime with noise cancellation turned on.

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'Apple Glass' UI will let wearers smoothly select new AR scenes, settings

'Apple Glass' UI will let wearers smoothly select new AR scenes, settings

Apple AR devices, such as "Apple Glass," will work to avoid disorientating users by giving them control over where they move, plus previews of what they'll see.

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