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Apple spotlights apps using ARKit’s capabilities on new webpage

Apple has launched a new page on its website dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of augmented reality on iOS, made possible by the introduction of ARKit in 2017. The new page highlights several apps in the areas of productivity, gaming, and learning that have embraced AR in unique or novel ways. more…

More audiophile praise for the HomePod as professional tests confirm Apple’s claims

There has been much debate about the audio quality of the HomePod. The majority of reviews have praised the speaker for its sound quality (if not for its smarts), but there have been some dissenting voices. Some audiophiles have been dismissive of HomePod – often, it seems, without having listened to it – but others have been impressed. Show More Summary

Gallery: Top 10 accessories for Apple's HomePod

Apple's HomePod can be used as a hub to control HomeKit devices via Siri voice commands. Here's a selection of accessories worth investigating.

KGI: Apple estimated to sell 100 million units of new 6.1-inch iPhone, priced as iPhone 8 replacement

KGI continues to double-down on its claims on what the 2018 iPhone lineup will comprise. The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will apparently resemble the iPhone X with a similar full-screen design but at a more accessible price for customers; the...Show More Summary

Apple's wearables business nearly size of Fortune 300 company, CEO Tim Cook says

Apple CEO Tim Cook provided a bit of color on the company's wearables business during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, saying combined Apple Watch, AirPods and Beats headphones revenue is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company.

Flipboard CEO calls Apple News a ‘product living in the past’ in new interview

Speaking at the Code Media conference today, Flipboard CEO and co-founder Mike McCue had some choice words for Apple and its Apple News platform. Flipboard, of course, is the news curation app with which Apple News directly competes… more…

Flipboard CEO knocks Apple News for closed ecosystem, says product is 'living in the past'

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue had a few choice words for segment competitor Apple News, describing Apple's news service as "living in the past" because it does not curate media, offers no social sharing integrations and lacks other features that would set it apart in the crowded space.

Facebook announces new Messenger features to help couples ‘feel the love’ this Valentine’s Day

Starting when the clock officially turns to February 14th in your location, Facebook Messenger will offer a slew of Valentine’s Day features for those couples who are madly in love. The company announced the features in a blog post, saying that they allow for you to “feel the love with Messenger.” more…

Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound

In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat.

027: Shareholders meeting recap, Kevin Durant on Apple TV, HomePod tips | 9to5Mac Daily

Today we’ve a recap of Apple’s 2018 meeting of shareholders from Steve Jobs Theater, Apple picking up a new TV show starring NBA’s Kevin Durant, and two useful HomePod tips. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app,...Show More Summary

As HomePod proves divisive, what smart speaker do you think sounds best? [Poll]

It’s no secret that HomePod has been one of the more divisive Apple products to launch in recent years. Whether it’s because of sound quality or Siri capabilities, people either love Apple’s smart speaker or hate it. Now, we’re curious: If you’ve had the chance to try HomePod and some of its competitors, what smart speaker do you think sounds best? more…

Voters shoot down human rights committee proposal at Apple shareholders meeting

A proposal to create an Apple human rights committee was defeated in voting during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, AppleInsider can confirm.

Facebook’s ‘Protect’ feature on iOS essentially installs spyware on iPhone and iPad

Facebook is rolling out a new security feature called Protect to many users of its iOS app. While the name might make unknowing users feel good about installing the associated free app, the Facebook owned VPN is designed to collect and analyze user data to “improve Facebook products and services.” more…

Apple partners with NBC on a new Winter Olympics section in Apple News

While Apple continues to focus its eye on how to step up its game in the area of original content, it’s also striking partnerships that could help its offensive line in one specific category: sports. The company is debuting a new section in Apple News that will be dedicated to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Show More Summary

Skype bug could allow malicious attacker ‘system’ level access, Microsoft says fix is ‘too much work’

A nasty Skype bug could allow a malicious attacker to gain “system” level access, if exploited. The bug is applicable on both macOS and Windows desktop platforms. more…

Kevin Durant's life and times to be chronicled in Apple-funded 'Swagger' video production

In its continuing bid to produce content to expand services revenue, Apple has commissioned a drama based on basketball star Kevin Durant's life.

Apple working on ‘Swagger’ TV show starring Kevin Durant, produced by Imagine Television

Apple is working on a TV show starring NBA superstar Kevin Durant, Variety reports. The show is dubbed “Swagger” and will be produced by Imagine Television and Durant’s Thirty Five Media. more…

Apple is developing a scripted basketball show inspired by Kevin Durant’s life

The Warriors are currently atop the Western Conference standings, but from the looks of it, Kevin Durant is shaping up to be every bit as  in demand off the court. Roughly a month ago, YouTube announced that it was partnering with the star small forward’s video business to offer up original sports programming. Show More Summary

Apple snags drama series based on Kevin Durant’s childhood

Apple's slate of original shows keeps growing and growing and the latest addition is a drama based on the early life of Kevin Durant. Swagger will focus on youth basketball players, their families and their coaches and will draw on Durant's experiences playing basketball with the Amateur Athletic Union in the Washington DC area. Show More Summary

AAPL shareholders meeting recap: Wearables business approaching Fortune 300 size, Apple Pay adoption slower than expected, more

As scheduled, Apple’s annual shareholders meeting took place at Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park today. The 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders — previously held at Town Hall at 1 Infinite Loop — is the first to take place at Apple’s...Show More Summary

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