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Report: Nissan shot down Apple deal to avoid becoming Foxconn of cars

Report: Nissan shot down Apple deal to avoid becoming Foxconn of...

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Aurich Lawson / Getty Images A potential partnership between Apple and Nissan foundered due to disagreements over branding, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. Apple wanted Nissan to build Apple-branded cars, while Nissan preferred to keep its own brand on the vehicles. In recent months, Apple has reportedly been looking for a partner to build…
Apple TV+ acquires a “sci-fi courtroom drama” about a murderous robot doll

Apple TV+ acquires a “sci-fi courtroom drama” about a murderous robot...

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Enlarge / A shot from For All Mankind's second season. More science fiction is headed to Apple TV+, according to a new video and report. Apple has published a "first look featurette" video and related augmented reality app for its alternate-history space-program drama For All Mankind's second season, and the report claims that a drama about a…
macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 addresses MacBook Pro charging issues

macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 addresses MacBook Pro charging issues

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Enlarge / The update is available on supported Macs today.Samuel Axon Today, Apple released a small update to macOS Big Sur, numbered 11.2.1. Primarily, it fixes a problem affecting some MacBook Pro models that prevented their batteries from charging properly. The update also fixed a sudo bug that could in some cases play a part…
Apple hardware chief Dan Riccio stepped down to focus on AR/VR

Apple hardware chief Dan Riccio stepped down to focus on AR/VR

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Enlarge / Former Apple hardware engineering leader Dan Riccio. A couple of weeks ago, Apple announced that longtime hardware engineering chief Dan Riccio will step down from his role to focus entirely on a "new project" within the company. According to yet another report at Bloomberg based on sources with knowledge of Apple's plans today,…
Not just Facebook: Snap, Unity warn Apple’s tracking change threatens business

Not just Facebook: Snap, Unity warn Apple’s tracking change threatens business

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Snapchat on an iPhone. Social media company Snap (which runs Snapchat) and game development software company Unity have joined Facebook in warning their investors that Apple's imminent ad-tracking change will negatively impact their businesses. As previously reported, Apple plans to use the next iOS update (iOS 14.5, due out in early spring) to implement a…
Mac utility Homebrew finally gets native Apple Silicon and M1 support

Mac utility Homebrew finally gets native Apple Silicon and M1 support

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Enlarge / Users can install Homebrew via the Terminal in macOS.Samuel Axon Popular Mac tool Homebrew has long been used by developers and others for package management on macOS, but as we lamented in our first M1 Mac review, it didn't support Apple Silicon when Apple's new Macs first launched late last year. Now, with…
Every crazy thing that happened in Apple and Facebook’s privacy feud today

Every crazy thing that happened in Apple and Facebook’s privacy feud...

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Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a speech on privacy at a virtual conference. Today, Apple announced plans to finally roll out its previously delayed change in policy on apps' use of IDFA (ID for Advertisers) to track users for targeted advertising. The feature will be in the next beta release of iOS 14…
Apple reports double-digit sales booms for every product category in Q1 2021

Apple reports double-digit sales booms for every product category in Q1...

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Enlarge / Apple's global headquarters in Cupertino, California.Sam Hall/Bloomberg via Getty Images The last 24 hours have been flooded with stock market news, from the normal to the nutty. But based on Apple's performance in recent quarters, the earnings the Cupertino company reported today for its first quarter of 2021 were very much on the…
iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 hit supported devices today

iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 hit supported devices today

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Enlarge / The 2020 iPad Air—one of several devices supported by today's new software releases. Today, Apple began rolling out iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The company also pushed watchOS 7.3 to Apple Watches and tvOS 14.4 to Apple TVs. iOS 14.4/iPadOS 14.4 is a somewhat small…
Not just MagSafe: Apple reminds users not to hold iPhones near pacemakers

Not just MagSafe: Apple reminds users not to hold iPhones near...

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This is the MagSafe charger, which is sold separately from the iPhone 12. Samuel Axon The MagSafe charger attached to an iPhone 12. Samuel Axon This week, Apple published clarifications to its support documents to address consumer concern that, because of the presence of the MagSafe magnet system in new iPhones, the iPhone 12 and…

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