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Apple forks over another $184M to UK tax authorities after 'extensive audit'

posted onJanuary 10, 2018
by l33tdawg

HMRC extracted the extra payment from Apple Europe after what the department called an "extensive audit" of the company's pre-2015 tax filings, according to the Financial Times. Apple Europe is a London-based subsidiary of Apple which, among other activities, handles European marketing operations.

The audit is believed to have found that Apple Europe was not paid fair value for the services it provided to other Apple subsidiaries, leading to artificially lower taxable revenue.

iMac Pro teardown finds mystery Apple chip that could be A10 Fusion coprocessor

posted onJanuary 3, 2018
by l33tdawg

In taking apart the new iMac Pro, iFixit discovered an Apple chip identified as "338S00268," which the repair experts said "appears to be the rumored A10 Fusion coprocessor." Notably, the chip discovered near the solid-state hard drive is separate from the T2 chip, which handles secure booting, password encryption and more.

The discovery of a second Apple chip could refuel speculation as to what exactly the hardware is for.

Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes

posted onJanuary 1, 2018
by l33tdawg

The iPod died slowly, then all at once. After nearly 16 years on the market, more than 400 million units sold, and one Cupertino company launched into the stratosphere on its back, Apple quietly pulled the iPod Nano and Shuffle out of its virtual stores today. The iPod Touch still lives on: In fact, Apple now offers the Touch with 32 gigs of storage starting at $199. But that's not a real iPod; it's an iPhone-lite. Today officially marks the end of Apple's era of standalone music players.

Apple’s response to battery controversy: have a new one for $29

posted onDecember 29, 2017
by l33tdawg

The past few weeks have been tumultuous for Apple ever since the company confirmed it slows down iPhones as their batteries age. In a message posted to Apple's website today, the company formally apologized to customers while explaining how iPhone batteries age, what Apple has already done to prevent unexpected device shutdowns, and what the company will do to address customer concerns.

Make your new Mac more useful with these essential apps

posted onDecember 26, 2017
by l33tdawg

A brand new Mac is a semi-blank canvas ready for the owner to turn into their ideal workspace, by adding the applications and utilities they aim to use in the future. AppleInsider has collected together a list of software that those new to macOS may want to install to their new Mac shortly after turning it on for the first time.

The iPhone X’s Face ID can’t approve family purchases, and no one knows why

posted onDecember 22, 2017
by l33tdawg

iPhone X owners have found that Face ID isn't available as an authentication method for the "Ask to Buy" feature, which allows parents to approve their kids' iOS purchases and downloads. Instead, the parent (or any other "family organizer," as Apple terms it) must enter their entire Apple account password to approve each individual purchase attempt.

Siri can’t talk to me: The challenge of teaching language to voice assistants

posted onDecember 21, 2017
by l33tdawg

Apple’s most recent fall event centered on excitement about the iPhone X, face recognition replacing Touch ID, OLED displays, and a cellular-enabled Apple Watch. But instead of “one more thing,” people living in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and many other places all over the world certainly noticed one missing thing.

Siri learned no new languages, and it’s kind of a big deal.