Drone footage shows crews racing to finish Apple Park by April

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Apple's spaceship campus still isn't ready for its grand opening.
Apple's spaceship campus still isn't ready for its grand opening.
Photo: Igor America

Apple employees are set to move into the Apple spaceship campus just next month, but based on the recent drone footage there’s still a lot of work to be done on Apple Park.

Crews can be seen finishing construction and landscaping work in the new aerial footage. While the tunnel, parking structures, fitness center and side buildings look nearly completely, the Steve Jobs theater doesn’t look ready to host a keynote yet.

Leaked CIA exploits have already been fixed, says Apple

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These are the sophisticated tools designed to exploit Apple vulnerabilities.
The CIA's leaked hacking tools don't work on updated iPhones.
Photo: CIA.org

The iOS and macOS vulnerabilities revealed by the latest WikiLeaks data dump of CIA hacking tools have already been fixed.

Apple says that an early evaluation of the info released by WikiLeaks hasn’t found any new bugs or attacks that can be used on iPhone or Mac users. Some of the exploits contained in the leaks were able to grant access to an iPhone’s call logs and SMS conversations, but only if the CIA had physical access to the device.

You can finally buy a refurbished MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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2016 MacBook Pro
The new MacBook Pro is simply stunning.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Want to get your fingers on the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar but don’t want to pay the full retail price? Get a refurbished unit.

Apple’s online store was updated today with the first-ever supply of refurbished 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, making the innovative machine more affordable than ever.

Take a look inside Apple’s new flagship store in Germany

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Apple's new store on Europe's busiest shopping street.
Apple's new store on Europe's busiest shopping street.
Photo: Macerkopf

The newest Apple store in Germany is ditching the Genius Bar, but it will have a boardroom.

Apple is set to open its second store in Cologne, Germany this weekend and early photos have already revealed some of the new features, like an area dedicated entirely to business that is becoming a staple at other flagship stores.

Samsung nearly tops Apple in J.D. Power smartphone rankings

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Samsung is making a last ditch effort to avoid paying Apple.
The exploding Note 7 didn't hurt Samsung's status.
Photo: Jim Merithew / Cult of Mac

The gap between Apple and Samsung is narrower than it has ever been, according to J.D. Power’s 2017 smartphone satisfaction rankings that have the iPhone-maker in the lead by just one point.

Apple took the number one spot with a total score of 840. Meanwhile Samsung somehow crept up to the second spot with 839 points, even though it had a disastrous last half of 2016 with the exploding Note 7 fiasco.

iPhone 6s was world’s most popular smartphone in 2016

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Apple is investigating battery issues for the iPhone 6s.
Apple's old iPhone is still a top-seller.
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The iPhone 7 may have got all the attention last year, but it turns out that the older iPhone 6s was actually the most popular smartphone in the world during 2016.

A new study from IHS Markit found that not only did the iPhone 6s outsell its newer sibling, it dominated Samsung’s lineup of newer Galaxy S7 phones too.

This is the (RED) iPhone 7 Apple should have made

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It looks way better with a black front.
It looks way better with a black front.
Photo: Benjamin Geskin/Twitter

Apple shocked no one this morning by announcing a new special edition (PRODUCT) RED version of the iPhone 7, but not everyone is in love with the new color.

iPhone lovers took to Twitter to complain about the new color scheme that features a red anodized aluminum shell and a white front glass panel. To show how much better the device could have looked, one concept designer created some mockups of what it would be like with a black front and we’ve got to say, this would’ve been so much better.

Here’s another angle: