Today in Apple history: PowerBook 100 series is a smash hit


The mid-level PowerBook 100 series laptop.
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 21October 21, 1991: Apple launches its PowerBook 100 series, the most important laptops in Apple history — and one of the most important tech gadgets of all time.

Making notebooks into a mainstream technology, Apple’s subsequent success in this category — whether it’s the current MacBooks or even the rise of mobile devices like the iPhone — owes a debt of gratitude to the PowerBook 100 series.

Parisian Apple Watch store may close due to poor sales


Apple Watch mini-store will reportedly close in January.
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An exclusive Apple Watch mini-store at one of Paris’ fanciest department stores, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, is reportedly set to close in January.

The report suggests the reason for the closure is poor sales — although it may also reflect a repositioning on Apple’s part concerning where the Apple Watch sits: moving it away from the world of high fashion and toward health-tracking and sport applications.

Eddy Cue says TV ‘needs to be reinvented’


Eddy Cue
Apple VP Eddy Cue runs Apple's media business.
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Watching television is still a dreadful experience, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services.

The Apple exec sat down for a joint interview with HBO CEO Richard Plepler at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco today. The two media titans discussed the rapidly changing landscape of television, but Cue told the audience that more changes are needed to make the experience better.

iPhone 7 models with Intel inside suffer from slower LTE speeds 


The Jet Black iPhone will be a scratch-magnet.
The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone with Intel inside.
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When it comes to LTE speeds, not all iPhone 7 devices are created equal.

A new study found performance differences between the Intel and Qualcomm modems used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that can result in a serious dip in data speeds when owners encounter a weak signal.

Week’s best Apple deals: iPad Air 2 128GB for $425, free Minecraft for iOS


Snag great deals on iPads and iPhones, plus cases to cover them and a hot game to play on them.
Snag great deals on iPads and iPhones, plus cases to cover them and a hot game to play on them.
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We’ve got everything from hardware and accessories to freebie downloads in this week’s best Apple deals. Read on for the best iPhone 6 Plus deal we’ve seen, an all-time low on a popular game, and more.