iPhone 7 might be much more exciting than we thought


You'll probably want to upgrade to iPhone 7.
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The iPhone 7 might look two years old when it goes on sale this September, but it will be much more exciting than you anticipated, according to the latest claims from Deutsche Bank analysts.

Apple’s 4.7-inch model is expected to get an upgraded camera with optical image stabilization, a Force Touch home button, “professional-class waterproofing,” and more.

Apple recruiting for its first Taiwan retail store


Apple is growing like a weed in China. Apple's retail stores have always been attractive places, but their newest store in the West Lake shopping center in Hangzhou, China, is more than attractive: it's gorgeous. Credit: Apple
Apple's gorgeous retail store in Hangzhou, China.
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Apple has started recruiting employees for its debut Apple Store in Taiwan, which is set to be located in the country’s capital city of Taipei.

While Apple has long since worked with Taiwanese manufacturers like TMSC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), this will be the first Apple retail outlet to open in Taiwan. We doubt it’ll be the last, though!

You’ll need a flight to Rio to get Olympics Apple Watch straps


Apple Watch
You'll need to rack up the air miles if you want this custom strap!
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Apple is set to start selling new Apple Watch bands to coincide with the Olympic Games — although you’ll have to travel to Brazil to get your hand (well, wrist) on them.

The nylon straps take the form of national flags for all 14 major competitors. They will be going on sale in August, but only from the the VillageMall Apple Store in Barra da Tijuca, and presumably just for the duration of the Olympics.

Check out all 14 of the straps below.

Today in Apple history: Mac OS 8 is an instant smash hit


Do you remember Mac OS 8?
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July 22July 22, 1997: Apple announces Mac OS 8, its first major operating system refresh for Macintosh since System 7 was released years earlier in 1991.

OS 8 offers easier surfing of the internet, a new three-dimensional look, and other features. It gets great reviews — but arrives at a very challenging time for the company.