iPhone manufacturing in India hits another bump in the road


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India won't budge on iPhone component import duties.
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Apple wants to ramp up its iPhone manufacturing in India, but coming to an arrangement with the Indian government over all the necessary details — including Apple’s desired tax breaks — is proving to be hard work.

A new report claims that Apple has asked the government in India to defer a planned increase on import taxes for mobile phone parts, but that the request is unlikely to be successful.

Chocolate Hub 2 should ship with every MacBook


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Chocolate Hub 2 gives you back all the ports you need.
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Apple doesn’t think you need traditional USB ports and SD card readers anymore, but for the vast majority of MacBook users, that’s false. That’s why every model should ship with the excellent Chocolate Hub 2.

This pocket-sized device gives you back all the connections you frequently rely on, including USB and HDMI. It also has a built-in Qi charging pad for juicing up your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X on the move.

Get these Apple Watch bands in time for the holidays [Watch Store]


There are two weeks to get your holiday shopping (and timely delivery) on. Browse our picks for Apple Watch bands that are great to give and to receive.
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With Christmas only two weeks ago, there’s still time to give or receive that perfect Apple Watch band in time for holiday gifting.

We’ve gathered our best brands in Apple Watch accessories, and give you the cut-off dates for ordering at Watch Store in time for domestic holiday delivery. (International orders placed now will most likely not arrive in time for the holidays).

The brands listed below will ship in time for Christmas, so check out our collection of gorgeous, high-quality Apple Watch bands and get shopping in time for the holidays.

Apple seeks to silence activist shareholders at its annual general meeting


Apple doesn't want to talk sustainability or human rights at its 2018 AGM.
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Apple may be very happy to talk environmental issues and human rights when it suits it to do so — but not at its shareholder meetings.

According to a new report, Apple is “pushing back” on four activist shareholder proposals to discuss these issues at its annual general meeting (AGM) early in 2018. The reason? Because Apple says they relate to “ordinary business” and are already areas that Apple is dealing with. In other words, don’t worry about it!

10 gifts iPhone owners can actually use every day (at crazy holiday prices)


These gifts for iPhone owners will be a definite hit. Cult of Mac Gift Guide 2017
These gifts for iPhone owners will be a definite hit.
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2017 Gift Guide bug If you’ve been through a Christmas or two, you’ve undoubtedly got one of those drawers. You know the one. It’s a graveyard for all the holiday gifts you use every once in awhile (at best).

Stop the madness! If you’re shopping for gifts for iPhone owners this year (and basically, that means almost everyone), check out our 10 items they can absolutely use every day. Make sure your gift doesn’t get exiled to … the drawer!

Today in Apple history: iPhone factory deaths spark investigation


Tim Cook visiting one of Apple's factories in China.
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December 11: Today in Apple history: iPhone factory deaths spark investigation December 11, 2013: A Chinese labor rights group calls on Apple to investigate the deaths of several workers at a Shanghai factory run by iPhone manufacturer Pegatron.

Most controversially, one of the dead workers is just 15 years old. The underage worker reportedly succumbed to pneumonia after working extremely long hours on the iPhone 5c production line.

Knockoff crypto wallet app rises to the top of the App Store


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This isn't the kind of thing we expect from Apple.
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Apple slashes iPhone X wait times again as holidays approach


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Average wait times are just 3-5 business days.
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If you’re hoping to get hold of an iPhone X in time for the holidays, there’s some good news: Apple has slashed shipping times again to an average of 3-5 days in the United States, while lead times in China are down to as low as 1-3 business days.

As per Apple’s U.S. website, orders for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and SIM-free iPhones are down to 3-5 days, while T-Mobile handsets are still estimated at 9 days.

Save 20% on Rilee & Lo Apple Watch bands through December [Watch Store]


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Rilee & Lo's gender-neutral Apple Watch bands fit like a glove. Add a few stacking bracelets to complete the look.
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Fusing tech and fashion is the cornerstone of Rilee & Lo — makers of highly stylish stainless steel Apple Watch bands. Patent-pending for a reason, these bands fit perfectly and come in a range of beautiful finishes.

For December only, in time for the holidays, Rilee & Lo is offering 20 percent off its precision-made bands for men and women. Enter the code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout for the discount. The bands contain a stretching mechanism allowing them to expand and contract for a super-comfy, close fit.

Order by December 12 for domestic holiday delivery. International orders are expected to take longer and may not make it in time for the holidays. Grab a band for yourself or a give as a gift — for both sexes. feature Rilee & Lo’s stunning bands in our Watch Store.

Enter the code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout for 20 percent off through December.

Clean Text, Ashworld, and other awesome apps of the week


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'Appy weekend!
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