Apple ditches Bing for Google on Siri and Spotlight

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Siri is switching to Google.
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Apple just gave Microsoft’s search engine Bing a huge blow today by replacing it with Google on iOS and macOS.

The company previously used Bing search results as the default when users made a search query via Siri on iPhones or from Spotlight on Macs. Bing will still be around in some capacity, but it appears that the company has given in and turned back to using Google.

Apple Park shines at sunset in latest drone video

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Apple Park is nearly complete.
Photo: Matthew Roberts

Construction on Apple Park looks to be nearly complete just weeks after the company hosted its first major keynote at the Steve Jobs Theater.

In the latest drone video, crews can be seen putting the finishing touches on landscaping work all around the campus to make it perfect for the 12,000 employees that will move into the office complex by the end of 2017. Drone pilot Matthew Roberts even got some shots of the spaceship campus at sunset with the outer ring aglow.

Take a look:

macOS High Sierra is now available to the public

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macOS High Sierra is ready for primetime.
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Dropbox is now baked into the iOS 11 Files App

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Dropbox is now just another folder on your iPad or iPhone.
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Dropbox now shows up as a regular old folder in the new iOS 11 Files app. The latest update to the Dropbox iOS aa brings full integration with Files, making it work much more like it does on the Mac and PC. For instance, now you can drag a file from a Dropbox folder into an iCloud Drive folder, and it just works.

Anticipated iPhone X could rack up giant pre-order numbers

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Apple's on track to make some serious bank!
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The iPhone X is Apple’s biggest handset refresh since 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks that its much anticipated status is set to make it a giant hit.

In a new note to investors, Kuo suggests that iPhone X pre-orders could exceed 40 million, and may even hit the 50 million mark. If true, this would be a massive achievement for Apple, particularly given the high price of the handset, which some predicted would be a major strike against Apple.

iPhone 8 may be Apple’s worst September launch weekend in years

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Fans queuing for the iPhone 8 on launch day.
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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have seen lower adoption rates than any September launch of an iPhone since at least 2013, a new report by “lifestyle engagement platform” Localytics claims.

During its first weekend on sale, the iPhone 8 reportedly seized 0.3 percent of the total iPhone device market share, while the iPhone 8 Plus managed 0.4 percent. By contrast, last year’s iPhone 7 generation of handsets racked up 1.2 percent of the market in its opening weekend.

Apple may switch up iPhone sizes again next year

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Is Apple planning a new iPhone display size for next year?
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The new iPhone X isn’t even out yet, but already the rumor mill is starting to churn about what Apple plans to offer for next year’s 2018-era iPhone refresh.

The report suggests that Apple is ditching plans to produce an 5.28 inch OLED iPhone, and instead to have its handsets start at 5.85 inches. The three iPhones for next year will therefore reportedly come in screen sizes of 5.85 inches, 6.4 inches, and an unspecified model also in excess of 6 inches.

Apple Watch 3 teardown uncovers bigger battery, small changes

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Everything that goes into an Apple Watch Series 3.
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Apple Watch Series 3 may look identical to its predecessors on the outside, but it’s a different beast under the hood, with powerful new hardware, new chips, and LTE connectivity.

A customary teardown by iFixit has also revealed a bigger battery, and one very minor design alteration to make room for new components.