Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck

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A new petition accuses the MacBook 'butterfly' keyboard of failing when a single speck gets in the wrong place.
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The butterfly keyboards on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are officially defective.

After months of outcry from angry customers, Apple has finally acknowledged that the new keyboards have some serious problems. The company says the issues are limited to a small percentage of MacBooks, but its offering free repairs.

Tim Cook talks taxes and failed Irish data center in new interview

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Tim Cook had a blast with fans in Ireland.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook made a quick stop in Ireland this week where he promised the country he’s interested in it for more than its sweet tax rate.

The company’s relationship with Ireland has been rocky the last year. Apple scrapped plans to build a billion-dollar data center and lost its tax deal, but Cook says he’s still as committed to the country as ever.

Apple inks deal for kids’ shows with Sesame Workshop

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Apple is going to get its own puppet show.
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Apple is getting its own kids’ TV series with talking puppets.

The iPhone-maker and Sesame Workshop have reportedly inked a deal that will bring a slate of new kids’ programming to the company’s worldwide video project. But don’t expect to see Big Bird and the Sesame Street gang.

This AR card could be the future of business

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This is the future of business cards.
Photo: Oscar Falmer

Apple’s ARKit technology is poised to change the way we interact with everything, including business cards.

iOS & ARKit developer Oscar Falmer previewed his newest AR business card concept on Twitter and it looks freaking rad. Using ARKit 2.0 with image tracking, Falmer’s concept pulls up all of the person’s contact info, website, social media accounts and more for you to interact with digitally.

Check it out:

iOS 12 beta 2 is now available to developers

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The new and improved Photos app on iOS 12.
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Apple gave developers a hot new beta for iOS 12 this morning, adding a host of improvements to its huge update for iPhones and iPads that is coming out this fall.

iOS 12 beta 2 comes just two weeks after Apple revealed the update at WWDC 2018. The update contains a number of UI tweaks, new apps and performance improvements that are supposed to make the iPhone and iPad more stable than ever.

Trump promises Apple he won’t put tariff on iPhones

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Tim Cook meets with Apple Store employees in China.
Tim Cook meets with Apple Store employees in China.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has been hard at work trying to make peace before the brewing trade war with the U.S. and China blows up.

In a new profile by the New York Times, details have emerged of how Tim Cook has been talking to both Trump’s administration and leadership in China to ensure Apple’s stability in both countries.

Tim Cook takes tour of Amsterdam with famous iPhone photog

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Tim Cook makes a pitstop at Lucky Kat Studios.
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