Game of Thrones star joins Dickinson for season 2

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Jones played Loras Tyrell for six seasons of Game of Thrones.
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Apple is quickly adding new members to the cast of Dickinson as it gears up for a new season, including the actor who played one of the most iconic minor characters of Game of Thrones.

Finn Jones, of Loras Tyrell fame, has reportedly signed on for a role in season 2. He will be joined by Pico Alexander as newcomers on the teen drama show that has been lauded as one of the best series to come out of Apple TV+ so far.

Iconic Arizona Apple store wins design award

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Outside view the Scottsdale store.
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Apple’s townsquare-style store at Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona nabbed the best of design award for retail and mixed-use space from The Architect’s Newspaper.

The Scottsdale Apple store beat out a Christian Dior store in Chicago’s high fashion shopping district and a retail center in Springfield, Missouri. Boasting design features like a cantilevered roof for shading, the store looks unlike most other Apple stores you usually see.

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Apple Park to host Toys for Tots open house

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Apple Park is opening its doors to the neighbors.
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Cupertino residents that live near Apple’s new campus are being invited inside Apple Park for a holiday toy drive.

Email invites to the exclusive event started going out this week to people who live near Apple Park. Apple Park has a big visitor center but rarely lets outsiders inside the spaceship campus.

Take a look at the invite:

iOS 13.3 inches closer to launch with new beta

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iOS 13.3 brings new features to Screentime.
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Apple developers received a fresh batch of new betas for the first time in over two weeks today with new builds of iOS 13.3, tvOS 13.3 and watchOS 6.1.1.

The new iOS 13.3 beta adds a bunch of new bug fixes and performance improvements to go with a couple new feature additions in Screentime for parents.

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The original online classifieds now has an app.
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Apple supplier unlocks space-saving capacitors just in time for 5G iPhone

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So tiny you can barely see them.
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One of Apple’s key suppliers may have just found a way to free up a bit more space inside the 2020 iPhones.

Murata Manufacturing claims it has created ultrasmall capacitors that are one-fifth the size of current capacitors. With 5G capable iPhones set to gobble up battery power next year, Apple needs every extra square millimeter it can get.

Oprah producing sexual assault documentary for Apple TV+

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Oprah Winfrey says Apple TV+ can have a genuine impact on humanity.
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New details are starting to emerge regarding one of Oprah’s first projects for Apple TV+ that will put a bright focus on the music industry Apple is hosting an awards show for this week.

The former TV talk show host partnered with filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering to produce a documentary covering sexual assault in the music industry. Set to premiere next year, the documentary will follow allegations made against a notable executive in the music world.

Class-action lawsuit against Apple’s butterfly keyboard moves forward

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The butterfly keyboard was one of Apple's biggest mistakes.
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Apple finally moved on from its disastrous MacBook butterfly keyboard, but the class-action lawsuit related to them is moving forward.

A U.S. federal judge rejected Apple’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit today. That sets up the company for a big legal showdown with customers trying to prove Apple knew about serious problems with the keyboard — but kept selling it anyway.

John Wick director shoots epic snowball fight entirely on iPhone

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Our snowball fights were never this amazing.
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David Leitch, the visionary director behind John Wick and Deadpool 2, teamed up with Apple for the latest “Shot on iPhone” ad that takes snowball fights to an all-new level.

The 90-second ad, titled Snowbrawl, follows a young girl who teams up with her friends in a sprawling snowball fight against her older brother and his cronies. Packed with tons of action stunts and gorgeous slow-mo shots you wouldn’t expect to be shot on a phone, the new ad will have you hyped to shoot your own winter videos.

Prepare to be blown away:

iPhone launch schedule may get big shakeup in 2021

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Apple might host two iPhone keynotes in 2021.
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Big changes could be coming to the way Apple launches iPhone, starting in 2021.

Analysts at JP Morgan Chase published a new research note today claiming Apple is readying its supply chain to be able to launch new iPhones twice a year. The move would supposedly give Apple more flexibility to add new features over a six month period and better compete with companies like Samsung and Huawei.