Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings call to be held on August 1

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Apple earnings are on the way.
Apple earnings are on the way.
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Investors will get their next glimpse into how well iPhone sells are doing on August 1 when Apple reveals its Q3 earnings for 2017.

Apple updated its investor relations page today confirming the time and date of its next earnings call, which will include early sales of the new iPad Pro and MacBook Pros unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference at the beginning of June.

Jailbreaking pioneers say iPhone jailbreaking is dead

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Cydia creator Jay Freeman says he doesn't recommend jailbreaking your iPhone anymore.
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Apple Music partners with Fender for rocking playlists

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Brands are partnering with Apple Music to curate playlists.
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Electric guitar fans can listen to Apple Music playlists from Fender, maker of some of the world’s most iconic axes.

Five new playlists emerged from the new Fender/Apple Music partnership. While rock ‘n’ roll might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Fender, the company is also highlighting how its instruments have been used in R&B, hip-hop, jazz and other genres.

Apple News may let publishers charge readers

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It will support podcasts and Bixby Voice.
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Apple may be planning to loosen its tight control of the way ads are run on the Apple News app. And that could mean big bucks for publishers.

A money fix for the app is supposedly in the works, according to a new report that claims publishers potentially could soon make the same amount of money off ads in Apple News as they do from their own websites.

Apple Pay promo gives America’s National Parks a boost

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Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park shot by Kevin Lu on iPhone 7 Plus.
Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park shot by Kevin Lu on iPhone 7 Plus.
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America’s National Parks are getting a big boost from Apple during the month of July in the form of a new campaign aimed at raising awareness to preserve the classic landscapes.

Apple revealed today that it is starting a new Apple Pay promotion aimed at making it easier for anyone to help preserve the country’s national parks. Now whenever you use Apple Pay at any of Apple’s online or physical retail locations the iPhone-maker will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation.

Jay Z takes shots at Jimmy Iovine and Apple Music on latest album

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Jay Z's got 99 problems, and Apple Music is one.
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The new album from Jay Z is nearly impossible to stream through legal methods this week, but if you are one of the lucky few that gets to listen to it, you’ll hear the Jigga Man taking shots at one of his biggest rivals: Apple Music.

On one of the tracks for his album 4:44, Jay Z — owner of the struggling music streaming service Tidal — calls out Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine and talks about his beef with Apple saying he wants more than what Apple offers artists.

Now anyone can try macOS High Sierra

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Get in on the new betas while they're hot.
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Public testers can finally get their first taste of Apple’s new operating system for Mac starting today with the release of the first public beta of macOS High Sierra.

Apple’s new operating system was unveiled earlier this month at WWDC 2017 where the company showed off macOS High Sierra’s new features and improved design. Developers have been testing the new software since June 5th, but now anyone can get macOS High Sierra which is being billed as Apple’s best desktop operating system ever.

Hidden sound in iOS 11 hints at new charging for iPhone 8

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iOS 11 has a lot of secret features.
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A new sound file hidden inside iOS 11 may hint at a major new feature coming to the iPhone 8 later this year.

Early rumors claim Apple’s next smartphone will pack inductive charging capabilities when it debuts in the fall. Now it looks like iOS 11 may have confirmed the feature with a new sound file called “engage_power.caf” that’s not being used at all.

Apple shares inspiring ‘Portrait of Canada’ in latest iPhone ad

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One of the many breathtaking shots of Canada shot on iPhone.
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Apple published a new video to celebrate Canada’s inclusive spirit today as the company’s latest ad for its ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign.

The inspiring commercial was created by three Canadian artists with the help of iPhone owners across the country. Like many of Apple’s other ‘Shot on iPhone’ ads the new ‘Portrait of Canada’ spot features a montage of short videos and photographs captured by iPhone.