AirPower knockoffs are already rolling out of China

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AirPower is the ultimate wireless charger for iPhone.
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It’s taken no time at all for Chinese companies to copy one of Apple’s most anticipated products of 2018, and it’s not even out yet.

Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad isn’t expected to roll out for a few months, but one company in Shenzhen China has already come out with its version that looks and performs just like Apple’s.

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Justin Timberlake channels his inner Steve Jobs in new music video

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Justin Jobs?
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Justin Timberlake is bringing Jobsy back.

In the new music video for his song “Filthy”, Justin Timberlake does his best Steve Jobs impression for the unveiling of a futuristic robot. The track is the first song released from Justin’s highly-anticipated new album Man of the Woods that’s coming out next month.

The video kicks off with Justin donning Steve Job’s iconic black turtleneck and glasses while gazing onto the stage with Job’s famous pose. One thing’s for sure though. Steve Jobs never had dance moves like these:

Jimmy Iovine might be leaving Apple

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Beats Music's Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Dr. Dre, and Eddy Cue at Apple HQ
Beats Music's Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Dr. Dre, and Eddy Cue at Apple HQ

Music industry legend and Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine is planning to leave Apple later this year.

According to reports, Iovine is set to leave Apple in August this year after joining the company in 2014 as part of Apple’s acquisition of Beats.

App Store shatters revenue record on New Year’s Day

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The App Store made a killing on New Year's.
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Apple already fixed Intel’s massive chip flaw in macOS update

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Intel says its chip flaw isn't a flaw.
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The critical design flaw discovered in the way Intel CPUs process information has reportedly already been fixed by Apple in a recent release of macOS.

Apple’s fix came out at the beginning of December with the release of macOS 10.13.2. But according to one developer, the company has a few additional patches for Intel’s blunder in a current beta build.

Apple drops first batch of betas for 2018

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New beta software is out for iPhone and iPad.
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The first batch of beta software updates for 2018 has already arrived from Apple.

Developers received four new beta updates this morning, including the third build of iOS 11.2.5 which includes a host of bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPhone and iPad.

Battery replacement program could be bad news for iPhone sales

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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Apple’s iPhone battery replacement program could cause the company to lose out on millions of new iPhone sales, according to analysts at Barclays.

It was revealed last month that the company intentionally throttles CPU speeds on some iPhones with older batteries to provide an overall better experience. Apple has offered $29 battery replacements to make up for it, but that might be bad news for its bottom line.

Spotify is finally making moves to go public

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Apple Music’s biggest competitor is about to become a publicly traded company.

In an effort to finally become profitable, Spotify has reportedly filed IPO documents confidentially with the SEC and the stock could be available to the public soon.

Apple gets new dev tools with Buddybuild acquisition

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Apple releases developer beta 2 for iOS to address bugs and enhance performance.
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Apple is adding another big tool for developers to its arsenal thanks to the acquisition of Vancouver-based startup Buddybuild.

The small 40-person company created a mobile iteration platform that allows devs to streamline their workflow and push app updates out through GitHub, GitLab and the like. Now Apple plans to take those tools and integrate them natively into Xcode.

Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement just got easier

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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New Apple support documentation leaked from one of its retail stores that the company’s new $29 battery replacement program is a lot less strict than some customers originally feared.

Earlier in the week, some iPhone customers reported that the genius bar refused to swap their battery if it wasn’t under 80% capacity. According to a new documentation though, employees have now been instructed to replace batteries no matter what.