Today in Apple history: Apple’s massive glass staircase wows Manhattan

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The Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City becomes the company's trendiest yet.
Apple's trendiest store yet?
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December 7: Today in Apple history: Apple opens its first three-story retail store, the Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City December 7, 2007: Apple opens its magisterial store on West 14th Street in New York City. The new Apple Store features a three-story glass staircase deemed the most complex ever made.

The store is Apple’s biggest in Manhattan (and second-largest in the United States, after the one on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue). The first three-story Apple retail outlet, it boasts an entire floor dedicated to services. It’s also the first Apple Store to offer free Pro Labs classes to customers.

3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone

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3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone
What will the 2022 iPhone have to offer?
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The A-series chip in Apple’s 2020 iPhone is likely to take advantage of the 5-nanometer technology developed by chip designer TSMC. However, the chip giant is already hard at work on a 3-nanometer process it thinks will be ready in 2022.

You know, just in time for the iPhone 12S and 12R or whatever Apple calls them!

First 3 episodes of crime drama Truth Be Told debut on Apple TV+

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First 3 episodes of crime drama Truth Be Told debut on Apple TV+
Will new Apple TV+ series live up to the promise of its cast?
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The first three episodes of Apple Original crime drama Truth Be Told debuted on Apple TV+ on Friday.

The series stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water, The Help) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). The shows is about a true crime podcaster, called to investigate the case of convicted killer who claims he was framed for murder.

Today in Apple history: Lousy quarter proves Steve Jobs isn’t invincible

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$1 trillion value
A perfect storm of bad news leads to a massive $195 million quarterly loss for Apple.
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December 6: Today in Apple history: Apple suffers first quarterly loss since Steve Jobs' return December 6, 2000: Apple’s stock price falls after the company posts its first quarterly loss since Steve Jobs’ return to Cupertino in 1997.

Shares tumble $3 to just $14 a share as doom-predicting pundits worry that the big Apple comeback might come screeching to a halt.

Little did they know….

Apple Watch’s EKG tech may have helped save yet another life

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Apple Watch's EKG tech may have helped save yet another life
It sounds crazy, but saving lives may be the Apple Watch's killer app.
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There’s no shortage of amazing stories about how Apple Watch has helped to save people’s lives. According to a new report, a 74-year-old man from Lake Worth, Florida was visiting family when he began experiencing unusual symptoms. Despite having “no idea” about atrial fibrillation, Roy Robinson was clued in by his Apple Watch’s EKG tech.

One trip to the emergency room later, and, well, Cupertino likely has another satisfied Apple Watch customer.

Apple buys first batch of carbon-free aluminum

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Apple buys first batch of carbon-free aluminum
Coming soon to a device near you.
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Apple has bought its first ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminum for use in its products.

It’s the result of a $144 million collaboration between Apple, the governments of Canada and Quebec, and Alcoa Corp and Rio Tinto, two of the world’s biggest aluminum suppliers. Elysis is the name of the new venture. Hopefully its products will be coming soon to an Apple device near you.

‘Allo, guv’nor: Mario Kart Tour is heading to London, England

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Mario Kart Tour is heading to London, England
The world tour continues.
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Mario Kart Tour has already taken players to New York, Tokyo, Paris and, err, Halloween and winter. Now its latest update is sending gamers to London, England.

From red buses to Big Ben, the new courses should offer a fun whistle-stop tour of the UK’s capital city. With some other tracks thrown in for good measure. And that’s not all.

BMW cancels its ridiculous CarPlay subscription fee for new vehicles

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BMW cancels its ridiculous CarPlay subscription fee
BMW was the only automaker to charge for CarPlay.
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BMW has confirmed that it is ditching its ridiculous policy of charging an annual subscription fee for Apple’s CarPlay.

Yesterday, I wrote about how BMW was rumored to be getting rid of subscription fees in the UK. Now it seems that BMW has confirmed that the changes are confirmed. And, yes, they cover the US as well.