Apple Park campus expands in new flyover footage

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The campus Apple deserves.
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Another month, another Apple Park flyover, revealing just just how far Apple’s impressive campus has come along since construction began.

As the October drone video shows, the HQ is now virtually complete, with much of the remaining work being finishing touches for the landscaping. Trees are being moved in, paths are being put into place, a basketball and tennis court is also in progress, while the visitor’s center is now finished. Check out the video below.

Huawei could overtake iPhone market share this year

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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is on the rise.
The world's new no. 1 smartphone maker?
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According to International Data Corp., Chinese handset maker Huawei could be poised to overtake Apple in the smartphone market this year or next.

In the second quarter of this year, Huawei’s market share was around 11.3 percent with shipments of 38.5 million, compared to Apple’s 12 percent market share with 41 million shipments.

Foxconn has apparently shipped out its first batch of iPhone X orders

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Are you planning to get an iPhone X?
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Two weeks ahead of the iPhone X shipping, Apple supplier Foxconn has reportedly sent out its first batch of finished handsets to Apple.

According to a new report, Foxconn has sent out 46,500 units from its facilities in Zhengzhou and Shanghai, headed for the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE), respectively.

Apple’s VP of Diversity walks back recent controversial comments

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Denise Young Smith shared her thoughts with colleagues following the comments.
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Apple’s Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity Denise Young Smith has apologized for comments she made about Apple’s commitment to inclusiveness.

Speaking at the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia last week, Smith made a comment defending diversity that’s not about skin color or gender, but rather lived experiences — therefore allowing a group of “12 white blue-eyed blond men” to be considered diverse.

However, despite meaning well with the comment, Young’s response was criticized by some commentators, who felt it undermined the need for greater diversity in tech by suggesting a company could remain overwhelmingly white and male, while still considering itself diverse. Read Denise Young Smith’s response letter to Apple employees below.

Google Opinion Rewards, The Talos Principle, and other awesome apps

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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Today in Apple history: John Sculley bids Apple a $10 million farewell

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Former Apple CEO John Sculley talks at Web Summit 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.
After Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, John Sculley is Apple's most memorable CEO.
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October 15: Today in Apple history October 15, 1993: John Sculley, the CEO responsible for forcing Steve Jobs out of Apple, is forced to leave the company himself.

Following a terrible quarter for Apple, in which the company posted a 97 percent drop in earnings, Sculley steps down as Apple chairman. He takes $1 million in severance pay, a one-year consulting fee of $750,000, a commitment from Apple to buy his $4 million mansion and $2 million Lear jet, and $2.4 million in stock options. Total take: around $10 million.

These Apple Watch bands fuse tech and style brilliantly [Watch Store]

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Choose the correct size and this Rilee & Lo's stainless-steel band slips on and off your wrist seamlessly and fits like a proverbial glove.
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Fusing tech and fashion is the cornerstone of Rilee & Lo — makers of highly stylish stainless steel bands for Apple Watch. Patent-pending for a reason, these bands fit perfectly and come in a range of beautiful finishes.

Johanna Ferguson founded Rilee & Lo to fill the style deficit she encountered with the strap accompanying her first Apple Watch in 2015. Armed with 14 years at Google and a decade of jewelry-making experience, Ferguson moved to design a band that could go seamlessly from day to night in high style.

She’s succeeded, and we’re excited to feature Rilee & Lo’s stunning bands in our Watch Store.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Why you shouldn’t trust every Apple ID prompt, and more

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Although the popup will look exactly the same, it could be a phishing attempt. It’s incredibly easy for developers to implement popups.
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It’s not uncommon to see a random popup that asks you to “Sign In to iTunes Store” on iOS. They sometimes appear unexpectedly, but they’re usually genuine. There is a chance that the app’s developer is phishing for your Apple ID password. We’ll show you an easy trick to distinguish legit popups from phishing attempts.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Find out Apple Watch Series 3’s innovative eSIM works. Check out five ways to quickly switch apps on iPad with iOS 11. Don’t miss your last chance to win an a free iPhone 8, and more. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.