iPhone 8, Apple Watch 3, Apple TV 4K pre-orders have shipped

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Is yours on its way?
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Apple has begun shipping early orders for iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K.

All three devices make their official debut tomorrow, September 22 — one week after they were made available to pre-order. If you haven’t already claimed yours, you’ll now have to wait at least three weeks for it to ship from the Apple online store.

3 big problems with Apple Watch Series 3

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The Apple Watch has come a long way from the first model. With each update, Apple adds important missing ingredients, like GPS, a faster processor, cellular and an altimeter.

So has Apple Watch finally reached its true potential? Cupertino certainly thinks so. Apple COO Jeff Williams described Series 3 with cellular as “the ultimate expression of Apple Watch” at last week’s special event.

But three big problems still remain (not including the cellular connectivity glitch Apple is scrambling to fix ahead of this Friday’s ship date).

You can now download bigger iOS apps over cellular

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It's one of many App Store improvements in iOS 11.
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Apple promises Dolby Atmos is coming to Apple TV 4K

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Apple TV 4K may look amazing, but its sound doesn't quite match. Yet.
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Apple’s new Apple TV 4K set-top box doesn’t currently support Dolby Atmos surround sound, an early review reveals. However, this is something Apple plans to add in a future update.

Atmos, along with competitor DTS:X, are next generation surround sound formats, referred to in the industry as “object-based surround.” In contrast to regular surround sound, which sends specific audio tracks to different speakers, Atmos lets sound engineers place their sound “objects” in 3D space, and then makes your sound system work out how to replicate this.

Today in Apple history: Google comes out of beta

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Google and Apple were friends at first. It didn't last.
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September 21 Today in Apple history September 21, 1999: A little startup called Google comes out of beta, with the launch of a website that will let the general public easily search the internet for information.

To Apple, which is embracing the internet with its twin iMac G3 and iBook products, Google seems like the perfect ally. Sadly, the relationship doesn’t remain rosy for long.

Qualcomm suffers double defeat in fight against Apple

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Qualcomm is focusing on the chip business more than ever.
Qualcomm has been battling Apple since the start of the year.
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Qualcomm has suffered a blow in its patent royalty battle with Apple after losing two hearings.

The first hearing means that Qualcomm cannot force Apple’s manufacturing partners to make royalty payments before the total quantity of royalties are settled. The second means that it cannot stop Apple from seeking antitrust cases against Qualcomm in other countries.

Manufacturing problems mean final iPhone X production hasn’t started yet

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Building the iPhone X hasn't been without its challenges.
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The iPhone X may be Apple’s most exciting iPhone refresh in years, but it’s causing the company no end of production issues. According to a new report, the iPhone X has run into more late stage manufacturing problems, causing an additional “incremental” delay for shipping.

The result? Final production on the handset hasn’t even started yet.

Casetify’s nylon Apple Watch bands hit all the marks [Watch Store]

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These fabric-like, breathable nylon Apple Watch nylon bands from Casetify are scratch-resistant and sweat-proof.
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Nylon bands for Apple Watch are in high demand for their comfort and versatility. Add in great engineering and style, and you’ve got the ideal strap to fit your everyday needs.

Enter Casetify, a company that believes in being radically unique, creating beautifully designed, made-to-order products that are hand-inspected from beginning to end.

The company recently launched its line of Nylon Fabric Bands for Apple Watch, and we’re now featuring them all in our Watch Store. A great value at $40!

Apple’s whimsical ads welcome users to the new App Store

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The App Store has undergone major renovations.
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