Why you shouldn’t trust Apple ID prompts in third-party apps

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iOS 11.0.2 is here to fix iPhone 8 crackling earpiece issue

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One of the iPhone 8's worst problems just got fixed.
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iPhone and iPad users received a surprise update from Apple today in the form of iOS 11.0.2.

The new update was never seeded to developers for beta testing, but it appears to come with some much-needed bug fixes and performance improvements for Apple’s mobile devices.

Apple TV 4K is almost picture-perfect [Review]

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Apple TV has finally caught up with the 4K revolution.

It may be late to the game, but Apple’s newest set-top box pulls out all the stops to be the best on the field. It’s packing incredibly powerful new hardware that leaves competitors in the dust, and a much-improved tvOS platform that is years ahead of its rivals.

It may seem pricey starting at $179, but with amazingly sharp videos and great apps and games all rolled into one, Apple TV 4K is well worth the upgrade.

Watch our Apple TV video review:

Today in Apple history: Apple battles Eminem in court

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Will the real rights holder please stand up!
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September 24 Today in Apple history September 24, 2009: Apple lawyers head to court to defend itself against rapper Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple unlawfully sold 93 of Eminem’s songs on the iTunes Music Store. This is the second time Apple finds itself on the opposite side of a courtroom from Eminem. A previous lawsuit involved improper use of Eminem’s hit single “Lose Yourself” in an iTunes ad.

How to get your iPhone and iPad ready for iOS 11

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Get your iPhone or iPad ready for the new iOS 11 update.
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iOS 11 is available on Tuesday September 19th, and if your device is compatible, you can go ahead and update, by just tapping the button in Settings>General>Software Update. If all goes well (and it should), then you will wait for a while as the update downloads and installs, then your iPhone or iPad will restart into the new version of iOS, with all the cool goodies it brings.

But things sometimes can go wrong, so it pays to take a few precautions. You might also like to take the opportunity to clean up your device a little. Here’s how to prepare your iDevice for iOS 11.

How to find your custom ringtones after iTunes dumped them

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The latest version of iTunes — 12.7 — removes the App Store. That’s bad news for folks who like to keep backups of old iOS apps around, but good news for people who have bloat and clutter. But the update also removes all your custom ringtones, so you can’t manage them from your Mac.

Don’t despair. You can still download purchased ringtones, and copy your own tones across from the Mac. It’s just not obvious how to do it any more.

You can no longer browse the App Store inside iTunes

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The App Store is back in iTunes 12.6.3.
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Apple donates $5 million to hurricane relief effort

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Satellite image of Hurricane Irma.
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