This week’s leading reports: iPhone 7 leaks, iTunes 12.4, Tim Cook’s visit to Asia, new apps & a lot more

In this week’s top stories we break down the latest iPhone 7 leaks, the new iTunes 12.4 release, Tim Cook’s trip to India & much more. Head below for the usual roundup of handy links to all of this week’s most shared stories:

iPhone |

iPhone 7 once again dominated our most shared stories this week with the latest component leaks and analyst reports giving us a glimpse of what to expect with the device. A tapered antenna design and what looks like a new auto-focus was spotted in one leak, while another report claimed Apple suppliers are ramping up hiring early as they prepare for a “more complex” design with the iPhone 7.

UBI Research said it expects only the larger iPhones to get new OLED displays, and another analyst report claimed Apple was looking to LG for iPhone 7 dual-camera components and planning optical image stabilization features for the 4.7-inch models for the first time. All that and more in our top iPhone stories:

  • Purported iPhone 7 images show tapered antenna, possible laser auto-focus
  • Wondering why your iPhone needs your passcode more often? This is why
  • Bezel-free iPhone a step closer as third Apple patent published…
  • Report: Apple suppliers ramp hiring earlier for ‘more complex’ iPhone 7 design
  • Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam as carriers agree
  • Report: Apple taps LG for iPhone 7 dual-camera as Sony lags, plans OIS for 4.7-inch
  • UBI Research forecast adds fuel to rumor only larger iPhones will get OLED
  • iPhone supplier says glass design only coming to one model in 2017
  • Brazil is the most expensive place to buy an iPhone, USA the cheapest


And some company news made it into our top stories this week as Apple CEO Tim Cook visited India to announce a new development center and talk other investments in the country in an extended 40 minute interview. Apple also previewed the new San Francisco Union Square location ahead of its grand opening today, while reports surfaced detailing Apple’s plans for retail stores in India and an expansion of its Fifth Avenue store in New York.

  • Apple previews San Fran Union Square store w/ revamped design & ‘Genius Grove’
  • Apple opening new office in India to develop Apple Maps, creating up to 4000 jobs
  • Apple reportedly planning 3 India Apple Stores, new San Francisco location opening May 21
  • Long-time Apple skeptic Warren Buffett’s conglomerate has bought $1B of AAPL
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted partying w/ Bollywood celebs, visiting film set in India
  • Trump’s call for an Apple boycott doesn’t extend to his own holdings of AAPL stock
  • After Berkshire announcement, AAPL once more takes back its market cap crown from GOOG
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook talks India, plans for Apple Pay, retail stores & more in video interview
  • Report: Apple considering Fifth Avenue retail expansion

iOS | watchOS | OS X | tvOS

We finish off with the latest iOS, watchOS, OS X, and tvOS releases, followed by the new iTunes 12.4 release and this week’s new apps, updates, and top videos:

  • Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 w/ bug fixes & security enhancements
  • Apple releases watchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch w/ bug fixes & security improvements
  • Apple issues OS X 10.11.5 software update via Mac App Store
  • tvOS 9.2.1 software update for Apple TV now available
  • Possible Siri for Mac icons preview OS X 10.12’s voice assistant ahead of WWDC
  • Report: OS X 10.12 to feature support for unlocking Macs with iPhone’s Touch ID
  • Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7 inch iPad Pro following reports of bricked devices
  • Apple releases iTunes 12.4 with interface and navigation changes
  • Two Apple engineers traveled to a customer’s house to troubleshoot iTunes deletion bug

Apps |

  • Got a Mac and a Samsung TV? Now you can AirPlay Mirror without an Apple TV
  • Google announces ‘Assistant’ Siri competitor, ‘Home’, Allo & Duo messaging apps & more
  • Tweaked Apple Music app with ‘Browse’ spotted on Apple TV
  • Do services really have the kind of revenue potential Apple would like us to believe?
  • Apple Pay adds more than two dozen additional banks across the United States
  • BMW will finally launch support for Apple’s CarPlay later this year
  • Apple Pay holdout Walmart brings its own digital wallet to over 500 stores
  • Infuse 4.2 update for iOS + tvOS adds Library View on Apple TV, Spotlight search, and more

This weeks top videos |

  • Five awesome iPad Pro apps, no Apple Pencil required [Video]
  • 10 ways to improve iPhone photography with the stock camera app [Video]
  • Hands-on: Sony’s a6300 mirrorless camera makes a great 4K shooting companion
  • How-To: Launch apps on Mac using a simple trackpad gesture [Video]
  • TermHere Finder extension points new Terminal windows to current working directory [Video]

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