The Top Apple Stories of 2017

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Apple 2017As 2017 comes to a close-- a most tumultuous of years, by any standard imaginable-- it is time to look back at the biggest stories surrounding Apple and its ecosystem, which range from iPhone revamps to the company showing its industry clout...

  • The iPhone X: An unsurprising choice for biggest story, but then again the iPhone X remains big news, even 3 months after it was used to inaugurate Apple's new, purpose-built Steve Jobs Theatre. At first glance the iPhone X does look like, well, a regular iPhone, but with its 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display, lack of Home button, wireless charging and quietly clever "Face ID" camera, it remains "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone."
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Satechi Intros Clamp Hub Pro

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Users of the 2017 iMac and iMac Pro get a new Satechi accessory-- the USB-C Clamp Hub Pro, an add-on plugging into one of the rear Thunderbolt 3 slots to add more ports.

Satechi ClampMade out of aluminium, the Clamp Hub Pro offers three USB 3.0 Type-A ports with 5Gbps data transfer, as well as an SD card reader. Setup promises to take just a few seconds thanks to an adjustable knob, and the slim design should add little visual bulk to the iMac.

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Apple Ships iMac Pro

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Apple starts shipping its first professional AIO desktop machine-- the iMac Pro, a workstation-grade machine aimed at demanding workflows such as video and graphics rendering, VR content creation and 3D rendering.

iMac ProFirst presented back at WWDC 2017, the iMac Pro comes in a number of configurations, all packed inside the 27-inch 5K (5120 x 2880 resolution) display found in the latest iMac. The base model carries an 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, Radeon Vega Pro 56 GPU, 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM and 1TB storage. Customers can upgrade the processor to a 10-, 14- or 18-core option, while RAM and storage max out to 128GB or 4TB respectively.

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The First Apple-Branded Thunderbolt 3 Cable

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Thunderbolt Apple cableThe launch of the iMac Pro brings about a first Apple-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable with support for 40Gbps data transfers, USB 3.1 gen 2 transfers (up to 10Gbps), DisplayPort video output (HBR3) and charging up to 100W.

The cable is 0.8m long and features an etched Thunderbolt logo to stand up from other cables. It is also ideal for daisy-chaining, with the standard able to handle up to 6 Thunderbolt 3 devices linked with each other.

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EU Rejects US Intervention in Apple Tax Case

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The European Union's General Court refuses US government intervention in the Apple appeal the 2016 European Commission ruling, Reuters reports-- the one with the tax bill worth up to €13 billion (plus interest).

Apple workersThe intervention in question was filed in April. It insists EU actions will impact US tax revenues, as well as hurt tax treaties with other EU member states and even affect global tax reform efforts. In turn, the court simply says "The United States of America has failed to establish the existence of a direct interest in the result of the case.”

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