Apple in 2017: What’s next for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & Apple TV this year

It’s officially 2017 and we’re already looking forward to what Apple has in store over the next twelve months. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and the grand opening of Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino where it will host events at a new 1000 seat auditorium, and that’s before we even get to actual products.

Head below for our look at what’s next for Apple as we ring in the New Year.

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Apple Watch, New Year’s resolutions, and losing 50 pounds

Last New Year’s Day I decided to start eating healthy, exercising daily, and filling the Activity Rings on my Apple Watch as a way to get in shape. I broke my New Year’s resolution by January 4, but I started again on April 1 and ultimately lost over 50 pounds in 2016.

Apple Watch didn’t lose the weight for me — it took a lot of dedication and really changing my lifestyle — but the fitness tracking features and Apple’s Activity app helped quantify my effort without me doing too little or going overboard.

Apple Watch has absolutely been an effective motivational coach that has pushed me toward my goal of being more active. Below I’ll detail my experience and share some of what I’ve learned along my journey.

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This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 roundup, AirPods a ‘runaway success’, New Year Apple Watch Challenge & Apple in 2017 on our 100th Happy Hour podcast

In this week’s top stories: Our iPhone 8 rumor roundup, Tim Cook says AirPods are a runaway success, Apple’s ‘New Year’ Apple Watch Activity Challenge, and Zac and Benjamin discuss what’s next from Apple in this week’s 100th episode of 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast.

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Hands-on: LG Apple-endorsed 5K Display – an UltraFine choice for MacBook Pro owners? [Video]

The LG 5K UltraFine Display is Apple’s answer to MacBook Pro customers who wish to connect their notebooks to an external display with a single cable. After reportedly getting out of the standalone monitor business, LG’s offerings, which are available in 4K and 5K varieties, might be the next best option.

The fact that you can connect a single Thunderbolt 3 cable from your MacBook to the LG UltraFine 5K Display is quite compelling. Not only will this provide display output, but it will also deliver the necessary power (up to 85W) to keep your MacBook Pro — 13- or 15-inch variety — charged.

We recently got our hands on the LG UltraFine 5K Display. Is it a good choice for MacBook Pro owners? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside to learn more. more…

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iPhone 8: Everything we currently know about Apple’s 10th anniversary flagship

What’s next for iPhone? 2017 will be Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone year and the latest intel shows it could be one of the biggest updates to the device in a long time. Bigger, better, and curved displays, an all-glass design, wireless charging, and a new embedded home button are just some of the features Apple is reportedly considering for the iPhone 8. Head below for our full roundup of everything we currently know about Apple’s next flagship.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones $150, Amazon Digital Day Sale, iPhone 7/Plus cases $4, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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Upcoming Kanex Apple Watch charging solutions will have you covered at home and on-the-go

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Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones return to holiday pricing at Amazon: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

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Amazon’s massive Digital Day sale discounts thousands of movies, music, apps/games, more

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Caseology cases for iPhone 7/Plus, 6s/Plus, Apple Watch and more from just $4 shipped in multiple colors and styles

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B&H discounts loads of Apple products: save up to $200 on MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar, iMac, much more (Tax NY only)

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Apple’s official Leather & Silicone iPhone 7/Plus Cases hit Amazon all-time lows starting from under $30 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $50)

Apple’s iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case drops to its Amazon all-time low: $85 shipped (Reg. $99)

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It’s Free Money Time! Grab a $50 iTunes gift card at 15% off: $42.50 with free email delivery, more

Grab some gift cards at up to 20% off: Domino’s, Airbnb, Jiffy Lube, GameStop, more

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iOS/Mac Holiday App Sale Roundup: GO Trilogy, Oceanhorn, Bastion, many more

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Skip the SONOS price tag, get multi-room audio for less: Samsung Radiant360 R3 Speaker $90 or 2-pack $160

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

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Prep for tax season with Amazon all-time lows on TurboTax 2016 Mac/PC software from $30

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Switch up your Apple Watch style w/ 30% off and free shipping on all Clockwork Synergy bands, 2-piece NATO $17 (Reg $25)

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Anker discounts its best Lightning cables, power banks & USB chargers: deals start at $6 Prime shipped

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Foxconn has ten fully-automated production lines, aims to totally automate entire factories

Romantic images of bringing iPhone production back to the USA to create jobs were given a further blow today when Apple’s main iPhone assembler Foxconn announced that it has already deployed 40,000 robots on its production lines, and is working towards a goal of fully-automated factories.

Foxconn has already replaced more than half its workforce with robots since the launch of the iPhone 6, and the company’s Automation Technology Development Committee general manager Dai Jia-peng said that this was just the start of a three-phase plan … 

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