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You can say a lot about Apple — it brought smartphones and personal computers to the mass market, it changed the technology industry forever, it was controlled by a megalomaniacal arsehole for much of its existence — but you'd have a hard time getting even the staunchest critic of the company to argue its products weren't groundbreakingly pretty.

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The iPad has a problem that we should all wish to have: It's too damn good. The battery life and standby battery life are superb, the screen is pretty, the apps are nice, and the thing is powerful enough it can last for years. That's wonderful for all of us consumers, but it is not great for Apple or any other company building a tablet device. They want us on the same yearly upgrade cycle we have for our phones. A concept, as IDC noted in February when it reported a big slump in tablet sales, consumers have largely rejected. Which is why every year Apple tries to build some cool new feature into the iPad to lure us away from our old, perfectly good iPads. Unless you're an illustrator, this year's iPad, won't be doing any wooing.

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Wireless charging has struggled for years to gain ground in consumer electronics. For one hot second, it looked like the option would be available in every smartphone, then manufacturers started to bail out, then it started to come back. And now, we have the biggest confirmation yet that Apple is jumping into the game. Has the time finally come?

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When I was a lad, one of the big selling features when you bought a new PC was the ability to upgrade it. Add memory, plug in a second-hand drive and, if the budget allowed, swap out the processor. But over recent years, Apple has taken that ability away. Even RAM upgrades, which used to be easy, were made impossible as Apple's quest to make everything as thin as possible drove them to soldering everything in place. But iFixit has revealed in their teardown of the new 21.5-inch iMac that the memory and processor can both be upgraded.

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Not all developers out there want your birth certificate and bathing schedule, but enough have proven themselves less than scrupulous over the years, so anything Apple and Google do to help users limit data collection and location tracking is always welcome. In fact, come September, iOS 11 will force app developers to provide the full range of location permissions, not just the on or off you get now.

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Forget the HomePod or the latest version of iOS. The big news out of WWDC was related to something that Apple, and most consumers, don't really care about: Virtual Reality. In between Kaby Lake refreshes and Siri voice demos, Tim Cook announced a wide range of software and hardware changes that will finally bring VR to macOS, and that's pretty damn surprising because Tim Cook himself is on record as giving exactly zero damns about VR.

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Earlier this week Apple took the wraps off iOS 11 coming later this Fall, but lengthy as its WWDC keynote was, there was nowhere near enough time to mention all of the features coming down the pipe. We've got the beta up and running — here are the best goodies heading your way that Apple didn't mention.

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Apple's CEO has an opinion about Donald Trump. In fact, Tim Cook can sum up his views on the embattled president's latest actions with one word: "Wrong." And that's exactly what Tim did right after yesterday's big WWDC keynote address.

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Apple really doesn't like its customers having the right to repair their own devices, and while Apple fights it out in the US, it's being accused of sneakily trying to get around Australian law. The Guardian has obtained court documents that detail a sting operation by Australia's consumer watchdog that showed Apple wilfully misled customers about their rights.

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Apple's laptop-replacing keyboard-slate, the iPad Pro, has been one of the best all-round tablets you can buy since it was launched. The new one is 30 per cent faster, has a bigger screen in the same footprint, and is twice as smooth to draw on or play games with. Keen? Here's how much it'll cost and when it'll drop in Australia.