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Spring is in the air, which means that we’re starting to hear more about the next version of iOS that powers iPhones and iPads. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is scheduled to kick off on June 3rd, but a new report is already shedding some light on what we can except in iOS 13. The first addition is something that has been requested from Apple fans for a long time: a true systemwide dark mode. Apple has already introduced dark mode with macOS, so it’s only natural that the company would want to extend this feature to iOS. According to 9to5Mac, the feature won’t be enabled by default, and will instead be accessible via the Settings menu. A... Read more...
Reason number one not to leave your electronic gadgets within unsupervised reach of a toddler is because, at best, they'll turn into a sticky mess. At worst, however, they will find a way to break it. Reason number two is because they might lock you out of the device...for five decades! We are not being facetious (maybe a little), that exact thing recently happened. Evan Osnos, a staff writer for The New Yorker, posted a hilariously disturbing image to Twitter. Apparently his toddler tried multiple times to unlock his iPad, until finally the security feature locked it down for 25,536,442 minutes. In case you are wondering, there are 525,600 minutes in a regular year (not counting Leap Year).... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors of merger between Apple's iOS and macOS apps for a while now, but a new report suggests that that efforts to make this possible are well under way. In fact, these so-called universal apps could be made available to the public starting in 2021. This reporting comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, he in particular seems to have the pulse on the inner workings at Apple. The program has been underway using the codename Marzipan, and would see apps originally designed for the iPhone and iPad make their way to macOS devices. According to the report, Apple will initially only allow iPad app developers to port their apps over to Macs thanks to a new SDK. It's expected... Read more...
Thing's aren't all rosy in the iPhone realm today. Apple has been forced to go back to Qualcomm modems in the German market to get around a sales ban. In addition, consumers are upgrading their smartphones on a much longer upgrade cycle than in years past. However, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published a research note that predicts what we might see from Apple on the iPhone and iPad front for 2019 that could spark an upgrade craze from customers. Kuo says that the 2019 iPhone line will include a 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED model and a 6.1-inch LCD model -- the same as the current crop of devices. Kuo expects that the followup to the iPhone XR will get 4GB of RAM and that all models will use a frosted... Read more...
Apple fans love rumors, and one of the best places to find hints of upcoming hardware is within new developer versions of iOS. The iOS 12.2 beta is currently available and one developer dug into the code looking for references to future products. Not surprisingly, iOS developer/guru Steven Troughton-Smith found references in the code to four new iPad models. The models referenced include "iPad11,1"; "iPad11,2"; "iPad11,3"; and "iPad11,4". The iPads with the 11,2 and 11,4 designations called out in the code are rumored to be cellular versions with the other two offering Wi-Fi only. All we have to go on right now is speculation, but the thought it that these iPad designations are for new iPad... Read more...
Remember when analysts went bonkers over tablets and predicted they would take over the world, shoving PCs aside as we all scrambled to replace our desktops and laptops with slates? Yeah, that didn't happen (though tablets did help spur a thriving 2-in-1 market). Not surprisingly, even Apple is seeing relatively soft tablet shipments. In an effort to spur more tablet sales, Apple may be readying a new iPad mini device. A report in China cites sources within Apple's supply as saying Apple will unveil a fifth generation iPad mini in the first half of next year. Then after that, the same sources say Apple will launch a couple of larger, entry-level iPad devices. This is interesting from a couple... Read more...
We’re well into the Christmas shopping season, which means that retailers are throwing all kinds of discount at popular tech gear to boost sales. While robust discounts on Apple hardware like iPhones isn’t typical, the “standard” iPad is regularly on sale. The base iPad has an MSRP of $329 and can typically be had on sale for around $300. However, both Target and Amazon are currently selling the tablet for $80 off, making it just $249. This matches the short-lived Black Friday discounts from last month and represents the lowest price we’ve seen for the iPad. The $249 pricing is available for two of the three available colors for the iPad –... Read more...
Apple really annoyed the snot out of people around this time last year with its condescending and downright annoying commercial for the iPad. In it, a young girl can be seen going about her day working on her iPad performing varying tasks. Towards the end, she's laying on the grass outside her house typing away with the iPad's keyboard accessory when a woman asks, "What are you doing on your computer?" The girl responds by saying, "What's a computer?" The ad was so controversial and so hated that Apple removed it, and it sparked a entire wave of memes mocking the company (and unfortunately, the actress in the ad). The point that Apple was [apparently] trying to make is that the iPad transcends... Read more...
It appears that the chilly relationship between Apple and Amazon has thawed a bit more. The two companies have announced that Amazon will now sell iPhones, iPads and other Apple products directly and via authorized sellers in the Amazon Marketplace. Products that will now be available for sale on Amazon include the new iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Pro family, Apple Watch Series 4, Mac desktops and laptops, Apple TV, and Beats headphones. It should be noted that this is the first time that Amazon has ever sold [new] iPhones and iPads directly to customers, although the retailer has previously sold Mac computers. iPhones and iPads that have been available for sale in the past have either been... Read more...
One of the most peculiar tech stories that we have reported on in recent memory had to deal with a helium leak involving a newly installed MRI machine at a medical facility. Helium leaked in significant enough volumes to cause iPhones, iPads and even Apple Watches to fail throughout the building. At the time, it was suspected that all of the Apple devices were using a similar microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillator, which was made even more apparent given that Android devices within the building were completely unaffected. We first reported on the incident in mid-October, and yesterday, the original poster on reddit, Erik Wooldridge (harritaco), provided an update.  It... Read more...
With October nearing its end and November just around the corner, that means everyone will be gearing up for the holidays. It also means that Black Friday is creeping up fast on those looking to score a deal. Retailers will be wasting no time and ads for this year's deals have already started to leak. Costco's Black Friday ad has turned up, and it looks like this year will be big for tech fans looking for new TVs, game consoles, laptops, and tablets for themselves or as Christmas gifts. One of the best deals Costco's ad has is on a Dell XPS 13 4K UHD touchscreen laptop with a $500 discount. That machine has an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. However, the... Read more...
Doctors and researchers have used MRI machines for over forty years to create detailed images of internal organs and tissues. But do MRI machines play well with other modern inventions? One Reddit user recently reported that an MRI machine zapped every iOS and watchOS device in his facility. Redditor u/harritco remarked that he had experienced the “most bizarre issue I've had in my career in IT”. A medical facility had installed a new MRI machine and by the end of the day every iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch had been disabled. More than forty people were affected by the issue, but no other devices, other than iOS devices, seemed to be impacted. All Android devices and other electronics... Read more...
Apple's planned TV service has been long talked about and long delayed. In 2015, reports indicated that the delay in bringing the service to market had to do with negotiations for local programming. Last month, a report surfaced that claimed Apple's insistence on staying away from programming with sex and violence was threatening the service. Many wondered how Apple planned to lure in subscribers, in a Netflix world, with bland original content. The answer is that Apple reportedly has no plans to sell subscriptions to its service, for now. People who claim to be familiar with its plans say that Apple plans to give its original programming away to all Apple device owners. That means anyone who... Read more...
One of the things that annoys lots of people about Apple and its products is the company's reliance on proprietary charging tech. While many tablets and smartphones use a standard USB port for charging, Apple relies on the proprietary Lightning port. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stepped up on the eve of Apple's event with some last-minute predictions. One of his predictions is that Apple will be ditching the Lighting connector on the 2018 iPad Pro and moving to the more common USB-C interface. Kuo isn't clear if that USB-C port will be usable for anything other than charging the iPad Pro. According to the analyst, the move from Lightning to USB-C will be the main update for the new... Read more...
Logitech has been making peripherals and accessories for computers and tablets for decades, such as the MX Vertical mouse we talked about last month. The company has announced that a product made originally for the education market is now coming to Apple Retail stores for the masses to purchase designed specifically for the new 9.7-inch iPad. That product is called the Logitech Crayon and is an Apple Pencil replacement that features a chunky, kid-friendly and durable design that anyone could use. Logitech notes that the Crayon uses Apple Pencil technology inside. Since the stylus uses Apple's technology, it delivers an "ultra-responsive, precise, and comfortable handwriting experience." It can... Read more...
Adobe is looking to further entrench itself into the mobile market with a full-fledged version of Photoshop for the iPad. The company already offers a number of Photoshop companion apps for the iOS platform including Photoshop Express and Photoshop Mix, but this will be Adobe’s first attempt to bring a near-desktop-class photo editing package to the iPad. The news of the company’s intention to give iPad users a more complete version of Photoshop comes courtesy of Scott Belsky, Adobe Chief Product Officer for Creative Cloud. He says that Adobe is working on a cross-platform version of Photoshop that will offer users the ability to start a project on the desktop and complete it unhindered... Read more...
In May word was going around that noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was leaving KGI Securities and the world of Apple rumors behind. While he did, in fact, leave KGI, he is still prophesying things all things Apple and is back with a new rumor. Kuo is now at TF International Securities and has published an investor note that outlines what he expects to see in the fall hardware lineup from Apple. Perhaps the biggest news is that long after Tim Cook promised the Mac mini would remain part of the lineup as the cheapest Mac, it will finally get a performance update. Sadly, if you are dying for details on that Mac mini there are no hardware predictions offered. Other tidbits Kuo predicts include... Read more...
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off today, which means that the main topic of discussion are updates to the company’s software platforms. Given that iOS is Apple's biggest platform for developers, it was the first to be discussed today, with Craig Federighi leading the charge. iOS 12 is doubling down on performance, working top to bottom to make your machine faster and more productive. It supports all the same devices as iOS 11, which means that even your "old" iPhone 5s is supported. In normal situations, app launches are 40 percent faster, the keyboard pops up 50 percent faster, and opening the camera happens up to 70 percent faster than before. Thanks to optimizations... Read more...
Apple has seen some renewed interest in its iPad family of tablets over the past year. In 2017, the company launched a "new" 9.7-inch iPad priced at $329 and followed up this year by incorporating an A10 processor and support for the Apple Pencil. Microsoft has been watching carefully and is rumored to be launching its own low-cost Surface tablet to rival the iPad during the second half of 2018. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the entry-level Surface tablet will have a display the measures 10-inches across (compared to 12 inches for the Surface Pro) along with more curves in its design compared to the more squared-off look of the current Surface Pro.  The report... Read more...
Maybe one day Apple will release an iPad that is relatively easy to crack open and service on your own, at home, in case you need to replace a critical component or swap out an aging battery. We're not holding our breath. Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad announced last week and built around its A10 Fusion processor has now gone under the knife, and as expected, it is quite the ordeal tearing one of these suckers down. Apple is not alone here, of course. For the most part, tablets have always been difficult to tear into, regardless of whether it's an iPad (iOS) or Android model from any number of manufacturers. Many of today's thin and light laptops are the same way, as are most smartphones. That... Read more...
Now is your chance to pounce if you have been itching to get your hands on one of the most popular games of 2018. Epic Games’ Fortnite is available for free on iOS -- for everyone. Epic Games initially released an invite-only beta test to prevent its servers from being overwhelmed. Invites were sent to players as the servers were able to increasingly handle more action. Players were able to invite up to three friends to join their squad while others were able to join a waitlist. Fortnite managed to surge to number one in the iOS App Store despite its limited availability during this beta period. Fortnite is almost identical to the Battle Royale mode that is available for PC... Read more...
As has been widely expected, Apple today announced an upgrade to its 9.7-inch iPad. The device has refreshed hardware and is now powered by the Apple A10 Fusion processor (which is an upgrade from the previous generation’s Apple A9). That A10 Fusion processor debuted on the iPhone 7 family in 2016 and should provide a nice speed boost across the board. The other big change is that this will be the first consumer-centric iPad with support for the Apple Pencil, which is a $99 optional accessory. Apple Pencil support means that users will be able to write and draw on the display with pressure and tilt sensitivity, which should enhance the inking experience. The new 9.7-inch iPad retains its... Read more...
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