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5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone

Do you really need a new iPhone? They’re so expensive now, and yours is…fine. It’s fine. You’ve never been one of those people who needs a new phone every year, or every other year, anyway.How do you know when it’s time to take the plunge and ditch your old iPhone for a new one?We’re definitely not one to encourage the cycle of nonstop iPhone … [Read more...]

Apple’s new NFC support will change the way you pay

Apple doesn’t participate in a lot of outside developer conferences; at least, not as a presenter. So it’s unsurprising that a small presentation from Apple at the Transact conference (which focuses on the electronic transactions industry) flew under the radar.But what Apple announced there may change the way we pay for stuff. It could make Apple … [Read more...]

Apple Pay is now a payment option for iTunes, App Store, and iCloud purchases in some countries

Thanks to a server-side update, iOS users in a number of countries can now use Apple Pay to pay for digital purchases from Apple, including iTunes, the App Store, iCloud storage, or an Apple Music subscription.According to Apple's support page for Apple ID payments, the change is live in the United States, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, … [Read more...]

It’s time for Apple to re-focus on the iPhone camera

Camera quality has been a top priority in every iPhone release since the iPhone 4 (at least). Each new iPhone has brought big improvements in image quality, performance, and features. The latest iPhone seems to always take the crown in our Last Cam Standing series, at least for a time. And while Android phones sometimes deliver slightly better … [Read more...]

Facebook Messenger coming to Mac and Windows later this year

Facebook just announced a handful of new features for its extremely popular Messenger app. Among them, a new native desktop version for both macOS and Windows.The news was delivered by Mark Zuckerberg during his keynote address at the F8 developer conference, but was first discovered by French site iGeneration, which found an accidentally-posted … [Read more...]

Apple releases iOS 12.3 beta 3 to public beta testers

Apple’s “It’s show time” event on March 25 revealed a number of new services, most of which aren’t available yet. One of them, Apple News+, released immediately along with the update to iOS 12.2.Just days later, the company released the first beta of iOS 12.3, which sets the stage for a major update to the TV app in May. Those who are part of … [Read more...]

Tim Cook on Apple’s values, regulation, excessive phone use, health, and more

Tim Cook is not one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Nonetheless, as a three-time honoree of that list, he was invited to be interviewed by Nancy Gibbs at the Time 100 Summit. As expected, Cook didn’t reveal any details about new products, software, or services. Instead, the questions posed and answers given were broad, touching on … [Read more...]

iOS 13 rumors: Everything you need to know

Like clockwork, Apple releases a major revision of iOS every year. The company formally unveils the new operating system for iPhone and iPad at WWDC in June, followed by a beta testing period and then a final release in the fall (typically in September, just before the new iPhones hit the shelves).One never really knows exactly what new features … [Read more...]

What the Apple-Qualcomm settlement means for a 5G iPhone

In a completely unexpected turn of events, Apple and Qualcomm just settled their legal dispute, dropping all litigation. The details from Apple and Qualcomm are brief, but give us the following four key details: Apple and Qualcomm are ending their lawsuits. Apple will pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum. Apple has entered a six-year patent licensing … [Read more...]

Apple releases iOS 12.3 beta 2 to public testers

Apple’s “It’s show time” event on March 25 revealed a number of new services, most of which aren’t available yet. One of them, Apple News+, released immediately along with the update to iOS 12.2.Just days later, the company released the first beta of iOS 12.3, which sets the stage for a major update to the TV app in May. Those who are part of … [Read more...]

Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Stephen King to write ‘Lisey’s Story’ miniseries, Julianne Moore to star

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best … [Read more...]

Apple updates Shortcuts app with Notes access and other new actions

Hot on the heels of the iOS 12.2 release, Apple has updated its handy Shortcuts app to version 2.2. The update adds several new actions, the most prominent of which is the ability for Shortcuts to work with the Notes app. There are now actions for Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Note. This is going to make both the Shortcuts app … [Read more...]

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs coming soon exclusively to iOS devices

It’s been a minute since Angry Birds was a thing. Once practically synonymous with mobile gaming, the franchise was so ubiquitous that it spawned an animated series and even a star-studded theatrical release. While there’s a sequel film due for release this summer, the mobile gaming world just isn’t that hot on Angry Birds anymore.Perhaps Rovio’s … [Read more...]

Low-hanging fruit: Five things Apple could (and should) fix immediately

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As one of the world’s richest and most admired companies, we expect a lot from Apple. We expect big-thinking innovation and cutting-edge design. Perhaps it is because the company does so many things very well that it stings even more when it drops the ball on something simple.Everyone seems to agree that Siri needs to improve, or that MacBooks … [Read more...]

Apple announces winners of its Shot on iPhone Challenge

Apple has announced the winners of its Shot on iPhone Challenge, in which iPhone users were tasked with sending Apple their most stunning and creative photos. Participants retain the rights to their photograph, but would grant Apple a royalty-free non-exclusive right to use the photograph.After some controversy, the contest was changed so that the … [Read more...]

Report: Apple working on sleep tracking feature for future Apple Watch

According to a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, Apple is testing a sleep tracking capability for the Apple Watch.Gurman’s sources say that the company has been testing the feature for several months at sites around Cupertino, and if the testing goes well, it hopes to add the feature to “a future version of its smartwatch” in 2020.It may be … [Read more...]

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