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4 ways Android P’s gesture navigation is better than the iPhone X’s (and 4 ways it’s not)

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Google has introduced new gesture navigation in Android P, powering the virtual home button with swipes and taps. Here's how it's better (and worse) than Apple's method on the iPhone X. … [Read more...]

5 reasons to switch from Spotify Premium to its new free tier (and 5 reasons not to)

Spotify has taken the wraps off its new mobile app, which includes a major upgrade to the streaming service's free tier. Here's why Premium users might want to give it a listen. … [Read more...]

How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

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It’s been a long while since Mac users had reason to get excited over a new chip. It’s not that Intel isn’t packing heat—just yesterday the first round of Coffee Lake laptop chips were unveiled with six cores and the promise of 5GHz speeds—but ever since Apple transitioned to x86 processors, cores and clock speeds don’t mean quite as much to the … [Read more...]

5 reasons to buy Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad vs. the 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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When Apple launched its $329 9.7-inch iPad last year, it was a play for people who wanted to play with their tablets. With today’s new update, Apple is showing that it’s a great tool for work too.That’s because Apple is adding support for Apple Pencil to the entry-level iPad, letting users write and draw on their new tablet just like they can on … [Read more...]

You can now buy the coolest part of the iMac Pro without spending $5,000

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Along with an updated 9.7-inch iPad with Pencil support and new classroom-based tools for students and teachers, Apple had one more surprise up its sleeve for its Chicago event. A space gray-colored surprise.Apple is now selling its too-cool-for-school space gray iMac Pro accessories as an option along with the standard silver color. As you might … [Read more...]

How Apple can use Google’s simple strategy with Android P to make a better iOS 12

Now that we officially know the dates of WWDC 2018, we can start the countdown to iOS 12. Barring a massive change in its release schedule, Apple will unveil the next version of iOS during the kickoff keynote at 10 a.m. PST on June 4, with several rounds of developer and public betas to follow.But this year’s release might be a little different. … [Read more...]

5 ways the Galaxy S9 might be better than iPhone X

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In case you haven’t read a single headline this week, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ made their debut and that can only mean one thing: iPhone X has its first true competitor. With a top-of-the-line chip, vastly improved camera, new biometrics, and, yes, animated emoji, the Galaxy S9 is already a strong contender for phone of the year, even if its … [Read more...]

One day we may buy AppleCare for our bodies, not just our iPhones

Apple’s next big thing might not be something you can wear, drive, or even touch. It might be your body itself.According to a report by CNBC, Apple will be launching a group of health clinics in Santa Clara County called AC Wellness. The initiative will initially be limited to employees and their families when it launches this spring.Why this … [Read more...]

5 ways Apple can stop developers from abandoning Apple Watch

By all accounts, Apple Watch Series 3 is a huge hit for Apple. Over the past year, Apple Watch has steadily increased its sales, with Series 3 models selling at twice the rate of Series 2 last year, according to Tim Cook, and wearables revenue increasing by 50 percent for the fourth straight quarter.But while people may be buying more Apple Watches … [Read more...]

HomePod review roundup: ‘Room filling,’ ‘best-in-class’ sound, but Siri is ‘embarrassingly inadequate’

With less than 72 hours until its release, the first HomePod reviews are in from a hand-picked group of media outlets, and they’re very positive—as long as you’re buying Apple’s $349 smart speaker for sound quality. The Homepod’s “smarts,” though, leave much to be desired.That’s not a total surprise, since Siri is woefully inadequate on other … [Read more...]

HomePod’s biggest problem isn’t Siri, it’s that it’s too much like the original iPod

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If you watched the Grammy Awards, you saw a lot of Bruno Mars, a lot of Kendrick Lamar, and a lot of HomePod. Apple’s new smart speaker was featured in several 15-second ad spots throughout the show, none more prominent than the one that immediately followed Lamar’s show-opening performance.The spot featured audio of Lamar singing “I got loyalty” … [Read more...]

5 ways HomePod will beat Amazon Echo and Google Home (and 5 ways it won’t)

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Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is almost here. After a month-long delay that caused it to miss the all-important holiday-shopping season, Apple has announced that HomePod will begin shipping on February 9, more than eight months after we first got a glimpse of it at WWDC.Apple is billing HomePod as an audio device (hence its home under the Music tab … [Read more...]

You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can’t upgrade the RAM

When Apple unveiled the new iMac Pro at WWDC in June, Phil Schiller promised that the new machine would begin shipping in December. With just a bit over two weeks to go, Apple is making good on its promise. Apple has announced that the iMac Pro will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at $5,000 for an 8-core Xeon procession, 32GB of … [Read more...]

Apple and Shazam: It’s not just about identifying songs

Shazam was a true game-changer as one of the first apps to appear in the App Store back in July 2008. With just a tap, Shazam could identify nearly any song you heard without needing to know anything about it. Shazam was a magical app that I used to show off my iPhone, and unlike all those other apps whose novelty wore off in just a few weeks … [Read more...]

More iPhone X first impressions: Not quite a perfect 10 but still pretty great

While the rest of the world has a few days (or, gulp, weeks) to wait for the new iPhone X, Apple has bestowed review units on a few bloggers and vloggers, and their first thoughts have arrived. And surprise, surprise, they’re very positive.The impact on you at home: With a phone like iPhone X, first impressions matter, and Apple clearly wants … [Read more...]

Switch and bait: Apple wants us to wait in line for iPhone X so it can sell iPhone 8s

The big moment is nearly here. On Friday at midnight PST, Apple will open up iPhone X preorders and we’ll finally be able to hand over a thousand-plus dollars for the pleasure of owning Apple’s latest handset, sight unseen.But while it should be the most exciting release since the original iPhone, the mood is less than celebratory heading into the … [Read more...]

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