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Apple completely dominates premium smartphone sales

Samsung sells more phones than Apple, and its high-end devices like the Galaxy S9 get lots of attention. That means Samsung sells as many top-tier models as Apple, right? Nope, not even close.<p>Apple sells close to twice as many premium phones as its top rival. In this case, “premium” is any handset …

Galaxy Note

iOS 12.1 beta appears to confirm USB-C on new iPads

Apple’s first beta for iOS 12.1 is starting to be a fountain of leaks regarding the new iPad Pros set to come out this fall.<p>After revealing yesterday that new iPads are on the way, it appears that iOS 12.1 beta 1 has also confirmed the long-cited rumor that the new iPads will come with a USB-C port.<p>…

IPad Pro

DNC urges Democrats to dump Android for iPhone

The Democratic National Committee has a solution for improving its smartphone security: switch to iPhone. It suggests that Democratic organizations get rid of all their Android devices.<p>This is especially true if the phones are from ZTE, a compay with ties to the Chinese government.<p>Bob Lord, the …

Elections

How to turn Apple Watch into a walkie-talkie

You don’t need to buy the new Apple Watch Series 4 to get one of this year’s coolest new features on it.<p>As part of the watchOS 5 update that was released earlier this week, Apple introduced a new walkie-talkie mode that lets you chat back and forth with other Apple Watch owners. Walkie-talkie mode …

Walkie-talkies

Check out these awesome and unusual cases for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

The good news is that your old iPhone X case probably will fit your new iPhone XS perfectly. According to Apple’s own specs, the new XS is the exact same size as the X.<p>True, there are some physical differences — the antenna band gaps are in different spots, and the camera bump on back is slightly …

iPhone

Apple Watch Series 4 reviews: the watch of the future is here today

Apple next-generation wearable launches tomorrow, and reviews of the Apple Watch Series 4 appeared today. YThe experts are quite positive about this device.<p>They like the new display and the faster performance. The new ECG heart monitor function can’t yet be tested, however.<p>It says something about …

Apple Watch

Some iPhone X cases may not fit iPhone XS

iPhone X owners that pre-ordered the new iPhone XS might be in for some disappointment when they try to slap their old case on the new iPhone.<p>Even though the dimensions of the iPhone XS are practically identical to the iPhone X, it appears that Apple has made a very small change to the camera bump …

iPhone

Travel photog ‘thrilled’ with iPhone XS camera

Travel photographer Austin Mann, among the first to get an iPhone XS for testing, expected to be underwhelmed before his shoot in Zanzibar off the east coast of Africa.<p>However, the upgrades to the camera left him impressed, saying “I’ve never worked with a camera that can balance light like this – …

DSLR Cameras

iPhone XS, XR battery and RAM details spilled by regulator

There are some things Apple never tells us about its iOS devices, so we have to wait until they go on sale and find out more for ourselves. But thanks to one regulator, we now know some important details about the new iPhone lineup.<p>Here are the battery sizes and RAM capacities of iPhone XS, iPhone …

IPhone 8

iPhone XR demand may have taken Apple by surprise

Apple clearly had some sense that its 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR would be big, since it gave it the main event spot in last week’s Apple media event.<p>But it may have been surprised by just <i>how</i> big it is, since a new report suggests that Apple is revising the ratio of its total iPhone orders for December …

Tim Cook

Why we should be wary of Apple Watch ‘ultimate’ health guardian claims

One of the Apple Watch Series 4’s massive new features is its electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) heart rate monitor.<p>The device is capable of monitoring irregular heart rhythms and reportedly using this to identify potential episodes of atrial fibrillation, a.k.a. AFib. As exciting as the FDA-cleared …

Apple Watch

Meet your inner maker with books on 3D printing, CNC routing and more [Deals]

Thanks to technology, anyone can become a designer and manufacturer without leaving the garage or office. 3D printing, CNC machines, CAD — these are the tools of today’s DIY makers.<p>If that all sounds interesting, but you’re not quite sure what any of it means, this bundle of e-books is for you.<p>The …

Fabrication

Nintendo Switch app for iOS now lets you voice chat inside more games

The new Nintendo Switch Online service has finally made its big debut. To give Switch players an even bigger reason to subscribe, Nintendo is adding official voice chat support to more of its own titles.<p>The latest update to the Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS adds chat support for <i>Mario Kart 8</i> …

Nintendo Switch

Productivity app Evernote lays off 15 percent of its workforce

Weeks after a report stating that it is in a “death spiral,” productivity app Evernote has reportedly laid off 15 percent of its workforce — amounting 54 people in total.<p>The news was shared with employees by CEO Chris O’Neill at at an “all hands” meeting this week. He told staff that the move is …

Evernote

Today in Apple history: iPhone 6 is bigger and better than ever

<b>September 19, 2014:</b> The iPhone undergoes its biggest upgrade — both figuratively and literally — since the original with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.<p>The iPhone 6 brings a new 4.7-inch form factor, while the iPhone 6 Plus boasts a massive 5.5-inch design. The …

Apple

Do not install the iOS 12.1 beta if you preordered an iPhone XS

Be sure to avoid Apple’s latest iOS 12.1 beta if a shiny new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max will be turning up at your door on Friday.<p>Updating too early could just cost you all your precious data!<p>The first iOS 12.1 beta rolled out on Tuesday, just a day after iOS 12 made its public debut. It brings …

iOS

Apple makes last payment on $16.7 billion in Irish back taxes

Apple has now transferred all €14.3 billion it has been ordered to pay Ireland for back taxes. The cash will stay in an escrow fund while Ireland tries to convince the EU that Apple should get its money back.<p>This is part of an on-going saga with the EU accusing Ireland of being a tax haven, and …

Taxes

iOS 12.1 confirms new iPads are on the way

The September Apple event came and went without any mention of the iPad Pro models that had been the stars of so many rumors. But there’s still hope because buried deep in the just-released iOS 12.1 beta 1 is a clear reference to an iPad on the docket for this fall.<p>So be patient; the redesigned …

IPad Pro

iOS 12 accidentally removes select Apple Watch Activity badges

With the release of iOS 12 earlier this week, Apple made broad sweeping improvements to the OS. Unfortunately, the update also came with a small bug for fitness zealots sporting a cabinet full of limited edition Activity challenge badges. If that just described your Apple Watch badge collection, …

iOS

iPhone XS camera design proves even more impressive than we thought

The new camera sensors on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max could be worth a $1000 upgrade all their own.<p>Early reviews of the new cameras are overwhelmingly positive. Even though we already knew Apple made the pixels larger and the sensor bigger, we now have a better idea of the crazy engineering …

Google Maps finally works with CarPlay

Apple Maps is no longer the only option for navigation through Apple’s CarPlay system now that iOS 12 is out.<p>With an update released today for Google Maps, CarPlay users can now choose between Google Maps and Apple Maps. And more third-party apps are on the way.<p>Google Maps‘ inclusion in CarPlay is …

Google Maps

iPhone’s controversial notch may get smaller next year

The 2018 iPhones aren’t even out yet and we already have our first rumor about next year’s models. If you’re hoping for big changes in the 2019 iPhones, better temper your expectations. It seems the next-generation of Apple handsets will include displays the same size size as this year’s iPhone XS …

Apple

The AnyTrans update brings back the good stuff iTunes threw out

<i>This post is presented by iMobie.</i><p>Last year, iTunes 12.7 launched as a version “focused” on music, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks. The redesign was aimed at cutting bloat, so functions like the App Store, home screen arrangement, and ringtone editing got nixed. Not everyone was happy about …

Apps

5 essential apps that work beautifully with iOS 12

iOS 12 gives your favorite apps access to some amazing new abilities. One is integration with the brand-new Siri Shortcuts, which lets you automate your apps, or to interact with them by talking to Siri. But that’s not all. Camera apps now have access to the the depth information from Portrait …

iOS

Dead batteries won’t kill NFC on iPhone XS and XR

It’s irritating when your iPhone runs out of battery. But it can actually be life threatening if you depend on your phone’s NFC feature to get into your dorm room or onto a train.<p>That’s why the iPhone XS and the other 2018 models still offer some NFC transactions even when down to the power reserve.<p>…

University of Oklahoma

The first iOS 12.1 beta is already here

Apple is not wasting any time making improvements to the huge iOS 12 update that was just released to the public yesterday.<p>Developers received the first beta for iOS 12.1 this morning along with new betas for watchOS 5 and tvOS 12, bring a host of changes to the software update that already made …

iOS

This is the proper way to type the new iPhone names

The official way to type the names of the 2018 iPhone lineup have finally been confirmed by Apple nearly a week after the company revealed the phones at its Gather Round keynote.<p>All three of the new iPhones have a letter suffix attached to an X which has been downright confusing for most fans. In …

iPhone

Apple’s famous hyperbole factory works overtime

When you compare the iPhone 4 to the iPhone XS, virtually everything has changed. All except the script Apple uses when introducing its new handsets to the public.<p>This is the tongue-in-cheek observation of James Brown, a YouTuber and Reddit user who posted a video comparing the use of adjectives …

Apple

First iPhone XS and XS Max reviews: Great phone, but not revolutionary

Early reviews for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have already come in and while most of the people that have tested the new device are impresssed, this years models aren’t as big a leap as the iPhone X.<p>Testers are raving about the camera, A12 processor, big display and faster LTE. The new phones …

iPhone

You’ll never guess what’s inside the iPhone XS boxes [Unboxing videos]

The average joe won’t get their hands on the new iPhone XS until Friday, but a fortunate few got early access. That’s led to the first unboxing videos of Apple’s new flagship smartphone.<p>These offer quick, hands-on overviews of the iPhone XS Max and the smaller iPhone XS for people who just can’t …

iPhone