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iPhone manufacturers are hurting from uncertainty about future plans

Apple is reportedly dropping Touch ID altogether this year in favor of Face ID for its next-gen iPhones. However, Apple is still keeping its suppliers in the dark about plans, a new report suggests.<p>Shares in AMS, a supplier which produces some of the components for Apple’s TrueDepth camera, have …

Nextgen

Bid now for an original Betamax copy of the iconic 1984 Mac ad

Want to own a genuine rare piece of Apple history? Up for auction right now is an original Betamax cassette dub from 1983, containing two different edits of Ridley Scott’s iconic “Nineteen Eighty-Four” Macintosh commercial.<p>The tape is signed by the ad’s late art director Brent Thomas. It came from …

nineteen

New Fortnite skins spilled in latest update files

<i>Fortnite’s</i> latest update has revealed a bunch of new cosmetics that are coming soon to <i>Battle Royale.</i> Players can look forward to at least two new outfits and a new pickaxe skin.<p>Epic has also added new items inside Tilted Towers that suggest an in-game comet will strike soon.<p><i>Fortnite’s</i> latest update …

Gaming Industry

Here’s who Apple will call to the stand in its latest Samsung trial

Apple has revealed which executives will be taking the stand when it comes to court for its latest bout with Samsung — and, no, sadly that doesn’t include Tim Cook or Jony Ive.<p>Instead, at Apple’s May 14 hearing it will call Richard Howarth, senior director of the Apple Design Team, and Greg …

Computer Science

Today in Apple history: It’s time for Apple Watch

<b>April 24, 2015:</b> It’s time for the official release of the Apple Watch, the wearable device Tim Cook describes as the “next chapter in Apple history.”<p>Fans, having endured a seven-month wait since the device’s unveiling at a keynote the previous September, can finally strap an Apple Watch onto their …

Apple Watch

Fortnite update brings Clinger grenade, mobile control tweaks

<i>Fortnite’s</i> latest content update is rolling out now with a new Clinger grenade, a tweak for mobile controls, and a long list of bug fixes and performance improvements. Epic has also added the ability to claim refunds for purchased items — but you can only claim so many.<p><i>Fortnite Battle Royale</i> has …

Fortnite Battle Royale

New iPad ads showcase Apple Pencil versatility

Apple wants everyone to know about the Apple Pencil compatibility with this year’s 9.7-inch iPad refresh — and a new series of ads aims to help with that mission.<p>Appearing on Apple’s U.K. YouTube channel, the short ads demonstrate how the Apple Pencil can be used for image markup, writing and …

Apple Pencil

New iPhone SE will steal one of iPhone X’s best features

Apple’s new iPhone SE is shaping up to be the biggest upgrade the smallest, most affordable iPhone has seen in years. Alongside more powerful internals, the 4-inch device is expected to come with a tweaked design that makes way for one of iPhone X’s best features.<p>The iPhone SE hasn’t had a proper …

Mobile Technology

Apple doubles OLED orders from Samsung, but there’s a catch

Apple is upping its use of OLED displays for this year’s iPhone refresh — and it wants a better deal as a result.<p>As was the case last year, this year’s iPhone displays will reportedly be manufactured by Samsung Display. Due to the numbers Apple is projecting for this year’s OLED iPhone orders, it …

IPhone 8

Apple pays at least $1 million for Ed Sheeran documentary

Apple continues to add to its collection of movies and TV shows, with the latest acquisition a documentary about Ed Sheeran called <i>Songwriter</i>.<p>At this point, Apple is paying for a dozen TV shows to be produced, though the company hasn’t said what it’s going to do with them.<p><i>Songwriter</i> follows Ed …

TV shows

How is the iPhone X selling?

The iPhone 8 is Apple’s best-selling model, and the larger 8 Plus is in second place. The controversial iPhone X is currently Apple’s third best-selling model, according to a market analysis firm.<p>Apple’s older models make up 40 percent of the company sales, a higher percentage than last year.<p>iPhone …

Mobile Technology

Apple throws shade at Android in hilarious iPhone ads

Apple is back with a new set of ads aiming to get Android users to switch to iPhone. The two new ads showcase Portrait Mode and Portrait Lightning on the newest iPhones, while also bragging about the App Store’s security compared to Google Play.<p>Watch them both:<p>App Store<p>Portrait Mode<p>The iPhone X and …

App Store

Lay your head on these plush Apple apps

Two Apple geeks were dating during Christmas 2007 when the young man of this story, Roberto Hoyos, made his girlfriend hand-sewn pillows that looked like Mac desktop icons.<p>A picture of the finished pillows went viral and orders began to flood Hoyos’ inbox. To meet the sudden demand, he started the …

Apps

The best wireless chargers for your iPhone 8 and X

Owners of late-model iPhones — iPhone 8 and iPhone X —can go ahead and stash that old lightning cord in a desk drawer and start charging their phone more easily with a wireless charger. Instead of sticking a wire into your phone and attaching it to a power adapter, you just place the phone on a …

Tech Trends

Control this window air conditioner with your iPhone

When people think of home automation, something like the Nest thermostat probably leaps to mind first. But not everyone needs something that elaborate. For those who needs are simpler, GE just launched a window AC unit that’s HomeKit compatible so it can be controlled by an iPhone.<p>The GE AHP08LX is …

Home Automation

How to speed up your internet and stop your ISP tracking you

Your entire DNS browsing history can be recorded by your ISP, and will soon be sold to anyone who wants it.<p>DNS is what sends you to the correct site when you browse the internet, but it is also non-encrypted, and reveals your entire browsing history. Your browser’s private mode does nothing, and …

Information Security

iPhone X users love the ‘notch’

More than 90 percent of iPhone X users like the design without a Home button, according to a scientific survey. That’s good news for Apple, as most of the 2018 models are expected to use a similar form factor.<p>That’s not to say there’s no room for improvement. The survey also pointed several aspects …

Mobile Technology

Apple’s acquisition of Shazam under antitrust investigation

Apple’s acquisition of Shazam is now under investigation by antitrust regulators in Europe.<p>The European Commission is concerned that the deal will give Apple an unfair advantage in stealing users from its rivals. It has promised to provide a decision by September 4.<p>Apple confirmed its plan to buy …

Antitrust Laws

Tweak your photos to perfection with Snapseed [50 Essential iOS Apps #4]

The iPhone’s camera is arguably one of the best cameras most people will use for capturing life moments. Sometimes, though, those photos don’t turn out quite as perfect as you hope. The iOS Camera and Photos apps have some basic editing tools, but if you’re looking for more fine-tuned tweaks, …

Mobile Photography

Twitterrific update improves direct messaging and keyboard support

Twitterrific 5, one of the best third-party Twitter clients for iOS, just got a new update that makes big improvements to direct messaging and keyboard support. Users can finally send images and videos, and it couldn’t be easier to insert them.<p>If the official Twitter client just doesn’t do it for …

Apps

Amazon is (apparently) doing more than Apple to improve society

Tim Cook has been outspoken about Apple being a “force for good” in the world. However, when it comes to which tech giants have the most positive impact on society, the public has spoken — and the answer isn’t Apple, but rather Amazon.<p>Or, at least, that’s the response from a recent survey of 2,722 …

Mark Zuckerberg

Go beyond iTunes to manage your iOS data [Deals]

Using iTunes to manage iOS devices can be a real headache. Broad categories for syncing make it tough to track down individual tunes, videos, and other files. So it’s nice to know you can manage the data on your iPhone doesn’t need to mean dealing with iTunes.<p>iMazing bills itself as the Swiss Army …

Track Down

Time is up for Apple Watch pop-up shop experiment

Apple is closing up the last of its remaining Apple Watch pop-up shops. Based in Tokyo, Japan, the last of the mini-stores is located in Shinjuku’s high-end Isetan department store. It will shut its door next month.<p>A message outside the store reads, “This is a notice that Apple Watch at Isetan …

Apple Watch

Today in Apple history: App Store hits 1 billion downloads

<b>April 23, 2009:</b> Less than a year after opening its virtual doors, the App Store reaches 1 billion downloads.<p>13-year-old Connor Mulcahey of Weston, Connecticut, wins a “1 Billion App Countdown” promotion. He takes home an assortment of Apple products valued at more than $13,000. Peer-to-peer file …

Apps

Apple cuts HomePod orders by more than half

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker isn’t off to the best start in terms of sales. A new report claims that lack of demand for the speakers has resulted in Apple cutting orders from 500,000 units per month to just 200,000.<p>Extrapolated over the course of a year that would mean that Apple expects to sell …

Apple Music

Facebook delays smart speaker until October

Facebook’s smart speaker will reportedly launch in October, a new report claims. The social media giant’s entry into the AI speaker market already home to Apple’s HomePod, Amazon’s Echo and Google Home was allegedly delayed several months as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.<p>As a result, …

Social Media

Your 13-inch MacBook Pro might need its battery replaced

Apple admits that some MacBook Pro laptops have a problem that causes their batteries to swell up. The company is replacing these free of charge.<p>This affects only the non-touchbar version of the macOS laptop, and only models with a 13-inch screen. In addition, the device needs to have been produced …

MacBook Pro

Choose two Casetify Apple Watch bands, save 20% [April Sale]

Spring’s the perfect time to up your Apple Watch style game and swap out that old strap for something fresh.<p>Enter Casetify’s collection of fun and super stylish Apple Watch bands in Stainless Steel Mesh, Woven Nylon and the artist-inspired line of Saffiano Leather bands.<p>Browse the full lineup of …

Smartwatches

Drafts 5

This week has been big on big updates. drafts, the best text-capture app for iOS, got a brand-new version. Cultured Code’s Things also received a big update, but still doesn’t allow drag-and-drop to task lists, and Dropbox finally <i>did</i> add drag-and-drop, just seven months after iOS 11 added the …

Apps

Jumbo wireless charging station juices up 2 devices at once [Deals]

Charging up a device without wires used to sound like science fiction, but now it’s getting more and more common. With Qi charging technology, it’s a capability that most new devices will have. Wireless charging is growing more popular, so the charging stations are growing too.<p>This iPM 2-in-1 …

Tech Trends