Tip: using emojis in iOS Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can use emoji as search terms in Spotlight Search to some rather interesting effects. It’s unclear when this feature was added or activated.

That being said, bringing up iOS’s built-in Emoji keyboard to type an emoji in Spotlight’s search field will produce matching results related to the character’s meaning, as highlighted by Cult of Mac. Read More

 

Say hello to three new pebbles: Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Smartwatch and wearable devices startup Pebble on Tuesday unveiled three new devices: a second-generation Pebble, dubbed the Pebble 2, a new version of the Pebble Time and the Core, a pocket computer for runners wit built-in cellular connectivity. Read More

 

Twitter confirms it’ll stop counting media and @names within the 140-character limit

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

In perhaps the biggest change to its service since its inception, Twitter on Tuesday announced a bunch of changes meant to distance itself from the controversial 140-character-per-tweet rule.

As previously rumored, media links generated by attaching photos, animated GIFs, videos, polls, quoted tweets and direct messages—along with @names in replies—will no longer count toward the limit.

Other changes include the addition of the retweet button on your own tweets and automatically exposing any tweets which begin with a username to all your followers. Read More

 

Apple’s boss talks Watch potential at European startup conference

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Tim Cook is at the Startup Fest Europe conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands today. In an on-stage interview with Nellie Kroes, who is a retired European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Cook waved off any suggestion that the Cupertino firm might enter the telecommunications business by becoming an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).

The CEO also spent some time talking about future potential of the Apple Watch as a health-monitoring device, hinting that it’ll soon be possible to outfit wearable devices with additional sensors to help monitor more and more of what’s going on in your body. Read More

 

Apple granted a patent that’d allow advanced car control via your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday granted Apple a patent that could be a perfect fit for Project Titan, its not-so-secretive electric car project.

The proposed invention outlines an advanced vehicle access control system that would permit an iPhone to do things like open your car doors, start or shut off the engine for specific time frames and for specific duration of time, adjust and activate personalized car settings and more.

“The feature set described in this invention went far beyond anything that could have been conceived working with CarPlay,” explains Patently Apple, which first caught wind of the granted patent. Read More

 

Tim Cook reaffirms Apple has no desire to become a MVNO carrier

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today by retired European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Nellie Kroes.

Asked if Apple would consider launching its own telecommunications service to cut off carriers, Cook responded by ruling out an Apple MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).

Cook said his company lacks the expertise to do so and reiterated that Apple is in fact quite content with the things carriers do. Read More

 

Can’t remove your payment info from your Apple ID? Here’s why

By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016

Not everyone wants to have their credit card or debit card linked to their Apple ID. Some people are afraid of having their financial information tied to online merchants and digital content stores because of the unfortunate reality of identity theft and unauthorized purchases.

With that in mind, what should you do if you don’t want a credit card that you’ve already linked to your Apple ID to be there, but the ‘None’ payment method option isn’t showing for you?

We’ll talk about that in this post and explain why the option isn’t available to you. Read More

 

Kuo: thinner MacBook Pro models coming with OLED touch bar and Touch ID

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro models later this year with a thinner design, built-in Touch ID and other new features, reports Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors on Monday, the high-profile analyst said the Pro laptops will make their debut in Q4 of this year.

Kuo says this will be the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” In addition to an all-new thinner and lighter design, and Touch ID, the new MacBooks will also include an embedded OLED display touch bar, that will be located above the keyboard. Read More

 

Another leaked schematics reaffirms dual-camera as iPhone 7 Plus exclusive

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Differences between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6/6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus are mostly confined to screen size, battery and optical image stabilization on the bigger model.

With the next iPhone, this imaging gap between the regular-sized model and its 5.5-inch brethren is expected to widen by a significant margin.

Purported iPhone 7 technical drawing discovered on Chinese forum Baidu by Italian-language HDBlog serves as yet another indication that the flagship iPhone 7 Plus model will be exclusively outfitted with a rumored dual-camera system, leaving the regular-sized iPhone 7 model with modest photography improvements stemming from a larger camera package. Read More

 

New concept video imagines assumed iPhone 7 Plus features based on the rumors

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Apple’s next smartphone refresh may or may not bring a major design overhaul to the iPhone that fans have been holding their breath for, but we still fully expect the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be worthwhile upgrades in terms of both the looks and the features.

The rumor-mill does think, however, the device could have a cleaner look and feel due to the antenna lines being relocated to the very top and bottom.

The rear camera is said to protrude less from the housing and have a bevelled look and we might even get a pair of grilles at the bottom for stereo speakers. Taking it all in, Dutch 3D artist Jermaine Smit has imagined the iPhone 7 Plus in a concept video. Read More

 

Apple seeds first betas for OS X 10.11.6 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

In addition to iOS 9.3.3, Apple on Monday also issued first betas for OS X 10.11.6 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers. The new 10.11.6 beta, build 15G7a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store, and tvOS 9.2.2 can be installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. Read More

 

Production machinery orders spiking ahead of iPhone’s switch to OLED screens

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Many in the rumor-mill agree that Apple is planning to build an iPhone around the brighter, more power efficient AMOLED screen tech. New clues of 2017 bringing a major change to the iPhone’s display technology appeared with news this morning that the world’s top maker of display-making equipment, Applied Materials, reported an almost fourfold leap in orders for OLED production machinery. Read More

 

Spotify price-matches Apple Music’s $14.99 per month family plan

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Spotify may currently be running circles around Apple Music with the more than 30 million paid accounts versus about 13 million paying customers on Apple’s music service, but that doesn’t mean they’re standing still.

In an attempt to make its service more competitive with Apple’s, Spotify said today that families of six can now subscribe for just $14.99 per month, or appropriate local pricing, effectively price-matching Apple Music’s family plan. Read More

 

Camera bump to remain part of iPhone design for another year, leaked photo suggests

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

A claimed photo of an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 7 backplate, which surfaced on a Weibo account this morning, gives us a closer look at the handset’s protruding camera, cleaner antenna lines and more. Prior leaks showed a camera design not flush with the housing, but the new photo suggests that the rear camera could be slightly bevelled, too. Read More

 

Airmail 3 for OS X is here, brings best features from its iOS edition to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Developer Bloop on Monday issued a major update to its excellent OS X email client on the Mac App Store, Airmail. Available as a free upgrade for existing users, Airmail 3 brings some of the best features from its iPhone and iPad edition to the Mac.

In addition to improved handling of your VIP contacts and the ability to quickly reply to emails from a notification, Airmail 3 includes a rich set of options for customizing your menus, gestures, keyboard shortcuts and folders.

The app now integrates with your calendar, has a lot faster message rendering engine, will sync more settings via iCloud between OS X and iOS editions (rules, VIP contacts and Smart Folders) and more. Read More

 

Apple asks suppliers to prepare for much higher-than-expected iPhone 7 production

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Peak iPhone? If the latest supply chain report is to be trusted, the Cupertino firm doesn’t envision iPhone sales tapering off anytime soon, at least not this year. Barron’s said Monday, citing a report in the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily Times, that Apple has now asked its contract manufacturers and Asian suppliers to prepare for a much higher-than-expected iPhone 7 production volume in 2016.

Instead of ordering about 65 million handsets, which would have been in line with what Wall Street had been predicting, Apple needs between 72-78 million units of the new iPhone produced this year. Read More

 

Alleged iPhone 7 Plus parts reaffirm dual cameras, suggest 16/64/256GB models

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

French leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer yesterday republished an image of some claimed iPhone 7 Plus components, found on Weibo.

The photo appears to show an alleged dual-camera module said to be destined for the handset’s refresh, along with NAND flash chips which suggest that the iPhone 7 could include a new 256-gigabyte model.

The presence of both 16GB and 64GB memory modules on the photo might indicate that, disappointingly, the iPhone’s highly criticized low-storage 16GB model won’t be going away with the forthcoming hardware refresh. Read More

 

Odd iPhone 7 prototype shell with iPad Pro-like four speaker setup leaks

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

Thus far, we’ve heard conflicting rumors regarding the next iPhone’s speaker setup, with some sources being adamant that the handset would arrive outfitted with stereo speakers and others shaking their head in disagreement, suggesting the iPhone 7 would have the plain old single-speaker setup, like prior models.

Well, how about four speakers?

Prolific leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer today posted on his French-language blog NowhereElse.fr a set images of images of an alleged iPhone 7 prototype case which shows not one, not two, not three but four speakers, two at the top top and an additional two at the bottom. Read More

 

What’s on your Home screen: Christian Zibreg

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2016

Sebastien tries to keep all his apps and folders on only one screen. I’m like Sebastien, with one difference: I never have more than one folder on the first Home screen. But just because I’m not jailbroken doesn’t mean my Home screen is a mess, quite the contrary! As a big believer in efficient organization, I take pride in my Home screen layout.

There’s logic behind every app choice and a story to be told behind every icon placement. Without further ado, here’s what’s on my Home screen, and why. Read More

 

MacID to remain available even if Apple introduces Touch ID unlocking for Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 21, 2016

There has been some talk recently about Apple potentially launching a new way to unlock your Mac with Touch ID in an upcoming OS X release.

For those who are aware, this can be done already with apps from the App Store, such as MacID, but if Apple brings this feature to the native installation of OS X, what will happen to these premium third-party apps?
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