Apple said to be launching new TV guide app tomorrow

By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2016

Apple plans to unveil a new TV guide app tomorrow during its Hello Again Mac event, reports Recode. Citing a source familiar with the initiative, the site says the guide will aggregate and show content that’s available, and will work on Apple TV and iOS devices.

Unfortunately, not all major video providers have agreed to participate in the program. Most notably, the report claims that Netflix data will not be available in the guide, which is odd considering that the two companies have worked closely together in the past. Read More


New report rebuffs claim that Apple will release 5-inch iPhone in 2017

By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2016

A new report is out late Wednesday rebuffing an earlier claim that Apple intends to release 3 iPhone models next year. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, AppleInsider says the company will be sticking with its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handset sizes in 2017.

For those that missed it, Asian news outlet Nikkei reported Wednesday morning that Apple would be adding a 5-inch option to its current two-size lineup. It didn’t, however, explain why it would want to do so, given how close it would be to the 4.7-inch model. Read More


How to use Live Tune-In feature on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

The fourth-generation Apple TV allows you to begin watching a live channel immediately, simply by asking Siri. Called Live Tune-In, this feature works with supported video-streaming apps that provide live TV functionality.

With it, you can quickly pop into a live news broadcast on CNN or a live game on ESPN without manually launching apps or navigating menus.

In other words, Live Tune-In makes your Apple TV behave more like a conventional TV. Telling Siri to go to a live channel couldn’t be easier, as this quick tutorial attests. Read More


Tip: replay any bubble or screen effect in Messages conversations with a tap

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

The Messages app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has gained a number of new features in iOS 10 that allow users to better express themselves with things like stickers, reactions, iMessage Apps, animated expressions, Digital Touch, bubble and screen effects and much more.

Initially, a message sent with an effect would animate once after the user opened it. In iOS 10.1, Apple’s added a new option to replay bubble and screen effects anywhere in conversations with a tap. Read More


Apple says AirPods aren’t ready yet, pushes back release date

By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2016

Bad news for folks hoping to snag a pair of Apple’s cool new wireless AirPod headphones this month. TechCrunch has received a statement from Apple saying that they aren’t quite ready yet, so don’t expect them to hit their original ‘late October’ rollout date. Read More


No Escape key on OLED MacBook Pro? Sierra lets you remap its function to a modifier key

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

With less than 24 hours away until Apple’s “Hello again” Mac event, images of an unreleased MacBook Pro found in the latest macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update have all but confirmed a rumored OLED touch bar replacing the row with hardware function keys.

The Internet immediately complained about the apparent loss of the hardware Escape key that seems to have fallen victim to these programmable OLED keys. While the OLED Bar could display a soft-Escape key in the left corner, users can now assign its function to one of the hardware modifier keys.

As Jeff Geerling first noted yesterday, the latest macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update now conveniently lets you remap an Escape action to a Caps Lock, Control, Option or Command modifier key—which wasn’t possible in earlier macOS editions. Read More


How Micro-LEDs could allow for Apple gadgets with longer-lasting batteries & brighter screens

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

2017 iPhones may ditch traditional LCDs for a lot brighter, much more power-efficient OLED display technology. However, the OLED switch could be short-lived as Apple is said to be adopting emerging Micro-LED display panels. Micro-LED screens could debut on 2017 Apple Watch models.

Micro-LEDs range in size from one micron to one hundred microns. Skating to where the puck’s going to be, Apple in May 2014 bought Micro-LED developer LuxVue Technology, adding their talent to to its hardware innovations team. The iPhone maker also set up an R&D center in Taiwan to research Micro-LEDs.

Here’s a technology primer providing a layman’s overview of the current state of Micro-LED technology and how it could benefit Apple by helping its teams engineer devices that would rock longer-lasting batteries and have significantly brighter screens. Read More


Nikkei: all iPhone 8 models to have all-glass design, new 5″ model in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

According to Nikkei Asian Review today, Apple’s 2017 iPhone family (which may be called “iPhone 8” rather than “iPhone 7s”) will include three models, adding a brand new five-inch form factor to the mix. All three models of the iPhone 8 should boast refreshed industrial design.

The overhauled phones would be sandwiched between two pieces of chemically hardened curved glass—like KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a report to clients.

Both glass backs and cover glass for the iPhone 8 will be supplied by China’s Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, an industry source told the publication. The glass front and back will be held together by a brand new metal frame, but Apple is said to have yet make a final decision on the design of the metal frames. Read More


New Apple TV app launching Thursday to give users personalized TV show recommendations

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

For years, Apple’s been courting content owners to support its ambitions to provide its users a package of TV programming and live broadcasts, to no avail.

But Apple’s living room strategy is said to have shifted recently from building an inexpensive skinny bundle of TV programming to developing a simple interface for browsing digital programming guides.

First signs of this new direction should become visible at Thursday’s “Hello again” Mac event: USA Today claims that Apple will unveil a new app for giving owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV personalized recommendations for television shows. Read More


Tip: save space on iPhone 7 Plus by turning off depth of field photo duplicates

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

iOS provides a Portrait mode in the stock Camera app to owners of the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

As you know, Portrait mode lets you take dramatic DSLR-like depth of field photographs where the camera automatically creates a beautifully blurred background while keeping the subject in the front sharp and in full focus.

Your iPhone 7 plus defaults to saving both the original twelve-megapixel photo and its depth of field counterpart, effectively doubling storage requirements for Portrait shots.

In this quick tutorial we’re going to show you how you can easily disable photo duplicates for depth of field photos with just a few taps. Read More


Google’s dedicated search app gains ability to preview Now cards with 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

Google today issue a small update to its dedicated search app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Bumped to version 20.3, the free of charge app has gained the ability to preview Google Now cards with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Just press a card within the app to peek at its contents, then swipe up to access additional options or press harder to open the card in fullscreen mode. Read More


Apple now has $237.6 billion and other highlights from the Q4 earnings call

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2016

Apple announced the financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter of 2016 this afternoon, and although they met Wall Street estimates, the numbers are still pretty rough. iPhone sales are down 3 million units, and revenue is down $4.5 billion from the year-ago quarter.

Following the release of its earnings, CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri hopped on a conference call to talk about their company’s performance over the last 3 months, and offer up some insights into its future. Here are some of the most interesting points from the call. Read More


Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings: 45.5M iPhones and 9.3M iPads sold, revenue down to $46.9B

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2016

Apple on Tuesday posted its [fiscal] fourth quarter earnings for 2016, offering a look at its performance over the past 3 months. The Cupertino company came close to most of Wall Street’s expectations, selling 45.5 million iPhones, 9.3 million iPads and earning $46.9 billion in revenue. The numbers are still down year-over-year, however, as the struggle to find new growth continues. Read More


Report: Apple has team in Canada working on car operating system

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2016

Apple has dozens of software engineers in Canada building a car operating system, reports Bloomberg. The engineers are said to be working at an office in Kanata, close to the offices of BlackBerry’s QNX, where many of them were previously employed. Read More


How to enable Messages effects even when Reduce Motion is on

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Among other things, iOS 10 lets users animate chat bubbles in Apple’s expressive Messages app and play animations such as balloons, confetti or fireworks that can take over an entire screen.

When iOS 10.0 released, these bubble and screen animations wouldn’t play if a user had Reduce Motion enabled in Settings. iOS 10.1 has fixed this omission so you can still enjoy Messages animations when Reduce Motion is on.

This quick tutorial will teach you to play Messages effects even if the Reduce Motion feature has been turned on in Accessibility settings. Read More


First look at the new MacBook Pro with Magic Toolbar and Touch ID

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2016

Here are the first pictures of Apple’s new MacBook Pro. MacRumors spotted the images of what is believed to be the company’s new laptop hidden within the just-released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update, and we have no reason to believe otherwise.

The images appear to confirm the rumors that the refreshed MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch bar, in place of the function keys, and Touch ID. The above photo shows how to use Touch ID to authenticate an online purchase via Apple Pay.

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Note 7 recall has Apple boosting iPhone 7 orders to snatch market share from Samsung

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Samsung is expected to lose a few billion dollars over the ill-fated Note 7 which got discontinued after numerous reports of spontaneous battery fires. The Note 7 debacle has created an opportunity not just for Apple and Google, but just about every vendor out there that builds high-end smartphones.

According to DigiTimes, Apple has now increased iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus orders for the crucial holiday quarter as it looks to snatch some market share from Samsung. Read More


One more hint that the next MacBook Pro will have OLED touch bar

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

If you need another “proof” that the next MacBook Pro will indeed feature an OLED touch bar in place of the function key row, feel free to comb through system resources in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 software update which released yesterday.

As first discovered by MacRumors reader Gabriel Lorin, the System Preferences assets for the Mac’s virtual keyboard now come with refreshed image assets depicting an updated keyboard layout which no longer shows the standard row of function keys. Read More


Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for Mac hits Steam, Mac App Store version due soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Developer Aspyr Media announced yesterday that Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for Mac is now available on Steam, just three days after its PC release. The game will be hitting the Mac App Store at a later stage, Aspyr has confirmed. Civilization VI was created by the same team that made Civilization expansions.

The turn-based strategy game challenges you to dominate capitals and woo the world as the new diplomatic leader with improvements like a new research system, enhanced artificial intelligence and more. Read More


Google Maps for iOS gains food delivery support, plus codes & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday received an interesting update in the App Store. The new version brings out a few enhancements such as integration with popular food delivery services, support for plus codes—identifiers for locations that don’t have their own street address—and other perks. These new features require Google Maps 4.24 for iOS or later, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store. Read More

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