Rumor: iPhone 7 to launch week of September 12

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2016

Apple typically launches new iPhones in September and assuming the company sticks to its release schedule, this year should be no different. With only six or so weeks until an official introduction, prominent leakster and VentureBeat reporter, Evan Blass, posted on his @EVLeaks account on Twitter that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released during the week of September 12. New iPhones typically go on sale on Friday, so we’re guessing Friday, September 16, is our release date. Read More

 

iOS 9 adoption jumps to 86 percent mark ahead of iOS 10 release

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Earlier in the week, Apple updated iOS adoption numbers via its App Store dashboard for developers. According to the refreshed stats, the various iOS 9 editions now power 86 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, a two-point gain versus the 84 percent adoption rate that iOS 9 hit on April 20. Read More

 

Blurry video out of China compares claimed Rose Gold iPhone 7 rear shell to iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Earlier in the week, a video out of China gave us a nice look into iPhone 7 dummies in Gold, Rose Gold and rumored Space Black. It’s time for another iPhone 7 video as we head out into the weekend.

Brand new footage, which surfaced last evening on Chinese social media, offers yet another comparison between a claimed iPhone 7 rear shell in rose gold finish and a Rose Gold iPhone 6s. Read More

 

Latest Apple updates have fixed major Stagefright-like security hole in TIFF image handling

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Apple’s OSes suffer from a previously unknown exploit which could allow an attacker to compromise the security of a device by having the user open an unsuspecting TIFF image file. Thankfully, the vulnerability has been patched in the most recent releases of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

Resembling the dangerous Stagefright exploit that plagued Google’s Android platform for the better part of last year, the security hole could allow a nefarious user to gather sensitive data from your device as soon as you access a simple text message containing a malicious TIFF image file, Fortune said yesterday. Read More

 

Apple confirms it will open its first retail store in Taiwan

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Apple has confirmed to Reuters plans to open its first-ever retail store in Taiwan, where most of its suppliers and contract fabricators are located. The Cupertino company stopped short of revealing the exact location for the store, but speculation mounts that it will presumably be found in the capital of Taipei. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: changes & fixes in macOS Sierra beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Monday, Apple seeded a third developer-only beta of macOS Sierra (build number “16A254g”) to members of the Apple Developer Programfollowed by a version suited for public beta testers 24 hours later.

After spending some quality time with Sierra’s third beta, our own Andrew O’Hara summed up for you guys all the changes and fixes he’s discovered in Sierra’s beta 3 in a hands-on video. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: Siri + Music changes & other fixes in tvOS 10 beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Earlier this week, Apple seeded a third beta of iOS 10 (build number “14T5296d”) to its developers who are registered with the Apple Developer Program.

Although the software is light on new outward-facing user features, it still contains some noteworthy fixes along with improvements for Siri, ‘Made for iOS’ game controllers, the Music app and other aspects of the operating system.

We went ahead and asked our video editor Andrew O’Hara to spend some hands-on time with tvOS 10 beta 3 and capture his impressions on video.

Here’s what Andrew had to say about beta 3. Read More

 

Periscope introduces Replay Highlights, Live Autoplay and Tweet Embeds

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Periscope, Twitter’s live-broadcasting app, was updated in the App Store with a few new features, among them Replay Highlights, Live Autoplay and Tweet Embeds. Highlights automatically generates a short trailer for every Periscope broadcast of your home feed, making it easier to catch up on broadcasts you missed from the last day.

Periscope is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

Apple announces first Brooklyn store will be opening doors to customers on July 30

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Job listings discovered in May 2016 suggested that Apple’s first retail store in the New York City borough of Brooklyn could open for business this year. Today, the company’s Retail website officially announced that grand opening of its all-new Brooklyn store will take place on Sunday, July 30, at 10am local time. Read More

 

BBC’s iPlayer Radio hits US App Store as new BBC+ app goes live in UK

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) iPlayer Radio mobile app, which used to be limited to customers in the United Kingdom, has expanded stateside today, TechCrunch just announced. Now customers in the United States can download iPlayer Radio from the US App Store and tune in to BBC’s high-quality radio stations and content.

Earlier in the week, BBC announced launch of a brand new personalized content portal with a new BBC+ app on the UK App Store. Read More

 

Report: Apple’s rumored electric car project faces internal launch delay until 2021

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessia Lessin’s outlet, The Information, this morning ran a story behind a paywall claiming that Apple’s tentative 2020 launch target for a rumored autonomous electric vehicle may have slipped until 2021. Project Titan, as it’s code-named, “has run into challenges” after its top executive left in January, as per sources. Read More

 

T-Mobile treats 2016 Summer Olympics attendees to unlimited 4G LTE data and calling

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Deutsche Telekom-owned wireless carrier T-Mobile USA today announced that all Simple Choice postpaid customers traveling to Brazil for 2016 Summer Olympics will be treated to unlimited high-speed 4G LTE data within the country during August.

In unleashing Brazil this summer, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere noted that not only will Rio de Janeiro visitors enjoy the Summer Olympics without worrying about roaming charges, but also free calls within Brazil and to U.S. during the month of August. Read More

 

Indian government intervenes to allow Apple Stores in the country

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

After repeated delays, Apple may finally get the chance to open company-run retail stores in India as the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly approved a three-year extension on local-sourcing rules that require foreign companies operating their own retail stores to manufacture at least thirty percent of goods in the country. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger hits a major milestone—one billion monthly users

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Facebook yesterday announced that its Messenger service has hit a major milestone: the software is now being used by more than one billion people every month to message their friends and family. Messenger saw a major surge in popularity after it was decoupled from the main Facebook mobile client, and especially since becoming a software platform in its own right with chat bots, apps, money payments, expanded emojis and other features.

Facebook Messenger is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

Video: iPhone 7 mockups in Gold, Rose Gold and rumored Space Black

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Many rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus suggest a refined iPhone 6s industrial design with subdued antennal lines on the backside and the usual Gold, Rose Gold and Silver finishes, with at least one source pointing at a possible Apple Watch-like Space Black variant.

Ran Avni of YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone posted an interesting video yesterday, depicting iPhone 7 mockups in Gold, Rose Gold and Space Black to give us an idea what the handset might look like when it launches this fall. Read More

 

New feature in iOS 10 warns you if liquid is detected in Lightning port

By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2016

It appears that Apple has added a feature in iOS 10 that can detect if there is liquid in your device’s Lightning connector. As seen in the above images, posted to Reddit by u/lucioghosty, if liquid is detected, iOS 10 warns you to keep the port clear until it dries.

The alert takes up the full screen, and apparently stays until you either disconnect whatever Lightning is plugged into the port, or you tap the Ignore button. Note that tapping Ignore pops up another warning saying, “this may damage your iPhone.” Read More

 

macOS Sierra Public Beta 2 released to testers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

In addition to releasing a second public beta of iOS 10, macOS Sierra Public Beta 2 is now also available to those signed on the Apple Beta Software Program.

The third beta of Sierra was seeded to Apple’s registered developers two days ago, and now public beta testers can take it for a spin (public beta 2 and developer beta 3 offer the same features).

The update should appear as an over-the-air download via the Software Update mechanism through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab on Macs that run the first public beta and are enrolled in Apple’s program. Read More

 

iOS 10 Public Beta 2 now available to testers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

Two days following the developer-only release of iOS 10 beta 3, Apple today released iOS 10 Public Beta 2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The software is now available to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program.

For those wondering, iOS 10 Public Beta 2 and developer beta 3 offer the same features.

Folks on the first public beta with an appropriate configuration profile installed on their device should see an over-the-air download in Settings → General → Software Update. Read More

 

Meet Swiftmoji, SwiftKey’s new emoji-predicting keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

A new emoji-predicting keyboard from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, called Swiftmoji, launched on the App Store.

Available at no charge on the App Store, it boosts your emoji game by predicting a wall of suggested emojis based on crowdsourced data, the user’s own preferences and the actual text written in any of the user’s keyboards.

This ability to get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed is similar to Apple’s much-improved QuickType keyboard on iOS 10. Read More

 

Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

If you write books, manuals or lengthy manuscripts for a living, chances are you rely on Scrivener for Mac for your work. If so, you’ll be delighted to learn that the app’s creator, British developer Literature & Latte Ltd., has released Scrivener for iOS following a long period of thorough beta testing. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app costs $19.99 and provides the full range of features writers need to create, edit and update their work on the go with full-screen mode on the iPad and other perks. Read More

 
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