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2018

Two students detail an "amazing" experience at Apple's WWDC18

Thursday June 07, 2018

For most of Apple's installed base, WWDC is a dramatic keynote address detailing the future of Apple's platforms--sometimes involving hardware product launches. But for attendees, the week-long conference is an opportunity to gain deeper insight into how things work in a series of Sessions; direct access to Apple's engineers in a series of Labs and the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other developers working on similar problems at Get-Togethers and other events, including the Thursday Bash.

Speed testing iOS 11 versus iOS 12 on an iPhone X

Thursday June 07, 2018

With the unveiling of iOS 12 at Apple's WWDC, Craig Federighi mentioned the company's focus on performance in its upcoming operating system update. AppleInsider starts speed testing the iOS 12 developer beta, comparing it with iOS 11 running on an iPhone X, to see how much faster it really is.

Factory-reset iPhone impedes Philadelphia 76ers Twitter scandal investigation

Thursday June 07, 2018

The Philadelphia 76ers general manager has resigned after controversy involving his wife's anonymous Twitter accounts sharing inside info on team matters.

Apple's Airport Express reappears in Home app in iOS 12 beta

Thursday June 07, 2018

The Home app is once more spotting the AirPort Express in iOS 12, raising the hopes for devotees of the now cancelled hardware.

IKEA and Sonos tease new smart speakers, but it may mean nothing for Apple users

Thursday June 07, 2018

Flat-pack furniture giant Ikea has prototypes of its upcoming, low-cost Symfonisk line, the first products to come from IKEA's partnership with Sonos.

These iOS 12 improvements will help you live a less stressful digital life

Thursday June 07, 2018

iOS 12 has a long-awaited "Digital Health" suite of enhancements, which along with other tweaks will greatly help users live a less stressful digital life. AppleInsider delves into all of iOS 12's quality of life improvements, and talks about how they'll help the iPhone-addicted.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube aimed squarely at Apple TV 4K

Thursday June 07, 2018

Amazon on Thursday revealed the Fire TV Cube, its latest media streamer, poised to intensify competition with the Apple TV 4K.

Apple's free app trials a band-aid, will be tough on developers

Thursday June 07, 2018

Apple's recent codification of free app trials in App Store guidelines is really just cementing an existing practice, and still leaves many problems on the table for developers and consumers alike.

One of Apple's next moves in health care could be this blood pressure instrument

Thursday June 07, 2018

Continuing Apple's push into the health space, the company has done some research on a low-profile blood pressure measurement system compatible with technologies like the iPhone and Apple Watch.

How Apple is making animations smoother in iOS 12

Thursday June 07, 2018

Users of iOS 12 may find the user interface to scroll smoother and process animations with fewer dropped frames compared to previous versions, thanks to a series of changes Apple made.

Class action claims all Apple Watches are defective

Thursday June 07, 2018

The latest lawsuit over alleged defects in Apple products contends that the company owes $5 million in damages, because all Apple Watches are defective by design.

Siri can interact with streaming media apps like Spotify in iOS 12

Wednesday June 06, 2018

Apple appears to be relaxing its grip on Siri's media capabilities, as the company is building a new "Play Media" integration into iOS 12 that opens the door to compatibility with third-party streaming services like Spotify.

This third-year WWDC scholarship winner built an ML model to recognize beer in one day

Wednesday June 06, 2018

Every year Apple invites student developers to its Worldwide Developer Conference. This year there were 350 scholarship winners in attendance. This afternoon I met up with Collin DeWaters of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who already has four titles in the App Store and put together a new 3D racing game for his Swift Playground application in three days. He's 21.

Watch Apple's new Memoji take on Samsung's AR Emoji

Wednesday June 06, 2018

After Apple released Animoji for the iPhone X, Samsung fired back with AR Emoji, an augmented reality feature that turns Samsung Galaxy S9 users into cartoon-like avatars. Apple will answer Samsung's retort with Memoji when iOS 12 launches later this year, but you can see how the two features compare right now.

At Apple's WWDC18, Beats and Nike Run Club shared the love of running

Wednesday June 06, 2018

At WWDC, Apple and Nike celebrated 12 years of collaboration since the original Nike+ iPod by hosting an early morning run Wednesday. For attendees who came to run, Apple gifted Beats powerbeats3 wireless earbuds and Nike brought in professional trainers to share their infectious love for running.

Conan parodies Apple's Screen Time efforts with 'iPhone Basic'

Wednesday June 06, 2018

The newest commercial parody by Conan O'Brien shows an iPhone without buttons, a screen, or any functions at all -- the ultimate in device usage management.

Apple Maps extends to the web with MapKit JS beta

Wednesday June 06, 2018

Apple is expanding what can be done with Apple Maps, announcing at WWDC 2018 that MapKit JS can be used to embed maps within a website, a function that has been offered by its competition for a considerable amount of time.

Apple's macOS Mojave shares name with fictitious Microsoft Windows release

Wednesday June 06, 2018

If the name Apple chose for this year's macOS release sounds familiar, it's because Microsoft, ten years ago, used Mojave in an ad campaign as an alternate name for Windows Vista.

Apple to host Panic! At the Disco at WWDC18 Bash

Wednesday June 06, 2018

At Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference Bash on Thursday evening, the company will host a "special DJ" and a "victorious" performance by multi-platinum artists Panic! At The Disco.

AirPlay 2 coming to HomePod rival Sonos One in July, feature of new Beam speaker

Wednesday June 06, 2018

Three existing Sonos speakers -- the One, Play:5, and Playbase -- will all get promised AirPlay 2 compatibility in July, the company announced during a Wednesday event.