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2018

65+ new features in watchOS 5 for Apple Watch

Friday June 08, 2018

watchOS 5 is Apple's latest major release for Apple Watch, and it just launched as a developer beta. In this update are a number of new features that aim to make the Apple Watch experience better, as well as making it more independent of the iPhone.

Get a free Apple TV 4K with 3 months of DirecTV Now (just $105 for both)

Friday June 08, 2018

Despite AT&T stating June 8 was the last day to snap up a free 32GB Apple TV 4K with three months of prepaid DirecTV Now service, the wireless giant has gone ahead and extended the deal. With plans as low as $35 per month, you can get the Apple TV 4K and three months of streaming content for just $105.

Supply chain needlessly predicting doom and gloom for 2018 iPhone early

Friday June 08, 2018

Apple has allegedly warned its supply chain partners to expect orders for components used to produce iPhones in this fall's refresh to drop by around 20 percent, a report claims, with the overall suggestion that Apple is becoming less ambitious regarding sales of the new models later this year.

Podcast discusses iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and interviews author Richard Moss

Friday June 08, 2018

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike discuss ScreenTime, what developers think of App Store 'trials', and Victor interviews Richard Moss, who wrote the book on the History of Mac Gaming -- literally.

Startup seeks $200,000 from Apple over 'stolen' Shortcuts app icon

Thursday June 07, 2018

Apple's iOS 12 operating system, unveiled earlier this week, is already the target of a $200,000 legal overture alleging the design of the tech giant's new Shortcuts app icon was cribbed from the logo of tech startup Shift.

Apple stops signing iOS 11.3 following release of iOS 11.4

Thursday June 07, 2018

As it does with every new iOS release, Apple on Thursday stopped signing legacy iOS 11.3.1 code after last week's release of iOS 11.4.

Apple inks Writers Guild of America contract, agrees to better writer benefits

Thursday June 07, 2018

Apple this week agreed to terms outlined by the Writers Guild of America's master contract that provide its writers with a better set of benefits than directed by the body's minimum guidelines, a strategy expected to impact future WGA negotiations with competing streaming services.

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.