Design

HOW APPLE CAN FIX ITS AWFUL PRE-ORDERING SYSTEM

If you were like me last night, you set your alarm for the dead of night. Then when the alarm went off, you wiped the crust from your eyes, opened your MacBook, hit refresh a bunch of times, looked at the clock, cursed Apple, switched to your iPad, spend a bunch of money, and went back to bed. This is how it’s been for quite some time now. It’s the same horrible process every September, as predictable as a mountain…

Gadgets

Apple wants appmakers to avoid the notch when designing for iPhone X

During its annual special event yesterday, Apple lifted the lid on its all-new iPhoneX – a handset it labels the future of smartphones. But it seems the future will be a little more of a hassle for developers and designers, than it will be for consumers. The iPhone X represents a significant departure from the iterative form factors we’ve come to expect from Apple, introducing an enhanced (almost) edgeless OLED display, a new FaceID facial recognition technology and a rounded all-glass design. But perhaps its most eye-catching aspect currently…

Mobile

Apple will almost definitely announce wireless charging for three new iPhones

In a few weeks, Apple will challenge Samsung for smartphone dominance when it finally releases the next-generation iPhone, and rumors seem to indicate that the device — unofficially dubbed the iPhone 8 — will include wireless charging. Now, the reputable battery and accessories company RAVpower is jumping the gun to announce what it calls the first wireless charging pad made with special technology just for "next-gen Apple devices" and tells Mashable mass production has already begun. If this isn't considered a legitimate confirmation that wireless charging will be included in…

Mobile

Apple Is Working on Built-in Display Privacy Technology

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently published an Apple patent application for a method to control and customize display viewing-angles for various devices. The patent, “Displays with Adjustable Angles-of-View,” was first filed by Apple in June 2016, but was only made public today. The effect would, presumably, be similar to an aftermarket privacy filter in that the device’s display won’t be viewable from certain angles. But rather than a third-party solution, the method described within the patent calls for…

Mobile

For Apple, 2017 means “iPhone 8” or bust

Although not due for release until later this year, you’ve probably heard rumors and leaks regarding the Apple iPhone 8 for months at this point. With 2017 marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone – a big deal to us humans, who are big fans of well-rounded numbers – expectations are high for the device that ushered in the age of smartphones, with features like wireless charging and shrunken bezels rumored to make a debut. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, those…

Gadgets

Apple bans VPN-based adblockers from App Store

According to 9to5Mac, the violation relates to section 4.2.1: Apps should use APIs and frameworks for their intended purposes and indicate that integration in their app description. For example, the HomeKit framework should provide home automation services; and HealthKit should be used for health and fitness purposes and integrate with the Health app. In other words, using VPN or root certificates to remove ads being displayed in apps is not using the "APIs and frameworks for their intended purposes" and are,…

Mobile

Apple gets to sell iPhones again in Southeast Asia’s largest market

After skipping the iPhone 6S, Apple finally gets to sell iPhones again in the largest smartphone market in Southeast Asia. This is because the San Francisco technology giant has committed to a $44 million R&D centrein Indonesia, thus fulfilling a requirement for 4G smartphones to use 30 percent local components. The 30 percent can be made up of hardware and software. Sales of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus began on Mar. 31, after it pledged to build a…

Mobile

After 12 tries, Apple finally approved an app for tracking drone strikes, then immediately deleted it

Five years ago, Josh Begley, a data artist and editor at The Intercept, created a straightforward news app for iOS. It sent a push notification to your device each time a U.S. drone strike was reported by a news outlet. SEE ALSO: Here’s how you create echo chambers on Facebook There's a map that shows you where the drone strikes occurred and a log that keeps track of each one. That's it. No pictures, no interviews. And yet, it was…

Technology

Apple fixes Safari bug that distorted Consumer Reports battery life tests

Last month, Consumer Reports declared it would not recommend the new MacBook Pro, on account of its poor and highly erratic battery life. This report followed weeks of controversy that has dogged the latest refresh of Apple’s mobile hardware — many users also haven’t been happy with Apple’s reliance on dongles or its minimum improvements to the platform (the cost increases generally don’t offset the addition of new features like the Touch Bar). Apple initially refused to acknowledge that the…

Gadgets

Apple removes AirPod finder app from the App Store

There are suddenly a lot of completely wireless earbuds on the market, which are “completely wireless” because there’s no wire connecting the two sides, nor a wire going to your device. Apple was (it insists) courageous enough to completely remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. It has compensated for that by releasing the AirPods, completely wireless earbuds that will cost you $159. Oh, and that’ll be $69 when you inevitably lose one. If you have a time machine…

Gadgets

Apple Forgets To Celebrate The iPod’s 15th Birthday

Today is the iPod’s 15th birthday, her Quiñceanera if you will. While some tech blogs celebrated — theInternational Business Times even coined it National iPod Day — the most important people appear to have forgotten: Apple, the iPod’s own daddy. No press release. No tweet from the Apple official account, or Apple Music or Apple Support. No tweet from Tim Cook. Steve Jobs is too busy either hanging with the tech angels in future heaven to notice, or caught in…

Mobile

Apple still isn’t acknowledging its growing ‘touch disease’ problem

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are suffering from a manufacturing issue that presents itself as a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen and an unresponsive — or less responsive — touchscreen. Affectionately known as ‘touch disease,’ it’s a persistent problem that Apple seems fully aware of, but not all that willing to do anything about.Although detailed by a handful of third-party repair specialists — like iFixit — and dozens (if not hundreds) of complaints on its own…

Design

Apple wants Unicode Consortium to add these 5 new emoji

iOS 10 will include over 100 new emoji. Apple things that’s about five too few. Apple’s Peter Edberg, a software engineer that’s been with the company 28 years, reached out to the Unicode Technical Committee recently and shared five mockups that he — and Apple — think should be included. The new emoji — an artist, firefighter, pilot, judge and an astronaut — would be in addition to the 72 new emoji Unicode just approved, most of which have made their…

Hardware

APPLE KILLING MACBOOK AIR? HERE’S OUR ADVICE

My sister-in-law asked me what Apple laptop to buy and I was a bit surprised by my recommendation. “Get the MacBook Pro,” I said. As a new mom who would be editing lots of photos, I didn’t think she wanted the 12-inch MacBook’s relatively small display, or to deal with its flat keyboard. And, besides, the 13-inch MacBook Pro would give her more power and more ports for the same $1,299 price. With its low-res screen and outdated processor, the…

Hardware

Is Apple about to kill off the MacBook Air?

There will be no new MacBook Air models in 2016 as Apple prepares to kill off the slimline laptop range, reports have claimed. With the MacBook having returned as Apple's compact laptop offering last year, it has been suggested that the Air - Apple's most affordable portable computer option - is to be slowly retired. That's according to claimed insiders speaking to tech blogger Jack Marsh,via BGR, with the reports just the latest in a flurry of claims along these Air-culling…

Online

Apple says the Justice Department is using the law as an ‘all-powerful magic wand’

In a filing entered today in Central California district court, Apple says the government wants the law to act as "an all-powerful magic wand" that could force the company into assisting law enforcement. The argument comes in response to FBI demands for Apple tobreak security on an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino shooting, giving investigators access to data stored locally on the phone. Apple has resisted those demands, in part arguing that Congress had explicitly denied those powers to…