Siri and the Rock speak Mandarin, Love of big iPhones, iOS 11 Control Center, iPad Pro and Pencil, Carpool Will Smith, more HomePod hints, Single Sign-On, LiquidText, Service Workers


The Rock and Siri speak Mandarin, turn on the gym lights — Apple released two more short-form commercials featuring Dwayne The Rock Johnson promoting Siri. In the first piece, Do Not Disturb, The Rock speaks Mandarin. This is cool in and of itself, but Apple wants you to notice that Siri understands him. In the second piece, The Rock uses Siri’s HomeKit abilities to turn on his gym lights.

Love for big-screen iPhones — Larger screens lead to higher iPhone sales, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The research firm estimates that Apple’s domestic installed base has 141 million units as of this quarter; that’s up from 124 million in the year-ago quarter. Larger screens prove most popular with the 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus accounting for 53 million units, says CIRP. The year-old iPhone SE saw 6% growth in the US installed base.

How to use the iOS 11 Control Center — Mac Observer has a look at how to use the iOS 11 Control Center. Apple has changed it quite a bit, adding capabilities and giving it an almost complete makeover.

See instant markup and notes with Apple Pencil in iOS 11 on iPad Pro — The Apple Pencil will become more powerful and useful than ever with this fall’s release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to instantly begin drawing and taking notes as soon as the stylus is in hand. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the new feature will work on the iPad Pro.

Apple Music previews Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and Will Smith — Apple Music has a new preview video to promote Carpool Karaoke. The series officially debuts August 8th. It features Carpool Karaoke creator James Corden and Will Smith. It starts off with a smidgen of Parents Just Don’t Understand, and there’s also a marching band and a helicopter. [Could also be called The Ego Has Landed.]

Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision revealed by HomePod firmware — Apple’s own firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving for enthusiasts, this time revealing a next-generation Apple TV will boast support for 4K video, as well as high dynamic range in both 10-bit and Dolby Vision formats.

Apple’s single sign-on feature gains nearly 440 new providers, expands to Guam and US Virgin Islands — Apple’s running list of providers offering support for single sign-on streaming authentication has grown exponentially with the addition of 438 cable and satellite television companies, including firms offering services in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

LiquidText 3.0.11 changes how you annotate documents on the iPad — It’s hard to go back to an more ordinary PDF annotator after using LiquidText, but it is not the ultimate PDF tool for the iPad.

Apple may integrate Service Workers into WebKit, support next-gen web apps in Safari — Apple has begun work toward integrating Service Workers, an API that lets browsers run background scripts, into WebKit, suggesting the company might one day support a form of next-generation web app in iOS.

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