Category Archives: Apple Watch

X shipment times better, 5 video editors


Five video apps for iOS

iPhone X shipments from Apple improve to 2-3 weeks in US — In a sign that production of the iPhone X is catching up with overwhelming demand, new orders for the iPhone X are now advertised to ship within two to three weeks, a one-week improvement from their previous estimate.

Five video editing apps for iPhone videographers — So far we’ve rounded up plenty of photo apps to enhance your images. Now it’s time to focus on videographers. The Mac Observer has found 5 video editing apps that will supercharge your videos, both for beginners and more advanced users.

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iPhone X tips and tricks, retouching apps, Foxconn plummet, Apple Watch takes lead, Watch and sharks, sleep Watch


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More iPhone X tips and tricks — How to access and customise the Control Center on the iPhone X, how to master the iPhone X user interface and how to reset Face ID (and don’t worry, it’s not facelift surgery). Here’s a video of the fastest way to unlock your iPhone X with Face ID.
You can autofill passwords and credit card entry in Safari with Face ID on the iPhone X, to. The iPhone X can auto-fill crucial data in Safari, using Face ID to authenticate the user, and securely enter credit card information with Apple’s iCloud Keychain and Safari Autofill at the crux of the feature. AppleInsider shows you how to set it up.

Five photo art apps to spruce up your images — Photo art apps are a cool way to make your images stand out. You can make your photos look like a painting, pencil drawing, and generally quirky. Mac Observer has combed through the App Store to bring you five photo art apps to get started.

Five photo retouching apps for iPhone to remove unwanted objects — An important aspect of photo editing is retouching, specifically where you can remove unwanted objects from your photo. Maybe you want to remove a pimple, a wrinkle, or even an object in the background. This can be done with a tool usually called a heal brush, or a clone stamp. Andrew Orr has personally used all of these photo retouching apps at some point, so gives his own insight into each one.

Foxconn profits plummet 39% following iPhone X production woes — Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn this week posted a 39% year-over-year decrease in net profit, losses that industry watchers attribute to the difficult-to-assemble iPhone X, which remains in limited supply.

The Apple Watch retakes the lead in the wearable band market in the third quarter — Apple retook the lead in the wearable band market in quarter three of 2017, with shipments of 3.9 million, reports the Canalys research group. It posted its strongest quarter so far in 2017, thanks to the release of the Apple Watch Series 3.

Call with Apple Watch Series 3 saves kitesurfer from shark-infested waters — After a nasty crash with a landing in a great white shark nursery area, a kite surfer used his Series 3 Apple Watch with LTE to summon rescuers and direct them to his location.

Study finds Apple Watch able to be used as diagnostic tool for sleep apnea, hypertension — Researchers from the University of California San Fransisco in conjunction with the developers of the Cardiogram app have proven that using existing sensors, the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea and hypertension with a high degree of accuracy, potentially opening up the ability for the device to be used as a long-term research tool for the conditions. [If I had a Watch on, it could also tell I was awake right now. Wow.]

iPhone X vs 8 Plus, X production problems over, Ohio joke, YouTube drain, Midnight Fog Apple Watch


Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3, Midnight Fog, is coming to Nike’s online and retail stores next week

A  week using Apple’s iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus — There are benchmarks and specs —and then there are actual use cases that may differ between the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. AppleInsider has spent over a week with the iPhone X now, and here’s what we think about it, versus the iPhone 8 Plus, in a video.

Analyst: production problems with the iPhone X are over — In a note to clients, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that production problems with the iPhone X are over, and about 26 million units of the smartphone should ship in the holiday quarter.

Ohio state ‘i’ joke — Ohio State fans poked fun at iOS bug at Saturday’s game. Fans of the Ohio State University football team used a time-honoured tradition to poke fun at the iOS “i” bug this weekend. Before each game the fans chant out the letters “O – H – I – O” while groups of fans holding cards spell out the letters. Here’s how the letter “I” looked this weekend.

YouTube promises fix for severe battery drain on iPhones & iPads — Google’s YouTube said it’s working to solve a bug in its iOS app causing heavy battery drain on iPhones and iPads, even when running in the background.

Midnight Fog edition of Apple Watch Nike+ to ship on November 14 — A new colour combination for the Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3, Midnight Fog, is coming to Nike’s online and retail stores on Tuesday.
The product pairs an aluminium, space grey cellular Watch with a Sport Loop featuring “deep greys with iridescent accents,” Nike said. It’s intended to match the company’s Midnight Fog Air VaporMax shoes, which are coming to North America on November 27.

Apple and GE partner, iPad Drag and Drop, Apple IS phishing scam, sync Watch music, unlock Macs


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Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad — Apple and GE today announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad.
The two companies have unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps.
The new Predix SDK for iOS will be available to download on Thursday, 26 October. The SDK gives developers the ability to make powerful, native apps that take full advantage of the industrial analytics from Predix and tap into the power and ease of use of iOS.
As a result of the partnership, GE will standardise on iPhone and iPad for mobile devices and promote Mac as a choice for its global workforce of more than 330,000 employees.
Apple in return will promote GE’s Predix as the industrial IoT analytics platform of choice to its customers and developers.

Top iPad apps adding Drag and Drop support within the first month of iOS 11 — This summer, Apple unveiled a series of new iOS 11 features specific to iPad, including new Dock navigation and support for Drag and Drop, enabling sophisticated new ways to work with documents between apps. Within its first month of availability, scores of third party developers have already added support to their iPad apps.

An Apple ID Phishing Scam is going around — Some users on Reddit are receiving a phishing scam aimed at Apple customers. It’s a text message saying your Apple ID is expiring, requiring you to click on a link. This scam isn’t new, and has made its way around before. Here’s what you can do.
For a start, Apple IDs don’t expire. Even if you forgot your username and password, your Apple ID is still floating around in the ether. Apple doesn’t shut down IDs after a certain period of inactivity.

How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4 — If you exercise with an Apple Watch, you’ll want to load some music onto it. Thankfully with watchOS 4, Apple now lets you load multiple playlists and albums onto the wrist-worn device. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch — Starting with macOS Sierra and above, Apple implemented the ability to unlock your Mac when you are in proximity, and wearing your Apple Watch. Sounds simple enough – but there are a few prerequisites to fulfill before it works reliably. AppleInsider spells it all out.

True Depth, update slowness, 3D house tours, Star Wars fun-bots, Beats Studio3, Uber controversy, Apple TV 4K gaming, baseball Apple Watch


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iPhone X True Depth supply issues likely to clear up in early 2018, ‘super cycle’ still coming — KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo sees the TrueDepth camera (which Apple Insider has a Part 2 about) and Face ID as the real driving force behind a ‘super cycle’ for the iPhone, with it ultimately growing iPhone sales for the entirety of fiscal year 2018. [Ming-Chi lives in hope. Mind you, he’s also highly rated as a predictor.]
And Android makers are now shifting focus from under-display fingerprint readers to 3D sensing after the iPhone X debut. [No surprise there, from the expert copyists.]

Futuremark analysis debunks rumour that Apple slows older iPhones down on purpose with iOS updates — Benchmarking firm Futuremark has weighed in on claims that Apple is intentionally slowing down older iPhones to encourage upgrades, with analysis of benchmark results indicating iPhones maintain their performance over time instead of deteriorating. [My iPhone 6 is definitely slower with iOS 11, with significant lags between launching apps and the first screen appearing, especially with Camera, whereas my work iPhone 5 seems virtually unaffected … go figure.]

Zillow to offer easy 3D house tour creation, viewing with new iPhone app — House hunting app Zillow is working on a new iOS app that will allow real estate professionals and homeowners to easily create 3D house tours using iPhones, media designed to expedite house rentals and purchases. This may or may not be related to Apple urging developers to create and promote ARKit apps.

Hands-on: Fighting the Empire with our iPhone and Sphero’s ‘Star Wars’ BB-8, R2-D2, and BB-9E droids — Disney now owns LucasFilm, and with that the Star Wars franchise. Part and parcel of that is merchandise, with Sphero cranking out four models of app-controlled droids in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and AppleInsider has three of them.

Apple Insider review: Beats Studio3 Wireless offer noise cancellation & Apple’s W1, at a premium price — The Beats Studio3 Wireless is Apple’s answer to high-end noise-cancelling headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. While they’re a solid product, it’s debatable as to whether they’re worth a premium over other Beats models.

Apple allowed Uber use of API to record iPhone screens, feature to be removed — Security researchers recently discovered Uber’s app leveraged a powerful API to record users’ iPhone screens in a bid to improve interoperability with its Apple Watch app, a permission only Apple could grant. In a statement to Gizmodo, Uber said the permission is no longer in use and will be removed from the app. [But it’s still in there? Right! I have dropped Uber for NZ use; I only use Zoomy.]

Video: Apple TV 4K and the SteelSeries Nimbus controller brings tvOS gaming back to life — The new Apple TV 4K is now available and thanks to an ultra-powerful A10X Fusion CPU, it can output beautiful images with both High Dynamic Range and 4K resolution. Though Apple is touting higher quality movies and video with 4K HDR support, the new processor promises huge potential in terms of gaming, and here’s a list of the best games so far.

MLB fines team for using Apple Watch in dugout, determines device not used to cheat — Major League Baseball fined the Arizona Diamondbacks after one of the team’s coaches was seen wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout during a game Wednesday night, violating league rules regarding the use of electronic communications, even though there has been no evidence of suspicious activity.

Future photography, Microsoft Edge browser, Apple Music profile, code signing, watchOS 4.0.1


Apple and the future of photography in Depth: iPhone 8 Plus — When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no video. Apple has since rapidly advanced its capabilities in mobile photography to the point where iPhone is now globally recognized for its billboard-sized artwork and has been used to shoot feature length films for cinematic release. iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth. Here’s at look at the future of photos, with a focus on new features debuted in iPhone 8 Plus.

Microsoft brings Windows 10’s Edge browser to Apple’s iPhone in early preview form — Microsoft on Thursday launched a preview version of its Edge Web browser for iPhone, intended to let Windows 10 users move more seamlessly between desktop and mobile.

How to set up Apple Music Social Profile — Let’s look at how to set up your Apple Music social profile. With iOS 11, Cupertino is making another effort to turn Apple Music more social. After all, the service claims more than 30 million subscribers. It’s a ripe opportunity for social networking [and there might be good things about it, too].

Apple ceases iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11 code signing following iOS 11.0.2 update — Apple has stopped signing code for iOS 10.3.3 and the first version of iOS 11, preventing users from installing potentially vulnerable legacy operating systems in favor of the latest iOS 11.0.2 update.

Watch HEIF vs. JPEG on iPhone 8 comparison — Apple announced support for the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) photo format at WWDC in June, a standard that supposedly retains image quality while boasting better compression that results in files half the size of past formats. Apple Insider has tested Apple’s claims by using an iPhone 8 Plus to take photos in the legacy JPEG format and HEIF, then comparing them side by side.

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 with fix for LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity bug on Apple Watch Series 3 — A widely publicised bug that shipped with the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has been addressed with a new software update, in the form of watchOS 4.0.1, which should improve the reliability of LTE cellular connections without an iPhone nearby.

iPhone FM, 30m Music subscribers, Dino Park, Face ID white paper and privacy, HomeKit gains complexity


Fun AR puts dinosaurs into your scenes

FCC chairman urges Apple to activate FM radios in iPhones in light of recent disasters — The chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has renewed pressure on Apple to turn on the FM radios hidden inside every iPhone, citing how useful that might have been during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. [What? Then we’d get ‘free streaming music’ – ie, ‘radio’ – on our iPhones, can’t see Apple supporting that! Because …]

Apple Music breaks through to 30 million subscribers — Apple Music has topped 30 million paid subscribers, Apple confirmed on Thursday, supplying background for an interview with executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson, and Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe.

Monster Park Dino World is a fun introduction to AR on iOS 11 — The game lets you “see” and move dinosaurs with a compatible iDevice’s camera. Using tracking and light detection, you can, for instance, make a tyrannosaurus rex walk around a room and watch pterodactyls fly around (and zoom toward you). You can also open and enter a portal to take a look at the world of dinosaurs, which packs one impressive waterfall.
For US$2.99, it’s a fun way to dip into the AR world of iOS 11. Monster Park – Dino World is available at the Apple App Store. But it won’t work on iPhones before the 6s, so not even the 6. Dang.

Apple publishes white paper explaining usage and security of iPhone X Face ID — Apple has taken steps to educate potential owners of the iPhone X about Face ID ahead of its release on Nov. 3, releasing a white paper alongside a support document that explains how the biometric authentication technology works to keep the user’s data secure. You can read more about Apple’s privacy stance at the Mac Observer.

Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing, conditional triggers — With iOS 11, Apple has enabled more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances —such as only turning off the lights in your home when everyone has left.

First look: New Radio app for Apple Watch featuring Beats 1 — Wednesday’s developer preview of watchOS 4.1 provided the first look at a new dedicated Radio app for Apple Watch, allowing users to stream Beats 1, Apple Music stations, and news channels directly to their wrist, without the need for an iPhone.

iOS 11 bugs squashed, costs of new iPhones, better audio, TV teardown, Plex News, 33m Apple Watches


iOS 11 boasts a whole new App Store

Apple squashes iOS 11 bugs with quick release of iOS 11.0.1 — Just a week after iOS 11 was launched to the public, Apple has quickly followed up with iOS 11.0.1, a small update intended to address bugs and fix various issues with the software. Release notes accompanying iOS 11.0.1 simply state the update “includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad.” [Hope it fixes the speed issues on my iPhone 6; my work iPhone 5 seemed fine, however.]
iOS 11 includes a new voice for Siri, as well as the ARKit tools that developers can use to create advanced augmented reality applications. It also boasts a redesigned App Store, and various features like Do Not Disturb While Driving and a revamped Music app.

Apple spends an estimated US$247.51 on iPhone 8 parts, US$288.08 on iPhone 8 Plus — Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly dismissed bill of material estimates as incorrect, but that’s not stopping research firm IHS Markit to share its latest findings with industry analysts. This year, the firm estimates Apple spends US$247.51 on the components that comprise one 4.7-inch iPhone 8 with 64GB of storage.

Apple’s iPhone 8 supports EVS for high-quality audio over LTE — Largely unnoticed in the aftermath of Apple’s iPhone unveiling, the new iPhone 8 lineup now supports the enhanced voice services (EVS) codec, promising higher quality calls over LTE networks that support the feature.

Apple TV 4K teardown demonstrates new cooling system for A10X processor — A disassembly of the new Apple TV 4K shows not only the improved processor in the device, but a completely redesigned cooling solution complete with “serious thermal venting” plus a fan.
Chips inside the device include a Broadcom Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet chip, 3GB of SK Hynix RAM, a custom memory controller, a Murata wi-fi and Bluetooth module, Toshiba flash memory, and a Megachips FisplayPort 1.4 to HDMI 2.0 converter.

Plex News comes to Apple TV, iPhone & iPad with over 190 sources — Making use of its Watchup acquisition, Plex on Tuesday announced a new feature for its media streaming software, Plex News, which assembles a personalised video montage based on a range of global sources. [Build your own video news silo …]

Thirty-three million Apple Watches sold so far — Apple has sold 33 million Apple Watches since the launch of the line over two years ago — and 15 million in the past year, according to estimates from Asymco’s Horace Dediu. The analyst says the unit sales in the past year add up to $4.9 billion in revenue.

iPhone 8 sales, Netflix HDR, switch to Google, Watch 3 teardown, Watch playlists, Youtube HDR and Apple TV


iFixixt has already pulled an Apple Watch Series 3 apart

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus adoption may be lower than for previous models [so far[ — iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus adoption was lower than previous models over the first three days of availability as customers are apparently waiting for the iPhone X.
During the first weekend of sales, the iPhone 8 grabbed 0.3% of the device market share, while the iPhone 8 Plus accounts for 0.4%., according to data from the Localytics research group. However, keep in mind this data doesn’t represent sales of the newest Apple smartphones, but measures users who have received their phones and have started using apps. [Seems a bit early to be worried if you ask me.]

Netflix app updated for 1080p HDR on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, forthcoming iPhone X — An update to the iOS Netflix app brings HDR video to Apple’s new crop of phones including the iPhone 8 family and November’s iPhone X, but as of yet, the feature has not been added to the Apple TV version of the app.

Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search platform in Siri, iOS Search, and Mac’s Spotlight — Apple is switching from Microsoft’s Bing to Google’s Google as the default web search provider for Siri, iOS Search, and Spotlight on the Mac, the company announced on Monday.

Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds slightly bigger battery, few other changes beyond LTE — A teardown of the Apple Watch Series 3 published on Monday found the device is largely similar to the Series 2, but with some redesign work to accommodate LTE technology.

How to make a music playlist in watch OS 4 — You can sync playlists and albums on your Apple Watch using watch OS 4.  You can keep one music playlist on your Apple Watch at a time – here’s how. Audiobooks and podcasts aren’t compatible.

Why Apple TV 4K can’t play 4K YouTube videos — Apple TV 4K promises users the ability to view 4K HDR content from a wide range of sources, including Netflix and Apple’s own iTunes Store. However, the streamer is incompatible with one of the world’s largest repositories of free 4K content: YouTube. Apple Insider explains why in this video.

 

Inside iPhone 8, inside iOS 11, inside Apple Watch 3, best ARKit apps for iOS 11


Inside iPhone 8: Apple’s A11 Bionic introduces 5 new custom silicon engines — Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip used in iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X packs in an array of processing cores and sophisticated controllers, each optimised for specific tasks. We only know a bit about these, let alone what else is packed into this SoC. Here’s a look at the new Apple GPU, Neural Engine, its 6 core CPU, NVMe SSD controller and new custom video encoder inside the package.
Apple’s first internally-designed GPU, built into the A11 Bionic Application Processor, claims to be 30 percent faster than the Imagination-based GPU used in iPhone 7 models–which was already the leading graphics architecture in smartphones. First iPhone 8 teardown reveals few internal design changes. iPhone 8 has survived a harsh scratch and bend test in a new Apple video.
iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever, iPhone X expected to be better. Apple says it studied famous painters & photographers for Portrait Lighting on iPhone X & 8 Plus – Apple looked at lighting by photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon – and painters like Johannes Vermeer – when building the Portrait Lighting feature found on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, the company claimed in an interview published on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 8 line.
Apple’s new video ad is 8 things to love about iPhone 8, looking to hook viewers on its latest smartphone, shipping today. After decade of iPhone launches, there was still a line in San Francisco. This unboxing shows all three colours of iPhone 8.

Inside iOS 11 — iOS 11 rocketed to over 65 of internet usage in just two days after launch, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that iOS 11 reached 6.2% of all iOS versions worldwide Wednesday. iOS 11 has some big changes for iPhone and iPad users, one of which involves the photos we take thanks to HEIF, an image format supported by both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.In older versions of the operating system our photos were saved as JPEG, but in iOS 11 they’re saved as HEIF.
HEIF (for high efficiency image format) is an image file format that offers some advantages over JPEG. Image files are about half the size of comparable JPEG images and compared to the same shots saved in the older format are higher quality, too.
Apple debuted a new safety feature in iOS 11 with Do Not Disturb While Driving. AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out – here’s how it works. (Even if not connected to a car, it can detect that the car is moving, and enable the feature accordingly. Regardless, CarPlay functionality stays live. Navigation and music playback still work.)
iOS 11 has a new one-hand keyboard option for iPhone that lets you do exactly what it says: type with just one hand. It’s easy to get at, but a little confusing why you may not see it.

Unboxing both Apple Watch Series 3 Edition models … at once — Apple released its all-new LTE-connected Apple Watch Series 3 lineup on Friday, including two Edition models sporting sleek ceramic cases. AppleInsider presents a special dual unboxing of the high-end wearables, in both gray and white. A new app dock scrolls vertically, offers access to all apps.

How to control music on your iPhone using watchOS 4 — You can use your Apple Watch and watchOS 4 to control music on your iPhone, or you can enjoy music on your Apple Watch without the smartphone. and here’s how to pair your Apple Watch with your new iPhone without losing any data.

First look: Apple TV 4K with tweaked Siri remote design — If you owned the previous fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri remote, you’ll be hard pressed to find any differences with the new fifth-generation Apple TV 4K, aside from a white, raised ring around the Menu button on the remote. [The new model starts at NZ$299.]

The best ARKit apps you can download now on iOS 11 — One of the most hyped features of Apple’s new iOS 11 update is ARKit, a series of tools for developers that make it easier than ever to create augmented reality apps. with ARKit apps now available on the App Store, AppleInsider gives you some of the best options you can test out right now.

iPhone 8 available, inside iOS 11, ARKit apps, iTunes and apps, HDR movies, Apple TV, Apple Watch and WiFi


(Image from Apple NZ’s iPhone 8 page)

iPhone 8 is available — It’s here in New Zealand, available to buy. As Apple says, it has “The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. A colour‑matched, aerospace-grade aluminium band. New space grey, silver and gold finishes.”
You can buy it from the usual places or direct from Apple,  (call 0800-692-7753).
If you get to get rid of your old iPhone in favour of a new one, here’s how. If you’d rather wait for the break-the-bank iPhone X, Mujo already has bespoke leather cases ready for them.

Inside iOS 11: Apple’s new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing — Although most recent iPhones aren’t as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple’s new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here’s how to use it. The iOS 11 Cover Sheet mimics the lock screen and foretells swipe up to unlock for iPhone X. The launch of iOS 11 brings about a convergence of the iPhone’s Notification Center and Lock Screen for a new feature called Cover Sheet. Presenting a user’s notifications and other events, the feature also offers a glimpse at how the new home-button-free iPhone X will work when it debuts in November. It has quick screen recording comes right inside Control Center, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface. You add this via the Customise ability.
The iOS 11 App Store renovation for iPhone and iPad was inspired by Apple Music, and has  speed enhancements and new multitasking feature. This has been showcased in new ads.

Looking for more ARKit Apps? There’s a new App Store Section for that — Apple’s revamped App Store in iOS 11 aims to improve discoverability, and that’s good news if you’re on the hunt for more apps that show off what you can do with augmented reality.

You can still restore iOS apps from your hard drive — There are still a couple of options to let you restore iOS apps from your hard drive. Yes, Apple has taken away much of our ability to manage apps in iTunes 12.7. However, that doesn’t mean all of your IPA files are worthless. In fact, you can even still use iTunes to load them onto your devices.

Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead of Apple TV 4K release — Ahead of Friday’s public release of Apple TV 4K, Apple on Wednesday updated its iTunes Store with a special section dedicated to available 4K HDR movies, content that highlights the new set-top streamer’s high-definition capabilities. Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how bought-in users are to iTunes, but Apple TV 4K won’t play 4K YouTube videos because of missing Google codec.

watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected iPhone music library — With the release of watchOS 4, Apple no longer allows users to browse their iPhone’s music library, restricting song list viewing to tunes stored on device.

How to ditch bad Wi-Fi info so Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has better connectivity — The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has a bug related to how it decides to stay on shoddy Wi-Fi, or shift to LTE. This can be remedied somewhat by cleaning up your known networks and not connecting to the some bad Wi-Fi hotspots in the first place: here’s how to do it.

iOS 11 is here, TestFlight and Playgrounds, OmniFocus, goodbye 32-bit, iPhone 8, TV app, watchOS 4


Apple has releases lots of iDevice updates today, including tvOS 11

iOS 11 is [almost] here! And before you upgrade, it’s important to back up your device. If you sync with a Mac, you can back up in iTunes. You can also [slower] back up to iCloud. There are also two ways to install iOS 11. The first allows you to do it directly on your iPhone or iPad. The second lets you do it by connecting your device to your Mac. The upgrade process will take several minutes, and you should probably use a Wi-Fi connection so you don’t eat up your data allocation with your service provider. [Not available in NZ at 6:30am, but it should show up soon.]
There are lots of new features, and Apple’s Control Center has become modular and customisable. It also brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2 and more.

Apple updates TestFlight & Swift Playgrounds for iOS 11’s new tech — In conjunction with the release of iOS 11, Apple has also released new versions of TestFlight and Swift Playgrounds, redesigning the former’s interface and adding an things like an Augmented Reality challenge to the latter.

OmniFocus update exploits powerful new features in iOS 11 — The latest version from the Omni Group updates for iOS 11 compatibility, but also takes advantages of changes to Siri and adds drag and drop.

How to find the 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad that won’t work in iOS 11 at all — The day has come: Apple will disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS 11. If you haven’t updated because of worries of incompatibility, AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit allowing you to decide if you want to upgrade or wait.

iPhone 8 wireless charging speed will improve with future firmware update from Apple — At launch, the iPhone 8 will recharge via inductive wireless technology at a rate comparable to the standard 5-watt charger that ships with the handset. But Apple plans to improve that speed with a future software update.
This video shows everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus,

Fun in PCalc — A new update for the app uses iOS 11’s ARKit feature to bring augmented reality into your number-filled world. Just tap the info button on the calculator keypad, choose Help, then tap About PCalc. Once you see the floating 42 badge tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the AR controls so you can throw marbles, dice, and bananas into your virtual world.

Apple launches tvOS 11 for Apple TV, adding live news & sports in TV app — As promised Apple on Tuesday released the finished version of tvOS 11, build 15J381, an update for fourth-generation Apple TVs that brings mostly evolutionary improvements, the most significant being groundwork for live news and sports features in the TV app. Apple has rolled out tvOS 11 with AirPlay 2, which offers multi-room audio support. It also includes the ability to automatically switch between light and dark interface modes.

TV availability in tvOS spreading — Apple began the rollout of TV app in Australia, Canada ahead of iOS 11 & tvOS 11 debut. tvOS 11 release, which will deliver the one-stop streaming hub to seven additional countries later this year. Apple is expanding availability of the TV app to seven countries — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and the UK — by the end of 2017.
Apple TV owners running the latest tvOS software in Australia [which may include NZ, does anyone know? Since NZ is administered mostly from Sydney] and Canada discovered the TV app, or at least its icon, on their home screen earlier today and took to Twitter to note the the change. On fourth-generation Apple TV units, the TV app seems to be a placeholder instead of a functional app, but its presence hints at an imminent release likely timed to coincide with tomorrow’s iOS 11 and tvOS 11 launch. The TV app acts as a central hub for browsing, discovering and managing streaming content across a variety of providers and owned media.

Apple launches watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with improved Activity & Workout tracking, revamped Music app, Siri watch face — The Apple Watch interface has been refined and improved with today’s launch of watchOS 4, including a new vertically scrolling app dock, the ability to view installed apps in a list view instead of grid, and new watch faces including a Siri smart assistant and characters from the iconic “Toy Story” films.

watchOS 4 no longer lets you browse iPhone music library on your Apple Watch — In a major change to how the Apple Watch operates, users can no longer browse their iPhone’s music library after updating to watchOS 4, and instead can only view songs stored on the watch itself.

High Watch 3 demand, better battery, Bionic obliterates, Apple Pay Cash, Apple TV HDR


Demand for Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular stronger than expected, taking 80%+ of preorders — With a starting price just US$70 more than the non-cellular option, the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular accounts for the lion’s share of preorders ahead of this Friday’s launch.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed on Monday he estimates that the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has accounted for between 80 and 90% of preorders. Apple began accepting orders last Friday, and the first shipments will arrive later this week, on September 22nd.
As of Monday, new orders for the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular are estimated to ship in 3 to 4 weeks. The non-cellular models, however, arrive as soon as October 2nd.

W2 chip in Apple Watch Series 3 boosts wireless speeds while maintaining battery life — One of the things Apple briefly touched on in announcing the Apple Watch Series 3 last week was the W2, a new self-designed wireless chip that’s nominally the successor to the W1 found in audio accessories like AirPods and the Powerbeats3. But what advantages does it offer, and why is it in a watch instead?

Chinese developers file complaint about Apple’s ‘unreasonable’ 4.3 Review Guideline — On August 8th, Daxiao, a Chinese law firm, lodged a complaint with the Chinese government about Apple removing apps from its App Store without a detailed explanation of its unreasonable 4.3 Review Guideline. There are more than 31 developers complaining about Apple’s “unreasonable” 4.3 App Store Review Guideline, says Xu Yun, a lawyer at the Chinese Fair-In law firm.

With iPhone 8, Apple’s Silicon Gap widens as the new A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung & Huawei — Official benchmarks posted by Geekbench show that Apple’s A11 Bionic delivers a huge jump in performance over last year’s A10 Fusion used in iPhone 7, with scores that are not just far beyond other mobile ARM competitors’ latest chips, but higher than the base Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor Apple uses in its 13 inch MacBook Pro!

Apple Pay Cash for iOS 11, watchOS 4 won’t arrive until autumn — iOS 11 is due for release tomorrow. However, one feature, Apple Pay Cash, will arrive in an update to iOS 11 (and watchOS 4) won’t arrive for a while. Apple says it’s coming this fall.
With iOS 11, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet.

How high dynamic range support enables richer colours on Apple TV 4K — Apple has added high dynamic range, or HDR, to the new Apple TV 4K. AppleInsider explains what the term means as it pertains to 4K video, and how it applies to the new set-top box.