Category Archives: iDevice News

Current iOS version and update news, apps, rumours, trends and projections for iPhone, iMac and iPad.

Control Center bug, iPhone browsing anonymity, robots on iPad design, smartphone stabiliser


Rigiet stabiliser will be well-priced even if you don’t back it on Kickstarter

iOS Control Center bug Is freezing certain iPhones — An iOS Control Center bug plaguing some Apple customers is causing some iPhones to freeze and restart. It happens when you tap any three buttons in the Control Center at once. iOS versions affected by this include iOS 10 and even the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta. Here’s what you need to know.

A Tor Browser might not be your best solution for internet privacy — There are a number of ways to make sure you have a good experience browsing while keeping things private on iDevices. Jeff Butts looks at some of the methods for doing that.

Emergence of robots will, remarkably, force a change in iPad design — The iPad was developed, in the Macintosh era of maturity, as a simpler alternaive for content consumption. It nicely eliminated the headaches of PC complexity and security concerns. Today, things are radically different, and the need to be able to create content and generate personal revenue is much more pressing than when the iPad was first conceived almost a decade ago.

Prototype review: Rigiet smartphone camera stabiliser — If you want to hand hold an iPhone 7 Plus to film high quality video, you need a gimbal. Dobot has announced the start of its Kickstarter campaign to bring the Rigiet stabiliser to market for just US$189 (or $129 to backers of the Kickstarter campaign) but even the regular retail price is over $100 less than the DJI Osmo…

Dutch ruling on refurbs, slashed commissions, Uber sued for tracking, Google Photos AirPlay-able


Netherlands judge rules Apple can’t swap refurbished iPads for broken ones — Another court ruling in the Netherlands mandates that when Apple needs to replace a broken iPhone or iPad, it must do so with a new unit, and not a refurbished one. [Parsimonious is one thing, Apple, but some things are just mean. But wait, there’s more …]

Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5% — Apple on Monday alerted members of its link affiliate program to a sharp reduction in their take from apps and in-app purchases, down from 7 percent to just 2.5.

Uber sued for $5M over ‘Hell’ app used to track Lyft drivers — Fresh off revelations of the ridesharing service’s run-in with Apple, Uber is being sued for the use of an app called Hell, which allegedly tracked drivers from the company’s main US rival Lyft. [In Auckland, I use Zoomy instead of Uber, it’s much fairer to the drivers and just as good.]

Google Photos 2.14 adds AirPlay functionality — Google Photos for iOS was updated yesterday with official AirPlay support, adding the capability to stream photos and videos to TVs through Apple TV. Google Photos version 2.14 finally brings support for AirPlay to the app, almost two years after it was first launched. Prior to this release, iOS device users who wanted to “beam” photos and video to their TVs could not use an Apple TV as an AirPlay receiver. [Honestly, why does anyone trust or use Google?]

Stylus for any iPad, mobile AR, Samsung problems, Paris transport, Apple Watch turns two


The Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus & Pen is a joy to use — Not everybody has an iPad Pro, but everyone can benefit from using stylus-enabled apps on any iPad. Today’s Apple World Today Deals Shop special is for a combination stylus and pen that you’ll find to be a joy to use. The Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus & Pen from Joy Factory is available for $14.95, 57% off the usual price of $34.95.

Tractica: mobile AR markets to reach 1.9 billion unique monthly active users — Apple is almost certainly planning to enter the augmented reality (AR) market, and now is a good time. Between 2008 and 2015, augmented reality (AR) was a technology gimmick looking for a market.
Now, according to a new report from Tractica, the expanding use cases for mobile AR will lead to growth from 342.8 million unique monthly active users (MAUs) globally in 2016 to nearly 1.9 billion MAUs by 2022.  During this period, the market intelligence firm forecasts that worldwide mobile AR revenue will rise from $749.0 million to $18.5 billion annually, according to the market research group. [Except Apple use to lead tech, not come lately.]

Samsung’s fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate — With a growing number of complaints about a red-tinged screen in some owners with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company is issuing a software patch allowing users expanded options for correcting the problem in software by placing the responsibility for colour accuracy even more in user’s hands – in other words, they’re being told how to colour-calibrate their own handsets.

Apple Maps has added transit directions for Paris, France — The apps, for both iOS and macOS, gained the public transit on the weekend, including both the city’s Metro subway and above-ground train lines like the RER and Transilien networks.
Station entrances are marked clearly, and a tap on any stations shows all connecting lines and information on pending departures. In addition to the train systems, Paris transit directions include buses, Autolib car sharing, and Velib bike sharing.

On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay — Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the two years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device’s core strengths.

iPhone Supercycle, Live Photos API, Guardian drops Apple News, Message stickers, Overcast on Watch


Data suggests tens of millions of iPhone users ready to fuel 2017 ‘supercycle’ — Lending credence to speculation of a coming iPhone ‘supercycle,’ market research firm comScore on Thursday released data showing tens of millions of users who own legacy iPhones are primed to upgrade. [So expect long waits when you’re ready to upgrade …]

Apple debuts Live Photos API, allows for playback on most popular browsers — Apple has developed a JavaScript API for its Live Photos, allowing pictures taken with the iOS feature to be shared on the web.

UK site The Guardian drops Apple News in bid to boost ad & subscription revenues — Prominent UK newspaper The Guardian has pulled out of two major app-based initiatives, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles, in a bid to reclaim revenue.

Apple’s 2017 Earth Day Challenge for Apple Watch awards iMessage Stickers — In recognition of today’s Earth Day, Apple created Earth Day Challenge to reward reaching 30 minutes of exercise on the day with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage. [Do people actually get excited about stickers? I looked at them when they first appeared, and never again.]

Overcast 3.1 update puts podcasts directly on Apple Watch — Popular iOS podcast app Overcast has updated with the ability to sync episodes directly to an Apple Watch, letting runners and others leave home without an iPhone in tow.

SearchAds to include New Zealand, Augmented Reality glasses interface


New Zealand will get SearchAds on ANZAC Day

Apple to expand Search Ads to three international markets, debuts new management tools — Apple on Wednesday announced Search Ads will arrive in three new countries on April 25 (our ANZAC Day), the service’s first expansion since a launch in September, and introduced a few ad management tools to streamline the process for developers.
Search Ads allow developers to purchase promotional ads that show up in iOS App Store searches. Available on devices running iOS 10, the feature uses special algorithms to ensure promoted apps relate to consumer queries, thus boosting app discoverability. Apple’s upcoming expansion delivers the service to users in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Apple’s Augmented Reality plans may include iPhone 8 Smart Connector for special glasses — Apple’s iPhone 8 will reportedly include an iPad Pro-like smart connector that may be the link up for augmented reality and virtual reality headsets. The report is tenuous, but the idea that Apple is ready to introduce its augmented reality platform this fall is interesting. [You know what? Apple’s future devices might include anything.]

Which iPad? Always Online, Chinese streaming, Wunderlist replacement, Note 8 copies iPhone 7


(Image from Apple Inc)

Which 9.7″ iPad is right for you? In the market for a new 9.7-inch tablet? Having trouble deciding between the all-new 2017 iPad and the older but more powerful iPad Pro? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each model in this video comparison.

AlwaysOnline adds 14 countries to iPad Apple SIM plans, cuts prices — On Wednesday, AlwaysOnline Wireless, one of several data carriers serving iPads equipped with an Apple SIM, announced its expansion to 14 more countries, as well as broad price cuts to attract users. The new regions are Armenia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Morocco, and Uruguay. Overall, AlwaysOnline now has a presence in 88 markets. [New Zealand was already supported.]

Chinese regulators want to talk to Apple about live streaming titles on the App Store — Beijing’s Internet regulators plans to summon Apple and urge the tech giant to tighten up checks on software applications available in the Apple Store, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The report noted that officers with the law enforcement team met with company reps about the examination of live stream apps.

Microsoft debuts Wunderlist replacement To-Do on iPhone, Mac & iPad coming soon — Microsoft on Wednesday released the first edition of To-Do, an app that will eventually replace the popular multi-platform title Wunderlist, which it acquired back in 2015.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 to feature dual camera array ala iPhone 7 Plus — Looking to recover from last year’s exploding Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is expected to launch its first ever dual camera handset in the Note 8 later this year, according to a report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. [I find this ‘flattery’ most insincere.]

 

iWork apps become free, Condé Nast shoot, iPhone thief ‘found’, new fiery Samsung, Logitech HomeKit POP, Pornhub app


Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand now all free for  iOS and macOS users — Apple is removing the price tag from its Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie and GarageBand apps and making ’em all free for macOS and iOS users.
Previously, all of these apps were available at no charge only for folks who bought a new Mac or iOS device. Now you can download ’em for free at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store even if you don’t have the latest hardware. [By coincidence, I needed Keynote on an older iPad at work but didn’t add it because it would have cost me NZ$14.95 just two days ago.]

Conde Nast uses Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus to shoot covers for Bon Appetit, Traveler [sic] — Publisher Conde Nast is continuing to use the powerful camera of the iPhone 7 Plus to its advantage in important areas of its publications, with two magazines using photographs generated by Apple-produced smartphone for their cover shots.

Apple’s Find my iPhone fingers a phone finagler — Over 100 attendees of the Coachella music festival in Southern California this weekend were separated from their mobile devices by a pickpocket working the crowds. Fortunately, Apple’s Find My iPhone feature saved the day by helping locate the pilfered phones, allegedly nabbed by Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York. Astute iPhone users ended up saving the day, not just for their fellow iOS users but also the Android victims at the event.

Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery ‘virtually identical’ to fire-prone Note 7 — Samsung is apparently confident that a rash of fires with its Note 7 phablet were caused by manufacturing errors, and not design or parts, as it has adopted many of the same features, down to one of the same battery manufacturers, with the ‘new’ Galaxy S8+.

Logitech announces the HomeKit-compatible POP Smart Button — Logitech has announced a new version of its POP Home Switch that works to turn HomeKit accessories or scenes on or off with the push of a button. The new POP Smart Button (US$59.95) and POP Add-on Smart Button (US$39.95) will be available at Apple stores and Apple.com stores (no date set yet) exclusively at launch, with expansion to other retailers at a later date.

Pornhub launches TrickPics for iOS, an AR photo filter for censoring nude selfies — Though its listing on the App Store is decidedly vague, a new app dubbed TrickPics is actually the creation of pornography streaming site Pornhub, allowing users to censor nude photographs on their iPhone with augmented reality [woa, who’d a thunk?!].

Apple’s GPU, tvOS rumour


A new tvOS might get picture in picture

One Apple GPU, one giant leap in graphics for iPhone 8 — Apple is building its own GPU architecture, but why? Rather than being motivated by simple cost savings, evidence points to the timing of a significant technical leap forward that could be as big of an advance as iOS was ten years ago. An Apple GPU could be designed to serve specific use cases Imagination Technology, which currently serves Apple’s iOS GPU needs, doesn’t have any reason to address.

Rumour claims Apple TV to get multi-user support, picture-in-picture with ‘tvOS 11’ — With tvOS 11, likely to be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the Apple TV will allegedly gain a pair of demanded features from the company’s other platforms. Multi-user support will tailor onscreen content to the active profile/Apple ID, Israeli site The Verifier said on Sunday, citing a “reliable source.” People should not only see their personal Apple Music, iCloud, and iTunes content, but also their own apps.

App Store China, Apple Podcasts


Apple now China’s largest Western software seller, thanks to booming App Store — Geographic app store estimates spanning multiple companies and platforms suggest that Apple’s App Store, buoyed by growth beyond just games, is the top individual seller by company in China, although not by platform.

iTunes Podcasts now called Apple Podcasts — Apple changed the name of its podcast app from iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts. The move includes branding within iTunes, in the Podcasts app, and the Listen on Apple Podcasts badge that replaces Listen on iTunes Podcasts.

Diabetes team, 64-bit Earth, hovering selfies, iPads and iPhones in service


Hover Camera Passport has gone on sale in Apple Stores (image from Tech Co)

Apple has team of biomedical engineers working on diabetes treatment technology — Apple has had a small team of biomedical engineers working on a secret initiative to develop non-invasive glucose sensors in what it hopes would be a game-changer for diabetes treatment, CNBCreports. [Can’t really call it ‘secret’ any more then, can we?]

‘New’ Google Earth may usher in much-needed 64-bit iPhone & iPad app — Google will announce a “brand new experience” for Google Earth on April 18th, something which could simultaneously signal a much-needed upgrade of the Earth iOS app to 64-bit code.

Remarkable Hover Camera Passport arrives at Apple retail stores and Apple.com — Have you ever wanted your own personal camera drone, but found that the devices on the market were too expensive and/or had a difficult learning curve? Last fall, the Hover Camera Passport (US$499) was introduced and it changed the world of photography forever with a small, lightweight, flying high-definition camera that is primarily self-flying.
Now Zero Zero Robotics has announced the flying travel-friendly camera is available exclusively on Apple.com and in Apple retail outlets [although I don’t see it in the NZ online Apple Store, although it does appear available from this link for NZ$599].

NHL coaches provided with iPad Pros during Stanley Cup Playoffs — Coaches in the NHL are going to be given more help in analysing their team’s performance during hockey matches, with the league reportedly providing iPad Pros to teams and officials in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Motorola Solutions to equip Victoria Police with 10K iPhones, iPads in A$50M deal — Motorola Solutions has signed a deal with the police in Victoria, Australia, which will provide 10,000 frontline officers with access to iPhones and iPads, in order to provide real-time information to officers and help improve their productivity. The deal is worth A$50 million.