Category Archives: iDevice News

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

1-handed iOS 11 keyboard, Sega Forever, YouTube party


(Image from Apple Inc’s iOS Preview page)

Inside iOS 11: one-handed keyboard assists large phones, absent on iPad — Starting with the release of iOS 11, iPhone users will have the option of invoking a special one-handed keyboard, making it especially easy to type with larger screens.

‘Sega Forever’ free-to-play classic games for iPhone are off to a good start, but aren’t perfect — Sega has released four classic games into their ad-supported free-to-play Sega Forever initiative, including Kid Chameleon, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, and Comix Zone. AppleInsider gave the retro titles a spin, and found room for improvement.

Host a remote YouTube viewing party with Uptime — Google’s social YouTube app, Uptime, is now available to all without an invitation code. First launched in limited testing earlier this year, Uptime is the result of a side project by Google engineers and is published under the company’s Area 120 brand for experimental apps and services.
Uptime wants to help users ‘Watch YouTube Together‘ by linking social media contacts to shared video playback and chat. Users can browse YouTube videos and see who’s watching, chat and share emoji-based reactions, and hold “parties” where multiple users can watch the same video together in sync. [Gak!]

Indian iPhones go on sale, should maybe stop, Nike sneakers AR tie-up


First ‘Assembled in India’ iPhone SEs go on sale — The first iPhone SE models built in India are now on sale in cities around the country such as Bengaluru, where the phones are assembled. The devices are marked “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in India,” the Indian Express reports.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story arrives on Apple Music to poor reviews — Apple Music-Exclusive documentary on Bad Boy Records—”Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” has been released, but early reception to the film appears to be not good. [“Shallow, dull and a vanity project …”]

Nike, SNKRS team up for Augmented Reality shoe promotions on iPhone — Nike is getting into augmented reality to push shoe sales and you’ll need an iPhone to get in on the action. The sport and athletic footware company has teamed up with the SNKRS app so customers can be among the first to buy its latest shoe designs by pointing their iPhones at special posters on city walls.

Health hire, Italian consumer law, Logitech keyboard case


Logitech’s Slim Combo keyboard case for the new iPad Pro

Apple hires head of Stanford’s digital health initiative — Apple is moving forward with efforts to build out its health products team with the recent hire of a top Stanford doctor who headed up the university’s own digital health initiative. Dr Sumbul Desai, a key figure in January’s launch of the Stanford Center for Digital Health, will leave the center for an unknown role at Apple, Stanford confirmed to Internet Health Management on Friday.

Proposed Italian consumer protection law unlikely to have any effect on Apple’s iPhone sales — Hyperbolic Italian press reports notwithstanding, a controversial law proposed in Italy granting the users to use open-source software intended to grant rights to users will have little to no effect on Apple, according to AppleInsider sources.

Logitech Slim Combo keyboard case for 10.5-inch iPad Pro — Logitech makes some really nice keyboards for the iPad Pro, with the CREATE keyboard being my go-to keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. I recently purchased one of the smaller iPad Pros, and was provided with a Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case (US$129.99) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. After about 10 days of testing, here’s Steven Sande’s take on this versatile keyboard case$.

Sharing memories, Apps cleanup, LGBTQ donations, Storm Radar, GPU sale, uphill battle in India


Apple explains how to customize and share Photos Memories in new tutorials — Expanding its How to Shoot on iPhone 7 tutorial series, Apple has posted a pair of videos explaining how to customise and share Memories clips generated by the Photos app in iOS 10.

Apple cleaning hundreds of thousands of titles from App Store in Review Guidelines crackdown — As part of an extensive housecleaning operation, Apple has over the past year removed hundreds of thousands of clones, 32-bit titles, spamware and other software from the App Store ahead of this fall’s iOS 11 launch.

Apple donating some proceeds from Apple Watch Pride band to LGBTQ groups — Some of the money generated from the Pride Edition nylon band for the Apple Watch is going towards LBGTQ advocacy groups in the US and abroad, Apple quietly announced this week.
As a company Apple has long backed LGBT rights, for instance being one of the first major US businesses to extend benefits to same-sex couples. Current CEO Tim Cook is gay, and has not only marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade but spoken out on related political issues.
Recently, an Apple statement condemned US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of some transgender rights. [As NZ Labour’s David Parker says, ‘How does giving someone rights take them away from anyone else?’]

A first look at The Weather Channel’s new Storm Radar app — If you’re a weather fanatic, you’re probably familiar with the products of The Weather Company. The company is owned by IBM, and its products include The Weather Channel and Weather Underground. The company has just announced another free iPhone app called Storm Radar, and AppleWorld Today takes a first look at it.

Outgoing Apple iPhone GPU designer Imagination seeks sale of entire company to parties unknown — Just over two months after Apple told it that it would no longer be using Imagination Technologies GPU offerings, the company is seeking to sell itself off, either in chunks or as a larger whole.

Apple facing uphill battle in India from Samsung mindshare, factory expansion — Other than just battling the Indian government for concessions and dealing with the shaky financial situation of the populace, Apple is also fighting a large and aggressive Samsung presence in the subcontinent for the minds of the consumers.

Memories ad, safer driving, iOS verification failures, 40 more for Apple Pay


Apple shows off Memories feature in new iPhone 7 The Archives ad and tutorial video — Apple has continued the ‘practically magic’ advertising campaign for the iPhone 7 on Tuesday with a new ad spot called The Archives which emphasises the Memories feature in Photos.

Inside iOS 11: Apple’s ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ keeps you safe on the road — Beginning this fall, iOS 11 will debut a new safety feature for Apple’s iPhone called Do Not Disturb While Driving.  AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out, and here’s how it works.

If you’re seeing an iOS Verification Failed Error, you’re not alone — Some iPhone users have been plagued lately by seeing an iOS Verification Failed message when trying to login on iCloud.com. Apple has acknowledged the error and has talked with several people on this.

Forty more institutions join the Apple Pay train — Another 40 institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh. You can find the complete list here.
The mobile payment service works with many of the major credit and debit cards from the top banks.On the Apple Pay page, Apple says that “we’re working with more banks to support Apple Pay” and that “if you don’t see your bank below, check back soon. [New Zealand still only has ANZ, though.]

Fast refresh, less stealing, war on leakers, Back to the Future iPad, Siri will translate, Little room-filler


The 10.5-Inch iPad Pro’s 120Hz Refresh Rate Matters — Jeff Butts talks about the difference between refresh rate and FPS (frames per second) “because I have a feeling many folks are wondering. The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro boasts a 120Hz refresh rate, but what does that really mean in real-world terms? It’s clear that at least one writer covering the tech industry doesn’t quite grok the difference.” Basically, the frames refresh 120 times per second, even when your content only moves at 60FPS.

Apple product security team briefing shows 99% drop in stolen iPhone cases from 2014 to 2016 — A new report sheds some light on Apple’s anti-leak department, with employees for the Global Security Team coming from the NSA, FBI, Secret Service, and US military supervising an operation that deals with more people per day in the production lines in China than the TSA does in airports. Apple is seeming engaged with a ‘global war on leakers‘.

Back to the Future fan makes Apple’s iPad, Xcode centerpiece of custom DeLorean modification — Utilising several third-party solutions, a Back to the Future film fanatic has built a custom DeLorean door and trunk controller in a dash-mounted iPad that can also provide speed information, as well as nearly all of the features an Apple CarPlay solution would.

Siri will translate for you in Apple’s iOS 11 — Beginning this northern Autumn (our Spring) with iOS 11, Apple’s voice-driven personal assistant, Siri, will gain the ability to translate to multiple foreign languages. Here’s a peek at how it will work.

Little room-filler — The Pioneer Rayz Rally is an external wired iPhone speaker, powered through the device’s Lightning port, and it’s suitable for both small areas and conference rooms. Pioneer claims the device “automatically knows what mode” it is in: on a call or for general audio playback, and will optimise the audio accordingly. It’s US$99 on Amazon.

iPad Pro feature parity, ProMotion, Apple/Ikea app


Apple’s 2017 12.9″ iPad Pro gains feature parity with its smaller sibling — Staggered launches of the first generation of iPad Pro tablets left the larger 12.9-inch model in an awkward position, lacking key professional-grade features like always-on Hey Siri and a colour-balancing True Tone display. Apple has rectified that with its 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro, bringing it up to speed with the smaller 10.5-inch version with a simultaneous release.

Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion iPad Pro display hints at even better AR and VR support in future devices — Apple has a long history of introducing groundbreaking technology in one device, only to gradually carry it over to the rest of its product lineup in the ensuing years. With that in mind, the newly released iPad Pro with 120Hz ProMotion display could hint at the future of Apple’s portable devices – particularly as the company pushes into augmented reality and virtual reality …

Apple, Ikea teaming up for an augmented reality app — Apple and Ikea have announced an augmented reality app that allows users to try out how furniture will look in the home before buying.
In an interview with Di Digital, Inter Ikea’s Leader of Digital Transformation Michael Valdsgaard says of Apple: “It will become the biggest AR-platform in the world overnight. It’s super interesting to us.”

iPad Pro faster than MacBook Pro, iPad and K12 education, Nest and HomeKit


New iPad Pro models can outperform MacBook Pro — Two new iPad Pro models as well as new MacBooks were introduced at WWDC. The Mac Observer has done benchmarks to compare the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in terms of Apple Pencil performance, but new benchmarks have surfaced that show both new iPad Pro models can outperform certain MacBook Pro models when it comes to CPU and GPU performance.

What if the modern iPad really isn’t right for K-12 education? Apple started out with the idea that the iPad is the PC of the future and should be the student’s first exposure to computers. But is it working?

Report claims Nest open to HomeKit compatibility, new info suggests move not imminent — A new report claims Google’s smart thermostat and smart home hardware vendor Nest is considering a move to support HomeKit – but few hard details are available and new information suggests that compatibility isn’t coming any time soon.

New iPad Pros, Hyperdeck, iPhone 7 still top, Twitter redesign, iOS growth, IBM Garages


(Image from Apple NZ’s iPad Pro page)

Watch what’s new with the 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro — As part of last week’s refresh, Apple released an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro plus an all-new 10.5-inch iPad, with a much smaller side bezel, a new ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and the A10X Fusion Processor. AppleInsider compares the new versions against earlier iPad Pro models. and here’s a John Kheit iPad Pro 12.9-inch shootout for the 2015 and 2017 models. He shows how much Apple Pencil lags on each iPad, and does some benchmarking with Geekbench 4, as well as a drive speed utility. Here are some more benchmarks too.

HyperSlow for iPad brings slow motion control to HyperDeck — If you’re using HyperDecks for internet live streaming video and need slow motion support, LiveSkills has you covered with their new HyperSlow for iOS. HyperSlow is an app that lets you control slow motion video on HyperDeck products from your iPhone or iPad.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain the top selling smartphones in the US — Samsung phones may have topped the iPhone in the latest smartphone ratings from Consumer Research, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain the top-selling phones in the US.

Twitter launches redesigned iOS app with new look, use of Safari’s in-app viewer — Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out a new edition of its app for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, giving it a new look and interface, as well as making some functional improvements including more convenient use of Safari for viewing links.

iOS quarterly market share grows in China as Apple’s iPhone outpaces local vendors — Apple is increasing the market share of iPhones and iPads in a number of key markets, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, with iOS noted as posting a strong period-on-period gain in urban China after sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus outpaced those of local rivals Oppo and Huawei.

IBM opens new ‘Garages’ to boost development of MobileFirst apps for iOS — IBM has announced an expansion of its Garage concept, introducing yet more physical offices meant to speed up the creation of MobileFirst iOS apps for enterprise clients.

Inside iOS 11, iPad Pro review, teardown, Apple’s ARKit, Data Shredder, Vita player


Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing, conditional triggers — With iOS 11, currently in a developer beta, Apple is enabling more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances.

10.5-inch iPad Pro: beautiful display and blazing speed make it a winner — It’s rare when Apple World Today has two major hardware reviews published on the same day, but the stars aligned and the timing was right for both a review of the fast new 27-inch iMac and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The two devices are different in their use case: the big iMac is a powerful desktop, while the iPad Pro seems to be the future of portable computing from Apple. Both devices have two things in common: astonishingly good displays and powerful processors. These features set them apart from the rest of Apple’s products.

10.5″ iPad Pro teardown finds Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion display requires four connecting cables — Pushing the pixels of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro Retina display at a blazing 120Hz refresh rate requires more bandwidth, which led Apple to double the number of connecting cables for the new iPad’s LCD screen, a teardown of the device has discovered.

Examples of iOS 11 ARKit — Apple’s ARKit (i.e., ‘Augmented Reality Kit’) demo during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote was pretty impressive, and the samples developers are making only days later give us a glimpse into what’s possible with the platform. Developers are sharing their ARKit examples on YouTube, so The Mac Observer put together a list of favourites.

ProtectStar Data Shredder for iPhone — Before you sell or give away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may want to make sure all your personal files on the device have been blitzed beyond recovery.
It’s easy to restore supposedly deleted files from the memory on your Apple device – files containing notes, passwords, address book, photos, videos, calendars and more. Data Shredder for iOS (formerly iShredder) surpasses international standards used by state and military organizations in secure deletion. It’s not cheap and there are various versions available.
[Personally, I do a full reset on any iDevice I sell or pass one, wiping all data, via the Settings>General, scroll to the bottom, tap ‘Reset’ and choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ but if you don’t want to do this, or you want more certainty, Data Shredder may be for you.]

Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with built-in Apple Music support — Electronics maker Nativ has launched the Vita, a high-end, touchscreen-based music player and server which has the rare feature of integrated Apple Music support.