Category Archives: iPhone/iPad News

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

iPhone Xr … ‘affordable’ takes on an expensive new meaning!


Apple’s iPhone Xr is the ‘cheaper’ of the three new iPhones announced today — It has an all-new Liquid Retina display: “the most advanced LCD in the industry. Even faster Face ID. The smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone. And a breakthrough camera system. iPhone XR. It’s beautiful any way you look at it.”
It comes in six colours: white, black, blue yellow, ‘coral’ and (Product)RED.

You can pre-order this model from 19th October and it’s available from the 26th. It will cost NZ$1399 for the 64GB model, and then it climbs from there … $1499 for the 256GB, and $1699 for the 256GB.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max bring the best and biggest displays to iPhone


Apple’s press release for the new iPhone XS and XS Max — Most Advanced iPhone Ever Features a 5.8-Inch and 6.5-Inch All-Screen Design, with Powerful A12 Bionic Chip and a Breakthrough Dual Camera System:
Apple today announced iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the most advanced iPhones ever, taking the vision for the future of the smartphone to a new level. The 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max feature stunning Super Retina displays, a faster and improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone — the A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine — faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, a beautiful new gold finish and introduce Dual SIM to iPhone. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, 14 September and in stores beginning Friday, 21 September.
“iPhone Xs is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone. Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone Xs is not one, but two new iPhone models, and iPhone Xs Max offers the biggest display ever in an iPhone with the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour and a half more battery life in your day.”

Two All-Screen Designs — iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max build on the all-screen design of iPhone X and feature the sharpest displays with the highest pixel density of any Apple device. Now offered in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes,1 these Super Retina displays with a custom OLED design support Dolby Vision and HDR10 and have iOS system-wide colour management for the best colour accuracy in the industry. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max offer a million-to-one contrast ratio with remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos. iPhone Xs Max delivers a more immersive experience with over 3 million pixels for videos, movies and games, offering the largest display ever in an iPhone in a footprint similar to iPhone 8 Plus.
A surgical grade stainless steel band now in gold joins finishes in silver and space grey. Wider stereo playback creates a more immersive soundstage. The front and back glass design features the most durable glass ever in a smartphone with improved scratch resistance, while the glass back enables faster wireless charging. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max reach a new level of splash and water resistance of IP68 for up to 2 metres for 30 minutes and protect against everyday spills including coffee, tea and soft drinks.2

A12 Bionic and Next-Generation Neural Engine — The Apple-designed A12 Bionic, the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone, features the first 7-nanometer chip ever in a smartphone that delivers industry-leading performance in a more power-efficient design. A12 Bionic features a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15 percent faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50 percent more efficient, a four-core GPU that is up to 50 percent faster, powerful Apple-designed Image Signal Processor (ISP), video encoder and more. A fast storage controller can deliver iPhone storage up to 512GB. All of this unlocks new experiences for games, photography, video editing and graphics-intensive apps. Even with all this power, iPhone Xs offers 30 minutes longer than iPhone X, and iPhone Xs Max offers an hour and a half longer than iPhone X, between charges.
The next-generation Neural Engine is built for advanced machine learning in everything from photography to augmented reality. A new eight-core design allows it to complete up to 5 trillion operations per second compared to 600 billion in A11 Bionic. This enables new capabilities like faster plane detection for ARKit and new features that use real-time machine learning. For the first time the Neural Engine is open to Core ML, empowering developers to build apps that utilise this highly efficient machine learning engine. Core ML running on the A12 Bionic Neural Engine is up to nine times faster than on A11 Bionic, with as little as one-tenth the energy usage.

Breakthrough 12MP Dual Camera System — iPhone Xs continues to bring innovations to photography, things not possible before iPhone. Capabilities like advanced depth segmentation using the Neural Engine, Smart HDR creating photos with high dynamic range and great image detail, advanced bokeh quality in Portrait mode photos and dynamic depth of field that is user adjustable in the Photos app, are all huge improvements in state-of-the-art photographic techniques that everyone can use.
The 12-megapixel dual camera system features dual optical image stabilisation with 2x optical zoom, while a new sensor is twice as fast. Smart HDR creates photos with more highlights and shadow detail. Larger and deeper pixels improve image fidelity and low-light performance.
Advanced depth segmentation in Portrait mode enables more sophisticated portraits with professional-level bokeh. New Depth Control allows users to dynamically adjust the depth of field in the Photos app both in real-time preview3 and post-capture to create portraits with a beautiful background blur. Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies, which includes Memoji and faster face tracking support for third-party ARKit apps.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max deliver the highest quality video capture in a smartphone. The larger pixels and larger, faster sensor enable improved low-light performance and video stabilisation, as well as extended dynamic range for more highlight and shadow detail in video modes up to 30 frames per second. Using the four built-in mics, users can also record stereo sound to get the most out of video recordings.

Advanced Technologies — Face ID, the most secure facial authentication system ever in a smartphone, is now even faster. The TrueDepth camera system uses precision depth-sensing technology that goes far beyond the capabilities and security of two-dimensional facial scanners and enables users to unlock iPhone, use Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and many more features with a simple glance.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max introduce Gigabit-class LTE for even faster download speeds4 and Dual SIM5 through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM.

Featuring iOS 12 — iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max come with iOS 12, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 12 introduces new AR experiences, helps people rediscover and share photos, and makes communications more expressive and fun with new Animoji and Memoji. Screen Time helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices, Siri Shortcuts give any app the ability to work with Siri and new privacy features help protect users from being tracked on the web.

Pricing and Availability — iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity models in space grey, silver and a new gold finish starting at RRP NZ$1899 inc.GST (64GB) and NZ$2099 inc. GST (64gGB), respectively, from apple.com/nz, in the Apple Store app and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).
Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max beginning Friday, 14 September, with availability beginning Friday, 21 September, in more than 30 countries and territories including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in more than 25 countries and territories including Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa beginning Friday, 28 September.
Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at RRP NZ$75 inc. GST (silicon), while the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max Leather Folio will be available starting at NZ$199 inc. GST.
Every customer who buys iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online to help them customise their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more.

1 The display has rounded corners that follow a beautiful curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 5.85 inches (iPhone Xs) and 6.46 inches (iPhone Xs Max) diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.
2 iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are splash-, water- and dust-resistant, and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 metres up to 30 minutes). Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.
3 Real-time preview in Depth Control will be available via a free software update later this spring.
4 Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/nz/iphone/LTE.
5 Dual SIM support will be available via a free software update later this spring. Use of Dual SIM requires two wireless service plans (which may include restrictions on roaming). Certain restrictions apply to use.

More comments on the changes at Mac NZ


Oh Mark: I will miss you!!! I read every post—not always with comprehension—but I read them. Of course I understand the overload—your productivity is prodigious. You could write a history of technology development from your posts.
I’m guessing the Museum of Transport and Technology is taking all your time. And I have learned so much from reading what you write! Thank you for it all. And for your individual help to me.
And good good wishes for what you are turning towards. Best, …

Congratulations! On your achievements over the years, on your even handed reviews and comments on Apple related happenings, on beautifully composed MagBytes.
Boy, I’m going to miss my daily fix! I reckon my wife will be happy I won’t spend quite so long at the computer.
Have also appreciated the times when your responses to my queries have been so promptly dealt with.
So from this almost 80 year old, a great big thank you!

Thanks Mark for all your effort. Really appreciate all the tips and tricks you have shared over the years. Made my working life way more efficient. Good luck with your next venture and work at MOTAT.

Hey Mark, I couldn’t let this sad day pass without sending a message of gratitude. Knowing how time and energy-consuming this must have been for you, I totally understand your decision.
We are all richer, wiser and certainly more Mac-knowledgeable due to your efforts and contributions.
All the very best and if I ever meet you, I owe you a drink!
Kindest regards, …

I too enjoyed reading your site and learned some Apple tips via your Five Tip Friday posts. So thanks for all that you work you put in.
Glad to know that you are now employed by MOTAT, which is one of my favourite places to visit in Auckland. I have been there a few times and would love to re-visit.
Shame on Apple for doing what it did for you. But I really appreciate the work you did and I am grateful for that.

No more MagBytes, no more Apple news


Hi there and goodbye-ish — as I explained in MagBytes 93 that I released yesterday, I have no more time for monthly MagBytes (at least 8 hours work) and for daily Apple news updates and for weekly Friday tips. My working life has taken over, and since Apple no longer shows me products, I no longer feel qualified to talk about them.

It’s been a fun and rewarding pastime; thank you for your attention and support over the last ten years.

Here are some of the reactions (senders’ names withheld):

Like a lot of people I for one am very sorry to see it go. I totally understand your decision and I bet it took a lot of thought before you came to this end.
Always looked forward to all your communications, even had an alert in my calendar to remind me to check if needed. I could never understand how in the world you kept it all up, as some of your replies came very late at night. So although I am sorry to not get Magbytes any more, I say go for it.
One door closes, another one opens is a saying that does seem to happen.
I hope we can stay friends and when I have said thank you in the past, I really meant it, for  I felt you must have been up against it sometimes.
All the best.

The whole world is ‘changing’ it seems… so you are no exception to the avant-garde.  
Thank you for the excellent information received over the years since we met. I have all your Magbytes on file for easy access to the Apple world when, like you, time permits, for my limited knowledge to decipher.
Just a thought.. for the moments of your creative imagination… many of us in the Apple world need someone like you to set up an Apple training school on line. ‘We’… the Apple lovers of the older generation… have the toys, but do not have the school or the skill of the teenagers. But we’ll pay to learn. Could you put your Apple training school online… you’d only need to update when something really new comes out. So please consider…PLEASE!
Wishing you all the best at MOTAT… Christmas… 2018… and…the new online adventure!

Hi Mark,
As one of the many people who have benefited from your expertise over the years I’d like to thank you.
Every time I’ve asked you for advice or information I’ve had a quick and useful reply.
Not being that tech savvy, but having owned a Mac since about 1992, in the past few years I’ve come to rely on MagBytes to keep me up to date with current advice and information.
It seems to me a real shame you cannot continue use your talents as a Mac ambassador.
My retirement field is photography and we visit MOTAT as a source of interesting subjects. Hopefully next time I can say hello.
Once again thanks for making such a valuable contribution to my technical life and good luck for the future.
If you ever start up again please let me know.
Best wishes.

Hi Mark,
Well a sad day today with the news you are stopping your daily Mac info etc.
I for one have appreciated all the work you  have done here and for the advice you have given me in times of trouble or needed some help.
I do see why you are doing this and I wish you all the very best in your job, which I must say I would also fined very interesting.
I think I can say that there will be  a lot of sad people who use Macs out there with this news.
As far as my keyboard is concerned my space bar is intermittent and can drive you up the wall if you do not keep an eye on the spaces between words.
I followed advice found by searching, it’s a common problem too, but if the bluetooth is connected and battery levels are good then Apple say that’s it, a new keyboard in required. (Wireless 2015 or later here).
At the moment it is working but if it fails again I am off the the store.
Thank you for all you have done and I imagine it is sad for you too. You are right in that there is very little Mac support available here where one can get some answers to problems etc without taking it to places like the iStore.
Good luck.

Thanks, Mark, for everything you have done for fellow Apple users over many years – always interesting and informative.
Your daily news and MagBytes will be very much missed here.
All the best.

Thanks Mark. That has been a long involvement. I was a subscriber to MacGuide and have really appreciated all your advice, reviews and everything over the years on paper and online. Have a restful Xmas and New Year. Kind regards.

So sorry to see this. I have enjoyed this news very much but understand that life can take over sometimes! Cheers.

Thank you and all the best for the future.

And thank you to all for these kind words! M

MagBytes 93 is here … and it’s the last one.


Here is MagBytes 93, the final issue. I am sorry everyone who enjoys this effort of mine, but I no longer have time to do this, and I will also be cutting my Apple news updates dramatically, and no more Friday tips, as I explain in MagBytes 93 on Page 9. I thank you for your support over the last ten years but I simply cannot sustain this any longer.

I will continue to write commentary on Apple when it’s relevant and I have the time on Mac NZ, I will continue to write reviews. I will continue with Futurology and The Apocalypticon (on weekends) as they support my other interests.

Please download MagBytes 93 from this link —>> Issue93November17

Fusion Guitar, iPhone X quitting, iCloud Drive files, Apple TV 4K


Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPad integrated electric guitar — Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPod-integrated, portable, wireless electric guitar with built-in amp, battery and speakers. It’s available at a special holiday price of US$899 through December 24 with promo code:  ROCK-N-ROLL-SANTA-FG.
Designed by guitarists for guitarists, the Fusion Guitar gives the ability to practice and play on the go, around the campfire, impromptu creative sessions, on the streets or at the next big show, says Dave McAuld, Fusion Guitar founder and designer.
Fusion Guitar eliminates the need for multiple hardware devices: amplifier, speakers, foot pedals, power supply, multiple cables, a computer and computer-guitar interface. It’s compatible with a range of guitar digital effect and recording apps like JamUp or AmpliTube. Fusion Guitar supports the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 5 and 5s, iPod touch (5th and 6th generations) but it’s currently only shipping in the US.

How to make app quitting more like the iPhone 7 and 8 on iPhone X — There’s more than one way to quit apps on the iPhone X once you know the right gesture. It isn’t quite as smooth as quitting apps on an iPhone 7 or 8, which is kind of weird because it could be just as simple. Check out TMO’s video showing how app quitting works on the iPhone X.

How to recover (or remove) recently deleted files from iCloud Drive —If you’re using iCloud’s Desktop and Documents syncing feature, then you should know that anything you delete from those locations is recoverable for up to 30 days on either iCloud.com or within the Files app on iOS. Here’s how to view those files– or delete them forever.

Most everything to know about Apple TV 4K — The Apple TV 4K (5th generation) shipped on September 22, 2017. The 32 GB model is widely available online at Apple, Apple retail stores and Best Buy – to name a few. Physically, it is very similar to the 4th generation model. The difference is that it has ventilation slots on the bottom. In terms of the connectors on the back, they are exactly the same …

YouTube support channel, IT workaround, Pokémon GO accidents


Apple launches Apple Support YouTube Channel — The video site is home to videos that cover assorted iOS and watchOS tips and tricks (no macOS items yet). Topics include Add a Photo Filter in Camera, Use the Doc on Your iPad, Send a Message With the Echo Effect, Share Activity with the Apple Watch and more. The channel, called Apple Support, currently consists of ten brief videos explaining how to perform basic functions within iOS 11.
[Perfect timing for me – see MagBytes 93, due this week.]

Apple offers temporary workaround for iOS 11 bug autocorrecting ‘it’ to ‘I.T.’ — Apple is currently coping with hundreds of complaints about an autocorrect bug in iOS 11, causing the word “it” to be autocorrected to “I.T.”
While only some people are being affected, those that are are finding themselves having to manually select “it” as a QuickType suggestion, or else backspace to retype. In some cases, complaints appear to stretch back to September.
Apple is said to be recommending that people reset their keyboard dictionaries by going into the iOS Settings app, then tapping General, Reset, and “Reset Keyboard Dictionary.” After a reboot the glitch may disappear, but not everyone has had success with this method.
The next best solution likely involves turning off autocorrection, but that can be problematic for people typing on an iPhone, particularly smaller models like the 8 or SE.
Apple is presumably planning to patch the bug in a forthcoming update. Earlier this month the company released iOS 11.1.1 to fix another autocorrect bug, which was causing the letter “i” to be changed into an “A” and a question mark. The issue was widespread enough that it was briefly spoofed in pop culture.

Researchers say Pokémon GO has caused 145,000 traffic accidents — Two professors from Purdue University have published a study that suggests Pokémon GO has caused as many as 145,000 traffic accidents. The study titled Death by Pokémon GO was based on statistics from one county in Indiana between March 1st, 2015, and November 30th, 2016. Pokémon GO was released in July of 2016, earning some 100 million downloads in its first month alone.

X lens, YouTube solves drain, ABBYY deal, Grid Autosport, Foosball apps


Apple supplier smooths out lens production for iPhone X cameras — Apple supplier Genius Electronic Optical is reportedly improving its production yields for lens modules on the iPhone X, which may help to explain the rapid reduction in the product’s shipping times.
Genius has refined its yields for both the phone’s regular 7-megapixel front-facing camera and the TrueDepth 3D-sensing system, DigiTimes sources claimed on Monday. The firm’s earnings per share hit their highest monthly level in five years during October.

YouTube hammers out battery drain problem with iPhone app in latest update — The iOS YouTube app update issued on Monday rectifies the dramatic battery drain that manifested not only when the app was actively being used to watch videos, but when it was idle in the background as well.

ABBYY has a deal — 3 apps together for just $9.99. ABBYY specialises in OCR apps.

Grid Autosport — Feral Interactive’s car racing game for iOS has just arrived for iPhone and iPad.

Five foosball game apps for iOS — Every fooser has to have a foosball application on his phone. I want to offer you the list of five foosball games made for Apple (available at the Apple App Store) so there are no excuses why haven’t you already installed the most amazing game of foosball on your phone. Each and every one of those games will offer you great gaming experience, reckons Apple World Today, you just have to pick one.

X supply chain, X thanks, from Android to iOS, Ulysses makeover, iPhone fitness accessories, iPad group games


iPhone X supply chain improvements, not weak demand, to thank for reduced ship times — This week’s bump in iPhone X delivery estimates, now down to one to two weeks, fuelled speculation of weakened demand for Apple’s flagship handset, but noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the change is due to better than expected supply chain enhancements and parts availability.

Thankful for iPhone X — Daniel Eran Dilger at Apple Insider writes that “throughout this miserable year we suffered a series of horrific tropical storms and deadly wildfires; a year of ugly, divisive politics, nonstop fake news and a new broader realisation that many of the people we formerly respected have actually led terrible abusive lives of harassment, assault and even predation of children. We can take some comfort in the fact that at least our technology improved dramatically.”

From Android to iOS — Chris Leckness is writing a series of articles about his transition from Android to iOS. “From 2012 to now, I have been using Android exclusively. I moved through the Samsung Galaxy ranks from the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon to the Galaxy S6 Edge on AT&T. I used the Nexbit Robin for a year before getting the Google Pixel XL. I put the Pixel on Swappa.com last night after 2 days with the iPhone X.
“I look forward to sharing my skeptical comments about this migration from Android to iOS with the AppleWorld.Today audience. It should be interesting to see if the reasons I didn’t like the iPhone in the past are issues that won’t bother me this time around. The iOS home screen hasn’t changed much at all since then and this was one of my biggest complaints …”

Ulysses writing app gets a makeover for iPhone X — The subscription-based cross-platform writing app Ulysses received a big update today. Version 12.1 brings a redesign that works with the bezel-free display of the iPhone X, supports Face ID authentication, and more …

iPhone-connected fitness accessories to burn off calories — You don’t necessarily need extra gear to keep in shape during the holidays, but it can certainly help if you know what you’re doing. Here are a few hardware accessories iPhone owners might want to consider before hitting the weights or lacing up running shoes.

Play some games with your family on your iPad — AppleInsider offers some suggestions of apps that can keep everyone occupied, or at least keep you amused while you keep away from the rest of the group.

Holiday ad, X shipment times, ringtone sources, South Korean raid, Foxconn ‘halts’ illegal work


Apple celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas with Sway ad featuring iPhone X, AirPods — Apple has started its holiday advertising blitz with a new music-centric video featuring the AirPods, and the iPhone X and an enraptured couple dancing in the snow. [Saw a guy the other day on a plane with AirPods in, and at first glance I thought he’d put cigarettes in his ears as sound suppressors, lol!]

iPhone X shipment times improve to 1-2 weeks ahead of holidays — Just in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season, Apple has updated iPhone X ship-by times to one to two weeks, a one-week improvement over previous delivery estimates offered earlier this month.

Where to find iPhone ringtones for iOS 11 besides iTunes — There are plenty of places to get iPhone ringtones apart from iTunes. Apps like Zedge have been popular for years, and there are other apps as well. The Mac Observer has found three apps that have cool ringtones and alert tones.

Six must-have iPhone apps for holiday travel — Holiday travel can be pretty hectic, but it’s possible to cut out at least a little of the stress. Check out these iPhone apps that can make your travels easier and your trip experience more fun.

Apple’s South Korean offices raided by authorities ahead of regional iPhone X launch — South Korean authorities have reportedly conducted a raid of Apple’s offices in the country earlier this week, with investigators said to have questioned the company about its business affairs just days before the launch of the iPhone X in the country, which could raise questions concerning the government’s animosity for competitors of local manufacturers, such as main rival Samsung.

Foxconn puts halt to illegal overtime at iPhone X plant — Apple supplier Foxconn in a statement on Thursday said it has stopped high school interns from working overtime at an iPhone plant in China, a practice that violates the country’s labour laws. [Apple’s use of this company is another moral indictment against it.]

Sonic the Hedgehog, AR headsets, AR games, flawless expense


Sega releases Sonic the Hedgehog 2 free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV to celebrate 25th anniversary — Sega has added another classic title to its Sega Forever free-to-play game collection, by making the iPhone and iPad port of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ available to download on iOS and tvOS, on the 25th anniversary of the original game’s release on the Genesis game console.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is free to download and play, supported by advertising, but an in-app purchase removes all ads.

Apple buys company specialising in AR headset technology — Apple has acquired a Montreal start-up along its reported route toward building an augmented reality headset. The tech giant bought Vrvana, makers of a headset called Totem (pictured above), for around $30 million, TechCrunch reports.
The Totem headset is featured on Vrvana’s website but hasn’t been released, and focuses on combining both AR and virtual reality features in the same headset. A number of Vrvana employees have joined Apple in California, TechCrunch notes.

Five run AR video games for iPhone — Apple brought augmented reality to the masses with iOS 11. Tim Cook says augmented reality will make iPhone “even more essential,” and we can see this in the App Store. This Thanksgiving The Mac Observer has rounded up five fun AR video games to kill time when you’re traveling or just want something to do.

Apple’s leather sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook has a handsome, flawless design — Apple’s NZ$269/US$149.99 leather sleeve for MacBook is, as far as I can tell, the first case the tech giant has ever released for one of its laptops. And it’s as classy, and pricey, as you’d expect.
Available in saddle brown or midnight blue, the case for the 12-inch MacBook is, per Apple, is crafted from “high-quality European leather with a soft microfiber lining.” Its design allows you to charge your laptop while keeping it protected.

More Foxconn criticism, Fuchsia to support Swift apps


Google is apparently working on a programming language that will support apps written in Apple’s Open Source Swift

Foxconn accused of using illegal student labor to build Apple’s iPhone X — Apple’s main assembly partner, Foxconn, has been demanding illegal overtime from high school interns in its production of the iPhone X, a report charged on Tuesday.
Six of the students, aged 17 to 19, said they regularly work 11-hour days on the iPhone X at a factory in Zhengzhou, in violation of Chinese law for interns, according to the Financial Times. The students added that they’re with a group of 3000 students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School, all sent to the Foxconn factory in September and told that a three-month internship was required to graduate!

Google’s upcoming ‘Fuchsia’ OS to support Apple’s Swift language — Google’s nebulous ‘Fuchsia’ operating system – still in development – will apparently support apps written in Apple’s open-source Swift programming language.
A Google employee recently created a pull request on Swift’s GitHub repository, adding Fuchsia support to the compiler, Android Police noted this week. Fuchsia already supports a Google-created language called Dart, as well as standards like C and C++. [So, bright Fuchsia or no Fuchsia for you?]

X accolade, Ive argues, glitch fix, Vimeo HDR, post PC, HomePod delay, Texas Ranger warrant, iRig Keys I/O, X wallpapers, watchOS 1 no longer


Vimeo has added HDR support to its app

Time includes iPhone X in its list of ’25 Best Inventions of 2017′ — Time Magazine has named the iPhone X as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2017, calling Apple’s flagship mobile device ‘arguably the world’s most sophisticated smartphone’ over its new display, its augmented reality applications, and the inclusion of Face ID.

Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button, other tech in interview about iPhone X — In an interview published late last week, Apple chief design officer Jony Ive argued for the company’s sometimes controversial decisions to abandon common technologies – in the case of the iPhone X, foregoing a home button in favour of touchscreen gestures. [Apple has always done this – will continue to do this. Either get used o it or use inferior tech.]

iOS 11.1.2 released with fix for iPhone X/cold weather glitch — Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which addresses an issue in which some iPhone X models became unresponsive in cold weather.

Vimeo adds support for vivid HDR colors on iPhone X, iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K — Popular streaming video service Vimeo has updated its official iOS and tvOS apps to take advantage of Apple’s recent support for high dynamic range video across its platform of devices, including the iPhone X.

New Apple video blurs the line between iPad Pro and computer, repeats Steve Jobs ‘post-PC’ concept — Apple has published a new YouTube video, and with it is repeating the message that “a post-PC world may be closer than you think.”

Apple delays HomePod launch until ‘early 2018’ — Originally scheduled to debut in December, Apple has pushed the launch of its Siri-equipped HomePod speaker into early 2018, saying the company needs more time to complete the home audio accessory.

Apple is served search warrants in connection with church shooting in Texas — Texas Rangers investigating the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have served search warrants on Apple, seeking digital photos, messages, documents and other types of data that might have been stored by gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who was found with an iPhone after he killed himself.

IK Multimedia ships iRig Keys I/O keyboard MIDI interface that can record microphones and other instruments — IK Multimedia has added another device to its audio interface line, introducing the iRig Keys I/O as pair of MFi-certified MIDI controllers that can be used to create music on an iPhone or iPad, using its included keyboard or via another instrument or microphone using the device as a preamp.

5 Places to find cool iPhone X wallpapers — The iPhone X OLED screen is beautiful, so how do you show off its visual awesomeness? With really cool wallpapers, of course. Read on to see some of the cool free iPhone X wallpapers Mac Observer found. [I always just shoot my own.]

Apple announces that it won’t accept app updates built with watchOS 1.0 SDK after April 1, 2018 — Apple has issued guidance to developers, suggesting it will discontinue support for watchOS 1, with updates for apps limited to that version no longer accepted after April 1, 2018.