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You can get the portrait mode ‘bokeh’ effect without a dual-lens iPhone with the right apps

iPhone X impresses Windows executive, Android fans but bitter bloggers still hating — Apple’s iPhone X is drawing compliments from some unlikely places, ranging from the official Twitter account of Steven Sinofsky, the former President of Microsoft’s Windows Division, to diehard Android fans sharing their unvarnished opinions on Reddit. Sinofsky, who spent two decades working on Office and then led the development of Windows 7 and 8 before leaving Microsoft at the end of 2012, posted a series of Tweets concluding with the observation, “iPhone X is simply joyful to use. Apple deserves massive credit for inventing a new paradigm on top of the most successful one ever.”
However, it can never please embittered bloggers who want Apple to fail.

iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus production accelerating alongside cutback in orders for iPhone 8 — Reports from the supply chain suggest that any production problems that may have plagued the iPhone X are long past, and Apple and its manufacturing partners will increase production to ship about 26 million of the OLED model in the holiday quarter.

Apple releases iOS 11.1.1 update with ‘i’ autocorrect fix, ‘Hey Siri’ bug repair — Apple has released another “sub-point” update to iOS 11, with iOS 11.1.1 addressing the “i” bug that caused the letter to be autocorrected to “A” and a question mark.

Apple’s Clips 2.0 puts you in the Millennium Falcon cockpit with Star Wars augmented reality — Apple’s updated Clips 2.0 last Thursday, and it now supports augmented reality 360-degree selfie scenes using iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system. Other additions include Disney content including a panorama aboard the Millenium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer —and AppleInsider shows you all the new features.

Extreme test shows OLED iPhone X with ‘dark mode’ saves nearly 60% battery over 3 hours — After publicising ways to reduce power consumption on the iPhone X OLED display, AppleInsider has begun to put the methods to the test to get a feel for exactly how much power can be saved. The answer: a lot.

iPhone X problems — It’s not all hope and glory, though. Some iPhone X owners report mystery green lines appearing on displays. A Vietnamese firm managed to trip up iPhone X’s Face ID with an elaborate mask & makeup, and Apple has acknowledged iPhone X becoming unresponsive in cold weather, and has promised software fix.

Firefox iOS version 10 released with ‘Photon’ design and menu changes — Firefox has updated the iOS version of its browser to version 10.0, with the milestone release featuring a refreshed modern interface and changes to the menu system, ahead of another major update arriving on the desktop version of the browser next week.

Five apps that add Portrait Mode Bokeh to any iPhone — Do you love bokeh but don’t have an iPhone with a dual lens camera? Mac Observer has found up five apps that give you Portrait Mode bokeh. You can use these apps on any iPhone model.

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iPad Pro and Pencil, Home app webpage, Apple TV 2, Watch success


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New Apple iPad Pro spot shows power of Apple Pencil to sign documents — Apple has a new entrant in its iPad Pro commercials where the company responds to tweets from real people. The new one is called No more printing, and shows how to use iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to sign documents. This is the fifth spot in the series, making it likely they’re performing well for Apple.

Apple updates Home app webpage with new promotional video, design — In an update to its webpage on Wednesday, Apple refreshed the design of a mini-site dedicated to iOS 10’s Home app and debuted a video showing off some of the smarthome software’s best features.

Apple declares second-gen Apple TV ‘obsolete,’ halts most hardware support — Apple this week added the second-generation Apple TV to its list of vintage and obsolete products, rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

IDC: Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are a ‘magnificent success’ — The worldwide wearables market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), growing 16.9% year over year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the market and previous champions refreshed their product lineups. Apple’s Watch had its best quarter ever.

RED Garageband loops, iPhone 6 app surge, all the RED iOS deals


For just $1.29 you can add substantially to your iOS Garageband loops and support Project RED
For just $1.29 you can add substantially to your iOS Garageband loops and support Project RED

Apple has updated GarageBand for iOS with exclusive RED Loop Pack for limited time — Apple on Monday (NZ time) released an update to its GarageBand music authoring app that activates an option to purchase the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack, an exclusive collections of hundreds of new instrument loop — and all proceeds go to the RED anti-AIDS charity. An in-app purchase branded in typical RED fashion, the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack features 300 guitar, bass, synth and drum loops spread over a number of musical genres. To mark the occasion, Apple changed GarageBand’s app icon background from a sunset gradient to red. It’s only NZ$1.29, so do yourself a favour but you only have a few days to do so.

iPhone 6 launch broke app download records — The launch of a new iPhone always creates a bump in App Store downloads, but this year’s iPhone 6/6 Plus debut was a special kind of crazy. According to a new report by analytics firm Fiksu, October saw a massive surge in iOS app downloads that shattered previous records and led to a daily download volume of over 7.8 million downloads for the top 200 apps on the marketplace. The App Store’s performance in October represented a 42% increase from September and 39% year-over-year growth.

Take your foosball skills global with Foosball Cup World — Battle numerous other countries in Foosball Cup World, a game that puts your virtual foosball skills to the test. Play quick matches or choose challenges and put in some more effort to achieve special goals within the game. The game by default pairs you up with a computer, but soon after improving your skill Foosball Cup World unlocks additional modes for two players, tournaments and the world league. The game is free with in-app purchases for iPhone and iPad.

All the RED deals Monday 24th November to Sunday 7th December — The App Store’s Apps for (RED) campaign will feature 24 fan-favourite apps with exclusive new content. Every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, all proceeds will go to the Global Fund.

• On Monday, 1 December – World AIDS Day – Apple will donate a portion of every sale at Apple’s online stores to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
Apps for (RED) marks the first-ever global App Store initiative in support of (RED). Participating developers have created (RED)-inspired content and experiences for their fans to enjoy, including:

Angry Birds players can perfect their bird-flinging with (RED)’s Mighty Feathers and challenge themselves to a bonus golden egg level.

Bubble Witch 2 Saga offers new (PRODUCT)RED levels across all 17 episodes of the game. Gold bar currency purchases will be donated to (RED).

CSR Racing delivers new in-game thrills with the highly anticipated Mercedes Benz-AMG GT.

Clash of Clans warriors can prepare for battle with special edition (PRODUCT)RED gems and display a (RED) badge of honour on the village’s town hall.

Clear’s users can perfect their organisational skills with a new (PRODUCT)RED theme which appears automatically with all new downloads.

Cut the Rope 2 unveils a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED items including a new red hat, red touch print, red balloons and a red ginger cookie.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush reveals a new Lifeguard minion that helps players boost their banana collection skills by 200%.

DJay 2’s spin tables turn (RED) and offer DJs a special sound pack.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape players can “Roll out the RED Carpet” and purchase limited-time items such as the Cozy Cow, St. Bernard and more.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team players can compete in a (RED) Tournament and Team of the Week event. All winners will be awarded football superstar and (RED) Ambassador Rafa Marquez.

Frozen Free Fall unveils a magical new (RED) Challenge in the Kingdom of Arendelle, and offers an exclusive combined offer of 1 power-up, 1 snowball and 3 lives.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s aspiring celebrity players can treat themselves to (PRODUCT)RED items including (BEATS)RED Solo2 headphones. Kris Jenner, the first family member to join Kim’s in-app world, will make her in-game debut on 1 December.

Heads Up! competition heats up with an exclusive new deck featuring (RED) words.

The Human Body debuts the Immune System feature, educating users on how the body fights pathogens. The accompanying handbook features a new section on HIV/AIDS.

Kitchen Stories Cookbook will offer a special-edition holiday recipe pack, featuring dishes from renowned chefs Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Luke Holden and Michael Lomonaco.

Monument Valley offers a whole new chapter of Ida’s Journey, marking the final new feature of the game.

Over customers have access to a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED fonts and inspiring artwork, specially created by six artists. Users can share photos with the (RED) brackets overlay to help spread awareness.

Paper by FiftyThree enthusiasts can enjoy a new (PRODUCT)RED Essentials Pack including Sketch, Outline, Write, Colour and Mixer tools.

Rayman Fiesta Run introduces a new (RED) edition to their wacky Fiesta world, and players can purchase a pack of three new costumes for Rayman, Globox and Teensy characters.

Star Walk 2 users can learn more about Mars with the comprehensive new RED Planet feature.

Sims FreePlay features a special community challenge that unlocks various rewards, and players can purchase limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED items such as a swimming pool, party plane and piñata.

Threes! turns (RED) with a limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED theme.

Toca Boca paints Toca Town (RED)! Kids can discover new (RED) diamonds, sample (RED) ice cream in the app and look for other surprises throughout the game.