Encryption key for iPhone 5s Touch ID exposed, opens door to further research —Just prior to a hacker’s conference, a participant has revealed that the iPhone 5s Secure Enclave has been hacked, and the decryption key for it has been revealed. However, at present, there is nothing for iPhone users immediately worry about.
New security feature in iOS 11 will allow users to temporarily disable Touch ID, quickly call 911 — The latest beta release of iOS 11 includes a new security feature, with a few button presses making it impossible to unlock your phone with Touch ID, as well as giving a quick option to dial 911. Here’s how to use it. iOS 11 will also introduce a new Smart Invert viewing mode, which you can see in this video. It intelligently inverts all screen colours except for those in displayed media, such as photos, videos, and icons. The feature might be used to extend battery life on an upcoming OLED-equipped ‘iPhone 8.’
Apple’s Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus and iOS 11 exits beta, allows effect to be turned off after the fact — In the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple has taken the Portrait Mode camera setting out of beta, and has altered how the camera roll handles the pictures to allow for the effect to be removed from a picture using it at any time.
Titanfall: Assault real-time strategy title lands on iPhone, Sega Forever drive expands with Ristar —Two major titles have arrived on iPhone and iPad as free-to-play titles this week, with Nexon’s Titanfall: Assault introducing real time strategy to the battlefield-based franchise, while Ristar has been ported to iOS a full 22 years after its first release on the Sega Genesis.
Watch: AirPlay 2 delivers speaker integration with HomeKit, Siri support, more — When iOS 11 launches this fall, Apple will roll out a revamped version of its AirPlay protocol featuring speaker support for HomeKit, multi-room audio, shared up-next playlists, Siri integration and more, as you can see in the video at this link.
Wicked Brainstorm lets you brainstorm up a storm in iOS Message — It can be very handy to be able to brainstorm with folks. However, it hasn’t been practical using Messages on your iPhone or iPad. Now it is, thanks to Wicked Brainstorm. Before using the app, brainstorming buddies would see all ideas mixed in with every other text message. With Wicked Brainstorm, those ideas are gathered together, yet still kept within Messages. When you’re done, you can turn the brainstormed list into a checklist and even vote as a group on the best ideas. It’s a free app, too.
Hands on with iOS 11, which we will all have soonish — With the newly revamped iPad app dock in iOS 11, Apple introduces a completely new interaction experience more in line with macOS. Check out the new UI, which supports in-the-dock app interactions and drag-and-drop gestures, in this AppleInsider video.
Apple is also completely revamping the App Store in iOS 11, adding a number of new features and under-the-hood enhancements, while at the same time streamlining the platform’s user interface. AppleInsider goes over all the changes in this in-depth video.
Other changes include Augmented Reality Maps.
Full Throttle Remastered and Layton’s Mystery Journey arrive for iPhone, iPad —Two notable puzzle-oriented games have become available to download from the iOS App Store today, with Full Throttle Remastered bringing a classic adventure game up to date, while Layton’s Mystery Journey lands on iPhone and iPad months before the Nintendo 3DS edition goes on sale.
Requiring iOS 9.0 or later and taking up 3.9GB of space, Full Throttle Remastered is available to purchase from the iOS App Store for NZ$7.49/US$4.99. (The Mac version of the game is NZ$21.99/US$14.99.) Layton’s Mystery Journey requires iOS 9.0 or later, takes up 1.14GB of storage, and is priced at US$15.99.
How to turn your iPhone into a document scanner (and when you shouldn’t) —Nothing can beat having the iPhone’s camera with you but many, many tools can better how that camera shoots documents and what you can do with them later. AppleInsider staffers show you what apps and hardware we use to scan everything from single receipts to the contents of a history archive.
Mozilla upgrades Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, adds QR code reader and night-reading mode —Mozilla has upgraded Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, with the latest edition of the mobile web browser altering the way it handles tabs, as well as introducing new features including a built-in QR code scanner and a Night Mode that makes Firefox more useful for late night browsing.
ESPN uses iPhone 7 for 9th annual ‘Body Issue’ cover shoot — ESPN The Magazine’s hotly anticipated ‘Body Issue’ hit newsstands on Friday, and at least one of the covers (a portrait of Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez) was shot using Apple’s iPhone 7 handset. [Above. Crikey.]
iOS 11 adds Live Photos editing tools, new effects and more —Apple’s iOS 11 will deliver a handful of new Live Photos editing tools and special effects when it launches this fall. Take an early look at the upcoming feature set in this AppleInsider video.
iOS 11 is coming: Take advantage of our pre-sale on The Complete iOS 11 Development Course and Master Bundle — iOS 11 will be here soon, and developers need to get ready to take advantage of all the new features of Apple’s mobile operating system. We’re doing a pre-sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for The Complete iOS 11 Development Course and Mastery Bundle, where you can get the whole shebang for just US$29. If you wait to get the course, you could find yourself paying up to US$1299 for the same classes.
Enlight 2 offers more iPhone photo editing tools for free — Lightricks unveiled Enlight 2 late last week, giving iPhone users an updated version of the already capable photo editing app. Version 2, now called Enlight Photofox, lets you blend together multiple photos, included editing layers, includes drawing tools and loads of filters, supports 16-bit and Raw images and more. It’s great for turning your photos into artistic works and just touching up your vacation pics. The new version is free and for US$3.99 a month, US$19.99 a year or US$39.99 for a perpetual license you can unlock additional image editing features. Enlight Photofox is available for download at Apple’s App Store.
iPad Pro gains a 10.5-inch model, vastly improved power— Apple today unveiled new iPad Pro models. The 9.7-inch model is no longer an option, but there’s a new 10.5-inch version to take its place. he 10.5-inch model is genius, providing 20% more screen real estate than the 9.7-inch model at the same weight of the older model. The addition of the more powerful camera and the A10X Fusion chip will make both the iPad Pros quite a bit more useful as well. But the big difference will come this fall with the special features for iPad that are built into iOS 11.
The new customizable Dock makes iPad Pro with iOS 11 so much more like an Mac laptop with a touch screen that it’s not funny. Coupled with improved multitasking, Spaces on iPad, the Files app, multi-touch drag and drop, a document scanner for Notes and more integration with the Apple Pencil, and suddenly the iPad Pro gains functionality that is pretty incredible.
The new 10.5-inch Pro is physically almost exactly the same physical dimensions as the previous 9.7-inch Pro, just without the bezels. Now that the front of the tablet is almost entirely screen, it could be nearly an inch larger without being harder to hold. Or heavier.
You can watch the new iPad Pro commercial here. The NZ prices appear to be from NZ$1099 for the new 10.5 inch and from BZ$1299 for the 12.9-inch.
Using iOS 11 — There’s quite a bit to explore in this new version of the mobile operating system, but here’s what Jeff Butts found in his first 30 minutes of having the beta installed on his iPhone 7 Plus. Here are the 9 key features.
Apple’s HomePod speaker — Apple also took the wraps off its much-rumoured HomePod, a competitor to so-called ‘smart speakers’ like Amazon Echo, later offering WWDC attendees a closer look at the device prior to an expected debut in December.
watchOS 4 adds new faces, updated Workout app and more — watchOS 4 will provide new watch faces, one of which will be powered by Siri intelligence. This will all be part of a free update in three months or so. The Siri face provides data that changes as the day progresses, with a rotation of the digital crown providing a 3D-list of what’s been going on.
Apple unveils iPad Pro featuring 20% larger display with ProMotion, A10X CPU —Apple’s iPad Pro lineup has just been updated with the most popular model receiving a larger 10.5-inch display, still weighing just over 453 grams (1 pound) with thinner bezels. The screen also features new ProMotion technology that dramatically improves performance.
Here’s Apple’s full NZ press release: iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch & 12.9-inch Models, Introduces our Most Advanced Display & Breakthrough Performance iOS 11, Coming This Spring, Brings New Features That Make iPad Pro Even More Powerful
SAN JOSE, California — 6 June 2017 — Apple today introduced an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring our most advanced display with ProMotion technology and incredible performance with the new A10X Fusion chip. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs less than 500 grams. Combined with powerful new iPad features in iOS 11 coming this spring, like the all-new Files app, customisable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil, iPad Pro gives users the ability to be even more productive and creative.
“These are by far the most powerful iPads we’ve ever created with our most advanced displays featuring ProMotion, the powerful new A10X Fusion chip and the advanced camera system of iPhone 7,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “Together with iOS 11 these new iPad Pro models will radically change what users can do with iPad.”
Our Most Advanced Display Featuring ProMotion — The stunning, redesigned Retina display in iPad Pro features ProMotion, a new technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content. With ProMotion, Apple Pencil is even more responsive with an industry-best, 20-millisecond latency for even more fluid and natural drawing. ProMotion technology also improves display quality and reduces power consumption by automatically adjusting the display refresh rate to match the movement of the content.
The advanced Retina display is Apple’s brightest iPad display yet and features antireflective coating, making content easier to see indoors and out. True Tone® display dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate viewing experience. A wide colour gamut enables iPad Pro to deliver digital cinema-standard colours.
Groundbreaking Performance Powered by A10X Fusion Chip —
iPad Pro delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility to tackle the most demanding tasks. The powerful new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip provides performance that is faster than most PC laptops shipping today, so tackling complex tasks like editing photos and 4K video, rendering 3D images or playing games feels effortless. A six-core CPU and 12-core GPU deliver up to 30 per cent faster CPU performance and 40 per cent faster graphics performance than the industry-leading A9X chip, while delivering all-day battery life.1
iPad Pro is the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality photos and videos. It features the same advanced front- and back-facing cameras as iPhone® 7, including a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, along with a 7-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera. iPad Pro also features a four-speaker audio system, providing powerful, clear and rich stereo sound in any orientation. An embedded Apple SIM2 and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced3 make it easier to stay connected when traveling in more than 180 countries and regions.
Touch ID® on iPad Pro is more responsive and gives users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad, keep personal information private within apps and approve purchases from the App Store®, iTunes Store® and iBooks Store℠. With Apple Pay® on iPad, paying for physical goods and services within apps or on websites in Safari® has never been easier. 4
Pricing & Availability
• The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold starting at Recommended Retail Price (RRP) NZ$1099 inc. GST for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and starting at RRP NZ$1319 inc. GST for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space grey and gold starting at RRP NZ$1299 inc. GST for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and starting at RRP NZ$1519 inc. GST for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. For more information, visit apple.com/nz/ipad.
• The new iPad Pro models are available to order beginning today from apple.com/nz and will start delivering to customers next week. Both models will also be available next week through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers (prices may vary) in 38 countries and regions, including New Zealand, Australia, the US, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
• Apple Pencil is available for RRP NZ$159 inc. GST. The Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal grey for RRP NZ$259 inc.GST for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and RRP NZ$269 inc.GST for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
• A new Leather Sleeve is available for both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in a range of colours for RRP NZ$229 inc. GST and RRP NZ$269 inc. GST, respectively. A new Apple Pencil Case is available in a range of colours for RRP NZ$49 inc. GST. iPad Pro Smart Covers are available in polyurethane and leather in a variety of colours for RRP NZ$89 inc. GST and RRP NZ$129 inc. GST for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and for RRP NZ$99 inc. GST and RRP NZ$139 inc. GST for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at apple.com.
• Every customer who buys iPad Pro from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online, to help them customise their iPad Pro by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more. 4
1 Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results may vary.
2 Embedded Apple SIM in iPad Pro (10.5-inch and 12.9-inch) may be disabled when purchased from some carriers. See your carrier for details.
3 LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
4 In most countries.
Apple Uses iOS 11 to Make iPad more Mac-like — Apple gave iOS 11 for the iPad some special love during the 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote that makes the tablet more like a Mac with drag-and-drop support, a Dock, and touch-based app switcher. A Files app adds file browsing.
More Apple press: iOS 11 Introduces Powerful iPad Features — iOS 11, coming this spring, introduces powerful new features for iPad, including:
— a new customisable Dock that provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen;
— improved multitasking, including a redesigned app switcher that brings Spaces® to iOS, making it easier to move between apps or pairs of active apps, used in Split View and now Slide Over;
— the new Files app that keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive® or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more;
— Multi-Touch™ Drag and Drop, which is available across the system to move text, photos and files from one app to another, anywhere on the screen;
— a new document scanner in Notes, which lets users easily scan single or multi-page documents, removes shadows and uses powerful image filters to enhance readability; and
— deeper integration with Apple Pencil, with support for inline drawing to write along text in Notes and Mail, Instant Markup to easily sign documents, annotate PDFs or draw on screenshots, and a new Instant Notes feature, which opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display. New searchable handwriting makes it easy to search for handwritten text or characters.
Apple Pencil & Smart Keyboard — Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for natural drawing, annotating and note-taking. A new full-sized Smart Keyboard has been custom designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover.
Apple unveils iOS 11 with P2P Apple Pay transfers, a new sound for Siri, AirPlay 2, more —The next major update for iOS is turned up to 11, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook joked while unveiling the software update. It includes a revamped Control Center with deep 3D Touch support, the ability to directly transfer money to friends with Apple Pay, a new voice for Siri, and multi-speaker support with AirPlay 2.
Apple focuses on Discovery with App Store redesign — Apple is revamping the iPhone and iPad App Store to improve discoverability, and we got our first look during the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2017 keynote on Monday.
Apple focuses on discoverability in App Store redesign
The redesigned App Store is using a tab metaphor to show product categories such as Today, Apps, and Games—and each app gets its own page. The new app pages show details about each title, and can highlight in-app purchases, which should make developers happy. The new App Store is part of iOS 11, which is shipping as a free update for the iPhone and iPad in a few months.
Apple announces watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with Siri watch face, connectivity with gym equipment —The next generation of Apple Watch software has just been unveiled in the form of watchOS 4, a major update that will include new watch faces, including one driven by the Siri personal assistant. Other additions include connectivity with gym equipment, and support for syncing multiple playlists.