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Dr Mac on iPhone 7 Plus, camera rocks, managing Siri, Skype, watchOS 3 Dock


Dr Mac’s first impression: iPhone 7 Plus — Bob LeVitus has been using a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage and testing it side-by-side with its predecessor, an iPhone 6s Plus with 128GB ever since. Here are his first impressions of iPhone 7 Plus after just 48 hours, including noticing that the stereo speakers on the iPhone 7 Plus are louder and clearer, and sound way better than any iPhone before it. Bob also writes “…let me close by saying the iPhone 7 Plus camera is the best I’ve ever seen, and its new Portrait camera mode (now in beta) is nothing short of astonishing. Check out this example and see if you can figure out which one was shot using Portrait mode.”

And that’s not surprising, since Apple’s iPhone 7 camera tops competition despite smaller sensor in DxOMark review — Imaging specialist DxO recently wrapped up its evaluation of Apple’s iPhone 7, noting the new smartphone flagship raises an already high bar set by previous models thanks to Digital Cinema (DCI-P3) colour gamut support, class-leading image stabilisation, fast autofocus and other enhancements.

Managing Siri’s third party app voice control in iOS 10 — iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber.” If you don’t want Siri calling rides for you, or Siri says it can’t, it’s time for a trip to your iPhone’s Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how.

Skype adds Lock Screen and Siri integration on iOS 10 — With version 6.25, Skype for iOS brings two iOS 10 features forward: lock screen and Siri integration. Now when you get a Skype call, your iPhone rings just like it would for a normal phone call.

Configure your new Dock in watchOS 3 — Melissa Holt points out that you may have heard that watchOS 3 eliminated the Friends view, which you used to be able to access by pressing the side button once. Now pressing that button will instead bring up the Dock.

100 billion apps, free London rides, Square Apple Pay, which iPad, Dropbox + Adobe, Skype, gift guides, Nightstand


Over 100 billion apps downloaded — On Friday, Apple’s Developer Program let developers know that new apps and app updates won’t be accepted between December 22 and 29, 2015, but it also provided a staggering statistic: the App Store has now seen more than 100 billion cumulative downloads.

MasterCard offers Londoners free Monday rides for using Apple Pay — In a special promotion, MasterCard is briefly letting people ride the Transport for London network for free on Mondays so long as they use Apple Pay.

Square launches NFC mobile card reader with Apple Pay support — Square on Monday officially launched a new mobile card reader compatible with Apple Pay, something that could potentially boost the latter platform’s support outside of major retail chains.

Which iPad? How to choose the right iPad for you.

Dropbox & Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS updated with tighter integration for PDF editing — Collaboration between Dropbox and Adobe has resulted in updates for both the official Dropbox and Acrobat Reader apps, making it easier for users to access and edit their PDFs in the cloud.

Skype iOS apps update with in-chat data detection, better multitasking — Microsoft on Monday released updates to its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, adding shortcuts for detected data, as well as making it easier to get back to a call in progress.

Gift guides — Not everything is available here in GodZone, but sites are starting to publish their gift guides. Here’s a Macworld slideshow.

How to use the Apple Watch in Nightstand mode — When your Apple Watch is charging and on its side, you can use it as a nightstand clock and an alarm clock. In Nightstand Mode, the smartwatch displays the date and time, along with the remaining charge. If you set an alarm, it also appears on the watch face. To turn on Nightstand mode:

iPad Air 2 components, Microsoft fitness, Spotify, Skype, ProShot, OmniFocus, Samsung drops

To accompany the new iOS compatible Band, Microsoft is enabling Microsoft Health, an online repository for your fitness data.
To accompany the new iOS compatible Band, Microsoft is enabling Microsoft Health, an online repository for your fitness data.

Apple nets US$224 on each 16GB WiFi iPad Air 2 it sells — Despite its upgrade, the iPad Air 2 shares a nearly similar bill of materials with its predecessor, claims IHS following its teardown analysis of Apple’s latest tablet device. According to the analysis, the entry-level US$499 16GB WiFi-Only iPad Air 2 costs Apple US$275 to manufacture as compared to US$269 for original iPad Air.

Microsoft unveils new iOS-compatible fitness tracker, Microsoft Band — Microsoft today entered the fitness tracker market with its new Microsoft Band wearable device(pictured above) to compete with new offerings from Fitbit and Apple’s upcoming Watch device. The Band’s biggest feature is its cross-compatibility, supporting iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It also moves beyond a fitness tracker and inches into the smartwatch category with support for notifications and other smartphone-connected features.

Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update lets users save and delete chat photos — Popular music subscription service Spotify updated its official iPad app on Thursday with a new look in line with its iPhone client, while also giving users access to the “Your Music” feature, and Microsoft’s Skype for iPhone was also updated with the ability to save and delete photo, as well as a faster chat-load time.

ProShot is a worthy addition to your app collection — ProShot (free) has been a big hit on Windows Phones, but was missing from the App Store. It’s no longer absent from the iOS world, launching with a barrel of useful features that give your iPhone capabilities similar to a serious DSLR.

OmniFocus 2 for iPad makes life easier with extensions and background syncing — If you need more power for sub-tasks, contexts, and weekly reviews than your typical to-do list provides, you can’t go wrong with OmniFocus(but it’s US$30).

Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple’s rose 11.3 percent — Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion) — a 60% year-over-year drop — while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.

New iPad mini, iPad Air 2 thinner, faster–iPhone 6–iOS 8.1–WatchKit, Reddit, Skype

From NZ$749, the new iPad Air is thinner and faster (picture from Apple Inc's Air site).
From NZ$749, the new iPad Air is thinner and faster (picture from Apple Inc’s NZ site).

iPad mini 3 gets Touch ID for $399,  first-gen iPad mini stays on sale with a price drop — Apple’s diminutive iPad will also receive an update this week, the company announced Thursday, in the form of the iPad mini 3, which features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold colour option.
NZ prices (inc GST): $599 for the 16GB, $749 for the 64GB and NZ899 for the 128GB.

Apple announces 6.1mm-thin iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, anti-reflective coating, new gold colour option — Apple’s next-generation tablet became official on Thursday with the introduction of the iPad Air 2, featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X chip.
Prices are NZ$749 for the 16GB, NZ$899 for the 64GB and NZ$1049 for the 128GB (all prices inc GST).

iPhone 6 largest launch ever — Tim Cook emphasised at the above launch that, taking the upcoming Chinese launch into account (with all three carriers there participating, a first), the iPhone 6 has been the largest iPhone launch ever.

Apple announces iOS 8.1 with Camera Roll, iCloud Photo Library — As part of the above October press event, Apple announced several upcoming features it is adding to iOS 8.1. The next major release of iOS 8 [which we’ll get early next week] will see the return of the popular camera roll, which was replaced in iOS 8 much to the chagrin of iOS users.

Apple announces WatchKit SDK for developers, launches in November — In preparation of the upcoming Apple Watch launch, Apple on Thursday announced a new software developers kit called WatchKit for creating apps tailored for the company’s highly anticipated wearable device.

Reddit acquires popular iOS app Alien Blue — Despite its stunning popularity and influence across the internet, Reddit has lacked an official app for actually using the service on mobile devices. It has an AMA (ask me anything) app, but nothing for everyday use. This has left users to browse the site using third party apps or their mobile web browser. Rather than developing their own app to fill this gap, Reddit has simply purchased Alien Blue, the most popular iOS client for the site.

Skype for iOS updated for optimised iPhone 6 experience — Microsoft has released a new update for Skype’s iOS app offering users with the larger iPhone 6 and 6+ an optimised user interface. In addition, the app now allows users to mark individual conversations as read/unread, disable notification sounds in “do no disturb” mode, and increased metadata in contact profiles. Here’s the company’s official summery of the update.

iPhones 6 success, benchmarks, camera; Skype, Chrome updated; Family Sharing

iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked
iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked

Apple sells record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in first weekend of sales — Apple has announced it sold 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first full weekend of sales since the device launched on September 19. This compares to five million first weekend sales of the iPhone 5 and nine million for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

[From Apple’s PR release: “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 20 additional countries on 26 September, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.]

iPhone 6 tops competition in benchmarks, battery life — The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech, and preliminary results show that Apple’s newest pair of smartphones are among the best of the best on several popular graphical tests as well as web browsing battery life.

The iPhone 6 won’t beat a DSLR, but it’s still excellent — Serenity Caldwell took her 64GB iPhone 6 out and about to stress-test some of its new camera features and see if she could get some similar results to Apple’s promo photography. Here are some initial reactions. Also check out the slo-mo feature here (that’s a frame, above).

Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8 enhancements — The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple’s latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world’s largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

How to double your free OneDrive storage to 30GB — Good news, OneDrive users: a mere three months after Microsoft doubled the free storage tier from 7GB to 15GB, the company’s ready to double your gratis storage space yet again — but only if you act quickly.

Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs — In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week’s software update: compatibility with the company’s new HomeKit home automation technology.

Get to know iOS 8 — Family Sharing sets your iTunes purchases free.