Posts Tagged:Apple

Four months after release, are you using Apple’s completely wireless AirPods? [Poll]

Apple’s AirPods first started to arriving to customers just over four months ago and were met with a generally positive response. The highly anticipated completely wireless earbuds were announced alongside the iPhone 7 to make up for the lack of a headphone jack.

Now that AirPods have been on the market for four months, are you using them?

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Apple acknowledges earlier iCloud subscription errors, says everything has been resolved

Earlier this week, some iCloud users noticed that the $0.99/mo 50 GB and $2.99/mo 200 GB iCloud plans had seemingly disappeared. Furthermore, some users received emails informing them that their 50GB or 100GB plan had been discontinued. While the issues eventually resolved themselves, Apple today has sent out an email to affected customers offering a bit more insight…

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Apple Confirms iCloud Subscription Tier Cancelation Emails Were Sent in Error

Apple on Saturday emailed some iCloud users to apologize for a bug that caused them to receive an email earlier this week stating their paid storage subscription plan had been canceled.

The emails went out to predominantly 50GB iCloud subscribers on…

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week was very busy with loads of new hardware/software announcements from Superbooth 17 in Berlin. Most notable, new flagships from Novation, DC-coupled Thunderbolt interfaces, brand new software synths for Mac and much more: more…

This week’s top stories: Apple celebrates Earth Day, iPhone 8 leaks continue, and more

In this week’s top stories: Apple celebrates Earth Day with a promise to stop mining completely, iPhone 8 design leaks continue, we go hands-on with NVIDIA’s new Pascal drivers for Mac, and much more. 

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Lisa Jackson talks climate change, Apple’s lofty mining goal, and more in new interview

In celebration of Earth Day, Apple executive Lisa Jackson this week sat down with John Gruber for an in-depth interview. Airing as part of Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast, the interview discussed a variety of environmental topics, especially relating to Apple’s own efforts…

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Apple’s self-driving car test program detailed in new document

Last week Apple was granted permission to publicly test self-driving car technology on California roads, and now a new document has surfaced that details Apple’s self-driving car training program for drivers. The new document provides further evidence that Apple is actively working on autonomous driving technology internally.

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Apple creates new hardware team led by former Google execs

It’s well known that Apple is working hard to bring innovation to augmented reality and self-driving cars (in some capacity). However, new hires recently made by the company are making a satellite constellation project seem likely.

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9to5Rewards: JAM Audio’s JAM Xterior Max outdoor Bluetooth speaker [Giveaway]

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is JAM Audio, makers of Bluetooth speakers, headphones and other audio products. 

The company has its new JAM Xterior Max bluetooth outdoor speaker (pictured above) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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Apple notifying WWDC 2017 scholarship applicants of award status

Apple has started alerting WWDC 2017 scholarship applicants of their award status ahead of the developer conference scheduled for June. WWDC scholarship winners receive free access to the conference which usually has a $1599 ticket cost for entry.

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The Guardian pulls out of Apple News after ‘extensive trial’

After being one of the original Facebook Instant Article pioneers back in 2015, the Guardian has pulled its content from both Apple News and Facebook’s Instant Articles format. According to Digiday, the action may be a result of the large publisher not being content with the deals they’re being provided.

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iPhone 8 chassis leak again indicates rear Touch ID [Update]

[Update: This specific alleged chassis leak appears to be a rendering based on schematic leaks.]

The latest alleged iPhone 8 chassis leak appears to further indicate that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be relocated to the rear side like some Android phones. Earlier rumors predicted an embedded Touch ID sensor in the display.

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Snag extra $10 cash on all Apple trade-ins for Earth Day

Save the earth and get paid! Fight that e-waste nightmare by trading in your old Apple gear this week for cash, and you can take advantage of our Earth Day bonus: You’ll get an extra $10 on every trade-in — just use the coupon code “earthday” Whether you are upgrading Apple devices, or trying to get rid of an old one that’s just sitting around, participate in the easiest buyback program on the internet.

And from now until April 22, we’ll be throwing that $10 on top of your normal (already high) buyback price. more…

The best HomeKit-enabled products that save energy for Earth Day

From 9to5Toys: Earth Day 2017 is upon us, so it’s time for our annual look at how you can save money by adding a few simple accessories to your home. Elgato, Philips, Ecobee and many others have released a number of products geared towards saving energy (and your hard-earned cash). Chances are, as an avid 9to5Toys […]

Friday 5: Awesome paid Mac App Store apps [Video]

On this week’s edition of Friday 5, we explore several additional paid Mac App Store apps that I use on a regular basis. Apps include titles like Bumpr, which lets you choose the browser that links are opened in, along with Affinity Designer, a remarkably deep vector illustration app that can be had for an outstanding price.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: $350 off 12-inch MacBook, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB $350, Apple Watch Bands from $9, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy 4-day Sale includes $100 off iPad Pro, $350 discount on MacBooks, more

Daily Deals: iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB $350, Logitech K830 Illuminated Keyboard $60, more

Save 30% on Apple Watch bands from Clockwork Synergy

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar $1,280 ($219 off, Tax NJ only)

Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro 512GB now $1,740 shipped

Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air on sale for $750 shipped

Beats Powerbeats3 W1-enabled Wireless In-ear Headphones down to $130 shipped

BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones go to $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones $160

Duet Display for iOS/Mac goes 50% off: $10 (Reg. $20)

Review: Pad & Quill’s Leather Roll Top Backpack has impeccable craftsmanship and style

9to5Rewards: SkylinkNet Plus Alarm System Starter kit [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Sony 2.1 Channel Sound Base with Bluetooth and HDMI $118

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

The Gamller controller won’t drain your iPhone battery and makes playing games a snap

VAUX makes Echo Dot portable, adds battery and external speaker

Knops are the volume control to your life

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Bundle w/ HomeKit support: $120 (Reg. $160)

Sony 75-inch 4K HDR Smart Ultra HDTV $2,899 shipped ($1,000 off)

Sony h.ear Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones back to $179 shipped

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Alexa control starting at $18

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Sleep Cycle for iOS gains new snore detection feature

Sleep Cycle’s alarm clock app is already one way to do sleep tracking from your iPhone and log the data into Apple’s Health app. Now the latest update adds a new feature to Sleep Cycle that may offer insight into sleep quality: snore detection.

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Happy Hour Podcast 116 | tvOS 11 rumors, iPad multi-user, Apple Watch NikeLab, and Earth Day challenges

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss new tvOS 11 rumors, the possibility of account switching on iOS, Nike’s newest Apple Watch, Apple’s Earth Day Activity Challenge, and its new lofty goal of making products from 100% recycled materials. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Leedarson plans HomeKit support & product line w/ new Gateway hub

Leedarson, one of China’s largest manufacturers and exporters of white labeled lighting products for companies like GE and others, will soon launch HomeKit support for a wide range of home IoT products. It’s also planning an entrance into the HomeKit space as its own brand, with a lineup of lighting, sensors, IP cameras and other home products planned for next year.

The company showed off the new products with HomeKit during IFA’s Global Press Conference in Lisbon this week ahead of the consumer trade show’s main event in September.

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Review: Final Draft 10, the Mac app that aims to make light work of screenplay writing

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of Scrivener, having used the app to write three novels, two novellas and a travel guide. But when I accidentally found myself working on a screenplay for a comedy series, I thought I’d try the industry-standard software for the job: Final Draft.

Final Draft comes highly recommended, used by all the top studios and praised by such screenwriting talents as Aaron Sorkin, James Cameron, JJ Abrams, Sofia Coppola and more. Ben Stiller said that ‘Final Draft is the only screenwriting software I have ever used, and it is the only one I ever will use.’

But priced at a hefty $250 for the Mac app and another $20 for the iPad companion app, it’s not a trivial investment for most of us. So what does it do to earn such praise and justify the cost … ?

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Apple’s new Danish data center will supply heat to nearby homes, fertilizer to farmers

Apple’s commitment to environmental sustainability is well established, but the company is going one step further in its new Danish data center. In addition to powering the center entirely from renewable energy, the company is capturing the waste heat generated and feeding it into a district heating system, to warm local homes …

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Review: Koogeek Smart Socket adapts your existing bulbs to work with HomeKit & Siri voice control

There are many ways to add HomeKit-connected lights to your home, allowing you to turn them and off from your phone at a tap or with your voice using Siri. You can buy special Philips Hue bulbs, change wall switches with Lutron or Elgato, or plug in lamps to a smart plug socket.

The Koogeek Smart Socket is a different approach to the same problem. It puts an adaptor between your existing light fitting and bulb. All you have to do is screw it in. Keep reading after the jump for my full hands-on …

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iMessage add-on service used by White House staff sued for failing to prevent screenshots/photos

Confide, an app which bills itself as a totally confidential messaging service, is being sued for allegedly failing to live up to its security claims. Used by White House staff, the subscription-based service claims that its disappearing messages are proof against both screenshot and even being photographed …

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iPhone ASP predicted to rise to $753 in 2018, as Apple readies premium-priced iPhone 8 for the fall

Analysts are expecting the price people will pay for an iPhone to rise significantly heading into next year. Apple analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley released a report (via BusinessInsider) predicting iPhone ASP to rise to $753 in 2018, up from $695 in the holiday quarter just gone.

Much of this increase is attributed to demand for the upcoming flagship iPhone model with an all-new design, OLED display and (almost) bezel-less front face. This ‘iPhone 8’ is rumored to cost significantly more than Apple’s current lineup. Huberty also notes that more people are buying the iPhone 7 Plus than ever before, which starts at $769 and is priced at a $120 premium relative to the 4.7-inch iPhones.

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