Category Archives: Apple

Don’t expect Apple to combine macOS and iOS anytime soon

At the end of 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple will merge its Mac and iOS software codebases. This would enable designers to create a single version that works on both platforms — and it was rumored to come as early as this year. But the tech gia…

Apple unveils its newest recycling robot ahead of Earth Day

Looks like Liam, Apple's phone-dismembering robot, now has a little sister. Just ahead of Earth Day, the Cupertino-based company revealed the newest member of its robo-recycling team: Daisy.

Apple Watch can now unlock your August Smart Lock

Unlocking an August Smart Lock with your phone is easy enough, but if you have an Apple Watch, you don't even need to have your phone with you. Apple's smartwatch can now unlock any August-branded smart lock, so long as you're specified as its "owner…

Lovers of small iPhones might be rewarded with rumored next-gen SE 2

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New regulatory filings may hint at new iPhone models coming earlier than this September. According to a MacRumors report, the French website Consomac first reported new Russian-language regulatory filings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database that indicate 11 new iPhone models all running iOS 11.

The model numbers in the filing are all different from existing iPhone model numbers, which means all 11 models would be totally new iPhones. The EEC has a decent track record in revealing new Apple device model numbers: in February, the EEC detailed two new iPad model numbers, and those ended up being the identifiers of the two new 9.7-inch iPads that debuted in March. The EEC also had the model numbers of the new MacBook models revealed at WWDC 2017 one month before they were announced.

So which iPhones correspond with these new model numbers? Probably not any new variations of the iPhone X—while it’s safe to say that Apple will debut new iPhone X-like models in September, that’s unlikely to come before then (much less around WWDC time). Apple is reportedly planning three new iPhones for a fall announcement, including 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED models and one more affordable LCD model. These will all likely have the same stand-out features as the current iPhone X, including an edge-to-edge display, FaceID, ARKit capabilities, and wireless charging.

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Apple may debut its own news subscription service within the next year

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Apple’s ambitions for Texture, the “Netflix of magazines” app that it acquired last month, are slowly coming into the light. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple plans on integrating the Texture magazine app into Apple News and debuting its own “premium subscription” within the next year. These plans are designed to help Apple boost its services business to meet revenue goals the company has set for itself over the next few years.

Texture gave users the opportunity to subscribe to over 200 magazines for a $9.99 monthly fee. Apple may take the same approach as it’s looking to allow users to subscribe to its own premium news subscription service from within an upgraded Apple News app. This approach would set it apart from Apple’s previous Newsstand app, which gave users access to magazine subscriptions on an individual basis.

The news of this forthcoming subscription service comes after Apple cut 20 people from the Texture team after the acquisition. Texture previously had about 100 staff members.

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Spotify lures away Apple Music’s head of hip-hop programming

The war between Apple Music and Spotify is clearly heating up. Variety has discovered that Spotify recently poached Carl Chery, Apple Music's Head of Artist Curation for hip-hop and R&B programming. It's not certain when he's leaving or what he…

The Apple Watch may support third-party watch faces in the future

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Third-party watch faces for smartwatches allow users to express more of themselves while also letting them have a bit more fun with their tech. The Apple Watch already has a number of Apple-made watch faces, many of which are customizable, but third-party developers haven’t been able to make their own. A report from 9to5Mac suggests that might change soon, thanks to code found in watchOS 4.3.1 hinting at third-party watch face compatibility.

The interesting log message states: “This is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen.” It’s part of the NanoTimeKit framework in the wearable software beta, which gives developers access to watch face components. While the feature doesn’t appear to be active yet, it seems to refer to an inactive developer tool server that may allow communication with Xcode on macOS.

It’s unclear if Apple would make this feature active in watchOS 5, the next version of the Apple Watch’s software that’s expected to be announced at WWDC this June. Even if Apple doesn’t announce it as a feature in watchOS 5, the mere mention of it means it’s possible that the company would allow third-party developers to create clock faces for its wearable sometime in the future.

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Apple Watch code hints at future support for third-party faces

Ever since the original Apple Watch premiered in 2015, owners have been frustrated by the absence of third-party faces. And it's hard to blame them — while Wear OS and Pebble devices have had them for years, Apple Watch owners couldn't do much more…

Apple will repair your swollen Watch Series 2 battery for free

If your Apple Watch Series 2 suddenly won't turn on, don't panic — you might qualify for a free fix. MacRumors has learned that Apple has quietly institute a service policy that will repair 42mm Series 2 models for free when they either won't power…

The FCC leaked pictures of a gold iPhone X

On the same day that an Apple memo urging employees to stop leaking company info leaked, the company is now dealing with another, well, leak. But, this time it wasn't anyone from inside Apple who spilled the goods; it was the Federal Communications C…