Category Archives: Apple

Apple’s new emojis will include a superhero and more hair options

Apple announced today that more than 70 new emojis are on the way, including characters with more hair options, new food items and additional animals. Emoji faces will soon have the option of having red hair, will include more gray and curly hairstyl…

After Math: Stage 4 capitalism

It's been another fun-filled week of plebes like us being crushed under the heel of big business. Want to take a trip into orbit? You're gonna need to mortgage your house and your children's futures. Want to own the last decent MacBook Pro? Tough, Ap…

iFixit finds a ‘cover-up’ inside new MacBook Pro keyboards

While we've been all over the outside of Apple's newest MacBook Pro lineup, iFixit has, as usual, decided to look underneath the hood and find out what's changed from previous models. While it has not published a full teardown report yet, the repair…

Adobe plans to bring full version of Photoshop to the iPad next year

Enlarge / The 10.5-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Adobe is working on a full version of the popular photo-editing program Photoshop for Apple’s iPad, according to a Bloomberg report. Sources claim the software company plans to announce the new app at its annual MAX conference this October, with the app’s launch scheduled for sometime in 2019.

The new app would reportedly allow users to run a full version of Photoshop on an iPad and continue edits on another device like a desktop PC. Scott Belsky, Adobe’s Creative Cloud product head, told Bloomberg that the company is working on “cross-platform iteration of Photoshop and other applications,” but he declined to provide a timeline for their release.

“My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” Belsky said. “There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era.”

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Apple announces $300 million fund for clean energy in China

Tonight Apple announced a new partnership that will connect its suppliers in China to renewable energy sources. This isn't its first push to increase the use of clean energy in the country that has been called the world's most polluting, but it does…

Apple’s new 2018 MacBook Pros are now available, and the top specs are much faster

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Today, Apple begins shipping the new 2018 refresh of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro. The new machines are not major redesigns, but they offer configurations with 8th-generation Intel processors and more cores than before—a maximum of six cores on the 15-inch model (compared to four in last year’s models) and four in the 13-inch model (compared to two). That means faster performance for many use cases. Maximum SSD capacity is also doubled, and the MacBook Pro line offers DDR4 RAM for the first time.

The laptops also borrow some features from the iMac Pro and the iPad Pro—the T2 chip and True Tone, respectively—and feature a revised butterfly keyboard, the third generation of the design Apple introduced in 2016 (the revision is a little more significant this time around). Apart from those tweaks to the keyboard, the basic design of the MacBook Pro is unchanged.

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How ARKit 2 works, and why Apple is so focused on AR

Enlarge / A LEGO app using Apple’s new ARKit features. (credit: Apple)

Augmented reality (AR) has played prominently in nearly all of Apple’s events since iOS 11 was introduced, Tim Cook has said he believes it will be as revolutionary as the smartphone itself, and AR was Apple’s biggest focus in sessions with developers at WWDC this year.

But why? Most users don’t think the killer app for AR has arrived yet—unless you count Pokémon Go. The use cases so far are cool, but they’re not necessary and they’re arguably a lot less cool on an iPhone or iPad screen than they would be if you had glasses or contacts that did the same things.

From this year’s WWDC keynote to Apple’s various developer sessions hosted at the San Jose Convention Center and posted online for everyone to view, though, it’s clear that Apple is investing heavily in augmented reality for the future.

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Valve removes game purchases from Steam Link’s iOS beta

Apple and Valve have been at an impasse for weeks over the release of Steam Link for iOS, but it looks like they might be closer to an arrangement… if not necessarily the one you'd hope for. TouchArcade has discovered that the latest beta test for…

Samsung targets 100 percent renewable energy use by 2020

Samsung has announced plans to power its US, Europe and China operations entirely by renewable energy sources within two years. It's already making good on its sustainability commitment in Korea, where the company is installing 42,000 square meters o…

Apple’s next show is based on a real preteen reporter

Apple is still lining up shows for its upcoming streaming video service, and its latest might not be quite what you expect. Deadline and Variety have learned that the tech giant has ordered a drama "inspired" by the real story of Hilde Lysiak (shown…