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Report: Apple to begin shifting iPhone displays from LCD to OLED in 2018

Apple is expected to begin shifting iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens starting in 2018, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Currently the display technology is only used by Apple to produce Apple Watch displays while iPhones and iPads use older LCD technology. OLED benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display […]

Happy Hour Podcast 042 | Apple Pencil impressions

This week, we’re discussing all things Apple Pencil. Should you buy one? Who is it for? Today, we’ll get to the bottom of Apple Pencil along with our impressions and opinions. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed. New episodes of Happy Hour are available every […]

Review: Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case for iPad Pro kills 3 birds with 1 stone

Two weeks into using the iPad Pro, I’m even more convinced of something I believed during week one: the 12.9? iPad is good on its own, but if an accessory adds enough bulk to make it feel like a poor man’s laptop, it starts to stink. I suspect that’s why Apple let another company release the first iPad Pro keyboard case; once you’ve […]

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch from $232 effective price, Pixelmator for Mac $15, Black Friday deals

Black Friday Target: Apple Watch effective prices start at $232 thanks to free Gift Cards and REDcard savings, more: iPad mini 2 w/ free $80 Target Gift Card from $269 iPad Air w/ free $100 target Gift Card from $399 iPad Air 2 w/ free $100 target Gift Card from $499 The rest of the most […]

Apple award-winning iOS game Leo’s Fortune comes to the Mac (+ promo code giveaway)

Leo’s Fortune previously won an Apple Design Award for its game on iOS, thanks to its engaging gameplay and beautiful art style. Over the last year, it has become a smash hit across multiple platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Today, the same great game is now available in the Mac App Store for $6.99 accompanied by beautiful high-resolution textures. […]

Apple shares ‘Someday At Christmas’ ad starring Stevie Wonder & Andra Daye

Just one day before Thanksgiving in the US and a month before Christmas, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad on YouTube. From our family to yours, Andra Day and Stevie Wonder perform his 1967 holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas. The video spans about a minute and a half, featuring legendary artist Stevie Wonder (a […]

Apple reaches first crucial agreement for early 2016 Apple Pay China launch

Following Monday’s report that Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in China in February of next year, Bloomberg reports that it has reached a preliminary agreement with UnionPay to use its card-processing terminals. The agreement was an essential step along the way as UnionPay has a monopoly on card-processing in China. The agreement is provisional, as it still requires […]

Opinion: Why has Apple bought Faceshift? Six intriguing possibilities …

Not too long after the first rumors surfaced, Apple has given its usual non-confirmation that it has acquired Faceshift, the company behind the technology Star Wars used to animate the faces of CGI characters. It’s not an obvious fit for Apple, so what could be the thinking behind the purchase? Like Apple’s patents, it is sometimes easy, I think, […]

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard teardown shows off clever internals, scores 0/10 for repairability

The iPad Pro accessories, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, may be in short supply worldwide but that doesn’t stop iFixit from tearing them down. The Apple Pencil teardown demonstrated some clever internal component miniaturization and the Smart Keyboard has similar tricks. Show More Summary

Apple officially acquires Faceshift, the company behind motion capture tech used in Star Wars

Earlier this year a rumor began floating around that claimed Apple had acquired Faceshift, the company behind the motion capture technology used in Star Wars. Now, TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has become official and Apple has acquired the Zurich-based Faceshift startup. Show More Summary

Reeder 3 now available for iOS with iPad Pro optimization, 3D Touch & Split View support, more

Popular RSS client Reeder has today released the third major iteration of its app on iOS. The availability of Reeder 3 for iOS follows the release of Reeder 3 for OS X back in September alongside the launch of El Capitan. Reeder 3 introduces a handful of new features and capabilities, including support for new services, […]

Twitter announces native video support for its Twitter Kit developer tool

Twitter today announced that it is rolling out a highly-welcomed new feature to its Twitter Kit developer tools. The company announced in a blog post that users will now be able to watch full-screen Twitter videos and GIFs without having to open up a webview or leave their app. Essentially this means that Twitter for iOS […]

Feature Requests: How Apple can better optimize iOS for iPad Pro

Before Apple even announced the oft-rumored iPad Pro, it unveiled a new version of iPad software, iOS 9, that included several new features that seemed perfect for a device with a larger screen. Sure enough, those features foreshadowed the launch of the larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Zac did an excellent job last week of highlighting some of these […]

Google Drive for iOS updated w/ 3D Touch support, Slide Over & Split View multitasking

Google today has updated its Drive app on iOS with a handful of notable new features and enhancements. First off, today’s update to Drive, which bumps the app to version 4.4, adds 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. Now, pushing with more pressure on the Drive app icon will bring up […]

Opinion: Is the iPad Pro really ready for 4K video editing?

Even though the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus support 4K video recording, the 4K format is still gathering steam. TVs with 4K Ultra HD only became affordable in the past year (with major holiday discounts), but the lack of 4K content — and devices to even play 4K videos — have been sticking points. Apple’s just-released fourth-generation Apple TV doesn’t […]

Review: Apple Pencil is the best iPad writing tool yet … if you can handle the Pro’s size

Aside from its larger 12.9-inch display and faster A9X processor, the iPad Pro stands out from all other iPads to date thanks primarily to a new accessory: the Apple Pencil. For now, the Apple Pencil can only be used with the iPad Pro,...Show More Summary

Apple TV expands App Store categories beyond games and entertainment

Apple TV users should notice several new App Store categories when browsing for new content on tvOS. After initially launching without a dedicated categories section live in late October, Apple pushed the new section to new Apple TVs without a software update earlier this month. The latest expansion brings the total number of tvOS app categories […]

Video: iOS 9 hacked to bring 3D Touch Peek and Pop to iPad Pro via Apple Pencil pressure

Intrepid iOS developer/hacker Hamza Sood is back, this time with a cool hack to bring 3D Touch to the iPad Pro. By hooking relevant parts of the iOS system code via a jailbreak, detailed here on GitHub, iOS turns pressure data from Apple Pencil into pressure data for 3D Touch interactions. This is neat for two reasons: iPad Pro does […]

Vine comes to the Apple Watch with favorite videos and a complication

Twitter’s Vine today launched an application for the the Apple Watch, bringing the ability for Vine users to watch videos that interest them on their wrists. As noted in Vine’s announcement, the simplified Vine interface allows users to quickly watch videos from either the featured category or from their favorite Vine accounts. Of course, the application […]

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 5K iMac from $1,579, Apple Watch $100 off, MacBook microSD adapter $30, more

B&H Photo’s Black Friday Mac Deals live! 5K iMac: $1579, Mac Pro: $500 off, Retina MacBook: $170 off (Tax in NY only) 27-inch iMac w/ 5K Display 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB HDD (newest version): $1,629 (Reg. $1,799) 12-inch MacBook w/ Retina Display 1.2Ghz/8GB/512GB (newest version): $1,429 (Reg. $1,599) Mac Pro 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB (newest version): $2,699 (Reg. $2,99) Head below for […]

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