Apple rolls out pastel Watch bands and iPhone cases for spring


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Apple has revealed new Watch bands and iPhone cases for spring, and they sure look like an explosion of colorful pastel hues to fit the season. You can now get an iPhone XS or XS Max silicone case ($39) in Spearmint, Papaya and Delft Blue, and the XS Smart Battery Case ($129) in Pink Sand. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS Max Leather Folio ($129) and Case ($49), as well as the iPhone XS Leather Folio ($99) and Case ($49), are now available in Lilac, Sunset and Cornflower.

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Apple’s updated iPad Air and Mini support eSIMs


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The iPad mini and iPad Air Apple quietly announced ahead of its big March event will come with eSIM support. Cupertino’s latest iPad Pros have eSIM support, as well, but these new entries are the first non-Pro models with the feature. While the Apple SIM works similarly — and present in older non-Pro iPads — it’s only compatible with the tech giant’s partner carriers. By giving these devices eSIM support, they’ll be able to work even on the networks of non-partner carriers.

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Apple’s WWDC keynote is set for June 3rd


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Apple has set the dates for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. It takes place June 3rd to 7th at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center, the same venue as the last couple of years. At WWDC, Apple typically gives developers (and everyone else) an early look at upcoming versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. We might also learn a little more about Apple’s services (it’s likely to announce streaming video and news subscription plans this month) or even get a glimpse at new hardware.

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Apple’s rumored AR headset might require an iPhone


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More than a year after rumors circulated that Apple would produce an AR headset by 2020, the company seems to be on track to meet that goal. Full production could start as soon as the fourth quarter of 2019, well-sourced Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this week. But as we get closer, it looks like Apple is scrapping plans for a standalone device and will rely, instead, on the iPhone.

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The best games for your smartphone


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Sorry, but mobile gaming is the biggest player in the video game market. In 2018, it made almost half of the industry’s global revenue. Smartphone games once existed separately from console and PC titles, but in the wake of titles like Fortnite, it’s all got a little blurry. You’ll find several games in our selection that are also available on your home consoles and PCs, but most of them sing on your smartphone, and the fact that you can play them absolutely anywhere makes up for any other pitfalls. Whether it’s Android or iOS, here’s some crucial games to start with.

The wearable market is (still) booming


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Sticking to its upward trajectory, the wearable market saw staggering growth through the end of 2018. That’s not entirely a surprise. While the wearable business is tough, the market as a whole has been steadily increasing. But the rate at which the market has expanded more recently is impressive.

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Apple quietly bought Lighthouse’s AI home security camera patents


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When Lighthouse’s intelligent security camera finally went on sale just over a year ago, the company believed that with AI recognition and 3D sensing technology, it offered something truly unique over its rivals. However, the promise of automatic face detection didn’t really resonate with consumers, and the hardware maker shut down less than 10 months later. While the company slipped quietly into the night, its technology didn’t, with none other than Apple ghosting in to acquire its innovations.

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Apple opens in-app subscription discounts to existing users


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In a ploy to keep people paying for apps, Apple will let developers offer discounted subscriptions to current and recent subscribers. Until now, developers could only offer freebies and introductory discounts to new users, which means that they couldn’t easily incentivize lapsed subscribers to re-join. As more apps turn to subscription models over one-time purchases, this change will likely go over well with developers and users alike.

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Did you buy the most recent MacBook Air? Tell us what you think.


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When Apple unveiled a new Macbook Air last October, we wasted no time in putting the long-awaited refresh through its paces. While the new machine includes an upgraded “butterfly” keyboard, a Touch ID sensor and a Retina display with thinner bezels, it has markedly less inputs than the previous generation: just two USB-C and a headphone jack (no SD card reader in sight, sigh). Although the dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD were more than enough for most day-to-day tasks, we were careful not to make a one-size-fits-all recommendation. After all, the new Air is about the same price as the entry-level MacBook Pro, which packs more power, albeit no fingerprint sensor.

For Valentine’s Day, Ars writers describe the tech they cherish the most


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Valentine’s Day and consumer technology don’t exactly go hand in hand. Every couple is different, but if you’re getting a loved one a gift for the holiday, it should come from the heart. A new smartphone or portable hard drive is nice, but it doesn’t always scream “romance.”

For the tech-obsessed robots at Ars Technica, though, good gear will always win out against fickle concepts like “human emotions.” So instead of posting a more conventional gift guide, I decided to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in a more Arsian manner: by asking my colleagues to point their hearts not toward other people but toward the tech in their lives that they appreciate the most.

Here are a few things we love.

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Apple worked on biometric unlock for cars


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Unlocking your car with a key is so passé. If you’ve got the right car, you can already use your smartphone as a car key, and Hyundai is slated to release a vehicle that can be unlocked with a fingerprint later this year. Now, it seems that Apple is working on a system that also let drivers gain access to their vehicles via biometrics.

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Source: United States Patent Application Publication

Apple’s new augmented reality exec shows how important the tech is


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Bloomberg points out that an executive formerly in charge of iPhone marketing for carriers, Frank Casanova, has a new title: “Senior Director, Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple Augmented Reality.” While Google is dipping its toe into using AR to enhance Google Maps, Apple also has major plans for the technology that could impact its rollout of future iPhones and iPads.

In a world where profits from iPhones, iPads and Watches may have already peaked, adding the flair of reality-enhancing features could encourage people to upgrade their phones earlier, if not buy all-new hardware like headsets. Over the last couple of years Apple has tipped its vision of AR as something made for use in a shared world with people operating virtual objects as easily as real ones via ARKit-powered experiences.

While LG is promising a front-facing “time of flight” camera in its next flagship phone that could enhance Continue reading “Apple’s new augmented reality exec shows how important the tech is”

Our readers review the Apple Watch Series 4


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Two months after our review of the Apple Watch Series 4 was published, we asked our readers to leave their critique of the device on its product page in our buyer’s guide. Almost 30 readers participated, detailing their long-term experiences with Apple’s latest wearable. Big thanks to everyone who chimed in! If you’d like to join, feel free to submit your own review for this or any other gadget on its related product page over on the buyer’s guide section of our site.

HoloLens co-creator leaves Apple after three years of AR projects


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Avi Bar-Zeev, perhaps best known as a co-creator of Microsoft’s HoloLens, has departed Apple in what may prove a setback for Apple’s augmented reality ambitions. Before he left his role last month, Bar-Zeev had reportedly been working on the company’s long-rumored, high-resolution AR/VR headset, which could arrive as early as next year.

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Stream Apple Music for free on American Airlines flights


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Using your streaming services outside of your home’s WiFi network (or your data plan) is either a challenge or plain expensive. And inflight? Forget it. That data is way too expensive. For American Airlines passengers and Apple Music users, there’s a solution incoming. The companies have announced that subscribers can connect to the airline’s complimentary inflight Wi-Fi to access Apple’s entire catalogue of songs, music videos and the rest. In the press release, Apple Music vice president Oliver Schusser said that from Friday, subscribers will be able to “stream all their favorite songs and artists in the air, and continue to listen to their personal library offline.”

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