The iOS 12 Shortcuts App Part 1: An Introduction …

Recently we showed you how the new Siri Shortcuts can add Siri voice commands to a variety of apps that were previously “left out” of Apple’s intelligent assistant. Today we’re taking iOS automation a step further with an introductory look at the new Shortcuts app. Be sure to keep your browser pointed to the Rocket Yard for additional installments in this series that will dive deeper into the workings of this surprisingly powerful automation tool.

A few years ago, a third-party developer made an app called Workflow that allowed iOS users to create their own automated mashups of various apps. For example, you could tap a Workflow app and have the iPhone grab text from a web page and then paste it into a Notes document. Workflow brought a number of programming tools into the mix as well, allowing for entry of data by the user, analyzing conditionals, and so

(The Shortcuts Library, showing individual shortcuts that have been created)
(The individual actions that make up a shortcut)
(The Settings page for a shortcut)

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Apple Debuts Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Created in Collaboration With Disney

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, Apple has introduced special edition Mickey-themed Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones.

Priced at $329.95, the headphones are a gray color with a classic Mickey design. The headphones come with a matching gray felt carrying case, a collectible pin, and a decal sticker.

Celebrate “The True Original” with Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. Keep the magic going with award-winning sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. The cool-gray headphone features Mickey Mouse in the iconic pose seen on classic t-shirts that we all know and love. It also comes with a custom felt case inspired by the materials from Mickey Mouse ear hats, along with a collectible pin and decal sticker to honor the collaboration.

Mickey Mouse made his first appearance on November 18, 1928 to replace Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Disney’s original characters. He

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Apple wants you to know iPads are professional computers

Full Photoshop for iPad in 2019

Full Photoshop for iPad in 2019

With Apple rumors predicting an iPad Pro launch event this month, Apple has taken the unprecedented step of publishing a press release announcing the introduction of Photoshop CC for iPad and other new Adobe apps for creative pros.

Photoshop for iPad

Adobe previewed Photoshop for iPad at Adobe MAX this week. The company also gave designers a chance to look at Project Aero tools to create AR experiences, drawing app Project Gemini and Premiere Rush CC for social media video production.

What’s important about these apps is that most of them are designed to run effectively on an iPad. Indeed, Photoshop offers all the features

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The full Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad in 2019

Adobe is bringing Photoshop CC to the iPad. Set for release next year, Photoshop CC for iPad will bring the full Photoshop engine to Apple’s line of tablets.

Photoshop for iPad has a user interface structured similarly to the desktop application. It is immediately familiar to users of the application but tuned for touch screens, with larger targets and adaptations for the tablet as well as gestures to streamline workflows. Both touch and pencil input are supported. The interface is somewhat simpler than the desktop version, and although the same Photoshop code is running under the hood to ensure there’s no loss of fidelity, not every feature will be available in the mobile version. The first release will contain the main tools while Adobe plans to add more in the future.

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Six 2018 iPad Pro models spotted in app analytics data

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More signs that new iPad Pro models are on the way have surfaced, with an app analytics platform claiming to see logs of model identifiers for unreleased models for the tablet, labels that seemingly correlate with other rumors about the 2018 refresh.

Here come the new iPad Pros

Get ready, get set… but it’s not quite yet time for “Go” as new models appear in a Chinese government registration database.

Here come the new iPad Pros

While there had been some speculation the new models would appear earlier this year, Apple’s instead kept us waiting a little while, conceivably while it sorted out the 7nm processor manufacturing facilities for the A12 chip used (at present) only in the brand new iPhones.

The new models identified on the MIIT database are – A1876, A1980, and A1993. These three model numbers have certification date of September 29, 2018, “which makes them quite new in comparison to the previous leaks that carried model numbers from last year,” said MySmartPrice.

The report also describes a new Bluetooth device model number A2051 – we can’t be certain but this looks likely to be the much-mooted all-new and improved Apple Pencil 2.

What can

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Apple is bigger than Microsoft

This is not a headline I ever expected to write, but the brutal truth is that Apple is bigger than Microsoft when it comes to PC hardware sales in the U.S., even using Gartner’s obfuscated statistics.

When push comes to shove

The latest market share data sees Microsoft push Windows partner Acer aside on strength of Surface sales alone. What makes that stat so weird is that while Gartner counts Surface as a PC, it fails to account for Apple’s iPad sales in the same way.

That’s incredibly odd when you consider that iPads are more powerful machines that are perfectly capable of running macOS if used with Parallels Access software. I still believe Gartner’s (and IDC’s) refusal to count iPads as PCs calls its credibility into question.

All the same, the stats do show that, in the U.S. at least, Apple is a bigger hardware vendor

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How to stop Safari remembering the wrong credit card

When entering credit card details online, does your Safari regularly recommend old or deleted cards? That’s less of a problem for you lucky Apple Pay users on modern Macs, but for most users its a pain.

Don’t worry – changing this behaviour won’t mess up your insurance, mortgage or loan payments, but will make it much easier to shop online.

How to stop Safari remembering the wrong credit card

What has happened is that Safari’s AutoFill feature has remembered your old card numbers and continues to recommend them. I will confess that this has been a problem for me for a long time, I’d just never got round to dealing with it – too busy writing stories for you, I suppose.

The good news? Fixing this is super-easy.

The secret's in AutoFill

The secret’s in AutoFill

What you need to do

The procedure is slightly different on both Mac and iOS device

On iOS:

Hands-On With Google’s New Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Smartphones

Google today announced its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, which are designed to compete with Apple’s new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

MacRumors was in attendance at Google’s fall unveiling event and was able to get some hands-on time with the new devices, and we did a quick comparison to the iPhone XS Max.

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The 5.5-inch Google Pixel 3, which has no notch, is similar in size to the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, while the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL is similar in size to the iPhone XS Max and takes some design cues from Apple’s devices.

As we saw in leaked images and heard in rumors leading up to the Pixel 3 XL’s debut, it has a deep notch on the front housing its front-facing camera system. The rest of the display

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Stardew Valley Coming to iOS on October 24, Pre-Orders Available Now

Ultra popular farming simulation RPG Stardew Valley is set to expand to iOS devices starting on October 24, developer ConcernedApe announced today.

For those unfamiliar with Stardew Valley, it’s an incredibly in-depth game where players take on the role of a character who takes over their grandfather’s small, failing farm, working to bring it back to prosperity by planting and tending crops, raising animals, and crafting goods to sell. It’s similar to other games like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing.

Players are also tasked with fighting monsters to earn money, mining ores, getting to know all the townspeople, and engaging in various social activities within the town. There are cyclical seasons and different crops and activities to partake in as the game progresses through different years.

The mobile version of Stardew Valley is the full version of the game that “plays almost identically to all the other versions.” It

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Logitech Crayon: Apple Pencil for the rest of us

Like an Apple Pencil

Like an Apple Pencil, but tougher.

Introduced in early 2018 and aimed at iPad-using children, the Logitech Crayon has several advantages in comparison to the Apple Pencil, though these are tempered by some less great features, too.

What is the Logitech Crayon?

The Logitech Crayon is a digital pencil that’s designed specifically for the excellent 6thgeneration 2018 iPad.

Made from aluminium with a silicon rubber cap and a handy little power on/off button, it’s an Apple Pencil for children. With that in mind it’s a little smaller (163mm-x-12mm-x-8mm) than the Apple device (though it weights about the same).

How does it compare to Apple Pencil?

Both products communicate with the iPad thanks to their internal components and a replacable tip. Features include tilt sensitivity and palm rejection technology, just like the Apple Pencil.

The good stuff

There are three features I think make this a slightly better device:

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Why is Apple putting 4K HDR video-out on iPad Pros?

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There’s a claim Apple’s iPad Pro 2018 will output 4K HDR video to external displays using its USB-C port. The story also says it will be possible to control resolution, HDR, brightness and other settings on connected displays.

Why is Apple putting video-out on iPad Pros?

Here are several reasons why Apple might be putting video out on its iPad Pro tablets.


Gaming on Apple TV hasn’t taken off. In part, this is because the user interface you get on an iOS device is so much better than the UI you’ll find using a wireless controller and far superior to what you get from the official remote. That’s even before you consider that the new iPads will play even better games. Of course you can output this over AirPlay to your television, but a direct connection should be faster, gaming better and in full 4K. Not only this, but

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iOS 12.0.1 arrives with fixes for a couple of early user complaints

iOS 12 on an iPhone X.

Enlarge / iOS 12 on an iPhone X. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Today, Apple released a minor update to iOS 12.

iOS 12.0.1 fixes a handful of early bugs users faced with September 17’s major release, most notably problems with WiFi connectivity and charging on new iPhones.

Some users of the newly released iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max discovered slower WiFi speeds than expected on their new devices. After digging deeper, users also discovered that the iPhone XS sometimes joined Wi-Fi networks that were available in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands in 2.4GHz even though the phones support 5GHz.

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