Apple patents watch band with adjustable built-in camera


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Companies have tried smartwatches with cameras built into their bands before (hello Galaxy Gear), but the fixed position usually leads to you contorting your wrist to get a good shot — and you can forget about video chats. Apple might have a solution to the problem. The company just received a patent for an Apple Watch band whose built-in camera is designed to be positioned almost any way you like. It looks like one of the company’s loop bands, but includes an extended segment with at least one camera on the end. You’d just have to pull, retract and twist this section to capture your ideal shot.

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Source: USPTO

Apple’s Seattle workforce will quintuple by 2024


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Apple is doubling down on the number of employees it plans on hiring in its new Seattle site. The company announced at a Monday news conference that it would be bringing 2,000 jobs to the city by 2024 — twice the number it initially planned. The new roles would focus on software and hardware and effectively multiply Apple’s existing workforce by five. Currently, there are roughly 500 Apple employees in Seattle, focused mainly in its retail stores and machine learning hub. The expansion would also give Apple a significant presence in Washington State, right alongside competitors Amazon and Microsoft.

Via: The Seattle Times

Apple releases public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina


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Now’s your chance to peek at the future of Apple software without signing up for a developer account. Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina, giving you a taste of what’s to come in the fall if you’re willing to live with bugs and compatibility issues. The highlight for many will be iOS 13, which brings the coveted dark mode as well as big updates to core apps like Mail, Maps, Notes and Reminders. You can expect smarter photo browsing, Memoji sticker packs, an improved Siri voice and speedier app loading.

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iPadOS makes Apple’s tablets feel like a priority again


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When I reviewed the iPad Pro last year, I was torn. Here was one of the most impressive (not to mention expensive) tablets any company had ever made, and its software seemed caught between two goals: provide the classic, friendly iOS experience people were used to, and grow in a way that made it more meaningful to pro users shelling out for premium hardware.

iOS 13 preview: Shaping up to be a huge update


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After Apple announced all of its big software updates for the year at WWDC, it made clear that the first public beta versions of iOS, iPadOS and macOS would go live sometime in July. Whoops! Never mind. The company just let us know they’ll be released any minute now, and the brave (or possibly reckless) among you can load them onto your Apple devices later today.

Of the three beta builds coming, I’d argue iOS 13 is the most important. In case Apple’s two-plus-hour keynote didn’t make it clear, this is shaping up to be a meaningful update, especially compared to iOS 12, which mostly just focused on performance improvements. We’ve got some important interface improvements here, plus a slew of revamped first-party apps and some impressive new accessibility features, among other things. Oh, and let’s not forget that iOS 13 also provides the foundation for iPadOS. It’s indisputable Continue reading “iOS 13 preview: Shaping up to be a huge update”

macOS Catalina preview: It’s all about the apps


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Three weeks ago, Apple was holding court at the San Jose Convention Center, where it kicked off its annual developer conference with first looks at iOS 13, iPadOS and the latest version of macOS, Catalina. Today the company is releasing Catalina in beta, though I’ve been testing it since last week. This time around, the story is mostly about Apple’s first party apps, many of which have received an iOS-inspired overhaul. Speaking of the sort, it’s been a year since Apple announced it was working on a framework designed to make it easy for developers to port iOS apps over to the Mac; first-party apps from last year’s macOS Mojave release were even built on this technology. Twelve months later, Apple opened that development kit to third-party programmers, so we’re finally seeing mobile-first apps adapted for Macs’ larger screens. With this release, Apple also included a feature called Sidecar, allowing Continue reading “macOS Catalina preview: It’s all about the apps”

IDC: Android smartwatches only rival Apple in China


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If you’re eyeing a smartwatch, there are virtually hundreds you can choose from — but odds are high you’ll flock to Apple. The Apple Watch has beat out the competition in the global smartwatch market and will continue to do so, according to estimates by research firm IDC. While Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen continue to expand worldwide, Android smartwatches only sell really well in China. “Apple’s […] nearest competitors follow by a long margin,” said Ramon T. Llamas, research director for IDC’s wearables team to CNET. “Android also plays a big role here, but it’s mostly known as a Chinese wearables platform.”

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Source: CNET, IDC

Apple recalls older MacBook Pros for risk of overheating


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Apple issued a voluntary recall for a “limited number” of older 15-inch MacBook Pros. According to the company, the devices contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The recall “primarily” affects 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and they can be identified by their product serial number.

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Adobe Lightroom is now on the Mac App Store


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The first major Adobe app to be available on the Mac App Store has finally arrived. Adobe Lightroom, one of the apps in its Creative Cloud suite, is now available for download. It was one of the applications Apple promised would be available through its platform when it introduced the newly redesigned Mac App Store, along with Office 365 and Live Studio from Snap Inc. Microsoft’s office application suite made its way to the store earlier this year, marking the first time Apple has offered a bundle of software on Mac’s application marketplace.

Source: Mac App Store

Apple’s Voice Control is important for accessibility, and you


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“Open Photos. Scroll up. Show numbers. 13.”

Over the years, Apple has frequently highlighted its accessibility work in commercials, but the ad that ran for a minute and a half during game 5 of the NBA Finals was particularly powerful. In it, a wheelchair-bound man — Ian Mackay, a disability advocate and outdoor enthusiast — issued the commands above to a waiting iMac. With hardly any delay, the computer did as it was told.

Best Buy stores will soon offer Apple-certified repairs


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Today, Apple announced that it’s partnering with Best Buy in a push to expand its service network. Customers can now choose from nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores across the US for service and repairs on Apple products. As part of the expansion, Best Buy’s Geek Squad has nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians, who can make same-day iPhone repairs and service other Apple products. As we learned this spring, Best Buy will also collect iPhones for recycling.

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iOS 13 lets you know if you’re deleting apps with active subscriptions


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Over the past few months, Apple made changes to iOS subscriptions in an effort to make them more user-friendly and transparent. Now, MacStories EIC Federico Viticci has unearthed another subscription-related feature rolling out with iOS 13. Apparently, when you attempt to delete an app on the upcoming mobile platform, a pop up will let you know if it still has an active subscription.

Source: Federico Viticci (Twitter)

Apple loses bidding war for J. J. Abrams’ production studio


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Don’t look now, but a major Hollywood upset just happened… much to the chagrin of streaming outlets. Hollywood Reporter and Deadline sources say that AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is near closing a roughly $500 million deal with Bad Robot, the production studio from J. J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath. Bad Robot had reportedly entertained deals from internet-focused companies like Amazon, Apple and Netflix (plus conventional firms like Comcast and Sony), with tipsters claiming that Apple “came close” to landing the deal.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Deadline

Apple TV beta tests iOS-like picture-in-picture


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The latest beta version of Apple’s upcoming tvOS 13 has an unexpected surprise. The company is introducing support for a picture-in-picture mode that allows you to browse while continuing to watch a video. The feature, available in tvOS 13 beta 2, was not previously announced by the company and wasn’t mentioned during its WWDC keynote earlier this month.

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple is trying to save my hearing after I spent years ruining it


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My love affair with loud music started in earnest in my sophomore year of high school, when I got an iPod for my birthday and immediately started blasting Black Mages albums and anime theme songs. Fast forward fifteen years, and my morning commute neatly illustrates just how bad my hearing has gotten. I get dressed, walk to the subway, pop in my AirPods and crank up the volume to 100 percent. That’s the only way I can really hear my podcasts over the cacophony of the Q train as it winds through Brooklyn and chugs along over the Manhattan Bridge.

Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards


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iOS 13’s newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software’s support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins at international airports. You’ll need to wait for both the release of iOS 13 (likely in September) and the German government’s AusweisApp2 to make everything work, but this might just save you the trouble of pulling out your wallet to prove who you are.

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Source: BMI (translated)

Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards


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iOS 13’s newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software’s support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins at international airports. You’ll need to wait for both the release of iOS 13 (likely in September) and the German government’s AusweisApp2 to make everything work, but this might just save you the trouble of pulling out your wallet to prove who you are.

Via: Macerkopf (translated), 9to5Mac

Source: BMI (translated)

Apple’s new Logic Pro X is built for the Mac Pro


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Apple boasted that the redesigned Mac Pro could easily handle the most demanding audio editing tasks, and now the software is ready for it. The tech firm has updated its Logic Pro X music editing app to support the new workstation’s many cores, handling up to a whopping 56 processing threads. That lets the Mac Pro juggle up to 1,000 audio and software instrument tracks, or four times as many as the old computer. You won’t be hurting for power if you’re composing an elaborate orchestral piece for the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

Source: Apple Newsroom

Tariffs are forcing Big Tech to move production out of China


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In response to the Trump administration’s trade war with China, major tech companies are preparing to relocate key manufacturing operations. According to Bloomberg, Google is moving production of its US-bound Nest thermostats and motherboards to Taiwan. The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo is shifting at least some production of its Switch console to Southeast Asia. At the same time, China has allegedly warned companies that they will face permanent consequences if they cooperate with Trump administration trade restrictions.

Source: Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal

Apple’s big iMovie iOS update includes green screen and more


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It looks like Apple is taking the casual filmmaker a little more seriously. Its latest update for iMovie for iOS — out today — comes with a new green screen effect, better still image support, 80 new soundtracks, graphic overlays and more.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple