Apple’s approach to digital video can best be described as slow and steady. While iTunes and the iPod effortlessly transformed the way we purchased and listened to music, it took the company years to figure out how to position the Apple TV. For the most part, films and TV were just additional categories in iTunes, which, as its name implies, was primarily focused on music. But now that Apple finally has a solid 4K set-top box, the next issue is helping people organize everything they have to watch.
Despite being a hugely popular headphone brand, Beats has had one glaring hole in its wireless headphone lineup: true wireless earbuds. Thanks to a hint in iOS code, the Powerbeats Pro weren’t exactly a well-kept secret, and as expected, they carry the latest Apple tech that’s also found inside version 2.0 of the AirPods. At $249.95, the Powerbeats Pro is near the top end of the true wireless spectrum price-wise, and its over-the-ear hook design isn’t for everyone. However, the combination of features and sound quality makes quite the impression.
PC gaming is ready to meet iOS, now that Valve’s Steam Link app is available for Apple’s devices. You can evne play them on your TV easily via the Apple TV, streamed right from your PC. Apple had blocked its release last year, but evidently that has been worked out — likely because you can’t purchase games with it anymore — and you can grab it from the App Store now.
You can now use Apple Pay to make purchases from iTunes, the App Store and Apple Books. You can also use it for Apple Music and iCloud storage subscriptions. MacRumors spotted the change in a recently updated support document. The added Apple Pay options are coming to users in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, but they might not be available in all of those locations just yet.
Rather than build the Statue of Liberty in such a way that its 200,000-lb copper shell stood upright on its own, Gustave Eiffel — the man behind the eponymous tower — designed it around a massive inner framework. You might have already known this, but it’s the kind of detail that doesn’t often spring to mind unless you’re 1) a French/American history buff or 2) someone who has already been inside the thing. Thankfully, to coincide with the opening of the official Statue of Liberty museum this week, there’s a new AR-focused iOS app to give visitors and the far-flung curious an up-close look at France’s majestic gift to the US.
This morning, the Supreme Court decided to allow iPhone owners to proceed with a lawsuit against Apple. The plaintiffs claim that Apple has a monopoly through the App Store. Apple tried to argue that developers are the ones who pay Apple’s commission, so they would need to file a lawsuit on the issue. But the Supreme Court has ruled that the case may continue as is. In a statement, released to CNBC this afternoon, Apple says it is confident it will prevail when the facts are presented.
Apple is reportedly working on a new NFC feature that will allow iPhone users to make Apple Pay purchases by tapping special, NFC-equipped tags. That means retailers won’t need bulky terminals, and iPhone users won’t need to download a third-party app before, say, buying clothes or adding miles to their scooter rental. According to 9to5mac, Apple is partnering with Bonobos clothing store, PayByPhone parking meters and Bird scooters on the initial roll out.
If you’ve been patiently waiting for Apple’s redesigned TV app, which was revealed back in March, today is your lucky day. The company is now rolling out the updated application to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and compatible Samsung smart TVs, complete with a fresh look, the new Channels feature and curated sections such as “For You” and “Kids.” Aside from the overhauled design, which focuses on offering big, beautiful imagery for movies and TV shows and a UI that’s intended to help you swipe/scroll less, the biggest changes to the TV app are the addition of Channels and the full iTunes library.
The redesign of the Apple TV app goes live today, and Samsung is claiming its spot as the first TV manufacturer to support it. The company announced that 2018 and 2019 models of Samsung smart TVs will offer access to the updated Apple TV app and AirPlay 2. Owners of the TVs will have to download and install a firmware update, which will be available starting today, in order to use the Apple services.
The wait for Amazon’s Ring video doorbell to integrate with Apple’s HomeKit could soon be over. Ring has long promised HomeKit support, but it’s faced repeated delays. Now, it looks like Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro and Spotlight Cam have earned HomeKit certification. A Twitter user spotted the change on Apple’s MFi licensing page.
The Supreme Court has ruled against Apple in a long-standing case over price fixing in the App Store, in a decision that allows iPhone owners to proceed with a lawsuit against the company. The court heard arguments in the case in November, and the decision was expected sometime this spring.
BMW owners in both the US and UK have been locked out of Apple’s CarPlay interface on their vehicles due to system-wide outages of ConnectedDrive. 9to5Mac reported that complaints from drivers on both sides of the pond began racking up on social media earlier this week. The German car company’s subscription-based connectivity service lets drivers to connect to Apple’s CarPlay, which manages everything from navigation to phone calls. With ConnectedDrive being down, cars are unable to confirm that drivers have paid for the CarPlay options in their vehicle.
It looks like Apple has unceremoniously dropped another third-party display option from its online store. 9to5Mac noticed the LG UltraFine 5K display appears to be no longer available for purchase from Apple. This comes just a few weeks after Apple stopped selling the 4K model of the monitor. The apparent removal of the LG’s offerings come as Apple is reportedly working on its owns 6K display that is rumored to be released later this year.
In an age when we all have a tiny computer in our pockets, it’s important that we learn to limit screen time in favor of actual human interaction and productivity. It’s even more essential that we limit media consumption for children, especially since they’re being exposed to things like phones and tablets at an increasingly younger age. Those devices are part of kids’ lives earlier than ever, so it’s important to keep tabs on how often they use them or watch TV. There are a number of reasons why you should do this as a parent, and, ironically, there’s also a range of tech available to help with the task.
It used to be that if you wanted flagship level-specs and a large screen at a lower price, your only option was a OnePlus phone like the 6T. But now you have another option: Today Google announced the Pixel 3a XL. It makes some sacrifices in processing power, but it still delivers a great camera and decent screen. And it has a headphone jack! To see how the specs stand up to the 6T, as well as the more expensive Galaxy S10+ and iPhone XS Max, check out our table below. And, if you want the full scoop on this new budget handset, check out our full review.
Apple doesn’t do gags by half-measures, apparently. Tim Cook made an appearance at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting where he jokingly suggested in a short film that Warren Buffett could have a newspaper-tossing iPhone game, but it turns out that this wasn’t just empty banter — the game is real. Apple has released a Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard title for iPhones that has you tossing papers (much like Buffett did as a child) to earn “Warren Bucks” based on your delivery skills. Think of it as a first-person, touchscreen Paperboy for would-be billlionaires.
It’s no secret that Apple has plenty of software updates in store for WWDC, but the biggest improvements may come to one of its smallest devices — namely, the Apple Watch. Bloombergsources claim to know many of the software introductions planned for the June developer event, and watchOS would receive major updates that make it considerably less dependent on an iPhone. To start, the Apple Watch would get an on-device App Store — like Google Play on Wear OS, you wouldn’t have to load apps on your smartphone first.
Not that long ago, Apple was going to build iPhone screens using sapphire glass, but that didn’t work out so well. It loaned $578 million to a company called GT Advanced Technologies, which was supposed to build highly scratch-resistant screen covers from synthetic sapphire crystals. Instead, it produced flawed “boules” of sapphire that couldn’t be cut into displays and went bankrupt months after it started. Now, the SEC has announced that it’s charging the company and its ex-CEO with fraud for allegedly withholding key information from stockholders.
The European Union might just believe that Spotify’s complaint against Apple has some merit. Financial Timessources have claimed that EU competition commissioners have decided to launch an antitrust investigation into allegations that Apple unfairly hinders Spotify and other rivals to Apple Music through App Store policies. The investigation would start in the “next few weeks,” according to the outlet.