Father’s Day is officially here, and with it comes instant savings on Apple hardware, including the latest iPad Pros and new 2019 MacBook Pros. Whether you’re shopping for Dad, or yourself, these deals deliver the lowest prices available, with savings of up to $220 off.
Justin Titi displays intelligently curated photo albums in iOS 13.
You can adjust the perspective along the x-axis and y-axis in Photos, starting in iOS 13, Apple told us at WWDC. Here’s what you’ll need to know to start adjusting perspective in Photos on iPad and iPhone.
Now you can adjust perspective in Photos
Apple introduced a range of new Photos editing tools and effects in iOS 13, including two for adjusting perspective, which you’ll find inside of the crop tool when editing a photo or video.
You can get some sense of how the perspective shift works in iOS 13 here:
Another cool iOS 13 feature: adjusting x and y skew for photos and videos. (Instagram has had this feature for ages) pic.twitter.com/QErzWBX3Sz
This is the second in a series of articles from the Rocket Yard to help you enjoy your tech equipment while you’re on a trip, either for business or (hopefully) pleasure. The series began with Tips for Travelers 2019: Apps You Should Install Before Departure, a list of apps that can provide information, directions and entertainment during your travels. Today we’re looking at suggestions on packing your devices for physical protection, easy access, and security.
The Tech I Packed For My Trip
I just got back from a 17-day trip to Alaska and Canada, and as a professional photographer and writer, my tech kit includes not only devices to write articles while I’m enjoying the wilderness scenery, but camera equipment as well. There are also two items on this list that can be considered personal health devices
Described as a portable isometric-based strength training device with digital coaching, the Activ5 coaches users through each isometric exercise, measures maximum strength for each exercise, and communicates this to an iPhone.
The device itself is a small pad that’s outfitted with a number of pressure sensors inside.
The Activ5 is personalized to each user to create a challenging but achievable workout. Each workout pose is demonstrated in the app, and the device itself is able to tell users to push harder or less hard throughout the workout. Every detail of the workout is tracked via the app, providing fitness stats for each exercise.
There are more than 100 full body workouts available based on isometric exercises, which are designed around contractions of a specific muscle or group of muscles. Activbody
Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand is getting a major digital upgrade with the launch of the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Race Portal, and Hot Wheels id vehicles, all of which are available exclusively from Apple starting today.
With the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Hot Wheels id vehicles can be raced on a track that incorporates digital tracking elements through an app on the iPhone or iPad. The system allows users to keep track of speed, count laps, build a digital garage, and more, providing a mix of physical and digital play.
The new Hot Wheels id setup includes 51 die-cast cars with NFC tags that are going to be released in six mini collections throughout 2019, with each vehicle to be priced at $6.99. Each car can be leveled up digitally, with challenges available to break race records.
Launch vehicles include the Corvette C7R, SRT Viper GTS-R, 2016
Apple will finally deliver one of the most-requested iPad and iPhone features with external storage device support with iOS 13 and iPadOS – what does this mean and how do we use it?
How does iOS 13 support external storage?
iPad users have been stranded in cloud storage services due to the lack of support for external storage volumes in their devices.
They have also been able to use cloud-connected local storage devices, such as the popular Sandisk iXpand range of connected memory sticks.
This has driven most of us to spending money on iCloud storage, or using Dropbox, Box or any other available online storage solution, most of which deliver way more than iCloud’s miserly 5GB of free storage space.
This changes in iPadOS, which introduces support for external storage volumes, including USB drives, SD cards, and SMB file servers, all
The built-in speakers that come with most Macs are pretty darn good, especially (or so I’m told) on the iMac Pro. But if you want a high-end, expensive (about $700) set-up, you can pair two HomePods for some intense audio.
Apple says that setting up your stereo pair is easy and that “when you set-up a second HomePod in the same room, you’re prompted to form a stereo pair.” That’s true under ideal conditions.
Let’s assume that you are indeed working under ideal conditions and the set-up goes smoothly. Then your two HomePods communicate with each other so that only one responds to Siri requests. If both responded, you’d have a problem, of course.
Even though these two speakers act as one, each HomePod communicates with the other so that only one speaker responds to Siri requests. Unless this changes with the upcoming macOS Catalina, Apple says you
Apple’s Share Sheet comes in for several changes in iOS 13, which attempts to make it both easier and more logical to navigate – the company told me it wanted to make it possible to share items in a single tap with these enhancements.
Sharing with a little intelligence
While the overall Share Sheet design remains more or less the same as before, Apple has added a layer of intelligence and tried to make it easier to find the specific sharing command you are looking for.
The intelligence is in the top row within Share. In iOS 12, this only offers AirDrop shares. In iOS 13 it still does shares (denoted by an AirDrop icon), but adds intelligent suggestions of recommended contacts you might want to share something with.
Context is everything
These recommendations are smart – for example, if you are sharing a photo
We’re inexorably heading closer to universal translation becoming a completely normal part of daily life, with Apple tech used at schools across Europe to help teachers and students speak to each other.
Augmenting the humans
A story on Apple’s website discusses numerous examples in which its technologies are being used to bridge communication gaps, but it is also important to note that new machine learning APIs inside iOS 13 mean developers will soon be able to offer even more ways to translate between languages.
This is because CoreML 3 offers support for over 100 advanced machine learning models that should make it much easier to build apps capable of hearing, understanding and translating speech, all with natural language.
Apple has already confirmed iOS 13 will provide developers with tools that support on-device speech recognition for 10 languages.
When I published my Beyond the Tablet story a few weeks ago, I was optimistic we’d get a handful of iPad-related features and optimizations at WWDC. I did not, however, foresee an entire OS designed specifically around iPad. And the more I think about it, the more I see iPadOS as a sign of Apple’s willingness to break free from old assumptions and let the iPad be what it’s best at: a portable computer inspired by the Mac, but based on iOS.
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.
Teachers across Europe are using iPads to help them work with students who are having to learn a new language as well as their regular lessons, including some who have never been in a classroom before.
Ignore the hype because the cold hard truth appears to be that when it comes to resale value there really, really is nothing like an iPhone – at least, not according to Bank My Cell.
Second user values
The iPhone shines when it comes to second user values, new data states. And when it comes to a comparison between Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and the iPhone XS, there’s really no competition, because Samsung’s device lost more value in one month than Apple’s lost in nine months.
That’s worse, way worse, than last year, when the Galaxy S9 became the fastest depreciating handset in 2018, losing value at twice the rate of iPhone X.
Here’s the data:
Phone XS / XR range lost 42.40% in 9 months of release
Samsung Galaxy S10 range lost 46.69% in the first month of release
Catalyst is here, Project Marzipan never existed and we may soon see tens of thousands of iPad apps ported easily across to the Mac.
What is Catalyst?
Catalyst is Apple’s well thought through system that lets developers easily port their iPad apps across to the Mac. It consists of new tools within Xcode (essentially you just need to tick a box) and built-in Mac support for a huge number of APIs that will let your iOS apps run natively. I thought some readers may be interested to see a list of all of these.
Future iPhones and iPads could work without the user touching the display, with Apple exploring the possibility of using the proximity of fingers or the Apple Pencil to the screen to enable selections and gestures in situations where touching the device isn’t desirable.
Paciolan, a ticketing service provider for college athletics, today announced plans to allow customers to add contactless tickets for sporting events to their Apple Wallets.
The contactless tickets available in Apple Wallet will allow event attendees to enter stadiums with just their iPhone and Apple Watch using NFC. Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey said that students and fans will love having their tickets right on their Apple devices.
“iPhone and Apple Watch make going to college sports games easier than ever,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “We’ve said our goal is to replace the physical wallet and students and fans will love the convenience and security of having their tickets right on the Apple devices they carry with them every day.”
iPhone and Apple Watch users will receive purchased tickets via the Messages app and can add them into the Wallet app by tapping on