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WWDC isn't far away now, and we have heard rumors about what we can expect at the event. One of the big announcements is expected to be iOS 13. This is the version of iOS that is rumored to leave behind some older smartphones, such as the beloved iPhone SE. If you are on one of those older devices, you may not get to enjoy the goodness that iOS 13 will bring to Apple gadgets. 9to5Mac was sent some screenshots that are claimed to be of iOS 13 that shows off what the anticipated Dark Mode will look like. According to the leak, Dark Mode can be turned on in the Settings app or via an option inside Control Center. On the iOS Home Screen, the only noticeable change is in the Dock that Goes to a dark... Read more...
The waning weeks of spring as summer comes into view is one of the best times of the year in mobile. It's not the weather, though that is certainly a perk, especially if you live in a part of the country that has been batting cold fronts, snow, and rain. Beyond the upgraded weather that awaits, Google has its upcoming Google I/O 2019 event, and Apple is prepping for this year's WWDC. We already reported on the former earlier today. So, what's on tap for the latter? Arguably the most interesting thing to look for is an update to watchOS 6. That may not seem like a big deal on the surface, though what has our attention is Apple is embedding its App Store directly onto the Apple Watch with watchOS... Read more...
Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is on the docket for June 4th, which means that we should hear plenty about the next iteration of OS X and iOS at the event. However, Apple also often announces new hardware products at WWDC, which in the past have included new MacBooks, iPad Pros and in the case of WWDC 2017, the HomePod. This year, at least one hardware family will be receiving some special attention: the MacBook Pro. A quick perusal of the Apple Store reveals that half of the pre-configured 13-inch MacBook Pro models are unavailable for immediate shipping, and instead will deliver on June 7th -- three days after the start of WWDC.  The availability... Read more...
Apple's annual developer conference (WWDC) kicks off today and runs through Friday, during which time the company is expected to make several announcements. One of them will be iOS 11, the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system. While we wait for official details, it looks as though drag-and-drop functionality will finally find its way to iOS. Internet sleuths discovered the feature in Apple's own Feedback app for iOS beta testers. There is now an entry that reads "Split View/Drag and Drop" in the app's list of preset options for reporting issues. Bearing in mind that no such feature currently exists in iOS, the assumption is that it is something Apple will unveil in iOS 11. Have a... Read more...
Apple had some rather sedate announcements for both OS X (El Capitan) and iOS (iOS 9) earlier today, and with the exception of Split View for iPads, nothing was really groundbreaking. That same sentiment carries over to Apple’s newest operating system: WatchOS. WatchOS was first shown off last year at the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus keynote, and Apple is already looking to its second iteration of the Apple Watch's operating system: WatchOS 2. The biggest addition to WatchOS 2 is the support for native apps. For anyone that’s used an Apple Watch, you know that third-party apps can sometimes be a chore to endure as they are basically running on your iPhone and beamed over to the Apple Watch. That leads... Read more...
Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) with updates to its PC operating system: OS X. This wouldn’t be Apple if it didn’t brag a bit, so the company reported that the most recent release of OS X, Yosemite, is currently being used on 55 percent of Macs (Apple claims that this is the fastest adoption rate for any desktop OS ever). But everyone in the audience was there to hear about Yosemite; they wanted to hear about the next big thing. So what’s the name of Apple’s latest OS X release? It’s OS X El Capitan. Yes, you heard that correctly, El Capitan. Apple is focusing on two things with El Capitan: user experience and performance. There are some nice little touched added to... Read more...
In our coverage of the latest iPhone rumor yesterday, I mentioned that it's become harder than ever for Apple to keep a secret. With the upcoming iPhone, it was UK carrier Vodafone that gave us the leak, and for Apple's upcoming music service, it's none other than the CEO of Sony Music. During an on-stage interview at the Midem Music Industry Festival in Cannes, France, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris revealed that Apple will be unveiling its music service during its WWDC event tomorrow. To Morris' benefit, the fact that Apple is set to reveal its music service at WWDC has been one of the industry's worst-kept secrets -- we reported on the possibility an entire month ago. We also reported on it last... Read more...
Apple has today announced that it will be kicking off the 26th iteration of its WWDC on June 8, and as usual, it'll be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As was the case last year, Apple will be choosing developers to purchase tickets at random, and also like last year, those tickets will cost $1,599 each. If you're interested in attending this year's WWDC, you can't waste any time; you must head here to register and do so no later than April 17, 10AM PDT. It seems obvious that Apple will use this WWDC to talk about iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. "Apple’s renowned developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X, helping them continue to create the most innovative... Read more...
Days ago, we wrote about a rumor that Apple will unveil some sort of “smart home” system at its upcoming WWDC, and now there’s more grist for the rumor mill: There’s a Smart Home remote coming. According to CNET, a PR person for a universal remote app sent out a message that let slip “Next week Apple will be announcing its iPhone Smart Home remote which will be available sometime in the future." There’s no reason to have a Smart Home Remote if there’s no Smart Home to control, so it would seem that the first rumor is true. Whether that’s an app on the iPhone or a standalone device remains to be seen. The connected car a harbinger for the connected... Read more...
Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner, and reports indicate that fresh new goodies in store include a new version of Mac OS X (10.10), iOS 8, and new features for Apple TV. According to 9to5 Mac, OS X 10.10 is a complete redesign with a new look not dissimilar to some of iOS 7’s aesthetic features, perhaps in an effort to keep the Apple product experience more uniform across multiple devices. Unnamed hardware updates will be coming to support the new OS X 10.10, and Apple will ship it all this autumn. iOS 8 promises many new features, but the release may have to be split into iOS 8 and a later iOS 8.1 due to some feature delays--which may have been caused by a reallocation of iOS... Read more...
Apple has today announced that this summer's WWDC will be held between June 2 - 6 in its usual Moscone West location in San Francisco. This year's event will feature 100+ technical sessions, 1,000+ Apple engineers on-hand, 100+ hands-on labs, and a number of other highlights that a developer's conference of this scale tends to bring. For the first time ever, Apple's going to be awarding the right to purchase a ticket at random, with active members of Apple's iOS Developer Program needing to register by April 7, 5:00PM PDT to qualify. This clearly is not going to go down to well with everyone, but given the popularity of WWDC, a mechanic like this would help spread the wealth, so to speak. Developers... Read more...
Apple announced the latest version of its operating system, Mac OS X Mavericks, at WWDC this summer, but we haven’t heard much about it since, and the release date was unknown. Now, a report has emerged that Mavericks will be out as early as this month. 9to5Mac says that several sources have indicated that the AppleCare support staff is now training on Mavericks, learning its new features as well as the installation process and how to handle troubleshooting. The staff will participate in training for six hours for the next few weeks until Mavericks hits the market. It’s possible that Apple will release it shortly after its Q4 earnings call this month. (We wouldn’t mind seeing... Read more...
Apple's WWDC keynote today focused primarily on software, as well it should have, but a bit of hardware news also made it out. On the networking side, the company's long-standing AirPort line received a new AirPort Extreme. The design is actually massively different than anything we've seen before, with a taller and slimmer body replacing the flatter version that came before. From a technical standpoint, the ability to support 802.11ac transfers is all new, promising up to 3x faster local connections and transfers with hardware that supports it. There are six total antennas, three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. There's also a built-in firewall, three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports,... Read more...
We were expecting a Jonny Ive-led redesign of Apple’s iOS with the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC today, but what Apple unveiled has a lot more going for it that just a heavy facelift. It’s true, though, that the whole look has been revamped; the fonts have been tweaked to be cleaner and simpler, there’s a bit of motion to make the interface seem “alive”, a lot of the items are translucent, and the reliance on skeuomorphs has been pulled back quite a bit. However, all that teasing about a black and white iOS 7 seems to have been substantially overblown. There are hundreds of new features in iOS 7, including Control Center. The idea is that there are a handful of controls... Read more...
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