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  • iFixit Tests MacBook Pro’s Keyboard Membrane

    Thu 5:13pm By John Voorhees
    iFixit ran more tests and took a closer look at the keyboard membrane that was added to the 2018 MacBook Pro released last week. It turns out, the membrane is one sheet of die-cut silicone with tiny cutouts to allow keycaps to connect to the butterfly switches…
  • iPhone 3G: 10 Years Later

    Thu 1:15pm By Stephen Hackett
    July 2008 was a very busy time for Apple. It launched the iOS App Store, replaced .Mac with MobileMe and launched it second-ever iPhone: the iPhone 3G. On the Shoulders of a Giant Introduced at WWDC 2008, the iPhone 3G came into the world after a year of…
  • Doppler Enables Pain-Free Importing of Music and Podcasts from Safari on iOS

    Thu 12:02pm By Ryan Christoffel
    I've been an iOS-first user for nearly three years now, and during that time there have been very few tasks that required me to pull out my old MacBook Air. One remaining holdout has been downloading music or podcast files from the web and saving them…
  • Tom Gruber, Co-Founder of Siri, Retires from Apple

    Thu 11:23am By John Voorhees
    The Information reports that Tom Gruber, Apple’s head of the Siri Advanced Developments group, has retired to pursue personal interests including photography and ocean conservation. Gruber joined Apple as part of the company’s acquisition of Siri in 2010…
  • Connected, Episode 201: An Internal Fortnite

    Wed 4:49pm By Federico Viticci
    Federico bought an iPod touch, Nest and Instapaper both have new bosses and the world is finally getting the leg emoji it deserves. On this week's Connected, I also shared a status update on my iOS 12 review and the apps I'm using to put it together. You can…
  • Sharecuts

    Wed 11:50am By Federico Viticci
    Fun new project by iOS developer extraordinaire Guilherme Rambo – Sharecuts is a (so far, beta and invitation-only) directory to browse and install custom shortcuts created by other users. Sarah Perez has more details at TechCrunch: But by the time iOS 12…
  • Fantastical 2.5 for Mac Adds Time Change Proposals, Meetup.com Support, and More

    Wed 10:00am By John Voorhees
    Flexibits has released an update to the Mac version of its popular calendar app Fantastical. The feature that should be useful to most users immediately is the ability to send and receive new time proposals for events. Fantastical already could send meeting…
  • Microsoft Releases Cross-Platform Skype Update and Announces Call Recording and Other Features

    Tue 2:16pm By John Voorhees
    Microsoft has released version 8 of Skype for the desktop, which features a redesign inspired by the app’s mobile clients. The update, which is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux, replaces version 7, which will no longer work after September 1, 2018. The…
  • AppStories, Episode 70 – Apps for Managing Big Projects

    Tue 6:26am By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, we discuss the apps we use to manage large projects like the MacStories and AppStories coverage of the App Store's 10th anniversary and Apple's fall OS releases. Sponsored by: Casper - The Internet’s favourite mattress.…
  • Apple Showcases New Emoji Arriving in iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5

    Mon 1:32pm By Ryan Christoffel
    In celebration of World Emoji Day, Apple has released a preview of the new emoji arriving later this year in updates to iOS, macOS, and watchOS. There will be 157 new emoji in total, but today's preview only features a select few. A centerpiece of the emoji…
  • After Two Years with Pinterest, Instapaper Regains Its Independence

    Mon 12:41pm By Ryan Christoffel
    From Instapaper's blog: Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold…
  • 1Blocker X: The Fast and Secure Safari Content Blocker [Sponsor]

    Mon 7:18am By John Voorhees
    Advertising and trackers are a big problem on many websites. Pages load slowly wasting your time, draining your battery, and using up your mobile data. Even worse, ads sometimes serve malware to unsuspecting users. To take back control, you need 1Blocker X.…
  • iOS 12 AR Quick Look Demos

    Mon 6:49am By Federico Viticci
    I recently came across a demo of AR Quick Look, an iOS 12 feature that allows apps to present 3D and AR previews for objects built using the new USDZ file format. Shopify, the popular e-commerce platform, is going to take advantage of AR Quick Look to let…
  • Connected, Episode 200: An Occupational Hazard

    Mon 6:19am By Federico Viticci
    Stephen is joined by Casey Liss and John Voorhees to discuss the 10th anniversary of the App Store, MobileMe's reputation and rumors of a busy fall for Apple's hardware teams. I wasn't able to join Stephen on Connected this week, but I thoroughly enjoyed the…
  • The App Store at 10: The Next Decade

    Jul 15, 2018, 1:38 pm By MacStories Team
    The App Store has changed the world. Over the last decade society as we know it has been irrevocably shaped by the App Store and its products. Just as no one 10 years ago could have predicted where the App Store would have brought us today, so is it impossible…
  • Personal App Store Stories from the MacStories Team

    Jul 15, 2018, 10:44 am By MacStories Team
    Over the past week we've released articles and podcast episodes documenting the stories of Apple and third-party developers during the App Store's decade of life, but as our celebration week nears its end, we wanted to shift gears and share our own stories.…
  • App Preservation: Saving the App Store’s History

    Jul 14, 2018, 11:00 am By Federico Viticci
    The App Store had just turned one when, sometime in the summer of 2009, concept artist and game developer Zach Gage published a preview video for an iPhone game he had been working on. The game was based on a simple premise: Gage's girlfriend liked playing…
  • Game On: A Decade of iOS Gaming

    Jul 13, 2018, 10:33 am By John Voorhees
    Nowhere has the App Store’s impact been more profound than the game industry. Roughly one-third of the 500 initial apps that debuted on the App Store were games. The percentage of games on the App Store has risen over the past 10 years, but not by much. By…
  • Adobe Acknowledges Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for the iPad

    Jul 13, 2018, 8:36 am By John Voorhees
    Bloomberg reports that its sources say that Adobe is working on full versions of its desktop Photoshop app and other Creative Cloud apps for the iPad. Although Adobe has not committed to the October unveiling and 2019 ship date also cited by Bloomberg’s…
  • 10 Years of App Store Controversies

    Jul 12, 2018, 11:00 am By Ryan Christoffel
    The App Store is a wildly successful product. In 2017 alone it brought Apple somewhere in the range of $11.4 billion, and app developers pocketed $26.5 billion – an increase of 30% over 2016. To kick off 2018, New Year's Day alone yielded $300 million of App…
  • MacBook Pros Updated with Faster Processors, Up to 32 GB RAM, New Keyboards, True Tone Displays, and…

    Jul 12, 2018, 9:14 am By John Voorhees
    In a press release today, Apple announced updates to its MacBook Pro line of notebook computers. The new models feature faster 8th-generation Intel processors with six cores in the 15-inch model and four cores in the 13-inch model. According to Apple, the…
  • How the iPhone and App Store Have Redefined Accessible Software

    Jul 11, 2018, 12:30 pm By Steven Aquino
    Everyone acknowledges the societal and technological effects the iPhone has had on the world. In late 2007, Time named the original model its "invention of the year," and rightfully proclaimed it "the phone that changed phones forever." Eleven years on, it is…
  • Sonos Adds AirPlay 2 Support to Certain Speaker Models

    Jul 11, 2018, 11:37 am By John Voorhees
    Sonos announced today that it has added AirPlay 2 support to compatible speaker systems. The update allows users to stream audio to the company’s Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5 speakers from iOS apps that support AirPlay 2 and…
  • Affinity Designer Debuts on iPad as a Full-Featured Graphic Design Tool

    Jul 11, 2018, 10:55 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Nearly one year ago, Serif released Affinity Photo for the iPad as a full-featured photo editing powerhouse. Unlike what companies such as Adobe do, where a Mac app like Photoshop is broken down into less powerful versions on iOS, Affinity Photo was brought to…
  • Developers’ Decade-Long Rollercoaster Ride: The Business of Selling Apps on the App Store

    Jul 11, 2018, 10:30 am By John Voorhees
    The case for native third-party apps on the iPhone was apparent immediately. By creating a device that blends into the background – with functionality entirely driven by software – Apple built a mobile computing platform that could become anything, so long…
  • John Giannandrea, Former Google Executive, Is Apple’s Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy

    Jul 10, 2018, 3:13 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Earlier this year The New York Times reported that Apple had made a big new hire: John Giannandrea, at the time Google's Chief of Search and Artificial Intelligence. Today Giannandrea officially joined the ranks of Apple's leadership page on Apple.com. As part…
  • 10 Years of App Store: A Timeline of Changes

    Jul 10, 2018, 12:30 pm By Stephen Hackett
    It's hard to remember using an iPhone before the App Store. However, for the first year, the iPhone could only run the handful of apps that Apple created for it. Anything else required using mobile web apps in Safari.1 On March 6, 2008, just nine months after…
  • A Decade on the App Store: From Day One Through Today

    Jul 10, 2018, 11:01 am By Alex Guyot
    "There's an app for that" may have been coined as a marketing term in 2009, but in 2018 the phrase is indisputable. With over 2 million apps on the App Store, there is seldom a niche unexplored, and few obvious utilities not rapaciously overindulged. The App…
  • App Store 10th Anniversary: The AppStories Interview Series

    Jul 10, 2018, 8:32 am By John Voorhees
    As Federico explained yesterday, we knew from the earliest planning stages of our coverage of the App Store’s 10th anniversary that we wanted to include interviews with the developers and designers of apps and games we love. We do interviews periodically on…
  • New Videos Highlight the iPad’s Power and Flexibility in Common Situations

    Jul 9, 2018, 11:53 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Today Apple launched four new 15-second ads, each of which highlights the iPad's capabilities in common domains – travel, notes, paperwork, and portability – compared to common tools in those same settings. Two of the ads showcase the iPad's usefulness as…