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  • Daylite – Business Productivity App for Mac & iOS [Sponsor]

    Mon 2:57pm By Federico Viticci
    This week is sponsored by Marketcircle, makers of Daylite – the business productivity app made for busy entrepreneurs and teams on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. If you’re struggling to juggle business coming in, and managing current projects, then Daylite is a…
  • The Mac mini Family Tree

    Mon 11:00am By Stephen Hackett
    Four members of the Mac mini family. "The Mac mini is BYODKM," Steve Jobs said, in front of a crowded and slightly confused audience at Macworld 2005. "Bring your own display, keyboard and mouse," he continued. "We supply the computer, you supply the rest."…
  • Apple Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Mon 9:47am By John Voorhees
    Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States, a holiday dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a tweet honoring King: We honor #MLK by working to help achieve justice and equality.…
  • Iovine Comments Suggest Apple Music’s Video Strategy Has Broadened

    Mon 8:01am By John Voorhees
    Evidence continues to mount that Apple’s video streaming ambitions for Apple Music extend beyond the occasional music-related project. Last week, The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources that claim Apple is looking to acquire original television series…
  • AirPods Make Their Video Debut

    Sat 2:13pm By John Voorhees
    Update: Apple has posted an additional video featuring the AirPods called 'Stroll,' which is a longer version of the Siri video described below. You can watch the video at the end of this article. Apple posted three 15-second advertisements featuring AirPods.…
  • Game Day: Open Bar

    Sat 10:15am By John Voorhees
    The App Store is running a feature called ‘The best games you’ve never played,’ which is a nice way to promote games that may have slipped under your radar. One game in particular caught my eye: Open Bar by Gingear Studios, which was originally released…
  • Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App Coming to iOS

    Fri 5:39pm By Federico Viticci
    Speaking of the Nintendo Switch, the company posted a video earlier today showcasing the functionalities of an upcoming Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app for iPhone, which will allow parents to monitor usage of the Switch console directly from iOS. Sam…
  • Remaster, Episode 26: The Nintendo Switch Presentation

    Fri 5:16pm By Federico Viticci
    Myke, Federico, and Shahid break down Nintendo's Switch presentation. On today's Remaster, we went over all the announcements from Nintendo's Switch presentation – including games, pricing, the new online service, what Nintendo didn't announce on stage, and…
  • Apple Increases tvOS App Size Limit to 4 GB

    Thu 7:20pm By Federico Viticci
    Nice change for tvOS app developers announced today by Apple: The size limit of a tvOS app bundle has increased from 200 MB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a complete, rich user experience upon installation. Also, tvOS…
  • After Retesting, Consumer Reports Recommends the MacBook Pro

    Thu 5:54pm By John Voorhees
    Two days ago, Apple issued a statement disputing battery life tests run on the new MacBook Pro by Consumer Reports. Based on those tests, Consumer Reports concluded it couldn’t recommend the laptop. After retesting, Consumer Reports now recommends the…
  • Apple in 2016: The Six Colors Report Card

    Thu 12:26pm By Federico Viticci
    Jason Snell: As we close the door on 2016, I thought it would be useful to look back at the year gone by and ask a panel of my peers who pay attention to Apple and related markets to take a moment and reflect on Apple’s performance in the past year. This is…
  • Switch Your AirPods Connection Easily with Tooth Fairy

    Thu 12:03pm By Jake Underwood
    It’s become no secret that I, along with countless others, am absolutely in love with my AirPods. I’ve only had them for a couple of weeks, but I’ve already built a habit of keeping them in my ears for hours on end, switching between my iPhone and Mac to…
  • Tony Fadell Says Teams Did Not Compete to Design the iPhone

    Wed 4:44pm By John Voorhees
    The conventional wisdom is that two teams competed inside Apple to build the original iPhone. One team's design was based on the iPod, and the other's was based on the Mac OS X. Those stories resurfaced with the tenth anniversary of the iPhone’s unveiling…
  • Why a 10.5″ iPad Would Make Sense

    Wed 4:05pm By Federico Viticci
    Dan Provost: Rumors have been swirling about Apple working on an iPad that falls inbetween the 9.7" and 12.9" sizes they currently offer in the Pro lineup. John Gruber and Jim Dalrymple briefly discussed this on the latest episode of The Talk Show, with Gruber…
  • Terminology: A Comprehensive Research Tool for Words

    Wed 2:50pm By John Voorhees
    I've been a fan of Terminology by Agile Tortoise since it debuted in 2010. There are a lot of dictionary apps on the App Store, but most are bloated messes that foist multimedia experiences and games on me when all I want is a definition or synonym.…
  • Astropad Studio Enters the Professional iPad App Market

    Wed 2:02pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Astropad originally launched on the iPad in February 2015 as a drawing tool that pairs with your Mac. It serves as a second screen, allowing you to interact with Mac apps using multitouch on the iPad. The standard Astropad app remains available for a one-time…
  • HealthView Review: Your Customized Health App

    Wed 12:00pm By Jake Underwood
    When it comes to health information on my iPhone and Apple Watch, I’m about as mildly interested as it comes – while I enjoy glancing at the metrics and measurements displayed on the Apple Watch, I usually stay away from the iPhone’s Health app. There…
  • App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation

    Wed 11:00am By Sal Soghoian
    Here’s a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Apple decided to combine their engineering resources to form app teams that delivered both iOS and macOS versions of applications. In such a scenario it may seem logical to retain application features common…
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Released on iOS

    Wed 8:36am By John Voorhees
    The long-anticipated iOS version of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is now available on the App Store roughly one year after it was rejected by Apple. Isaac is a rogue-like, dungeon crawler game that was originally released in 2014 by indie game studio Nicalis.…
  • Connected, Episode 124: A Bunch of Enterprising Italians

    Tue 8:16pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, the aging hosts of Connected remember their first reactions to the iPhone and talk about the value of independent blogging. If you ever wondered how I got my very first iPhone, this week's Connected has the answer. You can listen here. Sponsored by:…
  • Chris Lattner Is Leaving Apple

    Jan 10, 2017, 12:26 pm By John Voorhees
    Update: Chris Lattner has landed at Tesla Motors according to this Tesla blog post and the following tweet from the official Tesla account: Welcome Chris Lattner https://t.co/AaiG6rHhdF — Tesla (@TeslaMotors) January 10, 2017 Chris Lattner designed and built…
  • Apple Issues Statement Regarding Consumer Reports’ Battery Tests

    Jan 10, 2017, 12:06 pm By John Voorhees
    Shortly before the winter holidays, Consumer Reports announced that the new MacBook Pro had failed to earn its ‘recommended’ rating due to poor battery life caused by Safari. Apple disputed the testing done by Consumer Reports and worked with it over the…
  • Tony Fadell Reflects on the Development of the iPhone

    Jan 10, 2017, 7:13 am By John Voorhees
    Before an iPhone was lost in a bar in San Francisco, there was Tony Fadell's moment of panic: He'd just got off a plane, felt his pockets, and... nothing. "I was walking through every scenario thinking about what could happen," he told me. None of them ended…
  • More Details Revealed About Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke

    Jan 9, 2017, 3:22 pm By John Voorhees
    Although there isn’t a launch date yet, new details emerged about the first show slated to debut on Apple Music. Variety reports that Carpool Karaoke will air 16 half-hour episodes based on the James Corden bit from the ’Late Late Show.’ According to…
  • Steven Aquino on AirPods and Siri

    Jan 9, 2017, 3:07 pm By Federico Viticci
    Some interesting thoughts about the AirPods by Steven Aquino. In particular, he highlights a weak aspect of Siri that isn't usually mentioned in traditional reviews: The gist of my concern is Siri doesn't handle speech impediments very gracefully. (I've found…
  • Testing the Operating Range of AirPods and Beats Solo3

    Jan 9, 2017, 12:57 pm By Federico Viticci
    Steffen Reich ran some tests to determine range differences between AirPods, W1-equipped Beats headphones, and older Beats models: Much has been said about the virtues of the W1 chip Apple started baking into their latest wireless Beats line-up and of course…
  • “The Best 1.0 in Tech History”

    Jan 9, 2017, 12:23 pm By Federico Viticci
    Marco Arment: Not only was it truly mind-blowing at the time, but in retrospect, so much of modern computing was invented for that first iPhone phone and revealed to the world for the first time in that hour. Just watch the software demos: most modern UI…
  • Facebook and Google Dominate the List of 2016’s Top Apps

    Jan 9, 2017, 10:05 am By Federico Viticci
    Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: Mobile applications from Facebook and Google dominated the new list of the year’s top apps released today by Nielsen. Not surprisingly, Facebook again grabbed the number one spot on the list, with more than 146 million…
  • Phil Schiller on How the iPhone Changed Apple

    Jan 9, 2017, 9:43 am By Federico Viticci
    Steven Levy, writing for Backchannel, interviewed Apple's Phil Schiller for the tenth anniversary of the iPhone's introduction: “If it weren’t for iPod, I don’t know that there would ever be iPhone.” he says. “It introduced Apple to customers that…
  • Airmail 1.5 Brings Custom Actions, Workflow Integration

    Jan 9, 2017, 7:35 am By Federico Viticci
    Airmail, the most powerful email client for iOS and my 2016 App of the Year, has made integrations with third-party apps and services the central element of its experience, allowing users to deeply fine-tune their email workflows. With version 1.5, launching…