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  • Apple's new Freeform whiteboard app

    Dec 16, 2022, 8:41 am By Mike Flaminio
    This week, Apple launched its Freeform app for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Freeform is a collaborative whiteboard app announced earlier this year. It's an infinite canvas-like tool similar to Mural. Freehand, Figjam, and several other tools. The collaborative…
  • Report: Apple working on project for iOS apps outside of the App Store

    Dec 15, 2022, 8:54 am By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg via Ars TechnicaEmployees across Apple are working on changes to iOS that would open the iPhone to apps outside Apple's App Store, a report in Bloomberg claims. Citing people familiar with the efforts, the article claims that Apple is attempting to…
  • Apple announces improvements to iCloud data security

    Dec 8, 2022, 9:42 am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple announced improved features to secure data using its iCloud services. The most significant feature is the new Advanced Data Protection, which is an opt-in feature that expands end-to-end encryption. This means no one but the encryption key holder can…
  • Apple Music Sing coming later this month

    Dec 8, 2022, 9:18 am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple announced a new Apple Music feature called Sing. Apple Music Sing is a karaoke-style feature that automatically adjusts the vocal levels of songs for you to sing along. Apple says it will be available on tens of millions of songs and across iPhone, iPad,…
  • Apple moves to implement App Store fees for NFT transfers

    Dec 6, 2022, 8:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Coinbase recently announced the removal of the ability to transfer NFTs using the Coinbae Wallet app. Apple's position, apparently, is that it should collect 30-percent of the network gas fee used to move crypto assets from wallet to wallet. NFTs are purchased…
  • Report: Apple accelerating shift away from China production

    Dec 5, 2022, 7:07 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Unrest in China has reportedly put severe constraints on some products. Specifically the iPhone 13 and 14 Pro models. A mega factory in Zhengzhou, China, reportedly accounted for 85-percent of Apple Pro iPhone models. That factory has seen labor disruptions as…
  • Apple announces first podcast awards

    Wed 10:35am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple this week announced Apple Podcasts Award. The awards are new recognition for podcasts. Apple has recently been working to promote podcasts on its platforms as competitors like Spotify and Audible compete for podcast content. The premium history podcast…
  • App Store review insights from former head of Twitter content rules

    Wed 10:28am By Mike Flaminio
    Yoel Roth recently published an op-ed in the New York Times detailing his experiences with content moderation at Twitter. He stepped down this month. Roth's role was head of trust and safety. One bit noted challenges of complying with Apple's governance in app…
  • Apple Music retools Replay feature

    Nov 29, 2022, 10:17 am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple announced today a redesigned Replay feature for Apple Music. Replay showcases favorite music for the year as a playlist. The 2022 Replay list is still evolving for listeners through the end of December. At that point, a 2023 Replay starts fresh for the…
  • Oceanic+ diving app now available for Apple Watch Ultra

    Nov 28, 2022, 8:15 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Oceanic+ dive computer app is now available on the App Store. The app is for Apple Watch Ultra models and was promoted during the high-end watch launch for recreational scuba diving. Today, the Oceanic+ app comes to Apple Watch Ultra, turning Apple####s…
  • Report: Apple in the running for rights on upcoming FTX Michael Lewis book

    Nov 28, 2022, 8:14 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Deadline is reporting that Apple is near a deal for the rights to an upcoming Michael Lewis book that will chronicle the downfall of crypto firm FTX. Lewis has authored several best sellers that turned into big movies such as The Big Short, Moneyball, and…
  • Ryujinx Nintendo emulator returns to Mac

    Nov 28, 2022, 8:14 pm By Mike Flaminio
    A new version of Ryujinx brings support for Nintendo Switch emulation to M-series-based Macs and limited support to Intel-based Macs. The title left Macs when Apple dropped support for OpenGL, however, it has returned.Today, Ryujinx claims ANOTHER…
  • 1Password demos upcoming passkey support

    Nov 21, 2022, 8:08 pm By Mike Flaminio
    1Password is planning to implement passkey support. Support is expected in early 2023 for the desktop app and mobile apps to follow. Passkey is a crypto key solution to authenticate without conventional passwords. The system works by holding a private key on a…
  • Apple rolls out iPhone 14 emergency satellite messaging service

    Nov 15, 2022, 7:55 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple today activated its groundbreaking satellite service for all iPhone 14 models. The service brings widespread emergency satellite messages to a smartphone. The service is going live for U.S. and Canada, with more countries to follow.…
  • Report: Apple delays plans for own iPhone modem

    Nov 4, 2022, 9:43 am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple has been working towards developing in-house modem technology for iPhones. According to a Bloomberg report, Qualcomm says it expects to maintain supplying the "vast majority" of chips in 2023. Previously, Qualcomm expected to see modem component sales…
  • Apple launches Security Research site, blog

    Oct 28, 2022, 9:04 am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple has launched a new Apple Security Research site aimed at security researchers and developers. The site offers in-depth technical posts in a blog area, details of the company's improved bug bounty program, and a new research device program. Additionally,…
  • Report: Apple planning 16-inch iPad

    Oct 28, 2022, 8:54 am By Mike Flaminio
    A new report suggests Apple is working on even larger iPads. The current iPad Pro tops out at a 12.9-inch display. The new device could measure up to 16-inches. This would give the iPad a display option as large as the largest MacBook Pro.…
  • Apple appears to confirm USB-C is coming to Phones

    Oct 28, 2022, 8:48 am By Mike Flaminio
    European regulations will require all new mobile phones and tablets to have USB-C connectors within two years. Unless the iPhone goes portless, it seems foregone that future iPhones will switch from Apple's Lightening connector to USB-Cas it seems unlikely…
  • Apple this week released macOS Ventura for Mac-based products

    Oct 25, 2022, 10:50 pm By Mike Flaminio
    macOS Ventura takes the Mac experience to a whole new level with groundbreaking capabilities that help users achieve more than ever. New features like Continuity Camera enable users to seamlessly work across their Apple devices, and productivity tools…
  • iPadOS 16 now available

    Oct 25, 2022, 10:50 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple also released the previously announced iPadOS 16 for iPad devices. iPadOS 16 follows the release of iOS 16 last month. It contains most of the iOS 16 features and has been launched as iPadOS 16.1 to bring parity to just released iOS 16.1. PadOS 16 takes…
  • Apple subscription services see price increase

    Oct 25, 2022, 10:50 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple has increased the prices of Apple Music and Apple TV+ in addition to bundled packages. The change begins this week and marks the first time Apple has increased the prices of services since launching. Apple says the increases are due to increased…
  • Updated Apple TV 4K adds A15 Bionic, lower price

    Oct 18, 2022, 2:27 pm By Mike Flaminio
    pple today announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K -- more powerful, entertaining, and affordable than ever, and offering impressive cinematic quality. Driven by the A15 Bionic chip that delivers faster performance and more fluid gameplay, the new Apple…
  • iPad Pro upgraded to include M2 chip

    Oct 18, 2022, 2:17 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple today announced the new iPad Pro with the M2 chip, delivering the ultimate combination of portability, versatility, and unbelievable performance. The new iPad Pro features a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience and superfast wireless connectivity,…
  • iPad updated with A14 processor, video conferencing in mind

    Oct 18, 2022, 2:10 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple today announced a refresh of its base iPad. Apple today introduced the new iPad with an all-screen design featuring a large 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display. The new iPad is powered by the A14 Bionic chip, which delivers even faster performance with…
  • Apple Music for Artists provides new personalization features

    Oct 7, 2022, 12:38 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple has introduced new capabilities for artists to promote their work in Apple Music. New features allow new customization options within the artist profile controls. The new features offer new presentation options and metrics.We####ve amped things up on…