Samsung’s $1,000 Galaxy Note 9 makes Apple’s $1,000 iPhone X seem like a bargain

When it comes to rumors, Samsung might have Apple beat. There have been so many leaks about the Galaxy Note 9 over the past few months—some directly from Samsung itself—that when the phone finally landed yesterday, no more surprises remained.

Except the price, that is. Just like the iPhone X, Samsung’s newest phone starts at $1,000 (technically a penny below, but who’s counting), and suddenly we have a race to the top. And it’s one that Samsung is winning hands-down: The top-of-the-line Note 9 costs $1,250, $100 more than the most expensive iPhone X you can buy.

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iOS Screen Time vs. Android Digital Wellbeing: Which phone addiction fighter is best for you?

Regardless of whether you use an iPhone or an Android phone, you’re about to learn a whole lot more about how often you use apps. Both Apple and Google have baked into the latest versions of their mobile operating systems new tools that aim to help people get a handle on how much time they spend with their phone. Beyond that, these tools let parents set limits on how much screen time their kids can have each day. Both are in beta form and arriving later in the fall, but we’re had a chance to try them out. Here’s how they compare.

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The iPad Pro needs more than smaller bezels to take on the Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go

Apple gets its ultimate revenge on Michael Dell with the world’s first trillion-dollar market cap

Update 11:49 a.m.: Now it's official!

Update 11:35 a.m.: Apple's stock app jumped the gun a bit based on inaccurate data from Yahoo. But man is it close.

If the best revenge is living well, then Tim Cook is sticking it to everyone. Apple’s stock passed another significant milestone today, becoming the first company in history to top a market capitalization of a trillion dollars, albeit briefly. That’s a one with 12 zeros.

Of course, it wasn’t always this rosy. On September 29, 2000, Apple’s stock dropped more than 50 percent, from $26 to $13, effectively cutting its market capitalization in half, to around 5 billion, and it didn’t look good for the Mac maker. At the time it was hard to see Apple recovering, but since that fateful day the stock has since split twice and soared to unimaginable levels.

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Apple oh-so-close to getting its ultimate revenge on Michael Dell with a trillion-dollar market cap

Update 11:35 a.m.: Apple's stock app jumped the gun a bit based on inaccurate data from Yahoo. But man is it close.

If the best revenge is living well, then Tim Cook is sticking it to everyone. Apple’s stock seemingly passed another significant milestone today, becoming the first company in history to top a market capitalization of a trillion dollars. That’s a one with 12 zeros.

But as quickly as Apple started celebrating, the record was rescinded. While Apple's stock app (seen below) documented the landmark number, analysts were quick to report that Apple is actually worth a shade under a trillion dollars. You see, Apple pulls its data from Yahoo and Yahoo numbers aren't exactly accurate. But it's just a few cents away.

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How subscriptions, Siri, and Shortcuts in iOS 12 will forever change Apple’s App Store

When iOS 12 hits iPhones this fall, it will instantly be familiar to the millions of users that rush to install it. Apple may be ushering in a new version of its mobile operating system with a whole set of new features, but the focus will still be where it's always been: on individual apps.

As it stands, iOS—like macOS, Android, and pretty much every operating system out there—is basically a means to our apps. Whether you’re making a call, sending a message, or watching a movie, you’re using an individual app to do it. Even if you look at iOS 12’s main features—Memoji, Group FaceTime, AR measuring—they all require opening an app first.

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How subscriptions, Shortcuts, and Siri in iOS 12 will change our apps forever

When iOS 12 hits iPhones this fall, it will instantly be familiar to the millions of users that rush to install it. But even as Apple ushers in a new version of its mobile operating system, the focus will still end up on individual apps.

As it stands, iOS—like macOS, Android, and pretty much every operating system out there—is basically a means to our apps. Whether you’re making a call, sending a message, or watching a movie, you’re using an individual app to do it. Even if you look at iOS 12’s main features—Memoji, Group FaceTime, AR measuring—they all require opening an app first.

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Apple posts another monster quarter on back of booming Apple Watch, AirPods sales

Another quarter, another record for Apple. For the three-month period ending June 30, Apple posted its best third-quarter numbers ever, with revenue of $53.3 billion, a 17 percent year-over-year growth. Earnings per share came in at a whopping $2.34, up 40 percent from last year and blowing away analyst estimates of $2.19.

Now for the important numbers. In Q3 2018, which saw no significant product releases, Apple sold 41 million iPhones (about the same as last year), 11.6 million iPads (slightly more than last year), and just 3.7 million Macs (representing a 13 percent year-over-year decline). However, the new MacBook didn’t release until after the quarter ended, so Apple will likely make up that shortfall next quarter.

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iPad Pro rumor watch: Apple isn’t crazy enough to change the location of the Smart Connector, is it?

OK, so either Jony Ive has lost his mind or the Apple rumor mill will basically publish anything these days. Over the weekend, Japan-based Apple blog Macotakara published an iPad Pro rumor based on its usual supply chain sources that corroborated a few things we already expect in the new models:

  1. The home button will disappear.
  2. The bezels will shrink.
  3. It will gain a TrueDepth camera for Face ID.
  4. The headphone jack will be removed.

OK, all good so far. While the last bit is a new rumor as far as I know, it's hardly surprising, given that Apple all but declared a courageous war on headphone jacks with the iPhone 7. The shrinking bezels, home button-less frame, and TrueDepth camera all corroborate rumors we've heard before, and I fully expect the new iPads to adopt a similar design as the iPhone X, albeit with larger bezels and no Continue reading "iPad Pro rumor watch: Apple isn’t crazy enough to change the location of the Smart Connector, is it?"

iPad Pro rumor watch: Apple isn’t crazy enough to change the location of the Smart Connector

OK, so either Jony Ive has lost his mind or the Apple rumor mill will basically publish anything these days. Over the weekend, Japan-based Apple blog Macotakara published an iPad Pro rumor based on its usual supply chain sources that corroborated a few things we already expect in the new models:

  1. The home button will disappear.
  2. The bezels will shrink.
  3. It will gain a TrueDepth camera for Face ID.
  4. The headphone jack will be removed.

OK, all good so far. While the last bit is a new rumor as far as I know, it's hardly surprising, given that Apple all but declared a courageous war on headphone jacks with the iPhone 7. The shrinking bezels, home button-less frame, and TrueDepth camera all corroborate rumors we've heard before, and I fully expect the new iPads to adopt a similar design as the iPhone X, albeit with larger bezels and no Continue reading "iPad Pro rumor watch: Apple isn’t crazy enough to change the location of the Smart Connector"

The MacBook Pro’s throttling issues are fixed, but Apple hasn’t solved its biggest problem

I have a prediction. At some point over the next month or so, Apple will issue an update to macOS High Sierra specifically designed to address an issue caused by the macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update. Granted, it might not be as highly publicized as the thermal throttling bug, but I’m betting there will be something Apple needs to correct that rises above the usual universal big fixes and performance tweaks.

I hope I’m wrong. But until Apple builds up a cushion of reliability, there’s no reason to think its new product launches, updates, and even patches won’t be riddled with bugs and issues, some so big that they make headlines. Just take a look at the last few releases, all within the past 12 months:

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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo isn’t even official yet, but it’ll probably ship before AirPower

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is due to land in a few weeks, and for the most part, it won’t make much noise among iPhone fans. Pegged to have a very similar design, screen, and camera as last year’s model, the battle between the Note 9 and the new iPhones will likely be even more one-sided than usual, as Apple is primed to release three new models with iPhone X-style designs, including one with a bigger screen than the Note, a first for an iPhone.

But while Samsung’s phablet might not matter to iPhone users, the accessories probably will. For one, the Note will reportedly have a new S Pen stylus, which could raise some Pencil envy. And Samsung will also be selling a brand new charger, the Wireless Charger Duo. Tipped by German site LetsGoDigital, the accessory is basically an extended version of Samsung’s existing wireless charger, with Continue reading "Samsung Wireless Charger Duo isn’t even official yet, but it’ll probably ship before AirPower"

Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here.

Looking for more Amazon Prime Day bargains? Check out our full list of deals.

Fitbit Alta HR

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications and call alerts. It retails for $150, but Amazon is selling it today in black, blue, coral, or fuchsia for just $90. We’ve previously seen it as low as $99, so this Continue reading "Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches"

The 10 best free Apple Watch apps of 2018

The Apple Watch may be Apple’s most personal device, but to truly make it yours you’ll need to start adding some of your favorite apps. But don’t worry if you’ve spent the last of your wearable budget on the watch itself—there are plenty of great apps to be had for free. So put away the credit card and check out our 10 favorite free Apple Watch apps.

Chirp

chirp apple watch Chirp

Ever since Twitter pulled its app from the Apple Watch, there’s been a missing link between our timelines and our wrists. Chirp restores the connection. A simple interface lets you browse your timeline, scan your mentions, and catch up on the latest trends, and with a quick tap you can like or retweet anything you see. Heavy Twitter users can donate a couple bucks to unlock the pro version, which adds direct posting, DMs, and lists, but if you’re just looking Continue reading "The 10 best free Apple Watch apps of 2018"

The new MacBook Pros only make me long for an Apple custom processor even more

Apple unveiled new MacBook Pros on Thursday and they bring much of the enhancements we expected they would: Powerful new eighth-gen Intel processors, new DDR4 RAM with double the maximum capacity, and—hallelujah—a quieter keyboard.

It also has a bigger battery, but before you get too excited, there aren’t any actual real-world gains from it. The new MacBook Pros are rated for the same “up to 10 hours wireless web and iTunes movie playback,” but good luck getting anywhere near that with actual work. Anyone who is using their Mac primarily for “wireless web” surfing probably shouldn’t be wasting their money on a $2,000 MacBook Pro.

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Apple’s pitiful Beats Back to School promotion is slightly less pitiful this year

If you’re a college student who’s thinking of getting one of the new MacBooks for the fall semester, the Apple Store probably isn’t the best place to buy it. And as has been the case for the past several years, Apple’s 2018 Back to School promotion isn’t going to be much help, though it is slightly better than last year’s offer.

Students buying the new MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac or iMac Pro, or Mac Pro will get to choose from a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless ($300), Powerbeats 3 Wireless ($200), or Beats X ($150) headphones. Of note, the offer includes the new Apple Store-exclusive Pop Collection colors.

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