Finally, iOS 11 is here in all its glory, and in case the software's new features weren't exciting enough, Apple is also releasing hundreds of new emoji.
On Friday the company announced a trove of highly-anticipated emoji will be coming to iPhones and iPads, including more beloved food items, animals, smiley faces, and mythical creatures. Apple also announced it's introducing gender-neutral characters in this update.
The new roster of emoji includes a giraffe and delicious looking pie, in addition to some clothing accessories and a smiley for when you're just dying to swear. Here are just a few of the fun new emoji Apple revealed: Read more...
The easiest way to update to iOS 11 is to jump into Settings > General > Software Update. As with previous updates, this one is too big to be downloaded over your cellular network, so make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi.
You can also connect your device to your computer and update automatically through iTunes.
You can now buy Apple's new iPad Pro 10.5, which is exactly what the gadget experts at iFixit did so they could tear the sucker down. The damage was done to give us a clue as to what sets it apart from its closest ancestor, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The physical changes start on the outside. Besides just being bigger, the new Pro puts its microphone hole in a new spot. The 9.7-inch Pro had it situated next to the rear-facing camera while the 10.5-inch Pro plopped it down next to the selfie camera. This move might be to favor FaceTime (whose camera got an upgrade with the new model).
In La La Land, too-cool-for-cover-bands and struggling jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) plays on the Roli Seaboard Grand, a $3,000 futuristic keyboard that warps sound based on presses, bends and slides, after joining Keith's (John Legend) band, The Messengers.
It's a sick keyboard for professionals, but at $3,000 it's far too pricey. That's why Roli's introducing the Seaboard Block, a half-sized version of the electronic instrument that's way more affordable at $300.
Remember when Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, back in 2010?
He said the iPad is not only a new device — it’s a new category of devices, right in the middle between the smartphone and the laptop. And to live up to that promise, it had to be better at certain tasks than either the laptop or the smartphone. Jobs then listed these tasks: browsing the web; reading emails; enjoying photos, videos, and music; playing games; and reading ebooks.
In a word, Jobs defined the iPad as a device for consuming content, with some light productivity on the side.
“Otherwise, it has no reason for being,” Jobs said during his keynote. Read more...
The Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad all forever changed the personal-computing landscape, but the visionaries over at 1 Infinite Loop are not about to start coasting on their space-gray laurels. At the June 5 WWDC in San Jose, Apple once again elicited a collective gasp of amazement from the world when it unveiled its latest groundbreaking advancement: a $29 case for the Apple Pencil.
June means one thing in the tech world: Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is here. Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the WWDC 2017 keynote speech earlier today in San Jose, California. From the highly anticipated Siri speaker to the new iOS, Cook gave Apple superfans a lot to look forward to in the months to come.
The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro's got a 20% larger screen, but its dimensions aren't significantly bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad thanks to 40% slimmer bezels. The display's not quite edge-to-edge as rumored for the iPhone 8, but it's still nice to see the bezels get shrunken down. It weighs only 1 pound. Read more...
Apple just introduced the next version of iOS during the opening keynote at WWDC in San Jose. The update, which won't be available until later this year, brings a much more powerful Siri, updated Messages app, revamped Apple Pay with person-to-person payments, and redesigned App Store.
Building on last year's Siri update, which added support for third-party apps, Apple's digital assistant will work with a much wider selection of apps starting with iOS 11.
"Siri understands context, your interests, and how you use your device,” said Craig Federighi. "What Siri learns about you on device is kept synced across all of your devices and kept completely private, readable on all of your devices." Read more...
If a recent leak is to be believed, Apple's upcoming iOS 11 could finally bring a long-awaited feature to the iPhone that'll make working on mobile even easier.
Typically, working on iOS means you're stuck cycling between various apps. Sure, if you're using an iPad, the Split View feature gives you the opportunity to work with two apps open in tandem ... but the process of migrating any of the info you're working with from one app to the other, most likely by copy and pasting from one app to another, is awkward at best.
Those days of frustratingly clunky multitasking could be over with the next version of Apple's iOS. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith spotted a potential fix in an iOS 10 beta: a new drag and drop functionality, which would presumably streamline the process of transferring data between apps. Read more...
The 7.9-inch tablet, a recent report says, is cannibalized by the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is big enough for those late-night reading binges, and more powerful in some regards.
On the other hand, it appears that Apple is positioning the tablet as a larger device, one that competes with your laptop. According to rumors, the next tablet Apple launches will be bigger, not smaller than the iPad, and the iPad mini will likely go into oblivion.
But ask many iPad mini aficionados, and they will tell you that the mini is the best iPad. I'm one of them, and I'd rather stock up on iPad mini 4s right now than get a bigger, newer variant, regardless of the price. Read more...