Say hello to Apple’s new iOS 11 emoji

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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...

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This is how to use the new iOS 11 Files app

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How to use the new QuickType keyboard in iOS 11

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iOS 11 adoption is off to a strong start

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How you can download iOS 11 right now

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Finally! After months of public beta testing, iOS 11 is officially available for download, and you'll want to try out it for all the sweet new features.

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. 

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iOS 11 review: Great on iPhone, extraordinary on iPad

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This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human

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The next Siri won’t put the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble.

That’s more or less the promise Apple made during last week’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote. Demonstrating onstage, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, asked Siri about the weather.  

“Here's the forecast for the next three days: Sunny, sunny, and sunny," replied Siri.

Each “sunny” sounded a shade different. Though Federighi declared it “very powerful,” the developer audience didn’t break into wild applause.

Maybe that’s a victory in itself. With the upcoming iOS 11, the now 6-year-old Siri will sound so natural that no one will notice, and by notice I mean those cringe-worthy moments when Siri (or really any voice assistant) attempts to pronounce a name, location, or offer a more natural reply and it sounds like they swallowed Continue reading "This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human"

What we learned from the iPad Pro 10.5 teardown

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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).

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Apple iPad Pro 10.5 is Apple’s best tablet

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What is the optimal size for an iPad? Is it 9.7 inches? 7.9? Maybe 12.9 is the right size?

No, the new sweet spot is 10.5 inches. 

That’s the new in-betweener size Apple come up with for its latest iPad Pro, which replaces the 9.7-inch model introduced a little over a year ago.

You can still buy a standard 9.7-inch iPad, but, after spending some time with this device, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Apple’s essentially reinvented its premiere tablet and instantly set the bar for tablet hardware.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro looks a lot like the 9.7-inch model. The aluminum chassis is, at 9.8 in. x 6.8 in., only slightly larger than the 9.7’s (9.44 in. x 6.6 Continue reading "Apple iPad Pro 10.5 is Apple’s best tablet"

Sound-bending mini piano is all you need to become a DJ god

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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.

The Seaboard Block's the latest addition to Roli's modular Blocks family.  Read more...

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The iPad is almost good enough for doing real work now. Almost.

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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...

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OMG the best thing Apple unveiled at WWDC is a $29 Apple Pencil case

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Apple has done it again. 

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. 

Coming in saddle brown, taupe, midnight blue, and black, the "beautifully crafted" leather case is sure to turn heads and win hearts.   Read more...

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WWDC 2017: iOS 11, HomePod, and everything else you need to know

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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.

WWDC welcomed developers and attendees from 75 countries around the world in it's biggest conference yet. Tim Cook and company had six major umbrella announcements to share.

If you couldn't watch the keynote live or keep up with the live blog, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed from day one at WWDC. Read more...

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The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the first iPad to support HDR video

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Seven years of iPad evolution have led to this moment.

After months of speculation, Apple blew all doubters away with a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC 2017.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro slots in between the 9.7 iPad (just iPad) and the newly updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which itself finally sees its first refresh since launching in 2015.

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...

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Apple announces iOS 11 and… we hope you like Siri

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The wait for iOS 11 is finally over.

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.

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"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...

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iOS 11 could finally give us the drag and drop function we’ve always wanted

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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...

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North Korea loves Apple so much, it’s produced an iPad of its own

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North Korea's got a new tablet on the market. And it's not shied away from calling it an iPad.

The "Ryonghung IPad" was featured in the latest edition of the country's Foreign Trade magazine.

In it, the product is claimed to have a quadcore 1.2 Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8GB hard disk, an HDMI cable connection and a keyboard, according to NK News. It's manufactured by Myohyang IT Company.

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"The iPad has been...highly appreciated at the third national sci-tech festival and the national intellectual property products show in 2016," the ad says.  Read more...

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Apple, please don’t kill the iPad mini

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The iPad mini might be on its deathbed. 

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...

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