Apple patents overlaying details on augmented reality glasses

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Apple has patented a method of overlaying details onto real-world environments, similar to what Google was trying to achieve with Glass.

The user would see details of points of interest, like the names of buildings on Fifth Avenue or the different parts of a car. In the patent, the user clicks the point to see more information, which could include details on the store or a video of what the car part does.

See Also: iPhone 8 may include 3D laser to support AR apps

Apple shows the real-world overlay on the iPhone and iPad for the majority of the patent, filed to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2013, but at the end shows how it could be added to augmented reality glasses.

The patent, according to Apple Insider, stems from Metaio, an AR startup that Apple purchased in 2013.

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Apple Builds A Larger Canvas For Tablet Appmakers With The iPad Pro

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How do you kickstart flagging iPad sales? If you’re Apple, with a new, supersized, 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, shown off on stage Wednesday at the company’s media event in San Francisco.  The Pro expands on the iPad template while borrowing features from rival platforms. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller was on hand to emphasize the advantages of the new slate in Apple’s lineup: lots more screen space for apps (and app developers) with 5.6 million pixels, a better media experience, and of course the ability to make the most of the new split-screen features in iOS 9. The new iPad Pro isn’t just about a bigger screen though: It has internal components that put it at a desktop level of performance, according to Schiller, including a new A9X processor (1.8x faster than the chip inside the iPad Air 2). Apple claims the iPad Pro is faster
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iOS 9 Beta’s Bigger Keyboard Points To Super-Sized Apple iPad Pro

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Yet more evidence that Apple will release a larger, productivity-oriented version of the iPad: According to a tweet posted Monday morning, Irish developer Steve Troughton Smith offered visual proof that users will be able to resize the iPad’s UIKeyboard (or on-screen keyboard) to a much larger degree than ever before. 
See also: Why The iPad Pro Is More Likely Than Ever
The images, taken from iOS 9’s early “beta” software, reveal keys to the left and right sides of the virtual QWERTY keyboard that don’t exist in the current iPad.  There wouldn’t be much reason for Apple to give iOS 9 users a bigger keyboard without a device that could take advantage of it—like the highly anticipated, work-focused “iPad Pro.” The
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Why The iPad Pro Is More Likely Than Ever

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By now, the notion of a work-optimized iPad Pro is a cliché, with rumors about Apple’s not-quite-a-laptop having circulated for years. But with Monday’s reveal of new features coming to iOS 9-powered Apple tablets, the long-awaited release of the iPad Pro finally seems more like inevitability than fantasy.  The company certainly wants to give its prized tablet a boost, considering the device’s slumping sales. Apparently, Apple sees productivity features as just the thing to reinvigorate it. 
See also: Here’s What’s New In iOS 9
At the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address on Monday, Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, showed off new additions to the iPad’s repertoire that seem specifically designed to help users get more done with the device. If that’s the mentality going into the product category, it may be paving the way for a work-friendly tablet to finally hit the market before
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Here’s What’s New In iOS 9

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, executive Craig Federighi offered up tons of announcements about changes heading to iPhones and iPads with iOS 9—namely, smarter voice features and updates designed to improve the experience of making apps and using them. 
See also: App Makers Now Have More Access To The Guts Of The Apple Watch
The new version of the company’s mobile software enters the developer preview phase Monday, followed by the public beta stage in July and the official roll-out this fall. Here’s what we can expect. 

Siri Smartens Up

According to Federighi, Siri is getting a lot more intelligent. The well-coiffed exec showed off a demo of Apple’s digital assistant understanding natural language, letting users speak in their own words to get meaningful responses. So if you’re reading an email and ask your device to “remind me about this when I get home,” Siri will know exactly what “this”
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The Force (Touch) May Be Strong With iOS 9

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Force Touch, one of Apple’s newest and most unique features, may end up in the next version of its iPhone and iPad, according to a recent report on 9to5Mac.  The feature, which can trigger actions based on the amount of force users apply in tapping a display or touchpad, first showed up in the Macbook and the Apple Watch, and it could become an important part of the upcoming Apple TV remote. We suspected that the iPhone might be next in line, and now the site’s unnamed sources claim that Apple will imbue iOS 9, the next major update to its mobile software, with Force Touch support. 
See also: How The New Apple MacBook Retired Steve Jobs’s Vision Of Computing
If true, the move, which would require Force Touch-capable displays going into the new Apple smartphone and tablet, could wind up being limited to the company’s homegrown
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What Jony Ive’s Fancy New Title As Chief Design Officer Means

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Apple’s move to bring its product designer extraordinaire, Jony Ive, into its “C suite” should surprise no one, given how large he looms over the company’s products. At the same time, the news of Ive’s new position as Chief Design Officer—which broke on Memorial Day—seems to have come out of left field. Three years ago, CEO Tim Cook gave Ive dominion over Apple’s mobile software interfaces and hardware design. The new responsibilities gave him control over the way the company’s devices looked and behaved, from the inside out. Now, according to The Telegraph, he will travel (possibly back to his native England), leaving his managerial and administrative responsibilities split between two Apple staffers. Reportedly, Ive’s new assignment will have him working with London’s Foster and Partners to design Apple’s Spaceship Campus 2 and weighing in on the growing Apple Retail Stores springing up worldwide.
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6 Kickstarter Projects That Want To Make Your Apple Watch Awesome

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The Apple Watch may be a little slow out of the gate thanks to extended backorders, but third-party accessory manufacturers are racing ahead with additional products intended to supplement or improve the smartwatch you might still be waiting for. The following six projects, some of which have already received funding after meeting their project goals, hope to improve Apple Watch user’s experience.

Premium One, An iPhone/Watch Dock

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289346553/premium-one-dock-and-charge-apple-watch-and-iphone/widget/video.html A convenient dock for charging your Apple Watch is good; a dock that also charges your iPhone and iPad would be even better. That’s why the Enblue team created the Premium One, which does just that. The Power One comes in three models. The most basic is a simple Apple Watch charging stand; the most complex will also charge an iPhone 5 or 6 series (including the 6 plus) in addition to an iPad of the mini/Air/Air 2
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At Apple, Macs Pull In More Revenue Than iPads

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The demise of the computer is still nowhere to be seen. In fact, at Apple’s latest earnings call Monday, the company revealed that it pulled in $58 billion in total revenue in its January-March quarter, $5.6 billion of which came from Mac products. Meanwhile, the iPad accounted for $5.43 billion. Then again, that’s no huge accomplishment, given the iPad’s decline for more than a year now. Year over year, iPad sales have stumbled quite a bit. The latest figures peg 12.6 million tablets shipped, down from 16.35 million iPads a year earlier. 
See also: Apple iPad Sales Continue To Tank, Though The iPhone Is Doing Great
The biggest winners in the revenue game, however, were the usual suspects: the iPhone, which brought in a whopping 69 percent of total revenue, and Apple’s services—including iTunes, the App Store, iCloud, and others—which accounted for just under $5
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When Should You Launch Your iOS App? Aim For The Weekend

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All developers want to see their mobile apps take off. But it’s what happens after all the hard work, testing and final prep—and when—that can make or break their chances of success. Especially when it comes to launching and promoting those apps. 
See also: iOS Apps Generated More Revenue Than Hollywood Movies Last Year
Timing is everything, according to app marketing and optimization firm Sensor Tower. Its new report on iOS apps, released Friday, suggests that weekends are the best time to plug those apps, in general. In most categories, that’s when people use them, make purchases and download new ones the most.  But not all apps and target audiences are the same, and results can vary from one type of app to another.

When We Buy, When We Download, And Why


Knowing when people are most likely to buy or download apps, and reaching them in
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The Surface 3: Microsoft’s Best Challenge To The iPad Yet

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On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the latest addition to its line of Surface tablet-PC hybrids: the Surface 3, set to ship on May 5. Starting at $499, it’s the most powerful Surface that doesn’t have “Pro” in its name. Best of all, it runs full Windows 8.1 rather than Windows RT, the underpowered operating system that ran on the original Surface and Surface 2. The Surface 3 will also be upgradeable to Windows 10 when Microsoft officially releases the new OS this summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPto6XpRq-U But before you get too excited, the Surface 3 isn’t so affordable because of Microsoft’s generosity. Even with Intel’s most powerful Atom x7 processor, the new Surface may not be quite the laptop replacement Microsoft might want you to believe.

How Surface 3 Stacks Up


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The Surface 3 shares a lot of design choices
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Apple Wants You To Help In The War On iOS Bugs

After last year’s incessantly buggy iOS releases, Apple appears ready to do anything to sniff out glitches before they hit users en masse—including letting them volunteer as guinea pigs to test pre-release iPhone software.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple will give users an early look at iOS 8.3 by releasing its very first public beta of the software in mid-March. That seems like a bit of a jump, since the current iOS release is version 8.1.3. Apparently Apple is sticking with its traditional test-and-release path for iOS 8.2, now in the hands of developers. The report also claims that Apple will follow up with a public beta release for iOS 9 in the summer.

See also: Apple: Sorry Our iOS 8 Update Borked Your iPhone; Here’s How To Fix It

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Apple Reportedly Wants To Make iOS 9 Bulletproof

After the kludgey mess of iOS 8’s buggy updates and the swarm of negative user sentiment they triggered, Apple has reportedly gone all out to make the next version of its mobile operating software rock solid.

According to sources cited by 9to5Mac, Apple engineers made bug fixes a “huge” priority in iOS 9. Instead of throwing all of their effort into new features, they concentrated on nixing the main issues that plagued the previous version—namely bugs, erratic performance and file sizes that choked software updates or forced users to delete data to make room.

See also: Apple Really Needs To Get It Together

None of those problems should plague iOS 9 (or, at least, so Apple hopes). Because there’s a lot at stake with this update—including its upcoming smartwatch and the fate of Apple’s last 4-inch phone.

You Can’t Build On A Shaky Foundation

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The iPhone May Be Booming, But The iPad Is Still Cratering

Lurking behind Apple’s dazzling October-December iPhone sales  (74.5 million units, up 46% against a year earlier) and financial results (a 30% jump in revenue to $75.6 billion, a 38% jump in net income to $18 billion) was some almost unremarked bad news. Namely, that the iPad is still tanking.

Apple sold just over 21 million iPads during the holiday quarter, a drop of 5 million units compared to the same quarter a year earlier. The once iconic tablet also posted its first full calendar year of decline; Apple sold just 63 million iPads in 2014, the lowest number since the tablet’s launch in 2011 and a 14.6% fall compared to 2013.

See also: How The iPad Stalled And Android Took Over The Tablet Market

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iOS 8.1.3 Shrinks Free Space Needed For iPhone Updates

Apple just removed one of the biggest irritations with its current iPhone software—the amount of free space on your handset required to install updates.

The latest release of its iOS mobile software, version 8.1.3, shrinks that storage requirement, which can vary depending on the specific iPhone or iPad model. Previous versions of iOS 8 forced many users—particularly those with 8GB or 16GB devices—to either delete apps, media or other data to make room, or connect their cables to perform a “tethered” iTunes sync. 

iOS 8.1.3 also promises to nix password issues for Messages and FaceTime, a Spotlight glitch that sometimes kept apps out of search results; and problems related to iPad multitasking gestures. The release notes also cover new configuration options for education standardized testing environments. 

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Top Gaming Hardware Of 2014

ReadWriteReflect offers a look back at major technology trends, products and companies of the past year.

Picking out the best gaming hardware is even harder than picking out the top games of a given year. It’s difficult to say what’s “the best” given that whichever console or platform is the best fit for someone depends a lot on what that person’s tastes are; the game libraries for different consoles can vary widely, some have different non-gaming capabilities, and even controllers can make a difference to some. That said, here’s an attempt to recognize the best gaming hardware of the past year. 

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo has had very successful titles for pretty much all its franchises on the 3DS, with strong entries for Pokemon, Zelda, Mario Kart, the first new Smash Brothers game since 2008, and Animal Crossing. In fact, the 3DS has had 10 different titles sell over 1

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L.A. School District iPad Program Ends Amid FBI Suspicions

L.A. school district officials have turned over twenty boxes of documents pertaining to its troubled iPad project in response to a federal grand jury’s subpoena, the LA Times reports.

What was intended to be a $1.3 billion project to equip every student in the district with an iPad running Pearson education software has been plagued with issues since the beginning. The Feds are investigating ties between then-superintendent John Deasy and Pearson and Apple executives at the time of the deal.

On top of that, the project suffered from technical difficulties, including students who deleted the security filter so they could play games and browse the Internet freely, and teachers who said they were ill-prepared regarding the devices. Already, some teachers in the district have willingly opted out of the program.

See also: Latest Bad Sign For Tablets: Chromebooks Outship iPads In Schools

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Latest Bad Sign For Tablets: Chromebooks Outship iPads In Schools

During its earnings call last April, Apple spotlighted an IDC statistic that the iPad nabbed over 95% of the education market. Half a year later, it’s apparently playing second fiddle to Google’s Chromebook.

According to IDC, more Chromebooks have just shipped to schools in the U.S. than iPads for the first time. 

See also: Why Apple’s iPad May Have Peaked

The research firm says that Google shipped 715,500 Chromebooks to U.S. schools in the third quarter, topping Apple’s 702,000 tablets. The reason: price. Google’s stripped-down Web-only laptop can be had for as little as $200. Meanwhile, last year’s iPad Air costs $380, even after the discounted education rate.

Keyboards Are Key

IDC analyst Rajani Singh also notes:

While the iPad’s touchscreen makes it a versatile device, the Chromebook’s integrated keyboard is also a factor in its appeal.

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Here Comes the iPhone Safari Browser, Starring … Bing?

iPhone and Mac users, brace yourself for change: Google’s tenure as the Safari default search engine for Apple’s phones, tablets and computers will expire next year, sources tell The Information. If true, the sudden opening could set off a mad scramble to lay claim to all of your Web searches.

The unnamed sources told The Information’s Amir Efrati that Yahoo and Microsoft have already started courting Apple’s Eddy Cue, its senior vice president of Internet products and services, as they vie for the much-coveted spot. 

It’s all too easy to believe it’s true. There’s no love lost between bitter rivals Google and Apple, with the latter taking (sometimes painful) steps to inch further away from the services of the Mountain View, Calif.–based tech giant over the years. 

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Microsoft Office Comes To iOS For Free

Microsoft Office fans who can’t put down their iPhones can take note: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available on iOS as of Thursday. Better yet, they’re all free.

Previously, there were two different versions of the Microsoft Office apps for iOS mobile devices. There was the poorly received Office Mobile for iPhone, and the well received Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. Thursday’s release takes the preferred iPad apps, updates them, and unifies the Microsoft Office experience for all devices running iOS 7 or higher, whether you have an Office 365 subscription or not.

See also: 5 Things To Know About Microsoft Office For iPad

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