Apple is holding its iPad and Mac event on October 30th

Those rumors of Apple holding a second fall event were true. The company has announced plans for a special event on October 30th, and not at Apple Park -- this time, it's at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. The teaser is cryptic apart from stating that "there's more in the making," but there are a few good ideas as to what to expect. While the stars of the show will likely be new iPad Pros that borrow the near bezel-free design of newer iPhones (the handwriting may be a clue), there are also rumors of a spiritual sequel to the MacBook Air, an overdue Mac mini update, new AirPods and more. One thing's for sure: we'll be there to give you the full scoop.

What to Do With Your Old Apple Devices

It’s that time again: time for your annual frantic search to find all of the original packaging for your older iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. That’s the best way to sell it for the highest possible sum, after all, before you plunk down a preorder for whatever Apple’s announcing this week.


Square finally has a Lightning card reader for newer iPhones

If you have a newer iPhone, it's been a pain to take payments from magstripe cards using a Square reader -- without a native headphone jack, you've had to plug in a dongle and hold it steady while you serve a customer. Isn't Square overdue for a more iPhone-friendly version? Thankfully, it's here. You now have the option of a magstripe reader with a Lightning connection instead of the usual 3.5mm plug. There's nothing new apart from the port compatibility, but the identical $10 price makes it an easy choice if you run an iPhone-centric shop.

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Apple teaches photo editing with over-the-phone classes

Many device makers give you the tools to capture and edit great photos, but they seldom teach you how to make the most of those tools. Apple thinks it can -- and unlike in the past, you don't need to show up in person to develop your skills. The company has launched an over-the-phone training program that teaches you how to edit with Photos (both iOS and macOS) in a 30-minute one-on-one session with a specialist. It'll both show how to use simple adjustments like Auto Enhance as well as deeper edits like color balance and exposure. If you have Live Photos or Portrait mode pictures from your mobile devices, you'll learn how to edit those as well.

Via: Cult of Mac, PetaPixel

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Apple will repair devices damaged by flooding in Japan for free

Earlier this month heavy rain caused devastating flooding throughout western and central Japan, resulting in more than 200 deaths and causing millions to evacuate. Now, Apple has announced that it will repair devices damaged in the floods for free. Any repairable iPhones, Macs, iPads, iPods, Apple Watches and Apple displays directly damaged by flooding will be fixed by the company for no charge. Accessories are not included as part of the offer. Apple expressed its sympathy to those affected by the floods and wished for speedy reconstruction.

Via: 9to5Mac

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Apple is fixing Maps using its own data

Apple Maps has come a long way since the fiasco when it first launched, but there's no question that there's room for improvement. It just isn't as robust as Google Maps, which has the luxury of both a years-long head start and complete control over the mapping process. And Apple knows it. In an interview with TechCrunch, the company's Eddy Cue has revealed plans to revamp Maps using its own data set rather than the current piecemeal approach, which has relied on info from the likes of OpenStreetMap and TomTom. The new technique promises not only greater mp accuracy and detail, but faster updates that take days rather than months.

Source: TechCrunch

Apple trains Chicago teachers to put coding in more classrooms

Apple isn't quite done announcing educational plans in Chicago. It just unveiled a partnership with Northwestern University and public schools to help teachers bring programming and other forms of computer science into Chicago-area classrooms. The trio will set up a learning hub at Lane Tech College Prep High School (conveniently, the venue for Apple's iPad event) that will introduce high school teachers to Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum. They'll also have the option to train in an App Development with Swift course to boost the number of high school-oriented computer science teachers.

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A cheaper iPad is Apple’s best chance at winning over U.S. classrooms


Apple's first major event of the year kicks off on Tuesday, March 27. And, as always, everyone will be sitting on the edge of their seats to hear what it announces.

But the event at Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School won't be your typical auditorium-packed keynote spectacle. The "field trip," as Apple's calling it, will focus instead on education — specifically on "creative new ideas for teachers and students." And when Apple talks education, you can bet the iPad will be front and center.

Everything leading up to Tuesday's event — the company's first education-focused event since 2012 — suggests it'll be somewhat low-key. There will likely be no livestream, and the classroom environment provides a more intimate setting for Apple to show just how much it cares about empowering the next Continue reading "A cheaper iPad is Apple’s best chance at winning over U.S. classrooms"

All the devices Apple might announce at its education event on March 27


On March 27, Apple's holding a special education-focused event at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.

As always for Apple, the invite is a bit cryptic. "Let's take a field trip," and "join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students," the invite reads. 

Beyond pushing kids to learn its Swift coding language and to program in general (an initiative CEO Tim Cook champions every chance he gets), what else could Apple have in store? Let's see if we can make a few educated guesses.

The location of the event, a high school, gives us a clue as to who Apple might be targeting for this event.  Read more...

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Apple will store China’s iCloud keys on local servers

Apple has already bent over backwards in a bid to keep doing business in China, but it'll have to bend a little further. As of the end of February, the company will host mainland Chinese users' iCloud keys on servers located within the country -- and they'll be jointly run by a state-backed company, Guizhou Cloud Big Data Industry. The company has no choice if it wants to keep offering iCloud to Chinese users, as the law now requires that any cloud services have domestic ownership and store their data within China's borders.

Source: Reuters

Apple’s Animojis may come to iPad and FaceTime this fall

Apple's biggest software updates are always scheduled for a single fall release and today Bloomberg reports on some new features that we can look forward to later this year. First up, third-party apps will be able to work across iPhones, iPads and Mac computers -- a feature we've heard talk of before and will involve both iOS 12 and macOS 10.14. Additionally, the iPhone X's Animojis will be getting an upgrade, with new characters and a better menu reportedly on the way as well as the ability to use them in FaceTime. And they won't be relegated to the iPhone X for much longer. Bloomberg says Apple is working on a new iPad that will have the Face ID camera, allowing iPad users to play with Animojis as well.

Via: Bloomberg

Apple’s not selling as many iPhones as it used to


iPhone sales aren't as hot as they used to be.

The company announced its Q1 2018 earnings on Thursday and — surprise, surprise! — it set another all-time quarterly revenue record, bolstered by iPhone sales.

Total revenue this past quarter increased to $88.3 billion from $78.4 billion, a 12.63 percent increase year-over-year. But while revenue increased, iPhone sales dropped.

Though the company doesn't break unit out individual unit sales by model, Apple says it sold 77.3 million iPhones — a decrease from the 78.2 million iPhones it sold in the same period in 2017. Read more...

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Why it makes no sense for Apple to bring iPad apps to Macs


In December, it was reported that Apple was looking into bridging the worlds of iOS and macOS even further with universal apps that could run on both platforms.

And now Axios says Apple's still on track to bring iPad apps to Macs this year. No mention of iPhone apps running on Mac. Just iPad apps. 

Yuck, no thanks.

Known internally as "Marzipan" according to Bloomberg's report last year, the project would allow developers to create a single version of an app that works with touchscreens (iOS) or mouse and keyboard (Mac).  Read more...

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