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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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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Apple could let you run iPad apps on your Mac

Apple is working hard on the next major versions of its operating systems — macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. While iOS is the big elephant in the room, the most intriguing new feature could be for macOS. According to reports from Bloomberg and Axios, Apple will let you run iPad apps. Yesterday, Axios first reported […]

Apple could let you run iPad apps on your Mac

 Apple is working hard on the next major versions of its operating systems — macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. While iOS is the big elephant in the room, the most intriguing new feature could be for macOS. According to reports from Bloomberg and Axios, Apple will let you run iPad apps. Yesterday, Axios first reported that Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig… Read More

Apple’s latest iOS update brings Siri news briefs and HomePod support

Siri's news reading feature is no longer limited to the beta testing crowd. Apple has officially released iOS 11.2.5, and the centerpiece is the ability to ask Siri for the latest happenings. If you're in the US, UK or Australia, you can get a briefing from a slew of local sources, such as NPR and the Washington Post in the states or the BBC and Sky News in the UK. And it doesn't have to be general news, either -- you can ask for business, music or sports news as well.

iPhone, Mac and iPad sales all increased this quarter

One day before Apple's most important product launch in years, the company has released its quarterly earnings info. As usual, Apple's fiscal Q4 doesn't contain a full three months of iPhone sales, so it's hard to tell how the launch of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus affected the company, let alone the iPhone X. But, the company did manage to sell 46.7 million iPhones in the last three months, good for a slight 2.6 percent growth compared to a year ago.

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Apple extends iTunes movie rentals to 48 hours

It used to be that when you rented a movie from Apple's iTunes service, you'd have 24 hours to finish watching it. You could start streaming the rental within 30 days of purchase, of course. Just a couple of weeks after Apple made 4K an affordable option, the company has doubled the rental time to 48 hours. This is perfect for those of us with young kids who want to watch a movie over (and over and over) or busy schedules that don't let us get to our movies right away. The timer starts even if you're watching the film offline, too.

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Apple iPad sales grow year-over-year for the first time since 2013

This time of year isn't usually great for Apple's hardware sales, but the company's newly released Q3 earnings has at least one pleasant surprise. In addition to raking in $45.4 billion in revenue over the past three months, Apple also said it sold 41 million iPhones and 11.4 million iPads. That works out to growth of a tepid 1.5 percent for iPhones over last year, but the iPads? We're looking at a jump of nearly 15 percent since last August. This also marks the first time iPad sales have grown year-over-year in Q3 since the dark days fo 2013.

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"

Apple reportedly buys an AI-based face recognition startup

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/4000x2667+0+0/resize/1600x1067!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/70ab91cd6feaac012a138e0001eb086d/203355854/489962702.jpg" />Those rumors of Apple exploring <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/21/apple-reportedly-reinventing-iphone-fingerprint-reader/">facial recognition for sign-ins</a> might just have some merit. <em>Calcalist</em> <a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=iw&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.calcalist.co.il%2Finternet%2Farticles%2F0%2C7340%2CL-3708019%2C00.html&amp;edit-text=">reports</a> that Apple has acquired RealFace, an Israeli startup that developed deep learning-based face authentication technology. The terms of the deal aren't public, but it's estimated at "several million dollars." Cupertino would mainly be interested in the promise of the technology than pure resources, in other words.
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Apple’s ‘polarizing’ new products are paying off

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/67f8e3c7e304ba767657accd3a081bb3/204890280/2017sizes-iphone7-29-1-edJT.jpg" />Throughout much of 2016, it seemed like <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/29/2016-apple-fans-lose/">lots of Apple fans were unhappy</a>. The year brought few updates to the Mac (and the one big change was <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/14/macbook-pro-review-2016/">quite polarizing</a>), a barely redesigned iPhone with no headphone jack, AirPods that shipped two months late and a new Apple Watch that was <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/23/apple-watch-series-2-review/">a modest improvement</a> to a product still seen as nonessential.
But it's time to accept that the complainers on the internet (including those of us in the media) might not have our fingers on the pulse of Apple fandom. Case in point: Apple just reported a massively successful quarter. According to CEO Tim Cook, both iPhone and Apple Watch sales hit records for both unit sales and revenue. In the case of the iPhone, that reversed three consecutive quarters of declining sales. The iPhone turnaround had to be a huge relief for Apple: The product is the company's biggest Continue reading "Apple’s ‘polarizing’ new products are paying off"