What to expect at WWDC 2018

It's officially June now, which means it's time for us to pack our bags, get on a plane to California and take in the second major developer conference of the season: Apple's WWDC. We'll be on the ground at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center next week scrounging up insights from as many presentations and developer sessions as we can crash. But as always, the show's focal point is the Monday keynote where Apple lays out its future in software. Be sure to keep your browser locked on our liveblog when the keynote begins on Monday, June 4 at 10AM PT/1PM ET — until then, read on for a primer on all the things we expect see once the keynote unfolds.

Mobile gaming is having a moment, and Apple has the reins

It’s moved beyond tradition and into the realm of meme that Apple manages to dominate the news cycle around major industry events, all while not actually participating in said events. CES rolls around and every story is about HomeKit or its competitors; another tech giant has a conference and the news is that Apple updated some random subsystem of its ever-larger ecosystem of devices and software .

This is, undoubtedly, planned by Apple in many instances. And why not? Why shouldn’t it own the cycle when it can — it’s only strategically sound.

This week, the 2018 Game Developers Conference is going on and there’s a bunch of news coverage about various aspects of the show. There are all of the pre-written embargo bits about big titles and high-profile indies, there are the trend pieces and, of course, there’s the traditional ennui-laden “who is this event even for” post that accompanies

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Google’s Pixelbook is my new favorite travel buddy

The Google Pixelbook is a bit of an odd duck among notebooks, or among tablets – or even among notebook/tablet hybrids. It’s a Chromebook, which by now is an established category, though one with very specific appeal; and it runs Android apps, which makes it feel very much like an iPad competitor. It’s a great […]

Google’s Pixelbook is my new favorite travel buddy

 The Google Pixelbook is a bit of an odd duck among notebooks, or among tablets – or even among notebook/tablet hybrids. It’s a Chromebook, which by now is an established category, though one with very specific appeal; and it runs Android apps, which makes it feel very much like an iPad competitor. It’s a great device in terms of hardware build and general performance, but… Read More

Apple releases kernel source code tuned for mobile chips

Ever since the first version of OS X, Apple has regularly released the kernel source code for Macs. In theory, you could learn from it or even build your own projects from it. For iOS, though? Not so simple. Even if you had source code, it wouldn't matter much unless it was optimized for the ARM-based chips that you see in most phones and mobile tablets. However, Apple is shaking things up a bit. The company has quietly posted ARM-friendly source code for the XNU kernels used in iOS and macOS. That's particularly relevant if you're interested in iOS, since you now have code that would theoretically run on an iPhone or iPad. However, it's not quite the breakthrough move it seems at first blush.

Via: Reddit

Source: GitHub, Apple Open Source

iOS 11 preview: Full of promise, especially on bigger screens

As always, Apple spent a considerable chunk of WWDC earlier this month hyping up iOS 11 and all of the new features it brings. Now it's your turn to take them for a spin. The first public release of the iOS 11 beta goes live today for people participating in Apple's testing program, and we've been playing with it for a few days to get a better sense of what it has to offer. Long story short, it's already shaping up to be a very valuable, very comprehensive release.

In order to find out for yourself, you'll need the right hardware: an iPhone 5s or newer, an iPad mini 2 or newer or a sixth-generation iPod touch. Before you replace your iVessel's perfectly functional software with something that's still months away from being ready, keep reading for a primer on what to expect.

Lightroom Mobile gains RAW HDR capture on iOS and Android

 Good news, pocket photographers: Your mobile device just became a much more powerful camera thanks to a new update to Lightroom Mobile. The app for iOS and Android now supports RAW HDR capture on newer devices, including the iPhone 6s and above, as well as the iPad Pro 9.7-inch; on Android, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Google Pixel users can join in the fun. Why would you want this if your phone… Read More

ExplainEverything, the digital whiteboard, raises $3.7 million to bring learning to the iPad

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-10-11-09-am Should you be interested in the lifecycle of the bee or the magic of clip art and equations then ExplainEverything would like a world. This Wroclaw, Poland-based company offers a sort of iPad-powered whiteboard that lets you collaboratively display drawings and text, equations, and even stamp out fun (and educational) clip art presentations. The company recently raised $3.7 million from Credo,… Read More

iOS 10 is now available: Here’s how to download and install it

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iOS 10 is officially out of public beta and now available for download and you're going to want it, specifically for all the awesome new messaging features. The easiest way to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 10 is to go to Settings > General > Software Update and download it over-the-air (OTA).  If you go this route, you will need to connect to a Wi-Fi network as the update is too large to download over a cellular connection (even if you do have enough data). Alternatively, you can also connect your supported iOS device to your PC or Mac and update through iTunes. iOS 10 is compatible with the following devices: Read more... More about Mobile Os, Software, Ipod Touch, Ipad, and Iphone

Apple pulls latest iOS update from iPads after bricking reports

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Following complaints that the iOS 9.3.2 update has bricked newer iPads, Apple pulled the latest update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. "We're working on a fix for an issue impacting a small number of iPad units that are receiving an error when trying to update the software," Apple said in a statement to Mashable Friday. "We'll issue an update as quickly as possible." While the company did not specify which iPads were affected by the update, multiple outlets have reported that the update is hamstringing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and not the 12.9-inch version or other Apple devices.  Read more...

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Moog’s new app brings the iconic Model 15 synth to your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/a5a7228838da7f582e34d894286c4fb5/203771779/moog-ed.jpg" />Moog may be <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">known for</a> its <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/01/moog-mother-32-synthesizer/">analog synthesizers</a>, but the company has also crammed those sounds <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/21/animoog-2-0-accelerometer-modulation/">inside iOS apps</a> for making noise on the go. With its latest app for the iPhone and iPad, the company created a digital version of its iconic <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">Model 15 instrument</a>. In fact, Moog says the new app is the first modular synth and learning tool created for Apple's mobile devices. Thanks to <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/07/how-much-does-metal-matter-to-ios-developers-a-ton-apparently/">Apple's Metal technology</a>, you can pan and zoom around the app to situate those patch cables and tweak nobs in a way that feels natural. Without Metal, the company says this level of detail and smooth movement wouldn't have been possible.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="http://www.moogmusic.com/products/apps/model-15-app" >Moog Music</a><!--//-->

Moog’s new app brings the iconic Model 15 synth to your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/a5a7228838da7f582e34d894286c4fb5/203771779/moog-ed.jpg" />Moog may be <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">known for</a> its <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/01/moog-mother-32-synthesizer/">analog synthesizers</a>, but the company has also crammed those sounds <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/21/animoog-2-0-accelerometer-modulation/">inside iOS apps</a> for making noise on the go. With its latest app for the iPhone and iPad, the company created a digital version of its iconic <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">Model 15 instrument</a>. In fact, Moog says the new app is the first modular synth and learning tool created for Apple's mobile devices. Thanks to <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/07/how-much-does-metal-matter-to-ios-developers-a-ton-apparently/">Apple's Metal technology</a>, you can pan and zoom around the app to situate those patch cables and tweak nobs in a way that feels natural. Without Metal, the company says this level of detail and smooth movement wouldn't have been possible.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="http://www.moogmusic.com/products/apps/model-15-app" >Moog Music</a><!--//-->

Firefox finally comes to iOS

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While Mozilla wants Firefox to be all things to all people, the browser has been noticeably missing from Apple's App Store. The software company put that down to the iPhone maker's software policy, namely that it'd have to use iOS' default browser engine instead of its own. Mozilla slowly came around to the idea and announced it would bring Firefox to iOS at the end of last year and now, after performing some localized testing in New Zealand, the browser is now finally available to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. Via: Steve Troughton-Smith (Twitter) Source: Mozilla Firefox (App Store)

Adobe’s Photoshop iOS apps are ready for use on the iPad Pro

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If you're a designer or photographer, you're likely champing at the bit to get your hands on an iPad Pro for creative work. To prep for the larger slate's arrival, Adobe updated both Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix to take advantage of the tablet's tools. The duo of apps play nice with iOS 9's split-screen multi-tasking, wrangle larger image sizes (Adobe didn't specify how large, though) and offer "basic" support for that newfangled Pencil. Of course, you'll be able to make use of that split-screen feature on other iPads as well. New versions of both apps are available over at iTunes via the source links down below. Via: Apple Insider Source: iTunes (1), (2)

Chrome for iPad now supports iOS 9’s multitasking features

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With iOS 9, Apple introduced a handful of new multitasking features for the iPad, like the ability to run two apps side by side. Now Google's Chrome browser is ready to take advantage of these, thanks to an refreshed version of its universal iOS application. Aside from being able to use the Split View mode mentioned earlier, Chrome on iPad also supports Slide Over, as shown above; and Picture-in-Picture, which lets you browse websites and watch a pop-up video simultaneously. That said, Split View only works on iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and the soon-to-be-released iPad Pro, but the other tidbits are compatible with any tablet running Apple's latest mobile OS. Via: 9to5Mac Source: App Store