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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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).

How many opening tools will it take to tear down the new 10.5'' iPad Pro? https://t.co/4dRfu2IAxD pic.twitter.com/0Ot6zs9pG2

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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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Crunch Report | Everything WWDC 2017

Apple releases iOS 11 High Sierra, the iMac gets a hefty update and a pro model, new hardware — the HomePod speaker, Apple updates the iPad Pro, we get some new laptop specs and TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino joins us to tell us his thoughts on everything. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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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You’re screwed if you want to repair the new iPad

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Apple's new iPad is thin, powerful—and a nightmare to fix when things go wrong. iFixit, a website and store famous for its detailed repair guides, unveiled its teardown of the new 9.7-inch iPad Thursday, and it's a doozy. When it comes to how easy the device is to repair, the $329 iPad scores a 2 out of 10. The tablet's innards are held together with "gobs of adhesive" and "foam sticky tape," which means it'll take a seasoned expert—or Apple itself—to fix the thing. Adhesive is bad news for repair shops. It has to be heated up and then delicately separated by picks or razors, a process that can actually do more damage to the device if you're not careful. Of course, it's also in part what allows the iPad to look sleek and seamless.  Read Continue reading "You’re screwed if you want to repair the new iPad"

Google Calendar for iPad is here. Finally.

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Planning that lunch meeting just got a bit easier on your iPad if you're a die-hard Google user. Yes, you can finally say goodbye to Apple's calendar and download Google Calendar optimized for the iPad It features everything available on the desktop and smartphone versions of the app. And it can bring up your Google Calendar listings from your iPad home screen. It also supports Split View.  The online reaction was pure productive delight.
Google Calendar finally optimized for iPad!!! Oh happy day!

Yes, I get excited over strange things that make me more productive. — Mike Orren (@mikeorren) March 29, 2017 Read more...
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Terrorists wanting to hide explosives in an iPad is one reason behind laptop ban

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The recently introduced rule that prohibits some electronics devices from passenger cabins on flights originating from certain countries was prompted, among other reasons, by a plot to hide explosives in a fake iPad.  According to a Guardian report, which cites a security source, there was more than one reason why the laptop ban — as it's often called — was introduced in the U.S. and the UK last week. But a plot that aimed to bring down a plane with a fake iPad stuffed with explosives sparked fears that Islamist extremists have found a new way to bring explosives on board. 

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‘Sunless Sea’ is a wild 350,000-word literary RPG, out for iPad

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Great news, iPad owners: Failbetter Games' wonderfully words-heavy roguelike Sunless Sea is now something you can buy in the App Store. The game sends players off to explore an underground ocean where pirate-operated steamships, deadly "Zee" monsters, and worse horrors await. Death comes swiftly and frequently, but them's the breaks when you settle in with a roguelike.

Sunless Sea is an easy game to look at thanks to Failbetter's wonderful art, but the words matter more. The writing is both quirky and engrossing, effectively painting a more vivid picture of the Victorian-era underworld than any screenshot ever could. Read more... More about Ipad, Mobile, Tech, Failbetter Games, and Sunless Sea

Apple finally gives India a 9.7-inch iPad that doesn’t cost a lot

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After several years, Apple finally has a full-sized new iPad that won’t require Indians to break the bank.  Much like other places, the newly introduced iPad is affordable in India. The base model of the new iPad, seen as the true successor to the three-year-old iPad Air 2, will retail at a starting price of Rs 28,900 ($440).  This is a welcome change for people looking for a new iPad in the country. The iPad Pro that the company launched in the country last year, in contrast, is much more expensive (it costs at an additional $300). Even the iPad Air 2 was launched at a base sticker price of Rs 35,900 ($550). Read more... More about Ipad Pro, Apple, Ipad, India, and Tech

Apple replaces the iPad Air with a new 9.7-inch model for $329

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Exactly one year after it launched the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple has refreshed its tablet lineup with a new iPad in that exact size. This isn't the Pro or the Air 3, though; it's just called iPad, and it starts at a very reasonable $329.  The new model is very similar, specs-wise, to the iPad Air 2. Apple claims its 2,048x1,536 pixel screen is brighter than ever, and its chip has been upgraded to Apple's A9. At 7.5mm and 1.03 pounds, the new model is a bit thicker and heavier than the old one, though.  The cameras are the same: 8 megapixels on the back, 1.2 megapixels on the front. A Touch ID-enabled home button is there, of course, but the device is not Apple Pencil-ready like the iPad Pro. The battery lasts the same Continue reading "Apple replaces the iPad Air with a new 9.7-inch model for $329"

Apple will launch 4 new iPads in March, report claims

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Hold on to your seats, iPad fans: Apple might revamp its entire iPad lineup as soon as March 2017.  According to a report from Macotakara (link partially in Japanese), Apple will launch a quartet of iPad Pro machines, in four sizes: 12.9, 10.5, 9.7 and 7.9 inches.  The 12.9- and the 9.7-inch models will obviously be a continuation of the current iPad Pro lineup. The 10.5-inch tablet would be a new model, while the 7.9 would likely replace the iPad mini.  This contradicts some earlier reports which never mentioned the iPad mini. However, Macotakara reported once before — in October 2016 — that an "iPad mini Pro" will be coming. Note that in that report, the outlet claimed the all-new iPad Pro will have a 10.9-inch screen, not a 10.5-inch one.  Read more... More about Ipad, Apple, and Tech

Apple’s latest ad campaign uses giant tweets to convince you to buy an iPad Pro

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Is Apple trying to tell us something?  The tech giant's latest iPad Pro ads heavily feature Twitter — but nope, Apple isn't buying the social network.  The ads all feature giant print-outs of tweets. The tweets seem to be from regular Twitter users who are either skeptical about getting an iPad or frustrated with their old laptops and Wi-Fi. 

Rumors swirled back in October that Apple or Google would make a bid for Twitter, which was reportedly seeking a buyer.  Since then, others have argued that it's unlikely Apple would want to take on Twitter, which loses money and comes with a lot of baggage (alt-right Nazi trolls, anyone?).  Read more... More about Tech, Advertising, Ipad, Twitter, and Apple

There are hidden iPad keyboards in iOS 10.3 that Apple won’t let you use

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There's one thing you can always count on when Apple releases a new beta version of iOS: Developers digging through its code in search of new features. As always developer Steve Troughton-Smith was quick to discover there are two hidden keyboards for iPad that Apple is likely testing internally within the newly released iOS 10.3 beta. 

The first is a "floating" keyboard that hovers above apps in a "picture-in-picture"-like window. According to Troughton-Smith, the little keyboard, which seems like it's perfect for one-handed use, can be moved around anywhere on the screen, including when two apps are open in split-screen mode. Read more... More about Beta, Keyboards, Ios 10.3, Ipad, and Tech

Why a former employee thinks Apple is ‘boring’ under Tim Cook

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Being number one isn’t a lot of fun. Just ask Apple, which was just called "boring" by a former employee.  With a market cap of over $639 billion, Apple is the biggest company in the world. It has enviable profits and unit sales (every quarter it manages to sell tens of millions of iPhones, though that number is declining) and is slowly, but smartly, shifting its attention to its highly lucrative services business, which includes the App Store and Apple Pay. 

It’s also one of the most heavily scrutinized companies on the planet. Apple cultivates a level of secrecy and loyalty rarely found in business. Which is why when one member of the fold cleaves off and starts talking, people listen. Read more... More about Tim Cook, Ipad, Iphone, Apple, and Tech

Is Apple’s App Store a monopoly?

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Is Apple's App Store a mall or the equivalent of a sole proprietor shop selling unique wares? That question appears to be at the heart of a now revived lawsuit against Apple, Pepper et al v. Apple Inc. In it, a group of plaintiffs claim that Apple's insistence on selling all iPhone apps through the App Store and not allowing developers to sell iOS apps through other channels, like third-party app stores or directly from the developers themselves, is anti-competitive and artificially inflating prices.

The lawsuit is almost five years old and, according to sources, was dismissed so early on in the legal process that the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals, which agrees with the plaintiffs, is still a procedural one. It only leaves the door open for the lawsuit to again move forward, without positioning it Continue reading "Is Apple’s App Store a monopoly?"