Hot on the heels of some new CarPlay features uncovered in the iOS 9.3 beta -- including new support for Apple Music and the "Nearby" feature in Maps -- Apple on Monday posted a list of over 100 model year 2016 and model year 2017 vehicles from various manufacturers that will support CarPlay either as a built-in feature or as an optional add-on, with some of the companies also supporting Android Auto. While some of the vehicles are only coming out later this year, the list supplements announcements about CarPlay support made during the CES show in Las Vegas.
New week, new deals! Join the MacNN crew for a roundup of what we've found in our patrols on the Internet, that we recommend to you, our faithful readers! The list has been refreshed, with all the stale deals tossed out, with new additions including a Samsung 50-inch 1080p HDTV for $440, an iPad mini 2 16GB Wi-Fi for $199, and a Nikon D5200 DSLR for $418.
[Updated with Apple denial] Apple may be creating a tool to allow its users to migrate their data from an iPhone to an Android device, according to a report. It is claimed major European carriers are applying pressure on Apple to make it easier to move away from iOS and onto a smartphone running Android, with the reasoning behind its development apparently a combination of the iPhone's dominance in the smartphone market and the difficulty of transferring data between devices.
On Monday, Apple unleashed a slew of new first betas for forthcoming updates to OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and tvOS. Even as some of the programs have ongoing betas being tested, the company has granted registered developers access to OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 even as 10.11.3 is still in beta testing, and iOS 9.3 even as testers continue working with the upcoming iOS 9.2.1. In addition, the first beta of watchOS 2.2 is out, as well as a first beta of tvOS 9.2 (it is normal for tvOS betas to be one update behind the current iOS in numbering).
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we bring you a 50 percent discount on PhotoZoom Classic 6, and also cover recent updates to folder utility Default Folder X, typing tool Typinator, duplicate file finder Tidy Up, note-taker Evernote, app launcher Lingon X, and graphic designer PatterNodes.
Encapsulated within today's iOS 9.3 beta, Apple has introduced a wide array of improvements focusing on educational deployment of iPads. Simplifying deployment and utilization of the devices, improvements include a new Classroom app, a new Apple School Manager portal for administrators, and the ability for a student to enter login information on a shared device, with full access to lesson progression and the user's files on-the-fly and across devices.
Every day alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection is all centered around design, including a group of styli and accessories to make your tablet-related working more efficient, and if you want to get into working in the field, a tuition bundle to get you up to speed quickly.
In addition to the recently-reported opening of the 30th Apple retail store in the combined mainland China and Hong Kong regions, the company has now announced two more stores that will open this month. The Shenyang store previously reported on will open on Thursday, January 14 at 10AM local time, with the 31st being a second store for the city of Nanjing at the IST Mall in the Xuanwu District, which will debut on Saturday, January 16. A 32nd store will be the first to come to the city of Guangzhou at the Parc Central shopping area in the Tianhe District.
An ebook from two of MacNN's writing team has stormed up the charts of online book stores across both sides of the Atlantic. William Gallagher and Charles Martin's MacNN Pointers: Get More from Your Apple Software, a tome based on the Pointers series of posts here on MacNN, has hit the top of the Computing & Internet section of the iBooks Top Paid Books chart just days after being published, with similar success for the book on Amazon's Kindle store charts.
This is a small Pointers solution for a hopefully rare problem: we have quite often found that our iPhone alarm does not go off, or occasionally that it does, but doesn't make a sound. We've blearily looked at our nightstand, wondering how much longer we can snooze, and seen the alarm display throbbing away.
AT&T has brought back unlimited mobile data plans for its customers, but with a significant caveat. Beginning tomorrow, new and existing AT&T consumer wireless customers who have or add AT&T DirecTV or AT&T U-Verse TV may select the new AT&T Unlimited Plan. The new plan, which "may be available for a limited time" according to the company starts at $100 per month for a single phone.
Apple News may have more users than Apple itself estimates it has, Senior Vice President Eddy Cue has admitted. It has been underestimating the number of users of its News app ever since its introduction in iOS 9, due to an unexpected error that Apple is currently "in the process of fixing." This means that not only does Apple not know the true number of News app users, but the data passed on to publishers about its News-based readership is also inaccurate, potentially affecting advertising sales.
It's on the tip of our tongue. Apple did something in this second week of some year, something that mildly changed the entire world. That's one reason we're examining the history of this company, the fact that we can state that about changing the planet and not be exaggerating. There's plenty of hyperbole about Apple yet so very often the real, historical evidence of what it's done is even more impressive. Just suffice it to say that Apple had keynote speeches in this week for many years, and many of its iconic projects first saw the light of day in early January. Some of those products you remember, some of them you own and used today in one form or another – and one of them shook the Earth.
If you're not sold on whole-home security systems, but you're looking for a good way to help protect your home when you can't be there to do it, you've got an array of choices to pick from. Today, we add another WiFi security camera to our collection that we've reviewed, the Foscam C2 Indoor HD Wireless Camera. Check our full review to see what we thought about this entry!
Three accessory manufacturers -- Kanex, Zagg, and Actionproof -- showed off some new charging docks for the Apple Watch at CES last week. Actionproof's new $40 "Bozon" figure holds the watch in place horizontally for nightstand mode or vertically if preferred, works with most bands, and includes some cord management in the unit. Kanex's unnamed stand does not have a price or release date yet, but includes its own magnetic induction charger.
Apple has allegedly broken through the 10 million paid subscriber milestone for its Apple Music streaming service, according to a report. Following just three months after CEO Tim Cook advised there were 6.5 million paid subscribers, along with another 8.5 million said to be using the three-month free trial, the reported growth of paid user numbers in theory means that Apple has exceeded 10 million paid users in approximately six months after its launch.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too good to go into our usual deals lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you've ever thought about taking up drone-based photography but didn't want to shell out thousands for a high-end quadcopter, have a look at the World's Smallest Camera Drone, a flying machine that fits into the palm of your hand.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE