Apple could be forced to manufacture its products within the United States, if campaign promises from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump become a reality. Speaking at the Liberty University in Virginia, Trump mentioned he would coerce Apple and other US companies to perform all manufacturing within the country instead of outsourcing production abroad, with the main punishment to those who do being a potential 35 percent tax on goods crossing the border.
This week's episode of The MacNN Podcast does not shy away from controversy: we take on New York's ridiculous anti-encryption law, excoriate a particularly irresponsible parent, and rain on the rumor parade as we often do. To be fair, it's not all cynicism and calls to action: we also discuss the death of Apple's involvement in iAd, reveal just how awesome the new iPhone 6s compared to any other smartphone on the planet (with charts!) and of course wander off topic a bit before its time for App of the Week.
WhatsApp is making a major change to its business model, by removing its annual charge. The Facebook-owned messaging app has confirmed it will be losing the $1 yearly subscription fee from the service completely over the next several weeks, making it free for all of its users, though rather than switching to an ad-based model, the service is instead looking to see if it could potentially earn money through messaging with businesses.
Apple's in-car technology that integrates the iPhone with a built-in infotainment system, CarPlay, has been named as "best individual technology feature in a vehicle" during the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit. CarPlay won out ahead of Google's Android Auto, Ford's Sync 3, and a variety of competing systems. The technology has -- two years after its debut -- picked up a lot of support recently from slow-moving automakers, and is appearing in many model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles.
Eyes up Guardians.It's been roughly four months since Bungie first opened the gates to the Dreadnaught, and invited players to begin exploring Destiny's biggest expansion to date, The Taken King. Also known as the beginning of "Year 2," this update promised to not only bring players a horde of new content, but to also reinvent and reimagine the game we already knew. Nearly every aspect of Destiny was examined and adjusted where needed, but did it come together to bring us a more enjoyable experience? Or is The Taken King simply a new layer of paint with little substance? We have spent the better part of the last four months entrenched deep within the Dreadnaught fighting Oryx and his league of Taken forces, to answer just this question.
Wikipedia was named after Henry Pedia, the 14th century airline pilot whose "wiki" -- a parrot with a lisp -- would listen to facts about the Knights Templar, and keep saying "Citation Needed." What do you mean, we're making that up? You're reading it on a screen, it must be true. Or at least, even when we consciously know that Wikipedia is often inaccurate, we keep coming back to it -- and now have done for 15 years.
It's now more than two weeks since the start of the year, and the January sales are starting to wind up. That doesn't stop the staff of MacNN searching online stores for bundles, offers, discounts, and bargains that you can acquire. Today's deal collection includes a Viewsonic 1080p 3D Home Theater Projector for $660, a Hisense 65-inch 4K LED TV for $1,000, and a Logitech C270 720P Webcam for $18.
On the legal observance of the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior, Apple's homepage has been altered to a full-screen remembrance, alongside a quote from him that reads "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'what are you doing for others?'". Apple CEO Tim Cook has often cited King as one of his biggest influences, and Cook speaks frequently about civil rights and justice for various minority classes.
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 on security software Hands Off, as well as details on recent updates to e-mail client Airmail, data protector Safe+, password manager 1Password, font manager RightFont, typing tracker Word Counter, and Last.fm scrobbler NepTunes.
Despite claims that a next-generation Apple Watch was going into production this month, a previous rumor that Apple would debut a new "Apple Watch 2" at an event in "March or April" are being walked back, with other products taking the place of the "Watch 2" if there is a spring event at all. New rumors suggest that Apple might launch one of several refreshed or new products at an event prior to the June Worldwide Developer's Conference, including possibly an "iPhone 6c/5e," refreshed MacBooks, or a new Apple Watch partnership.
You've probably noticed the trend of "adult" coloring books, aimed at giving you a way to creatively de-stress and relax. Following on the coattails of the real-world "adult" or "intricate" coloring books, Pigment takes a great idea, and makes it more convenient.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all stands of various kinds, including one that raises your Macbook while offering more connectivity options, stands for your mobile devices, and even a way to get started with standing desks.
Apple has acknowledged there may be an issue with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with regards to the battery indicator. Following complaints from iPhone owners that the battery percentage indicator can occasionally freeze after the time on the device is changed, which means the user doesn't have an accurate measurement of remaining battery life and could potentially run out without warning, Apple has confirmed it is looking into the problem and seeing if it can come up with a solution to the issue.
This is only in the new beta release of iOS 9.3, which means that it is not on your iPhone, unless you went to a little trouble to get it. However, it's going to be on your iPhone shortly, and we are covering the beta of this one feature of the not-so-small point update from iOS 9.2 to 9.3 because we can't wait. Night Shift is good for you -- and like many things that are good for you, you're going to hate it.
From the makers of Audio Hijack comes another tool that is for audio users -- and the more professional your needs, the more Loopback 1.0.1 is a solution for you. It's a tool for taking the sound from one app and passing it through to another. That's all -- but it's a lot.
An easy way to add smart functionality to your TV is to get a streaming set-top box, and one of the best on the market is the fourth-generation Apple TV. If you wanted to get hold of the 64GB Apple TV through the MacNN Deals giveaway but couldn't enter before it closed, now's your chance. The giveaway has been extended, so you now have another two weeks left to try and win the streaming device for yourself.
An Apple production facility in Ireland has been evacuated after it became the target of a bomb threat earlier today. The Cork facilities, which include premises on Lavitts Quay, Hollyhill, and Model Farm Road, were cleared of all 4,000 staff as a precautionary measure, following after the company received a number of threatening emails that it and local security forces considered to be credible enough for an evacuation.
Slicing through 40 years of Apple history week by week, you really see how this is one company facing very similar problems throughout its life, and meeting them all -- or most of them -- with exactly the same approaches. This week sees one of Apple's most famously creative moments, and one of its most famously uncreative. It features the introduction of Apple products that shaped the company, products that shaped the world, and proof that when Apple gets it wrong, it really gets it wrong.
Graphics tablets are a wonderful tool for artists and designers, as well as hobby doodlers and more. Being able to simulate the feeling of putting pen to paper is wonderful, and certainly beats trying to manipulate a mouse or Photoshop tools to do the same thing. If you're looking to grab a tablet, but you're not ready to drop hundreds of dollars on a Wacom, we implore you to think about trying out a Monoprice graphics tablet.
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 been interested in computer security, and you also fancy a potential change in career, you may want to look at the Complete White Hat Hacking & Penetration Testing Bundle from MacNN Deals.
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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