Apple is updating its iPhone Upgrade Program in the United States, expanding it to cover purchases made online. Previously limited to just iPhone sales within Apple Stores, Apple is now allowing those paying for a new iPhone through the online Apple Store to take part in the scheme, which provides participants with the ability to upgrade their iPhone on an annual basis, instead of on a two-year cycle offered by many carriers.
It's another milestone episode for The MacNN Podcast -- our 60th episode (gotta listen to 'em all!), and in aggregate with our other podcast One More Thing and our short-lived (but returning soonish!) Off Topic podcast, we got to a total podcast output of 101 episodes so far (the OMT crew actually bumped us to 100 aggregate with their episode 35, available here if you haven't given it a try). More reason to celebrate, so we brought in a special guest and messed around with things a bit.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free.
Facebook could be looking to push its users towards creating more image and video content for the social network, by creating a new camera app, according to reports. A group with Facebook called the "friend-sharing" team has allegedly created a prototype app that opens to the camera directly, so users can quickly take a photograph and upload it to the social network, or stream video to other users using Facebook Live, with as little effort as possible.
This is another Pointers where we were asked to solve a problem. It took us a surprising amount of thought, though, and when we were done, the reader thanked us but said: "Nobody tells you this stuff, do they?" We're here to tell you. This is about getting 1Password onto your work computer -- whether that's a PC or a Mac -- and syncing with your iOS version.
Are you a big fan of Pokemon? What about dungeon crawlers? Do you like games with heavy collection elements? If this sounds like the sort of game you're into, we think that it might be worth checking out Monster Raid, a monster-collecting RPG.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scour online retailers to find bargains, discounts, sales, and offers for our readers. The list has been cleared of old and dead deals, with the new collection including an Onkyo 5.1-channel home theater system for $300, a 58-inch Element HDTV for $350, and an Adobe Ink and Slide set for $20.
A teardown of the latest version of MacBook reveals Apple has made relatively few changes to how the notebook is put together, with some refreshed hardware being the main differentiator between this and the previous version. Just as with the last attempt at a MacBook teardown by iFixit, it is shown Apple is continuing to make it very difficult for its users to make repairs to the device, giving it an extremely low "repairability" score.
For the first time, Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron has opened up its factory campus to a press tour, showing off its automated hours-tracking system and efforts to curb overtime, as well as revealing a largely modern facility keeping up with features and facilities on par with current Foxconn factories. The large campus has a "work floor" that holds some 50,000 workers, and workers can track their own hours, payroll, income, an expenses -- while the system works to prevent excessive overtime, reports Bloomberg
If you learn just one thing from slicing week by week through Apple's four decades of history, then you really haven't been paying attention. The odds, though, are that the one thing you will learn is that contracts are really important. Microsoft beat Apple over copying the Mac because the Windows maker had better lawyers, for one thing, and the sheer number of lawsuits flung everywhere rivals the number of patents involved. Consequently, if you were going to do something that crossed a contract, you would sort out the paperwork first.
WordPress has convinced us that it's easy to use which is a bit of a trick when you actually start using it and see that it's at least a little complicated. Not very: we're not going to say it's fiddly and clunky but it could be easier. Blogo 1.0.1 wants to make writing blogs a doddle and especially so for users of the company's Mac version, especially so for people who also blog on Medium or Blogger.
When you make big changes to the back end of a site, sometimes things happen that you did not expect. In the midst of an ongoing modernization and general updating of MacNN, we recently experienced an unexpected change owing to the unexpected shutdown of our RSS feed host, which was hosting the RSS for our News, Reviews, Top Stories, By Category, and All feeds. We have moved to a new host, but readers who were subscribed to the old ones will need to re-subscribe.
Do you want to take to the sky, fly like a bird, and see everything around you? Would you like to own your own drone, one that can allow you to film things from a high-up vantage point? This giveaway from MacNN Deals may be for you, as it will provide one lucky winner with the DJI Phantom 4, a drone worth $1,400 that includes some nifty new features that can produce some pretty impressive aerial footage.
Microsoft has shipped its second software keyboard for the iPhone, a few weeks after the first, and one that has already made an appearance on other platforms. The Word Flow keyboard for iOS is now available to download from the App Store for free, with the Microsoft Garage keyboard transferring over from Windows Phone with an intelligent word prediction system and an Arc mode claimed to make it easier to reach all the keys while using the iPhone one-handed, even for larger displays.
Developers wanting to travel to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will know if they will be attending the event or not, by the end of today. Since the ending of the ticket lottery entry period on Friday morning, Apple has been sending developers confirmations as to whether they failed to get a ticket for this year's WWDC, or if they succeeded and can expect to receive a ticket charge of $1,600 on their Apple Store bill.
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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