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.
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.
We've covered various forms of audio recording before on Pointers -- including an entire series on podcasting -- but we've rarely and only lightly mentioned recording "in the field," and so this Pointers is about the specifics of recording with iOS devices. Thanks to some recent changes by Apple and some existing third-party products, the need to bring a Mac with you to wherever you are in order to facilitate a quality recording has been greatly reduced, and recording either your voice or an instrument using just iOS devices has finally arrived.
Amazon has been blamed for allowing children to rack up large credit card bills for their parents, by allowing them to make in-app purchases in content sourced from its app store. The ruling by a federal judge, in a suit brought against the retailer by the Federal Trade Commission, finds Amazon liable for the unauthorized in-app charges, and could potentially be forced to refund customers affected by their children's excessive spending habits.
On Wednesday, Apple issued the public-tester version of yesterday's iOS 9.3.2 developer beta, and also updated developer accounts with the third betas for OS X 10.11.5, and tvOS 9.2.2. In addition, Apple updated its Safari Technology Preview browser to a third beta, which is now available for public testing alongside the current stable release of Safari. The Safari TP version is meant to showcase features and speed improvements coming with the next release of OS X. It's unclear if a developer-only third beta of watchOS 2.2.1 will be issued soon.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN search online retailers to find deals, bargains, offers, and discounts for our readers. The list of still active deals from earlier this week, with old offers removed, is joined by a new batch including a Yamakasi M280PU Real 4K 28-inch monitor for $320, a TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi range extender for $60, and a Sony PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi for $160.
Multiple media sources are reporting that a dead body was found this morning in a conference room at Apple headquarters in Cupertino. A Sheriff's office dispatch call from 8:35AM PT suggests that the victim may have committed suicide, and that there could have been an argument or confrontation on the campus. The dispatch call describes a person with a gun, and that the victim was a man. Santa Clara county authorities have since confirmed that the victim was an Apple employee, but have said little else. Police now say no-one else was involved. MacNN will update this story as more information comes in.
The iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-lens camera, if a supposedly leaked schematic of the Apple smartphone is to be believed. A report supposedly showing the next-generation of iPhone suggests it will be similar in size to the iPhone 6s Plus, but it will have a few major changes, with the altered camera accompanied by the claim that it will lose the headphone jack, something that has surfaced in other rumors about the expected upcoming releases.
What do you do when you have a lot of (relatively) bad news to tell stock analysts and investors? What Steve Jobs would have done, and exactly what Apple CEO Tim Cook did: "Ac-cent-u-ate the positive" (to borrow the title of a hit song from 1944). In truth, there is genuinely some good as well as bad in Apple's financial report: the company is still selling tons of iPhones, Macs are selling better as the rest of the PC industry takes a nosedive, and Cook noted that the June quarter's iPad sales are likely to be the best in a couple of years, so that's all highlights. There is un-spinnable lowlights too, but are things as gloomy as they seem?
Apple has given us its first Mac hardware update for the year, and it has come in the form of a refreshed Retina 12-inch MacBook. First introduced around this time last year, the 12-inch MacBook has certainly not been without controversy since its introduction with Apple heralding it as its vision for the "future of the notebook." What makes the MacBook unique in Apple's Mac lineup is that it is the first all-new MacBook the company has introduced in the past few years, and it takes many of the lessons that Apple has learnt in making its mobile devices, and applied these in making what it believes is the ultimate ultra-portable notebook. The new model continues with the all-new Apple-designed keyboard with butterfly mechanism, and single USB-C port, but has some new Intel silicon in tow. So how does the new one perform? Find out in our review.
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 ways to keep your iPhone or smartphone in view while you are doing other tasks, including stands for while you are working at your desk or while driving, and even one stand that charges your Apple Watch.
The days of the headphone jack may be numbered, if Intel's intentions over device connectivity gains traction. The processor producer has proposed that the widely-used 3.5mm audio jack should be removed "from audio sources" in favor of a different connectivity technology, with it putting forward at an IDF Shenzen talk the suggestion that the replacement could be a connection type already being used in some devices: USB Type-C.
Apple's new iPhone SE has been selling well, leading to stock-outs and shipping delays, according to Apple. The news aligns with anecdotal evidence showing the iPhone SE experiencing stock-outs at retail stores as well as shipping delays for online orders. Unfortunately for Apple's fiscal Q2 results, which showed the first decline in iPhone sales year-over-year since launch, the iPhone SE was not included in Apple's March quarter iPhone sales figures.
One of the biggest problems with devices that are constantly plugged in is that they eventually begin to work less and less efficiently, until there's a noticeable problem. Remembering to do the occasional restart manually can be a big hassle, especially when a thorough restart sometimes means cutting the power to these devices altogether. So what do you do? Well, that's where Tech Restarter comes in.
If you have recently become the owner of an iPad or iPhone, you will probably end up paying out for a lot of apps from the App Store, or fill out your music collection from iTunes. While this can be expensive, depending on what you want to do with your new devices, you can avoid burning a hole in your wallet if you enter this MacNN Deals giveaway, as one winner will receive a $1,000 iTunes gift card.
In accordance with the White House Vulnerable Equities Process (VEP) that requires government agencies to share digital security vulnerabilities with private companies, Apple has revealed the FBI only shared its first tip off to the iPhone maker on April 14. However, the advice provided seems to have had absolutely nothing to do with the method that the FBI used to access the data on San Bernadino shooter Syed Farook's infamous iPhone 5c. Apple says that it first learnt of the same vulnerability nine months ago and subsequently patched it, raising questions about the effectiveness of the government's VEP program.
T-Mobile is continuing its streak of increasing its customer base for successive quarterly results, with it reporting 2.2 million total net additions for the period. The latest quarterly figures mean the carrier has added at least 1 million customers to its base for 12 successive quarters, while also making this the sixth quarter in the last seven to increase by at least 2 million customers, with other items in the results pointing to continued strong growth.
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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