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.
Continent criss-crossing, jet-setting, and last of the famous international playboys, MacNN Editor Charles Martin made a diagonal line from an undisclosed island off the west coast of Canada to Orlando, Florida to help out with some Fringe Festival shows, so he's not available again this week, leaving Managing Editor Mike and MacNN contributor Jordan to go over both the leading tech news stories of the week as well as totally geek out on Disney software, figurines, consoles, Star Wars and more.
Walmart has started to make its attempt at a mobile payments service available for customers to use, with close to 600 stores in two states set to start offering payment of groceries via an app. More than 480 Walmart stores in Texas and over 110 retail locations in Arkansas are now able to use Walmart Pay, updated in the retailer's iOS app last month, to make payments at the checkout without having to access cards from a wallet or purse.
Reports are starting to circulate indicating that there is some sort of incompatibility between some iPad Pro 9.7-inch models and the newly-released iOS 9.3.2 for some users. Early adopters have taken to Twitter and the Apple self-support forums complaining of an Error 56 code following installation, and iconography demanding that the user plug the iPad into iTunes. However, nothing users have attempted at this point has brought the iPads back to life.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find bargains, offers, discounts, and promotions for our readers to enjoy. Dead deals from last week have been removed, with the new collection to start the week off including a 9.7-inch iPad Pro 128GB with Wi-Fi for $650, an OCZ TRION 150 480GB SSD for $100, and a DJI Phantom 3 drone with a 1080p camera for $600.
If you've got a kid and a smartphone, chances are you spend a fair amount of the day negotiating with your kid about when, where, and how long they can use it. If you've got a little kid, you might spend a fair amount of your time trying to reason with them as to why they don't need your smartphone -- and they probably have other ideas. What if there was something that they could use? What if they could have a phone of their own that allowed them to text, video chat, and make calls to family and friends, and no one else? That's exactly what Kickstarter project Ily is hoping to do.
Tim Cook may move on from China as soon as tomorrow, with the Apple CEO reportedly traveling from his current location in Beijing to India. Report sources claim the second leg of his tour of Asia will take him to India for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second time, with the agenda likely to cover Apple's attempts to grow in India, as well as the potential for manufacturing of Apple devices within the region.
Alongside its various OS platform updates on Monday, Apple also issued a new version of iTunes for OS X designed to address a potential bug Apple has been unable to nail down that reportedly causes some music-file deletions in rare cases. The new update also makes the sidebar in iTunes on by default (by user request), and streamlines navigation and media picking by allowing use of the Back and Forward buttons. Menus are generally simpler and easier to use, as well.
Having missed its usual beta cycle last week, Apple on Monday updated all of its OS platforms alongside a potential bug-fix release of iTunes, which also incorporates some design tweaks to the venerable media-management program. Updated today is OS X (to version 10.11.5), iOS (to 9.3.2), tvOS (9.2.1), watchOS (2.2.1), and iTunes for OS X has been bumped to version 12.4, which addresses a potential risk of accidental music deletion for a small number of users.
This week's slice through four decades of Apple history turns out to be a pivotal time for the company. There are plenty of new beginnings, and a few endings, plus many things that happened -- and one that failed to. Right the way across Apple, from hardware and software to people, May 14 through 20 was a key week for Apple in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s.
In a recent commencement speech given to the University of Southern California, Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison passed on a lesson he learned from Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs about wealth and money. The anecdote came among other life lessons and advice Ellison passed on to the graduates, but the tale involving Jobs took place, according to Ellison, in 1995 -- as the two men watched Apple's rapid decline, and thought about ways to save the company.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are all drives you can use to store your data, ranging from a way to upgrade your MacBook Air's storage to a personal cloud storage device, and even a way to run Windows on your Mac without using your Mac's hard drive to keep hold of Windows files.
Google is planning to start reducing Chrome's support of Flash later this year, by making it favor HTML5 content over Flash. Developers working on the web browser intend to start to display HTML5 content to users by default for the majority of websites, commencing in the fourth quarter of this year if it is given the green light, with users being given the option of enabling Flash on a page if the plugin is required if the site doesn't have a HTML5-enabled page.
You do have to pity hotels: they spent all that money fitting Ethernet to their rooms, and then nobody used it because Wi-Fi came along. Mind you, your pity may get a little tempered by how the hotel often charges you for that Wi-Fi hand over fist. We'd rather not pay excessively for Internet access, but our concern today is less about price, and more about privacy. Hotel Wi-Fi can save your bacon on a trip -- but it can also be how nefarious people in the next room get your bank details.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has used his latest investment note on Apple to comment on the unexpected news that Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-sharing app Didi Chuxing. Munster argues that the investment is a sound one, and that it confirms Piper Jaffray's view that Apple is indeed working on an Apple Car. Although ride-sharing and building a car seem somewhat removed from one and other, Apple could potentially build its own electric vehicles, and combine them with a ride-sharing app and software ecosystem -– this could potentially be more profitable than selling cars in the traditional way. Further, according to Munster, it shows Apple diversifying itself beyond its core consumer electronics business.
New US Federal Communication Commission rules are coming into effect on June 2, imposing limits on broadcast power from Wi-Fi routers. As shipped, commercial routers don't approach these limits, but the limits imposed by the manufacturer can be circumvented by custom firmware. Most manufacturers are imposing measures to block the installation of these software modifications, but networking gear manufacturer Linksys is going against the grain, and will allow OpenWrt to be installed on its gear -- with some provisions.
Video games are big business, competing against TV and movie productions for the viewer's attention and money. While there are many free-to-play games online, both on Mac and iOS, building your own paid game collection can both be rewarding and expensive to accomplish by comparison. If you take part in the latest MacNN Deals giveaway, you could end up being able to fill out your gaming library, using the prize of a $1,000 Steam Gift Card.
Apple CEO Tim Cook spent part of his eighth visit to China as the head of the company to take the president of ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing around an Apple Store. Cook took Liu Qing on a tour of one of Beijing's stores, just days after an announcement was made that Apple made an investment of approximately $1 billion in the firm, which is the dominant ride service in the region by a considerable margin.
Looking for a way to help your little kid explore their creative side? We can't think of any better way than getting them an app that allows them to create their own songs. Our favorite app for generating music for the under-six crowd happens to be Toca Band, an energetic, interactive toy that kids are sure to love.
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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