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Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If the launch of the iPad Pro and its pressure-sensitive Pencil stylus is making you jealous, have a look at the Pencil from FiftyThree, a stylus that can be used on any capacitive touch device, but also includes a number of extra features for iOS devices thanks to a Bluetooth connection.
FiftyThree has made a number of changes to Paper, the digital sketchbook app, with version 3.0 now becoming a universal app that works on both iPhone and iPad, rather than just on iPad. The milestone release also includes a number of other changes focused on making it more helpful for productivity, with the app now allowing users to take photographs and capture notes quickly, with images able to be annotated and added to a virtual sketchbook "Space" dedicated to an idea or concept.
Apple's sales in China are set to further increase now that the country's second- and third-largest carriers will offer the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the latest iPads, the first time China Unicom and China Telecom have been able to do so. The special iPad models, which vary slightly from the North American and European versions, will support China's proprietary TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as other LTE versions.
Music subscription service Spotify has released an update for its iPad app. Spotify allows users to stream music from their favorite artists, create playlists and more. The Discover feature is now present for iPad, which offers the ability to peruse personalized recommendations in a succinct format. Free to download, Spotify's app requires iOS 7.0 or later. Users can listen for free with the accompaniment of ads, with Premium access available with a monthly prescription.
Drawing and design app Paper by FiftyThree has released a major update, featuring a new sharing platform. The iPad app allows users to create sketches, diagrams, illustrations, note or drawings, and share them easily. Paper v2.0 includes Mix, a new open platform for collaborative art-making. Any idea that has been publicly shared can be used as a starting point to "remix," create and evolve. In addition to Mix, Paper 2.0 offers fluid surface pressure control when using the Pencil stylus with iOS 8. Its new and improved zoom loupe function expands when you need more space, and improved palm rejection will also be available under iOS 8. Free to download, Paper by FiftyThree requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Griffin Technology has announced the release of a new rugged case for use with iPad Air. The Survivor Slim aims to deliver protection for all conditions, featuring a shatter-resistant shell and silicone bumper for absorbing the shock of a drop. Its accompanying screen shield prevents scratches and smudges, and the flexible button covers deflect dust, dirt, and rain from entering vulnerable places on the tablet.
FiftyThree will be adding a new stylus feature for its Paper drawing app for the upcoming iOS 8. Called "Surface Pressure," the feature will allow the Pencil tool's tapered tip to shade, fill and draw according to how much of the rubber tip is in contact with the screen. Fine lines can be created with the nib of the Pencil, and broad strokes as well as shading can be achieved by tilting the stylus to one side. The input feature will also work with Paper's existing digital brushes. The updated Surface Pressure feature will be available this fall upon the release of iOS 8, and will be automatically available for owners of the Pencil stylus. Paper by FiftyThree is free to download from the App Store; the Pencil stylus is available through Amazon starting at $60.
Facebook may be formally challenged for the use of the word "Paper" as an app name. FiftyThree, the developers of the iPad drawing app Paper has requested Facebook change the name of its latest magazine-style app, which is using the same name. To reinforce the request, FiftyThree has filed with the United States Patent and Trade Office for a trademark on the name, with a filing of January 30, the same day as the Facebook launch.
FiftyThree, the studio behind popular iPad sketching app Paper, have announced the availability of a new stylus the iPad. Dubbed "Pencil," the stylus mimics the look of its namesake, with a hardwood exterior molded to look like a architect's pencil. The new device will pair with FiftyThree's existing app, enabling a number of previously unavailable features for Paper.
Fiftythree sent word late Wednesday that its Paper app for the iPad (App Store) has crossed the 1.5 million download mark in its first two weeks. The same interval saw a total of seven million pages created at the same time, suggesting that every user made at least one page. It's not clear how many had paid for extra drawing tools beyond what's free.
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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