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Another big traffic sign just appeared, pointing straight the Apple Car: Longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield is reportedly now in charge of Project Titan, which is the code-name for the Apple Car. That's great news if you are eager to see this thing really happen, although the rumor does come along with a new ship estimation of 2021. Hopefully this won't be one of those things that's always five years down the road.
Elsewhere, Yahoo was sold to Verizon, and we have opinions. Lots of security stories popped up this week, and Glenn can unpack them all so you stay informed but not panicked. And the Apple Watch helped save Chuck La Tournous's life during a recent cardiac episode. Happily, he's fully recovered and wrote about his experiences for Macworld—as well as how the watch is helping him stay heart-healthy to avoid future problems. (Knock wood and eat kale.)
Now that WWDC is over, the iPhone 7 rumors are getting even louder, since its expected unveiling in September is probably the next time we’ll see Tim Cook on stage. Yes, that’s still a good while from now. To help keep track of all the scuttlebutt, we’re collecting every rumor we’ve heard so far—and every new one that crops up between now and the day Tim pulls the new iPhone out of his pocket. Then we’ll assess whether each rumor seems legit or absurd, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too. Sound off in the comments.
The rumor: It seems we now have more evidence that the iPhone 7 will come with a flat Home button that doesn’t click when you press it. However, you will still get the sensation of a physical click thanks to Apple incorporating Force Touch sensors with haptic feedback. It’d combine the Force Touch trackpad experience with 3D Touch functionalities. This rumor originally emerged with leaked photos from mobipicker (via 9to5Mac) and was backed up by Cowen and Company analysts. Now it’s noted Apple leak machine, Macotakara (via BGR), that’s echoed these rumors.
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Apple announced on Wednesday that the company has sold 1 billion iPhones. That’s a huge milestone, but its timing is strangely awkward. Tim Cook told employees in Cupertino that the billionth iPhone was sold last week, but this announcement comes just one day after Apple’s Q3 2016 saw disappointing iPhone sales, declining to 40.4 million units sold, from 47.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
“Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone,” Cook said in a press release. “We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”
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Apple has announced that it has now sold one billion iPhones in the lifetime of the product. The company announced the milestone at a company meeting on Wednesday morning.
"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," said Cook. "Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we've always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day."
To give this number some context, it took 27 years for one billion PCs to be sold. Disney welcomed the one billionth visitor to its theme parks after 49 years of operation, and it was 131 years before there were one billion cars driving across roads across the world.
Apple crossed the billion total devices mark earlier this year, which includes iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," said Cook. "Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we've always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day."Apple first introduced the iPhone in 2007, and since then, the company has gone on to release nine generations, each with major improvements, revisions, and new features. While iPhone sales have been down for the last two quarters, the 1 billion milestone highlights what a successful product it is.
This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you Tutorial for Pokémon Go, an app that... well, it’s pretty self explanatory. Plus, a popular iOS word game comes to the Mac, we meet a tool that helps free up hard drive clutter, and much more. Read on!
With more than 1,000 masterpieces available, Twopeople Software’s Artpaper (Mac App Store Link) makes your desktop interesting all day long. The app includes beautiful art from famous museums and galleries, optimized in different display resolutions just for your Mac. Plus, Artpaper automatically rotates through a selection of random backgrounds at set intervals.
No GPS signal when playing Pokémon Go ? Find some sun!
Pokémon Go is one of those games that requires not only a strong internet connection at all times, but a connection to a GPS tower for full enjoyment. Here's how to make sure you're always connected.
If you're getting an error about not having a GPS signal when opening Pokémon Go on your iPhone, you there are a number of steps you can take.
Sometimes a quick close and re-opening is all that you need to reconnect to find a GPS signal and get back to the game.
Double-press the Home button to enter the multitasking screen.
If, after going outside, turning on Wi-Fi, and closing and reloading the app you are still getting a 'GPS signal not found' error, it may be a problem with Niantic's servers. Give it some time: the app is incredibly popular, and the servers may just be overloaded.
Amazon is currently discounting the UN55KU6600 Curved 55-inch TV from Samsung, taking its typical list price of $1,148 down by 17% to just $947.99. And on top of that, they're giving you a $100 Amazon.com gift card along with it. The UN55KU6600 delivers 4K Ultra HD resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, with greater depth and clarity and a fuller spectrum of color with PurColor. It lets you access your favorite content quicker and easier with the new Samsung Smart TV platform powered by a Quad-Core Processor. It currently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 275 people (read reviews). See the discounted Samsung 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV bundle (TV+$100 gift card) now on Amazon.
Yahoo has revamped its desktop Messenger app for Windows and Mac platforms, adding features such as "liking" posts and support for GIF images.
Yes, it is true: Yahoo Messenger is apparently still a thing even though it had reached its height during the George W. Bush administration. In a blog post, Yahoo tries to convince us that the rebooted Messenger app is cool again:
Want to share photos from your latest vacation or simply spice up a message? Save precious time with our drag and drop feature to share multiple photos at once. Then, spread the love by "liking" any posts or images that stand out to you. If you'd rather reply with a GIF, you can easily search and send GIFs to your heart's content. Pro tip: play GIF roulette and type /gif + any search term. With Messenger's desktop notifications, you can multitask at your computer without having to worry about missing an important message from family, friends, or coworkers again.
We are also introducing the unsend button – one of our most beloved Messenger features now on desktop. Sent that message too soon or caught a last-minute typo? Now you can take back a message, photo or GIF (yes, even after you've pressed send)!
If you are still using the older Yahoo Messenger app, be aware it will be discontined on August 5.
You don't want to risk your precious 12.9-inch iPad Pro getting damaged during transport or on a jobsite, right? Ballistic's Tough Jacket case is a protective case that will allow your tablet to take a little more abuse without showing it. Right now you can pick one up for $36.95, a savings of $43.
How do you backup your Mac locally and online so you never risk losing your important files and photos? Here are your options!
It's one thing to back up your Mac. It's another thing to have a coherent backup strategy that includes local and off-site components. That makes sure you're never more than a few minutes from recovering in the event of a critical failure or problem. In this how to, we'll look at how to set up just such a routine using a combination of backup strategies .
In my second job at an Apple retailer, I'll regularly get customers who proudly tell me they've never backed up their Mac. "Seven years without a hitch," crowed one customer a few weeks ago.
I diplomatically suggested she consider a Time Capsule or external drive to back up to, but she thought I was trying to upsell her to something she didn't need, and left without making a purchase. Inside, I wanted to scream.
Look, I love my Mac. But as good as Apple is, it and its equipment are not infallible. Equipment failures are going to happen. It's just part of life. The best thing you can do is to be prepared for when they do, so when failures happen, they're as non-disruptive to you as possible.
If you're using any one, individual technique to make sure your Mac is backed up, you may be wondering why you have to combine strategies at all. The main reason is redundancy: You don't want a single point of failure in the system to keep you from gaining access to the files that you need.
Here are the three backup techniques we recommend you perform regularly.
Time Machine is arguably the best solution to make sure you always have recoverable files close at hand. Time Machine will work with an external hard drive or a Time Capsule, providing you with immediate access to your entire hard drive's file system. In fact, you can recover your Mac using a Time Machine backup, too.
But over time, Time Machine backups can fail. Hard drives sometimes stop working, including the one built into your Time Capsule. You can ameliorate this by using more than one drive for your Time Machine backup. It'll take longer to rotate through each backup, but it'll also reduce the likelihood that a single point of failure will ever hose your backups.
Cloning using SuperDuper, Carbon Copy Cloner or another tool further reduces the risk. Periodically — and let your workflow be your guide here when it comes time to decide what the period should be — you can use a cloning app to create a perfect replica of your hard drive, which you should then put away in a safe place until the next time you haul it out.
It is important to remember to avoid a single point of failure. If it's possible for you to budget two drives to rotate between for your cloning, you'll be better off. That way, if anything goes wrong with one, you're never more than the previous backup on the other from restoring your drive if and when you should need to.
One last thing — it's not a bad idea to rotate your clone drives and keep one of your drives away from where your equipment is (in another place entirely), like your desk at the office, or a relative's house. Rotating a clone offsite makes sure you'll be able to recover from a disaster.
Time Machine and cloning with rotation is a pretty solid backup strategy, and for a lot of people it's more than enough. If time or budget has already limited you, you're welcome to stop here.
But there's a case to be made for using a cloud-based backup solution like BackBlaze, CrashPlan or Carbonite, or even one that depends on Dropbox or Apple's iCloud Drive. Because something can always happen to your local equipment. If a fire or natural disaster strikes your home, for example, you can lose all of your equipment in a heartbeat — then no amount of local backup is going to save your bacon if you need to restore.
If you travel, cloud-based backup can come in handy. If you need to restore files while you're away from your Time Capsule or away from your clone drive, you're out of luck. Using a cloud-based backup service, you can restore as long as you have a network connection.
Regardless of whether you employ a one, two or three-tier approach to backing up your data, one way or the other, make sure your data is backed up. Because recovering data off a broken drive is expensive and time consuming. A small amount of planning, a bit of budgeting and a sound recovery strategy is all you need to make sure you never have to worry about whether your data is safe.
Hopefully I've given you some ideas for what you need to do to make sure you absolutely, positively can get your hands on your files regardless of what happens not just to your computer, but to the other devices and services you rely on in the event of a crisis. If you have questions or other ideas, let us know in the comments.
There’s a new iPhone camera application on the block that’s supposed to be better at taking pictures than the one Apple ships with its phones ... and it’s built by Microsoft.
The company’s research arm launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.
It’s part of Microsoft’s continued push to build applications for platforms beyond those that it controls directly, especially iOS and Android. The free app was built by members of Microsoft Research, and released for free on the iOS App Store.
Brianna Wu is the head of Development at Giant Spacekat, host of Disruption and Rocket on Relay, and co-author of Women in Tech. She also lives to troll iMore senior editor Georgia Dow.
By removing the Siri remote requirement in tvOS 10, Apple is making a big improvement to Apple TV gaming.
In every way, the new Apple TV is a step up from the version it replaced. The interface is better, its channel selection is massively expanded, and forget the haters — I find the new remote a blast to use. But as much as I love it, I found it hard at first to not feel a bit frustrated by the state of gaming on the platform. Thankfully, I have hope that this will soon be changing — starting with restrictions being lifted on custom controllers.
The Siri Remote makes a lot of sense for watching TV and navigating content. It offers a touch area a bit larger than a postage stamp at the tip of the remote — just large enough for your thumb to swipe comfortably. This allows general directional swipes that are precise enough for Netflix or for fast-forwarding to a run scored in an MLB.tv game, but it isn't a good fit for videogames, which require extremely precise responses.
Take the classic Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog. This game, by all rights and means, should be a natural fit for the Apple audience: The gameplay is easy to pick up, the content is kid-friendly, and the the $3 price is low enough to buy on a whim. But it is a flat-out miserable experience with the Siri Remote. Jumps will be missed, rolls will not be detected, and trying to change direction in midair is infuriating.
Put down the Siri Remote and pick up a third-party controller like the Nimbus Steel Series, however, and everything changes. The game plays perfectly, bringing the magic of Sonic the Hedgehog to life.
Unfortunately, many Apple TV users may never know about the glory of third-party controllers: Up until this point, game developers have been forced to support the Siri remote, even when it doesn't make sense for their type of game. For example, the classic Sega game Streets of Rage II has been ported to almost every major system, but if Sega were to bring it to tvOS, it would be almost impossible on the Siri Remote — because the buttons aren't in the right place
But that could all be changing.
With tvOS 10's release in the fall, Apple is quietly dropping its requirement that tvOS games support the Siri Controller.
This means that developers can soon require a third-party controller for playing certain titles on tvOS. It may come at the expense of not being able to sell the game to the portion of the Apple TV audience without alternative controllers, but we may also see titles that physically could not have been ported to the platform without a more traditional remote. It also frees up the developer's engineering resources, letting them focus more on the game than porting its controls to the Siri remote.
The Apple TV App Store has already devoted a portion of its store to this new policy: "Play with Controllers." I can personally confirm: Every game they've selected is a vastly better experience; Geometry Wars 3 is a precision twin-stick shooter, and with the Steel Series, it's absolutely equal to the PS4 version. Oceanhorn is a straight up Zelda clone, done with superb attention to detail. On iOS, the touchpad gameplay was tolerable - but on tvOS, with a third-party controller, the experience is extremely comparable to Link to the Past.
There's no question the move away from the Siri remote remote requirement will result in better games on Apple TV. I do wonder, however, if we'll see Apple get into the advanced controller business itself this fall — offering an Apple TV bundle with the Siri Remote and Magic Controller, perhaps?
What's more exciting, to me, is the ways tvOS could further expand for game developers. For all the improvements Apple has made to Metal and its other 3D developer tools, it's hard to not notice that almost every game on iOS is set in a 2D environment — most of those games that have been built specifically for the iPhone. Many of the games on tvOS currently are ports from these iPhone titles, but but there's no technical reason more sophisticated games couldn't run on Apple TV.
Our own studio works extensively with Unreal Engine on iOS, and the idea of porting some of the greatest Unreal games ever made to Apple TV is an entirely feasible project. Imagine playing Mass Effect, Life is Strange, Bioshock or Batman: Arkham City on your Apple TV: None of those game ports could be possible without Apple dropping the Siri Remote. Here's hoping this is just step one in the company's plan for TV game development. After all, a great gaming platform is yet another selling point for picking up a new Apple TV.