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Apple's iPhone XR Was Most Popular Smartphone in 2019 Based on Shipment Estimates

02:37 26 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

The iPhone XR was the world's most popular smartphone in 2019, with Apple outshipping all other smartphone models, according to new data shared today by research firm Omdia. Apple shipped an estimated 46.3 million ‌iPhone XR‌ units in 2019, which is more than double the 23.1 million units shipped in 2019. ‌iPhone XR‌ shipments were also nine million units higher than the second most popular model, which was Apple's iPhone 11. Apple shipped an estimated 37.3 million ‌iPhone 11‌ models. After the ‌iPhone XR‌ and ‌iPhone 11‌, the Galaxy A10 was the third most popular smartphone, with Samsung shipping 30.3 million units. The Samsung A50, Samsung A20, and iPhone 11 Pro Max came in fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively."Apple has consistently owned the first and second positions in the global smartphone model shipment ranking, with the company maintaining this dominant position for more than five years running," said Jusy Hong, smartphone research and analysis director at Omdia. "The company's continued dominance on this front is all the more remarkable when considering that Apple's price hikes caused overall iPhone shipments to decline last year. By limiting the number of models it offers compared to its top competitors, Apple has been able to concentrate its sales on a few smartphones that have broad appeal, like the ‌iPhone XR‌."Apple has continued selling the ‌iPhone XR‌ alongside the ‌iPhone 11‌ and the iPhone 11 Pro as a lower cost option, priced starting at $599. The ‌iPhone XR‌ is $100 cheaper than the $699 starting price point of the ‌iPhone 11‌. Omdia is a research firm that was established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech and the IHS Markit technology research portfolio.Related Roundup: iPhone XRThis article, "Apple's iPhone XR Was Most Popular Smartphone in 2019 Based on Shipment Estimates" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple's iPhone XR Was Most Popular Smartphone in 2019 Based on Shipment Estimates

02:37 26 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

The iPhone XR was the world's most popular smartphone in 2019, with Apple outshipping all other smartphone models, according to new data shared today by research firm Omdia. Apple shipped an estimated 46.3 million ‌iPhone XR‌ units in 2019, which is more than double the 23.1 million units shipped in 2019. ‌iPhone XR‌ shipments were also nine million units higher than the second most popular model, which was Apple's iPhone 11. Apple shipped an estimated 37.3 million ‌iPhone 11‌ models. After the ‌iPhone XR‌ and ‌iPhone 11‌, the Galaxy A10 was the third most popular smartphone, with Samsung shipping 30.3 million units. The Samsung A50, Samsung A20, and iPhone 11 Pro Max came in fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively."Apple has consistently owned the first and second positions in the global smartphone model shipment ranking, with the company maintaining this dominant position for more than five years running," said Jusy Hong, smartphone research and analysis director at Omdia. "The company's continued dominance on this front is all the more remarkable when considering that Apple's price hikes caused overall iPhone shipments to decline last year. By limiting the number of models it offers compared to its top competitors, Apple has been able to concentrate its sales on a few smartphones that have broad appeal, like the ‌iPhone XR‌."Apple has continued selling the ‌iPhone XR‌ alongside the ‌iPhone 11‌ and the iPhone 11 Pro as a lower cost option, priced starting at $599. The ‌iPhone XR‌ is $100 cheaper than the $699 starting price point of the ‌iPhone 11‌. Omdia is a research firm that was established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech and the IHS Markit technology research portfolio.Related Roundup: iPhone XRThis article, "Apple's iPhone XR Was Most Popular Smartphone in 2019 Based on Shipment Estimates" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple's iPhone 12 Preparations May Be Delayed Due to Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

00:23 26 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

At this time of year, Apple engineers and executives typically visit China as Apple's suppliers start getting ready to manufacture new iPhones, but that preparation process is delayed this year due to coronavirus travel restrictions, reports Reuters. Production of new devices usually kicks off in the summer, but during the first months of the year, Apple employees visit China to perfect assembly processes with manufacturing partners like Foxconn. Reuters spoke to former Apple employees who said that it "could be bad" if Apple's engineers haven't been able to meet up with Foxconn engineers in China to plan iPhone 12 production."They probably have one assembly line they're trying things out on," said one of the former employees who asked not to be named discussing production matters. "Are Apple's engineers with the Foxconn engineers? If they are, they're probably making progress. But if they're not, if they're quarantined, that could be bad."People familiar with Apple's process for device prototyping to manufacturing said that work typically picks up after the Lunar New Year. By February, Apple is normally in the late stages of engineering validation, where Foxconn workers assemble a small number of devices and the manufacturing process is reviewed. Reuters says that delays at this stage can eat into the time Apple needs to finalize orders for chips and other iPhone components that need to be made well in advance of when full production begins. In March and April, Apple and Foxconn engineers work together to set up assembly lines and do trial runs, with final adjustments coming in April and May. One person familiar with Apple's process told Reuters that it's "very complicated" and there are "so many variables in the environment." Supply chain experts have said that Apple still has time to keep the ‌iPhone‌ schedule on track, but the travel restrictions have made it difficult."There is no face-to-face work being done," an executive at a semiconductor firm that supplies smartphone companies and works with teams in China said, speaking generally about phone production cycles. "And the word is, that's probably not going to change for another month at best. You're really talking about two lost months, which in the consumer electronics cycle is huge."Foxconn and other Apple suppliers were shut down for multiple days in February and while factories are now up and running, they're not operating at full production capacity due to labor shortages, travel restrictions, and quarantines. Senior Foxconn officials are working remotely from Taipei and have not returned to China on a large scale. U.S. airlines like United, which Apple often uses, have also suspended many flights to China. United will not be resuming flights to Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, and Shanghai until April 24. People who do visit China are also subjected to health screenings and other restrictions when returning to the United States. Apple has already warned investors that it will not be able to meet revenue goals for the March quarter due to device shortages and store closures in China, which have impacted device sales, and the company will provide additional info on the impact of the coronavirus during its April earnings call.Related Roundup: iPhone 12Tag: Wuhan coronavirusThis article, "Apple's iPhone 12 Preparations May Be Delayed Due to Coronavirus Travel Restrictions" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

FTC Sending Refund Checks to People Tricked by Tech Support Scams

22:28 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

The United States Federal Trade Commission today announced that it is sending out refund checks totaling over $1.7 million to people who fell victim to tech support scams. Click4Support image via MalwareTips Scam companies like Click4Support created ads on various websites claiming to be from tech support companies like Apple and Microsoft, tricking consumers into calling them for unneeded tech support services. Click4Support representatives would convince people into providing them with remote access to their computers for identifying non-existent viruses and malware. The fake services were sold both on a one time fee basis or with a long-term service plan, with the fake company charging from $69 to thousands of dollars. The FTC shut down Click4Support and other similar companies back in 2015 and filed legal action at that time, with refunds finally available for customer who were tricked into shelling out money. The FTC is providing refunds averaging approximately $30 each to victims, and most recipients will receive their refunds through PayPal, though some will receive checks. The money is sourced from Click4Support after a federal court in 2018 ruled that its assets should be used to reimburse customers who lost money due to the scams. While this is a small victory for some users who have been tricked by scammers, scams have unfortunately grown much more sophisticated over the course of the last five years. Apple maintains a dedicated support page that instructs customers on how to avoid phishing emails, fake virus alerts, fake phone calls, and other similar scams. These tips are well worth reading for anyone who owns an Apple device.This article, "FTC Sending Refund Checks to People Tricked by Tech Support Scams" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

NTSB Criticizes Apple After Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash for Not Banning Employee Smartphone Use While Driving

21:47 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

The United States National Transportation Safety Board today conducted a hearing dissecting the fatal 2018 crash of Apple engineer Walter Huang, who was using the autopilot feature of a Tesla Model X, reports CNBC. The NTSB called Tesla's Autosteer feature "completely inadequate" and said that Tesla's forward collision warning system did not provide an alert, nor did the automatic emergency braking system activate, but the board also had some choice words for Apple. At the time of the crash, Huang was playing a game on his company-issued development iPhone. He was not paying attention to the road and likely did not have his hands on the steering wheel as the Tesla was in Autopilot mode.So first let me say, if you own a car with partial automation, you do not own a self-driving car. Don't pretend that you do. This means that when driving in the supposed "self-driving" mode: you can't sleep; you can't read a book; you can't watch a movie or TV show; you can't text; and, you can't play video games. And, that is precisely what we found in this crash - the driver was playing a video game on his smartphone when his car veered into the median barrier.In a statement, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt criticized Apple for not having a policy that prevents employees from using their iPhones while driving.Let me circle back to the issue of driver distraction - one that involves the role of employers. Employers have a critical role in fighting distracted driving. At the NTSB, we believe in leading by example. Over a decade ago, under the leadership of my former colleague and NTSB chairman, Debbie Hersman, NTSB implemented a broad-reaching policy which bans using Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) while driving. We know that such policies save lives. The driver in this crash was employed by Apple - a tech leader. But when it comes to recognizing the need for a company PED policy, Apple is lagging because they don't have such a policy.During the hearing, the NTSB said [PDF] that employers play an important role in preventing distracted driving. A strong policy is an effective strategy for cutting down on distracted driving, and Apple has no policy that prohibits cell phone use while driving. Apple in a response provided to CNBC, said "We expect our employees to follow the law." In California, where the crash took place, there are distracted driving laws that prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, even in vehicles with an autopilot mode. Apple has also implemented a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that activates when a driver attempts to use a cellular phone while driving, though it can be disabled. The NTSB's goal is to get all employers to implement and enforce policies that ban the use of personal electronic devices while driving.Tag: TeslaThis article, "NTSB Criticizes Apple After Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash for Not Banning Employee Smartphone Use While Driving" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Asks Shareholders Attending Tomorrow's Meeting to Follow CDC Coronavirus Quarantine Measures

21:06 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Ahead of Apple's 2020 shareholders meeting, which is set to take place tomorrow, Apple has asked attendees traveling from China to make sure they adhere to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's quarantine guidelines. In the notice, which was shared on Twitter this morning and spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple says that it has worked in close consultation with public health experts and is following official CDC guidance.Health and Safety Precautions Apple is following official guidance on COVID-19 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and working in close consultation with public health experts. We ask shareholders who have traveled to China in February to ensure they have completed the required 14-day quarantine period prior to the meeting in order to attend.Coronavirus concerns have made people wary of attending events with a large number of people. Mobile World Congress (MWC), a major event that normally takes place in February, was canceled, and upcoming events that include the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Pax East are seeing multiple major companies drop out. The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has been primarily limited to China, but in recent days, infections have spread significantly in other countries like South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Just today, the CDC warned Americans that it expects COVID-19 to spread in the United States. More than 80,000 people worldwide have contracted COVID-19, and there have been 2,700 deaths. Apple's shareholder meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus. Apple's shareholder meetings are first come first serve as space for attendance is limited, with pre-registration required. Shareholder meetings are not typically interesting to the general public and Apple executives share little about Apple's products. Apple CEO Tim Cook did make a few comments last year about Apple's services business and roadmap, so similar information could be shared this year, and if there's any interesting information, we'll let MacRumors readers know.Tag: Wuhan coronavirusThis article, "Apple Asks Shareholders Attending Tomorrow's Meeting to Follow CDC Coronavirus Quarantine Measures" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Contactless Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch Now Available for Santa Clara University Students

20:41 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Students at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California are now able to add their ACCESS student IDs to the Wallet app on the iPhone and the Apple Watch, allowing their devices to be used to access buildings, attend athletic events, purchase meals, check out library books, and more. Once a student ID card has been added into the Wallet app, students can use an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌Apple Watch‌ in lieu of a physical card by holding their device near a reader. The contactless student ID can be used anywhere the physical ID card is required. Santa Clara University is located close to Apple's Cupertino headquarters, and it was one of the universities that worked with Apple and partner company Transact during the pilot program for contactless student IDs. SCU expects that most of its 5,500 undergraduate students will be using the mobile student ID system by the end of the year. Apple first announced plans to bring contactless student IDs to ‌iPhone‌ and ‌Apple Watch‌ at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, and rolled out the first IDs in October 2018. Since then, Apple has added additional universities to the program, and participants include Marshall University, Clemson University, Duke University, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Georgetown University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, University of San Francisco, University of Vermont, Arkansas State University, South Dakota State University, Norfolk State University, Louisburg College, University of North Alabama, and Chowan University.This article, "Contactless Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch Now Available for Santa Clara University Students" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Pad & Quill Launch Pre-Orders for 2020 iPad Pro Leather Keyboard Cases With Cutout for Triple-Lens Camera

20:12 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Accessory company Pad & Quill today announced the "Aria Smart Keyboard Case" for the upcoming 2020 refresh of the iPad Pro. Pad & Quill's cases are available for pre-order in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes, and they include a square camera cutout for a triple-lens camera. We've seen square cutouts in leaked iPad Pro cases over the past few days, with rumors pointing to the 2020 iPad Pro family gaining similar cameras as those seen on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Yesterday, leaker Ben Geskin shared a few images of a case allegedly fitting the 2020 iPad Pro, with a similar square camera cutout. Now that Pad & Quill has launched pre-orders for its own official cases, it appears more likely that we can expect a similar camera setup on the upcoming iPad Pro line. Apple is expected to update the iPad Pro sometime in 2020, perhaps in the first half of the year. The new models are rumored to have the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch dimensions as the previous generation. Not much else is currently known about the new iPad Pros, other than the rumored triple-lens camera. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo backed this up with a prediction of his own, stating that the 2020 iPad Pro will come with a triple-lens camera system with support for 3D sensing for augmented reality. This unveiling could happen during an Apple event rumored to take place in March. The Aria Smart Keyboard Case is $99.95 for the 11-inch model and $109.95 for the 12.9-inch model. You can use the code PQ15 to take 15 percent off your order as well. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Pad & Quill. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.Related Roundup: iPad ProTag: Pad & QuillBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Don't Buy), 12.9" iPad Pro (Don't Buy)This article, "Pad & Quill Launch Pre-Orders for 2020 iPad Pro Leather Keyboard Cases With Cutout for Triple-Lens Camera" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Working With Johnson & Johnson on 'Heartline Study' Aimed at Reducing Risk of Stroke

15:10 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple and Johnson & Johnson today announced a new study that aims to gather more information surrounding atrial fibrillation and other conditions tracked by iPhone and Apple Watch. The "Heartline Study" will include an ‌iPhone‌ app, and explores whether health tracking features of ‌iPhone‌ and heart health features on ‌Apple Watch‌ can improve health outcomes. The study is specifically aimed at individuals over 65 years of age. Apple and Johnson & Johnson are looking to see if Apple's health tracking technology can help reduce the risk of stroke thanks to earlier detection of atrial fibrillation, which is a leading cause of stroke in the United States and detectable with the ‌Apple Watch‌'s ECG feature. The main issue with atrial fibrillation is that it is difficult to diagnose, due to the lack of physical symptoms in most patients. With ‌Apple Watch‌, watchOS can alert users to a potential AFib event even if they are unaware of what's happening to them. "Apple technology is making a meaningful impact on scientific research through the powerful capabilities of ‌iPhone‌ and ‌Apple Watch‌, all with privacy at the center of the participant experience," said Myoung Cha, Apple's Head of Health Strategic Initiatives. "The Heartline Study will help further understanding of how our technology could both contribute to science and help improve health outcomes, including reducing the risk of stroke." Those interested in the study must be 65 or older, a U.S. resident for the duration of the study, have traditional Medicare, own an ‌iPhone‌ 6s or later (with iOS 12.2 or later), and agree to provide access to their Medicare claims data. Once randomized participants are selected, they will be divided into two groups: one will only use the ‌iPhone‌ app and the other will use the ‌iPhone‌ app in addition to obtaining an ‌Apple Watch‌. The study will last three years. Apple and its devices regularly participate in scientific studies, most recently at Stanford Medicine with the "Apple Heart Study." This study began in 2017, and in November 2019 Stanford Medicine published results that ultimately determined the ‌Apple Watch‌ can successfully detect atrial fibrillation.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)This article, "Apple Working With Johnson & Johnson on 'Heartline Study' Aimed at Reducing Risk of Stroke" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Declines Request to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing Probing Ties to China

13:35 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple has again declined a request to testify at a U.S. congressional hearing that is part of a wider investigation into Chinese influence on technology companies. According to The Washington Post, both Apple and TikTok declined an invitation from U.S. Senator Josh Hawley to attend the hearing, which took place on Monday, February 24. Apple and TikTok each have declined a request to testify at a March congressional hearing that would have probed their relationships with China, a move that threatens to ratchet up tensions with federal lawmakers who see Beijing as a privacy and security threat. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.), one of TikTok's leading critics, had invited the two tech firms to appear at a March 4 session, his office confirmed Monday. Both previously had declined to testify at a hearing last year on the same issue.According to the Post, TikTok has said it plans to send a representative to engage with the subcommittee at a later date, but Apple has not commented on its absence. Apple and TikTok skipped a similar hearing in November last year, leaving two chairs empty at the meeting with only placards bearing the companies' names. Senator Hawley, who is a frequent critic of Apple for its ties with China, attacked the company for its no-show, saying its entanglement with the country's authoritarian government was "a fact they would rather we think not too much about." In October, U.S. lawmakers called out Apple for not standing up for democratic values and free speech in Hong Kong, after it pulled an app from the App Store that protestors had been using to track police movements in the city state, saying it violated the company's guidelines and local laws. Apple initially approved the app after reviewing its decision to initially reject it app from the ?‌App Store‌?. Its reversal came after the Chinese Communist Party's flagship newspaper criticized the company for letting the app into its store. "Apple assured me last week that their initial decision to ban this app was a mistake," tweeted senator Hawley at the time. "Looks like the Chinese censors have had a word with them since. Who is really running Apple? ?Tim Cook? or Beijing?" In a related development today, The Guardian reports that Apple could be forced to disclose details of censorship requests from China after two major shareholder groups backed a proposal that would force the tech giant to make new human rights commitments. The motion is set to be voted on by the company?s investors on Wednesday, and was prompted by numerous allegations of Apple kowtowing to Beijing and blocking apps from being used by Chinese customers. Apple reportedly failed in an attempt to block the vote from taking place. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.Tag: ChinaThis article, "Apple Declines Request to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing Probing Ties to China" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Over Half of Apple's Retail Stores in China Reopened Amid Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak

00:18 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple has now reopened 29 of its 42 retail locations in China, according to Apple's store websites in the country that were reviewed by Bloomberg. Many of Apple's stores in China have been shut down for the last few weeks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Most locations that have been reopened continue to operate on shortened hours, with some open for less than eight hours a day. Additional stores are expected to reopen as soon as this week, but there is no word on when all Apple Stores in China will be operational. Apple last week said that its March quarter revenue will fall short of expectations because of constrained iPhone supplies worldwide and lower customer demand for Apple products in China caused by store closures. The shuttered stores and limited hours have significantly reduced customer traffic, and though Apple's supplier factories in areas outside of the Hubei province have reopened, ramp up to full production on devices has been slower than expected. According to a second report from Bloomberg, Apple's ‌iPhone‌ sales started dropping in January as the coronavirus spread. Numbers supplied by a UBS research note that includes official Chinese data suggests ‌iPhone‌ sales fell 28 percent compared to the prior month, which is a larger than normal decline for that time of the year. February sales numbers are expected to be "far worse" due to supply and demand issues related to the outbreak. Apple has said it is continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation and will provide additional information during its next quarterly earnings call in April. Related Roundup: Apple StoresTags: China, Wuhan coronavirusThis article, "Over Half of Apple's Retail Stores in China Reopened Amid Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Five of the Best To-Do Apps for iOS

23:48 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

People lead busy lives, and keeping track of everything that needs to be done in a day can be tough, which is why there are an endless number of to-do and productivity apps on the App Store. Apple offers a built-in Reminders app and a built-in Notes app, both of which can be useful, but most people who need a robust task tracking solution will want to look to a third-party app. In our latest YouTube video, we rounded up some of our favorite to-do options with a range of capabilities. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Notion (Free) Notion is an all-in-one productivity app that's perfect if you need an app that combines note taking and wiki creation with to-do list making. It has a simple color coordinated design, but it can actually be used to create neatly organized notes and lists with a hierarchy as complex or as simple as you need it to be. Notion is cross platform so it works on Mac and iOS, plus it has robust search tools, supports real-time collaboration, offers easy editing and list rearranging, and works offline. The app is free to use, but unlocking the full range of capabilities, including unlimited "Blocks" of data and more than 5MB in file uploads costs $4 per month. TeuxDeux ($2.99/Month) Despite the cringeworthy name, TeuxDeux is a solid to-do app if you need something that's simple, straightforward, and free from confusing bells and whistles. It is the most barebones of the to-do apps that we've tried out, and it's an ideal choice if you want a design that's close to writing down tasks on a piece of paper. Though simple, TeuxDeux offers several features that are must haves for a to-do app, such as recurring tasks, tasks that roll over to the next day if unfinished, Markdown support, easy drag and drop gesture support, and the ability to use it on both the iPhone and the desktop. TeuxDeux is a subscription-based app and it costs $2.99 per month or $24 for a year. Things 3 ($9.99) Things 3 is one of the most robust to-do apps on our list, and it's also one of the more popular to-do list options. There's a good reason for that - Cultured Code has included every feature you could ever possibly want in a task management app. The design of the app is ultimately easy to use, but it can be overwhelming at first and it does take some time to get used to the full feature set. Luckily, there's a built-in tutorial to get you acquainted with Things 3. You can create Projects to organize different tasks, Areas to split things between work and family responsibilities, or just add a simple to-do. An inbox with sections like Today, Upcoming, Anytime, and Sunday helps you keep track of what tasks need completing and when. Things 3 is the app to choose if you want to organize all aspects of your life. Things 3 is one of the few to-do apps that's not subscription based, and it costs $9.99 to purchase. Things 3 is also available for Mac and iPad, though each app must be purchased individually. Todoist (Free) Todoist, like Things 3, is a well-known to-do and list making app. Different tasks can be organized into sections as needed, spitting up everything from work tasks to grocery lists. There's an inbox that shows you everything that needs to be done at a glance, plus sections for things that need to be done immediately and over the next week. Todoist makes it easy to jot down a quick to-do using natural language in the app so you can get it out of your head, and it supports recurring dates and the option to assign tasks to others for collaborative projects. Personalized productivity trends are included, so you can make sure you're staying on task. Todoist is free to download, but the premium feature that unlocks all functionality (such as reminders) costs $3.99 per month or $35.99 per year. Any.Do (Free) Any.do is another popular task management app that's been around for years. It has a simple interface that belies its complexity, with deep organizational options for managing daily to-dos, calendar tasks, projects, lists, and more. It offers scheduled reminders, note taking capabilities, collaborative features, calendar integration, adding to-dos from email messages, simple drag and drop gestures, and more. Using the app requires an account, but it does support Sign in with Apple to make it easy, and with an account, the app can be used across all of your devices. Any.do is free to use, but unlocking all features requires a premium plan priced at $9.99 per month for a one month subscription, $27 for a six month subscription, or $60 for a 12 month subscription. A premium subscription unlocks color tags, location-based reminders, advanced recurring reminders, bigger file uploads, sharing capabilities, and more. Conclusion There are dozens if not hundreds of to-do apps on the ‌App Store‌, and it's impossible to test them all out. If you're looking for a new to-do app, it's worth checking out the options on our list, as these are apps that we've tried and found useful. If we missed your favorite to-do app, make sure to let us know what it is in the comments.This article, "Five of the Best To-Do Apps for iOS" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Shares Detailed Technical Overviews of Pro Display XDR and Mac Pro

22:48 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today shared two new "Technical Overview" white papers that take an extensive look into the technology and feature set of the Pro Display XDR and the Mac Pro. Available as PDFs, the Mac Pro overview and the Pro Display XDR overview (via 9to5Mac) walk through key features and components, with ultra detailed rundowns on every component. The ‌Mac Pro‌ overview highlights the lattice case, Intel Xeon W chip, GPUs, PCIe expansion slots, MPX module, I/O, T2 chip, SSD, and more. Apple explains the reason for design choices made for the ‌Mac Pro‌, does a deep dive into performance, and lists technical specifications. Much of this information has previously been shared in product pages and marketing info provided by Apple, but this is the single most comprehensive source for ‌Mac Pro‌ info. The Pro Display XDR white paper is similar, detailing display panel components, LED backlighting system, timing controller, display accuracy, reference modes, enclosure design mounting, and technical specifications. This information has also been previously shared by Apple for the most part, but again, the white paper is a useful place to see it all in one place. These are useful resources for those who are interested in learning more about the ‌Mac Pro‌ and the Pro Display XDR ahead of purchase, and can be found through these PDF links: Pro Display XDR and Mac Pro.Related Roundups: Mac Pro, Apple Pro Display XDRBuyer's Guide: Mac Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Apple Shares Detailed Technical Overviews of Pro Display XDR and Mac Pro" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Retail Stores Celebrating Upcoming International Women's Day With Today at Apple Sessions

21:58 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

In celebration of International Women's Day, set to take place on March 8, Apple is hosting a series of "She Creates" workshops that will be held at Apple retail stores from March 1 to March 31. According to Apple, there will be hands-on sessions that "explore new perspectives" using iPad, iPhone, and Mac, along with opportunities to share ideas with others and learn from inspiring female creators. There will be sessions on creating AR experiences, learning product skills, and more, along with unique sessions at various Apple locations around the world. At Apple Union Square in San Francisco, for example, there will be a live performance by indie electronica artist Ah-Mer-Ah-Su on March 17, while Apple Fifth Avenue will feature a March 11 music session with drummer Madame Gandhi, Apple Antara will host a photo session with award winning photographer Yvonne Venegas, and Apple Covent Garden will host a drawing session with The Other Box, celebrating people of color and underrepresented backgrounds in creative industries. 9to5Mac compiled a list that features all of the retail locations that will host notable special events. Apple Williamsburg (Brooklyn) Apple Fifth Avenue (New York City) Apple Carnegie Library (Washington, D.C.) Apple Aventura (Miami) Apple Michigan Avenue (Chicago) Apple Union Square (San Francisco) Apple Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica) Apple Covent Garden (London) Apple Regent Street (London) Apple Champs-Élysées (Paris) Apple Piazza Liberty (Milan) Apple Antara (Mexico City) Apple Dubai Mall (Dubai) Apple Marunouchi (Tokyo) Other local events can be found by visiting Apple's Today at Apple website, which lists events and store sessions by location. Last year, Apple held other celebrations for International Women's Day, such as a special Apple Watch Activity Challenge, so we could also see similar events this year. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.Related Roundup: Apple StoresTags: Apple retail, Today at AppleThis article, "Apple Retail Stores Celebrating Upcoming International Women's Day With Today at Apple Sessions" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

MacRumors is 20 Years Old Today

19:46 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

It's hard to believe, but today marks the 20th birthday of MacRumors, which was founded on February 24, 2000, with articles starting just a few days later. While longtime readers may be familiar with the site's origins, there are plenty of others who are unaware that it began as a hobby while our founder Arnold Kim was a medical student, and it remained a side project for over eight years until he decided to give up medicine to focus on MacRumors as a full-time career. That backstory and additional perspective were shared in a July 2008 New York Times article. MacRumors.com registered on February 24, 2000 I officially joined MacRumors on January, 1, 2009, but I had served as a volunteer forum staff member and occasional writer for several years prior and had been a regular reader almost since the site's debut. Over that time, I saw MacRumors grow from a niche aggregator of news about a beloved company looking to raise itself from the dead to the behemoth it is today, riding the wave of one hit product after another with the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and more. MacRumors as it appeared in May 2000 Through the years, we've added additional writers, editors, and other staff members, with the team now numbering roughly a dozen dedicated folks who live and breathe Apple news and rumors. We've covered plenty of major Apple news stories over the years, and here are just a few of the biggest ones: October 2001: Apple's New Thing (iPod) June 2003: PowerMac G5: World's Fastest Desktop Computer August 2004: New iMac G5 Announced June 2005: Macintosh Moving to Intel Processors January 2006: Apple Releases the MacBook Pro January 2007: Apple Announces the iPhone January 2008: Apple Announces MacBook Air January 2010: Apple Tablet Media Event: "Come See Our Latest Creation" April 2010: Apparent Next-Generation iPhone Gets a Thorough Hands-On October 2011: Steve Jobs Has Passed Away September 2014: Apple Announces Apple Watch, Available in Early 2015 From $349 September 2016: Apple Debuts Wireless 'AirPods' With 5 Hours of Music PlaybackAnd don't forget about the MacRumors Buyer's Guide, which has been providing at-a-glance buying recommendations based on Apple's product release schedules for 17 years now. It's been a long ride, and we certainly couldn't have done it without our loyal readers and forum members. For two decades now, MacRumors has been known for its active and passionate community that has itself reached nearly a million registered members and over 27 million forum posts. If you're not a member, we invite you to register for our forums and add your voice to our community. To all of you who have helped make MacRumors what it is today, thank you, and here's to another 20 years.This article, "MacRumors is 20 Years Old Today" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Mac With Apple-Designed Arm Processor Coming in First Half of 2021

18:18 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple's first Mac with a processor designed in house is set to be released during the first half of 2021, Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo said in a note to investors this morning that was obtained by MacRumors. There are no other details provided about the new Mac that's in the works, but the detail confirms multiple past rumors that have suggested Apple is working on custom Arm-based processors designed in-house that would allow it to transition away from Intel. Over the years, Apple's product releases have been stymied by Intel chip delays, and with its own chips, Apple will not be tied to Intel chip release cycles. Earlier information indicated Apple could begin using Arm-based chips as soon as 2020, but Kuo's note indicates a new Mac with an Apple-designed chip won't be released this year. Apple is said to be moving to Arm-based chips in an effort to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads work together and run the same apps. Apple's iPhones and iPads already use Arm-based chip technology, and there are custom Apple-created T2 chips in the iMac Pro and recent MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and Mac Pro models. Kuo's detail about an upcoming Mac with an Apple-designed chip is a tidbit mentioned briefly in a note that suggests 5-nanometer chip architecture will be the "core technology" in Apple's new products in the next 12 to 18 months.We expect that Apple's new products in 12-18 months will adopt processors made by 5nm process, including the new 2H20 5G iPhone, new 2H20 iPad equipped with mini LED, and new 1H21 Mac equipped with the own-design processor. We think that iPhone 5G support, ‌iPad‌'s adoption of innovative mid-size panel technology, and Mac's first adoption of the own-design processor are all Apple's critical product and technology strategies. Given that the processor is the core component of new products, we believe that Apple had increased 5nm-related investments after the epidemic outbreak. Further, Apple occupying more resources of related suppliers will hinder competitors' developments.The new Mac with Apple-designed chip, the 2020 ‌5G iPhone‌, and a high-end ‌iPad‌ with a mini LED display rumored for the second half of 2020 are said to use 5-nanometer chips. Chips built on a 5-nanometer node will be faster and more efficient than the A13 chips used in the most recent iPhones that are built on a 7-nanometer+ process. Apple is said to have become "more aggressive" when it comes to research, development, and production for 5-nanometer chip technology, ramping up investments to reduce uncertainty caused by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China.Tags: Ming-Chi Kuo, Arm MacsThis article, "Mac With Apple-Designed Arm Processor Coming in First Half of 2021" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Apple's Appeal in $440 Million VirnetX Patent Case

16:42 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear Apple's appeal of a $440 million judgment in one of the patent infringement cases brought by VirnetX a decade ago, reports Reuters. VirnetX was originally awarded $302 million back in October 2016 in the dispute over VPN-related patents, but Apple appealed the ruling multiple times, and with interest and other costs tacked on, the judgment was later increased to $440 million. Apple argued on appeal that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had canceled "key parts" of several of the patents involved in the case, but the courts rescinded that cancelation. Apple continued to appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court, but the court has opted not to intervene, leaving Apple on the hook for the $440 million judgment. The case is one of two Apple has been embroiled in with VirnetX over the years. In the other case, VirnetX was initially awarded $502 million but the infringement ruling was partially overturned late last year and the case was sent back a lower court to determine a new amount for damages. Apple attempted to contest the validity of the remaining two patents at issue, but just two weeks ago, the court denied a rehearing on that aspect of the case.Tags: patent trials, VirnetXThis article, "U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Apple's Appeal in $440 Million VirnetX Patent Case" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

AirTags Said to Be 'Completely Waterproof' and Use Magnetic Charging Like Apple Watch

15:37 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

In a report touching on several topics today, Japanese site Mac Otakara claims that Apple's Tile-like "AirTags" item trackers will be "completely waterproof" and use similar magnetic wireless charging to that seen on the Apple Watch. AirTag image found in iOS 13 build Evidence of ‌AirTags‌ has been found in builds of ‌iOS 13‌ since last summer, and it appears the small item trackers will show up in the Find My app and enable users to locate misplaced items. With ultra wideband support found in the iPhone 11 lineup and augmented reality, it looks like ‌AirTags‌ could offer high precision and direct the user straight to an item, even pinpointing it within a room. We're not sure when to expect ‌AirTags‌ to launch, but it looks like it may not be imminent yet, as noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said just last week that production isn't expected to ramp up until the second or third quarter, and today's report from Mac Otakara claims an announcement in the fall of this year, which would likely be alongside new iPhones in September.Tags: macotakara.jp, AirTagsThis article, "AirTags Said to Be 'Completely Waterproof' and Use Magnetic Charging Like Apple Watch" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

2020 iPhones May Support New Short Range Wi-Fi Standard

14:17 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple's next iPhone series may support a new Wi-Fi standard known as IEEE 802.11ay, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. 802.11ay is the follow-up of IEEE 802.11ad, quadrupling the bandwidth and adding up to 4 streams of multiple transmission/reception. The new Wi-Fi spec, which uses the 60GHz spectrum, is still in the draft phase but is expected to be finalized by the end of 2020. The translated report is quite difficult to decipher, but the blog calls the wireless standard "ultra-short range," which suggests it could be used to communicate between iPhones (i.e. AirDrop) and perhaps other Apple devices in close proximity. Interestingly, a 2018 report claimed that Apple has been working on an AR/VR headset that would be untethered from either a computer or a smartphone and instead connect to a "dedicated box" using the 802.11ay wireless standard. The box was said to be powered by a custom 5-nanometer Apple processor similar to the custom chips that Apple will use in future Macs. Connecting the two rumors is pure speculation at this point, but it's interesting to conceive of different scenarios where Apple uses the new Wi-Fi standard to enable next-generation wireless AR/VR experiences. That said, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has claimed the company's AR roadmap will initially focus on the iPad and ‌iPhone‌ before any sort of headset comes to fruition. In November, Gurman said Apple is working on "a range of augmented and virtual-reality devices" based around a new 3D sensor system, which will arrive first on a new iPad Pro slated for release in the first half of 2020, and followed by Apple's new iPhones later in the year. Moving beyond existing devices, Apple is said to be targeting 2021 or 2022 for the release of a combination VR and AR headset focused on "gaming, watching video and virtual meetings."Related Roundup: iPhone 12Tags: macotakara.jp, 802.11ayThis article, "2020 iPhones May Support New Short Range Wi-Fi Standard" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Innolux to Supply Mini-LED Panels for iPad Pro to Launch in Second Half of 2020

11:18 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Taiwan-based Innolux has won orders to supply Apple with mini-LED panels for a new iPad Pro due to launch later this year, according to a new report today. Taiwan's Economic Daily News reports that the panel maker has already sent samples to Apple and has now won orders with the tech giant to supply them in bulk for the tablet, said to be launching in the second half of the year. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple plans to release four to six products with mini-LED displays over the next two to three years, including a high-end 12.9-inch ?‌iPad Pro‌ set for launch in the third quarter of 2020?. Kuo has said the mini-LED displays will "significantly improve productivity and the entertainment experience," and will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while offering many of the same benefits of OLED displays used on the latest iPhones, including higher contrast ratio, higher brightness, and deeper blacks. LG Display and General Interface Solution (GIS) will be the other significant benefactors of these mini-LED products, according to Kuo. Previous reports claim Apple has contracted for related components with Epistar, Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), Zhen Ding Technology, and Flexium Interconnect. Apple is widely rumored to refresh the ?‌iPad Pro‌? in spring 2020. If it does, another new 12.9-inch model in fall 2020 would certainly be an early addition to the range. Related Roundup: iPad ProBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Don't Buy), 12.9" iPad Pro (Don't Buy)This article, "Innolux to Supply Mini-LED Panels for iPad Pro to Launch in Second Half of 2020" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Alleged 2020 iPad Pro Case Leaks Suggesting Square-Shaped Camera Setup

10:30 24 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Mobile leaker Ben Geskin today shared images on Twitter purporting to be a case for the next-generation iPad Pro, which Apple is rumored to be launching sometime in the first half of this year. There's a square cutout in the top corner of the case, suggesting the new ‌iPad Pro‌ might have a square-shaped camera setup modeled after the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. A hole for the microphone is visible on one side, and there are gaps for the standby button and USB-C port. Aside from that, not much can be gleaned from the photos, and we have no way to verify if it's actually a case designed for the 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌. The new ?‌iPad Pro‌? models are said to feature the same dimensions as the 2018 ?‌iPad Pro‌? models, and based on renders, the design will also be close to identical with the exception of a triple-lens camera. There were some rumors indicating Apple would release new ?‌iPad Pro‌? models in 2019, but that didn't happen, and current information from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple plans to release an ?‌iPad Pro‌? update during the first half of 2020, perhaps sometime in March. We've already seen dummy models said to be of the new ?‌iPad Pro‌? models, which featured a triple-lens camera, but those may not be entirely accurate when it comes to the camera design. Kuo believes that the next ‌iPad Pro‌ update will come with upgraded Face ID, an A14X chip, and a rear-facing time-of-flight (ToF) camera system that would allow for 3D models to be captured using the ‌iPad Pro‌ and then edited with the Apple Pencil for an "all-new productivity experience." The time-of-flight camera is expected to be a 2020 iPhone feature, so it's not entirely clear if Apple plans to put the time-of-flight functionality in the iPad as the company may first want to bring the feature to the ?‌iPhone‌?. Apple's planned launch date for the ‌iPad Pro‌ could be pushed back due to production delays caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China, or if it launches on time, its supplies could be constrained. Recent rumors indicate Apple is planning to hold an event on Tuesday, March 31, so if new ‌iPad‌ Pros are in the works for the first half of 2020 and aren't delayed, they could be announced at this event. Kuo has also said that Apple plans to release an updated high-end 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ with a mini-LED display in the third quarter of 2020. If so, a new 12.9-inch model in fall 2020 would certainly be soon after. Related Roundup: iPad ProTag: Ben GeskinBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Don't Buy), 12.9" iPad Pro (Don't Buy)This article, "Alleged 2020 iPad Pro Case Leaks Suggesting Square-Shaped Camera Setup" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

WhatsApp introduces major new audio features

17:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

WhatsApp is the uber-popular messaging app available on all major smart phone platforms, including iOS. With over 300 million users, it's possible that it has one of the largest followings ever. Intent on growing even bigger by adding new features, the company has introduced several audio enhancements to its app. As AllThingsD reports, WhatsApp is launching a push-to-talk voice messaging feature that will allow people to send voice messages with a tap: "[WhatsApp CEO Jan] Koum's contention is that WhatApp's innovation is in how simple it makes sending a voice message. He pulled out the Facebook Messenger app to show that it takes three taps to make a voice recording. With the updated WhatsApp, a user pushes to record a message rather than type one. When she lets go, the message sends. If she decides not to send, she swipes to the left and the recording is deleted. All that is built into a single tap. 'The number of taps matters. People want to send a message and be on their way,' Koum said. Additional features of the latest WhatsApp update include the removal of time limits on voice messages; volume switching -- when the phone is held at arm's length WhatsApp will increase the volume, and when it is held near the ear WhatsApp will decrease the volume; and a blue microphone icon notification that tells you when your recipient has heard their message. WhatsApp is a free download, and the first year of service is also free. After one yea,r WhatsApp services costs US$0.99 annually.WhatsApp introduces major new audio features originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Facebook Messenger for iPhone adds Instagram sharing

16:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Facebook has updated its Facebook Messenger app for iPhone. The biggest new feature is deeper Instagram integration. Now users can attach photos to messages from Instagram right within the Messenger app. Facebook bought Instagram last year for US$1 billion, and it's nice to see the company put the photo sharing service to use. Another improvement in this update is a small paper clip icon that users can tap to share Instagram photos and emoji icons. Here's the full release notes: What's New in Version 2.6 Now it's easier to send photos and emoji: - Just tap the paper clip from any message - Choose photos from Instagram and any other album on your phone Don't forget about stickers: Tap the smiley to see what's new in the sticker store. Bug fixes Facebook Messenger for iPhone is a free download.Facebook Messenger for iPhone adds Instagram sharing originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Apple Stores offer deals on accessories through August

16:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

This week Apple will begin offering some good deals on accessories at its retail stores, reports 9to5Mac. Two deals have a ready started, which include 10% off of select Beats by Dre headphones and speakers (end August 10th) and US$50 off of the Jawbone Big JamBox speaker (ends August 31st). The third deal begins this Sunday, offering 10% off the Bose QuietComfort 3 and Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones. That deal runs until September 14th. There's no word why Apple is running these deals, but obvious theories include the back-to-school shopping season. However, these sales could pull people into Apple Stores as the company reportedly works to increase iPhone sales in-store versus at third-party retailers.Apple Stores offer deals on accessories through August originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

easyJet expands Passbook support to 75 airports

15:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

In May, popular European discount airline easyJet announced that it was testing Passbook ticketing support at six airports in Europe, with support to come from more airports if the trial was found successful. And judging by today's easyJet app update, it looks like that's the case. Now the company is offering Passbook ticketing support at a whopping 75 airports in Europe. This is significant because easyJet is one of the most popular discount airlines. Passbook-supported apps have been slow to catch on outside of the US (and even inside the US). But Passbook support isn't the only thing new in the latest easyJet update. Check out the other goodies and the release notes below: What's New in Version 2.3.0 - More airports enabled for mobile boarding passes. Now live at over 75 airports across Europe - New options to book a hotel or car - via our partners at Europcar and Booking.com - Add travel insurance to your completed booking in one click - Improvements to the look and readability of mobile boarding passes - Enhancements to Passbook integration to address a timezone issue reported by some users - Updated mobile FAQs easyJet is a free download.easyJet expands Passbook support to 75 airports originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Daily iPhone App: You'll definitely want to take A Ride Into The Mountains

03:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

The iPhone -- even going back to it's original iteration -- has always been capable of visually impressive mobile games, and some of the latest titles for the iPhone 5 can rival console-quality visuals. But as any gamer will tell you, great graphics don't make a great game, and A Ride Into The Mountains is undeniable proof that a lot can be done with a comparatively small number of pixels. The very first thing you'll notice about the game is that it looks like a cross between an early Nintendo title and something from the Atari days. There are no jaw-dropping graphics and not a single polygon to be found, but the washed-out look of the ultra-basic visuals fits the zen-minded nature of the game perfectly. You play as Zu, a man living a solitary existence guarding a mysterious relic tucked away in the mountains. When a strange object falls out of the sky and dulls the relic's glow, you grab your bow, jump on your trusty horse and set off to investigate. The vague story doesn't do a lot to fill in the details along the way, but the game is so charming that you probably won't really mind. Soon after departing towards the mountains, you encounter dark objects and creatures bent on destroying you. Using a finger on the touchscreen to draw Zu's bow, you take out enemies one by one to progress. After clearing each set of enemies, you move on to the next, with environmental hazards like wind occasionally showing up to throw a wrench in your attack plan. A Ride Into The Mountains does a fantastic job of pacing your adventure, and despite the fact that your goal in most instances is to destroy your enemies, the entire experience is actually very relaxing. Many of the larger battles against boss creatures end up feeling very much like a puzzle, where a cool head is more important than a fast trigger finger. With its throwback art style, easy to learn gameplay and chilled-out mood, A Ride Into The Mountains is a great US$0.99 title that will leave you thinking about it for hours, or perhaps days after each play session.Daily iPhone App: You'll definitely want to take A Ride Into The Mountains originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Joyful Executions gets death penalty from the App Store for "excessively objectionable content"

02:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple runs the App Store with an incredibly strict set of guidelines. No pornographic, explicit, crude or otherwise objectionable content is allowed. Apparently that includes satire. In keeping with the company's move this past January rejecting Endgame: Syria Apple has blocked a new game called Joyful Executions from sale in the App Store. Both games were blocked under guideline 16.1: Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected. So where did it all go wrong? Probably from its moment of conception. Developed by 8-Bit Underpants, Joyful Executions is a turn-based strategy game where the player controls commissar Kim Bok Kyong and his four-man firing squad. Racing against the clock, you must manage your ammunition supplies and modify your tactics to ensure each wave of executions go... well smoothly. Joyful Executions' admittedly dark premise is a satire of the North Korean government, and Apple has a history of blocking titles that include real-world political identifiers. Their e-book store, meanwhile, is full of all sorts of political satire, criticism and commentary. Holding games to a different standard of intellectual content rules than other content holds the artform back as a creative medium. In an interview with PocketGamer developer Fredrik Nordstrom explained why he thinks his game is important. The DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) leadership's tactics of bullying their way to concessions by use of aggressive threats must not be tolerated. I believe it is imperative for us to not grant them the respect they demand by acknowledging them as equals. That's why any parody on North Korea's regime reminds us what they really are. And that's why I'm releasing this game. The game has already been released on the Google Play as a free download. Head over to PocketGamer for the rest of their interview with Nordstrom. You can video the game's trailer below. Joyful Executions gets death penalty from the App Store for "excessively objectionable content" originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Daily Update for August 6, 2013

01:15 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here. No Flash? Click here to listen. Subscribe via RSSDaily Update for August 6, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Adventures for iPhone a decent travel log

01:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Adventures for iPhone is a travel log (currently on sale for US$1.99 in the App Store) that syncs photos with Evernote. The idea is that you create an album, or "adventure," snapping photos along the way. The app collects meta information like location and your custom tags, then sends the lot to a notebook in Evernote. I spent last Sunday exploring Boston and took Adventures along for the ride. My experience was mostly positive. Read on for my day of capturing Boston with Adventures for iPhone. Last May, Evernote's Brett Kelly published an article on 52 Tiger about using Evernote as a traveler's companion. His idea was solid: by capturing photos in Evernote, you've got everything tagged, categorized, accessible and ready to share. I like the idea, but in practice found it cumbersome. In short, producing from-the-hip snapshots with a basic photography app is significantly faster. Evernote is a great storage solution, but it's a poor camera. Gallery: Adventures for iPhone Adventures seems like a great solution. It syncs with your Evernote account and uploads your photos in the background. It's a lot faster than using the Evernote app, though you do have to enter some info with each shot. But before we get to use, let's take a look. Looks Adventures is pretty. Very pretty. It features flat-as-a-pancake buttons that will feel at home on iOS 7. The font is skinny and legible and the settings are easy to read. It's also quite responsive, with no noticeable lag on my iPhone 4S. Your completed adventures are displayed in a grid, each with a title, representative thumbnail (you can't choose the poster image, which is unfortunate if your first shot is a stinker or not representative of the group as a whole), the number of images, or "memories," included and finally your title. Tap any adventure and its images are sorted chronologically into nice-looking, rectangular thumbnails. Again, it's a pretty app. Now onto how it works. Use To get started, tap the "+" in the upper right. An "adventure creation" screen appears, with a field for a title and tag search. Note that Adventures imports your existing Evernote tags. You can also create your own (these become available to Evernote also). When I was learning the app, I accidentally tapped the "+" when I meant to take a photo for an existing adventure. A new, unwanted adventure was created, which is fine, but I couldn't figure out how to delete it. I still haven't. Once inside an adventure, tap the "+" again to add a photo (or "memory"). A creation screen appears, and you can enter the location (powered by Foursquare), add any notes and finally snap a photo. Note that you can't add a photo without entering the location. Notes are optional. Some may balk at the additional time requirement, but Adventures is a logging app. If you simply want to snap photos and be done with it, there are a bajillion camera apps ready to heed your call. You'll find several sharing options on this screen as well. Opt in to sharing via App Dot Net, Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare. Your credentials for each can be entered via the app's settings. Additionally, access to each can be toggled on or off individually. You can edit any memory by tapping the "i" next to a photo. An edit screen appears, which also features my favorite button of all time: If Adventures could literally erase certain memories from my brain, I'd pay a heck of a lot more than $1.99. Once you've collected a few images, tap the map button in the lower right to see a map of your travels. A pin represents the locations at which you snapped a photo. Evernote Sync This is the app's marquee feature, and I'm disappointed to report I couldn't get it to work. Adventures creates a notebook in Evernote called "Adventures." Inside, each adventure is a separate note. I shot seven photos while in Boston, but only two made it over to Evernote on my Mac and iPhone. I couldn't figure out why. Conclusion Adventures is a great start. It looks fantastic and makes the process of getting tagged and meta-ified photos into Evernote a lot faster than using the storage app itself. It's fast and simple to figure out. It's possible that my trouble with Evernote sync is unique or my own doing, but I can't say for sure. For now, I'll say wait until the next version drops. Adventures for iPhone a decent travel log originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Twitter iOS app adds new authentication feature, gallery and list support

00:30 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

A major update to the Twitter app for iOS devices was released today, bringing with it added support for features that desktop Twitter users are already familiar with as well as a new account security setting. Chief among the new features is the option to add a two-factor login verification system to ensure your account isn't used without your permission. The extra layer of authentication requires you to have your iPhone with you whenever you log in to Twitter by sending a push notification with a special code to unlock your account. The update also adds the ability to view photos in a gallery format both from specific users and through the photo search function. Lists have also finally made their way to the app, allowing you to create and edit lists of users.Twitter iOS app adds new authentication feature, gallery and list support originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Firefox 23 brings built-in sharing and mixed content blocking to desktop browser

00:00 7 Aug - TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Mozilla released Firefox 23 today, and the update brings some interesting new features for sharing and security. Fans of Firefox's existing social media sidebar, which integrates various sites like Facebook to the side of your screen, will enjoy the new improvements that have been made for sharing. Now users can share directly from the sidebar without having to leave their current page. If you're in the middle of reading an article on Rolling Stone, for example, this new feature will allow you to post about it to your Facebook, Cliqz or other social pages without leaving the site. At the moment the service only works with Facebook Messenger for Firefox and Cliqz, but more providers will be added when they start using the social API. On the security front, version 23 adds mixed-content blocking to Firefox's security measures. The setting is enabled by default and helps prevent man-in-the-middle attacks while visiting HTTPS sites. When you visit an HTTPS site that also loads assets from a HTTP site, the browser will block scripts running on those sites. Users can turn the setting off for individual sites, or completely if they so choose -- it's a nice addition for security-minded web surfers. You can find the complete changelog for version 23 over here. It's available as a free download over at Mozilla's site.Firefox 23 brings built-in sharing and mixed content blocking to desktop browser originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments