Apple Design Awards 2016 Winners

The 12 incredible apps that won Apple Design Awards for 2016

By on June 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

The 12 incredible apps that won Apple Design Awards for 2016

Following the unveiling of the upcoming watchOS 3, macOS Sierra and iOS 10, Apple revealed the winners of this year’s Apple Design Awards on Monday night at WWDC 2016. It’s fascinating list of productivity apps, educational tools and gorgeous games, all of which are available now on the App Store.

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iPhone AMOLED Wraparound Display

This could be the radical iPhone redesign we’ve been waiting for

By on June 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

This could be the radical iPhone redesign we’ve been waiting for

The iPhone 7 will be boring, according to many people who’re simply interested in brand new designs year after year, or at least every two years in Apple’s case. While we may have reached a plateau when it comes to designs of rectangular devices that hide impressive tiny computers behind gorgeous touchscreen displays, Apple might be working on a radical iPhone redesign for next year. Many reports suggested that at least a version of the 2017 iPhone will feature a curved OLED display and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen that will effectively kill the home button. A new finding suggests that Apple is indeed working on such technology, although it doesn’t indicate whether it would actually make it to market.

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iOS 10 Swipe Unlock Press Home

Apple has replaced ‘slide to unlock’ with something really dumb

By on June 14, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

Apple has replaced ‘slide to unlock’ with something really dumb

For years, Apple taught us to unlock iOS devices by swiping on the lock screen from left to right. The company even patented this technology, and gave Samsung and other Android device makers plenty of headaches over this method of unlocking a smartphone. But in iOS 10, Apple is killing the gesture, as it has other plans in mind for the lock screen and the phone unlocking mechanism. Slide-to-unlock is dead, long live Press-home-to-open!

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Best Free iPhone Apps

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on June 14, 2016 at 1:29 PM.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Have you caught your breath yet following that action-packed WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple fans? We hope so, because it’s now time to turn your attention to other matters… like great paid iPhone and iPad app on sale for free. We’ve gone through more than 150 apps on sale this morning and narrowed the list down to just 12 that represent the best freebies you’ll find on Tuesday. There are also a couple more premium apps on sale for free that are left over from Monday’s list, so be sure to check that one out as well. More →

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iOS 10 Beta Download

My 5 favorite new iOS 10 features that no one is talking about

By on June 14, 2016 at 11:17 AM.

My 5 favorite new iOS 10 features that no one is talking about

Apple fans are still catching their breath following an action-packed WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday. Apple loaded the event with new announcements and features from start to finish, giving the world its first look at iOS, which Apple calls its biggest upgrade ever to the iOS platform. Some people seem to disagree with that statement but whether or not iOS 10 is indeed Apple’s biggest update ever, there’s no question that it’s packed full of new features that users are going to love once iOS 10 is released to the public this fall.

We’ve already gone over the 13 best new features coming to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 10 and we also told you about a fourteenth new feature that’s sure to be a fan favorite. But Apple could only squeeze so much into its WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday, and there’s plenty more that needs to be covered. More →

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iOS 10 Photos

iOS 10 walkthrough: First impressions and a whole heap of photos

By on June 13, 2016 at 5:02 PM.

iOS 10 walkthrough: First impressions and a whole heap of photos

Throughout the years, we have seen iOS transform from iPhone OS 1.0, an operating system that changed the world, with no MMS (people actually complained about this, you remember, right?), no copy and paste, no multitasking, no notification drawer, no background apps, and a list of 100 other features that were lacking. Yet it goes to show that a feature checklist isn’t what normal people care about when you have a product that is intuitive, innovative and delightful.

Here we are, now 10 whole years since iOS was first introduced to the world, and Apple has just finished previewing iOS 10. It’s available for developers to download today, so here are some first impressions and thoughts on iOS 10 — what Apple calls the biggest iOS release ever. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on June 13, 2016 at 4:24 PM.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

It’s WWDC 2016 day! It’s WWDC 2016 day! Sure, Apple’s big event is the talk of the town today and all eyes are on iOS 10, macOS, Siri and all the other big announcements Apple has in store for us, but there’s more to life than just Apple events. For example, there are opportunities to fill your iOS device with all the hot paid iPhone and iPad app on sale for free that we point out in our daily posts. More →

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iPhone Hacking

NSA reveals why it couldn’t hack the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone 5c

By on June 11, 2016 at 1:15 PM.

NSA reveals why it couldn’t hack the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone 5c

One of the more surprising aspects regarding the locked iPhone 5c involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attack of 2015 was that the FBI was unable to unlock the device by themselves. What’s more, we would later find out that even the NSA — who the FBI asked for assistance — lacked the requisite tools to unlock the device, a somewhat startling fact given all we know about the NSA’s activities and expertise.

Speaking at a conference on military technology this past Friday, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett addressed the topic and explained why the NSA was unable to access Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c. And as it turns out, it’s not necessarily that the task was beyond the NSA’s capabilities. Rather, the iPhone 5c wasn’t a sufficiently popular device that would have warranted the NSA’s attention in the first place. In other words, the iPhone 5c was never on the NSA’s radar because the people it had an interest in tracking and spying on were using other devices.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on June 10, 2016 at 11:20 AM.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

There’s simply no better way to celebrate having arrived at the end of another long week than by digging through one of our popular lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free and grabbing a handful of premium apps without paying a dime. We’ve got plenty of great options for you today, and you’ll also find several good freebies in yesterday’s post if you hurry. More →

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iPhone 7 Colors

iPhone 7 may ditch the Space Gray model for a bold new color option

By on June 10, 2016 at 10:29 AM.

iPhone 7 may ditch the Space Gray model for a bold new color option

A somewhat sketchy rumor from Macotakara relays that Apple with the iPhone 7 might completely do away with the tried and true Space Grey iPhone and replace it with a brand new Deep Blue model. If the report is to be believed, Apple’s iPhone 7 would be available in the following colors: Deep Blue, Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.

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iPhone Manufacturing

Why moving iPhone production to the United States will never happen

By on June 9, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Why moving iPhone production to the United States will never happen

The sad reality is that politicians today can engender widespread support by issuing sweeping declarations about topics and issues they truly know nothing about. While such examples are plentiful, today we’re going to focus on statements that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have made about Apple in recent months.

During the course of the ongoing U.S. Presidential campaign, both Trump and Sanders have issued statements calling for Apple to begin manufacturing the iPhone in the United States. Trump in particular was rather assertive on the issue, stating that if he is elected President, he’d make sure that Apple  “builds their damn computers in this country.”

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Best Free iPhone Apps

Today’s 11 best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free

By on June 9, 2016 at 11:54 AM.

Today’s 11 best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free

Today’s batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free packs 11 iOS apps that span all sorts of categories. We’ve got a couple of solid productivity apps, some games, an app every Minecraft fan needs, and plenty more. There are also a few additional sales that are still available from yesterday’s posts, which was by far our post popular post of the month so far. Be sure to check it out now if you missed it on Wednesday. More →

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Drone Wallpaper Photos of Landscape

Drone photos make the best phone wallpapers

By on June 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Drone photos make the best phone wallpapers

It’s standard to put pictures of dogs, spouses or (your own) children as wallpaper on your phone. But that’s uninspired. You know what’s different? Taking carefully-curated landscape drone photography and setting that as the backdrop to life instead.

Gabriel Scanu is a photographer who works mostly in Sydney and Los Angeles. He specializes in taking aerial images with drones, turning uninspiring strips of road or forest into something quite beautiful.

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