Amazon executive extends invitation for Siri on Echo speakers

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Amazon, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Uncategorized, WWDC

It looks like Amazon is open to supporting third-party voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant on its Echo speakers.

“If Apple or Google want to come call, my phone number is out there. They can call,” David Limp remarked to CNBC. “I hope there is a day when that happens. I don’t know if I can envision it, but I hope it happens, on behalf of customers.”

The Echo currently uses Amazon’s Alexa assistant, which has also been used on other devices, including third-party offerings like phones and thermostats. It in fact spawned the entire “smartspeaker” product category —Amazon’s main competition being the Google Home, and Apple’s newly-announced HomePod, coming in December. Microsoft is meanwhile working with partners on Cortana-enabled speakers.

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Rumor: Apple could incorporate microLED displays in devices as soon as 2018

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

Apple could be planning to implement a microLED screen in its next-gen Apple Watch as early as 2018.

A report from Nikkei explains that Apple hopes to be ahead of the curve when it comes to microLED production. Currently, the company relies heavily on Samsung for the upcoming iPhone 8 with OLED displays, but that’s a practice it hopes to avoid with future display technology.

Per the report, Apple is thought to be be the only company currently able to roll out microLED technology, although this currently shows a very low yield rate as well as a high-cost manufacturing process.

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Older iPhones, iPads equipped with A6 processor will be unable to run iOS 11 this fall

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Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

Apple may be pushing owners of the iPhone 5 to obsolescence with their forthcoming iOS 11 update.

This fall’s forthcoming iOS 11 update will mark the end of support for not only 32-bit apps, but also legacy 32-bit devices. That means owners still clinging to their iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad will be left behind or forced to upgrade.

The trio of devices, which still run on Apple’s A6 CPU, are the final units Apple made with a 32-bit architecture. This architecture, in turn, cannot run iOS 11.

The move isn’t a surprise, as Apple’s recently released Clips video app only supports 64-bit hardware, meaning it cannot run on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, fourth-generation iPad, or any devices older than those.

iOS 11 itself marks the end of 32-bit apps and developers have been notified that they’ll need to update their apps to the 64-bit architecture prior to iOS 11’s release this fall.

Of course, the iPhone 5 and other legacy devices will still function properly with iOS 10.3.2 and earlier if users choose to continue to stick on legacy platforms. But the outdated hardware and software will become increasingly obsolete over time, and there is no guarantee that functions or apps will continue to work as expected.

Last year, Apple phased out the iPhone 4s, which did not make the cut for iOS 10. The handset, as such, cannot be updated past iOS 9.3.5.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider

Apple unleashes the funny to open WWDC with “Apocalypse” ad

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Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, 05:17
Category: App Store, Fun, iOS, News, WWDC

Prior to the beginning of Monday’s WWDC keynote and the tons of hardware and software announcements, Apple let loose with its “Apocalypse” ad, a commercial which shows what a combination of unplugging a roomful of servers, the App Store crashing, Christopher Cross’ “All Right” and a world without apps can lead to.

It’s brilliantly done, it’s funny and it shows just how attached to our devices we kind of are…

Apple bumps storage capacity for paid iCloud accounts, 1 TB accounts doubled to 2 TB at same price point

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, 11:39
Category: High Sierra, iCloud, iOS, macOS, News, Software

This should come in handy.

Apple has just doubled the storage from its top-tier iCloud storage plan from 1 TB to 2 TB. The plan remains available at $9.99 per month, although the old 1 TB plan is now longer available.

The company has also announced that multiple users will be able to share a single iCloud storage plan with Family Sharing in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

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Apple releases wireless keyboard with numeric keypad

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, 05:11
Category: battery, Bluetooth, Hardware, Lightning, News

At long last, Apple has released a wireless keyboard with a numeric keypad.

Apple’s new Bluetooth keyboard with numerical keypad was released today, retails for $129 and uses the following specs:

Height: 0.16-0.43 inches
Width: 16.48 inches
Depth: 4.52 inches
Weight: 0.86 pounds

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AppleCare+ terms quietly updated, now include coverage two accidental damage incidents, on-site repairs for desktop Macs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 17:04
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

AppleCare+ just got a bit more lenient.

Following Apple’s quiet expansion of AppleCare+’s warranty period from two to three years a while back, as well as covering accidental damage to the company’s desktop and MacBook product families, Apple has brought the AppleCare+ package in line with services provided for its mobile devices.

The new coverage allows for repairs for up to two accidents, with each subject to a service fee of $99 for damage to the screen or the external enclosure, plus tax, while other types of damage will cost $299 per incident.

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Apple announces watchOS 4, upcoming changes at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 16:27
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, watchOS, WWDC

watchOS 4 is around the corner and over at WWDC, Apple announced the forthcoming operating system and its robust lineup of forthcoming changes.

Here’s what the company had to say:

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Apple announces High Sierra, points out forthcoming changes

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 16:02
Category: Developer, High Sierra, macOS, News, Software, WWDC

macOS High Sierra is coming.

macOS 10.13, also known as macOS 10.13 High Sierra, was announced today at WWDC, complete with Apple executive Craig Federighi highlighting the following changes:

Safari: Apple benchmarked a new version of Safari, which offered 80 percent better performance on modern JavaScript, blocking of auto-play videos and Intelligent Tracking Prevention using machine learning to identify trackers and segregate cross-site traffic monitors.

Mail: The new Mail application includes a new composition screen, and 35 percent less space to store mail boxes.

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Apple unveils iOS 11 at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 15:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software, WWDC

iOS 11 is around the corner and it looks like Apple is planning some pretty meaty changes along with it.

Over at WWDC, the company announced the following changes to the mobile operating system, which will also include an augmented reality kit as well as CoreML, which gives developers access to on-device machine learning capabilities.

Apple offered the following list of forthcoming changes:

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