Today

Over the weekend, Google’s Gboard for iOS began rolling out a handy tool for creating GIFs right from the keyboard. Based on Motion Stills, users can create animations with a variety of effects, with quick access to them in the future.

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Apogee has been one of the top names in digital audio in the music production world for years. It successfully jumped into the mobile game with its iOS friendly interfaces among other things a few years back, and recently launched the second generation MiC+ USB/Lightning Microphone. Apogee rarely opts for affordability over quality, but we had to give it a run for its money anyway.

We have now had a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest portable mic over the last little while. Apogee has certainly stepped its game up here, but is it still worth the world-class price tag? Head below for our full review… expand full story

Yesterday

New icons discovered in the latest build of iOS 11.2.5 have revealed some of the functionality that may arrive with the release of the elusive HomePod in upcoming weeks. Specifically, users may be able to create custom scenes with support for muting the speaker’s “Hey Siri” capabilities.

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January 19

Today we’ve got Apple’s latest hiring spree, iOS 11 adoption numbers compared to Android, and HomePod one step closer to going on sale, plus the best deals to check out this weekend from 9to5Toys.com.

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Apple has shared updated metrics on iOS 11 adoption today. The latest data says that the installed iOS 11 user base is more than double that of iOS 10 and that only 7% of users are running iOS 9 or earlier.

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Amazon continues its assault on Siri with full voice control coming to Alexa iOS app

Amazon has today brought full voice control to its Alexa app for Android and will be coming shortly to iOS as well. Previously, the Alexa app was more of a hub to customize Echo speakers and other smart home settings.

Apple has released multiple new betas for testing ahead of release. iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5, and macOS 10.13.3 beta 6 are all now available on Apple’s developer center and over-the-air. Excluded is any new tvOS 11.2.5 beta, although a new version was released earlier this week.

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January 18

Apple today has rolled out a major redesign for the App Store web interface. The new redesign replaces the dated and clunky interface that previously housed the App Store on the web…

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A few days ago we detailed a new iOS and macOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific message. Described as the chaiOS bug, Apple now tells Buzzfeed that a fix is expected next week.

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[Update: The developer now says his app has been approved after all.]

Apple has reportedly rejected an app that claims to detect net neutrality violations and study which carriers throttle major video services. Motherboard reports that researcher David Choffnes says his app Wehe was rejected by the App Store for apparently offering no benefit to the user, but the app’s promise sounds rather straightforward…

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Portkey Games shares new trailer for second iOS Harry Potter game slated for this year

WB’s Portkey Games is bringing two different Harry Potter titles to iOS this year, and today some fresh details along with a new trailer have been released for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

Annoying bug in Facebook Messenger hitting some iOS users, company investigating [U]

Update: A silent update to the app now appears to have resolved the problem.

Some users of the iOS version of the Facebook Messenger app are experiencing an annoying bug that only allows them to type a few words at a time …

January 17

Apple had already said that a future iOS update will give users more insight into the state of their battery. In an interview with ABC News, Tim Cook was asked for his take on Apple slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries. He revealed that the developer beta including these features will be released next month, with a public release to follow after.

Moreover, he says that this forthcoming update will give users the option to disable the throttling to maintain normal CPU performance, but will be at risk of unexpected shutdowns.

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Apple has released new beta versions of iOS and tvOS for developer testing. iOS and tvOS 11.2.5 beta 6 are now available on the developer center and over-the-air. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

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If you were to guess which app would top the charts of free iOS apps, you’d probably guess Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, a game or something to do with emoji. But no, right now it’s an app no-one would ever have predicted: Google Arts & Culture.

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.

Sadly, this unexpected popularity doesn’t reflect a sudden popular interest in either cultural artifacts or art …

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January 16

Every so often, a bizarre link or piece of text surfaces that, when sent via iOS or macOS, will cause noticeable issues to the recipient’s device. Today, the latest form of this has emerged in what’s being referred to as “chaiOS.” It’s a basic GitHub link on the surface, but it crashes Messages on both macOS and iOS…

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January 15

Following Apple’s announcement of record-breaking app sales in the holiday shopping season, Asymco’s Horace Dediu did some number-crunching, and came up with some surprising facts.

Not least among them is the clear pointer that iOS app sales will be worth more than the entire worldwide movie industry at some point this year …

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January 14

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS and Mac music production. Ahead of NAMM 2018, we are starting to see more hardware products announced/come available. Moog’s new semi-modular DFAM, Waldorf’s string/vocoder synth, another clone from Behringer, new iOS/Mac instruments and much more are making news this week.

January 11

Waze announces in-car mapping for iOS users w/ Ford Sync 3

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Waze announced that it is bringing its popular crowd-sourced navigation platform to select Ford vehicles with SmartDeviceLink and iOS….

Apple today has shared a revised version of its iOS Security Guide, dated January 2018. The new document, which comes in at 78 pages long includes new details on Apple Pay Cash, Face ID, and more…

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