In this week’s top stories: Apple releases iOS 11 beta 6 and we break down what all is new, McDonald’s teases an iPhone 8 design, we see a new iPhone 8 ‘Home Bar’ and dark mode concept, Apple shares six new iOS 11 videos, Apple Watch Series 3 updates, and more.
This week Benjamin and Jeff discuss the latest Apple Watch 3 rumors including LTE and cellular calling, the new iOS 11 beta 6 and what has changed, Apple’s billion dollar TV show buying budget, and Jeff’s Nintendo Switch video review.
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iOS 11 beta 6 (released earlier this week) includes a new feature to quickly disable Touch ID from the lock screen. Tapping the lock button five times to access the SOS screen or opening a Medical ID will cause the iPhone or iPad to temporarily reject all Touch ID attempts, requiring a passcode to unlock.
We have confirmed with sources that this behavior is intentional rather than a bug, as well as some explanation as to why it was added. Whilst in theory it can be used to prevent law enforcement from compelling suspects to unlock their device with fingerprint, it also helps protect people who have fallen unconscious…
Pinterest adds pinch to zoom on Pins for iOS app, visual search improvements
Pinterest is finally adding a long requested feature with the ability to zoom in on Pins using a pinch to zoom gesture on your iPhone or iPad.
BioShock Remastered for Mac gets an official release date and price
As we mentioned earlier this month, BioShock Remastered is set for release on Mac. It looks as though the enhanced version of the game initially appeared as part of the BioShock Collection for consoles nearly a year ago, but now the good folks at Feral are ready to bring it to the Mac. And you won’t have to wait much longer.
Earlier today Apple released iOS 11 beta 6 to developers, and like previous beta iterations, it comes with several new updates and changes. The most obvious change is found in a new controversial App Store icon update, along with an update to the Apple Maps icon that highlights the company’s new Apple Park campus. Have a look at our video inside for a brief hands-on walkthrough. expand full story
Google pays $3 billion for default search on iOS, estimated to be bulk of Apple services business
Being the default search engine on iOS is highly lucrative for Google, with Apple’s devices predicted to account for approximately 50% of Google’s mobile search revenue. So much so that one financial firm estimates that Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default.
[Update: The public beta version is also available for testers.]
It’s been one week since the last developer beta, and Apple has just released the sixth developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.
Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ releases new iOS app with stickers, ticket lotteries, & more
Hamilton fans rejoice: this generation’s most popular Broadway musical now has an iOS app. The new app “Hamilton: The Official App” allows users to enter ticket lotteries, buy merchandise, send iMessage stickers, and much more.
This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new LTE Apple Watch rumor and how cellular could change watchOS, the latest iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 rumors including a new copper gold color, the latest changes in the new iOS 11 beta, and much more.
The recurring subscription model is a business strategy that a growing list of app developers have decided to adopt, and the latest such move comes from the folks behind the stellar iOS and Mac writing app Ulysses. Users can now enjoy a 14-day Ulysses trial, and thereafter subscribe for $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year.
Subscriptions are beneficial to developers because it provides them with a recurring source of revenue as they work to continually update the app, provide fixes and support, and develop new features. Software products are never “done” and software engineers, designers, and support staff never stop working, so it makes sense from a sustainable business perspective.
That said, it’s also understandable that, despite the considerably lower cost of entry, there may be pushback among consumers who aren’t interested in yet another subscription fee to add to their ever-growing list of recurring payments.
So the folks at Ulysses are sweetening the deal for already-existing customers, providing a lifetime 50% discount off the $5 monthly, which means paying $30 a year for full access to Ulysses on Mac and iOS. expand full story
When Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the biggest features was the dual-camera system’s Portrait Mode. The mode gives images a DSLR-like background blur, albeit with some hiccups occassionally. Sometimes the effect looks unnatural or just blurs key areas of the photo.
On iOS 10, if you didn’t have the option to keep the normal photo enabled under Settings, you might’ve lost a perfectly good moment. It may not have been perfect on day one, but Apple has been making improvements to the effect over various iOS updates.
On iOS 11, photographers will now be able to disable the depth effect even after the photo has already been taken without managing the setting. Let’s take a look how.
Respawn brings Titanfall to iOS with a new PvP RTS game
After Vince Zampella and Jason West parted ways with Infinity Ward and the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty franchise they co-created, the two went on to form their own indie studio by the name of Respawn. With high-expectations looming, the company unveiled its first major new IP with Titanfall back in 2014. Fast forward to 2016, Respawn dropped the sequel to favorable reviews effectively cementing Titanfall to full franchise status. And now today, the company is taking it one step further with the release of a brand new mobile game known as Titanfall: Assault…
Wikipedia for iOS adds dark mode, iMessage stickers, and more
Wikipedia this week has pushed a notable update to its iOS app. The update brings the app to version 5.6 and includes new features such as a dark mode, a new “On this day” feed, and iMessage stickers…
Apple has released the fourth iOS 11 public beta for iPhone and iPad. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of iOS with new features for free.
iOS 11 beta 5 has been released to developers, and as expected, it contains quite a few changes and tweaks. A new FaceTime dial out tone makes an appearance for the first time, along with an updated iPad multitasking splash screen, and a needed security enhancement for trusting connected computers. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for a brief look at each change. expand full story