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Benjamin Mayo


Follow Benjamin on Twitter to keep up with his latest projects. Benjamin blogs about Apple news and rumors, and posts insightful product and app reviews. Read his work on 9to5Mac and his personal blog.

Benjamin Mayo also creates apps for iOS as a professional indie developer and contractor; more details here. Email to discuss making your iOS project a reality.

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How to use keyboard trackpad mode on every iPhone and iPad with iOS 12

One of the best parts of 3D Touch is the ability to turn the iPhone keyboard into a trackpad that you can use to move the blinking blue text input cursor. With iOS 12, Apple has brought this feature to all iPhone and iPad models with a new gesture, removing the 3D Touch requirement.

To activate keyboard trackpad mode without 3D Touch on iOS 12, simply long-press on the space bar with one finger. After a short delay, the keys will fade away to indicate that you have entered trackpad mode.

Apple is rolling out a change to its policies for iPhone screen repair, in a note seen by 9to5Mac (first shared with iMore). Apple is dropping the need for repair centers to use calibration hardware when conducting screen repairs for iPhone 6s and later.

Calibration is now achieved through software alone. This should make repairs faster and makes it easier for more repair locations to open up around the world, assuming Apple also loosens its relatively-stringent approval policy on setting up new repair centers.

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Apple infamously unveiled AirPower alongside the iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 in September 2017 with a vague ‘2018’ availability promise. In June, the product was still nowhere to be seen and Bloomberg reported on the major issues delaying the AirPower release, saying that the project had been pushed back to fall. With the September 2018 event now over, and even fewer mentions of AirPower on the Apple website, the prospects of the product being released in the last few months of 2018 are certainly bleak.

Sonny Dickson has published a report, citing Apple sources, that details three separate classes of problems that the company faced in bringing AirPower to market …

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What time will iOS 12 be released today? [update: now available]

Update: iOS 12 is now available!

iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 are released today, on September 17. iOS 12 is available for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that run iOS 11, so there’s a lot of customers ready to upgrade. When will the iOS 12 update be released?

September 16

Apple announced its flagship iPhone lineup of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR to a generally mixed reception. Ming-Chi Kuo says that the XS preorders are ‘lackluster’, but believes in the strength of XS Max demand and the iPhone XR launch in October.

He also noted that TF Industries are raising estimates for Apple Watch Series 4, with the new models taking about 55% share, alongside the cheaper Series 3 watches.

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Security researcher shares web code snippet that causes iPhones and iPads to kernel panic and reboot

Links that cause iPhones and iPads to crash or reboot have become a bit of a trend in recent years. The latest was released by security researcher @pwnsdx over Twitter. What’s interesting about this one in particular is it relies on a simple snippet of HTML and CSS and causes a full device kernel panic, beyond just a simple Springboard crash.

September 14

Earlier today, we reported that Waze has started beta testing CarPlay integration. Now, someone has posted screenshots of the Google Maps app in beta, which features CarPlay integration (a new feature available in iOS 12).

iOS 12 third-party navigation apps use a base layer that is rendered by the app, overlaid with standard CarPlay controls. You can see how that works in the screenshots below.

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iOS 12 is launching on Monday. One of the most anticipated features from our readers is support for third party navigation apps in CarPlay. If you don’t like Apple Maps, iOS 12 enables third party apps to offer navigation interfaces in the car.

Waze has now rolled out a new update with iOS 12 CarPlay integration to its private beta program. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like this update will be available next week.

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September 12

iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR include a new feature for NFC that Apple didn’t mention on stage. The new models will be able to scan NFC tags in the background. With current iPhones, users must first launch an app to enable NFC Reader mode.

iPhone Xs and iPhone XR require no such preamble, the user can simply walk up to a compatible NFC tag, wake the iPhone screen, and scan it …

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During the highs of BatteryGate, Apple reduced official battery repairs to $29 each through 2018, down from $79. Apple has now updated the page with details of what will happen from January 1st, 2019.

The prices are going back up, but not quite to the level that they were. Battery repairs for iPhone X, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs will cost $69. Repairs for all older iPhones will cost $49.

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Apple has just posted its developer documentation video explaining how apps can use the new complication types for the larger Apple Watch Series 4 display. These new complications are available on the Infograph and Infograph Modular watch faces.

Both Apple and third party developers can take advantage of the new curved corner gauges, full color graphs and images in the middle of the Infograph modular watch, and the ability to show custom bezel text on nearly 180 degrees of the dial.

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With the launch of iPhone XS and iPhone XR, Apple has stopped selling the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s. Both lines are no longer available to purchase directly. The iPhone X is also no longer available through Apple, with the iPhone XS taking its place in the lineup.

Apple says these models are available at authorized resellers, with no guarantees on how long production will continue.

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macOS Mojave will be released for everyone to download from the Mac App Store on September 24. As ever, the update is free for all Mac users on supported hardware.

The update includes Dark Mode, Dynamic Wallpaper and 4 new apps ported from iOS.

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Apple has announced its next-generation iPhone XR, one of its three 2018 flagship iPhones. The iPhone XR is lower-cost than the iPhone XS whilst retaining the slim bezel, notched screen with Face ID and gestural navigation. Available in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB, starting at $749.

The iPhone XR has a bigger LCD display than the iPhone 8 Plus, Apple is calling it ‘Liquid Retina’ — although it is not as waterproof as iPhone Xs. iPhone XR offers an hour and a half more battery than the iPhone 8 Plus.

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The sitemap leak is turning up a goldmine of info. The 6.1-inch iPhone will indeed be called iPhone Xr, and it will be offered in six colors: black, white, red, yellow, coral and blue.

The URLs confirm it will have a 6.1-inch display and offered in three storage options; 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.

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In trademark Apple event ceremony, the Apple Store is down ahead of the new product announcements at the 10 AM PT presentation at Apple Park. The store will return when the event concludes with promo pages for all of the new products — it is not guaranteed that anything will be available to buy today.

We are expecting the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and the 6.1-inch iPhone ‘Xr’ to comprise most of the show, but we also expect a big segment for the fourth-generation Apple Watch.

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Apple seems to have updated its sitemap a bit ahead of schedule, as spotted by AllThingsHow. The URLs include references to the upcoming Apple Watch models. The new Apple Series 4 models will come in new sizes: 40 mm and 44 mm.

We have already got a glimpse of the new Watch thanks to our earlier leak. Apple will officially announce the new models later today. More below:

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September 11

Kuo: 2019 iPhones unlikely to adopt TrueDepth Infrared depth system on the back camera

On the morning of Apple’s event to announce the 2018 iPhone lineup, Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report targeting the 2019 models. It’s a relatively minor comment on the rear camera of next year’s iPhones; Kuo says that unlike market consensus, he does not expect a time-of-flight depth system to be added to the 2019 iPhone rear camera.

September 10

Everyone is looking forward to the Apple event on Wednesday, and whilst we generally have a good idea of what the new high-end iPhone Xs will be, some of the finer details for the event remain unclear.

We aren’t sure yet how many products Apple will announce at the event, beyond the new phones and redesigned Apple Watch. For the 6.1-inch iPhone, Bloomberg backs up some earlier reports and says that the device will be available in ‘limited quantities initially’. It also says that Apple considered to call the device ‘iPhone Xr’.

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September 9

Purported China Mobile presentation floats ‘iPhone XC’, ‘iPhone XS Plus’ names for 2018 iPhones

A (relatively sketchy) leak posted to Weibo this morning purports to show a slide from an internal presentation at China Mobile, one of the largest iPhone carriers worldwide (via Macotakara). It claims that the 6.1-inch model is named ‘iPhone XC’ and the new high-end 6.5-inch phone is ‘iPhone XS Plus’. It also raises a few more details on pricing and availability …

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