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2019 iPhones’ big feature will be an extra camera lens

Expect to see an extra lens for each of the 2019 iPhone models, claims a new report from the Wall Street Journal. In the case of the iPhone XS and XS Max sequel, this will mean jumping from two to

Lady Gaga removes R. Kelly collab from Apple Music and iTunes

Lady Gaga has taken the step of removing a single track from her 2013 album Artpop from both Apple Music and iTunes — with other streaming music services to follow. The reason? Because the song, “Do

Mac shipments fell last year but PC shipments dropped too

Shipments of Mac laptops and desktops declined last year. Not surprisingly, they were also down last quarter. Still, it wasn’t just Apple; the entire PC industry contracted slightly in 2018. And it

Weak Chinese economy is dragging down iPhone, Fed says

Sales of iPhones seem to be weaker than in previous years, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve has an explanation: a drop in consumer spending in China. The implication is that the slowdown in

Vintage manual shows how Apple got dealers psyched to sell

If you wait long enough to clean out a junk drawer or filing cabinet, you’re liable to find something historic. In the case of graphic designer Greg Bridges of Sydney Australia, an old three-ring

Future Apple Watch bands could change colors to match your outfit

Buying multiple Apple Watch bands may soon become as outdated as mechanical watches. Apple recently patented a brilliant idea for a chameleon-like Apple Watch band that can change colors to match what

How to search for songs by lyrics in Apple Music

Apple Music now lets you find songs by searching for their lyrics. Here’s how it works. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple whips out second iOS and macOS ‘bug fix’ betas this week

After seeding new beta versions of iOS and macOS on Monday, there are already replacements. The team at Apple responsible for updating iPhone, iPad, and Mac clearly started the year off in high gear.

Government shutdown stops some CES gadgets from launching

You’ll have to wait until the government shutdown is over to get your hands on many of the products unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Without FCC approval, they can’t go up for sale.

Two months with iPad Pro and USB-C [Opinion]

I’ve been using the iPadPro with USB-C accessories for the past two months, and frankly, they suck. Hubs just don't work right, and the world still runs on USB-A. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Handy graphic shows every Apple product ever

Before Apple’s magical product pipeline pops out a plethora of new goodies this year, it might be good to take a minute to appreciate the insane number of products the iPhone-maker has come out with

Samsung will make life even harder for iPhone on February 20

Weakening demand for the iPhone could get worse next month when Samsung delivers its next-generation smartphone lineup. The South Korean company has confirmed a Galaxy Unpacked event on Wednesday,

Slowing iPhone sales cause Apple suppliers to suffer

Slowing iPhone sales aren’t just bad news for Apple. Foxconn, the company’s largest manufacturing partner, is also suffering as a result of weakening iPhone demand, with revenue for December falling

Welt smart belt is like an Apple Watch for your waist

Forget your wrist. The new location for wearable devices is clearly your waist, at least according to Korean wearables company Welt. At CES 2019, the startup unveiled its smart belt, which promises to

HSBC is worried about Apple’s future

Apple stock seems to have stabilized after its steep decline in recent weeks, but HSBC analysts seemingly don’t think the worst is over just yet. Having previously said that meaningful iPhone growth

Learn what it takes to get in on the blockchain revolution [Deals]

Bitcoin might not be the hot stock they were a year ago. But blockchain – the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies, distributed applications, and myriad other exciting new uses – is just getting

Apple Maps gets turn-by-turn navigation in another key market

Turn-by-turn navigation in Apple Maps has expanded its reach to one of Apple’s most important markets. Users in India can finally take advantage of the feature when driving or walking. Apple has also

Apple slashes prices on iPhones in China

Apple has slashed the prices of certain iPhone models in China. Chinese iPhone vendors reportedly received the word from Apple that they can offer discounts on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR,

Apple and Qualcomm can’t agree on whether or not they’re talking

Qualcomm has blasted comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook as “misleading.” During his recent CNBC interview, Cook said that there had been no recent settlement talks between Apple and Qualcomm.

Pioneer transforms your iPhone into an in-dash car display

While a growing number of cars come with iPad-style in-dash displays, there are plenty of older or cheaper models that don’t. To allow these customers to take advantage of Pioneer’s in-car