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Smark translation device feels strangely retro in iPhone age [Review]

The Smark modular translator is something like Star Trek’s universal translator, a device able to instantly convert spoken words from one language to another. In the 1960s, this was pure sci-fi. But

Trump tariffs may jack up Apple Watch prices by 20%

Trump’s latest round of proposed tariffs will negatively impact Apple’s revenues but according to some numbers crunched by an Apple analyst, investors shouldn’t worry about the company’s profits being

iPhone XS Max is the iPhone fans lust after most

The iPhone XS Max is set to be the biggest phone Apple’s ever made once it officially debuts this week. It’s also poised to be the most expensive iPhone you could ever buy, but that apparently isn’t

Reliable analyst says iPad Pro will have a USB-C port

This report would probably be dismissed out of hand if it came from anyone else, but when Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2018 iPad Pro will have a USB-C port it has to be taken seriously. This analyst has a

Apple Watch Series 4 set to get ceramic back and electrocardiogram

New details about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 have been revealed just days before Apple is set to unveil the upgraded wearable. One of the most respected Apple analysts in the business just put

6.1-inch LCD iPhone might be in short supply this fall

If you’ve been itching to get yours hands on iPhone X but don’t want to spend $1,000 on a phone, Apple’s rumored 6.1-inch LCD handset could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. But good luck

Bigger iPhones could explain Apple’s booming Services business

Is Apple’s push to release ever-larger iPhones anything to do with the growing success of its Services division? That’s the theory put forward by the Wall Street Journal. Drawing on Kantar data, the

Turn your phone into a tool for mindfulness [Deals]

Our iPhones are good at a lot of things, some of which are bad for health and productivity. But your phone doesn’t have to be a source of distraction. With the right app, it can help foster healthy

Carpool Karaoke lands Apple a big win at Emmy Awards

Apple’s foray into original television programming has paid off with an Emmy Award. Carpool Karaoke, a series spinoff of a segment done by James Corden on the Late Late Show, beat out Saturday Night

World’s largest carrier spills big 2018 iPhone secret

The world’s largest carrier just confirmed one big rumor about the 2018 iPhone lineup. China Mobile has published an image that all but confirms a new Apple smartphone capable of supporting two SIM

Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512K, aka the ‘Fat Mac,’ quadruples the memory

September 10, 1984: Apple ships the Macintosh 512K, the first upgrade to the first-gen Macintosh 128K. Coming less than eight months after the original Macintosh, the 512K Mac makes no sweeping

Classic puzzler Professor Layton and the Curious Village coming to iOS

According to a post on the official App Store Twitter account, the celebrated puzzle adventure game Professor Layton and the Curious Village is on its way to iOS. Released for the Nintendo DS in Japan

Apple acquires feature-length documentary and animated movie

Apple has acquired the rights to two feature-length films as part of its original content efforts. The first is a feature documentary, titled The Elephant Queen of Athena, while the second is an

Apple removes Mac apps which are stealing user data

Apple has removed a series of apps from the Mac App Store after they were found to be accessing users’ private data and sending it to remote servers. The apps in question include Adware Doctor, Open

iPhone 9 is not the name for Apple’s 6.1-inch handset

We know almost all of the specifications of the 2018 iPhones that are being announced this week, but the names remain something of a mystery. A mystery that might have been solved thanks to a leak

Change your Apple Watch crown color with WatchDots [Review]

I love my Apple Watch Series 3, but there’s one thing about it that annoys me: that red dot on the Digital Crown. However, just because Apple thinks you should be stuck with a giant red dot on the

Trump gives Apple impractical advice on escaping his trade war with China

This week, Apple warned the Trump administration that tariffs going into effect against China will raise the cost of many of its products. President Donald Trump responded with a tweet suggesting that

Now you can carry your iPhone charger on a keychain [Deals]

Having an iPhone is convenient — until you need to charge it. The standard charging brick and Lightning cable combo means you’ve gotta make space in your bag to travel with the phone in your pocket.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs returns following liver transplant

September 9, 2009: Steve Jobs makes his public return to Apple after successful liver-transplant surgery. Appearing onstage at Apple’s fall event, Jobs receives a standing ovation that lasts almost a

Apple bans Alex Jones from the App Store forever

Alex Jones and Infowars Official have been permanently banned from the iOS App Store. An Apple spokesperson said it was because company guidelines prohibit software that’s “offensive, insensitive,