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MacBook concept ditches physical keys for a giant Touch Bar

When Apple introduced the MacBook with Touch Bar a couple of years back, it got positive reviews — although it also seemed like a concept that Apple hadn’t pushed as far it would go. That same

Microsoft makes account sign-ins easy with Apple Watch

You can now sign into your Microsoft account using your Apple Watch. Microsoft’s free Authenticator app, which brought password-free logins to iOS last year, has made the leap to watchOS. It’s in beta

2018 iPhones could be the biggest smash hit since iPhone 6

Apple is expecting big things for its new iPhones — and we’re not just talking about the extra spacious screen size of Apple’s largest OLED handset. According to a new report, Apple is planning to

Today in Apple history: Mac sends first email from space

August 28, 1991: The first email is sent from space using a Macintosh Portable and AppleLink software. Sent by the crew of the Atlantis space shuttle, it reads, “Hello Earth! Greetings from the STS-43

Madonna and Metallica PR veteran joins Apple

Brian Bumbery, a veteran PR strategist who worked closely with musical acts including Metallica, Green Day, Madonna and others, has joined Apple as director of Apple Music Publicity. The move comes as

Google’s FaceTime rival, Duo, is now optimized for iPad

Google’s answer to FaceTime, an app called Duo, has officially landed on iPad. While iPad users could previously use the app, they had to make do with a scaled-up iPhone version. In its latest update,

Say goodbye to 3D Touch next year

Some people love it, others forget about it. But however you feel about 3D Touch, it appears increasingly unlikely that it will be part of any 2019 iPhone model. That’s because another analyst said

Don’t expect new AirPods or HomePod until 2019

New iPhones and iPads are coming this fall, but some Apple products reportedly won’t be refreshed so soon. New versions of this company’s smartspeaker and wireless headphones might not be out until

Foxconn is already scaling back plans for Wisconsin factory

State representatives in Wisconsin are worried that Apple supplier Foxconn might be about to pull off “the mother of all bait and switches” with its proposed factory in the state. Foxconn is allegedly

Siri is the best way to search photos on your iPhone

Siri is useless for a lot of things, but when it works, it can be a real timesaver. For instance, you can use Siri to search for photos in your iPhone or iPad photo library. Say something like, “Hey

Apple A12 chip brings huge gains to performance and battery life

The A11 Bionic chip from last year makes the iPhone X run faster than the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. And now Apple is about to release the A12, a replacement with even quicker performance. A switch to

Teens are starting to realize they have a screen-addiction

Self-reflection can be good, especially if that reflection is on the screen of your iPhone. A Pew Research Center study on screen time and device distraction show more than 50 percent of all teenagers

Apple drops yet another batch of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas

iOS and macOS developers received a fresh batch of new beta updates from Apple this morning as the company prepares to launch its new software this fall. And the general public got a new iOS beta too.

2018 iPhone might not work with Apple Pencil after all [UPDATED]

A respected analyst just threw cold water on the reports that the Apple Pencil will work with next month’s iPhone models. This contradicts several sources that pointed to support for Apple’s

Apple seeks hotshot editor to make Siri great again

Siri is about to get a huge upgrade in the way it answers users questions and searches. In a new job listing posted today, Apple says it is seeking a writer and editor who can help evolve Siri from

Muslim woman sues government over seized iPhone data

An American Muslim woman whose iPhone was seized and held for several months by U.S. customs officers has filed a federal lawsuit that raises new data privacy questions over what we store on our

Apple might drop ‘Plus’ iPhone naming scheme

The 2018 iPhone lineup might be missing a “Plus” model when all three new iPhones are unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater early next month. Apple’s marketing team has reportedly been considering

2018 iPhone event reportedly set for September 12

Apple’s big 2018 iPhone unveiling is allegedly set for September 12, according to a new report out of France that claims to have insider information on Apple’s plans. Citing two sources at Apple,

Moodo lets you control the way your home smells from your iPhone

Entrepreneurs are tripping over themselves to make “smart” versions of every product we already own. As such, it was only going to be so long before someone made a smart scent dispenser. That product

Score a lifetime of Ableton Live lessons from top music pros [Deals]

Popular music-production software Ableton Live offers an endless universe of sonic possibilities. However, all those possibilities can prove overwhelming. If you’re looking to make music with Ableton