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2018’s entry-level iPhone might lack key features

Apple will cut key features from its upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone to reach a more affordable price tag, according to one reliable analyst. The device, which is expected to look a lot like iPhone X, could

DJI unveils impossibly tiny new Mavic Air drone

The most popular consumer drone on the market just got a huge upgrade that gives it even more mass appeal for budding droners and video creators. DJI unveiled its new folding drone, the Mavic Air,

Apple reveals HomePod control gestures and more juicy details

After confirming HomePod will finally make its debut on February 9 — with preorders starting this Friday — Apple has revealed new details about its hotly anticipated smart speaker. Here’s what you

This is the industry standard app for screenwriting [Deals]

Today there is something of a golden age for screenwriters. with countless new shows and platforms to deliver them. So there’s more opportunity in TV and film today than there has been in a long time.

Apple could launch a more affordable 13-inch MacBook this year

Apple is said to be preparing a new 13-inch MacBook for 2018 that will likely replace the MacBook Air as its most affordable notebook. Suppliers are already manufacturing displays for the machine,

Apple spent a fortune lobbying Trump administration in 2017

Apple ramped up its lobbying spend in 2017, shelling out $7 million to battle many of the regulations and proposed new laws issued by the Trump administration. Under Tim Cook, amount spent by Apple on

HomePod pre-orders begin Friday ahead of Feb. 9 launch

Apple today confirmed it will release its $349 HomePod on February 9. Fans will be able to pre-order the smart speaker from the Apple online store this Friday, January 26 — but only in three regions.

Google Gboard gets new GIF creation tool on iOS

Google’s excellent Gboard keyboard is now even better on iOS, thanks to a handy GIF creation tool. Users can make two kinds of animated images using their iPhone’s camera, then send their creations

Today in Apple history: Macintosh Office gets down to business

January 23, 1985: Apple introduces Macintosh Office, a combination of hardware and software that represents the company’s first real attempt at cracking the business world dominated by IBM. Macintosh

Grid Autosport racing game for iOS just got even better

Grid Autosport, the iOS “console-quality” AAA racing game, just got even better, courtesy of an update. It adds additional control options, including better car handling for people playing the game

Apple supply chain spills beans on 2018 iPhone upgrades

Sources in Apple’s supply chain have spilled the beans on the company’s iPhone upgrade plans for 2018. Corroborating claims from one reliable analyst, a new report reveals we will see three new iPhone

Apple’s old sapphire nightmare continues with new lawsuit

Despite seemingly dropping plans for a sapphire display for the iPhone, Apple continues to be haunted by its brief venture into manufacturing using the material. In addition to Apple’s sapphire

Tim Cook takes first trip to Canada as Apple CEO

Tim Cook sure racks up the air miles! This week, Apple’s CEO visited Canada, where he made a surprise appearance at a downtown Toronto Apple Store, and took in a Maple Leafs game for good measure.

Check out the ‘Apple Gray’ bikes at the new spaceship campus

Getting around the 175 acres of Apple Park has been made a little bit easier for employees thanks to a fleet of new bicycles on the new Apple campus. And in true Apple fashion, the design of the bikes

Txt.fyi is the dumbest publishing platform on the web

Rob Beschizza's txt.fyi is the easiest, fastest, simplest, cleanest, and tracker-free-est way to publish text on the web. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Add a layer of luxury and protection to your iPhone

This post is presented by Creatio Design, maker of Rmour Silver Corners. An iPhone is a powerful tool, but it’s also a luxury item. When you spend $1,000 on an iPhone X, it’s not just for the powerful

Apple Music finally gives artists the data they crave

Apple is offering musicians an analytics dashboard through Apple Music for Artists. The new tool provides insight into the listening habits of fans, highlighting the number of track plays, song

Disney hires Apple vet to build streaming service

Disney is bringing in an Apple veteran to help build its streaming service that will ultimately take on Netflix and maybe even Apple. Kevin Swint, a former Apple employee that was in charge of the

How to mute iMessage threads, and spot those you accidentally silenced

Muting messages is super useful, and very easy. It's also easy to silence a chat by mistake, so here's how to spot muted conversations, and mute iMessage threads. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

This is what it’s like to control the HomePod

Apple’s HomePod speaker has once again leaked new information about its self ahead of its launch, including how you’ll manage its settings once you finally get one. Screenshots from HomePod testers in