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Apple renames OS X to macOS, adds Siri and Apple Pay

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As expected, Apple announced the next version of OS X – dubbed Sierra – at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference and it incorporates a number of huge changes. The first change you might need to get used to is its name, however. Unsurprisingly, the name “OS X” is being dumped in favour of “macOS”. The change just makes it consistent with its other operating systems – iOS for tablets and […]

Apple unveils iOS 10 – the “biggest iOS release ever”

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“This is the biggest iOS release ever for our users,” said Craig Federighi at this year’s WWDC when introducing the next version of iOS. The new version will include ten major new features, including an improved user experience, home automation, and significant changes to a number of key apps like Apple Music and Messages. First and foremost, Apple has slightly changed the interface in iOS 10. Notifications look different and heavily utilise 3D Touch, allowing […]

Apple’s watchOS 3 promises faster performance, updated interface, handwriting recognition

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WWDC often focuses heavily on software, and this year’s event is no exception. Apple has revealed the next version of watchOS, and it is promising faster app performance – all thanks to Instant Launch. Instant Launch basically moves all apps – both third-party and built-in apps – to the watch’s memory, and will update information in the background even if the user is not using the app currently. This will, […]

Apple reveals Swift Playgrounds – new iPad app to teach people how to code

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In order to get more people learn how to code, Apple has unveiled a brand new iPad app called Swift Playgrounds. Aimed largely at students, it features a number of programming lessons and tutorials to create real apps that can be shared to friends using Mail, Messages or even the web. Programming lessons developed by Apple will teach the fundamentals – including creating functions, perform loops, and using conditional statements. […]

Apple TV gets new Siri features, small improvements

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Apple unveiled some improvements to Apple TV at this year’s WWDC, especially with Siri. Users can now search for movies by topics, search YouTube videos, and manage HomeKit-connected accessories. You can also ask Siri to go directly to a live channel inside of a supported app (for example, tell Siri to “Watch ESPN” will launch a live stream of ESPN) – however, this will probably be more useful in the […]

Make sure you don’t crack your iPad Pro’s screen… or it will cost you big time

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If you have bought the iPad Pro – Apple’s newest (and, according to a review by a certain journalist who is moving to Twitter soon, “ridiculous”) tablet with a massive 12.9-inch Retina display – you might want to be very careful not to break the screen. Why? Because you will be presented with a massive bill just to fix it. According to Apple’s support page, fixing the cracked screen through Apple will […]

Hands On: Apple Music for Android

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Apple has today released a Beta version of Apple Music on Google Play, for all to download and test. Of course, the app is very worthy of the Beta tag. Currently, Apple Music Videos aren’t available, the Apple ID signin process needs to be optimised and you can’t sign up for Apple Music through the app yet – that still needs to be done on a supported devices. While the […]

Apple Pay is coming to Australia – only if you have an AMEX card

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Apple is about to increase the availability of Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment system, with the announcement that it plans to expand it to Australia and Canada later this year – thanks to American Express. “We believe it is critical to be on the forefront of seamless and innovative payment solutions for our Card Members and we are pleased to be able to deliver on that with Apple Pay,” […]

The Apple Pencil costs $99+ because you probably don’t need it, and that’s a good thing

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A lot of digital and literal ink has been spilled over the announcement of a stylus at tech-blogger Christmas. Though looking past the surprisingly widespread hot-take that “Steve Jobs never wanted a stylus,” the Apple Pencil isn’t clearly not built for mass consumption. It costs $99 for a reason. In fact, I thought it was pretty clear, both from promotional material, and the fact that the Apple Pencil is an accessory to a ‘Pro’ tablet, […]

Should I get a Rose Gold iPhone 6s?

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Apple launched a bunch of stuff. Some is cool, some is lame. But most importantly they made a Rose Gold iPhone. So please help me out here: Silver or ‘Rose Gold’? Loading… I am deeply concerned I’m going to make the wrong decision. Expect to see this on eBay if I make the wrong choice

Apple Music AU pricing confirmed: $11.99 per month

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When it was announced back at WWDC, we knew that – after the three month free trial period – Apple Music would cost at least US$9.99 per month in the US. However, for some reason, Apple Australia didn’t reveal their prices after the announcement. Now, as the service launches across 100 countries, Apple Australia has finally revealed how much Australians will have to pay. After the three month trial period, Australians will […]

Taylor Swift wins: Apple will pay artists royalties during free Apple Music trial

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Less than a day after Taylor Swift criticised the company for not paying royalties during the three months free trial period of its upcoming Apple Music service, Apple has decided to reverse the decision and will pay royalties during those three months. Eddy Cue, the Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, tweeted the news of the backflip, saying that they love Taylor Swift and indie musicians. Apple will always make sure that […]

Taylor Swift attacks Apple over zero royalties during Apple Music free trial period

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In an open letter she has posted on her Tumblr blog, Taylor Swift has explained why she is withholding her latest album from Apple Music – she doesn’t like the fact that Apple won’t pay any royalties during the three months free trial of its new music streaming service. “I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up […]

Deezer speaks out: Isn’t worried about Apple Music

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As you may have heard, Apple have announced details about their new music streaming service, Apple Music. It’s due to be released on June 30 with a free 3-month trial with plans starting at US$9.99 per month. Personally, I am excited by this as iTunes has a huge catalogue of music, some of which isn’t available on other streaming services like Spotify or Deezer – that’s assuming the entire iTunes […]

Apple launches their own “News” app

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When you download the latest iOS version (iOS 9), you’ll notice a brand new application. At its WWDC keynote earlier this morning, Apple has announced News. Similar to Flipboard, News is designed to bring the news stories that are personalised to you in one spot. Apple’s biggest selling point on News is aesthetics and publisher support. Stories can be interactive, have varying layouts, photo galleries, animations, huge data visualizations, and […]