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AirPods Studio: Apple’s $500 over-ear headphones enter mass production in time for WWDC 2020 unveiling

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Concept Image Curtesy by MacRumours This year will be the first time we experience a full virtual WWDC event. Word on the street that Apple AirPods Studio may have already entered mass production, well ahead of the WWDC event. Expected to be announced at this WWDC 2020 this month, the US$349 (~AUD$515) over-ear headphones will compete with the likes of the Bose 700, the upcoming Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Surface […]

Apple and Google release update with COVID-19 Exposure API for contact tracing

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Governments and health authorities across the world are working together to create and implement viable solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. During April we saw Apple and Google join forces to develop a solution using Bluetooth to help governments and health authorities implement useful contact tracing, with user privacy and security at the centre of the design. Today, Apple and Google have released the first version of their Exposure API which […]

SPOILER: What apple is announcing for iOS 14 at this years WWDC

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The past few years Apple has not been too good at keep it’s secrets internal. An early test version if iOS 14 was leaked, and this gave us a glance into what is to come. But here is what we know so far to be announced at this years virtual World Wide Developers Conference.  Home Screen Update There are two major leaks about the Home Screen that we’ve seen so […]

Swift Student Challenge from Apple announced

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From now until Sunday, May 17 students can enter into Apple’s Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for student developers to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground. Submissions will be judged on three areas, Technical accomplishment in the submitted Swift playground Creativity of ideas in the submitted Swift playground Content of written responses to the questions in the submission form. Each student selected for a challenge […]

Apple goes VIRTUAL with Worldwide Developers Conference

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Apple has announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) virtually, starting on the 22nd of June. Developers will be able to access WWDC in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers. The usual cost of a ticket at WWDC in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, costs charges over $1,000. But this time we’ll see no cost […]

Apple’s newest MacBook Pro: all the details, and Australian pricing

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Early this morning, Apple confirmed what it accidentally leaked – that we are going to get a brand new MacBook Pro, and that it will dump all the function keys with a touch-sensitive OLED strip. However, that’s not all: Apple says that this iteration will be faster, lighter and thinner than its predecessor. The OLED strip – called the Touch Bar – adapts to whatever app you use. For example, the bar […]

Square launches new payment reader in Australia – includes support for Apple and Android Pay

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Square, the global payment startup founded by Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has today announced that it will finally bring its new payment reader to Australians – being only the second country the new reader has rolled out to. The new reader supports chip cards and contactless payment methods – such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, or tap-and-pay with your credit or debit card. “We know NFC is important to Australian […]

SONOS to sell its speakers in Apple Stores in October

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SONOS has today announced that it will partner with Apple to bring its speakers to 486 Apple Stores worldwide (including all 22 Apple Stores in Australia) and online. The deal extends its existing relationship with Apple, with SONOS being Apple Music’s exclusive partner for connected home devices. From October 5, you will be able to purchase a SONOS system at 468 Apple Stores around the world. You will also be able to purchase […]

Apple announces the iPhone 7 – with new camera and better battery

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As expected, Apple announced the brand new iteration of the iPhone at its press conference earlier this morning. While the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature the typical hardware improvements, much of the focus has been to improve the ways the phone is used every day – providing for a much better experience. The phone includes a brand new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion chip, which promises to be one […]

Apple reveals the Watch Series 2, pivots more towards fitness

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The Apple Watch is getting a revamp, with Cupertino announcing the next generation of its smartwatch at its press event earlier this morning. The Apple Watch Series 2 sees modest hardware upgrades – such as a faster processor and brighter screen – but continues the pivot Apple has been making towards fitness. In terms of hardware specs, the Apple Watch Series 2 will have a new dual-core S2 processor, making it […]

Apple forced to pay back AU$19 billion after EU rules Ireland tax deal illegal

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Apple must repay €13 billion (or AU$19.2 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, after the European Commission ruled that agreements made with the Irish authorities were illegal under European Union rules. These agreements, according to the European Commission’s ruling, substantially lowered the amount of tax Apple had to pay in Ireland since 1991. As a result, Apple had an effective tax rate as low as 0.005 percent (in 2014) on profits made by […]

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. […]

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