A few months ago, we shared with you that iOS 16 was on the way for Apple iPhone. Well, folks, today the operating system finally becomes available for iPhone 8 and higher. Yes, the five-year-old iPhone 8 can be updated to the latest version of iOS, putting Android to shame.
You see, some Android devices never get significant updates -- to get OS updates after 5 years with Android is pretty much unheard of. Yeah, being an Android user can be quite depressing, and iOS 16 makes Android 13 look like literal dog poop.
Earlier today, Apple announced some cool new products, such as the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8. As expected, the company also unveiled the second generation AirPods Pro, and you'll never guess what they are called! Apple's marketing team worked really hard on a name for the product and came up with... AirPods Pro. Yup, to make things more confusing for shoppers, the new variant has the exact same name as its predecessor.
Sadly, this new 2022 version of AirPods Pro are lacking a huge feature many have been hoping for -- USB-C charging. Sigh. Once again, Apple has included a Lightning port, although an Apple Watch charger can now charge the wireless earbuds too. The earbuds do get some cool new features, however, such as an integrated location speaker on the charging case (which also gets a lanyard loop), touch controls, improved low-distortion audio driver, custom amp, longer battery life, and more.
Today at its 'Far Out' event, Apple took the wraps off the Apple Watch Ultra, a rugged version of its smartwatch. While this looks great, and comes packed with features that will appeal to anyone who spends a lot of time exercising or exploring outdoors, most people will be more interested in the updated standard model.
Series 8 of the smartwatch comes with a lot of new features, including Crash Detection which can tell if you’ve been in a bad car crash and will automatically contact emergency services if it detects you're unresponsive.
While the iPhone 14 Pro (and Pro Max) were the undoubted stars of Apple’s 'Far Out' event hosted today, the company also unveiled the more affordable iPhone 14.
While this device doesn’t offer the advanced camera capabilities or always-on display of its more powerful (and more expensive) sibling, it does offer a new dual-camera system, Crash Detection, Emergency SOS via satellite, and improved battery life.
We knew that it was going to be the iPhone 14 Pro that delivered the lion’s share of new features when it was announced today at Apple’s 'Far Out' event, and the Cupertino-based company certainly didn’t disappoint.
The iPhone 13 Pro didn’t make any massive advances on the iPhone 12 Pro, so Apple needed to up the ante this year, which it did with a raft of new features including Dynamic Island, a cool new way of displaying notifications and activities, an Always-On display, a 48MP camera, and much more.
Alongside an update to the Apple Watch, which introduced crash detection, which can tell when you've been in a bad car crash, and advanced cycle tracking, Apple today announced a brand new model of its popular smartwatch -- Apple Watch Ultra.
This model is designed for "endurance, exploration, and adventure" and comes with a 49mm titanium case and flat sapphire front crystal over the brightest Apple Watch display yet -- up to 2000 nits, which is 2x brighter than the standard Apple Watch display.
It’s that time of year again, when Apple is set to unveil the next generation of iPhones, as well as other hardware, like the Apple Watch Series 8.
It is expected that Apple's Pro and Max models will see a processor boost, improved cameras (with the main camera jumping up to a 48-megapixel sensor), and lose the notch at the top. The new phones may also gain an always-on feature.
If you are still using one of these old devices -- iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, or iPod touch (6th generation) -- I have some very interesting news. Believe it or not, Apple has issued an emergency update for the iOS 12 operating system. More specifically, it will update your compatible device to iOS 12.5.6.
Why is Apple doing this? Well, it seems a very serious Webkit bug -- that is possibly being actively exploited -- was discovered by an anonymous researcher. Apparently, enough people are still using these old devices that Apple felt it was necessary to patch it.
USB-C docking stations and hubs are a dime a dozen these days. There are so many such products that can transform a single USB-C port into several others. Quite frankly, it is almost impossible to get noticed with such an adapter these days.
With all of that said, a new USB-C adapter from Belkin has managed to grab my attention. Called "CONNECT USB-C 6-in-1 Multiport Hub with Mount," it has a unique feature that I find quite neat. You see, the "mount" in the product's name indicates that it can be attached to the back of a computer, such as Apple iMac.
Some months after launching a self-repair program that gave iPhone owners the opportunity to fix their own devices, Apple expanded it to include MacBook air and MacBook Pro notebooks. On the face of things this is a great move, but the program has been criticized for not only managing to make MacBooks seem less repairable, but also for "presenting DIY repairers with an excruciating gauntlet of hurdles".
The criticism comes from none other than iFixit, a site well known for its device teardowns and the repairability ratings it assigns them. Singled out for particular attention is the process of replacing a MacBook Pro battery, the instructions for which stretch to an incredible 162 pages.
Apple famously began life in Steve Jobs' parents' home in Los Altos, California, firstly in his bedroom, before relocating to the garage.
For obvious reasons, items from the early days of what was to become to a tech behemoth are hugely interesting to collectors and a rare Apple-1 prototype, has just sold for eye-watering figure at auction.
Earlier in the year, Apple launched its self repair program, giving iPhone users the option of fixing their own phones. As well as providing instruction manuals and selling the parts, tool rental is also part of the program.
Now Apple has announced that it is expanding the Self Service Repair to include MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks -- provided they are fitted with the M1 family of chips, that is. The company says that the program will expand to include additional Mac models soon, and that the iPhone self-repair service will expand out of the US to Europe and beyond.
Apple celebrates Shazam's 20th birthday -- listen to the most Shazamed songs from the past two decades here
I regularly use Shazam to identify songs playing when I’m out and about. It has helped me to discover a number of lesser known artists over the years who have gone on to become firm favorites of mine.
Today, Shazam turns 20 and Apple says the service, which it acquired back in 2018, has now surpassed 70 billion song recognitions. To mark this major milestone, Apple has produced a special playlist of the most Shazamed songs of each calendar year for the past 20 years, and you can listen to them right here.
Apple issues critical updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs after the discovery of a serious security flaw
Apple has issued a warning about a security flaw that could be used to take full control of iPhones, iPads and Macs. The company says that the vulnerability "may have been actively exploited" and has issued a slew of updates to patch the problem.
Going some way to prove that it is not just Windows that suffers serious security issues, this vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2022-32893. The potential impact of the flaw is so wide because it stems from a bug in Safari’s WebKit rendering engine.
While Apple's Magic Keyboards are actually quite good (unlike its terrible Magic Mouse), there is one unfortunate fact -- the company simply doesn't make a mechanical keyboard. And so, if you want such a keyboard for your Mac, you will have to depend on a third-party company. The problem there, however, is there are so many keyboard makers these days, it can be hard to know which are actually good. Sadly, there are many that are terrible.
Well, folks, Das Keyboard has a new Apple-focused USB-C keyboard called "MacTigr," and if you aren't aware, that company is one of the most respected keyboard manufacturers out there. Seriously, you can never go wrong with a Das Keyboard product. Not only is MacTigr built like tank, the wired keyboard is loaded with many excellent features.