The stars of the show at Apple’s special event today in California was its new thinnest and lightest ever MacBook Pro laptops. Aside from being unbelievably slim and light, the new laptops also have a new touch interface to replace the traditional function keys, which, as Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said onstage, no one uses anymore anyway!
The new Retina-quality Multi-Touch display is called the Touch Bar, and it adapts depending on how you use the system, and depending on what apps you are using.
For example, in Safari the Touch Bar will show Tabs and Favourites; in Messages it will offer you easy access to those all important emojis; and in Photos it will make it easier for you to edit images or scrub through videos.
Apple also revealed during the presentation today that the new MacBook Pros will have Touch ID integrated into the power button,...
Apple’s big event today is primarily to launch the new MacBook range, but before unveiling the new computers, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a brand new unified TV app that he said will “completely change how you watch TV with your Apple TV as well as your iPhone and iPad.”
One of the app designers then demoed the new app and some of its main functions, kicking off with Watch Now, a feature where you can see everything that you are presently watching on all your apps on all your devices. You can then go to Up Next or Recommended to choose what to watch next.
In Up Next, all the shows and movies that you are currently watching are presented in the order that you’re most likely to watch them in, so the next episode in a series will be presented to you next, for example. You can also choose at any time when using your device to ask Siri to continue watching a show and you’ll be able to pick up where you left off.
In Library you can see all the content that you have rented and purchased from iTunes.
Store is where you discover and purchase new content, of course, including video services that you haven’t yet subscribed to or downloaded, as well as the latest iTunes releases.
iDownload Blog writes that Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2016, and that while the figures did meet with Wall Street’s estimates, they still made hard viewing for Apple, with iPhone sales down 3 million and revenue down $4.5 billion from the year-ago quarter.
Sources: Apple, Apple now has $237.6 billion and other highlights from the Q4 earnings call
BGR writes that on the eve of the first Pokémon Go special event, which kicks off tomorrow, Pokemon Go Hub has found buried in the hex code of the latest update to the game clues about a Daily Quest feature that will be coming to the game very soon.
According to the code, there will initially be three possible daily quests, First Catch of the Day, First PokéStop of the Day, and an Unknown quest (which may or may not having anything to do with the Pokémon species called Unknown!)
There’s no indication yet about what the rewards might be for completing the quests each day, but there’s also mention of an “incubator” in the code, which could be something to do with it, or might even have something to do with Pokémon breeding, which many players hope to see coming to the game at some point.
The code also mentions Streaks, which involves completing a certain number of daily quests in a row.
Apparently the Daily Quest feature is already embedded in the app and can be turned on at any time by Niantic.
Aside from the hidden Daily Quest code, update 0.43.3 for Pokémon Go also includes a change in the Egg patterns, with different patterns depending on the distance needed to walk to hatch them. Also, Pokémon type icons have been added to the information screen for each Pokémon.
Sources: Daily quests are coming to Pokemon Go
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Earlier in the year rumours started to surface that Apple was working on a version of iMessage for Android, with talk of an announcement at Apple’s WWDC. When this announcement failed to materialise, the rumours quietened down a little. Until today, that is, with MacRumors reporting that noted Apple expert Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball has said that he has “heard from little birdies” that some “detailed mockups” of iMessage for Android have been shared around at Apple, “with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design.”
And while this doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple is ever going to actually release iMessage for Android, Gruber says that he believes that it “might happen sooner or later,” primarily because of the new iMessages App Store, which has been monetised, by Apple, and which could also be monetised in the same way for Android.
Source: Apple Has Created 'Detailed Mockups' of iMessage for Android
9to5 Mac writes that Apple has officially launched iOS 10.1 worldwide last night, so expect it to be arriving in your territory any day now, if it hasn’t already. It’s not a major update, but it does have a few interesting features, including the much talked about Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, which, according to Apple’s release notes “creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background.”
The rest of the update is concerned with various other fixes and improvements, including, for Maps, transit support for “every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya,” as well as “sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations,” which actually sounds amazing, and very handy!
Messages has also had quite a lot of tweaking, with the ability to replay bubble and full-screen effects, and also the fixing of a white screen error, among other bits and bobs.
Source: Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus, fixes and improvements for all other devices
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