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New App Development Program Launched for Female Entrepreneurs

On November 26, Apple launched a new Entrepreneur Camp, a new initiative that was designed to create new opportunities for app developers and  businesses owned or led by women.

In order to be eligible for the program, businesses must be “female-founded, co-founded or led and have at least one woman on the development team — as well as a working app or prototype and desire to leverage Apple technologies to benefit their mission.” Applications will be accepted starting January 2019.

According to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on the new program, “Apple is committed to helping more women assume leadership roles across the tech sector and beyond. We’re proud to help cultivate female leadership in the app development community with the new Apple Entrepreneur Camp, and we’re inspired both by the incredible work that’s already happening, and what’s sure to come.”

Sessions for the Entrepreneur Camp will be held on a quarterly basis, although only 20 app companies will be accepted for each round every quarter. The pilot session beginning in January  will only include 10 companies. 

Once candidates are accepted, each company will have the opportunity to send three members to Cupertino, California for a two-week program at Apple’s campus, which includes code-level assistance with Apple engineers, design sessions, technology and App Store marketing, as well as support from an Apple Developer representative. In addition, each company will also receive two tickets to the following year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. 

In 2017, female entrepreneurs received $1.9 billion in funding, compared to the $83.1 billion for men. Although they have such obstacles to face, women-owned businesses are growing more than two times faster than the national average; tech startups led or create by female entrepreneurs are now delivering a 35 percent higher return on investment startups led by male entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the development program or to apply, visit https://developer.apple.com/entrepreneur-camp/.

 

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Spotify App Launches for Apple Watch

On November 13, Apple launched its Spotify app for the Apple Watch. Now, users can control their music and playback options. The only downside is that users are not able to sync songs for offline playback on their watch. Because they have claimed it to be their “first version,” it is expected to roll out more advanced features in the future.

Features of this first version Spotify app include playback, choosing music to play, playing to Spotify Connect devices, and creating a favorites list for your music.

To choose music, simply swipe to the left and it will show you recently played music from your Spotify account. Here, you can scroll with your finger or the digital crown and swap albums or playlists. The negative side to this is that you only get to choose recent items and cannot select songs within those items, only skip through.

With a shortcut to Spotify Connect on the Apple Watch, you are also able to play your music to any compatible devices, including your smartphone, Amazon Echo or Sonos speaker.

A great feature with the app is that you have the ability to favorite and add music to your library right from the Apple Watch screen; just tap the heart and the track will be added to your music library. To retrieve the list, just go to the Songs list in your Spotify library.

Although the Apple Watch Spotify app offers no LTE streaming straight from the Apple Watch to a pair of headphones, there is potential in the future versions that will offer this feature.

 

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New iPad Pro 2018: Apple’s Latest Release

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The New iPad Pro 2018 will be revealed on Tuesday, October 30 in New York City.

iPad 9.7in for 2018, more affordable Apple model, has already launched earlier this year, new version of Apple iPad Pro is coming for wealthy people and creative professionals. The new Pro version is expected to be announced with an event, will be held in Brooklyn, New York, confirmed for tomorrow: 30 October, at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

We can expect a larger screen, smaller bezels, an iPad without home button and notch since the latest Apple model takes inspiration from iPhone XS design. The image below has ‘leaked’ by one of the screen protector brand, mostly based on dimensions has leaked. For the final unit, wait for Apple’s big launch event tomorrow.

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The new design comes with Touch ID with Face ID camera for biometric authentication purposes and side bezels all around the display. By using this feature, you can unlock iPad with your face without the need for entering password or fingerprint process.

Also, iPad Pro is expected to include TrueDepth front-facing camera along with better bokeh effects, slim top, and bottom display.

By removal of the Home button and having a bezel of consistent around the edge, The iPad Pro comes with an entirely new look with a bigger, dynamic edge-to-edge display. The dimensions of the new models will go from 9.17 inches tall (247.64mm) and 7 inches wide (178.52mm) to 11 inches tall (280.66m) and 8.5 inches wide (215mm).  According to the leaks comes from a trusted source who was right about Apple’s previous updates, new iPad Pro won’t have a headphone port and while the smaller model is expected to be as thin as 5.86mm the larger ones will be around 6.4mm. New iPad Pro users is expected to switch from the lightning port to the USB-C port.

Design wise, we expect the new device has rounded corners and a sleep/wake button at the top, but it looks like new iPad’s models have a ‘diamond cut’ at both the front and the back of the frame as you can see the illustration as featured.

In addition to the new design and Face ID technology, the new iPad Pro is expected to be fitted with a new A12X processor, making the iPad faster than ever, and bringing some new artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) features.

Since, current prices for iPad Pro 10.5in and 12.9in between $649 and $799, we would consider Apple to set a similar price range for 2018 updates.

For more information on the new iPad models, click here.

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What Could be Apple’s Next Smash Hit?

Former iPhone engineer Ken Kocienda, developer of the on-screen keyboard on the original iPhone and the autocorrect feature, figures Apple’s next big hit will probably surround AR, or augmented reality. AR allows its users to see information overlying on their surroundings via their smartphones or other devices; this technology is used in Nintendo’s popular mobile game “Pokemon Go.”

“You can take your phone and you could point its camera at something in the world,” said Kocienda. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Apple‘s move into augmented reality could boost iPhone and App Store sales. This could result in as much as $8 billion in revenue for Apple. Last quarter, Apple reported $3.74 billion in revenue from its “other products” division, which includes sales of Apple Watches, iPods and home products.

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Replace Your iPhone Battery for $29

Usually, the cost to replace your iPhone battery is $79. However, last year Apple announced the price drop to $29 for users of the iPhone 6 or later. If you are fall into this category, now is the time to take advantage of this low price – you have until December 31!

Last December, Apple acknowledged the fact that iPhone users’ device performance had been lowering on its older models. Apple said the goal was to preserve battery life on those older phones and prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly, although many users believe it was make them purchase the latest model that came out that year.

Here are some tips to improve battery life in the mean time!

Low Battery Mode – turning on low battery mode in settings will help to preserve your battery a little longer, especially if your phone is on the verge of dying and you’re nowhere near a charger.

Close All Apps – pretty simple, right? Yet, most of us forget! If you’re not using an app, swipe to close it and see much longer your phone lasts you.

Don’t Overcharge – overcharging your phone can actually drain your battery quicker; always be sure to unplug as soon as it hits 100%, or even beforehand. And NEVER charge it overnight as your phone can be fully charged for hours!

 

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Tariffs on Apple Products May Hurt the Company

President Trump’s proposed tariffs on China include a wide range of Apple products, including the Apple Watch, AirPods, Apple Pencil, HomePod, Mac Mini, as well as chargers and adapters for a host of products. The outcome of this proposal? Apple customers will have to pay more for Apple products, which could definitely hurt the company.

“It is difficult to see how tariffs that hurt U.S. companies and U.S. consumers will advance the Government’s objectives with respect to China’s technology policies. We hope, instead, that you will reconsider these measures and work to find other, more effective solutions that leave the U.S. economy and U.S. consumer stronger and healthier than ever before,” Apple said in a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had brushed off tariff concerns, saying he was confident that tariffs would not affect the iPhone. It’s not a shock that the iPhone drives most of Apple’s profits; it wasn’t on the list as one of the products that would be affected by the tariffs.

Apple shares dropped 1 percent just before market closed on Friday, after gaining as much as 1 percent earlier in the session. You can read Apple’s letter here.

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Apple’s Next Big Event

Well, it’s about that time of year again for Apple’s event, where we’re all excited to find out about the latest version of Apple’s hottest product – top being the iPhone. On September 12th, we’ll hear about the redesigned version of last year’s iPhone X, new Apple Watch, and upcoming software.

iPhones: First up, the iPhone XS is an updated version of last year’s iPhone X,  having the same size 5.8-inch screen, but with improved internal specs, such as the other -S class updates Apple has had in the past. Next, the iPhone XS Max, also rumored as the iPhone XS Plus, is a larger, 6.5-inch version of the XS that offers a bigger screen and larger battery. Both XS phones will have the same features as last year’s X, with the new changes coming internally. There is, however, the chance that Apple will have some new feature for the XS models as previous -S class updates. Lastly, the new iPhone is said to be a cheaper, 6.1 inch version of the iPhone X/XS, and would still offer the bezel-less display and Face ID. Instead, it would possibly cut some of the X and XS phone’s more premium features like the OLED screen, stainless steel frame, and possibly the 3D Touch system. 

Watch:  It has been rumored that Apple will be offering a bigger display on the new Series 4 Watch for a nearly edge-to-edge design, along with a slimmer size than the previous versions since it had been introduced in 2015. Similar to last year’s Series 3, the new version will also have LTE capability, with a more subtle red ring on the digital crown to indicate the cellular status. The new version will come with watchOS 5, which adds automatic workout detection, a walkie-talkie mode, and better notifications.

Software: Although we’re all looking forward to seeing Apple’s latest products at this year’s event, we will also likely to be getting some final release dates for iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS, and possibly macOS Mojave. New features to be seen this year include Screen Time for tracking your time spent on your phone, better notifications, and a new custom emoji called “Memoji”.

We all know anything can happen at an Apple event, so we’re ready for some surprises too!

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New iPhone Users in for a Surprise

According to the tech site Macotakara, the next generation iPhone will make fast charging incompatible with third party chargers. Apple has added support for ‘C-AUTH’ to its new iPhones’ charging specification; C-AUTH stands for ‘USB Type-C Authentication.’ This means Apple will include a new security check feature that stops fast charging from any third party chargers and cables, unless they have been licensed by Apple.

Apple is not the first to use this feature; it is a safe way to stop dangerous third party cables from damaging your phone, which may result in needing to replace your iPhone in the long run. However, Apple took things a little further by modifying  the current C-AUTH standard. Currently, C-AUTH restricts fast chargers of 18 watts or more down to 5 watts to performance. With its new models, Apple will use C-AUTH to drop all third-party chargers to 2.5W.

Although this may seem like unwelcoming downside for the new iPhone models to come this year, Apple will be pairing their fast chargers with their phones. However, if you ever need an additional fast charger for your phone, you may be looking at $68-84 per charger.

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Buzz About New IPad Pro Models Coming Out This Year

https://www.iphoned.nl/nieuws/ios-12-ipad-pro-face-id/

Apple is releasing new models for the iPad pro. Although the release date is not official, Apple is telling everyone to stay tuned!

Apple has been very busy in 2018 due to their launch of a new education-focused iPad and new Macbook Pro that includes Touchbar models. Apple has plenty more products in store for the future, however, Apple users may have to wait for the production process to keep progressing in order to give us all the answers. Adding onto the latest version of the iPhones coming out in the Fall, Apple will have variations including a pair of new iPad Pros that will launch with new features and upgrades.

Physical Features And Upgrades To Design

The iPad has had a very consistent look to it and that will continue to be the case. Apple will keep the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The company, however, expects to grant the iPad Pro an iPhone X-like look which will include some new aspects to its design. Apple also says that they will reduce bezel sizes on both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro variants. However, this will mean different things for the different variations of these models.

According to Ming Chi Kuo, Apple will still have the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and remain the same physical size, but include a screen that is extended in nature. This will mean that consumers will receive an  added screen real estate in the same form factor. According to Kuo, this 10.5-inch model will eventually progress to becoming an 11-inch model due to the reduced bezel sizes.

Moreover, Kuo says that the amount of bezel sizes will reduce in regards to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro but will not increase the display size. The 12.9-inch display will then remain the same way, however, the overall footprint of the device will decrease. This will make it not only more portable, but also very easy to manage.

For more information on the new iPad models, click here.

 

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Apple Puts Together the 16 Best iOS Apps With “Dark Mode”

https://www.gsmarena.com/apple_ios_10_may_finally_allow_the_long_awaited_dark_mode-blog-18873.php

 

Apple’s release of iOS 11 has been nothing less than successful. With the release of their new update, Apple has also launched several apps that compliment the new update’s feature. Ever since the release of these apps, there has been an influx in Apple’s app downloads. The soar in app downloads is according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. Since Apple has created ways to feature apps, more and more Apple users are downloading them.

Apple’s “daily stories,” is in reference to a single app, which includes its daily games and apps.  These apps include becoming a better cook and entertaining kids. By having apps that reach multiple audiences, Apple has increased its amount of downloads.

In more recent news, Apple’s App Store editors made  a daily list called “Does this App Come in Black?”, which highlights the 16 iOS apps which offer a “pure black mode.” This “pure black mode” helps create darker features for the iPhone.

Darker themes are known as being easier to look at. Instead of staring at a bright white background, the darker features are easier on the eyes. This is especially helpful at night or when you are looking at your iPhone in dimmed lighting.

Apple also includes a pure-black mode that serves as an excellent way to take advantage of the gorgeous OLED screen on the iPhone X. This screen has the ability to display far greater contrast than the LCD displays on previous iPhones. The colors appear as being more vibrant, whereas blacks and dark colors appear as being much deeper. If you own the new and latest update for the iPhone, you should try these darker features. They are becoming more and more popular worldwide so make sure you get in on in the action ! For more information on this topic, click here.