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Apple releases first iOS 11, tvOS 11 public betas, updates to developer betas

It’s definitely redundant for “Messages” although it seems it’s part of Apple’s new design motif — the style matches what was done to News and Music last year in iOS 10.
For “Mail” however, it does serve a small purpose if you regularly work with multiple accounts and folders, since the actual folder name is shown at the top of the screen. I do agree that it still seems like a waste of screen real estate, though, especially on smaller devices like the iPhone SE.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM (CDT)

Apple releases first iOS 11, tvOS 11 public betas, updates to developer betas

After some initial problems getting it to install on my iPhone 7 running iOS10.3.3 beta, it installed cleanly and has been working fairly well.  There have been a few bugs that I have reported, but nothing so far has been a show stopper.  The only thing that really bothers me is the giant text for things like Messages and Mail at the top of the screen.  With the list of Messages, the word “Messages” appears at the top left in a 2X font size and then as you scroll down it goes back to the 3/4 font size that is centered above the list and between “Edit” and the icon for a new message.  Why do I need to see this huge text that forces me to scroll more than I should, which leads to the exact same appearance I used to see?  The same thing happens in Mail for things like “Inbox”.

Posted by ecirwin on June 28, 2017 at 9:26 AM (CDT)

Apple partners with Hertz to test self-driving car technology

No black and gold Shelby, no deal!!!

Posted by lee scott on June 27, 2017 at 12:49 PM (CDT)

Apple still undecided on fingerprint scanner for iPhone 8, unlikely to ship before October

I don’t believe this.  It’s way too late in the cycle for the engineering design to not be final.  Suppliers are probably already building components.

Posted by Mike Weber on June 21, 2017 at 4:45 PM (CDT)

Apple adds $99 annual Apple Music subscription option for existing users

What, no annual subscription option for families? What gives?

Posted by aadadams on June 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM (CDT)

Canada bans locked cellphones and unlocking fees, effective Dec. 1

Expect your bill to be influenced in some way. It always happens when government tells business to provide something without charging a fee for it. Business then charges more in some other way if there’s a cost involved.

Posted by ChuckN007 on June 18, 2017 at 11:55 AM (CDT)

Canada bans locked cellphones and unlocking fees, effective Dec. 1

Bout damn time. [Big three are a set of Greedy Bloodsuckers]

Posted by rizzior on June 16, 2017 at 10:18 AM (CDT)

Apple allowing resellers to cut prices on older iPhones to make inroads in India

What a novel idea that Apple would allow resellers to sell its products at prices based on market demand. Oh yeah, that’s what it does in America which supports prices based on supply and demand. Not. Such much for capitalistic concepts which are championed in America but don’t always exist.

Posted by Pat Miller on June 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM (CDT)

Apple opens up HomeKit accessory prototyping

Interested to see if developers like Chamberlain will pursue this software solution when they’re so close to hardware releases. They announced in January that they would provide a hardware bridge this summer for existing users of their MyQ smart garage door openers to provide HomeKit integration. At an additional $50, this is a further investment into a $200 original purchase…and yet, a much simpler (and much cheaper) solution possibly lies in a firmware update.
I wonder how many other products are so far into development that companies can’t afford to flush their investment for this type of remedy.

Posted by David_SC on June 8, 2017 at 7:46 PM (CDT)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Any news on this?

Posted by michyprima on May 28, 2017 at 5:25 AM (CDT)

Apple developing dedicated AI chip

The chip’s successor will be designed by Apple robots.

Posted by Facts Appear Directly Below on May 27, 2017 at 8:39 PM (CDT)

Apple announces Live Stream of WWDC 2017 Keynote

interesting hope I can watch it at work

Posted by AussieRogue on May 25, 2017 at 3:43 PM (CDT)

Apple denies responsibility for in-flight Beats headphone explosion, points to third-party batteries

What does it matter if Apple does not specify what brand of battery - if the batteries exploded, then it seems that the batteries were the issue, unless she can prove otherwise.
While her lawsuit was not asking for millions, I think that we’ve all seen and likely used crappy, cheap batteries before.
I don’t buy those any longer, and I guess it’s worth spending a little more for a name-brand.
I don’t blame Apple in this case for not compensating…

Posted by Svender on May 22, 2017 at 2:49 PM (CDT)

Report: Apple to discontinue iPad mini

Apple is killing iPad thru their restriction policies on apps review!

Posted by Luiz Silveira on May 17, 2017 at 12:21 PM (CDT)

Apple patents construction method for cylindrical device that could be Siri speaker

That’s a “trash can” Mac Pro. Look at the ports.

Posted by ex2bot on May 16, 2017 at 9:18 PM (CDT)

Analysts see wireless charging, AR applications in Apple's Corning investment

“Metal can interfere with wireless charging technology,” Uerkwitz said.
“That means you need glass on the back of the phone, but glass that
won’t break.”  Yes and its called metallic glass and its not made by Corning.

Posted by JRS5 on May 15, 2017 at 6:52 PM (CDT)

iTunes coming to Windows Store

Re-write that fat 2000 era scrap from then ground!

Posted by Jonathan Rioux on May 14, 2017 at 9:29 AM (CDT)

Hulu with Live TV app lands on App Store

No Apple TV?  No interest.

Posted by Jeffsters on May 4, 2017 at 10:56 AM (CDT)

Logitech reveals Slim Folio Bluetooth keyboard case for fifth-generation iPad

That’s certainly a good point. There’s also a good chance that at least some keyboard cases for the original iPad Air will also fit the new 9.7” iPad, as both have the same physical dimensions although the side buttons and microphone holes have been moved just enough to rule out most molded cases that include full button coverage
We’re waiting for the new Logitech case to arrive, so I’m sure we’ll have more to say about it once we do our full review.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 3, 2017 at 8:24 AM (CDT)

Logitech reveals Slim Folio Bluetooth keyboard case for fifth-generation iPad

If weight is a factor in your purchase decision, note that this case weighs 1.54 lbs.
For perspective, the combined weight of the iPad and this case will be a few ounces more than the 11” Macbook Air and one-half pound more than the Macbook.
The 13” Macbook Air and 13” Macbook Pro each weigh 3 lbs, only 1/2 more than the 2017 iPad in this Logitech case.
In contrast, there are lots of iPad keyboard cases for other 9.7” iPad models that weigh 1 pound or slightly less (some of which have backlit keys).  It’s only a matter of time before more keyboard cases come out for the 2017 iPad, and some of them will surely be lighter than this Logitech one.

Posted by RC on May 3, 2017 at 8:17 AM (CDT)

Apple adds new content services to Apple TV universal search and 'TV' app

Still not available in Canada =(

Posted by Justen Bennett on May 1, 2017 at 4:28 PM (CDT)

KGI's Kuo still predicts three iPad sizes, including a high end midsize model

Putting thinner bezels on the same frame of the 9.7 inch iPad to leave room for a larger screen would seem to be a great solution for Apple to take. But if we know anything about their methods, it seems like an unlikely move on their part to do this. I guess we will just have to wait.

Posted by Techy View on April 30, 2017 at 9:13 PM (CDT)

Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

The only caution I’d offer on the Eve Light Switch is that there’s a bit of latency in it because of the Bluetooth connection. If you’re used to Wi-Fi switches, which are near-instantaneous in response, you may find the Eve Light Switch’s 1-2 second delay to be a bit disconcerting. I have one for a hall Light, and it’s always a bit disconcerting that it switches off a split second or so after everything else. The latency is somewhat variable, and usually seems to depend on how recently the device was last used, but it’s definitely there.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 29, 2017 at 12:01 PM (CDT)

Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

Yes, I read your review of Wall Switch and agree again…the price does not justify the product. I won’t be buying these anytime soon, though you may have talked me into the Eve Light.
Full disclosure, our 3 iDevices original Switch plugs I bought at a sizable discount ($40 off for two; $25 off the 3rd). Beyond that, I purchased the outdoor switch ($10 off), an item which has no equivalent competitor.
Which segues to my bigger point: seeing companies like Hubbell entering the market admits to the obvious exploding popularity of IoT products; so that’s good for HomeKit. It’s just as a long time Apple customer, it always disappoints me to see us become marginalized by alternatives (Windows, USB, Alexa) that limit our choices, increase the prices, and leave us at the mercy of a supporting company’s terms & policies.

Posted by David_SC on April 27, 2017 at 12:22 PM (CDT)

Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

While I agree that HomeKit itself carries a premium, it seems that iDevices has an extra premium over many competing HomeKit products that’s just hard to justify.
We published our review of the Wall Switch yesterday, for example, and it was difficult for it even to receive our limited recommendation when you consider that it’s almost twice the price of competing solutions. Elgato’s Eve Light switch does the same basic job for half the price, and although I do admit that iDevices’ Wall Switch has some advantages, it’s difficult to see those advantages being worth a $50 price premium per switch — especially if you’re looking to install several of them.
Then there’s Lutron’s Caséta system (my personal favourite of the bunch). Your initial investment will run you $190 for a starter kit, but that gives you two dimmers and two remotes along with the bridge, after which you’re paying only $60 per switch/dimmer to add additional ones. The included remotes also provide for a three-way switch configuration with a single $60 switch (plus the cost of a bit of mounting hardware for the second one), whereas with iDevices you’d need to buy two separate iDevices Wall Switches at $100 each and then pair them.
With iDevices’ original Switch, the $10-$20 premium over competing plug-in devices was understandable for the night light, but it’s really hard to ignore what they’re charging for the wall switch.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 26, 2017 at 4:41 PM (CDT)

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