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Apple Working to Add Home Sharing for Music in iOS 9

Posted by | July 6, 2015.
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With the release of iOS 8.4 and the new built-in Apple Music service, Apple removed Home Sharing for music on iOS devices, a move that many Home Sharing users have been upset about.

It was unclear if Home Sharing for music would be re-added in the future, but according to iTunes chief Eddy Cue, Apple is planning to add Home Sharing to iOS 9. In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted “We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9.”

Wording in the release notes for the last iOS 8.4 beta suggested that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were “not currently available,” hinting that the features could return at a later date, and it appears that is indeed Apple’s plan.

While Home Sharing for music has been removed in iOS 8.4, the feature is still available for video. Home Sharing for music also remains available on the Mac and the Apple TV. It is unclear when Home Sharing for music will be introduced in iOS 9, but the next beta is expected later this week.

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Apple Retail Stores to Offer Third-Party Accessories in New Apple-Style Packaging

Posted by | July 6, 2015.
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Apple is planning to introduce new co-designed packaging for many of the third-party accessories that it sells in its stores, according to retail store information shared by in June, and a sneak preview of what the accessory sections of Apple’s retail stores might look like can be seen at the company’s Upper East Side store in New York.

Apple’s Upper East Side store, image via Mark Lennihan, Associated Press
Apple Store accessory sections are expected to begin seeing changes starting next week, which is when the new packaging will be introduced.

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NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 6, 2015.
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San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner recently revealed in an interview with Concord Monitor (via Yahoo) that he suffered from tennis elbow during the 2014-2015 NBA season, a condition that he theorized was caused by Apple’s larger-screened iPhones and led to a lower-than-normal 3-point shot success rate.

“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it,” he said. “When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”

According to Bonner, his two-and-a-half months of tennis elbow made it so painful for him to shoot that he’d “almost be cringing” before catching the ball. He spoke to a Spurs strength and conditioning coach, who reported suffering from a similar injury after spending time playing a game on a larger-screened iPhone.

Tennis elbow is attributed to any activity involving the repetitive use of the muscles in the forearm, causing muscles and tendons to be damaged from excessive use and leading to pain Continue Reading

How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use [Mac Blog]

Posted by | July 6, 2015.
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We’ve been waiting for the fourth-generation Apple TV for at least two years now, and we’ve been teased with vague comments, leaks from the supply chain, and analyst predictions for several years running. We thought we’d get a look at it this year at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple was still not ready to show it off.

Until we get a whole new model with, hopefully, a brand new look to the operating system, we have to stick with what we’ve got. The number of media channels is not getting any smaller, with Apple adding new content on a regular basis. For example, Apple recently added NatGeo TV. Content options are great, but sifting through dozens of channels can be a pain sometimes.

If you’re tired of scrolling through the nearly seven dozen channels looking for the ones you use most, you can hide everything you don’t want to access, making it much easier to get to the content you want. We’ve got a quick tutorial to show you how.
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Purported Schematic Suggests ‘iPhone 6s’ Could Be Slightly Thicker, Retain Home Button

Posted by | July 6, 2015.
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A purported schematic for the so-called “iPhone 6s” obtained by Engadget Japan (via BGR) reveals that the next-generation smartphone could have a thickness of 7.1mm, a slight increase over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which measure 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively. The schematic also suggests that the “iPhone 6s” will still have a home button, while all other buttons and ports remain unchanged.

The slight 0.2mm increase in thickness could be the result of Apple adding pressure-sensing Force Touch technology to the next iPhone, enabling the smartphone’s display to distinguish between a light tap and firmer press and complete different actions accordingly. The “iPhone 6s” is also rumored to adopt 7000 Series aluminum, which could possibly contribute to marginally different dimensions.

The schematic is consistent with leaked photos of the “iPhone 6s” rear shell, which confirm that the handset will have only minor design changes. In particular, the Lightning connector, speakers, microphones, headphone jack, volume rocker, mute button, sleep/wake button, SIM card slot, antenna lines and cutout for the rear-facing camera and LED flash are all identical to the iPhone 6.

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‘World’s First Swim App’ on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 6, 2015.
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In the days and weeks after its launch last April, one of the biggest curiosities surrounding the Apple Watch was its tolerance to water. Thanks to a few initial tests — from showers to high dive pools — we now know that the Apple Watch is indeed a bit more waterproof than Apple promises, and with that in mind a few London-based iOS developers have created the “World’s first swim app on the Apple Watch,” and put it through its paces in a new video.

Having designed a similar app for the Pebble, Ted Bradley and his team decided to take that idea — a lapping, time, and heart rate monitoring swim app — and transplant it onto the Apple Watch. The developers put each smartwatch to the same test, swimming four full lengths of the London Aquatic Centre’s 50 meter pool. The test proved successful, with the Apple Watch mirroring the Pebble’s results of a four lap, 200 meter swim. Apple’s smartwatch even continued to measure heart rate successfully, raising from an initial 88bpm to 138bpm immediately after the test finished.

The only downside for the app is that the Apple Watch experiences a Continue Reading

Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 4, 2015.
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Apple has separated its three time-based categories into separate apps on Apple Watch. This allows you to quickly access the specific feature of the timer, alarm, and stopwatch you want with just a few taps.

While most of it is self-explanatory, we’ve got some tips for how to get the most out of each of these apps so they work the way you want, when you want.

Timer

The Timer app on Apple watch makes it possible for you to set a timer right from your wrist so you don’t have to search out your iPhone to activate or even turn off the alert when time is up.

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Tap the Timer app icon on Apple Watch to open it. Then rotate the Digital Crown to adjust the time. When ready, tap the Start button.

You can switch between a timer that goes from zero to 12 hours and a timer that goes from zero to 24 hours by firmly pressing the display screen.
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Apple Music Debuts Eminem’s New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre’s Beats 1 Radio Show [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 3, 2015.
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In late June, it was revealed that Apple had rounded up celebrity partners to host radio shows on its Beats 1 programming schedule, including Elton John, Pharrell and Dr. Dre. Today, the company announced that Dre’s show, The Pharmacy, will premiere Saturday, July 4 at 3 PM PST and will broadcast every week thereafter at the same time.

The hour-long show will be co-hosted by Dre and Eddie Francis and feature recording artists Wyann Vaughn and DJ Pooh with music from DJ Jus Incredible, according to Billboard. Apple debuted the premiere date with a trailer for the program on Twitter.

Additionally, Apple Music today exclusively debuted the new music video for Eminem’s latest single, “Phenomenal”, promoting the event with a tease on the service’s Instagram. The 7-minute video, which is referred to as a “music film” by Apple, features cameos from actors John Malkovich and Randall Park, Dr. Dre and both the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Previously, Eminem was the subject of the first Beats 1 guest interview with DJ Zane Lowe.

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TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 3, 2015.
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Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear’s iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 3, 2015.

Back in January, we shared a video of an iPhone 6 that went into space, protected by an iPhone case constructed by Urban Armor Gear. The iPhone 6 came out unscathed, so when Urban Armor Gear offered us the chance to get our hands on a few of its cases to check out for a review, we agreed.

Urban Armor Gear’s line of cases are definitely unique, with an industrial-looking armored shell and an impact resistant inner core. Cases are available for several devices, but we checked out the company’s Rogue Folio for the iPad Air 2, its Rogue Folio for the iPhone 6 Plus, and its Navigator case for the iPhone 6 Plus.

We liked the lightweight, rugged protection offered by each of the cases, but we had some qualms with each of the folio cases. The Rogue Folio for the iPad works as expected, keeping the iPad safe from drops and serving as a stand that offers multiple viewing positions, but when holding the iPad with the case on, the flap is loose and hard to grip.

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How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X [Mac Blog]

Posted by | July 3, 2015.
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Even though most developers work their hardest to ensure that the programs you download onto your Mac run smoothly, sometimes, things go wrong. One issue that may arise is an app using an exorbitant amount of energy or memory, causing your Mac to overheat or suffer severe battery drain.

Sometimes, simply closing an app doesn’t do the trick. For example, if a program includes a helper tool, that tool may be the culprit. Closing the program may not solve the problem.

We’ve got a troubleshooting guide for finding out which apps are using the most percentage of processes on your computer.

Check Energy Consuming Apps

If you experience a fast drain on your MacBook’s battery, it may be caused by certain programs running in the background. While you may have intended to run something like Spotify, it is possible that you have a program open that you didn’t know about.

You can quickly check to see which apps are using a significant amount of energy by left clicking on the battery icon in the upper right corner of your laptop’s tool bar. From the dropdown list, wait a few seconds until your Mac finishes collecting power Continue Reading

How to Disable Automatic Subscription Following Apple Music Trial [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 1, 2015.
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Apple Music made its worldwide debut in over 100 countries on June 30, with a free three-month trial available for customers to try the streaming music service. Apple requires having a valid payment method associated with your iTunes account to enable the trial, such as a credit card, and both Individual Plan and Family Plan subscriptions are set to automatically after the trial. For those that only want to try the Apple Music trial, learn how to turn off automatic renewal below.

How to Disable Automatic Renewal

  • Tap on the Account icon in the top-left corner of any tab.
  • Tap on “View Apple ID” and sign into your iTunes Store account.
  • Tap on “Manage” under the “Subscriptions” menu.
  • Tap on your Apple Music Membership, which should currently be “Active.”
  • Toggle off “Automatic Renewal” under the “Renewal Options” menu. Confirm the action.

Turning off automatic renewal will enable you to try out Apple Music on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without the streaming music service renewing after the free three-month trial period expires. To reenable a recurring Apple Music subscription, simply follow the steps above and toggle on automatic renewal again. Your settings will also be applied to to the Continue Reading

Olloclip Debuts New ‘Studio’ Mobile Photography System to Accompany Lenses [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 1, 2015.

Olloclip is today introducing a new line of “Studio System” accessories designed to work with its existing Olloclip lenses, further enhancing the iPhone’s photographic capabilities. The system, available for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, includes a Studio Case, a Finger Grip, a Kickstand, tripod mounts, and Cold-Shoe Adapters for attaching accessories like microphones and flashes to the iPhone.

A rugged protective case is the key piece of the Studio System, because it includes a built-in mounting solution that can accommodate the other Studio parts. Once the Studio Case is attached to the iPhone, an adjustable and removable Finger Grip slides onto the back of the case, fitting neatly into the rail grooves.

The Finger Grip is designed to allow for smoother, less bumpy photos and video, and it can also be used as a stand, as can an additional Kickstand. Cold-Shoe Adapters attach to the side of the case to hold equipment like microphones or flashes, and the whole system can work with tripods, grips, and handles using the two included 1/4-20 clips, with one each for landscape and portrait modes.

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New iOS 9 Beta Seed With Apple Music Coming ‘Early Next Week’

Posted by | July 1, 2015.
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While Apple Music launched today with the releases of iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2, many members of Apple’s developer program are currently running beta versions of iOS 9 that do not support most aspects of the service. Apple’s Eddy Cue confirmed late last week that Apple will be releasing a new iOS 9 seed with Apple Music support, but he did not provide a timeframe for the release and one did not appear today.

In a pair of responses to Twitter users tonight, Cue has clarified the new iOS 9 seed with Apple Music support will be arriving “early next week.”

@D2007CAVS new iOS 9 beta coming early next week

— Eddy Cue (@cue) July 1, 2015

@jvdfrg @lokithorrrrr early next week

— Eddy Cue (@cue) July 1, 2015

The last beta seed came on Tuesday, June 23, so next Tuesday would mark Apple’s typical two-week interval for beta releases.

Cue is also answering a few other Apple Music questions from Twitter users tonight, noting users can “easily” turn off auto-renew on Apple Music to prevent unexpected charges when the free trial Continue Reading

Replace the ‘Apple Connect’ Tab with a ‘Playlists’ Tab in Apple Music [iOS Blog]

Posted by | July 1, 2015.
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Earlier today, Apple launched their much anticipated Apple Music streaming service. The iPhone app includes dedicated tabs called “For You”, “New”, “Radio”, “Connect”, and “My Music”. The first two tabs offer areas for music discovery, while “Radio” provides themed stations as well as Apple’s own Beats 1 Radio. Meanwhile, the last tab, “My Music” provides you with access to the rest of your existing music catalog as well as any new songs you might add from Apple Music.

The “Connect” tab, however, is a new service from Apple which is described as a place where “musicians give their fans a closer look at their work, their inspirations, and their world.” Similar to a social network, it allows users to “follow” their favorite artists and see additional content.

If “Connect” doesn’t interest you, MacRumors reader Eric points out a handy tip to replace the “Connect” tab with a dedicated “Playlists” tab which he describes as “much more useful”.

Under Settings -> General -> Restrictions, Apple allows you to disable “Apple Music Connect” which removes the Connect tab and provides the alternate Playlist functionality.

Thanks Eric

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