Category: Apple

These are the 6 best phones of 2019


Humans are more divided than ever. The world’s literally on fire. And people won’t stop asking Billie Eilish stupid questions. But, amidst all the bullshit that 2019 threw at us, there has been at least one ray of sunshine: phones. Okay, yeah, that might not be the biggest consolation, but you’ve got to find something positive in this world, right? Anyway, over the past 12 months, TNW’s crack team of reporters, writers, reviewers, and editors, got their hands on a gamut of the freshest phones around. The following list contains six of our favorite handsets of the year, which basically means…

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Apple follows Spotify and announces its own music awards


It seems that Apple is quite enjoying its foray into the entertainment industry. After launching its Apple TV+ streaming service with some high-profile shows, the company has now announced the Apple Music Awards. The awards are a mix of choices from editors and experts and the number of streams on Apple Music platforms. While Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and, Breakthrough Artist of the Year awards are picked by a jury, Album of the Year and Song of the Year are picked by data. The company has already announced winners which include names like Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Lil Nas…

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Report: Apple to use Mini-LED tech in 2020 for better iPad and MacBook screens


Apple has long had some of the best displays on the market, but recently it’s been somewhat behind the curve. While other manufacturers had long moved onto OLED technology with perfect blacks, Apple only started using them on its smartphones in the past few years, and has stuck to old-school LCDs on its laptops and tablets. A new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) suggests Apple is planning a big leap in image quality with some of its devices next year, although it still won’t adopt OLED on the iPad and MacBook. Instead, Kuo says the company…

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This is why you shouldn’t use Apple’s highlighter tool to censor sensitive info


A recent Reddit post details the danger of using a popular built-in tool in the iOS image editing menu. The tool, commonly referred to as the highlighter (it’s actually a chisel-shaped marker, don’t @ me) is often used to cover sensitive information in screenshots or photographs — such as credit card numbers or the address on a drivers license. The problem is in the default opacity of the tool. It’s meant to be used as a highlighter, not a tool to censor sensitive details, and as such it’s set with an opacity value under 100. That is to say, it’s…

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An iPhone 11 Pro Max review especially for you, human


Reviewing an iPhone is not like covering any other device. People who are already in the Apple ecosystem will probably upgrade when they’re ready, not when you say so. And Android folks? Well, they aren’t going to suddenly jump ship because of a single article. Then you have specs. While companies like Huawei, Samsung, and OnePlus brandish what’s under the hood of their handsets as a marketing tactic, Apple have quietly tried to remove themselves from this arm’s race. I mean, how many of our relatives or friends genuinely care about camera megapixels, processors, or display technology? They just want…

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Floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs is up for auction and valued at $7,500


Floppy disks aren’t worth much nowadays considering, you know, no one uses them. But then again, that floppy might be worth something if it happens to be signed by Steve Jobs. Such an item is currently up for bidding at RR Auction with an estimated value of $7,500. The current highest bid stands at $4,600, with 7 bids so far.  but considering you could spend more on a new MacBook, I expect the price to climb higher. The disc is said to contain a copy of Macintosh System Tools Version 6.0, with Jobs‘ signature written on the label with a…

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Apple has a new system for dealing with bugs in future iOS releases


Apple’s recently released iOS 13 saw a number of complaints from users about bugs both minor and infuriating. Ios 12 was the same. But for iOS 14, Apple has a plan to reduce, perhaps even eliminate bugs. The main factor behind the bugginess of recent releases, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, was the rate at which developers were committing changes — often daily, or at least weekly. These commits proved problematic, however, for other Apple developers. When one code change, or commit, went live (they go live by default in Apple’s coding environment), it often made test builds…

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Where did Apple’s online store reviews go?


We’ve got a mystery on our hands. Apple removed all reviews and ratings from its online store on November 17, as first reported by AppleInsider. What gives? Apple has so far done no policing of its customer reviews, as far as I’m aware. Unlike some manufacturers that try to hide negative reviews, Apple has typically kept them on display, even when products received low ratings. As far as I’m concerned, that actually makes me trust the company more. AppleInsider’s tipster noticed the reviews were removed from US, UK, and Australian Apple stores, pointing to a purposeful move rather than a mistake on Apple’s…

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Apple’s hiring a music-loving Windows coder — hopefully to replace iTunes


A newly posted job listing suggests Apple might be working on something for Windows users, perhaps a replacement for the iTunes software it’s otherwise left behind. At the very least, it’s definitely working on new apps for Windows 10. The job listing, posted earlier this month, is for a Senior Software Engineer who will “build the next generation of media apps for Windows.” The desirable experience includes “Experience with UWP (Universal Windows Platform)” and “Cross platform experience with Mac and Windows.” This wouldn’t necessarily point to iTunes, except the description also says the job will be ideal “if you love music and you are passionate about writing code,” which…

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Apple is holding a surprise event in December, but don’t expect much


Here’s a surprise: Apple has one more event in store for the year, and this time it’s for… apps? The company sent out invites to an event “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019” taking place in NYC on December 2. This is unexpected. Apple Event. December 2 in NYC. pic.twitter.com/ok4UtcAylC — Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) November 18, 2019 While Apple hands out awards for the year’s best apps every year, it’s never hosted a physical event it. For some reason, Apple decided it needed to go bigger. It seems highly unlikely there’ll be new hardware on December 2, especially…

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