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Why Apple’s New Screen Time Feature Doesn’t Shock Me

Once Apple announced that it was introducing Screen Time, a new feature in its iOS 12 operating system for the iPhone and iPad, I was inundated with calls from researchers and journalists asking my opinion about both the feature and also the “surprising” findings people using the beta version were reporting.
As some of our readers know, I spent over a dozen years as chief analyst at Basex, a think tank, …

Apple CarPlay Now Offered in Over 400 Different Cars

Apple CarPlay is now available in more than 400 different car models, Apple said. The latest is the 2019 Subaru WRX, introduced last Thursday.
The new version of the WRX will support both CarPlay and its competitor, Android Auto, and makes the system available via a standard 6.5” touchscreen that is part of the automaker’s new Starlink infotainment system.
Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as …

Apple to Offer New Credit Card with Goldman Sachs

Apple to Offer New Credit Card with Goldman Sachs

Apple and Goldman Sachs will launch a new credit card later this year that will be marketed as Apple Pay. The two companies have been working on the plan for several months.
Goldman Sachs will also be financing the purchase of new Apple products.
The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday afternoon.
Apple currently offers a card issued by Barclays but that relationship appears to be in jeopardy.
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Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

Apple added the Lane Guidance feature to its Maps App for users in Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland
In February, Apple added Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland to the list.
Lane Guidance displays the lane the driver should be in via a floating black information panel that disappears after it’s no longer needed. Lane guidance is also provided via Siri’s voice prompts.
The feature is available both directly on the iPhone as …

Major Developers Are Discontinuing Their Apple Watch Apps But That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch in April 2015, iPhone developers couldn’t wait to get onto the Apple Watch bandwagon. It was like being seen at the right table at 21 but sometimes it didn’t make sense to be there in the first place.
Now developers are recognizing that it isn’t necessarily appropriate to invest the resources to maintain a separate Apple Watch app versus merely allowing users to get notifications …

Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland

Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland

Apple added the Lane Guidance feature to its Maps App for users in Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland.
Lane Guidance displays the lane the driver should be in via a floating black information panel that disappears after it’s no longer needed. Lane guidance is also provided via Siri’s voice prompts.
The feature is available both directly on the iPhone as well as when using Apple CarPlay.
The move brings the total number of …

Apple to Add Support for Key Safety Feature, Advanced Mobile Location, in iOS 11.3

Apple to Add Support for Key Safety Feature, Advanced Mobile Location, in iOS 11.3

Apple announced plans to add support for Advanced Mobile Location in the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11.3.
Advanced Mobile Location transmits a user’s exact location in countries where the feature is supported. It recognizes when an emergency call is being placed and activates the device’s GPS or Wi-Fi radios to collect the caller’s precise location, sending an SMS to emergency services with the caller’s location.
The system is …