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Review: Apple iOS 13.5 – Coronavirus Edition Addresses Pesky Mask and FaceTime Issues

Apple’s latest iOS update – 13.5 – is a sign of the times we live in.  The new version includes a new feature that allows users who are wearing masks to unlock their phones faster when they aren’t recognized by FaceID.  It also supports Covid-19 exposure notifications and improved group FaceTime calling.
Released on Wednesday, it should be available on your iPhone if you look for it in Settings or you …

Apple Stores to ‘Look a Little Different’ and Require Masks When They Reopen

Apple Stores to ‘Look a Little Different’ and Require Masks When They Reopen

Shopping at Apple in the Coronavirus Age will “look a little different,” the company said.
Apple, which was one of the first global companies to shutter its stores in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, announced the steps it was taking to ensure the health and safety of customers and staff as it begins the process of reopening stores in various parts of the world.
“Things may look and feel a …

Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13.4

Since its launch in 2014, Apple CarPlay has become, at least unofficially, a universal infotainment interface for vehicles from over two dozen automakers.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers multiple models that support CarPlay. The list includes Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Skoda, Toyota, VW, and Volvo.
With the introduction of iOS 13, CarPlay received a new …

Apple Unveils New $399 iPhone SE

Apple Unveils New $399 iPhone SE

Apple introduced a second-generation iPhone SE on Wednesday. The new smartphone carries a price tag of $399,
The new SE closely resembles the iPhone 8, which it now replaces.  The iPhone 8 sold for $449.  The SE has a faster processor and the same price point as the previous-generation SE, which was discontinued 19 months ago.
The new iPhone SE goes on sale Friday for delivery on April 24.  There will be …

Apple Acquires Dark Sky Weather App

Apple Acquires Dark Sky Weather App

Apple announced the acquisition of the Dark Sky Company, makers of the eponymously named weather app.
The app aggregates weather information from multiple sources and is available for both Apple iPhone and Android devices. It offers multiple looks at upcoming weather including a next-hour forecast, a 24-hour forecast, a daily summary, and umbrella and sunscreen reminders.  A popular feature is down-to-the-minute notifications of impending rain. A time machine feature lets the …

Apple Fined $1.23 Billion by French Antitrust Regulator

Apple Fined $1.23 Billion by French Antitrust Regulator

France’s antitrust regulator fined Apple €1.1 billion ($1.23 billion) for anticompetitive behavior towards its distribution and retail network.
The fine was the largest ever levied on a single firm.
Apple said it would appeal the ruling, which it said was at odds with French legal precedent.
The Autorité de la concurrence said that Apple imposed prices on retail premium resellers so that the prices were aligned with those charged by Apple, both online …

Apple Announces New MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Golden Master of iOS 13.4

Apple Announces New MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Golden Master of iOS 13.4

Apple announced new MacBook Pro Air laptops, iPad Pro tablets, and released the golden master for its iOS and iPadOS 13.4, a significant upgrade to its mobile operating systems.  A golden master is the final version of a software program that is then sent to manufacturing and used for retail copies.
The updated iPad Pro models come with with A12Z Bionic chips, dual camera setups, a new LiDAR Scanner for augmented …