Apple Reviews

Apple avoids 15% levy in the US for iPhone, iPad and MacBook

Apple has managed to avoid a potential 15% increase in the US retail price of its major products after the Trump administration agreed a trade deal with China that pares back existing tariffs on imports. Bloomberg reported that iPhones were due to increase in price by $150 in the US, right before Christmas. Such a rise in price could have been disastrous for Apple’s holiday sales, which would also have affected the iPad and Mac lines. In an investor note Dan…

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Apple will appear at CES for the first time since 1992

Apple has an official presence at CES 2020, the first time it has been on the bill since 1992. Senior director of privacy Jane Horvath is set to appear on a Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable on 7 January (via Bloomberg).  The panel is listed on CES’ official website where it shows Horvath will appear alongside executives from Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission. The last time Apple was listed as a participant at CES was when CEO John Sculley introduced the Newton…

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Google Photos now lets you DM people pictures and video

Google is rolling out a private direct messaging feature to Google Photos across Android, iOS and the web. The company says it’s not another Google chat app (sure) but is instead a quick way to share photos and videos with people over Google Photos rather than exporting them to other apps to send. The messaging service lets you send and receive between contacts, text replies, like things, and save them to your own Google Photos library. If you live in…

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GiffGaff has best prices on iPhone XR & Huawei P30 for Black Friday

GiffGaff is one of our favourite mobile networks for teenagers and young adults, offering excellent-value SIM-only plans that have contract-like allowances at PAYG prices, on which it’s impossible to overspend. But GiffGaff isn’t only a purveyor of minutes, messages and data, it also stocks new and refurbished smartphones at some attractive prices. For the Black Friday sale, which runs until Thursday 5 December, GiffGaff is offering up to £100 off smartphones. You’ll find top prices on previous-generation iPhones, Samsung, Sony, Huawei and…

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Analyst note says iPhone 12 Pro will have 6GB RAM and 3D sensing

The hype train has barely died down for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro but that train is rolling on back into town again with the first concrete iPhone 12 rumours emerging. MacRumors has claimed to have seem a Barclays analyst report claiming the iPhone 12 Pro will have 6GB RAM. On its own that is not very exciting, we know. But given this year’s iPhone 11 has 3GB and the 11 Pro and Pro Max have 4GB, a move up…

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How to force reset iPhone

The iPhone has been a remarkable device, but like any gadget it has the potential to stop working properly from time to time. One of the most common issues is a device freezing or becoming unresponsive, and the go-to method is normally to force a restart. This is great because you won’t lose any data, and your phone should be back up and running in no time. In fact, this method will be no worse than a regular restart, so…

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Best Fitness Tracker 2019: The 10 Best Activity Bands

Your buying guide to the best fitness trackers in 2019 Fitness trackers are the best way to continuously monitor your daily activity, be it casual or professional. The perfect smartphone companion, a tracker helps measure activity throughout the day be it steps, swims, boxing, running or weights and allow you to view all the data on your smartphone. The downside? There are tons of them. Way too many! Brands like Fitbit dominate the conversation, and while they are good, there…

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How to Delete WhatsApp Account

If you’re trying to cut down on the number of intrusions into your daily life, getting rid of various social media and communication apps is a good place to start. We’ve already covered how to delete your Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat accounts, but if that’s not enough then here’s how to permanently delete your WhatsApp account too. When it’s gone, it’s gone Before you begin, be warned that this is an irreversible process. Once you delete your WhatsApp account it…

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Michael Kors Access MKGO review

The worlds of technology and fashion have been intertwined for some time, and nothing represents this truth more perfectly than the smartwatch. The needle sways towards one end or the other depending on whose name is on the product and in this instance it is fashion giant Michael Kors who’ll you’ll find emblazoned across both the hardware and software that make up this timepiece. The company has produced smartwatches (or rather the Fossil Group has manufactured licensed smartwatches for the brand) since 2016, with…

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Patent suggests future Apple Watch will have antennae in the strap

Apple patents available to see online are two a penny but this one is notable for its suggested major design change that would see wireless antennae incorporated into the Apple Watch’s strap (via Apple Insider) At present, most if not all smartwatches with Wi-Fi and 4G radios house them in the casing of the watch itself. The patent filing by Apple says: “it can be desirable to provide certain components outside the rigid housing to more effectively utilize the space…

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Three 2020 iPhones said to have 5G chips

5G phones got up and running with primitive 5G networks in 2019, but Apple decided to wait on the technology. None of the iPhone 11 series have 5G compatibility – and that is just fine considering the infancy of the technology. Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Apple’s 2020 range of iPhones will all support 5G. Citing “four unnamed sources”, it says: “All three of the new iPhones will carry the most advanced 5G modem chip, known as X55 that is…

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AirPods Pro change the design and bump up the price

Apple has announced AirPods Pro, a fully updated AirPods sequel with noise cancellation and an in-ear design. It follows the minor update to the original earphones that only gave the case wireless charging. This fully-fledged sequel sees the price rise to £249 / $249 compared to the £159 / $159 of the originals, which remain on sale. The ‘pro’ moniker on AirPods Pro is firmly implying what it means when attached to iPhone 11 Pro – it just means ‘better’.…

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Best Tech Gifts for Kids of All Ages

For some people Christmas will always be about religion, but for others it’s the season for spreading joy, and for enjoying the giving and receiving of gifts between loved ones. If you ask me, Christmas is all about the kids. Nothing beats the smile on their faces (and your own) when you know you’ve given them a gift they really love. But shopping for kids’ Christmas presents has become incredibly difficult – not because you’re short of options, but because there’s almost too much choice. And…

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Fossil Gen 5 update lets you make and take calls from an iPhone

Fossil has updated its snappily named Gen 5 smartwatch with the ability to make calls when paired to an iPhone. Previously, Wear OS watches could only notify the user of incoming calls and couldn’t allow calls to be made or taken using a watch’s internal mic and speaker. This means the Gen 5 is the first Wear OS smartwatch to be able make and take calls if connected to an iPhone rather than an Android phone, as reported by 9to5Google. We…

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iOS 13 downloaded on 55% of compatible iPhones

Apple has revealed iOS 13’s adoption rate on compatible iPhones to be 55%. It categorises these phones as “all devices introduced in the last four years”, which accounts for 2015’s iPhone 6s, the oldest iPhone to be compatible with iOS 13. 38% of those phones are on iOS 12 and 7% are on an older version. The company also said that “50% of all devices use iOS 13”, with 41% on iOS 12 and 9% using an earlier version. The…

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iOS 13.1.3 here to fix Mail, Watch, Bluetooth issues and more

At least Apple isn’t messing around with iOS 13’s numerous bugs. Less than a month on from 19 September’s initial release, iOS 13.1.3 is available for compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads (via iPadOS) fixes several bugs including those affecting Mail invites, iCloud backup, Apple Watch pairing and notifications and various Bluetooth issues. The Apple Watch bugs may well have frustrated anyone who has recently invested in an iPhone 11 or Apple Watch Series 5. Such bugs could have rendered the…

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Apple pushes iOS 13.2 developer beta 2 with emojis and Siri settings

It’s hard to keep up with Apple’s iOS 13 updates, let alone the separate updates for people running the developer beta, but here we are. Now that Apple has pushed updates to bring us to iOS 13.1.2, anyone on the developer beta track can now download iOS 13.2 beta 2. Within 13.2 beta 2 are some notable additions. There are over 60 new emoji, as is normal, but this time you’ll be able to change the skin tones of individual faces…

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Apple Watch Sleep app spotted in screenshot

Apple released the Apple Watch Series 5 last month to great fanfare, but one rumoured feature was missing – sleep tracking. Long awaited by Watch fans, it has been said that the feature will not be launching until most people don’t have to charge it every night. But a new screenshot suggests Apple Watch owners may just have to adjust their charging habits rather than wait for better battery life. As reported by MacRumours, a screenshot was spotted in the…

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Watch Premier League Online, On TV & Abroad: Brighton vs Spurs

Want to watch Premier League matches live without a Sky Sports contract? It’s easier than you think, and totally legal. Here’s how.  Following an interesting transfer window, the league is back and Manchester City are favourites to retain the title. But can Spurs, Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea or an underdog team do it instead? In the UK, no Premier League matches are shown for free on terrestrial TV channels like BBC or ITV. You’ll have to pay something, whether it’s…

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Watch The Walking Dead S10 (& For Free): When is TWD Back On?

The Whisperers continue to cast a shadow over the newfound concept of civilisation as The Walking Dead returns for its 10th season on Sunday 6 October. In the UK, ‘Lines We Cross’ will be available on Monday 7 October. Introduced in season 9, the franchise’s latest ‘bad guy’ is a horde of wannabe zombies, a group that conceals its identity with the skin of the undead, showing once again that humans themselves are the real threat in a post-apocalyptic world. Rumours for season 10 point to increased tensions between…

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