“Apple has released iOS 12.1.1 for iPhone and iPad today with a handful of notable improvements. The latest software update includes improvements to FaceTime, Haptic Touch on iPhone XR, and more. For FaceTime users, iOS 12.1.”
“After leaving new iPhone XR users hanging, Apple today has finally started selling a new clear case for the device. This case allows you to showcase the colorful iPhone XR design, while also keeping it protected against drops, scratches, and more.”
“The UK parliament has today publicly shared secret internal Facebook emails that cover a wide-range of the company’s tactics related to its free iOS VPN app that was used as spyware, recording users’ call and text message history, and much more.”
“As it does at this time every year, Apple today announced its official Best of 2018 lists. These selections highlight the “best” app and game for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, as well as the top movies, TV shows, Podcasts, and more. Head below for all of the details.”
“The AirPods truly-wireless earbuds are on track to be Apple’s best growth product for the foreseeable future, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo said that Apple will release an ‘upgraded model with wireless charging support’ in the first quarter of 2019.”
“Buried in iOS is a handy feature to offer up weather details on your Lock screen before you start your day. Read on for how to add weather summary to your Lock screen on iPhone.”
The best streaming video player to buy right now – The Verge:
At $179, the Apple TV 4K is on a completely different pricing tier than Roku and Amazon. But if you’re willing to spend that much, in return you’ll get the most polished experience of any set-top box on the market.
The Apple TV 4K does everything; it supports 4K, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10. It’s the box we recommend if you want to take full advantage of all the features in a high-end TV. Apple’s iTunes store has an enormous vault of content that can showcase those features. The menus feel more modern and stylish than those on the Roku, and Siri is a little better at voice search than Roku’s system, too. App selection is equally as strong. The one asterisk is that YouTube won’t stream in 4K on the Apple TV because Apple doesn’t support Google’s preferred video codec.
Apple’s device is very powerful and lighting fast in day-to-day use. If you’ve gone in on the company’s HomeKit smart home ecosystem, the Apple TV acts as a hub and allows you to control those gadgets remotely when away from the house.
A good reminder that although higher in price compared to its competitors iterations, what you get for that money is the #1 streaming experience with all 3 major platforms (Netflix, Amazon Prime & iTunes) on 1 device.
The Amazon Blog:
Apple Music subscribers will be able to enjoy Apple Music’s 50 million songs on Echo devices. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple Music’s global livestream including in-depth artist interviews— all completely ad-free. Simply enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and link your account to start listening.
This is something that not many thought we would ever see – Apple allowing access to their music service via a competitors home speaker range. Kudos to Apple for allowing this as the Amazon Echo range of home devices are more popular due to their more affordable price compared to the more expensive, but better quality speaker and thus sound quality, of the Apple HomePod.
“Apple today has quietly released a new collection of colors for its iPhone XS silicone cases and Apple Watch sport bands. The new colors include Hibiscus, Mellow Yellow, and Pacific Green.”
“As the holidays start rolling around, Apple is releasing yet another festive ad, this time focusing on Group FaceTime, which the company recently released for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac in iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and macOS 10.14.1.”