Apple to sell limited-edition Apple Watch bands w/ country flags for Olympics


Apple will be offering a limited-edition set of Apple Watch bands for the 2016 Olympics. As reported by GQ, Apple will begin selling Apple Watch bands that depict the flags of 14 different countries when the games kick-off in August.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple design limited-edition Apple Watch bands for specific events. For the San Francisco Pride parade last month, Apple designed rainbow-colored bands with red lugs to show support of equality. In this case, Apple only gave the bands out to employees, so consumers never had the chance to purchase them.Limited-edition bands is a smart idea on Apple’s part, as is not selling them to everyone. In doing such, Apple is creating a market of rare bands that will drive diehard collectors and Apple fans to do whatever it takes to get their hands on them.

What do you think of Apple’s collection of flag-inspired Apple Watch bands? View the gallery below, courtesy of GQ, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

France 


China


Jamaica 


Brazil


Germany 

SwiftKey’s Swiftmoji Is An Emoji Prediction Keyboard For iOS, Android


Even after all this time, the jury is still out on Apple’s implementation of third-party keyboards in iOS, but that hasn’t stopped plenty being released. Today, we have a new one to try out, and it’s somewhat different to what you might expect. Coming from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, the makers of one of the most popular third-party keyboards for both iOS and Android, Switftmoji isn’t really there to let users type words, but rather emoji.
As fans of emoji will attest, sometimes you can be in the middle of a sentence and think to yourself that a little emoji character would be a better bet for explaining your sentiments than a sentence full of boring old words. With Swiftmoji, you can type your words with the standard iOS keyboard, or indeed any other, and then switch to Swiftmoji in order for the magic to happen.The SwiftKey creation will then use the words already typed in order to predict the emoji best suited to the situation. SwiftKey says that it is basing these predictions on crowdsourced data and will eventually learn an individual’s preference for emoji and predict them at just the right time.
While this sounds great, our concern is the fiddling required in order for this all to come together. Users type using a different keyboard, switch to the Swiftmoji keyboard and then select the emoji they want to use. After that, if more typing is required, the user has to switch back to their standard QWERTY keyboard of choice. It may not be a huge pain in the rear, but it does add friction and friction can be enough to stop people from using things, especially keyboards.

The good news is that you can try Swiftmoji for yourself and make your own judgement. The keyboard is available as a free download for both iOS (iPhone only) and Android.

Download  For iPhone 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftmoji

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 has drop protection up to 5.2 ft, likely headed to future iPhones


Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass brand, today announced the next iteration of its cover glass for mobile displays, a likely candidate for future Apple devices including the iPhone 7. Corning says that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough surfaces four times better than other solutions, noting that clarity of the display and touch sensitivity are not affected.Gorilla Glass 5 is said to survive facedown drops from 5.2 feet onto a rough surface 80 percent of the time. The product is the successor to Gorilla Glass 4, which was introduced in the fall of 2014. Gorilla Glass 4 was only advertised as capable of surviving drops from up to 3.2 feet, though that was still a notable improvement over previous iterations.According to a study cited by Corning, over 85 percent of smartphone users have dropped their phones at least once per year, while 55 percent have dropped their devices three or more times. That’s why, Corning says, that it focused time around on improving Gorilla Glass’s drop resistance:“With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning’s advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. “With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement.”Currently, Gorilla Glass 5 is available to manufacturers and Corning expects it to start appearing in consumer devices later this year, though no specific partnerships were announced. The company says that Gorilla Glass has been used on over 4.5 billion devices worldwide by over 40 different major brands.

It’s unclear at this point if the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 will take advantage of Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5 offering. Apple’s agreement with Corning has been interesting in the past. The two companies are said to have an agreement that does not allow Corning to list Apple or the iPhone on its website, though they are working together. Nevertheless, Gorilla Glass 5 seems likely for upcoming iPhones.

Opinion: iOS’ Control Center could learn a thing or two from popular Android phones


I’m not going to get into the politics of who came up with which ideas first, or who steals ideas from the other, because quite frankly, both iOS and Android have borrowed heavily from one another over the years.For now, though, I’d like to focus on iOS, specifically Control Center. It’s a feature that’s been around for going on four generations, and although it has evolved over the years, it still has a long way to go as far as I’m concerned. Here’s a look at four lessons that iOS could learn from Android when it comes to Control Center functionality.

Lesson 1: Shortcuts

Long-pressing on a Control Center toggle should take you directly to the specific portion of the Settings app that relates to that toggle. For example, long-pressing on the Wi-Fi icon should take users directly to the Wi-Fi section of the stock Settings app. As of now, it can take several steps to get to the Wi-Fi preferences depending on where you are in iOS.
Lesson 2: Customization
Control Center has been around for almost four generations of iOS software, but it still can’t be customized. We’re still stuck with the same old 5 Control Center toggles (6 on the iPad) that we’ve had since the feature debuted. Where’s the toggle for cellular connectivity or Auto Brightness? Where’s our iPad-centric mute toggle for the iPhone?Lesson 3: Quick connectivity settings
I wish that it was possible to manage Bluetooth and WI-Fi connectivity settings from anywhere. Stock Android allows users to quickly connect to available Wi-Fi connections and Bluetooth devices directly from its Notification Bar. It would be nice if iOS allowed for similar functionality.
Lesson 4: Stop interrupting video playback
Why does video playback in Safari have to come to a screeching halt whenever I invoke Control Center (or Notification Center)? Users should be able to invoke Control Center to make whatever adjustments need to be made without interrupting video playback. At the very least, make it an option.
Conclusion
I could go on, but these are some of the most obvious Control Center improvements that could be made. Considering that macOS features so many useful option-key shortcuts, you’d think it would be a no-brainer for Apple to implement similar shortcuts in iOS using 3D Touch or via simple long-press gestures.
If Control Center were still new, then I’d be willing to give it a pass, but it’s been almost three years. By now, users are intimately familiar with what Control Center brings to the table. It’s time to implement more user-friendly shortcuts and customization options. Do you agree?

How To Take Scrolling Screenshots On iPhone Or Android

You don’t need to be a technology writer to have a need for taking screenshots, and if you have a need for taking screenshots, then it’s entirely possible that you will have a need to take screenshots of something that’s too long or tall to fit on a smartphone screen. Websites are a prime example of that, because sometimes, you just need to take a screenshot of an entire news article for example, and that just isn’t going to fit in one screenshot. Not without help anyway. And help is exactly what the Apple’s App Store for iOS and Google’s Play Store for Android are full of, especially if you want to do something like take screenshots that are longer than your average.

Both Android and iOS have some great options for this exact problem, and it just so happens that we have two in mind. Here are they.
Android
Available to download from the Google Play Store, Stitch & Share won’t cost you a penny, but it will do a damned fine job nonetheless. By taking multiple screenshots and then automatically stitching them all together, Stitch & Share makes sharing those full-length screenshots a nice, easy process. After all, we don’t take these things to sit and look at.

We take them to share.


Download   Stitch & Share for Android on the Google Play Store)
iOS

Similarly to Stitch & Share on Android, Tailor is free to download from the App Store for anyone who wants it. When downloaded, Tailor again allows users to take multiple screenshots and then have them stitched together into one, seamless image. Tailor is great for stitching together images that include long to-do lists, articles and directions amongst other things and it’s a great addition to anyone’s arsenal of apps.

Download Tailer for iPhone on the App Store)
Taking long screenshots is the kind of thing that you may not realize you need until that first time you need it. When that happens, you could do far worse then give Stitch & Share or Tailor a try.

iOS 10 Public Beta: How To Download And Install The Right Way

If you were feeling left out when the first beta of iOS 10 was made available to registered developers during last month’s WWDC 2016, then be prepared for that feeling to subside. Apple has now made the iOS 10 Public Beta available, which means that device owners interested in putting iOS 10 through its paces are now able to do so on a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.The installation is extremely straightforward, and of course, we have a complete tutorial on the process to make it as easy as possible for anyone interested in running iOS 10.

It’s important to note that iOS 10 exists at a very early beta stage. Anyone installing the firmware can expect a platform that’s full of new features, but will also likely come with performance issues, detrimental battery performance and potential overall system instability. All of these issues are to be expected with an initial firmware beta, but it’s always good to be armed with that knowledge prior to installing on a device. If you’re happy to proceed on that basis, then let’s get right to it.

Before beginning, take a moment to check if your iOS device is compatible with iOS 10 or not by checking out our post: iOS 10 Beta Compatibility For iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. Also make sure you backup all of your data to either iTunes or iCloud before installing this pre-release build of iOS. Done? Let’s proceed.
NOTE: We highly recommend that you do not install this iOS 10 beta on your main or primary iOS device. As mentioned earlier, the platform will contain bugs and come with performance issues that could prevent the main device from functioning normally.
Step 1: First of all, make sure that your device is running the latest public version of iOS. At the time of writing, that version is iOS 9.3.2. You can download it from here if you need it: Download iOS 9.3.2 Final For iPhone And iPad [IPSW Links].
Step 2: You’ll need to be registered with Apple to participate in the Apple Beta Software Program. If you aren’t registered, you’ll need to head over to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram to proceed. Already registered? Skip to step 3.

Step 3: When you have signed up, or if you are already a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, visit beta.apple.com and sign in using your account credentials.

Step 4: Accept all of Apple’s terms of use agreements to proceed. Click on the Accept button to do this. If you’re the type who loves to read these agreements in full, you can of course scroll through all of the text or choose to receive the document via PDF.


Step 5: Next, you will need to enroll the iOS device in question in the beta program. Visit the following link on your iOS device: beta.apple.com/profile

Step 6: If prompted, sign in with the Apple ID credentials registered to the Apple Beta Software Program.
Step 7: Tap on the blue Download profile button to grab the configuration profile.

Do note that if you happen to have an Apple Watch paired to the iPhone then you may get a pop-up asking you to choose your device as seen in the image below. Select iPhone.

Step 8: When prompted with the Install Profile page, tap Install to proceed. Enter the device passcode to continue.

Step 9: Agree to the Consent form by tapping Install once again in the top-right.

Step 10: When prompted to restart the phone, tap on the Restart button to restart the iPhone and complete the profile installation process.

Step 11: Once the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has restarted, launch the Settings.app and navigate to General > Software Update. The presence of the Configuration Profile means that the device will now look for any beta software as well as public facing updates. When prompted, hit Download and Install on the iOS 10 beta available and let it complete the update process.
Once done, your device will restart and you’ll have iOS 10 successfully installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.

macOS Sierra Public Beta: Download And Install The Right Way [How-To Tutorial]


In addition to revealing iOS 10 during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple also lifted the lid on the next-generation of its desktop platform; macOS Sierra. Of course, like iOS 10, macOS Sierra was instantly seeded to developers for testing and feedback. Now as promised with a number of weeks down the line, Apple has officially made macOS Sierra available to individuals registered for testing via Apple’s Public Beta Software Program. We’re going to tell you how you can get involved and grab the latest macOS Sierra beta right now on your Mac the right way.

Before going ahead with the steps on how to install the Sierra public beta, it’s important to note that macOS Sierra is currently in development stages due to which it can contain bugs that can potentially harm data on your Mac. We recommend installing macOS Sierra only a test machine, or a secondary partition, details on which can be found here: Install And Dual-Boot macOS Sierra With OS X El Capitan On Separate Partition [Tutorial]. It’s also important to back up all of your data to an external hard drive before going ahead with installing this pre-release beta of macOS Sierra. You can find list of Macs compatible with Sierra here: List Of macOS Sierra 10.12 Compatible Macs. All done? Let us proceed!

Step 1: Navigate your browser to beta.apple.com to load the Apple Beta Software Program website.
Step 2: If you are already enrolled in the program, then simply select Sign In and enter your Apple credentials to complete the logging in process. If you haven’t previously enrolled yourself, then click on Sign up.

Step 3: After you have logged in, or signed up depending on which you have to do, you’ll be presented with Apple’s Beta Software Program Agreement. Click on Accept to proceed.


Step 4: Now that you’ve accepted the Beta Software Program Agreement, you’ll need to enroll your Mac into the program. Select the Enroll Your Devices at the top of the Apple Beta Software Program website.

Step 5: Scroll down the page and click on the Download macOS Sierra Public Beta button, which will launch the Mac App Store. Make sure to make a note of the redemption code underneath the download button as this will be needed.
Step 6: In the Mac App Store, enter the noted redemption code in the small box below the Redeem Code page. Once entered, select the Redeem option to carry on.
Step 7: If everything has been entered correctly, and the redemption code is correct, then the macOS Sierra Public Beta installer will start to download to your machine. As with any other Mac App Store download, you can check its progress through Launchpad, or by looking directly in the Mac App Store UI for how much has been downloaded.
Step 8: And voila, there you have it. Once the macOS Sierra Public Beta Installer has finished downloading, it’s a case of executing that file and installing macOS Sierra onto your machine as you would with any other version of Apple’s desktop platform.Going forward, anytime Apple releases a new publicly available beta of macOS Sierra, it will be downloadable as an over-the-air update through the Update mechanism of the Mac App Store. That process prevents users from having to manually download installation files and running through the laborious process of executing that install. Enjoy everything that Sierra has to bring, and remember, if you’re going to be part of the Public Beta Program, then make sure you submit any issues or bugs directly to Apple to be fixed.

Happy testing!