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Apple officially announces (RED) iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, updated iPhone SE with double the storage


Apple today has taken the wraps off of a new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The device was unveiled alongside a new iPad and a new social video editing app.Apple made the announcement in a press release, which contained quotes from Tim Cook and offered up more details on the (RED) initiative.In the press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that (RED) gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund for AIDS research. Cook explained that thus far, the (RED) initiative has been very successful and the new iPhone 7 color variant will further lend to the growth of the effort:“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.“The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”

It’s unclear how many PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 units Apple plans to make. The device carries a “Special Edition” tag, but the company tells Mashable it plans to make “a bunch” of them:
As for supplies of the (RED) iPhone, Joswiak told us Apple plans to make “a bunch,” but wouldn’t say how long they’d be in market or exactly how many are available.
For those unfamiliar, Apple’s (RED) partnership sees it donate a certain percentage of sales to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation.
In addition to the new (RED) iPhone, Apple has also doubled the storage capacity for the iPhone SE. The device is now available in 32GB and 128GB models starting at $399. Finally, Apple has also announced new colors of its silicone and leather cases. The silicone case is now available azure, camellia and pebble, while the leather case now comes in taupe, sapphire and berry.
The (RED) iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at $749 from Apple’s website and Apple retail stores. As of right now, the devices are listed as unavailable online but will go up for sale at 8:01AM PT/11:01AM ET. 

PSA: If a Live Photo didn’t choose the perfect moment, you can now select a different frame

If you’ve ever taken a Live Photo only to find that the still image selected by the Camera app was just before a beautiful smile, or your slightly wonky horizon is straight in a later frame in the animated version, there’s now an app to fix it.

Google has updated a free app to allow you to play your Live Photo frame-by-frame, and then choose a different frame for the still. Once you select it, you simply export it back into your camera roll as a replacement Live Photo. The Motion Stills app was originally designed to apply automatic stabilization to turn your shaky Live Photos into silky-smooth GIFs. You can even edit a bunch of Live Photos together into a movie. An update in December added the ability to add text that tracks a person or object.
A fresh update this week added the ‘best frame’ feature, as well as improving the quality of the GIFs.
Motion Stills is a free download from iTunes.
Via The Verge

Tim Cook: Hundreds of Apple employees affected by immigration ban, company considering legal action

Tim Cook has told the WSJ that hundreds of the company’s employees have been affected by Trump’s executive order on immigration, and says that Apple is considering taking legal action. He also said that the company would be supporting employee fundraising efforts for organizations providing relief to refugees.Cook said that he hopes that the White House can be persuaded to rescind the order, but that the company may resort to the courts if not …

[Cook said] that he continues to contact “very, very senior people in the White House” and impress on them why repealing the executive order is important not only for Apple but for the country.“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” said Mr. Cook. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”While Cook did not specify the White House contacts, Trump told the Apple CEO and other tech leaders back in December that they could call him personally.

Trump then offered up an invitation for the various executives to come to him at any time if they need something […] “You’ll call my people, you’ll call me. It doesn’t make any difference.”Cook said that he had received numerous ‘heart-wrenching’ emails from Apple employees affected by the travel ban.One employee who’s expecting a child said the future grandparents have Canadian and Iranian citizenship and won’t be able to visit to meet their new grandchild.
Apple is matching employees’ donations to refugee relief funds on a two-to-one basis, effectively tripling the value of their contributions.The remarks to the WSJ went further than Cook’s earlier email to all staff in which he talked of the importance of immigration to Apple, indirectly referencing the fact that Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant by observing that ‘Apple would not exist without immigration.’Apple is not the only tech company considering legal action against the executive order banning immigration from seven countries where Muslims are in the majority. Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia are filing court declarations in support of a lawsuit filed by the Washington state attorney general to have the order rescinded, and other tech leaders have expressed their dismay at Trump’s action.
Google has created its largest ever crisis fund to help with legal battles for those affected by the ban, while Netflix CEO Reed Hasting called the order ‘so un-American it pains us all.’

Hours after release, Super Mario Run is top free and top grossing app

Earlier today, the highly anticipated first ever Mario game for iPad and iPhone hit the App Store. Dubbed Super Mario Run, the app has rocketed to the top of both the free chart and top grossing chart on the App Store in the hours following its release.Super Mario Run is a free download, but a $9.99 in-app purchase unlocks the entire game. As part of the initial free download, you can try out a few levels of the game but you’ll eventually be required to hand over the $10 if you want to continue.

Super Mario Run’s success shouldn’t be too surprising when you think about the amount of hype surrounding the game’s release. As the first Mario title to come to the iPhone and iPad, the game received its fair share of publicity. Nintendo’s Shigeru Minamoto was brought on stage at Apple’s iPhone announcement even in September to debut the game, and since then there’s been a steady stream of press surrounding the release of the game.If anything, the chart success should show Nintendo that bringing classic Mario titles to iOS will be far more lucrative than some of the other titles it has launched, such as Miitomo. In terms of reception, Super Mario Run carries a four star rating on the App Store right now , with just over 1200 ratings.Super Mario Run is available now for free on the App Store, with a $9.99 in-app purchase unlocking the full game.
Have you been playing Super Mario Run? Let us know your thoughts in the comments if so.

Instagram adds bookmark feature, to privately save posts for later viewing

Instagram has today rolled out an update to its iOS, Android and Windows apps to allow you to bookmark posts for later viewing.Starting today, you can save posts you’d like to revisit later.Now you’ll see a new bookmark icon underneath posts in your feed. Simply tap it to save a post to a new, private tab on your profile. There you can see all the posts you’ve saved — and they’re only visible to you.

When you stumble upon a funny video you want to remember, a new outfit you like or even inspiration for an upcoming vacation, you can now keep track of favorite posts right from your profile.The update was announced in the company’s blog just a couple of days after its new live video feature rolled out to U.S. users. Increasing competition does seem to have stirred Instagram into a little action, though there’s still no iPad app …
Instagram is free download from iTunes

Twitter adds livestreaming into iOS app, start broadcasting video from the compose tweet view

Twitter is rolling out a new feature into its native client app for iPhone and iPad. From today, users will be able to start video live stream broadcasts from within the Twitter app courtesy of a new integration with Periscope, which Twitter acquired in 2013.

To start a live video, open the tweet compose screen and tap the new “Live” button. You can frame your shot and then press Go Live to start broadcasting to the world. The feature is rolling out gradually over the next few days.Periscope is being slowly enmeshed into the core Twitter experience. Earlier in the year, Twitter integrated Periscope viewing into the timeline. Now, users will be able to begin broadcasting Periscopes from within the Twitter app.
The live streams are really Periscope streams, so users on either Twitter or the Periscope app will be able to see the video. When live, viewers can leave comments and send hearts to interact with the streamer. Bringing video into the tweet compose will no doubt send usage of Periscope skyrocketing but perhaps at the cost of fewer text tweets.
Twitter seems to be positioning live video as an alternative mechanism to typing 140 character anecdotes, especially for major breaking news and events. A similar ‘Live’ button used to exist in the Twitter app but it really was just a shortcut that took users to the Periscope app; the new feature announced today is that all of the broadcast functionality has been integrated directly inside of the Twitter app — users are not required to install Periscope at all.Find the new live video feature in the updated Twitter app, available as a free download in the App Store. The feature is going live for all users over the next few days.

iPhone tricks Apple has been hiding from its Users

Set a sleep timer for your music.

If you like to drift off to peaceful slumber to serene, relaxing music, but you don’t want it to keep playing long after you’re asleep, you can set a timer through the Clock app.timer

Create your own custom vibration pattern.

You can tap out your own vibration pattern to customize it for certain contacts or for types of notifications. Just go to Settings>Sounds>Ringtones>Vibration>Create New Vibration and use your finger to tap out the pattern.vib.jpg

Flashing alerts.

If you’re in a crowded restaurant and waiting on an important call, you could easily miss your ringtone or vibration. Take it up a notch by enabling the camera’s LED for notifications through Settings>General>Accessibility.

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Make your phone run faster by clearing up RAM.

If you hold down the power button long enough to see the “slide to power off” prompt and then hold down the home button, the screen will go blank and then your home screen will re-appear.

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Provide critical medical information in case of emergency.

You always knew your phone was a lifesaver, but now it literally could be. You don’t necessarily want to rely on your phone to cough up important information when your life is on the line, but it’s another helpful tool. Fill out the form under the Health app with as little or as much detail as you like; remember, this information is available without unlocking your phone, so only put in info that you’re comfortable sharing.

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Hard reset.

When absolutely nothing else will work, it’s time for a hard reset. Sometimes your phone just needs a timeout. Hold down the home and lock buttons for five seconds or until the Apple symbol shows up and you’ll be back in business.hard reboot.jpg

Am sure With this few tricks you can now operate and enjoy your iPhone smoothly. feel free to comment and add your contributions.

Apple commemorates Muhammad Ali with homepage tribute

Apple is today commemorating the life of boxer Muhammad Ali with a fullscreen homepage tribute, who died in hospital on Friday at the age of 74. The quote reads: ‘The man who has no imagination has no wings’. Apple executives Tim Cook and Phil Schiller have also shown their respects on Twitter.

Ali directly represented Apple’s brand in the Think Different campaign.
When Steve Jobs announced the video, it was as a metaphor for Apple fighting against Michael Dell, who famously stated that Apple was dead and the company should just return the remaining money to its shareholders. Skip to 1:10 below for the good bits.

Apple sends out press invites for WWDC 2016, confirms 10AM PT keynote on June 13

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After officially announcing that WWDC would take place June 13th through June 17th in April, Apple today has officially invited members of the press to its kickoff keynote address. The keynote will take place on June 13th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Like usual, the keynote will commence at 10AM PT/ 1PM ET (via TechInsider).
This year’s keynote is slightly different from those of previous years as it is being held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Typically, Apple holds all events at Moscone West, but this year all first day festivities are being held at Bill Graham. The rest of the week, except for the WWDC Bash, is held at Moscone West. The Bash, which is typically held at Yerba Buena Gardens, will this year also be at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

At WWDC, Apple is expected to show off the latest versions of its software for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Watch. The company is expected to give the first look at iOS 10, which is said to include a redesigned Apple Music that brings support for lyrics. Mac OS X 10.12 will also be unveiled and as we reported earlier this year, one of its tentpole features will be support for Siri. 

It was reported last week that Apple will unveil a Siri SDK at WWDC, as well.

Apple will stream much of WWDC, including the kick-off keynote, on its WWDC website and in the WWDC app. Sessions will also be available after the fact to watch on-demand, which is nice especially for the fast-moving developer-centric talks.

As always, we’ll have wall-to-wall coverage of everything Apple announces during WWDC right here on 9to5Mac. You can read our guide of everything you need to know about the event here, as well as everything we expect Apple to unveil here.

What are you most excited to see during WWDC this year? Let us know in the comments!

Apple releases Swift 3.0 Preview 1 ahead of WWDC 2016

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Apple’s programing language Swift saw its first preview release branch for 3.0 hit yesterday as the programming language moves closer to a finalized 3.0 release due later this year. Though nowhere near a final release of Swift 3.0, this marks the beginning of the major Swift revisions that developers will see coming later this year.
According to the Swift-Evolution GitHub page, the primary goal of Swift 3.0 is to “solidify and mature the Swift language and development experience.” As it turns out, this also means that there will be source breaking changes this time around, but Swift 3.x and 4+ are said to hopefully remain as source compatible as possible.

Developers looking to test the Swift 3.0 preview release branch can head over to the Swift snapshots download area to grab a recent snapshot copy that can then be implemented into Ubuntu 14.04, 15.10 or directly into Apple’s Xcode. With WWDC 2016 coming in the following weeks, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that later Xcode betas might have the latest Swift 3.0 previews already integrated with them.