Could future iPhones come with a built-in panic button to discreetly summon the cops? It's certainly a possibility, judging by Apple's recent patent filings.
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With the introduction of iOS 11 and a development tool called ARKit, Apple is betting that augmented reality could be the next revolutionary feature for smartphones. At the very least, it's facilitated a secret feature that lets iPhone users pretend they're giant monsters stomping through a tiny city.
Having guided you through the not-all-that-straightforward process of switching from Android to iOS, we're back to tell you how to go in the opposite direction. (Make your mind up will you?) Going from Apple-powered devices to Google's platform is either ridiculously easy or rather taxing, depending on your current setup.
Yesterday, a leak from one of the most reliable Apple rumour sleuths claimed that the iPhone 8 won't feature a fingerprint scanner integrated into the display. That feature has been expected for some time. But if a new report is correct, it seems that fingerprints are going to be replaced with 3D facial recognition.
A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute shows the number of Australians employed in the app industry has increased by 11 per cent since 2014, to a total of 113,000 currently working in the field today.
The Rise of the Australian App Economy points to the launch of the iPhone and App store as the start of what has become "an important source of employment and economic growth" in Australia.
As of a few days ago, Apple's iOS 11 beta is in the hands of any member of the public that wants to give it a whirl. If you're a budding iPhone photographer, you might be interested to know that the iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode has been supercharged with two very useful things: HDR multi-image capture, and optical image stabilisation.
In case you didn't see one of the endless internet posts on the subject — it's the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's release. Hurray! Amongst the commentary about how the iPhone "changed everything" emerged one actually interesting bit: A look at some clumsy early prototypes of the combination iPod, phone and internet communicator.
Image Cache: The iPhone has long been, and will likely remain, the gold standard in smartphone photography. There are better cameras on some Android phones, sure, but the iPhone has one thing that others don't: a community. The iPhone Photography Awards' winners have been announced, and Australia's done pretty well for itself.
Apple just launched the iOS 11 public beta for the whole world to try, and holy heck, don't get too excited yet. Obviously, your iPhone or iPad will be cooler than all your friends' are if you're running the new software before any of them. There will be consequences, though.
Apple's relationship with Australia's banks has always been fraught. One of Australia's largest, Westpac, has been dealt a further blow — with Apple ordering it to remove the ability for Westpac customers to send cash using an innovative keyboard app.
With the release of the 10.5-inch iPad and the upcoming laptop-friendly features of iOS 11, soon you'll be able to officially replace your laptop with a sheet of futuristic Apple glass. It's been a long time coming, but I thought I'd take it one step further, and see if you can replace your whole phone and laptop set up with an iPad instead.
You can say a lot about Apple — it brought smartphones and personal computers to the mass market, it changed the technology industry forever, it was controlled by a megalomaniacal arsehole for much of its existence — but you'd have a hard time getting even the staunchest critic of the company to argue its products weren't groundbreakingly pretty.
The iPad has a problem that we should all wish to have: It's too damn good. The battery life and standby battery life are superb, the screen is pretty, the apps are nice, and the thing is powerful enough it can last for years. That's wonderful for all of us consumers, but it is not great for Apple or any other company building a tablet device. They want us on the same yearly upgrade cycle we have for our phones. A concept, as IDC noted in February when it reported a big slump in tablet sales, consumers have largely rejected. Which is why every year Apple tries to build some cool new feature into the iPad to lure us away from our old, perfectly good iPads. Unless you're an illustrator, this year's iPad, won't be doing any wooing.
Shopping for iPhone cases usually involves choosing between a product that's durable but bulky, or another that's slim but not quite as sturdy. However, the Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone Case is here to bring you the best of both worlds, and it's on sale for nearly half-off.
Wireless charging has struggled for years to gain ground in consumer electronics. For one hot second, it looked like the option would be available in every smartphone, then manufacturers started to bail out, then it started to come back. And now, we have the biggest confirmation yet that Apple is jumping into the game. Has the time finally come?
When I was a lad, one of the big selling features when you bought a new PC was the ability to upgrade it. Add memory, plug in a second-hand drive and, if the budget allowed, swap out the processor. But over recent years, Apple has taken that ability away. Even RAM upgrades, which used to be easy, were made impossible as Apple's quest to make everything as thin as possible drove them to soldering everything in place. But iFixit has revealed in their teardown of the new 21.5-inch iMac that the memory and processor can both be upgraded.
Not all developers out there want your birth certificate and bathing schedule, but enough have proven themselves less than scrupulous over the years, so anything Apple and Google do to help users limit data collection and location tracking is always welcome. In fact, come September, iOS 11 will force app developers to provide the full range of location permissions, not just the on or off you get now.
At the start of the week Apple showed off some of the upcoming features in macOS HIgh Sierra, but the company's keynote by no means covered everything in the desktop OS update. We've been using the developer beta of macOS 10.13 for the last few days and scouring the web to uncover some of the hidden features coming down the pipe.