Your Next iPhone May Have a Virtual Home Button

11:13 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Future iPhones could include virtual Touch ID Home buttons

Apple is reportedly working blending display and touch technology in a way that would allow for reading fingerprints without needed the iPhone's Touch ID Home button. The new technology would let Apple drop the current physical Home button found on all iPhones and iPads, and replace it with a virtual version on the device's display.

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Even if Apple doesn't roll out its own custom touch display chip, it's likely the company is working on iPhone designs that don't need to make space for a physical Home button.

Want Better Apple Music Royalties? Get Taylor Swift on Your Side

9:35 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Taylor Swift calls out Apple over Apple Music royalty terms

17 hours. That's all the time it took for Taylor Swift to give Apple a sound thrashing and get the company to agree to pay artists royalties for their songs during Apple Music's free three month trial period. As if that wasn't big enough news, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue announced the change to the world via Twitter.

Apple Watch Digital Crown Patent Surfaces in Europe

7:50 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

An Apple patent for the Digital Crown unveiled on Apple Watch has surfaced in Europe, and Patently Apple has published details and images. Among other things, the patent covers, "an apparatus for an electronic device that provides haptic feedback by controlling an application of friction to a rotary input control with a shaft." Check out Patently Apple for images and additional details—it's a clear demonstration of how Apple thinks differently about user interface issues. This is something Apple's competitors seem unable to do. Asus, for instance, added a "crown" of its own to the Android-powered ZenWatch 2, but it's little more than a glorified on/off button.


Newt Gingrich’s Video Review of Apple Watch

7:32 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Tim Cook definitely leans progressive, but Apple's products are loved on the left and the right. Conservative stalwart New Gingrich, for instance, loves Apple products, and we thought we'd give his thoughts about Apple some equal time. He worked with Mashable to produce a video review of Apple Watch, which he called a "very positive development, and said, "Anybody who is interested in being at the cutting edge of technology should get this."

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

4:13 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · TMO Deals

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

You know Dad's always wanted to learn how to code "some day," now here's your chance to help him along this Father's Day. We have a deal on the Mammoth Interactive iOS & Swift Bootcamp, a package of training courses for Apple's Swift programming language in iOS. It retails for $2,956, but through our deal you can get it for $99. He'll build over 70 apps during the course with 80 hours of video content. Check out the deal page for more information.

Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

3:00 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition.  Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?

Apple Quietly Kills Original iPad mini

10:30 AM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · News

Good bye, first generation iPad mini

The original iPad—the iPad model you probably didn't realize Apple still made—unceremoniously vanished from Apple's online store early Friday morning. The original 7.9-inch iPad first went on sale in late 2012, and was the last of the non-Retina resolution devices in Apple's iOS product lineup.

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The original iPad mini is still a great little tablet, but it's just too far out of Apple's current spec lineup to keep making. At least it'll run iOS 9 this fall, so there's a little consolation for those of us who are still rocking a first gen model.