Apple News Runs Afoul of China’s Great Firewall

8 hours, 46 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple's iPhone in China

Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Build 20 Apps through iOS 9 and Xcode 7 Guide: $19

11 hours, 50 minutes ago · · iObserver

iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide

We have a deal for you developers and aspiring developers today called "iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide." This training tutorial bundle will walk you through building 20 apps with Objective-C and Swift 2 using Apple's Xcode integrated development environment (IDE). Check out the deal listing for more details.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus get Bluetooth 4.2, Boost Apple’s Smarthome Plans

3:49 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple updates iPhone 6s and 6 Plus with Bluetooth 4.2

Pop quiz: What Bluetooth version is included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? It's a trick question because when they shipped a year ago the answer was Bluetooth 4.0, but now that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are out, it's Bluetooth 4.2. Apple changed out the Bluetooth hardware in last year's iPhones, and it's all about home automation.

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Bluetooth 4.2 is like a holy grail for smart home devices because it offers the possibility of a unified platform instead of the mess we have now with one hub for our lights, another for our heating and cooling system, and more for our locks and switches. Updating last year's iPhone with the new chips makes Apple's position clear: Bluetooth 4.2 is exactly what devices makers should be using for their smarthome gear.

Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell: $149

5:31 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell and iPhone

Check out the Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell. It's a doorbell for your home with a built-in camera so you can see who's there, whether or not you're at home. It has a lot of features, too, starting with the fact that your iPhone notifies you when someone presses the doorbell. It also ability to detect if someone is there whether or not they push the button, and it has night-vision capabilities, attaches to a wired doorbell, and streams video at 640 x 480. This device retails for $199, but through our deal it's $149.  There's an information video on the deal listing.

AT&T Limits Wi-Fi Calling to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s

1:57 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

No Wi-Fi calling for iPhone 5c or 5s on AT&T

AT&T turned on Wi-Fi calling on Thursday, which is awesome as long as you have the right model iPhone. Even though Apple says Wi-Fi calling is supported on the iPhone 5c and newer, AT&T chose to enable the feature only for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Apple on iPhone Battery Performance: You’re Measuring It Wrong

9:10 PM, Oct. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

Some testing and real-world usage has found that devices powered by an Apple A9 chip made by TSMC get as much as 50 minutes more battery life than devices powered by A9s made by Samsung. Apple told TechCrunch, however, that its internal data shows a modest 2-3 percent difference as a whole, and that benchmark testing procedures are not an accurate way to measure battery life.

The Two Sides of Apple: Brilliance and Ennui

6:00 PM, Oct. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

The Two Sides of Apple

Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind.  This is not a bug; it's a feature.

AT&T Fires Up Wi-Fi Calling Support

2:28 PM, Oct. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

AT&T enables Wi-Fi calling for iPhones and other smartphones

AT&T announced on Wednesday that the FCC had granted a waiver allowing the cell service provider to enable Wi-Fi calling, and on Thursday the company followed up by actually turning on the feature. Wi-Fi calling lets iPhone owners use broadband connections via wireless networks for phone calls when their cell signal is too weak.

Adobe Sets Lightroom for iPhone, iPad Free from Creative Cloud

10:33 AM, Oct. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

Lightroom gets cool new features, drops Creative Cloud requirement

Lightroom for the iPhone and iPad is a pretty powerful image editing app, but has always required a Creative Cloud subscription, and that you use the Mac version of the app, too. As of Thursday that changed because Adobe turned Lightroom for iOS into a truly stand-alone app that doesn't even require a Creative Cloud subscription.

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Adobe wants to own the creative tablet market, and taking away the Creative Cloud requirement for Lightroom is another example of that. Adobe was also a part of Apple's iPad Pro unveiling, has other creative apps for the iPhone and iPad, and sells its Ink and Slide stylus for the iPad. Adobe is playing for keeps.