China Mobile Feeds Rumored April ‘iPhone 6c’ Release

9:00 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

The Cloudy Apple Crystal Ball

The notion that Apple will release an "iPhone 6c/7c" gained steam this week after China Mobile included an iPhone release during a corporate presentation. Spotted by a Chinese language site, China Mobile said it would release an "iPhone 7c" in April, though an iPhone 6c seems far more likely.

Astropad Beefs Up Apple Pencil Support

5:24 PM, Dec. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

Astropad improves Apple Pencil Support

Astro HQ updated its Astropad app on Monday with improved support for the iPad Pro's Apple Pencil. Astropad lets you use your iPad like a pressure sensitive graphics tablet for your Mac.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack Available on iTunes Store

10:37 AM, Dec. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack available on iTunes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters, and now the soundtrack for the movie is available on Apple's iTunes Store. The soundtrack was scored by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, but don't check out the track listing if you want to avoid movie spoilers.

Apple Announces Deal for Apple Pay in China to Launch ‘Early 2016’

8:33 PM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

Chinese Flag, iPhones, Yuan

Apple and China UnionPay announced a deal Friday (Thursday, Stateside) to launch Apple Pay in China in "early 2016." The deal will allow credit cards issued by China UnionPay—a Chinese bank card clearing house and services company—to use Apple Pay in that country.

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Lukewarm endorsement or not, this deal is Apple's foot in the Chinese door for Apple Pay. The company tends to do well whenever it gets such a foothold, and all eyes will be watching how Apple Pay performs in this country.

ParcSlope Sets MacBook or iPad Pro at Pleasing 18 Degree Angle

4:15 PM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

ParcSlope from Twelve South

When resting an iPad Pro or MacBook/Air/Pro on a desk, having it inclined at a comfortable angle is desirable for many users. The ParcSlope from Twelve South is a beautifully made steel stand that achieves this. It's especially useful for drawing with an iPad Pro.  John Martellaro takes a closer look. 

Three Extraordinary Apps for your iDevice

10:30 AM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

duet display iPad monitor for Mac

Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:

Simulation Curriculum’s SkySafari 5 for iOS: Impressive New Features

4:25 PM, Dec. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

SkySafari 5 for iOS

SkySafari is an excellent sky simulation and charting app for iOS. With it, you can view the sky at any date and time, identify objects in the sky, read about celestial objects, learn the constellations and even control an amateur telescope. On December 15, SkySafari 5 Pro was released, with the Basic and Plus versions to follow soon. The suite of apps has impressive list of new features.

iOS 9.2: Using Mail Drop to Share Large Files

9:05 AM, Dec. 15th, 2015 · · iObserver

How to share large files from your iPhone with Mail Drop

Today's article by Melissa Holt is about iOS 9.2's new Mail Drop ability. Since Yosemite, we've been able to use this fine feature on the Mac, but with the latest version of iOS, we can now send large attachments through email quickly and simply from our mobile devices, too. Come find out how in this Quick Tip.

Samsung Files Appeal on Apple Patent Case with U.S. Supreme Court

8:49 PM, Dec. 14th, 2015 · · iObserver

Samsung Copier

Samsung has appealed its landmark patent infringement loss against Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. The South Korean copier giant not only wants its verdict overturned, it wants the Supreme Court to effectively change the way design patents are handled by the courts so that it will be free to copy at will.