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Apple Releases ‘Music Memos’ for Quickly Capturing Song Ideas on iOS

1:07 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iOS

Apple's Music Memos Screenshot

Apple released an iOS app called Music Memos on Wednesday. It allows you to record song ideas, hear those ideas played with auto-generated bass and/or drum accompaniment, view the chords, and add lyrics. Artists can then share them via Apple Music Connect or import them directly into GarageBand or Logic Pro X for further development.

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Bryan Chaffin thinks this app is just what the doctor ordered.

iOS 9.3: How to Enable Night Shift Mode

3:58 PM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · · iOS

How to enable and use iOS 9.3's Night Shift mode

The iOS 9.3 public beta is out and it includes a cool new feature called Night Shift. No, it isn't an evening job; instead, it's an option to cut down on our iOS device's blue light cast at night to help reduce the impact screen viewing has on our circadian rhythm.

Apple Releases iOS 9.3 Public Beta

9:26 AM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · · iOS

iOS 9.3 made the jump to public beta

Developers got their hands on iOS 9.3 a couple days ago, and now public beta participants can do the same. The update (build 13E5181f) includes several new features such as Night Shift, and multi-user support for iPads in schools.

Lawsuit Claims Apple Used iOS 9 to Ruin iPhone 4s Performance

11:17 AM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · · iOS

Lawsuit claims Apple used iOS 9 to hobble the iPhone 4s

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in New York over claims that it intentionally hobbled iOS 9 performance on the iPhone 4s in a scheme to force users into upgrading to new phones. The plaintiffs accused Apple of false advertising and deceptive trade practices, and are asking for more than US$5 million in damages.

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Apple was able to make iOS 9 run on four year old mobile devices. That's pretty impressive. Had the company blocked the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 from upgrading to iOS 9 the lawsuit would've probably been about artificially prohibiting upgrades to force new iPhone sales.

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

8:33 PM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · iOS

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.