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Direct Developer App Store Feedback Is Coming To iOS 10.3

· Andrew Orr · News

App Review Request in iOS 10.3 Beta

Apple is bringing a more direct form of developer feedback to the iOS and Mac App Stores. Starting in iOS 10.3, which is currently in beta, developers will be able to respond to reviews in the App Store.

macOS Sierra: PiPifier Gives You Picture-in-Picture For All Videos

· Andrew Orr · Tips

Pipifier Screenshot

macOS Sierra introduced Picture-in-picture. It’s a feature in which you can watch videos while doing another task. For example, watch a YouTube video while typing up a report. The video is displayed in a small window that you can drag around the screen. This works for most videos on the web, but not all. Here’s how to force PiP for all HTML5 videos.

Peter Dinklage From Game of Thrones Fears His iPhone

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

What does the actor who plays a character who faces dragons, monsters, magic, and even his very own father fear in real life? If it’s Peter Dinklage—Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, we’re talking about, it’s his iPhone 7. Mr. Dinklage gave an interview to CNET to promote Rememory, a SciFi film debuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival. In that interview, he said, “I just got an iPhone about six months ago, friends made fun of me. I’m afraid of it.” There’s a reason, though, and that’s concern over how tech is changing the way humans interact. To wit, when people approach him, the interaction has become solely about the selfie-with-Peter. He said, “We’re not even allowing a memory to sink in. They’ll have proof of meeting me, but […] there wasn’t anything to remember, because all you did was just take a picture.” It’s an interesting perspective on this particular concern.

Peter Dinklage From Game of Thrones Fears His iPhone

Astropad Studio Could Replace Your Wacom Tablet

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Many photographers and designers who rely on digital editing tools seem to favor gadgets like the Wacom tablet. With good reason; it’s a device that lets you edit photos and manipulate graphics with a stylus. This allows for greater precision. But if you have a Wacom tablet along with an iPad, you may find yourself juggling the two devices. An app called Astropad Studio can turn your iPad into a Wacom tablet. It lets you mirror your computer screen on the iPad, so you can make good use of the Apple Pencil, along with more powerful configuration than the Wacom. I tested the app on my iPhone and I may write a review of it in the future.

Astropad Studio Could Replace Your Wacom Tablet

How To Watch The Inauguration on Apple TV and Online

· Andrew Orr · Tips

trump inauguration

The Presidential inauguration kicks off on Friday, January 20. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Many websites and news outlets will be live streaming it, and you won’t need a cable subscription to watch it. You can view it on virtually any device—Android, Web, iOS and Windows will all be supported.

iOS Tip: Avoid Charging Your Wet iPhone 7/7 Plus

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

A wet iPhone 7

This is less of a tip and more of a warning. Apple made the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus water and dust resistant, with a rating of IP67. This means that you won’t have to worry as much if you get a wet iPhone. Step One: Don’t panic, and grab your towel.

Apple Releases New Design Resources for iOS Developers

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Today Apple shared some free design resources for iOS developers with an update to its iOS Human Interface Guidelines (via 9to5Mac). The resources include UI and template materials to make it easier to design iOS apps. Apple says the design resources are “comprehensive and accurately depict the full range of UIKit controls, views and glyphs available to developers using the iOS SDK.” The files are available in Sketch and Photoshop formats. This is a change from the Sketch-only files in the past. Interestingly, both light and dark UI elements are given. It adds a small amount of fuel to the fire for a rumored Dark Mode.

Apple Releases New Design Resources for iOS Developers

How To Fix The iPhone Rainbow Emoji Message Crash

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

rainbow emoji message

Another messaging crash for iOS devices is making the rounds. This time, it involves the colorful rainbow emoji. The bug affects both iPhones and iPads running iOS 10.1 or below, but a variant of the crash can affect devices running iOS 10.2. Luckily the fix is very easy, and we’ll show you how.

iOS Tip: Create Your Own Live Wallpaper with LivePapers

· Andrew Orr · Tips

choose live wallpaper animation

When Apple announced the iPhone 6s, they debuted a new way to interact with your iPhone, called 3D Touch. 3D Touch lets you “peek” and “pop” your way around apps. The company also introduced Live Photos—animated pictures that you capture and bring to life by 3D touching the photo. Apple provided a handful of Live wallpapers to use, but many people wondered if it was possible to make your own. That is what we’ll explore in this tip.

macOS Tip: Option-Click Wi-Fi Icon For Details

· Andrew Orr · Tips

Screenshot of W-Fi Option Menu with Labels

Here’s a handy tip so you can quickly access information about your router, and see if your network is performing well. See your BSSID, signal-to-noise ratio, and even the transmit rate between your router and computer. All it takes is a press of a button and a click of your trackpad/mouse.

Some People Have Found Coins In Their MacBook [Update]

· Andrew Orr & Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

In today’s weird news, apparently some people have found coins hidden inside their MacBook, specifically the optical drive. Is this an engineering tradition of good luck? Or perhaps an error in manufacturing? We dive in to explore the explanations, and apply Occam’s Razor in a show of logic. Updated with comments from Kyle Wiens of iFixIt.

Key Takeaways from Phil Schiller's iPhone Anniversary Interview

· Andrew Orr & Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Original iPhone

On the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Steven Levy posted an exclusive interview with Phil Schiller. Here are some of the key takeaways from the anniversary, including anecdotes from the original launch, thoughts on apps, and whether Phil could have known how popular Apple’s device would become.

Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke Will Feature Different Celebrity Host for Each Episiode

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple Music’s spinoff version of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke will feature 16 episodes per season, each with a different celebrity host. Announced in July and teased further in August, the news that each episode would a different host was announced by Mr. Corden and the executive producers of the show.

iOS 10: Selectively Control Read Receipts For iMessage

· Andrew Orr · Tips

If you’ve been using Apple products, you’re most likely familiar with iMessage read receipts. You probably also know you can turn this feature on and off. But did you know you can fine-tune it? Note that it only works for iMessage and not SMS. Sorry green bubbles!

Apple Shares Best of 2016 Video For Content

· Andrew Orr · News

A few weeks ago, Apple released its annual ‘Best Of’ lists to showcase the most popular content for the year. Today the company shared a quick video to show top content across all of its categories. We’ll share the video and break down each category.

Tip: Fix The Vincedes3 iMessage-Crashing Bug With One Tap

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

sending a vcard

A new bug has been found that can disable Apple’s Messages app on the iPhone. All it takes is one text message, but luckily there’s a solution. Andrew Orr walks us through the bug and how to fix it.

My 3 Favorite iOS Apps From 2016

· Andrew Orr · Editorial

Andrew Orr's Three Favorite Apps from 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s nice to look back and reflect upon the year. I’d like to share my three favorite apps that I’ve used this year, and why I liked them: Cryptomator, RNI Flashback, and Curiosity.

AirPod Alerts for Your Local Apple Store

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

When AirPods went on sale for preorder on December 13, Apple quickly became backordered. Customers found that delivery estimate for their order were up to 4-6 weeks out. Apple Stores have been receiving shipments of AirPods every day or so. Other stores like BestBuy and Target are also getting regular shipments. If you haven’t ordered AirPods yet, and don’t want to have to check with each store, you can use this handy website to get AirPod Alerts. You enter your email address and the physical address of your local Apple Store. Then, you’ll be notified whenever your store gets a new shipment of AirPods.

AirPod Alerts for Your Local Apple Store

How to Transfer Files Between Mac and iPhone With iTunes

· Andrew Orr · Tips

imovie transfer in itunes

There are multiple ways to share files between Apple devices. You can use AirDrop, iMessage or even email. But an oft-overlooked feature is iTunes File Transfer. Andrew Orr explains how to use this feature to transfer files between your iPhone and Mac.

iOS Developers Get More Time To Use ATS

· Andrew Orr · News

iPhone Encryption

At its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, Apple announced that all apps on its platform must support App Transport Security (ATS). The company told developers on Friday, however, that it is extending that deadline.