Ellen De Genres and former First Lady Michelle Obama visited Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington, D.C. There, they handed out an iPad from Apple to every pupil. Furthermore, the teachers got MacBook Airs and the school got new iMacs (via Cult of Mac). A video shows the moment the pupils realized what was happening!
Terraforming Mars, a Steam game that was previously only available for PCs, has made its way to iOS. It’s a strategy game in which players try to terraform Mars to make it habitable. You play as a corporation, and each one has a different specialization, like metal, heavy industry, financier, biotech, or energy. You work together with other corporations in the terraforming process, and compete to get points based on your contributions. You can play solo with AI opponents or online with humans. It requires a minimum of iOS 10 to download. App Store: US$8.99
Edison Mail has been a popular iOS email app for a while now, and today Edison Mail for Mac has launched. You can sign up for early access and referral codes here. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks and think it’s a good email app for the Mac. Here are some features it brings: One click unsubscribe button, blocking people from emailing you, Quick Actions and swipe gestures, email threading and email templates, and an email assistant to help you manage subscriptions, trips, packages, entertainment, and bills/receipts.
Edison Mail was created with a promise of being free of ad-targeting. No privacy-invading ad trackers are allowed into Edison Mail, and our app automatically blocks all read receipts from tracking your emails.
Procreate is one of the most popular drawing apps on iOS, and it got a bunch of new features today with Procreate 5. Here are just some of them: Animation Assist helps you create rich illustrative animations, animatics and looping GIFs to share with others. Brush Studio lets you create your own brush has never been easier with the new seamless textures generator. An expanded Drawing Pad sets you free to experiment. Save a reset point at any time and keep on refining. You can also import ABR Photoshop brushes. The new Valkyrie engine gives artists the most flexible and versatile painting system on iPad. If you want to make a glazed brush that wet mixes, has color dynamics, and also has wet edges with burnt edges? You can. And all with Procreate’s trademark performance. App Store: US$9.99 (Offers In-App Purchases)
Apple TV+ show ‘Dickinson’ is great, and well worth watching if you haven’t yet had a chance. In a new video posted over the weekend, showrunner Alena Smith, star Hailee Steinfield, and others let us meet Emily a little bit more. It gives great insight into how the show got its unique style. It also explains why they all felt it was so important to tell the story of Emily Dickinson.
Apple’s Clips app lets people create and share fun, short videos for social media. Updated yesterday Clips 2.1 brings Animoji, Memoji, and more. Record clips as your favorite Animoji including unicorn, owl, dragon, and others; Create videos featuring the same Memoji that you make in Messages; Apply filters to stylize your Animoji and Memoji with watercolor, monochrome, and comic book looks; Track any sticker, text, or emoji to your face and watch it follow your movements across the screen; Choose from seven new animated stickers featuring classic illustrations of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; Add the animated Let It Snow poster to your winter videos; Includes performance and stability improvements. App Store: Free
Last year’s YouTube rewind video did not go down well. At all. In fact, it became the most disliked video on the platform ever. This year, YouTube decided to play it safe. It admitted its users are “better at this than we are” and brought together all the most popular clips from the year. The finished video is not that exciting then, but it is certainly less cringe-inducing than last year’s offering. It also gives a good insight into where the site is going as we head into the next decade.
Another popular app got an update today. Calendars by Readdle (and also Calendars 5) now lets you add Microsoft Outlook accounts. Support for multiple accounts was also added. This means you can now have Google, iCloud, and Outlook (Exchange) accounts in the app simultaneously. This is in the Pro version of Calendars 5, which is on sale for 40% off (usually US$3.99). Other features include: Drag and drop events; Manage events both online and offline, Special keyboards; Search, and more. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
I’ve been known to be somewhat disparaging about the appearance of AirPods. Tech/fashion influencer type Sailor Mercury (@sailorhg) shared on Twitter a way to turn the wireless headphones into Breakfast at Tiffany’s style earrings. It is pretty simple to do, and certainly makes AirPods a little more glamorous! (Article image via Sailor Mercury’s Twitter account.)
iOS translator app Mate Translate is on sale for US$4.99 (down from US$9.99) and today the developers are releasing big features to the app: A Safari extension to translate web pages (located in the share sheet). It lets you translate words, sentences, or full pages without leaving Safari, a feat that was previously only available on macOS. Another new feature is offline mode: Just download offline packs for languages you need from the language picker and you’re good to go. Packs are reasonably-sized — each of them is just around 50 MB. Please note offline translation comes without synonyms and phonetic transcription. I’m told that the app is on sale until Monday. App Store: US$4.99
Old-school Apple fans may remember Clarus from the print preview screen, and newer school fans can click the link above to learn more about this rarely-seen creature. I am a fan of Clarus, mostly because it is an odd and silly thing from a company I like. Thanks to Apple I already wear a watch that I’m not interested in swapping out, but if I were to break my streak of activity rings, I’d only do it for a watch like this one! If you feel the same, the auction is currently at $200 which is much less than a current Apple Watch would cost you…
Apple uploaded a video on its YouTube channel today called ‘Snowbrawl.’ Shot on an iPhone 11 Pro and directed by David Leitch, it features a bunch of kids having a snowball fight.
There’s also a video showing a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was created. You can watch that one here.
Tim Cook joined Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff onstage at Dreamforce last week. The two men discussed Steve Job’s legacy, Apple’s environmental plans, and privacy. However, the also talked about Apple moving into the enterprise space, and the relationship their firms had. The whole conversation is available on YouTube and is worth a watch.
Normally US$4.99, Pixelmator Photo is free right now. It’s a photo editor that promises a full collection of nondestructive color adjustments, full support for RAW images, and machine learning that can improve your photos like a pro photographer. It’s an exclusive app for iPadOS. Here are some of the other features: Batch edit photos using the entire collection of editing tools available in the app; Enhance automatically takes care of all the subtle improvements that go into every great shot — white balance, exposure, shadow, and highlight detail — so you can focus on adding your own creative finishing touches; Presets for film emulation, vintage looks, and more.
Hailee Steinfeld stars in Dickinson, an Apple TV+ show about the poet Emily Dickinson. She recently appeared on an episode of Bon Appétit as part of the Back-to-Back Chef series. It’s a fun show where a celebrity and a chef stand in the kitchen back-to-back. The chef has to describe exactly what to do as they cook, and the celebrity tries to follow along without looking back to see what the chef is doing. Vocal instructions only. Ms. Steinfeld makes pomme soufflé, which isn’t an actual soufflé and instead a variety of French fried potato. It’s a fun episode to watch.
Apple shared a video that gives us a look at its upcoming Apple TV+ show Truth Be Told.
When new evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation, she comes face to face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race.
Truth Be Told is created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman and stars Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones.
Apple’s newest holiday video is a real tearjerker. A family goes to grandpa’s house for the holidays, and during the trip the parents give the kids an iPad as a way to keep them occupied. When they get to grandpa’s house, it’s a somber atmosphere. We learn that grandma is no longer with them, but the two girls make something special with the iPad as a present. The song is Married Life by Michael Giacchino, from the Up movie.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is now available as an in-app purchase for the iOS app. Gathering Storm brings new features to the game, most notably climate change. It also adds seven World Wonders, eight new civilizations, nine new leaders, and new units, districts, buildings, and governments. The climate change will probably prove to be the most interesting. A new Power system can improve your late-game buildings. Resources like coal, uranium, and oil can be burned for fuel but they have a negative impact on global CO2 levels. But there are green alternatives like geothermal energy, wind farms, and solar farms.
Readdle’s Spark Mail 2.5.0 has been redesigned to give you features like Dark Mode, multi-window support on iPadOS, and more. Release notes include: Slick new design, stylish Dark Mode, Inbox with Avatars, customize email actions, multiple windows support on iPad, sync contacts between all your devices, and various bug issues and small improvements.
We are building the future of email. Modern design, fast, intuitive, collaborative, seeing what’s important, automation and truly personal experience that you love – this is what Spark stands for.
App Store: Free