Dynamic Island Getting Swipe Gestures in iOS 16.1 Beta

The new Dynamic Island feature on iPhone 14 Pro models is set to become even more versatile. I’ve been playing with it in the iOS 16.1 beta since receiving my iPhone 14 Pro, and a few new gestures have surfaced to allow more interaction with the feature. Here’s how they work, at least so far. via Technology and News Today https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/dynamic-island-getting-swipe-gestures-in-beta/

Apple AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

The recently-released second-generation Apple AirPods Pro are a huge step up from the first-generation AirPods Pro, offering improved noise cancellation, better sound quality, battery, and a personalized listening experience, among other upgrades. via Technology and News Today https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/apple-airpods-pro-2-vs-samsung-galaxy-buds-2-pro/

Apple’s nudity-blurring Messages feature gets international release

Apple’s “communication safety in Messages” feature, which is designed to automatically blur images containing nudity sent to children using the company’s messaging service, is now rolling out to additional countries. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/21/23035183/ios-messages-communication-safety-nudity-sexually-explicit-message-blurring

Always wanted a Dolby Atmos speaker system but never had the space? Buy the AirPods Max headphones

If you’re a movie enthusiast, you’ve almost certainly always dreamed of having a ‘proper’ speaker system at home, and these days that means a Dolby Atmos speaker system. via Technology and News Today https://www.whathifi.com/us/features/always-wanted-a-dolby-atmos-speaker-system-but-never-had-the-space-buy-the-airpods-max-headphones

Apple becomes world’s first $3 trillion company as tech becomes central to post-COVID life

A little over three years ago, Apple investors pushed the value of its shares above $1 trillion, making it the world’s most highly valued tech company. Then, two years later, Apple stock rose so high that the company’s value passed $2 trillion. Now, it’s risen yet again, topping $3 trillion. via Technology and News Today https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/apple-becomes-worlds-first-3-trillion-company-as-tech-becomes-central-to-post-covid-life/

TSA checkpoints will start supporting Apple Wallet IDs in February

When Apple introduced its updated Apple Wallet in June, the company said it was working to ensure you could use it to get through airport security — and now, we have our first word from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on exactly when that will happen. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/21/22848300/apple-wallet-tsa-id-check-airport-security-support-mid

Apple to allow self repair for iPhones and Macs for first time

Apple (AAPL) has announced a “self-service repair” scheme to allow customers to fix their own apple products including iPhones and Macs for the first time ever. This means that individuals and independent repair shops will have greater access to the parts and tools needed to fix Apple electronics. via Technology and News Today https://news.yahoo.com/apple-self-repair-iphone-macs-090940613.html

Apple releases iOS 15.1 with SharePlay and more iPhone 13 Pro camera options

Apple is releasing iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 today, and the big new feature is SharePlay’s return. SharePlay is a feature that was originally supposed to ship in iOS 15; it lets people call friends or family and watch movies, TV, or listen to music together. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/25/22732647/apple-ios-15-1-download-release-available-now

What is the new Apple Music Voice plan, and who is it for?

The new Apple Music Voice plan that Apple announced at its “Unleashed” event on Monday is causing some confusion. I’m here to help you understand this new, cheaper option, which capitalizes on the power of Apple’s smart voice assistant, Siri (don’t laugh). via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/19/22734185/new-apple-music-voice-plan-price-features-app

2021 MacBook Pros compared: how Apple’s laptops stack up

Apple just announced new versions of its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro explicitly designed around their new Arm-based M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs. Both models are configurable with either CPU and can be equipped with up to 8TB of storage. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/19/22733406/macbook-pro-13-14-16-inch-m1-max-air-compare-specs

Future Apple Watches could feature blood glucose and body temperature sensors

This year’s Apple Watch could feature an improved screen and updated ultra-wideband support, Bloomberg reports, but more substantial improvements like temperature and blood glucose monitoring will not appear until later models. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/14/22532916/apple-watch-series-7-features-blood-glucose-body-temperature-extreme-sports-edition-se-2

AirTag review: They work great—maybe a little too great

Apple’s AirTag is not a revolutionary new product. Rather, it’s a significant refinement of an idea that, up until now, has been fairly niche. It works very, very well, but it works so well it seems to undermine Apple’s attempts to focus its products on privacy and security. via Technology and News Today https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/airtag-review-a-neat-product-at-odds-with-apples-pro-privacy-messaging/

18 Surprisingly Practical Uses for Apple AirTags

Apple’s new $29 Bluetooth beacons definitely drew some inspiration from Tile’s lineup of trackers. But just because AirTags are designed like existing smart trackers doesn’t mean you can’t find other useful ways to use these little homing tags. via Technology and News Today https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/18-surprisingly-practical-uses-for-apple-airtags-0384571/

watchOS 7.4 arrives with an easier way to unlock your iPhone

Along with iOS 14.5, Apple has rolled out updates to its other operating systems. One of the key features of the latest iOS firmware is an easier way to unlock your iPhone. As long as you’re wearing an Apple Watch running watchOS 7. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-watchos-iphone-unlock-macos-tvos-homepod-181749610.html