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Apple responsible for removal of rifle for emoji consideration

Apple responsible for removal of rifle for emoji consideration

Unicode 9.0 is set to be finalized later this month, formally introducing a number of sure-to-be hit emojis, including bacon, selfie, face-palm, and more. Turns out, however, that a rifle was once in consideration for new emoji additions in 2016, but objection and pressure from Apple saw its removal. Apple, along with Microsoft and Google are voting members of the Unicode Consortium, which oversees the standardization of emoji.

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Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Just before WWDC 2016 kicked off this week, one of the rumors that popped up was that Apple would announced iMessage for Android, allowing the free, encrypted messaging service to co-exist on both platforms. However, the WWDC keynote passed with the only focus on iMessage being new texting effects, stickers, and more. Now, as The Verge's Walt Mossberg explains, an Apple executive has revealed why iMessage is unlikely to come to Android anytime in the near future.

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Apple’s glass “Galaxy” path to an iPhone 7 successor

Apple’s glass “Galaxy” path to an iPhone 7 successor

Signs pointing toward 2017 suggest the iPhone 7 will be a modest upgrade in comparison to its successor. Rumors today alongside word from investor notes suggest that, like last year, the iPhone 7 will be closer to an "S" upgrade than previous jumps to full numbers. The iPhone 8, on the other hand - or iPhone X, or iPhone 10, whatever you want to call it - is said to be taking Apple out a whole new door. It begins with glass...

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Apple may ditch ink for laser-marked fabric

Apple may ditch ink for laser-marked fabric

This week a new way to print on Apple products has come to our attention. It'll be coming to your attention in just a minute, just as soon as you have a peek at the images and listen up: laser-marked fabric is what's coming up next. Apple's patent for their technique, filed this past November and released by the USPTO today, shows how Apple is working on a way to make extra-detailed printing happen on fabric.

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You don’t want iMessage on Android, anyway

You don’t want iMessage on Android, anyway

After rumors of iPhone's epitomes communications app iMessage coming to Android turned up false at WWDC, we take a peek at why non-Apple devices wouldn't want it anyway. Not that they were asking for it. We've heard the horror stories of iMessage/Android group texting, of incompatible image transfers, and the like, but would putting every mobile user on the same platform really solve everyone's problems? Not even close.

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iOS 10 beta hints at ‘dark mode’ option

iOS 10 beta hints at ‘dark mode’ option

While the iOS 10 portion of Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote presentation introduced a number of new apps and improvements, we already know there are tons of features to be included that weren't discussed on stage. Now that developers have had a day or two dig into the first beta release of the mobile OS, a few of these previously unmentioned features and options are starting to get discovered. The first big find? The debut of a "dark mode" for iOS.

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iOS 10 will only hide, not delete, pre-installed apps

iOS 10 will only hide, not delete, pre-installed apps

Depending on who you ask, Apple's announcement of the features for iOS 10 might have been filled with treats or a bore. But both might agree that there is at least one feature that does sing to the heart of anyone who has owned an iOS device: the ability to remove the unused, pre-installed stock apps on their device. However, iOS users might have been too quick to throw a party for it. Later clarifying the feature, Apple execs Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller noted that aren't exactly removing the apps, you are just hiding them while deleting their content.

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iPhone 7 with touch-sensitive Home Button shown in photo leak

iPhone 7 with touch-sensitive Home Button shown in photo leak

While Apple's WWDC 2016 event hasn't revealed any new hardware, it does mean that we're now roughly 3 months away from an expected September unveiling of the iPhone 7. Purported images and specs have given us good look at the rear of the device — and in turn confirmed the rumors that the iPhone 7 will feature a similar design as the 6s — but now new photos claim to show the front. It looks like an iPhone, just as you'd expect, but there's also an interesting detail about the home button.

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Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Another one of the final nails has been hammered into the coffin of Adobe Flash. The latest version of Apple's Safari browser that will be included in the release of macOS Sierra has been revealed to block plugins like Flash and Java while users navigate the internet. As the newest version of Apple's desktop OS, mac OS Sierra — revealed at WWDC this week — and Safari 10 will instead default to HTML5 whenever it's available.

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macOS Sierra code hides MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Touch ID gems

macOS Sierra code hides MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Touch ID gems

Those who were expecting Apple to show signs of its new MacBook Pro at WWDC 2016 may have been more than a bit disappointed at the no-show. However, do not despair, as Apple might have snuck in some very well hidden clues. The API documentation for the next macOS, formerly known as OS X, reveals quite a few entries that have been interpreted as confirming what is widely believed to be a customizable OLED "Touch Bar" strip above the MacBook Pro keyboard.

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iOS 10 install instructions claim to need no developer account

iOS 10 install instructions claim to need no developer account

Apple likes to keep their beta builds out of the hands of we common folk and limits them to people who have a registered developer account. That means that some folks who really want to try out the beta of iOS 10 are unable to do so. Some instructions have turned up that claim to show you how to install iOS 10 on your device without needing a developer account.

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Apple patent reveals a smartphone with wraparound display

Apple patent reveals a smartphone with wraparound display

If you thought only Android smartphone makers like Samsung are interested in curved smartphone screens, better think again. Apple was, in fact, thinking of something even more radical as far back as 2011. Cupertino was just granted a patent for an "Electronic device with wrap around display" that does exactly what it says in the text. It has a screen that goes from front to side to back to side to front again. Like a double-sided Samsung Galaxy edge, but an iPhone, of course.

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