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Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

The latest news in Apple product patents comes in the form of an older filing for the stylus known as the Apple Pencil. While the patent was filed back in 2012, it includes details on several features that may make their way into the next generation of the iPad drawing accessory, including interchangeable tips to simulate different writing/drawing tools, as well as new sensors, and even Touch ID.

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GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

The GIPHY Keys keyboard has arrived on iOS, giving iPhone users a simple and sleek way to send just about any GIF their heart desires…regardless of what app they’re in. If you’ve ever used GIPHY on Facebook Messenger, you already know how it works — type a word and scroll through the resulting GIFs. Tap the one you want and it’ll be sent off to your talking companion, whether you’re chatting, texting, emailing, or something else entirely.

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India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

Apple wants to sell refurbished iPhones in India, but the nation isn’t interested in letting that happen. According to an official with India’s telecommunications ministry, India has denied Apple’s request over fears that an influx of used iPhones will undermine the nation’s own Make-in-India program and local manufacturers who may not be able to compete with Apple otherwise.

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Tim Cook: loyalty rates have never been higher

Tim Cook: loyalty rates have never been higher

The once untouchable Apple has recently become the subject of the same kind of scrutiny, even prophecies of doom, that its rivals, like Samsung, have been enduring for the past years. All for a series of numbers for the past months that have failed to meet analyst projections. Some are going as far as saying that Apple, or at least innovation in Apple, is dead. Unsurprisingly, CEO Tim Cook remains undaunted. In an interview with CNBC, the chief exec tried to correct the perspective, claiming that what's important for Apple right now, more than its first quarter earnings, is customer loyalty.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

More than a year after it first launched, the MacBook Retina is still one of the most divisive of Apple's products. Now, in its 2016 refresh, it finds itself in a replay of many of those initial complaints: just one port; a processor chosen for being humble; and a variety of other compromises in the name of keeping a waif-like form factor. Has Apple's stubbornness damned its premium ultraportable in the process?

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Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

In the long, long list of ancient operating systems and software that's been installed on smartwatches, the combination of Windows 95 and the Apple Watch has been missing. Thankfully, developer Nick Lee has put things right. It may take an hour to boot up, but the OS is almost fully functional on the wearable, despite being completely impractical. Lee shared his achievement in a video, so there's no need to go through the nightmare of trying to open the Start menu yourself.

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Coach leather Apple Watch bands coming in June

Coach leather Apple Watch bands coming in June

Premium leather band for the Apple Watch have already been available thanks to Apple's partnership with luxury brand Hermes, but now another big-name fashion brand, Coach, is planning to get in on the accessories market for the smartwatch. A collection of Apple Watch bands from Coach is expected to debut as soon as June, according to Haute Ecriture, which was given the information, along with several photos, from a Coach boutique sales associate.

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The plural of iPad is ‘iPad devices’ says Apple (You’re using other brands wrong, too)

The plural of iPad is ‘iPad devices’ says Apple (You’re using other brands wrong, too)

Yesterday I Photoshopped a picture of a stand that I built for my two iPads out of LEGOs. Do you know what's wrong with the previous sentence (except for the fact that I did no such thing yesterday)? I used all three of those brand names incorrectly, according to the companies that make them.

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IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

It's a good news, bad news thing for tablet makers, depending on which kind of tablets they're banking on. As long predicted by market analyst IDC, tablet shipment shares continue to tank in year on year numbers. That said, that is mostly for the traditional slate tablets. Behind the scenes, however, a new breed of detachable, 2-in-1 hybrids are actually experiencing triple digit growth year on year, which could make them the salvation and new trend of the tablet market.

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X-Doria Defense Lux Impression cases launch for iPhone 6s

X-Doria Defense Lux Impression cases launch for iPhone 6s

X-Doria has announced that its Defense Lux line has expanded with new Impression cases for the iPhone 6s. The cases are minimalistic in design, but constructed to keep the phone safe in a variety of situations, featuring MIL-STD-810G military grade durability. These cases join the maker’s Gear and Defense Shield cases to offer protection for Apple’s smartphone.

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IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC says this quarter is the smallest year-over-year growth in smartphone shipments since smartphones were invented. This doesn't mean that shipments are going down - not exactly, anyway. Vendors shipped 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). This is slightly more than what they shipped this same time one year ago - 334.3 million units. Less than a million unit shipments difference year-over-year. That is, indeed, unprecedented. It would seem that everyone already has a smartphone. Everyone that would have bought one in the last three months otherwise, anyway.

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