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Apple iOS 13.4 released with iPadOS 13.4 – What’s new

Apple iOS 13.4 released with iPadOS 13.4 – What’s new

Apple has released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, adding features like iCloud Drive folder sharing as well as mouse and trackpad support for the iPad. In addition to bug fixes for many of Apple's own apps, there's also the introduction of universal app purchases across macOS and iOS, something developers have long hoped for from Apple.

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Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple now has a diverse set of platforms ranging from mobile to desktop to even smartwatch. Apps for those naturally take different forms even if the apps come under the same name. From a user's perspective, however, paying for an app on one platform should give access to the same app on other platforms. Previously, that was not the case as App Store didn't have that ability. Apple is now rolling out the Universal Purchase option but some developers might shirk from at least one note about this feature.

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Apple Books gives free ebooks and audiobooks to users in the US

Apple Books gives free ebooks and audiobooks to users in the US

If you own an iPhone or iPad, you've likely had a notification appear on your home screen from Apple Books over the past couple of days. The company is giving users in the United States a free audiobook or ebook to help keep them entertained during the quarantine, though they can't pick whatever they want from the service's full catalog. The offer is available for a limited time.

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Biggest iPhone ever tipped with super fancy focus

Biggest iPhone ever tipped with super fancy focus

Apple's newest collection of iPhone devices includes a highest-end set of improvements to camera power. The most expensive iPhone will, according to an analyst note this week, include improvements to the way in which the device is able to focus. It'll be smarter, and it'll be more accurate. This will be ideal for when you need to capture your millionth photo of a sleeping cat for your latest week of quarantine.

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Apple changes iPhone sales policy to lift buyer restriction

Apple changes iPhone sales policy to lift buyer restriction

Apple has lifted its two-device purchase restriction on iPhones, a limit implemented in part to prevent scalpers tying up supplies and selling on unlocked smartphones. The change comes amid warnings to investors from Apple to expect a less rosy quarter than original predicted, as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on iPhone sales.

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iOS 13 Personal Hotspot issues secretly confirmed by Apple

iOS 13 Personal Hotspot issues secretly confirmed by Apple

Almost true to its superstitious association, the iOS 13 release hasn't been smooth sailing ever since it was first unleashed to the public. To its credit, Apple quickly resolved those at each release but each release also brought its own headaches. It has somewhat died down these past months but there are still some small problems that pop up here and there and some that have been lingering unaddressed for months. One of those is still unfixed but Apple is now at least acknowledging people are experiencing Hotspot issues time and again.

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Siri COVID-19 questionnaire can help determine if you need to see a doctor

Siri COVID-19 questionnaire can help determine if you need to see a doctor

The COVID-19 situation has produced so much information, misinformation, fake news, and confusion that people are naturally at a loss for what to do. The biggest question on people's minds may be whether they are infected or not. In normal circumstances, seeing a professional is the advised course of action but health workers are already spread thin trying to care for confirmed cases. To help take a load off their shoulders, some, like Google sister company Verily, have created tools to help triage cases and Apple's Siri is one of the latest to be added in that arsenal.

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FCC expands coronavirus (COVID-19) phone scams and texts list

FCC expands coronavirus (COVID-19) phone scams and texts list

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to phone scammer schemes and malicious attempts to capitalize on panic. The FCC expanded their list of scam and hoax test messages, phone calls, and related media with new coronavirus-related instances that've appeared over the last couple of weeks. These scams range from offers for "free test kits" to a rumor that President Trump will be issuing a "mandatory quarantine" for the entire USA for a 2-week period (he hasn't.)

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iPhone and iPad Pro purchases limited due to constrained supplies

iPhone and iPad Pro purchases limited due to constrained supplies

Against all odds, Apple launched two new iPad Pros this week, though the expected iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 8 and its larger sibling remain absent. That may give a feeling that everything is OK in Apple land, at least until people try to buy these and other Apple products from the company's online store. For now, buyers are being limited in the number of iPhones and iPads they can buy under a single name, one of the first visible signs of the COVID-19 coronavirus' effects in the industry.

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Is it time for an even bigger iPad Pro?

Is it time for an even bigger iPad Pro?

The gap between the iPad Pro and the MacBook only gets smaller, and now I suspect it's time for Apple's tablet to get bigger. The arrival this week of the new 2020 iPad Pro, complete with LiDAR Scanner camera and fancy new Magic Keyboard cover, saw Apple take a huge step with the addition of mouse and trackpad support, and an on-screen cursor.

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New Apple Watch band colors cost anywhere from $49 to $439

New Apple Watch band colors cost anywhere from $49 to $439

There's a new variety of Apple Watch bands out in the world today, coming to Apple Stores at a cost anywhere between $49 and $439 USD. The least of these is the Sport Band from Apple, coming in a new set of colors like Surf Blue and Cactus. Ramp up to the most expensive models and you're working with Hermes, a brand that employs calfskin leather and charges up to $439 for their newest straps.

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Logitech’s new iPad keyboard cover adds a trackpad (and undercuts Apple)

Logitech’s new iPad keyboard cover adds a trackpad (and undercuts Apple)

Apple aren't the only ones with a new iPad keyboard today, with Logitech unveiling a trackpad-toting keyboard case for the iPadOS tablet. Unlike the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, though, the new Logitech Combo Touch is intended for Apple's more affordable tablets too, though it'll only really come into its own when iPadOS 13.4 drops later in the year.

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