Apple Announces 2018 Apple Design Award Winners

Apple tonight announced the developers and apps who received an Apple Design Award, marking what Apple thinks are some of the best apps for various Apple platforms. This year, Apple chose a total of 10 apps that work across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, with the winners listed below: Agenda - A unique date-based note-taking app for iOS and Mac devices. Bandimal - A music composing app that's designed for kids and uses cute animal-based graphics. Calzy - A modern calculator app [Read Entire Story]

Apple’s Wearable Business is the Size of a Fortune 300 Company

Apple's "Other Products" category, which includes AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomePod, Beats products, iPod touch, and other Apple-branded and third-party accessories brought in nearly $4 billion in revenue, up an impressive 38 percent compared to the year-ago quarter that brought in $2.9 billion in revenue. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Apple Watch, one of the most lucrative products in the "Other" category, saw strong revenue growth "in the double digits" year-over-year, [Read Entire Story]

Apple Facing Lawsuit Over Heart Rate Sensor in Apple Watch

Apple is facing a lawsuit from Omni MedSci, a company that says Apple is infringing on its patented technology with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor, reports Axios. Omni MedSci claims to have met with Apple from 2014 until 2016, but Apple ultimately ended discussions for a partnership and then reportedly used Omni MedSci's patented technology. Omni MedSci filed a lawsuit in the Eastern district of Texas today, claiming that Apple willfully infringed on its patents and asking for an [Read Entire Story]

Apple Adds New ‘Families’ Section to its Website With Tips for Parents

In the wake of urging from investors to do more about smartphone addiction among children, Apple has added a new "Families" section to its website that outlines parental control tools and information that parents should be aware of. The mini site is broken into several sections that highlight a range of kid-friendly features that Apple has put into place like app recommendations, in-app purchase controls, restrictions on apps that can be downloaded, internet limiting tools, Find My Friends, [Read Entire Story]

Apple Employees to Receive 50% Off HomePod

Apple employees will be able to purchase one of Apple's new HomePod speakers at a significant discount, with Apple dropping the price by 50 percent for its staff members. Several Apple employees have taken to Twitter to share news of Apple's generosity, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has confirmed the discount. In the United States, the HomePod is priced at $349, so employees will be able to purchase it at a discounted rate of around $175. By offering the HomePod to employees at a [Read Entire Story]

Apple Confirms ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ Vulnerabilities Impact All Macs and iOS Devices, Some Fixes Already Released [Updated]

Apple today confirmed that it has addressed the recent "Meltdown" vulnerability in previously released iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 updates, with additional fixes coming to Safari in the near future to defend against the "Spectre" vulnerability. Apple has also confirmed that the two vulnerabilities affect all Mac and iOS devices. The company's full statement, available through a new support document covering Meltdown and Spectre, is below:Security researchers have recently [Read Entire Story]

What to Buy With the iTunes Gift Card You Unwrapped Today

If you show an interest in Apple or technology in general, chances are good that you received at least one iTunes gift card today from a friend or family member today. Given the card can be used to purchase apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, books, and more, it can be difficult to decide what to buy with your newly acquired funds. We're here to help with a roundup of ongoing iTunes and App Store sales as well as some other hand-picked recommendations. Holiday Movies on Sale In [Read Entire Story]

Apple enthusiasts need this dock that will charge all of the things

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. These days, everyone and their mother has an Apple Watch. If you don't have one now, spoiler alert: there's a good chance you'll get one as a gift. With your bedside outlet already overloaded with your smartphone, tablet, and laptop chargers, another device to charge could cause absolute mayhem. ; SEE ALSO: Gift ideas for your friend who can’t put down their iPhone A great solution for [Read Entire Story]

Apple Could Adopt Faster Circuit Boards For Its Products In 2018

Image credit – iFixitWhen Apple launched the iPhone 8, 8, and the iPhone X a couple of months ago, the company touted the various hardware and software features and improvements, but under the hood, there were some changes that Apple did not reveal. This came in the form of the use of a new type of flexible circuit board made from liquid crystal polymer.This was used in the iPhone’s LTE antennas and also the TrueDepth camera, and now it seems that according to KGI Securities analyst [Read Entire Story]

Apple Is Offering Up To $150 In Gift Cards For Black Friday

If you’re looking for some great deals on Apple products, you might want to check out Apple’s Black Friday sale. This year, Apple is offering up to $150 in gift cards when customers purchase select Apple products. The company isn’t discounting any of its products, but if you want to snag an Apple product from the comfort of your home and get a gift card to spend later, this might be a deal worth checking out. Consumers can get the iPad Pro for $649 and receive a $100 Apple [Read Entire Story]

Review: Bento Stack Keeps Your iPhone Cables and Accessories Neatly Organized

The Bento Stack, a new project being funded on Indiegogo, takes the concept of a Bento lunch box and applies it to iPhone and iPad accessories. Available in three colors (silver, space gray, and rose gold) for $38, the Bento Stack is a container that offers up several sections that can hold a variety of accessories like cables, Apple Watch bands, an Apple Pencil, and more. I was able to go hands-on with the Bento Stack, and I thought it was a nifty organizational tool, if a bit [Read Entire Story]

Bear Notes 1.3 for iOS Adds Multitasking ‘Drop Bar’ and Apple Watch Support

Bear Notes for iOS got a 1.3 update on Wednesday, bringing new note multitasking feature for iPad and iPhone as well as adding Apple Watch support to the popular writing app for the first time. Using the new multi-touch gestures in iOS 11, the new "Drop Bar" enables users to manipulate multiple notes as once, including the ability to merge, share, pin, trash, duplicate, and copy or export them in a variety of formats. For example, when a user selects two or more notes (by tapping and [Read Entire Story]

MLB Coach Fined for Wearing Apple Watch During Game

Major League Baseball today fined Arizona Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto after he wore his Apple Watch in the dugout during a game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, reports The New York Times. Prieto violated rules against the use of electronic communications devices when he wore the Apple Watch during the game. Major League Baseball investigated and said there was no sign the watch was used for anything suspicious. Image via The New York Times"M.L.B. found no evidence that [Read Entire Story]

Another Major iOS 11 Update Coming This Fall

Another Major iOS 11 Update Coming This Fall is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile. Apple’s confirmed another iOS 11 update for the fall and if we’re lucky it’ll deliver more than person-to-person Apple Pay payments in Messages. The iOS 11.0 update is loaded with new features for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch though a few highly anticipated features are missing from the first official release. In June Apple confirmed a new Apple Pay feature that will let iOS 11 and [Read Entire Story]

How to Check If Your Apps Will Work with iOS 11

How to Check If Your Apps Will Work with iOS 11 is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile. Most of the apps on your iPhone or iPad will continue to work once you download Apple’s iOS 11 update but there’s a chance some won’t. Next week, Apple will take the stage at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino and announce a slew of new products. The iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and Apple Watch 3 will be the stars of the show but the company’s also expected to detail the release of [Read Entire Story]

Apple Secretly Removes Some Color Options For iPhone, Apple Watch & iPad Accessories

Apple has quietly discontinued some of the color options for its iPhone cases and other accessories both online and in-store. According to the Japanese site Macotakara, Apple has removed several color options from its Japanese Apple store and its online store. However, the company’s Japanese stores aren’t the only ones noticing the missing color options. It seems as if Apple has officially discontinued select colors for its accessories around the world, both the US and UK sites show [Read Entire Story]

Apple Urged to Implement Feature That Sends an iPhone’s Precise Location to Responders in Emergencies

EENA, short for the European Emergency Number Association, has called on Apple to integrate a solution called Advanced Mobile Location into iOS to improve the safety of iPhone users in emergency situations. Advanced Mobile Location recognizes when an emergency call is made and, if not already activated, activates a smartphone's GPS or Wi-Fi to collect the caller's precise location information. The handset then sends an automatic SMS to the emergency services with the caller's location, [Read Entire Story]

Whaddya know, iPad and Apple Watch are selling like crazy again

Yeah, yeah, Apple makes a lot of money. ; Yesterday's earnings call confirmed this once again, causing a sizable jump in Apple's stock price, but the really interesting news is that certain categories of Apple products which haven't been doing that great again are selling much better than last year. ; Namely, iPad and Apple Watch. ; SEE ALSO: Forget smart watches, this voice-powered smart ring will make you look very extra Apple sold 11.4 million iPads in its financial third quarter, a 15% jump [Read Entire Story]

iOS 10.3.3: 7 Things to Do After You Download

iOS 10.3.3: 7 Things to Do After You Download is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile. You’ve installed the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Now what? Today we want to run down some things to do, and some things not to do, after installing iOS 10.3.3 on your device. It took awhile but Apple’s finally replaced iOS 10.3.2 with a brand new iOS 10.3.3 update. iOS 10.3.3 is a simple maintenance update if you’re coming directly from iOS 10.3.2. Your version [Read Entire Story]

Apple Celebrates America’s National Parks This July With Donations and Apple Watch Challenge

Apple today announced it will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on, or through the Apple Store app in the United States from July 1 through July 15. Apple Watch challenge inspired by U.S. National Parks Apple said proceeds will support the National Park Foundation's mission to help protect and preserve national parks.“America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important [Read Entire Story]

iOS 11 Beta Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

iOS 11 Beta Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile. Pre-release software is almost always riddled with bugs and performance problems so it’s not surprising to see a growing list of complaints about iOS 11 beta problems. The iOS 11 release date is confirmed for the fall but iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners can try the software early via Apple’s iOS 11 beta. The iOS 11 beta and its list of new features are tempting but most iPhone and iPad [Read Entire Story]

Sleep Expert Who Worked on Apple’s Night Shift and Bedtime Features Leaves the Company

Sleep expert Roy J.E.M Raymann, who joined Apple back in 2014, has left the company and moved on to SleepScore Labs, where he will serve as Vice President of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs. Raymann joined Apple as the company was developing the Apple Watch, and at the time, his hiring spurred rumors that the device would have sleep tracking capabilities, which never materialized. Prior to joining Apple, where he served as "Health and Health Technologies Staff," Raymann was at [Read Entire Story]