How to pick the perfect frame on iPhone Live Photos

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Live Photos are magical.
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The iPhone’s Live Photos feature is one of the funnest innovations Apple’s brought to photography. There’s just one annoying problem with the moving pictures: you can’t choose which frame it uses for the final image.

Thanks to a third-party app there’s finally a way to do just that, making Live Photos more versatile than ever.

App Store finally gives indie games the spotlight they deserve

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Competing with big-name developers won't be so tough for indies.
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After a big indie game promotion over the past week, Apple has given titles from independent developers their very own spot in the App Store. And it’s about time, too!

The new section will make it easier for shoppers to find new titles from smaller studios, while developers will benefit from greater coverage. It won’t be quite as easy for the latest releases to be drowned out by bigger titles from gaming giants.

Developers lose interest in iMessage apps

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iMessage got some huge upgrades in iOS 10.
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The popularity of iMessage apps is already starting to diminish, less than a year after their debut.

iMessage apps have been the hottest new feature on iPhones since iOS 10 introduced them last year. But new data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows that excitement for the new apps is already starting to fade among developers.

iOS 11 might make 200,000 apps obsolete

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Some of your favorite old games might get booted from iOS.
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Apple’s decision to drop support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11 later this year could kill about 187,000 apps, based on a new report that shows some old apps have been slow to catch up.

Analytics firm Sensor Tower estimates about 8% of all apps on the App Store will become obsolete. That small percentage may sound insignificant, but old games might be impacted the most.

Today in Apple history: Devs get the key to unlock iPhone’s awesome power

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Do you remember the arrival of the App Store?
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Mar6March 6, 2008: Apple releases the iPhone software development kit, finally allowing devs to start developing native mobile apps for the iPhone.

When the App Store eventually opens a few months later, a new industry springs up overnight as third-party devs rush to take advantage of Apple’s distribution network.

It’s not just you, iCloud is down now for some users

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iCloud is down.
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Are you having a hard time backing up files to iCloud or listening to songs on Apple Music? You’re not alone.

It appears that Apple’s iCloud services are currently impacted by a major Amazon web services outage that has crippled the internet on the East Coast. It’s unclear what is causing the problem but Apple says only 0.04 percent of users are effected by “slower than normal performance.”

Here are all the Apple services that are down:

Turmoil, Castro 2, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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From a great update for an already fantastic iPhone keyboard to a couple of tremendous iOS games that’ll keep you busy on the subway to work, we’ve sifted through this week’s most exciting apps to bring you the ones you absolutely need to download now.

Check out our picks below. Trust us, this is the way you want to spend Sunday!

iPhone users spend more than ever on apps

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App spending is on the rise.
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When it comes to buying apps, iPhone users aren’t afraid to bust out their wallets for good software.

Spending on iOS apps increased during 2016, according to the latest data from app analytics firm SensorTower which claims the average iPhone user spends $27 a year just on games.