Apple TV+ could be in for a surge in subscribers

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There aren’t a huge number of Apple TV+ subscribers now, but that’s going to change.
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Apple‘s streaming video service hasn’t taken the world by storm. But an analyst predicts strong growth in coming years will push Apple TV+ to over 100 million paid subscribers by 2025.

Samik Chatterjee from J.P. Morgan points out the service’s catalogue keeps getting bigger, with Apple willing to invest plenty of money to continue that trend.

Hot new iPhone mockup nixes the noxious notch

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This 2021 iPhone mockup has an edge-to-edge screen without a notch.
The days of the iPhone notch appear to be numbered.
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A 3D printed mockup of an upcoming iPhone models apparently shows the handset won’t have a notch. But it does have a USB-C port. Both are changes many iPhone users have been hoping for.

This will possibly be a 2021 iPhone, an not one of the four models rumored for this fall.

Adonit stylus both sterilizes your iPad and writes on it [Review]

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Adonit Note-UVC does two jobs. It’s both an iPad stylus and a UVC sterilizer.
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Adonit Note-UVC is certainly a product for its time. While this stylus lets you take handwritten notes on a range of iPad and iPad Pro models, the standout feature is a pair of ultraviolet lamps that kill the germs and bacteria on your tablet screen (or any other object). The release is timed just right, with COVID-19 making so many people worried about potential infections.

I tested the Note-UVC as a stylus, and looked into how effective it is at sterilizing surfaces. The results of both might surprise you.

Developers get their mitts on first watchOS 6.2.8 beta

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watchOS 6.2.8 Developer Beta 1 starts the testing process for the next Apple Watch update.
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Apple on Wednesday gave developers their very first look at watchOS 6.2.8. When it moves past the beta stage, this update squash some bugs. It’s not yet known if there will be any new features.

This beta version will not be released to the public. Average users will have the await for the final version.

Lawsuit accusing Apple of concealing slowing 2018 iPhone demand gets go-ahead

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2018 interview with Tim Cook suggests Apple was working on iCloud backup encryption
A shareholder lawsuit accuses Apple and CEO Tim Cook of making “materially false and misleading” statements about iPhone XS demand.
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Apple must defend in court bullish statements made by CEO Tim Cook and other executives about 2018 iPhone demand. iPhone sales were actually slowing at the time, leading to a drop in the company’s share price.

A judge ruled Tuesday that a shareholder lawsuit accusing the company of deliberately misleading investors can go ahead.

iPadOS 14 expected to add new uses for Apple Pencil

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Sketching with an Apple Pencil is the merest tip of the iceberg of Apple’s suggestions for making your iPad Pro more useful.
Get ready for Apple Pencil to become useful for more than artists and students.
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iPadOS 14 reportedly bring multiple new features to Apple Pencil. On Tuesday came word that Safari will offer new markup tools for webpages.

An earlier report indicated the next iPadOS version could finally bring handwriting recognition to Apple tablets.

Safari might translate webpages automatically in iOS 14

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Soon you’ll visit a webpage in an unfamiliar language and see it automatically translated to one you can read with the iPhone Safari web browser. This reportedly will be a feature of iOS 14.

No third-party app will be needed. And the translation will supposedly take place directly on the handset, not a remote server.

Apple Pencil might come back in black

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A black Apple Pencil might finally be released.
Apple Pencil looks good in black.
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To paraphrase an old joke, you can have the Apple Pencil in any color you want as long as that color is white. But an unconfirmed report indicates that’ll change soon. A version of this iPad active stylus in black is supposedly in the offing.