New iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra betas bring minor tweaks

By

iPhone 7 iOS 11
Grab iOS 11 beta 7 while it's fresh!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Development of iOS 11 appears to be nearing the finish line as Apple seeded a fresh new beta for its big update of the software that powers iPhones and iPads.

iOS 11 beta 7 along with new betas for macOS High Sierra and tvOS 11 are now available to registered developers, bringing a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements to the updates that are expected to be released to the public later this fall.

Windows Store proves Apple’s strict guidelines are a necessity

By

Windows Store movies
Windows Store has an illegal movies problem.
Photo: Cult of Mac

iPhone 8’s amazing facial recognition is super quick, works in the dark

By

face tracking
Apple's new face recognition will be a game changer.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The iPhone 8’s facial recognition feature will work “within a few hundred milliseconds,” be more secure than the existing Touch ID sensor, and even work in the dark, a pair of new reports claim.

In addition to the regular iPhone sensors you’d expect to find, the upcoming handset will reportedly boast a new “structured light” sensor, which uses bounced infrared light to work out the depth of different points on the face.

ZCast update makes iPhone’s best podcasting platform better

By

ZCast on iPhone
ZCast now supports high-definition audio recording.
Photo: ZCast

Today in Apple history: Apple fan Jerry Seinfeld joins the dark side

By

Microsoft ad
"What's the deal with bad advertising?"
Photo: Microsoft

August 21 TIAH August 21, 2008: Microsoft recruits comedian Jerry Seinfeld to appear in a series of ads. It’s a naked attempt to shake Microsoft’s reputation as a “stodgy oldster” (as opposed to Apple’s trendsetting hipster image).

Microsoft pays Seinfeld a reported $10 million for the ads. However, thanks to the Mac’s appearance in virtually every episode of Seinfeld, the comedian remains the world’s most famous Apple fanboy.

Barclays customers can now make payments using Siri

By

Barclays bank sign
Barclays just made Apple Pay even greater.
Photo: Barclays

Barclays is making it even easier for its customers to spend their hard-earned cash.

The latest update to its Mobile Banking app on iOS lets you use Siri to send money to any existing payee, but there is a limit to how much you can send with your voice.

Exciting iPhone 8 components continue to leak early

By

Slashleaks
Apple's edge-to-edge iPhone 8 display.
Photo: Slashleaks

The latest purported iPhone 8 components leak appears to show the handset’s display assembly, flex cables for power transfer, and part of the Lightning connector.

The new component leaks appear to confirm previous reports about the form factor of the new iPhone 8 display. Check out the other two pics below.

Apple invites iTunes users to donate to civil rights advocacy group

By

iTunes donation
Apple recently made a $1 million donation the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Photo: Apple

Apple has updated its iTunes desktop and mobile storefronts to grant users the ability to donate money to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a U.S. nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.

Users have the option of donating in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 increments. Apple states that 100 percent of donations will be transferred to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and that it won’t share user information with the organization.