macOS developer explains why App Store trials are flawed

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Apple's trial solution just won't work for some developers.
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WWDC app update preps you for Apple’s big event

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At WWDC 2018, Apple will show us the future of iOS and its other platforms.
At WWDC 2018, Apple will show us the future of iOS and its other platforms.
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Netflix on iOS now lets you enjoy previews

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Netflix previews will help you hunt down the perfect show.
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Netflix has added a new feature to its iOS app, allowing users to watch a 30-second video trailer of content they are interested in.

The company began testing the feature in early March, but is now rolling it out to all users. The video previews are viewable in portrait mode, which ensures that they do not interrupt your browsing experience by having to constantly change the orientation of your device.

Apple warns macOS users that it will drop support for 32-bit apps

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A macOS update adds support for Messages in iCloud.
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Apple has begun issuing notifications to macOS users that confirm plans to drop support for 32-bit applications.

“This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility,” reads the warning users will see when they load a 32-bit app for the first time in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. This is the final version of macOS that will allow 32-bit apps to be opened “without compromise.”

See how ARKit will make grocery shopping easier

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ARKit makes grocery shopping fun.
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Searching my local grocery stores endless aisles of offerings of food is one of my least favorite things about being an adult, but thanks to the power of ARKit, apps are about to completely change the experience.

iOS developer Andrew Hart teased an early preview of his augmented reality app for retailers on Twitter this week and it looks absolutely amazing. The sleek app can be used to product details while shipping. But the coolest feature is its ability to spatially navigate you through the store to that Tikka Masala you’ve been hunting for.

Prepare to be amazed:

How to get Animojis on any phone (kind of)

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iOS 11.3 with new Animoji could land this week.
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Want Animojis on any iPhone? While you need the iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensors to create Apple’s animated emojis, some apps produce results that look very much like Animoji.

In the video below, I’ll show you how one of them works.

Woz rubbishes reports of AR app partnership with Gronk

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Apple's co-founder says he's not teaming up with the New England Patriots star.
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Steve Wozniak has categorically denied being an adviser for a new augmented reality chap app launched by New England Patriots tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski.

Called Mojiit, the forthcoming mobile AR chat app lets users create, “a stunning, 3D animation of yourself that you [can] send to your friends in augmented reality.” However, despite having made frequent mentions of having Woz on board, Apple’s co-founder denies that this is the case.

Snapchat hopes massive app changes will attract new users

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Snapchat is making the changes after reporting disappointing earnings.
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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has revealed that Snapchat’s app will be undergoing a major redesign, after the company fell short of expected growth projections for the quarter.

In a letter to investors, Spiegel blamed the difficulties on the service being too difficult for many users to understand. “One thing we have heard over the years is that Snapchat is difficult to understand or hard to use,” he wrote — adding that, “Our team has been working on responding to this feedback.”

Feel the future with wireless charging and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Wireless charging, distraction-free writing, and more are part of this week's best deals.
Wireless charging, distraction-free writing, and more are part of this week's best deals.
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This week’s best new deals in the Cult of Mac Store include some futuristic goodies. From a wireless charging pad to ultra durable wireless earbuds. There’s also a powerful planning platform for iOS and a distraction-free writing app, all of it discounted by half off or more. Read on for more details: