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iOS 13 details leak in juicy new report


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Apple's market share climbed 4% last quarter.
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iOS 13 will bring big improvements and a whole bunch of new features to iPhone and iPad users this fall.

Many of the changes have been spilled in a new report that cites people familiar with the update. You can look forward to a real dark mode, better multitasking, a font manager, and more.

Gmail app finally gets handy swipe actions on iOS


Gmail swipe actions
It's as simple as a swipe.
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The official Gmail app for iOS finally boasts handy swipe gestures that make dealing with your email easier. You can swipe to snooze, mark as read, archive, and more. There’s also the ability to customize the actions if you don’t like the default setup.

New Apple Pencil could support gesture recognition


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We could see a new Apple Pencil this week.
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Apple Pencil is the best iPad stylus money can buy — and it could be about to get even better.

iOS code reveals an updated model, which is likely to make its debut during tomorrow’s “More in the Making” event, will support gestures that make it even more powerful. It could also pack a physical button that provides access to useful functions.

Here’s how you’ll activate Siri on the new iPhone


Sorry, Alexa: Siri still the most widespread AI assistant
Sorry, Alexa: Siri still the most widespread AI assistant
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We might have a brand new way to activate Siri on Apple’s next-generation iPhones, according to one iOS developer.

References in Apple’s source code hint at a new gesture using the physical sleep/wake button, which will enable us to access the virtual assistant in situations where using the “Hey Siri” command isn’t ideal.

Instagram brings 3D Touch gestures to Android


Who needs an iPhone?
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Who needs an iPhone? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android
Who needs an iPhone? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

3D Touch isn’t just for iPhone users anymore!

The same 3D Touch gestures that Instagram integrated into its iOS app following the release of iPhone 6s are now available inside its Android app — and you don’t need a pressure sensitive display to use them.

iOS 9’s awesome two-finger trackpad gesture is coming to iPhone


You can now turn your iPad keyboard into a trackpad.
You can now turn your iPad keyboard into a trackpad.
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Apple unleashed a ton of new software features for iPad on developers this week with the release of iOS 9’s first beta, but not all the features were covered during the two hour keynote that kicked off WWDC, including the news that the iPad’s awesome new two finger trackpad gesture is also coming to iPhones too.

The new gesture allows iOS users to turn their keyboard into a trackpad by simply tapping it with two fingers. It’s going to make working on the iPad way easier, and let you move the cursor on the iPhone too.

Here’s what it looks like on iPhone:

Steelcase Gesture, The Office Chair For iPhone And iPad Users



One of my regrets when moving from sunny Barcelona to chilly Leipzig was that I couldn’t ring my Steelcase Leap chair, which despite its ugly blue leather squab and back is the best chair I’ve ever sat in.

But no matter, as I now have my eye on the new Steelcase Gesture, an office chair designed for the slouching and leaning associated with using an iPhone or iPad. The chair is designed to be comfortable even when you sit in it wrong, with arms that “move like the human arm” and a seat that’s soft all the way to the edges.

Otherwise the Gesture looks a lot like my old Leap, with the same supportive back design that bends as you move, and the same ultra-adjustable everything else. And it also has the same kind of price, $979. Still, at least the colors are way better.

Source: Steelcase
Thanks: Trisha

Apple Close To Buying Maker Of Xbox Kinect 3D Sensor Technology



Apple is close to buying PrimeSense, the company that invented the 3D motion tracking technology used in the original Xbox Kinect. Whispers of the acquisition were first reported by an Israeli publication called Calcalist back in July, and the site is now reporting that Apple has a deal in place with PrimeSense to the tune of around $345 million.

While Apple’s mysterious ‘iTV’ product seems like an obvious reason for the acquisition, PrimeSense has also developed a smaller 3D sensor called Capri that’s more suited for mobile.

iPhone 5, New iPod Touch Can’t Keep Up With Rapid Scrolling [Video]


Scroll too fast on your iPhone 5 and it simply won't keep up.
Scroll too fast on your iPhone 5 and it simply won't keep up.

Apple’s new 4-inch iOS devices — namely the iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch — appear to be suffering from a strange glitch that means they struggle to keep up with rapid touch inputs, particularly when scrolling at a 45-degree angle. The problem, which isn’t present on older iOS device like the iPhone 4S, is demonstrated in the two-minute clip below.

Apple Patents Crazy Way To Change Print Settings On iOS Devices (By Shaking!)



As Apple patents go, it’s not always easy to tell which ideas will make their way out of Cupertino in future devices, and which will be written off. But I’m guessing this one falls into that last category. Published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on Thursday, this patent covers a new feature, which could one day make its way into iOS, that would demand users change print settings by shaking their device.

Jailbreak Tweak Introduces iPad-Like Multitasking Gestures To The iPhone




One of the most useful little introductions to Apple’s iOS 5 software are the new multitasking gestures on the iPad, which allow you to use four-finger swipes to switch between the apps you have running in the background. Unfortunately we didn’t get these on the iPhone, but thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called Zephyr, we can add them ourselves.

This Simple Gesture Improves Multitasking On The iPhone & Saves Your Home Button Too [Video]



I’ve had to return three iPhones to the Apple store for the same problem since I began using the device in 2007. That problem was a faulty home button, which seems to be a common issue with Apple’s iOS devices after they’ve taken years of abuse.

This simple concept for a new iPhone gesture developed by Max Rudberg wouldn’t just prolong the life of the home button on your iPhone, but it would also improve the way in which we multitask on the device.