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Instagram dashes hopes of a native iPad app

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Instagram isn't coming to iPad any time soon.
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More than 12 years after the iPad made its debut, it still doesn’t have a native Instagram app. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to get one any time soon. Instagram head Adam Mosseri believes that not enough people want it.

“It’s still just not a big enough group of people to be a priority,” Mosseri said Sunday in response to a tweet from Marques Brownlee (MKBHD).

YouTube TV is finally embracing Picture in Picture on iPhone and iPad

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It's about time.
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YouTube TV is finally giving users the ability to use Picture in Picture on iPhone and iPad. The feature, which has long been available inside YouTube TV on Android, will roll out “hopefully in the next few months.”

And that’s not all users can look forward to. YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan this week also promised expanded surround sound support.

Apple lets devs release unlisted apps that can only be found with a link

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Devs can now hide apps that aren't for general distribution.
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Apple has confirmed that developers can now release unlisted apps on iPhone, iPad and Mac that cannot be found without a direct link.

Unlisted apps — which do not appear in App Store search results, categories, recommendations, or other listings — will developers to distribute their titles to limited audiences, such as employees and students.

Apple fixes the iCloud sync issues tormenting users and developers

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Data syncing should be stable again.
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Apple says it has eliminated the iCloud sync issue that has been causing all kinds of disruption inside third-party apps.

The problem first surfaced late last year, soon after iOS 15 made its debut, and sporadically prevented many apps from syncing data through iCloud — much to the frustration of users and developers. But it is said to be eliminated now.

Zillow now supports SharePlay to make remote house hunting easier

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Zillow now supports SharePlay to make remote house hunting easier
Search for a home over FaceTime with the Zillow app and SharePlay.
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Searching for a new house with someone who’s not right next to you just got a lot easier. The Zillow app on iPhone or iPad now supports SharePlay, so multiple people can look at the same home listings simultaneously on different devices.

Use it with loved ones or your real estate agent.

Home Widget is the HomeKit widget Apple doesn’t make [Review]

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Home Widget lets you make your own HomeKit widgets.
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With Home Widget, it’s now possible to control your HomeKit accessories directly from your iPhone’s Home screen. Turn on and off lights or even run automated scenes with the quick push of a button. With the new app, you can make a bunch of HomeKit widgets to meet your needs.

I put Home Widget to the test in my smart house. I’m generally pleased with its usability.

Apple rolls out Swift Playgrounds 4, allowing you to build apps on iPad

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Download the update and start building today.
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Swift Playgrounds 4, the newest version of Apple’s official development app for iPad, is now available from the App Store. The update lets you build iOS and iPadOS apps using nothing but your iPad for the first time.

When you’ve finished building, you can upload directly to the App Store. And if you also use a Mac, it’s now easy to transfer projects back and forth between Swift Playgrounds and Xcode using App Projects.

Photoshop for iPad gets useful new tools

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Photoshop for iPad enhanced with smudge and sponge tools
Adobe improves Photoshop for iPad with smudge and sponge tools.
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Adobe added the smudge and sponge tools to Photoshop for iPad on Tuesday. These are just the latest improvements to the tablet edition of this image-editing application. They’re part of a long-term strategy the software developer has used since the touchscreen-enhanced version of Photoshop launched in 2019.