Today in Apple history: World’s first third-party iPhone app arrives


Hello World
An intrepid hacker gets the iPhone to say "hello." While the message is simple, the meaning is profound.
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July 20: Today in Apple history: World's first third-party iPhone app arrives July 20, 2007: Just a month after the original iPhone goes on sale, the first third-party app gets compiled and launched for the new platform.

Called “Hello World,” the software serves more as a proof of concept than a serious tool. But it demonstrates that third-party apps will become a cornerstone of the new iPhone economy. It’s a shame Apple doesn’t get the memo.

Get $80 off Apple Watch, $35 off iPad Air 3 [Deals & Steals]


The new 2019 iPad Air, with its 10.5-inch screen, works with Apple's existing Smart Keyboard.
Bag your new iPad Air for even less.
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You can still find huge discounts on Apple Watch Series 3, making one of the best wearables on the market more affordable than ever. Order yours today from Amazon and you’ll pay just $199 (down from $279) for the 38mm model.

We’ve got other big discounts on hot Apple products, too — including up to $35 off the newest iPad Air, $100 off Powerbeats3 in-ear buds, and a whopping $139 off Beats Solo3 wireless cans.

Plus, there’s a sweet saving on the Apple Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad, and $80 off a 50-inch 4K TV with Amazon Fire TV built-in.

Fortnite players on iOS must reinstall after game-breaking bug


Fortnite iPhone X
That’s not much of a fix.
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Epic Games has told Fortnite players on iOS that they will need to delete and reinstall the game to keep on playing.

Disgruntled iPhone and iPad users quickly discovered they were unable to load into Battle Royale after a game-breaking bug was introduced in the most recent 9.40.1 patch.

Epic’s unusual “fix” has understandably upset a lot of fans, who now have to download gigabytes of data all over again.

5G could make Apple a $1 trillion business again


Judging from this reaction, the 5G iPhone will be a big one.
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Apple won’t get 5G iPhones until next year, but already it’s causing investment analysts to geek out on the hype.

In a new note to clients, an analyst for investment banking firm Raymond James raises the firm’s price estimate on Apple due to the next-gen connectivity technology. That’s despite the fact that he thinks this year’s iPhone refresh will be a disappointment.

New Pokémon Masters trailer teases big battles, co-op play


If you weren’t already excited, you will be.
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A new trailer and additional information for Pokémon Masters has dropped ahead of the game’s much-anticipated debut this summer.

The one-minute clip reveals more gameplay, including explosive battles and co-operative play. It also provides our first look at the powerful sync moves available from partner Pokémon.

Mac app lets you enjoy Continuity with Android devices


KDE Connect is free to download and incredibly useful.
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Not every Mac owner uses an iPhone, and that means they often miss out on first-party features like Messages and iCloud. But there’s one feature Android users can now enjoy.

KDE Connect is a new macOS app that allows for Continuity between Mac and Android devices. You can enjoy desktop notifications, file sharing, and more — and it’s free.


The wait is over on iOS.
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Wedding photographer’s anti-iPhone rant strikes a nerve


No one wants to see your iPhone in their wedding pics.
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A wedding photographer calling for people to stop using their iPhones at weddings has gone viral with an angry Facebook rant.

Hannah Stanley is asking smartphone users to “please stop viewing weddings you attend through a screen” and avoid getting in the way of the professional photographer.

The post comes after one wedding guest ruining a perfectly good photo of a bride and her father by blocking Stanley’s view with their iPhone.