Grab Apple’s beautiful iPad Pro wallpapers for free

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One of several iPad Pro wallpapers available for free.
This is one of several iPad Pro wallpapers available for free. No strings attached.
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Anyone in an Apple Store recently may have seen the really spectacular images pre-loaded on iPad Pro models. But now you don’t have to leave your chair to see them because they’re all available to download.

There is a caveat: they aren’t being distributed by Apple, just someone who copied them off a tablet and shared them.

Bassgate: Did software update sap HomePod audio?

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HomePod isn't as bass-heavy as it once was.
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Apple’s software update released yesterday for the new HomePod may have altered the sound quality on its smart speaker.

Many angry HomePod owners that installed the update yesterday have taken to Twitter and Reddit claiming Apple’s fine-tuning of the speaker with the update has totally ruined how some songs sound.

Civilization VI, Rainbrow, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy holidays!
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Apple confirms it makes old iPhones run slower (for a good reason)

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Apple is investigating battery issues for the iPhone 6s.
Does your iPhone 6s feel slower?
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Does your iPhone seem to get slower and slower as it grows older? Well, according to Apple, that is exactly what’s supposed to happen.

Many iPhone users have long suspected that Apple throttles performance of aging iPhones. The popular theory is that Apple does so to entice users to upgrade. However, Apple says there are really good performance reasons behind the practice.

5 outrageous theories about Apple’s iPhone 8 invite

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Apple fans have a lot of theories about the iPhone 8 invite.
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After the maddeningly vague invites went out for Apple’s next iPhone unveiling, it took fanboys on the internet no time at all to come up with crazy theories about what the picture on the invitation “really means.”

This year’s invite seems very abstract and completely devoid of hints. But if you squint your eyes and huff enough glue, you too can find some clues about what Apple plans to announce on September 12.

Here are some of the most outlandish theories we’ve seen from fans decoding the invite:

Bill Gates says he didn’t copy Steve Jobs

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Gates answered fans' questions on Reddit.
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Among questions on his favorite sandwiches (“Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger”) and whether he can still jump over a chair (probably not), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates got asked whether his company had copied Steve Jobs during a Reddit Q&A on Monday.

Gates denied copying Cupertino — but reminded everybody that Microsoft and Apple both borrowed liberally from another Silicon Valley pioneer.

Expel water from your iPhone speaker grille using only sound

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A crafty Redditor discovers a simple and free way to clear trapped water from your iPhone 7's speaker grille.
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Apple touts the new iPhone 7 as being water-resistant enough to take into the shower. There’s really no good reason to bathe with your smartphone, but the point is that iPhone 7 owners don’t need to worry about a little rain or spilled tea.

Naturally, some people waltzed into their shower stalls with their expensive new phones in hand — just cuz — and some found a weakness in the iPhone 7’s water-resistance. Luckily for foolhardy iPhone owners everywhere, a Redditor discovered a simple hack for getting the water out.

Official Reddit app finally gets an iPad interface

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Reddit finally got around to supporting the iPad.
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Seven months after its debut, the official Reddit app has finally been optimized for iPad. The new interface lets you enjoy the most popular posts and the latest memes in all their high-resolution glory on the tablet’s larger screen.

Apple needs to make this Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar

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Touch Bar would make Magic Keyboard even better.
Touch Bar would make Magic Keyboard even better.
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Apple’s new Touch Bar looks like the coolest innovation since trackpads, but there’s just one problem: You must buy a brand new MacBook Pro to get it.

It seems inevitable that Apple will eventually bring the Touch Bar to all Macs, so a concept artist created a mockup of what that may look like. It looks like a Touch Bar on a new Magic Keyboard would be even more incredible than on the MacBook Pro.

Take a closer look: