How to hide the Dock’s background on your iPhone

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This wallpaper hides the Dock, but shows up my previously-invisible black spacer icons.
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Your iPhone’s dock is ever present. Also ever-present is the translucent ribbon behind the icons. Maybe it’s there to provide visual separation from the wallpaper behind it, but seeing as the rest of your home-screen icons are left to fend for themselves, visibility-wise, then maybe not. Perhaps it’s there to provide a visual separation between the privileged Dock and the rest of the home-screen proletariat?

But if you don’t like this separator, then you’re stuck with it. Or are you? You may not be able to remove the ribbon, but you can hide it.

Jony Ive talks iPhone X and Apple Park in new interview

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Hundreds of trees are being planted at Apple HQ.
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The iPhone X will gain new functionality over the next year, according to Apple design boss Jony Ive.

In a new interview with design magazine Wallpaper, Ive discussed the challenges of designing in an age when products can be unfixed and fluid. With the edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone X, Apple’s now creating objects that don’t even look like they were designed, which is exactly what excites Ive.

Beautiful wallpapers show off iPhone X’s gorgeous guts

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Make your iPhone's innards shine forth.
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Still looking for the perfect wallpaper for your new iPhone X? The folks at iFixit have come up with a new set of that takes advantage of Apple’s new edge-to-edge display to make it look like your iPhone X doesn’t have a screen at all.

Now you don’t have to pry your screen open just to get a look inside.

How iPhone X celebrates the iPhone’s 10th anniversary

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Then and now -- the original iPhone wallpaper, and the new version for the iPhone X.
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The iPhone X comes 10 years after the original iPhone. Even the name itself could be a not-so-subtle homage to this: Apple used X, the Roman numeral for 10, for years to name the Mac’s OS X operating system. But there is another 10th anniversary reference in the new iPhone X: It comes with an updated version of the original iPhone’s iconic wallpaper.

Here are the new iPhone and iPad wallpapers from iOS 11 GM

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Get an early taste of iPhone X with new wallpapers.
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Apple has designed a whole bunch of awesome new wallpapers for iPhone and iPad that will be available in iOS 11. They weren’t present in earlier beta releases, but they are available in the iOS 11 GM that leaked out on Friday.

Here’s what they look like — and how to get them.

macOS 10.12.2 is out with new emoji and wallpapers

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New goodies have arrived for Mac users.
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Mac owners can now take advantage of all the new emoji iPhone users got earlier this week, thanks to today’s release of macOS 10.12.2.

Apple launched the macOS update this morning, bringing a host of performance enhancements to users, as well as couple new features and small tweaks.

Apple drops iOS 10.2 beta 5 on developers and public testers

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iOS 10.2 brings a bunch of new features to iPhone.
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Developers received a surprise update for iOS 10.2 this morning after Apple seeded the fifth beta build of the new software.

The new beta comes just four days after Apple released the last version to developers. This time, both devs and public beta testers can get their hands on the iOS update that brings a number of new features to iPhone and iPad.