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In Fantasian for Apple Arcade, monsters can be banished to the Dimengeon to await their ultimate demise collectively. (Image via Mistwalker)

New JRPG from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi coming to Apple Arcade

Fantasian is a new JRPG headed for Apple Arcade. Written by Hironobu Sakaguchi and featuring a soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu, Fantasian throws players into a multi-dimensional world constructed from over 150 hand-made dioramas. Game...
Sam Medley, Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:39:00 +0100
The Indian tablet market bounced back in 2020. (Source: IDC)

The Indian tablet market posts a return to growth for 2020

The market for tablets in India had shrunk for 4 years straight - until 2020. That year saw a resurgence in demand for that form-factor, as users felt they were necessary for learning or working from home. Therefore, it exhibited ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Feb 2021 23:17:00 +0100
Apple may start manufacturing iPads in India soon. (Image Source: MoneyControl)

Apple mulling on making iPads in India, reportedly lobbying for increased export incentive budget

Apple is reportedly planning to shift some of its iPad production to India and is lobbying to increase the budget for the Indian Government's performance-linked incentive (PLI) scheme. This report comes in the wake of the Cupertin...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 08:30:00 +0100
New iPad Pro tablets are expected to be one of three products that Apple will announce next month. (Image source: Pigtou & @xleaks7)

iPad Pro 2021 refresh with a mini LED display, new M1-rivalling SoC and better cameras tipped to launch alongside the iPad mini 6 and AirTags at mid-March hardware event

According to a new report, Apple will announce at least three new products at its next hardware event. Supposedly scheduled for March 16, the event is expected to showcase the iPad mini 6, AirTags and a 2021 refresh of the iPad Pr...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 14:06:00 +0100
Epic Games files more legal action against Apple. (Source: Epic Games)

Epic Games brings its "Free Fortnite" battle to European shores with a new EC antitrust complaint

Epic Games has stepped its dispute with Apple over developer remuneration by filing an official antitrust complaint with the European Commission (EC). It alleges that competition in the app-distribution and payment markets has bee...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 16:19:00 +0100
WhatsApp faces opposition to its plans in India. (Source: WhatsApp)

India’s Supreme Court admonishes WhatsApp over user privacy

The WhatsApp privacy policy change, in which the company will oblige users to agree to hand the data they have given it to Facebook, has caused controversy and virtual boycotts worldwide. However, the EU market is effectively immu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:57:00 +0100
The 2021 iPad Pro refresh will look a lot like Apple's current premium tablets. (Image source: Pigtou & @xleaks7)

2021 iPad Pro refresh and AirTags are reputedly due a March 2021 release

Apple plans to unveil the AirTags and its 2021 iPad Pro refresh, according to new reports. Possibly launching simultaneously, rumours about the pair have been circulating for months.
Alex Alderson, Sun, 14 Feb 2021 02:02:00 +0100
The latest app rankings by download. (Source: SensorTower)

Telegram is the most downloaded mobile app for January 2021 as WhatsApp slips to fifth

Telegram was #9 on SensorTower's list of most downloaded (non-game) mobile app in December 2020. Fast forward one month, however, and it had jumped up to #1. WhatsApp and Instagram were #3 and #4 at the end of 2020, but fell to #5...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 21:49:00 +0100
A 2021 MacBook Pro could sport a 12-core or even 16-core Apple M1X SoC. (Image source: MacRumors/MattTalksTech - edited)

Apple M1X, M2, A14X, A15, and A15 Bionic lead the speculation for the true identities of four alleged upcoming Apple SoCs

A tech tipster has claimed that Apple is preparing four new SoCs and has shared the alleged internal identifiers for the processors. Unsurprisingly, this has led to considerable speculation about their eventual product names, with...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:13:00 +0100
iOS 14.4 can use a new hardware message. (Source: YouTube)

iOS 14.4 contains a new anti-independent repair message along with security upgrades

The latest version of iOS (14.4) is now available as a stable update. Installing it causes a new kind of "important hardware message" to pop up should an iPhone detect that its rear camera module has been unofficially replaced. Ap...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 31 Jan 2021 16:50:00 +0100
A 2020 PC market infographic. (Source: Canalys)

Chromebook and tablet shipments break records in 2020

The latest market research report from Canalys shows that the PC market enjoyed success not seen in years during 2020. It posted shipment volumes not seen since 2015, hitting 143.7 million units (a 35% year-on-year (YoY) increase)...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 Jan 2021 23:36:00 +0100
The next iPad Pros be difficult to tell apart from their predecessors. (Image source: @xleaks7 & Pigtou)

Apple iPad Pro 2021 renders showcase new 11-inch and 12.9-inch models

CAD models of two new iPad Pro models have leaked, offering a detailed look at Apple's upcoming tablets. Apple will stick with 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes for the next iPad Pro, but little will separate them from the looks of last...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 19 Jan 2021 19:16:00 +0100
This service can still be had for free for a while longer. (Source: Apple)

Apple offers yet more free TV+ access to existing customers

Apple's TV+ is its answer to other streaming platforms such as Netflix. One year's worth of free access to the service was bundled with compatible hardware bought at its September 2019 launch. That offer was then extended so as to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:55:00 +0100
It looks like a router, but this is actaully ASUS’ Fanless Chromebox (Image source: ASUS)

ASUS introduces low profile Fanless Chromebox with WiFi 6 and multiple 4K outputs, configurable up to an Ice Lake i7

ASUS recently announced the Fanless Chromebox, a small form-factor PC based on the ChromeOS platform, with a wide range of display outputs and great wireless connectivity.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:29:00 +0100
The next 12.9-inch iPad Pro will not be a massive departure from the current model. (Image source: 91Mobiles)

Leaked iPad Pro 2021 renders provide a look at Apple's next 12.9-inch tablet

While the focus is on what manufacturers announce at CES 2021, the supposed design of the next 12.9-inch iPad Pro has leaked online. The premium tablet will have smaller bezels than the current model, while retaining its overall d...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:38:00 +0100
The new HP Elite Wireless Earbuds. (Source: HP)

CES 2021 | The HP Elite Wireless Earbuds are a new option for work video calls

HP asserts that its new Elite-series earbuds are an enterprise-grade way of introducing wireless audio into your professional online conferencing set-up. They are rated for both passive and active noise cancellation (PNC and ANC),...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 02:00:00 +0100
The App Store is a money-making machine. (Image: App Store logo w/ edits)

Apple App Store customers spend almost US$2 billion over Christmas week, $540 million on New Year's Day alone

Apple App Store users spent a record US$540 million on New Year's Day, capping off a week that saw total App Store spending of $1.8 billion. The App Store continues to be one of Apple's most successful lines of business; since its...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Jan 2021 19:39:00 +0100
iPad Air 2019 (Source: Apple)

Upcoming low-cost iPad will have a design based on the third-generation iPad Air

If the anonymous sources from China prove to be right, the next-gen low-cost iPad will launch later this year with a design closely based on the third-generation iPad Air that was introduced back in 2019. The highlights will inclu...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 07 Jan 2021 17:56:00 +0100
Cyberpunk 2077 runs well on Android and iOS devices. (Image source: Apple & CD Projekt Red)

Cyberpunk 2077 runs better on iPhones and iPads than it does on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One

With Google Stadia available on iPhones and iPads via a web app, people have been seeing how well Cyberpunk 2077 runs. It turns out the likes of the iPhone 12 Pro do a better job of playing CD Projekt Red's latest triple-A title t...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:13:00 +0100
iOS 14 has a new update. (Source: Apple)

The new iOS update adds AirPods Max support, SMS receipt failure fix and 25fps recording

Apple has now issued iOS and iPadOS updates to version 14.3. It contains some previously-promised features, which include ProRAW support in the Pro iPhone 12 variants, not to mention Apple Fitness+. It also reportedly fixes some i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 14 Dec 2020 23:58:00 +0100
The maker of Cydia is suing Apple to force the Cupertino colossus to allow other app distribution methods on iOS. (Image via Cydia)

Founder of Cydia, the jailbroken iOS app store, files suit against Apple for anti-competitive behavior

Jay Freeman, the developer of the Cydia app store, has filed suit against Apple for monopolistic practices that have shut alternative app distribution methods out of iOS. If Freeman wins this suit, it could force Apple to allow an...
Sam Medley, Fri, 11 Dec 2020 23:17:00 +0100
Apple's in-house silicon range might expand soon. (Source: Apple)

Apple announces the development of its own cellular modem

Apple currently uses components from Qualcomm in order to keep iPhones capable of using mobile data. However, its senior vice president of hardware technologies has just announced that it intends to replace these modems with one o...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Dec 2020 22:06:00 +0100
The Baseus GaN charger series. (Source: Baseus)

Baseus introduces a 120W GaN Quick Charger

Baseus has launched a series of new slim, high-tech third-party chargers equipped with gallium nitride (GaN) technology. One of them is rated to charge 2 devices at up to 60 watts (W) at once. This may make it a good companion for...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 29 Nov 2020 21:50:00 +0100
Apple is offering gift cards or discounts with its Black Friday through Cyber Monday event. (Image source: Apple)

Deal | Apple gift card giveaway Black Friday through Cyber Monday: US$150/£120/€150 with a MacBook Pro 16 purchase or US$50/£40/€50 with an iPhone 11

Apple is running a gift card giveaway Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Qualifying purchases will see the buyer rewarded with a card worth from US$25/£20/€25 up to US$150/£120/€150. The deal includes many major Apple products suc...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 28 Nov 2020 07:44:00 +0100
Foxconn factory, Apple to move production from China to Vietnam

Foxconn (partially) bailing out of China, heading for Vietnam

Although Trump's reign is over, Apple has requested Foxconn to move at least some of its iPad and MacBook production facilities to Vietnam. This move comes as a part of Apple's efforts to diversify production, thus minimizing the ...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 27 Nov 2020 14:15:00 +0100
The new MacBook Air with Apple M1 SoC costs from US$999. (Image source: Apple)

ARM-based M1 in MacBook Air destroys AnTuTu benchmark and all the Apple silicon can go home now

The ARM-based Apple M1 chip has made a star turn appearance on the AnTuTu benchmark as the key component in a MacBook Air. The M1 managed to rack up way over one million points, leaving the Apple silicon, including the A12Z Bionic...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:17:00 +0100
The S Pen may be the best-known stylus. (Source: Samsung)

The smartphone or tablet stylus of the future could charge via NFC

The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) and NFC Forum have announced that they will collaborate on a project to develop a new kind of charging for those mobile devices that come equipped with their own digital pens. Doing so via NFC...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 23:45:00 +0100
The new iMac render features very thin bezels (Image source: Svetapple)

Intriguing 2021 iMac concept pushes Apple's all-in-one into the modern world with thinner bezels

Designers over at Svetapple created a set of detailed concept renders of the 2021 iMac, based on what rumors indicate about the upcoming all-in-one. The stunning models highlight the possibility that Apple will introduce slimmer b...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 11 Nov 2020 20:44:00 +0100
iSH is a Unix shell for iOS. (Image via iSH)

Unix shell app for iOS threatened with removal, but Apple backtracks on decision

An app that allows iOS users to run a Unix shell on their iDevice was under threat of removal from the App Store. However, Apple apparently reversed its decision, allowing the app to stay up. This could open the door for more scri...
Sam Medley, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 04:52:00 +0100
The Apple A14X should feature 8-cores instead of the 6-core A14. (Image: Apple)

A14X Bionic gets alleged benchmark, outperforms the Intel Core i9-9880H

The first alleged benchmark of the Apple A14X SoC has leaked and it underscores why Apple dumped Intel for its own silicon. If accurate, the Geekbench result puts the A14X ahead of the Intel Core i9-9880H found in the 2019 16-inch...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 10:15:00 +0100
The mini-LED screens for the next iPad Pros will reputedly enter mass-production next month. (Image source: Henry Ascroft)

Apple contracts LG Display to supply mini-LED LCDs for next iPad Pros; mass production to commence next month with fifth-generation release in Q1 2021

LG Display has been contracted to supply mini-LED LCDs to Apple for its fifth-generation iPad Pros, according to ETNews. Mass-production of these next-generation displays will commence before the end of the year, allowing Apple to...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:52:00 +0100
Foxconn has apparently been undermining its relationship with Apple to boost profits. (Image source: Apple & Steve Jurvetson)

Foxconn accused of using shady tactics to boost profits relating to Apple contracts

Apple and Foxconn may have been partners for years but the relationship has soured in the last few years, according to a report published by The Information. Reputedly, Foxconn has employed a range of tactics to maximise profits, ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 18:57:00 +0100
The upcoming iPhone 12 could lack a 120 Hz display to ensure adequate battery life (Image source: EverythingApplePro)

With Apple allegedly prioritizing battery life and 5G on the iPhone 12, iPhones might only get 120 Hz displays next year

Tipster @jon_prosser claimed that Apple's alleged decision to skip on a 120 Hz iPhone 12 display was "100 percent" because of battery life concerns, with the 5G radio taking priority. This might mean that 120 Hz displays will only...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 12 Oct 2020 20:31:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is the most accomplished Android tablet, but can it compete with the iPad Pro? (Image: Sanjiv Sathiah/Notebookcheck)

Hands-on: Can Samsung's 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7 carve a slice out of Apple's iPad Pro pie?

Samsung is back with its latest attempt to take on Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro with the new 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7. The company has loaded the tablet up with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ and a 120 Hz display - does it have what it takes to make a splash?
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 27 Sep 2020 13:21:00 +0200
:CAF intends to take on the big app markets. (Source: CAF)

Epic Games and Spotify are founder-members of a new 'anti-app-tax' organization

Epic Games has been in open litigious conflict with Apple over the latter's 30% levy on developer revenue in exchange for the use of its App Store. Now, the studio has escalated this situation with the implementation of the Coalit...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 25 Sep 2020 20:28:00 +0200
Apple is apparently on track to release new iPad Pros before the end of 2020. (Image source: Apple)

New iPad Pros rumoured to start shipping in Q4 2020 with a mini LED screen and an A14X Bionic chipset

Rumour has it that Apple will soon start selling a new generation of iPad Pros with mini LED screens. The fifth-generation devices may arrive as early as Q4 2020 too, contrary to past rumours. These may be the first iPads to the f...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:53:00 +0200
Next year's iPad Pro successor might ship with a mini-LED display (Image source: Apple)

Many 2021 iPads models could feature mini-LED tech: increased competition among mini-LED suppliers means nearly half of all 2021 iPads could ship with the new panels

A report by analyst Ming Chi-Kuo indicates that increased competition among Apple's mini-LED suppliers could lead to a larger than expected volume of iPads and Macs shipping with mini-LED displays, both next year and in 2022.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:10:00 +0200
The PD Pioneer 65W quad-port charger. (Source: Notebookcheck)

RAVPOWER PD Pioneer 65W 4-Port GaN Tech USB C Desktop Charger hands-on review

RAVPOWER's PD Pioneer series consists of chargers based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology rather than traditional silicon. One variant offers the ability to charge four devices at once with a maximum combined output of 65 watts (W). Therefore, it is clearly meant to appeal to enthusiasts with many favoured devices all clamouring for juice. Can it match up to its convenient unique selling point?
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 21:13:00 +0200
The iOS 14.2 developer beta introduces enhanced Shazam support, right in the control center (Image source: Apple)

Apple skips iOS 14.1 for some reason, seeds the iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 developer betas: Shazam integration in the control centre tops the feature list

Apple recently seeded the developer demo for iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, seemingly skipping over iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1. While we're not sure of the reason for the nomenclature change, iPadOS and iOS 14.2 both introduce minor upda...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:19:00 +0200
The Apple A14 Bionic represents the smallest gen-on-gen performrance improvement in iPhone and iPad history (Image source: Apple)

Conservative performance gains on the Apple A14 Bionic could mean one thing: smartphones are fast enough and the spec war might almost be over

Apple’s A14 Bionic SoC reveal indicated what might be the smallest generation on generation leap we’ve seen to date from Cupertino. Is the near-static performance due to issues with the 5nm process? Or did Apple just fire the last...
Column by Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:08:00 +0200
Four new products are expected to launch at Apple's event tomorrow. (Image source: Dose Media)

Apple Watch and Watch Pro set to debut alongside iPad Air 4 and iPad 8 at tomorrow's Apple Event

Jon Prosser expects Apple to unveil at least four new products at tomorrow's Apple Event at Apple Park. An eighth-generation iPad is believed to be in attendance, as is a fourth-generation iPad Air and two Apple smartwatches eithe...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:31:00 +0200
The first ARM-powered MacBooks may arrive before the end of the year. (Image source: MacRumors)

Apple Mac and iPad Pro A14X chips to enter mass production in Q4 2020

Apple's A14X chips will enter mass production in Q4 2020, according to a new report. Apparently, these chips are destined for the next iPad Pro and the first ARM-based MacBooks.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:19:00 +0200
The VAVA Portable SSD Touch. (Source: Indiegogo)

VAVA crowdfunds the "world's most secure" portable USB type C SSD

The VAVA Portable SSD Touch is a new product launched via Indiegogo recently. It is a stick-like drive with a hardware-based fingerprint scanner on the top of its aluminium, supposedly shock-proof casing. It also apparently packs ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:34:00 +0200
The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to debut blood-oxygen sensing technology. (Image: ConceptsiPhone)

Apple Watch 6, iPad Air 4 set for launch this week

Apple could be set to launch the Watch Series 6 and iPad Air 4 this week. Separate tips by leaker Jon Prosser and @LeaksApplePro peg the launch of both devices for September 8.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 07 Sep 2020 12:13:00 +0200
Crystal Chronicles' Remastered Edition has been released. (Source: YouTube)

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition becomes available for various platforms

Square Enix has announced that the remastered Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles title has gone live. It has PS4, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS versions, across which gamers can form teams and explore all the dungeons. It also ha...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 30 Aug 2020 19:34:00 +0200
Epic's online App Store developer's page is now blank. (Source: Apple)

Apple follows through on its threat to cancel Epic Games' developer account

Apple had warned that it might terminate the developer account page on its Store for Epic Games. The studio is currently involved in action that challenges the Cupertino giant's app-revenue model. Now, this threat has come to frui...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 30 Aug 2020 00:29:00 +0200
Apple could become TSMC's largest customer in a few years. (Image Source: GSMDome)

TSMC hints at securing Apple SoC production deal including 2 nm chips for the next 5 years

The Taiwanese foundries are already building a new R&D center for 2 nm technologies and beyond in Hsinchu, which should be ready some time in 2021. The exact timeline for the 2 nm volume production is not yet known, but TSMC repor...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 26 Aug 2020 15:27:00 +0200
Lightroom 5.4.0 for iOS has a serious issue, don't install it. (Source: Adobe)

Lightroom 5.4.0 for iOS and iPadOS causes the irreversible loss of photo and preset data

Adobe representatives have acknowledged a critical fault in a recent update to its version of Lightroom for iOS. It follows multiple complaints from users that they have lost their photos, presets or both in the event these were n...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:11:00 +0200
The A14X Bionic will likely debut in fifth-generation iPad Pros. (Image source: TechNave)

Early insight suggests that the A14X Bionic will be a powerhouse, but comparing it to the Intel Core i9-9880H is wide of the mark

Early insights into the expected performance of the A14X Bionic suggest that it will be a true upgrade over the A12X Bionic, unlike the A12Z Bionic that graces the latest iPad Pro range. Comparing an ARM chip that is unlikely to m...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:59:00 +0200
The new Chargeasap Omega. (Source: Kickstarter)

Chargeasap's new up-to-200W USB type C power brick garners over US$450,000 on Kickstarter

Chargeasap, the maker of the Indiegogo hit the Flash power bank, is back on crowdfunding with another potentially groundbreaking power accessory. This Omega wall-wart has 2 versions: one that rated to charge at up to 100 watts (W)...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 17 Aug 2020 19:02:00 +0200

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