Apple promo video shows how it came up with Portrait Lighting

With the use of the Portrait Lighting feature on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone X, users can create “dramatic lighting effects” when taking a portrait or a selfie. One of the coolest features is the Stage Light setting, which allows users to make the background disappear completely into a sea of black while light shines on the subject. Other settings include Natural, Studio, Contour or Stage Light Mono.

A new promo video released today by Apple explains how Portrait Lighting was created. Apple says that it studied “the art of portraiture from paintings to photographs.” …


Best Apple Watch apps: have your Watch achieve its full potential

The Apple Watch is not only the best-selling smartwatch in the world right now — it has outsold the entire industry of Swiss “normal” watches in Q4 2017! That’s huge and Apple’s timepiece doesn’t seem to be slowing down, not one bit.

Now, one of the coolest things about smartphones and smartwatches are the apps — the imagination of thousands of 3rd party developers and creators around the globe has no bounds, and their software enhancements truly flesh out our favorite gadgets. So, what can you get for the Apple Watch?

Well, tons of apps, really. Most of them serve as enhancements …

Beware, Apple: Spotify might soon make its own speaker, job adverts suggest

Music streaming company Spotify might soon join the ever-growing game of speakers. The speculations arose after numerous job adverts posted by Spotify were spotted – in which the company is looking to hire an ‘operations manager’, a ‘senior project manager: hardware productions’ and a ‘project manager: hardware production and engineering’. Also, the description of one of the ads says: “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organisation for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing”, which are clues …

Apple demonstrates how to make the most out of your iPhone's camera in new video tutorials

We are certain the vast majority of iOS users have already mastered the ins and outs of the iPhone camera app, but when it comes to more advanced photography and videography-related techniques, you can never have too many tutorials and guides.

One can always learn something new everyday, and today, Apple has a pretty good chance of giving a few pretty important bits of knowledge on how to use your iPhone’s camera to your best advantage and master artistic black and white photography, overhead product shots, and finally, ace the timing of your slow-mo videos in post-processing.

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Starting February 23rd, buy the Apple iPhone X from T-Mobile and get $200 back with a trade-in

If you were planning on purchasing the Apple iPhone X today, it just might please your wallet (not to mention your spouse or significant other) if you held on to your current daily driver for just 48 more hours. Starting this Friday, February 23rd, T-Mobile is offering a $200 rebate with the purchase of the Apple iPhone X. The Un-carrier will send you a $200 pre-paid MasterCard after you pay full price for the Apple iPhone X, Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Apple iPhone 7, or the Apple iPhone 7 Plus as long as you turn over one of the phones considered to be an eligible trade-in. 

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22 more banks and credit unions now support Apple Pay

Apple announced today that its mobile payment service Apple Pay has added 22 new banks and credit unions to the list of financial institutions that support the service. This comes after 26 new banks and credit unions were added to the rolls on February 7th. Besides the domestic expansion into more financial institutions, the tech giant continues to rollout the payment service to more countries. In the beginning of the month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a conference call that Brazil will be getting Apple Pay sometime in 2018.

Half of the retail stores in the U.S. now support Apple Pay, …

Report: Apple iPhone SE 2 to feature 4.2-inch screen; device will be introduced at WWDC?

Late last year, there was talk about Apple releasing a sequel to the lowest priced iPhone in its lineup, the Apple iPhone SE. Subsequent reports said that Apple would release only 3 iPhone models in 2018 including a 6.1-inch model with an LCD display and a single rear-facing camera (iPhone 9), a 5.8-inch unit with an OLED panel (iPhone Xs) and a huge 6.5-inch version with an OLED display (iPhone Xs Plus). All three models would include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

But that apparently isn’t the last word about a possible Apple iPhone SE 2. Out of China comes word that the phone could …

Apple sends out iOS 11.2.6 to fix bug that caused Indian character to crash iPhone models

Apple rushed out iOS 11.2.6 today to repair a bug that caused iPhones around the world to crash. A specific character from the Indian Telugu language sent over iMessage, or placed in a text field, can force an iPhone to reboot. The character cannot be read by iPhone models running iOS 11.2.5, If your iPhone is using any other iOS build, you are already in the clear.

In a vacuum, this bug might have been no big deal. But once the word got out, you had your jokers send the character to others via iMessage and social media in the hope that it would crash the recipient’s iPhone. Pushing out …

'I blacked out': Apple Watch pulls mother and baby out of a nasty car accident

The Apple Watch, the world’s most popular wearable, is at it again, after fighting potential shark attacks or not-so-potential heart attacks. This time around, it’s the SOS function that kicked in, when Kacie Anderson and her 9-year-old son were hit by a drunk driver. The mother’s car was hit so hard, that she suffered a concussion, brain swelling, torn neck muscles, and herniated discs, so the accident left her rather battered:

The moment he hit us everything inside the car went airborne. My face took a horrible blow to the steering wheel, headrest, back …