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The Qualcomm-Apple Saga is Really Getting Old

Apple accuses Qualcomm of predatory business practices. Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing on patents. Apple won’t pay Qualcomm and tries to get their patents invalidated. Qualcomm sues Apple and files for injunctions. Apple counter-sues. Apple won’t use Qualcomm’s modems anymore, hitting them where it really hurts. Qualcomm accuses Apple of sharing secrets with their rival Intel, which they may actually have some proof of. Maybe this will actually make it trial someday. And then it will be appealed…indefinitely. And on, and on, and on, and on…..

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The iPad Pro Doesn’t Have to Be a Laptop Replacement

I have been reading a few of the pre-release iPad Pro reviews, and I can’t help but pick up on the recurring theme. That theme is…but. The constant refrain is the iPad Pro is great BUT it isn’t a laptop replacement.

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Sideways- Apple Omitted Landscape Home Screen Support from the XS Max

This one got by me for a few days, but I could swear that the iPhone’s Home Screen would rotate to landscape orientation in the past. You know, you get used to features, and after a while, they kind of blend into the background. Then one day you look again and notice they aren’t there anymore.

Since I knew I wasn’t completely crazy, I did a little research on Google and was reminded of the timeline of how this feature came and went.

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Siri Shortcuts Have Curiously Left the Apple Watch out in the Cold

I’ll open by saying that I really like what Apple is doing with Siri Shortcuts overall. I think it’s a great next step beyond the original intent and design of Workflow, and it could end up being the boost that finally gets Siri on the right track. That by itself would be a huge accomplishment. However, all that said, I am not sure why the Apple Watch didn’t get a real invite to the party.

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Living with the iPhone XS Max- A Few Missed Opportunities

Since the title leans toward the negative side, I’ll be clear- I love my new iPhone XS Max so far. I love the size. Love the screen. Love the resolution. I can live with the trade-offs, like over size and weight and the difficulty with one-handed use. However, after using mine for a day and a half, I think there is still some untapped potential in this hardware.

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iOS 12.1 Spills the Beans on the Coming iPad Pros

No one but the cool kids have gotten their hands on the new iPhones and Apple Watches yet, and we are already getting fresh reports on what’s coming next. Considering that the news is about the now all but official iPad Pros, I’m all for it.

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Tips and Tricks: Did You Know Siri’s Voice and Language Settings are Separate?

Many of you reading this may think it is one of those moronically obvious iOS tips that is just a waste of everyone’s time. However, if like me, you have been using Siri since its unveiling in iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S, that may not be the case. Originally, Siri’s language and speaking accent were linked. This was pretty inconvenient for anyone looking for any variety because, if you changed your language, Siri would also listen for the same accent in return. Doing this would greatly reduce the accuracy of Siri, which was, well….

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The iOS 12 Public Beta is Out. Have You Tried It Yet?

After a little bit of a delay between the release of the second iOS 12 Developer Beta, the Public Beta is finally here! If you didn’t see the many articles already written about the release, you can sign up for the program to upgrade your compatible iOS device right here.

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Hits and Misses from WWDC- The Misses

Almost a week out from the WWDC Keynote, the reviews of Apple’s new software features and improvements are overwhelmingly positive. Their focus on performance and small details will benefit all users, not just those with the latest devices. Siri got what could turn out to be a huge boost from the new Shortcuts feature, which will be opened up for developers to finally get real access to Apple’s digital assistant. Apple also focused some well-deserved attention on macOS to round out a Keynote full of new goodies.

However, despite all of the welcomed additions, there were several things that people were ether hoping or expecting to see that we didn’t get on Monday. Let’s take a look back and some of the misses from WWDC.

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Hits and Misses from the WWDC Keynote

Yesterday’s WWDC Keynote certainly wasn’t as exciting and feature packed as last year’s, especially thanks to the lack of new hardware announcements. However, it did bring us a pretty solid set of new software features and improvements. There were also some things that were oddly missing in action, but for this segment, I’m going to focus on the positives. Let’s take a quick look back at the Keynote.

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WWDC Wishlist Part Four- iOS 12

We are now one week out from the WWDC Keynote, so the rumors should start to pick up a little in the coming days. As with all of the recent editions of this event, iOS is expected to be the star of the show. However, it’s a little harder to say how far the improvements will reach after Mark Gurman reported earlier this year that the bulk of new features have been pushed off until iOS 13, and that iOS 12 will be more centered on fixing bugs and increasing stability. According to this report, Apple will now focus on the next two years of iOS development at a time, rather than force-marching its engineers to meet constant and sometimes unrealistic one-year features delivery deadlines.

This move is disappointing in a way, because the report made reference to some BIG improvements that may have been on the roadmap for iOS 12 before Craig Federighi stepped in, including redesigned Home Screens for iPhone and the iPad. I’ve been wanting to see this for the last three years, so it was disappointing to see how close we were to finally getting them. However, in the long term, this is probably the right decision, and it should deliver us a consistently better and more stable iOS. So with this news from February fresh in our minds, what can we expect to see next week?

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