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    Google Maps for iOS was today updated to version 4.30.0, introducing a new Directions Widget that allows Google Maps users to access turn-by-turn navigation directly on the lock screen of the iPhone.

    The widget can be enabled by going to the Today View of the Notification Center, scrolling down to the „Edit“ button, and then enabling Google Directions. Once turned on, turn-by-turn navigation directions will be available through the widget in the Notification Center, which can be accessed by swiping right on the lock screen.

    Today’s update also introduces a new Google Maps iMessage app that’s designed to let users send their current location to friends and family members without the need to leave the Messages app.

    The new Google Maps Messages app can be enabled through the Messages App Store. When installed, it establishes the user’s location and then allows that information to be shared right in Messages.

    Along with the new widget and Messages app, the new version of Google Maps also includes unspecified bug fixes.

    Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Tags: Google, Google Maps

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    Gadgets 360 published an interview with Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller this week that could shed some light on Apple’s plans for a dedicated Siri-based voice-assistant for the home. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks about Apple’s plans to unveil an Amazon Echo-like smart connected speaker, possibly as early as WWDC in June, so Schiller’s thoughts on the topic could potentially relate to the way Apple is approaching the design of its Echo rival.

    During the interview, Schiller demurred when asked what he thought about Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, but his comments clearly imply that the two speakers leave a lot to be desired: „My mother used to have a saying that if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all.“ More revealingly perhaps, Schiller took pains to distinguish between different usage scenarios for voice assistants: handsfree, such as while driving, when simple voice-activation is convenient – but limited – and most other occasions when the availability of a screen is preferred.

    „We think it’s important that there are times when it’s convenient to simply use your voice when you are not able to use the screen,“ said Schiller. „For example, if you’re driving [and] you want Siri to work for you without having to look at the screen, that’s the best thing. Or maybe you’re across the room, and you want to ask Siri to change the song you’re listening to.“

    So there’s many moments where a voice assistant is really beneficial, but that doesn’t mean you’d never want a screen. So the idea of not having a screen, I don’t think suits many situations. For example if I’m looking for directions and I’m using Maps, Siri can tell me those directions by voice and that’s really convenient but it’s even better if I can see that map, and I can see what turns are coming up, and I can see where there is congestion, I understand better my route, and what I’m going to do.

    Schiller continued his argument for voice assistants with screens using the example of photography and photo sharing. „With all the social networking apps that are now embracing photos more and more, well, it doesn’t work really so great in voice-only assistants,“ said Schiller. The same goes for games, he said, calling them the „biggest category of all“. I have yet to see any voice-only games that, for me, are nearly as fun as the one that I play on my screen. And so I think voice assistants are incredibly powerful, their intelligence is going to grow, they’re gonna do more for us, but the role of the screen is gonna remain very important to all of this.

    Schiller ended his comments on the topic by calling the dual role of voice-assistants „an interesting discussion“, especially with respect to „when each is appropriate, and what they can do in our lives“.

    It’s unclear how Schiller’s comments fit in with the recent uptick in rumors [...]


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    A reddit user has discovered what appears to be a Siri-related bug that allows access to a locked iPhone’s Cellular Data options without a passcode.

    As shown in the screenshot below, when Siri is asked to bring up Cellular Data settings (or if Cellular Data is on), an option to toggle the feature off appears on the lock screen, with no passcode required. When Siri is specifically asked to turn off Cellular Data, the personal assistant asks for a passcode first.

    Given that a passcode is required when asking Siri to disable Cellular Data, it seems that this is meant to be the default behavior and that it’s not a setting meant to be controlled from a locked iPhone.

    It’s questionable if this bug has any real impact, though, as there are other ways to disable cellular service on an iPhone that’s been stolen, including turning on Airplane Mode from Control Center or simply turning the iPhone off.

    MacRumors tested the Siri command and found that it worked on iOS 9 and all versions of iOS 10, including the most recent iOS 10.3.3 beta.

    For iPhone owners worried about unauthorized access to their iPhones, both Siri and the Control Center can be disabled on the lock screen.

    Tag: Siri

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    Messages users sending texts in iOS 11 this fall will be able to share iMessages with two all-new Screen Effects in Apple’s texting app.

    Specifically, a new „Echo“ option sends any selected piece of text to friends by multiplying the message all over the screen. The second, „Spotlight,“ puts an emphasis on your message by placing a large spotlight on the text as it’s sent over to your friend’s iOS device.

    No new Bubble Effects have been added to iOS 11, at least not in the first developer beta of the software.

    Screen Effects and Bubble Effects made their debut in iOS 10 last year, where Messages as a whole received a major overhaul thanks to the addition of the Messages App Store. On the new platform, apps have become available to download as miniature versions within Messages, including apps for payments, games, dinner reservations, and stickers.

    Messages will be getting another overhaul in iOS 11, although one that’s not as big as last year’s update. This fall, the app’s main new addition will be a redesigned App Drawer for your Messages apps, which are placed as a scrollable toolbar below the texting field. Apps should be easier to access in comparison to iOS 10’s user interface, which requires one tap to get into the App Drawer, and another to go to Recents to find the app you want.

    Check out the full MacRumors iOS 11 roundup for more features coming to Messages, including peer-to-peer payments using Apple Pay and full chat archive synchronization in iCloud, so transferring over to a new iPhone retains all of your old conversations.

    (Thanks, Koohyun Y!)

    Related Roundup: iOS 11 Tag: iMessage

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    One week after Apple introduced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at the WWDC keynote in San Jose, California, reviews for the device have begun circulating online. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro has replaced the 9.7-inch device, offering a larger display with 40 percent smaller bezels, ProMotion display technology with refresh rates of up to 120Hz, a 12-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, and more.

    In its review, TechCrunch points out that the overall impressiveness of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is largely dependent upon the device running iOS 11 — which includes an array of iPad-specific updates. Of course, the new software won’t launch until the fall, well after the 10.5-inch iPad Pro arrives to first adopters this week, but TechCrunch called it an „amazing“ iPad when it does run iOS 11, saying that, „It pays off years of setup in ways that come home when you see how well iOS 11 works.“

    Image via Engadget Even without iOS 11 the site did enjoy the new screen size, noting that it hit the sweet spot in terms of tablet form factor, and going so far as to say that Apple may decide to drop the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at some point: „I’d expect to see all iPads at 10.5 inches at some point. It’s just the right size.“ TechCrunch ultimately concluded that, with the debut of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, „the iPad is a full-fledged computer.“ Science fiction movies and books have for decades displayed tablets as the future of mid-range computing. And it makes sense. In a world of artificial intelligence, greater mobility and voice-first systems, a keyboard feels stupid and archaic.

    With the iPad Pro, especially when it’s armed with iOS 11, it’s beginning to feel possible to see Apple in this world. The combination of custom silicon, a still robust and specifically attuned software ecosystem and a focus on security, Apple has everything it needs to make a strong showing here.

    Whether it leads to future growth of the category I don’t yet know – but this particular recipe is coming to maturity. The iPad is a full-fledged computer, and you can argue against it but you’re going to increasingly sound like an idiot.

    One of Ars Technica’s favorite additions to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the device’s screen and its refresh rate, which has been bumped up from 60Hz to 120Hz. Apple calls the technology behind the refresh rate bump „ProMotion,“ and it allows for overall smoother animations and motions on the iPad’s display, creating a better user experience and reducing input lag. When the iPad doesn’t need a full 120Hz refresh rate, it can dip to as low as 24Hz, „and pretty much anywhere in between,“ in order to save battery life. As for how it is to use a 120Hz display, I can say that it’s undeniably slick and it makes animations and transitions look great; it’s also easier to read text and scroll simultaneously, since the [...]


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    New images and a video of a screen protector for the upcoming „iPhone 8“ have been posted to the Chinese social network site Weibo and shared recently by leaker Benjamin Geskin and leak aggregation site SlashLeaks. The tempered glass screen protector is said to be made for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch display, and represents a design that falls in line with current rumors for the unreleased iPhone.

    The screen protector’s bezels are noticeably thin and are the same thickness all the way around, with the exception of the front-facing cutout for the device’s camera and various sensors. Although reports have failed to largely agree upon how Apple will incorporate the iPhone 8’s front camera into a device with dramatically thinner bezels, recent renders have suggested a minor cutout for the camera, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and potentially a 3D sensing module.

    To make the cutout less noticeable, iOS could then use deep black technology provided by the new OLED screen to make the area atop the screen appear like one uninterrupted dark strip. As Geskin tweeted out over the weekend, the new tempered glass screen protector aligns nicely with his previous iPhone 8 renderings.

    #iPhone8 Render aligned with tempered glass. pic.twitter.com/OwJ2R3VxBb

    — Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) June 17, 2017

    Called the „Olixar iPhone 8 Full Cover Tempered Glass Screen Protector“ and priced at $31.99, the MobileFun description for the accessory says that it supports 3D Touch and provides edge-to-edge protection for the iPhone 8’s screen. The screen protector is also said to include a 2.5D rounded edge, supporting the rumor that the iPhone 8 will include a flat OLED display.

    In a separate image posted on SlashLeaks today, another screen protector manufacturer has leaked a picture of an iPhone 8 accessory, claiming the 5.8-inch iPhone will be dubbed the „Decade Edition.“ This name has never been mentioned in previous reports on potential name schemes for the iPhone 8, so it’s best to remain skeptical about its veracity.

    Following a report last year that Apple employees were referring to the 2017 iPhone as the „iPhone 8,“ that nomenclature has largely become the go-to title for the 5.8-inch device. More recently, Japanese site Mac Otakara has suggested that the device could be called the „iPhone Edition,“ marking the new iPhone as a higher-end device similar to the Apple Watch Edition. The „Edition“ name would furthermore differentiate it from the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus updates also expected to launch this fall.

    Related Roundup: iPhone 8

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    Home screen ads in Facebook Messenger, which have been in testing in Australia and Thailand since January, will soon roll out to all users in a beta capacity, Facebook announced in a blog post this morning.

    The Facebook Messenger home screen currently displays recent messages from friends, „Shared Days,“ Favorites, and friends who are currently online. When ads roll out, this screen will also feature tailored advertisements similar to the ads already displayed on Facebook and Instagram. Today we’re pleased to announce the global beta expansion of Messenger ads. People already spend time on Messenger interacting and conducting commerce with businesses and brands they love, and now with Messenger ads, they have an opportunity to discover experiences directly on their home tab.

    Home screen ads will join „Click to Messenger“ ads that drive customers to Messenger after clicking an ad in Facebook or Instagram, and sponsored messages, designed to let companies to send ads to users after an interaction to „re-engage.“

    According to Facebook, a „small percentage“ of people will begin to see ads on the Messenger home screen towards the end of the month as the company begins to build ad inventory. Facebook says ads will gradually be extended to additional users over the coming months as it learns from the beta experience to ensure it is „continuing to deliver the best experience.“

    Global ads will be available to a select number of advertisers starting today, and those advertisers can begin to add Messenger to their ad campaigns.

    Tags: Facebook, Facebook Messenger

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    Apple seeded the fourth beta of iOS 11 to developers this morning, bringing some of the most significant changes we’ve seen yet in an iOS 11 beta.

    A much-desired swipe feature for clearing Notifications on the Lock screen has been added, and there are also several visual tweaks to icons throughout the operating system. We’ve outlined all of the changes in both the video and the post below.

    Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. – New icons – Apple has introduced new icons for the Contacts, Notes, and Reminders app. Some of the app icons may be bugged for some people, showing certain details, like bullets for Reminders, on the wrong side of the icon. This is because Apple inverts the icons for languages that read right to left instead of left to right, and it should be fixed in a later beta.

    There’s also a new icon for Contacts in the Settings app, while the Notes and Reminders icons in Settings remain the same.

    – Notification Center – You can now swipe to the left on a Notification on the Lock screen to bring up options to clear it or view it. Tapping on view or tapping on the Notification itself also brings up a new screen that instructs you to use Touch ID to unlock your device to open the associated app.

    In addition to tapping on an icon or using the view option to open it, a Notification will also open if you slide to the right. A full slide to the left automatically clears a Notification without having to tap the clear button.

    – Settings (Capacity) – In the General section of the Settings app, when you choose „About,“ the Capacity listing now shows the total amount of storage a device possesses rather than the amount of storage available minus the size of iOS.

    – Settings (AirDrop) – In the Settings app under General, there’s now a dedicated section for AirDrop that allows it to be toggled off, set to everyone, or limited to contacts. Previously, only the Control Center could be used to change these settings.

    – Settings (Accounts & Passwords) – In the Accounts & Passwords section of the Settings app, the key icon is now vertically oriented instead of displayed horizontally.

    – WiFi icon – The WiFi icon in the upper left hand of the display that shows when you’re connected to a WiFi network has been slightly tweaked with thicker, more uniform lines.

    – App Store – There’s now an option to pull downwards to refresh the App Store’s Updates tab.

    iOS 11 beta 4 is currently limited to developers, but Apple will likely introduce the changes in a third public beta that we expect to see later this week.

    Related Roundup: iOS 11

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