The Logic Pros: TE’s new pocket-sized synths & how to sync them up with your Mac

The Logic Pros: TE’s new pocket-sized synths & how to sync them up with your Mac
This is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email. Teenage Engineering, best known […]

Review: Griffin’s WatchStand is a tall, cheap way to dual-dock your Apple Watch and iPhone

Review: Griffin’s WatchStand is a tall, cheap way to dual-dock your Apple Watch and iPhone
I respect any accessory developer who attempts to solve a legitimate problem, and admire developers who find smart ways to solve multiple problems simultaneously. Unlike many competing Apple Watch stands, Griffin Technology’s new WatchStand thinks past the initial challenge of mounting your watch, and also includes a place for your iPhone to rest on your nightstand. As you’ll see in […]

Review: Kanex USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter solves the WiFi dead zone problem for the 12-inch MacBook

Review: Kanex USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter solves the WiFi dead zone problem for the 12-inch MacBook
Adapters for adding thicker ports are nothing new for Apple’s modern line of notebooks. Even the high-end Retina MacBook Pro decidedly excludes a direct Ethernet connection, and Apple’s MacBook Air and new ultrathin 12-inch MacBook are especially too thin for a wired connection to the Internet without relying on an adapter in the middle. While modern WiFi […]

Gold Apple Watch Editions arrive for regular customers with new box, booklet, gold pairing screen [Gallery, Video]

Gold Apple Watch Editions arrive for regular customers with new box, booklet, gold pairing screen [Gallery, Video]
Nearly a month after the Apple Watch officially went on sale, gold Edition models have begun arriving for non-celebrity customers who placed the earliest online orders. As expected, the Apple Watch Edition’s white external packaging is nearly identical to the cardboard box for the stainless steel Apple Watch, save for the box noting the color […]

Chromecast iOS app updated w/ interface tweaks, backdrop enhancements, more

Chromecast iOS app updated w/ interface tweaks, backdrop enhancements, more
The companion app to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle received an update today with a handful of improvements and changes. Bumping the app to version 1.11.4116, the update brings several interface tweaks. First off, the devices view of the app has been redesigned with a card-like interface. The devices screen also now lists what backdrop is currently […]

Geek Watch brings the classic Casio calculator interface to Apple Watch

Geek Watch brings the classic Casio calculator interface to Apple Watch
We’ve already seen a couple of useful calculator apps for the Apple Watch, but the most recent one, released today, arguably has the coolest interface of them all. Geek Watch takes the design and interface of the classic Casio calculator watch and puts it on the Apple Watch. As you can see in the screenshots above, […]

Reading Roundup: Everything to know (so far) about iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

Reading Roundup: Everything to know (so far) about iOS 9 and OS X 10.11
Over the past week, we’ve published several articles detailing the future of iOS (the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch’s operating system), OS X (the Mac’s operating system), and Watch OS (the software that runs on the Apple Watch). With the long weekend ahead, we’ve decided to put together a roundup of all of our published […]

Apple Maps adds new data providers including NavAds and Yellow Pages Turkey

Apple Maps adds new data providers including NavAds and Yellow Pages Turkey
While TomTom continues to top Apple’s list of data providers for the backend of its Maps service, a few new additions have recently joined the list of contributors supplying information to Apple Maps. New sources providing business listing data per Apple’s acknowledgement page include E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely […]

Review: Mophie’s Watch Dock elevates your Apple Watch with jewelry store-quality metal and leather

Review: Mophie’s Watch Dock elevates your Apple Watch with jewelry store-quality metal and leather
As I noted in yesterday’s review of the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, I wasn’t initially certain that the Apple Watch needed a dock, but actually using a Watch changed my mind: just as the Apple Watch Edition’s custom charging cases hinted, it’s best to keep metal or metal-accented Watch bands from rubbing against nightstands during charging, and even Apple’s […]

Anker unveils line of 12-inch MacBook compatible cables including USB-C to Lightning

Anker unveils line of 12-inch MacBook compatible cables including USB-C to Lightning
Popular accessory maker Anker has shown off its upcoming lineup of USB-C cables and adapters including USB-C to USB 2.0, 3.0, and USB-C solutions. Especially interesting for 12-inch MacBook users is Anker’s USB-C to Lightning cable — the first that I’ve seen from a reputable vendor — which will allow users to connect iPhones, iPads, and […]

Take a look at the next major redesign of Spotify’s iOS app

Take a look at the next major redesign of Spotify’s iOS app
Spotify announced yesterday that it would be redesigning its iOS application with support for new features like original video clips and podcasts. A few glimpses of the updated version of the music streaming app were shown off during the announcement, but today a tipster has supplied us with a collection of screenshots from a beta build of […]

Mark Gurman talks to CNBC about the iPad’s future, iOS 9, and WWDC

Mark Gurman talks to CNBC about the iPad’s future, iOS 9, and WWDC
Mark discussing his recent scoops including split-screen apps and the upcoming 12-inch iPad on CNBC today following this week’s exclusives on the Apple Watch’s San Francisco font coming to iOS and OS X, Apple’s plans for a ‘Home’ app to manage HomeKit on iOS, Apple Maps transit and indoor mapping plans, and features coming to iOS 9 and […]

9to5Toys Last Call: high-end 5K iMac $2,100 or $2,050 w/ .edu, iPhone car mount $7, $1 app deals, more

9to5Toys Last Call: high-end 5K iMac $2,100 or $2,050 w/ .edu, iPhone car mount $7, $1 app deals, more
Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Last Call Updates: NBA Jam for iOS goes free for a limited time thanks to IGN This origami style kayak unfolds and has you […]

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bring ‘quality’ focus, smaller apps, Rootless security, legacy iPhone/iPad support

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bring ‘quality’ focus, smaller apps, Rootless security, legacy iPhone/iPad support
For the first time in several years, Apple is changing up its annual iOS and OS X upgrade cycle by limiting new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s operating system development plans. We first reported in February that iOS 9, codenamed “Monarch,” would heavily feature under-the-hood optimizations, […]

Instacast podcast player adds Apple Watch app w/ Glance & actionable notifications

Instacast podcast player adds Apple Watch app w/ Glance & actionable notifications
Now you can start playing 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast from your Apple Watch Watch OS 1.0 (and 1.0.1) decidedly omits certain iPhone apps like Podcasts and Reminders from the Apple Watch, leaving third-party apps to fill these spaces for users. Today a new version of Instacast for iPhone was released, adding an Apple Watch app […]

Apple Watch sales started with a bang, tailed off into a whimper, shopping tracking firm says

Apple Watch sales started with a bang, tailed off into a whimper, shopping tracking firm says
Slice Intelligence, which monitors purchase receipts in the email inboxes of a panel of two million online shoppers, has published a chart showing that the majority of Apple Watch orders were placed on the first day of pre-orders, and have since fallen to far smaller numbers than some analysts have predicted. Quartz tech editor Dan Frommer […]

Apple reportedly wants to include live local programming in TV bundle, reveal next month unlikely

Apple reportedly wants to include live local programming in TV bundle, reveal next month unlikely
The timing for the launch of Apple’s planned web-based TV service may depend on if and when the company can secure the rights to include content from local TV stations, Re/code reports. While Apple has been believed to be working on service that bundles access to a handful of channels delivered over the Internet, the new report […]

Apple reportedly wants to include live local programming in TV bundle, reveal next month unlikely

Apple reportedly wants to include live local programming in TV bundle, reveal next month unlikely
The timing for the launch of Apple’s planned web-based TV service may depend on if and when the company can secure the rights to include content from local TV stations, Re/code reports. While Apple has been believed to be working on service that bundles access to a handful of channels delivered over the Internet, the new report […]

Update to Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 leading to less frequent heart rate monitoring

Update to Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 leading to less frequent heart rate monitoring
Apple’s update to Watch OS 1.0.1 was intended to improve the performance of several fitness-related functions, but also appears to have introduced a bug. Instead of the Apple Watch recording your heart rate every ten minutes, many users – including myself – are seeing large gaps in the data. My readings for yesterday afternoon and evening, shown […]

Police show photo of iPhone 5c they say saved gunshot victim’s life

Police show photo of iPhone 5c they say saved gunshot victim’s life
An iPhone 5c saved the life of a 25-year-old gunshot victim, according to British police (via Business Insider). The victim, who has not been named, was shot at close range with a shotgun and suffered serious abdominal injuries, but survived thanks to the iPhone 5c in his pocket taking the main force. Detective Inspector Gary […]