Upcoming port brings CarPlay to iPhone/iPad without an external display

Upcoming port brings CarPlay to iPhone/iPad without an external display
Developer Adam Bell has published a preview of his latest project that attempts to allow CarPlay, Apple’s iOS feature usually reserved for in-car entertainment systems, to run directly on iOS devices. Bell notes in a post that the port of CarPlay running on top of SpringBoard is “buggy at the moment,” but published the video […]

Black Friday: The best iPhone, iPad, & Mac accessories on sale this weekend

Black Friday: The best iPhone, iPad, & Mac accessories on sale this weekend
Many Black Friday deals are officially going live today with others likely arriving tonight and through the weekend into Cyber Monday. We’re tracking deals for all platforms and gadgets over on 9to5Toys, but below we’ve rounded up only the best accessories for iOS devices and Mac seeing big discounts this weekend.  We’ll be adding more as they […]

Roundup: The best iPad, iPhone, Mac, iTunes, Beats, and other tech Black Friday deals

Roundup: The best iPad, iPhone, Mac, iTunes, Beats, and other tech Black Friday deals
Black Friday can be absolutely overwhelming. Every retailer is vying for your attention and money. That’s why we’ve vetted each and every major Black Friday ad to find only the very best deals. Remember, this master list was curated from pre-announced deals. We fully expect many retailers to hit us with surprise deals throughout the next week. […]

Hyper’s Black Friday: $50 off the world’s only external MacBook battery, $10 battery packs (Reg. $50), $2 iPad cases (Reg. $30), much more

Hyper’s Black Friday: $50 off the world’s only external MacBook battery, $10 battery packs (Reg. $50), $2 iPad cases (Reg. $30), much more
Hyper, the brand behind a number of popular Mac and iOS products we’ve reviewed in the past, is today offering its best deals ever for Black Friday. The sale includes big deals on external battery packs and other iOS accessories including the world’s only external MacBook battery. Some of the notables: A $10 3600 mAh […]

Looks like no Black Friday deals in European Apple Stores – just (RED) donations on Cyber Monday

Looks like no Black Friday deals in European Apple Stores – just (RED) donations on Cyber Monday
While Apple Store customers in the U.S. can look forward to gift cards on selected purchases on Black Friday, it seems European customers may be missing out. Apple last year offered its European customers discounted pricing rather than gift cards, but rumors – including from the usually reliable MacG – say that there will be neither cards nor […]

Back of iDevices set to lose ugly FCC markings as E-Label Act signed by President Obama

Back of iDevices set to lose ugly FCC markings as E-Label Act signed by President Obama
Apple’s master of minimalism Jony Ive probably hates the fact that the company is legally required to mark the back of iPhones and iPads with a bunch of regulatory stampings, but as of today the largest of them – the FCC approval symbols – will no longer be required. The E-Label Act first proposed in […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will hit iTunes trailer site tomorrow

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will hit iTunes trailer site tomorrow
Lucasfim is such a tease. After initially saying that the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens would be shown only in 30 movie theatres, the Disney-owned studio has now tweeted that it will also be shown on the iTunes trailers site tomorrow. You’ll get your chance to see how the stars of the […]

Apple premieres another new iPhone ad, this time focusing on iOS 8’s voice message feature

Apple premieres another new iPhone ad, this time focusing on iOS 8’s voice message feature
Following the release of two new iPhone ads earlier this week, Apple has put out yet another commercial for the iPhone 6. Like the others, “Voice Text” features Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and pop star Justin Timberlake discussing the newest features on Apple’s smartphone. In this ad, Fallon and Timberlake demonstrate the many uses […]

Holiday gift guide: Smart home products – get a jump on HomeKit for 2015

Holiday gift guide: Smart home products – get a jump on HomeKit for 2015
I wondered earlier this year whether Apple’s HomeKit system would bring home automation to the masses. The good news is that you don’t need to wait for HomeKit to start bringing smart home technology to your family and friends – and we’ve put together a gift guide covering some of the main products that might […]

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $225, Infinity Blade iOS Trilogy 50% off, JBL Bluetooth speaker (refurb) $29, more

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $225, Infinity Blade iOS Trilogy 50% off, JBL Bluetooth speaker (refurb) $29, more
Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 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: Pre-Black Friday iPad sales: Best Buy: Retina iPad mini & iPad mini 3 now $75 off, deals from $225 Target: get a free $100 […]

Apple Watch site refreshed to highlight Timekeeping, New Ways to Connect, and Health & Fitness

Apple Watch site refreshed to highlight Timekeeping, New Ways to Connect, and Health & Fitness
Apple has quietly refreshed its Apple Watch microsite with a few changes including more details about the upcoming wearable and newly added interactive images of the device. Previously Apple had a single ‘Features’ page for describing the functionality of the Apple Watch, but has replaced that page with expanded descriptions of the watch’s functions across the separate […]

Twitter to start tracking the apps on your iPhone

Twitter to start tracking the apps on your iPhone
  Twitter is about to get very nosey with its mobile subscribers, and if you’re among the millions of people using the company’s app on your smartphone, you’ll definitely want to listen up. The short-form social media outlet’s new app graph feature will soon start tracking which applications you have installed on your devices. This opt-out feature is being […]

Apple says iOS 8 now on 60% of iPhones and iPads

Apple says iOS 8 now on 60% of iPhones and iPads
Apple today updated its App Store Distribution data for developers to announce that iOS 8 is now installed on 60% of devices as of earlier this week. The data is collected from App Store visits on November 24 and is up from the 55% of devices iOS 8 was on when Apple last checked in […]

The best Black Friday iOS deals: Dark Knight Rises, Infinity Blade, Rayman, Mega Man, Plex, many more

The best Black Friday iOS deals: Dark Knight Rises, Infinity Blade, Rayman, Mega Man, Plex, many more
From 9to5Toys.com: With so many Black Friday deals popping up this week, we thought it would be helpful to organize a list of the most popular iOS game/app discounts into one place. Most of the discounts below will be available through Cyber Monday and into next week, but be sure to check back as we will be […]

Apple adds new LG 31-inch 4K monitor to list of supported Mac displays

Apple adds new LG 31-inch 4K monitor to list of supported Mac displays
Apple has updated its support document detailing 4K displays with Mac support to add LG’s recently announced 31-inch 4K monitor (31MU97). LG previously announced that the monitor would be Mac compatible through its Mini DisplayPort or 2 HDMI ports, but Apple notes that it will only be supported on OS X Yosemite. The other monitors […]

Skype 7.2 for Mac released w/ improved readability & fixes for crashing issues

Skype 7.2 for Mac released w/ improved readability & fixes for crashing issues
Microsoft has released the latest version of Skype for Mac with adjusted color contrast for improved readability and a long list of bug fixes. Skype 7.2 for Mac arrives less than two months after the voice calling and messaging app received a major overhaul in time for OS X Yosemite. The bug fixes mainly resolve […]

Natalie Portman latest star expected to join Steve Jobs biopic

Natalie Portman latest star expected to join Steve Jobs biopic
Lisa Brennan-Jobs & Natalie Portman Actress Natalie Portman is the latest name to be thrown in the mix of potential stars in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin. The information comes courtesy of Deadline, which reports that Portman is “in talks to join” the project in a leading role although the specific character […]

Civilization: Beyond Earth arrives today for Mac users

Civilization: Beyond Earth arrives today for Mac users
Following an announcement last month that the latest entry in the popular Civilization strategy game series would hit Mac sometime this holiday season, today Civilization: Beyond Earth has officially arrived for Mac users. The game, developed by Firaxis and brought to Mac users by Aspyr, first hit PC on October 24th. Beyond Earth offers a […]

Flexibits Black Friday sale goes live early: up to 65% off Fantastical for iOS & Mac, more

Flexibits Black Friday sale goes live early: up to 65% off Fantastical for iOS & Mac, more
Flexibits, makers of Fantastical for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, just kicked off their huge Black Friday holiday sale early with savings up to 65% off the regular price of their apps. If you haven’t already tried Fantastical, it’s my favorite calendar replacement app–especially for iPhone–with natural language input and a clear list view for finding your […]

iTunes Radio is ad-free for all & offering $5 iTunes credits today courtesy of Verizon

iTunes Radio is ad-free for all & offering $5 iTunes credits today courtesy of Verizon
iTunes Radio, Apple’s ad-supported Internet radio service, is today available with “limited interruptions” courtesy of Verizon. That means that you won’t be seeing the normal ads you’re used to on the service and instead just a message from Verizon that states, “Enjoy with limited interruptions courtesy of Verizon.” The company is also handing out $5 iTunes […]