Apple revamps Support app, adds new Discover section, topic search & more

Apple on Wednesday released an updated version of its dedicated Support app for iPhone and iPad, which launched last December, implementing a redesigned appearance and a few new features like a brand new Discover section and topic search…. Read the rest of this post here



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Snapchat unveils app redesign

Snapchat on Wednesday showed off its thoroughly redesigned mobile app, redone from the ground up and now organized around your relationships and friends…. Read the rest of this post here



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New schematics leak suggests iPhone 7 won’t get any thinner, depicts bezel-less Plus model

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Purported iPhone 7 schematics, leaked by Czech website LetemSvetem Applem, suggest that neither the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 nor its 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus counterpart may get any thinner than their present-generation iPhone 6s/Plus counterparts.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed last September that Apple’s next iPhone would be iPod touch-thin, measuring between 6-6.5mm for the 4.7-inch model…. Read the rest of this post here



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Suppliers ramping up hiring ahead of iPhone 7, which has ‘more complex’ design

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Apple’s Taiwanese suppliers have kicked off the recruiting process in preparation for an ‘iPhone 7’, CNBC reported Tuesday citing Economic Daily News. The mass-hirings have started earlier than usual because the iPhone 7 design is said to be “more complex than previous models,” which meant that Apple’s suppliers needed to start work on iPhone 7 parts earlier than on previous iterations.

Both Foxconn and Pegatron had ramped up hiring as they prepared to assemble the upcoming iPhone 7 models, ahead of their expected September release…. Read the rest of this post here



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Instagram revamps app with new icon and monochromatic interface

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Facebook-owned Instagram today announced a major new version of its iPhone app with an overhauled user interface with bigger photos and an updated Home screen app icon.

“Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form,” explains the company. In addition, they’ve updated app icons for Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse, too.

Instagram is available free of charge on the App Store…. Read the rest of this post here



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How to enable YouTube’s upcoming Material Design face lift ahead of release

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YouTube is getting Google’s Material Design refresh pretty soon and it looks pretty neat. Aside from the Upload button being replaced by the upload arrow graphics consistently used across Google’s mobile apps, you’ll notice a Material Design-inspired search field in the center.

More importantly, YouTube’s new looks include the background color on the Channel pages matching the header image, rounded icons in the sidebar, more whitespace around videos in the video player and a few other minor changes.

Chrome users can have an advance look at the upcoming refresh right now. Here’s how you can enable Material Design on YouTube ahead of its release, in just a few clicks…. Read the rest of this post here



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Overhauled Apple Music to integrate lyrics, offer a new Browse section and more

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9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has added some color to Bloomberg’s report this morning which described an upcoming overhaul of Apple Music in broad strokes. According to Gurman’s sources, the new-look Apple Music section within the stock Music app will be part of the overall iOS 10 refresh and include, among other things, lyrics integration.

The end-to-end overhaul includes ditching the colorful look in favor of a simpler, black and white design which emphasizes text. For example, the appearance of the albums view will no longer change based on the color of a particular album’s art…. Read the rest of this post here



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A more intuitive Apple Music to launch at WWDC next month

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Since its debut, Apple Music has received its fair share of criticism as fans complained about various issues, from the confusing, complicated user interface to a number of design inconsistencies. Thankfully, your prayers haven’t gone unnoticed by the powers that be at 1 Infinite Loop, California.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple is set to show off at WWDC next month a “more intuitive” version of Apple Music that should be easier to use…. Read the rest of this post here



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YouTube’s revamped Home feed is smart, too, thanks to Google’s deep neural network algorithm

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Google just said that YouTube’s mobile apps for iOS and Android are gaining a revamped homepage design today. The newly redesigned Home feed within the mobile app has a clean look and a simple format “that invites you to discover and enjoy,” said Google.

More importantly, the overhauled Home feed now does a better job spotlighting content you might be interested in with smarter recommendations based on deep neural networks and larger high-resolution video thumbnails which make it easy to identify videos you want to watch…. Read the rest of this post here



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Ultra-thin MacBooks with metal injection mold-made hinges due in second half of 2016?

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Apple is expected to revamp the rest of its notebook lineup around ultra-thin MacBook models later this summer, which poses questions regarding the future of the existing MacBook Air lineup as Apple’s thinnest notebooks. In a new report Friday, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes cited local component makers as saying that they are starting to see increasing competition for related component orders ahead of a rumored launch of “new ultra-thin MacBooks in the second half of 2016.” … Read the rest of this post here



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