Latest Apple app news

How to download a copy of all the data Apple collects on you
How to download a copy of all the data Apple collects on you By Elyse Betters

If you're anything like us at Pocket-lint, you're now super aware of the amount of data you give companies, like Apple.Whether it's granting full-on access to your social profiles, or casually leaving a trail of metadata, like when and who you messaged... Read more

Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year
Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year By Elyse Betters

Apple could get into the financial business, according to a new report.The Cupertino-based company is reportedly in the process of releasing a credit card. This new initiative would be part of a partnership with investment bank Goldman Sachs, The Wall... Read more

Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app
Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app By Elyse Betters

Apple is expected to add a new capability to its TV app this year.According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple wants to copy Amazon by offering customers the ability to subscribe to video streaming services from its TV app. Currently, customers... Read more

All future iOS apps must support iPhone X's Super Retina display
All future iOS apps must support iPhone X's Super Retina display By Max Langridge

Apple has used its official app developer portal to announce that all future apps, whether new ones or updates, must use the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of the iPhone X, from July 2018.  iPhone XI, iPhone 11 or iPhone X2: What's... Read more

Apple Pay users have doubled over the last year
Apple Pay users have doubled over the last year By Dan Grabham

Financial results are boring, but Apple’s tend to reveal some really interesting facts about the company, the way it works and the high level of success it enjoys as it manages to make cash where others fail to profit. Or, at least, most others fail... Read more

Apple has a UK silicon design team - and has opened its doors to inspire kids
Apple has a UK silicon design team - and has opened its doors to inspire kids By Dan Grabham

Apple invited a bunch of UK schoolchildren to meet its engineers – and so confirmed that it does have a UK-based team working on the chips that power our iPhones.The chips inside almost all smartphones have a British heritage of course – most are... Read more

Apple might launch a subscription news service within the next year
Apple might launch a subscription news service within the next year By Elyse Betters

Apple wants you to pay it for access to news, according to a new report.Bloomberg reported that Apple’s recent acquisition of Texture, which has been called the "Netflix of magazines", was all part of a plan, in which Apple is attempting to create... Read more

Apple Watch might soon have access to third-party watch faces
Apple Watch might soon have access to third-party watch faces By Elyse Betters

Raise your hand if you don't want Mickey Mouse on your Apple Watch.Apple's smartwatch is a few years old at this point, and yet, it still doesn't support third-party watch faces. In other words, developers aren't allowed to create their own watch face... Read more

How to blacklist news sources in Apple News on iOS devices
How to blacklist news sources in Apple News on iOS devices By Elyse Betters

Apple's News app for iOS devices shows a tonne of publications by default, some of which you may hate.If you're like us and wish you could mute - or blacklist, so to speak - certain publications, you'll be glad to know it's really easy. So, if you're... Read more

Apple Animoji: How to use those new animated emoji for iPhone X
Apple Animoji: How to use those new animated emoji for iPhone X By Elyse Betters

Apple has released new Animoji, via an update to iOS 11.Apple's Animoji are custom, animated versions of popular emoji characters. The feature, which initially debuted last autumn, uses the new Face ID facial-recognition system - currently exclusive to... Read more

Apple Business Chat in iOS 11.3: What is it and how does it work?
Apple Business Chat in iOS 11.3: What is it and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Apple has added major new feature to its Messages app.Last summer, a new section on Apple's Developer site popped up. It outlined an upcoming feature, Business Chat, although Apple didn't directly announce it during WWDC 2017. From what we could tell... Read more

Wembley Stadium now offers contactless ticketing through Wallet for Apple Watch and iPhone
Wembley Stadium now offers contactless ticketing through Wallet for Apple Watch and iPhone By Rik Henderson

Apple and Wembley Stadium have joined forces to offer contactless ticketing for any sporting or entertainment event held at the venue.You can have you ticket stored in Apple's Wallet app on Apple Watch and iPhone and simply tap it at the turnstile for... Read more

Watch that creepy girl from The Ring crawl out from a TV in AR
Watch that creepy girl from The Ring crawl out from a TV in AR By Elyse Betters

Apple's ARKit is giving developers the opportunity to create some really cool - and creepy - experiences.Thanks to the augmented reality platform, which launched last year, more and more AR-enabled apps are popping up. We've seen several demos of these... Read more

What is Siri? Apple's personal voice assistant explained
What is Siri? Apple's personal voice assistant explained By Britta O'Boyle

Siri is Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant and she, or he, has been around for several years now.The assistant first appeared on the iPhone 4S and it was described by Apple as the best thing on the iPhone during the launch presentation. As well... Read more

65 funny things to ask Siri for a good giggle
65 funny things to ask Siri for a good giggle By Britta O'Boyle

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you've probably met Siri, Apple's voice assistant. He is an interesting little fellow, sometimes useful, sometimes funny and other times, a sarcastic little so and so.To most questions you'll get a standard... Read more

What is Apple Pay Cash, how does it work, and when can you use it?
What is Apple Pay Cash, how does it work, and when can you use it? By Elyse Betters

Apple Pay Cash is technically part of Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system, but it lives in Apple's iMessage app.And all the money you receive via Apple Pay Cash will live on a virtual card called Apple Pay Cash card, which exists within Wallet, Apple's... Read more

What is Apple Music and how does it work?
What is Apple Music and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Apple Music is a subscription-based music streaming service.It's packed with features, including offline listening for when you're not connected, and it combines all your music in one place -  even songs ripped from a CD. Apple Music also offers up radio... Read more

New Year Playlist: Tips for making the ultimate streaming playlist using Spotify, Apple Music, and more
New Year Playlist: Tips for making the ultimate streaming playlist using Spotify, Apple Music, and more By Elyse Betters

It's that time of year when rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party has ended and we prepare for another bash to bring in the New Year.You may already be getting a little sick of the constant Christmas repeats. And is it cool to keep... Read more

Apple might merge iOS and MacOS apps starting next year
Apple might merge iOS and MacOS apps starting next year By Elyse Betters

Apple must like Microsoft's "universal apps" approach, because it's apparently doing the same thing.The company might finally begin to merge iOS and MacOS apps sometime next year by allowing developers create a single app that will run across both operating... Read more

Deezer Songcatcher takes on Apple's Shazam, helps you find songs in-app
Deezer Songcatcher takes on Apple's Shazam, helps you find songs in-app By Rik Henderson

It seems that app-based song recognition is a hot topic at the moment. Not only has Apple's acquisition of Shazam rocked the market of late, Deezer has announced its own intelligent track gathering service.In some ways, it sounds like a tidier solution... Read more

Indoor Maps for Apple Maps: What are they and how can you use them?
Indoor Maps for Apple Maps: What are they and how can you use them? By David Phelan

In the last couple of days, Apple has added indoor maps for airports and shopping malls in the UK. We've been give exclusive backstage access at London's Heathrow Airport to find out what it can mean for your air travel.It's a timely release, too: 15... Read more

Apple buys music recognition app Shazam for $400 million
Apple buys music recognition app Shazam for $400 million By Max Langridge

Apple has acquired Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, in a deal allegedly worth $400 million (around £300 million). Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference? Apple has made an official statement... Read more

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available?
Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Apple's TV app is the replacement for its decade old Video app and can be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The TV app, originally available in the US, now now available in the UK and essentially adds universal search to Apple TV and iOS devices... Read more

iPhone users to get chance to recreate A-ha's Take On Me video in their living rooms
iPhone users to get chance to recreate A-ha's Take On Me video in their living rooms By Rik Henderson

Ever since Apple announced ARKit we've seen plenty of excellent examples of what it can do. Augmented reality applications are set to come at us thick and fast in the coming months.There's one that will particularly appeal to anyone who was around in... Read more

Apple 3D Touch tips and tricks: Get the most out of the your iPhone
Apple 3D Touch tips and tricks: Get the most out of the your iPhone By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's pressure sensitive display technology, called 3D Touch adds a vast array of options to the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.Thanks to the technology, the displays on board the newer iPhones don't just recognise gestures like tap,... Read more

Apple App Store completely redesigned with new daily recommendations
Apple App Store completely redesigned with new daily recommendations By Rik Henderson

Apple has announced that it is redesigning the App Store as part of iOS 11, to be released later this year.It has a cleaner, simpler look on phone with separate Music app-style tabs separating content.There is an all-new Today tab, which shows new games... Read more

iOS 11 has a raft of new features, Siri gets new voice and more
iOS 11 has a raft of new features, Siri gets new voice and more By Rik Henderson

Apple has announced the new version of iOS, expected for release in September.iOS 11 comes with a raft of new features, which were unveiled during the company's WWDC 17 keynote in San Jose.iMessages are now stored as part of iCloud, so they sync across... Read more

Apple confirms it will hold its WWDC 2017 opening keynote on 5 June
Apple confirms it will hold its WWDC 2017 opening keynote on 5 June By Elyse Betters

Apple has officially invited the press to attend its opening keynote at the annual World Wide Developer Conference.The keynote will be held on 5 June at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. It is scheduled to start at 1 pm ET/10 am PT.... Read more

You can now book restaurants through Bookatable directly in Apple Maps
You can now book restaurants through Bookatable directly in Apple Maps By Rik Henderson

Since its rocky launch several years ago Apple Maps has come on leaps and bounds. It has added new features and updates regularly and the latest version of the application is almost unrecognisable from the version launched in 2012.One new addition is... Read more

Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork are now free for everyone
Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork are now free for everyone By Elyse Betters

Apple has made three of its biggest software packages completely free.You can now grab GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) for your Mac or iOS device without having to pay a thing. The Cupertino-based company has permanently tossed... Read more

What is Apple Clips and how does it work?
What is Apple Clips and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

If you haven't noticed yet, the most popular apps right now, including Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, are all about video.Apple has likely noticed this trend, so it's announcing a new app that it made: Clips. In a press release, the California-based... Read more

Apple Music 2.0 on Android: Here's what your phone can do now
Apple Music 2.0 on Android: Here's what your phone can do now By Rik Henderson

Apple has finally updated its Android Apple Music app, bringing its feature set to parity with the iOS 10 version.Apple Music 2.0 has had a facelift and gains several new abilities, so Android phone owners now have a valid competitor to other big music... Read more

What is Apple iCloud Drive and how does it work?
What is Apple iCloud Drive and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

If you want to know what exactly Apple's iCloud Drive is and does, you've come to the right place.Apple is great with hardware and software interfaces, but as you likely know, it’s stumbled a bit in the past when it comes to cloud storage, photo management,... Read more

App Store app prices set to rise 25 per cent following Brexit
App Store app prices set to rise 25 per cent following Brexit By Max Langridge

Apps in Apple's App Store are going to rise in price by 25 percent following the UK's decision to leave the EU. All price tiers will be affected, meaning a 79p app will now cost 99p and £1.49 apps will rise to £1.79. Even Super Mario Run, which at £7.99... Read more

Apple Pay unlimited: Where can you use your iPhone or Watch to pay more than £30?
Apple Pay unlimited: Where can you use your iPhone or Watch to pay more than £30? By Stuart Miles

Contactless payments have pretty much become the norm and services like Apple Pay and Android Pay have started to become part of everyday life. Unlike when they first launched though, recent updates have meant over half of contactless payment terminals... Read more

You now have another way to play Minecraft - on the Apple TV
You now have another way to play Minecraft - on the Apple TV By Elyse Betters

Minecraft is available everywhere - every platform, every device - including the latest Apple TV set-top box.The Apple TV edition of Minecraft has just launched. It doesn't come with multiplayer Minecraft Realms or Xbox Live support, but those features... Read more

Apple Maps iOS 10 update adds live public transport information for the whole of Britain
Apple Maps iOS 10 update adds live public transport information for the whole of Britain By Rik Henderson

Apple has updated Apple Maps with a new look for its Transit mode, several new features and new tranport options for several new cities, including details for the whole of Great Britain.Transit shows transport route options for journeys up and down the... Read more

Apple's new Support app: How does it work and where is it available?
Apple's new Support app: How does it work and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Sometimes you just need a little help - or, should we say, support. We've all been there: you're playing on your iPhone or Mac or iPad or iWatch, and then something happens that you can't explain. Maybe your device has been bricked, rendered unusable,... Read more

Swift Playgrounds shows how anyone can learn to code
Swift Playgrounds shows how anyone can learn to code By Cam Bunton

In June 2014 at its WWDC event keynote in San Francisco, Apple introduced a new coding language called Swift. The idea was to make coding easier, less frustrating and to offer you a real-time look at what your code actually meant. Swift Playgrounds, launched... Read more

Apple iCloud Calendar spam: What's going on and is there a fix?
Apple iCloud Calendar spam: What's going on and is there a fix? By Elyse Betters

Spam is not unique to email. You can get spammy iCloud Calendar invites, too.Lately, there has been a massive spike in spam iCloud Calendar invites, according to several reports as well as users on Twitter. It's reached the point to where Apple has announced... Read more

Apple's new TV app for Apple TV and iOS puts all your content in one place
Apple's new TV app for Apple TV and iOS puts all your content in one place By Elyse Betters

Apple is holding its Hello Again hardware event in San Francisco, CA, where it has just unveiled a new Apple TV app.Called TV app, naturally, the app is basically a way for Apple TV to offer universal search. CEO Tim Cook, while on stage, said Apple wants... Read more

You can't search ‘butt’ in iMessage now because it shows MLP porn
You can't search ‘butt’ in iMessage now because it shows MLP porn By Elyse Betters

Porn and My Little Pony should never go together. Like, ever.When Apple released iOS 10 to the public this week, it introduced a new iMessage app with the built-in ability to search GIFs. There were many third-party keyboards available previously that... Read more

iMessage apps: Which should you download first and how to install them?
iMessage apps: Which should you download first and how to install them? By Britta O'Boyle

Apple made a number of changes in iOS 10, with one of the main overhauls appearing in its Messages app.The app now offers multiple methods of inputting iMessages from handwritten notes to the Apple Watch's Digital Touch feature. Users are also able to... Read more

iOS 10 Messages explained: What's new and how to use it
iOS 10 Messages explained: What's new and how to use it By Cam Bunton

As part of its major iOS 10 update, Apple launched a brand new Messages app. While previous years have seen the app slowly evolving to be more capable, this year’s revolution brings with it a huge change in focus. Instead of an ageing - but necessary... Read more

Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7
Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7 By Chris Hall

Apple has announced not only new colours for its new iPhone 7 models, but a new finish. Moving on from the standard matte anodised finish that Apple has used from the iPhone 6, the Jet Black model takes on something of a premium position.The Jet Black... Read more

Apple adds 2TB iCloud tier: Here's what it costs and how to get it
Apple adds 2TB iCloud tier: Here's what it costs and how to get it By Elyse Betters

Apple has introduced a new storage tier for iCloud.While the previous high-end tier capped out at 1TB, the Cupertino, CA-based company has extended how much stuff you can save to its cloud storage service to 2TB. Here's everything you need to know, including... Read more

Apple plans to focus on social by making a Snapchat-like video app
Apple plans to focus on social by making a Snapchat-like video app By Elyse Betters

Apple is getting into social networking again, but this time it's not about music. Instead, it's developing a video-sharing and editing app for iPhone and iPad.According to Bloomberg, Apple wants to integrate social networking within its mobile products,... Read more

Apple wants to invest in augmented reality after Pokemon Go success
Apple wants to invest in augmented reality after Pokemon Go success By Elyse Betters

Tim Cook can't correctly pronounce Pokemon, but nevertheless, he thinks the franchise's latest app shows "AR can be really great".During Apple's second quarter earnings conference call on 26 July, the chief executive continually referred to Pokemon as... Read more

iOS 10 changes how you unlock iPhone - here’s how to switch it back
iOS 10 changes how you unlock iPhone - here’s how to switch it back By Elyse Betters

This is exactly why Apple lets you test unfinished versions of iOS updates.A couple of weeks ago, iOS 10, Apple's next major update to iOS, became available as a public beta, allowing intrepid iPhone/iPad owners to sample the software and give feedback.... Read more