The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

I have written before, and will likely write again, about the frustrations of Apple’s MacBook Pros, which only offer USB-C ports. That’s why I’m almost mad to see something like the PowerUp, a new USB-C charger for Apple’s MacBook Pros (or anything, really) that is so obviously clever it’s annoying that it’s a third-party solution and not the in-box charger.

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Drag and drop on iOS is more powerful than it’s ever been on the desktop

Drag and drop on iOS is more powerful than it's ever been on the desktop

Drag and drop on iOS is more powerful than it’s ever been on the desktop

My first reaction to Apple’s WWDC announcement of iOS drag and drop was basically, “Lol welcome to three decades ago.” But after watching a more in-depth technical explanation of the technology at Apple’s follow-up Platforms State of the Union, I’m starting to wonder if Apple has a new “pinch to zoom” on its hands: a technology that doesn’t just allow for multitouch devices to compete with point-and-click desktop experiences, but in a way, it surpasses them.

iOS’s drag and drop from a user’s perspective is fairly simple. You press and hold on an object, and it’s pinned to your finger. Then you drag the item to wherever you want it to go, and release. On an iPhone, your drop destination is limited to elsewhere in the same app, but on the iPad you can drag an item down to the new universal dock in iOS 11, jump to the app switcher view and switch apps, or hover over an app that’s already open in splitscreen, all while holding on to your original selection.

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iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 isn’t coming out until this fall, but Apple had the preview loaded up on its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro today for members of the press to check out. I got to the play with the operating system for a few minutes while handling the tablet, and what stands out the most is just how complicated it’s starting to feel — but in a way that shows the platform is evolving, not getting harder to use.

The biggest updates in iOS 11 are on the iPad. And for once, iOS is taking hints from macOS, instead of the other way around.

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Here are some more ways to bring MagSafe charging back to your USB-C MacBook Pro

Here are some more ways to bring MagSafe charging back to your USB-C MacBook Pro

Here are some more ways to bring MagSafe charging back to your USB-C MacBook Pro

One of the subtler design changes in Apple’s recent MacBook and MacBook Pro models was the replacement of Apple’s magnetically detaching MagSafe charger with standard USB-C ports for charging the laptops. In the past, Apple has made no secret of its efforts to enforce its MagSafe patents, so it was a little surprising to see them switch to USB-C. And the jury is still out as to whether or not that was the right move. In the time since the 12-inch MacBook launched in 2015 — and particularly in the wake of the more recent USB-C MacBook Pros from last year — there have been no shortage of enterprising companies looking to fill the magnetic charging void that Apple has left on its laptop.

We’ve covered a bunch of these in the past: Griffin’s BreakSafe cable, which was one of the first to reach the market; the MagNeo, which was the first to offer charging and data; the AnyWatt dongle, a Kickstarter campaign that promises to let you use your old MagSafe chargers with your new MacBook; and even Apple is rumored to be working on a solution of some kind.

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iOS 11 lets you send and receive money via iMessage with Apple Pay

iOS 11 lets you send and receive money via iMessage with Apple Pay

iOS 11 lets you send and receive money via iMessage with Apple Pay

Apple just announced onstage at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference that Apple Pay is getting person-to-person payments. The feature will come in iOS 11, which was announced onstage, and will be available later this year.

It’s an obvious swipe at the part of the payments market that apps like Venmo, PayPal, and Square Cash have cornered. But there’s a catch — P2P payments with Apple Pay will live inside iMessage, and it’s unclear if Apple will let users perform them outside of its messaging app. Also, the money will be transferred to something called an “Apple Pay Cash Card,” which can then be sent to your bank account. That means Apple is not only coming for the Venmos of the world, but maybe the banks themselves.

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Apple now offering iMac Pro for in-store pickup

Apple now offering iMac Pro for in-store pickup

Apple now offering iMac Pro for in-store pickup

Apple is now offering the iMac Pro for in-store pickup at many of its locations in the US and other countries, as spotted by MacRumors. The high-end all-in-one went on sale earlier this month and initial orders began shipping last week. Now that those are out, Apple appears to have stocked many of its retail stores with the computer’s default configuration. I can’t imagine how many people want to walk into a store, drop $5,000 on an iMac, and walk out carrying it, but you now have that opportunity.

The downside here is that it’s not at all customizable if you want to walk right out of the store with it — any changes to the base configuration, and you’ll have to wait at least a week. And given that this is a very-high-end, very expensive machine, it seems likely that a lot of buyers will want to customize it. You can’t even swap the space gray mouse out for a space gray trackpad without waiting an extra two weeks.

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Apple watchOS 4 will arrive this fall with new watchfaces, fitness tracking features

Apple watchOS 4 will arrive this fall with new watchfaces, fitness tracking features

Apple watchOS 4 will arrive this fall with new watchfaces, fitness tracking features

Apple has just announced that watchOS 4, the next version of its smartwatch platform, will be arriving later this fall. It includes new features for watchfaces, such as complications updating based on time of day or location, and a new Siri-based watchface. The Siri watchface uses machine learning to determine what information is most useful to you at a given point in time. That information can include flight boarding passes, time of sunset, or smart home control.

In addition, Apple has developed a kaleidoscope watchface and new character faces to join the Mickey and Minnie Mouse options already available. The new characters include Woody, Jesse, and Buzz from the Toy Story movie franchise.

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Apple Music’s latest personalized playlist is perfect for chill Sundays

Apple Music’s latest personalized playlist is perfect for chill Sundays

Apple Music’s latest personalized playlist is perfect for chill Sundays

Apple Music already has a pair of personalized playlists in My New Music Mix and My Favorites Mix, and now it’s launching a third to help you chill out in these trying times. Its latest personalized playlist, aptly titled My Chill Mix, will give you 25 tracks of chill vibes based on your listening habits, which is updated every Sunday.


My list had some hits (Beyoncé, Solange, Jhene Aiko) and definitely a few misses (Immature, B2K), but overall it was a good playlist for the first try. We’ll see how Apple Music refines the list week by week — the true test of any personalized playlist.

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Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

Today, Apple started selling an unlocked, SIM-free model of the iPhone X through its website, Apple Store app, and retail locations. The unlocked version of the handset, which starts at $999, was previously only available if you bought it through Verizon or Best Buy, which charged a $100 premium over financed carrier versions of the phone until consumer backlash pushed the retailer to pull the product entirely.

Now, if you find the iPhone X on Apple’s website, you’ll have the option to buy either a GSM or CDMA version of the phone that works with either AT&T and T-Mobile or Verizon and Sprint. The new option, listed under SIM-free, let’s you purchase the iPhone X unlocked, meaning you can freely bring it to any carrier or use it with a prepaid SIM card.

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iPhone X iFixit teardown exposes Face ID, reveals two battery cells

iPhone X iFixit teardown exposes Face ID, reveals two battery cells

iPhone X iFixit teardown exposes Face ID, reveals two battery cells

iFixit teardowns have been synonymous with iPhone launches, and today’s iPhone X teardown reveals how Apple has completely revamped the phone’s innards, figuring new ways to pack more features inside its very slim body.

The teardown reveals some surprises, including two battery cells in the iPhone X (a first in any iPhone model). The combined battery has a 2,716mAh capacity, which is slightly bigger than the battery found in the 8 Plus, which is 2,691mAh. iFixit says the iPhone X’s dual-cell battery design is more about saving space rather than changing the capacity of the battery itself. The two-cell design allows for more “creative shapes and placement,” and so Apple is able to take better advantage of leftover space.

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