iMovie Updated With 4K Support for iPad Air 2 on iOS 9.1

Apple today updated its iMovie app for iOS devices to version 2.2.1, fixing several bugs and adding 4K support for the iPad Air 2 following yesterday’s release of iOS 9.1. An iPad Air 2 running iOS 9.1 can now be used to edit and share 4K resolution videos.

iMovie first began supporting 4K video editing with the 2.2 update released in September after the launch of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The two new iPhones are the first Apple devices that are capable of capturing 4K video, and along with the iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2, they’re also the only devices that can edit 4K video.

Today’s 2.2.1 iMovie update also includes several fixes for bugs that were discovered after the major 2.2 September update.

What’s New
– Create and share movies at 4K resolution on iPad Air 2 with iOS 9.1*
– Fixes an issue that could prevent users from creating new trailers in some languages
– Resolves issues importing and removing projects from iCloud Drive
– Addresses interface issues that could appear in some right-to-left languages
– Addresses interface issues that could appear in iMovie extension for Photos
– Performance and stability improvementsiMovie supports 4K on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro

iMovie can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]



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Jony Ive on the ‘Intertwining of Fashion and Technology’ and 2016 Met Gala

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Apple would sponsor its annual 2016 Gala and Costume Institute exhibition, with Apple Design Chief Jony Ive serving as co-chair of the event.

The Gala, which takes place next year, is themed „Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,“ and while few details are available this early on, The Wall Street Journal has now shared a bit more information on what we can expect from the event following an interview with Jony Ive, Anna Wintour, and Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton.

„Manus x Machina“ is a theme that aims to combine handmade crafting techniques like lacework with automation like 3D printing to „explore the full spectrum of processes by which clothing is designed and made.“ A theme that covers the intersection of technology and fashion is a good fit for Apple, as the company debuted its first fashion item, the Apple Watch, earlier this year.

„As products become more personal, something that is worn on the wrist put us in the space of fashion,“ said Mr. Ive. He and Ms. Wintour were wearing versions of the Apple Watch Hermès, introduced this month.

„These are issues close to our hearts,“ said Mr. Ive of the intertwining of fashion and technology. „Our understanding will temper and define future products we’re working on. We’re only starting.“

At the Met Costume Institute exhibition, haute-couture garments will be paired with ready-to-wear versions to show „the equal contributions of automation and craftsmanship.“ Three dozen designers and 100 items of clothing will be featured, dating from the 1880s to now, and there will be rooms dedicated to embroidery, knitting, lacework, leatherwork, ultrasonic welding, thermo shaping, laser cutting, and 3D printing.

The annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala will be held on May 2, 2016. It’s a fund raising event that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Held in New York City, the Met Gala always attracts hundreds of well-known celebrity attendees.



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Apple Removes Some Ad Blockers From App Store for Installing Root Certificates

Apple tonight removed some ad blockers, among other apps, from the App Store for installing root certificates that would allow developers to view encrypted traffic from their users, reports iMore. In a statement provided to the publication, Apple said it was working with developers to get the apps back into the App Store.

Apple is deeply committed to protecting customer privacy and security. We’ve removed a few apps from the App Store that install root certificates which enable the monitoring of customer network data that can in turn be used to compromise SSL/TLS security solutions. We are working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk.

With iOS 9, Apple allowed developers to create content blockers that would block ads on websites in Safari. Some ad blockers were removed because they could use the installed root certificates to view customer data passing through them. However, iMore notes that the ad blockers removed from the App Store are slightly different than the content blockers Apple enabled with iOS 9.

The ad blockers removed from the App Store block ads and other content inside apps by „exposing all your private Internet traffic to the blocker,“ according to iMore. The apps are set up in a way that allows a user’s traffic to flow through the developer’s servers to perform the content blocking. One of the apps that has been removed is Been Choice, who notes that they will resubmit their app tomorrow with the necessary changes.

While Apple has enabled developers to create content blockers for Safari, it currently has no systems in place to allow developers to block content within apps.



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Apple Expanding Maps Transit Directions to Boston and Sydney

Apple today updated its iOS 9 features page to highlight two new cities where transit directions in the Maps app are now available: Sydney, Australia and Boston, Massachusetts. Sydney and Boston are the first two cities to gain transit information beyond the first wave launch cities.

Transit directions within Maps became available alongside the launch of iOS 9. The first areas that incorporated public transit information into Maps included Baltimore, Maryland; Berlin, Germany; Chicago, Illinois; London, England; Mexico City, Mexico, New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; and Toronto, Canada. Transit directions are also available within hundreds of cities in China.

Apple is planning to expand the availability of transit directions to other cities going forward, with major metropolitan areas being a priority for the company. It appears transit information in Sydney and Boston may still be rolling out as it is not yet accessible to all users in Apple Maps.

Today’s transit update follows recent news that Apple will soon shut down HopStop, the mapping company that it purchased in 2013. The HopStop service offered detailed subway, bus, train, taxi, walking and biking directions in more than 600 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and has likely played a major part in the development of the long-awaited transit feature within Apple Maps.



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ConnectSense HomeKit-Compatible Smart Outlet Available for Pre-Order

Now that HomeKit has been available for several months, additional HomeKit-connected products are beginning to trickle out. ConnectSense is the latest company to announce a launch date for HomeKit-compatible product, and its Smart Outlet was today added to Apple’s list of HomeKit products.

Priced at $79.95, the Smart Outlet plugs into an existing outlet and offers two Wi-Fi connected sockets that can be controlled independently using Siri or an accompanying ConnectSense app. Like the Elgato Eve Energy, the Smart Outlet also includes tools for monitoring the power usage of connected appliances.

As with all HomeKit devices, the Smart Outlet can be controlled with voice commands and linked to other compatible HomeKit products to create Scenes and automated timers to turn appliances on or off. The Smart Outlet also includes a 2.4A USB port for charging iPhones and iPads and two LEDs for determining the status of plugged-in devices at a glance.

Smart plugs have been one of the most popular HomeKit products thus far, and in addition to the Smart Outlet from ConnectSense and the Eve Energy from Elgato, both iDevices and iHome have released connected outlet options.

The ConnectSense website is accepting pre-orders for the Smart Outlet, but the website lists a shipping date of September. Smart Outlets do not appear to be shipping yet, but will likely be going out soon given their addition to Apple’s website.

Amazon.com is also accepting pre-orders for the ConnectSense Smart Outlet.



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Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9

Apple today stopped signing iOS 8.4.1 and the first version of iOS 9 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, meaning users can no longer upgrade or downgrade to those versions of iOS using iTunes. Apple is now signing iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2 only.

Users who have upgraded to iOS 9 are now unable to downgrade back to the last version of iOS 8, iOS 8.4.1. Released in August, iOS 8.4.1 was a minor update that included bug fixes and Apple Music improvements. iOS 8.4.1 also broke the iOS 8.4 untethered jailbreak.

iOS 9 was first released to the public on September 16, and there have been two additional updates since that time. iOS 9.0.1 was released on September 23 and iOS 9.0.2 was released on September 30.



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Apple Debuts Beats ‘Active Collection’ Headphones With New Colors for Solo2, Tour2, and Powerbeats2

Apple today updated its lineup of Solo2 Wireless, Tour2, and Powerbeats 2 Wireless headphones, adding a trio of new colors as part of a new „Active Collection.“ The Beats Tour2 In-Ear Headphones, Solo2 Wireless Headphones, and Powerbeats2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones are now available in simple primary shades of Blue, Yellow, and Red.

There are no changes to the hardware or the pricing of the three sets of headphones, and the Active Collection joins the existing range of color options for each product. Apple will likely begin offering the new Active Collection in its retail stores in the near future, and each of the three products is available immediately from the online store.

Both the Active Collection Solo2 Wireless Headphones and the Powerbeats2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones will ship out to customers immediately with next day shipping, but the Tour2 In-Ear Headphones lists a delivery date of Tuesday, September 29.

Pricing for the Active Collection starts at $129.95 for the Tour2, with the PowerBeats2 priced at $199.95 and the Solo2 priced at $299.95.



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Designer Rebecca Minkoff Debuts iPhone-Charging Wallet and New Apple Watch Bands

As New York Fashion Week gets underway, designer Rebecca Minkoff has debuted a new set of fashion-focused tech accessories for Apple’s iPhones and Apple Watch. The fashion brand teamed up with accessory maker Case-Mate to create the new line of products (via Mashable).

Minkoff debuted a trio of new Apple Watch bands retailing from $80 to $100. The first band is a snakeskin leather band, the second is a leather double wrap and the third is a traditional leather band with designs etched into it.

The fashion brand also debuted a set of phone-charging wallets and wristlets, which Minkoff says will provide two and half full charges for iPhone. The first is a charging wristlet folio that retails for $120 that’ll come in black, cobalt and almond. The second is a fringe cross body that retails for $100 and works with both iPhone 6 / 6s and 6 / 6s Plus.

All of the new accessories will launch tomorrow, September 12 on Case-Mate.com and RebeccaMinkoff.com.



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Logitech Debuts First Third-Party Keyboard Case for iPad Pro

Earlier today Apple announced its long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro at its „Hey Siri“ special event. The new iPad model was introduced alongside a new Microsoft Surface-like Smart Keyboard, which connects to the iPad Pro via the three-dot Smart Connector. Now, Logitech has announced its own keyboard case for the iPad Pro, making it the first third-party manufacturer to produce an accessory for the Smart Connector.

We’re excited to introduce the Logitech® CREATE Keyboard Case for iPad Pro, developed closely with Apple to leverage the new Smart Connector™, eliminating the need to power on, set up or charge the keyboard – it is always ready when you are.

The keyboard’s ability to utilize the Smart Connector allows it to automatically power on and pair with the iPad Pro as soon as its connected because the Smart Connector allows facilitates both data and power transfers. This lets the user avoid having to pair their device via a Bluetooth set-up process or worry about charging the keyboard or swapping out its batteries.

While Logitech and Apple developed the keyboard together because of the Smart Connector, it’s unknown whether other manufacturers will also get the opportunity to develop keyboard cases that take advantage of Apple’s new connection port.

The keys of the CREATE keyboard case are full-sized, allowing users to easily adjust from similarly-sized laptop keyboards and do the work they need. It’s also built with a „tightly-woven premium fabric“ that Logitech says helps resist accidental bumps, spills and scratches.

The CREATE Keyboard Case will be available for purchase alongside the iPad Pro, which will launch in November. It’s unknown how much the CREATE Keyboard Case will retail for.



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Apple Discontinues Gold Color Options for Older iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and 5s

Customers who want to purchase an iPhone with a gold finish will need to purchase either the new iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus as Apple has discontinued gold finishes for all other iPhone models, including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and 5s.

Going forward, the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and 5s will only be available for purchase in Space Gray or Silver, reserving the Gold and Rose Gold colors for the company’s new flagship iPhones. Apple has confirmed to The Verge that the gold color options are no longer available for older iPhones.

With the launch of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has dropped the prices on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s by $100. The iPhone 6 now starts at $549 for the 16GB model, while the iPhone 6s starts at $649. The two iPhones are also no longer sold in 128GB capacities.

The iPhone 5s is also still available for sale as Apple’s low-priced iPhone option, purchasable in a 16GB configuration for $0 with a two-year contract or $49 for 32GB. With the iPhone 5s representing the lower-end of the iPhone lineup, the colorful iPhone 5c has been discontinued.



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