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Apple Is Releasing New iPhone Software Today: Here’s How to Find Out if Your Apps Will Still Work

September 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Later today, Apple will release iOS 11, the latest iteration of the software on its iPhones and iPads. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s new, and what to look out for as you update: What’s new New control center. Apple completely redesigned the control center in iOS 11, which is...

New Phones, Apple Watches, and More: What to Expect at Apple’s iPhone 10th-Anniversary Event

September 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Next Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10am US Pacific time (1pm US Eastern), the lights will rise for the first time in the new Steve Jobs Theater, nestled beside the giant metallic donut that is Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California. We will be introduced, most likely, to the 10th installment...

Since the iPhone Launched, Apple Has Made as Much as Microsoft and Alphabet Combined

August 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow iPhones are a great business. Since its debut a decade ago, Apple has made as much money as Microsoft—a company against whom it fought for the hearts and minds of computer owners for decades—and Alphabet—who former Apple CEO Steve Jobs launched a “thermonuclear war” against after it launched a competing...

Facebook Is Reportedly Working on Hardware to Take on the Amazon Echo and Google Home

August 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Hey Facebook, how many likes did my witty post about Trump get today?” Facebook is working on a video-chat device, similar to the Amazon Echo Show, Bloomberg reported today. The device would be the first piece of hardware developed by Facebook’s Building 8, its research and development arm. The division...

America’s Top Drone Company Just Teamed Up with a Chinese Industry Titan

August 1, 2017 It’s like the drone equivalent of IBM partnering with Apple. Today (Aug. 1), 3D Robotics announced a partnership with DJI, where the California-based company will integrate its site-scanning software with the Chinese firm’s drones. Once upon a time, all the way back in 2015, 3D Robotics (3DR) was one of...

Apple Seems to Have Confirmed That Rumors About the Next iPhone’s New Design Are True

July 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple will very likely launch a new iPhone this year, as it’s done without fail every year for the last decade. The bigger question is whether the new model will be differentiated from any other high-end smartphone on the market. The iPhone’s design has stagnated over the last few years....

Apple’s Next iOS Will Make AR a Legitimately Cool Thing

July 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Later this year, Apple will release the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, for iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads, and it may well cause you to question the very nature of reality. The operating system features a software framework called ARKit, which allows iOS devices to see...

A Tiny Update to iOS 11 Will Make Apple’s AirPods So Much More Useful

July 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple’s next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, is due out later this year, and there’s a helpful addition for anyone who owns Apple’s wireless earbuds, or is considering picking up a pair. Currently, Apple’s AirPods aren’t particularly useful for controlling your music. By default, double-tapping on one...

No One Could’ve Guessed Just How Important the iPhone Would Be

June 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten years ago, thousands of regular people around the world listened to a stern man in a mock turtleneck talk about a phone and decided to wait outside for hours on end to buy one. That phone, along with its successors and competitors, eventually upended how we communicate. There are...

There’s Finally a Drone That Might be Simple Enough for Anyone to Fly

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who has two thumbs and can pilot a drone? You, probably. The Spark, a new pint-size drone from Chinese manufacturer DJI, was announced yesterday at an event in New York’s Grand Central station. It looks like a shrunken-down sibling of the Mavic Pro, a drone with foldable arms DJI announced...