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iPad & iPhone User 142

iPad & iPhone User is the only digital magazine you need to the world of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Subscribe to iPad & iPhone User and get more out of your Apple device with our step-by-step tutorials, straight forward buying advice and expert reviews of the latest apps, games and accessories.. Each issue is packed with step-by-step tutorials and features on how to get the most from your apps and services like iCloud, iTunes Match, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Pages and Keynote, as well as all the latest apps. Anyone from a complete iPad and iPhone beginner to hardcore power users will learn more about their beloved Apple device.

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2 min.
apple to hold new product event on 25 march

We’ve been waiting for Apple to announce a spring event this year, as the company often makes at least one major announcement before its Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer. According to BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski, we could be hearing about a spring event soon. He reports that Apple is working on an event for 25 March, which will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. Sources tell BuzzFeed that the event headliner will be a new Apple news subscription service that works with the News app in iOS and macOS. Coincidentally, the Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple wants a whopping 50 percent of the revenue that publishers generate through the service – a cut they won’t accept. The WSJ also states that publishers don’t get…

2 min.
apple reported to launch its new video service in may

Apple has been long-rumoured to have a TV service in the works. Now, according to a new report from CNBC, the service is nearly ready to launch. It claims that Apple is finalizing its deals and software, with an expected launch in April or May. A separate report from Bloomberg says that Apple invited big Hollywood stars involved with Apple’s original TV series to attend a 25 March unveiling of the service. The stars include Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and J.J. Abrams. It would correspond with a new TV app for iOS and Apple TV devices that lets users subscribe to streaming services right within the app, and all their content consolidated within it. In that way, it will be similar to Amazon Channels, though we hope it has a…

2 min.
in two years, the mac, iphone, and ipad will be able to run the same apps

Apple announced that the company has no plans to merge iOS and macOS during its Worldwide Developers Conference last year, but it also said it’s working on a way for developers to write apps that work on both operating systems. Project Marzipan, as Apple calls it, wasn’t discussed in much detail at WWDC, but Apple described the News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos apps that come with macOS Mojave as examples of Marzipan at work. And we haven’t heard a lot about Marzipan since WWDC. In February, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Marzipan could be in the spotlight for this year’s WWDC. According to Gurman, Apple could release a software development kit at the conference that will allow iPad developers to port their apps to the Mac. Then, in 2020, Apple…

2 min.
new iphone xs battery case works with iphone x

The iPhone XS looks almost exactly like the iPhone X, and that similarity is leading many people to wonder whether they can use Apple’s spiffy new battery cases with the older handset. The answer appears to be a shaky yes, although enough doubt remains that I’m hesitant to recommend taking the £129 plunge. Apple’s official landing page ( doesn’t explicitly say that the new case doesn’t work with the older phone. It only lists the iPhone XS under Compatibility. Initially this led to much gnashing of teeth on social media centring on supposed forced upgrades, but plenty of iPhone X users across Twitter are now reporting that it works fine. Over on the MacRumors forums, a commenter named beerfish89 also posted a photo of his new battery case doing its job…

3 min.
apple iphone xr, xs, and xs max smart battery case

Price: £129 from A battery case offers double protection, from physical knocks and drops to saving your anguish when the phone’s battery starts fading fast. Apple didn’t release a case for the iPhone X, leaving the market open to Chinese manufacturers (see our round-up on page 19). Indeed, it didn’t officially release one for its iPhone 8, although the Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 7 did fit the 8. More than a year later, Apple has finally addressed the situation for its latest Smart Battery Case. It looks like the firms’ previous offering, with the humpback and clever charging routine. Compatibility As we reported on page 12, the Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS will fit the older iPhone X, which has the same dimensions. The camera bump on the XS is…

6 min.
best battery cases for the iphone x and xs

While Apple has made some advances in iPhone battery life, most heavy users of their smartphone will run into that Low Battery warning at some stage of the day. And sadly the same is true of Apple’s iPhone X and newer iPhone XS. The iPhone X has a Li-ion battery capacity of 2,716mAh (10.35Wh). According to Apple, this will get you 21 hours of talk time, up to 12 hours browsing the Internet, up to 13 hours watching video, or 60 hours listening to audio – although not all at the same time, of course. The iPhone XS’s battery capacity is slightly smaller than that of the X, at 2,658mAh. While the phone’s A12 Bionic SoC chip should be more efficient, the smaller battery may mean that overall battery life is a…