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In late 2016, Apple began warning users that older apps could “slow down” an iPhone or iPad via a pop-up notice. Earlier this year, this warning became more severe, stating that older apps might not “work with future versions of iOS.” When revealing iOS 11 in June, it became clear that older 32-bit apps would not be supported at all, making some apps–including AppShopper Social–obsolete. Now that iOS 11 is available, you probably see this sad message when you try to open AppShopper Social:



I know what you’re thinking. Why don’t we just update it? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Apple changed its app approval guidelines a while ago and no longer accepts apps that duplicate App Store functionality. We tried to work with this and created AppShopper Social in 2013 (replacing our original AppShopper app for those of you who have been with us since 2010 when our first app was released) to focus on the social aspects of sharing app recommendations. But updates to AppShopper Social were eventually rejected and we were told there was no way around this.

Also, creating and updating apps is incredibly expensive. Yes, there are over a million apps in the App Store and you may be wondering how hard it can really be. But good apps that work well and look nice take expertise and time to make and update, and this kind of work is not cheap. Spending tens of thousands of dollars (yes, that much) to create a new AppShopper app knowing that it would almost definitely be rejected by Apple just doesn’t make any sense to do.

We appreciate that you’ve used and enjoyed AppShopper Social and we’re incredibly sad that it won’t work in iOS 11. We will continue to focus on making the AppShopper website better and better to use. You can still use our Wish List feature, and you can get email notifications when apps on your Wish List go on sale. We’ve made sure that AppShopper.com looks great in a browser on your iPhone or iPad and you can add a shortcut to it on your device’s home screen by following these instructions (but starting from AppShopper.com instead, of course).

(The app for our sister site, TouchArcade, has suffered the same fate and you can read more about it here.)

iPhone6s-4Color-RedFish-PR-PRINTAs expected, Apple announced new iPhone models today, unveiling the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The new models have the same form factor as their predecessors but feature improved materials, processors, and cameras, and a new feature called 3D Touch.

The new iPhone’s rear camera’s sensor gets bumped to 12 megapixels up from 8 in the current iPhone 6/6 Plus and will be able to capture 4K video. The front-facing FaceTime camera gets a bump to 5 megapixels and the iPhone’s display can act as a flash for photos taken in low light.

A new featured called Live Photos captures multiple images and sound before and after a picture is taken. Pressing and holding a Live Photo activates playback to offer a video-like animation and sound. Live Photos is a new camera mode that is on by default in the native Camera app.

3D Touch senses the pressure of a touch to allow new actions and options for light and heavy touches, similar to Force Touch on the Apple Watch. The "peek" and "pop" gestures will allow users to take a quick look at links, images, and other items, and jump into the applicable app to see the content, respectively. You can see a demo video of 3D Touch at Apple's site.

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The casing of the new iPhones are made of a 7000 series aluminum alloy that’s lighter and stronger and a new color, rose gold, has been added to the line-up. Additionally, the screen’s cover glass is stronger. Internally, the new iPhone 6s models will have Apple’s new A9 processor.

Significantly, the iPhone 6s models will also come bundled with a matching charging dock. Apple hasn’t offered a dock bundled with an iPhone since the first-generation model released in 2007.

From carriers in the US offering subsidized pricing, the iPhone 6s will cost $199 for 16GB of storage, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128GB, and the iPhone 6s Plus will cost $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB.

Notably, Apple will also be offering its own iPhone Upgrade Program that offers users the ability to upgrade to a new iPhone every year. These iPhones will be unlocked and will come with AppleCare+ and will start at $32 per month for 24 months.

The new iPhone 6s models will be available for pre-order starting on September 12 and available for sale on September 25.

iPadPro-34-AllColors_iOS9-LockScreen-PRINTAs rumored, Apple announced an iPad Pro model at its media event today. The new entry in its iPad line-up features a 12.9-inch Retina display and is powered by Apple’s own A9X chip.

“iPad Pro is the most advanced and powerful iPad we have ever made. Its beautiful and large 12.9-inch Retina display has 5.6 million pixels and provides an immersive experience for content and apps. The iPad Pro is far and away the fastest iOS device we have ever made — its A9X chip beats most portable PCs in both CPU and graphics tasks, but is thin and light enough to hold all day,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The innovative Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard enable users to customize their iPad Pro experience to the particular apps they use and the work they do, making iPad Pro ideal for everything from professional productivity to advanced 3D design.”

The iPad Pro boasts 10 hours of battery life and four speakers to offer stereo sound that automatically adjusts output depending on how it’s held. Like previous iPad models, it features a rear camera and a front-facing iSight camera.

Apple will also offer two new accessories just for the iPad Pro. The first is a Smart Keyboard case to provide a full-sized keyboard for the iPad Pro and offer protection when closed. It connects to the iPad Pro magnetically to a Smart Connector that powers the keyboard and transmits data back and forth.

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The second accessory is the Apple Pencil, a stylus that can be used for drawing and writing. It has an internal battery that can be recharged through a built-in Lightning connector.

The Apple Pencil will cost $99 and the Smart Keyboard will be $169. Silicone cases will also be available for $79.

The iPad Pro will be available in silver, gold, and space gray and will cost $799 for 32GB of storage and $949 for 64GB of storage, with these models offering Wi-Fi connectivity. Cellular connectivity will only be available in the models with 128GB of storage, which will cost $1,079.

The iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard will be available starting in November.

ios-9As expected, Apple also officially announced and previewed the next version of iOS for its line of mobile devices. The focus in iOS 9 is on data security, improved intelligence, particularly with Siri, and new multi-tasking features for the iPad and some iPhone models.

“iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalized to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over or Picture-in-Picture.”

The iPad sees the most eye-catching changes, with changes to the keyboard that add a formatting bar and the ability to use it as a trackpad to select and edit text. Also new is a Slide Over feature to allow the use of second app without closing the first app. And two apps can be used at once in a Split View mode while active Facetime video calls and YouTube and other videos can be watched in a picture-in-picture mode while using other apps.

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The Notes app in iOS 9 gets a formatting toolbar, drawing tools, and the ability to create checklists, change fonts, insert photos, and more. Maps gets a Transit feature to add public transportation directions and information, a feature that was notably missing when Apple moved away from using Google’s map data in iOS 6. The Transit feature will come to select major cities in the US and China in the fall.

In iOS 9, Siri has been enhanced to be more proactive to be a better assistant to do things like offer a reminder to leave for an appointment and a direct link to get driving directions. An API for Search will be available to developers so that users can go directly to search results within an app.

Passbook will be renamed to Wallet and will be able to store loyalty cards as well as store credit cards. A new app called News with Flipboard-like functionality will provide news and articles based on topics and publications selected by the user.

iOS 9 will also bring power saving improvements to the iPhone, including a new low-power mode that will extend battery life by up to three hours. iOS 9 will have a smaller file size to allow quicker and easier updates for more users with limited storage space.

iOS 9 will work on the iPhone 4s and newer, 5th-generation iPod touch and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and all iPad mini models. However, the Split Screen feature will only work on the iPad Air 2 and newer.

The developer beta of iOS 9 is available today and a public beta will be available in July. You can join the public beta by signing up at Apple Beta Software Program site. The final version will be available to the general public in the fall as a free download.

el-capitan-logoAt the keynote event kicking off the start of its Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple announced the next version of the Mac operating system, dubbed El Capitan after the rock formation in Yosemite National Park.

“OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to window management, Spotlight and built-in apps, and improving performance so everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — are faster and more responsive.”

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Several apps and functions will get new features in El Capitan. In Safari, favorite sites can be "pinned" to stay active and updated in the menu bar for easy access. Spotlight search gets natural language capabilities to facilitate searching. For example, you could type “documents I worked on in June” to find all documents that were created or edited in June.

Mail gets tabbed composing windows to make the creation of multiple messages more organized. Notes will get text formatting features plus multimedia capabilities to include pictures and videos. Mission Control has been enhanced to allow easy creation of new screens and apps can be run in split screen mode to maximize screen real estate while multi-tasking.

Developers have access to El Capitan today to begin testing and development. A public beta will be available in July and the final version will be released in the fall and will be a free upgrade. You can sign up to participate in the public beta at the Apple Beta Software Program site.


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