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Could Force Touch be more useful on iOS than we thought?

With the introduction of the Apple Watch back in September, Apple unveiled some new technology: Force Touch and the Taptic Engine. Both of these open up a new experience on the wearable device. As the screen is not multi-touch like Apple’s others devices, which makes sense given the small size, having a Force Touch option for secondary input can be…

The TiP Weekly: Beats and Bands

From the Editor We’re back with another instalment of The TiP Weekly! As we progress through May, eyes are beginning to shift towards Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Particularly interesting are Apple’s plans for music. A Beats Music-powered streaming service is on the horizon as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service, both…

Apple Watch is actually an accurate heart rate monitor

While Apple Watch is a brand new device, it isn’t the first wearable with various sensors. We’ve had wearables from companies like FitBit that can track our steps and workouts. Recently, FitBit has announced a new band that can measure heart rate. Apple Watch’s predominate sensor is a heart rate monitor on the backside. Some have wondered how accurate such…

Apple’s new music service to offer lengthy free trial period, song samples

Apple’s new music streaming service won’t offer a free tier like many competing services, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to try it out for free. According to a report by Re/code, the Beats Music-powered service will feature a “lengthy” free trial period as well as song samples. Although Apple is very much still in the deal-making phase for its…

New iPhone 7 concept shows home button built into screen

Recently on Twitter, I saw someone remark that we are past the iPhone solstice. That means that we are now closer to the launch of the next iPhone than we are to the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If Apple follows suit with their previous iPhone release patterns, which they show no sign of changing, we’ll be seeing the release of the iPhone 6s…

Nintendo to release first smartphone game this year, 5 titles by 2017

In an earnings call today, Nintendo CEO and President Satoru Iwata announced that the company will launch its first smartphone game by the end of 2015 as part of its partnership with DeNA. The two games companies also revealed that they plan to release 5 mobile titles by March, 2017. Internally, Nintendo is said to have made “several organizational and…

Chipworks looks into the S1 in the Apple Watch

As soon as the Apple Watch was available in Australia, iFixIt was there to take it apart and see what was inside. But while a lot was known right away, the S1 chip inside needed more time. The Apple S1 is a System in Package that contains the main computing guts of the Apple Watch. And now that Chipworks has taken a look inside the processor on the S1, we…