ShinyShiny tech round up: Apple shares just off record high

Things are looking up for Apple, with shares just off a record high before its quarterly earnings results this evening. The device maker is expected to benefit from a surge in iPhone sales as consumers snap up 5G models, while the App Store and Apple Music are also set to drive growth. Analysts expect Apple's…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Apple products should be kept away from ‘medical devices’

Apple has listed products it says should be kept a "safe distance" away from medical devices like pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. The list includes iPhone 12 models, Apple Watch and MacBook Pro. Many consumer-electronic devices contain components, such as magnets, which can interfere with medical devices. The BBC has asked for comment from Apple, which…

Apple iOS 14.5 update: 6 Big Changes

Own an iPhone or an iPad? Here are the six changes with the latest Apple software update, iOS 14.5, that you need to know about... 1. Unlock your iPhone while wearing a facemask Currently, you can't unlock your phone using facial recognition if you are wearing a face mask. However, Apple's new operating system (iOS…

Apple introduces purple iPhone 12 to line up

Apple is adding purple versions of its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini to its latest generation of smartphones, according to The Standard.  The new models will be available for pre-order 23 April and officially released 30 April in the UK. Fans of the iPhone will recognise Apple’s return to its statement flat aluminium edges…

ShinyShiny round up: iPhone users to pick male or female Siri

Apple will ask iPhone users to pick between male and female versions of its digital assistant Siri, the first of the major tech companies to automatically make users choose. The company said that setting up the assistant will involve choosing between the genders after an upcoming software release. Tech companies have come under pressure over…

Syringe emoji loses blood in Covid re-vamp

Apple is changing its syringe emoji to remove the dripping blood, as it becomes widely used to talk about the Covid-19 vaccine instead, writes The BBC.  Apple's new version appears to have nothing inside the needle (though it could be the clear vaccine liquid). "This makes the emoji more versatile when used to describe Covid-19…

Netflix tops the list of best things ever to come out of America

Netflix, Disney and Coca Cola have been named the best things to ever come out of America – with Donald Trump comfortably topping the poll as the worst. A survey of 2,000 Brits found the pandemic-saving streaming service was the favoured export for a cool 38 per cent, putting it top of the pile. McDonalds…

Apple launches Fitness+, new smartwatches: what the critics say

Last night Apple unveiled a new personalised workout subscription service, Apple Fitness+,  alongside new sixth-generation Apple Watch smartwatches and new iPads.... Fitness+ will initially launch in six countries including the US and UK before the end of 2020. It will cost £10 per month or £80 per year as a standalone service, which can be…

Top Tech stories of the Week: Apple, Amazon, Tesla announce profits

Chris Price looks at some of this week's top tech stories as most of the big tech brands announce their quarterly results with Amazon, Apple and Tesla all declaring profits despite Coronavirus slowdown.... Amazon sales up, but Bezos plans record investment Predictably, Amazon sales surged in the first three months of the year, as the…

Apple gets back to basics with budget £419 iPhone SE

In a drastic move to drive sales as we approach a global recession, Apple has re-launched its cut-price iPhone SE. Less than half the price of Apple's leading flagship devices, the new model will be available to pre-order from this Friday, April 17. Featuring a 4.7-inch display, it's similar in looks to Apple’s iPhone 8…