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From: BGR - Hidden changes in iOS 10.3 will give your iPhone a speed boost

After releasing a few hundred different beta versions over the past month or so, Apple on Monday finally released iOS 10.3 to the public. Eager iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users rushed to download and install the update, and they were greeted with some nifty new features. In a post on Monday afternoon, we went through the eight best new features in iOS 10.3, including a new Find My AirPods feature, updates to the Maps app, Apple’s new file system and more. There was one feature in particular that we listed in the post that deserves more attention though, and not many people realize it’s even there.

When Apple releases any new iOS software, hardcore Apple fans always rush to download and install it immediately, regardless of what new features Apple adds. This is a good thing for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that new iOS software always includes security updates that are crucial. iOS 10.3 is no different — it’s packed full of security fixes that users should be eager to install immediately.

Of course, the user-facing features are typically the main draw for new iOS updates, and iOS 10.3 has a few nice additions and changes. One set of changes in particular is worth noting, but it’s hiding in plain sight so most iPhone and iPad users won’t even notice it’s there.

Apple engineer Renaud Lienhart‏ tweeted on Monday afternoon about something that we mentioned in passing in our post covering the best new features in iOS 10.3. “iOS 10.3 feels ‘snappier,'” he said, “because many animations were slightly tweaked & shortened, for the better.”

https://twitter.com/NotoriousBUGS/status/846539233305124865

Long story short, Apple has made a number of small adjustments to the animations that are played when the user does things like opening an app, closing an app, or switching from one app to another. Longtime iPhone users may recall that Apple did something similar back in 2014 with iOS 7.1. The speed difference back then was much more dramatic and noticeable, but the improvements in iOS 10.3 are still nothing to scoff at.

If you have an iPhone or iPad and haven’t yet updated to iOS 10.3, a faster UI should be reason enough to install the update as soon as you can. iOS 10.3 is available to download in iTunes, or as an over the air (OTA) update accessing in the Settings app by navigating to General > Software Update.

From: BGR - Apple introduces collaboration tools, Touch ID protection and more in massive iWork update

It was a busy day for Apple on Monday, with the company releasing a sizable and feature laden iOS 10.3 update for the iPhone and iPad. Available as an over the air download and via your desktop computer, the latest iOS update brings with it a host of compelling new bells and whistles, including a Find My AirPods feature and a completely new APFS file system.

Somewhat obscured by the release of iOS 10.3, however, were a number of updates to Apple’s suite of iWork software, a collection that includes Numbers, Pages and Keynote for both iOS and macOS. While updates to productivity software aren’t typically all that exciting, you’ll want to take note of some of the new features Apple introduced today if you’re an existing iWork user or contemplating making the switch.

One of the more noteworthy enhancements is a more robust collaboration feature which allows users to “edit a document, spreadsheet or presentation with someone else in real time directly from the macOS and iOS apps.” Further, today’s iWork update brings with it support for Touch ID, essentially giving users the ability to security protect sensitive documents, spreadsheets and presentations via Apple’s secure fingerprint recognition software.

Additional features on an app by app basis can be viewed below.

Numbers

-Easily add current or historical stock information to spreadsheets
-Use the new My Stocks template to easily track your portfolio
-A powerful new editing experience makes entering data and formulas fast and easy
-New action menu keeps most common tasks one tap away
-Quickly open password-protected spreadsheets using Touch ID
-Format text as superscript or subscript, use ligatures, and change text background color
-New leader lines make pie charts easier to read
-Easily replace missing fonts in your spreadsheet
-While collaborating on a spreadsheet, you can now cut, copy, paste, and duplicate sheets
-Customize dates, times, and currencies for your language or region
-Edit rich text within table cells

Pages

-Format text as superscript or subscript, use ligatures, and change text background color
-Add bookmarks to easily link from one part of your document to another
-Add elegant mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation
-Quickly open password-protected documents using Touch ID
-Import and export documents in Rich Text Format (RTF)
-Easily replace missing fonts in your document
-New leader lines make pie charts easier to read
-Customize dates, times, and currencies for your language or region

Keynote

-Change slide master and customize slide background
-Rehearse a presentation with current slide, presenter notes, and timer all in one view
-Quickly open password-protected presentations using Touch ID
-Format text as superscript or subscript, use ligatures, and change text background color
-Easily replace missing fonts in your presentation
-New leader lines make pie charts easier to read
-Import Keynote 1 presentations
-Post interactive presentations on Medium, WordPress, and other websites
-Customize dates, times, and currencies for your language or region

If you already have iWork installed on your computer or iOS device, you can download the above updates free of charge.

From: BGR - You’ll soon be able to get cash from Wells Fargo ATMs with just your phone

Wells Fargo earlier today announced that iPhone and Android users can now enjoy card-less access to 13,000 Wells Fargo ATMs across the country. To take advantage of the new feature, customers will need Wells Fargo’s mobile app which will generate a one-time 8-digit token that, alongside the user’s PIN, can be used authenticate a given user’s identity and allow them to initiate any number of transactions.

“At Wells Fargo, we believe the future is cardless, and the launch of One-Time Access Code provides our 20 million mobile banking customers another convenient way to manage money,” the company said in a pres release. “This new ATM feature exemplifies Wells Fargo’s commitment to innovation.”

While Wells Fargo’s implementation requires a few steps, it’s unquestionably an encouraging step towards a truly digital wallet. That said, Wells Fargo later this year will allow users with mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay to seamlessly withdraw cash simply by holding their smartphone up to an NFC-equipped ATM and authenticating their identity with a fingerprint. Wells Fargo notes that about 5,000 of its 13,000 ATMs are NFC-enabled.

“Every time a customer walks up to an ATM or into a branch, chances are they’re carrying a phone, and we believe the real power of mobile is the ability to enhance the customer experience at our ATMs and branches,” Jonathan Velline of Wells Fargo said. “We’re excited to provide our customers with more ways to conveniently and securely make ATM transactions.”

This is certainly exciting news for anyone who has experienced the frustration associated with forgetting a credit card or debit card at home. Presumably, it’s only a matter of time before other banks begin rolling out similar functionality across their own ATMs.

 

From: BGR - There’s a compelling new reason to buy your iPhone from T-Mobile

Choosing where to buy a new iPhone isn’t as simple as it might seem. Third-party stores or carriers might give you a better monetary deal than buying an iPhone from the Apple Store, but you’re also going to have to deal with yearly contracts, bill credits, or the hassle of unlocking the device if you switch networks.

But all the details aside, T-Mobile is hoping that its latest offering can make the decision much simpler. As of right now, if you buy an iPhone on T-Mobile and opt for extra device insurance, you’ll also get AppleCare included in the price.

The AppleCare isn’t free with all new iPhones from T-Mobile, but rather it’s an additional service you get with T-Mobile’s Premium Device Protection. That’s just an insurance program that T-Mobile offers on devices. It runs $12 per month, and offers theft and loss protection on your phone. It’s a good option if you’re prone to losing your device altogether, but the deductibles are high, and it doesn’t offer much help with common problems like a cracked screen or water damage (thanks to those high deductibles).

So T-Mobile’s new offering bundles the normal insurance, offered by Assurant, with the Apple-provided AppleCare that you know and love. Assurant keeps covering theft and loss, while AppleCare gets you different benefits like live support, cheap screens, and battery repairs.

For anyone who was already on T-Mobile’s insurance, or thinking about buying a phone protected by it, this is obviously good news. You’re getting more coverage for the same amount of money, and knowing it’s Apple-provided coverage means you’re not going to have to spend weeks arguing with a weird third-party insurance company.