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Review: LG’s 34″ UltraWide curved monitor is great for movies and video editing workflows

As someone who uses timeline-based apps such as Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis, horizontal display real estate is incredibly important to me. When it comes to editing video and audio, the bigger the monitor the better.

With the recent popularity of extra-wide 21:9 monitors, I’ve come to understand that width can make a major difference in managing timeline-based editing workflows as well. The extra horizontal real estate is also a nice option for watching movies shot with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

With this in mind, I’ve been looking forward to going hands-on with a 21:9 display. LG’s 34UC98 UltraWide IPS monitor is not only extremely wide at 3440 x 1440, but it’s curved as well. How does this new display fit into my workflow? Does having a so-called UltraWide display make a difference?  more…


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Jeff Benjamin

April 20th

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Review: LG’s 34″ UltraWide curved monitor is great for movies and video editing workflows

As someone who uses timeline-based apps such as Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis, horizontal display real estate is incredibly important to me. When it comes to editing video and audio, the bigger the monitor the better.

With the recent popularity of extra-wide 21:9 monitors, I’ve come to understand that width can make a major difference in managing timeline-based editing workflows as well. The extra horizontal real estate is also a nice option for watching movies shot with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

With this in mind, I’ve been looking forward to going hands-on with a 21:9 display. LG’s 34UC98 UltraWide IPS monitor is not only extremely wide at 3440 x 1440, but it’s curved as well. How does this new display fit into my workflow? Does having a so-called UltraWide display make a difference?  more…


Filed under: Mac, Reviews Tagged: 21:9, Curved monitor, Display, lg, LG UltraWide, Mac, monitor, OS X, Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt 2 Dock, UltraWide, video, widescreen

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Jeff Benjamin

April 20th

Apple

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Flux-like automatic screen brightness app ‘FlexBright’ now available in the App Store

Despite earlier actions against similar apps, Apple has recently approved an app called FlexBright that adjusts the brightness and color temperature of your iPhone or iPad’s display depending on the time of day. While Apple introduced a feature like this with iOS 9.3, the company has previously refused to allow the popular Flux app in the App Store, which provides similar functionality.

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Chance Miller

March 8th

Apple

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USB Type-C at CES 2016: hubs, displays, adapters & more for the 12-inch MacBook

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With the new 12-inch MacBook sporting just a single USB Type-C port, an adapter to get back some USB ports and SD card slots will be necessary for a lot of users. With more and more devices adopting the standard, we’re seeing a lot of USB C accessories announced at CES 2016 this year, many of which are designed specifically with 12-inch MacBook users in mind. So, as we’ve already done for HomeKit and Apple Watch products, below we’re rounding up all of the USB Type-C products for MacBook announced at the show this week.

In addition to hubs, companies are also showing off new portable battery packs, cables, adapters, displays and more, all made possible thanks to USB-C and compatible with the new 12-inch MacBook. 

When Apple made the switch to USB C for charging and everything else with its new 12-inch MacBook, it decided not to include its MagSafe technology, the magnetic charging connector it’s long included on its laptops. But we kick things off with a product that aims to offer a similar experience for people that were disappointed with that omission.

The BreakSafe USB-C adapter from Griffin is a magnetic charging solution similar to Apple’s own MagSafe technology, but in the form a USB-C adapter:

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Griffin


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Belkin

  • Belkin launches new USB-C accessories

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Acer & Lenovo


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LaCie+ Seagate


 

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Samsung


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Incipio


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Check back for more this week as CES unfolds and hit up our other CES 2016 roundups below:

CES 2016 Roundup: The best iPhone, iPad, Mac, & Apple Watch accessories on show this week

Apple Watch at CES 2016: docks, battery packs, bands, and more


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 12-inch, 2016, Acer, Adapter, Apple, CES, charging, Display, hub, Hyper, MacBook, passthrough, Type-C, USB-C

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Jordan Kahn

January 7th

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iPad mini 4 is one of Apple’s best tablet displays yet in real-world viewing conditions

Apple’s new iPad mini 4 was slightly overshadowed by its new plus-size iPad Pro during the unveiling earlier this month, but today DisplayMate gives us its usual in-depth analysis of the device’s new display for those considering making the purchase. While the standout feature of the new iPad mini 4 was upgraded processing power to […]

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Jordan Kahn

September 21st

Apple

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New photos give closer look at leaked iPhone 6S display panel

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New images have surfaced today giving us a closer look at the alleged next-generation iPhone display panel first revealed in earlier leaks (via MacRumors). The images don’t reveal any new information, but do give us a closer look at the part that appears to include new components thought to be related to the addition of Apple’s Force Touch display technology.

Today’s report mentions that the source of the images claims the display panel for the iPhone 6S is slightly thicker and heavier than the previous generation, but the increases are small enough that users likely wouldn’t notice the change. In addition to a new mysterious chip on the panel that was previously revealed in past leaks of the same part, the increase in thickness and weight is also thought to be related to the addition of Apple’s pressure sensitive Force Touch display technology that first debuted in the Apple Watch.

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We reported previously that the iPhone 6S would be nearly identical in design to the current generation iPhone 6 with extremely minor increases in thickness likely too minimal to notice. We did reveal, however, several changes planned for the internals of the device including a new mounting structure.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the iPhone might get a slight increase in thickness. Previous reports claimed the next generation iPhone could be 0.15mm longer and 0.2mm thicker, enough to perhaps hide that protruding camera lens from the iPhone 6 or accommodate Force Touch, but probably not enough for the average user to notice or to cause any controversy.

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Jordan Kahn

August 27th

Apple

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Force Touch on iPhone 6S revealed: expect shortcuts, faster actions across iOS

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While Force Touch on the Apple Watch allowed Apple to add an additional layer of buttons to a small display, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus screens don’t lack for either real estate or buttons. So why would Force Touch be desirable on larger displays? Following up on our May report that Force Touch is coming to Apple’s next iPhones, sources who have used the iPhone 6S have provided new details on how Force Touch works and feels under iOS.

According to sources, the iOS version of Force Touch is known internally as “Orb.” Instead of opening up a large window of extra controls that did not fit on the screen, as is done on the Apple Watch, Force Touch on the iPhone is designed to skip existing lists of options or button presses. “There is consistent usage of Force Touch across the operating system to ‘shortcut’ actions,” rather than present new options like with the Apple Watch, according to a source. The source provided a few examples:

  • New to the Force Touch experience, a user can look up a point of interest in the Maps application, and then Force Touch on the destination to immediately begin turn-by-turn directions. Currently, if a user wants to start navigating to a destination, she must search for the point of interest, click the navigation logo on the map view, then click another button to actually start navigating. In this case, the Force Touch gesture will skip two steps.
  • In the Music application, a user can Force Touch on a listed track to be presented with some of the most commonly-used actions. For instance, if a user deep presses on the listing for a song, a menu will appear to quickly add the song to a playlist or save it for offline listening. This Force Touch gesture would act as a substitute for clicking the actions button on the right side of each track listing in the Music app.
  • Another feature in testing, according to one source, are shortcuts that appear after Force Touching an app icon on the Home screen. For example, if a user deep presses on the Phone app icon, he could choose to shortcut directly to the Voicemail tab. This could also apply to deep pressing the News app icon and being taken directly to either the Favorites or For You tabs.
  • Some of the Force Touch gestures will come from Apple’s latest MacBooks. For instance, a user can Force Touch a link in Safari to see a preview of that webpage. The gesture also works for deep pressing on an address or contact name to see a preview of a map view or contact card, respectively. Similarly, a user can Force Touch a word to look up its definition.

Because of its small display, the Apple Watch’s Force Touch feature is consistently represented by a grid of options that cover the entirety of the current view on the screen. On the new iPhones, Force Touch will be represented in three ways: no additional user interface as with the subtle integration on the new MacBooks, a user interface that appears surrounding the finger where the Force Touch gesture is conducted, or a shortcut list toward the bottom of the display akin to a typical options list across iOS.

Sources explained that the physical feedback given to the user with each Force Touch press has been tuned to be “nice” and “consistent” across the system. Besides a Force Touch display, sources say that 4K video recording for the iPhone 6S was in the cards earlier this year, but it is unconfirmed whether that feature will be ready to go for September. Of course, the new devices will also sport a faster A9 chip in addition to 2GB of RAM, faster LTE speeds for web browsing, and more efficient chips for better battery life.

Apple has also been planning to open up Force Touch beyond its core apps and operating system so that developers could ship iOS 9 App Store apps that leverage the new interaction paradigm. Beyond this fall’s new iPhones, sources say that the upcoming larger, 12.9-inch iPads, codenamed J98 and J99, will feature a Force Touch display that interacts with the long-in-the-works iPad stylus. An uncorroborated tip indicates that the larger-sized device could debut alongside an iOS 9.1 update.

Apple is expected to show off the new iPhones alongside the new iOS-based Apple TV, and potentially new iPads, on September 9th.


Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: API, Apple, Apple watch, Display, event, force touch, iOS 9, iOS 9.1, iPad Pro, iphone 6s, iphone 6s plus, J98, J99, N66, N71, Orb, September, stylus

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Mark Gurman

August 10th

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Another iPhone 6S screen leaks, showing small differences versus iPhone 6 [Gallery]

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Following last week’s leak of a substantially complete iPhone 6S display assembly, another screen has slipped out into the wild, where it has been placed alongside and compared against the same part from the iPhone 6 (shown above at left). European part and accessory vendor MacManiack shared this image, the photos in the gallery below, and a YouTube video contrasting the components.

While very few differences between the components are worth noting, the iPhone 6S part again appears to have a place for the much-rumored Force Touch/haptic feedback component introduced in the Apple Watch. MacManiack claims that at least part of the “Touch ID home button is integrated in the LCD and digitizer connector,” and points out that the connectors are different on the parts. Two galleries showing the parts in much greater detail follow…

iPhone 6S screen assembly gallery:

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iPhone 6 versus iPhone 6S screen assembly comparison gallery:

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Hands-on video:


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Jeremy Horwitz

August 10th

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PSA: Apple Watch’s sapphire display cracks just like iPhone screens

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Yep, that’s a cracked Apple Watch display. Nope, it’s not actually an Edition, just plated, but the $549 and up steel model uses the same sapphire display as Apple’s $10,000 and up watch. And yes, the Apple Watch’s sapphire display reacts to accidental drops against hard surfaces just like iPhones.

In describing the craftsmanship of the Apple Watch, Apple calls sapphire “the second-hardest transparent substance after diamond,” adding that “that’s why we chose it to cover the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition faces,” but it still sells a $79 AppleCare+ warranty to cover accidental damage because sapphire is clearly not invincible.

Here’s what to expect if you accidentally break your Apple Watch display and what I learned about how easily it can happen…

As I mentioned during this week’s 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast, the damage to the display happened during the tail end of my travels last week, adding an unfortunate surprise to an otherwise relaxing trip.

My wife took her Apple Watch off in the evening to charge before she washed her face, but decided to wear it just a little longer to get credit for standing and reach her activity goal. When she removed it at the sink to wash her face, it slipped from her grip and hit the sink’s countertop. Not the floor a few feet below, but the sink, a drop only inches down.

The watch landed face down and the surface of the countertop was just hard enough that the extremely short drop caused an impact substantial enough to shock the screen. As you can see, the result isn’t exactly like iPhone screen cracks which usually vary from a single hairline crack to a spiderweb of damage. The Apple Watch Sport appears to crack in a similar way, but the sapphire display found on stainless steel and gold Apple Watches tends to crack where it seems to be weakest: around the curved outline of the display.

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Like many cracked iPhones I’ve encountered over the years, the Apple Watch still functionally works, although the reliance on Force Touch, or firmly pressing the flexible display, means we’re hesitant to really test how long that remains the case. The damage to the display also means that watch isn’t going anywhere near water for obvious reasons.

For my own stainless steel Apple Watch, I’m being about 10,000 times more careful than I’d been since it arrived. I’ve been hitting door knobs around the house and bumping car doors outside without much concern since the sapphire display means added durability over the Apple Watch Sport’s X-Ion glass.

It’s a lesson in durability learned the hard way, though, and hopefully a precautionary tale to readers. Accidentally drop the Apple Watch like an iPhone, and it just might shatter on impact like an iPhone. As a side note, this had me thinking that perhaps a sapphire display might not be ideal for 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones as the added weight and reduced visibility in outdoor lighting may not be worth the expense if the durability isn’t markedly better.

So what should you expect if you do happen to accidentally crack your Apple Watch screen (and not in the way that Steve Jobs cracked TV) First off, virtually all Apple Watch-related servicing at the Apple Store’s Genius Bar that can’t be fixed with easy troubleshooting  gets shipped off to an external service center called depot.

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Apple brings out the fancy mat before safely boxing up your band-less watch (it makes you remove the strap before servicing) and sealing it shut in front of you. Even software related issues like downgrading from watchOS 2 beta to the stable version of the Apple Watch software goes through this external service center. You’re quoted a price for servicing or repair, which may change depending on what gets discovered at depot, and promised roughly 5 business days before your Apple Watch returns to the store.

Covered under the $79 AppleCare+ for stainless steel Apple Watches, the watch service fee for accidental damage is another $79. You’re in for roughly $180 at this point, and you get one more instance of those $79 accident replacements within 2 years from buying the device. Circumstances may vary, but repairable watch damage outside of the added AppleCare+ warranty for the stainless steel watch will cost your $329 every time.

The unfortunate twist is in a case like mine where there’s a modification to the hardware introduced despite having AppleCare+ coverage. Despite welcome optimism from the Genius Bar crew, Apple’s offsite depot determined that the plating modification, although unrelated to the damage present, meant I would have to pay $500 for a replacement Apple Watch unit. The model with a Sport band and fresh warranty plus accessories only costs $549, so this choice obviously didn’t make sense.

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That’s the price though for applying a really great looking gold plating as it wasn’t unexpected and the plating had a solid run before the accident. Based on the positive feedback of the plating job, I’d continue to recommend it as an affordable option for classing up the Apple Watch while emphasizing the already known effect it has on the warranty.

The real lesson for me is that while it’s reputation tends to be that it’s indestructible, the Apple Watch’s sapphire display is hardly immune to the common slip and impact that leads to shattered screens we’ve seen plague other iOS devices for years.

If you’re on the fence about AppleCare+ for your Apple Watch and plan to keep it around for a while, I’d lean toward buying it. And if you’re using your Apple Watch during any extreme activity so you can capture your fitness data, investing in a cheap Apple Watch case that you only use for specific occasions may save you a lot of money in the event of an accident.

For me, the cost of repair isn’t economical versus paying for a new Apple Watch altogether, which feels like a shame considering for now only Apple seems to be offering screen replacements. So for now, our gorgeous-but-damaged Apple Watch will stay unused, while serving as a costly experiment for testing just how durable that sapphire screen really is in a real-life scenario.


Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple Store, Apple watch, broken, cracked, depot, Display, how to, repair, replacement, Sapphire, screen

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Zac Hall

July 17th

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What the Apple Watch Retina Display looks like when magnified to the pixel level

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Bryan Jones has taken close up images of the Apple Watch screen, magnified such it is possible to discern the individual pixels and sub-pixels. The images show the arrangements of red, green and blue light that make up the images users see on the Apple Watch Retina Display.

Jones compares the screen technology with that of iPhone screens (shown below). They look quite different likely due to the fact that Apple Watch uses an AMOLED display rather than a LCD. iPhone pixels are tightly packed together with the red, green and blue aligned vertically. With the Apple Watch, the blue sub-pixels act as spacers for the stacked red and green sub-pixels. Jones also notes that the imaging specs are a lot smaller than compared with an iPhone which seems to be in aid of maximising battery life. When zoomed in to this level, it means you can see a lot more black space. Jones says this contributes to the Apple Watch’s excellent contrast ratios.

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iPhone 6 pixels.

In one of the images, you can also see part of the Force Touch pressure sensitivity system. By shining a bright fibre optic light at the display, Jones could photograph the contact elements (visible in the image as orange specs). However, Jones cannot explain how these elements work in detecting force. For reference, here’s how Apple describes the Force Touch technology in the Apple Watch on its ‘Technology’ marketing page:

In addition to recognizing touch, Apple Watch senses force, adding a new dimension to the user interface. Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls

Force Touch is expected to arrive on the ‘iPhone 6S’, as well as the next-generation of iPads, as part of Apple’s fall announcements.


Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Watch, General, iOS, iOS Devices, Opinion, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple watch, Display, magnified, pixels, screen, zoomed

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Benjamin Mayo

July 7th

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