Wallpapers of the week: cityscape

The Wallpapers of the Week section compiles photo quality images for your favorite iOS devices. This week, a small collection of cityscapes graces the wallpaper collection.

While nature is certainly beautiful, our concrete and steel masterpieces also have a beauty of their own. Step inside for the latest wallpaper downloads.

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Apple’s Chinese New Year wallpapers

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The Wallpapers of the Week section aims to bring you stunning, photo quality images every Sunday for your favorite iOS devices. Today, we feature an official Apple set of Chinese New Year wallpapers, by five Chinese artists, who place their modern impressions upon traditional Nianhua folk art. Get ready to celebrate on January 27 and 28!

The five image collection is hosted via Apple and available for iPhone, iPad, and desktop. All original works of art, step inside for your downloads.

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As a side: it is interesting these wallpapers are exactly the dimension of the device screens, 1920 x 1080 for iPhone, 2732 x 2732 for iPad Pro, and 2880 x 1800 for desktop (and no 4k or 5k). There is always an open debate about the iOS wallpaper parallax effect for images and what creators should make the canvas size, when creating an original. While these images are from Apple, the company gives us no leads on what the perfect wallpaper size should be, if you are hoping to give margin for screen tilting, parallax effects.

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The following image was created by Eszter Chen using iMac, MacBook Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator to depict a modern day Chinese New Year Eve dinner. “Working directly on iMac with Adobe Photoshop, Ester created fun characters with a childlike quality in her signature style of detailed block-print patterns and bright colors.”

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The following image was created by Zhou Fan, first using hand-painted images. Fan “then multiplied and overlapped them using Adobe Photoshop on MacBook Pro to create a surreal image of a plentiful harvest that captures the spirit of bountiful blessings.”

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The following image was created by Ye Hongxing is a “surprising work that combines a conventional new year motif with contemporary objects.” Initially utilizing Adobe Photoshop on MacBook Pro, “she then worked directly on the canvas, adding a variety of colorful stickers.”

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The following image was created by Jiang Shan, depicting new year fish in a bold update. The symbol of blessing was drafted on paper, colored and enhanced in Adobe Photoshop, then touched-up in Adobe Illustrator.

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Download “Fortune Flows:” iPhoneiPaddesktop (2880 x 1800)

 

10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

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Apple began selling the iPhone six months later, and nearly a decade later, the company has now sold well over 1 billion of them to customers around the world. iPhone sales continued to rise on an annual basis until 2016, when the smartphone experienced its first-ever year-over-year sales decline amid a down year for Apple. Nevertheless, the iPhone remains Apple’s most successful product ever, accounting for 60% of the company’s overall revenue last quarter.

“iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”

Apple upended the mobile phone industry that was then dominated by earlier entrants such as Nokia and BlackBerry, two companies that are effectively out of the market today. Jobs poked fun at “smartphones” of the era, quipping they were “not so smart” and “not so easy to use,” while criticizing outdated hardware features such as physical keyboards and styli. In turn, he introduced revolutionary new features such as Multi-Touch and scrolling to big rounds of applause.

Since then, Apple has improved the iPhone each year by adding several new features:

• 2008: App Store and 3G network support
• 2009: Video recording and Personal Hotspot
• 2010: Retina display
• 2011: Siri and iCloud
• 2012: Taller 4-inch screen, Lightning connector, and LTE
• 2013: Touch ID
• 2014: Larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens
• 2015: 3D Touch, Live Photos, and 4K video recording
• 2016: Waterproofing and dual-lens camera on iPhone 7 Plus

“It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged. For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing.

Happy New Year firework wallpapers

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Happy new year from the iRumorsnow! We are looking forward to new technologies the year will bring, specifically, the 10th anniversary edition of iPhone! We may see a new 10.9″ iPad hit this spring or, just maybe, an update to desktop computers. But, the iPhone should be the crown jewel for 2017. Until then, we are left simply wishing for a great start to the new year!

If you just found out last night, texting “Happy new year” via iMessage in iOS 10, automatically sets off fireworks. You can manually control these effects, but some trigger words initiate the sequence automatically.

If you want to take the fun from iMessage and celebrate the new year on your wallpaper, then read on.

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The Wallpapers of the Week section brings photo quality images to your iOS devices every Sunday.

Happy new year, from me to you and thanks for helping make the wallpaper section a top hit on the site! I look forward to 52 more weeks of the same!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls AirPods ‘A Runaway Success,’ Says ‘It’s Been a Great Holiday’ – Mac Rumors

airpods-4Apple CEO Tim Cook toured the New York Stock Exchange with his nephew this morning, where he took a few moments to do a quick interview with CNBC.

Cook said he couldn’t comment on business when asked, but he told the interviewer that Apple has had a “great” holiday season. “It’s been a great holiday,” he said.

When questioned about Apple’s recently released AirPods and the lack of available stock, Cook called the AirPods a “runaway success.” “We’re making them just as fast as we can,” he said.

Introduced in mid-December, the first AirPods began shipping out to customers during the week of December 19th, the first day retail stores began carrying the accessory.

AirPods have proven to be popular with Apple users, and supplies have been constrained since launch. Retail stores and third-party retailers are receiving regular shipments, but many customers have not yet been able to purchase AirPods. Online orders placed today won’t ship out for six weeks.

Reviews of AirPods have been largely positive, with customers praising the sound quality, battery life, ease of connectivity, and better than expected Bluetooth range, but some users have been having battery trouble with their Charging Case.

Wallpapers of the week: Christmas

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About once per decade, Christmas falls on a Sunday.

Below is a new set of holiday imagery, including links to the archives of previous year seasonal posts. Take a step inside for the latest.

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AirPods Impressions: ‘Better Than Expected’ Bluetooth, Sound, and Battery Impress Early Users

The AirPods have officially begun arriving to customers in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and the first batch of users have started to share their opinions on Apple’s new wireless headphones. When they were originally announced, many users cited concerns over the look of the protruding AirPods, their sound quality, and their battery life, among other points.

Now, most users who have the AirPods in hand are having largely positive reactions online, with one Redditor summing it up by stating the headphones “are better than expected.” Users are ruling in favor of the lightweight headphones, noting the wide Bluetooth range of their connection with an iPhone, the snappy recharge time, and the simple connection to Apple devices via the W1 chip.

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The AirPods have a strong, consistent Bluetooth signal with a connected iPhone, according to Reddit user Portatort, who said “so far I’ve been able to leave my phone plugged in in the kitchen and roam the whole house while getting clean Bluetooth audio the entire time.” The layout of a house will likely alter Bluetooth performance on a user basis, but it appears Apple’s wireless headphones have a reliably strong connection that facilitates wandering away from your iPhone.

Charge Time and Battery

Users are responding well to the AirPods charge time, with many noting that Apple’s claim of recharging the headphones with 3 hours of playback in about 15 minutes is accurate. Redditor ChrisMorrisOrg said he charged his AirPods from 30 percent to 100 percent in just under 20 minutes. MacRumors poster Moxxham noted that the AirPods themselves come fully charged out of the box, but the case itself was at around 60 percent.

The iPhone battery widget also has a detailed integration with AirPods, updating whenever the AirPods are in your ear or in the charging case. In the below image, the left screenshot shows the iPhone battery widget with each AirPod in the case and charging, and the right screenshot shows one AirPod removed from the case while the other remains inside.

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Another MacRumors reader, hobspain, figured out a way to keep using the AirPods even when the headphones need to be charged. While taking a call, hobspain was notified of dwindling battery in one of the AirPods, so they placed the single bud in the charging case while keeping the conversation going with the other bud remaining in their ear. They eventually swapped buds so the other could charge, all without ending the call.

PS: one nice touch: in a very long conversation when the battery of one of the Airpods was gone (after two sound notifications), I could keep one charging while using the reamining battery from the other. After 10 minutes, I could do the opposite with plenty of battery in the semicharged one. Call was never dropped and the other end didn’t notice about these changes. Neat.

Overall, users appear to be satisfied both with the individual battery life of the AirPods, and in the backup battery — 24 hours of it — included in a fully charged case.

Sound Quality

The current consensus on AirPods sound quality falls into the “better than standard Apple EarPods” camp, but not by a wide margin. ChrisMorrisOrg noticed that low volume audio houses some ambient noise issues in the background, but any normal, mid-range playback will be a normal listening experience for everyday users who aren’t audiophiles.

Having used AirPods for a few hours today, I can say the audio quality is better than standard Apple EarPods, however, you do have a little bit of that ambient/white noise lingering around that you get with any Bluetooth earphones/headphones at low volume. Once you pass about the second notch on the volume, this disappears.

MacRumors reader Boardiesboi mentioned a slightly better sound experience than EarPods as well: “They do sound a bit clearer and better than the standard EarPods. I’m no audiophile but I’m very happy with the sound quality.” Even users on the receiving end of FaceTime calls are reporting sound quality “indistinguishable” from the iPhone’s speaker, “and better than using the EarPods’ mic.”

Have been using them with Facetime Audio for maybe 3 hours (until the initial charge of 65% they came with was gone). At the other end they could not identify I was using a headset or Airpods. This was in two different conversations. So I would say the quality of the microphones is indistinguishable from the one on the Phones and better than using the earpod’s mic. I did speak in a quiet environment so can’t asses about external noise, but the Airpods don’t have active noise cancelation per se.

Concerns

Some have reported potentially disruptive popping and crackling noises with the AirPods, although one user eventually discovered that nearby Bluetooth devices were the culprit for the dip in sound quality on the AirPods.

HOWEVER they have a major flaw. In my case (and 1 other person on twitter I saw so far), the connection (with my iPhone 7) very often gets lost for a split second, with crackling and popping sounds. This is extremely annoying. I’m not sure if it’s my unit, a batch of units, or a generic issue with them all. I’ll continue using them in different settings and see how they go. If it continues I’ll ask for a replacement set. If it’s a wide spread issue, I guess there will be a #PoppingGate of sorts

Ok it seems that my iPhone was too close to my wireless Logitech mouse (on my right), causing interference with the AirPods. I moved my iPhone to the left of me, and have had no disconnections at all for over 20 minutes now

There also appears to be a learning curve with tapping to activate Siri on the AirPods. Redditor Portatort mentioned that “double tap for Siri might require some getting used to. Most double taps don’t seem to activate it. But I might not be tapping correctly.”

Other Points

There are many other topics of discussion swirling around the AirPods today, including the usefulness of automatic music pausing when the AirPods are taken out of an ear. Other factors of Apple’s new wireless headphones will undoubtedly vary on a case-by-case basis, including personal opinions on how the AirPods look when worn, and whether or not they stay firmly in-ear while running. Most reports on the latter subject — including some head shaking user test videos on Twitter — do suggest that the AirPods will make a reliable exercise companion.