Quick Takes: WebKit Team Teases ‘Cool New Apple Products’ as Rumors Persist About Red iPhones

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In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Monday, April 2

  • WebKit’s verified Twitter account teases “cool new Apple products” in the pipeline: WebKit is the open source web browser engine used by Safari on macOS and iOS, so the tweet from the Apple-owned account could be referring to a wide range of different products.

  • What Apple’s education announcements mean for accessibility: Accessibility expert and former special educator Steven Aquino believes that an iPad is far superior to a Chromebook in many levels of special education. Nevertheless, he feels there is enormous potential for Apple to go further. For example, he says Apple could broaden its new Schoolwork app to incorporate Individualized Education Programs.
  • Red-colored iPhones may still be coming: On March 21, 2017, Apple unveiled a special (PRODUCT)RED edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Rumor has it Apple may do so again this year with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and/or iPhone X at some point this month.

  • macOS 10.13.4 and external displays with DisplayLink software aren’t playing friendly: In the meantime, DisplayLink has released a new version 4.3 driver that will enable clone mode, but not mirror or extended mode displays on macOS 10.13.4. The notice from DisplayLink’s website:

    We have become aware that installing macOS release version 10.13.4 will cause DisplayLink connected displays to go blank after the OS upgrade, with the current DisplayLink driver [4.1] installed. Functionality such as Ethernet and audio, where implemented, is unaffected. We have alerted Apple to this issue and are working hard to find a resolution. These features continue to work as expected in macOS 10.13.3.

  • Chrome Remote Desktop and Hotels.com apps optimized for iPhone X display: The updates are available from the App Store. The wait continues for a handful of other popular apps, including Inbox by Gmail, Google Authenticator, iMovie, and Amazon Alexa.

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Technology is constantly evolving and with each new day comes a new gadget to make your life a little easier, a lot more enjoyable, and sometimes safer. Some gadgets are certainly more useful than others, however you’ll never know how beneficial one can be until you try it out for yourself. With that being said, we’ve […]
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Best iPad Cases for Kids: Cute, Cool & Kid-Proof Accessories

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Kids love iPad time as much as the rest of us, but am I the only one who can almost see my iPad cringe at my child’s enthusiastic appreciation? My standard protective iPad case can handle the wear and tear of adult and teenage use, but isn’t up to the task of drops, bangs, and spills that a younger child dishes out. Therefore, I’ve set about to find the very best iPad cases for young children so that I can safeguard my iPad and my nerves from the perils of our preschooler in residence. I’m looking for three key features in my search for the best iPad case for kids: it must be drop proof, easily cleaned, and cute. Let’s get started on our review of my findings so you can decide which of these iPad-saving cases you’d choose!

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Best iPad mini Cases for Kids

Griffin Fox ($ 10) and Panda ($ 11.95) KaZoo Animal Cases

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Fits: iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3

Features: Large, silicone frame is easy to hold, washable, and protects your device from drops and bumps. The feet serve as stylus storage, a sturdy base for vertical viewing, and create an ergonomic angle for horizontal use. 

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​ProsBesides the instant “aww factor,” these iPad mini cases​ caught my attention because of the large, cushioned area they create around the iPad’s display. I also love the fact that this is a simple, one-piece case with no kickstand-style prop for vertical use. As my fellow parents know, any movable piece on a toy or device will get played with and yanked until it breaks. The KaZoo case has solved that issue handily!

Cons: Unfortunately not available for iPad mini 3 or other iPad versions. Also, doesn’t come with a screen protector.

TopES iPad Mini Case ($ 18.99)

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Fits: iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPad Mini Retina Models (only comes in green)

Features: Large, silicone gel frame with easy-grip handles on three sides and holes for carabiners at all four corners. Drop resistant and shockproof as well, easy to remove and wash.

Pros: Includes a tempered glass screen protector, comes in four bright colors. I love the idea of using the included lanyard to hang this iPad over the headrest in the car, so the kids don’t squabble about who gets to hold the iPad. No one gets it, kids; it’s going in the middle where you can’t reach it, the end!

Cons: Has the kickstand-style prop for vertical viewing, but you can hang it as an alternative to using this feature. 

Speck Products iGuy Case ($ 19.78–$ 24.95)

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Fits: iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7 Inch 

Features: Made of EVA foam, this military-grade drop tested iPad case is lightweight, flexible, and super cute. The feet allow it to stand freely for vertical display and for setting the screen at just the right angle for horizontal use. 

Pros: Gorgeous colors, intense cuteness, rugged durability, easy to clean, comes in a wide variety of sizes.

Cons: No included screen guard.

Tech21 Evo Play Case ( $ 49.95)

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Fits: iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2

Features: Lightweight, all-angle drop protection, circular handle that fits into the back of the case for a seamless feel when closed.

Pros: Dishwasher safe. I repeat, dishwasher safe. This  iPad case is the only that I’ve found with this feature, and it’s almost enough to make me buy it right now.

Cons: Pink and blue only for colors, really guys? I would have loved to see some gender-neutral choices here. Also, no included screen protector. I’ll withhold my usual kickstand complaint as this one looks like it’s extremely well constructed!

Lioeo iPad Case ($ 16.99)

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Fits: iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7 inch

Features: This protective case is made of lightweight, non-toxic silicone foam. Grippy carrying handles on the top and sides. Cute, chubby feet for vertical viewing also provide just the right tilt for horizontal use.

Pros: Comes in eight bright colors with no movable parts to break. The cover is completely washable.

Cons: No screen guard included, the case has a slightly cheap look with visible seams.

Best iPad Cases for Kids: Which Would You Choose?

After much consideration, my favorite is the TopEs iPad Mini Case. What sold me on this accessory versus the other brands is its versatility. I love that kids can safely carry it around the house, as well as bring it in the car; the included lanyard for attaching to a headrest is such a helpful feature! The lanyard would be great to use in the house as well, to tether the iPad to one location so that it doesn’t get misplaced or brought into the bathroom (house rule there.) The one-year warranty and included tempered-glass screen guard clinched the deal for me.

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Which of these iPad covers would you consider purchasing? Do you have any other suggestions for our readers? Please comment below.

 

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We can all yell at our Google Home to start playing something, but what if it was possible to choose our songs in some other super cool, super throwback way? hoveeman thought this through and built an awesome jukebox-style system for his Google Home and Chromecast speakers. Before I bore you with the technical stuff, check out the video below to see how things work. 

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Augmented reality is having a moment on Android. Thanks to ARCore, which now works on more than a dozen device models—Google says that’s more than 100 million individual devices—we’ve seen a ton of new applications that insert virtual objects into our real surroundings. A lot of them are shopping and interior design apps, which makes sense—AR’s ability to make items appear in your home is a great way to see what a couch looks like in your living room without actually lugging it in there.

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There was a time when the tower defense aisle of the App Store was so jammed packed that it was hard to get that interested in any new ones. Now that it’s 2018, the App Store has shifted significantly and all these old genres feel fresh again just because everyone else is making super derivative freemium junk. That’s definitely the case with Defend the Cake [$ 4.99], check out the gameplay video we shot at GDC:

I love the combo of both open field tower defense similar to Fieldrunners [$ 2.99] along with being able to place your main base (or cake, I guess). It adds a surprising layer of complexity, as you can definitely really make the game much more difficult for yourself by placing the cake in a bad spot. Defend the Cake is on the App Store right now, so if you think this even sounds remotely interesting be sure to check it out.

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The station wagon is the vinyl record of the car industry. Rare, purist, and extremely cool when you find one, which means they are primed for a comeback.

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The advertising for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which hits theaters on March 29th, treads a weird tonal line. Most of it presents the story of pop-culture-obsessed future teenager Wade Watts as cool and exciting. But occasionally, the marketing feels like a surprisingly cutting takedown of the film’s own premise. And I’m not sure where its newest promotional stunt, a series of elaborate movie poster mash-ups, is supposed to fall.

If you’re not familiar with Ready Player One, it’s set primarily in a virtual world called the OASIS, essentially a giant VR amalgamation of 20th century pop culture. So, naturally, the new images recreate iconic film posters using the virtual avatars of Ready Player One’s various characters. (You can…

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Augmented Reality

One of the more compelling features Apple introduced in iOS 11 was ARKit, a framework which allows developers to easily incorporate immersive augmented reality experiences into their apps. Hardly a surprise, Apple has been championing the benefits of augmented reality for quite some time, with Tim Cook going so far as to call the technology “big and profound” a few months back.

Since iOS 11 dropped this past fall, we’ve seen a number of truly fascinating applications of the technology. And while we wouldn’t go so far as to say that augmented reality on the iPhone has been a game-changer thus far, the potential is certainly there.

One of the more intriguing ARKit demos we’ve seen in recent memory comes courtesy of Peter Norrby, an artist based out of Sweden. The end result is something of an optical illusion as evidenced via the Twitter video below.

As to how it all came together, Norrby explained (via comments picked up by Mashable): “I’m using iPhone X with ARKit’s face-tracking to perform head-tracking in 3D.”

Incidentally, Norrby is planing to make his app — which is dubbed The Parallax View — available on the App Store for free. And if you’re curious as to the technical underpinnings of the app, Norrby said he’s planning on making the source code available to the public.

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