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9to5Rewards: Enter to win Apple’s new iPad + Apple Pencil! [Giveaway]

Thanks to our sponsor DearMob, we’re giving away Apple’s new 9.7-inch 2018 iPad and an Apple Pencil to one 9to5Mac reader this month.

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Apple Pay expands to Ukraine and UK app-based bank Monzo

Apple Pay has today expanded to the Ukraine; customers who bank with PrivatBank can now register their cards on their iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and Macs. The Ukrainian Finance Minster announced the news on Facebook.

Apple Pay support has also rolled out for Monzo, a UK ‘bank of the future’ which is an internet-only bank that lets customers access its services only through its iOS and Android apps. Despite its innovative brand, it has taken a long time for the bank to support Apple’s contactless mobile payments offering. Better late than never, naturally.


What’s the best photo management solution? Google Photos or iCloud Photos?

I’ve always been a huge fan of cloud-managed photo systems. I did a review of Everpix back in 2013. I even challenged Apple to release something similar to iCloud Photo Library. I’ve written countless articles about Photo Management and discussed it on countless podcasts. Photo management is something I care deeply about.

While I have all my photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library (the 2TB plan), I also still use Google Photos as well. You might wonder why? While I’m firmly entrenched in the Apple ecosystem from a hardware and software perspective, I always like to be flexible.

By keeping a dual copy of my photos in both system, I can easily swap to a Chromebook or Android device without missing a beat. Anytime I make an album in iCloud Photo Library; I always create the same album in Google Photos. Doing this allows me to stay up to date on the strengths and weaknesses of both.


Amazon’s highest rated iPad case now available for Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad

ZUGU CASE, maker of Amazon’s highest rated case for iPad, has now officially confirmed support for Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad released just last month.

The Prodigy Case– also available for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad Pro 10.5– has become one of the most popular iPad cases on Amazon for a reason, with over 90% 5 star ratings it has quickly become a favorite among iPad users because of its very functional magnetic kickstand, while also being rugged and lightweight.

Let’s take a look:


Apple cancels plans for Ireland data center as it is hit with even more court delays

Apple has given up waiting for the go-ahead on its plans for a data center in Ireland, which the company first applied for in 2015. The project hit multiple setbacks over disputes with local groups on environmental concerns. A ‘final decision’ was ruled in Apple’s favor at the end of 2017, so the fate of the project was looking positive.

However, a fresh appeal overrode the judgement and sent the parties back to court. Specifically, the Irish court said it may have to refer to the European Court of Justice on some matters. Referrals to Europe can take many years and it seems that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back and caused Apple to withdraw its proposal.


‘Black dot’ bug is the latest Unicode text handling flaw to crash iPhone and iPads, works on iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4

A new Unicode text bug is being spread around today, popularised by a video by EverythingApplePro. It’s being called the ‘black dot’ bug because of its origins on Android as a bug relating to WhatsApp: it was being spread with the following emoji: <⚫> 👈🏻. The iOS version of this bug is a bit different in its mechanics, but neither variants actually rely on the visible black dot character to cause the freezes and crashes.

The secret is that the strings contain thousands of hidden invisible Unicode characters, which churns through CPU cycles as the system attempts to process them. If this specially crafted text is sent through Messages, it will result in repeated crashes when the recipient tries to read it.


Vectornator Pro, the powerful vector graphic design software for iPad & iPhone is now free

Vectornator Pro has quickly made a name for itself among vector graphic design software for iOS devices, and recently the developers made the Pro version of the software available entirely for FREE on the App Store.

Vectornator offers an incredible amount of value, especially now that it’s available at no cost and still has all of the great pro features the company used to charge for. That includes Adobe Creative Cloud integration to seamlessly hop from Illustrator CC to Vectornator and back again. Check out our hands-on video with Vectornator Pro below:


Apple support document fine print suggests HomePod could debut soon in France, Germany and Japan

About eight hours ago, a strange support document was posted by Apple. It listed the HomePod’s available audio sources (copy and pasted verbatim from the tech specs page) and not much else.

Interestingly, though, clicking the Supported Languages link reveals the following message: ‘English, 日本語,Français,Deutsch,English’. This suggests that HomePod is launching soon in France, Germany and Japan. However, we have dug into this story and it’s not quite as clear cut.


Review: ElevationLab’s innovative hybrid CordDock blends a unique MFi cable and slim, sturdy dock

We tested out the ElevationDock 4 (reviewed) last fall and concluded that it lives up to the self-proclaimed title of “the best dock for iPhone.” The company released its latest offering, CordDock – a hybrid product last month, and we’ve been able to test it out for the last few weeks. Here’s how this slick offering stacks up against ElevationDock 4 and the rest of the market.