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Apple reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies and more

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts. Editors and curators from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes highlight great content from indie artists and developers from around the globe.

Music

On Apple Music, Drake tops album of the year with “More Life,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” gets top song honors. Taylor Swift’s album “reputation” has already shot up to #3 on the 2017 US top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time. Apple Music Up Next 2017 artists Khalid, Daniel Caesar and 6LACK all earned GRAMMY nominations as part of their success this year.

Apps

App Store editors identify four breakout trends in app culture for 2017: the introduction of AR (augmented reality) apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness and apps transforming storytelling and reading.

iTunes Movies

The top movie of the year was “Moana,” followed by “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Wonder Woman.” iTunes is leading the charge toward 4K HDR content, with most of the top charting movies already available in 4K HDR as well as classics and holiday favorites like the Harry Potter series, “Home Alone,” “Office Christmas Party” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

iTunes TV

Drama is the genre dominating the iTunes TV charts this year, with favorites like “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” topping the year. New series driving the charts this year were HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and FX’s “The Americans.”

Apple Podcasts

“Fresh Air” remains the most downloaded podcast of the year. Daily news has proven a popular genre, with new podcasts this year like “The Daily” from the New York Times and “Up First” from NPR charting in the most downloaded podcasts of the year. True crime continues to drive listenership with top shows like “A Murder On Orchard Street,” “Dirty John” and “S-Town.”

Books

This year’s iBooks fiction charts were filled with titles adapted into TV shows including “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies,” as well as “feel-good” fiction such as “Before We Were Yours.” “Hillbilly Elegy” topped the nonfiction charts, leading a wave of titles on current events and politics.

iTunes U

Computer science was a huge area of interest in 2017, with the top three courses on iTunes U focusing on learning to code and developing apps with Swift. Popular courses this year covered the breadth of human curiosity, from the language of music to human emotions to personal finance to machine learning.

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Selfie Scenes for immersive, 360-degree selfies on iPhone X

Apple just recently announced a major update to Clips, the free app for iOS that makes it easy to create and share fun videos using iPhone or iPad. Clips introduces Selfie Scenes and adds artistic style transfer effects and a redesigned interface that makes it easier than ever to create great videos on the go.

Selfie Scenes is an exciting new feature that places users into animated, 360-degree scenes when recording selfies. Using the sophisticated TrueDepth camera system on iPhone X, Selfie Scenes transports users into bustling cities, serene landscapes, abstract paintings and even the Millennium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

“Clips users love how quick and easy it is to create amazing videos on iPhone or iPad,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “And we’re making it even more fun with Selfie Scenes. By harnessing the incredible new TrueDepth camera system on iPhone X, users can now record selfies against a variety of fun and whimsical backdrops with just a tap.”

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New Effects and Stickers with better interface

New artistic effects use advanced machine learning and style transfer technology to turn any photo or video into a moody oil painting, vibrant watercolor or elegant pencil sketch — in real time while recording. Clips also adds more content from Disney, including full-screen posters featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, as well as Star Wars stickers featuring animated versions of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and others. Users can also add more personality to their Clips videos with 16 new Apple-designed stickers and 21 new royalty-free soundtracks from indie artists. And, as with all Clips soundtracks, these new tracks automatically adjust to match the length of videos.

The easy-to-use interface gets even better with a streamlined design that puts frequently used controls easily within reach. A new Effects browser lets users view and choose filters, labels, stickers and emoji. Labeled buttons make it easier than ever to edit Live Titles, add or change filters, trim, mute and delete clips. And full-screen browsers allow users to see more of their content when viewing their photo library or selecting animated posters.

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Applications

What Is Apple’s Files App Introduced With iOS 11?

Along with the introduction of many new features with the introduction of the highly anticipated iOS 11, the users have met beautiful innovations. With the introduction of iOS 11, users now have a file manager application. So, let’s have a brief look at this Apple Files! What is Apple Files? What does Apple Files offer to the users?

What is the Apple Files application?

One of the most notable of innovations in iOS 11 is Files app. With Apple’s file manager application for iOS users, a brand new experience of organizing all the files in one place welcomes the Apple lovers.

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We will not be able to access system files with the file manager application. However, with the iOS 11 update, the Files app, which will bring all of the items in iCloud Drive, files in third-party cloud programs like Box or Dropbox, will provide a nice experience for users.

The filing system, which iOS users have been waiting for years, comes at the end with the new version of the mobile operating system. The new Files application, powered by the Finder application logic in MacOS, will empower the iPad and iPhone users. It allows us to access the files stored on the device and the files on iCloud Drive. It also serves as a central system within third-party Drive applications.

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Apple defines the app as:

Files.
Wherever they are, they’re here.

The new Files app brings all your files together. You can easily browse, search, and organize all your files in one place. And there’s a dedicated place for your recent files. Not just the ones on your iPad, but also those in apps, on your other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive, and across other services like Box and Dropbox.

How to use Apple Files?

Apple’s Files application draws attention with similarities to Finder in MacOS. On the last tab of the application you can sort your files by labels in different colors according to importance.

For now, this app is available for iPad users, and will also apply to iPhone users with the iOS 11 update in September.

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Apple Unveils All-New App Store That Is Beautifully Redesigned

Apple keeps announcing new products and services these days. Every other day, comes another update. Now we are informed of the all-new App Store that offers easier design to reach apps and games than ever before. Since the establishment of the store in 2008, App Store users have downloaded more than 180 billion apps. Apple never stops developing the service with a budget over $70 billion for developers to provide a more vibrant software marketplace.

“Together with our incredible developer community, we’ve made the App Store the best app platform in the world, and more than 500 million unique customers visit it every week,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now, we are taking everything we’ve learned from the App Store over the past nine years and putting it into a stunning new design. Every element of the new App Store is richer, more beautiful and more engaging.”

Today

Today tab is the start point for a daily destination all about games, apps and app culture. Within the tab, the App Store’s global team of editors will share the stories behind the apps and games. That means Apple is determined to be a love-brand in the future, too. Today will feature exclusive premieres, new releases and a fresh look at all-time favorites, as well as recommended tips and how-to guides to help customers use apps in innovative ways.

Games and Apps

As the most popular category on the App Store, Games will feature recommendations of new releases and updates, compelling videos, top charts just for games and hand-picked collections. What is new in this category: easier navigation among the over half a million games available, best match considering the perfect game for everyone.

Apps will also have its own tab with great recommendations, videos and hand-picked collections across 24 categories, as well as its own app charts.

Updates and Search

The Updates tab seem to provide to quickly see what is new in apps and games, and Search has been enhanced to include the editorial content found in Today, Games and Apps. Search by name, category, developer or topic, and you’ll receive relevant results for specific apps and games, as well as editorial stories, collections and in-app purchases.

App Product Pages

When it comes to app product page, Apple has redesigned the experience so that all developers can spotlight their apps with a more useful hierarchy. Each app will be localized to offer a more customized versions.

In-App Purchases

With the update in App Store, in-app purchases seems to be more discoverable and show up on an app product page and in search results, and editors can feature them in Today, Games and Apps. So overall hierarchy of the store will serve to make it easy to use.

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Siri Is Getting Ready For Next Generation Of Intelligent Devices

Siri was the smartest intelligent assistant for years, but then Amazon, Microsoft and Google have got stronger in the game. Not surprisingly, Apple have taken the action to secure its leading position.

The brand’s effort to improve intelligent life-supporter is an important sign of Apple’s vision for future. So, what is happening nowadays with Siri? There came out a startup to make businesses life easier with unorganized and unstructured database. $200 million is the budget for the startup that will be helpful to deal with paragraphs of text and databases that are structured far from being neat.

20 engineers are co-working for the project targeting to make Siri ready for future technology, or even to lead it. This deal proves Apple’s proactive character, which is the main power making Apple Apple both in the past and in today’s extremely digital world. So, the project is foreshadowing the brand’s perseverance in leadership.

How does the system works?

Siri have the knowledge on many areas to share them with the user. That means, the artificial intelligence uses a knowledge graph to ‘understand’ complex situations. Even now, Siri can understand detailed requests such as “Find TV shows for kids” with a detail of “only comedies.”

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This smart device keeps learning as you talked to it and with this improvement by Apple’s engineers the information kept in algorithms of the device will reach a huge number. It will respond even your unstructured questions, which is really hard to do in today’s technology although we think that technology has already been super improved. There is long way to go for the engineers in this sector.

On the other hand Dr. Dan Klein, chief scientist at Semantic Machines thinks that under these conditions, we can never be sure of how correct the answer is. He says; “You can do a better job of extracting unstructured data if you track confidence all the way through.”