Apple Weekly News Roundup: iPhone 5se, Dr. Dre and more

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Apple may finally take the plunge into TV production, with reports of a series starring Dr. Dre in the works. Besides original programming, the company is also set to announce the iPad Air 3 and an upgraded 4-inch iPhone. Both new devices could launch quickly after the official announcement in mid-March. Instagram fans can now easily switch between accounts, and Facebook fans can upload Live Photos. Here are some of the highlights in Apple news this week, including a record dividend for AAPL shareholders.

Facebook adds 5 new iOS features, Live Photos and more

Facebook iOS

Facebook has been working hard on its iOS app lately. It seems that every other week a new feature is added or deeper iPhone support rolls out. December and January in particular have seen several photo and video related additions to the official Facebook app, now at version 47.0. At its core, Facebook allows users to quickly access their accounts from anywhere to share updates, have conversations, play games and receive notifications. There have been five significant updates to the Facebook app over the past few weeks.

Facebook launches Live Photo support, HTML5 video

Facebook iOS

Facebook continues to release updates to its iOS app, adding features and optimizing the experience for users. The latest version supports Live Photos, bringing short video clips captured on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to the masses. Now that any Apple device running iOS 9 can view Live Photos, Facebook has joined the party by integrating the feature directly into their mobile app. To make this happen, Facebook has taken advantage of the Live Photos development kit provided by Apple.

Facebook removes Slingshot and other apps from App Store


Facebook may be the biggest social networking service in the world, but its many attempts to take over people's smartphones with various services, such as Facebook Home, have all failed. Facebook's latest attempt at smartphone domination included Creative Labs -- a company initiative that encouraged Facebook employees to design mobile applications for smart devices. On Monday, Facebook quietly pulled the plug on Creative Labs and three of its apps, according to CNET.

Facebook adds 3D Touch features to iPhone app

Facebook Quick Action Menu

Facebook has updated its iOS app with a Quick Action menu for uploading photos and writing status updates on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The Quick Action menu features three options: Take Photo/Video, Upload Photo/Video or Write Post. To access the menu iPhone 6s owners can firmly press the Facebook app icon on their Home screen.


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