All the essential iPhone, iPad, Apple and apps news from the last week

The iPad is 7 years old! Read our coverage of the iPad’s anniversary, including a time line of key updates. Read the story!

Record iPhone sales After a period of decline, Apple has brought the iPhone back to record sales figures. How did they do it? Read the story!

Theater Mode arrives The much teased Theater Mode has surfaced… but not where you’d necessarily expect. Read the story!

5G is coming Carriers exploring future rollout, iPhone & iPad users to get speeds more than 10 times faster than 4G/LTE. Read the story!

Activation Lock Apple takes down tool users use to ensure second hand devices aren’t locked to another user’s account after being stolen. Why? Read the story!

Tim Cook’s memo Apple CEO explains that the company doesn’t support the immigration executive order signed by President Trump. Read the memo: Read the story!

AI research group Apple joins not-for-profit group as a founding member with other major tech firms. What will they do? Read the story!

Apple Music Apple hires Spotify executive to help its streaming service entice exclusives from independent music labels. Read the story!

Nintendo releases next game Another mobile game from the console giant hits iOS after Super Mario Run – but Fire Emblem Heroes is free. Read the story!

MacBook Pro ban Those taking a state bar exam in various areas might find their MacBook Pro is banned if it comes with a Touch Bar. Read the story!

Elsewhere

In declining market, Apple iPad remains No. 1 – via AppAdvice

Apple along with other tech giants working on a letter opposing Trump’s travel ban – via iDownloadBlog

Apple introduces Pro Apps Bundle for education – via The Loop

Tim Cook will receive honorary degree from University of Glasgow – via iDownloadBlog

Also: Apple in 2017 – what to expect this year: iPhones, iPads & new product lines