New iPhone X and iPhone X Plus might Support Apple Pencil

According to Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, the upcoming 2nd Gen iPhone X, and a purported 6.5-inch model ‘iPhone X Plus’, will apparently both come with Apple Pencil Compatibility.

 

The Apple Pencil will only work with the OLED models, not the lower cost LCD model. The Pencil, released in November 2015, currently works  all iPad Pro models and the 6th Gen iPad, which is generally targeted at educational use.

 

If the reports are true, we’re hoping that they will be releasing a smaller Apple Pencil for use with the mobile devices, as the current rendition would be rather large.

 

 

We’ll likely see at the September Apple ‘big reveal’ event. Would you like to see a mobile version of the Apple Pencil?

 

Verizon-ers, want some free Apple Music?

You can have some free Apple Music!

 

It was announced last week that new and existing customers with a Verizon Unlimited plan, can, as of today, sign up for free 6 month long Apple Music subscriptions.

 

If this is you, all you need to do is go to the Apple Music section on the Verizon website sign up. You’ll need to log in with a Verizon subscriber account after which you’ll receive a text message with a link that needs to be opened on your mobile device.

 

For iPhone and Android users that already have the app installed, it will open it up with subscription options. If the app isn’t already installed, the App Store or Google Play store will open with instructions to download the app.

 

This offer is available to all Unlimited subscribers, including Verizon Plan Unlimited, Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited.

 

If you already subscribe to Apple Music but want it for free instead, you’ll need to cancel your exisitng Apple Music subscirption in order to activate the offer.

 

EXCEPT – This does not work for the family plan. You’ll need to cancel the family plan, and then each individual will need to activate the free offer separately.

 

And – you can cancel at any time.

 

Happy Free Music Thursday, Unlimited Verizon-ers!

The original iMac might make you feel old

Recognize these beasts?

 

 

 

If you do, this miiight make you feel old. Old and impressed though!

 

Today, TWENTY years ago, the first iMac was officially released. The ever-so-joyfully colored iMac G3.

 

The iMac has continued to exist in better and better (and greyer) forms over those twenty and has not only become waaaay more compact and sleek, but has also become waaaay more powerful.

 

Like you, right?

 

The computer was designed by Apple design chief Jony Ive, and was introduced by Steve Jobs in May 1998 as such:

 

“This is iMac. The whole thing is translucent. You can see into it. It’s so cool,” said Jobs when introducing the iMac G3.

 

It sold originally for $1299, and came equipped with a 233 – 700MHz PowerPC 750 G3 processor, 4GB of storage, a 15-inch CRT, a CD-ROM drive, and an ATI graphics card, all of which made the iMac a best seller. In fact, released just a year after Jobs returned to Apple, the iMac was thought to be behind 1999’s first quarter profits tripling.

 

Today, the iMac is available in 21.5 and 27-inch size options, with 4K and 5K Retina displays, Kaby Lake chips, AMD graphics, and super fast SSDs.
There is also an iMac Pro, for Apple’s more professional users with a Space Gray body, Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, Radeon Pro Vega graphics, and up to 4TB of SSD storage.

 

Happy Birthday, iMac. Although we may miss your large colorful body in our lives,  We appreciate you even more for what you’ve become.

 

New MacBook Air expected?

 

There will reportedly be a new entry-level laptop in the Fall. Predictions have gone back and forth as to if it will be a new MacBook Air or a new MacBook, and today Taiwanese research firm TrendForce predicted that it would be a new MacBook Air that would be released by Apple in either September or October.

 

The device, either MacBook or Macbook Air, is rumored to have a 13-inch retina display and have a starting price of $999 or less in the United States.

 

If it were to be a MacBook Air, that would be pretty great, as the current MacBook Air hasn’t seen any major updates in over three years.

 

With a super large new release line up for the Fall – three new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4, updated iMac and Mac Mini models, some are saying that this will lead Apple to have two events, the first major (read:iPhone) event in September, and a secondary event in October.  The last time we had two Apple events in the fall was in 2016.

 

 

Siri could offer multiuser support

 

Apple has a newly granted patent for “User profiling for voice input processing,” which may be used for Siri. Siri can currently distinguish an iPhone owner’s voice from other people, but it can’t provide customized responses for different users.

 

The patent (broadly, if used) could allow a device to identify different users, through a variety of means,  including username and password, recognizing specific commands, or biometric voice print. The Siri could refer to a specific user’s content preferences, requests, and phrasings to make Siri more accurate.

 

Oh hiiiii Siri!

 

Apple Removes Group FaceTime From iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Sad FaceTime.

 

Apple has just removed the greatly anticipated Group FaceTime feature from the latest iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas,  deciding instead to release it at a undisclosed later date.

 

Group FaceTime is exactly how it sounds, letting a bunch of people – up to 32 – FaceTime video/audio at the same time.

 

It’s actually been available on iOS 12 and macOS Mojave since the first betas became available in June, but there was no forthcoming reason to have taken it off today, just that  ‘the feature has been removed from the initial releases of macOS Mojave and iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall.

 

Bye 32 people FaceTime party, see you in the Fall sometime.

 

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New Comedy Show picked up by Apple

Good news for fans of ‘It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and it’s stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day!

 

Apple has given a straight to series order for a half hour comedy by the duo, which apparently will be set in a video game development studio.

 

The pair also write for ‘It’s always Sunny’ and will write and executive produce this series, with McElhenney reportedly starring.

 

 

The show has no debut date, however whispers suggest spring 2019.

 

 

More Back to School Deals on Apple!

It’s sale time! And back to school time. Cool?

 

Get your self to some of the big box stores for some slash priced deals on Apple products!

 

Apple Airpods Wireless Headphones for $144 at Walmart (normally $159.99).

 

Apple iPad 128GB 5th Generation WiFi Tablet in Silver for $349 at Walmart (normally $429).

 

Apple Watch Series 1 42mm for $179 at Walmart (normally $279).

 

At Best Buy’s Back to School Apple sale, you can get a range of good deals, made better if you take advantage of Best Buy’s student discounts. 

 

Grab an older MacBook Pro or MacBook Air  –  for instance, you can get a 13-inch MacBook Air for just $900, down $100 from its normal price. With student pricing, that works out to $750.

 

Also take up to $200 off the iPhone 6 and 6s and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

 

Best Buy is additionally offering 30% off several certified refurbished products ranging from Apple Watches to Smart Keyboards.

 

Happy Shopping! ( And schooling ).

 

iOS 12 Fourth Public Beta Released

Apple has seeded the fourth public beta of iOS 12 to public beta testers today!

 

If you want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple’s beta testing website, which will give you access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas. BUT! Beware, as it’s a Beta, there can and will be bugs.

 

Case in point: today’s iOS 12 beta introduces several new bugs that testers should be aware of:
After restarting a device, paired Bluetooth accessories might not function correctly or might be displayed using the device’s address instead of name.
Using Apple Pay Cash to send or request money via Siri may result in an error.
When using CarPlay, Siri can’t open an app by name. Shortcuts that involve opening an app won’t work, and Shortcuts that require confirmation might not work.
Some Shortcuts requests might not work.
When multiple ride-sharing apps are installed, Siri might open an app instead of providing an ETA or location when asked. Apple suggests asking again as a fix.
Users might not see custom UI when using Siri Suggestions Shortcuts with built-in intents.

 

But, what about the good stuff?

 

The iOS 12 update brings changes like Group FaceTime, (YAY!) local multiplayer shared AR experiences, new Animoji, and a Memoji feature that’s designed to let you create a personalized Animoji that looks just like you, WHICH, alongside stickers and text, can be used in FaceTime and the Messages App with the new Effects camera.

 

 

New Do Not Disturb features make it easier to manage notifications, as do interactive notification options and notification grouping on the Lock screen.

 

Siri is better with more information available, as well as Siri Shortcuts that work with third-party apps to create voice-activated automations, and Siri is also smarter and able to provide info on motorsports, food, and celebrities.

 

The camera will launch up to 70 percent faster and the keyboard will appear up to 50 percent faster.

 

The revamped Maps app (Available for now only in Northern California) displays foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately, and it brings improvements to traffic, real-time road conditions, construction notices, and more.

 

iOS 12 will be available to developers and public beta testers as a beta for the next two months to allow Apple to work out said bugs ahead of a Fall launch alongside their shiny new iPhones.

What’s coming next for Apple?

Don’t worry, Summer’s not over yet, but that doesn’t stop those of us in the tech world looking forward to that magical time, Fall, when the leaves are falling and new Apple products are appearing in hands all over the world.

 

What kind of Apple products, you say?

 

Purportedly (as always), here’s what you may or may not expect to see;

 

A new lower price MacBook Air, same size, larger screen.

 

Apple Watch Series 4, apparently, the device will have it’s very own first major design shift this year, with a reduction in the bezel size; so, a larger display with no increase in body size. This would give the display edges a curve, similar to the iPhone X.
The new Apple Watch will also no longer use the current physical Digital Crown and Side button and instead use ones powered by its Taptic Engine.

 

The iPad Pro will get an iPhone X-like design overhaul with a reduction in bezel sizes on both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro variants.

 

Three new iPhone models are expected: two models with OLED screens, one 5.8 inches and one 6.5 inches. The third would be a 6.1-inch LCD lower priced model.  According to reports, all three models will have the TrueDepth camera array and use Face ID.

 

Foxconn is expected to assemble the majority of Apple’s three iPhone models coming out later this year, whilst the rest of the  orders will be fulfilled by Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron.

 

So there you have it. And one more thing? We hope so! We love one more thing!!