WWDC 2019!!

Apple’s 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be from Monday, June 3rd and last until Friday, June 7th,  at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

 

The keynote will be held on the first day and will debut new software (iOS 13, macOS 10.15, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6) and… hopefully some new hardware too (Mac pro, new iPad?) .

 

 

 

 

 

From Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:

 

“WWDC is Apple’s biggest event of the year. It brings thousands of the most creative and dedicated developers from around the world together with over a thousand Apple engineers to learn about our latest platform innovations and to connect as a community. Our developers are incredibly passionate about creating the next generation of mind-blowing experiences for the world through apps. We can’t wait to get together with them and share what’s next.”

 

 

Developers are able to register to attend here, and will be chosen using a lottery system, after which tickets are priced at $1599, although in order to enter the lottery to begin with, devs must have been a member of the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of March 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Registration will be open until March 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and developers who win a ticket will be notified by March 21 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

 

If you aren’t lucky enough to be a chosen developer,  Apple is also making up to 350 WWDC Student Scholarships available to students and members of STEM organizations. Scholarships include a free WWDC ticket, free lodging, and a free one-year membership to the Apple Developer Program.

 

Sound awesome? Yup! All you need to do in order to enter to win is  create an interactive Swift Playground that can be experienced within three minutes. Apple is taking applications until Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT, with scholarship winners to be notified by Monday, April 15.

 

You will also be able to livestream the keynote through the Apple Developer website or the dedicated WWDC app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

 

We’re sure to hear more about what to expect in the lead up and we’ll let you know anything we hear on the Apple vine!

Apple’s plans to blow us away

Apple plans to blow us away with plans for future products. What plans? Well, this is Apple, so we don’t have very much of an idea. But here’s some tiny shreds of ideas we do have.

 

In the annual investor’s meeting this morning,  CEO Tim Cook said he was “rolling the dice” on some future products that will “blow you away.”

 

So there’s the blow you away part.
Then he said that one of Apple’s goals is to reduce the price of the 2018 Retina MacBook Air, (currently at $1,200) and that  there’s a “long, great roadmap” of “fantastic” products on the horizon.

 

We’re thinking Airpods 2, possibly in new colors and with wireless charging and Siri functionality, and something WAY more exciting is the prospect of augmented reality smart glasses based on some recent patent filings. Some are still hopeful of a full self driving vehicle, but we’re not so sure about that now, after Apple recently laid off a bunch of folk in that department.

 

We can also likely expect a new entertainment streaming service and news service being unveiled in the next couple of months.

 

On another note, during the call, Tim Cook also advised that Apple is well on its way towards meeting the goal it set in 2016, which was to double its $25 billion revenue by 2020.

 

That’s a whole ‘lotta apples.

 

Innovative Technology in Schools celebrated by Apple

Apple has just launched a new article series which highlights very deserving teachers and students who use innovative technology at school.

 

First up, we have Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) in California, who host an annual student-created show called “Playlist” as part of the Music, Media and Entertainment Technology (MMET) program at the Academy. MMET is the brainchild of Apple Distinguished Educator alum Jamie Knight and Apple Distinguished Educator Michael Simmons, along with Huntington Beach APA.

 

 

To help in the creation of the show, students use Apple computers and iPads and software such as Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X, and learn how to do so as part of their curriculum. Students also have access to a recording studio and a Yamaha CL5 digital mixer for controlling sound levels in the theatre.

 

Jamie Knight says:

 

“We don’t just focus on the technology, it’s that performing arts experience that gives them leadership skills, confidence, team work, all of those soft skills that businesses want. You have to perform to get that, and then when you marry that with the technology and you give the kids the ability to have a real recording studio to work with, they’re going to be the next Steven Spielberg, or the next Paul McCartney.”

 

You can read all about it, and keep up with how Apple technology is being used in other Schools across the country, here, in Apple’s Newsroom. 

 

Shot on iPhone winners announced

Looks like these people used the ‘How to shoot on iPhone’ tutorial series Apple ran, huh?

 

Robert Glaser (Germany), iPhone 7

 

Apple just announced the 10 winners of its ‘Shot on iPhone’ photography challenge. The competition ran from January 22 to February 7.

 

The winners are Alex Jiang, Blake Marvin, Elizabeth Scarrott, Andrew Griswold, Bernard Antolin, and LieAdi Darmawan from the U.S., Darren Soh from Singapore, Nikita Yarosh from Belarus, Dina Alfasi from Israel, and Robert Glaser from Germany.

 

Each of the winners used different iPhones varying from the iPhone 7 through iPhone XS Max, and their winning creations will be featured on Apple Billboards, on the Apple website and socials, and in Apple retail stores.

 

The judges included marketing chief Phil Schiller, a group of Apple employees as well as well-known photographers Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack, and Arem Duplessis.

 

 

 

View all of the photos at the Apple Newsroom.

Apple’s new YouTube series

Apple has recently produced a new series for iPhone called, fittingly, ‘How to shoot for iPhone’.

 

It features a super broad list of 38 videos in the series, covering topics such as ‘How to shoot during Golden Hour’, ‘How to shoot a Selfie with the timer’, ‘How to shoot a close-up’ and much more.

 

If you’re like many people and just use the camera on your iPhone to point and shoot in the way that looks best, sitting down and watching a few of these could be worthwhile.

 

We’ve featured the first Two videos below; ‘How to shoot with depth control on iPhone’ and ‘How to Shoot with Stage Light Mono on iPhone’. Also see Apple’s new Ad featuring people being funny about using Depth Control.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Learning! It’s the best!

 

Special Apple Media Event

According to the Apple-vine, we can expect a Special Media Event on March 25th at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

 

What is this event all about? Apparently, we can expect an introduction to a new subscription news service, and possibly a stand-alone video streaming service.

 

Fancy Pants actresses Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, are said to be attending the event, all of whom star in shows that Apple has purchased. The streaming service is supposed to be similar to veteran streaming services such as Netflix and will include TV shows and movies acquired by or funded by Apple, who reportedly has more than two dozen original television shows in the works.

 

It is unclear at this stage as to if any of the content will be provided for free to Apple TV owners or not.

 

The news service on the other hand, seems to be a definitive paid subscription, and we’re looking at around $9.99 a month for unlimited access to paywalled content from sites like The New York Times and the Washington Post. There is also likely to be a magazine subscription service, which could be bundled with both of the above services.

 

 

We’ll find out all the details on March 25th!

 

 

New iOS update fixes Group FaceTime Bug

Apple has just released iOS 12.1.4.  Yay! Why Yay?  Well, the update includes a fix for the much talked about privacy bug in Group FaceTime.

 

Which bug? Well if you haven’t heard, there was a flaw in the previous iOS that let callers access the call recipient’s microphone and front-facing camera.

 

 

From the Source: “We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience,” Apple also noticed that there was another vulnerability whereby participants could capture Live Photos during a FaceTime call. “To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS,”

 

 

If you want to use Group FaceTime and not have to worry about the bug, —> Back up your iOS device, connect to Wi-Fi ,  go to Settings > General > Software Update to install the latest version of the operating system, iOS 12.1.4.

 

Now, who wants to FaceTime party?!

 

 

 

Discounted iPad Pro!

Right now, Amazon is having a limited-time-only sale on a current 10.5-inch iPad Pro model.

 

In the market? Get the 64GB Silver or Space Gray Apple iPad Pro with WiFi for only $500, down from $649. Want WiFi + cellular? This is also on sale for $699 instead of the usual $779.

 

Get on it while it lasts! Good Luck!

 

 

 

New iPads coming in 2019

Apple will reportedly be launching a new fifth-generation iPad mini model as well as a new entry-level iPad.

 

The new model – if real – is said to have an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel, whereas the entry-level iPad will  feature a 10-inch display within a narrower frame. There is also the possibility of two different versions of the entry level iPad.

 

The current entry level iPad supports Apple Pencil and is priced starting at $329.

 

By the way – How are we talking about 2019 already? Like it’s next week or something? Slow down, time.

 

 

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