What will Monday bring at WWDC?

WWDC kicks off on Monday with the Keynote speech at 10 A.M. PT, and new information has come through the Apple vine to suggest that not only will the excellent Swift Playgrounds iPad app get some nice upgrades, but also we’ll get a glimpse at the Siri Speaker.

 

In a slightly surprising non-mysterious move, today Apple actually announced that Swift Playgrounds, (aimed at making learning how to code fun), will soon be able to program and control robots, drones, musical instruments, and other toys when the latest version of the app is released at WWDC.

 

Swift Playgrounds version 1.5 is set to be released on June 5, and will support several popular Bluetooth-enabled devices, including LEGO’s MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robot, Sphero’s SPRK+ robotic ball and BB-8 droid, UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Dash by Wonder Workshop, Parrot drones, and other toys.

 

YAY KIDS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE KIND OF JUST LIKE KIDS! From the Sauce, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering:

 

“More than 1 million kids and adults from around the world are already using Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of coding with Swift in a fun and interactive way, now they can instantly see the code they create and directly control their favorite robots, drones and instruments through Swift Playgrounds. It’s an incredibly exciting and powerful way to learn.”

 

Yes sir it is! Swift Playgrounds is a free download on the App Store for all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, and iPad mini 2 or newer.

 

Now this next WWDC news is a little more run-of-the-mill mysterious. It’s said that Apple’s much talked about Siri Speaker will definitely be unveiled next week during the Keynote, that it’s already in production, and that it will be shipping a little later in the year, perhaps as late as the Fall.

 

Apple will also be debuting iOS 11, new WatchOX & TVOS, and MacOS 10.13, and well as possibly new 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and new Macs.

 

You should be able to watch WWDC on Apple’s website, or on your Apple TV.*

 

 

 

 

*Streaming requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

First Editor-in-Chief for Apple News named

Although neither Apple or Lauren Kern, Executive Editor at New York Magazine, have confirmed the hiring, reports are that Ms. Kern will indeed be the first editor-in-chief of Apple News.

 

Some believe that this means that Apple has some big ideas for the development of the curation of the Apple News App, along with the goal of cutting down on that horrible, clickbaity,  fake news stuff.  Which would be sweet, Lauren. Just sayin’.

 

Apple News launched in iOS 9, was updated with iOS 10, so we can likely expect a further update in iOS 11. The app gathers stories from several leading news sources and puts them all on display for it’s users (which, currently is only in the US, Australia and the UK).

 

New iPad News

The rumored upcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are apparently already deep into production, ahead of a reported announcement during the keynote address at WWDC this June.

 

Sneaky leaks have come out in the last couple of days, which talk about a device that has smaller bezels, four speakers, a new microphone slot located at the top rear of the case, a Lightning port, camera with vertically-aligned flash, side volume rockers, and a Smart Connector.

 

The most talked about feature is the bezels, which mean squeezing in a 10.5-inch display into the same form factor as the 9.7-inch iPad.

 

Alongside software updates (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS), the upcoming WWDC is said to have smallish MacBook announcements as well as possibly a reveal of a Siri Speaker.

 

WWDC begins with the Keynote address on Monday, June 5th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA, and you should be able to watch it on the Apple website, through the iOS Apps, and on your Apple TV.

 

Learn how to take better photos on your iPhone 7

Want to take better photos on your iPhone 7? You’re in luck!

 

Recently, Apple launched a “How to Shoot on iPhone 7” website and video series that hosts a bunch (20, to be exact) of  tutorials designed to, well, do exactly that – shoot well on an iPhone 7.

 

The content is consistently being updated, and four new tutorials were added this week. You can learn stuff like how to shoot a selfie, how to edit a selfie – you know, all the important things! You can also learn how to shoot the Horizon  and shoot with zoom, if you’re a little more interested in that kind of thing.

 

Here’s a sample tutorial, and you can check them all out here.

 

 

 

 

 

New MacBooks coming our way

Rumor has it that Apple will be announcing a refresh for it’s MacBook line at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June, with high expectations for an updated MacBook and MacBook Pro, and the possibility of a new MacBook Air.

 

All of the updates will likely only be internal, however, with updated processors, the MacBook Pro and the MacBook both in line to receive a faster Kaby Lake processor.

 

The MacBook Air hasn’t been updated since March 2015, with Apple putting more focus on the other models, however the affordability of the Air has kept it’s sales strong, likely ensuring it’ll be around for a few years more.

 

WWDC keynote begins at 10:00 AM PT, and according to rumors, we’ll also see announcements regarding a new iPad Pro, as well as a Siri speaker.

 

 

 

Wanna chat it up with the King of Apple?

You’re in luck!

 

The King of Apple, otherwise known as CEO Tim Cook, is taking part in an auction to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization, and the winner gets to, well, have lunch with him at the new Apple Park in Cupertino.

 

This lunch, (or rather, the over-lunch-conversation) was originally valued at $100,000 but has now risen to a whopping $456,789.

 

Check it out on Charitybuzz here.

Apple products discounted at Best Buy right now!

Hey Kids! It’s Mom’s day this Sunday! You should probably get her an Apple Watch, right? And hey Mom’s! Is your child going to need an iPad for their BYOD 1:1 program next school year? You guys should probably go shopping together!

 

Best Buy has a Mothers Day Sale on right now featuring a bunch of Apple products.

 

Apple Watch Series 2 models are discounted by $70. The price on the entry-level 38mm models drops to $299 and 42mm models to $329.

 

All 9.7-inch iPad Pro models are discounted by $100. The price on the entry-level 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro, drops to $499.99.

 

When purchasing and activating an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on a monthly installment plan through Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, customers can save up to $300.

 

The latest Silver and Space Gray MacBook Pro models (the 13-inch version without a Touch Bar) are $100 off, dropping the price from $1,499 to $1,399.

 

The MacBook Air is discounted by $200, dropping the price on the entry-level 13-inch model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage from $999.99 to $799.99.

 

Deals are on right now, and will end on May 13. Oh and Kids? Remember the hugs as well as the fancy Apple Watch!

 

 

 

WWDC press invites go out

Press invitations went out today for Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, (WWDC)! The keynote event will be on June 5 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

 

 

During the Keynote, it’s likely we’ll see the reveal of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the possibility of some surprises, perhaps including a standalone Siri smart speaker.

 

If Apple keeps in line with previous years, you will be able to watch the Keynote on Apple.com or through your Apple TV.

 

 

Wave hello to the Echo Show!

Hey Alexa… show me what’s new!

 

Amazon just debuted a touchscreen Echo device called “Echo Show,” a speaker system that has all of the features of the Echo with a 7-inch touchscreen.

 

According to the company, users will be able to watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, check on security cameras, swipe through photos, view weather forecasts, connect to smart home products like Hue and Wink, make to-do and shopping lists, and, with the addition of a new video chat experience, make hands-free calls to friends who also have an Echo Show, or who use the Alexa smartphone app.

 

Additionally, a feature called “Drop In” lets users contact other Echo Show devices to do things like let someone know it’s time for dinner, or check in on a child’s nursery.

 

The Amazon Echo Show is available to pre-order right now in black and white for $229.99 and will begin shipping June 28. Those who purchase two Echo Show devices at once can save $100 off your order.

 

 

T-Mobile no longer offering 200MB free data with the purchase of an iPad

When T-Mobile first began offering cellular iPads in the fall of 2013, they included a plan that provided customers with 200MB of free LTE data each month for the entire life of the tablet.

 

As of May 7, 2017, Free Data for Life is no longer available for new activations. If you signed up for FDFL on or before May 6, 2017, you can keep it with your current tablet as long as you own and use your tablet with T-Mobile.

 

T-Mobile currently offers just one data plan, T-Mobile One, with unlimited data. T-Mobile One customers can add a tablet to their plans for $20 per month.