Apple Music free trial period ending + guided tours




Did you sign up for Apple Music on or shortly after June 30? If you did, your free trial is ending!!


Dun Dun Duuuun!


Personally, we’re keeping our subscription, because if you haven’t read our review of the service, we fricken’ love it. BUT! If you want to unsubscribe, There are 2 ways.


On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings. Tap on the iTunes & App Store option, and then tap on your Apple ID.  A box will come up – tap on ‘view Apple ID’. Sign if if necessary. You’ll then see an option called ‘subscriptions’ with the word ‘Manage’ underneath. Click on ‘Manage’.  On the next page you’ll see the words ‘Renewal options’, and underneath that as the 3rd option down is Automatic renewal. To unsubscribe, turn slide the slider off green.


On your computer, go into iTunes and sign in. If you’re already signed in, click on your name (left of the search bar) and click down to account information. Enter your Apple ID password. Scroll down to the Settings section, and when you get to ‘subscriptions’, look to the right and click ‘Manage’. Turn off Automatic Renewal for Apple Music to cancel a subscription.



If you wish to continue with the service, as many will, you don’t have to do anything except enjoy some sweet tunes!  If you’re unsure about continuing your subscription or if you’ve been enjoying the service but not exploring it, Apple has just introduced a bunch of guided video’s to make sure you’re not missing out on anything. They’re available on the Apple website and will presumably soon be featured on their YouTube channel.


Or, watch them right here!




























Tinder for… bacon lovers?



Tinder, Tinder, Tinder. Tinder. It seems like there’s a Tinder version for everything, but not until now has there been one for… Bacon?


Yup, you read that correctly. If you love Bacon, (like, as if you capitalize it, for example) and you’re looking for a date with someone with a similar love, then Sizzl is for you.


Released by the excellent people over at Oscar Mayar, Sizzl is a dating app where you can search through, accept and reject, nearby people who like the same bacon that you do. Traditionalist Pork Bacon lover? Turkey Bacon? Thick? Smoked? Crispy? The Maple kind? 




Go get some! Are we talking about some Bacon, or some lovin’? BOTH SILLY!






Elon Musk has opened up his own school

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Tech genius Elon Musk has apparently decided that the schools in his area are not equipped to produce more people that we need in the world (i.e. people like him), so what did he do? Open his own school, dummies! D’uh.


With only 20 students (including his own 5 children), with no formal grade structure and set, fittingly, in a mansion, the school is named Ad Astra which is latin for ‘to the stars’.


The other children at Ad Astra are believed to be children of SpaceX employees. There are 3 teachers, and, currently at least, no website or obvious application process. Sorry, Junior.

“They weren’t doing the things I thought should be done,” Musk has reported saying. “I thought, well, let’s see what we can do. Maybe creating a school would be better.”

His vision for Ad Astra is an education that is matched to “the aptitudes and abilities” of the child. Sounds… nice. Let’s see some more genius’s Mr Musk!





Switching to iOS 9?



Well… might want to wait, as there has been a number of complaints around the world describing the mess that iOS 9 can leave your phone in.


We’d suggest waiting for the next update of iOS 9 is released, however if you just can’t wait, PLEASE make sure to back up your phone so if the most terrible of terribleness happens, you still have all that precious data!


If you have a lot of media on your device, then we’d advise backing up over iTunes. However, understand that if you have photos taken with an iPhone or iPod on an iPad in your camera roll, they won’t be restored from a back up, and vice versa.


You can restore data to a device at anytime with a WiFi connection on iCloud Backup.



Back up with iTunes 
Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer. Open iTunes. Go to ‘File,’ ‘Devices,’ and ‘Back Up’. You can also find the ‘back up now’ button under Summary in iTunes.


Want to make sure that it’s worked? In the iTunes menu option, go to Preferences’, then click on ‘devices’. If you see the name of your device and the time that you backed up, you’re all good like candy canes at christmas.


Back Up on iCloud

On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app, select ‘iCloud’, and tap Backup. Turn on iCloud Backup. The device will automatically update when it is connected to the Internet via WiFi, the screen is locked, and it’s hooked up to a power source. To do it manually, go to Settings, then iCloud, select Backup, and tap Back Up Now.



Save your data! Do it!


How to pair your Apple Watch with your new iPhone

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So, you’ve got your shiny new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus! Yay! If you’re the luckiest of us, you’ll need to know how to pair it with your shiny Apple Watch. Here’s what you need to know.


Before you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone, back up that stinky old iPhone, as unpairing the Watch will wipe all of your information. Your iPhone automatically backs up your info to the iPhone that it’s paired with. Back it up to iTunes or iCloud.


Open the Watch app on your stinky old iPhone. In the My Watch tab, touch ‘Apple Watch’ then ‘unpair Apple Watch’. Confirm.
Enter your Apple ID password when prompted.


Grab your delightful new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6S you lucky devil you, and restore your backup from iTunes or iCloud. Make sure Bluetooth is on in Settings and that you’re connected to the internet.


Open the Watch app.


On your Apple Watch, hold the button on the right side until you see the Apple Logo.


You’ll see some instructions, because Apple are pretty good like that. Follow them!  Hold your iPhone camera over the watch.


On the next screen you’ll see where you can ‘restore from back up’. You’ll see some more instructions, follow them too!


BAM! Paired!! Marriage made in heaven!


iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus now available in-store!





It’s here! Shiny new iPhone launch day!! As of 8AM this morning, across America and Canada Apple stores have been opening their doors for the hoards of iPhone lovers who are having their in-store reservations fulfilled or those who have been braving the lines to buy a shiny new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus in-store.


UPS and Fedex are also making people’s day (something you hear often?) by delivering pre-order iPhones to homes all over the country.



The iPhones  have now launched across the world  U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. as well as the States.



Did you get a new iPhone today? Tell us what you think! Oh, and if you need to get rid of that old stinky iPhone… you know what to do… 




iPhone 6S & 6S Plus pre-orders



Starting last night at 12:01 AM, those in the mood for some light shopping were able to pre-order themselves a shiny new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.


As per usual although supplies started off robust, they have now begun to slowly dwindle, with shipping times now slipping to 2-3 weeks. Predictably, the Rose Gold model is being affected the most.


If you were really hoping for a Rose Gold iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus ASAP, you can always try your luck by going in store on release day – Friday September 25th.


The iPhone 6s is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities for $199, $299, and $399, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing begins at $649. Apple’s higher-priced iPhone 6 Plus is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities for $299, $399, and $499, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing starts at $749.





The Apple Special Media Event rundown (The wot wot)




So there we have it. Tim Cook yesterday presented the Keynote at Apple’s special media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The outcome? Some very nice, shiny new toys are coming our way.


The keynote was a little long, but it was also stuffed to the brim with changes (mostly predicted beforehand) that Apple are making to their current line of of products and services.


So, what’s the hit list? We’ve got ourselves:


*An iPad Pro (with the ever so slightly controversial Apple Pencil), as well as an iPad Mini 4


* Shiny new fourth-generation Apple TV


* iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S models, as well as a new upgrade program.


* Some new Apple bands (including a joint venture with Hermes) and new gold and rose gold anodized aluminum finishes for the Sport version of the Apple Watch.


*The announcement of the release of both Watch OS 2 and iOS 9 on September 16th.


Overall the event was pretty rad. Click on the links above to get an extensive rundown as well as pricing and release information. If you want to watch the keynote, click here. 


Just for kicks, we decided to ask Siri for some more hints during the live stream. Cheeky little devil, her.




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The iPad Pro

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As predicted, Apple announced the impending release of their biggest iPad yet – the iPad Pro. Not only is it big, sizing in at a respectable 12.9 inches, it also has 5.6 million pixels, which is more than any other iOS device.


It also comes with some pretty power. Weighing in with a 64-bit A9c processor, it provides a performance 1.6 times faster than the iPad Air 2 and, according to Apple, a performance 80% faster than portable PC’s. Fancy.


The Pro comes equipped with a 4-speaker audio system, with 2 speakers on each side, that will put out 3 times the audio levels of the iPad Air 2.  It also comes with an 8 megapixel iSight camera touch ID, Smart and lightening connecters, duel microphones, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, is 6.9 mm thick and weighs an it-feels-lighter-than-it-should 1.57 pounds.


The word coming from those who got to play with it is that it’s a beautiful device, but that it would remain to be seen where exactly in the marketplace it will sit – some believing it’s too big, some noting that you it’s possible position as a competitor to notebooks is unrealistic.


Alongside the iPad Pro Apple announced 2 new accessories- the Apple Pencil, and the Smart Keyboard. The Apple Pencil is their new Stylus (yes, a stylus) which is apparently remarkable in it’s ability to produce different strokes and allows the user to touch a single pixel. The battery will last for 12 hours, and it will sell for (an initially difficult to swallow) price of $99.


The Smart Keyboard connects magnetically to the iPad Pro and, by all reports, works nicely with the device.It will retail for $169. Both the Apple Pencil and the Smart keyboard will be available alongside the iPad pro.


The iPad Pro will be released in November in Silver, Space Gray and Gold, starting at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model. A 128GB Wi-Fi only model will also be available for $949 and a Wi-Fi + LTE 128GB model will retail for $1,079.


We also have a new iPad Mini 4, 7.9-inches,  6.1mm in thickness,  18% thinner than the previous generation. The tablet also weighs just 0.65 pounds with a 30% faster CPU and 60% faster graphics than the iPad Mini 3.


iPad Mini 4 is available in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver for $399 (16GB), $499 (64GB), and $599 (128GB), including cellular options. Apple has dropped the iPad mini 3 from its lineup, while the iPad mini 2 is available for $269.


Ch-check both the iPad Pro and the Apple pencil out for yourself in the very Appley vid’s below!















The new & improved Apple TV



Well, everyone was right One of the main announcements of yesterday’s keynote was the reveal of the new and improved fourth Gen Apple TV.


As predicted, the upgraded device comes equipped with significant changes that make it, in Apple’s words ‘the future of television’.


The user interface has bene overhauled, making it apparently more intuitive. We also have Siri, an App Store, new search functionality and a brand new shiny remote.


The device looks similar to the previous model, however it is a little thicker and heavier at 425 grams.


The Siri feature with the upgraded Apple TV looked pretty swanky, with the ability to ask her who’s in a movie, bring up other information like weather details whilst in a movie or TV show, replay parts of the content and ask her to recommend something to watch based on certain details such as actors or what’s popular in comedy.


The new remote has a glass touch surface for swiping through content smoothly and there is a built in Siri button as well as dual microphones. It also has Bluetooth 4.0, an IR transmitter, accelerometer and gyroscope, Lightning connector for charging and a rechargeable battery lasting months on a single charge.


You will also be able to play games with the remote, with the glass touch surface doubling as a controller.


While we think the upgraded Apple TV is a definite, solid upgrade, it seems like calling it the future of television might be a little far reaching… What do you think? Check out the video below!



The new Apple TV will be available at the end of October for $149 (32GB) and $199 (64GB).