Apple has just shared a bunch of new ads featuring AirPods on its YouTube channel. All three ads feature the song “Down” from Marian Hill. They are the first set of ads for the AirPods, although all of them also make sure to include mentions of iPhone 7.
Nah, man, we’re not judging, we’re impressed. That ish is 10 years old dude!
But… we have some bad news. AT&T has announced that its 2G wireless network was officially shut down on January 1, 2017, following four years of planning for its discontinuation. Apple made the device obsolete in 2013.
This means that your original first generation iPhone will no longer get cellular service from AT&T. Which means… it’s over, dude.
You can still use it on Wi-Fi though! House phone! Wait… didn’t we used to have something like that? A House phone?
Last week the Federal Aviation Administration made a statement which said it was dropping the requirement of U.S. flight attendants to make a pre-boarding notification that the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is prohibited.
This is apparently because public awareness that the banned Note7 was a fire risk was deemed to have reached a sufficient level. So, like, everyone’s sitting there going, DUH LADY/DUDE, WE KNOW.
And no-one needs that in their lives.
Samsung has since released a statement claiming that over 96 percent of Note 7 devices have been returned so far. U.S. carriers have sent out an end-of-life software update to handsets that remain in circulation, rendering the devices unable to charge.
Samsung will be releasing the details of its investigation into what caused some handsets to explode or catch fire while charging around the end of the month.
There are some big rumors floating around the techisphere that Apple has partnered with German lens specialist Carl Zeiss to create Augmented Reality/mixed reality smart glasses.
It would make for some lovely symmetry if, when the world is expecting a great iPhone 8 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking iPhone, they instead produced another groundbreaking product… and a great iPhone 8.
The rumor has come about because of a (purposefully?) not-very-tightlipped Zeiss employee at CES, at a Zeiss booth, which had no Augemented Reality products, but was situated in the AR area.
So… not super concrete.
But it sounds good, right? Augmented reality, in case you’re wondering, is different from Virtual Reality, because it superimposes digital information and images onto your view of the world, instead of creating a whole new world (good luck getting that song out of your head now, suckers).
Think: Pokemon Go, but less annoying?
Apple CEO Tim Cook has talked-momentarily- about his interest in AR before, and that he considers it to be of a higher commercial value than Virtual Reality, and Apple does have some patents out that could relate to this possibility , but we’re just not sure if this might not be reaching a bit.
Exciting rumor for this Wednesday Afternoon though.
Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco.
The iPhone was officially released to the public six months later, and well over 1 billion of them have been sold since then.
From the Sauce, CEO Tim Cook:
“iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live, iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”
Oooh… ! Them fancy iPhone 8 words! Well, actually, it’d be super weird if he said ” The best is behind us!” Right? The best better be yet to come, Apple! We do love us our iPhones though, so thank you. Ten years of iPhoning for the win!
The release of the iPhone 8 in the Fall will be the tenth anniversary iPhone and there are rather large expectations that come with it. At least one new model will feature glass casing with a curved OLED display, with (apparently) a nearly bezel-less edge-to-edge design with the Touch ID embedded directly into the display. Wireless charging, facial or iris recognition, and a vertical dual-lens camera capable of 3D photography effects are also rumored.
According to reports, Apple will shortly release iOS 10.3 on iPads and iPhones around the globe. Features of the update are supposed to include ‘Cinema Mode’ or possibly ‘Theater mode’ which will appear on the control center.
It’l be shaped like popcorn and will allow users to put their phone into a dimmed mode, whilst also muting sound and preventing notifications.
Let’s hope there’s a little more to this update, huh?
Can’t save all the good bits for the iPhone 8, Apple. We have a whole year of iPhoning before that guy comes along (with his wacky flip-body and rad teleportation features).
The Apple Watch Nike+ is a Nike-branded (duh) version of the Apple Watch Series 2 with an aluminum casing and a special perforated band. It includes exclusive Nike watch faces and it works with the Nike+ Run Club app, designed to motivate users to run each day.
Apple is expected to release the 3rd Gen in the 3rd quarter of this year, however most of the upgrades will apparently be to the interior workings of the device, such as increasing battery life and speed, rather than physical hardware changes.
Earlier today, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News claimed that this upgrade will be manufactured by Taiwan-based Quanta, which is not all that surprising, considering they were also responsible for the 1st and 2nd generation Apple Watch.
Other rumors swirling around the wearable include further reaching health sensors, adding cellular connectivity, the ability to identify a user by their heart rate, and a super rad teleportation feature.
One of those is probably not true…
If the 3rd Gen does come out in the 3rd quarter, it would be at around the same time that the (rumored) iPhone 8 – the 10th anniversary iPhone – is expected to come out. Exciting times.
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