Apple releases MacOS Mojave

Apple  has just released macOS Mojave 10.14.1, and if you want to update, you can go straight to the “Software Update” section of System Preferences, a new method introduced with the Mojave update.

 

But… you might want to know all the cool things you can do with it first, right?

 

 

Well, let’s start with the super fun stuff – Group FaceTime is finally here for everyone! Chat with up to 32 people at the same time! Friends, family, foes, who are we to judge? All we know is that it’s super fun/useful.

 

Next in line is another fun thing – more emoji characters! More than 70, actually. Check them out here. 

 

There’s the new Dark mode feature, which apparently lets you be more focused on your work. Try it out by going to the General pane in System Preferences.

 

Siri has been improved, you can now add Emoji to emails, and a new feature called Stacks will clean up your desktop by automatically organizing your files into related groups, or by date.

 

The Finder has been updated so it shows more data and makes things easier to find, The Mac App store has been remodeled, and screenshots have become more customizable and easier to use.  Just launch the new Screenshot utility or press Shift-Command-5 to use.

 

Another new feature allows you to use your iPhone to take a photo of or scan a nearby object or document and have it automatically appear on your Mac. Just choose Import from iPhone or iPad from the File menu in Messages, Finder, Mail,  Notes, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

 

Four new Apps have also come along with Mojave, including News, Stocks, Voice memo’s and Home app,  where you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories.

 

 

Have fun!

 

 

iOS 12.1 released!

Alongside Mojave, Apple has released iOS 12.1 for the iPhone and iPad. As per usual, it’s free and easy – go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. It’s always best to back up your phone before doing this, and having your phone connected to power.

 

So what are we looking at with this update?

 

 

Well, it’s faster, like, a lot faster according to Apple’s stats. There’s Memoji, so you can well, Memoji yourself? As well as 4 new Animoji characters and picture affects added to Messages and FaceTime.

 

Speaking of FaceTime, Group Facetime is here! You can now FaceTime with up to 32 people – as long as you have an iPhone 6S or higher. Group FaceTime is also not available on iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air. It also comes equipped with new camera effect features like filters, stickers, Animoji, and Memoji.

 

There is also more than 70 new emoji included on iOS 12.1-  You can see the list here. 

 

A new AR (Augmented reality) app called Measure is now on your phone, to help you measure real-world objects just by pointing your camera at them.

 

Screentime is a new and slightly terrifying feature that can and will track how long you – or your children – spend on your phone or iPad, and in which apps. Additionally, notifications can now be made easier to manage and customize in an attempt to diminish distractions. You can also manage the Do Not Disturb function a lot better, with the ability to set a time for it to be turned on, or for it to be turned off after you leave a location or event in your calendar.

 

Shortcuts are more improved, with Siri learning your routine and suggesting shortcuts on the home screen. Photo search and sharing becomes easier, Apple Books and Stocks is redesigned, Siri is improved, and student ID’s will be supported in the Apple Wallet.

 

Other, smaller but very much welcome fixes:

 

– New Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
– You can now change or reset your child’s Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID

– Improves cellular connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
– Addresses an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
– Adds a performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs, for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
– Adds the ability for Battery Health to inform users that it is unable to verify if a genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

– Fixes an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users

 

 

With eSIM support, dual-SIM functionality is available on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, enabled through the existing physical SIM slot and the eSIM in all countries with the exception of China. In China, the new iPhones have two SIM card slots. Carriers will however need to implement support for eSIM functionality to work even after it’s been turned on in iOS 12.1.

 

Also for the new phones (only), you lucky ducks have a new real-time Depth Control feature, so you can adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them. Simply tap on the “F” icon at the top of the screen and then drag the slider to adjust the amount of background blur in the image.

 

You can see the full list of the details of all the features right here. What do you guys think of the new iOS update?

 

 

Apple’s new products revealed!

Apple held it’s “There’s more in the making” media event today in Brooklyn, New York and announced a raft of new products, including a new Mac mini with a space gray finish, a new Retina Display-equipped MacBook Air, and two new iPad Pro devices, with an edge-to-edge LCD “Liquid Retina” display.

 

 

Let’s have a look at these brand new beauties.

 

The new space gray Mac mini is 5 times faster than the previous generation, with all-flash storage up to 2 TB that’s 4 times faster than previous storage drives.  Intel UHD graphics, a Gigabit Ethernet,  4x Thunderbolt ports ( USB-C) , HDMI, a headphone jack, and two USB-A ports, along with a 10Gb Ethernet option fill out the features. The devices also house a T2 chip which means everything stored on the SSD is automatically encrypted.

 

From the sauce, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:

 

“Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments — from casual desktop use, to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code, to racks of thousands in giant app build farms — anywhere a small-but-mighty Mac is needed to get the job done.”

 

You can get one for yourself, with orders already started and availability from November 7th. You’ll be looking at a starting price of $799 with the base level model offering 8GB of RAM, a 3.6GHz Intel quad-core Core i3 processor, and 128GB of storage.

 

Next up, we have a new MacBook Air, that has a beautiful Retina display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the T2 security chip, 3 thunderbolt 3 ports, all coming wrapped in Gold, silver and space grey hues. The computer is smaller all around, with 50% smaller bezels, it’s ten percent thinner than before, and a quarter pound lighter than before. It also features better speakers that provide 25% more volume and twice the bass.

 

Cost starts at $1,199, preorders have begun, and they’ll be available from November 7th. Alternatively, you can buy the older model beginning at $999.

 

And finally we have the iPad Pro!

 

Coming in at 11 inches and 12.9 inches, and only 5.9mm thin, the two models have an edge-to-edge LCD “Liquid Retina” display, way slimmer bezels, and a fancy magnetic attachment for the new Apple Pencil.

 

According to Apple, the display is its brightest and most color accurate iPad display yet, and features no home button and Face ID. It has a A12X Bionic chip, a 10 hour battery life, and a USB-C connector.

 

From the Sauce, again, the clearly delighted Philip Schiller:

 

“The new iPad Pro is a huge step forward for powerful, creative, mobile computing; it has an all-new thinner design, speeds through projects with the super-fast A12X Bionic chip and unlocks with a glance using Face ID in any orientation — while you’re sitting or standing, with iPad Pro on your desk or lap, with the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil.”

 

“There has never been a mobile device anything like the new iPad Pro; it has a gorgeous edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display that curves into the corners, breakthrough performance that outperforms most laptops, Face ID, support for the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil, advanced new cameras and sensors for the best AR experiences ever in any device, a high-speed USB-C connector, louder speakers, faster wireless and more, all packed into a thinner device that has all-day battery life and is 25 percent smaller in volume.”

 

There is also a 2nd Gen Apple Pencil that, as noted above, can magnetically attach to iPad Pro for pairing and wireless charging, as well as a new Smart Keyboard Folio to protect the front and back of iPad Pro while also providing a full-size keyboard.

 

So what price point are we looking at for the fancy new iPad Pro?

 

The 11-inch models start at $799 (Wi-Fi) and $949 (Wi-Fi + Cellular), and the 12.9-inch models start at $999 (Wi-Fi) and $1,149 (Wi-Fi + Cellular).

 

Both models come in Silver and Space Gray with storage options of  64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

 

The 2nd Gen Apple Pencil is ($129), and the Smart Folio will be available in a variety of colors for $79 (11-inch) and $99 (12.9-inch).

 

You can pre-order all of the above right now and they will be available on November 7th.

More details about the upcoming New York based Apple event

Apple’s next event is coming up soon, set to take place on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time – in New York City instead of Cupertino.  The event will be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House and Apple will, as per usual, provide a live stream of the event on it’s website as well as through the Events app on the Apple TV.

 

 

 

We’re expecting to see two new super thin iPad Pro models with USB-C, no headphone jack, better displays, an updated Apple Pencil, Face ID, slimmer bezels, a smart connector on the back of the devices, and no Home button.

 

The smaller iPad Pro is suspected to hit 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall, while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall.

 

Also tentatively rumored to be announced is an update to the iPad mini, which, having not been updated in years, would be pretty nice.

 

 

We should also see Mac updates to the MacBook, iMac and Mac mini with the possibility of a new low-cost notebook, and people have been talking about the hope to see new AirPods and (finally) see the release of the Airpower, the device, which was first announced in Sept of 2017, would charge three devices at once.

 

We’re looking forward to the iPad Pro models in particular!

 

 

Rumored details on the upcoming iPad pro

The rumors surrounding the next Apple iPad pro are coming in thick, with people speculating that this will be one of its thinnest devices yet, measuring in at just 5.9mm thick (possibly 5.86mm?), with no headphone jack.

 

 

This device would be the smaller of the two 2018 iPad Pro models expected, with the smaller iPad Pro hitting 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall, while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall.

 

Other purported updates include slimmer bezels all the way around with no Home button, the top bezel housing a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID, as well as a smart connector on the back of the tablets,  a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port, a faster A12X chip, and support for a second-generation Apple Pencil.

 

Invites should be going out soon to media for the Special Event, which is expected to be at the end of this month.

Apple to donate 1000 Apple Watches

Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches to a study conducted by The University of North Carolina’s medical school which aims to track biological changes in people with eating disorders.

 

The new study is called BEGIN (AKA Binge Eating Genetics Initiative), and the goal is to better understand overeating disorders. The study will engage 1,000 participants of ages 18 or older who have experience with either binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa.

 

Each participant will get a free Apple Watch which will collect data that the researchers will use to monitor their heart rate to see if there are any spikes prior to binge eating episodes.

 

Participants will receive tests to analyze their genetics and bodily bacteria and also have access to a mobile app called Recovery Record, which they can use to log their thoughts and feelings, which would be shared with a healthcare professional.

 

From the Sauce, Cynthia Bulik, founding director of the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and author of Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide:

 

“We need to collect data from a whole lot of people to see what it looks like,” said . “We want to know if it has a biological and behavioral signature.”

 

Researchers hope the collected data will help them to predict binge eating episodes before they happen. If this was to happen, a follow up study could be put in place whereby participants received some kind of alert when they were at risk of binge eating.

 

Apple discontinues Lightening to 30-pin adaptor

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter and has removed it from its website. The adaptor, previously listed for $29, was first released in 2012 after Apple debuted the lightening connector for all future iPads and iPhones.

 

There was some controversy that came with the lightening connectors, with people understandably concerned that they had to pay for another new Apple product for no good reason – but, as folk who work with charging new and old iPhones and iPads every day – that reason was a really good one. The Lightning connectors are significantly thinner and more compact than 30-pin, and way easier to use, and additionally the switch let Apple save space for other components in their mobile devices.

 

Apple’s iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, and first-generation iPad mini were some of the first devices to use the new Lightning connector, which has been present in all mobile devices since 2012.

 

Revamped TV App coming

Good news kids!

 

Apparently in the next-to-near future, Apple will provide Apple-owned and created content for FREE to customers who own devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, right from the TV App. This new service will also include subscription channels where you can sign in to access content from other companies like HBO and Starz.

 

 

If you didn’t already know, you can currently watch Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series for free within the App, and with more than a dozen new original shows in the works, (and reportedly about $1 Billion being spent) there seems like there’ll be a whole lot more entertainment coming to your phone.

 

Apple is said to be launching an improved TV app early next year, so we should hear more about this and their original content then!

New iPad Pro to be announced

An updated iPad Pro with Face ID, as well as a new version of the Apple Pencil with an AirPods-like proximity pairing process is expected to be coming this month.

 

It’s unclear whether the current model of Apple Pencil will work with the new iPad or if the new Apple Pencil will be compatible with previous iPad Pro models or the sixth-generation iPad.

 

The new iPad Pro will purportedly have an edge-to-edge display without a home button, with Face ID instead, working in both portrait and landscape orientations.

 

There are also rumors that the new iPad Pro will have a rear-facing Magnetic Connector for accessories, such as a new Smart Keyboard, as well as a USB-C port, enabling 4K HDR video output to external displays.

 

There has no official date set for the upcoming Apple Media Event where these new releases are expected to be announced, however it is believed to be at the end of the month. We should additionally see updates to the MacBook and/or MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac mini.

 

We would expect to see invites to the media go out in the next couple of days, most likely Monday.

 

Uber to offer free rides to polling places

Here’s what’s up – you can vote in the Mid-term elections on November 6th. It’s a big day guys, and if you can, you should get out there and exercise your right to vote!

 

The good news?  Uber’s making it easier to do just that. The company is joining up with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide FREE rides to polling places.

 

Anyone with an Uber account can find their local polling place and book a ride to get there for free (in markets where Uber is available). The promotion will be available to all users, and will launch automatically when you open the app.

 

From the Sauce, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi;

 

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button. We’re also partnering with nonprofit organizations to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls on November 6.”

 

To help get people registered before their state’s deadline, Uber is already featuring in-app tools for customers to use to go through the process.

 

So, Uber –> Vote –> Celebrate!