What’s next for Apple?

Seems like it’s pretty likely that we’ll see an Apple media event near the end of next month! There is a chance that these plans may be delayed however, depending on the continued impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

 

The rumored event would take place on March 31st and would see the reveal of a cheaper ‘iPhone 9’ alongside refreshed iPad Pro models. The new iPad Pros would apparently have a triple-lens rear camera system with 3D sensing.

 

We may also see mention of ‘AirPods Pro Lite’ (what?),  a cheaper set of AirPods without noise cancellation, water proof and magnetically charged AirTags item trackers, and a new “CarKey” feature to let an iPhone or an Apple Watch to unlock, lock, and start NFC-compatible vehicles. You will also be able to send CarKey in conversations with an individual.

 

This is all a little up in the air because of the aforementioned epidemic, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Also in the works for Apple; it seems like you’ll be able to set Third-Party Web Browser and Mail Apps as Defaults in iOS 14, and there is a chance that in the future Apple will allow third-party music services like Spotify and Pandora to be streamed directly on the HomePod with Siri.

 

 

 

Apple postpones China reopen

At the moment, Apple’s corporate offices, retail stores, and contact centers are closed because of the Coronavirus. The original plans were for them to reopen on February 10th, but that date has been postponed, with no new one decided as of yet.

 

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and People, Deirdre O’Brien, sent out an email Apple Store staff in China with an update to say that Apple is continuing to work with heath experts and will be issuing further updates.

 

You can see the email in full below. (Via MacGeneration):

 

“Team, I want to thank every one of you for the care, flexibility and spirit you have shown over the past few weeks. Around the world, the entire Apple family stands committed to helping our colleagues, communities, suppliers, partners and customers in China as they care for their health and return to daily life. Apple’s support for the global coronavirus response is broad and ongoing, including our donation to the public health effort.
 

Since my last note, we have been in constant consultation with public health experts, government authorities and our teams and leaders in China. In light of those conversations, I want to share new information about Apple’s workplaces.
 

We are working toward reopening Apple’s Corporate Offices and Contact Centers in China next week. We recognize that personal movement and travel restrictions are ongoing and schools are closed in many places, and managers will be working with their teams to offer additional support. You will receive a follow up communication shortly with more information.

 

Apple’s Retail Stores are actively working to reopen at a date that will be determined next week. Additional cleaning, health protocols and local restrictions around public spaces will factor into this decision. Retail teams will receive updates from their managers on the opening date for their store and on other supportive steps we are taking.

 

Individual business leaders will be reaching out to you soon with more information relevant to your work. In addition to your manager, your People Business Partner and People Support are your resource for any questions you may have. To stay up to date with Apple’s efforts, please continue to check the dedicated coronavirus page we’ve created on the People site.

 

As we work together to gradually resume work over the next few weeks, your well-being is our first priority. We are deeply grateful to everyone for facing this challenging period with the utmost empathy and understanding.”

 

Deirdre

 

iPhone supplier Foxconn has also told staff at its Shenzhen plant to stay at home and has yet to list a return date.

 

We’ll keep you updated when they do!

 

 

 

 

NYPD switches it up

The NYPD has been using handwritten memo books for over a century and on February 17th will be making the switch to an iPhone App for note taking which will be available in real time.

 

The NYPD has been providing officers with smartphones since 2015, and there are now 37,000 iPhones in use.

 

The idea is that case related notes will be more accessible using the app, with no information getting lost, data won’t be able to be faked, and it will all be easily searchable by date or keyword.

 

The app will also streamline all the information, and cut down on paper waste.

 

NYPD Deputy Chief Anthony Tasso told The New York Times that the digital system will allow for entries to be used as valuable crime fighting data. “It gives us the abilities we did not have before, when memo books were left in officers’ lockers and we didn’t have access to a vast amount of information,” he said.

 

 

Apple Watch for the win?

The Swiss watch industry is estimated to have shipped a total of 21.1 million units worldwide in 2019. Which is a lot of watches.

 

BUT The Apple Watch shipped an estimated 30.7 million units worldwide in 2019, which is a lot more.

 

Unsurprisingly, according to the data, the Apple Watch is more popular among younger buyers, whilst older customers prefer the traditional Swiss. Apple Watch is most popular in North America, Western Europe, and Asia.

 

BUT these numbers are actually a guesstimate, as Apple doesn’t release Apple Watch sales numbers. So… make of that what you will. Watches are cool.

 

 

Pssst- Flip phones are back!

An allegedly leaked video shared on Twitter by mobile leaker Ben Geskin shows Samsung’s “Galaxy Z Flip” phone – and it looks pretty rad.

 


If you don’t know, flip phones are the best and might have been one of the best parts of the 2000’s.

 

This flip phone appears to have two cameras on the back next to a digital clock readout. It’s 6.7 inches and will likely be more affordable than its predecessor, The Fold, which costs $1,980.

 

Motorola is also coming out with a Razr flip phone which is currently available for pre-order for $1500, with phones arriving in stores on Feb 6th. –

 

 

The Galaxy Z Flip is expected to be officially revealed alongside the Galaxy S11 at Samsung’s Unpacked event on Feb 11th in San Francisco.

 

Bring on the Flip!

 

Mythic Quest:Ravens Banquet

Happy Tuesday! Need something to keep you going until the weekend? Check out the ‘first look’ of  “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” an Apple TV Plus show by the creators of “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia” that’s will debut on Friday, February 7th.

 

The plot centers around a team of video game developers running a popular World of Warcraft-style video game and stars Rob McElhenney. See the trailer below, and the first look below that!

 

 

 

 

Apple has ordered nine half-hour episodes.