Quick rundown of what happened at the Apple Special Media Event

The Apple Special Media event happened this morning, and even though it was pretty much what we expected, there was still some pretty cool announcements and reveals.

 

First up, we have the Apple Watch: Series 4. This new model is slimmer than previously, but still has a 30% bigger, edge-to-edge screen, whilst retaining the same 18 hour battery life. Outdoor workout time is increased to 6 hours, there is more information presented on the interface, and it has a pretty impressive 50% louder speaker.

 

The biggest announcement to do with it? The additional health features. These have long been rumored of course, but now that they’re here? We’re impressed. They’re really, really cool.

 

The Apple Watch now has fall detection functionality, which can, just as it says, detect when the user falls, can then deliver an alert notification to emergency contacts, and initiate an emergency call with GPS location of the User if the user remains inert for more than one minute after the fall.

 

The Watch also has 3 new FDA approved heart features, it can tell when your heart rate falls below normal levels ( as the current model does with high heart rate levels), it can also detect irregular heart rhythm’s, or Atrial fibrillation, and, it can actually take an electrocardiogram, otherwise known as an ECG. All of this data is also stored so you can track it and show it to health professionals when necessary.

 

The watches come in two sizes, 3 aluminum finishes; silver, gold and space grey, as well as gold stainless steel with matching Milanese band, joining the silver and space black stainless steel models.

 

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) starts at $399  and Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $499. It’s available for order this Friday, and will come out the following Friday, Sept. 21st.

 

Series 3 is available right now at the new starting price of $279.

 

 

Next! 

 

We were introduced, as expected, to a line up of 3 new models of iPhone; The iPhone Xs, The iPhone Xs Max, and the iPhone XR.

 

The first two models have a 5.8 inch and 6.5 inch respectively, edge to edge super Retina display, and are made of surgical grade stainless steel and glass that is, according to Apple, the most durable yet. They come in 3 finishes of Gold, Silver and Space Grey, and feature the A12 Bionic chip, making them faster than ever.

 

FaceID is more secure, and the camera is a new dual camera system featuring both the 12 mega pixel wide angle camera and the 12mega pixel telephoto camera, as well as improved true tone flash and a new Smart HDR feature, AND a new depth editor function.

 

It looks pretty nice.

 

The phones also feature new Siri shortcuts, which make it so you can automatically bunch a group of tasks together with one command.

 

 

In The iPhone Xs, battery life last 30 minutes longer than iPhone x, and in the iPhone Xs Max, battery life is 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone x.

 

One of the best, most long awaited features? Dual Sim, making it so you can have two phone numbers in one phone, whether that be work/home or when you’re traveling internationally.

 

The iPhone XR  is the less expensive new model in the lineup, and is slightly (slightly unfortunately?) reminiscent of the iPhone 5C, coming in a variety of colors including white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and red. It is a lot better than the 5C though, with a huge 6.1-inch LCD ( the best LCD screen ever, apparently) edge-to-edge screen, and a lot of the same features as the more expensive models, such as FaceID, the A12 bionic chip, and the true depth camera system.

 

The battery life will also be an hour and half more than the iPhone 8 Plus.

 

 

 

 

The iPhone Xs will come with storage configuration of 64GB, 256GB, and  512GB and will start at $999

 

The iPhone Xs Max will come with storage configuration of 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB and will start at $1099

 

You can preorder both phones on Sept 14th and they will ship on the 21st of Sept.

 

The iPhone XR -will come in storage configuration of 64GB, 128GB, and  256GB, and will start at $749. You can order it on October 19th and it will start to ship on October 26.

 

Additionally, The iPhone 7 drops to $449 and the iPhone 8 drops to $599.

 

There was no ‘One more thing,’  unfortunately, but there was a couple of extra things announced at the end of the Keynote:

 

You can upgrade to iOS 12 on Monday September 17th.

 

HomePod got some new updates, whereby if you add more HomePods they’ll work together, and you can now search, make and receive phone calls, and ping your devices. Siri shortcuts will also work.

 

 

tvOS is getting an update,  and MacOS Mojave is coming at you on September 24.

 

 

 

So that’s what we have for you! Or rather, what Apple worked really, really hard to bring you. We’re pretty excited by the new health features and the slimmer size of the Apple Watch Series 4, and the new iPhones, (although kind of annoyingly named?) seem like they feature some pretty distinct and nice new features and functionality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beats by Dre partners with the NBA

Beats by Dr. Dre just announced a multi-year marketing and merchandising partnership with the NBA, which will make it the official headphone, wireless speaker, and audio partner of the NBA, as well as sister associations WNBA, NBA G League, and USA Basketball as of October 2018.

 

Luke Woods, Beats by Dr. Dre president, said:

 

“The NBA and its players have long been significant drivers of global culture. Basketball, music, and style speak as one voice: Julius Erving became a style icon, Allen Iverson cemented hip hop’s place on and off the court and LeBron James is breaking new music every day… the list goes on and on. This partnership with the NBA is the perfect alignment for Beats. It feels like coming home.”

 

Aw, everyone likes going home!

 

In addition to developing NBA-themed headphones for fans, Beats also plans to provide headphones to players and advertise during major events like the NBA All-Star, NBA Draft, international games, WNBA games, and more.

 

 

Will Samsung bring out a foldable phone?

Yes! Probably.

 

Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh recently told CNBC that the company was still running on time to reveal its first foldable smartphone later in 2018. The device sounds like it’s probably going to be unveiled at this year’s Samsung Developer Conference, set to be held in November in San Francisco.

 

Samsung first announced its plans for a Galaxy Note smartphone with a bendable display in September 2017, BUT Samsung has already announced this year’s Galaxy Note 9, so it seems likely that this new bendable phone will come with it’s own unique model name and branding.

 

There’s still no details about how exactly the folding screen will work, but many believe there will be no hinge, and instead the screen itself will bend.

 

It also seems like their trying their hardest to make the device not just a novelty, but rather a device that gives users more functionality. According to Koh;

 

“So every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer. So when the end customer uses it, (they think) ‘wow, this is the reason Samsung made it’.”

 

There have been many, many rumors that Samsung is in the lead of the foldable display with competitor Apple, however there has been no concrete evidence or comment by Apple that this is the case, only a few patents with technology that might serve such a device.

 

So, what do you think? Foldable phones… next big thing? Or not so much?

 

FYI ,You can lock certain notes on your iPhone

If you have some super top secret data that you want to keep from prying eyes, we got you! Or, more specifically, Apple got you.

 

Its not super commonly known, but the Notes app will let you lock any note with a single password. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac with Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint to open your locked notes. With an iPhone X, you can use Face ID.

 

But take note: You can’t lock notes if you’re signed in to iCloud with a Managed Apple ID.

 

So how do we perform this magic?

 
Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS, and your Mac to the latest version of macOS.
Turn on Notes syncing in your iCloud Settings or System Preferences, or make sure that you use notes stored locally on your device.

 

Create a password, BUT! If you forget your password, Apple can’t help you reset it so be careful out there!

 

If you access your iCloud notes on more than one Apple device, you’ll use the same notes password to lock and unlock all of them.

 

Go to the ‘Notes ‘section in Settings, Tap Password. Enter a password, then give yourself a password hint .Tap Done.

 

Da Daa!

 

After you lock a note, it’s automatically protected with your password on all of your devices. If you want to use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock notes, you must enter your password and then turn on Touch ID or Face ID on the device you’re using.

 

Now, to lock specific notes, Open the note that you want to lock. Tap the Share icon, and choose Lock Note.

To view any locked notes, tap View Note. Enter your password, use Touch ID, or use Face ID.

 

Easy Peasy.

 

Apple maybe, accidentally, leaked photos of new products?

Oops. Apple has apparently accidentally leaked images of the new 2018 iPhones that will be announced during its just announced September 12 special media event. These images were then shared by 9to5Mac, giving perhaps the first official look at Apple’s upcoming iPhones and Apple Watch series 4 models.

 

The images seem to confirm the existence of two OLED iPhone models, both of which feature an edge-to-edge display with slim bezels and no Home button, available in gold as well as silver and space grey.

 

Allegedly, both the 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones will be called the “iPhone XS.”

 

The new Apple Watch models, also leaked,  feature smaller bezels for more visible screen space, which allows for new complications arranged in a round configuration, on a new watch face.

 

There’s a new hole below the Digital Crown, which might be another microphone, and the Digital Crown has a red outline rather than a full red dot.

 

Apple will unveil the Apple Watch Series 4 models alongside new 2018 iPhones on September 12, at a 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time event that’s set to be held at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

 

You can watch it live on Apple’s website or through Apple TV. In the mean time, hop on over to 9to5 to check out their pics.

 

Apple welcomes Media to it’s September 12th Special Event

Apple has sent out invites for its annual special media event. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus in Cupertino, California.

 

The tagline is “Gather Round.”

 

 

 

What can we expect?

 

Apple is said to be introducing three new iPhone models this year: a second-gen 5.8-inch OLED device, a larger-screened 6.5-inch OLED device, and a lower-cost 6.1-inch smartphone with an LCD display.

 

Rumor has it they will all feature A12 processors, faster LTE, edge-to-edge displays, and Face ID integration. We can likely expect the phones to be tiered between $700 and $1000.

 

We can also expect to see the new Apple Watch Series 4, with a larger display likely implemented through a reduction in bezel size. Longer battery life and improved health monitoring capabilities have also been features circling the rumor mill.

 

We may see new iPad Pro models and new Macs in the near future, but probably not at this particular event.

 

New AirPods with “Hey Siri” support and the AirPower charging mat, may also be seen on the 12th.

 

You can watch the keynote on the Apple website and on Apple TV.

 

So wait – is there one more thing? We’ll just have to watch to find out!

 

 

New iPhone X and iPhone X Plus might Support Apple Pencil

According to Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, the upcoming 2nd Gen iPhone X, and a purported 6.5-inch model ‘iPhone X Plus’, will apparently both come with Apple Pencil Compatibility.

 

The Apple Pencil will only work with the OLED models, not the lower cost LCD model. The Pencil, released in November 2015, currently works  all iPad Pro models and the 6th Gen iPad, which is generally targeted at educational use.

 

If the reports are true, we’re hoping that they will be releasing a smaller Apple Pencil for use with the mobile devices, as the current rendition would be rather large.

 

 

We’ll likely see at the September Apple ‘big reveal’ event. Would you like to see a mobile version of the Apple Pencil?

 

Verizon-ers, want some free Apple Music?

You can have some free Apple Music!

 

It was announced last week that new and existing customers with a Verizon Unlimited plan, can, as of today, sign up for free 6 month long Apple Music subscriptions.

 

If this is you, all you need to do is go to the Apple Music section on the Verizon website sign up. You’ll need to log in with a Verizon subscriber account after which you’ll receive a text message with a link that needs to be opened on your mobile device.

 

For iPhone and Android users that already have the app installed, it will open it up with subscription options. If the app isn’t already installed, the App Store or Google Play store will open with instructions to download the app.

 

This offer is available to all Unlimited subscribers, including Verizon Plan Unlimited, Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited.

 

If you already subscribe to Apple Music but want it for free instead, you’ll need to cancel your exisitng Apple Music subscirption in order to activate the offer.

 

EXCEPT – This does not work for the family plan. You’ll need to cancel the family plan, and then each individual will need to activate the free offer separately.

 

And – you can cancel at any time.

 

Happy Free Music Thursday, Unlimited Verizon-ers!

The original iMac might make you feel old

Recognize these beasts?

 

 

 

If you do, this miiight make you feel old. Old and impressed though!

 

Today, TWENTY years ago, the first iMac was officially released. The ever-so-joyfully colored iMac G3.

 

The iMac has continued to exist in better and better (and greyer) forms over those twenty and has not only become waaaay more compact and sleek, but has also become waaaay more powerful.

 

Like you, right?

 

The computer was designed by Apple design chief Jony Ive, and was introduced by Steve Jobs in May 1998 as such:

 

“This is iMac. The whole thing is translucent. You can see into it. It’s so cool,” said Jobs when introducing the iMac G3.

 

It sold originally for $1299, and came equipped with a 233 – 700MHz PowerPC 750 G3 processor, 4GB of storage, a 15-inch CRT, a CD-ROM drive, and an ATI graphics card, all of which made the iMac a best seller. In fact, released just a year after Jobs returned to Apple, the iMac was thought to be behind 1999’s first quarter profits tripling.

 

Today, the iMac is available in 21.5 and 27-inch size options, with 4K and 5K Retina displays, Kaby Lake chips, AMD graphics, and super fast SSDs.
There is also an iMac Pro, for Apple’s more professional users with a Space Gray body, Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, Radeon Pro Vega graphics, and up to 4TB of SSD storage.

 

Happy Birthday, iMac. Although we may miss your large colorful body in our lives,  We appreciate you even more for what you’ve become.

 

New MacBook Air expected?

 

There will reportedly be a new entry-level laptop in the Fall. Predictions have gone back and forth as to if it will be a new MacBook Air or a new MacBook, and today Taiwanese research firm TrendForce predicted that it would be a new MacBook Air that would be released by Apple in either September or October.

 

The device, either MacBook or Macbook Air, is rumored to have a 13-inch retina display and have a starting price of $999 or less in the United States.

 

If it were to be a MacBook Air, that would be pretty great, as the current MacBook Air hasn’t seen any major updates in over three years.

 

With a super large new release line up for the Fall – three new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4, updated iMac and Mac Mini models, some are saying that this will lead Apple to have two events, the first major (read:iPhone) event in September, and a secondary event in October.  The last time we had two Apple events in the fall was in 2016.