New iPad News

The rumored upcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are apparently already deep into production, ahead of a reported announcement during the keynote address at WWDC this June.

 

Sneaky leaks have come out in the last couple of days, which talk about a device that has smaller bezels, four speakers, a new microphone slot located at the top rear of the case, a Lightning port, camera with vertically-aligned flash, side volume rockers, and a Smart Connector.

 

The most talked about feature is the bezels, which mean squeezing in a 10.5-inch display into the same form factor as the 9.7-inch iPad.

 

Alongside software updates (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS), the upcoming WWDC is said to have smallish MacBook announcements as well as possibly a reveal of a Siri Speaker.

 

WWDC begins with the Keynote address on Monday, June 5th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA, and you should be able to watch it on the Apple website, through the iOS Apps, and on your Apple TV.

 

Learn how to take better photos on your iPhone 7

Want to take better photos on your iPhone 7? You’re in luck!

 

Recently, Apple launched a “How to Shoot on iPhone 7” website and video series that hosts a bunch (20, to be exact) of  tutorials designed to, well, do exactly that – shoot well on an iPhone 7.

 

The content is consistently being updated, and four new tutorials were added this week. You can learn stuff like how to shoot a selfie, how to edit a selfie – you know, all the important things! You can also learn how to shoot the Horizon  and shoot with zoom, if you’re a little more interested in that kind of thing.

 

Here’s a sample tutorial, and you can check them all out here.

 

 

 

 

 

New MacBooks coming our way

Rumor has it that Apple will be announcing a refresh for it’s MacBook line at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June, with high expectations for an updated MacBook and MacBook Pro, and the possibility of a new MacBook Air.

 

All of the updates will likely only be internal, however, with updated processors, the MacBook Pro and the MacBook both in line to receive a faster Kaby Lake processor.

 

The MacBook Air hasn’t been updated since March 2015, with Apple putting more focus on the other models, however the affordability of the Air has kept it’s sales strong, likely ensuring it’ll be around for a few years more.

 

WWDC keynote begins at 10:00 AM PT, and according to rumors, we’ll also see announcements regarding a new iPad Pro, as well as a Siri speaker.

 

 

 

Wanna chat it up with the King of Apple?

You’re in luck!

 

The King of Apple, otherwise known as CEO Tim Cook, is taking part in an auction to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization, and the winner gets to, well, have lunch with him at the new Apple Park in Cupertino.

 

This lunch, (or rather, the over-lunch-conversation) was originally valued at $100,000 but has now risen to a whopping $456,789.

 

Check it out on Charitybuzz here.

Apple products discounted at Best Buy right now!

Hey Kids! It’s Mom’s day this Sunday! You should probably get her an Apple Watch, right? And hey Mom’s! Is your child going to need an iPad for their BYOD 1:1 program next school year? You guys should probably go shopping together!

 

Best Buy has a Mothers Day Sale on right now featuring a bunch of Apple products.

 

Apple Watch Series 2 models are discounted by $70. The price on the entry-level 38mm models drops to $299 and 42mm models to $329.

 

All 9.7-inch iPad Pro models are discounted by $100. The price on the entry-level 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro, drops to $499.99.

 

When purchasing and activating an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on a monthly installment plan through Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, customers can save up to $300.

 

The latest Silver and Space Gray MacBook Pro models (the 13-inch version without a Touch Bar) are $100 off, dropping the price from $1,499 to $1,399.

 

The MacBook Air is discounted by $200, dropping the price on the entry-level 13-inch model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage from $999.99 to $799.99.

 

Deals are on right now, and will end on May 13. Oh and Kids? Remember the hugs as well as the fancy Apple Watch!

 

 

 

WWDC press invites go out

Press invitations went out today for Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, (WWDC)! The keynote event will be on June 5 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

 

 

During the Keynote, it’s likely we’ll see the reveal of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the possibility of some surprises, perhaps including a standalone Siri smart speaker.

 

If Apple keeps in line with previous years, you will be able to watch the Keynote on Apple.com or through your Apple TV.

 

 

Wave hello to the Echo Show!

Hey Alexa… show me what’s new!

 

Amazon just debuted a touchscreen Echo device called “Echo Show,” a speaker system that has all of the features of the Echo with a 7-inch touchscreen.

 

According to the company, users will be able to watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, check on security cameras, swipe through photos, view weather forecasts, connect to smart home products like Hue and Wink, make to-do and shopping lists, and, with the addition of a new video chat experience, make hands-free calls to friends who also have an Echo Show, or who use the Alexa smartphone app.

 

Additionally, a feature called “Drop In” lets users contact other Echo Show devices to do things like let someone know it’s time for dinner, or check in on a child’s nursery.

 

The Amazon Echo Show is available to pre-order right now in black and white for $229.99 and will begin shipping June 28. Those who purchase two Echo Show devices at once can save $100 off your order.

 

 

T-Mobile no longer offering 200MB free data with the purchase of an iPad

When T-Mobile first began offering cellular iPads in the fall of 2013, they included a plan that provided customers with 200MB of free LTE data each month for the entire life of the tablet.

 

As of May 7, 2017, Free Data for Life is no longer available for new activations. If you signed up for FDFL on or before May 6, 2017, you can keep it with your current tablet as long as you own and use your tablet with T-Mobile.

 

T-Mobile currently offers just one data plan, T-Mobile One, with unlimited data. T-Mobile One customers can add a tablet to their plans for $20 per month.

 
 

Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams have been named to TIME’s list of The 20 Most Influential People in Tech Right Now

Behind Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook is 4th on Time’s list of the 20 most influential people in Tech right now. According to the magazine, Cook has a “nearly unmatched influence over the technology world” as head of the world’s most valuable company ($750 billion).

 

From the Sauce:

 

“As CEO of Apple, one of the world’s most valuable brands, Tim Cook has nearly unmatched influence over the technology world. Anything Apple does is bound to be copied by a seemingly endless number of rivals, meaning his choices will reverberate far beyond One Infinite Loop. Today, Apple is rumored to be experimenting with everything from advanced artificial intelligence to augmented reality and self-driving vehicles. Given Apple’s role as tastemaker extraordinaire, how Cook decides to move forward with any one of these projects will shape the future of the consumer technology landscape.”

 

Pretty snazzy write up, no?

 

Jeff Williams, as COO of Apple, ranked 17th for his “no small task” of overseeing Apple’s entire supply chain since 2010 as Cook’s second in command.

 

The rest of the list is as follows:

1 Elon Musk ( CEO, Tesla & SpaceX)

2 Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon)

3 Mark Zuckerberg ( CEO, Facebook)

4 Tim Cook (CEO, Apple)

5 Sundar Pichai (CEO, Google)

6 Evan Spiegel (Co-founder & CEO, Snap. Inc)

7 Mary Barra (CEO, General Motors)

8 Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft)

9 Susan Wojcicki (CEO, YouTube)

10 Andrew Jassy (Amazon VP)

11 Ajit Pai (FCC Chairman)

12 Demis Hassabis, (cofounder and CEO of Google-owned A.I. firm DeepMind)

13 John Giannandrea (Head of Search, Google)

14 Travis Kalanick (CEO, Uber)

15 Ginni Rometty (CEO, IBM)

16 Cheng Wei & Jean Liu (Didi Chuxing)

17 Jeff Williams (COO, Apple)

18 Anthony Levandowski (Key figure in  the future of the autonomous vehicle industry)

19 Del Harvey (Twitter’s head of Trust & Safety)

20 Terry Myerson (Microsoft)

 

 

Free educational sessions coming to an Apple retail store near you

Apple has announced that it’s expanding its “Today at Apple” educational sessions to all of its 495 retail stores around the world in May.

 

Which is pretty sweet, because not only are they free (score), they’re on topics that are incredibly interesting, and will be taught by  highly-trained ‘Creative Pros’, or as Apple calls them, the “liberal arts equivalent” to its technical Geniuses. In select cities, Apple has also said that world-class artists, photographers, and musicians will teach sessions from “basics and how-to lessons” to “professional-level programs.”

 

For the subjects themselves? You’re looking at  photography, videography, music, coding, art, and design.

 

From the Sauce, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president, Retail:

 

“At the heart of every Apple Store is the desire to educate and inspire the communities we serve. ‘Today at Apple’ is one of the ways we’re evolving our experience to better serve local customers and entrepreneurs. We’re creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome in a space where the best of Apple comes together to connect with one another, discover a new passion, or take their skill to the next level. We think it will be a fun and enlightening experience for everyone who joins.”

 

This is something everyone at all ages is encouraged to participate in.

 

There’ll be special programs such as Teacher Tuesday where educators can learn new ways to incorporate technology into their classrooms, Kids Hour is targeted towards families and will feature music awesomeness like making and robotics, and anyone who’s interested can learn about pro software such as Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X, or coding with the Swift Playgrounds app for iPad.