Category: Cool Features

AT&T Unlimited Choice plans now get free HBO

Do you have an Unlimited Choice plan with AT&T? Well, for starters, good on you buddy, and for seconders, you now get FREE HBO! Hello Ballers!

 

Just to be clear – AT&T will offer Unlimited Choice customers free streaming HBO on their AT&T devices. ( HBO is normally $14.99 per month).

 

This deal starts  TODAY, Sept. 15, and will work for all new and existing AT&T customers.

 

Until now, AT&T offered this only with its Unlimited Plus plan, which runs starting at $90 per month for one line and increases with each line you add.

 

The Unlimited Choice plan starts at $60 per month for one line. Like the Unlimited Plus plan, and increases when you add more lines.

 

The Unlimited Plus plan includes AT&T’s fastest data speeds and high-definition video streaming, and it allows up to 10 GB of mobile hotspot use per line.  On the other hand, the Unlimited Choice plan is limited to data speeds at 3 MB per second, does not permit mobile hotspot use and caps video-streaming quality at around 480p.

 

 

Apple Special Media event!!

 

Welcome address by Tim Cook at Steve Jobs Theater at its new Apple Park headquarters. P.S. did you hear that Apple didn’t receive approval to host the event until the 4th of September? Apple was given a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Steve Jobs Theater on September 1, indicating that the theater has passed various fire and safety checks. The final signature was September 4.

 

Yikes!

 

Anyway, on to the good stuff. CEO, Mr Cook, starts the morning off by talking about Steve Jobs, and how, after much time, and in this special place, they are now able to reflect on him and his life with joy instead of sadness.

 

He talks about how just amazingly amazing the new Apple Park Headquarters are in Cupertino, California, with lots of nature and marvelous architecture, a visitors center with AR experience, Retail store, and, uh, parking for 14,000?! Well he didn’t say that, but it’s a pretty impressive stat nonetheless.

 

Next, Angela comes up to talk about ‘town squares’ (otherwise known as retail stores), and how there are new store designs coming into play, with a plaza, board rooms, forum’s, new genius bars, and new products featured on ‘the avenues’. There are also going to be more and more ‘Today at Apple’ in store experiences with lessons on coding, photography, music, and, one of our personal favorites, ‘Teachers Tuesdays’, helping local educators learn about latest tech & Apps.

 

Tim Cook then comes back on stage to talk about Apple Watch.  Last quarter the device grew over 50% compared to previous year, and, get this, because this is pretty crazy, Apple Watch is now the number one watch in the world, beating Rolex.

 

We see a snazzy little video of people reading actual letters to Apple, thanking them for the health benefits they’ve experienced from using Apple Watch, and then Jeff comes on stage to talk about the future of the device.

 

Watch OS 4 will have Smart activity coaching, redesigned workout track with HIIT, new features for swimmers and Gym machine syncing capabilities. It will also have an updated heart rate system with new features that track resting heart rate and recovery heart rate, and that will notify you if you have an elevated heart rate and you don’t appear to be active, as well as ‘Apple Heart Study’  which will help with arrhythmia like A-Fib, in conjunction with Stanford Medicine.

 

Watch OS 4 will also have redesigned music, and intelligent Siri face, and will be available Sepember 19th.

 

Apple Watch Series 3 itself will be Swim proof, with a barometric accelerometer, all day battery, and, drumroll please, it will come with cellular built in. Which means you can use it by itself for certain periods of time. Which is rad. 

 

Which means you can use Apple Music with Airpods while you’re out and about, streaming music while you exercise or whatnot. The watch also comes with a new dual core processor with up to 70% more performance, a custom wireless chip W2 which gives 85% faster wifi and makes it 50% more power efficient…. AND Siri can talk now! Yay Siri!

 

The Apple Watch Series 3 has a bunch more bands as well as a new gray ceramic finish.

 

It’ll cost you $399, or $349 for the non-cellular version.  Pre-order September 15th, available to buy September 22nd.

 

Next up, we have the Apple TV 4K

The revamped fifth-generation set-top box will be 4k, and HDR 10. 4k is about more pixels, HDR is about better pixels, so it’s going to look real pretty, you guys. It has a A10X fusion chip, same as in the iPad Pro and the CPU performance is twice as fast. Apple is bringing Apple TV App to  7 other countries with a bunch of new local content AND Live Sports, Live news, and HomeKit linked.

 

Now, what most of you came here for. The iPhone.

 

Tim’s back on stage, talking about how much power the iPhone puts into people’s hands, how the 1st iPhone transformed how we use technology, how the App store changed how we played games, communicated, and learnt. How the Retina display changed our viewing experience, how iMessage and FaceTime changed communication, and how Siri changed how we thought about AI.

 

Introducing, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

 

With a glass front and back (the most durable glass ever), Aerospace grade aluminum, the new iPhones will come in  silver, space grey, rose gold. It’ll be microscopically sealed for water resistance.

 

The iPhone 8 will be 4.7 inch with a Retina Display and the iPhone 8 Plus will be5.5 inch with a Retina Display. They’ll both have a True tone display, Stereo speakers which will be 25% louder and have deeper base then the iPhone 7. They both have a brand new chip A11 Bionic chip, which is 25 % faster than A10 chip.

 

They’ll both have a 12MP camera with deeper pixels and a new color filter, and the iPhone 8 Plus has 2 new sensors, f1.8 and f2.8 aperture as well as a new feature called portrait lighting.

 

iPhone 8 has the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone and the cameras are calibrated for Augmented Reality. Which we love. Duh.

 

Both new iPhones support Qi wireless charging.

 

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus storage starts at 64gb, with the option for 256gb. The iPhone 8 starts at $699 while the iPone 8 Plus starts at $799. You can preorder either iPhone on September 15th, and they’ll be available September 22nd.

 

iOS 11 will be released to the public on September 19th.

 

And now for the One More Thing we were all waiting for, the Holy Moly iPhone X! 

 

Or, as Tim Cook likes to call it, The product that will set the path for technology for the next decade. Dun Dun Duuuuuuuuuun!

 

And here’s Phil to tell us all about it! So what do we have here? We have edge to edge, top to bottom glass, surgical grade steel, water and dust resistant, and space grey and silver finishes.

 

We have a Super Retina display, which is 5.8 inches on the diagonal, at 458 ppi, it has the highest resolution in pixel density on an iPhone. So, what we’re hearing is that Super Retina is better than both Retina and OLED. (Obviously, that’s why it’s super.)

 

It supports HDR, has a million to one contrast ratio, and true tone display.

 

There is NO MORE HOME BUTTON GUYS! But we kind of knew that already. Raise the phone to wake, or tap on screen, swipe up to access the home screen, or to access multitask. To access Siri, say ‘Her Siri’ or press on the larger side button.

 

Unlocking will now rely on facial recognition, or  ‘Face ID’. This actually looks really cool, and like it’ll actually work, and fancy and futuristic and protect-y and all the good things. We like this. Face data is protected, and not sent to a server, and user attention is needed in order for it to work.

 

We have Animoji! As gimmicky as we believe others will call this, we think this is so fun and the tech in it is kinda crazy. Basically, you have a dozen Emoji (including poop, obviously) that you can send as stickers or video’s within iMessage, and you can make the Emoji react to your facial expressions, and speak as if it’s you speaking. Craig Feredihi does a live demo and it’s kind of hilarious.

 

 

The camera on the iPhone X is 12MP, with larger and faster sensors, a new color filter and  f1.8 aperture- f2.8 on wide angle. We have Duel optical image stabilization, better low light zoom, better Quad LED flash, better front facing camera with Portrait mode with portrait lighting for selfies.

 

The Battery life lasts 2 hours more than iPhone 7 and it is of course compatible with Qi Wireless Chargers.

 

Speaking of Wireless charging, we get a ‘Sneak peek’  at Airpower – a charging mart for all your mobile Apple Products, that will be available next year. 

 

 

The iPhone X (did we mention it’s pretty sexy looking? Because it is…)  will be sold at 64GB and 256GB, starting at $999. You can preorder Oct 27th, and they’ll start to ship November 3rd.

 

So there we have it. What do you guys think? We particularly rate the new Apple Watch for having Cellular, and think that’s the beginning of something game changing. And the iPhone X will, likely, set the path for technology for the next ten years. There’s no line of site teleportation (YET) or anything super flashy that we weren’t expecting, but there’s a lot of really smart, really useful tech in that sexy little box.

 

What can we expect after the Apple Special Media Event on the 12th?

Assuming that Apple will follow it’s usual release schedule that it’s kept close to over the past 5 years, this is what we can expect after the September 12th Special media Event.

 

2-3 days after the event, probably Friday September 15th, at 12:00 AM PT, we can likely expect pre-orders to begin.

 

9-15 days after, but most likely 10 days after on Friday September 22nd, we can expect the official launch of the iPhones announced.

 

As this is the 10th anniversary iPhone, and because you can never really  accurately predict what Apple will do, there could be deviations from this – there could be no pre-orders like when they released the iPhone 5S, or, it could be a day or two different on the dates. Rumors are flying that there will be very short supply on the iPhone 8, so it could actually have a later launch date than the other 2 iPhone updates said to be offered this year.

 

We’ll find out all come Tuesday, September 12th. The event is at 10:00 a.m. PT at the Apple Park campus. An iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, LTE Apple Watch, 4K Apple TV and the much speculated about iPhone 8 will all likely be announced.

 

 

Apple Event media Invites go out!

Apple has sent out media invites for it’s upcoming iPhone event! We think that means it’s actually happening!? Here are the most important details:

 

The event will happen on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

 

The media invites offer a first look at what we can look forward to ( kinda) and feature the tagline: “Let’s meet at our place.” (via The Loop)

 

 

 

This event is reported to be the biggest Fall event in years, mostly because the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone is expected to bring with it a fairly different redesign of the iPhone we all know and love. Think a glass body with an edge-to-edge display, a vertical rear camera, facial recognition capabilities, a much improved processor, and wireless inductive charging functionality. We can also likely expect two other, more-like-what-we-know iPhones  (4.7 inch and 5.5 inch) to be released as well.

 

 

Rumors are also building around a third-generation Apple Watch with an LTE chip that allows it to be decoupled from the iPhone (Yes!), and the possibility of a new 4K Apple TV.

 

Following the event, we should see the release of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4.

 

In case you guys want to watch all the fun and Appley -excitement, Apple will be streaming the event live on its website and on the Apple TV.

 

Bring it on.

 

 

Apple Watch Series 3 launch coming up!

According to reports from Chinese-language Economic Daily News report, the “final testing phase” in the manufacturing process of Apple Watch series 3 has begun, with mass production set to begin soon.

 

The device is believed to be launched alongside new iPhones in September, with the watches being shipped in the 4th quarter.

 

The rumors are that the new Apple Watch series 3 will have both Wi-Fi and LTE models in 38mm and 42mm sized, however the LTE model might only support VoIP calls.

 

As with most updates, it will likely have improved performance and battery life, however the deign is expected to stay quite similar.

 

 

 

Additionally, a lot of health related features are rumored to be apart of the new model, however if that occurs with this model or in a later update remains to be seen.

 

 

 

Want to check out The Rock’s movie with …uh…Siri?

Because that’s a thing. Like, a real thing. It’s a short that is currently showing on the Apple website and on Apple’s YouTube channel that show’s Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson doing lots of cool things with the help of everyone’s favorite PA, Siri.

 

From the Sauce:

 

“You should never, ever, under any circumstances, underestimate how much Dwayne Johnson can get done in a day with Siri. Follow the world’s busiest actor and Siri as they dominate the day.”

 

Check it out here:

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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.