Category: Cool Features

New Whole Foods Perk coming with Amazon Prime

Amazon recently announced that it will offer free 2-hour delivery of Whole Foods groceries for Prime customers via Amazon Prime Now.

 

What.

 

You read that right, beginning in four select markets – Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, Prime Now Members will get free Whole Foods Delivery with only one caveat – their purchase must be over $35. At Whole Foods? Sounds easy peasy.

 

Oh, and the delivery window? A measly 2 hours. If you need your foods within the hour?  That’ll be an extra $7.99.

 

From the Sauce, Whole Foods Co-Founder and CEO, John Mackey:

 

“We’re happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” said Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey in a press release.

 

Amazon plans to expand the service across the country during 2018.

 

 

HomePod is (almost) here!

Apple’s $349 HomePod will launch in the US, UK and Australia on February 9! AND customers can preorder Apple’s home wireless speaker starting on Friday.

 

Even though the wait for the Siri speaker has been longer than expected after the launch was delayed from late 2017, we’re still pretty excited to see her in all her glory!

 

A direct competitor to Alexa and Google Home AI Assistant/speaker systems, HomePod promises to be everything you need from a home assistant. That’s some future words, right there. But will it stand up? With other companies already moving on to Video AI assistants ( Hi Alexa Show) some are wondering if Apple might be behind the ball a teeny tiny bit.

 

Either way, we’re excited to find out.

 

 

 

HomePod is configured through the Home app on an iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 (which is yet to be publicly released).

 

It will be available in two color choices, white or space gray. Order it from January 26 for $349.

Cyber Monday Deals on Apple products

Happy Cyber Monday!! Here’s some deals for you!

 

 

B&H Photo Video is offering pretty great discounts on some 2016 MacBook Pro models. They also have free shipping. Discounts include $1,000 off a high-end 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray, and $900 off a mid-range 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Silver.

 

 

eBay is offering $270 off a mid-range 2017 model with a 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650. The sale price is $1,529.99, down from $1,799 on Apple.com.

 

Amazon is offering $100 iTunes gift card for $85 using promo code ITUNES15 at checkout

 

Adorama is offering $250 off a higher-end 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray.

 

 

Best Buy is offering free shipping on nearly everything, and some pretty good discounts on Apple products. Specials include:

 

32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: save $150 when purchased and activated with a monthly installment plan

12.9-inch iPad Pro for –
– 64GB Wi-Fi: $699.99, down from $799.99
– 256GB Wi-Fi: $824.99, down from $949.99
– 512GB Wi-Fi: $999.99, down from $1,149.99

 

There’s a bunch of discounted MacBook Pro models as well.

 

 

T-Mobile has an offer for new customers considering a move to its cellular plans. If you buy a 32GB 9.7-inch iPad with a T-Mobile ONE plan, then activate a T-Mobile ONE voice line on a new or existing cell phone (which you can carry over from a different carrier and keep your number), you’ll get a full rebate for the iPad. The rebate will come in the form of a $460 Prepaid MasterCard Card, which will arrive in the mail within six to eight weeks.

 

At Walmart you can save $200 on iPad mini 4, $30 on 9.7-inch iPad, and $50 on iPad Pro

 

 

And finally, get 25 percent off select accessories at OtterBox. 

 

Enjoy clicking and saving, friends!

 

 

New Apple Ads

Apple today uploaded several new iPhone X ads to its YouTube channel, mainly highlighting features such as Face ID and Animoji, adding to an Ad posted a couple of days ago that went right ahead with the first of their usual Holiday tearfest ads.

 

Chhhhheck ’em out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple making a folding phone?

Apparently, Apple is developing a foldable iPhone with a LG Display, according to Korean site The Investor. They’re partnering with LG rather than the norm Samsung because of fears Samsung might access secret foldable iPhone tech.

 

Back in December of 2016, there were rumors suggesting LG’s display division were planning to mass-produce foldable displays for smartphones as early as 2018, and Apple was tossed around as a name involved with the project.

 

LG has a bunch of prototypes of folding phones, like one that folds over like a book and (believe it or not) a second that rolls up kind of like a newspaper.

 

Don’t get too excited yet though, kids, if it happens, we’re looking at a possible release in 2020. Which, to be fair,  is both really far in the future, and also will happen just like that.

 

 

New Emoji coming with iOS 11.1

iOS 11.1 was released to registered developers today via Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

 

The exciting part? Well, CRAZY FACE, the new version will include a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head (obvs), face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe (yay!), fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more.

 

 

 

 

There have also been some detailed but small design changes to some of the emoji.

 

 

 

 

Yay Emoji! The language of the future?

 

 

 

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.