Category: Cool Features

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.

 

 

More Back to School Deals on Apple!

It’s sale time! And back to school time. Cool?

 

Get your self to some of the big box stores for some slash priced deals on Apple products!

 

Apple Airpods Wireless Headphones for $144 at Walmart (normally $159.99).

 

Apple iPad 128GB 5th Generation WiFi Tablet in Silver for $349 at Walmart (normally $429).

 

Apple Watch Series 1 42mm for $179 at Walmart (normally $279).

 

At Best Buy’s Back to School Apple sale, you can get a range of good deals, made better if you take advantage of Best Buy’s student discounts. 

 

Grab an older MacBook Pro or MacBook Air  –  for instance, you can get a 13-inch MacBook Air for just $900, down $100 from its normal price. With student pricing, that works out to $750.

 

Also take up to $200 off the iPhone 6 and 6s and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

 

Best Buy is additionally offering 30% off several certified refurbished products ranging from Apple Watches to Smart Keyboards.

 

Happy Shopping! ( And schooling ).

 

iOS 12 Fourth Public Beta Released

Apple has seeded the fourth public beta of iOS 12 to public beta testers today!

 

If you want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple’s beta testing website, which will give you access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas. BUT! Beware, as it’s a Beta, there can and will be bugs.

 

Case in point: today’s iOS 12 beta introduces several new bugs that testers should be aware of:
After restarting a device, paired Bluetooth accessories might not function correctly or might be displayed using the device’s address instead of name.
Using Apple Pay Cash to send or request money via Siri may result in an error.
When using CarPlay, Siri can’t open an app by name. Shortcuts that involve opening an app won’t work, and Shortcuts that require confirmation might not work.
Some Shortcuts requests might not work.
When multiple ride-sharing apps are installed, Siri might open an app instead of providing an ETA or location when asked. Apple suggests asking again as a fix.
Users might not see custom UI when using Siri Suggestions Shortcuts with built-in intents.

 

But, what about the good stuff?

 

The iOS 12 update brings changes like Group FaceTime, (YAY!) local multiplayer shared AR experiences, new Animoji, and a Memoji feature that’s designed to let you create a personalized Animoji that looks just like you, WHICH, alongside stickers and text, can be used in FaceTime and the Messages App with the new Effects camera.

 

 

New Do Not Disturb features make it easier to manage notifications, as do interactive notification options and notification grouping on the Lock screen.

 

Siri is better with more information available, as well as Siri Shortcuts that work with third-party apps to create voice-activated automations, and Siri is also smarter and able to provide info on motorsports, food, and celebrities.

 

The camera will launch up to 70 percent faster and the keyboard will appear up to 50 percent faster.

 

The revamped Maps app (Available for now only in Northern California) displays foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately, and it brings improvements to traffic, real-time road conditions, construction notices, and more.

 

iOS 12 will be available to developers and public beta testers as a beta for the next two months to allow Apple to work out said bugs ahead of a Fall launch alongside their shiny new iPhones.

What’s coming next for Apple?

Don’t worry, Summer’s not over yet, but that doesn’t stop those of us in the tech world looking forward to that magical time, Fall, when the leaves are falling and new Apple products are appearing in hands all over the world.

 

What kind of Apple products, you say?

 

Purportedly (as always), here’s what you may or may not expect to see;

 

A new lower price MacBook Air, same size, larger screen.

 

Apple Watch Series 4, apparently, the device will have it’s very own first major design shift this year, with a reduction in the bezel size; so, a larger display with no increase in body size. This would give the display edges a curve, similar to the iPhone X.
The new Apple Watch will also no longer use the current physical Digital Crown and Side button and instead use ones powered by its Taptic Engine.

 

The iPad Pro will get an iPhone X-like design overhaul with a reduction in bezel sizes on both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro variants.

 

Three new iPhone models are expected: two models with OLED screens, one 5.8 inches and one 6.5 inches. The third would be a 6.1-inch LCD lower priced model.  According to reports, all three models will have the TrueDepth camera array and use Face ID.

 

Foxconn is expected to assemble the majority of Apple’s three iPhone models coming out later this year, whilst the rest of the  orders will be fulfilled by Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron.

 

So there you have it. And one more thing? We hope so! We love one more thing!!

 

 

Best Apple Laptop for school? 2018 Version

 

So you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, eh? Fancy some new Apple gear? It’s an investment in your future, you know, your grades would suffer if you didn’t  buy something shiny and new, right?

 

If that’s the case, or if you just really want a new laptop, Here are you options:

 

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, 128GB, 256GB –

The cheapest: even without any discounts you can get the MacBook Air from $999. If you pay a little more, you can get twice the storage space with a 256GB SSD.

 

On the flip side, the display is the only Apple laptop that is not Retina, and is also the least powerful model.

 

BUT it does have the longest battery life, at 12 hours (two hours longer than other models). It is also the only model that has older hardware such as an SD card for photographers and familiar USB sockets.

 

If you’re a student or working in education then Apple is selling the Air from $849.

 

 

 

Apple 12 inch MacBook 256GB

 

The lightest of the lot, and super slim, even though  the screen is only an inch smaller than the 13″ MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

Retina display! Yay! Can increase storage to 512GB with a 256GB SSD. Double Yay! Has a force-touch trackpad. Yay?

 

Fast, but likely not heavy packing enough for video editing or gaming.

 

Starting at $1299 for regular folk, if you’re in education or a college student, you can get this baby for… $1249.

 

 

2018 MacBook Pro 

 

This big mama is at the pricier end of the Apple tree, and both heavier and thicker than either the MacBook or the MacBook Air. It has a beautiful retina display and is the fasted, most recently updated, and most powerful Apple laptop you can get right now.

 

If this sounds like your cup of expensive tea, you also have a couple of secondary options to decide on.

 

Firstly, you can get either the 13-inch or the 15-inch. Then, you have to decide if you want the base model  Then, you have to decide if you want the base model or if you want the Touch bar and touch ID.

 

The Touch Bar shows features and options of your software super clearly, and the Touch ID brings the iPhone-style way of unlocking and of paying in online stores.

 

Adding Touch ID and Touch Bar adds $500 to the price but that also means a better screen: it’s the same Retina display but with True Tone which adjust display color and brightness to fit your surroundings. Fancy.

 

Something additional to consider, is that only the Touch Bar models of the MacBook Pro are capable of being expanded to have 32GB RAM and 4TB of SSD.

 

 

 

You can get the Macbook Pro for-

13-Inch – From $1299 ( or $1249 with education pricing)

13-Inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID – from $1799 (or $1699 with education pricing)

15-Inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID – From $2399 (or $2249 with education pricing)

 

 

 

Similar to last year, if you are a (verified) college student, a parent purchasing on behalf of higher-education students, or faculty/staff at either a higher-education or K-12 institution, you can get a free or discounted pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad Pro, and 20% off AppleCare.

This offer will be available until Sept. 25.

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

Apple’s new ‘Behind The Mac’ Campaign

Apple has recently launched a new four-part campaign focusing on the creative prowess of the Mac, called “Behind the Mac”. The series of ads highlight people who use Macs as part of their creative process, from Photographer and disability advocate Bruce Hall, Musician Grimes, and App developer Peter Kariuki.

 

See below, if only to get your creative inspo’ juices flowing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Summer Solstice!

 

 

Apple now powered by 100% clean energy WHAT

Want to hear some good tech news?

 

Apple has announced that its global facilities, including all retail stores, offices, data centers, and more, are powered with 100 percent clean energy.

 

This number includes facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, UK, China, and India.

 

From the Sauce, Tim Cook:

 

“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone, we’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”

 

To accomplish this feat, Apple has invested in and constructed renewable energy facilities all around the world, such as solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydration generation systems, and include the solar panels on the roof of Apple Park, its newest campus, 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects across China, solar facilities in Reno, Nevada and Maiden, North Carolina, more than 300 rooftop solar systems in Japan, and an 800-rooftop renewable energy system in Singapore.

 

Since 2016, 96 percent of Apple facilities have been run on renewable energy, so this 100% clean energy target having been met feels like they finally got the cigar. You know, as in up until now they’ve been ‘close, but no cigar’?

 

We’ll be here all week. Yay for good tech news!

 

Apple Planning iPhones With Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens

There have been unconfirmed reports that in an effort to stand out in the smartphone world, Apple is planning to incorporate “touchless gesture control” and curved screens into future iPhone models.

 

The touchless control feature would apparently let iPhone owners navigate iOS “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.” This technology, if the reports are correct, would still be about two years away, unless Apple finds even better tech to come out with instead.

 

The curved iPhone display feature would curve inward “gradually from top to bottom,” unlike Samsung’s smartphones that curve down and away at the edges of the screen.

 

Along with these claims comes reports that Apple will expand OLED technology to more devices, releasing a larger model iPhone later this year with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X.

 

The company is also apparently working on an update to the iPhone X’s size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.

New Deals from T-Mobile and AT&T

This week, from T-Mobile, we have a limited time offer to ‘Share the Apple Watch experience.

 

If you buy one Series 3 Apple Watch, you get a second one for half off.

 

Small Print—>  Via 24 monthly bill credits with qualifying DIGITS™ plan. If you cancel wireless service, credits stop and remaining balance is due.

 

AND! Also from T-Mobile, and offer to Get 4 lines of unlimited for just $35 each. PLUS 2 screen Netflix.

 

Small print —> For new customers only activating 4 lines of service. Capable device required. Limited-time offer; after bill credits with AutoPay. Receive Netflix Standard 2-screen (up to $10.99/month value) while you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile ONE lines in good standing. 

 

From AT&T, you can get a new 32GB iPad for $49.99 when you buy a new iPhone on AT&T Next.

 

Small Print —> Get a 32GB iPad for $49.99 on a 2-year agreement* when you buy any iPhone on AT&T Next(R) *Svc activation req’d on both devices. Fees, charges & restr’s apply.

 

 

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.