Category: New Releases

Special Apple Media Event

According to the Apple-vine, we can expect a Special Media Event on March 25th at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

 

What is this event all about? Apparently, we can expect an introduction to a new subscription news service, and possibly a stand-alone video streaming service.

 

Fancy Pants actresses Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, are said to be attending the event, all of whom star in shows that Apple has purchased. The streaming service is supposed to be similar to veteran streaming services such as Netflix and will include TV shows and movies acquired by or funded by Apple, who reportedly has more than two dozen original television shows in the works.

 

It is unclear at this stage as to if any of the content will be provided for free to Apple TV owners or not.

 

The news service on the other hand, seems to be a definitive paid subscription, and we’re looking at around $9.99 a month for unlimited access to paywalled content from sites like The New York Times and the Washington Post. There is also likely to be a magazine subscription service, which could be bundled with both of the above services.

 

 

We’ll find out all the details on March 25th!

 

 

New iOS update fixes Group FaceTime Bug

Apple has just released iOS 12.1.4.  Yay! Why Yay?  Well, the update includes a fix for the much talked about privacy bug in Group FaceTime.

 

Which bug? Well if you haven’t heard, there was a flaw in the previous iOS that let callers access the call recipient’s microphone and front-facing camera.

 

 

From the Source: “We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience,” Apple also noticed that there was another vulnerability whereby participants could capture Live Photos during a FaceTime call. “To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS,”

 

 

If you want to use Group FaceTime and not have to worry about the bug, —> Back up your iOS device, connect to Wi-Fi ,  go to Settings > General > Software Update to install the latest version of the operating system, iOS 12.1.4.

 

Now, who wants to FaceTime party?!

 

 

 

New iPads coming in 2019

Apple will reportedly be launching a new fifth-generation iPad mini model as well as a new entry-level iPad.

 

The new model – if real – is said to have an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel, whereas the entry-level iPad will  feature a 10-inch display within a narrower frame. There is also the possibility of two different versions of the entry level iPad.

 

The current entry level iPad supports Apple Pencil and is priced starting at $329.

 

By the way – How are we talking about 2019 already? Like it’s next week or something? Slow down, time.

 

 

Apple releases MacOS Mojave

Apple  has just released macOS Mojave 10.14.1, and if you want to update, you can go straight to the “Software Update” section of System Preferences, a new method introduced with the Mojave update.

 

But… you might want to know all the cool things you can do with it first, right?

 

 

Well, let’s start with the super fun stuff – Group FaceTime is finally here for everyone! Chat with up to 32 people at the same time! Friends, family, foes, who are we to judge? All we know is that it’s super fun/useful.

 

Next in line is another fun thing – more emoji characters! More than 70, actually. Check them out here. 

 

There’s the new Dark mode feature, which apparently lets you be more focused on your work. Try it out by going to the General pane in System Preferences.

 

Siri has been improved, you can now add Emoji to emails, and a new feature called Stacks will clean up your desktop by automatically organizing your files into related groups, or by date.

 

The Finder has been updated so it shows more data and makes things easier to find, The Mac App store has been remodeled, and screenshots have become more customizable and easier to use.  Just launch the new Screenshot utility or press Shift-Command-5 to use.

 

Another new feature allows you to use your iPhone to take a photo of or scan a nearby object or document and have it automatically appear on your Mac. Just choose Import from iPhone or iPad from the File menu in Messages, Finder, Mail,  Notes, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

 

Four new Apps have also come along with Mojave, including News, Stocks, Voice memo’s and Home app,  where you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories.

 

 

Have fun!

 

 

Apple’s new products revealed!

Apple held it’s “There’s more in the making” media event today in Brooklyn, New York and announced a raft of new products, including a new Mac mini with a space gray finish, a new Retina Display-equipped MacBook Air, and two new iPad Pro devices, with an edge-to-edge LCD “Liquid Retina” display.

 

 

Let’s have a look at these brand new beauties.

 

The new space gray Mac mini is 5 times faster than the previous generation, with all-flash storage up to 2 TB that’s 4 times faster than previous storage drives.  Intel UHD graphics, a Gigabit Ethernet,  4x Thunderbolt ports ( USB-C) , HDMI, a headphone jack, and two USB-A ports, along with a 10Gb Ethernet option fill out the features. The devices also house a T2 chip which means everything stored on the SSD is automatically encrypted.

 

From the sauce, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:

 

“Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments — from casual desktop use, to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code, to racks of thousands in giant app build farms — anywhere a small-but-mighty Mac is needed to get the job done.”

 

You can get one for yourself, with orders already started and availability from November 7th. You’ll be looking at a starting price of $799 with the base level model offering 8GB of RAM, a 3.6GHz Intel quad-core Core i3 processor, and 128GB of storage.

 

Next up, we have a new MacBook Air, that has a beautiful Retina display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the T2 security chip, 3 thunderbolt 3 ports, all coming wrapped in Gold, silver and space grey hues. The computer is smaller all around, with 50% smaller bezels, it’s ten percent thinner than before, and a quarter pound lighter than before. It also features better speakers that provide 25% more volume and twice the bass.

 

Cost starts at $1,199, preorders have begun, and they’ll be available from November 7th. Alternatively, you can buy the older model beginning at $999.

 

And finally we have the iPad Pro!

 

Coming in at 11 inches and 12.9 inches, and only 5.9mm thin, the two models have an edge-to-edge LCD “Liquid Retina” display, way slimmer bezels, and a fancy magnetic attachment for the new Apple Pencil.

 

According to Apple, the display is its brightest and most color accurate iPad display yet, and features no home button and Face ID. It has a A12X Bionic chip, a 10 hour battery life, and a USB-C connector.

 

From the Sauce, again, the clearly delighted Philip Schiller:

 

“The new iPad Pro is a huge step forward for powerful, creative, mobile computing; it has an all-new thinner design, speeds through projects with the super-fast A12X Bionic chip and unlocks with a glance using Face ID in any orientation — while you’re sitting or standing, with iPad Pro on your desk or lap, with the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil.”

 

“There has never been a mobile device anything like the new iPad Pro; it has a gorgeous edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display that curves into the corners, breakthrough performance that outperforms most laptops, Face ID, support for the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil, advanced new cameras and sensors for the best AR experiences ever in any device, a high-speed USB-C connector, louder speakers, faster wireless and more, all packed into a thinner device that has all-day battery life and is 25 percent smaller in volume.”

 

There is also a 2nd Gen Apple Pencil that, as noted above, can magnetically attach to iPad Pro for pairing and wireless charging, as well as a new Smart Keyboard Folio to protect the front and back of iPad Pro while also providing a full-size keyboard.

 

So what price point are we looking at for the fancy new iPad Pro?

 

The 11-inch models start at $799 (Wi-Fi) and $949 (Wi-Fi + Cellular), and the 12.9-inch models start at $999 (Wi-Fi) and $1,149 (Wi-Fi + Cellular).

 

Both models come in Silver and Space Gray with storage options of  64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

 

The 2nd Gen Apple Pencil is ($129), and the Smart Folio will be available in a variety of colors for $79 (11-inch) and $99 (12.9-inch).

 

You can pre-order all of the above right now and they will be available on November 7th.

More details about the upcoming New York based Apple event

Apple’s next event is coming up soon, set to take place on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time – in New York City instead of Cupertino.  The event will be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House and Apple will, as per usual, provide a live stream of the event on it’s website as well as through the Events app on the Apple TV.

 

 

 

We’re expecting to see two new super thin iPad Pro models with USB-C, no headphone jack, better displays, an updated Apple Pencil, Face ID, slimmer bezels, a smart connector on the back of the devices, and no Home button.

 

The smaller iPad Pro is suspected to hit 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall, while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall.

 

Also tentatively rumored to be announced is an update to the iPad mini, which, having not been updated in years, would be pretty nice.

 

 

We should also see Mac updates to the MacBook, iMac and Mac mini with the possibility of a new low-cost notebook, and people have been talking about the hope to see new AirPods and (finally) see the release of the Airpower, the device, which was first announced in Sept of 2017, would charge three devices at once.

 

We’re looking forward to the iPad Pro models in particular!

 

 

Rumored details on the upcoming iPad pro

The rumors surrounding the next Apple iPad pro are coming in thick, with people speculating that this will be one of its thinnest devices yet, measuring in at just 5.9mm thick (possibly 5.86mm?), with no headphone jack.

 

 

This device would be the smaller of the two 2018 iPad Pro models expected, with the smaller iPad Pro hitting 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall, while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall.

 

Other purported updates include slimmer bezels all the way around with no Home button, the top bezel housing a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID, as well as a smart connector on the back of the tablets,  a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port, a faster A12X chip, and support for a second-generation Apple Pencil.

 

Invites should be going out soon to media for the Special Event, which is expected to be at the end of this month.

New iPad Pro to be announced

An updated iPad Pro with Face ID, as well as a new version of the Apple Pencil with an AirPods-like proximity pairing process is expected to be coming this month.

 

It’s unclear whether the current model of Apple Pencil will work with the new iPad or if the new Apple Pencil will be compatible with previous iPad Pro models or the sixth-generation iPad.

 

The new iPad Pro will purportedly have an edge-to-edge display without a home button, with Face ID instead, working in both portrait and landscape orientations.

 

There are also rumors that the new iPad Pro will have a rear-facing Magnetic Connector for accessories, such as a new Smart Keyboard, as well as a USB-C port, enabling 4K HDR video output to external displays.

 

There has no official date set for the upcoming Apple Media Event where these new releases are expected to be announced, however it is believed to be at the end of the month. We should additionally see updates to the MacBook and/or MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac mini.

 

We would expect to see invites to the media go out in the next couple of days, most likely Monday.

 

Uber to offer free rides to polling places

Here’s what’s up – you can vote in the Mid-term elections on November 6th. It’s a big day guys, and if you can, you should get out there and exercise your right to vote!

 

The good news?  Uber’s making it easier to do just that. The company is joining up with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide FREE rides to polling places.

 

Anyone with an Uber account can find their local polling place and book a ride to get there for free (in markets where Uber is available). The promotion will be available to all users, and will launch automatically when you open the app.

 

From the Sauce, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi;

 

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button. We’re also partnering with nonprofit organizations to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls on November 6.”

 

To help get people registered before their state’s deadline, Uber is already featuring in-app tools for customers to use to go through the process.

 

So, Uber –> Vote –> Celebrate!

 

 

Group FaceTime around the corner?

After pulling the feature from earlier iOS 12 Beta releases, Apple today seeded the first beta of the iOS 12.1 update  – featuring none other than Group FaceTime – to its public beta testing group, which means it will likely be included in the upcoming public release of iOS 12.1.

 

Group FaceTime has long been both anticipated by those who want it, and slightly derided by those who have yet to understand the wonder and the possibility of group FaceTime.

 

We, if you couldn’t tell, are solidly in the latter camp. The feature will let you FaceTime (audio or video) with up to 32 people at the same time on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Calls can also be answered – audio only – on a HomePod or Apple Watch.

 

Party with multiple friends and family who live all over the world? Yes please!

 

Anyone who has signed up for Apple’s beta testing program can receive the update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

 

Want to be one of these guys? Sign up on Apple’s beta testing website, which will give you access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.