Category: New Releases

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?

 

 

 

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 to invest $1 Billion dollars in streaming entertainment over next year

Apple is going full force into the TV world over the next year, with a (quite) large amount of  $1 billion being put aside to acquire and produce original television content .

 

We say (quite) because although it’s a lot of money to, well, most people, but compared to Netflix? Nooooot so much. Late last year Netflix pledged to spend $6 billion dollars on content.

 

Oh boy.

 

But back to Apple. We could be looking at maybe as many as 10 Apple show in the next year, with the budget controlled by two ex-Sony guys,  Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg.

 

Apple’s foray into the TV production world have so far included “Planet of the Apps”, which was launched in June on Apple Music, and “Carpool Karaoke,” which was launched last week.

 

What do you  think, will Apple have a hit on TV? The next Breaking Bad? Westworld? … Passions?

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Apple stock up after great June quarter earnings results

Apple’s June quarter earnings results beat expectations for both revenue and iPhone sales! Apple opened with a market cap of nearly $830 billion, moving it evvvvvver closer to becoming a trillion dollar company.

 

Reported revenue was $45.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.7 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share, in its fiscal third quarter ended June 24. Hence, Apple’s stock today opened at an all-time high of $159.52.  It’s currently sitting at 157.14.

 

The good guys over at Macrumors posted the full transcript of the earnings call here, if you’ve got some time!

 

Liquid Glitter iPhone cases being recalled

A company that manufactures glitter phone cases, MixBin Electronics, has recalled about 263,000 of their “liquid glitter iPhone cases” on Tuesday, according to a US Consumer Product Safety Commission release.

 

This includes all cases for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 sold from October 2015 to June this year. Retailers of the cases include Amazon, Henri Bendel, MixBin itself, Nordstrom Rack, Tory Burch, and Victoria’s Secret, and ranged in price from $15 to $65.

 

The recall is occurring because of the scary risk and worldwide reports of burns.

 

According to a statement from the company:

 

“There have been 24 reports worldwide of skin irritation or chemical burns, including 19 in the U.S… one consumer reported permanent scarring from a chemical burn and another consumer reported chemical burns and swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body and hands.”

 

MixBin has advised customers “should immediately stop using” the cases and contact the company for a full refund.To see the full list of the recalled MixBin Electronics cases, including model numbers, UPC codes, and descriptions, check out the notice on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

 

 

The TSA introducing new measures for screening any electronics bigger than an iPhone.

If you travel with a tablet or you’re the kind of guy who travels with a game console (?) than you might have to spend a little bit longer at security from now on, as the TSA will be asking people to take all devices bigger than a cellphone out of carry on bags and put separately into their own bin for X-Ray screening.

 

This is already a rule for laptops, and recently the TSA has run pilot programs for extra electronics screening at 10 airports*. This will be extended throughout the country in the weeks and months ahead.

 

TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia had this to say:

 

“Whether you’re flying to, from, or within the United States, TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security by strengthening the overall security of our commercial aviation network to keep flying as a safe option for everyone. It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe. By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats,”

 

TSA Pre membership customers using Pre lanes will still not have to remove any electronics from their carry on bags.

 

 

*Boise (BOI), Colorado Springs (COS), Detroit Metropolitan (DTW), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL), Logan International (BOS), Los Angeles International (LAX), Lubbock Preston Smith International (LBB), Luis Muñoz Marín International (SJU), McCarran International (LAS) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX).