Siri could offer multiuser support

 

Apple has a newly granted patent for “User profiling for voice input processing,” which may be used for Siri. Siri can currently distinguish an iPhone owner’s voice from other people, but it can’t provide customized responses for different users.

 

The patent (broadly, if used) could allow a device to identify different users, through a variety of means,  including username and password, recognizing specific commands, or biometric voice print. The Siri could refer to a specific user’s content preferences, requests, and phrasings to make Siri more accurate.

 

Oh hiiiii Siri!

 

Apple Removes Group FaceTime From iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Sad FaceTime.

 

Apple has just removed the greatly anticipated Group FaceTime feature from the latest iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas,  deciding instead to release it at a undisclosed later date.

 

Group FaceTime is exactly how it sounds, letting a bunch of people – up to 32 – FaceTime video/audio at the same time.

 

It’s actually been available on iOS 12 and macOS Mojave since the first betas became available in June, but there was no forthcoming reason to have taken it off today, just that  ‘the feature has been removed from the initial releases of macOS Mojave and iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall.

 

Bye 32 people FaceTime party, see you in the Fall sometime.

 

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New Comedy Show picked up by Apple

Good news for fans of ‘It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and it’s stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day!

 

Apple has given a straight to series order for a half hour comedy by the duo, which apparently will be set in a video game development studio.

 

The pair also write for ‘It’s always Sunny’ and will write and executive produce this series, with McElhenney reportedly starring.

 

 

The show has no debut date, however whispers suggest spring 2019.

 

 

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 Back to School Promotion

Apple has been running it’s Back to School promotion since July 12th, but not to fear – you’ve got more than a while to make use of the perks if you’re a student in the market for a new Apple product!

 

So what’s the deal?

 

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. You can also qualify for up to $200 off a qualifying Mac with Apple education pricing, and 20% off AppleCare.

 

This offer will be available until Sept. 25.

 

The eligible Macs are iMac Pro, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook, Mac Pro, or MacBook Air , which will get you either a free pair of Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones, Powerbeats 3, or Beats X.

 

If you’re more in the market for an iPad Pro you get the the option of either Powerbeats 3 or Beats X, or you can pay an extra $100 to get the Solo3 Wireless headphones.

 

The promotion is available through Apple’s online store, but customers may also go directly to retail outlets, visit authorized campus stores or call 1-800-MY-APPLE.

 

 

The full terms and conditions are available on Apple’s website.

 

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!