Best Buy Sale including Apple products coming up!

In celebration of it’s 51st anniversary, Best Buy has announced an upcoming 50-hour sale filled with super amazing deals, which will kick off tomorrow, and last through Sunday night.

 

The sale includes discounts on a wide range of Apple products, with select MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac models up to $500 off, up to $300 off on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPad mini 4 up to $120 off. Accessories like the Beats Studio Wireless headphones will also be on sale.

 

Best Buy’s sale kicks off at 10:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, August 18 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, August 20. Deals will be available both online and in retail stores, and students can get additional discounts by visiting Best Buy’s student site.

 

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.

 

 

Apple partners with Cochlear for amazing iPhone Cochlear implant

Apple and hearing implants company Cochlear will launch the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant, which will stream audio from a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch directly to a surgically embedded sound processor (via TechCrunch).

 

Cochlear implants have an internal and external component, and is for people with profound hearing loss.

 

Patients will be able to control the Cochlear implant directly from their Apple device and not have to download and launch a separate iOS app.

 

From the sauce, Cochlear CEO Chris Smith:

 

“The approval of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is a turning point for people with hearing loss, opening the door for them to make phone calls, listen to music in high-quality stereo sound, watch videos and have FaceTime calls streamed directly to their Cochlear implant, this new sound processor builds on our long-standing commitment to help more people with hearing loss connect with others and live a full life.”

 

Very cool!

 
 

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).

 

Want to check out The Rock’s movie with …uh…Siri?

Because that’s a thing. Like, a real thing. It’s a short that is currently showing on the Apple website and on Apple’s YouTube channel that show’s Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson doing lots of cool things with the help of everyone’s favorite PA, Siri.

 

From the Sauce:

 

“You should never, ever, under any circumstances, underestimate how much Dwayne Johnson can get done in a day with Siri. Follow the world’s busiest actor and Siri as they dominate the day.”

 

Check it out here:

 

 

 

 

 

What will Monday bring at WWDC?

WWDC kicks off on Monday with the Keynote speech at 10 A.M. PT, and new information has come through the Apple vine to suggest that not only will the excellent Swift Playgrounds iPad app get some nice upgrades, but also we’ll get a glimpse at the Siri Speaker.

 

In a slightly surprising non-mysterious move, today Apple actually announced that Swift Playgrounds, (aimed at making learning how to code fun), will soon be able to program and control robots, drones, musical instruments, and other toys when the latest version of the app is released at WWDC.

 

Swift Playgrounds version 1.5 is set to be released on June 5, and will support several popular Bluetooth-enabled devices, including LEGO’s MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robot, Sphero’s SPRK+ robotic ball and BB-8 droid, UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Dash by Wonder Workshop, Parrot drones, and other toys.

 

YAY KIDS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE KIND OF JUST LIKE KIDS! From the Sauce, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering:

 

“More than 1 million kids and adults from around the world are already using Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of coding with Swift in a fun and interactive way, now they can instantly see the code they create and directly control their favorite robots, drones and instruments through Swift Playgrounds. It’s an incredibly exciting and powerful way to learn.”

 

Yes sir it is! Swift Playgrounds is a free download on the App Store for all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, and iPad mini 2 or newer.

 

Now this next WWDC news is a little more run-of-the-mill mysterious. It’s said that Apple’s much talked about Siri Speaker will definitely be unveiled next week during the Keynote, that it’s already in production, and that it will be shipping a little later in the year, perhaps as late as the Fall.

 

Apple will also be debuting iOS 11, new WatchOX & TVOS, and MacOS 10.13, and well as possibly new 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and new Macs.

 

You should be able to watch WWDC on Apple’s website, or on your Apple TV.*

 

 

 

 

*Streaming requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

First Editor-in-Chief for Apple News named

Although neither Apple or Lauren Kern, Executive Editor at New York Magazine, have confirmed the hiring, reports are that Ms. Kern will indeed be the first editor-in-chief of Apple News.

 

Some believe that this means that Apple has some big ideas for the development of the curation of the Apple News App, along with the goal of cutting down on that horrible, clickbaity,  fake news stuff.  Which would be sweet, Lauren. Just sayin’.

 

Apple News launched in iOS 9, was updated with iOS 10, so we can likely expect a further update in iOS 11. The app gathers stories from several leading news sources and puts them all on display for it’s users (which, currently is only in the US, Australia and the UK).