Apple discontinues Lightening to 30-pin adaptor

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter and has removed it from its website. The adaptor, previously listed for $29, was first released in 2012 after Apple debuted the lightening connector for all future iPads and iPhones.

 

There was some controversy that came with the lightening connectors, with people understandably concerned that they had to pay for another new Apple product for no good reason – but, as folk who work with charging new and old iPhones and iPads every day – that reason was a really good one. The Lightning connectors are significantly thinner and more compact than 30-pin, and way easier to use, and additionally the switch let Apple save space for other components in their mobile devices.

 

Apple’s iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, and first-generation iPad mini were some of the first devices to use the new Lightning connector, which has been present in all mobile devices since 2012.

 

Revamped TV App coming

Good news kids!

 

Apparently in the next-to-near future, Apple will provide Apple-owned and created content for FREE to customers who own devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, right from the TV App. This new service will also include subscription channels where you can sign in to access content from other companies like HBO and Starz.

 

 

If you didn’t already know, you can currently watch Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series for free within the App, and with more than a dozen new original shows in the works, (and reportedly about $1 Billion being spent) there seems like there’ll be a whole lot more entertainment coming to your phone.

 

Apple is said to be launching an improved TV app early next year, so we should hear more about this and their original content then!

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!

 

 

New FaceBook security issue that affected nearly 50 million accounts

It’s not been a great year for FaceBook.

 

This morning, the company announced that on Tuesday it’s engineering team discovered that hackers had exploited a vulnerability in its code, allowing them to steal Facebook access tokens for almost 50 million accounts.

 

Apparently, hackers took advantage of security flaws in its “View As” code, the feature which lets people see what their profile looks like to someone else. The Facebook access tokens that were stolen are digital keys that allow people to stay logged in to Facebook.

 

From the Sauce:

 

“This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted “View As.”

 

At this time, Facebook does not know who executed the attacks.

 

But, the good news? According to Facebook, the vulnerability has been patched at this time, authorities have been informed, and FaceBook has reset the access tokens of the accounts that were affected along with another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a “View As” lookup in the last year.

 

If you have been logged out of your app, you may have been affected and will receive a message about what happened once they log back in.

 

No one needs to change their passwords, but those who are worried about the attack can visit the “Security and Login” section in settings to log out of all devices at once.

 

Multiple arrests made for Apple Store thefts

Eight suspects have been arrested for the spate of Apple store robberies that have occurred across California recently, with arrest warrants issued for 9 more suspects who are yet to be located.

 

The group stole more than $1 million in property across 19 counties and have been charged for conspiracy to commit grand theft.

 

The thefts always happened very quickly, on surveillance camera, and with those involved wearing hooded sweatshirts. They allegedly entered Apple Stores, grabbed several display items and fled.

 

From the Sauce, Oakland police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick:

 

“The successful collaborative efforts of law enforcement has resulted in dismantling a large criminal ring”

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

But when will we get a new iPad?

There were some who were a little disappointed last week during the Apple Special Media Event, and that’s in large part because there was some expectation of a new iPad model being announced.

 

It was not.

 

So will we be getting a new iPad any time soon?

 

Well folks, looks like the answer is yes. 

 

It appears as though the release of iOS 12.1 has given some small hints that lead us to the release of a new 2018 Fall iPad, one with a TrueDepth camera which means that you could sync your Memoji between your iPhone and your iPad – a feature that is now possible thanks to iOS 12.1.

 

 

The good guys over at 9To5Mac additionally noticed that when looking at the Setup app, which is the app that runs when you set up a new device, there was a new identifier for a “2018 fall” iPad. The previous version of the app only included identifiers for the 2018 iPhones.

 

So, looks like we’ll be seeing a new iPad at an October Apple Event, as well as possibly some new Macs. Rumors suggest the new iPads will most likely be iPad Pros that will feature USB-C connectivity instead of Lightning.

 

 

Quick rundown of what happened at the Apple Special Media Event

The Apple Special Media event happened this morning, and even though it was pretty much what we expected, there was still some pretty cool announcements and reveals.

 

First up, we have the Apple Watch: Series 4. This new model is slimmer than previously, but still has a 30% bigger, edge-to-edge screen, whilst retaining the same 18 hour battery life. Outdoor workout time is increased to 6 hours, there is more information presented on the interface, and it has a pretty impressive 50% louder speaker.

 

The biggest announcement to do with it? The additional health features. These have long been rumored of course, but now that they’re here? We’re impressed. They’re really, really cool.

 

The Apple Watch now has fall detection functionality, which can, just as it says, detect when the user falls, can then deliver an alert notification to emergency contacts, and initiate an emergency call with GPS location of the User if the user remains inert for more than one minute after the fall.

 

The Watch also has 3 new FDA approved heart features, it can tell when your heart rate falls below normal levels ( as the current model does with high heart rate levels), it can also detect irregular heart rhythm’s, or Atrial fibrillation, and, it can actually take an electrocardiogram, otherwise known as an ECG. All of this data is also stored so you can track it and show it to health professionals when necessary.

 

The watches come in two sizes, 3 aluminum finishes; silver, gold and space grey, as well as gold stainless steel with matching Milanese band, joining the silver and space black stainless steel models.

 

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) starts at $399  and Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $499. It’s available for order this Friday, and will come out the following Friday, Sept. 21st.

 

Series 3 is available right now at the new starting price of $279.

 

 

Next! 

 

We were introduced, as expected, to a line up of 3 new models of iPhone; The iPhone Xs, The iPhone Xs Max, and the iPhone XR.

 

The first two models have a 5.8 inch and 6.5 inch respectively, edge to edge super Retina display, and are made of surgical grade stainless steel and glass that is, according to Apple, the most durable yet. They come in 3 finishes of Gold, Silver and Space Grey, and feature the A12 Bionic chip, making them faster than ever.

 

FaceID is more secure, and the camera is a new dual camera system featuring both the 12 mega pixel wide angle camera and the 12mega pixel telephoto camera, as well as improved true tone flash and a new Smart HDR feature, AND a new depth editor function.

 

It looks pretty nice.

 

The phones also feature new Siri shortcuts, which make it so you can automatically bunch a group of tasks together with one command.

 

 

In The iPhone Xs, battery life last 30 minutes longer than iPhone x, and in the iPhone Xs Max, battery life is 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone x.

 

One of the best, most long awaited features? Dual Sim, making it so you can have two phone numbers in one phone, whether that be work/home or when you’re traveling internationally.

 

The iPhone XR  is the less expensive new model in the lineup, and is slightly (slightly unfortunately?) reminiscent of the iPhone 5C, coming in a variety of colors including white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and red. It is a lot better than the 5C though, with a huge 6.1-inch LCD ( the best LCD screen ever, apparently) edge-to-edge screen, and a lot of the same features as the more expensive models, such as FaceID, the A12 bionic chip, and the true depth camera system.

 

The battery life will also be an hour and half more than the iPhone 8 Plus.

 

 

 

 

The iPhone Xs will come with storage configuration of 64GB, 256GB, and  512GB and will start at $999

 

The iPhone Xs Max will come with storage configuration of 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB and will start at $1099

 

You can preorder both phones on Sept 14th and they will ship on the 21st of Sept.

 

The iPhone XR -will come in storage configuration of 64GB, 128GB, and  256GB, and will start at $749. You can order it on October 19th and it will start to ship on October 26.

 

Additionally, The iPhone 7 drops to $449 and the iPhone 8 drops to $599.

 

There was no ‘One more thing,’  unfortunately, but there was a couple of extra things announced at the end of the Keynote:

 

You can upgrade to iOS 12 on Monday September 17th.

 

HomePod got some new updates, whereby if you add more HomePods they’ll work together, and you can now search, make and receive phone calls, and ping your devices. Siri shortcuts will also work.

 

 

tvOS is getting an update,  and MacOS Mojave is coming at you on September 24.

 

 

 

So that’s what we have for you! Or rather, what Apple worked really, really hard to bring you. We’re pretty excited by the new health features and the slimmer size of the Apple Watch Series 4, and the new iPhones, (although kind of annoyingly named?) seem like they feature some pretty distinct and nice new features and functionality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beats by Dre partners with the NBA

Beats by Dr. Dre just announced a multi-year marketing and merchandising partnership with the NBA, which will make it the official headphone, wireless speaker, and audio partner of the NBA, as well as sister associations WNBA, NBA G League, and USA Basketball as of October 2018.

 

Luke Woods, Beats by Dr. Dre president, said:

 

“The NBA and its players have long been significant drivers of global culture. Basketball, music, and style speak as one voice: Julius Erving became a style icon, Allen Iverson cemented hip hop’s place on and off the court and LeBron James is breaking new music every day… the list goes on and on. This partnership with the NBA is the perfect alignment for Beats. It feels like coming home.”

 

Aw, everyone likes going home!

 

In addition to developing NBA-themed headphones for fans, Beats also plans to provide headphones to players and advertise during major events like the NBA All-Star, NBA Draft, international games, WNBA games, and more.