If you’re one of the millions that’s waited for emojis that look like them – rejoice! New Apple Emojis are on the way! According to Apple, the computing giant pledged to increase the diversity in its emoji keyboard last March, after a public outcry over the limited options for people of color. (A petition at DoSomething.org collected thousands of signatures. Miley Cyrus even tweeted about it, helping it to go viral on Twitter.)
The current illustrated icons include same-sex couples but no black characters. There is an Asian man wearing a traditional Chinese cap and an Indian man in a turban, but the rest of the emoji population is light-skinned.
Creating a more diverse emoji selection wasn’t as easy as releasing a new iOS update. The keyboard of illustrated icons is based on Unicode, the standard for text, numbers and emojis across all platforms. Emoji originated in Japan and were added to the Unicode Standard in 2010. Apple first included them natively in iOS in 2011.
“Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us,” said an Apple spokesperson.
What do you think? Are you ready for a chocolate skinned “thumbs up” or have you fulfilled your diversity need with animated gifs and bitstrips? Share your thoughts below.
Apple’s iOS 8.1 has arrived and with it, Phone 6 and 6 Plus users can take advantage of the new mobile payment option – Apple Pay. Apple iOS 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your Mac, the return of “Camera Roll,” the public beta of iCloud Library and more. Discover what’s new with the latest update and if you should take advantage of the latest iOS version below!
Your MacBook Is Calling
The update brings connectivity between desktop and mobile to a whole new level! With the update, you now have the ability to make and receive calls at your desk, and to get texts from your friends even if they’re not using Apple devices (its no longer limited to iMessage devices). With iOS 8.1 bring continuity to your network of devices and even turn your device into an instant hotspot (You can connect your iPad to the hotspot on your phone, if it’s within range). (I wonder how this will affect new iPad wifi + cellular sales? I digress.)
The Camera Roll Is Back
Bringing the Camera Roll back does eliminate some confusion since it was replaced with the “Recently Added” folder instead. (You didn’t notice that it disappeared? You obviously don’t search for last year’s selfies enough…) The iCloud Photo Library will let users save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device. (Beware – you know, celebrity nudes getting hacked and all.)
Perhaps the most hyped addition to iOS 8.1 is Apple Pay, which will let iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users tap their devices at retail checkout terminals to pay for items. The wallet service requires Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint authentication and an iPhone with near field communication (NFC) technology, which is only featured on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Pay, Tap and Go!
How To Update To iOS 8.1
iOS 8.1 is available for your device as an over-the-air update, which you can find by going to Settings > General > Software Update; you can also plug your phone or tablet into your computer and update via iTunes. To use the new Continuity features with your Mac, you’ll have to download and install OS X 10.10 from the Mac App Store, for the free update.
Have you downloaded the new update yet? What are you looking forward to most? Desktop calling, easy access to your photos via the return of the Apple camera roll or Apple Pay?
If you haven’t pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and still want to be among the first to own the device, there’s a good chance you’ll be facing a long line at the Apple Store today or this weekend.
Most Apple stores get pretty big shipments of new iPhones; that’s the obvious choice, but not the only one. In fact, you can get the iPhone 6 (16GB) for below the recommended price at Walmart ($179, instead of $199), and you’ll probably have to wait less, too. And if you do want to try your luck at Apple, be sure to check Apple.com for store quantities or try to arrange an in-store pick up. That could easily shave a good amount of time off your wait.
Big Box Stores
Now, on to other options: Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Staples have a healthy supply of devices. Best Buy is among the more popular retail spots to pick up an iPhone, so in some cases, be prepared to wait on line for awhile too.
Best Buy has a ticketing process to help the lines run smoothly, but it only offers one ticket for each customer, so if you want to upgrade your whole family, they will all need to be present. (Note: Apple lets each person in line buy two phones). Not all Best Buy stores were packed this morning, though. According to a Best Buy employee in a message posted to Reddit, the store was practically empty for the launch. The user didn’t disclose the location, but included a picture of the “crowd.”
Walmart is another option that people might not consider for picking up an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and the company is giving customers a nice incentive to choose them over others by discounting the devices. In addition to an iPhone 6 price cut (with a two-year Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contract), the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $279 ($20 cheaper than what you’ll find at the Apple store).
But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers. Staples on Friday, only Verizon iPhones were available for walk-in customers (they accepted pre-orders too). There’s a rumor that AT&T delayed their iPhone shipments to the store, so so some stores only have Verizon devices right now.
In addition to select retailers, you’ll of course be able to find some at the carrier stores, too. Be choosy about which store location you go to — for example, the AT&T location in Union Square in New York City had a line halfway down the block before doors opened at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. But uptown, a location on East 86th Street had just about 15 people queued up — which sure beats the hundreds of people waiting at the Apple Store just 30 blocks south. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile store (also in Union Square) had no line at all.
Timing is key too — you might be holding off until the early Friday rush subsides, but just think how crazy it will get on Saturday when everyone who’s busy working today will try to pick one up then. If you wait too long, supplies will sell out.
Of course, if you’re not in dire need of a new iPhone, you can get it shipped to you directly. Right now, estimations are about four weeks away for arrival. You might not have an iPhone in your hands by the end of the weekend, but at least you’ll have your sanity.
You were super excited about downloading the latest version of Apple iOS 8 – that is until, you realized that you had to delete a ton of data from your iPhone to make room for the update. It’s not that iOS 8 occupies a ton of storage on your iPhone or iPad (iTunes says the file is about 1.2GB), but rather that the download itself needs up to 5.7GB of free storage to be completed. (For me this was a welcomed challenge, since I’ve had about 4,500 photos on my phone and needed to purge it immediately.) But for others, there’s an easier way around the iOS 8 download without deleting any of your photos, music or data at all.
But before you start deleting everything you’ve ever saved, there’s a very easy solution: Sync your iPhone or iPad to the computer and download iOS 8 directly from there. This won’t suck up any space on your device, and you can manually transfer the new software back to your device. Updating via your PC or Mac is more reliable way to upgrade, versus OTA (over-the-air), which is performed directly on the device.
If you’re taking this alternate route, be sure to select “check for update” when the prompt pops up on iTunes — not “restore iPhone.” The latter option will indeed wipe all content from your device.
For those who haven’t downloaded the software yet, we recommend backing up your data via iCloud before you start. If anything, the 5.7GB requirement to update to iOS 8 is a subtle nudge from Apple that you may need to splurge for the 64GB device next time. (Smooth move, Apple. smooth move indeed.)
Today, Apple unveiled Apple Watch – unfortunately for everyone waiting with baited breath, it won’t be available for purchase until next year.
“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”
Apple’s newest venture inside the realm of wearables will enable users to communicate right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch it makes sending personalized drawings, doddles and emojis easier than ever before. With comprehensive health and fitness apps that measure all fitness activity (not just walking or heavy exercising) ultimately helping users lead healthier lives. Apple Watch lets you interact quickly and conveniently using the apps you already know and love. You can get step, by step directions, pay for coffee using Apple Pay, board a plane with a Passbook or even unlock your Starwoods hotel room door. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.
What do you think? Are you willing to wait for your Apple inspired watch or do you think the next best thing is already here? Share your comments below.
Apple Inc CEO has left the stage and now the details is flying throughout the blogosphere. The latest generation of iPhones have been unveiled if you’re looking for the must-have features and how they’ll benefit you, look no further than below.
Apple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.
A8 Faster Processing
Packed with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.
Benefits for you: No more lag time waiting for messages to load or send.
Voice Calling Over WiFi
The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling. With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.
Benefits for you: Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.
Benefits for you: Sharper, enriched photos, better face recognition and clearer FaceTime chats.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.
Benefits for you: Paying for food, services, tickets with the tap of your iPhone from such retailers as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, Disney World and more!
iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
Now that you know the details, which Apple device are you looking forward to getting your hands on first? The iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?
Today is the day that Apple enthusiasts have been waiting for. In a matter of moments the smartphone and technology industry will wait for the latest news from Apple that is rumored to include a next generation, larger screen iPhone, wearable smart watch and possibly more. Typically Apple hasn’t been all that great surprising fans with the latest advancements (thanks to leaked photographs, patent slip ups and loose journalistic lips spilling the beans well before an Apple executive steps onto the big stage.) However, could today be the day that we’re all stunned and surprised?
What is it consumers want most from the iPhone 6? Beyond a larger screen, we polled readers on Facebook as well as gathered some interesting facts online and have listed the top features desired > [We Asked, You Answered: What You Want From The iPhone 6]
So what should you expect coming from the Apple giants? A new iPhone, iPad Air and iWatch respectively. According to Time Magazine, all signs point to two new iPhone models, a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version curvaceous designed smartphones. There will reportedly be a one-handed mode that rejiggers the interface slightly so you can reach everything (Samsung has a similar feature on some of its larger phones). Alongside the new iPhones, Apple will reportedly be rolling out its followup to the iPad Air. It’s believed to be similar in design to the previous model, with the addition of a faster processor, the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint sensor and a gold color option. Apple will reportedly be showcasing its long-rumored smartwatch, though it’s believed the device won’t be available for purchase until next year. Features apparently include a curved, rectangular screen made of impact-resistant sapphire crystal, tap-to-pay functionality, 8GB of storage, health-tracking sensors and two screen sizes.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends will unveil Apple’s holiday gadget lineup. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT.
I’ll be keeping you in the loop with live updates from the Apple Special Event in California today.
APPLE EVENT LIVE BLOG
iSight Camera – Improved features include 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.
Voice Over LTE - Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
Barometer - The iPhone 6 can judge distance and elevation, so you can get credit for flights of stairs in all those fitness apps
Face Detection in photos
Apple Pay - A groundbreaking NFC antenna. The security of Touch ID. The privacy of the Secure Element. And the convenience of Passbook.
Full iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Posts Coming Soon…
In just a few days, fans and iPhone loyalists everywhere will preview the latest innovation that Apple has to offer. We asked our readers “What would you like to see in the new iPhone 6?” and the answers came flooding in. So what’s in store for future iPhones? We can get some clues from Apple patents registered with the U.S. Trademark and Office. Apple is developing an audio jack to double as a headphone jack, plus an audio transducer that doesn’t need a grille to emit sound. That means future iPhones can be totally enclosed or water-proofed. Another patent talks about combining motion analyzer, scenery analyzer, and lockout mechanism to detect if you’re driving and disable Messages Apps. With the increasing text-induced car accidents, expect this feature sooner than later.
Yet another patent indicates that Apple is cooking an intelligent Home Page that brings up the app you need for specific scenarios like when you need to show an electronic ticket in an airport or an e-coupon at a counter. The patent uses location-based signals and tracks user data patterns like calendars, emails, notes, etc. to predict when to bring up the app. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out this insightful info graphic below for a quick history lesson in everything iPhone and discover which most wanted iPhone 6 features made the cut below.
Consumers are becoming anxious, you can now get the latest iPhone for pennies and the rumors on the new iWatch is well on its way to become a hot wearable commodity. One more rumor for the Apple device pile: Re/code’s sources say the company is planning a $400 starting price for its iWatch. Consumers might find that hard to swallow. Smartwatches from the competition, Google and Samsung, retail for $200 to $300.
But Apple aiming for premium buyers shouldn’t be much of a surprise, says Digital Trends. It makes sense for the company to shoot for “that same high-end bracket where it has found so much success with its phones, tablets and computers.” And for some fun perspective, high-end consumer electronics still have nothing on actual high-end watches. Your average Patek Philippe fetches well north of $20,000 at auction.
Anyway, an iWatch would be Apple’s first launch in a new product category since Steve Jobs debuted the iPad in 2010. Some blogs are floating the suggestion Apple is using that $400 price point to gauge market reaction ahead of time. Or it could be a straight up feint, says SlashGear, “intended to lead to surprise when Apple actually announces a considerably lower price.”
One thing we do know for sure is that’s not exactly Apple’s style, especially for new product categories. The 1st gen iPhone went for $599. The iPad was $499. Apple is expected to put an end to this speculation with an official announcement during its September 9 event. Industry watchers predict the iWatch — if it exists — will go up for sale sometime in 2015.
It’s finally here! Apple is expected to hold an event to introduce its new iPhones on Sept. 9 and the world is all abuzz about it. Later this year, Apple is expected to launch two large-screen iPhones, one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch display, according to Apple snitches. Apparently, Apple is already asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of the new iPhones – which are rumored to be larger, faster and come with a few new accessory options.
If you’re planning on watching (or “twitching” = “tweet watching”) the live broadcast you know that they’ll be plenty of expected announcements and maybe a few surprises thrown in there for good measure. Check out four likely things you should definitely be on the lookout for from the Apple event next month below.
Two New, Larger iPhones
The iPhone 6 will come with much larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, but will both be unveiled at the same event? The 5.5-inch model is at the centre of delay talk but since Apple is unlikely to run a second event so close afterwards logic suggests both models will be announced, even if they have differing release dates.
Apple tried to keep this one under the radar, but when it submitted a specification to its MFi developers program on how to make headphones use the Lightning port instead of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack the secret was out. Apple’s quest for minimalism by doing away with a legacy port in favour of one which offers “more functionality” just after buying Beats – the world’s largest headphone manufacturer suddenly makes a lot of sense.
13 Megapixel Camera
Apple has avoided the megapixel war having stuck at 8 megapixels for some time, but with ever improving smartphone camera lenses – they need to step up to a higher resolution in a big way. If Apple does make the move to 13 megapixels expect it to stay there for a generation or two and make all current iPhone users “Apple Green” with envy.
iWatch: Now Is The Time
Rumours of an Apple smartwatch have been floating around for years but with the competition having already made their moves – most notably the Android Wear platform – Apple seems unlikely to let another product cycle pass without an answer. Up to now smartwatches have hinted at potential without fully convincing users they are a must buy. Apple famously disrupted the sleeping smartphone and tablet sectors with the iPhone and iPad and will be keen to repeat the trick one more time.
What else could Apple have brewing in time for their September 9th event? Any ideas? Share your thoughts, rumors and conspiracy theories in the comment section below.