Yesterday at WWDC 2015 – Apple announced a bevy of new features and products and Drake was the pitch man in charge! Many of the innovation announcements rivaled competitive apps and technologies that are already available on Google’s platform, but that’s not stopping Apple from giving it’s annual WorldWide Developers Conference the highlight it deserves. It’s clear that Apple wants you all to themselves and isn’t interested in “playing nice” with the competition. Check out how Apple wants to change the way you live, work and play using their latest innovations below.
Apple Music Wants To Become Your Go-To Music Streaming Service
The biggest announcement of the day was Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music. While many saw this coming… (remember that $3 billion Beats acquisition last year?) Spotify is years ahead with a loyal and budget conscious fanbase that refuse to lose.
Apple is releasing Apple Music for Android to give itself as wide an audience as possible while taking aim at Google Play consumers too. With its Beats 1 radio station, Apple is also going after Pandora’s radio audience and any other streaming service out there – Tidal included. (I’ll admit, I was a huge fan of Beats Music – so I’ll be especially interested to see what Beats 1 radio brings to the already crowded streaming table.)
Apple Music Connect Could Be The Next SoundCloud
(Avid SoundCloud user) Drake made a special appearance to highlight the “Apple Music Connect” feature including the launch of ocial music discovery. Soundcloud has been ahead of is competitors at connecting fans with artists, and it’s always been more of a social network/streaming service hybrid. Which is exactly what Connect is trying to be.
Apple Notes Update May Change The Way You Work
Notes has always been fairly light on features, but its revamp today puts it in closer competition with third-party organization apps like Evernote. Now you can draw sketches, make checklists, and add photos, maps, and websites into Notes. All things you can do on Evernote.
Read All Your Favorite Books, Articles And More With Apple News
Apple News has taken a few notes from competitor, Flipboard. Just like Flipboard, you can pick a list of publishers or topics to follow, and Apple News will provide a customized news reader. Apple News is “the best mobile reading experience ever,” according to Susan Bailey and with upcoming freebies like New York Times articles and more – it could change the way you consume daily news soon.
Are You Using Your Wallet Or Smartphone To Buy Your Next Purchase?
Apple introduced a robust Apple Pay expansion: It’s coming to the UK, it’s partnering with Pinterest for a new “buyable pin” program, and it’s partnering with Square on a payment reader. Apple also renamed Passbook “Wallet,” and are clearly on the way to replacing your vegan leather wallet with your smartphone – wallet could very well change the way you make purchases forever.
The Next Apple Update Could Have Your iPhone Predict Your Next Move
Siri wants to be the assistant you’ve always wanted and with a little help from Apple, it’s making its intelligent search even better with proactive assistance on iOS 9. This means Apple devices will now anticipate what you’re looking for based on context and make predictions about what you want based on your past behavior.
Siri will be able to set appointments and with an API for search, the proactive assistance feature will be able to pull information from contacts and apps on your device too.
New Yorkers – This Next Update Is For US! Apple Maps Finally Gets It Right!
Apple has a horrible track record with Maps, but its new public transit feature should appeal to commuters without cars. Instead of routing people to third-party apps, the iOS 9 version of Maps will provide public transit directions. Talk about a subway savior! Move over Google Maps – I think Apple may finally get it right!
Apple Wants To Help You Ditch Android For Good
It’s no surprise that Apple wants to get people to stop using Android, but yesterday’s announcement of ‘Move to iOS’ has just made it easier than ever. Available this Fall – ‘Move to iOS’ is an app designed to help people switching from Android to Apple. The app transfers contacts, message history, photos and videos, bookmarks, email, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books from Android to Apple, and suggests third-party apps to re-add.
With Apple Music being the biggest announcement of the day, it’s clear that music lovers everywhere are looking at their platform choices differently. Are you a Spotify or Tidal user? Would you consider Apple Music? Have any of these announcements made you more/less confident in Apple products? Share your thoughts below.
Let’s get ready to rumble! I recently got my hand on the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Thanks to the good folks at Verizon Wireless) and I have been excited to check out the uncanny similarities (and differences) between the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6. As an early android adopter (I was the captain of team Android and even scored a cool trip as an ambassador to the 2012 London Olympics) I’m always curious to see just how competitive Apple and Android devices can be. (Honestly, this is a healthy competition, that at the end the consumers win!)
We’re all about our smartphones and how they enhance our day-to-day activities, so you know I can’t wait to share my favorite user experiences with both devices, but until then, check out this head-to-head comparison and my first impressions of the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 below.
Displays: Great Meets Greater
- Galaxy S6 – 5.1-inch QHD flat panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 577 pixels per inch (ppi), Super AMOLED display
- iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels, 326 ppi, LED-backlit IPS LCD
Both screens can get incredibly bright; however, the fact is the Galaxy S6 takes what the iPhone 6 display is good at: brightness, contrast and colours and cranks it up to a whole new level.
Internals: Let’s Talk Performance
- Galaxy S6 – Samsung Exynos 7420 – CPU: Quad-core 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz CPUs; GPU: Mali-T760, 3GB RAM
- iPhone 6 – Apple A8 – CPU: Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone; GPU: PowerVR GX6450, 1GB RAM
Smile For The Camera: Camera Specs
- Galaxy S6 – 16 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens, OIS, autofocus, LED flash – 4k video recording. Front: 5 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens
- iPhone 6 – 8 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens, DIS, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash – 1080p video recording. Front: 1.2 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens
The 4k video feature on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is really appealing (especially since I’m trying to step up my YouTube game) But I’ll admit, using my iPhone to film is incredibly easy and has great picture quality as well. (I think a quality comparison test is in the works soon…)
All About That Bass: Speaker Comparison
Sounds come through loud and clear with both bottom facing speakers (however, they don’t compare to the HTC front facing speakers). Don’t expect too much in the bass department though. If you’re all about that bass, there’s a wide assortment of Bluetooth speakers for that.
Everyone knows that the iPhone 6 will cost you a pretty penny, but did you know that (without contract) the Galaxy S6 is priced even higher:
- Galaxy S6: $699 (32GB), $799 (64GB) and $899 (128GB)
- iPhone 6: $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB) and $849 (128GB)
These are just a few of my initial impresions and I can’t wait to follow up and give you more of my thoughts and experiences with both the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 soon! Do you have an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6? Share your thoughts! Love it? Hate it? Drop your comments below and let us know!
When it came to Apple’s computers at Monday’s launch event, all eyes were on the new MacBook — which comes in multiple metal colors and a fancy new trackpad. But the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs also got updates at the Apple Watch launch.
The MacBook Pro with Retina display now also comes with the brand-new Force Touch trackpad, intended to be more balanced and sensitive than Apple’s previous laptop trackpad. It also comes with a flash drive that’s two times faster, and a longer battery life at 10 hours.
Measuring just 13.1 mm at its thickest point, the new MacBook design is an amazing 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air®. With a new precision-milled unibody enclosure featuring integrated Wi-Fi antennas and a top case with polished stainless steel Apple logo, MacBook is available in three elegant finishes—gold, silver and space gray—and is the first MacBook with an all-metal enclosure.
Both Air models now come with fifth-generation Intel Core processors, as well as Intel HD Graphics 6000 and Thunderbolt 2 ports. That has a speed of to 2.2 GHz and up to 3.2 GHz for Turbo Boos speed. All new Macs now run OS X Yosemite.
MacBook also features the all-new Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac. The new trackpad features built-in force sensors that allow you to click anywhere and haptic feedback that provides a responsive and uniform feel. You can even customize the feel of the trackpad by changing the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The Force Touch trackpad also enables a new gesture called Force Click, a click followed by a deeper press, for tasks like pulling up the definition of a word, quickly seeing a map or glancing at a preview of a file.
The latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models are available starting Monday through Apple’s online store. The 128GB MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 and goes up to $1,799 for the 512GB model.
The 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $899 for 128GB of flash storage and goes up to $1,099 for 256GB. The larger, 13-inch version starts at $999 and goes up to $1,199.
It’s time to Spring Forward with the most anticipated smart watch event of the year! The Apple Watch event is today and you want answers (and so do we!) Want to know just how smart this smart watch will be? So do we! Want to know the design options, app availability and if you’ll really be able to pay with your wrist using Apple Pay? So do we! As a matter of fact, there are so many questions that need answers, that we wrapped them up to the top five you need to know from today’s Apple Watch event!
5. How long will the battery last?
According to sources, the Watch’s battery life is supposed to handle five hours of fairly heavy application usage. While it will not run out of battery during a normal day of active and passive use (similar to your phone), it is being reported that the watch will need to be charged nightly.
4. How will the notification center work?
In addition to the already mentioned Heart Rate + Battery Life Glances, there is supposed to be additional ones for fitness, activity, your clock, weather, music, quick settings, calendar and maps. While all of those options are a lot for such a tiny display, there will also be a full Notification Center — similar to all other iOS devices — filled with alerts, reminders, to dos and more.
3. How much storage will the Apple Watch hold?
The Apple Watch is speculated to include a whopping 8GB of storage. This will allow for music to be stored and played from the device without being linked to the iPhone via headphones or speakers over Bluetooth.
2. When will the Apple Watch be available online and in-stores.
Sources speculate that models could be available for pre-order as early as today and possibly ship by next week.
1. How much will the Apple Watch cost me?
Hopefully you’ve saved up your coins. With rumors spreading like wildfire, you could have the option of paying anywhere from $300 to $10k for your very own Apple Watch.
We’ll keep an eye out for the latest news as it’s released from Apple and will keep you updated all day long! (So bookmark this page and check back often for the latest from today’s Apple Watch event!)
Are you looking to buy an Apple Watch? How much would you pay for an Apple Watch of your own? Share your thoughts below!
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?