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…
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.
I’ve shared plenty of tricks and tips for iPhone users, but did you know there are hundreds of things your iPhone can do that you probably won’t ever use? On the flip side, there are so many things you iPhone can do that you never even thought to take advantage of. Check out my favorite features of things your iPhone can do below.
5. Create a passcode with letters (not just numbers)
By default, your iPhone asks you to type in numbers when you create the passcode that unlocks your phone. But you can change this setting. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off “Simple Passcode.” You will be prompted to change your passcode, and a full keyboard will appear onscreen instead of just the number pad. This keyboard will pop up every time you unlock your phone.
4. Customize vibrations
This will let you change the vibration pattern for alerts and notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You can also customize the vibration pattern for individual contacts by following the same procedure from your contact list. This way, you can tell who’s calling or messaging you just by feel.
3. Reveal timestamps on text messages
Drag the text bubble to the left and you’ll see a timestamp for every text message. Among other things, this will show you just how much time you waste texting.
2. Automatically turn off your music with the timer
If you like to doze off with music playing like I do, you can use the timer to automatically turn your music off so that it doesn’t play all night. In the timer app, select “When Timer Ends,” then scroll down and select “Stop Playing.” The Timer will automatically turn off your tunes after whatever length of time you set.
1. Recharge your battery faster by switching to airplane mode
Switching to airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access, allowing your phone to recharge up to twice as fast.
BONUS: Get Siri to read your emails aloud for you
Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you. If you like, you can tell her to read only your most recent email (“Read my latest email”) or just those from a specific contact (“Do I have email from Aldo?”).
Working while on the go can be tough & I need to get the most out of my time and mobile use, now more than ever. Did you know that your iPhone has dozens of hidden features that help you save time, communicate better and make you feel super super fancy? In recent days, I’ve had many friends ask me about tips and tricks to get the most out of their iPhone. So I figured, why not make a blog post about it. Check out a few of my favorite iPhone tips and tricks that’ll make life a little bit easier below.
Bold text — The new, thin font of iOS 7 can be a little difficult to read on the home screen. You can make the text more legible by heading to Settings > General > Accessibility and sliding the Bold Text option to “on.” (Use with caution! Bold texts can be mistaken for aggressive communication at times.)
Read text out loud—iPhone can read text out loud in apps like Mail, Safari, Messages, and iBooks. Just turn on Speak Selection in Settings > General > Accessibility. Then go to the app, highlight the text you want to hear, and tap Speak.
Multitasking — Double-tap the Home button to view a screenshot preview of all open mobile apps.
Change the way Siri pronounces a name — If Siri mispronounces a name, simply say “that’s not how you pronounce that.” Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation, then say the name back to you three different ways so you can choose the one you like.
Undo text — In case you just wrote a lengthy text or email you’d rather not send? Just shake your phone to prompt the “Undo” button instead of having to select the entire text and delete it. It’ll alleviate text-remorse later.
Musical landscape — While browsing your music collection, switching to landscape view displays a mosaic of your album covers. Swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom in and out, and tap to play.
What are some of your favorite iPhone tips, tricks and shortcuts? Share them below!
The pieces of the Beats/Apple $3 Billion dollar acquisition puzzle are slowly coming together. What we know thus far is:
1. Apple acquired Beats Audio and Beats Music to strengthen it’s audio and music quality brand for consumers.
2. Apple has quietly introduced a new specification for manufacturers in its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program that allows them to create headphones that connect to iOS devices using a Lightning connector instead of the usual 3.5mm headphone jack. (via 9to5 Mac)
3. Apple rarely does anything – JUST BECAUSE.
It’s pretty clear that Apple is working on super audio headphones that will eliminate the need for batteries, have better quality sound and possibly have firmware updates similar to the iPhone devices themselves. It’s too early to make claims on how soon Apple will make 3.5mm jacks obsolete but once again Apple is staking a claim as a leader in the mobile brand industry. Apple is developing some innovative new headphone tech using its own proprietary Lightning connector and that fact alone is is significant. If Apple get partners on board and Lightning headphones prove to be popular with users, it’s easy to see how Apple could push Lightning headphones as a big differentiating feature for iPhone and other Apple devices. No more cross-using headphones for other mobile devices which could either make you love being an Apple user or hate being limited to Apple products altogether.
Although Apple has not flipped the switch on the audio input support for Lightning cables and existing iOS devices yet, it will release a software update in the future that will enable support in devices running iOS 7.1 or later. Could the iPhone 6 be the first device set up for the lightning connected Beats headphones? I hope so.
Earlier this week, Apple took the wraps off of its the new mobile operating system, iOS 8, which is kinda available now for developers, but once the kinks and bugs are fixed will be available for everyone else in the Fall. The latest software is packed with great tools for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but there are a handful of features that parents of iPhone loving households will especially love. Check out our three favorite iPhone household hacks that could be coming to an iPhone near you soon, courtesy of iOS 8.
iOS 8 Household Hack 1 – HomeKit
Soon, you can turn your home into a home of the future (kinda like the Jetsons – where Rosie the Robot is replaced by Siri the iPhone instead.) HomeKit is a technical feature that allows iPhone users to control their homes with their devices, like magic. It’s a software kit that taps into Siri, the iPhone’s voice-activated personal assistant, to listen for audio cues like “it’s time for bed,” which could then lock doors and dim lights, or whatever you program. “Smart” Internet-enabled appliances like Nest and the Philips Hue bulb may be potential partners with Apple’s new HomeKit SDK.
iOS 8 Household Hack 2 – Ask To Buy
‘Ask To Buy’ gives you the power to set limits or approve purchases from anywhere! My niece is notorious for buying games, in-app purchases and more (when you’re not looking of course!) Now your kids can request to purchase an app, game, movie, etc., and you can allow the purchase from anywhere! You could be on a business trip and when your kid requests to buy a game while he or she is with a sitter you still have control over approving the purchase. “Ask to Buy,” doesn’t just limit app purchases on the iPhone or iPad either – permissions can be set for music in iTunes and iBooks too!
iOS 8 Household Hack 3 – Health
Want to keep your kids active, healthy (and keep an eye out on it all?) The newly announced Health app will be the best new tool in your arsenal. Health is a new app built in to iOS 8, and it’ll not only track important data like lab results, vitals, and medications but info collected from your fitness apps and gadgets as well. If you use Fitbit, Nike+, and the nutrition-tracking MyFitnessPal, the new Health app for iOS 8 will gather all of that data into a single dashboard, so you can get a clear overview of you and your family’s fitness activity and health. If you’re a parent concerned about childhood obesity – you can easily reward your kids based on their daily fitness outputs (all managed by you in the Health app).
Now that you’ve seen our favorite home hack-worthy apps from the new iOS 8 upgrade, what’s your thoughts? Do you plan on putting any of them into good use? Share your thoughts below.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today for WWDC 2014 in the company’s first big press event since the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina launch last fall. Because WWDC is an event for developers, the keynote traditionally focuses on unveiling the next big software updates headed for the iPhone, iPad and the Mac. It’s all about connectivity & continuity in the iOS eco-system (Sorry, no news about the Beats acquisition). Finally you can get more out of owning your iPhone, iPad and Macbook… check out a few of the announced upgrades below.
1. iOS 8 – Lock Screen Productivity - You can now respond to texts, meeting requests and other notifications directly from the lock screen (no need to open up the app in order to be productive.) Swipe – You will be able to take advantage of predictive text and the option to download different keyboards for your device . Messaging - You can mute a chatty conversation, and access all the attachments from the conversation in one place, you can add a video message in-line and save individual messages for future use.
2. HealthKit / Homekit – It’s the Passbook version for all of your fitness wearables and home automation devices. Keep all of your data collected from your fitness devices such as FitBit, Jawbone UP, Witherings and more accessible in the HealthKit app. You will find all of your home automation information from iHome, Honeywell, Philips and more locked inside of your Homekit app.
3. iCloud – Storgage Gets An Upgrade. First 5 GB free. 20 GB for $0.99 per month. 200GB for $3.99 per month. (Sidenote: iCloud drive is coming to Windows)
4. Photos (formally iPhoto) – All your photos AND videos can be edited in app and the edited content will be stored in the iCloud and available to all your iOS / Mac devices. (But it will use up your 5GB of free iCloud storage.) Photos for Mac is set to launch next year. It’s not clear yet whether it’ll be a free download or part of an upgrade to the newly announced OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
5. OS X 10.10 will be known as Yosemite. Yosemite features a flatter, modern design, with slightly translucent windows. Safari now offers a detailed tab view, so you can get a quick glance at all of the sites you’re browsing. You can now receive iMessages and SMS messages on any Apple device you own. If you own an iPhone, your calls will be shared too, with your Mac serving as a great big speakerphone. (Bonus: Yosemite lets you draw a signature to sign documents on your laptop, tracing your finger on the trackpad.) The update will be available to developers today and to the general public in the fall as a free update.
Other huge notables… With photo a surge in photo sharing, now every photo you take is available on all devices. Family sharing, which lets you get to everything any member of your family has purchased (it also eliminates issues of unauthorized in-app purchases by kids.) Hands-Free Siri will now allow you to reach out to Siri without the press of a button. You can also utilize Shazam song recognition, purchase iTunes content and more using Hey Siri.
These are just a few answers that consumers wanted to make the use of iOS and Mac products work better together. Which of these updates will improve the way that you use your devices? Are you looking forward to the new upgrades? Share your thoughts below.