Hey Apple fans! Are you ready for the latest installment of iPhone devices? It’s that time of year again. Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PT, live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This is expected to be the unveiling of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are reported to have 4K video capabilities, upgraded 12-megapixel cameras and front-facing flash, among other new features.
Yet another feature that’s been on Android for years might be finally making its way to the iPhone: animated wallpapers! Specifically, Apple is reportedly planning to bring over the elegant “Motion” Apple Watch faces to the iPhone 6S, according to 9to5Mac. So far, those Apple Watch screens include things like swimming jellyfish, blooming flowers and fluttering butterflies that pop up when you check the time. For the iPhone 6S, sources say Apple is working on animated screens featuring koi fish swimming around a pond and moving smoke. The big difference between Apple’s approach and what we’ve seen on Android so far: It sounds like it’s focusing on just animating lock screens. That should add for a cool effect when you wake up your phone, but without eating up battery life like a moving wallpaper on your home screen. We may even see something about force-touch iPhones.
The event invite doesn’t share much, as usual, but features the tease, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” We just asked Siri and she isn’t hinting much of anything these days. Maybe that’ll change come September 9th, in the meantime are you looking forward the next iPhone? Share your thoughts below!
Samsung is so certain that iPhone users will love the latest Galaxy smartphones, that they’re willing to give iPhone users a 30-day trial run with a Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 device of their choice!
During the 30-day test drive, users will get to try out the phones with a free data plan. There are no obligations and the offer is not tied to a single carrier. It costs $1 to participate in the trial, which works with a subscriber’s current wireless carrier.
The program is an effort by Samsung to boost sales at a time when consumer excitement over smartphones has waned. Meanwhile, sales of the iPhone and a decline in premium pricing have kept people from purchasing phones from the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.
The program is for iPhone users only, and if you’re interested, you have to register using your iPhone’s Web browser. Included in the box that delivers the Samsung phone is a smart switch cable to let you move your photos, apps and music onto the new device.
If you’re an iPhone user who is interested in taking advantage of Samsung’s offer, you can sign up here.
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 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.
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.
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.
Are you looking forward to capturing amazing moments this holiday weekend? Why not capture moments to share forever with your personalized Mosaic photo album?
How does the Mosaic app work? It lets you gather up pictures from a vacation, party, barbecue, or other life event, and easily make a coffee table book of photos at a reasonable price. Once ordered, the finished product arrives in four days.
The app is incredibly easy to use. You simply touch a button that says Create a New Mosaic, then choose your Camera Roll, Photo Stream, or any other shared folder of photos. From there you need to select 20 photos — preferably from an event so all the photos fit a theme. As you select photos, a window opens up on the bottom that shows you your selections. If you would like to reorder the images, just touch and hold them as you would apps on the home screen, then touch and slide each photo into the order you want.
When you’re finished, the app presents you with a preview of your photo book, with a cut-out front cover that shows your photos in a mosaic on the first page. There’s a shuffle button at the top that will change the position of your selected photos on the mosaic. Using swipe gestures, you can flip through the book to look at each image the way it will show up in your hard copy. You have just one customization option here: you can select a black or white background for your photos.
When you’re satisfied with the photo order and background, you can touch a Place Order button and enter your information, address where you would like the book sent, and payment information. The service costs $20 plus tax and shipping and will arrive in four days. You’ll also receive push notifications for order status changes, such as when it is shipped and out for delivery.
I was able to order one and I like the end result. The book itself is made of a hard cardboard cover that feels substantial and the end result makes for an excellent gift or addition to your coffee table. Mosaic is a neat idea and I think the service is well worth the $20 for a simple way to make a quick and elegant photo book. Available for iPhone or Android devices today. For more information visit heymosaic.com
If you’re an iPhone-only user, then you haven’t experienced the joy and convienece of NFC mobile payment on the go. (Check out how easy it is to use ISIS Mobile Wallet NFC mobile payment app HERE.) According to reports everywhere, the latest iPhone device slated for release next month, could bring NFC technology to consumers everywhere. Don’t know what an NFC iPhone could mean to you? Discover how NFC technology enabled iPhones could make a huge difference in using smartphones today as we know it below.
Platforms like Google Wallet, Isis, and Square have been around for years, while Apple has remained curiously silent on the mobile payments front. Well not anymore. The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC.
Apple is in the perfect position to launch its own mobile wallet. The Cupertino company has a vast trove of credit cards already on file thanks to iTunes (over 800 million, in fact), and a huge pool of potential users, thanks to the millions of iOS devices out there. And mounting evidence has indicated that the company is investing in such an endeavor.
Regardless of the technology Apple ends up using, if the report is right, the company’s mobile payment platform will make a big splash come September 9th, when Apple will likely introduce the new iPhone or phones. I love NFC and all but I’m still waiting for my iPhone to have double-duty as a remote control too! This iPhone 6 better have all the features of the Samsung S5 or else! (LOL)
Are you looking forward to using NFC technology in your next iPhone? What features are you hoping the new iPhone 6 will bring to the market?
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.
As intelligent as Siri may seem, she still needs a little guidance when pronouncing some of the names stored in my contact list. Names like LaJuan, Okpwae and even my family last name of Rochon gets slaughtered aloud is not safe! Thanks to a not-so-new feature in iOS 7, you can tell Siri how to pronounce contact names correctly. Siri will listen to the way you pronounce a name, then give you a few pronunciation options based on what you’ve said.
If you’d like to teach Siri to pronounce contact names correctly in iOS 7, there are a few steps to follow. First, you’ll need to instruct Siri to list your contact information, then say, “That’s not how you pronounce” followed by the contact’s name.
For example, I said, “That’s not how you pronounce Shannon Rochon.”
Next, Siri will ask you to pronounce the first name. Once you’re finished, you’ll need to select a proper pronunciation.
Finally, Siri will ask you to pronounce the contact’s last name. After you’ve selected the proper pronunciation for the first and last name, Siri will confirm what you’ve selected by saying the name again. In the future, Siri should have no problem pronouncing the name correctly. Keep in mind, you’ll need to perform this action for each contact if you wish to change its pronunciation. (Can you imagine how many Rochons I have in my contact list? It was time consuming to say the least, but I can happily say that I won’t ever have to bare the embarrassment of the family name being referred to as “Roaches” or the like ever again! LOL!)
Siri mispronouncing a name in your contact list? What are some of the craziest mispronounciations that Siri just can’t seem to get right? Share your stories below.