Friday, August 18, 2017

The iPhone Edition's Run

What I have referred to on this blog as the iPhone 8 has been often called the iPhone Edition, due to its expensive price and unique design. It would also fall in line with the Apple Watch Edition. This potential naming has led many to wonder, "Will the iPhone Edition have a limited run?" Well, first we have to take in this: the iPhone Edition will not likely go down in price in the coming years. At least not enough to reach what an iPhone 7 would cost today. Given that, iPhone Edition will probably be either a special edition iPhone or will be updated each year as the premium flagship phone, like the Galaxy S8 Edge. The second thing to consider is that Apple could release exclusive APIs and features for the iPhone Edition. It wouldn't make sense just to throw that away the next year. Imagine if Apple did away with the Apple Watch tomorrow. That's not encouraging for developers to adopt Apple's latest technologies. Hopefully, we'll see more iPhone Editions, particularly one with Touch ID. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

McDonald's Uses iPhone 8 Roundup in Marketing

We've seen a lot of confidence put into rumors. People have waited outside Apple Fifth Avenue before an iPhone was announced. There have been cases made for iPhones before they were announced. And now, we have McDonalds using a render of an iPhone, before it has been announced.  The image below is an advertisement for mymacca's from McDonald's Australia. Needless to say, this is fake. The dots on top have been switched to bars in iOS 11. The creator of the render has tweeted on the subject as well. In the end, I'm talking about McDonald's on a tech blog, and in the end, isn't that all McDonald's wanted.

Image Credit: Amir T. via MacRumors

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Facebook Celebrates Birthdays with Donation Features

Birthdays are celebrated in different ways on different social networks. Facebook is taking a new approach by letting the birthday person pick a charity and ask that others donate as a birthday gift. It's an interesting initiative, a large company giving its avid users a chance to ask for donations rather than physical possessions. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Issue with Smart Locks

Everything in the home is becoming tech-enabled, including door locks. Door locks is a bit too much, even for me. Before you buy a smart lock, read this first and determine if they're right for you. Consumer Wi-Fi-enabled locks are what keep your home secure, should you install one. While I don't believe hacking to be a concern, because it would have to be specifically targeted towards you. That being said, I don't think the convenience is worth the sacrifice of security. In addition, if you have an Amazon Echo or similar device (even an iOS device) near an open window, it could potentially hear commands from outside. Since these devices can control smart devices, including smart locks, that could be an unintended security hole. With this in mind, choose wisely if a smart lock is right for you. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Apple Watch Series 3's Selling Point is LTE

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, we have reason to believe that Apple Watch Series 3 will boast LTE connectivity as its main selling point. In addition, there won't be any major redesign. To me, it seems like a weird choice. It's basically advertising a higher cell phone bill. In addition, while it may be a little faster, this is only really useful if the Apple Watch is disconnected from its iPhone, which isn't too often. Hopefully we see more meaningful features. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Pinnacle of Apple Music

You know when you plug your phone into your car and the song alphabetically first starts playing? Well, who would guess that a trending song on Apple Music and iTunes would be the solution to that problem? The song known as "A a a a a Very Good Song" is hitting the charts. This song is literally ten minutes of silence. Because it's alphabetically first, you have time to switch inputs or choose a song to your liking before you're blasted with a song that you're not in the mood for. "A a a a a Very Good Song" is available from Apple Music and iTunes for 99¢ [Direct Link].

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Apple's Audio Future - AirPods

AirPods are easily my favorite earbuds on the market. They do what wireless audio should've been this whole time. Put in an earbud and you're connected. So, how can Apple improve on this? I don't have much, but I would like to see customizable gestures added. Volume up and down with a slide and double tap for the next track. I wouldn't mind seeing that. Other than that, better production times for the next generation would be awesome. AirPods are an amazing companion to an Apple Music subscription and a long study session. I love my pair still eight months later.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Apple's Audio Future - Beats Solo3

Today, I'll be talking about the Beats Solo3 and how it can be improved. Let's get right into it. First off, I think it should use USB-C for charging and as a medium for audio. Micro-USB seems really strange since Beats is owned by Apple, but as long as we're changing the port, we might as well go directly to USB-C. Next, Find my Beats. If AirPods can use Find my iPhone, I see no reason why Beats can't do the same. Personally, I love the design of the Solo3. For me, it sets the standard for on-ear headphones. I love its wireless capabilities, battery life, and iOS integration. I would like to see an update for the Studio line, but for now, the Solo3 does a lot right for Apple and their vision for music.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Apple's Audio Future - HomePod

Apple has had music at its heart since the iPod. With the HomePod coming this year, let's take a look at how Apple can improve this device and how it stands in Apple's history. 

For those who remember, the iPod Hi-Fi was released in early 2006. It was a speaker that you would plug in an iPod and enjoy music in your home. Steve Jobs said when he introduced it that the iPod was an on-the-go device. But Apple wanted to expand to home audio. It ultimately flopped and was discontinued less than two years later. Fast forward eleven years, and we have the HomePod. This time, the playing field has changed. I have emphasized how music is now in the cloud and not in our pockets. HomePod requires no device plugged in to it, untethering your device. Yet, despite this, I believe HomePod will not do as well as Apple hopes (at least not in its current state) and will ultimately be remembered as iPod Hi-Fi 2. Why?

First, the iPod may have caused the downfall of both of these products. People like to listen to their music using headphones, even if its in their own houses. Maybe it's just me, but do people really sit down in their houses anymore and listen to music for extended periods of time? If so, do people do it frequently enough to justify $349 speaker purchases? People have families and neighbors that will be disrupted by loud music. Personally, I don't think either of these products accomplished anything normal headphones will. Plus, headphones can be taken anywhere. These products don't even have batteries to take to a get-together.

Let's talk money. iPod Hi-Fi was priced at $349. HomePod is priced at $349. Need I say more? You can't justify the price by saying Echo is $200 and a good speaker is $300 so a combination would cost $500. That's not how anything works. By that logic, the original iPhone probably would only be owned by seven people in the world. I'm no audiophile, but I love the speaker quality of the Amazon Echo (not the Echo Dot). For less than $200, I'm getting a great speaker (if I ever even need to use it), plus an amazing assistant that works well. Which brings me to my next point.

Apple, come on. You can't just announce you're adding translations and a few other trinkets to Siri and call it a day. You're getting beat up in the ring with Alexa and Google. You're grating on the nation's last nerve with your classic "but I found this on the web" bit. A Bing search isn't going to get you anywhere.

So, why do Google Home and Amazon Echo work? They don't put a huge focus on music. They focus on the experience. Those little moments when you ask your family a random trivial question that no one knows the answer to, but then you ask Alexa and she tells you. That's why we buy these smart speakers. We disregard the fact that we have a microphone recording us constantly for that, and we love it. And now, Google Home and Amazon Echo are even replacing the home phone with their products, which I love! It's genius, and it's something I wanted Apple to do long ago. 

Keep in mind that the Amazon Echo and Google Home don't take away from your phone's experience. What you can do on Apple HomePod, can easily be accomplished on your iPhone. Amazon Echo has a full marketplace of skills that are tailored to the Echo's capabilities and Google Home has a growing library of apps too. Apple HomePod hasn't even opened up third-party support. In fact, I don't think it can even do everything iOS Siri can do because it lacks a proper screen. 

Finally, let's talk design. Look, I don't know what you were thinking when you released this Apple, but no one likes it. We know Jony Ive did not work on this. It looks like a roll of toilet paper. It seems way too compact as well. People were expecting it to look like the Mac Pro. A smart speaker should be tall and sleek. It gives off an impression that it's loud but can also listen well from its vantage point. When you're only putting it in one position forever, no one cares how small it is. 

With all of that being said, I do love the features that AirPlay 2 brings, but that will be available on Apple TVs and other speakers that are likely less expensive. I personally believe it's a rushed piece of technology after the smart speaker market became viable and mainstream. There's not much I like about the HomePod, but I hope Apple learns from it.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

3D Touch Limited on iPhone 8

For those who don't know, you can activate the "App Switcher" as the cool kids call today, by 3D touching on the left edge of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7. However, it seems this will be removed for all devices come iOS 11 [Source: Bryan Irace]. This is likely because iPhone 8 will not be able to physically support this particular action. I get that we need continuity, but it's annoying having to support iPhone 8's downfalls on our devices.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Quick Update

Hi all. I will soon be attending Arizona State University studying software engineering. Now, how will this be affecting this blog? I can't say for sure yet. I don't intend to immediately end my daily post schedule, however I cannot guarantee that it will remain consistent. If I am really busy or the internet goes down, I won't have a choice. Maybe I should work on a weekly podcast or video series or something instead of this? I don't know. We'll just have to wait and see. Thanks for sticking with me.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Carpool Karaoke Debuts on Apple Music Tomorrow


I can't believe I had to write that as a title for a post. Apple, STOP. Just stop. Please. Stop trying to be hip and with the kids. This isn't original, this isn't interesting, and this isn't even on time. If I recall, Apple's Carpool Karaoke was supposed to debut back in April. According to the producers, "Apple has a pulse on everything that feels relevant and feels cool." If this is what they call "relevant" and "cool," I'm sure we can all look forward to an Apple Music produced Fidget Spinner show next year. I get it, not all of Apple's resources are going into this and I'm not obligated to watch it, but when I keep reading articles about how Apple engineers can't put Touch ID into the iPhone 8 after more than a year of time, this doesn't help my current opinion of Apple as a whole. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

iPhone 8 Could Detect Faces While Lying Flat

iHelp BR strikes again and they have discovered references to "resting" associated with "unlock." This may suggest that the iPhone 8 can detect faces even when the device is lying flat on a surface. This isn't a huge deal at first glance, but it does mean that we likely don't have to hold the iPhone super close to our faces to work. Hopefully, Face ID lives up to the rumors and becomes a true successor to Touch ID.

Image Credit: iHelp BR

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Apple Watch Series 3 May Have LTE

The Apple Watch Series 3 will likely be released this fall. According to Jeffrey Grossman via Twitter, we have HomePod firmware evidence that Apple Watch Series 3 will have LTE connectivity. I'm not sure how this will work. Maybe it's just me, but there aren't many times where I don't have my iPhone, but I have my Apple Watch. Maybe this will make it retrieve data faster, or it will just drain the battery more. Hopefully, Apple Watch Series 3 will have a better battery and faster processor.

Friday, August 4, 2017

AirPods Shipping in 4 Weeks

AirPods are very hard to come by. Apple cannot produce them fast enough. Since release in December, AirPods have had a 6-week shipping estimate. Now, it's finally down to 4-weeks. While that is still quite some time, we finally have a quicker estimate from Apple, suggesting that production has been cranked up.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

iPhone 8 May Record 4K Video at 60 FPS

The iPhone 6s was the first iPhone to shoot 4K video. It was and still is only in 30 FPS. However, because of the rumor rush that is HomePod firmware, we now have details about this. iHelp BR has found evidence that the iPhone 8 will record 4K video in a smooth 60 FPS. Not just the rear camera, but the front one too. Maybe now, we'll finally get that 4K Apple TV.

Image Credit: iHelp BR

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pay With Your Face: Practically Magic

With the removal of Touch ID in the iPhone 8, Apple Pay will follow suit with the unlock screen and use Face ID for payments [Source: @r_idn]. Face ID could be executed very well by Apple. Samsung unlocked phones when pictures of people were held up to the camera, so Apple putting some measures ensuring a physical face must be present is nice to hear. However, I just find Face ID fundamentally wrong. I don't want to see my face when I unlock my phone or make a payment. It doesn't feel natural. I hold my credit card when I go to use it. I don't put my face in front of it. Face ID will have to work very fast for me to consider it a good replacement for Touch ID. Let's hope so.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Microsoft and Self-Driving Cars

Recently in the news, Microsoft has been working on a self-driving car. Microsoft is probably the last company I want jumping on this bandwagon. I can see it now. Annoying requests to update in the middle of driving. Or maybe someone "accidentally" deletes system32 during routine maintenance. Scary thoughts, but with Microsoft, they build all of their products on the same foundation. Windows Phone, Xbox, the Surface. Hopefully, their venture into automobiles doesn't cause these issues, but it's a scary thought.

Monday, July 31, 2017

HomePod Firmware Reveals iPhone 8 Design

HomePod firmware has been revealing a lot, but this is the most interesting. Below is the icon used to depict what will probably be the iPhone 8. Steven Troughton-Smith, a developer who has dug through HomePod firmware, went beyond this and looked at the actual code. He has found no evidence that there will be Touch ID. Face ID, the face-recognition alternative, will likely fully replace it. It's disappointing to see Touch ID probably won't be in the iPhone 8, considering how long Apple left us in suspense.

Image Credit: Steven Troughton-Smith via HomePod Firmware

Sunday, July 30, 2017

HomePod's Display

Thanks to multiple users on Twitter, we have an idea of how a display would work on HomePod. It would use an LED matrix. While the images below don't look anything like a Retina Display, I would assume that some material may diffuse the pixels, making them more smooth. In addition, it would only display small icons most likely. How effective this display would be, that's anyone's guess.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

iPod Mini Quickly Appears on the Apple Online Store

Yesterday, the iPod Mini was spotted on the Singapore Apple Online Store [Source: MacRumors]. While this was most likely a glitch, it's cool to see these in present day on the store. My first iPod was a second-generation green iPod Mini, the same iPod as was listed. In addition, if this was real, it would technically be the only device on the entire online store that has a 30-pin connector. The listing was removed quickly.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Friday, July 28, 2017

4K Movies Coming to iTunes?

This is exciting. While many, including myself, do not own 4K TVs yet, the idea of iTunes adding 4K movies is a huge stepping stone for the adoption of 4K. It also gives us insight for upcoming products, like the Apple TV. From MacRumors, listings for some movies showed availability for "4K, HDR" resolution. While it was unable to download at this resolution, it basically confirms 4K is coming. Let's see if we get an updated Apple TV this fall.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano Discontinued

Apple has discontinued the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, the two music players that didn't support Apple Music. The iPod Touch remains as the final iPod. It's the end of an era in some sense. The industry moved on from having a thousand songs in your pocket to having an infinite library in the cloud. It could be argued the iPhone ultimately killed the iPod. While the iPod is almost gone, it will live on in Apple Music.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ARKit and Take On Me

In a really cool development, AR studio Trixi has created an ADKit app that recreates A-ha's "Take On Me" music video. It combines the sketched style of the original video, with the real world. It's quite an amazing thing to see what developers can do. Apple may revolutionize augmented reality now that it has such diverse and creative developer support.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Google Chrome Finally Adds Touch Bar Support

It's nice to see when Google supports its competitor's operating systems. Google helped out Touch Bar users by adding support to it, making use of the touch strip. As shown below, it adds some basic functions, which is nice. It's subjective which is superior, but Safari will show previews of your tabs. I'm neutral on the issue, as sometimes it's useful and sometimes it's downright annoying. When you need it, it might be blocked out by text suggestions, or you have so many tabs open, it doesn't help. Plus, the previews are tiny. Anyways, I'm glad to see Chrome joining in on the party.

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Notification Unlock Screen in iOS 11

MacRumors has recently shown off all of the new features in iOS 11 Beta 4, and one screenshot stood out to me. The screenshot on the right shows after you've tapped on a notification while your device is locked. Could this hint at Touch ID being embedded into the screen in the iPhone 8? Or perhaps this could be replaced by a viewfinder for the front camera for face recognition? Maybe even both. Small details like this are important to note in predicting hardware updates. We'll find out this fall.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Siri: The Movie

When Apple is producing Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music, what can you expect at this point? Be advised, this is not a full movie, just an ad. It is quite humorous. It stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson asking an excessive amount of questions to Siri (You expect me to believe he uses Lyft to get around?). But it's hilarious to watch because of how off the top it is. You can watch the video in the embed below.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Theater Mode in watchOS

I used to think that Theater Mode was an unneeded feature in watchOS. Then I went to a symphony. I put my watch into Theater Mode. Someone in front of me didn't, and every time their wrist was at just the wrong angle, I had 500-1000 nits of lights directed right at my face. Needless to say, it helps out. It would be nice if Apple took this a step further. For example, having it enabled could dim the screen when you turn on the display, ensure your phone is silenced and also dim your phone's screen if you take it out. That would be awesome.

Friday, July 21, 2017

ARKit for Walking Directions

A tweet from Andrew Hart shows off his new ARKit demo for walking directions. In the video below, Hart's project shows very solid augmented reality directions on an iPhone. It directs him to a nearby Starbucks using superimposed arrows on the screen. Combining CoreLocation and ARKit looks like a really solid way to plot out directions.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Google Play Music Supports CarPlay?

I remember vividly when Apple didn't give out their CarPlay API to just anyone. They were very selective about who had access. Now, even Google is jumping on board and brining the Google Play Music app to CarPlay [Source: reddit]. While I don't use the app, I'm glad Google is committed to making it convenient and safe for users to use their app in the car even if it's not on their platform. Google Play Music for iOS is available for free from the Apple App Store [Direct Link].

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gold Beats Headphones

The Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones are really being pushed by Apple, and rightfully so. Now we have a special edition gold-like color of the two headphones. In a partnership with Balmain, a French fashion label, these "Safari" colored headphones run at a premium. The Beats Solo3 are $600 and the Powerbeats3 are $250.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nintendo Switch Online App

I've owned my Nintendo Switch for a few months now and I can safely say that it's probably my favorite modern gaming console on the market. Today, the Nintendo Switch Online app has been released on the Apple App Store. There doesn't appear to have any functionality, as the servers are going under maintenance, however, the app will integrate with Splatoon 2 and it's online modes. Nintendo Switch Online is available from the Apple App Store for free [Direct Link].

Monday, July 17, 2017

Apple Celebrates World Emoji Day

📅. It's July 17, which means it's World Emoji Day. I know, we've been waiting all year for today. Apple is celebrating by updating the movie carousel in the iTunes Store with emojis representing movies. 💁🏻🐗🥀🏰 for example was Beauty and the Beast. Also, new emoji are coming in iOS 11. Anyway, lets not celebrate this holiday any longer than we have to and get on with our lives. 👍

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Should Apple Delay the iPhone 8?

The iPhone 8, or iPhone Edition, is becoming more and more problematic for Apple. Touch ID and 3D Touch is difficult to implement in the screen. So the question is: should Apple delay it? If they do, they would probably put on an event for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and announce the iPhone 8 at that event or later in the year. The iPhone 8 would be released at a later date. If not, we would get a watered down phone, potentially without Touch ID. Personally, I would prefer a delayed phone. Touch ID is just too important to me. Leave a comment of what you think in the comments below. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Core NFC in iOS 11

Apple quietly announced Core NFC for iOS 11 at WWDC. This will add some new functionality to NFC tags. This opens up some possibilities, such as Nintendo's proposal to bring amiibo support to iOS and Android. A few limitations should be noted. First off, it doesn't support iPhone to iPhone sharing or writing to NFC tags. It can only read NFC tags. Second, it only works on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus currently. Finally, the associated app must be open before the tag is read. For example, you cannot simply tap your locked iPhone to an NFC tag.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Friday, July 14, 2017

Apple's Secret Gift Card Font

Apple iTunes Gift Cards can be redeemed through scanning with your iOS devices. However, most don't think what font is being read. Equinux has solved the mystery. The font is not a regular font like Courier, but rather a custom-made font. By digging through iTunes resource files, the team found two fonts. Scancardium is used to recognize and enter the codes, while Spendcardium hides credit card info as it's entered. With the Scancardium font, you could make your own autoscanning gift card.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Apple Launches Back to School Promotion for 2017

After leaving many to question the promotion's return, Apple has finally launched their annual Back to School promotion. Similar to last year, with the purchase of a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Pro, or iPad Pro, you are eligible to pick from a pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless, Powerbeats3, or BeatsX headphones. For a Mac, any pair is free, but for an iPad Pro, only the BeatsX are free. It's an additional $50 for Powerbeats3 and an additional $150 for Beats Solo3 Wireless.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Whatever Happened to Owning Software?

Recently, I've noticed that many developers are converting to the subscription model for app pricing. Instead of a "pay up front and own it for life," it's now "get a free, bricked app and pay monthly for access." While each example has its own variation, they're all roughly the same. Look, I get it. Making money from a one time purchase is not profitable. Not by any means. But I'm tired of Microsoft and Adobe making subscription-based apps an okay thing for any app. We even see Microsoft Office being phased out for Google Drive. Adobe thrives because they're the only choice for PC users. I gladly use Pixelmator for Mac over Photoshop because it's a one time purchase and doesn't have to validate my subscription on startup. But Day One and 1Password, two apps I used to admire, simply cannot sellout to this subscription model. I want to own software, not rent it. These apps don't fit with this model. They're not the type of apps that can push out regular updates that justify regular payment. So what's the solution? My suggestion is to use the model of paid upgrades. The user decides if the major update is worthy of payment. I want developers to show me what I'm paying for before I pay for it, and my payment should act as approval. While I don't know how these app developers' finances are currently, it's clear that many consumers are unhappy with this new model. As a developer, I understand that development and managing said development is difficult, especially as an independent or with a small team. I understand that consumers only look at the final product and never understand what hard work gets put into the smallest details, but that's the unfortunate way this industry works. The consumer in me loved these apps, but not to the point where I'm going to pay $50 a year to get my journals encrypted. Best of luck app developers. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Apple Cramming for iPhone 8

According to Fast Company, Apple is in panic due to problems revolving around 3D Touch and wireless charging. This is all on top of attempts of Touch ID trying to be frantically implemented in the iPhone 8. A bit concerning, since we've been hearing hype about this iPhone for about a year now, and it seems that basic components are starting to not work. Hopefully, we'll see Apple resolve these issues before production.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017

Today, Amazon Prime Day started. Prime Day is an annual event that showcases various deals exclusive to Prime members. It's 30 hours long and will end tomorrow night. So far, I've seen copious deals on Amazon Echo devices. I've also seen some SD card deals, which are great if you're in need of stocking up. If you have a minute, take a look at some of the deals. You never know what you'll find with this.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wireless Charging Accessory May Ship After iPhone 8 Release

According to John Gruber, the wireless charging accessory won't ship until after the iPhone 8 launches. Where have I heard that before? For those who don't know, AirPods were scheduled to be released in October, a month after the iPhone 7 was released. Then, they were delayed until late December. Hopefully we won't see history repeat itself.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

iPhones in High Temperatures

I recently went to Arizona just to find my iPhone overheating. I've only experienced this one other time when I left my iPad in a hot car. iPhones aren't exactly meant to operate over a temperature of 95°F. Depending on certain factors, you will start noticing overheating symptoms when your flash refuses to activate. In the Camera app, the flash button will be replaced by a warning triangle and the flashlight function in Control Center is greyed out. If it's hot enough, your iPhone will be locked until it cools down. The only available function is an emergency call. Be careful if you find yourself in this situation and quickly find a way to cool down your phone. Nothing dangerous is likely to come of this (depending on the temperature), but heat can dramatically ruin your battery life.

Friday, July 7, 2017

iOS 11 Design May Complement iPhone 8 Renders

While renders are meant to give us an idea of what the actual product may look like, these iPhone 8 renders from iDrop, along with many others, use iOS 11's design to increase their accuracy. As you can see below, the images on the left and right showcase the new design style of iOS 11. The dark, fragmented pieces of Control Center in the left render look like pieces of glass sitting on top of the glass phone. The same goes with the right render with AirPlay 2. Combine this with the haptic engine and you have a very immersive experience with the iPhone 8.

Image Credit: iDrop

Thursday, July 6, 2017

All 2017 iPhones Could Feature an OLED Display

According to Nikkei, we could see three new iPhones, all sporting OLED displays. OLED displays are organic light-emitting diode displays, which can use less battery life (results may vary), are faster, and often have better picture quality. We were expecting OLEDs to only be on the iPhone 8, but they could appear on the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. How Apple would execute OLED displays is very intriguing, given their flexible qualities. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Apple News Could Expand Publisher Options

According to Ad Age, Apple News may expand publisher options because publishers have been hesitant to adopt it as a platform. For cents a pop, Apple could use micropayments to give readers access to certain articles. Apple may also enable access to third-party ads to encourage publishers to monetize on Apple News.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 iPhones to Ship with USB-A Power Adapters

Something I've been curious to know is if the next iPhones will ship with a USB-C adapter. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, this will not be the case. Instead, the next iPhones will ship with the same power adapter included with current iPhones, USB-A. We know that Apple will definitely include USB-C adapters eventually, to support the technology, but that won't be until it's more adopted. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rumors of iPhone 8 Removing Touch ID

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the iPhone 8 will not have Touch ID. A few months ago, Apple was attempting to put the technology in the screen. Instead of Touch ID, 3D facial recognition may be used. While this rumor does come from a reputable source, it is just a rumor and we do have reason to believe it will still have Touch ID. Some suggest that Apple may be keeping their suppliers out of the loop and may be planning Touch ID in the screen, on the back, or in the lock button. I personally hope Apple does not remove Touch ID. It just seems to integral to services like Apple Pay, and given the reception of facial recognition on other devices, it doesn't seem like a good idea.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Amazon Alexa and SiriusXM

When I got an Amazon Echo a year ago, one of the features I was hoping to get was SiriusXM integration. Now, that's a reality. In the Alexa app, go to Music, Video, & Books and find the SiriusXM option. Activate the skill and link your account. Now you can ask Alexa to play a SiriusXM station. For example, "Alexa, play [Station/Channel] on SiriusXM."

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Red Lion Hotels and Apple

Red Lion Hotels is implementing a suite of Apple products into their chain of hotels. In some hotel rooms, Apple TVs will be connected to the TVs. Their iOS app will be updated for mobile check-in and room unlock. No more needing to wait at the front desk. Lobbies will have iPad kiosks. It's cool to see all of this being added, and perhaps we'll eventually see this trend pick up in other hotels. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Native iOS YouTube App Removal was YouTube's Decision

In iOS 6, along with the transition into Apple Maps, had the removal of the YouTube app. It was added to the App Store as an app published by Google. It has been revealed that this was Google and YouTube's decision. It had a lot to do with the growing smartphone market and the deployment of YouTube on those devices. The decision was not affected by Apple Maps in iOS 6. Many argue that the new YouTube app is not a good user experience, which I can vouch for. While the old YouTube app designed by Apple would not work today, we would see support for picture-in-picture since it would be designed by Apple. The fundamentals of the app would not be changed as frequently as it is today. One example is how a recent minor update completely changed how the scrubber bar detects when it is being pressed. And of course, there would be less bugs and glitches. YouTube uses a custom-made "Material" design used in Android. However, that doesn't work in iOS. Icons are different, it looks foreign, and it leads to bugs. Orientation may get stuck and buttons may not work. Anyways, rant over and mystery solved.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The iPhone's 10th Anniversary

The iPhone is officially ten years old, as in it launched 10 years ago on June 29, 2007. A lot has changed in the past decade, both in technology and in our culture. The iPhone redefined what a phone was and the entire cell phone industry followed. Because of the iPhone, new industries were created. App development became the crazy new thing to learn. The iPhone started it all and we all have been affected by it in some way. Here's to another 10 years.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Possible Evidence of Wireless Charging Found in iOS 11

For months, there have been confident rumors that the iPhone 8 will have wireless charging. Thanks to MAKS+ on YouTube, we may have evidence that this is true. In the video below, the existing charging sound is played first, followed by a "whoosh" sound with the charging sound following it. Both sounds were extracted files from iOS 11. The file is also called engage_power.caf. Everything here is very fitting for an inductive wireless charging feature.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Analyst Predicts AirPods Will Earn More Than Apple Watch

Despite short stock, AirPods may soon earn more for Apple than the Apple Watch, according to analyst Gene Munster. This comes after WWDC, where Apple noted that people love using their Apple Watches with AirPods. He said that AirPods will contribute the same revenue as the Apple Watch by 2020. A bold statement considering there is little information to go off of. From my personal experience, I've seen many more Apple Watches than pairs of AirPods, but AirPods were just released, so who can say? If this is true, I'm very glad to see that AirPods are becoming more popular.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tape Ruler App with ARKit

This is probably one of the coolest and most practical apps I've seen for ARKit so far [Source: Made With ARKit]. It's a tape measure app that uses ARKit to measure the distance between two points. It uses the camera to measure this distance. It looks really cool and would be great for some impromptu measurements, where a tape measure is not available. It reminds me of those "ruler" apps I used to download that would literally be a 4-inch ruler, since that was the screen size. Check out the video below.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Morning Airs Segment About iPhone's 10th Anniversary

This week will be 10 years since the original iPhone went on sale. Sunday Morning on CBS aired a piece on the upcoming anniversary. It goes into things like how the iPhone changed the world and what a phone was. It also dives into how Apple has changed since the passing of Steve Jobs. The full video is available to watch below.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Indoor Maps Rolling Out in iOS 11 Beta

Indoor maps, announced with iOS 11, have begun rolling out to users running iOS 11 [Source: MacRumors]. Select major airports and malls will now have detailed interior views of floors and shops. You can also view where stairs, elevators, restrooms, and gates are in the map. This is just one of the major Maps features coming out in iOS 11, along with lane guidance in directions.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Friday, June 23, 2017

Google No Longer Using User's Emails to Personalize Ads

Google has announced that they will no longer scan your Gmail inbox to help personalize ads. While that's nice and all, that's the equivalent of a restaurant saying they'll start using 100% real meat in their food. Why was it like that before? It's hard to believe they've been doing it for so long. Of course, we've known they've been doing it all this time. Despite this, it's definitely a step in the right direction and I applaud Google for being direct with us.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Multiple Restaurants Receiving Apple Pay Support with Loyalty Rewards

Punchh, a cloud-based loyalty program, has announced that they will bring Apple Pay support to multiple restaurants. The restaurants include Quiznos, Smashburger, MOD Pizza, and more. I have been waiting a long time for more businesses to adopt the Apple Pay loyalty passes. Hopefully, we'll see much more of this in the future. Gone are the days of installing individual apps for every business we go to, just for some rewards card.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Unicode 10's New Emoji

With another update to Unicode standards, we see more emoji. We see a followup to the infamous thinking face 🤔, the thinking face with monocle. Speechless and can't use words? The mind blown emoji is just for you! And don't even get me started on how we've made it this far without an emoji with a raised eyebrow. Endless riveting text conversations. I can already imagine a second Emoji Movie. Anyways, I'm hoping we'll see these emoji in iOS 11 in the fall, but we'll probably see it in October in a supplementary update, like iOS 11.1.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Apple Releases 'The Archives' Ad

Apple released a new ad called "The Archives." This ad demonstrates how the Memories feature in Photos can be a great way to look back on life. It follows an archivist looking at physical Live Photos and putting them together to create a movie for the user. The ad is trying to convey how Memories have a personal touch to them. The ad is available to watch below or on YouTube.

Monday, June 19, 2017

IKEA and ARKit

Apple's ARKit looks really cool, at least from the demos. While I find AR to be gimmicky in gaming, using it well in practical situations, like navigation or furniture placing is a great idea. IKEA has plans for including ARKit in a furniture placing app. This would help people imagine furniture in their homes. If properly executed, it would be much easier to see how well that couch will fit in your room. The app is expected to launch this fall. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Google Takeout

If you are graduating or leaving a school that uses the G Suite (i.e. a school-issued Google account), your account will probably be deleted. To ensure you keep all of your files, use Google Takeout. Google Takeout will take many of your files from various Google services, including Google Drive, and put them in a zip file for download. This serves as an easy way to download all of your files. I hope this helps!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

'Lose Your Wallet' Apple Pay Shopping Event

Apple is advertising an Apple Pay shopping event for San Francisco. Titled "Lose Your Wallet," some stores in Hayes Valley and The Marina will be offering exclusive discounts or offers for those who use Apple Pay. It's cool to see a shopping event like this, however I personally prefer the online offers for Apple Pay, since they work anywhere. The event runs from June 23-25.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Birthdays on watchOS 4

According to mrToasty via MacRumors, watchOS 4 will celebrate your birthday with a special notification. It wishes you happy birthday with a balloon effect similar to that of iMessage. This feature may be inspired by Siri's large prescence in the update.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Developers Continue to be Disappointed with Mac App Store

The Mac App Store has not seen the same success as its iOS counterpart. Setapp polled 742 developers about the Mac App Store. The results showed that only 23% of the sample used the Mac App Store as their sole method of Mac app distribution. 30% solely used a method outside of the Mac App Store. 47% used both. It's clear the Mac App Store suffers from flaws that the iOS counterpart doesn't. This is likely due to Apple taking a cut of the profits and their strict regulation on apps. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

iPhone 8 Will Be Waterproof with Wireless Charging

Nikkei Asian Review reports that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging and a waterproof design. It should be noted that the iPhone 7 is advertised by Apple as "water-resistant" and not waterproof, yet that doesn't seem to be a problem for most. Given this rumor, we can expect a very solid phone coming from Apple in the fall.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

iPad Pro Now Available at Apple Stores

The iPad Pros announced last week at WWDC are now available at Apple Retail Stores. In store pickup is also available for stores with stock. Many pre-orders for iPad Pro have been delivered. Engraved iPads are only available from the online store and may take extra processing time. The 10.5-inch model starts at $649.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Safari Autoplay Blocking

In macOS High Sierra, Safari will be getting a few new features. Apple has been focusing hard on controlling things that ruin the user's experience. One of these things are autoplaying videos. These videos are often found on news sites and automatically play as an advertisement, distracting from the written article. This is embarrassing if you're in a library or work setting with the volume turned up. Thankfully, we can start to hope this to be a thing of the past with macOS High Sierra.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

iOS 11 Business Chat

iOS 11 will be offering a more subtle feature focused on connecting businesses and customers: Business Chat. Business Chat allows customers to use iMessage to communicate with local businesses regarding queries, appointments, and support. No more having to call businesses to receive a long, boring automated message. If there's enough adoption, this could be a really cool feature. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Google Suggested Clips

If you search on Google for something like a tutorial, you'll probably find a video that will teach you. But you don't want to see the entire clip, just the part that's relevant to your query. Google now shows you a suggested clip from the video. This excerpt is relevant to your search query and will save you time from long introductions and off-topic information.

Friday, June 9, 2017

iOS 11 App Reviews

We've all had the annoying prompts come up asking us to rate an app [Source: 9to5Mac]. Many of us disregard these messages only to see them come up again. Now, there's a better way, and it's required by Apple. An Apple-designed prompt will appear asking the user to rate the app. Without leaving the app, the user can rate the app on a scale of one to five. If the user declines, this message may only appear up to three times a year. These prompts can also be removed completely through Settings.

Image Credit: 9to5Mac

Thursday, June 8, 2017

iOS 11 Custom Apple Watch Faces

According to MacRumors, iOS 11 has a share sheet available for Photos that allows a custom watch face to be created. Normally, the user doesn't have too much of a choice when it comes to which photos appear on a watch face, as most of the time, watchOS shuffles an album and picks a photo for you. This feature makes it easy to pick a particular photo. In addition, you can choose to make it into a kaleidoscope watch face.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

iOS 11 WiFi Password Sharing

iOS 11 will make it easier than ever to share WiFi access [Source: 9to5Mac]. Simply have one iOS device attempt to connect to a network. Meanwhile, have another iOS device (connected to the network) nearby. A prompt will appear on the connect iOS device asking them if they want to share access. If accepted, the device will now be connected to the WiFi network.

Image Credit: 9to5Mac

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Natively Scan QR Codes in iOS 11

According to MacRumors, QR codes can now be scanned from the Camera app. When a QR code is detected in the viewfinder, a banner notification will appear. This passively asks the user to act on the QR code. A very simple way to scan QR codes without the need for an external app.

Monday, June 5, 2017

32-Bit Apps in iOS 11

I'm sure you've heard the news at WWDC today, but if you haven't there's minimal spoilers here. Anyways, in February, we learned that 32-bit apps in iOS will not be compatible with iOS eventually.  We now know that they are not compatible with iOS 11 [Source: MacRumors]. Many outdated apps will no longer work when using iOS 11. To check if you'll be affected, go to Settings > General > About > Applications. You'll see a list of apps with no updates available that will not work with iOS 11.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Files App for iOS 11

Found by Steven Troughton-Smith, there is a 'Files' app placeholder on the App Store. This is likely a system able that can be deleted in iOS 11. As for functionality, it's probably a file system for iOS. There is nothing notable in the description or in the screenshots. We'll see how Files works tomorrow at WWDC.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Google Ad-Blocking

Google is probably the last company you'd expect to launch an ad-blocker, but they've announced one coming in 2018. Not entirely true to the name, the ad blocker will not block all ads. Instead, it's designed to block intrusive ads. This is in an effort to encourage advertisers to be more passive. Ads owned by Google may be blocked if they fall under this umbrella. We'll likely hear more in early 2018.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Siri to Expand Third-Party Functionality

Currently, developers can only use Siri for very specific tasks, such as booking a ride. This is expected to expand to more options at WWDC according to Reuters. While it probably won't give developers full access to Siri, it is a step in the right direction. Reuters says, "[T]he Cupertino, California company is likely to stick to its tested method of focusing on a small amount of features and trying to perfect them, rather than casting as wide a net as possible, according to engineers and artificial intelligence industry insiders."

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Apple Smart Speaker Already in Production

Just before WWDC, Bloomberg reports that Apple's smart speaker is already in production. While they will not ship until the end of the year, Apple may announce it at WWDC. In addition, we are expecting a Siri update at WWDC, as many complain about the lack of Siri functionality when compared to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. WWDC starts this coming Monday.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Alexa Adds iCloud Calendar Integration

iOS users will finally be able to sync their calendars to Alexa via iCloud. This lets Alexa read off your schedule for the day and add events. To enable this, just sign into iCloud in the settings of the Alexa app for iOS. It's nice to finally have this feature. I was a bit disappointed when I got my Echo a year ago and it didn't have this integration. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Apple May Be Causing Nintendo Switch Supply Issues

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple's strong grasp on component manufacturers may be causing supply issues with the Nintendo Switch. As many know, the Nintendo Switch has been very difficult to find and requires hopeful owners to be ready to purchase with a moment's notice. The Switch is in need of a steady supply of flash-memory chips, LCDs, and motors for HD Rumble. Let's hope both companies can work out a steady supply somehow.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Apple Park on Apple Maps

Apple Park has been added to Apple Maps, complete with 3D models and its own icon. It's quite a spectacle considering the unorthodox design of the building. The icon is the now iconic ring of the campus. The Steve Jobs Theater is also displayed on the map. Be sure to check it out on Apple Maps.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Transition to Internet TV

Internet-based TV is quickly becoming more popular. Platforms like Netflix and Hulu are becoming the forefront in what will be a highly competitive market. Companies like Apple and Google have begun making their own content. Think about it: tech companies making TV shows. Sounds very strange, right? In the coming months and years, keep track of how often you find yourself watching any video-based content on a tablet, phone, or video streaming device. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wemo and HomeKit

Belkin has finally announced their solution to connecting Wemo devices to HomeKit. It's called the Wemo Bridge. It's a standard bridge that will enable HomeKit functionality, similar to Homebridge, the Raspberry Pi plugin for HomeKit (which I've used for several months for my Wemo devices). No pricing has been announced yet, but it is expected to ship this fall.

Friday, May 26, 2017

'The New Yorker' Cover Sketched on iPad

It's pretty cool to see how Apple products have been used in professional productions. We've already seen iPhone cameras being used to create feature-length films. This week The New Yorker had its cover sketched on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. It's really cool to see the results of these kinds of creations. The artist, Jorge Colombo, sketched it while watching the scene in real life, worried the basketball would hit him or the iPad.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Apple Watch Named Most Accurate Heart Rate Tracker

In a study, the Apple Watch was named the best heart rate tracker in a fitness tracker study. This is a big win for Apple in a market dominated by Fitbit. The fitness trackers were compared against a control of a ECG. Apple Watch had about a 2% error in heart rate tracking. Be sure to check out the study for more details.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DJI Spark

While I was personally hoping to see a Phantom 5 reveal, DJI has unveiled the DJI Spark. This is a lightweight, cheaper drone compared to their other drones. It relies heavily on gestures for movement and can use an iPhone as a controller. It also comes in multiple colors, giving it more options than DJI's other drones. Pre-orders start today at $499.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

iPad Pro May Be Able to Connect to Macs for New Functionality

According to Thom Holwerda, the iPad Pro may have the ability to be connected to a Mac. In order to make up for Macs without Touch Bars, using an iPad as a new display with a touch screen may be their plan. The iPad could be used as a drawing tablet. When paired with an Apple Pencil, there is sure to be a lot of untapped potential for this concept. I'm hoping we see more iPad Pro specific features at WWDC this year.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Apple's New Switch Campaign

Apple has decided to make another ad campaign and site tailored towards Android users, in hopes to switch them over to iPhone. It touches on speed, security, and iMessage. These three points are huge. iPhone is one of the few smartphones to have software and hardware designed together. iPhone is the industry leader of security. iPhone is the only smartphone to support iMessage. And we all know that one person who ruins a group chat because they don't have iMessage. Be sure to check out the new site.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Messages

In iOS 10, animations for iMessages where introduced. However, using a phrase like "Happy Birthday" will automatically add a balloon effect to your message. It's a neat touch that adds surprise to those who don't know about the effects. Be sure to try it out next time you wish someone happy birthday!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

iPad Pro Production

According to the DigiTimes, the iPad Pro will have increased production numbers. In July, shipments will increase to 600,000 units, from 500,000 units. Apple is clearly expecting a lot more sales with this iteration, as the iPad Pro has not had a major update for some time now. In addition, the fact that these shipments are in July may hint that the iPad Pro may have a July release, with an announcement at WWDC. Take that with a grain of salt, as this is my own speculation.

Friday, May 19, 2017

iOS 11 Concept - iOS Tailored for iPad

For a while now, I've been wanting an iOS made for the iPad. An iOS that has a fine balance between iPhone and Mac. This captures that beautifully. MacStories has created an amazing concept for iOS 11 with some cool and improved multitasking features. There is also a universal clipboard that can store addresses, sites, text, and more. With a new iPad Pro expected at WWDC, we can expect new multitasking features in iOS 11. Be sure to check out the video below.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Updated MacBook Air Coming at WWDC 2017

According to Bloomberg, the MacBook Air could see an update at WWDC. This is unexpected as most were expecting Apple to discontinue the laptop due to its old hardware. However, its affordable price point has secured customer loyalty. While the update would be mostly under the hood, it's an update nevertheless. We may see Kaby Lake processors. Hopefully, this doesn't hold back Apple's other computers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Donate Your Color

Sherwin-Williams has created a pretty cool initiative to help communities. It's called Donate Your Color. By browsing their website in black and white (hence, donating your color), Sherwin-Williams will help a community in need by donating paint. Their current goal is to donate 10,000,000 square feet of paint.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Apple to Discontinue iPad Mini

According to BGR, Apple is planning to discontinue the iPad Mini. This isn't very surprising at this point, as the iPad Mini has been lagging behind the iPad Air and iPad Pro for the past few years. With only a smaller size to offer, the regular iPad has become a better bargain for the most part. It will likely confuse some too, as there is only a $30 price difference between the 128 GB iPad Mini and regular iPad. With a new sized iPad Pro in the rumors, this is all the more reason to discontinue the iPad Mini. We may know for sure in June with WWDC coming up.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Glucose Monitoring for Apple Watch

According to BGR, a future Apple Watch model could have glucose monitoring, in addition to potential smart bands. Apple has often advertised the Apple Watch as a health device, and Apple Watch does a great job of collecting data seamlessly into the Health app. Glucose levels are in the Health app, so this would make sense as a potential feature. BGR didn't specify explicitly when this could come out, but we can only hope it could be the Apple Watch Series 3 coming this fall.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Future of the Home App

With a Siri speaker coming at WWDC, it's time to take a look of what the future could hold for the Home app. The Home app does a lot of things right, for those who use it. But there's a lot that could still be improved.

First off, I believe that more devices should be added to this app. As the main hub for home control, I think adding devices like an Apple TV would be very beneficial. I can turn on my lights as I use a digital remote. The two can interact and can set my "Theater Mode" scene when I use my Apple TV. This could be expanded with an API too. For example, a digital picture frame could have its picture changed from the app. Turn on a gaming console or a TV.

Homes are generally shared by families. So when I tell Siri to set my "Good Night" scene, I don't expect it to turn off my parent's lights too. If I leave my house, I don't want my "Leave Home" scene to enable unless no one is in the house. Each person the house is shared with should have their own scenes. In addition, there needs to be a way to make sure the scenes aren't affecting other people in the house.

When I get home, I want my fan to turn on, but only if the temperature is high enough. Conditional scenes would be amazing. Using factors like weather to determine what should be turned on or off would be amazing. Scenes and automation should incorporate different parameters and triggers.

Speaking of scenes, we need more icons. There are only 12 and five of them are just variations of the same house. More icons means more inspiration. Maybe a work, reading, or gaming icon? Seems easy enough.

Finally, indoor mapping. A couple years ago, Apple quietly released an Indoor Survey app, which has since been removed. It was made to map out the inside of a building. Personally, I think it would be amazing to see if scenes and lights could be activated with this technology, without camera-based sensors or iBeacon.

Anyways, that's my "Wish List" for Home and HomeKit at WWDC this year. We will most likely be seeing some improvements to the app, and I will welcome them with open arms. I use HomeKit everyday and can only hope it gets better.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

iPad Pro Likely Coming at WWDC

We finally have some word about when we'll see the long awaited iPad Pros. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, there is more than a 70% chance of the next iPad Pro to be revealed at WWDC. While we were expecting an announcement in April, it's good to finally have a very clear answer to our call for a new iPad Pro. WWDC will start on June 5, in just over a month.

Friday, May 12, 2017

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

With the announcement of Windows 10 S, having developer support for the Windows Store is critical. With this, Apple is returning iTunes support for Windows and adding it to the Windows Store. iTunes will be available on the Windows Store by the end of this year.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Apple Creates iPhone Photography Website

Apple has launched a new photography website for iPhone, designed to give users tutorials on how to capture great photos. The lessons consist of short videos giving tips about certain subjects. The videos are less than a minute long. While the videos are centered around the iPhone 7, most of the tips apply to all modern iPhones.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Apple Acquires Beddit

Apple recently acquired Beddit, a sleep tracking system. This could mean a lot for Apple's future. It could bring sleep tracking to the Apple Watch or an Apple designed dedicated sleep tracking device.. Or Apple may just keep Beddit to make money off of its sales without rebranding, similar to Beats. As of now, Apple has kept selling Beddit.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WWDC 2017 Invites

The press has officially received their invitations to WWDC 2017. However, what's more interesting is what the invitation is implying. This basically guarantees that there will be no iPad Pro event and if there will be an iPad Pro announced, it will be at WWDC. Hardware hasn't been unveiled at WWDC in recent years, however with an iPad Pro update imminent and rumors of a Siri smart speaker, this may be the perfect time for Apple to revive this tradition.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Apple Watch Achievement

May 14 is Mother's Day this year and Apple is celebrating with another Apple Watch challenge. To get the badge, you must complete a one-mile workout on the 14th. Completing this challenge will also grant an iMessage sticker. This is the fourth Apple Watch challenge we've seen so far. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Leave WWDC to the Professionals This Year

WWDC has been an event since 1983, but it's clear it has been made more consumer-friendly in recent years. For good reason too, more average consumers get to learn about the next software updates three months ahead. However, last year was a big problem in this regard. In an attempt to connect with consumers, Apple had normal people demoing software with respect to how it benefitted their lives. But it all came to a halt when two people demoing the new iMessage crashed the demo and had a huge stage malfunction. Later, a woman demoed the new Apple Music and tried to get the audience to sing along. Apple, come on. This is something I expect to see from Steve Balmer, not you. Your target audience should be developers who paid over a thousand dollars to attend this developer conference. They didn't pay to sing along to random songs or watch demos crash. In the demos, there should be a fine balance between relating to the consumer and communicating features to the developer. People like Craig Federighi did a great job at this. He explained how the features benefitted the user, but also explained how the features worked to achieve this. I hope to see this style return this year.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Update on iPhone 8 Touch ID

Back in April, there were rumors of Apple getting rid of Touch ID if they failed to embed it into the screen. Now, it seems that Apple will put Touch ID in the back of the display [Source: Sebastian Hou and Brian Chen]. Hopefully, this will be appropriately positioned, as Samsung Galaxy S8 users seem to heavily dislike its proximity to the camera.

Friday, May 5, 2017


Your phone may be the future of paying at the pump. ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ app lets you use your phone or Apple Watch to pay for gas and car washes. Instead of using those dirty self-serve kiosks, you can use your phone to select a pump and pay. Speedpass+ is available from the Apple App Store for free [Direct Link].

Thursday, May 4, 2017

C by GE Will Add HomeKit

This Summer, General Electric's C-Life and C-Sleep lightbulbs will receive HomeKit this summer. "Wow, Alex. You're really desperate for a post today aren't you?" 1. Yes. 2. There is some substance to this though. GE is expected to drop out of the light bulb business. Keep in mind that GE was founded by Thomas Edison and had the first consumer light bulb on the market. This begs the question: Will GE truly get rid of their bulb line or is their "C by GE" collection an evolution of the light bulb? If the latter, then that's truly a testament to how far light bulb technology has come.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Steve Jobs Manga

Mari Yamazaki has created a manga based on the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. The first book in the series details his life up until 1974. While it's written entirely in Japanese, it's a must-have for those interested in both Steve Jobs' life and Japanese culture. It's available on Amazon from mostly used sellers for less than $10.

Image Credit: Kotaku