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"It's Been Way Too Long": Apple Confirms October 16th Event

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Yesterday, Apple sent out invitations to confirm their special media event on October 16th.  This event will be held at their campus in Cupertino at 10am PT (or 1pm EST).  They are expected to reveal the slimmer iPad Air 2, Retina iPad mini 3, release date for OS X Yosemite and a few new Macs.  The invitation, unlike last time, is quite simple and doesn’t give us too many hints.

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At their event on the 16th, we expect Apple to announce the second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini.  The iPad Air 2 will have a mostly similar design, but there will be some new features to it.  Apple is planning on removing the sound/mute switch, relocating the microphone from the top of the device to next to the camera and on the side, changing the speaker grill to be more like the iPhone 6 and adding Touch ID for use with Apple Pay. For internal tech specs, we will see 2GB of RAM, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options, an 8MP camera sensor and the A8 processor with M8 co-processor. It is also rumored that the Air will be available in a gold color.  It is unclear what improvements the iPad mini will be getting, but it will likely see at least Touch ID and a gold color option. The next major update to the operating system, iOS 8.1, and Apple Pay will also get release dates.

This looks very familiar to the October 2014 invitation.

This looks very familiar to the October 2014 invitation.

After reviewing the invitation, 9to5Mac noticed that the outline of the apple is the same one Apple used when they celebrated 30 years of Mac. With this and the line “it’s been way too long”, we will definitely see Macs at the event.  9to5Mac is expecting the release date for OS X Yosemite, a fresh round of iMacs and a new 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The Apple TV, Mac mini, rumored split-screen multitasking mode for iPad and iPad Pro may also make an appearance at the event. Because it really has been way too long since the Apple TV was updated.

iOS 8 Features #7: iOS and Mac Features [Tips]

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In past few weeks, we have gone in depth talking about the features of iOS 8. Although it was not as obvious as iOS 7 was, the new major operating system update came with a few changes.  Features like iCloud Drive, add rich text and GIF’s to Notes, recent and favorite contacts in App Switcher, redesigned and renamed Explore tab in the App Store and Night Mode in Maps.  There are a few more features that allow the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac to be interconnected.

Handoff

I started reading an article on my phone and I can continue on my Mac without having to research for it.

Start reading an article on iPhone and continue it on Mac.

Handoff is a feature that lets one task be started, like writing an email, on one device and then the device can be switched to another one to continue the task. When you want to switch devices, an icon of the app you are in will appear at the bottom left of the Mac (running OS X Yosemite) or your device (running iOS 8). Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Mail, Safari, Messages, Contacts, Reminders, Calendar and third-party apps work with Handoff.  The Mac or iOS Device must be connected to the same iCloud account and Bluetooth must be turned on.  You can also turn off Handoff in the General tab in the Settings app.

 

Transferring Phone Calls

When your iPhone is connected to the same network as your other devices, a call coming in on your phone can also appear and be answered on your iPad, Mac or iPod touch.  It works through iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, so you don’t need to set anything up.  Since the Mac, iPad and iPod touch aren’t built to be phones, any answered call is always put on speaker phone.

 

SMS Text Message

Just like phone call transfer, you can now send SMS text messages (the technical term for messaging someone without an iPhone) with your Mac and iPad through your iPhone. Your Mac, iPad and iPhone will notify you when there’s an incoming message, but the alert will disappear when you respond on one of the devices.

 

Instant Wi-Fi Hotspot

When your Mac is unable to connect to a Wi-Fi network, your phone will serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot automatically. In the Wi-Fi settings menu on Mac or iPad, tap the name of your iPhone.  Then your phone’s cellular network will allow your Mac or iPad to connect to the Internet. When the connected device isn’t using data any longer, it will intelligently disconnect to save your phone’s battery life.

 

In our iOS 8 Features list, we have covered the changes to the following apps: Music, Messages and SiriPhotos, Camera and Notification CenterSafari, Mail and Spotlight SearchApp Store, Weather and MapsSettings with other minor app updates and most recently iCloud Drive, Family Sharing and Passbook. This post concludes our iOS 8 Features list, but every week we share tips on how to use iOS 8 better. Last week, we showed you how to turn off repeated Messages alerts.

 

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Apple Rolls Out Back to School Promotion

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Get a $100 gift card with the purchase of a Mac and a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone.

Get a $100 gift card with the purchase of a Mac and a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone.

Although Summer has just started, Apple is ready for school with their annual Back to School promotion.  Like last year, any students, faculty members or staff members will get a $100 Apple Store Gift Card with the purchase of a Mac or a $50 card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone. In addition, the Apple Education Store sells Macs and iPads at a discount to students, faculty and staff.  You can also trade in your current Mac, iPad and iPhone to receive a second discount on your new device.

There’s a few things that you need to know before you consider taking advantage of this promotion.  The iPhone 4S and the Mac mini don’t qualify so no gift cards come with them.  All purchases must be through the Apple Store website, retail store or over the phone.  For example, Walmart is selling the iPhone 5c for $29; while Apple is selling it for $99.  You could save extra money by going to Walmart, but you won’t get the gift card.  Also, the gift card is for use in the Apple Store only, not the iTunes Store.  You can use it towards the purchase of a case for the iPad, the Apple TV, an AirPrint printer, a case for the MacBook, etc.  This promotion is aimed towards students; however, if you have recently graduated you can still take an opportunity to use this offer.

The promotion started July 1, 2014 and ends September 9, 2014.

Rumor Roundup: Back to School Promo, iPhone 6 Update, iWatch Release Date

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It has been a very busy week for me so here are all the latest rumors that were supposed to be individual blog posts:

Apple’s Gearing Up for the Back to School Promotion

Apple's back to school promotion from Summer 2013.

Apple’s back to school promotion from Summer 2013.

In the end of June, Apple starts their Back to School event for students, faculty and staff of educational institutions.  It typically consists of someone buying a computer or tablet with their school ID and receiving a free gift card or product with their purchase.  It also runs from the end of June through early September.  According to employees at Apple, the front store windows will have their displays changed overnight on June 30th.  Last year’s event consisted of a $100 App Store gift card with the purchase of any Mac or $50 App Store gift card with the purchase of any iPad.  Also, those who qualify for the promotion also receive special educational pricing which covers Macs and now iPads.

Keep reading below to learn about the latest rumors for the iPhone 6 and iWatch.

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Apple Will Live Stream WWDC

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Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is beginning to take shape in Moscone West in San Francisco.  New banners have been spotted by iOSVlog Daily and then posted by 9to5Mac.  The banners are using the same design that Apple did with their WWDC invitations back in April.  The outside of the center will be decorated in similar colors in the coming days as the whole world and Apple prepare for WWDC.

Moscone West

Moscone West

The developer’s conference officially kicks off at 10am PDT (1pm EST) on June 2nd where Tim Cook and other Apple executives are expected to announce iOS 8, Mac OSX, new Retina MacBook Airs and potentially cheaper iMacs (as reported by Ming Chi-Kuo).  Apple announced this week that this “exciting” event will be live streamed on their website here.

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News Roundup: 8GB iPhone 5c, iMessage Bug, WWDC 2014

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Here are the latest news from this past week:

8GB iPhone 5c for Sale in India

iOS 7 on an iPhone 5c

iOS 7 on an iPhone 5c

The Times of India reported a few weeks ago that Apple would begin selling the 8GB iPhone 5c in India to replace the discontinued iPhone 4.  The iPhone 5c, which features 4G LTE and an 8MP camera, was introduced alongside the iPhone 5s in September of 2013 whereas the iPhone 4 was announced at WWDC in June 2010.  The iPhone 4 can only connect up to 3G and includes a 5MP camera.  The 8GB iPhone 5c is available in India for Rs 37,500 with a discount of Rs 4,000.  With the discount, the final price of the phone is Rs 33,500 ($574).  For a limited time, Apple is also including a case for free with the phone, which is worth about Rs 2,000.  The 16GB version is also discounted and available for Rs 39,800 ($716).  Both phones require a wireless contract.

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Expectations for WWDC

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On June 2nd at 10am PST, Tim Cook will kick out the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in California. It is has been confirmed by Apple that they will introduce the future of iOS (most likely called iOS 8) and the future of OSX (the next generation operating system for the Mac).  In addition a new report by Mark Gurman, of 9to5Mac, says that new hardware will also be revealed (according to his sources). Based on this, all the rumors we have heard and past keynotes, here is what we expect at WWDC 2014 for iOS:

Write the code. Change the world.

Write the code. Change the world.

iOS 8

The next generation operating system for the iPad, iPod and iPhone will likely be announced at the keynote at WWDC and then released to the public in September.  Apple has consistently introduced us to the new operating system at WWDC (released it to Apple developers) and then made it available to the public in the days following their iPhone event in September.  The first operating system to follow this rule, iOS 5, didn’t come out until October when Apple announced the iPhone 4S.

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iOS 8 May Have Less Features Than Expected

Allegedly a screenshot of iOS 8.
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A report by the reliable Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac was posted earlier about the future of iOS 8.  Recent rumors suggested iOS 8 would include new apps, like Healthbook, and new features, like Maps with public transit directions.  Gurman writes; however, that his inside sources say some of the new features will be pushed back until iOS 8.1.

iPhone 6 concept with iOS 8 concept.

iPhone 6 concept with iOS 8 concept.

Usually, WWDC is the place where Apple announces the next generation operating systems for mobile devices and the Mac, but this year’s keynote may be more Mac-focused.  According to Gurman’s inside sources, some of the planned iOS 8 features won’t be ready in time for the keynote and will be pushed back to iOS 8.1, which may be released in late 2014 or early 2015.

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Rumor/News Round-Up: WWDC, Apple vs. Samsung, Latest Rumors

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Here are the latest news and rumors from this past week:

WWDC 2014 Invitation Released

Apple’s 25th annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), which is located in San Francisco, was announced this week to be June 2nd through June 6th.  The conference is built for developers to create better apps and enhance their existing apps for the next-generation operating systems for the Mac and iOS.  There are labs, sessions, keynotes and events.  This year we expect (and Apple pretty much confirmed) that iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 (the successor to Mavericks) will be announced.  We also hope some new products, like the iWatch and Retina MacBook Air, will be announced too.  Apple always hides clues in their invitations and this event is no different.

Write the code. Change the world.

Write the code. Change the world.

 

Apple vs. Samsung Trial Continues

Apple is looking for $2 billion in damage from patent infringement from Samsung.  The trial, which is in its second round, would ideally prove that Samsung in purposefully stealing from Apple with the unapproved use of patents related to the iPhone and other technologies not yet seen in Apple products.  Since this is a legal proceeding, any evidence is available to the public in the form of emails, testimonials from the executives and other evidence.  Here are some of the things we have learned this past week:

  • Every year, Apple has a meeting with its top 100 executives, managers and engineers to very secretly discuss new products
  • An email between Tchao and Schiller reveals the Apple TV may introduce apps, a “magic wand” and more
  • The original iPhone was in the works for three years, built for “normal people“, codenamed “Product Purple” and ideally would have been always on (no lock screen)
  • An internal email shows Apple was also concerned with the iPhone’s growths as its competitors introduced larger phones and cheaper prices
One of the slides that Apple introduced in the first round of the trial.

One of the slides that Apple introduced in the first round of the trial.

Latest in Rumors

  • The iPhone 6 will come out in two models: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display
  • The 4.7-inch model will begin production in May and released in the Fall, the 5.5-inch model may be delayed due to production issues with in-cell technology for the display
  • Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 taken at Foxconn came out on Monday
  • The iPhone 6 will also feature a sapphire display, instead of Corning’s Gorilla Glass used in previous models
  • iOS 8 will include in-app public transport in Maps, Siri improvements (to help compete with Cortana) and buy physical items with Touch ID
  • Apple is in talks to buy Renesas SP Drivers, which will improve battery life and image sharpness of future devices
iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

Kickstarter Project of the Week Update

This past week, I posted about the Solartab on Kickstarter.  It is a solar-powered charger for your tablet and smartphone.  With 25 days left to go, it has reached over 50% of its funding goal.  Pledge now to get the Solartab for $99 (regular retail price of $149).

The Solartab charges your phone when your outside.

The Solartab charges your phone when you’re outside.

 

118 For Boston

As of 9:07am on March 9, there have been 13 million miles tracked.
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The 118th Boston Marathon is coming this year on April 21.  RunKeeper, a Boston-based company, has started a new campaign for runners and fitness enthusiasts to join together by running 118 million miles from March 1 to April 21.  After the tragic events that occurred last year, RunKeeper noticed something very remarkable: “runners and fitness enthusiasts everywhere used their grief as fuel to push themselves to move more than ever” (RunKeeper). So in order to get people to work out together again, they have launched this campaign through the RunKeeper app (Apple Store and Android) and on their website.

As of 9:07am on March 9, there have been 13 million miles tracked.

As of 9:07am on March 9, there have been 13 million miles tracked.

To participate in 118 For Boston, you can run, walk, cross country ski, snowshoe, hike, bike ride or any distance-based activity RunKeeper tracks.  Once you do an activity in RunKeeper, post the activity with #118forBoston in the Notes section.  If you still want to help without running, donate to the One Fund to help the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon