There are less then 12 hours remaining until Apple’s next special media event where they are expected to announce the next-generation iPads, updated Macs, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay release dates and a surprise product.
An iPhone 6-inspired concept for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
It is no surprise that there will be new tablets announced at Apple’s event today. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, which are the confirmed names, will feature a similar design to their predecessors and a few new updated components.
For the iPad Air 2, rumors have suggested it will be a little thinner, but still have mostly the same design. New external features, like single row of speaker holes and recessed buttons, will help the tablet to lose a few millimeters. Apple is also rumored to move the microphone from the top center to the left side, next to the camera. The mute/sound switch may be taken off completely. For internal specs, we expect 2GB of RAM, A8X processor with M8 co-processor, 8MP camera, Touch ID Home button and more updated internal components.
The iPad mini 3 will have the same design as it’s predecessor and only gain internal upgrades. Besides the new Touch ID sensor on the Home button, not much else is known about the tablet.
The current iMac, credit: Apple
Although we typically only focus on mobile devices on Device Geek Blog, we can’t ignore that Apple is planning on announcing a few new Macs at their event. The 27-inch iMac is rumored to get a 5K Retina display, which would double its current resolution, we will find out the release date for OS X Yosemite and other software like the new Photos app for Mac and iLife and see an updated Mac mini.
iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.
Leaked internal documents for some of the retailers who will support Apple Pay showed the release date for their store. Walgreens said it would be on Saturday, October 18th and Panera Bread said it would be Monday, October 20th. Regardless of when stores will start allowing it, this means that Apple will likely launch iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay immediately following the event (or within a few hours).
The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.
On the event invitation, Apple wrote “it’s been way too long.” It is believed that this line is referring to the Mac since it has been a while since the Mac mini or iMac have been updated. The invitation also uses the apple outline from when Apple celebrated 30 years of Mac so this screams Mac. There are other products, though, that haven’t been updated for a long time. For example, the last major update for iPod happened alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The iPod touch is still rocking the single-core A5 processor. For comparison, the iPhone 6 has an dual-core A8 chip, which is a lot more advanced, has 64-bit architecture and comes with a M8 co-processor. The Apple TV also hasn’t been updated since March 2012 at the iPad 3 event. It has the A5 processor as well. Apple, finally, may also be launching new Smart Covers for the iPad Air and iPad mini in new colors. Although it’s not as exciting as the iPod or Apple TV.
iPad Pro? Retina MacBook Air?
We likely won’t see either of these until 2015. Apple may hold an event in the beginning of the year, like they did in January 2012 when they announced textbooks on iPad. The event may be focused on education as well, aiming the new hardware to educational institutions, students and professors.
It is 1984 and Apple announces a new product that will blow your mind about what you think you know about computers. (Remember, I wasn’t born yet so I missed this). The Mac was announced at a special event to analysts, employees and the press in the Fall of 1983. There was an advertisement during the January Super Bowl that changed what we thought we knew. Then on January 30, Steve and specific employees (Bill Atkinson, Steve Capps, Steve Wozniak and others) met on stage to show the Mac to the public at a meeting for the Boston Computer Society (BCS).
Here’s the link to watch the video from 1984 that has been hidden until now: Apple Announces the Mac. The video comes from TIME. In case you missed the famous Super Bowl ad for the Mac, check it out below. Finally, tell Apple about your first Mac and be part of the Mac story.
This blog primarily focuses on iDevices and less on computers; however, the Mac turned 30 years old so we had to celebrate Apple’s revolutionary product. A quick mention of iDevices: the iPhone 6 rumors are heating up, Tim Cook had an interview with ABC where he revealed no new products, but talked about NSA and Apple is looking to develop a mobile payment service.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has said that 2014 will be a major product year for Apple. The mostly reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities has predicted that some of the new products Tim Cook is talking about include a higher resolution iPad 6, 12-inch Retina MacBook and a less expensive iMac. The iPad 6 will have a greater pixel density, up to 40% more pixels per inch (PPI). It will retain the same 9.7″ display we all know and love. Although rumors recently have pointed to a larger iPad display, a higher resolution model is more likely. In February of 2013, I posted about Apple likely creating a higher pixel density Retina display, code named “Retina HD”. The 12-inch MacBook would likely be released in Summer of 2014 with a Retina display and n brand new design. This MacBook is said to “redefine laptop computing” with its clamshell structure, Intel chip and potentially lower price. Finally, the lower cost iMac should help Apple compete with PC desktop computers and will be released during roughly the same time of the 12-inch MacBook.
This week we expect to see invitations for Apple’s rumored October 22 event where they will introduce a second generation iPad mini, iPad 5, OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro they have been teasing movie-goers about for months. The iPad mini will have the same form factor, but have a Retina display. The iPad 5 will have a smaller form, like the iPad mini, and will be announced initially with the standard storage sizes along a 128GB model. Rumors have indicated we should see the new iPads in Space Grey, Gold and White. OSX Mavericks was announced at WWDC 2013 and should be out sometime before the end of Fall (December 21). The Mac Pro also will be out before the end of Fall, as said by Apple.
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Let’s look at something you’ve probably neglected to consider.
Sarah buys a nice new MacBook Pro and she’s excited to get home and use it; however, she does she finds that the trackpad keeps freezing randomly. She is extremely frustrated.
Jose goes to his local Walmart and picks up a cheaper, mid-priced HP laptop. The laptop works great for 30 days, but on the 31st day (conveniently after the stores return policy expires) his trackpad begins randomly freezing too.
Two people, two different laptops, same issue. Who do you think will fair better with a faster support/resolution? I’ll tell you, it’s the Apple user. Why? Well let me tell you about my experience this morning with HP, then I’ll tell you how Apple’s world class support will have you buying Apple JUST for the peace of mind it will give you.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
I wake up for work this morning and feel pretty crappy, and end up calling out. But let’s not get into that. I decide I might as well do something productive. I bought an HP 2000 at Walmart about 3 months ago and I don’t use it a lot, but I do sometimes prefer a laptop over my iPhone (faster typing/etc.) So I’ve been having this issue where the trackpad will just freeze up and be unresponsive. It usually fixes itself within 30-60 seconds, but this gets very annoying when you’re hard pressed for time and need to get something done right away. So I decided to go ahead and call HP and get this figured out. So I call, and wait on hold for 35 minutes. I get this Indian customer service representative, I’m by no means racist, but I can’t understand a word this man is saying. He speaks broken English and has a VERY HEAVY Indian accent. So after trying to explain things to him, I apologized and asked if I could speak to someone with less of an accent, preferably American (yeah right.. haha.) I was put back on hold and after 28 minutes, I got frustrated and gave up. I decided that the phone was not going to work. I then thought, well, HP offers a chat support so let me try that, at least I will be able to understand typed words (logically.. right?). So I sign into the technical support chat and within a few moments I’m connected to somebody by the name of Hadeed (I thought wow I’m probably chatting with the same guy who barely speaks English).
Now I’m a very tech savvy guy. I went to school for Computer Science and I’ve taken computers apart since I was a kid, repaired them, and built them from scratch. So not to brag, but I certainly know a thing or two – I did my own troubleshooting before even considering contacting HP: I reinstalled Windows 8, updated the trackpad drivers, updated the BIOS, etc. Needless to say my problem was not fixed, everything they told me to do/check I had already checked. So what’s the solution? I have to wait a week to receive a shipping label in the mail – then box up my laptop and mail it to Mexico for quality check/repair. Now I shouldn’t have to pay because it’s warrantied for a year, but I’ve already wasted a couple hours with support and now I am going to be without a laptop for who knows how long. I’m hoping they just replace it entirely but we’ll see.
Now let’s pretend that I still had my Macbook Pro and let’s pretend my Macbook Pro was having this issue. How different would my experience have been? Well I’ve had the pleasure of working with Apple support numerous times, and having worked for Apple, I can tell you that things would have gone MUCH more smoothly.
For starters, I would have immediately called AppleCare (just so you know, your new Apple product comes with a standard warranty, but you can purchase additional years of coverage, which is completely worth it.) I would have gotten through to a person quickly. I’ve never been on hold for more than 10 minutes, but I’m sure hold times with Apple can be just as long as other companies. They’re not perfect, but you get through, and the person on the other end is an American. I think I’ve only got someone with a heavy accent once, but they were understandable. I would assume Apple must have a more stringent system in place for hiring people who can speak well for phone support. Props to them for that, and if you can’t understand them, they will gladly transfer you. Apple is pretty good with phone technical support and I’m sure that they too have some sort of support book they reference as it seems to be the industry standard now. However, they also clearly have a working knowledge of and genuine interest in Apple products. Then they would go over basic troubleshooting on the phone with me, and if they can’t figure it out, they would schedule an appointment for me to bring my Macbook Pro to my local Apple Store to meet with a Genius. These people are literally Apple geniuses.
So let’s say that they can’t fix my problem over the phone and I have an appointment to bring in my Macbook Pro to my local Apple Store. I would arrive at the Apple store, check in with any of the Apple employees and meet with the Genius. If they are unable to figure it out, a few other Apple Geniuses may come over to assist (because they have a genuine interest in the issue). So if they are still unable to fix it right there, one of three things will happen: they will keep my computer for in-house repair, if its something simple I might just hang out while they do it; they will replace my computer on the spot (if it’s really busted or not worth fixing); or they might just ship my computer to a service center for repair, however this is usually a very quick process. If the latter occurs, the Apple store might give me a loner computer if I need something immediately.
Needless to say Apple has world-class support that other companies simply don’t – what is that peace of mind worth to you? I say spend a little more, and you won’t be sorry if you ever encounter trouble and need support.
I’ve been an Apple geek since High School, once you go Apple you’ll never go back 😉
Apple’s GUI (Graphical User Interface) is very easy to use and learn if you are used to Windows – don’t be scared away by the differences you see or hear of if you are in the market for a new computer, tablet, or phone. Please take a trip to your local Apple store,or mini Apple Store located in many Best Buy’s, and play with their products and try them out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
That’s all for now, I leave you with a quote from a very brilliant man who’s innovation and spirit is missed by so many;
“Innovation has absolutely nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more money on R&D. It’s not about the money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” – Steve Jobs
Right now, Apple is on a roll recently Retinatizing everything. By “Retinatizing,” I mean installing a Retina display into their devices and computers. First we had the iPhone 4 that was Retinatized. With a pixels per inch (ppi) of 326, the eye cannot distinguish between pixels with the phone at a normal distance away from the eye. Of course all of the iPhones after that had Retina displays: iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Then Apple put a beautiful Retina display into the new iPad (or iPad 3rd generation) with a ppi of 264. Which actually doubled the amount of pixels that were in the iPad 2. The iPod touch was also given an amazing Retina display and last year, Apple released Retina Macbook Pros, both the 13 inch model and the 15 inch model. These Macbooks are selling very well because their screens look magnificent. So what’s Apple going to Retinatize next?
Call me crazy, but within the next couple of product generations, I believe the iPad mini, iPod nano, Macbook air (supposedly this one will happen this year) and the iMac will all feature Retina displays. The iPad mini will get a Retina display this year, 95% positive. It has been rumored since the first generation came out and now it needs one. The iPod nano might become Retinatized. It may seem far fetched, but the iPod nano exterior and interior components can only change so much, eventually the screen will have to become more advanced. The Macbooks air are rumored to come with Retina screens later this year, which seems quite realistic. After all of the portable Macbooks become Retinatized, the iMac will have to be next. I also think the iMac will eventually get a touchscreen, but that’s another blog post for another day. When the iWatch gets released, it probably won’t have a Retina screen, but within a few generations, it probably will have a Retina display. The iTV probably won’t start off with a Retina display either, but it will have one eventually. Apple, within a few generations, will Retinatize all of their devices. But, once everything has a Retina display, then nothing will be Retinatized, right? It’s like the idea that if everyone had super powers, then no one will (from The Incredibles.)
So, my crazy theory continues. Apple will also update their Retina to a Retina Plus or Retina HD and their products will one by one feature this amazingly beautiful display of 2x or 4x the amount of pixels they have now. Other companies are releasing phones with 300-400+ppi and Apple will need to compete. So they will come out with an Ultra-Retina display. However you want to call it, it is going to be like nothing you have ever seen before. These screens will feel like real life almost, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish the pixels with your naked eye ever.
So to recap: Apple is going to Retinatize all of their products within a few generations and then we will see a new Retina display (my codename: Retina 2, Retina HD, Retina Plus or Ultra-Retina) that has 2x to 4x as many pixels as the current Retina display offers.