In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country’s surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google’s plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.
This week’s roundup of accessories includes two devices that expand the memory of your iPhone and iPad. Read on!Audeze
Sine Headphones ($499 MSRP) are billed as being the “world’s first on-ear planar magnetic headphone.” What does that mean? “Instead of using ordinary dynamic drivers, our planar technology gives you a sound that’s punchy, dynamic, and detailed,” Audeze claims. The headphones come in premium leather, and include a built-in microphone for your iPhone use. The product is currently on back order, so you might have to wait awhile before receiving your pair.
Back on this day in 2007, I spent pretty much all day waiting in line to get one of the first iPhones. Now, there were problems getting the devices -- which were only on the AT&T/Cingular network at first -- activated, but that was OK. My wife and I had tickets to go see another Steve Jobs-influenced product that day (Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille), so I waited somewhat patiently until the 30th to get my iPhone up and running.
During that day I shot a lot of video, and that's what you're going to see below. This isn't professionally done, but I talked to a number of people in line and you'll also see what the inside of an Apple Store looked like circa 2007 -- there were a line of shelves in the middle of the store to hold all of the software boxes...
Enjoy the video, and if you have any questions about it, please feel free to ask me in the comments section.
Some say, the iPhone 7 will be a yawner. What’s forgotten is that our appetite for new (useful) toys and being state-of-the art always outweighs the cynicism of skeptics and critics. John’s going to have a new iPhone 7, and states why you should think seriously about one too. Ignore the voices that seek control.
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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 29, 2016. This week’s sponsor of Apple World Today is Contexts, the simpler and faster window switcher for Mac. Find out more about Contexts and how to get a 25% discount on the app on the right sidebar of the Apple World Today website.
Everybody is trying to take on sports video camera leader GoPro, and one of the latest is a company called Sioeye. Today the company announced its Iris4G LTE iOS-connected action camera, which has an iOS application offering a live view from the camera as well as setup controls. The unique thing about the camera is that it has a built-in T-Mobile SIM and connects directly to the Internet for streaming without a need to use up valuable data on your iPhone plan. T-Mobile is supplying a 5-gigabyte starter pass for up to 10 hours of live streaming, and once that’s used up, T-Mobile is offering plans at $20 for 2 GB of LTE data or $10 per gigabyte one-time passes. While the new camera broadcasts at 480p resolution at 30 frames per second, it simultaneously stores 1080p at 30 frames per second. With live streaming turned off, it can capture 4K resolution at 30 frames per second or 1080p at 120 frames per second. The iOS app lets broadcasters set the title of a livestream and make announcements about a stream on social media. The price tag? $429.
Last week we told you about how Honda’s 2017 Accord was going to be able to work with Apple’s CarPlay in-car intelligent system after an update this fall. Well, another carmaker just announced CarPlay compatibility with a much less sedate car — the four-door Porsche Panamera. The vehicle launches in the US in January, and CarPlay will be controlled through a 12.3-inch touchscreen. It’s interesting to note that Porsche will install the new Advanced Cockpit in the car, which replaces the traditional buttons and dials with screens and touch panels. The Panamera will include a pair of 7-inch displays in the driver’s line of sight. Unlike most car manufacturers, Porsche is NOT supporting Android Auto in the new car. You’ll be able to get a Panamera 4S as a nice accessory for your iPhone for $99,900 before fees and taxes, or you can rev it up and get the Panamera Turbo for as little as $146,900.
With all of the hubbub about macOS 12 Sierra and iOS 10, most people have forgotten that betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 were making the rounds. Today the fourth beta of each of those operating systems appeared, both for developers and public testers. Developers alone can expect that the next beta versions of macOS and iOS will be coming their way in the next week or two — generally the beta cycle tends to run on a two-week period and it’s already been two weeks since WWDC, so we’re sure to see the new versions soon. The public beta of both Sierra and iOS 10 is expected in July sometime.
Rumors have been circulating that the next-generation iPhones will forgo the standard 3.5mm headphone jack for the Lightning port, and an announcement this week seems to confirm that conjecture. Supplier Cirrus Logic announced a new development kit that allows companies to create Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones. The development kit can be adapted to any form factor of headphones, including earbuds and over-the-ear designs. The kit is designed to let accessory manufacturers quickly transition way from the legacy headphone jack to Lightning. If you have a pair of wired headphones that you just can’t live without, don’t despair. Accessory manufacturers are already working on aftermarket adapters that allow traditional headphones to be connected directly to a Lightning jack.
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On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.
RMKapps has introduced ZuumSpeed 1.0 for iOS. It’s a $0.99 speedometer app that provides the ability to personalize the interface. ZuumSpeed allows access to over 18 custom fonts with unlimited color options.
Electric Car Insider magazine has developed an interactive mobile EV Buyers Guide app that helps people interested in electric cars learn about electric vehicle technology and find a car that fits their budget and lifestyle. The new multimedia app version of the EV Buyers Guide has instructional video, audio podcasts, interviews and image gallery slide shows. It’s free, but does tout in-app purchases.
Shape Minds has given us Heavy Metal Tennis Training 1.0. In the 8-Bit game, the player has to take down an evil tennis machine outside a mansion while listening to 8-Bit inspired Heavy Metal music. Heavy Metal Tennis Training is free, but two extra characters are available via an in-app purchase.
XwaveSoft has debuted Focus Matrix 1.0, a smart task organizer app for Mac OS X. Its organizational system is based on the "Eisenhower Box," a productivity strategy created by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.
The app provides a priority matrix that breaks tasks down into four groups based on their urgency and importance. This lets you focus on the tasks that really matter, without getting caught up in those that can be delegated, or dealt with later.
Focus Matrix requires OS X 10.9 or later. It’s freeand is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store. An upgrade to a Pro version is $4.99 and is available via an in-app purchase. As a special limited-time app launch offer, users can upgrade to Pro at a 30% discount ($2.99)
GrowthBeats Technologies has updated QuickShift to version 1.0.2. Sitting in the menu bar, it offers a way to clean up file clutter and organize your Mac by providing a series of power features.
You can add your most used folders to QuickShift and access them anytime from anywhere on your Mac with just a hotkey. Version 1.0.2 allows you to rearrange the grid and more.
QuickShift 1.0.2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
SpriTec Software has upgraded SuperTab, its OS X utility, to version 2.1. It’s an app for enhancing and extending the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher.
Version 2.1 introduces three new features that focus on the folder, including a "Clutter Free Folders" feature. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
A 30-day demo of SuperTab 2.1 is available for download. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. Until Aug. 15, you can take advantage of a special 50% off sale price of $10. SuperTab 2.1 is a free upgrade for SuperTab 2.0 users. Users of earlier 1.x versions of SuperTab can upgrade to 2.1 for $2.99.
Ergonis Software has rolled out KeyCue 8.1, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The upgrade integrates with Typinator, and allows Typinator users to quickly show snippets in a head-up display and insert them with a click.
KeyCue 8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade is free for anyone who purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is $19.99 for a single user license and $29.95 for a family pack.
Mobie has launched PhoneRescue 3, an update to their iOS recovery solution for Mac OS X. The app can help users bring back 25 types of misdeleted, damaged or lost data files on an iPhone and iPad.
With version 3, PhoneRescue has expanded the recovering power from specific data to the whole iOS system. When an iOS device runs into a system crash, it can be fully fixed within a single click, according to the folks at Mobie.
PhoneRescue 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher . A personal license is $49.99 and a family license costs $69.99.
Industrious One has created Musicality for Mac. The $11 app is designed to “break your music out of the browser” and offer desktop conveniences like keyboard shortcuts, AirPlay streaming, and more to over a dozen of the world's most popular music services.
With it, you can play, pause, skip and rate songs on any supported music service. Musicality for Mac supports 15 music services to 15.
Musicality requires Mac OS X 10.10 or newer and an Internet connection. It may be downloaded as a free 10-day trial from the Musicality website. The demo is full-featured and unlocks in-place when purchased.
If you love playing games on your Mac, take note: The Steam Summer Sale is going on right now, and it means that loads and loads of great games are available for upwards of 90 percent off on Valve’s digital distribution platform.
Many modern Mac gaming classics can be had for just a couple bucks apiece, and even new games have significant markdowns. We’ve gone through the lists and picked out 10 great deals for 10 totally great games, ensuring you get awesome experiences without breaking the bank. In fact, all but two of these games are less than $10 apiece, and the pricier games still see huge discounts from the standard prices.
LEGO and Star Wars are a match made in heaven, which makes it pretty awesome that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can play as Poe Dameron, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and more in adventures on Jakku, D’Qar, Takodana, the Millenium Falcon, and Starkiller Base. There are puzzles to solve, space ships to fly, battles to fight, and plenty of things to build. The game includes the first chapter for free, and additional levels and character packs are available as in-app purchases. Clear your afternoon, and may the Force be with you.
From executives to graduate students, anyone who presents can appreciate a good clicker. This one from DinoFire is currently discounted 55%, from $32.99 down to just $14.99, and receives an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 200 customers (read reviews). Its generous 98-foot range lets you wander confidently around the room. It features up, down and red light buttons, as well as an on/off switch and low battery indicator. The DinoFire remote supports MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ACD See, website, iWork (Keynote & Numbers & Pages) Google Slides, and most major operating systems. Simply plug the receiver into your USB port and you're ready to go. When not in use, the receiver plugs into the remote for transporting in one piece. See the discounted presentation remote now on Amazon.
We have a deal for you today on TaskPaper, a text editor for the Mac designed to help you keep track of what you’ve done. It will also auto-format projects, tasks, notes, and tags. While a Mac app, it uses a file format that is supported by some third party editors on iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, and three other Mac editors, too.
What’s up with the headphone jack obsession about the upcoming iPhone 7 models? Host Glenn Fleishman and Macworld’s associate managing editor Leah Yamshon discuss how much virtual ink has been spilled for how long, and yet nobody outside Apple still knows what’s coming.
Leah and Glenn also ponder other iPhone 7 rumors, the end of Apple’s sales of the Thunderbolt Display, whether new AirPort base stations are coming, and if MacBook Pros will be updated later this summer. We talk about iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, due out in July as public betas, and new features coming from Dropbox for free and paid users.
Joining Glenn at the end of the podcast is Fraser Speirs, head of secondary at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland to talk about Swift Playgrounds, a new app from Apple to teach kids (and adults) programming.
Apple has made it easier to upgrade to a new iPhone, but it’s going to cost you.
This week, 9to5Mac spotted some key differences in Apple’s Trade-Up page. Most notably, Apple has reduced the maximum credit that you can get from trading in your old iPhone, from $300 to $250. Additionally, this credit can be used to pay for a new device up front or lower your monthly installment payments to a carrier like Verizon or AT&T.
Previously, Apple gave buyers the ability to use the credit from their old iPhones toward an interest-free loan for a new phone through its Trade-Up with Installments program. The financing was provided by Citizen Bank, but customers made the monthly payments to Apple directly. Even though the Trade-Up with Installments program was just introduced in February, it appears Apple will no longer be offering this alternative and has switched to letting carriers handle the financing.