Posts Tagged ‘ipad’

ios-10-nimblechapps

So, iOS10 has finally dropped, it has bricked some iPhones but the majority have got away unscathed. We are still trying to decide what we think, but here are the changes this shiny new firmware will bring you;

iMessage – This is probably the biggest update in iOS10 with the ability to be able to draw messages with your finger and send the animation to someone else. You’ll be able to use rich links in Messages. Share a link and, as it would in Slack or Twitter, artwork and a precis of the article may be pulled in, so your friends can get an idea of what they are about to click on.

Bad news for the emoji haters as iMessage will now add emojis into predictive text giving you the option to swap full words for pictures. The death of the English language is nigh.

It has also been opened up to third party developers, meaning that there will soon be apps in the messaging service that can be used to order food, shop, book tickets and send people money within a chat. We are loving the iMessage Super Mario App.

supermariorunstickers-2-932x698

Voicemail Transcription – iOS is apparently going to put your voicemail into text so that you can glance at it without having to listen to it. It will be interesting to see how accurate this is.

Home App (HomeKit) – Finally the launch of the hotly anticipated HomeKit. Those of you with automated homes will be able to link most devices under one app which has always been an annoying thing with automation. HomeKit will allow you to quickly dim lights, tell Siri to turn up the heating and have access from the lock screen to do all of these. We are especially looking forward to seeing how this feature handles scenes which will allow at a click of a button or a few words to Siri and your room will be ready for movie night with a raft of set processes starting ie lights going off, Apple TV turning on and blinds closing.

apple-homekit-for-secure-and-reliable-smart-home

News – Redesigned and now looking simpler, the News app is the go-to for any news. Subscriptions have now been allowed so we assume Newstand will soon disappear. There is also a ‘Breaking news’ notifications from the app. You can toggle the feature from settings and even custom-tune the publications you wish to see pushed to your device.

Photos – Apple says it will use deep learning techniques to analyse faces, places and objects. The app can now draw together photos and videos that are linked by place, people and time and then automatically create reels and trip customisable short clips which Apple is calling ‘Memories’.

Siri – We have seen a deeper involvement with Siri in iOS10 with HomeKit making full use of voice control. But more interestingly it has been opened up to third party developers meaning that soon you will be able to ask Siri to check other apps other than Apple ones. A great step forward.

ios-10-siri

Feature Changes; 

•’Slide to Unlock’ has been removed, and instead you’ll see ‘Press home to open’. This will prompt you to enter your pass-code or will unlock the phone if you use Touch ID.

• Deleting Stock apps has been a real issue for some people and now you can delete as you wish. Enjoy the power!

ck2v-rfwuauc6oo

• Apple will now keep track of where you park your car so you don’t have to bother. Apple maps will detect when you park and automatically drop a pin so that you can find it later.

• Bedtime is the new clock feature which you tell what time you want to get to bed on a given night of the week, and your phone will let you know when the clock strikes that hour to remind you to get some shut eye.

ios-10s-clock-app-scores-dark-mode-and-a-nifty-sleep-analysis-feature

• The update will bring with it more than a hundred new and redesigned emoji characters with multicultural and gender types.

emoji

 

 

Apple used the stage on Monday to unveil the 9.7” iPad Pro. Clearly the unwieldly 12.9” iPad Pro isn’t for everyone and they know it. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a slightly upgraded Air 2. Make no mistake, it’s every bit an iPad Pro, packed with all the same features.

Untitled

When Apple launched the iPad Pro, a lot of people were put off by its size. At 12.9”, it was more of a coffee table tablet than something you would take around with you. Sure, it’s marketed as a professional tool rather than just a bigger iPad, but we’re pretty sure Apple wouldn’t mind ordinary folk paying more for the flagship model if it were only a little more accessible….

Enter the 9.7” iPad Pro.

smaller-iPad-pro-9.7-inch

Packing the same A9X chipset as the 12.9” model, the 9.7” model is remarkable due to the fact that they’ve managed to shoehorn all of the 12.9” features into a smaller chassis and yet sell it at a lower price point.

Apple seem alone in this new way of thinking. Let me explain:

Go into any computer retailer and take a look at the laptops. The specs and the prices of models seems utterly bewildering to most people. The reason is that there’s no real cohesion in pricing.

There could be a 15” model sporting an Intel Core i5 CPU coupled with a respectable GPU, SSD, with 16GB RAM for around £500.

Next to this, there could be a 13” model with the lower end Intel i3 CPU, integrated Intel graphics, 8GB RAM and a rotary HDD, priced at £599.

The reason? Well, components shrink with each new iteration. It’s the reason that Moore’s Law still holds – roughly every 18 months, you can double the amount of transistors on a chip. More transistors can perform more calculations, and smaller transistors require less power. It’s the reason that an iPad 2 is roughly on a par with a Cray supercomputer from 1995 in terms of raw processing power, yet you can hold it in your hand.

So, a 15” model may well have faster components and the price may be lower than its 13” counterpart, but that’s because the 15” has last generation components which are larger and more power hungry. You can also buy the 13” model with the same specs as the 15”, but you’d be looking at a considerable bump in price, possibly to £700-£800. And that’s because you are buying bleeding edge technology.

Back to Apple…

Apple make such a huge profit on hardware that they can afford to flip this system upside down.

As an example, an iPhone SE packing the same features as the 6S but in a smaller body is a manufacturing challenge and will be more expensive if both were launched at the same time. It may be that Apple have managed to reduce the die size of the A9 processor in the last 9 months and can now fit these components into a smaller body. That manufacturing process at a smaller size serves two purposes – 1) to produce the last generation CPU at a smaller die size, and 2) to ‘tool’ or prepare for the next generation CPU.

I’m aware that the bill of materials (BOM) for iPhones show that the larger screens cost a fraction more than the smaller screens, but this isn’t the real issue here. Don’t forget that the battery will be smaller too, so a reduction in power usage is required.

iphonese

They have launched the SE as a lower end model though, and that’s what’s interesting. In order to continue with this system, you will never see an iPhone SE launched at the same time as the larger iPhones. That’s because the next generation (iPhone 7 and 7+) will be launched in September with the latest chipset. In the following months leading to March, the manufacturing processes will be advanced enough to shrink these components to fit into the new SE model.

They did it with the iPad Mini 4 (a smaller iPad Air 2, but cheaper), and they’ve done the same with the 9.7” iPad Pro. It was a marvel only a few months ago what they’d managed to cram into such a thin 12.9” body. Now they’ve managed to fit all that tech into a smaller unit. Again, it’s cheaper, because Apple want to make it simple for people to decide entirely on display size.

This is only possible because of the obscene profits Apple make on hardware, but nevertheless, it’s an interesting flip on the classic PC pricing structure.

Talking of pricing, it’s interesting to see that Apple are offering a 32GB configuration in addition to 128GB and 256GB. That’s not offered on the 12.9” which seems to add weight to the theory that Apple consider the 9.7” as a semi-pro device aimed at both professionals and wealthy consumers alike.

It seems like a while since we reviewed a dock for the iPhone or iPad and now their are plenty on the market to choose from, so looking for that one that deserves pride of place on your bedside table has got harder.

Premium One from Enblue Technology is today’s contender and a valid one it is indeed. We have the W3 to review which is one of three in the range.

Premium One Range

As you can see, this was released to look after your Apple Watch but of course many of us have a range of Apple devices that need charging. If you are like me, your Watch and iPhone go on charge every night without fail as they wouldn’t last very long the next day without it.

The W3 is simple, but you can see it has Apple’s simplicity about it and that is something most of us find attractive. As we once said “the dock looks like it could have been made by Apple themselves” and we still think so. The dock is crafted out of aircraft grade aluminium and comes in silver, black and a bi-colour which I have to say is quite cool. Mixing aluminium and mahogany is quite a gamble, but one that has paid off in this instance.

Of course this isn’t simply a stand but a charging dock too and that is where it gets interesting. We have had a few of these kinds of docks in the past and most of them have separate cables for each device as the stand is simply supporting your cable infrastructure.

The W3 has two lightning cables in-built which exit the stand as one cable which of course looks much better than multiple leads dangling out of the back where ever you have this situated. Supplied is a smart charging adapter which accepts 4 USB’s at a maximum of 5A which is more than enough to charge all of these devices at once taking up only one plug socket on the wall.

The dock is designed to accept the new Apple Watch charger which just sits in the hoop nicely. It is made to be able to thread the cable through the dock itself keeping the minimalist style that Enblue have tried so hard to achieve here.

W3

The first thing I noticed when I got this out of the box was the sheer quality. It has just the right amount of weight, the lightning cables do not shift when used and also the little touches of pads where your iPhone and iPad will sit so that neither the dock or device gets scratched.

I have to say after a few weeks of living with this dock, I really do like it and have now relegated my Elevation Dock elsewhere as cables are always the issue which this product eliminates for me. This would be at home sitting on your bedside table, office desk or home study. Some may find issue with its price which is 139 Euros for the W3. It sounds expensive but when you actually consider the build quality, weight, material and of course the inclusion of lightning cables it is well worth the price tag.

Looking for a dock that takes all of your devices and charges them? Look no further, this might just be the best multiple Apple dock we have ever reviewed.

TechSpy Rating: 9/10

premium one

ios-9-logo-720x340

So iOS 9 has now been released and is out in the wild, some bugs have been reported and even some serious enough for a security firm to offer a bounty to find them…..But for most of us we just want to know what has changed.

So here are the updates you need to know about;

Public Transport Directions – Along with the iOS update, Apple have also updated the Maps app which now allows you to see buses, trains and tubes (subways) for your journey. This is very clever, as not only will it show you the times of your nearest public transport, but it will also factor this in to any journey planning you try to do.

How_to_use_Maps_iOS_9_1000b

Split Screen – For all you iPad owners out there, you can swipe in from the right to reveal a new menu which allows you to open up another app alongside. So if you are on the web in Safari and hear your notification that an email has arrived, you can swipe in and read it without even exiting the Safari app.

Auto Events into Calendar – You now will be automatically prompted to add a date that was found within your email to your calendar.

iCloud App – When upgrading you would have been asked if you wanted the iCloud App on your home screen. This places an app on your home screen which gives you full access to all the documents that you have saved on your cloud taking on the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox directly. You can remove this app after via settings if you no longer need it.

“Back to” Feature – This has proved very useful already for me. Simply, if you for example click on a link in an email which then takes you to Safari to view, you will see a “Back to Mail” in the top left of the screen which when you have finished will conveniently take your back to where you were in Mail.

Markup – Ever wished you could write on an email attachment you have just received and then send it back? Well, now you can with Markup. If iOS 9 allows it, when you open an attachment you will see a small “Markup” button appear which will allow you to annotate on the file…or if you are like most of us, suitably deface the attachment and then send it back.

Improved Notes – This is one we have been waiting for! Notes is used by many and yet has stayed relatively the same since its inception. Now you can take notes, add web links, attachments and pics to your heart’s content.

Ad Blocking – We now have the choice to block ads in Safari. If you go into the Safari section in Settings, you’ll see a new Content Blockers option which you will have to install first.

Low Power Mode – I think Apple are finally starting to listen to their clients….The battery life is shocking, but has been improved in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus dramatically. Now they offer “Low Power Mode” which gives you over an hour more battery life but of course sacrifices a few processes in the process. Think of it as your saviour when you are coming home from your night out with only a few percent of battery life left, this could be just what you need.

maxresdefault

Track Pad – When a keyboard is not enough, Apple have allowed you to turn the keyboard into a trackpad by simply placing two fingers on the touch screen.

Attachments in Mail – Apple have spoken and you can now attach other documents to emails within Mail where prior to this you could only attach a photo. On clicking “Add Attachment” you will be ushered to the iCloud Drive to add a file, but you should know that the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive are supported so you will pretty much be able to send any file via Mail.

Fast Photo Selection – You no longer need to tap individual photos when you want to choose multiple. Just keep your finger on the screen after selecting the first photo and drag it to select as many as you want in a single action.

Quick Calculator and Currency Conversions – Spotlight in iOS 9 now gives you answers to calculations and currency questions as you type into the text box.

As you can see a lot of features have been added to an already cool line up. Let us know if you find any neat tricks you want to share with the rest of the world and we will post them with your name for credit.

I think it is safe to say that now it is a normal sight in society to see the majority of people carrying a smart phone. Most of us carry around our whole lives in these little devices, which have private information, social network logins and our lives in photos just a few clicks away.

The other issue is that not only is there a sentimental value to the device with everything it has inside, but we forget of the actual monetary value and most of us walk around in public openly looking at our smart phones without a care in the world.

Imagine walking down the road, holding £500 in cash in front of you for the world to see….I am not sure that would last very long as thieves look to make an easy steal.

The good news is that you can protect yourself with certain tweaks which a lot of iPhone owners do not know about.

Before I start the most important thing to have is a pin number or passcode to lock the device. Make sure you ALWAYS have a passcode as this is the first line of defence to someone snooping through your device. Also make sure your device auto locks itself after a few minutes, this will ensure that if you put the device down and walk away it will lock on its own and will need your unique passcode to unlock it.

Find My iPhone:

Firstly, make sure you have Apple’s very own “Find My iPhone” app which can be downloaded from the app store, as this will allow you to track your iPhone if it has been lost or stolen. With this app you can remote wipe the phone to at least give you some peace of mind and put it into “Lost Mode” which allows you to locate and post a message when the phone is turned on. This can be accessed via the internet on any web browser through iCloud.com or on one of your other Apple devices with the “Find My iPhone” app installed.

Once installed, do the following to turn the service on;

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on iCloud
  3. Tap on Find My iPhone.
  4. Turn On the option for Find My iPhone.

Recently I lost my rucksack on the train which had my iPad inside. On returning home I launched “Find My iPhone” from my iPhone and was quickly faced with all of my Apple devices in a list. I could see the iPad in question had not been turned on yet, so I clicked on the device in the list and put it into “Lost Mode”.

Lost Mode

This allowed me to firstly set a tracker on it which meant I would be notified as soon as it was turned on and its location. I then could set a phone number and a message allowing the person who turned it on to know who owns the device and how to get in contact. If you think you could be near the device you have lost, you can also set a loud tone to sound which will allow you to find it if it is in close vicinity and will annoy the person that has it.

IMG_0006IMG_0007

Three hours after putting it in Lost Mode, I was notified that the device had been switched on and of course the location of the device and within minutes I got a call from National Rail staff telling me that they had the device and that I could pick it up.

Now this does rely on two things, firstly that your iDevice has a connection of some sort as this is how it pushes info back to you and secondly that the person who switches it on actually gets in contact to return the device. If they do not get in contact, we recommend giving the details to the police as you will now have a location. At the very worst you will be able to erase all of the data on that phone through the app.

Safeguarding Your iDevice:

Now, criminals have got tech savvy and have realised that merely switching off location services disables the tracking feature which police can use to track the phone down, so here is how to stop them doing this;

  1. Click on Settings
  2. Hit General
  3. Select Restrictions – at the point you will be asked to set up a pass code, do this!
  4. Click “Enable Restrictions”
  5. Scroll down and look for Deleting Apps and toggle the switch to “Off” – This stops people deleting “Find iPhone” which aids in locating the phone after its been stolen.
  6. Scroll down to the section labelled Privacy
  7. Click on Location Services and then click “Don’t Allow Changes” – This stops location services from being disabled without your pass code.
  8. Lastly, scroll down to the Allow Changes section and click on Accounts, then hit “Don’t Allow Changes” – This will stop anyone disabling your iCloud account and will allow the phone to be tracked as long as a Sim card is in the phone. Even when a thief puts their own sim card in, your details cannot be taken off even with a system wipe.

This makes it impossible for your phone to be disabled, so if you do encounter the worst and your iPhone is stolen, call the police and hand over your iCloud account details and let them track your phone.

apple-watch-selling-points

Apple WatchOS 2

  1. Native Apps! – The biggest news is that developers can now write native watchOS apps. Currently, all watch apps are written as extensions for iPhone apps so that the bulk of the CPU processing is done on the iPhone itself. Now apps can be truly standalone. How much this impacts on battery life is yet to be seen, but we love the idea!
  1. Facetime Audio – If this is able to be used over Wi-Fi without an iPhone, this would be awesome. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
  1. APIs, APIs, APIs – Developers now get access to all the watch sensors including the digital crown.
  1. Nightstand Mode – When the Watch is on its side and charging, it automatically goes into Nightstand mode – displaying a digital clock. The Crown transforms to a snooze button and the side button turns off an alarm. Very cool.
  1. Time Travel – A new feature that lets you scroll from the current time into the future, letting you see upcoming events and weather forecasts. So, if you have a meeting at 3PM, you could check your watch at 1PM and scroll forward 2 hours to see if you’ll need an umbrella, all without entering any dedicated calendar or weather app. Clever and obvious now that I’ve seen it!
  1. Voice Activated Workouts – You can use Siri to start and end workouts if you can bear to be seen talking to your wrist in the park.
  1. Support for HealthKit and HomeKit APIs through Siri – “Siri,,turn my living room lights play me some Eric Clapton in the kitchen” or using the new APIs, turn the digital crown to adjust your room temperature in the Nest app? You get the idea.

Apple_Pay_UK

Apple Pay is coming to the UK and we are now getting more of an idea of the stores that will accept it from day 1.

As electronic payments have now overtaken cash payments for the first time in the UK, Apple have arrived at the right time to push that number up.

One of the best additions to Apple Pay is Transport for London who will give you the ability to touch in and out on the tube or bus. But Apple will also be updating the Passbook app on your phone and renaming it Wallet, allowing you to store all your Credit, Debit and loyalty cards in one place.

The banks that have signed up in the UK;

Apple-Pay-UK-bank-support

Weirdly Barclays Bank have been omitted from the initial list, but have commented on Twitter about the situation.

Thanks for your tweets this evening. We can assure you that we’ve been talking with Apple about how our customers (1/2)

— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015

could use Apple Pay in addition to our existing mobile and payment services, and that these talks remain constructive. (2/2)

— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015

Most people will be worried of how secure this will be, but Apple Pay requires authentication through Apple’s TouchID fingerprint scanner before it will authorise a payment. The Apple Watch is permanently unlocked and authenticated while on its owner’s wrist, but needs a passcode if it is taken off of your wrist before it can make a payment.

The transactions are secured using the new digital secure remote payment standard, which ensures that the actual credit card data is never transferred over to who you are paying.

Here is the more extensive list so far of retailers accepting Apple Pay;

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Babies ‘R’ Us
  • Bi-Lo
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Champs Sports
  • Chevron and Texaco, including retail stores like ExtraMile
  • Disney Store
  • Duane Reade
  • ExtraMile
  • FoodMaxx
  • Foot Locker, including Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, House of Hoops, and Run by Foot Locker
  • Footaction
  • Harveys Supermarket
  • House of Hoops by Foot Locker
  • Jewel Osco
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Lady Foot Locker [basically, all Foot Locker variants]
  • Lucky
  • Macy’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Meijer
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Panera Bread
  • Petco and Unleashed by Petco
  • RadioShack
  • Run by Foot Locker
  • Save Mart Supermarkets
  • Sephora
  • Shaws
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Staples
  • Star Market
  • Subway
  • Texaco
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • United Supermarkets
  • Unleashed!
  • Walgreens
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Winn-Dixie

The in-app payments also work on the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Launch partners for this come in the form of the following; Addison Lee, Airbnb, Argos, Booking.com, British Airways, Domino’s, easyJet, Hailo, HotelTonight, hungryhouse, JD Sports, Just Eat, lastminute.com, Miss Selfridge, Ocado, Stubhub, thetrainline.com, Top10, Topshop, Uncover, Vueling, YPlan, Zalando and Zara.

Coming in July!