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iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple watch

September 10th, 2014 in Apple,Apple watch,General,iPhone

So yesterday’s big event didn’t feature any Wonders of the World replicas but it was about as eventful as we could have hoped. The live stream got cratered by the demand but you can watch the full video here:

Here’s a quick summary but definitely watch the video

iPhone 6

As expected we’e getting two new versions: a slightly larger iPhone 6 and a much larger iPhone 6 Plus. Better processor, improved camera, rounded edges and a bit thinner. Oh, and Near Field Communications support which will be very important for …

Apple Pay

A new way to pay. Very easy to use and, as we tend to expect from Apple, very well thought out especially from a security standpoint. And with the iPhone 6’s Near Field Communications hardware and Touch ID you can quickly and securely pay without opening your wallet or exposing your actual credit card information.

Apple watch

Yep, Apple’s new wearable is indeed a watch. And it looks like an actual watch even down to the stem, now a Digital Crown used as a home button and for scrolling. It is not a replacement for your iPhone, it is an extension of it (5, 5c, 5s or 6.) I haven’t had much interest in wearables, and frankly wasn’t expecting to have any in Apple’s offering other than from a technical standpoint. But I have to admit there is enough utility and potential that when gen 2 rolls out I might be in line for one.

U2 4 U

Oh, and everyone with an iTunes account can get the new U2 album for free for the next month. Go to your Purchased list in iiTunes or on your iDevice and you should be able to download it.

One More Thing: Tim Cook

Cook really seems to have his presentation game down cold. We’re solidly in the post Steve Jobs era now.

Comment away!

9-9-2014 – Wish We could say more

September 8th, 2014 in Apple

Tomorrow, September 9th, Apple will be staging another of their special events. All indications so far are that this one might be extra, extra special! Apple’s never constructed an entire building just for an announcement before:


I know what you’re thinking: a full-scale replica of the front half of the Sphinx. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

The event starts 10am Pacific time, 1pm East Coast time. And Apple will be livecasting it:

And be sure to add your comments to this post after the event!

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OS X Beta Seed Program

April 23rd, 2014 in Apple,Updates

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the joy and frustration of testing pre-release versions of the Mac’s OS X operating system, you are in luck. Apple has opened up their OS X beta testing program to anyone who wants to join:

Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and help make OS X even better. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback.

You really don’t want to install pre-release OS versions on your day-to-day machines as it’s possible/probable you’ll bump into bugs that might risk your documents and it’s more or less impossible to revert to an older OS version once you start using a pre-release with your apps and critical data.

However, if you’ve got a spare external hard drive you can use it to try out the next iteration of OS X before it’s officially released and maybe even help squash a few of those bugs.

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CarPlay: iOS in Your Car

March 3rd, 2014 in Apple,iPhone

Apple has officially announced CarPlay™, their initiative to put control of your iPhone right in your car’s dashboard:

Alas, it’s iPhone 5 only so if you haven’t upgraded yet you might want to hold off buying that new Ferrari, Jag or Mercedes until you do.

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iOS 6/7 & OS X 10.9 Users – Your Attention Please

February 25th, 2014 in Apple,Security,Updates

OK, anyone using iOS 6 or later on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or using OS X 10.9 should be applying the latest OS software updates ASAP. They contain a fix for a very serious security problem that can compromise communications with sites and online services that use SSL encrypted connections to ensure your data is not observed as it travels across the Net.

The cause of the problem is a coding error introduced in iOS 6 and OS X 10.9. Previous systems are safe (at least from this particular issue.)

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