Apple unveils it’s new News+ magazine subscription and Card

Today is Apple’s “show time” Event and have just announced their all new  News+ subscription service.

In usual fashion Tim Cook tweeted out his usual hints about 10 minutes before the event started. The event itself started with the old colourful Apple logo and a 70’s style introduction.

The event itself was held in the Steve Jobs Theater and Tim Cook opened up talking about Apple creating world-class services Hardware, software and services, Tim gave some examples of these services such as iCloud, Apple Maps, Apple Pay, FaceTime, Find my iPhone, News and the iPhone itself.

The first announcement was “News+” subscription service, Tim states that Apple News was the number 1 used news app, the subscription service brings magazines into the Apple News app itself and is the first major change since Apple purchased the magazine subscription service Texture back in April 17th 2018. Customers can now get full access to magazines such as Time Magazine, Essence, theSkimm, News papers include the Wall Street Journey and the LA Times etc. all within the News app itself. In true Apple fashion the attention to detail is amazing with live moving magazine covers similar to the live screen saves on the Apple TV.

Apple focused its subscription service on privacy noting that neither Apple nor the magazines themselves track what you read. News+ costs $9.99 a month and no extra charge for family sharing.

Apple Pay came up next with Tim mentioning that Apple Pay was now coming to major transit services in the USA. Apple also introduced their new credit card to Apple Pay called “Card”. Users can see when their payments are due and the financial spending health right in the Apple Wallet app, users can also get help in the wallet app by texting advisers.

Apple also offers a rewards system called “Daily Cash” which you get awarded 2% cash everyday for every time you use the card with no limit on the total amount you get rewarded. Customers also get upfront interest costs depending on how much you choose to pay back each month, Apple will not charge a late payment charge. To make all this possible Apple have teamed up with Goldman sacks and Mastercard.

Card gets a unique number to minimise tracking and works with both Face ID and Touch ID, Apple doesn’t know what you bought or where you spent the money. Goldman sacks will never sell your information to market research companies, The physical card will have no Card Number, No CVV, No expiration date and no signature. Users can get a physical card for places that do not yet accept Apple Pay, Card will come to the USA in the Summer.

Apple announces WWDC19 Event showcasing iOS 13

Yesterday Apple announced that it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 3 through June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center. 

Apple will undoubtably showcase it’s iOS 13 to developers and rumours are that this will be a massive update for iPads and may even include true system wide dark mode for iPhones.

Apple won’t be announcing any new iPhones as this will be aimed at developers. Shortly after developers will be able to download the first beta for iOS 13 and from there we will start seeing its features made public.

Let us know what you would love to see introduced in iOS 13.

Apple confirms its next Event for March 25th

For awhile now it has been rumoured that Apple will holding an Event in March 25th to unveil its new streaming service, today Apple has confirmed via invitation that it will in fact hold its next special event on March 25th, 10 a.m. local, at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. The confirmation comes from Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch.

Apple hasn’t disclosed what it will be announcing and we will all be excited to see if the rumours of its new tv streaming service and magazine subscription service will come true.

Other rumours are that AirPods 2 will be available on this date as well so all eyes will be on Apple.

Celebrate today’s Apple Event with a Geeks Corner giveaway

A few days back we announced our tinybook winners, however nobody contacted us back so we have decided to celebrate Apple’s “Gather round” event by giving away a few copies of tinybook for the Apple Watch.

If your not sure what tinybook is take a look at our video here. We will be posting codes to tinybook in our article this evening once Apple officially announces the series 4 Apple Watch so stay tuned for that post.

Apple rumoured to announce new sizes of the Apple Watch

With less than five hours to go until Apple’s event rumours and supposed leaks are rife and now AllThingsHow have claimed they managed to extract the new Series 4 Apple Watch sizes from the URLs referencing the upcoming products, the URLs were supposedly found in an updated sitemap for the Apple website.

The new watch models should come in 40mm and 44m, compared to the current 38mm and 42mm sizes for existing models. The new sizes include the Silver, Space Gray and Gold color options, as well as both GPS and GPS + Cellular configurations.

The new leaks support Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said back in July that the new Series 4 models would be about 39.9mm and 45.2mm wide in terms of case size and have about 15% larger display with rounded corners. The current 38mm watches are 33.3mm wide while 42mm models are 35.9mm wide.

How to stream Apple’s “Gather round” Event Live

Apple will be holding Live Streaming it’s event where they will unveil a slew of products starting Wednesday, September 12th at 10 am PT, 1 pm ET. (6 pm in London and 1 am Wednesday in Hong Kong.)

Apple plans to livestream the event on its website and via its devices, but you’ll need to use one that’s compatible with its livestreaming technology. These include: “iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 9.0 or later, a Mac with Safari on macOS v10.11 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).”

Apple is expected to announce three new iPhones (iPhone xs), series 4 Apple Watch, iOS 12 GM will be available to developers shortly after the event. We are also hoping to find out what is happening with the revised AirPods and AirPower mat that was announced last September.

Apple is also rumoured to be refreshing the Mac mini line and iPhone X design for the iPad Pro. Users can access the official iOS wallpapers free here.

When we should see press invites for Apple’s Autumn event 2018

Every year Apple send out it’s press event invite in August and this year we expect no difference, but knowing exactly when those invites will be sent is not a certainty, however looking at Apple’s past invite trends we see that Apple tends to stick as close to the end of August as possible.

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For the past four years Apple has announced their Autumn events as follows:

Thursday 31st Aug 2017

Monday 29th Aug 2016

Thursday 27th AUGUST 2015

Thursday 28th August 2014

If Apple sticks to this trend we should see press invites sent out Next week either on Monday 27th August or Thursday 31st. Now Apple does like to occasionally break the cycle and mix it up but going off the current trends this is our best guess. During these Autumn events Apple announces new iPhones, Apple Watch and release iOS 12 to the public.

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iOS 12 supports automatic software updates

iOS 12 has only just been announced and the Beta is being dug through by developers worldwide. We are looking forward to some discoveries over the coming days but one thing we have found so far is the option to enable automatic software updates.

Let us know if you find anymore gems.

WWDC18 Roundup

Apple opened up the conference by informing us that there are now 20 million apple developers world wide, this week the money developers earned through appsotre will top $100 trillion.

iPhone

Apple confirmed 81% devices are on iOS11 and there is a 95% customer satisfaction rate, device support for iOS12 will be the same as iOS11:

iPhone

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPad:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.6-inch iPad
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch:

  • iPod touch 6th generation

 

Apple unveiled ARkit 2 which gives multi player AR games, improved face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection. Apple went on to bring the Director of Innovation at LEGO Martin Sanders, who demonstrated a new LEGO AR iOS app that will integrate with ARKit 2 features and connect to physical LEGO sets.

Apple went on to show Siri improvements coming to iOS 12 with a new app called “Shortcuts.” Shortcuts will let users connect certain third-party apps to Siri to greatly streamline voice controls. Shortucts looked like Workflow on steroids.

Users can create a Shortcut to automatically open an app when you get to the gym every day, turning on Do Not Disturb at the movies, calling a family member on their birthday, and more. With the Shortcuts app, all of these customizable edits can be added and connected to an invokable Siri phrase.

Apple went on to show a new redesigned Apple Books app instead of iBooks, stocks app with apple news built in, Voice recordings got a redesigned and iPad support as well.

As expected apple went on to show off new controls for the iPhone which included group notifications, location Based DND, time based DND so when you check the time at night there will not be any notifications to distract you. Apple also introduced screen time alerts so you can set time limits for yourself, users will also get weekly screen time reports.

Family controls are even easier with parent able to restrict App usage to time limits and weekly reports for both children and parents. Apple also showed off new Animoji and an all new Memoji.

Users can now group FaceTime call up to 30 people. and FaceTime can now be accessed in messages, people will be placed in Tiles which automatically get bigger when you speak. Group FaceTime works on iPhone, iPad, Mac and can even be answered on the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch will be getting even better with watchOS5, users will now be able to have 7 day competitions with others and also has the ability to use the Apple Watch for Yoga. Podcasts finally made its way to the Apple Watch and apple also introduced a new Walkie Talkie app for the watch. Web content has made its way to the Apple Watch, it’s not a full blown web browser but makes accessing links in things like messages etc even easier.

Apple TV
Apple moved on to talk about TvOS 12 will bring support for Dolby Atmos audio and will work with the Dolby Atmos soundboard, the only sound bar to support both Dolby Atmos and Vision.
The upgraded audio experience will be coming to iTunes this fall and will be a free upgrade to applicable media.

MacOS 

Apple announced MacOS Mojave with Dark Mode which was discovered on the weekend, Mojave also changes colour throughout the day, continuity camera allows users to take a photo on phone and it auto pastes onto the Mac.

Apple is also brining the News app to the Mac which again was found on the weekend, Voice memos are also coming to the Mac and will sync via iCloud, Apple is also brining Home to the Mac at last allowing users to control their smart home from the Mac.

Apple talked about privacy on the Mac with protection alerts for things such as camera, iTunes device backups, locations and routines. Apple is shutting down cookies that track you with an alert so you can choose if you want to allow it or not. Apple will be making it harder for advertisers to identify you by making all Macs look alike.

The Mac Appstore got a redesign with a more iOS Appstore look, Office 365 and Adobe CC will also be coming to the Mac Appstore. Apple confirmed that MacOS and iOS are not merging. Apple gave a sneak peak at a a new tool for developers UIKit coming in 2019, Apple is currently using UIKit for testing its own iOS apps in Mojave.

Apple ended the event with a special made video for Developers. Let us know in the comments what you think of the announcements.

A look back at past WWDC events

With WWDC 2018 less than 48 hours away we look back at What has Apple announced at WWDC in the past since 2006:

    • WWDC 2006 (7-11 August, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac Pro; revisions to Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ (which had already been announced) and Mac OS X Server
    • WWDC 2007 (11-15 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Feature-complete beta of Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’; Safari for Windows
    • WWDC 2008 (9-13 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): iPhone 3G; iOS App Store; iPhone OS version 2.0; Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’; MobileMe
    • WWDC 2009 (8-12 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): New MacBook Pro models: a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and updates to the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros; iPhone 3GS; release of iPhone OS 3.0 (which had already been announced)
    • WWDC 2010 (7-11 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): iPhone 4; FaceTime and iMovie for iPhone
    • WWDC 2011 (6-10 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’; iOS 5; iCloud
    • WWDC 2012 (11-15 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): New MacBooks: updated MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro with Retina Display; Mac OS X 10.8 ‘Mountain Lion’ (sort of – it had previously been announced on Apple’s website, but this was its showcase demonstration); iOS 6
    • WWDC 2013 (10-14 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): New Mac Pro; New MacBook Air models; Mac OS X 10.9 ‘Mavericks’; iOS 7; iWork for iCloud; iTunes Radio
    • WWDC 2014 (2-6 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite’; iOS 8; Swift programming language
    • WWDC 2015 (8-12 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac OS X ‘El Capitan’; iOS 9; watchOS 2; Apple Music
    • WWDC 2016 (13 to 17 June, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium & Moscone Center West, San Francisco): macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10
    • WWDC 2017 (5th June San Jose, at the McEnery Convention Center) watchOS 4multiple workouts with Gym kit integration, macOS High Sierra, iMac Pro announced, iOS 11 with Appstore redesign, screen recording and drag and drop on the iPAD, iPad Pro 10.5 and HomePod announced.

It’s exciting to think about what else Apple could announce on Monday some rumours include a dark mode for Mac, cross-platform applications between iOS and macOS, new parental control features on iOS 12, expanded access to the NFC chip in iPhones, new Apple Watch and more. iOS 12 will be announced and most likely the first beta of iOS 12 for developers. Don’t forget to join us for our live blog.

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