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 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.

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.

image from Mac rumours google search

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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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.

When in the World you can watch WWDC18

On Monday 4 June Apple will be streaming the WWDC18 keynote address live on its website and over the Apple TV when the event kicks off at 10am (PT) – that’s 6pm in the UK. Below we have included a world event clock for you to check out when you can watch the event. You should click here if you would like to follow our WWDC18 live blog.

Watch the Event on Apple TV
Apple TV users will be able to view the keynote (as long as they have a 2nd generation or later model running the latest Apple TV software or tvOS). On the menu screen you should see a tab for the WWDC Keynote.

Watch the Event on a Mac
If you’re on a Mac you can view the WWDC keynote here. You’ll need to be running Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later.

Watch the Event on a PC
PC users can stream the event too: again, you can view the WWDC keynote here. Apple suggests using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

Apple Announces Keynote 2017 Date

Apple has announced it’s long-awaited Autumn event September 12th where they are expected to announce the new iPhone(s).

In previous years Apple announced the iPhone 7 & 7+ on September 7th 2016, the iPhone 6s & 6s+ on September 9th 2015 and on September 9th 2014 the iPhone 6 &6+.

Rumours of the new iPhone have been flowing steadily for some time and have been varied with everything from Touch ID on the back to facial recognition software, Apple is also rumoured to have removed all bezels making the screen to body ratio one of the highest in existence at this time. Names of the iPhone have also varied from the iPhone 7s, iPhone 8, iPhone x and iPhone pro.

Other products Apple are expected to announce is series 3 of the Apple Watch, 4K Apple TV, more information on the Homepod and even updated versions of AirPods. One thing for certain is that all eyes will be on Apple during this event as it’s Apple’s ten year anniversary iPhone.

When we should see press invites for Apple’s Autumn event 2017

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.

image from Mac rumours google search

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

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 on Monday 28th August as any dates before or after are either too far away or too close to the end of August. Now Apple does like to occasionally break the cycle and mix it up but going off the current trends this is our best guess.

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Apple Swift Playgrounds is available in Five Additional Languages

Today Apple Announced a new iPad, iPhone 7 Red and also a Clips app, they haven’t stopped there, they also announced that Swift Playgrounds™ the revolutionary app for iPad that helps students learn to code, is now available in five new languages including Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish.

Swift Playgrounds is Designed to make learning and experimenting with real code interactive and fun, and is perfect for students and beginners to explore working with Swift™, the easy-to-learn programming language from Apple that is used by professional developers to create world-class apps.

For those unfamiliar with Swift Playgrounds, it’s an app that includes Apple-developed programming lessons, puzzles and challenges that teach core coding concepts, as well as built-in templates to encourage users to express their creativity and create real programs. And it takes full advantage of the power, simplicity and Multi-Touch™ capabilities of iPad to deliver a first-of-its-kind learning experience. All programming lessons are now localized across five additional languages and are optimized to look even better and run faster than ever.

Apple states “The Swift Playgrounds app has helped people of all ages learn the basics of coding, and with more than a million downloads to date, customers and students find it an easy and fun way to get started with Swift,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Hundreds of thousands of iPhone and iPad apps, including some of the most popular in the App Store, use Swift — a programming language we designed to be both powerful and easy for anyone to learn.”

You can download Swift Playgrounds free from here.

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