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September 2014 Apple Event Summary

Apple had a monumental, although not very surprising, event on Tuesday. Apple unveiled 2 iPhones with all new screen sizes, a brand new payment system and the much anticipated watch. This will be known as one of the milestone Apple events and is intact the first major new product announcement since the death of Steve Jobs. Tim Cook made the standard keynote his own by skipping the standard updates on sales and retails that are a staple of every Apple keynote and jumped right into the new products. This was the biggest product launch in Tim Cook’s tenure and you could tell he couldn’t be more excited about it.

iPhones:

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Apple’s first announcement was the most expected product, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new iPhones both feature an all new, rounded designs with a new glass iPhone6-6-Plusdisplay that seamlessly meets the aluminum body. As expected, the new iPhones come in 2 brand new screen sizes the iPhone 6 with a slightly larger 4.7 inch screen and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5 inch screen to compete with the very popular large screen Android Phablets.

Retina HD Display:
The new iPhones are not only bigger, but they also are higher resolution with the new Retina HD display technology that offer higher contrast and all around improved viewing experience. The iPhone 6 is only sightly larger than the 5s while the iPhone 6 Plus is an entire inch larger.

Screen Size Resolution
iPhone 5s  4 inch 1,136 x 640
iPhone 6 4.7 inch 1334×750
iPhone 6 Plus 5.5 Inch 1920×1080

Thickness:
The new iPhones are an all-new, rounded design that are also thinner than their predecessor. The iPhone 6 is the thinest iPhone ever at 6.9 mm and the iPhone 6 Plus is still thinner than all prior iPhones.

Thickness
iPhone 5S 7.6 mm
iPhone 6 6.9 mm
iPhone 6 Plus 7.1 mm thin

Camera:
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have an improved camera, although it is still 8 Megapixels, the sensors are improve which are supposed to make more of a quality difference than megapixels.

  • Smart pixels- Phase detection for fast auto focus and easy to change what is in focus in video
  • Faster Auto focus
  • Faster face detection for Focus
  • Optical image stabilization in iPhone 6 Plus only
  • Improved Video
    • 1080p Video at  30 and 60 Frames Per Seconds
    • Slowmo video up to 240 FPS
    • Cinematic video stabilization
    • Timelapse video in iOS 8
    • Focus pixels- faster auto focus in video
  • Improved Front-facing FaceTime Camera
    • Increased Aperture- Better low light performance
    • New sensor
    • Improved face detection
    • Bust mode of FaceTime camera
    • Singleshot HDR
    • HDR Video

Other New Features:
In addition to the new displays and new form factors, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have plenty of other great new features of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

  • A8 Processor- New 64 bit processor offering up to 25% improved CPU Performance and 50% improved GPU performance over the iPhone 5S
  • M8 Motion Co-Processor- Adds the ability to track activity such as biking, running and can now track flights of stairs with the new barometer in the iPhone 6
  • 50% more energy efficient- Battery life is equal or better than the iPhone 5S
  • Apps optimized for larger screens including 2-up display in Mail and Messages
  • Keyboard on the iPhone 6 Plus- adds dedicated buttons for functions such as copy, paste, bold and undo
  • Reachability– Double tapping (not pressing) on the Touch ID Sensor will bring the top of the screen down for  easy access when using the iPhone 6/6 Plus with one hand
  • Advanced Wireless- 150 MBS LTE and 802.11 AC WiFi (3 times faster)
  • VoLTE (Voice over LTE)- Phone calls can be made via LTE network
  • WiFi Calling:  Calls can be places over WiFi and seamlessly transitioned to VOLTE when out of WiFi network- T-Mobile first carrier supporting in the US
  • NFC (Near Field Communication): Near field communication will be built into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for Apple Pay; Connects to nearby receivers for transactions such as payments and possibly data transfers

Pricing and Availability: 
Pricing is the standard iPhone pricing scheme, with some minor changes to the previous lineup.  The 32 GB model was replaced with a 64 GB model for the same price and a 128 iPhone was introduced at the old 64 GB price point.

The iPhone were available for pre-order Friday September 12th and will begin shipping to users on September 19th.

16 GB 64 GB 128 GB
iPhone 6 $199 $299 $399
iPhone 6 Plus $299 $399 $499
16 GB 32 GB
iPhone 5S $99 $149

iPhone 5C (8 GB): Free

iOS 8: 
Apple reviewed some key features of iOS 8 and announced it would be available as a free download on September 17th. iOS8

Improved Messages app: Adds audio and video messaging
Heath app for tracking health and fitness
Extensibility throughout iOS 8; Featured in Notification Center

Touch ID API: Third party apps can now use the Touch ID sensor to authenticate

 

Apple Pay:
Apple Pay is the new payments system that makes it easier and more secure to make purchases in retail stores. It uses Near field communication built into the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with the Touch ID sensor for authentication to make payments, fast, easy and secure.  Applepay

To make a purchase at a participating location all one needs to do is hold their iPhone to the NFC sensor at the point of sale and tap the touch ID sensor, they don’t even need to unlock their phone.

  • Launching in US with Mastercard, American Express and Visa
  • Credit cards can be added from iTunes Account or scanned in by iPhone camera
  • All information is encrypted and secured on the new Secure Element of the phone.
  • You can see all credit cards in Passbook
  • Card numbers are an never stored or shared
  • Payments use a one time payment numbers and dynamic security code
  • Find my iPhone can suspend payments on the device; No need to cancel credit card
  • Privacy- Apple doesn’t know what you bought, how much you pay or where you bought it
  • Cashier doesn’t see name or card number
  • Partnered with some of the largest retailers including the Apple Store, Staples, Target and McDonalds (Including drive-through)
  • Online Purchases are also simplified on iOS Devices
  • One touch checkout using Touch ID
  • Autofills Shipping and billing address
  • One time payment number
  • Building into shopping app
  • Apple Pay API for all developers
  • Apple Pay will be a free update to iOS 8 in October

Apple Watch:
The final major announcement of the event is arguably the biggest. It was also the first use of Steve Jobs’ signature “One More Thing” line since he passed away. The Apple Watch is the much anticipated wearable technology that serves both as a fitness tracker and smart watch in one. There will be 3 models that start at $349 and will be available in early 2015. Here are some of the details of this brand new product category from Apple. AppleWatch

  • Extremely Accurate Clock by plus or minus 50 milliseconds
  • Requires iPhone for operation; Not a Stand alone device- Kind of disappointing
  • Digital Crown dial used for interacting with content- Also serves as a home button
  • Watch can sense raising your arise to turns on the screen
  • Digital touch for “intimate interactions”
  • Haptic feedback built-in to watch for vibrations for feedback
  • Magsafe charger for no exposed sensors
  • 6 Straps that can be easily replaced
  • 3 Product Lines:
    • Apple Watch- Stainless Steel and Alluminium
    • Sports Watch-Durable model for workouts
    • Apple Watch Edition- 18k Gold
  • Pan through apps with swipe; Tap to launch app
    Thousands of custom watch faces
  • Glances: easy widgets with info; Can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom
  • Quick word- text notifications can be parsed for quick responses, dictated or voice memos
  • Custom Emotions
  • Siri– By pressing and holding the digital crown button to
  • Photos– Digital crown to zoom and tap; Swippe through
  • Maps- Navigate by swipe or zoom out get directions with dictation;
  • Haptic feedback for navigation
  • Digitaltouch- call, text and email from watch or send vibration patterns or drawings from watch or even s
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Health and fitness
Fitness App

  • Monitor activity
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Uses GPS and monitor in iPhone to track distance
  • Move ring- Tracks calories burnt- ring closes when you meet activity goal
  • Exercise ring- tracks activity completes when you complete 30 mins of activity
  • Stand ring- tracks how long standing and completes when you stand 12 minutes within 12 hour period

Workout App

  • Set specific goals for workout
  • Tracks workout activity
  • Gives summary of activity
  • Sets custom goals
  • Gets to know you like a personal Trainer

Watchkit:

  • Allows developers to create rich experiences on Apple Watch
  • Can also create home screen apps, glances and notifications
  • Can integrate with third party apps

U2:
The event was capped off with a performance by U2 and them giving away their newest album for free to all 500 million iTunes users. This album is exclusive to Apple until October 17th and is available in the iTunes Music store on the devices of one’s choice.

iPod Classic:
This announcement was not made at the event but shortly after, the iPod Classic was removed from the Apple Online store. This was the closest product on the market to the original 2001 iPod and could mean the end of the iPod as we know it.

New Predictions: 
So what’s next? This set of announcements have brought up speculation of what’s next from Apple and how these new technologies can be integrated in Apple’s other products. Here’s what I think is next for Apple:

  • The next generation of iPads will have Retina HD displays
  • The new iPads will be called “iPad Air HD”  and “iPad Mini Retina HD”
  • End of the iName- None of the new product lines announced used the familiar “i” names; Looks like Apple will move away from them in the future
    • iPhoto is already being replaced by the new “Photos” app later this year
  • No More “S” line- Now with the 6 Plus line, the S series might be too much of a mouthful; Next phones may be the iPhone 7

The Future of TouchID

One of the biggest new features of the new iPhone 5S, is the TouchID fingerprint reader built into the home button. TouchID lets users unlock their phones and make purchases in the iTunes store by scanning their fingerprint, instead of using a password.  However, this is just the beginning of what TouchID could do, since mobile security is becoming an increasingly important issue.  Expanding the capabilities of the TouchID could make the iPhone a great choice in the enterprise, military and government where security is of the utmost importance. TouchID does not send one’s fingerprints to Apple servers or to the cloud, but keeps it encrypted directly on an encrypted section of the A7 chip keeping prints safe. TouchID can accept up to 5 fingerprints whether they are multiple fingers or multiple trusted users. It is very likely that the next generation of Android phones will also sport a fingerprint scanner as well since security and privacy are such hot button issues recently.  As for Apple, there are so many things that could be done with the fingerprint reader later on for additional security and added benefit to the user. Here are just some of the potential features that can truly unlock the potential of the Touch ID system.

1. Open API to Developers
Probably the best opportunity, at least for third-party developers, is for Apple to create open APIs for developers to utilize the fingerprint reader in their apps. This could allow developers to use the fingerprint scanner to secure their apps and the data inside. It could also unlock all sorts of other capabilities that can keep app data safe and make the iPhone a strong contender for the enterprise. In addition, apps like LastPass, Google Authenticator and other apps that contain sensitive information can add an extra layer of security by using the fingerprint scanner. It could assure the data contained in the app is secure and one visible by the intended user.  There is one caveat to this, by opening the API it may could make the fingerprint data less security if any developer can access that data.

2. Fingerprint Password Keychain:
iOS 7 can now sync Safari’s saved keychain of passwords across devices using iCloud for automatic website logins. This is convient, however, as recent events have shown, passwords saved by one’s web browser are not secure. Encypting the keychain with a master password, like LastPass does, or even better require a fingerprint on the new iPhone would protect saved passwords. Fingerprint scanning provides security for the saved passwords without compromising the connivence of saved passwords.

3. Wireless Fingerprint Reader for Computers:
Apple could really take a step into the enterprise world by allowing the iPhone to serve as a wireless fingerprint reader for one’s computer and other devices. This would be helpful to extend the convenient security features of the iPhone 5S to one’s computer and let users login to the computer and automatically fill passwords with the press of their finger. There are plenty of USB fingerprint readers and other solutions already, but if Apple were to make an elegant, wireless solution for users to use their existing iPhone wirelessly, it could be quite a powerful tool.

TouchID provides a very secure way for users to fill in security information, but the question still is how reliable will the new sensor be in recognizing fingerprints, since most fingerprint reader currently on the market are not very reliable. Only time will tell but with improved software Apple can use the TouchID reader to leverage their way further into enterprise and government users’ hands and dramatically increase their market share.

iPhone 5S and 5C Event Summary

Apple’s “Brighten Your Day” iPhone event went as expected and had all the heavily rumored major announcements that were predicted. As expected there were no all new products announced at this even such as the Smartwatch which will likely be announced later.  The announcements may not have been the most revoutionary products but, these enhancements provide a strong feature set to hold us over.

iOS 7-
The first announcement, following the retail update and stats, wasn’t really much of an announcement, but more a review of iOS 7 which was previewed back in June at WWDC. VP of iOS and OSX Software, Craig Federighi, demonstrated some of the new features and all new design of iOS 7. He also demonstrated the improvements to Siri including Twitter search and all new ringtones and alert tones. The most important thing from this segment is that iOS 7 will be released on September 18th for free for:
iPad 2 and Later
iPad Mini
iPod Touch 5th Generation
Apple will also launch their streaming music service, iTunes Radio, on the 18th for free ad-supported streaming radio on all iOS 7 devices and in iTunes. The final iOS software announcement was that iWork, Apple’s mobile office suite along with iPhoto and iMovie will be free for all new devices activated after September 1st. This mirrors the bundling strategy used on Apple’s desktop and laptop computers and provides users a great value added since each App typically cost between $5 and $10 in the App Store. It also allows users to edit documents, presentations, spreadsheets, photos and videos on their phone out of the box which no phone really offers.  Noticeably absent from those offering, was the remaining piece of the iLife Suite, GarageBand, which presumably will remain $5 on the App Store. This is slightly disappointing for those who may want to use their iOS devices to create music, but may be due to the fact there are royalties that must be paid for the loops included in GarageBand.

iPhone 5C-
The first iPhone announcement was the multi-colored, budget friendly iPhone 5C. The internal components are virtually the same with the as the iPhone 5, featuring the last-generation A6 processor. The iPhone 5C does, however, have increased battery life and new and a new antenna system that cover more LTE wireless bands. The 5C forgo the anodized aluminum case of its predecessor for polycarbonate plastic cases in 5 different colors:  Blue, White, Pink, Yellow and Green. The iPhone 5C will be $99 for the 16 GB and $199 for the 32 GB model with a 2 year contract. It is available for pre-order this Friday, September 13th and will ship September 20th.

iPhone 5S
The big announcement of the day the new flagship phone, the iPhone 5S, as expected. The iPhone 5S, like previous “S” models, is based on the existing iPhone 5 design with improved specs. One of the few noticeable differences from the iPhone 5 is the color choices, the 5S comes in Silver, similar to the previous White model, Gold, and Space Gray, somewhat similar to the previous black model.  There is also a steel ring around the home button, which will be explained later on. The iPhone 5S will deliver speeds up twice as faster as the iPhone 5 with the all new A7 processor which is also the first 64 bit smartphone chip. There is also the M7 chip which tracks motion in the phone and unlocks functionality for a whole new generation of fitness tracking applications.

The 5S has the same 8 Megapixel camera, but don’t be fooled, the image sensor is 15% larger and now sports a 5 element lens that shoots at a 2.2 Apeture for significantly better low light and overall performance. The new camera system also takes advantage of the power of the A7 processor with dynamic tone mapping and autofocus matrixes to improve the color and focus of images, providing DSLR-level features.  The 5S camera also takes multiple images every time the shutter is pressed and automatically chooses the best image or can even combined multiple takes for the optimal image.  In addition, users can now take up to 10 pictures per second in burst mode and motion blur will be a thing of the past with built-in auto image stabilization. The final feature of the new camera system is the TrueTone flash that has 2 LED flashes, one warm light, one cool to best match the environment and produces the most accurate color.

Probably the biggest new feature of the iPhone 5S is the TouchID fingerprint reader built into the home button. User can simply securely lock their phone, and instead of typing in a code each time they want to unlock their phone, they can just touch their home button. The phone can recognize up to 5 fingers or 5 trusted users and not only can TouchID unlock the phone but can also be used to make purchases from the iTunes Store.  Fingerprint readers are typically temperamental at times but the TouchID reader can read a fingerprint at any angle so hopefully it can provide a better experience than existing biometric solutions, but no one will know until they get their hands on the iPhone 5S.

The battery life is going to be the same if not better than the iPhone 5, providing up to 10 hours of battery life when surfing  the internet on LTE. Pricing remains the same as previous models with the 16 GB model starting at $199 and topping off with the 64 GB model for $399.  There is no preorder available for the 5S, but it will also be available for purchase on September 20th.

The iPhone 5S was really the biggest and most important announcement this event, in my opinion. The 5C is important in that it provides a powerful entry-level iPhone, but technically doesn’t deliver anything new since its the guts of the iPhone 5 stuffed in a cheaper, multicolor  plastic shell. The iPhone 4S will surprisingly remain available as well, for free with a new contract. I would have expected with Apple releasing two new iPhones this year, that they would eliminate the remaining 30-pin devices in favor of the newer, thinner lightning adapter.

There were also a few announcements that weren’t made at the presentation but were announced shortly after. First, the iPod Touch and iPod Nano, which were notably absent from this event, are now available in Space Gray in addition to the existing color choices. Apple also released the first official iPhone docks for both the 5C and 5S, since the iPhone 4S. In less exciting news, the service fee for phone replacements under AppleCare rose from $49 to $79.  Finally, Apple quietly discontinued the Cards app that allowed users to mail greeting cards with pictures from their phones. It is expected however, that much of the functionality will move to the soon to be free iPhoto.

Overall, it was a great event, although nothing unpredicted happened, the announcements are all very exciting.  The new hardware combine with the new iOS 7 software will breathe new live into the iPhone and will serve to further expand Apple’s mobile market share.

Moves Review- A Pedometer for your iPhone

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We all know that most of us, myself included, need to walk more than we do. Yes, we could just take a walk but, most people do a some amount of walking in their daily life, whether it be around the house, at work or moving from place to place, but don’t know how much walking they actually do. There are ways of recording those every day movements, most simply, a pedometer that can be purchased fairly cheap. There are also the wrist bands that track movements like the FitBit or the Nike Fuel band but those cost around $100 and they need to connect to a computer or smartphone running an application to record data.

Moves is a free iPhone application that enables iPhone users to track the number steps, the distance walked and the total time spent walking each day using the the GPS built-into the iPhone. Once installed, simply launch the app once to make sure its ready and its ready to go. Moves can determine when someone is walking and when they are driving or riding, preventing users from being credited extra steps. The app shows results in a beautiful, graphic

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timeline the day showing how much walking has been done in each location and includes a map of the day’s travels.
Places are normally named by the town or city by default for example, “Place in Philadelphia”. Places can be labeled as home, work, school or even better, Moves ties into Foursquare and has a list of nearby locations to choose from if the user chooses to do so.

The timeline allows users to go through their day and see how much walking they have done at each location. On the top of each day, is a summary bubble that shows: total number of steps, total time spent walking for the day and total distance walked for the whole day and the more you walk, the larger the summary bubble will be. Days where the user has reached a personal best, will also have a record banner on the summary bubble as well.There is a week view as well to see the entire week at-a-glance as well as previous weeks. Moves also ties into social media allowing for summary bubbles or for the more daring, the entire timeline to be shared via Facebook, Twitter, email or saved as a picture to the iPhone Camera roll.

There is only one con of using Moves, which is battery usage. Moves uses the GPS constantly in order to track your movement which is a major drain on the battery. Personally, my iPhone 4 is still able to make it through the day, although, the battery is draining more than it has previously. The Move app does however have some power saving options such as setting a timer to turn off tracking for a set amount of time,  which is useful for those who are staying relativly still for a long period of time. Tracking can also be paused until the phone is charged again or users can simply turn tracking off manually and it will stay off until it is turned back on.

Moves is however a great free application that allows iPhone users to use a device they tend to always have on them to easily keep track if how much walking they do each day. It is great for the fitness enthusiast and couch potato alike by making it easy to see how much they walk in their daily lives. I highly recommend this app despite the fact it does cause significant battery drain because it makes tracking walking amazingly easy on a device that is almost always with you.

Let’s Talk iPhone Event Summary

Tuesday’s event was just as I expected, everything was focused on iPhone and the related products, plus a minor upgrade to the iPods. Let’s review what all was discussed on Tuesday by Tim Cook and company:

iOS 5:

The iOS 5 segment of the presentation was mainly review of the new, powerful features of iOS 5. Apple did discuss two new apps they are launching:

Cards: Allows you to send beautifully designed picture cards from your iPhone which are then printed and sent for you. Cards sent within the  US are $2.99 per card and for anywhere else in the world they are $4.99 per card. This could be interesting and as we have seen with iPhoto, Apple makes great cards! The app will be free in the app store.

Find My Friends: Find my Friends, allows users to find friends who also use an iPhone. Friends must be first approved and you can even make temporary groups of friends to share your location with certain people for a set period of time. There are privacy settings built-in, including parental controls. I’m hoping this will bea free download in the App Store and not pre-installed on iOS so users can opt-in and hopefully prevent a privacy scare.

iOS 5 will be released Wednesday October 14th!

iCloud:

Ok, there was no real news about iCloud except perhaps the ability to purchase additional storage directly on your device. They merely reviewed the features and told us that it will be released to the public Wednesday October 14th!

Updated iPods:

iPod Touch: The iPod Touch only got one modification, which was the addition of a white model. Also, the price of the 8 GB model dropped from $229 to $199, while the 16 GB and 32 GB both remain at $199 and $299 respectively.

iPod Nano: The iPod Nano also retained the same design and really only has updated software which adds multiple clock faces (including a Mickey Mouse face). and built-in fitness functionality for walking and running. The Nano prices dropped to $129 and $149 for the 8 GB and 16 GB models respectively. Current generation iPod Nano owners can update their current device to enjoy the new features.

The current iPod Shuffle and Classic will continue to be available unchanged.

iPhone 4S:

The big announcement was the new iPhone, or the slightly improved iPhone 4s. The two major improvements is the use of Apple’s duel-core A5 processor and improved graphics, which will be great for gaming.  The iPhone 4s added a few features which makes the already great iPhone 4 even better! It has an improved wireless system that uses two antennas and intelligently switches between them for better signal quality. Maybe this will prevent the antennagate scandal iPhone 4 early adopters experienced last year. The 4S also has a significantly better camera with an 8MP sensor as well as improved low light sensitivity. The major feature the iPhone 4S will have and the iPhone 4 won’t have even with iOS 5 is Siri . Siri is a voice-based personal assistant application that allows for voice commands as well as dictation which can be incredibly powerful, and helpful and makes me really wish it was a software update for the iPhone 4. The new iPhone 4S will be released October 14th  on AT&T, Verizon and for the first time, Sprint. The pricing is the same as previous models with the addition of a 64 GB model for $399. There also will be only one iPhone and the models will only differ in storage because it is now a world phone meaning it has both a GSM and CDMA radio in it.

But, don’t count the iPhones 4 and 3GS out. An 8 GB iPhone 4 will be available for  $99 and the iPhone 3GS will now be free, both prices assume a 2-year contract. The free 3GS, although it will only be on AT&T, will be very helpful to growing Apple’s mobile market share, because now they are the same price as a the free flip phone beside the fact you need to buy a monthly data plan. I have a feeling that many consumers might choose the 3GS even with the data plan, although it is 2 years old because it has a lot more features than those “dumb phones”.

This event wasn’t the big brand-new, revolutionary product launch that one might think Tim Cook would have as his first event as CEO. However, the new product line Apple has is great and I think the 4S  will sell as well if not better than it’s predecessors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone Event Predictions

On Tuesday, Apple will be having a media event on their campus for the much awaited reveal of their new iPhone. There have been a flurry of rumors out about what will be announced, some people say there will be a totally redesigned iPhone; while others say it’s just a iPhone 4S with just a specs bump and no new design, some say both . Here is what I think we will see on Tuesday:

1. New iPhone: Duh It’s on the Invitation

With all the rumors I saw, I’m still not sure if we will be seeing a brand new phone or just a spec bump like the 3Gs. Either way, the new iPhone is a guarantee  and although I don’t have any ideas about the new form factor, if there is one, there are two specs that I think we will be sure to see improvement in. The first is the duel-core A5 processor that we saw earlier this year when then iPad 2 is released, the other is a better camera, although the iPhone camera is already fairly good. I have no other ideas as far as hardware is concerned but, I think those two tweaks are fairly safe bets and if that is all the hardware they update, then I think the 4S moniker is more likely than the iPhone 5.

2. iOS 5

I’m sure that I am not the only one who has been yearning for iOs 5 since Apple previewed it in June. From past experience, I think they will release iOS 5 to the public on Tuesday. They will hopefully also talk about the new Assistant voice command feature that has been floating around the web for the past week. Assistant allows you to control your phone using natural voice commands which could be really nice. Rumor has it that the Assistant feature will only be able to be used on the new iPhone, due to the increase in processing power, but I’m really hoping since it’s software that it will still work on the iPhone 4.

3. iCloud 

This is plain and simple, iCloud will come out the same day as the event or whenever iOS 5 comes out. The one feature I would like them to add to the already announced line-up is sync to the cloud and not just over WiFi to a computer with iTunes but directly to the web! Maybe next year 🙁

4. iPods

The fall is typically when Apple releases new their new iPods, although it’s usually a month earlier. This year, I think they are going to take a back seat to the iPhone if they are even mentioned at this event!  There have been rumors that Apple will discontinue all iPods except the Nano and Touch. Here’s what I think we will see are my itemized predictions for the  new or maybe not new iPods.

iPod Classic:  I think if Apple cancels any iPod, this is the first one they will cancel first. They have already pull the click wheel games from the iTunes store earlier today. Honestly, the iPod Classic doesn’t fit in with Apple’s current product line, although music lovers will cry-out that they can’t carry their entire massive music libraries in their pockets and will have to settle with smaller, flash-memory devices.

iPod Shuffle:  Possibly canceled or just not updated

iPod Nano: Minor upgrade or not upgraded

iPod Touch: Upgrade to make on par with new iPhone- hopefully a better camera

 

What We Won’t See:

  1. iPad 3- It’s too soon, I predict early 2012- I’m thinking Mid-March
  2. Apple TV (TV Set)- If Apple comes out with this, it will have it’s own event, this is too big to try and cram into the new iPhone event. 
As always, I will be watching the event and will write a review of what happened and what I think shortly after.

Verizon iPhone Thoughts

Today is the day that iPhone fans have been waiting for probably for the past 3 and a half years! Verizon announced that they will be selling the iPhone 4 starting February 10th! This is the same iPhone 4 that has been available on AT&T for almost a year but with a CDMA radio and a few other  modifications. The biggest change is that it will operate as a Wireless hotspot over WiFi, Bluetooth and USB a feature that AT&T does have but with data limitations and a up charge. This is free with the data plan which is unlimited! They also will have the white iPhone available in the Spring so for those who have been waiting for the white iPhone, your wait is almost over. I think this is great especially for people who have lousy AT&T service in their area and give customers more choice in which carrier they want. The only concern that I have is that they are putting out the iPhone 4 out in February and they are presumably releasing a new iPhone in June on both Verizon and AT&T so those who want to switch to Verizon might be better off waiting until June. This is of course assuming that Verizon will be on  the same release cycle.  Either way this is great news and hopefully, the iPhone will become available on more carriers in the future.

Cloud Computing and Mobile Devices

Anymore, if I am considering getting an iOS application that will contain my data, I check to see if it synchronizes with some sort of cloud service. I recommend this not only for iOS but for all mobile platforms because it protects you from unexpected data loss as well as allows you to access and modify your data from your computer either in an application or through a web application. Protecting you data is very important, and because people are using these devices for a lot of important data and if the device break or the application crashes. Web apps and computer applications usually offer more features than it’s mobiel counterpart and lets you modify your data without using your mobile device and then sync the changes over the web.

The cloud is the future of most computing and especially mobile applications because it protects your data and then adds on top of that the ability to modify it though either the web or with a application. So next time you are looking at an application that you know will contain important information make sure it has some sort of web connection for extra convenience  and protection of your data.

Is The iPhone 4 Antenna Issues (Antennagate) Over?

I was just in the Apple Store and tried to recreate the signal attenuation problem that has gotten Apple into a PR nightmare. I tried for a long time to make the signal drop and could not make it happen. Either I wasn’t holding it the “wrong way” or Apple has done something to improve their design to prevent attenuation. I didn’t make a call to see how the call quality was but at least the signal drop is apparently gone in the newer iPhone 4s.

iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done

The iPhone has become a major success great because of the App Store that offers thousands of applications. These applications let you use the IPhone as a pocket computer and to get work done. In fact, I use my iPod Touch more as a pocket computer than as a media player or entertainment device. There are a lot of Apps that are great for getting work done but because of the size of the App Store it is hard at times to find the good ones so here a list of the Apps that I personally use to get work done on my iPod Touch.

Mail: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices) E-Mail
Calendar: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices) Calendar
Contacts: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices) Contacta
ToDo: $4.99- Task Management
Money Agent Pro: $2.99- Money Management- Also has free limited version
Notes: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices)- Note application (What I am using to write this article)
Quick Office: $9.99- Office suite that allows you to edit on Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, MobileMe as well as locally on the device.
List Master: $2.99- List Application
Calculator (Preloaded on all iOS devices)-Calculator
Pageonce Finance: FREE- Tracks expenses online
SimpleMindX: (Free)- Mindmapping
AIM: Free- Instant Messaging
Skype: Free- VOIP/Instant Messaging
EmailPush: $2.99- Gmail Push notifications
Textie: Free- Text Messaging
Reeder: $2.99- RSS Feed Reader (syncs with Google Reader)
WordPress: Free- Blogging
WikiTap: Free-Wikipedia
Dictionary: Free- Dictionary
Freesaurus: Free- Thesaurus

iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done
The iPhone has become a major success great because of the App Store that offers thousands of applications. These applications let you use the IPhone as a pocket computer and to get work done. In fact, I use my iPod Touch more as a pocket computer than as a media player or entertainment device. There are a lot of Apps that are great for getting work done but because of the size of the App Store it is hard at times to find the good ones so here a list of the Apps that I personally use to get work done on my iPod Touch.Mail: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices) E-MailCalendar: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices) CalendarContacts: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices) ContactaToDo: $4.99- Task ManagementMoney Agent Pro: $2.99- Money Management- Also has free limited versionNotes: (Preloaded on all iOS Devices)- Note application (What I am using to write this article)Quick Office: $9.99- Office suite that allows you to edit on Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, MobileMe as well as locally on the device. List Master: $2.99- List ApplicationCalculator (Preloaded on all iOS devices)-Calculator Pageonce Finance: FREE- Tracks expenses onlineSimpleMindX: (Free)- MindmappingAIM: Free- Instant MessagingSkype: Free- VOIP/Instant MessagingEmailPush: $2.99- Gmail Push notificationsTextie: Free- Text MessagingReeder: $2.99- RSS Feed Reader (syncs with Google Reader)Wordpress: Free- BloggingWikiTap: Free-Wikipedia Dictionary: Free- Dictionary Freesaurus: Free- Thesaurus

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