Tag Archives: AirPlay 2

Inside iOS 11, AirPlay 2, ARKit, download ceiling up, ProCreate update, Belkin RockStar, Watch 3 issues, Syntronik


iOS 11 Apple’s big productivity upgrade — Apple has released iOS 11 and this is the biggest release since the first iPhone shipped with iPhone OS. Is it worth installing, assuming your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch supports it? The short answer is yes, but iOS isn’t perfect. Read on to see what the Mac Observer likes and dislikes about iOS 11.
The Files app brings some user control of documents stored on an iPad or iPhone. Apple’s iOS 11 introduced this new Files app, allowing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users the ability to seamlessly share working documents across iCloud, as well as integrate other online storage services with compatible applications. It has me minor limitations, but  for the first time, users can move files between apps in a graphical user interface, and not rely on the inconsistent ShareSheet button to move files between apps.
Apple’s Photos app now has native support for animated GIFs, and also automatically sorts them into a dedicated folder of animated images, making it even easier to find the pictures you are looking for. Messages in iCloud has not implemented at present, but it’s coming in a future update to iOS 11.
There is quite a long list of bug and security fixes, and Apple Insider has a movie of all the new features, plus for watchOS and tvOS.
Apple has also posted three new iPad tutorial videos highlighting iOS 11 features like handwriting conversion.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi aren’t full disabled when turned off in iOS 11’s Control Center — Apple says that when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use AirDrop, AirPlay, the Apple Pencil, the Apple Watch, Continuity features (such as Handoff and Instant Hotspot), and Locations services. [Presumably AirPlane Mode still works as it should.]

AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires a firmware update, support for Apple’s AirPort Express unknown — The upcoming launch of AirPlay 2 comes with a caveat: old hardware will need a firmware update, at the very least, to work with the new protocol. With Apple said to have ceased development on its router products, it’s possible that AirPort Express owners using AirPlay could be left in the dust. [No!! I use this all the time!]

First ARKit apps hit App Store, including Strava’s Fitness AR and room dimensioning app PLNAR — With the release of iOS 11 on Tuesday, iPhone and iPad owners will see a flood of augmented reality titles hit the App Store thanks to Apple’s introduction of ARKit. Fitness tracking app maker Strava and room dimensioning title PLNAR [which needs something more powerful than an iPhone 6] are among the first to take advantage of the specialised API.

Apple sets new 150MB ceiling for over the air App Store downloads — To go along with Tuesday’s big iOS 11 release, Apple announced a change in App Store policy that allows users to download apps up to 150 megabytes in size when connected to a cellular network, up from a previous cap of 100MB.

Procreate 4 delivers drag and drop, Files app support, other iOS 11 enhancements — One of the App Store’s best third-party illustration apps, Procreate, received a massive update on Tuesday with an all-new imaging engine and iOS 11-specific features like drag and drop, Files app support and more.

Belkin rolls out 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar Lightning adapter for iPhones without a headphone jack — The new 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar allows Lightning-only devices to plug in headphone jack audio devices and a source of power or data and use both at the same time. The Lightning port allows for not just power, but data synchronisation as well.

Apple issues a statement on Apple Watch Series 3 cellular connection issues — Early reviewers for publications including The Verge and The Wall Street Journal have expressed connectivity issues with the Apple Watch Series 3, which will be available this Friday. Apple has issued a statement about the issue.

Syntronik is IK’s new synthesiser app that features the sound of “the most iconic machines to ever grace the planet” — Syntronik comprises 17 powerful virtual synths recreating the legendary sonic signature of 38 of the most sought-after classic analog synthesizers and string machines ever created, recognisable by their elegantly designed, easy-to-navigate interfaces. It’s a free app, which includes 25 instrument sounds from 17 synths, but Syntronik Full, which offers a more comprehensive experience, has introductory pricing of US$39.99 – this is available as an in-app purchase. Individual synths are also available via in-app purchase for US$9.99 each.

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Portrait mode, Titanfall Assault, Ristar, AirPlay 2, Wicked Brainstorm allows brainstorming within Messages


Apple’s Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus and iOS 11 exits beta, allows effect to be turned off after the fact — In the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple has taken the Portrait Mode camera setting out of beta, and has altered how the camera roll handles the pictures to allow for the effect to be removed from a picture using it at any time.

Titanfall: Assault real-time strategy title lands on iPhone, Sega Forever drive expands with Ristar — Two major titles have arrived on iPhone and iPad as free-to-play titles this week, with Nexon’s Titanfall: Assault introducing real time strategy to the battlefield-based franchise, while Ristar has been ported to iOS a full 22 years after its first release on the Sega Genesis.

Watch: AirPlay 2 delivers speaker integration with HomeKit, Siri support, more — When iOS 11 launches this fall, Apple will roll out a revamped version of its AirPlay protocol featuring speaker support for HomeKit, multi-room audio, shared up-next playlists, Siri integration and more, as you can see in the video at this link.

Wicked Brainstorm lets you brainstorm up a storm in iOS Message — It can be very handy to be able to brainstorm with folks. However, it hasn’t been practical using Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
Now it is, thanks to Wicked Brainstorm. Before using the app, brainstorming buddies would see all ideas mixed in with every other text message. With Wicked Brainstorm, those ideas are gathered together, yet still kept within Messages. When you’re done, you can turn the brainstormed list into a checklist and even vote as a group on the best ideas. It’s a free app, too.

 

Dock for new MacBook Pros, 5K iMac Prom GarageBand update, Cook on terror, AirPlay 2, iCloud tweaks, Paris, no Track Bar keyboard


Belkin ships NZ$559 Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, with dual 4K support — Belkin’s Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is now available, and in addition to the ports on it, the dock provides 85W of power to 15-inch MacBook Pro owners for charging.
Additional ports include three USB 3.0 type A ports with 1.5A of charging each, one combination audio in and out port, a dedicated audio out port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The 170W power adapter for the dock provides enough power to support attached peripherals while delivering 85W of power to your computer through the included 1 metre long Thunderbolt 3 cable.
Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is available from today in New Zealand with a RRP of NZ$559 (and US$349) from http://www.apple.com.

New 5K iMac GPU configurations at least double best performance of MacBook Pro — As with the initial Radeon Pro release with the 2016 MacBook Pro, Apple hasn’t provided that much detail on the same family of GPUs used in the new iMacs – but AMD has shed some light on the new processors, showing a radical improvement over the predecessors.
If it sports an AMD Radio Pro Vega card. If it’s the Frontier Edition, the all-in-one will be, as best I can tell, home to the fastest graphic card around.

GarageBand for Mac updated with Touch Bar support, more — Apple has updated GarageBand for Mac with Touch Bar support, cross-platform integration, and more. According to Apple, version 10.2 offers a new modern design with improved ease of use; Touch Bar support to quickly navigate around your project and perform instruments; three new Drummers who play percussion in the styles of Pop, Songwriter, and Latin; and introduces new Drummer loops which can be added to your song and then customised with performance controls. It also lets you remotely add new tracks to your project using GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad.

Apple’s Tim Cook says company aiding in UK terrorism investigations — Apple is helping the U.K. government in its investigations of recent terrorist attacks, CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in a TV interview, adding the company’s preference for encryption doesn’t mean it lacks information it can share with authorities, for example the contents of iCloud backups.

AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires firmware update, raising questions for Apple’s AirPort Express — This week’s announcement of AirPlay 2 came with a caveat: old hardware needs a firmware update, at the very least, to work with the new protocol. With Apple said to have ceased development on its router products, it’s possible that AirPort Express owners using AirPlay could be left in the dust. AirPlay 2 adds multiroom capabilities.

Apple tweaks its iCloud storage prices — Apple has tweaked the prices for its iCloud storage option. The 1TB (per month) option is gone, but the 2TB option price has dropped to US$9.99. That’s the former price you’d pay for 1TB of storage. You can still get 50GB of storage per month for US$0.99, and 200GB for US$2.99. The changes have been made in all countries where iCloud storage is available – the New Zealand prices are NZ$1.49 for 50GB/month, $4.49 for 200 and $14.99 for 2TB.

Paris, please — Apple, along with Amazon, Google, Lyft and Spotify are among hundreds of US businesses teaming up with state and local regulators to pledge their support for the Paris climate agreement as part of a new campaign debuting today, reports recode.

No Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar— People, including me, are surprised there wasn’t a standalone Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar announced for the Mac. Apple touted the feature so much when the Touch Bar debuted with the 2016 MacBook Pros many were certain the tech would quickly move to Mac desktops. [Maybe it’s hard to do wirelessly?]