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iPad Pro as main computer, German prices, Ford 2017 SYNC 3 will support CarPlay


Can the iPad Pro replace my laptop? Not yet — Though Dennis Sellers really likes the iPad Pro, he disagrees with Apple CEO Tim Cook in that it’s a viable personal computer replacement. “I’m pretty sure it will be in the near future, but, for me at least, that day hasn’t arrived.”

Apple Raises iPhone and iPad Prices in Germany to comply with new Copyright Levy — Apple customers in Germany will now pay slightly higher prices for iDevices thanks to a new copyright levy in the country designed to benefit creative professionals and content producers.

Apple CarPlay Coming to All 2016 and 2017 Ford Vehicles Equipped with SYNC 3 — Ford has announced its new SYNC 3 infotainment platform will support Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) on all SYNC-equipped 2017 model year vehicles in North America, which will begin rolling out to dealers in the middle of calendar year 2016. The automaker confirmed the 2017 Escape will be the first model available with the new technology.

HealthKit, ResearchKit, iPhone 6 and iPhone sales, CarPlay, Apple TV price drop, home security

Chart should help you in an Apple Watch buying decision.
Chart should help you in an Apple Watch buying decision.

Should you get an Apple Watch? This flowchart starts with a non-nonsense ‘Do you have at least [US] $349 to spare?’ If you answer ‘Yes’ the chart gets more convoluted and entertaining. Just don’t be “that guy” (or woman). You’ll see what I mean.

Apple Expands HealthKit with ResearchKit for iOS — Apple is expanding HealthKit for iOS 8 with a new platform called ResearchKit. It’s a way to collect medical data. Apple’s Jeff Williams said the platform will make it possible for health care professionals to get up to date and accurate patient data in near real time instead of waiting weeks or months between doctor visits. The program is Open Source.

Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus raise combined iPhone shipments to 700 million— Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday announced the company has sold over 700 million iPhones since launch, just months after Apple announced the sale of its 1 billionth iOS device.

Apple’s CarPlay supported by all ‘major’ manufacturers, coming to 40 new car models this year — Apple just announced its iOS-based infotainment system CarPlay will be incorporated into 40 new car models made by major automotive manufacturers in 2015, expanding the nascent platform’s footprint.

Apple drops Apple TV price by a third — In the US it’s now US$69. Here it sold for $159, now it will presumably be around NZ$100 [the Apple Store is currently down getting all the new info loaded in, presumably.]

Seven  steps you can take to boost your internet-connected home security — The Internet of Things is based on sensors and controls in all sorts of devices. When those types of devices are used to create a smart home, they can give residents unprecedented control and insight. The proliferation of smart devices, however, also opens the door to new dangers and threats.

iPad Air 2, mini 3 reviewed, iPhone 6, Qwik Coin, Apple Pay, Magic Hour, FitBit, CarPlay

A Kiwi app is designed to help you offer casual work
A Kiwi app is designed to help you offer casual work

In-depth review: Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — Daniel Eran Dilger finds Apple’s latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 incorporate Touch ID and support for Apple Pay within apps, with the same 10 hour battery life of previous models. The full size iPad Air 2 is also now 18 percent slimmer with an improved, antireflective display and gains a faster A8X chip, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, a barometer, and a significantly improved iSight camera.

Apple’s new iPhones outsell the Galaxy Note 4 in Samsung’s home country, Korea — Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus iPhones are outpacing the sales of the Galaxy Note 4 on Samsung’s home turf in South Korea. According to the Wall Street Journal, pre-orders for the new iPhone models reached 100,000 units on the first day, compared to 30,000 for the Note 4.

New Kiwi App set to boost work for Job Seekers — An ex-special forces soldier looking for ways to help his grandmother find work in New Zealand has created a new app, designed to connect freelance workers with local people looking to outsource work (pictured above). Qwik Coin is now available to download for free on the iTunes Store and it’s coming soon to Android.

Apple Pay: the Mobile Payment Revolution — After a single use at my local grocery store, however,Jeff Gamet now has no problem saying he was wrong. “In fact, Apple made using your iPhone for credit card payments so easy I’m seeing a big problem for competitors hoping to get in on the mobile payment game, including Wal-Mart and its CurrentC system.”

Magic Hour for iOS offers almost unlimited filters — Magic Hour (NZ$2.59) offers 38 preset filters with the ability to modify and save them, allowing an immense number of options for modifying photos.

Fitbit unveils new Charge, Charge HR & Surge digital fitness trackers — Fitbit on Monday offered fitness buffs three new options for wrist-worn activity trackers, introducing the Charge and Charge HR — spiritual successors to the Fitbit Force — alongside the Fitbit Surge, which the company is calling a “fitness super watch.”

Alpine launches $800 CarPlay-compatible iLX-007 in-dash receiver — Aftermarket options with support for Apple’s CarPlay continue to expand, with Alpine launching a new US$800 unit featuring a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and support for Siri voice commands. [So over NZ1k here, I’ll bet.]

New Retina iPad videos, iCloud Photos Beta, Instapaper speaks, GT axes, CarPlay

iPad Air 2 from NZ$749
iPad Air 2 from NZ$749 (Image from Apple NZ’s iPad site).

Apple posts iPad Air 2, Retina iMac and ‘Evolution of Retina’ promo videos online — Following Thursday’s big reveal, Apple posted a trio of promotional videos taken from the product launch event to its YouTube page, touting the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with 5K Retina display. {You can order them in NZ from tomorrow.]

Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout — Apple on Saturday launched a beta version of iCloud Photos for iCloud.com users, activating the photo and video storage and syncing service planned to officially roll out on Monday with the debut of iOS 8.1.

Instapaper for iOS gets improved text-to-speech, Evernote sharing, and more — Instapaper has built a loyal following by being one of the best article grabbers available, with healthy options for free and premium users. Depending on your tolerance for robot voices Instapaper’s text-to-speech feature can be a game changer in catching up on articles around the web when you don’t have time to actually read them. That is, if you speak English. Previously the app could only do text-to-speech for English articles, but that oversight has been fixed in version 6.0.1.

GT Advanced Technologies to axe 727 jobs at Arizona plant — Just a few days after indicating its intention to wind down operations, GT Advanced Technologies on Thursday said it plans to eliminate 727 jobs from its sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona beginning next week.

Apple CarPlay: what is it and why should you care? If you have a car and an iPhone, chances are they already know each other. CarPlay builds on the iPod interfaces that are available on nearly every new model. It’s not a direct mirror of your iPhone, but a tailored set of apps with a pared-down feature set.