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Inside iPhone 8, inside iOS 11, inside Apple Watch 3, best ARKit apps for iOS 11


Inside iPhone 8: Apple’s A11 Bionic introduces 5 new custom silicon engines — Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip used in iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X packs in an array of processing cores and sophisticated controllers, each optimised for specific tasks. We only know a bit about these, let alone what else is packed into this SoC. Here’s a look at the new Apple GPU, Neural Engine, its 6 core CPU, NVMe SSD controller and new custom video encoder inside the package.
Apple’s first internally-designed GPU, built into the A11 Bionic Application Processor, claims to be 30 percent faster than the Imagination-based GPU used in iPhone 7 models–which was already the leading graphics architecture in smartphones. First iPhone 8 teardown reveals few internal design changes. iPhone 8 has survived a harsh scratch and bend test in a new Apple video.
iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever, iPhone X expected to be better. Apple says it studied famous painters & photographers for Portrait Lighting on iPhone X & 8 Plus – Apple looked at lighting by photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon – and painters like Johannes Vermeer – when building the Portrait Lighting feature found on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, the company claimed in an interview published on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 8 line.
Apple’s new video ad is 8 things to love about iPhone 8, looking to hook viewers on its latest smartphone, shipping today. After decade of iPhone launches, there was still a line in San Francisco. This unboxing shows all three colours of iPhone 8.

Inside iOS 11 — iOS 11 rocketed to over 65 of internet usage in just two days after launch, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that iOS 11 reached 6.2% of all iOS versions worldwide Wednesday. iOS 11 has some big changes for iPhone and iPad users, one of which involves the photos we take thanks to HEIF, an image format supported by both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.In older versions of the operating system our photos were saved as JPEG, but in iOS 11 they’re saved as HEIF.
HEIF (for high efficiency image format) is an image file format that offers some advantages over JPEG. Image files are about half the size of comparable JPEG images and compared to the same shots saved in the older format are higher quality, too.
Apple debuted a new safety feature in iOS 11 with Do Not Disturb While Driving. AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out – here’s how it works. (Even if not connected to a car, it can detect that the car is moving, and enable the feature accordingly. Regardless, CarPlay functionality stays live. Navigation and music playback still work.)
iOS 11 has a new one-hand keyboard option for iPhone that lets you do exactly what it says: type with just one hand. It’s easy to get at, but a little confusing why you may not see it.

Unboxing both Apple Watch Series 3 Edition models … at once — Apple released its all-new LTE-connected Apple Watch Series 3 lineup on Friday, including two Edition models sporting sleek ceramic cases. AppleInsider presents a special dual unboxing of the high-end wearables, in both gray and white. A new app dock scrolls vertically, offers access to all apps.

How to control music on your iPhone using watchOS 4 — You can use your Apple Watch and watchOS 4 to control music on your iPhone, or you can enjoy music on your Apple Watch without the smartphone. and here’s how to pair your Apple Watch with your new iPhone without losing any data.

First look: Apple TV 4K with tweaked Siri remote design — If you owned the previous fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri remote, you’ll be hard pressed to find any differences with the new fifth-generation Apple TV 4K, aside from a white, raised ring around the Menu button on the remote. [The new model starts at NZ$299.]

The best ARKit apps you can download now on iOS 11 — One of the most hyped features of Apple’s new iOS 11 update is ARKit, a series of tools for developers that make it easier than ever to create augmented reality apps. with ARKit apps now available on the App Store, AppleInsider gives you some of the best options you can test out right now.

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iPhone 8 available, inside iOS 11, ARKit apps, iTunes and apps, HDR movies, Apple TV, Apple Watch and WiFi


(Image from Apple NZ’s iPhone 8 page)

iPhone 8 is available — It’s here in New Zealand, available to buy. As Apple says, it has “The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. A colour‑matched, aerospace-grade aluminium band. New space grey, silver and gold finishes.”
You can buy it from the usual places or direct from Apple,  (call 0800-692-7753).
If you get to get rid of your old iPhone in favour of a new one, here’s how. If you’d rather wait for the break-the-bank iPhone X, Mujo already has bespoke leather cases ready for them.

Inside iOS 11: Apple’s new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing — Although most recent iPhones aren’t as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple’s new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here’s how to use it. The iOS 11 Cover Sheet mimics the lock screen and foretells swipe up to unlock for iPhone X. The launch of iOS 11 brings about a convergence of the iPhone’s Notification Center and Lock Screen for a new feature called Cover Sheet. Presenting a user’s notifications and other events, the feature also offers a glimpse at how the new home-button-free iPhone X will work when it debuts in November. It has quick screen recording comes right inside Control Center, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface. You add this via the Customise ability.
The iOS 11 App Store renovation for iPhone and iPad was inspired by Apple Music, and has  speed enhancements and new multitasking feature. This has been showcased in new ads.

Looking for more ARKit Apps? There’s a new App Store Section for that — Apple’s revamped App Store in iOS 11 aims to improve discoverability, and that’s good news if you’re on the hunt for more apps that show off what you can do with augmented reality.

You can still restore iOS apps from your hard drive — There are still a couple of options to let you restore iOS apps from your hard drive. Yes, Apple has taken away much of our ability to manage apps in iTunes 12.7. However, that doesn’t mean all of your IPA files are worthless. In fact, you can even still use iTunes to load them onto your devices.

Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead of Apple TV 4K release — Ahead of Friday’s public release of Apple TV 4K, Apple on Wednesday updated its iTunes Store with a special section dedicated to available 4K HDR movies, content that highlights the new set-top streamer’s high-definition capabilities. Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how bought-in users are to iTunes, but Apple TV 4K won’t play 4K YouTube videos because of missing Google codec.

watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected iPhone music library — With the release of watchOS 4, Apple no longer allows users to browse their iPhone’s music library, restricting song list viewing to tunes stored on device.

How to ditch bad Wi-Fi info so Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has better connectivity — The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has a bug related to how it decides to stay on shoddy Wi-Fi, or shift to LTE. This can be remedied somewhat by cleaning up your known networks and not connecting to the some bad Wi-Fi hotspots in the first place: here’s how to do it.

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.

iOS 11 is here, TestFlight and Playgrounds, OmniFocus, goodbye 32-bit, iPhone 8, TV app, watchOS 4


Apple has releases lots of iDevice updates today, including tvOS 11

iOS 11 is [almost] here! And before you upgrade, it’s important to back up your device. If you sync with a Mac, you can back up in iTunes. You can also [slower] back up to iCloud. There are also two ways to install iOS 11. The first allows you to do it directly on your iPhone or iPad. The second lets you do it by connecting your device to your Mac. The upgrade process will take several minutes, and you should probably use a Wi-Fi connection so you don’t eat up your data allocation with your service provider. [Not available in NZ at 6:30am, but it should show up soon.]
There are lots of new features, and Apple’s Control Center has become modular and customisable. It also brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2 and more.

Apple updates TestFlight & Swift Playgrounds for iOS 11’s new tech — In conjunction with the release of iOS 11, Apple has also released new versions of TestFlight and Swift Playgrounds, redesigning the former’s interface and adding an things like an Augmented Reality challenge to the latter.

OmniFocus update exploits powerful new features in iOS 11 — The latest version from the Omni Group updates for iOS 11 compatibility, but also takes advantages of changes to Siri and adds drag and drop.

How to find the 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad that won’t work in iOS 11 at all — The day has come: Apple will disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS 11. If you haven’t updated because of worries of incompatibility, AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit allowing you to decide if you want to upgrade or wait.

iPhone 8 wireless charging speed will improve with future firmware update from Apple — At launch, the iPhone 8 will recharge via inductive wireless technology at a rate comparable to the standard 5-watt charger that ships with the handset. But Apple plans to improve that speed with a future software update.
This video shows everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus,

Fun in PCalc — A new update for the app uses iOS 11’s ARKit feature to bring augmented reality into your number-filled world. Just tap the info button on the calculator keypad, choose Help, then tap About PCalc. Once you see the floating 42 badge tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the AR controls so you can throw marbles, dice, and bananas into your virtual world.

Apple launches tvOS 11 for Apple TV, adding live news & sports in TV app — As promised Apple on Tuesday released the finished version of tvOS 11, build 15J381, an update for fourth-generation Apple TVs that brings mostly evolutionary improvements, the most significant being groundwork for live news and sports features in the TV app. Apple has rolled out tvOS 11 with AirPlay 2, which offers multi-room audio support. It also includes the ability to automatically switch between light and dark interface modes.

TV availability in tvOS spreading — Apple began the rollout of TV app in Australia, Canada ahead of iOS 11 & tvOS 11 debut. tvOS 11 release, which will deliver the one-stop streaming hub to seven additional countries later this year. Apple is expanding availability of the TV app to seven countries — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and the UK — by the end of 2017.
Apple TV owners running the latest tvOS software in Australia [which may include NZ, does anyone know? Since NZ is administered mostly from Sydney] and Canada discovered the TV app, or at least its icon, on their home screen earlier today and took to Twitter to note the the change. On fourth-generation Apple TV units, the TV app seems to be a placeholder instead of a functional app, but its presence hints at an imminent release likely timed to coincide with tomorrow’s iOS 11 and tvOS 11 launch. The TV app acts as a central hub for browsing, discovering and managing streaming content across a variety of providers and owned media.

Apple launches watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with improved Activity & Workout tracking, revamped Music app, Siri watch face — The Apple Watch interface has been refined and improved with today’s launch of watchOS 4, including a new vertically scrolling app dock, the ability to view installed apps in a list view instead of grid, and new watch faces including a Siri smart assistant and characters from the iconic “Toy Story” films.

watchOS 4 no longer lets you browse iPhone music library on your Apple Watch — In a major change to how the Apple Watch operates, users can no longer browse their iPhone’s music library after updating to watchOS 4, and instead can only view songs stored on the watch itself.

High Watch 3 demand, better battery, Bionic obliterates, Apple Pay Cash, Apple TV HDR


Demand for Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular stronger than expected, taking 80%+ of preorders — With a starting price just US$70 more than the non-cellular option, the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular accounts for the lion’s share of preorders ahead of this Friday’s launch.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed on Monday he estimates that the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has accounted for between 80 and 90% of preorders. Apple began accepting orders last Friday, and the first shipments will arrive later this week, on September 22nd.
As of Monday, new orders for the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular are estimated to ship in 3 to 4 weeks. The non-cellular models, however, arrive as soon as October 2nd.

W2 chip in Apple Watch Series 3 boosts wireless speeds while maintaining battery life — One of the things Apple briefly touched on in announcing the Apple Watch Series 3 last week was the W2, a new self-designed wireless chip that’s nominally the successor to the W1 found in audio accessories like AirPods and the Powerbeats3. But what advantages does it offer, and why is it in a watch instead?

Chinese developers file complaint about Apple’s ‘unreasonable’ 4.3 Review Guideline — On August 8th, Daxiao, a Chinese law firm, lodged a complaint with the Chinese government about Apple removing apps from its App Store without a detailed explanation of its unreasonable 4.3 Review Guideline. There are more than 31 developers complaining about Apple’s “unreasonable” 4.3 App Store Review Guideline, says Xu Yun, a lawyer at the Chinese Fair-In law firm.

With iPhone 8, Apple’s Silicon Gap widens as the new A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung & Huawei — Official benchmarks posted by Geekbench show that Apple’s A11 Bionic delivers a huge jump in performance over last year’s A10 Fusion used in iPhone 7, with scores that are not just far beyond other mobile ARM competitors’ latest chips, but higher than the base Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor Apple uses in its 13 inch MacBook Pro!

Apple Pay Cash for iOS 11, watchOS 4 won’t arrive until autumn — iOS 11 is due for release tomorrow. However, one feature, Apple Pay Cash, will arrive in an update to iOS 11 (and watchOS 4) won’t arrive for a while. Apple says it’s coming this fall.
With iOS 11, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet.

How high dynamic range support enables richer colours on Apple TV 4K — Apple has added high dynamic range, or HDR, to the new Apple TV 4K. AppleInsider explains what the term means as it pertains to 4K video, and how it applies to the new set-top box.

A11 Bionic, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X, solar-powered batteries, 4K movies already, Watch 3 ad


Apple has shrunk the iPhone 8 batteries yet they last as long

A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure element — Apple has brought design and development of the A11 Bionic processor even more in-house with the eradication of outside solutions, allowing the company to speed up and further integrate the new chip’s various processes more than it ever has before. The effort appears to have paid off, from a raw performance perspective. Early benchmarks of devices purporting to use the new chip test the A11 Bionic as notably faster in every regard than the processor found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8. This new CPU has also allowed Apple to go all-in on augmented reality.

Apple’s iPhone 8 & 8 Plus use smaller batteries, maintain battery life — Apple has actually shrunk the batteries in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus compared to their predecessors while maintaining the same longevity, filings with the Chinese government show. Here are the differences between the two 8 models (other than size).

Should you preorder Apple’s iPhone 8, or wait for iPhone X? The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now available for preorder ahead of next Friday’s launch. But with the iPhone X so close behind, prospective buyers may have a hard time choosing between the two. AppleInsider offers some video insight to help you make your big buying decision. [For me it’s simple: cost.] There is also discussion about the X’s so-called ‘notch‘ in the screen.

Apple removes fake iOS ‘virus-scanning’ apps — Apple has updated its developer app review guidelines for the App Store, and says iPhone antivirus apps aren’t allowed anymore. Fake apps that claim to scan for viruses have been around for a while. But now Apple is banning them [cos there aren’t any viruses, unlike for Android]. 

HELIO is a 5200mAh solar-powered portable battery with built-in lamp – Makers4Good has a project on Kickstarter called HELIO. It’s a solar-powered portable battery with a built in lamp and emergency beacon. And the company is doing something very cool: 100% of the profits from HELIO will be used for charities working to bring solar power and light to the developing world. HELIO blew past its US$10,000 funding goal in two days, topping US$18,000 with 48 days to go

Apple starts rolling out 4K HDR iTunes content ahead of Apple TV 4K launch — Apple has begun began rolling out 4K HDR movies on its iTunes Store, content that customers will be able to stream using the company’s new Apple TV 4K set-top box come next week.

Apple airs Apple Watch Series 3 ad showcasing Apple Music over LTE, AirPods support — Apple on Friday posted to its official YouTube channel a new commercial hyping Apple Watch Series 3 and the device’s ability to stream Apple Music over cellular networks.

Hands on with X, X and iOS 11 Guide, free Apple guide books, Face the future, 8 or X, MacBook Pro performance, 4k Apple TV


What first hands-on reviews say about iPhone X — On the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, Apple unveiled the highly anticipated iPhone X (pronounced ‘ten,’ not ‘ex’). The glass-encased, almost bezel-less smartphone unlocks with facial recognition technology and charges wirelessly. With the basic model costing US$999, it’s also the most expensive iPhone ever. Is the iPhone X a game-changer or just a very expensive, very sleek-looking pocket computer? Here’s what tech writers are saying after spending a little bit of hands-on time with the iPhone X at Apple’s event yesterday.

Guide book for iPhone X and iOS 11 released — Tap Guides has introduced the iPhone X Guide, a book available in the Amazon Kindle Store that covers details of the iPhone X and iOS 11.
Priced at US$3.99, it covers features such as Face ID, iOS 11, every built-in app and the iPhone X hardware. It’s also packed with large colour images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials. [Via Apple World Today.]
[Meanwhile, Apple’s free guides for released and available hardware and software are all free  in the iBooks Store, for example Apple User Guide for iOS 10.3, iPad User Guide for iOS 10.3 and while you’re there, why not look for other guides like Logic Pro X User Guide? And as I said, all free, from the horse’s mouth as it were, and all informative and beautifully produced.]

Face, the future: the new touch-less ID of iPhone X — Four years after introducing Touch ID to radically enhance iOS users’ privacy and security, today’s Apple is doing exactly what Steve Jobs would do– phasing it out and moving on to something even better: Face ID technology in iPhone X. Note that this will be limited to one person on one device [unlike Touch ID, which you can set up for several different fingers, no matter who they belong to.]

Should you preorder Apple’s iPhone 8, or wait for iPhone X? With pre-orders starting this Friday, and the first deliveries hitting September 22nd, it may be tempting to buy an iPhone 8 instead of waiting for the iPhone X, coming Nov. 3. There are a few factors to consider before going either route.

Apple’s A11 Bionic matches single-core 13″ MacBook Pro performance in alleged benchmark — Reported benchmarks of Apple’s latest A11 Bionic system-on-chip design, which will see release in the iPhone X and iPhone 8 series, show it outpacing not only current generation A10 and A10X chips, but matching the performance of some 13-inch MacBook Pro configurations, at least in terms of single-core processes.

Everything you need to know about Apple TV 4K — Apple will launch an upgraded version of its Apple TV set-top box later this month with support for 4K HDR streams. Before you buy, check out the specific in this video.

Hands on with iPhone X, iPhone 8, AirPower charging, cheaper SE, watchOS, tvOS, Apple Watch Series 3


Hands-on with Apple’s iPhone X — Daniel Eran Dilger has seen an iPhone X ‘in the flesh’. Apple released its first major iPhone redesign in three years on Tuesday with iPhone X, a technologically advanced smartphone that boasts an all-new OLED Super Retina Display, TrueDepth camera system, Face ID, A11 Bionic Chip with onboard neural engine and more. AppleInsider went hands-on with Apple’s newest flagship and came away impressed by the handset’s fit and finish. TechConnect has compared it to the even bigger Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Apple’s iPhone 8 pre-orders will start at 12:01am US Pacific time on Friday — This Friday’s iPhone 8 preorders will start at 12:01am US Pacific time, or 3:01am US Eastern, Apple has confirmed via its website. The time is consistent with Apple’s normal iPhone strategy, and will likely see many US shoppers staying up late to ensure they get an order delivered on the phone’s September 22 ship date. Frequently, launch-day iPhone stocks will run out within hours or even minutes of pre-orders beginning, though later orders may still ship the same weekend.

Apple’s AirPower Charging Mat, Wireless Charging AirPods case — Apple’s surprise products at its ‘Let’s meet at our place’ event were a large wireless charging plate for its new products, and an AirPods wireless charging case. Since they have the Qi standard, this was praised by the Wireless Power Consortium.

Apple quietly cuts price of iPhone SE to $349 for 32GB, $449 for 128GB in the US — While introducing its most expensive iPhone ever, the $999-and-up iPhone X, Apple also cut the price of its smallest and most affordable handset, making it cheaper than ever to purchase a new model. At the same time, Apple discontinued (Product)Red iPhone 7 and raised iPad Pro pricing, plus migrated the sought-after Jet Black finish to lower-capacity 32GB iPhone 7 [Anyone notice price cuts here? Please email me or comment.]

watchOS 4 & tvOS 11 due September 19th — Anticipated software updates, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, will arrive alongside iOS 11 on September 19th,

Apple deletes USB-C troubleshooting port on Apple TV 4K, adds Gigabit Ethernet — The new Apple TV 4K is getting faster network connectivity with the addition of a Gigabit Ethernet port, but Apple has also removed the USB-C port previously used for troubleshooting and screenshot capture.

5 reasons to buy Apple Watch Series 3 — There are a few stand-out Apple Watch Series 3 features that you absolutely must have. When Cupertino announced the Apple Watch Series 3, we were inundated with details about the new wearable device. Because of that, you might not have noticed the really cool things the latest Apple Watch is capable of. Let’s take a look at what’s really great about this third-generation Apple Watch. This will also help you see why it’s time to buy an Apple Watch Series 3. Also note that Apple Watch Series 3 boosts minimum required device to iPhone 6 for initial setup.

Tomorrows’s big event, iPhone evolution, hints of new iPod touch, AI and sleep for Watch


(Image from Apple’s event live-streaming page for September 2017

Where to watch the Apple event livestream tomorrow — Tomorrow’s Apple event (13th September in New Zealand is 12th September in the US) should prove to be one of the most interesting product reveals in the history of the company, even if this weekend’s leaks took a bit of the surprise out of what we expect to see. Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology and HLS requires an 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.
Apple has the livestream page all ready to go, and you can even add an event to your calendar to remind you to watch. There’s the Apple Events app on Apple TV (streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV 2nd or 3rd generation with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV 4th generation).

I will be updating this site from 7am NZ time — I gather together multiple sources and try and publish the most cogent information. Initial posts may be followed by additional posts with, for example, more information and NZ prices/availability. [But I have a prediction: 20-50% of any new features will hardly be used by anyone.] 

Phone X event at Steve Jobs Theater frames the future of Apple, Inc reckons Daniel Eran Dilger at Apple Insider — “Next Tuesday, Apple is expected to unveil its largest array of new product introductions ever, ranging from iPhone 8 and a premium new iPhone X to a new 4K/HDR Apple TV, new Apple Watch Series 3, revamped AirPods and the new HomePod appliance–as well as its new Apple Park campus. Here’s why it all matters, focusing on the new lineup of iPhones.” [Er, doesn’t every announcement ‘frame the future of Apple’, Daniel?]

Evolution of the iPhone — Gadgets Desk has a good infographic tracing the evolution of the iPhone, from the original iPhone to current rumors for Tuesday’s iPhone 8/iPhone X launch. It’s an interesting walk down memory lane that includes specs and pics for each iPhone model (minus iPhone 5C and iPhone SE).
And an infographic from Decluttr shows how the Internet reacted to the iPhone over the years.  You’ll have to scroll for a while to get to the iPhone 7/7 Plus, but the comments are well worth your time.

A new iPod touch may be coming soon — Along with all of the other goodness found in this weekend’s leak of the iOS 11 golden master, it appears that the iPod touch may finally get an update. Leak source Benjamin Geskin found reference to a device labeled as “iPod8,1” in the code, which may point to an all new iPod touch.

Bodymatter, Inc. today announced the latest version of their iPhone and Apple Watch app, Sleep Watch — The company breaks new ground with the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in its popular sleep tracking app to empower individuals with unparalleled insight and control over their own sleep habits and general wellbeing.
Bodymatter’s AI is presented to users through the Discover feature, which provides users with feedback on how certain behaviors are influencing indicators of their sleep. The app gathers data as the user wears their Apple Watch and it finds statistically significant relationships between users’ habits (including exercise) and the quality of their sleep. The data is then shared with each user through Discover. By providing individualised insight on behaviors, users can then make smarter, and hopefully healthier, choices every day. Cost is NZ$4.49/US2.99.

1.2 billion iPhones, Apple Park intro, iOS 11 GM, ARKit space sound, 4k Apple TV, Universe websites, iPhone Time shoots, wearable metronome


Apple has shipped 1.2 billion iPhones in the past 10 years — According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Apple has shipped 1.2 billion iPhones worldwide cumulatively in the past 10 years. Total global iPhone revenues have reached three quarters of a trillion dollars since the first model was launched in 2007. Apple also has the largest share of China’s smartphone market.Sales of other handsets are currently going ahead of Apple, which just got bumped from second to third, but Apple is retaining loyalty: the loyalty rate in buying another Oppo or Vivo phone is half that of buyers getting another iPhone, which retains the largest installed smartphone base in China.

Apple’s biggest introduction on Tuesday will be Apple Park — This Tuesday (New Zealand’s Wednesday), Apple is expected to unveil its largest array of new product introductions ever, ranging from iPhone 8 – and maybe a premium new iPhone X – to a new 4K/HDR Apple TV, new Apple Watch Series 3, revamped AirPods and the company’s new HomePod appliance … as well as its new Apple Park campus. Here’s why it all matters, starting with the location.

Rumour: iOS 11 GM leaked by disgruntled employee — This weekend’s iOS 11 GM leak revealed – and confirmed – a multitude of new features and hardware set to debut this fall, likely spoiling a number of surprises Apple had in store for its special event next week. Taking a step back from the deluge of new information, at least one insider believes the early disclosure was perpetrated by a disgruntled employee.

Apple updates WWDC app for iOS, Apple TV with support for Handoff — Three months after the Worldwide Developers Conference concluded, Apple is still updating the official WWDC app, making it easier for developers to access videos and content to help create apps for upcoming platforms like iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

Artist uses iPhone ARKit to visualise sound in 3D space — Zach Lieberman is an artist who is exploring how to create art using iPhone ARKit. His latest creation records audio in space. In the demo video, Zach makes sounds like “woosh, psh, ah, click.” After each sound, a white blob bursts into the air, and as Zach walks backward, each blob is linked to the other blobs like a audio timeline.

Next-gen Apple TV 4K streaming requirements, native resolution revealed — The iOS 11 GM leak mentioned above ha continued to yield details about upcoming Apple products, with a Saturday discovery revealing 4K streaming requirements and resolution standards for an as-yet-unreleased Apple TV model.

Apple’s efforts to make Siri sound human — Apple’s running battle with Amazon Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Home, has a lot going on behind the scenes. Greg Joswiak, vice president of iOS, iPad, and iPhone Marketing, and executive Alex Acero gave Wired a peek behind the curtains, and it’s interesting as can be.

Universe: Designing and publishing a website from your iPhone in about a minute — Sometimes a great idea comes to a person or business and they want to get a placeholder website up and running as quickly as possible. Or perhaps they want to create a resumé website on the fly. Whatever the case, Universe is an iPhone app and service that makes designing, editing and publishing a website as easy as answering a few questions and tapping a few buttons. The fee depends on what kind of domain you need: an ‘.xyz’ domain is just US$99¢ per month while a .com runs US$2.99 per month.

Time uses iPhone to shoot magazine covers for ‘Firsts’ documentary series — Time Magazine has selected iPhone as its photography tool of choice for the upcoming Firsts: Women Who Are Changing The World, a multi-platform documentary magazine series and companion book featuring influential women.

Soundbrenner Pulse is a wearable metronome that uses haptic feedback so you can feel the beat — This is a standalone device that can be strapped around your arm or leg, or worn on your chest. Better yet, it’s controlled by an app that can sync with up to five Soundbrenner Pulses. That means five people in the band could be marching to the same beat. Come on, that could be game changing for musicians! Soundbrenner Pulse is US$99 at Amazon, and it’s shipping now.

iPhone ownership analysed, iZotope Spire recording, more ARKit demos, Watch loads Frogger


The iOS-exclusive iZotope Spire Studio connects to an iPhone through wi-fi to control a multi-track recorder

The UK averages one iPhone for every two people — finder.com, a personal finance comparison website with over three million users worldwide, has shared research with Apple World Today with some interesting stats about iPhones to celebrate the upcoming release of the iPhone 8. Apple doesn’t release UK sales numbers, finder.com estimates 32 million iPhones have been bought in the UK since 2011. That’s one Apple smartphone for every two people in the UK. However, as much as the UK loves Apple, finder.com also finds that iPhones, on average, cost £36.40 more in the UK than the U.S. The website estimates that British buyers have spent £1.2 billion more than U.S. customers in total. (Apple has offered no concrete explanation for these pricing differences that I know of).

iPhone users like the Wall Street Journal, H&M and Forever 21 (plus more interesting tidbits) — Cambridge Analytica – a data analytics firm with a database of demographic, consumer, lifestyle and psychographic data on over 220 million Americans – has identified some of the personal preferences of consumers and how they correlate to preferences in iPhones vs Android users. This data is based on favoured hobbies, clothing brands and car brands. [Wasn’t this the company that helped Trump win the US election?]
According to Cambridge Analytics, iPhone users are more interested in reading and politics/current events compared to their Android using counterparts.

iZotope Spire Studio portable multi-track recorder exclusive to iPhone, iPad — The new iOS-exclusive iZotope Spire Studio connects to an iPhone through wi-fi to control a multi-track recorder, allowing for nearly any space to be used as a convenient recording studio. Spire Studio will be available for US$349, and at select retailers in the northern autumn.

Latest ARKit demos show hand-tracking beer pong, visualised audio trails — New demonstrations using Apple’s ARKit may suggest some of the possibilities of the augmented reality platform, including the integration of hand tracking.

Propelling Star Wars iPhone-connected high performance battling drones — Through a mix of attention to detail, fan service, and miniaturised technology, Propel has made a flying toy that intends to delight both children and longtime Star Wars fanatics. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new high-performance battling drones in an initial hands-on.

Apple Watch loads Frogger onto an Atari 2600 — Niles Mitchell (AKA napabar on YouTube) is using a Starpath Supercharger plugged into an Atari 2600 game console, connected to a small Bluetooth receiver that’s linked to his Apple Watch. With a tap on the Apple Watch, he quickly loads Frogger onto the Atari console and away we go!

iOS 11 tips already, which iPad Pro? Huawei edges ahead, Indian spat, Nissan Leaf CarPlay, baseball Watch cheat


Apple uses iOS 10 Tips app to start teaching iOS 11 features — Apple has begun pushing out Tips notifications to iOS 10 users, encouraging them to get familiar with some of the features coming in this fall’s iOS 11 – perhaps a sign that the update is as little as a week away. [It’s a very easy, clear way to understand capabilities.]

Video shows which iPad Pro is right for you between the 10.5″ vs. 12.9″ — This year’s iPad Pro lineup is bigger than ever, with the smaller model making a jump to a 10.5-inch display. Choosing between it and the jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad Pro can be difficult, but AppleInsider is here to help.

Counterpoint Research: Huawei surpasses Apple as the second largest smartphone brand — According to Counterpoint Research, Samsung held on to at least 20% of the global smartphone market in June and July, while Huawei and Apple had about half that market share, though the China-based company was slightly ahead of the iPhone maker. Of course, this streak could be temporary considering the annual iPhone refresh is just around the corner with new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3 and an Apple TV with 4K support expected to be announced next Tuesday, September 12.
The Apple Events app for Apple TV has been updated ahead of September 12th keynote.

Spat between Apple & India over ‘Do Not Disturb’ app could lead to new data rules — The impasse between Apple and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India over the country’s Do Not Disturb app could be swung by future rules that would force Apple to allow it, a report suggested on Wednesday.

Nissan debuts redesigned Leaf with Apple CarPlay, offers Apple Watch with reservations — Nissan has unveiled a redesigned version of the Leaf, an all-electric vehicle that doubles as the carmaker’s advanced projects platform with features like single-pedal driving, ProPilot autonomous technology and Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system. The all-new Leaf not only boasts completely revamped aesthetics, but state-of-the-art driving technologies that put it in direct competition with offerings like Tesla’s Model 3.

Boston Redsox caught cheating with Apple Watch; Phil Schiller tweets support — The Boston Red Sox have been using an Apple Watch in a scheme to steal opponent hand signals. This is a form of cheating according to Major League Baseball rules. While stealing/deciphering hand signals is part of the game, League rules prohibit the use of electronics in doing so. When asked about it in a joking way, Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller – a vocal Red Sox fan – tweeted his support.

New wireless Beats, strength training, Ningbo Store, Essential Phone mess, Galaxy 8 catches up with iPhone 7+, YouTube iOS, Ethernet charging, TV Beta


Apple’s Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones get a W1 chip and Pure ANC — Apple has updated its US$350 Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones, adding a W1 chip for simple pairing, as well as more advanced noise cancelation technology. They’re now available to preorder from Apple, and ship in mid-October. Apple says the Studio 3 Wireless pack Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC), which continuously pinpoints and blocks external sounds while automatically responding to individual fit and music playback.
Apple has also included its Fast Fuel technology too – this allows 10 minutes of charging to provide three hours of playback. (Charging is done via a micro USB cable, not Lightning or USB-C.)  Beats Studio3 Wireless takes on a more sophisticated look with a new range of colours: Matte Black, White, Blue and Red as well as special edition colours Porcelain Rose and Shadow Gray.
Beats Studio3 Wireless are available to order beginning today for NZ$499.95 inc. GST from apple.com/nz and will begin shipping to customers from mid-October.

How to integrate iPhone into your strength training regimen — Strength training may not be well-supported on iPhone or other Apple accessories, but there are a few options. Apple Insider runs through the three main paths: standard fitness accessories, specialised devices and a purely app-based approach. [My regimen is that I have to lift my iPhone to put it into my pocket. Grrr!]

Ningbo, China Apple store at Tianyi Square opens September 16 in time for ‘iPhone 8’ release — Apple has declared that its Ningbo, China location at Tianyi Square will open on September 16th, just after whatever Apple has in store for its fall releases, is announced. The store will be the 41st in China and will be located in the Tianyi Square retail area location 133, amongst 300 other retail establishments in the area.

Teardown claims Essential Phone is hard-to-repair ‘hot mess’ — A new teardown of one of the latest Apple iPhone competitors, the Essential Phone, claims the device is fundamentally disorganised inside, a sign of it being a first-generation product. All of Essential’s design decisions are said to make the phone virtually unrepairable, with any attempt “likely to inflict as much damage as it fixes.”

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 gets positive reviews, catches up to iPhone 7 Plus — Reviews have begun to emerge for Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8, taking a largely favourable view while contrasting its ‘Live Focus’ camera mode with the Portrait option on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.

YouTube iOS app updated, adding live streaming from iPhone or iPad screen — YouTube has made a major revision to its iOS app, and has added the ability for game players or app demonstrators to stream the entire contents of an iPhone or iPad directly to the video service.

Power-over-Ethernet adapter provides networking, charging to connected iPad, iPhone — A pair of new networking peripherals allows for an iPad or iPhone with Lightning to not only get wired network access through the port, but power as well.

Apple breaches tenth beta milestone with new developer test version of tvOS 11 — After just a few days in the wild, Apple has updated one beta to beta 10, with only tvOS 11 seeing a very minor increment in revision.