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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.

6 years of iPhone evolution, HealthKit guidelines, Apple apps in iOS 8, Office for iPad, Valiant Hearts


VAlieant Hearts explores the human side of World War One
VAlieant Hearts explores the human side of World War One

Watch 6 years of iPhone evolution in 6 minutes before the iPhone 6 hits — Things have changed a lot since the introduction of the iPhone, thanks to consistent evolution and changing audience expectations. When the iPhone 3G was introduced, people marvelled at its 2 megapixel camera. Take a look back on the six previous years of iPhone evolution with this handy video from PriceBaba.com’s YouTube page.

Updated App Store review guidelines cover HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight and creepy apps — Ahead of the fall launch of iOS 8, Apple has updated its App Store review guidelines to include guidance on new features such as extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit and TestFlight. These guidelines detail how developers may use these new features provided in iOS 8. Any app that violates these guidelines may be rejected during the review process.

New Apple apps in iOS 8 — With iOS 8 there are quite a few new features to enhance your photography. Some of these features have been available in other apps, but all are nicely integrated into the stock photography software Apple provides.
One of the interesting new features is what Apple calls ‘Smart Composition Tools’. When activated, they automatically straighten horizons ( a big problem in many photos) and do some smart cropping.
Another new feature is audio messages inside the Messages app. You record a message then send it.

Microsoft Office for iPad adds monthly subscription option — Microsoft’s productivity software finally made the long walk to iPad earlier this year, but if the relatively steep price tag of the Microsoft Office apps has prevented you from giving them a try, Microsoft thinks you might just want to pay monthly instead. The company has now added monthly payment options of US$6.99 (for the Personal license) and $9.99 (for the Home license) as in-app purchases.

Valiant Hearts for iOS explores World War I’s human side via puzzles, love letters, and cartoon visuals — Many games dig back into historical conflicts for context, but World War I isn’t a hugely popular subject. Regardless, whenever a real-life war is tapped for a game setting, you’re usually armed with a weapon, pointed at opposing soldiers, and told to kill.
Not so with Valiant Hearts. It’s a cartoon-like game (pictured above) with fabulous hand-drawn characters and settings, no intense gore or realistic depictions of death to be seen, and it unfolds via puzzles and simple interactions. It costs NZ$6.49.