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Title: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on September 22, 2012, 05:19:15 PM
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Post by: Big N on October 25, 2012, 08:53:40 PM
yes?
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Post by: MusselFreek on October 25, 2012, 08:56:49 PM
Hey bay, what you think of iphone 5? any improvement over iphone 4s?
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on October 26, 2012, 09:33:28 AM
Hey bay, what you think of iphone 5? any improvement over iphone 4s?


Sure it's an improvement: bigger screen and much faster LTE network.  I played with iPhone 5 in the Apple store a few weeks ago.  It is a solid phone as far as it goes, but I do not think it is a big enough of a leap to upgrade if one already has 4s.  In fact, I don’t think it is worth upgrading from 4 if you are happy with 4.  I have a 4 and unless I lose or damage it in the coming months I will keep using it until iPhone 5s.

Reviewers and Apple have touted the bigger screen.  A bigger screen is less impressive to me.  If I want to look at a bigger screen I will use my iPad.  I also think the iPad Mini is silly for the same reason.  If I want to use a smaller and more portable screen than my iPad I will use my iPhone.  Given the brisk sales of 7” tablets there is clearly a market for them, but I am not in that market.

You didn’t ask about it but let me weigh in on the new iMacs as well.  http://www.apple.com/imac/  Bay no likey!  >:(  I think losing the CD/DVD drive is a dealbreaker and I am glad I already have a previous generation 27” and 26” iMac with and CD/DVD drive.  I know Apple wants to move people away from disk drives, but the reality is people out there have tons of CDs and DVDs that they will want to rip.  One should not have to buy an external drive in order to do so.  Similarly, lots of people still want to burn their own CDs or DVDs.  The iMac is supposed to be a consumer friendly all in one solution.  Without a disk drive it is suddenly not so consumer friendly.  Apple should at least offer the drive as a choice for those consumers who want a drive with their machine.

Apple is bragging about how thin the new iMac is.  What exactly is the point of this?  Making it "thinner" makes it more likely to overheat in the long term (less air circulation).  The last time I checked, no one was complaining that the iMac is too "thick."  With the new thinner iMac Apple has come up with a solution to a "problem" that does not exist.  ::)
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: 24KT on November 01, 2012, 09:14:16 AM
It's enough to make you want to have a coupla babies.  :D
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on November 15, 2012, 11:22:00 AM
No offense to Motorola's Zoom, Samsung, or Google's Nexus, but one does not often see bad guys trying to steal their products.  :D


$1.5M in iPad minis stolen from JFK airport in 'GoodFellas' style heist
By Neil Hughes
A pair of thieves stole $1.5 million worth of Apple iPad minis from a building at New York's JFK airport that was also the site of a famous robbery in 1978.

Details of the valuable heist were revealed on Thursday by the New York Post. About 3,600 iPad minis that had just arrived from China were taken from one of the airport's cargo buildings.

That same building was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist in which $5 million in cash and $875,000 worth of jewelry were stolen — the largest cash robbery to ever occur on U.S. soil. That heist was featured in the 1990 film "GoodFellas" starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

The incident occurred this Monday, just before midnight, when a pair of thieves reportedly used one of the airport's own forklifts to steal two pallets of iPad minis. Not all of the shipments were placed on the truck, as the arrival of an airport worker allegedly forced the duo to leave three pallets behind.

Because the thieves arrived with an official JFK forklift, it's been speculated that an airport employee may have let them into the area near Building 261 around 11 p.m., and also let them out after the iPad minis were stolen.

Apple's iPad mini has a starting price of $329 for a 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only model. The most expensive option is the 64-gigabyte version with cellular data, which sells for $659.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Montague on November 16, 2012, 06:16:03 PM
Bay,

As you seem to be tech-savvy, I thought you a wise choice to ask:
One of my co-workers also works for a physician who recently began using a type of backup battery for his iPad and iPhone. The Dr. claims it can completely charge his tablet and phone with juice left over.

The kicker is that the battery device transfers the charge in a very short time; in around one minute according to my friend. Are you familiar with any such backup device?
I was looking at the iSound 16,000 mAh unit, but the description makes no mention of a rapid transfer time. In fact, none of the devices I've researched do, and that's one of the primary features I'm interested in.

I've asked my friend to get some information from the Doc, but she always ends up forgetting!
Any help?
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on November 16, 2012, 06:30:56 PM
Bay,

As you seem to be tech-savvy, I thought you a wise choice to ask:
One of my co-workers also works for a physician who recently began using a type of backup battery for his iPad and iPhone. The Dr. claims it can completely charge his tablet and phone with juice left over.

The kicker is that the battery device transfers the charge in a very short time; in around one minute according to my friend. Are you familiar with any such backup device?
I was looking at the iSound 16,000 mAh unit, but the description makes no mention of a rapid transfer time. In fact, none of the devices I've researched do, and that's one of the primary features I'm interested in.

I've asked my friend to get some information from the Doc, but she always ends up forgetting!
Any help?

I've never heard of it and I don't believe it exists.  I am not an engineer, but I do not believe we currently have the technology to recharge batteries--any batteries--in less than a minute.  I will be happy to be proven wrong.  If this device exists and is reliable it will soon be the wonder of tech universe so you should have no trouble finding it.  The fact that you can't find it suggests it is right up there with unicorns and the easter bunny.  :-\

Why doesn't your friend tell you then name of this product or give you a link to the company that makes it?
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Montague on November 16, 2012, 06:59:15 PM
I've never heard of it and I don't believe it exists.  I am not an engineer, but I do not believe we currently have the technology to recharge batteries--any batteries--in less than a minute.  I will be happy to be proven wrong.  If this device exists and is reliable it will soon be the wonder of tech universe so you should have no trouble finding it.  The fact that you can't find it suggests it is right up there with unicorns and the easter bunny.  :-\

Why doesn't you friend tell you then name of this product or give you a link to the company that makes it?


Eh, you know how some people are - "oh, sorry I forgot...I'll get it next time..." Then next time yields the same response.
Anyway, she said she thought the name started with an "L," and that he bought it at Best Buy for about $80 with his son's discount; it supposedly retails for $100 normally. I spent a fair amount of time on BB's site and turned up nothing.

I'll let you know here if I ever learn anything more.
Thanks for the input!
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: outby43 on November 16, 2012, 07:15:34 PM
Bay,

As you seem to be tech-savvy, I thought you a wise choice to ask:
One of my co-workers also works for a physician who recently began using a type of backup battery for his iPad and iPhone. The Dr. claims it can completely charge his tablet and phone with juice left over.

The kicker is that the battery device transfers the charge in a very short time; in around one minute according to my friend. Are you familiar with any such backup device?
I was looking at the iSound 16,000 mAh unit, but the description makes no mention of a rapid transfer time. In fact, none of the devices I've researched do, and that's one of the primary features I'm interested in.

I've asked my friend to get some information from the Doc, but she always ends up forgetting!
Any help?

Is it one of these?

http://www.mophie.com/mophie-juice-pack-air-iPhone-4-4S-battery-case-p/1145_jpa-ip4-blk.htm
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Montague on November 17, 2012, 03:30:46 AM
Is it one of these?

http://www.mophie.com/mophie-juice-pack-air-iPhone-4-4S-battery-case-p/1145_jpa-ip4-blk.htm


Not quite, but thanks for the info. Going by what my friend/co-worker said, this is a small rectangular box-shaped apparatus that sounds like a common external backup battery in description.

The item in your link is great, and I will likely get it, or something similar, once I renew my phone contract and get my 4S in the next month or so. My cousin's husband is a huge Apple mark, and I know that over the summer he purchased a case with built-in battery. It's probably the same product in your link, but I'm not positive; especially since I'm not familiar with many of the similar products out there.
I do know that he loves it, though. The only drawback is that it adds considerable weight to his iPhone, but I think that is to be reasonably epected for what it is.

I especially like this part:
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The juice pack is rechargeable for over 500 cycles. (Full cycles, partial cycles don’t count as full. So, you can charge your juice pack 10% of the way 10 times before it counts as a complete cycle.) Don’t be afraid to top it off!
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on November 17, 2012, 06:56:30 AM
May I ask why you would buy a 4s in a month or so when the 5 is already available?
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Montague on November 17, 2012, 01:58:46 PM
May I ask why you would buy a 4s in a month or so when the 5 is already available?


Sure.
From the feedback I've heard, consumers were somewhat disappointed with the improvements of the new 5, and many do not feel it merits an upgrade if you're not presently due for one - particularly for owners of the 4S, which is typically considered an outstanding model even now.

My contract is up. With the current price of the 4S and my credit, I can purchase it for $50, and it will be eligible for software upgrades for the majoity of my 2-year contract renewal.

Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on November 17, 2012, 04:40:50 PM

Sure.
From the feedback I've heard, consumers were somewhat disappointed with the improvements of the new 5, and many do not feel it merits an upgrade if you're not presently due for one - particularly for owners of the 4S, which is typically considered an outstanding model even now.

My contract is up. With the current price of the 4S and my credit, I can purchase it for $50, and it will be eligible for software upgrades for the majoity of my 2-year contract renewal.

I'm not sure I agree with your reasoning and conclusion, but I understand it.  Good luck. 8)
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Montague on November 20, 2012, 10:19:10 AM
Is it one of these?

http://www.mophie.com/mophie-juice-pack-air-iPhone-4-4S-battery-case-p/1145_jpa-ip4-blk.htm


Okay, it turns out that it is a Mophie product she was thinking of; I just confirmed it now.
Either she mis-represented the rapid charge time, or I misunderstood it. She confessed it is not a matter of minutes, but IS considerably faster than conventional charging methods...whatever the piss that means.
Could that have something to do with the output Amp power? Neither of my degrees is in electronics. :-\

I'm eyeing up this bad boy: http://assets.dreamgear.net/sell-sheets/DGIPAD-4544.pdf

Anybody care to offer any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: a_ahmed on November 20, 2012, 02:51:34 PM
Bahaha:

(http://hardocp.com/images/news/1353346484iX7uVcRHQI_1_1.jpg)

I've had an iphone since the 3g, and had every single one up to 4s. However iphone 5 what a load of crap.

I got myself a samsung s3 and WHAT A PHONE!
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on October 07, 2014, 01:35:09 PM
8 Annoying iPhone Default Settings (and How to Fix Them)
by Jason O. Gilbert

The iPhone is a fine phone, but, like all fine phones, it’s not flawless.

Many of the default settings of the iPhone can be worrisome, imperfect, or downright annoying. Here are eight settings that I would change first thing to make your iPhone experience a bit more pleasant:

1. Stop telling people your email is “Sent from my iPhone.”
By default, any email you send from Apple’s Mail app will come with the signature “Sent from my iPhone” below your message. Maybe you want to signal your phone of choice in every email you send; if not, you can wipe this setting out.

Go into Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and then scroll down until you see Signature. Tap that, tap the white box, and then delete those words until the box is blank.

Or you can write your own signature here!

2. Give yourself a distinctive ringtone.
In a perfect world, Apple would assign a random ringtone and new text message tone to each phone. Instead, everyone has the exact same notification sounds, which means that whenever you hear that Apple “Ding!” anywhere within a 40-foot radius, you go rummaging through your purse and pockets as though you just won the lottery and want to share the good news.

If you’re like me, however, the message is never for you. It was someone else’s phone. Boo.

Give yourself a distinctive notification sound so that you know when you, and not the hunky dude next to you on the bus, is receiving a message. Go to Settings, then Sounds, and then open up each important sound under Sounds and Vibration Patterns and choose something that is not “Opening” or “Note” for your sound effects.

3. Put all your Apple apps into their own folder.
There are certain apps on your iPhone that you can’t delete. Don’t invest in the market? Well, there’s nothing you can do about the Stocks app. Don’t play games? You’re stuck with Game Center. More of an Amazon Kindle person? Sorry; iBooks is here to stay.

While you can’t make these apps disappear, you can stash them away in a folder to reduce clutter on your home screen. Hold your finger down on one of the apps you want to hide until it starts shaking. Then drag it on top of another app you want to hide. This will form a folder, which you can name whatever you want. Drag all the apps you don’t care for, but can’t delete, into that folder.

They’ll still be taking up space in your storage, but at least you’ve removed them from your immediate line of vision, making it easier to find the apps you really need.

4. Make sure those apps don’t eat your data.
Another side effect of these permanent apps: They can eat up some of your precious monthly data.

Now, none of these are MB hogs. But why take the chance? You can choose to disable data usage over cellular networks for certain apps, meaning that they’ll connect to the Internet only over WiFi, where they won’t use your data.

Go into Settings → Cellular, and then flick the green switch off for any app you don’t want to use over your 3G or 4G. That could mean Passbook, Tips, Weather, or Music — or it could mean data-hungry Spotify, Foursquare, or even Facebook, if you’re trying to kick the habit.

You can also further tailor which of your apps automatically update on the background of your phone by going to Settings → General → Background App Refresh.

5. Cancel your credit cards.
iOS comes with an option to save usernames and passwords for websites you’ve visited, as well as credit card information.

By default, this is turned on; you’ll get a pop-up notification whenever you fill out an order form or a log-in field asking if you want to save that information.

This can save time, but it also might make you a little uneasy. And with good reason, some would say!

Good news: You can make the iPhone stop asking. Go to Settings, and then scroll down and find Safari (that’s your Web browser). Head into Passwords & Autofill and flick the green switches off for Names and Passwords and Credit Cards.

And voilà! Your little one will never purchase a race car on eBay again.

6. Do Not Track.
Websites, as you probably know, can track you around the Internet with cookies, even after you bounce off their page. They do this mostly to learn your habits and to serve more targeted advertisements.

Safari, your default browser, supports a privacy feature called Do Not Track, which stops this snooping behavior. (The Do Not Track setting is actually part of a mini privacy movement, which you can read about here.) By default, however, Do Not Track is turned off, which means that websites, well, Do Track. To stop them from tracking, go to Settings → Safari, and then turn on Do Not Track.

You can also go ahead and block cookies while you’re there, if you’re feeling extra privacy-conscious.

7. Protect your texts.
When you receive a text on your lock screen, the first few lines of the message are displayed under the recipient’s name. Sometimes texts are private and shouldn’t be displayed for anyone who glances at your phone to see. To change this, go to Settings → Notifications → Messages. Scroll down to Messages Options and toggle the Show Previews option off. Now, when you get a push notification, just the name of the person texting you will show up, along with the note “New message.”

8. Keep your battery juiced.
One of the major battery drainers in iOS 8 is the software’s parallax feature, which creates a foreground and background motion as you move the phone around. It’s pretty, but not worth losing your phone over while you’re out on the town. Turn it off by going to Settings → General → Accessibility. Scroll down until you see Reduce Motion, and turn it on.

Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on December 25, 2015, 09:12:42 AM
Apple requests another $179 million in supplemental damages from Samsung
By Daniel Eran Dilger   

Three weeks after finally receiving $548,176,477 from Samsung over the South Korean company's infringement of Apple's design and technology patents dating back to a 2012 jury verdict, the iPhone maker has filed for another $178,659,870 in supplemental damages and $1,192,490 in interest payments.

The supplemental damages and interest come on top of the the original $548 million Samsung finally agreed to pay earlier this month.

The supplemental damages, compiled on Apple's behalf by CPA Julie Davis, relate to continued infringement by Samsung after the original jury verdict of willful infringement was first issued in August 2012, continuing through this spring, when Apple filed its motion for supplemental damages.

The figure is based on unit sales figures provided by Samsung of five infringing models (quite old Galaxy S II variants) that Samsung continued to sell after the verdict was reached over three years ago.

If Apple is awarded the full amount, it will bring Samsung's total payout for infringement to less than $750 million, far less than the profits it made over the past four years by studying Apple's designs and then documenting its process of "slavishly copying" them as closely as possible, despite being fully aware that those designs and technologies were ostensibly protected by patent law.

While failing to win its initial demands in a series of cases brought to U.S. courts, Apple has effectively crushed Samsung's infringement-based profiteering in the market place, delivering a series of high end products that customers have selected in preference to Samsung's, even when the latter offered major price discounts and free offers.

While Samsung has seen its phone and tablet profits implode over the past year, Apple reported September quarter profits of $11.1 billion, twice that of Samsung Mobile at peak-Galaxy and five times what it is now earning.

Over the last year, Apple's sales of iPhone 6 models have crushed every other flagship Android or Windows phone, allowing the company to gobble up 94 percent of all profits earned in the smartphone industry, despite having equal (or inferior) access to markets, carriers and distribution.

Samsung is now producing record numbers of low end phones, and is set to be among those most impacted by future predictions of slowing global demand for smartphones. Additionally, Apple has also cultivated a highly profitable iPad business and launched a new Apple Watch that has in its first year become far more successful than all of Samsung's various Gear watches sold over the past three years.

While Samsung and Apple remain each other's largest partners, with Samsung supplying vast numbers of components and providing large scale chip production for Apple, the company is expected to lose Apple's A10 chip production next year to TSMC. Apple is also appears to be continuing to explore alternative suppliers and vertical integration in ways that will devastate the steady business Samsung has relied upon for many years.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: OB1 on January 25, 2016, 08:14:27 AM
Apple is overpriced crap.
Aka crApple.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Victor Venice Beach on September 28, 2016, 01:16:06 PM
Apple is overpriced crap.
Aka crApple.

It is overpriced indeed. But for me it is company policy. Anyone got that iphone 7?
Any improvements, can it rival Samsung' s high end models?
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: DroppingPlates on October 02, 2016, 08:35:42 AM
Apple products are designed for women and homosexuals, so they're def bay-likely
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Grape Ape on October 04, 2016, 06:36:54 AM
Apple is overpriced crap.
Aka crApple.


Care to eloborate?

iOS is very smooth and works extremely well.  It's a matter of preference between that and the customization Android provides.

iPads, Apple TV, iPhones are all great products.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on November 02, 2016, 04:58:07 AM
It is overpriced indeed. But for me it is company policy. Anyone got that iphone 7?
Any improvements, can it rival Samsung' s high end models?

I just ordered a 7+ at work (my job comes with a cell phone).  Will report once I have it.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Montague on November 03, 2016, 01:52:35 AM
I just ordered a 7+ at work (my job comes with a cell phone).  Will report once I have it.


One of the techs in my lab got one over the weekend and claims that the camera is superior to the previous model. She also said something else about it, but I didn't catch what since I tuned her out as I am apt to do.

Nice girl, but never shuts up.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on November 05, 2016, 05:42:39 AM
I am not sure what is left to be done with phone cameras but they keep coming up with new stuff.  Personally I prefer to use a real camera... but toting a camera with you everywhere is not practical so it IS nice to be able to snap even mediocre photos at the spur of the moment.

A description of the new camera's attributes is featured in this video.


http://images.apple.com/media/us/iphone-7/2016/5937a0dc_edb0_4343_af1c_41ff71808fe5/films/feature/iphone7-feature-tft-cc-us-20160907_1536x640h.mp4
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: HTexan on November 07, 2016, 09:36:35 PM
Iphone 7 plus is the shit. Mainly because it doesn't blow up like a samsung. ;D
(https://pics.onsizzle.com/when-samsung-makes-sa-sung-gold-vnote7-better-bombs-than-3971498.png)
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: DroppingPlates on November 07, 2016, 09:58:33 PM
Iphone 7 plus is the shit. Mainly because it doesn't blow up like a samsung. ;D

But beying gay, it might blow your dick
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: HTexan on November 07, 2016, 11:05:34 PM
But beying gay, it might blow your dick
I think being gay, your dick getting blown is a requirement. Gays have all the fun.  >:( ( maybe homo)
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: Mclovin on February 20, 2017, 02:56:39 PM
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http://utbblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/iPhone-10.jpeg

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Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: HTexan on February 20, 2017, 06:06:51 PM
Samsungs go boom
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on April 20, 2021, 03:17:59 PM
iPad Pro update: Apple's tablet gets an M1 chip, 5G and Liquid Retina XDR display in 2021
Apple gives its high-end tablet a much-anticipated speed bump and screen overhaul.
by Katie Collins

Apple has finally announced the upgrade to its iPad Pro that we've all been waiting for, as part of its 2021 Spring Forward on Tuesday. The iPad Pro has been due for a processor refresh, as well as some more advanced camera and screen technology, and now Apple has delivered -- primarily with the addition of its homegrown M1 chip.

Last year, Apple's 2020 iPad Pro refresh saw little that excited us in the way of design improvements and new additions -- a small processor bump and a depth-sensing lidar sensor aside. That means we've had our hopes pinned on 2021 as the year the iPad Pro gets a more significant overhaul.

"iPad is a magical sheet of glass that can become anything you want it to be," said iPad product marketing manager Raja Bose while introducing the upgraded tablet during Apple's event.

The new iPad Pro will be available in two different sizes: 12.9 inches and 11 inches. The devices will come with up to 16GB of memory and up to 2TB of storage. The 12.9-inch model price begins at $1,099 (£999, AU$1,649), with the 11-inch model starting at $799 (£749, AU$1,199). Preorders will open on April 30, and Apple expects devices to start shipping in the second half of May.

Key among the 2021 upgrades is the addition of Apple's M1 chip, first announced last November and "by far the highest performance" processor the company has ever created. The addition of the eight-core chip to the iPad Pro could mean a huge speed boost and better battery performance, with Apple promising a 50% performance improvement over the previous version.

The existing iPad Pro with its A12Z processor offers a zippy experience as is. But more speed is always appreciated, and will hopefully mean the iPad becomes even more of a multitasking monster and can also offer true second monitor support. The M1 chip will also bring a boost in graphics performance, which is over 1,500 times better than the first-generation iPad, according to Apple.

The 2021 iPad Pro is also the first Apple tablet to offer 5G connectivity. With 5G rollouts speeding up around the globe, users who rely on high-speed connectivity on the go will likely appreciate the option to take advantage of the fastest data speeds available.

Another first for iPads (and tablets everywhere) is the introduction of a high-speed Thunderbolt port on the iPad Pro. Until now, Thunderbolt has only been available on Macs and Windows PCs. It uses the same connector as USB-C, but allows for expanded and higher-speed external storage, improved monitor connection and more advanced docks.

As part of the iPad Pro's screen overhaul, Apple is introducing a Liquid Retina XDR display to its top 12.9-inch tablet. With 5.59 million pixels, this technology is the same as the tech that can be seen on Apple's top-end XDR pro display. It offers brilliant brightness peaking at 1,600 nits, along with a wider-than-ever spectrum of color and extreme high contrast.

Perhaps in recognition of the fact that we're all spending a lot of time on Zoom calls these days, Apple has moved its forward-facing camera from a portrait position on the top of the iPad Pro down to the landscape position on the side. The TrueDepth, 12-megapixel, wide-angle camera should still enable you to unlock your device with Face ID no matter what rotation you're using it in. A new "center stage" feature means that if you're on a video call, the iPad will pan to keep you in the center of the camera's field of vision even if you're moving around the room. If other people join you in the room, it will also zoom out to ensure everyone appears on screen.

The new M1-powered iPad Pro will work with Apple's Magic Keyboard, which now comes in a new white color. From next week iOS 14.5 will be available for all iPads, including the new iPad Pro when it's available, which will offer expanded language support for Apple Pencil and support for the latest games controllers.

As was to be expected due to current circumstances, Apple's spring event on Tuesday was fully virtual. Though Apple hasn't been able to lean on its typical stage format due to the pandemic, it has been able to replicate much of the slick presentation through livestreaming videos instead.

We're also only weeks away now from the second all-virtual WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference, where we're sure to learn about software updates coming to the new iPad Pros, along with other iPad models, later this year. So for all that we got with the new iPad lineup, there's sure to be more to come soon.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on April 20, 2021, 03:22:02 PM
Apple debuts colorful 24-inch iMac with M1, upgraded camera and audio
By Neil Hughes

Apple's all-in-one desktop became the latest Mac to make the transition to Apple Silicon on Tuesday, with a new iMac sporting the M1 chip and an array of color options.

The redesigned 24-inch iMac sports an updated and sleeker design that's much more compact than its predecessors, thanks to the smaller footprint of the M1 system-on-chip design. It features softer edges and a front panel that's created from a single sheet of glass. On the display side, the new iMac sports a 24-inch Retina display with True Tone support.

Apple has also given the new iMac a major upgrade across its audio and video channels, including a three-mic array, a 1080p FaceTime camera, and increased speaker power. It also supports Dolby Audio and Spatial Audio.

Boasting Apple Silicon in the form of the M1 chip, Apple says it's the fastest iMac to date. Apple says the iMac is up to 85% faster than the previous models across apps like Xcode, Lightroom, and iMovie. It also sports graphics that are up to 2 times faster than past models.

In a move that recalls the original iMac G3 released in 1998, the new iMacs come in a range of new color options, including green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. On the rear, it has up to 4 USB-C ports, of which two are Thunderbolt 3, as well as a new magnetic power connector. The device also features an updated Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.

It starts at $1,299 and becomes available for preorder on April 30, 2021. The device will start shipping out to customers in the second half of May.

The iMac becomes the fourth Mac to transition to Apple Silicon, following the debut of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini last fall.

Apple's all-in-one desktop became the latest Mac to make the transition to Apple Silicon on Tuesday, with a new iMac sporting the M1 chip and an array of color options.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on April 21, 2021, 05:52:48 AM
Now this is a product I have use for.  Not only can I attach it to my keys and my luggage, I can hide one in my cars in case they are ever stolen.  All those expensive subscription geo locator services just took it on the chin courtesy of Apple.

Apple's AirTag helps you keep track of your things for $29 each, $99 in a four-pack
By Andrew O'Hara

After a series of leaks and rumors spanning years, Apple's AirTag tracker system has arrived to help you keep track of all your gear from your iPhone. Integrating with Apple's "Find My" app, the accessories are priced at $29 apiece, or $99 for a four-pack.

The new circular trackers can be affixed to different devices and located using the updated Find My app included as part of iOS 14. The updated app is broken out into four tabs for "People," "Devices," "Items," and "Me."

Objects can be placed into "lost" mode where when another iPhone user comes in proximity it sends the device location back to the owner, similar to Tile's community feature. When in lost mode, anyone who finds them can tap them via NFC to learn more about the lost item.

When ordering, users are able to customize their AirTags with emojis to make them representative of what you are tracking with them.

The device trackers will utilize Apple's U1 chip, have an internal accelerometer, sport IP67 water and dust resistance, and have a built-in speaker for easier discovery. The back is laser-etched polished stainless steel while the top is plastic and can be personalized.

The battery is user-replaceable so they aren't discarded when the battery dies. The battery will also last over a year with regular use.

When trying to track down your item, a precision fiding feature in the Find My app gives you exact directions and distance to where your device is.

Setup mimics Apple's AirPods experience. Just bring AirTag near your iPhone and a card appears on screen to help you onboard the device and add to the Find My app.

To go with AirTag, Apple is introducing a line of accessories. Apple has its own Polyurethane Loop, Leather Loop, and Leather Key Ring.

Apple was rumored to launch the trackers for some time. Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated the rumor just prior to Apple's iPhone 11 event in 2019 though the trackers never surfaced. Code in builds of iOS 13 revealed the shapes and even the name of Apple's then-unannounced tracker and the final release of iOS 13.2 revealed a first look at the revamped Find My app.

As Apple finalized the tags for release, additional rumors and renders spread online including a slew of third-party covers and accessories to attach the tags to various things.

In April, Apple officially brought its third-party Find My network online after announcing it at the 2020 Worldwide Developer Conference. Supported third-party Find My devices including the new Belkin SoundForm earbuds, VanMoof's e-bikes, and the Chipolo ONE Spot tracker.
Title: Re: Apple stuff
Post by: BayGBM on June 16, 2021, 01:18:12 PM
Really?  This retail store effort seems pathetic to me. ::)

Google's New York City store is part retail site, part 'exploratorium'
The search giant will open its first-ever retail store Thursday, as it tries to capture some of Apple's success in retail.
by Richard Nieva

Google this week is opening its first-ever retail store, a 5,000-square-foot hub in New York City, as the search giant pours more investment into its consumer device business.

The store, which opens Thursday in the city's Chelsea neighborhood, is located on the ground floor of the company's New York headquarters. It will sell Google hardware, from the company's Pixel phones to Nest speakers and displays, and showcase services including the Google Assistant and Stadia, the company's streaming video game platform. 

The location is part store, part "exploratorium," said Ivy Ross, Google's vice president of hardware design, who helped develop the look and feel of the site. The location has interactive elements, like an exhibit where customers can say a phrase and have it translated into 24 languages in real time using Google Translate. Another exhibit lets people go into a darkened room with neon lights to try out the Nightsight mode for low light on Pixel phones.

"We did this with the same design principles we use in designing our products," Ross said during a press briefing this week. "It has a sensorial, tactile feel to it."

The store is Google's attempt to capture some of the retail success that Apple has had with its stores across the planet. Some of Apple's locations, like its glass cube storefront on 5th Avenue in New York City, are considered tourist destinations that attract visitors from around the world.

Amazon has been experimenting with physical retail too. The e-commerce giant has Go stores in San Francisco and other cities that use cameras and sensors to charge people for items instead of using traditional checkout. The company also owns the Whole Foods grocery store chain.

Google said it's putting health restrictions in place for the time being, as the US tries to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited number of people will be allowed at the store at a time, employees will wear masks and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the location, said Jason Rosenthal, Google's vice president of direct channels and membership. 

Rosenthal declined to comment on the possibility of Google building more stores in the future.

The Chelsea store, designed by New York City-based architect Suchi Reddy, isn't Google's first effort at retail. The company has set up pop-up stores since 2016, when Google first released its Pixel phone and made a more serious push into consumer hardware.

But the company's retail aspirations go back even further. In 2013, Google built a fleet of barges that were intended to serve as floating showrooms for its Google Glass eyewear and other consumer devices. The project, which touched off a frenzy of speculation after CNET discovered Google's connection to a barge floating in the San Francisco Bay, was meant to be a tony, invite-only experience for VIPs. The initiative was eventually scrapped before the showrooms could open.