Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Apple TV To Be Announced At September Event

The delayed new Apple TV is expected to be announced at the September iPhone event. This is the Apple TV that will have an App Store. This was supposed to be announced at WWDC 2015. This Apple TV may also have a remote with Touch ID. Needless to say, this will be a significant update.

Mockups of new Apple TV created by the community

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Apple Campus 2 Visitor Center

Among one of the cooler things that will be at the new Apple Campus 2 is a visitor center. At the current headquarters, there is a gift shop, but no visitor center. This is a step up. Why? There is a planned cafe, a gift shop, AND an observation deck. The observation deck will overlook the main area of the headquarters, giving visitors a better view of what the inside of Apple headquarters looks like. A finished main building is planned to be ready in 2016.

Rendering of Visitor's Center submitted to the City of Cupertino

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Apple Music and T-Mobile Music Freedom

T-Mobile's Music Freedom, the service that allows customers to stream music without using any of their data plan, will work with Apple Music. Now, customers of T-Mobile won't have to use any of their data quota while listening to Apple Music and Beats 1. Music Freedom also works with Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, and Sirius XM.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Apple Watch Videos

Apple has created new videos to showcase apps that work well on Apple Watch. They talk about music, fitness, and travel. They all show three different apps that are appropriate to the situation the title describes. Please check them out in the embeds below.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Best Buy Will Sell Apple Watch August 7th

Best Buy will become one of the first third-party retailers to begin selling Apple Watch. They will begin selling it on August 7th, or next Friday. This will greatly expand Apple Watch's availability. Several months ago, Apple sold out of most of its models instantly at its launch. Inventory has been revived in June and Apple Watches began to be sold in Apple Retail Stores the same month.
"Customers love Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to begin offering it at Best Buy locations across the U.S. starting August 7. More than 300 Best Buy stores will carry Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models in time for the holiday shopping season."
- Apple Spokesman

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a documentary that will be released on September 4th of this year. It just had a trailer released. You can watch it below. However, Eddie Cue was disappointed in the trailer, saying that it depicted Jobs in a negative, false light. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Why There's Nothing Like iPhone

Apple has launched a new ad campaign for iPhone called "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." It talks about unique features of the iPhone. It's a really well done site with fancy graphics. It talks about the camera, hardware, software, security, apps, and more. Please check out this site, it's really cool and makes me want to buy one even though I already own one. I'm sure there's an illuminati joke in there somewhere, but until then, I hope this helps.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Touch ID + Apple TV?

Apple has filed a patent that could make the next-generation Apple TV a lot cooler. It would combine Touch ID into the included remote. This could allow some Apple TV content to be restricted, perhaps by age rating, and could be used to control home automation devices. This could be a big selling point of the new Apple TV, other than a predicted, dedicated Apple TV App Store.

Mockup of new Apple TV Remote

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Apple Watch Obtained 75% of Smartwatch Market Share In Its Launch Quarter

Despite many people calling it a flop, the Apple Watch is quickly becoming popular and has a higher satisfaction rate than the iPhone and iPad at their initial launch quarters. In addition to that, Apple Watch has dominated the smartwatch market this last quarter. Specifically, 75.5%, followed by Samsung at 7.5% (previously 73.6%), and the remainder composed of all other smartwatches, including Pebble. These numbers are outstanding and show that the Apple Watch was very well executed.

Image Credit: Strategy Analytics

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

iOS 9 Devices Can No Longer Review Apps

I have to rant for a second. Developer previews have the word "developer" in them for a reason! Don't download this on your everyday iOS device or half of your apps will be broken. Why? Because developers haven't optimized them yet. That's the whole purpose of the developer preview! Developers need to explore the technologies of iOS 9. Developer previews are not a playground, they are a construction site. So, don't spend $99 thinking, "I can get iOS 9 early" because that's not the intended purpose! You will lose data!

Okay, rant over...

Anyways, because people find their apps breaking in iOS 9 developer previews, they leave bad, undeserved reviews on apps in the Apple App Store. This brings their overall rating down. Apple has addressed this by not allowing reviews on apps from devices running the iOS 9 beta. This will prevent misconceptions of the app caused by a developer preview. Strangely, they have left in the ability to leave ratings in the form of stars (1-5 scale). Whatever you do, don't rate apps in the iOS 9 beta. Any problems you experience are probably due to your iOS 9 beta software. Also, reading the description helps. Sometimes, there are explanations for problems there, like outdated hardware.