Tuesday, September 1, 2015

University of Oklahoma Accepts Apple Pay

The University of Oklahoma has become the first university to fully accept Apple Pay. The Passbook (soon to be called Wallet) app even has a custom card texture for the university's credit card! Everything from books to lunch can be bought with Apple Pay. This is the first college campus to partner up with Apple to get Apple Pay to work across their campus.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Apple To Produce Original TV Shows

According to Variety, Apple may get into creating their own TV shows. It's not confirmed if this is certain or what genres will be made. This is all very hazy at the moment, so nothing should be assumed.
"Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift."
- Variety

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Apple TV Release Rumors

According to 9to5Mac, the next Apple TV will release in October. When it does, the current-generation Apple TV will remain at $69, so there's no reason to not buy it now if you want the current-generation model. Also, the new Apple TV will be either $149 or $199. Finally, an Apple-brand streaming service could come as soon as next year. Stay tuned (or loaded?) for more coverage on the iPhone 6s and Apple TV.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Google Medical Drones

Google wants to save your life. This should come as no surprise as Google is doing a lot of things, from trying to solve death by natural causes to self-driving cars. With Alphabet, this stream doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. Google is now developing drones that can be summoned via smartphone to your location and can provide medical assistance. For example, it can provide medical instructions to anyone person if human assistance is required. As for what the drone can do, it's up to Google. From my perspective, it can bring medical equipment of different assortments that can help in certain situations. It's interesting where something like this can go, considering that air travel can be significantly more efficient than road travel. However, whether a drone can go faster than an ambulance is a challenge. Especially with heavy medical equipment. We'll hopefully hear more of this in the future.

Friday, August 28, 2015

iPhone 6s Event: Invite Analysis

Yesterday, Apple released their invite to the press and public to attend and watch (respectively) their keynote. Below, I have annotated the promotional graphic. The first thing I should point out is the multicolored waves reflects the waves used in the new Siri animation of iOS 9 (as shown by the left annotation). Also, asking Siri to "give you a hint" will trigger a random response.
"Look deep within yourself and you will find the answer. Especially on September 9."
"Why don't you check a rumors blog? That's what I do."
 "You're cute when you're desperate for information." 
... among many others. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Apple Announces 2015 iPhone Event

Today, Apple announced their annual iPhone event. It will be on September 9th. The announcement uses the tagline, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Using this command in Siri has Siri tease you with the day of the event in hopes of sparking anticipation. At this event, the next-generation of iPhones will be announced and a new Apple TV, along with iOS, watchOS, and OS X updates. Apple also has a page for the event with a calendar event.

Image Credit: The Loop

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Apple Watch Camera Remote

I apparently forgot to write about this feature on the Apple Watch. As some may have seen on my Instagram, I took a picture using my Apple Watch as a camera remote. How do you do that? On the Apple Watch, there is an included app called Camera Remote. It automatically enables the camera on your paired iPhone, and provides a view on your Apple Watch. You can instantly take a picture, or set a 3-second timer. Take that selfie stick!

The Camera Remote App on Apple Watch

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

iPhone 6s Shown Booting

MacRumors has received a video showing an iPhone 6s boot to a gear icon. It also shows the logic board with an unmarked processor, supposedly the A9 chip. In addition, we see cellular data improvements and multiple chips being combined into one to reduce size and increase capabilities. Check out the video below!

Image Credit: MacRumors

Monday, August 24, 2015

One to One Program Ending

One to One is Apple's tutoring service that cost $99 dollars per year. As the name suggests, it's one to one. Apple is going to discontinue One to One to allow for workshops that allow for more people to learn at once, kinda like a carpool. Apple will however honor the remainder of the year of One to One service the customer has. I don't think many people will miss it because of, well, the internet. If you do want a membership, now is the time since it hasn't been discontinued as of when I am posting this.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Apple Creates Apple Watch Flower Ad Campaign

Apple has made a new ad campaign for their retail stores. In front of Apple Stores, there are new wallpapers in the display areas. They feature a large picture of a flower behind an Apple Watch. It's kinda funny to see how small the Apple Watch is in the huge display. Especially when the watch is the only thing in the display. Here are some pictures.

Image Credit: Wallpaper
Image Credit: Wallpaper