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Month: September 2018

Another Day, Another Update: iOS 12

September 17, 2018

Since 2007, when the first iPhone was released we often waited for the obligatory “ping” on our iPhones to let us know the latest update is available. Today is no different as the latest software, iOS 12 is now available across iPhones and iPads globally.

 

iOS 12

Out of all the iOS softwares that we have seen, iOS 12 is going to be the most reliable out of the lot. If you’re thinking like we are i’m sure you’re aware this is much needed since Apple products are well known to start falling short after the first year of ownership. Problems such as decreased battery life and crashes become like a common cold, possibly short lived but very annoying

 

Features:

Alongside the previous mentioned bug fixes, iOS 12 is likely to bring some fun changes to the Messages App… For all you lovers of photo filters on Snapchat and Instagram you’ll be happy to hear Apple are picking up on the quirky trend. You’ll now be able to send your much loved filtered faces to your friends and family with Apple products. Unfortunately though, for those of us who haven’t kept up with the regularly updating models we can’t take part in the fun. The new filters feature is only available on the iPhone x and later devices. Don’t panic though there are plenty more exciting features…

AR & VR

If you’re into Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) this feature is for you. The new iOS 12 gives developers the ability to create multiplayer AR games. Now for those of you who read that as a jumble of fancy words. Augmented Reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. For those previously mentioned Snapchat filter lovers or Pokemon Go fans you’ve experienced AR first hand. Pretty cool right?

Pokemon GO

Restricted usage

One feature that will be available on the new iOS 12 software is likely to cause some controversy, Screen Time. Screen Time is designed to restrict the amount of time you spend on your device. So for those of you who want to restrict the amount of time you spend on your devices or have parents who think you should. You may want to start conquering your addictions with Kylie Jenner’s instagram because you may be limited on time. Before your screen time is limited by the new update why not follow us on social media:

Notifications

Another more exciting and useful feature of the iOS 12 update is Group Notifications. In case the name doesn’t give it away, group notifications is a great way to “group” notifications from the same app. This is great if you’ve just posted a picture on Instagram and get hundreds of likes – yes some people are that popular! Alternatively, those group chats which are constantly taking up screen space while you’re expecting an important message. IOS 12 has you covered by grouping them all together.

Siri Updates

For the more tech savvy among us , the new Siri Shortcuts app and section in Settings is a great way to automate your daily tasks. For example, you might use the Tile app to locate your keys. Siri will suggest adding this as a Shortcut and you’ll just need to say “Find My Keys” next time you lose them!

When is it available?

Are you currently running on iOS 11? After reading this blog are you dying to get your hands on the latest software? All these new features and more will be available very soon, today in fact, so get downloading.

Interested in a new device to test these features out? Check out our blog: Gather Round’ – Apple’s latest announcement, in case you missed it” for the low-down on Apple’s brand new iPhone Xs and XR which were available for pre-order as of Friday (14th September).

iPhone XR

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‘Gather Round’ – Apple’s latest announcement, in case you missed it

September 13, 2018

Yesterday Apple treated us all to a 2-hour, in-depth talk about the release of three new iPhones, as well as two new Apple Watch sizes at their annual launch event in San Francisco.

iPhone Xs

The two new iPhone models mentioned were the Xs and Xs Max. The iPhone Xs is set to replace the company’s 2017 product, the iPhone X. The other, the iPhone Xs Max is a bigger version coming in at a whopping 6.5” screen, the largest screen size ever seen on an iPhone! The smaller of the two has a 5.8” screen – the same as the existing iPhone X. The existing Black & White colours were shown with a new Gold colour device added to the lineup for those of us that like to jazz things up a bit.

New iPhone Xs
The iPhone Xs Max will feature the largest display ever for an iPhone

 

iPhone XR

After revealing other key information about the new products such as performance, battery and camera improvements. Apple revealed a brand-new line to replace the existing iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – The iPhone XR! This phone, released to be a slightly more reasonable priced product as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus was for the iPhone X, has a single lens camera with an 6.1” screen and comes in 6 colours: Black, White, Red, Blue, Coral & Yellow.

iPhone XR
The iPhone XR introduces the first Liquid Retina 6.1” display

But what do these new sizes mean for App Store content?

Well, it’s hard to say exactly. Seeing as this was Apple’s hardware announcement.

What we do know is that Apple have now updated App Store Connect to require developers to upload 5.8” screenshots for their apps, with 6.5” screenshots required from March 2019 and onwards.

iPhone XR
5.8” Screenshots will no longer be optional in the App Store

Apple Watch & Other Products

In other exciting news, Apple revealed the biggest redesign to the Apple Watch since it went on sale. As well as a larger watch face, new features like the first publicly available ECG and Haptic Digital Crown were added. The screen also fills more of the Watch face too – in-line with the striking iPhone X line.

Apple also revealed that iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 will all be released on 17th September, with an update to HomePod bringing new features like multiple timers, phone calling & more. Apple’s macOS version 10.14 will be released a week later to consumers on 24th September.

Cost

Here are the base prices for the products revealed by Apple:

iPhone Xs (64GB): £999

iPhone Xs Max (64GB): £1,099

iPhone XR (64GB): £749

Apple Watch 40mm: £399

Apple Watch 44mm: £429

 

If like us you’re willing to take out a second mortgage for the infamous Apple products we will be seeing you on the 24th of September when the iPhone Xs and new Apple Watch models will be released. Or for those of you who need to do a bit more saving and are after more colourful options we will be seeing you on the 26th of October when the iPhone XR is due to hit stores.

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