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Apple Accessibility Features you Might not of Known About

“The accessibility problems of today are the mainstream breakthroughs of tomorrow.” –Eve Andersson, Director of Google AI.

For Apple, accessibility is one of its seven core values. They want everyone to be included and able to use their products. They “build powerful assistive features into their products to give people with physical limitations greater control over their lives.”

I wanted to provide a list of different accessibility features you might not have known about:

VoiceOver: VoiceOver tells you what is happening on your screen in real time. This is great because it allows  you to navigate your device just by listening.

Invert Colors: Invert colors changes the display values on your phone to create more contrast. This feature has multiple vision settings for people with a range of vision needs. BONUS hack: if you turn this on, it helps save and or prolong your battery life.

Magnifier: You can use this tool to increase the size of anything you point it at. How it works is that, it uses the camera on your device to increase the size of the things you point at.

LED Flash-Phone ringer: This can be very alerting or very annoying. When you have an incoming FaceTime call, text message, email or notification you can set the flash from your camera to go off. Trust me, you will never miss a notification again if this feature is set on.

Type questions to Siri:You do not actually have to talk to Siri with this feature. You can type your question or command out.

Make larger buttons for easier tapping:This trick,  allows you to manipulate the button’s shape to make it larger or more 3D like. For anyone with eye-hand coordination impairment, button shapes can help more accurate and efficient tapping. But it can also help if you have larger fingers!

Connecting hearing aids to your apple device:You can connect your hearing aids via Bluetooth capability. But what is really cool is, you can choose the “Live Listen” mode when connecting your hearing aids. This mode uses the iPhone’s mic to pick up on outside conversations and sounds, further bettering your hearing.

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Apple’s New Credit Card

Apple recently revealed the details of its new credit card, which they have teamed up with Goldman Sachs on; the Apple credit card is designed to be used with Apple Pay. Some of the perks offered with the card include daily cash back, no annual fees, no late fees, and interest rates that are among the lowest when compared to others in the industry. Only those who have the Apple card will be able to access special features in the Apple Wallet app.

As exciting as this new credit card sounds, consumers should keep in mind a few things. For one, the card is designed to promote Apple Pay, possibly because mobile payments have still not caught on in the US as it has in other parts of the world, such as China for example. This is mainly due to merchants being slow adapting to new technology, and so fixated on the transition of chip-and-PIN cards.

PayPal, including Venmo, has 267 million users, compared to the 32 million Apple Pay users, according to research from Richard Crone, a consultant in the payments industry. Following Apple Pay are Walmart Pay with 31 million users and Starbucks with 25 million users.

The special features in the Apple Wallet app is Apple and Goldman’s plan to make the card competitive over others. Those who use the card will be able to track their spending, and purchases will be sorted into color-coded categories to make everything visual and easier to read. It is also expected to have features similar to those of a savings app, where users can set spending goals, budgeting and managing their card.

Another thing that consumers should keep in mind is the fact that mobile payments can affect how you spend money. “Any way you make spending less tangible, there is that risk you’ll spend more because you’re not actually seeing that money come out of your wallet,” said Arielle O’Shea, a credit card expert at NerdWallet. According to a recent report from Zion Market Research, researchers found the following:

  • The total amount of money consumers spent increased 2.4% after the adoption of mobile payments.
  • The total number of retail transactions also went up by more than 23%, largely because people were buying low-cost items more frequently.
  • The amount spent using physical credit cards fell by 3.9%.
  • People spent slightly more money online after they started using this mobile wallet.
  • Using a mobile wallet made people more likely to spend more on food, entertainment and travel, but didn’t affect spending on education or health care.

Aside from this being a way for users to spend more money, Apple and Goldman Sachs will be able to collect data on what consumers prioritize in their financial lives through features added to the Apple Wallet app, leading to targeting customers for different financing options and credit cards to suit them. As it is a breakthrough for Apple to jump into another industry, you may want to consider these and other possible factors before applying for an Apple Card.

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AirPower Trademark Secured to Apple

On Thursday, March 21, Apple has finally secured the AirPower trademark since their first attempt in summer 2018.  Advanced Access Technologies had filed an earlier application to trademark the term.  However, Apple opposed their application in the trademark of AirPower in January 2019 because it would result in confusion with already existing products, such as AirPlay, AirPort, AirPods, and AirPrint.

After acquiring the AirPower trademark, there are more rumors suggesting the launch for their long-awaited charging accessory. AirPower is a charging mat that has been designed to charge Qi-based iPhones, the Apple Watch and AirPods, using a specially designed  wireless compatible AirPods Charging Case, which has also been expecting a soon release. The new mat is big enough to charge all three devices at once, with the AirPower being connected to an external power source.  It also has a feature that lets the iPhone display the battery level of each device on the charging mat.

Although the AirPower charging mat was initially to be released in 2018, it has been reported that they are still working out manufacturing issues for the product, such as software bugs and potentially overheating. As far as pricing for the AirPower charging mat, there has not been a given price except for rumors saying it will be between $130-$200. Based on existing Apple products and wireless accessories,, this sounds like the right price range for this new release.

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Apple Watch Series 4 – Saving Lives In No Time

Can an Apple watch really save a life? The answer to this is yes. This advanced technology that you wear on your wrist can actually be of use to your health. This watch is programmed to alert you of high blood pressure, strokes, hard falls, etc. Reminders such as “breathe” is sent to you as it monitors your breathing patterns. If your heart rate goes above 120bpm or lower than  40bpm then you Apple watch will send a notification. There are also motion detectors, meaning if your apple watch feels you’ve taken a hard fall, immediately emergency services will be dialed. If you don’t respond within 1 minute, the watch calls for you and help will be on the way.Image result for apple 4 watch health
Another feature the watch has is the irregular rhythm feature which detects irregular heart rates. There has been quite a few cases where the Apple watch has been proven to work.
For example, a man named David Gilley, 61, living in Atlanta was feeling under the weather. He went to the hospital (his watch told him to) and when he got there he was diagnosed with abnormal heart rate condition. 
Another man, Gaston D’aquino, 76,  didn’t even know that 2/3 of his coronary arteries were blocked. The only functioning one had 10 percent of it’s usual capacity. 
Ira Flatow’s brother didn’t know that his heart rate was 80 bpm over the average until his watch notified him. 
My brother was saved by his Apple Watch. After he felt a rapid heart beat >200 bpm, his watch told him to “go to the hospital.” He did and his tachycardia was diagnosed.
If you’re currently  shopping for new technology, keep this in mind. Investing in buying an Apple watch can also be useful if you’ve been diagnosed with heart issues.  For more information, please visit Apple Watch — Real Stories — Apple
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App Store offers 10% more

If you are an Apple user, adding money to your iTunes and App Store accounts may end up benefiting you in the long run. On Sunday, March 10th, Apple launched a promotion allowing customers to obtain a 10% bonus when adding to their Apple Funds. This bonus will be valid until March 14th, 2019 and is being offered to customers adding between $1 and $200 to their accounts.

The promotion can be found on the iPhone by visiting the app store and clicking on the account icon in the top right corner. After clicking on the“AddFunds to Apple ID” tab located right above the“SignOut” tab, customers will be brought to a list of possible dollar amounts to add to their accounts ranging anywhere from $10 to $100 including the option to choose an unlisted amount by clicking on the tab labeled“Other”.All preset amounts include information regarding how much of a bonus would be received if the amount was added to their accounts(by adding $10 a $1 bonus is added, by adding $25 a $2.50 bonus is added etc.) and the same information is added to the“Other”option once it is picked and a dollar amount is added. The process works similarly on a MacBook with the main differences being that customers seeking out the promotion need to click on their icon at the bottom left corner of the app store and click on the link entitled“ViewInformation” in the upper right hand corner of the screen in order to add additional funds to their Apple accounts and get the bonus. 

This promotion is beneficial to Apple customers who find themselves generally spending a decent amount of their money on apps and music through both the App store and iTunes store considering it allows customers to buy more with less of an impact to their own personal funds. 

The promotion is available to Apple customers only in the United States, however similar promotions have been offered in various countries including Germany where Apple is offering a 15% bonus with the addition of funds to Apple accounts instead of a 10% bonus.  

 

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Samsung On The Rise

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz that Samsung has made a comeback.  Samsung has been coming out with back to back products and they’re selling well. While they’re rising. Apple has been falling down slowly. They have had to lower their prices due to the fact that not all of their customers can afford all of their innovative products. Not to mention the glitches that Apple has been facing. Samsung on the other hand, has been making products that are worth your money. 
The Galaxy Buds
Above all, Samsung has yet to release their two products that has everyone talking. Their Samsung Galaxy buds alongside the Galaxy S10 is set to drop March 8 of this year. They’re easy to use for a work out or even just a everyday usage. They will be dropping in three different colors-white, black and canary yellow which matches the Galaxy S10e. One of it’s coolest features? All you have to do I place your buds on the back of your Galaxy 10 and it will charge! The Galaxy S10, S10e and 10+ will all have more storage, an OLED display, and dual rear cameras. 
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The Galaxy Fold
The all new Galaxy fold, due to release April 26 of this year will include,  512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, two batteries, and 6 cameras total:“10MP camera above the smaller screen, three rear cameras—a 16MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera—on the back of the“cover,”and both a 10MP selfie camera and an 8MP RGB depth camera in the notch above the larger display.” This seems like a good buy because its portable. You can play games, have features of a phone and do work all in one!  
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Which ever company you feel loyal to, you should always be open to trying out new products, you might fall in love. 
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AirPod 2 … Is It True?

Apple AirPods are nothing new to the game. They came out in December of 2016, but only became much more popular in 2018. 
You’ve probably heard the buzz about the latest AirPods 2 and it’s true. Said to be dropped later this year, Apple is dropping all new AirPod headphones-and they’re in black! Not only are they changing the color of the headphones from white to black, but it’s also coming out with new improvements. The biggest problem with the first generation of AirPods was that they fall out and are easy to lose. Apple is making it so that there is a grip on the headphones and case, making it easier to grasp. 
Apple is also working to refine the audio which was also a concern by customers. They’re including better bass response and sound quality. The headphones will come in with Bluetooth 5.0. The originals are currently set at Bluetooth 4.2. This means that battery life, speed and range will be majorly improved.  
Last but not least, Apple would like to include biometric sensors to the list of improvements. Though all these additions and tweaks are nice, it comes with a price tag. The original AirPods are worth $159 (£159 in the UK), the AirPod 2 will be listed at $200 ( £200 in the UK). 
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Apple FaceTime Glitch Discovered By Grant Thompson, Finally Resolved

If you’ve been reading the news lately you’ve probably heard about the Apple FaceTime glitch. If you haven’t, then we’ll briefly fill you in about it. There was a glitch in the system where even if you didn’t pick up a FaceTime call, people could listen in on your conversation and turn he FaceTime into a live microphone. Creepy, right?

Grant Thompson , a 14 year old teenage boy, was the one who discovered the glitch. He was doing a group FaceTime call, Apple’s latest addition to IOS, when he uncovered this bug. He and his mother both contacted Apple immediately after that. The mind blowing part was how long it took apple to finally get back and address the situation. Once they looked into it (a week later) they quickly got to working on a way to resolve this issue.

As a result, Apple temporarily disabled group face time until they could get the bug under the control. Shortly after, they created the IOS 12.1.4 update. This update assures safety and privacy to talk freely on the phone and on your Mac without feeling like someone is listening in. It is highly recommended that you do this update.

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Apple planning new iPad, including an updated iPad mini

New iPad and a laser-powered 3D camera in 2020

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Apple could release at least two new iPads this year, including a cheaper version of the iPad mini. According to Bloomberg, there was no new version of iPad mini since 2015. The other upcoming iPad reportedly has a 10-inch screen with a faster processor and might be released as soon as this spring. That device would keep its Lightning port like it used to do for the past few years.

Bloomberg also reports that Apple is considering to release an upgraded new iPad Pro for spring 2020. And they would introduce a laser-powered 3D camera to Apple devices. It also seems to be focusing on the new iPad for the next version of iOS, iOS 13. This version might include iPad-specific updates. For instance, a new home screen and tabbed apps, as well as improvements to file management.

Earlier this week, programmer Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered references to four new iPad models in the iOS 12.2 code. He expected that one of them might be a mini.

MacRumors also spotted Eurasian Economic Commission Database registrations for seven new iPads. Apple most recently announced its new iPad Pro with Face ID at an event in Brooklyn, New York this past October. It also includes gesture controls like the ones used on newer iPhones, although it sounds like for this next generation of iPad, Apple might debut features on the tablets.

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What is Apple’s Problem? China?

Alpple's Problem

Its biggest problem is taking consumers for granted at home and abroad.

Apple’s problem isn’t a slow-down in the Chinese economy or the US-China trade war. Its biggest problem is taking consumers for granted at home and abroad.

At domestic sales, Apple considers the iPhone as a unique product. So there is a myth that the Apple’s sales market would keep growing and that the consumers would pay higher and higher prices for new iPhones. Actually it WAS true a decades ago, when the Apple was the only pioneer and service provider in the smartphone market.

But it isn’t true nowadays. While some Apple fans still find Apple products unique, there’s plenty of competition from other smartphone manufacturers.

Meanwhile, service providers no longer subsidize smartphone sales, as the smartphone market grows over and over. This change in the market conditions and circumstances, has made it increasingly difficult for Apple to stick to its old strategy. To introduce new versions of Apple’s product and to have consumers pay higher prices for them.

“For Apple bears, the current environment highlights the fundamental challenge the company is facing in its next stage of growth: convincing customers that they should pay more for iPhones, at a time when the smartphone industry has hit a peak and cheaper phones are flooding the market,” says Haris Anwar, Senior Analyst at Investing.com.

Some oversea consumers have other choices in smartphone market: Apple’s problem

Overseas, Apple assumed that consumers are as anxious as American consumers to get hold of its products. While this is true for consumers in other developed countries, it isn’t for emerging markets like China, India, and Brazil. So there was the room where Asian manufacturers could catch up the Apple, with affordable smartphones. This situation might have made the Apple’s Problem worse.

Here is another example of the company who took consumers for granted and suffered the consequences. Back in the 1990s, McDonald’s only focused on building new restaurants and buying up other food chains. And it neglected to keep up with the demands of new generations of consumers. Growth and profitability declined, as consumers searched elsewhere for value.

Solving Apple’s problem depends on Apple coming up with the right product to address the peculiarity and specificity of smartphone market.

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