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.
Apple’s digital assistant, Siri just vaulted past Alexa and Cortana in an 800-question test.
Over the recent few years, voice-controlled digital assistants, like Siri, have popular in our everyday life. For more examples there are Amazon’s Alexa, Alphabet’s Google Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana inhabit all kind of electronic devices.
When Siri got back in 2010, this digital darling was revolutionary, but other companies started to follow this new sensation. Plus, Apple didn’t move fast to adapt the artificial intelligence (AI) that powered its digital assistant. On the other hand, competitors invested aggressively and gained acceleration from the beginning.
Over the past couple of years, however, Apple has been working to restore Siri to her former glory. New data released by Loup Ventures shows that Siri is quickly gaining ground.
A comprehensive exam
Longtime Apple follower Gene Munster and fellow analyst Will Thompson set out to test the performance of the digital assistants. These are four of the most widely used smart speakers: Amazon Echo (Alexa), Google Home (Google Assistant), HomePod (Siri), and the Invoke (Cortana) by Harman Kardon, a division of Samsung Electronics.
The process of the test was asking a series of 800 questions to each. They observed how the digital assistants answered the questions which held in five categories.
Local: Where is the nearest coffee shop?
Commerce: Can you order me more paper towels?
Navigation: How do I get to uptown on the bus?
Information: Who do the Twins play tonight?
Command: Remind me to call Steve at 2 p.m. today.
Siri took second place, and this was just right behind Google Assistant. Also, the report revealed that Siri’s score improved by more than 22 points — more than any other competitor. Siri answered 74.6% of questions correctly, and it is an improvement from the 52.3% tested in February 2018.
The report cites HomePod’s tight integration with Siri on the iPhone and its ability to access email, calendar, and messaging as contributing to its victory in that category. It took second place in three of the remaining four categories, but came in last in the Information segment.
Those investments are paying off
Earlier this year, Apple hired John Giannandrea to let him take the lead its recently reorganized AI, machine learning, and Siri teams. Also, Giannandrea had got promotion to the executive team, as senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy.
Apple has long been behind in the AI field, because the company primarily had rigid stance on user privacy. AI uses large data sets but at the same time, involves transferring user data to the cloud. Apple has been trying to develop alternative ways. For instance, they can process data at the device level, which keeps user data more secure by keeping it out of the cloud.
Former iPhone engineer Ken Kocienda, developer of the on-screen keyboard on the original iPhone and the autocorrect feature, figures Apple’s next big hit will probably surround AR, or augmented reality. AR allows its users to see information overlying on their surroundings via their smartphones or other devices; this technology is used in Nintendo’s popular mobile game “Pokemon Go.”
“You can take your phone and you could point its camera at something in the world,” said Kocienda. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Apple‘s move into augmented reality could boost iPhone and App Store sales. This could result in as much as $8 billion in revenue for Apple. Last quarter, Apple reported $3.74 billion in revenue from its “other products” division, which includes sales of Apple Watches, iPods and home products.
Usually, the cost to replace your iPhone battery is $79. However, last year Apple announced the price drop to $29 for users of the iPhone 6 or later. If you are fall into this category, now is the time to take advantage of this low price – you have until December 31!
Last December, Apple acknowledged the fact that iPhone users’ device performance had been lowering on its older models. Apple said the goal was to preserve battery life on those older phones and prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly, although many users believe it was make them purchase the latest model that came out that year.
Here are some tips to improve battery life in the mean time!
Low Battery Mode – turning on low battery mode in settings will help to preserve your battery a little longer, especially if your phone is on the verge of dying and you’re nowhere near a charger.
Close All Apps – pretty simple, right? Yet, most of us forget! If you’re not using an app, swipe to close it and see much longer your phone lasts you.
Don’t Overcharge – overcharging your phone can actually drain your battery quicker; always be sure to unplug as soon as it hits 100%, or even beforehand. And NEVER charge it overnight as your phone can be fully charged for hours!
Well, it’s about that time of year again for Apple’s event, where we’re all excited to find out about the latest version of Apple’s hottest product – top being the iPhone. On September 12th, we’ll hear about the redesigned version of last year’s iPhone X, new Apple Watch, and upcoming software.
iPhones: First up, the iPhone XS is an updated version of last year’s iPhone X, having the same size 5.8-inch screen, but with improved internal specs, such as the other -S class updates Apple has had in the past. Next, the iPhone XS Max, also rumored as the iPhone XS Plus, is a larger, 6.5-inch version of the XS that offers a bigger screen and larger battery. Both XS phones will have the same features as last year’s X, with the new changes coming internally. There is, however, the chance that Apple will have some new feature for the XS models as previous -S class updates. Lastly, the new iPhone is said to be a cheaper, 6.1 inch version of the iPhone X/XS, and would still offer the bezel-less display and Face ID. Instead, it would possibly cut some of the X and XS phone’s more premium features like the OLED screen, stainless steel frame, and possibly the 3D Touch system.
Watch: It has been rumored that Apple will be offering a bigger display on the new Series 4 Watch for a nearly edge-to-edge design, along with a slimmer size than the previous versions since it had been introduced in 2015. Similar to last year’s Series 3, the new version will also have LTE capability, with a more subtle red ring on the digital crown to indicate the cellular status. The new version will come with watchOS 5, which adds automatic workout detection, a walkie-talkie mode, and better notifications.
Software: Although we’re all looking forward to seeing Apple’s latest products at this year’s event, we will also likely to be getting some final release dates for iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS, and possibly macOS Mojave. New features to be seen this year include Screen Time for tracking your time spent on your phone, better notifications, and a new custom emoji called “Memoji”.
We all know anything can happen at an Apple event, so we’re ready for some surprises too!
Apple is celebrating world emoji day! They celebrating this day by launching 70 new emoji characters for the iPhone and iPad. There will also be emojis for the Mac and Apple Watch that will launch later on.
Apple will start by creating emojis with all different hair types and complexions. These new emojis will include ones with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, and a bald head. This is Apple’s way of acknowledging the diversity amongst their users. Other new faces will also add more facial expressions. These include smiley emojis including a face with hearts around it, a party face, a pouty face, and a cold face.
New Emoji Smiley Faces
Apple also increased their number of animal emojis . Apple is adding a peacock, kangaroo, lobster and parrot emoji to their keyboard. After creating more animal emojis for their users, Apple will also add more food emojis. The new food emojis will include a mango, lettuce, moon cake, cupcake, and other food images. Adding more food emojis will is creative, fun and exciting for people who work with food. This way, people who work with food and promote food on social media have a fun method of communicating with their customers.
Other characters include symbols, sports emojis, and more! Moreover, the emojis that will launch later this year will include a softball, a new superhero emoji, an infinity symbol, and a nazar amulet.
The New Animal Emojis
The new emojis are now available on iOS, watchOS and macOS. These include gender-neutral characters, smiley faces, clothing, unique food, exotic animals, mythical creatures and more! Therefore, what better way to celebrate world emoji day then with releasing several new emojis for people to enjoy? Apple is creating these new emojis to make instant messaging fun for everyone! For more information, click here.
The iOS 12 Update is said to help improve and speed up the way your smartphone operates. This is why Apple users are saying that the iOS 12 update is one of the best software updates that Apple has had in years!
Getting The Beta Installed Is Made Simple:
The steps of setting up the software are simple. The first step involves backing up your phone or tablet to ensure that all of your previous data remains protected. Protecting the data you had while using iOS 11 requires a full wipe and restoration of your Apple product. This process requires the following steps:
Go to the Apple beta site on your iPhone or iPad, then sign in with your Apple ID.
Download the beta settings profile and use your pin code to install it .
Make sure you are connected to wifi.
Look for updates in the settings app under General > Software Update.
Download and then install the iOS 12 Public beta system.
Once you install the software, iOS 12 will make an automatic update as the new beta versions get released. Since older versions are no longer supported, this step is crucial to protecting your Apple device from any bugs.
The iOS 12 beta also includes new Screen Time tools, which is what makes the software update so great! This is used for monitoring how many times you use apps, how often you pick up or put down your phone, and other information that may be useful. This will also give you the ability to set app and device time limits for your children’s iPhones or iPads through the parental controls. Other exciting features consist of Apple’s new personalized Memoji. Memoji stacks notifications within the app so it is easier to process. This allows for speed improvement even for older iPhones.
If you want an iPhone that will guarantee you faster service, then update to iOS 12! For more information, click here.
According to Forbes magazine, Apple is launching designs for two new creative and cost-effective IPhones. These IPhones will be two types of IPhone X’s . These new IPhone X designs consist of the IPhone X Plus and the ‘Budget’ IPhone, which will satisfy many Apple users.
The IPhone X Plus
The IPhone X Plus will have a triple rear camera that Apple users are going to be exceptionally pleased with. Although it is uncertain what the triple rear camera will look like, one can assume that Apple will copy Huawei’s use of a monochromatic camera. The monochromatic camera will assist modules that are known for being primary and telephoto. This will create the kind of low light photography that Apple has been struggling to make popular for the past few years.
The IPhone X Plus will have a 6.5 inch display but will still be smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus: 157.2 x 77.1 mm (6.18 x 3.03-inches) compared to 158.4 x 78.1 mm (6.24 x 3.07-inches). However, due to its steel framework, it will potentially weigh more than the aluminum-based 202g iPhone 8 Plus,
The New ‘Budget’ IPhone X
The ‘Budget’ IPhone X will measure 147.12 x 71.52 mm (5.79 x 2.81-inches). This new IPhone style is longer and wider than the current 5.8-inch iPhone: 143.6 x 70.9 mm (5.65 x 2.79-inch). The IPhone is more affordable because of its single rear camera. Its budget pricing is also seen in its loss of a 3D touch. However, the economical IPhone X will most likely have a Face ID technology. This gives the new phone a bonus feature at a low cost.
These two designs are two of the most innovative and affordable IPhones that Apple has created in years. There is a possibility that Apple might make changes to its designs. However, these models of the IPhone X and the ‘Budget’ IPhone X have high chances of being successful on the market.
Apple recently sponsored its new iPad at their “field trip” education event in Chicago, Illinois. Apple unveiled a new iPad with Apple Pencil support along with other latest software features. At the event, they promoted the new 9.7 inch iPad. Although it is selling at the typical price of $329 for consumers and $299 for schools, the iPad includes the new Apple pencil support. The iPad is considered to be the first non-Pro model to include the Apple Pencil. Along with the Apple pencil, Logitech released a new Crayon stylus feature for the iPad. They also released a new keyboard case worth $99.
Other features for the new iPad include an A10 Fusion chip. Apple claims that this chip will make for a 40 percent faster CPU and a 50 percent faster graphics performance including stereo speakers. Apple also announced that they will incorporate $10 off the new Apple pencil for educators. This benefits the schools that are looking to purchase these Apple Pencils in large quantities. Educators will also receive another discount when purchasing Apple Care+ for their new iPads. The prices for their new iPads will start at $59 which includes two years of coverage.
Apple’s New Software: Schoolwork
Along with the new iPad, Apple took the initiative of announcing the release of a new software at the Chicago education event as well. They promoted their new Schoolwork application which allows to teachers to use the app to input assignments, grades, and more. Apple has ensured that this new app will protect the student’s data. The app will do so by giving only teachers the ability to access information on the Schoolwork app.
Furthermore, The Schoolwork app is a part of a Classkit framework, which includes other apps that with even more features for educators to share with their students. Other apps such as Garageband, Swift, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and others have all integrated the Apple pencil feature as a way adding more efficiency to today’s education system.