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What To Do When You Lose Your AirPods

Most  people lose their earphones every now and then. So if Apple’s AirPods are smaller than regular earphones, why are they easier to find?  They are easier to look for because you can use the Find My IPhone app. Once you turn the app on, you will find your AirPods in no time! 

What If My AirPods Are Out Of Range, Not Charged, Or In A Case?

If you lose your AirPods, you can simply sign into iCloud.com or use Find My IPhone to locate them. If they are not close to your other Apple devices, need to be charged, or are in a case, don’t fret! Apple has made it possible to still locate them under those conditions. Once you sign in to iCloud.com or Find My IPhone, you can see your AirPods on a map even if they are not connected at the time. You can see where they are located if they are connected and also where you had them the last time they were connected. Either way, don’t lose hope. Apple has thought of all of the ways to help you track down your AirPods.

Putting AirPods in Case
https://www.apple.com/airpods

 

Besides looking at them on iCloud or Find My IPhone, you can also play a sound. If your AirPods are connected to Bluetooth, then you can play a sound to help you locate them. The sound volume increases for two minutes or until you say “Stop.” You can play the sound on any other Apple device and it will help you find them.

What Happens If My AirPods Are Offline?

Are your AirPods offline? Did you forget to turn on Find My IPhone before you lost them? If so, then you must  wait to see if they come back online. Once they are online, the other Apple devices you use them with will give you a notification. However, there is nothing you can do until they get back online.

If your AirPods seem to not be coming back online, then you can contact Apple Support for a replacement. Apple Support will tell you more about the options you have for replacing them with new ones.

Although AirPods are smaller than regular earphones, they can be difficult to lose permanently . If you lost your AirPods, follow this advice and find them as soon as possible. If you didn’t lose them but are scared you will someday, take action. Turn on Find My IPhone for your AirPods and avoid future stress! For more information, click here

 

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How to Add a Passcode to Your Apple Watch

There are several benefits from having a passcode on your Apple Watch, some being the ability to use Apple Pay to make transactions or to use the watch to automatically unlock your Mac. Having a passcode also does not require you to enter it every time you use your watch; you are only prompted for it when the Apple Watch is removed from your wrist or if the watch is restarted. Here’s how to set up your Apple Watch Passcode:

  1. Launch the Settings App
  2. Scroll down and tap Passcode
  3. Tap Turn Passcode On
  4. Enter the four digit passcode you want to use

You can also add a passcode through the Watch app on your iPhone. If you forget your Apple Watch passcode, you need to erase the device and then restore from a backup. This can be done by launching the Watch app on your iPhone. Good luck!

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Apple Sponsors New iPad And Software At Chicago Education Event

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.

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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.

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Rumors Of New Apple ARM-Based Mac

According to DigiTimes , Apple is releasing a new ARM-based Mac product. This new ARM-based Mac product will likely be manufactured by Apple’s long time supplier, Pegatron. This rumor came  from a report on project “Kalamata.” “Kalamata” proposes that Apple is expecting to release ARM-based Macs in the future. The new Mac will include the use of a touchscreen, SIM card, GPS, compass, and water resistant feature that differ from the previous Macbook and Macbook Air.

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The rumor, however, fails to comment on the use of the screen size, processor design, format, or keyboard, which implies that the new ARM-based Mac is similar to an IPad. The new Apple product, recently code-named as “Star,” will possibly be the project name under which Apple will release it’s ARM-based product. This ARM-based Mac will likely be similar to an IOS notebook. 

Pegatron’s Mac Prototypes 

Furthermore, prototypes for the new ARM-based product are underway. They will reveal the use of an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), similar to Apple’s Intel-based Macs. This suggests that an IOS ARM-powered Macbook will be Apple’s next move. Although DigiTimes did not release details  about Apple’s new project, it is likely that Pegatron will continue manufacturing these products. Pegatron will also ship these products to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. 

http://digitimes.com/pegatron

Rumors about Apple’s ARM-based products, however, started speculating in 2010. Apple made efforts to expand their CPU design group in 2010. Expanding the CPU design group involves poaching and new acquisitions for Apple. Nonetheless, Apple’s efforts to launch new products like the ARM-based product continued until 2017. In 2017, Apple released a report that they were planning to cut back on Intel. Therefore, other reports show a similarity in performance between the MacBook Pro of single-core performance and the multicore performance. However, the multicore performance includes the original 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. 

With new rumors speculating about the release of an ARM-powered Mac manufactured by Pegatron, it should be exciting to see if Apple will be introducing this new product soon.

 

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Everyone Can Code: Bringing Coding To Everyone

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 17, Apple is hosting events nationwide to promote inclusive design and to show how beneficial technology can be for people with disabilities. One of these programs include working with blind and deaf communities across the US in order to bring accessible coding to schools. Starting in the fall, schools supporting disabilities will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift, Apple’s powerful new programming language.

Apple created the Everyone Can Code curriculum so students of all ages could learn and write code using Swift. Teachers could guide young students using iPads with Swift Playground installed, allowing them to use simple code to solve puzzles and control animated characters, whereas older developers could use the same program for app development within iOS.

The Everyone Can Code curriculum is also compatible with VoiceOver, the most advanced screen-reading technology available for people who are blind or low vision. This program describes nearly everything occurring on the screen, and is 

the most popular screen-reading technology of any mobile platform. Other accessibility features available to people who are deaf or hard of hearing include Type to Siri, closed captions, LED Flash for Alerts, Mono Audio, and Made for iPhone hearing aids. iPad and Everyone Can Code can also be used by students that have physical motor limitations by using Apple’s Switch Control, which allows devices such as joysticks and switches to control what is on the screen.

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, states “Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible. We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology. We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities.”


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Apple Tops First-Quarter Sales

Although it was rumored that the iPhone X would be a flop, the latest sales figures are showing the exact opposite. After industry analysts Counterpoint published research on global smartphone sales for March 2018 it is clear that the iPhone X has topped the list, with Apple’s flagship taking a 3.5% share of the market–well ahead of Android. The next best phone after the iPhone X was also the iPhone 8, with a 2.3% share.

Counterpoint made an official statement on the topic: “Apple’s iPhone X remained the best-selling smartphone in March, dominating the whole first quarter to be the number one smartphone. The sales of the iPhone 8 Plus improved during March, due to a push from Apple making it the second best-selling smartphone globally.”

Apple generated a total of $48.35 billion in profit during its fiscal 2017, and made $13.8 billion during the March 2018 quarter. To put these numbers into perspective: the profit that Apple has made within the first quarter of 2018 is more than Amazon has ever generated since its inception.

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, was quick to report that this was their best March quarter ever, with revenue going up in all major operations, including services and wearables. They also grew revenue in all of their geographic segments, with over 20 percent growth in Greater China and Japan.

There are several rumors in the air regarding a new iPhone release later this year, a couple suggesting the iPhone SE being unveiled at its developer’s conference, beginning on June 4 in California. Although most of these products are rumored, it will be exciting to see what Apple has in store for the remainder of 2018.

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Apple Refreshes Privacy Controls

Although Apple is known to have several cloud scandals in the past regarding sharing data, recently they have been stricter with protecting their consumers. The latest in their efforts to keep data safe is going through applications that share data with third parties. Apple has been removing those applications once they are found to have violations as well as informing developers that the app violates two parts of the App Store Review Guidelines.

Apple also explains that developers must remove any code, frameworks, or SDKs that relate to the violation before the app can be resubmitted to the App Store.

Apple is also bringing refreshed privacy controls for its devices and iCloud services in order to meet the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws, going into effect on May 25. The new privacy settings will also include a new web page for managing Apple IDs, with new features and capabilities as well as more transparency. The new site will also let users download a copy of all data stored within the company, along with being able to correct personal information, temporarily deactivate their account, and completely delete it. These new features will soon be available to the rest of the world.

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Apple’s Self-Driving Market

In April 2017, Apple received its first permit to test self-driving cars on California roads, now having 45 permits almost  a year later. Apple is now second behind General Motors’ Cruise company, which has 110 self-driving car permits in California, claims the California Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Apple is now testing more vehicles than its top rivals, including Tesla with 39 permits, Uber with 29 permits, and Alphabet’s Waymo with only 24; they had more than 100 in June 2017. Self-driving car technology has become popular over the past few years among major technology companies, with many of them betting that autonomous cars requiring little to no human interaction is the way of the future. These companies are also hoping their technology will keep passengers safer than human-driven vehicles.

Yet, self-driving cars likely won’t be available to consumers for at least a couple of years. For now, testing is critical for all of those companies to get their technologies ready for the “way of the future.”

 

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Apple Creating New ‘AC Wellness’ Clinics for Employees

The launch of AC Wellness is almost here.

According to Christina Farr (2018), a reporter of CNBC, Apple will be launching new health care clinics collectively under the name AC Wellness starting this spring. At least upon its start, the system will only assist employees where the Apple headquarters are located, the Santa Clara County area.

Under the About Me’ section of the AC Wellness website, this is stated in big font: AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience.” On the website’s front page there is also a tab for Careers’ that upon clicking goes to a page that lists jobs that can be applied for such as health partner, nurse coordinator, acute care physician, etc., and a Contact Us’ tab that leads to a page that lets you write your name, email, and a message to the company.

The CNBC article also stated that Apple was interested in hiring designers” whose job it would be to help implement a program focused on preventing disease and promoting healthy behavior.” These designers” will be a population health designer and clinical program design lead. 

The AC Wellness clinics will also be used to assess its expanding array of health services and products (Farr, 2018). Campbell (2018) wrote on the Apple Insider website that last month Apple announced its iOS 11.3 update, and through this update, the Health app would be able to have healthcare providers upload health records. For more information on this Health app update, check out our Take Your Medical Records With You Everywhere” blog post.

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Apple Taking Over the Watch Industry?

According to Business Insider, Apple outsold the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter; it is estimated that Apple sold 8 million Apple Watches in the last quarter of 2017, the most since the product was introduced and the highest number of shipments in a single quarter for any wearable vendor.

“The cellular version of the Apple Watch was in strong demand in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, where all major operators stocked it in time for the holiday season,” said Vincent Thielke, an analyst at industry researcher Canalys.

With its features such as fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring, taking phone calls from your wrist and now LTE-enabled, the Apple Watch has its competitive advantages over traditional timepieces in the long run, especially now that technology is in such high demand and revolves around everything.

Total Apple Watch sales for 2017 was 18 million, which was up by more than 50% compared to the year before. Time Cook, Apple’s CEO, said revenue from the watches alone is approaching that of a Fortune 400 company, meaning Apple’s watch business is nearly the size of a company like Jetblue, with at least $6.7 billion in annual sales