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Apple Recalls older 15inch MacBook Pros

Apple announced on June 20th that they are now doing a voluntary recall of older generation 15inch MacBook Pros. These MacBooks were sold between September 2015 and  November 2017.  These Macs may contain a battery unit that may overheat and pose a fire risk.  The units at risk can be identified by their serial number.   Apple won’t release the exact number of laptops that were affected and bought.  But they claim that only a small number were purchased during that time frame. It is a serious issue and should not be ignored so if you or a friend has an older laptop definitely look into the recall in more detail.

If your MacBook Pro fits these credentials you can check your serial number and see if you are eligible for a replacement battery.  Just visit apple.com/support/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall .

Apple is asking that if your laptop is one of the affected units to stop using the MacBook until you get it fixed. Even though Apple is providing free replacements of the battery free of charge, to get it fixed you will need to send it to one of Apple’s repair centers. This will mean you won’t have a laptop for 1 to 2 weeks since that is the amount of time Apple claims it will take to fix.  Also, Apple will not extend the warranty of your laptop either.

This is a serious issue though so you shouldn’t allow the fact that you might not have a laptop for a few weeks prevent you from looking into if your laptop contains one of these affected batteries.

This recall does not affect any other MacBook Pro units or Mac notebooks.

 

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New features coming to iOS 13

Apple previewed some of the new features that will be contained in iOS 13  which will be released for iPhones in the fall.

“iOS 13 brings new capabilities to the apps you use every day, with rich updates to Photos and Maps, and privacy-protecting features like Sign In with Apple, all while delivering faster performance” – Craig Federighi,  Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

iOS 13 will also not be affecting iPads anymore because Apple split off and made the iPad have its own update called iPad OS.

 

Dark Mode

The iPhone will now offer dark mode which offers a new dark color scheme that allows for easier viewing of your screen in low light environments.  Dark mode inverts the usual white background and black text and replaces it with a black background and white text.  This will work system-wide and will automatically be integrated into native apps.

 

New features in the Photo app


The photo app now has new organization features.

  • Automatically organizes photos by year, month and date so that its easier to find photos
  • Live photos and videos play as you scroll
  • Built to highlight the best photos by hiding clutter and similar photos

 

 

 

 

Portrait Lighting will have customization while taking photos.

You will be able to move the light closer to sharpen eyes or smooth skin or you can move the light farther away to create a subtle look. This will be able to be done all simultaneously while taking photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video and Photo editing tools

Editing will now be applied to videos right in the photo editing app. This includes rotating a video as well as the normal visual editing seen in photos.

Photo editing also will get a redesign with the addition of editing a picture by just tapping and dragging with your finger.

 

 

Quick Path

This feature has already been available on Android phones for a while now. Apple with the new update is bringing the idea of swiping instead of typing to iPhones. You will now be able to trace a word as you spell it out instead of typing at a keyboard. It is hypothetically faster than typing.

Sign in with Apple 

Apple will now offer a way to “sign in to apps and websites quickly and easily using the Apple ID you already have. No filling out forms or creating new passwords. Just tap Sign In with Apple, use Face ID or Touch ID, and you’re all set.”

You will also be given the option whether you want to show your email or not to the app.


Apple Maps Improvements

  • new 3D mode
  • more detailed views because of broader road coverage
  • adding Collections to easily share favorite restaurants and more
  • adding Favorites for places you frequently visit

Other important new features

  • Customization for Memoji will now include more options like piercings and will be able to be stickers on messages.
  • New Siri voice that will make it sound more natural as well as understand you better.
  • Find my Friends and Find my Phone will now combine into Find My

 

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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 recalls older three-prong plug adapters

Apple today announced a voluntary recall of three-prong wall adapters used primarily in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. The AC wall adapters were shipped with certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2010 as well as included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.

Apple wrote in a press release, “In very rare cases, affected Apple three-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched”.  It went on to a say that they are aware of six incidents worldwide.

Apple asks that customers stop using this wall adapter because customer safety is Apple’s “top priority”. The recall is voluntary but if you do trade in your adapter it is free of charge.

 

The affected three prong adapter is  white, with no letters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter.

USB plug adapters are not affected by this recall.

For more information on figuring out if your adapter is affected or how to exchange your adapter visit, https://www.apple.com/support/three-prong-ac-wall-plug-adapter/

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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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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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Tim Cook might launch new ‘Apple’s TV service’ this year

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The long-awaited Apple’s TV service is on this year?

Apple might be planning to launch its own TV service in the first half of 2019. Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC’s Mad Money host Jim Cramer in an exclusive interview that the company will announce new “services” this year. While Cook didn’t say what kind of services.

TV Manufacturers are suddenly, mysteriously embracing Apple

At CES 2019, there’s been a series of surprise announcements from TV manufacturers that are suddenly supporting Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. They allow you to cast content directly from your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Even the major rivals of Apple, Google and Samsung do this. Furthermore, Samsung will actually support iTunes, too, enabling you to access movies and TV shows from iTunes.

This make us to expect Apple might be ready to pump with those hardware manufacturers for the upcoming TV service.

Then, there’s content: Apple has been spending over $1 billion on original TV content with no obvious platform. Another report suggested that some of those original shows were slated to debut as soon as this March. And another still claimed that those shows might be free for people who own Apple devices. But  it’s not clear yet what other services Apple might be talking about.

Cook also addressed reports that the iPhone XR might not be selling as well as expected, saying that it has still been the most popular iPhone every day since launch. He also said wearable device business is bringing in more money than the iPod ever did. The Apple Watch and AirPods made 50 percent more money than iPod at peak sales.

This article was written by reference of: here

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Siri Gets Much Smarter as Apple’s Investments Pay Off

Apple’s digital assistant, Siri just vaulted past Alexa and Cortana in an 800-question test.

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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.

Dramatic improvement

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.

This article is written by reference of: here

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Slightly bent iPad Pro, but Apple says it’s normal

Apple said the bend didn’t lower the iPad Pro’s performances.

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Apple has confirmed that some of 2018 iPad Pros have a very slight bend in the aluminum chassis. But according to the company, this is just a side effect of the device’s manufacturing process. So it doesn’t negatively affect the iPad’s performance. In brief, Apple does not consider it to be a defect. The bend has occurred from a cooling process involving the iPad Pro’s metal and plastic components during manufacturing. Both sizes of the new iPad Pro can exhibit this condition.

Some customers have claimed on their social media that their iPad Pros developed a small bend without any abnormal mistreatment. They believed it happened gradually in everyday use — or after transporting the iPad Pro in a backpack. And other were insistent that their iPad Pro came that way out of the box. Apple is now saying that in some cases, the latter is true.

This situation happens more commonly on the LTE model, as there’s a plastic strip that breaks up the iPad’s flat aluminum sides.

It’s where the antenna line divides two parts of metal, and some users have noticed a bend. Although some owners of the Wi-Fi model also claim to have this situation, but many are straight as designed. Somebody may consider this as a minor problem — not even a problem. But actually perceived issue matters for Apple, beacuse it has been known for its reputation in manufacturing devices.

The customers who had a trouble with bent iPad Pros should be able to get exchange or return their iPad Pro at the Apple Store or other retailers within the 14-day return window. But it’s not clear if swaps will be possible outside that policy. Some employees said there is AppleCare for this kind of situation. However, this system isn’t for just a slight bend which came with initially.

BUT APPLE SAYS THAT CONCERNS OVER THE IPAD PRO’S STRUCTURAL RIGIDITY ARE UNFOUNDED

That confidence shows us that this is not going to be a “bendgate” controversy again. In 2014, there was a similar problem with iPhone 6 Plus. So its next iPhone switched over to a sturdier aluminum. But then, Apple had some trouble dealing with that, eventually launching a repair program. So at this time, Apple might know that trying to assure consumers is important, telling the fuss is over nothing.

This article is written by reference of: here

 

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An Apple Watch saved a man having irregular heartbeat

When Ed Dentel updated his Apple Watch on Thursday night, he didn’t expect it to upend his weekend, much less change his life.

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The 46-year-old communications consultant from Richmond, Virginia, does taekwondo with his family three times a week, bikes and skis frequently. He said he has exercised steadily and had no disease before. And then Apple Watch gave him an alert about his heart irregular heartbeat with the electrocardiogram app.

Ed Dentel received an alert from his Apple watch about an abnormal heart rate. On Friday morning, over breakfast with his 7-year old daughter, he put his watch back on. And the Apple Watch kept saying the same thing even he switches left to right again and again: “AFib.” Then he started to get a little bit alarmed about his health.

Atrial fibrillation, commonly called AFib or AF, is a specific kind of irregular heart rhythm. If left untreated, it can damage heart muscles and increase the risk of stroke. So it’s important to catch the symptoms at the initiatory stage. And this is what Apple Watch did.

Dentel drove to a nearby urgent care center while thinking it’s silly. But the one last time he checked his watch, it said ‘AFib’ again. Even Checking in, Dentel felt like a hypochondriac explaining that his watch told him that his heart has a probem. But after an exact exam, the doctor confirmed his diagnose.

After that Dentel started learning about AFib and what its impact and how important it is to get an early notice of it.

This article was written by reference of: here. Click the link if you wanna know more about atrial fibrillation.