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iPhone 11 Design LEAKED

The Anonymous Industry insider ‘Mr. White’ has leaked the new iPhone designs yet again this year. He has for a long time leaked the next generation of iPhones in advance of them being released by Apple. Apple is thought to release the iPhone 11 in Fall 2019.

However, many people have not been happy with the way that the new generation of iPhones will look. It appears as if the new iPhones will ignore style and focus solely on function. It will have some huge sensory upgrades so that the iPhone’s function will be able to compete with other top smartphone models. Because of this, the new iPhone features a huge camera hump on the back of the phone.

The iPhone will be getting a big battery upgrade with much longer battery life. Many people will be happy with this upgrade. But a major loss will be the 3D touch display since the new iPhone will no longer have it. As well as the notch at the top of the screen will remain even though many competitors have already gotten rid of theirs.

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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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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).