Accessories, News/Rumors

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone available

Last month, Belkin unveiled a new Charge Dock for iPhone users that has a nice additional feature for users of the Apple Watch. Finally, the new accessory is available for purchase on Belkin’s website.

The Charge Dock allows you to conveniently recharge both your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with a single wire. That means you need only one charging solution for both of your Apple devices. The dock will charge an iPhone even if it is in a case.

The Dock looks stylish and also features Made for iPhone and Apple Watch badges, meaning it’s passed Apple’s certification tests. It has a heavy metal base, which measures 10.93 by 13.4 by 8.8 centimeters, and a solid cast arm with a chrome finish. The base is covered with a non-slip and non-scratch material and includes an adjustable Lightning connector for your iPhone, and the arm has an integrated, magnetic Apple Watch charger with a detachable band clip. Magnets ensure that the connectors align automatically, letting inductive charging to start immediately.

According to the company, it is the only charge dock that is made for Apple Watch. It is compatiable with the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and all versions of the Apple Watch.

Belkin is shipping the Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone for $129.99 now.

iPhone, News/Rumors

Apple shares new iPhone 6s ad focusing on 3D Touch ‘Peek and Pop’

Apple has shared a new ad for the recently released iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus focusing on the 3D Touch feature of the device.

The voice quickly offers a list of all the ways device owners can interact with iPhone using Apple’s newly developed pressure-sensing input technology. Actor Jamie Foxx appears in the ad using 3D Touch to access his newest album, “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses.”

“This is iPhone 6s. Not much has changed, except it feels different. Now you press lightly to peek and deeper to pop. It changes how easily you can peek a flight, check a post, search for dinner – ooh, you guys are going to love that place. You can find a getaway easier – Yeah, go there. And find music easier – wait, are you listening to your own song? So pretty much everything you do feels different and that’s what’s changed.”

In the 30 second video, a few 3D Touch gestures are demonstrated in apps like Safari and Messages, while a voiceover explains how Peek and Pop work in a humorous way.

The new commercial features the tagline “The only that’s changed is everything,” which the company has used a lot of times in its describing of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple has already released different ads and videos following the announcement of the iPhone 6s, but this is the first commercial for the handset we’ve seen since launch.

As expected, the new devices saw record-breaking sales numbers, with Apple recording more than 13 million unit orders over launch weekend.

Jailbreak, News/Rumors

Pangu releases first untethered jailbreak for iOS 9-9.0.2

Big news for jailbreak community-the Pangu team has just released iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak, making it the first jailbreak available for iOS 9, and also for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The tool is only available for Windows users at this time. Mac support will probably follow in the future but a date has not been announced.

According to the website, the new jailbreak will work with all the iOS 9 compatible devices:

  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, 1st gen iPad mini
  • 6th generation iPod touch, 5th generation iPod touch

pangu-ios-9-jailbreakRemember to create a backup of your device using iTunes before you install the jailbreak. The Pangu FAQ also recommends to turn on the Airplane mode and disable passcode and Find my iPhone so that the jailbreak process will not be affected.

With the debut of iOS 9.1, the release of the jailbreak is an important event, as it provides Apple with the opportunity to fix the exploits before releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. It is also possible that the company has already fixed the exploits used in the iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak in iOS 9.1 beta, so the Pangu team decided to release it now.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Latest Apple Watch ads focus on Apple Pay, Siri, more

Apple shared six new Apple Watch ads on Monday covering tentpole features like Apple Pay, Siri, fitness tracking and Maps presented in a new visual style.

Each of the company’s short 15-second commercials focuses on a specific Watch capability, with most demonstrating only one or two characters acting out scenes on a minimalist set.

The first ad, “Sing” focuses on Watch’s voice messaging capabilities, with a young man singing a ditty to his girlfriend via Messages. The spot ends with the tagline “text your heart out.”

The second ad is entitled “Date” and describes how notifications are handled with the device. In this commercial, actress Lake Bell, who is the narrator of the iPhone 6s commercial, enjoys a night out and is updated on her child via Messages. 

Another two ads, called “Train” and “Cycle” highlights Watch’s ability to track fitness metrics, in these cases heart rate monitoring and specific exercise logging for indoor cycling. The videos feature actors interacting one-on-one with their Watch with no outside distractions, suggestive of a highly personal connection with the smart watch. 

The next ad, called “Ride,” tells how Apple Maps works with Apple’s wearable. The video showcases a woman asking Siri for directions to a destination.

The first ad is called “Sprinkle” and focuses on Apple Watch’s support for Apple Pay. In the ad, a mother carrying a kid is shown using her Apple Watch to buy more ice cream after one of her daughters drops her ice cream.

The new commercials were released nearly 2 weeks after Apple announced watchOS 2 for the device, which adds native app support, new watch faces and third-party complications.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Logitech debutes ‘Logi Circle’ portable monitoring camera

Consumer electronics and accessories maker Logitech has announced its entry into the home security and monitoring market, debuting the Circle Portable Home Connection Camera, under its new Logi brand. 

It’s a small, ball-shaped camera that works as a standard home security device, but also provides a lot of advanced features, including 2-way audio and real-time streaming of high-definition video via its accompanying smartphone app on iOS or Android. In addition, it also acts like a two-way intercom, allowing users to listen or speak to whoever is in the room.

According to the company, the Circle brings “Scene Intuition” technology that sets it apart from other similar home camera systems. With Scene Intuition, the Logi Circle can learn home life patterns to send alerts only when interesting activity happens to protect users from having to sort through hours and hours of footage. The Circle’s software is capable to learn which movements are normal for a room, including a pet walking around or curtains in the breeze, and can recognize those among something significant.

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Another great feature of the camera is its ability to create a “Day Brief,” which algorithmically produces a sped up video of the day’s highlights. Logitech filters all of the video and surfaces the most interesting segments when browsing the Circle’s iOS or Android app.

The camera has a 135-degree wide angle view and 8x zoom. Its built-in battery provides up to three hours of non-stop streaming, or twelve hours in power saver mode. There is a magnetic charging ring to recharge the device.

It is Logitech’s second product to sport the company’s new Logi brand, following a triumvirate of iPad cases back in July. The Circle is available for pre-order in the United States and in select countries in Europe for a suggested retail price of $199.99, with shipments scheduled to arrive in October 2015.

iPhone, News/Rumors

Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs, iPhone 6s and more on ‘Late Show’

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, with the interview covering some popular topics including the iPhone 6s, Apple Car and more.

During the 10-minute discussion on the show, Colbert demonstrated a rose gold iPhone 6s before asking Cook about the device. Colbert and Apple CEO then discussed and showed off 3D Touch and Live Photos.

Colbert then revealed that while he was speaking to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick last week, Kalanick said that the company had already started work on a self-driving car. Cook, of course, brushed off the question with a variation of his standard comment: “We look at a number of things along the way, and we decide to really put our energies on a few of those.”

When asked about recent movies about Steve Jobs, including the upcoming “Steve Jobs” film by Aaron Sorkin and the just-released “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” documentary by Alex Gibney, Apple CEO said:

I haven’t seen them, but the Steve I knew was an amazing human being. He’s someone that you wanted to do your best work for. He invented things that I think other people could not. He saw things other people could not. He had the uncanny ability to see around the corner, and to describe the future, not an evolutionary future, but a revolutionary future. And he was a joy to work with. And I love him dearly and miss him every day. I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this. It’s not a great part of our world.”

cook_colbert_3Cook and Colbert also paid attention to charity and responsibility to future generations, with Cook saying “We want to leave the world better than we found it.” Cook also cited Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote of “What are you doing for others?” as his daily inspiration.

Colbert also explained that he worked with Apple to have Siri prepare a number of questions for Tim Cook. “Siri, what should I ask Tim Cook?,” Colbert spoke into his iPhone. On the show, Siri replied, “Do me a favor. Ask him when I’m going to get a raise.”

Cook is also expected to attend The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in October.

iPad, iPhone

2GB RAM for iPhone 6s & 6s Plus, 4GB for iPad Pro confirmed

Developer Hamza Sood confirmed the rumors around the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro RAM specifications.

The developer found out it by running a small test application containing three images, which are included or excluded dynamically based on the amount of RAM available. Sood explains how he hacked Xcode asset catalogs to discover the information. Asset catalogs are as a rule used to serve various images for 1x, 2x and 3x screen scales. The developer instead made the asset loading depend on the memory capacity of the different devices. The test confirms that the iPhone 6s has 2 GB of RAM, up from 1 GB in the iPhone 6, and the iPad Pro has 4 GB RAM, a 100% increase from the 2 GB in the iPad Air 2’s A8X chip.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have previously been said to include 2GB of RAM. Meanwhile, Adobe issued a Creative Cloud press release last week that revealed the iPad Pro had 4GB of RAM, but removed the mention just hours later. 

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This is the first time that the company has made an iPhone with more than 1GB of RAM, and it joins the iPad Air 2 as the only device to have 2GB of RAM.

The iPad hit 1 gigabyte with the iPad 3 in 2012. That was finally increased to 2 gigabytes with the iPad Air 2, though the device did switch to speedier LPDDR3 in the interim.

Adding 4 gigabytes of RAM to the iPad Pro could mean that the company anticipates heavy use of side-by-side multitasking on the larger device.

Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, News/Rumors

‘Hey Siri’ event roundup: iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Apple TV, Apple Watch updates and more

Apple’s highly anticipated ‘Hey Siri’ event is over. The company has made all announcements and revealed all the products. In addition to a number of new devices like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, fourth-generation Apple TV and new Apple Watch bands and finishes, Apple also announced that iOS 9 and watchOS 2 will debut on September 16 and also gave a look at much-rumored, top secret Apple projects, including the super-sized iPad Pro and the new Apple TV.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

The new iPhone 6s appeared to look similar to its predecessor, but still features some upgrades and additions to keep things interesting.

The device received a faster A9 processor, improved iSight and FaceTime cameras, and a surprisingly-impressive new feature called 3D Touch, built upon both Apple’s patented Multi-Touch and pressure-sensitive Force Touch technologies.

iphone_6sThe company also added a new Rose Gold color option to the iPhone 6s lineup alongside existing Space Gray, Silver and Gold models.  Bothe iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature a second-generation Touch ID fingerprint scanner that is up to two times faster than Touch ID on previous iPhones. 

Apple TV

The new fourth-generation Apple TV is a set-top box made to greatly improve the current TV experience.

3 Apple TV is 1.3 inches x 3.9 inches x 3.9 inches and it weighs just under 1 pound (425 grams). The new device was given an App Store with full developer kit, universal search, Siri integration and a redesigned remote control that includes a glass touch surface for swiping through content.

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro, tasked to bridge the gap between tablets and laptops, features 12.9-inch hi-res display, four speakers and provides support for two new accessories: the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, a pressure and tilt-sensitive stylus. The device is a 12.9-inch tablet with a resolution of 2732×2048 at 264 PPI, which is 5.6 million pixels, a 64-bit A9X processor that delivers up to 1.6 times faster performance over the iPad Air 2.

In addition to the aforementioned products, Apple also announced several new Apple Watch models and bands, including gold and rose gold versions of the Apple Watch Sport and a new Hermes edition.

iPhone, News/Rumors

Next-generation ‘iPhone 7’ to be thinnest yet

In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested Apple is planning to make the new iPhone between 6.0 and 6.5 millimeters thick. That means, that the next year’s “iPhone 7” could be Apple’s thinnest smartphone yet. As a comparison, the current model of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are 6.9mm and 7.1mm thick, respectively. 

The report also states that the next-generation device will use the same Force Touch technology as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus as the company’s suppliers have invested heavily in the feature for this year’s devices.

“Apple and its suppliers have invested heavily in iPhone Force Touch in 2015 and we believe 2016 new models will stick with a similar Force Touch structure as used in 2015,” Kuo wrote.

Kuo didn’t provide more details on Apple’s anticipated “iPhone 7,” but it’s much expected that next year’s update will bring a new chassis to differentiate from the iPhone 6 series. The company has traditionally redesigned its iPhone every two years, and presented an “s” upgrade with largely identical appearance to its predecessor in the years in between.

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Apple is believed to showcase an “iPhone 6s ” this Wednesday. The most expected upgrades will include Force Touch input, a faster “A9” processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and higher resolution cameras.

In addition, the company is expected to present a new rose gold color option, joining space gray, white, and gold. And the device is rumored to sport the same series 7000 aluminum found in the Apple Watch, which must enhance durability of the product.

iPhone, News/Rumors

Apple uploads a new “If it’s not an iPhone” ad focused on photos and videos

Apple has finally posted its latest advertisement as part of its new “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” marketing series. 

Like in previous TV ad, Apple appears to be promoting images and videos taken by actual iPhone customers. The new video focuses on the iPhone’s camera, photo taking capabilities, and video recording features.

The ad shows an assortment of artfully arranged iPhones that display photos and videos in an assortment of different patterns. A narrator speaks about the iPhone’s popularity as a camera and its ease of use. 

Every day, millions of amazing photos and videos are shot with iPhone. That’s because the iPhone makes it easy—for everyone—to shoot amazing photos and video. If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.”

At the end of the 30-second spot, dozens of iPhones are placed in a collage layout with different videos and images on screen.

As with previous videos, Apple ends the “Photos & Videos” ad with the tagline “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.”