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.

iPhone-Comparison

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.” 

Accessories, News/Rumors

Apple Watch to be available at Best Buy on Aug. 7

Best Buy announced it will become the first national retailer, aside from Apple, to sell the Apple Watch in some its U.S. retail stores and online on August 7.

The company stated that the device will be available in more than 100 stores next month.  Best Buy plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Best Buy will offer 16 models from the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch collections, including 50 accessories such as bands, screen protectors, stands, and chargers.

Best Buy currently sells a number of competing wearables from the companies of Samsung and Pebble.

Jason Bonfig, a senior category office at Best Buy says:

“The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it. We are excited to bring Apple Watch to more consumers, especially with the holidays coming up.”1

The Apple Watch is now sold in 19 countries with the company gradually expanding availability as supplies have allowed, and an additional three countries — New Zealand, Russia, and Turkey — will be added to the list this coming Friday.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Wood Charging Stand gives place of privilege for Apple Watch

Thanks to TRNDLabs’s new charging stand, you can provide your watch with a gawk-worthy place of privilege when it’s off your wrist.

The company introduced  its Natural-Wood Apple Watch Charging Stand, available for just  $29.

This stylistically crafted stand is tasked to charge your Apple Watch while keeping it proudly displayed. Simplicity and sophistication is mixed perfectly in this product.

Customers can select between walnut or oak grain finish, and can start using it once the box is opened. The charging stand is compatible with all Apple Watches and all bands.

Thanks to its ergonomic design, your Apple Watch charger is cradled in place, and lets receive the extra length of cord out of the way inside the device.

Natural-Wood Apple Watch Charging Stand

Key features:
-Luxury charging dock for home or office
-Carved hidden wire routing to keep cord organized
-Fits all strap designs and all watch models
-Travel mode allows you to easily wrap cable and charger in one package

The Natural-Wood Apple Watch Charging Stand will be shipped free of charge to countries across the world.

iPhone, News/Rumors

Apple debuts two new “If it’s not an iPhone” ads

Apple released a pair of new iPhone 6 ads.

In the first ad, entitled Hardware & Software, Apple tells customers about iPhone’s merits rather than demonstrates them through story-driven narratives.

The ads feature a voice over detailing what makes the company’s device unique compared to other smart phones and smart phone platforms while showing off a number of iPhones doing various things on a white background.

The “Hardware & Software” ad also explains how the company is one of the few smart phone manufacturers to design both the hardware and software parts of the device.

Then, it shows games, intensive apps including GarageBand and iPhone-exclusive features like Apple Pay and FaceTime.

The second ad is entitled “Loved” and seemingly showcases how satisfied iPhone users are. It also claims that 99% of people who have an iPhone love their device and shows off people messaging, sending emojis, FaceTiming and having a good time on a multitude of iPhones before cutting to the new tagline.

Both videos end with a new tagline: “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.”

Apple’s previous major iPhone ad campaign, called Shot on iPhone 6, heavily showcased the camera found on the device and didn’t reveal the actual device in the advertisements, but rather only footage shot with the phone.

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Nest reveals security camera, 2nd generation Nest Protect, revamped mobile app and more

Google-owned Nest launched the Cam, its first self-branded security camera, along with a second-generation version of its Protect smoke detector, and an updated mobile app for iOS and Android. Unfortunately, the company’s flagship Nest Thermostat didn’t see any hardware upgrades this time.

Created for personal home security, the new Nest Cam is born out of Nest’s purchase of Wi-Fi video streaming camera maker Dropcam.

The camera costs $199 and features a magnetic stand. In addition, the device can capture and stream a 130-degree video in Full HD 1080p resolution so you can keep an eye on your home while out.

Finally, the camera offers advanced night vision, Nest Aware-powered activity alerts and boasts a number of other amazing features.

Thanks to the Nest mobile app, Cam users can check video feeds, send voice videos and get notifications whenever motion is detected.

The updated Nest app received improved design and a simpler interface, and monitors Cam, Dropcam, Protect, and Thermostat data. Thermostat users now has access to information about indoor humidity and outside temperature. The amount of supported Thermostats has been increased from 10 to 40 with a limit of 20 per building.

The updated version of the Protect brought a new sensor that monitors two various light wavelengths, which Nest reports is better for detecting different kinds of smoke and hence both fast- and slow-burning fires.

Among other product changes is a 10-year promised lifespan, thanks to a better carbon monoxide sensor, and the optional Nest Safety Rewards program, which can be used to have cheaper home insurance from Liberty Mutual and American Family at the expense of sharing Protect data.

A single Cam is available for $199, while a Protect can be purchased for $99. A Nest Aware subscription costs $100 a year for 10 days of video history, or $300 per year for 30 days.

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Native clone of Flappy Bird runs on Apple Watch

Once watchOS 2 was released last Monday, developers got a chance to create proper native apps for the Apple Watch, that run on the device itself instead of the iPhone.

Developer Hamza Sood, who is no stranger to hacks, managed to get games like Canabalt and a Flappy Bird clone to run natively on the Apple Watch using frameworks like UIKit and SpriteKit, which are not available to developers for Apple Watch apps.

Although the game looks even harder on the tiny screen, smartwatch Flappy Bird is still possible to be played. Using the touchscreen or digital crown developer can control flight.

Flappy Bird also supports speaker output so that you can hear sound effects directly from the Apple Watch.

Last week, developers Steven Troughton-Smith, Adam Bell, and Jay Freeman could get endless runner Canabalt using UIKit and SceneKit to run on the Apple Watch.

Apple hasn’t provided developers with permission to use these frameworks for Apple Watch apps, but the hacked titles give a look at what the device might be capable of in the future. WatchOS 2 is expected to be released in the fall and can help developers create native apps that are powered by the Apple Watch instead of the iPhone, but without the frameworks used in the above examples.

watchOS 2 also gives access to the Digital Crown, the microphone, and different sensors on the Apple Watch, as well as the accelerometer and heart rate monitor, which will lead to more full-featured apps later this year.

Accessories

Apple releases new PowerBeats2 Wireless headphone to match Apple Watch Sport

Apple has launched a new set of Beats Powerbeats2 wireless headphones to match Apple Watch Sport.

The company introduced a new set of colors for the Beats Powerbeats2 wireless in-ear headphones, with the new colors matching the Apple Watch sport band options of black, white, blue, green, and pink.

The Apple Watch can store and play 2GB of music without a tethered iPhone wirelessly via Bluetooth 4 and with watchOS 2 will get access to many more audio apps.

As the updated product uses Bluetooth, the Powerbeats2 can connect wirelessly to a number of different devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and now the Apple Watch.

Key Features:
● Easily pairs within 30 feet of your Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, or iPod
● Premium sound performance
● Rechargeable six-hour battery
● Sweat and water resistant
● No-slip grip in-line microphone and remote for calls
● Lighter, smaller, and with a flexible ear hook

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Available at the same $200 price as the original Powerbeats2 announced last June after the company had revealed it was purchasing Beats but before the deal officially closed, the new versions are identical with the exception of the new colors. The new headphones can be found in Apple’s retail stores.