iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV news from the Apple Event 2017

iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV news from the Apple Event 2017

It’s been another bumper crop of announcements at the 2017 Apple Event. This year, the shiny new Steve Jobs Theater within the new Apple Park in Cupertino became the venue for what is now Apple’s traditional annual iPhone extravaganza. 

Unveilings included an expansion of their smartphone lineup with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and updates to Apple Watch and Apple TV. A breathless morning/evening of unveilings then – here are the highlights…

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

If you’re a huge fan of the current iPhone design and home button thank-you-very-much, you’ll be pleased to hear that Apple have launched a new tier of smartphone. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus keep a similar form factor to the previous iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but brings an all new glass casing which allows wireless charging, as well as an improved display, while adding increased water and dust resistance. A new A11 Bionic chip mean it’s faster than its predecessor, and sports Bluetooth 5.0, which gives up to 2x the speed of Bluetooth 4.2 and up to 4x the range of Bluetooth 4.2.

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iOS 11

Whatever new features are announced in an iOS update, talk invariably turns to what new emoji are available, so let’s start there. iOS 11 comes with a new type of 3D animated emoji called Animoji, which can be created from face scans to reflect facial expressions in a whole host of animated characters including a monkey, robot, cat, dog, unicorn, smiley poo (we think this one’s going to get a lot of use) and others.

iOS 11 also integrates more advanced systems for iPhone’s camera, including augmented reality and the ability to combine images from multiple cameras. A new version of Apple’s Portrait mode with advanced lighting simulation also creates DSLR-like effects such as bokeh or shallow depth of focus.

Apple Watch Series 3

If you’ve been holding out on getting an Apple Watch, now’s the time to upgrade your wristwear. The new version of Apple’s smartwatch includes 4G connectivity so you don’t have to be paired with your iPhone to get those deathly important email updates and calls while out on your evening run. The Apple Watch Series 3 has a 70% faster processor than the previous version, 50% more power-efficient, and comes with a new barometric altimeter that assists with tracking activity, flights climbed and outdoor workouts, including elevation gain. There’s also a Series 3 version without the 4G connectivity.

Apple TV 4K

With 4K getting more widespread than ever, it was only a matter of time before Apple TV got onboard. The new version of their streaming box is capable of streaming 4K content, so you can appreciate films, TV and games in beautifully high resolution. It also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) and HEVC Dolby Vision for superior colour, improved hardware with the Siri Remote, HDMI 2.0 for 4K support and Gigabit Ethernet, and faster performance and graphics due to dramatically faster A10X Fusion processor. You also get improved Bluetooth 5.0, plus the ability to pair two devices to Apple TV, and support for Apple AirPlay 2 for multiple speakers in multi-room locations.

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Introducing the Apple Watch Series 2

Introducing the Apple Watch Series 2

Apple have dug deep for the latest Apple Watch update, adding a white ceramic and Hermes model Watches to the lineup ,while making improvements to internals and functionality across the board. 

Nike have also scored an exclusive Apple Watch Nike Plus designed specifically for running, which we’re far more likely to start doing now that we know the Apple Watch Series 2 will support Pokemon GO.

Internal improvements

Apple Watch Series 2 features a faster processor than its predecessor (it’s dual core and 50% faster), a GPU that doubles your graphics performance, and a GPS chip (to help you use up all that extra battery, and/or track your workout more accurately).

If you don’t fancy getting the latest Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 1 will still be available. New models will get the same dual processor as the series 2, and continue to be available for $269.

The body

The display is Apple’s brightest ever at 1000 nits, which means it should be easily readable in sunlight – also useful on your run.

The nautically minded among you will be happy to hear that Apple Watch is now swimproof, which is excellent if you’re the sort of person who buys the Sport model and uses it for Sport, but is unlikely to impact the Jigsaw24 blog team directly.

It’s resistant to water up to 50m, and new workouts have been added to Health in celebration. Because counting calories burned during swimming is so imprecise, the app is actually designed to learn about your fitness based on your swim performance, and adjust the calories count it displays as it learns more about your metabolism.

Availability

Apple have confirmed that this will be winging its way to your wristwatch on September 13th, and be available for pre-order from September 9th. It’s priced at $369. It will, we repeat, have Pokemon GO on. We may never do anything productive again.

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All the news from WWDC 2016

All the news from WWDC 2016

This was a big one. With four, that’s right, four whole OS updates being unveiled at Apple’s June keynote, it’s fair to say there’s a lot to talk about and a lot to get excited about.

If you love Apple (and emojis) like we do, you’ll have been itching with anticipation for this year’s keynote. So, without further ado, here’s our rundown of all the big announcements from WWDC 2016.

iOS 10 

Release: Public Beta in July, coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

It’s being called the ‘biggest iOS release ever’, and it’s hard to disagree. Designed with user experience in mind, and with substantial improvements to some of iOS’ most popular features, the wait for number 10 will feel like waiting for Christmas. It’ll be available on iPhone 5 and later, and will include:

– Redesigned lock and home screens, incorporating 3D touch, raise to wake and widgets.

– Siri will be opened up to developers for 3rd party messaging apps, allowing users to book Uber rides, pay friends, make VoIP calls and much more. If that’s not convenient enough for you, never fear, Apple already has it figured out with QuickType. QuickType provides intelligent suggestions with deep learning (LSTMs), through factors like current locations, contact information, recent addresses and availability – it even offers intelligent scheduling for the calendar app.

– Photos is getting some cool additions too, with facial recognition, object and scene recognition, and memories (clusters of photos sorted by date, people and topics).

– Maps will receive an all-new design, complete with improved traffic information, faster route suggestions, and quick controls to find food or petrol. The app will also be opened up for developers, allowing users to book a table and the like.

– Music (now with 15 million paid subscribers) will get a shiny new redesign too. Apple have simplified the app, improved audio clarity, and added a lyrics feature.

– Following suit, News has received a redesign inline with Music, and will feature breaking news notifications to boot. Apple said the app will now include over 2000 publications.

– Home is a brand-new app that’s designed to simplify home automation. It works in conjunction with HomeKit-compatible accessories, which now include controls for cameras, door locks and air conditioning. Home app can see and control all accessories from one place, and provides remote access to home automation.

– Thanks to new Phone updates, you’ll now be alerted to possible spam calls or suspicious numbers (which is great if you’re sick of hearing about PPI!). VoIP apps will also be integrated, and Contacts has received an upgrade.

– Last, but certainly not least, Messages has been gifted some impressive new features that have had Apple fans everywhere talking. The app will now include rich links, tap-to-replace emojis (perfect if you want to let pictures do all the talking) and emoji prediction (emojis are now three times bigger!). Not only that, iOS 10 will introduce a range of bubble effects (including invisible ink for more secretive messages), as well as quick tap back, handwritten messages, digital touch and exciting full screen effects.

tvOS

Release: Coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

tvOS will receive a substantial update this fall with new features, including:

– 1300 video channels, up from 80.

– 6000 native apps.

– An AppleTV remote app for your iPhone, allowing you to control AppleTV through your handset. It mimics the hardware remote, with Siri voice and typing support, dictation for usernames and passwords, a Now Playing screen, accelerometer and gyroscope support for games, touch navigation and more.

– Siri can now search for movies by topic, and browse YouTube.

– Live Tune In – Siri can take you straight to the action, available on AppleTV and iPad.

– Single Sign-on – Also available on iOS, you can now sign in once to access all apps on the network.

– Dark Mode, perfect for nighttime viewing.

– For developers: ReplayKit, PhotoKit and HomeKit.

watchOS 3

Release: Coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

Apple announced some exciting new updates for its wearable hardware:

– In-app launch time is now seven times faster.

– Background updates.

– Dock – Push the side button, and swipe through live apps.

– iOS Control Center – Accessible by swiping from the bottom of the screen.

– Improved smart reply options.

– Scribble – Write your own message replies one letter at a time (available in English and Chinese).

– New, swappable watch faces, including the Activity face which lets you quick start Workout, Minnie Mouse with customisable dress colours (if that’s what you’re into), a numeral face available in a variety of fonts, and analogue, digital and chronograph, the three new Activity ring faces.

– SOS calling – Holding down the side button initiates a three second countdown to call emergency services, and then sends a notification with your location data to all emergency contacts and brings up your medical ID. It works in conjunction with your iPhone or over WiFi.

– Activity Sharing – Swipe right on your Activity rings to check out your family and friends’ rings (a cool feature if you love getting competitive). You’ll even be placed on a leaderboard, so you can see how much better you’re doing than everyone else.

– Breathe – Designed to help combat stress, Breathe is a neat deep breathing/meditation app. It relies on haptic feedback and visuals, and takes a heart reading towards the end of a session.

macOS Sierra

Release: Public Beta in July, coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

Apple’s latest macOS is called Sierra and it’s all about continuity. Along with a whole range of new features, Apple will incorporate Siri, Apple watch and Apple Pay into its flagship operating system when it drops this Autumn. Here’s a rundown of everything we know:

– Auto Unlock – You can now use your Watch to automatically unlock your Mac, very handy if you’re a fan of Apple’s wearable.

– Universal Clipboard – One of the new continuity features, Universal Clipboard allows users to copy content on one device and paste it onto another.

– Hot off the announcement that 10 billion user documents are stored in iCloud, Apple confirmed that all files stored on the Desktop or in the Documents folder of a Mac will be available across multiple devices including other Macs, iPhone and iPad.

– Optimised Storage makes room for new files by keeping older ones in the cloud, and getting rid of files you’ll never use again through a simple user interface . You’ll receive notifications that remind you to delete useless app installers, caches, logs and duplicate downloads.

– Apple Pay on the web works in conjunction with iPhone, and prompts for touch ID payment authentication.

– Tabs will now be available outside of Safari in a variety of Apple apps like Maps, Pages, Mail and more, and will be incorporated into third-party apps too.

– Picture in Picture will allow users to watch videos while performing other tasks; it’s great for multitasking and ideal for continuing your Netflix binge while taking care of other, more important, things.

– Siri is making its Mac debut under Sierra – it’s accessible in the dock and menu bar. Siri will be able to send messages, search the web, open documents, look through photos and videos, make phone and FaceTime calls, set reminders and more.

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All the news from Apple’s spring event

All the news from Apple’s spring event

It’s not every spring that we see an iPhone launch, so Apple’s ‘Let Us Loop You In’ event from Cupertino took us a little by surprise, with not only the new iPhone SE on the agenda, but also a new smaller iPad Pro 9.7″. We’ve rounded up all the news on those, plus the latest on iOS 9.3, Apple TV and more below (as well as our over-excited live tweeting…)

Apple iPhone SE

First up, in terms of new product at least, was Apple’s new 4″ iPhone SE. Apple are positioning this as both an option for those users who prefer a smaller phone, and who want a more affordable option, coming in at a modest 4″ and $399. Having said that, it doesn’t skimp on features and specs, matching up to iPhone 6 in most departments, but being more akin to the old iPhone 5 in design.

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24

They’re calling it the most powerful 4-inch phone ever, with a 64-bit A9 chip that’s great for graphics-intensive games and their most advanced camera system – 12MP iSight, Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Live Photos and 4K video capture, plus a front-facing cam with Retina flash to help you get the perfect selfie. Hey Siri, Touch ID and Apple Pay are all present and correct, with battery improvements and speedy LTE and WiFi.

Read more about Apple’s iPhone SE here.

iPad Pro 9.7″

The other headliner at the event was iPad Pro, with a new 9.7″ model that takes everything great about the larger 12″ iPad Pro and shrinks it down to a more portable form factor. As with the larger version, the main talking point here is the power-efficient oxide TFT display that’s 40% less reflective than iPad Air 2 and 25% brighter, with a wide colour gamut and 25% greater colour saturation. It now sports True Tone technology which measures colour temperature of ambient light and adjusts to match, becoming warmer for more comfortable working.

iPad Pro 9.7" at Jigsaw24

The A9X chip gives great processor and graphics performance, making it ideal for modelling and rendering, and it also features the most advanced iPad camera ever – a 12MP iSight cam with Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Live Photos and a front-facing 5MP cam too. Then there’s the four built-in speakers which give it twice the audio performance of the iPad Air 2, and support for the excellent Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Read more about Apple’s iPad Pro 9.7″ here.

And the rest…

Among the other, smaller announcements, we had new bands for Apple Watch (including a woven nylon strap and new colours), and incremental software releases. tvOS gets an update with improved Siri functionality and new folders system, while iOS 9.3 sees a new Education Preview suite designed for students, teachers and administrators, Night Shift mode which switches colours in the evening to the warmer end of the spectrum to help you sleep better, password-protected Notes and other updates in CarPlay, News and Health.

Apple also showed off a new addition to ResearchKit, with new CareKit, an open source scheme to build apps to enable people to take more active role in their care. And they were keen to stress their green credentials too, mentioning that they are operating with 100% renewable energy in 23 countries, using more and more recycled and sustainable packaging among other good stuff.

As it happened

It’s become a bit of a tradition to unleash our Core Operations Manager Charlotte Barton on our Twitter feed during Apple launches, and this time round was a real stream of consciousness belter, touching on iPad, iPhone, yaks and elbow patches…

 

 

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App of the month: Apogee MetaRecorder for iOS

App of the month: Apogee MetaRecorder for iOS

This month, we’ve been looking at MetaRecorder, Apogee’s new field recording app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (and Apple Watch too). With high quality audio recording, comprehensive metadata and Final Cut Pro X integration, find out why we think this is going to be one to interest pros as well as consumers…

What is Apogee MetaRecorder?

Years ago there was a piece of software called MetaCorder, developed by Gallery. New app MetaRecorder is very similar, but developed for iOS and now with the Apogee name on it. Apogee are hailing it as the “first two-channel audio recording app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to offer intuitive multi-take recording, tagging and file organisation for any field recording scenario”.

How does it work?

First of all, connect a microphone, audio interface or use the built-in microphone on your iOS device to record mono or stereo audio up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. MetaRecorder then lets you add keywords, markers and notes, designate ‘favourite’ takes and customise auto file naming for a unique, informative and easily searchable name. Once you’re done, save your session as an FCPXML file from the app. When opened in Final Cut Pro, metadata entered in the field makes searching and organising your media fast and effortless.

MetaRecorder for iOS

Who is it for?

While Apogee are positioning this as a simple high-quality setup to record podcasts, presentations, news reports, interviews or meetings, as well as a consumer app for recording school plays, wedding speeches and the like, we can also see it being used in more professional applications. The FCP X workflow is certainly very interesting for audio post.

MetaRecorder lets you apply metadata tags like keywords, favourites, markers and more to your audio files while recording in the field, then share the recorded audio and Final Cut Pro XML files directly to Dropbox. Once you’ve imported it into Final Cut Pro on a Mac, the captured metadata gives you a much simpler way of organising and parsing your media, substantially accelerating your post-production workflow.

What’s the best feature?

OK, we’re going out on a limb here to suggest a feature that we may not have yet actually used, but can see being very useful – Apogee have already developed an Apple Watch version of MetaRecorder, enabling you to have a remote control for the iPhone or iPad app. Essential features that can be controlled from Apple Watch include start and stop recording, adding a take to favourites, adding markers and setting your microphone input level. Now, just wake us up when our Apple Watch delivery gets here, will you?

How much and where can I get it?

Apogee MetaRecorder (Apogee Electronics Corp, free) is free to download from the App Store on your iPad or iTunes. Just a word of warning – the free version of MetaRecorder does limit you to just 60 seconds’ continuous recording time. For a limited time, if you have a compatible Sennheiser or Apogee device, you can unlock unlimited continuous recording for free by connecting to MetaRecorder (check iTunes for a full list of compatible devices), or purchase the full version in the app to unlock the recording time restriction.

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