Why buy an unlocked iPhone?

Why buy an unlocked iPhone?

An unlocked iPhone is a handy bit of kit to have. With a SIM-free iPhone, you’re not tied to one network, and you’re free to find you’re own monthly plan with all the minutes, texts and data you could want – but that’s not all.  

No matter what you’re using it for, there’s a whole load of reasons to buy your iPhone SIM-free. While it’s tempting to opt for a pay monthly deal with one of the popular networks, going SIM-free gives you freedom with your phone, which you won’t have if you’re tied down to a provider.

Saves money

Smart phones aren’t cheap, and dropping a hefty sum on a handset might not be all that appealing at first, but buying a separate SIM-only deal can save up to £300 over a standard 24 month network contract. Combine your unlocked phone with a SIM-only contract, and you’re looking at a significantly cheaper deal than you’d find on almost any pay-monthly contract.

Upgrade when you want

Ever seen a new phone you’d like, but despair at the prospect of waiting for your contract to expire? With a SIM-only deal, you’re free to upgrade to the latest and greatest whenever you want – just take your SIM out of your old phone, and stick it in the new one.

Be a customer, not a hostage

When you’re searching for a SIM-only deal, you can go to any network you want and find a deal that suits you best. If you’re being used and abused, you can switch mid-term and find a more loving, caring network to spend your days with. Plus, you’ll own your phone, and you won’t be tied into confusingly complex T&C’s.

Save time

If you’re buying for business, SIM-free is your best bet. When you’ve got staff coming and going, you don’t want to be wasting time getting handsets reallocated or unlocked. With SIM-free, you can just hand your staff an iPhone and away they go.

Avoid multi-year contract commitments

Your standard network contracts are often complex and expensive. Going SIM-free means you can avoid all the hassle; buy your phone, sort out a monthly deal and forget about it.

Comparisons and benchmarking

Pricing gets complicated when it comes to pay-monthly contracts. For all you bargain hunters out there, SIM-free deals give you the freedom to shop around. You know what you’re getting, cost is clear and you can benefit from truly competitive pricing without going back and forth between similarly priced contracts from leading networks.

Cashflow

While SIM-free iPhone’s often mean a sizeable one-off payment, this can be offset by competitive leasing options. That way, you can get your mitts on an unlocked iPhone, then pay for it in chunks. It should help with cashflow, and allow for larger bulk purchases if that’s what you’re after.

Higher residual values

Unlocked iPhone’s retain their value up to 25% after two years. That’s way higher than your standard locked iPhone that’s tied to a pesky network, and it’s perfect if you’re looking to sell it on once you’re bored of it.

If you’re looking to purchase a SIM-free iPhone, we’re your guys. We’ve got great prices, lots of stock and can provide all the services and solutions you could need.

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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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Introducing the new Apple iPhone SE

Introducing the new Apple iPhone SE

Here at Jigsaw24, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for a new iPhone (yes, we’re big Apple geeks!) to be announced. Well, much to our excitement, today was the day as Apple unveiled the new iPhone SE at an event in Cupertino, California. 

iPhone SE (SE stands for ‘special edition’) rocks a 4-inch display, similar in size and design to iPhone 5 and 5S. iPhone SE boasts a retina HD display with 1136×640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi, meaning all of your photos and videos will look extra pretty when viewed on its screen. It’s Apple’s smallest handset, but still manages to fit in all the cool features and capabilities of iPhone 6S and it’s really light too, weighing just 129 grams. They say it’s “the most powerful 4 inch phone ever”.

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24

iPhone SE will be available in Apple’s signature Rose Gold, silver, gold or Space Grey and features 16GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Its speedy A9 processor will have users coasting through apps, whilst its extensive LTE support promises faster 4G LTE and speedy WiFi connectivity. Siri can also be triggered via the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command, making it hands-free with iPhone SE.

Touch ID and Apple Pay also feature, meaning your phone, and any payments you make on it, will be safe and secure. iPhone SE also comes packing an impressive camera, complete with a 12-megapixel sensor and a five-element lens including True Tone flash, burst mode, improved face detection and slo-mo video capture. iPhone SE features a front facing camera with Retina flash too, which is perfect for those Snapchat selfies or long FaceTime sessions, and can even produce Live Photos, which were introduced with iPhone 6S.

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24

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iOS 9: Our team look back at their favourite features

iOS 9: Our team look back at their favourite features

Apple launched the latest version of their mobile operating system back in September, iOS 9. As always, the new OS promised heaps of new features and adjustments, including updates to headline apps and services like Maps, Apple Music, Spotlight and more.

While all great improvements from Apple, inevitably some of the new features are more immediately useful than others, while some little tweaks might become more apparent through extended use. (Not all iPhone or iPad users use their device in exactly the same way, after all.) So now that we’re a few months down the line from iOS 9, we asked our creative team to pick out which new features have actually made the most marked improvement on their workflow and general iOS usage.

Back to app

The one feature that I think I have enjoyed in iOS 9 more than any other is ridiculously simple – but then, aren’t all the best ideas? While using one app and switching to another by tapping a new notification, iOS 9 now gives you the option to quickly go back to the original app.

Say you’re having a quick browse of the News app, then you receive an important iMessage. When you tap the banner notification and open up Messages, you’ll see ‘Back to News’ and an arrow in the top left hand corner of the screen, which will send you back to where you were in News once you’re finished in Messages. No more double tapping the home button and selecting the original app from the launcher – a small touch, but one that’s made multitasking just that bit easier.

Keyboard caps

For copywriter Becky, her favourite update has been the keyboard makeover, Apple shifting from the all caps format of iOS 8 to an upper and lowercase convention in iOS 9.

Said Becky: “A simple one, but the introduction of the lowercase keyboard in iOS 9 has made it far easier to tell when caps lock is on. It makes complete sense that when you’re typing in lowercase the keyboard is in lowercase and when you want to type in uppercase the keyboard switches to capitals.”

Better battery

We all sometimes get caught out by low battery, so Apple’s new Low Power Mode was a very welcome addition to iOS 9. This mode limits the activity of background apps and other power-eating processes (including disabling mail fetching, reducing screen brightness and turning off your screen more quickly), and kicks in when your battery falls below 20%, or you can turn it on manually under Battery in Settings.

Designer Simon Curd earmarked this as his top pick from the new features in iOS 9: “I’d have to say Low Power Mode. I don’t know how it’s supposed to work but I find the name reassuring when battery’s low, and I also happen to think the battery icon looks best in yellow.” Typical designer.

Apple Music

Apple originally launched their own music streaming service, Apple Music, in June 2015. With a three month free trial available, millions of Apple users signed up for the new service. Those sticking around to the end of the subscription saw iOS 9 tinkering with the interface to really up the user experience, according to design manager Vic.

“The whole app seems a lot snappier since iOS 9,” she said. “Menus are easier to navigate than before – especially on an iPhone screen – adding songs to a playlist is a breeze, and songs play quicker one after another. It’s certainly made me keep up my Apple Music subscription.”

Emojis

At the end of October 2015, Apple released the first small ‘point’ update for iOS 9. Perhaps the headline feature of iOS 9.1 was its Unicode support, meaning 150 new emojis and even more ways of expressing yourself without having to use real words.

Marketing coordinator Madison was particularly taken with the new emoji: “I really like the variety of emojis on offer in the latest iOS 9 update – I think it has a nicer representation, particularly across the food and animal categories. I know the unicorn and taco emojis went down well with the public, but my favourite has to be the lion. Sometimes you just really need to show your fierce lion side in a group message.”

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Apple annual roundup 2015: All the news and highlights from Cupertino

Apple annual roundup 2015: All the news and highlights from Cupertino

Apple’s hardware and OS refreshes for Mac, iPad and iPhone have become highly-anticipated annual events. You could say this was an even more landmark year than usual though, with the 12″ MacBook, iPad Pro, a long-awaited new Apple TV, plus brand new ventures into the world of wearables and music streaming in the form of Apple Watch and Apple Music.

MacBook and more

While it was all quiet on the Mac Pro front this year, all eyes were on new Mac on the block, the 12″ MacBook, in March 2015. Thinner and lighter than MacBook Air, it features a brand new faster Intel Core M processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of flash storage and a swanky 2304×1440 resolution Retina display. It also features a new edge-to-edge keyboard design, a Force Touch trackpad and sports just one USB type-C port and a headphone jack. Oh, and it was also the first MacBook model to be available in gold, which is great if you need your notebook to match your neckwear.

As well as the new 12″ MacBook, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro also got a refresh at the Spring Forward event. With new fifth-gen Intel processors giving a significant speed boost, a Retina display, and more efficient storage architecture, the 13″ MacBook Pro now also features Apple’s latest Force Touch TrackPad too, as announced on the 12″ MacBook.

There was good news for iMac users in 2015 too. As well as getting bumped up to Retina 4K display with 4096 x 2304 resolution, the new 21.5″ models also feature new colour display technology that widens their colour gamut by 25% and include Intel’s Broadwell processors.

Buyers’ Guide 2015: Mac for Business

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iPad updates

On to September’s Hey Siri event, which focuses on mobile devices, and there was a whole raft of new iOS goodness. Analysts and Apple fans had been predicting this was the event that Tim Cook would unveil a new, bigger iPad Pro, and they weren’t disappointed. The largest iPad to date, iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9″ Retina display, 5.6 million pixels, the latest iOS and new 64-bit A9X chip, giving it enough power to rival most portable PCs.

iPad mini also got a face lift, with a new 18% thinner (at just 6.1mm) profile, and slightly lighter, and is powered by a new A8 processor chip, finally bringing it in line with the power of iPad Air.

What’s the verdict on iPad Pro?

– Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

Buyers Guide 2015: iPad for Business

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

It didn’t take Nostradamus to predict that Apple may continue their run of annual iPhone refreshes at the Hey Siri event in September and, true to form, they unveiled iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, while discontinuing the colourful iPhone 5c. As Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said at the time:

“The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything – 3D Touch lets users interact with iPhone in entirely new and fun ways, and the innovative Live Photos brings your pictures to life. These are the most advanced iPhones ever, with 7000 series aluminum, ion-strengthened glass, the new 64-bit A9 chip, 12 megapixel iSight and 5 megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and Wi-Fi. Customers are going to love them.”

Buyers’ Guide 2015: iPhone for Business

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OS X El Capitan and iOS 9

Back at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2015, the assembled crowds of devs were treated to first glimpses of both the new Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and Apple’s mobile OS for iPad and iPhone, iOS 9.

The focus of OS X 10.11 El Capitan was really on user experience, with new gestures, improvements to Safari and a new, more powerful Spotlight. A few of the new features we’ve found most useful in El Capitan have been: being able to shake your mouse or a finger on the trackpad to locate your cursor; Split View in full-screen mode; being able to pin tabs in Safari; swiping to delete messages in Mail and muting individual tabs in Safari.

iOS 9 meanwhile, saw Siri become 40% more accurate and 40% faster, with new additions like starting your music player when you plug in your headphones, adding invitations to your calendar automatically, and advising you on the time it will take to get to a meeting based on realtime traffic info. She can even suggest who a caller might be by trawling your email for phone numbers hidden in email signatures. Other highlights included Apple Pay, meaning you can now pay for a coffee with your iPhone, better battery life, the News app replacing Newsstand, and more.

Apple TV

It had been three years since Apple updated their standalone set-top box, so Apple TV was well due an upgrade when the all new model was announced in November 2015. Apple TV now has its very own App Store (which, as of December 2015, features BBC iPlayer, which is very welcome news for anyone in the UK), plus a brand new touchpad remote with Siri integration. There’s now support for games too, using the touchpad remote as a game controller. You can also pick up a very fetching Wii-style optional strap for more active gaming, or serious gamers can opt for a third-party MFi game controller.

Apple launch next generation Apple TV

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And the rest…

Earlier in the year, health, fitness and fashion freaks welcomed Apple Watch with open arms. Apple’s first wearable let users track fitness, receive notifications, messages and mail directly from their wrist, and came with a number of different options (we’re still holding out for an Apple Watch Edition from a very loving relative this Christmas). It then got an update to its operating system at WWDC, watchOS 2, which was paired with WatchKit, a set of tools allowing developers access to hardware and software to create native Apple Watch apps.

The same conference also saw Apple unveil a new music streaming service, Apple Music. As well as listening to your own iTunes library, you can stream any of the 30 million songs Apple has access to, or listen to carefully curated playlists based on your tastes.

Anything we missed that was top of your Apple list in 2015? Anything you’d like to see from Apple in 2016? Let us know in the comments below… 

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Our top 5 weird and wonderful accessories for iPhone and iPad

Our top 5 weird and wonderful accessories for iPhone and iPad

Working with accessories for iPhone, iPad and Mac, every now and again we come across something a little out of the ordinary. Whether you’re doodling on your iPad or aspiring to make the perfect piña colada, there’s a way to make it that bit more interesting. Here are our current top 5…

1. Native Union Retro POP Handset

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The iPhone is sleek, stylish and slim enough to slip in your pocket. So why not add a giant handset to your shiny new smartphone and make all your hipster friends jealous? With the Native Union POP Handset, you can do just that.

Compatible with any device with a 3.5mm jack, the POP Handset comes in a variety of flashy colours, in soft-touch casing. Plug it into your iPhone, iPad or MacBook, adjust your beehive hairdo, and use the one-button pick-up/hang-up functionality to call your friends. And if you think that the POP Handset is just a bit of light-hearted whimsy, you’d be wrong. The POP promises to eliminate up to 99% of the radiation absorbed compared to direct use of your mobile phone!

2. Griffin KaZoo Monkey Stylus

gc38003_kazoostylus_1_1The KaZoo Stylus promises that you can write, sketch, tap and play ‘like a happy animal’ on your touchscreen. Clearly designed for children, but appealing to more than one adult in the Jigsaw24 office, this high-sensitivity stylus is moulded so it’s easy to grip – and also, it’s shaped like a monkey. Perfect for writing, drawing and gaming apps, the KaZoo Stylus won’t scratch or smudge your touchscreen device. Compatible with both iPhone and iPad, use the stylus with any app for great control.

3. Griffin KaZoo Panda iPad mini case

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Everyone loves going to the zoo. Not everyone loves their stylish iPad looking like a panda bum, but we are not everyone. Behold, another brilliant offering from Griffin’s KaZoo range: the Panda iPad mini case.

Made of a durable but soft silicone, the case is shaped to hold your iPad mini at the perfect angle for typing or drawing when you lay it flat. Or, if you’re watching videos, the case creature’s feet keep it sturdily upright on your desk or table. The feet are hollowed out, creating storage space that’s the perfect size to hold your new KaZoo Stylus.

4. Perfect Drink Cocktail Maker

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Looking for something a little more grown-up? Regularly exasperated by people pouring an extra half-milliletre of gin in your martini? The Perfect Drink Cocktail Maker is the solution. May you never need to throw a perfectly good cocktail down the drain again. Hook up your iOS device to the specially designed smart scale and included free app to follow real-time instructions as you create the perfect cocktail. Choose your serving size and start pouring – the app tells you the optimum moment to stop.

5. ReTrak Animalz Headphones

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There’s more than one pair of these bad boys floating around the office. The ReTrak Animalz range is designed for little ears (or just immature ears), with an adjustable headband and volume limiting technology. Lightweight, with a built-in retractable cable to avoid tangling, the headphones are available in Bunny, Monkey, Bear, Dog and – my personal favourite – Shark.

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What’s new in iOS 9?

What’s new in iOS 9?

iOS 9, one of the highlights of Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ event, will be available as a free download as of 16th  September, and aims to “make iOS devices more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy.”

Multitasking

One of the most exciting things from our workaholic/game addicted point of view is the new string of multitasking modes, including Picture-in-Picture, which lets you play video or conduct FaceTime calls while browsing the web, composing email etc in the background. iPad users will also get to experience Slide Over, which lets you simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the one you’re in (it appears in a sidebar that takes up about a third of your screen) and Split View, which allows you to view and interact with two apps at the same time, side by side, and resize your view to prioritise one or another of the apps.

The core apps get an update

Updates to iOS’s built-in apps include a redesigned Notes app that adds the ability to sketch designs, add photos, sync with iCloud and create wunderlist-style checklists; a Flipboard-style News app that presents you with a clean interface for reading Siri-curated content (it’s based on your interests and browsing, but you can always edit what you’re shown) and the addition of public transport routes to key cities in Maps, should you be about to head to IBC and unfamiliar with Dutch transit.

“iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful — Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”

Proactive assistance

The addition you’re most likely to notice day to day is proactive assistance, which helps Siri present the most relevant information at a given time of day and suggests actions at that particular moment based on the apps you use frequently and the time of day you use them. So for example, if you always stream music during your morning run, Siri will open Apple Music at the right time each morning, without you having to set a reminder. You can also add more context-reliant reminders, such as “remind me to call Dave when I get home”, and your phone will use location data to identify when you’ve arrived home and pull up the appropriate contact.

Apple Pay

Although we tend to get Apple Pay features slightly behind the US, we see no reason not to be excited about the fact that Apple Pay has added support for Discover, store loyalty programmes and “participating store-issued credit and debit cards”, which doesn’t sound like something that happens this side of the pond, but still. Shoppers will be able to manage their cards in the new Wallet app, which replaces Passbook.

Longer battery life, more storage and better graphics

Glory be and hallelujah. This latest release gives you an additional hour of battery life, and a power saver mode that sources say should give you an extra three hours per charge. In iOS 9, software updates will require less space to install and the Install Later feature can perform updates to your device when it’s not in use. Enhanced security features in iOS 9 keep your devices and Apple ID secure by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices and improving two-factor authentication by building it directly into iOS, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to your Apple ID. iOS 9 apps and the user interface now take advantage of Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation and better overall performance.

iOS 9 will be available beginning Wednesday, September 16 as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini and later. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. For more information visit the Apple site.

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JAMF Software release new Relo app for iPad

JAMF Software release new Relo app for iPad

JAMF Software took the opportunity of last week’s JAMF Nation ‘Ice-Out’ event to launch their latest endeavour – Relo for iPad, a handy little app that lets you shift all your important data from Android devices and tablets over to iPad and iPhone.

For anyone who’s tried to do this manually in the past without the aid of a dedicated app, especially any IT admins in big businesses, you’ll know that this can be a right chore. As well as being time-consuming and often frustrating, there’s also the added risk of losing important and sensitive data such as photos, videos and contacts, ending in information often being left on old devices. Ditto apps. But now JAMF Software, makers of the excellent Casper Suite, have addressed the needs of those working on multiple platforms, or making the move from Android to iOS, by letting them quickly and simply copy data from non-iOS devices to iPhone and iPad.

JAMF Software promise their Relo app will let users:

Bring Important Data With You. Relo wirelessly copies all contacts, photos and videos from an Android to a new iOS device. Just download the app on both devices, scan a QR code and you’re done!

• See iOS Versions of Your Apps. If you have an Android app that is also available in the App Store, Relo will display the iPhone or iPad version for you to download.

• Ensure Privacy of Your Data. Relo doesn’t upload any data to the cloud or anywhere else, ensuring that private information stays private for users and organisations alike.

Another big plus point for Relo: it’s completely free! You can download it right now from the App Store on your iPad or head on over to iTunes.

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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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The future of retail: we now take cash, card and Apple Pay

The future of retail: we now take cash, card and Apple Pay

It’s been a busy month for Apple, its users and its fans. Announcing new iPhones, introducing the world to Apple Watch, releasing iOS 8 and tomorrow (19th September) the sale of the iPhone 6. On top of all that, we also have Apple Pay to look forward to. Apple describes Apple Pay as ‘your wallet, without the wallet’, and will allow consumers to use their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch (when it’s released) to pay for goods. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the digital wallet age.

We can already use our phones as boarding passes, train tickets, coupons and loyalty cards: it only seems natural that the next big step would be using it for payment. So what can we expect from Apple Pay and what benefits can it bring to retail?

First things first

Apple Pay is due to launch in the US in October, through a free download in iOS 8 for iPhone 6 and 6 plus users. Apple Pay works with three major payment networks: Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit and debit cards. There is currently no release date for the UK and wider Europe.

How does it work?

Apple Pay works by allowing customers to pay for their goods using Touch ID technology. Touch ID technology is incorporated into the Home button and uses a fingerprint identity sensor to mean only your unique fingerprint on the Home button can authorise a transaction. Consumers will be able to input their payment card details into the Passbook application on their devices, so it’s stored and ready to be used when you come to pay. To pay, simply hold your phone near the store’s contactless reader with your finger on the Home button. If your payment is successful, you’ll be notified by a beep and subtle vibration.

What does this mean for retail?

Retailers can now add a ‘we also take Apple Pay’ sign to their list of payment methods. The likes of Subway, Staples and Starbucks are already gearing up for the release of Apple Pay in the US.

How can retailers use Apple Pay?

In store
Getting your store equipped with the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that Apple Pay relies on to work will provide your shoppers with the option to ditch their wallets and use their iPhones for payment instead. While us Brits do love a good queue, Apple Pay will make payment quicker, resulting in shorter, calmer and more orderly queues – even we can’t complain about that.

Online
So a potential customer is browsing your website on their iPhone and sees something they want to buy: they rummage through that seemingly bottomless bag and admit defeat when all they find is chewing gum and old bus tickets, leaving you missing out on a sale. Instead, picture this: a ‘pay with Apple Pay’ option, that allows people to purchase from your site or app using Apple Pay, meaning no need to dig out that impossible-to-find wallet as your bank details are already stored in Passbook. Purchasing could literally take just one click.

Is it safe?

The thoughts on everyone’s mind – do I feel comfortable that I can now use my phone to pay for stuff? And what about hackers? Well, according to Apple, your device will not save your transaction information, so nothing can be tied back to you. Since you don’t have to show your credit or debit card, you never reveal your name, card number or security code to the cashier when you pay in store, ensuring that your information stays only with yourself.

Where can I use Apple Pay?

According to Apple, Apple Pay will let you use iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in over 220,000 contactless-payment-accepting stores (presumably this currently only applies to the US). Stores include Nike, Subway, Disney Store, Staples and Starbucks (to name a few).  The mystery we are still faced with is whether there will be a capped spending limit on Apple Pay. In the UK, there is currently a maximum spend of £20 with contactless payment cards – we presume Apple Pay would be similar, which is great for a cheeky Starbucks, but you may have to limit how many drinks you can buy down the pub.

…All we need now is for Apple to bring Apple Pay to the UK.

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