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Apple announces iPhone 6S and more

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Apple held a massive press event, as it does most years unveiling some of its latest innovative products. This year Apple unveiled a newer version of WatchOS, a new Apple TV, iPad Models as well as the highly anticipated iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.
All versions of the Apple Watch will be updated to the latest WebOS 2.0 on the 16th September 2015.  The update will include greater user customisation including allowing the screen to remain on for longer and more custom watch faces.  The Apple Music interface has also been improved and you can watch short videos on the device from channels such as Vines.  New apps coming in the future for your Apple Watch include Facebook Messenger as well as the Watch being used as a viewfinder for a GoPro Camera.
The new AirStrip feature is a cloud platform that allows for secure Apple Watch data services, including health data and patient-doctor communications.

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A new iPad is also expected to join the iPad Family.  The iPad Pro is a new model which features an impressive 12.9″ display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels to put that into comparison that is more than a 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display.  The iPad Pro is powered by a new processor the Apple A9.
Included is a new and impressive 4-speaker arrangement that can alter the sound delivered based on how the unit is being held.  A full on screen keyboard that dynamically changes based on the application being used.  Users can also expect a Smart Keyboard accessory to be available to provider a cover and a keyboard combo similar to that available for the MS Surface and is shown in the picture above.
Similar to the Note 5, Apple has unveiled a new Apple Pencil a new and impressive digital stylus.  MS Office will also be available and users will be able to take advantage of the “Split Overview” and “Slide Over” features coming to iOS9 allowing you to run 2 office applications simultaneously. What’s more the office suite is fully compatiable with the Apple Pencil for annotating and “inking”.


In October we can also expect to see a brand new Apple TV with integrated Siri and App Store.  A new touch surface navigation remote control will also be available.  Integration between the Apple Store on the Apple TV will give users a selection of applications to use and a variety of shopping experiences to choose from.

Also announced during the event was the iPad Mini 4 which will take the same components that is in the iPad Air 2 and shrink it down into a smaller frame.

Finally, we save the past to last just like the guys at Apple, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models were announced, as expected.  Like previous “S” models these newer models resemble that of the traditional 6 and 6 Plus variants and the focus has been preliminary on the internal hardware.  Both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus retain their 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen sizes as well as the same button layout.  Both versions of the iPhone 6S will be available in a new colour, Rose Gold.
A new glass screen dubbed by Apple as “dual ion-exchange glass”.  Apple has also implemented sensitive capabilities which Apple has called “3D Touch” which has been implemented on the Apple Watch.  With the functionality of the watch in mind a light touch on an iPhone will show you details about the application where as a more firmer touch will launch the application.

Both the 6S and 6S Plus features Apple new A9 processor which gives the iPhone more than 70% speed than that of its predecessor the A8.  Both variants will also come with a fingerprint reader which is twice as fast as the earlier version and a new cellular chip will provide access to more 4G brands.

The 12MP rear facing camera on the iPhone 6S boasts iSight sensor and can record 4K video resolutions of 3480×2160 pixels.  The unit gets an upgrade to 5MP and can now use the whole screen as a flash to help light images.

Both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be available on September 25th 2015.

The iPhone 5C will be discontinued and no longer available.


What’s more, Apple announced the iPhone upgrade program, initially available in the US, this program will ensure you get a new iPhone every year.

On September the 16th 2015, Apple users will be able to update their iPhone’s to the latest iOS9 and Mac OS X 10.11 “El Captain” on September 30th 2015.  Both available to download for registered developers.

For users who are using the iCloud new pricing was announced at the event, 50GB of cloud space will now be available from $0.99 per month, 200GB for $2.99 and 1TB from £9.99 per month.

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iOS 7 Unveiled by Apple

Apple has recently unveiled the latest iOS7 – the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone was launched in 2009.  With iOS7 the entire operating systems has been totally re-designed with subtle motion, an elegant colour palette and distinct, functional layers that make the iOS7 feel more alive.

Even the typography in the iOS7 has been refined for a cleaner, simpler look and use of translucensy and motion makes even simple iPhone5-34Flat-iOS7_PRINT_webtasks more engaging.  With the new iOS7 there are a wide range of new and exciting eatures including Control Centre, Notification Centre, improvde multi-tasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio – a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to via iTunes.

Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi said:

iOS 7 is the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.  “To create it, we brought together a team with a broad range of expertise from design to engineering. With what we’ve been able to achieve together, we see iOS 7 as an exciting new beginning

iOS7 has been completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface.  It is expected that the new user interface, although re-designed will look very familiar to millions of Apple fans around the world.  The new iOS interface has been re-designed to make it look a lot bigger and take full advantage of the iPhones, iPads Retina display.

Some of the new features of the Apple iOS7 upgrade include, Control Centre, Notification Centre, Improve Multi-tasking & Air Drop.  iPhone5-3up-Pyramid_iOS7_PRINT_webAll of these amazing new features will make your use of the iPhone easier and help increase efficient and productivity on the go.

With the control centre you can now access all the important settings in one convenient place.  With just one swipe of the bottom of the screen you will find yourself able to change the settings to airplane mode, wi-fi, bluteooth and/or do not disturb settings.

With iOS7 you will find notification centre easier to find and navigate than ever, plus you can now get a feel of how your day is going to be before it has even begun

Air Drop is a brand new feature to the Apple iPhone, and essentially it enables you to share files, folders, images and more with contacts that are nearby.  Simply choose who you want to share your files with and Air Drop will do the rest. – Simple.

Your iPhone is more than just a smartphone you take pictures of almost anything and everything no matter where you are.  Now thanks to the iOS7 update be prepared for Moments.  A new and impressive feature that allows you to organise your photos based on time and location.

Safari has also been redesigned to enable you to see more of the content on a web page.

Finally the music app has a beautiful new design, and includes the new Apple iTunes Radio, a free internet radio service featuring over 200 radio stations .  What’s more from the moment you begin listening to Apple iTunes Radio your iPhone and/or iPad will automatically begin recommending further songs that you may like to listen too.

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Google Hangouts – Bring Your Conversation to Life

Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, email, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices. Brought to you by Google.

Google Hangouts has recently been made available for the iOs and Android Smartphones

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Google Now available for your iPhone & iPad

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Google Now, previously only available on Android is now coming to your iPhone and iPad with version 3.0 of Google Search for iOS.

In addition to the handy cards in Google Now, the Google Search app will still be providing you with instant search results from your typing, what’s even more cool is that you can now speak to your phone and google will carry out a search based on what you tell it.  A pretty good example  given that we’re coming up to a Bank Holiday is “Will I need my umbrella this weekend”, Google will then provide you with the weather forecast for your area.

Google Search can be pretty hand whilst you on the move, whether it be out in the town or in the car using voice search is a really neat little feature that will help you find pretty much anything including your nearest pizza restaurant.

Take a look at the video below.

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Smartphone Jargon Buster

Each year a new phone comes out, each year a new operating system is launched, and throughout the entire year companies are shouting about how amazing their operating systems are… first of all what’s an operating system??  Ice Cream Sandwich??  What’s an iOS???  We’re all struggling to keep up with the forever changing terminology of technology… what’s the solution??

Google?? Wikipedia??  – or how about this simple, handy Jargon Buster…

Let’s get started:

Operating System

An operating system is a mobile phones core system it’s what makes the phone work and of course a few other handy bits and bobs.

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In a lot of cases mobile phones, run applications… you may have seen these on TV like Angry Birds, News, Ebay etc.  An app is very similar to a website, program or an application that you get on your computer. You can play games, write documents, check your facebook status there is an app for near on everything…

Apps are common on Operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Android 

Android is a free open source mobile operating system it is commonly used on smartphones provided by HTC, LG and Samsung.   Android was written and developed by the search engine giant Google.

 

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iOS was written and designed by Apple, the manufacturers of the iMac, iPad, iPod and of course iPhone.   iOS provides the same amount of functionality as that of an Android operating system and in fact Android can sometimes offer you more in terms of app choice.

 

 

Windows Mobile OS

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Microsoft have also jumped on the operating system band wagon with the adaptation of the Windows Mobile OS.  Being Microsoft they have made a lot of major changes, it’s far less buggy and you can get live feeds from Facebook and Twitter etc, Windows Mobile OS has recently launched its own app market – where you can extend the applications of your Windows Mobile.

BlackBerry OS

One of the oldest smartphones available, the BlackBerry has been around since the 1990s, the phones are reliable and they can do a lot of the things that an iPhone and Android can do… and they are slowly but surely getting better…

SmartPhone

A Smartphone is essentially a pocket computer, you can call, text, instant message, connect to the internet, play games and a whole lot more.  Smart Phones is a modern term for a mobile phone – that packs a lot more kick than just a text and calling device.

Our jargon buster isn’t completed and we’ll be adding terms to it continuously so it might be worth coming back to this post and/or page to see the latest new terms..