Apple has officially dumped the mini-phonojack — the 3.5mm headphone jack to us humans — and has elected to go Lightning only for any future audio listening.
That includes EarPods with a Lightning connector and an adapter in every box to switch between Lightning and 3.5mm.
Cupertino has also plopped in some Bluetooth-enabled AirPods, communicating audio wirelessly to individual earbuds. Each has an Apple-designed W1 chip to connect to your iPhone or Apple Watch and switch between them as needed and drive sound. Configurations can be backed up through iCloud. Beamforming [...]
When you talk about “OS X,” Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, ribbed his engineers for going on some “inspired” tour around California. Well, now it’s time to say hello to “Sierra,” but bye bye to Mac OS X. It’s “macOS Sierra”.
And there’s no shortage of mobile-related features that will be introduced to the Mac for continuity purposes.
Auto Unlock allows Apple Watch owners to unlock their Macs just by having their smartwatch nearby if both machines are on the same network. [...]
Nearly everybody uses cloud services these days, to some varying degree. It’s almost unavoidable at this point; the moment you set up an Android phone, it prompts you to create a Gmail account in order to download apps, then proceeds to automatically back up your contacts and other information to the cloud. The same goes for Apple’s iCloud service, and Microsoft’s OneDrive as well. At any given moment, your phone could even be uploading your photos to the cloud, if you have such a feature enabled on your phone. Even if you try your best to avoid it, it’s likely [...]
System backups of any kind are great. Knowing that your information is safely stored in the cloud takes a lot of work out of transferring your information from one phone to another, and it takes a bit of the edge off of losing your phone. Apple’s iCloud backups have long been one of the best mobile backup solutions, with Android typically tailing a bit behind — but how far off is Android’s backup system from matching iCloud’s ease of use and efficiency? Well, as it turns out … not very.
With iCloud on an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, every last detail of your phone is [...]
As rumors come and go about Apple’s plans for the future of OS X, it’s clear that the company has done a lot of progress in trying to merge both platforms as much as it can. We’ve even seen the OS X and iOS teams merge together recently in order to reach this goal, and today’s earlier leaks even show iOS 8 might include Preview and TextEdit apps as part of the update. We were all left with some confusion over why these apps are making it to the mobile platform, but new developments start giving some sense to the strategy.
As it turns out Apple is planning [...]
“Welcome to the Dark Side”. I’m sure you’ve already pulled your shiny new iPhone out of the box, and if there’s one thing Apple knows how to do, is give you an awesome unboxing experience. I’m sure you’re already proud of what you bought and how long it took you to get it.
Now the reason why I welcome all my friends to the Dark Side with their new Apple products is because we live in a polarized world. If you were to judge an iPhone by what you read in most publications, you’ve got the buggiest most scratch friendly phone in the [...]