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Apple’s September 12 event

Apple’s September 12 event

Apple has finally announced a date for their annual iPhone event in Cupertino. On Tuesday September 12, Apple will make new announcements, most likely regarding the new iPhones, iOS 11 and a few other things to be sure. There may be news about a new Apple watch, the upcoming High Sierra software update, and hopefully a couple of surprises. So, if you’ve been eagerly anticipating more information regarding the new iPhones, you don’t have much longer to wait.

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iOS 11 Beta 7 and macOS High Sierra Beta available now

iOS 11 Beta 7 and macOS High Sierra Beta available now

Apple has released the sixth public beta versions of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra to users enrolled in the public beta testing programs. There’s no major changes in these releases, just bug fixes and minor improvements, as we seem to be getting closer to the official release in the coming weeks.

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The new iOS 11 update is great

The new iOS 11 update is great

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been playing around with the iOS 11 beta release on my iPhone 6S. And I have to say, I am very impressed. This update is loaded with a lot of small improvements that all add up to a greatly improved experience. The new Control Center is customizable and I think that it’s incredibly useful now. I love the fact that you can now place different apps in this new Control Center for super quick access. The Lock screen lets you see more stuff than iOS 10 did, and it just feels right. The Photos app added some cool new features and feels a little more responsive somehow. The App Store redesign threw me for a loop initially, but now that I’ve gotten used to it, the changes they made totally make sense to me. Apple Pay in messages is something I could see myself using quite a bit in the future. The QuickType keyboard let’s you choose a shrunken keyboard that is supposed to make it easier for you to type messages one-handed. I don’t know that I’ll ever need that one myself, as I tend to speak my messages if I find myself in a situation where it’s hard for me to type. But I’m glad it’s there.

The iPad is the device which is going to benefit the most from the iOS 11 update. They’ve packed some awesome new features for use specifically with the iPads. Unfortunately, this update will only work with fairly recent models, and does not work with my current iPad. Probably time for an upgrade 😎

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New Apple updates

New Apple updates

This week, Apple released updates for a lot of their products, including the Mac, iPhone & iPad, the Apple watch, and Apple TV. These are mainly bug fixes and security improvements, with no real new features. But any security improvements are pretty important these days, and I would highly recommend that you do the iOS 10.3.3  update in particular, as it resolves an important Wi-Fi security issue. Overall, if you own any of these products, you should update since you’re only going to get stability improvements with no downsides.

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iPhone 10 year anniversary

iPhone 10 year anniversary

Today marks 10 years since the first iPhone was officially released. And while Apple was already doing very well before the release of the iPhone, in many ways that new device became quite a game changer for the company, and mostly for consumers in general. To be honest, the first iPhone was fairly clunky in many ways, and not all that desirable for most people. But when the 3G iPhone came out in July of 2008 is when things got really interesting. The iPhone was much improved, but it also marked the introduction to the App store, with 500 apps initially available. In my opinion, the introduction of the App Store is a large part of the success of the iPhone, and a big reason why the iPhone and its ecosystem have done so well. It allowed thousands of developers world-wide to start creating all kinds of apps for a public hungry for mobile games, social media, news, and all sorts of new brand new ideas. Along the way, some apps have completely revolutionized some industries, such as Uber, Tinder, and Pokémon Go, just to name a few. Of course, I would argue that it’s also had some fairly negative effects as well, with constant notifications making us more distracted, and some people spending far too much time on their phone. And as such, it will be fascinating to see what the next ten years brings about.

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Apple’s new Public betas

Apple’s new Public betas

This week, Apple is releasing the public betas for some of their upcoming software updates. Yesterday, the iOS 11 public beta was made available for download, and adds some nice features, especially for iPad users. While I don’t really recommend trying the public betas so soon after they come out, the iOS 11 public beta does seem pretty stable already.

But the one I really want to talk about is the upcoming macOS High Sierra public beta. I usually try out these public betas as soon as they come out just to get a feel for the new features before they are released to the public at large. That is part of my job after all.
But I will not be doing that with the macOS High Sierra public beta. This update introduces a brand new file system to the Mac called APFS. This new file system has already been introduced on iOS and has been working great so far. But things might get a little trickier on the Mac, and that’s why I would highly recommend holding off on installing macOS 10.13 on your Mac until all the kinks have been worked out by Apple. So realistically, you should probably wait until the end of July at least.

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Keeping your messages private

Keeping your messages private

Sending and receiving text messages and pictures on your iPhone and iPad is one of the most common use for smart phone users. But, you don’t necessarily want the people around you to see those messages as they pop up on your phone, or even who the messages are from. To that end, Apple does give you a couple of options regarding how your Message notifications appear on your phone. You can for example, choose to see a message preview when the phone is unlocked, but hide the previews when your phone is locked. That way, no one can read your messages when you’ve left the phone unattended on a desk or in another room. You’ll still get a notification that you’ve received a message, but it just won’t show the content of that message.

In order to choose your favorite notification options, on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Notifications > Messages and look at your Message Options under Show Previews. You have three choices : Always, When Unlocked, and Off. My favorite is When Unlocked, which hides Message Previews when the phone is locked, and I am most likely to be away from the phone.

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Microsoft Outlook updates

Microsoft Outlook updates

Microsoft has consistently been adding new features to their Microsoft Office 365 suite of apps recently, by listening to users, and implementing the most requested features. This week, Outlook has added new features such as email scheduling, read and delivery receipts, and email templates. Overall, it’s just very encouraging to see Microsoft improving their Mac apps on a regular basis as they have been doing of late, and bodes well for the future of Microsoft apps on macOS and iOS.

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Apple’s new ProMotion technology

Apple’s new ProMotion technology

Apple’s newest display technology, which was introduced recently in the new iPad Pro, is going to vastly improve the way you interact with your Apple devices in the future. It manages to really cut down of the latency you feel when doing things such as drawing on your iPad with the Apple pencil, or just scrolling around through web pages, and yet it does not affect battery life. To find out more about ProMotion and why it’s going to be big for Apple, check out this article on iMore.

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Apple releases updates

Apple releases updates

Time to update ! Today Apple released iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and macOS Sierra 10.12.5 updates. These are mainly security and bug fixes, but I would highly recommend that you take the time to do these updates. Particularly the Sierra update as it squashes 30 security holes, some of which were pretty serious. With all the malware going around at the moment, you want to make sure you’re completely up to date, particularly on your computer.

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