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Apple Event – All you need to know

Apple Watch. iPad Pro. Apple TV. iPhone 6S. Yesterday, Apple announced its most product launches in one event. There’s always a buzz when Apple reveals its products and services to the world. It seems the world’s eyes focus on one of the largest companies in the world. It can be difficult to keep up with all the details so I have summarised the most important updates below…

Apple announced updates to four of its product lines. Below are the main details you need to know before you go shopping…

Apple Watch

  • Available in more colours such as rose gold and yellow gold aluminium
  • More colours of straps including a Product Red edition where a share of the proceeds go to charity
  • Hermès have teamed up with Apple to create 3 new beautiful straps to make your watch a designer fashion accessory
  • watchOS 2 will be available on September 16th – A software update which adds many new features such as changing your watch face and complications, Siri improvements, and playing videos on the watch

iPad Pro

  • A brand new iPad with a beautiful 12.9 inch screen which enables you to do more on the go
  • Slide Over, Split Screen and Picture in Picture features enable you make your working experience quicker and easier
  • A new four speaker system which creates great sound when watching movies
  • A new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard to help you draw accurately and type on the go
  • Available in November with a starting price of $799

Apple TV

  • A brand new Apple TV experience with an enhanced Siri experience where you can ask it anything
  • Ask Siri to play certain movie genres, whilst watching a movie you can ask what a certain character said if you missed it and Siri will rewind so you don’t miss a thing, and many more commands
  • A new remote control with touch interface and microphone to make it easier to communicate with your Apple TV
  • Ability to download games and apps to make your TV more fun and interactive for the whole family
  • Launches in late October and starts at $149

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

  • Similar design to the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus but the inside and technologies have all been improved
  • 3D Touch – a feature where the harder the press on the screen more options are available to you such as taking a selfie, previewing email, and instantly playing music from your favourite artists
  • Live Photos – When taking a photo the iPhone 6S records 1.5 seconds either side of your photo to add a little video of the moment you took that photo. This can be used as a wallpaper which brings your photos to life.
  • Improved 12 megapixel camera with the option to shoot 4K video
  • Now comes in a Rose Gold colour in addition to the Gold, Silver and Space Grey options
  • iOS 9 will be included and also available to all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users on September 16th
  • iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus launch on September 25th. Pre orders begin September 12th.

Are you excited about Apple’s announcements? Which products are you going to queue up for? Let me know in the comments below…

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Apple Pay – All you need to know

Apple Pay will eventually replace your wallet. When Tim Cook launched Apple Pay last year it has escalated into the most simplest, secure and speedy method of making payments on the go and within apps. Apple Pay has been a big success in the US since its launch in October 2014, and last week Apple Pay launched in the UK. Here are all the details you need to know….

How do I set it up?

If you are an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch user then Apple Pay is for you. Setting up your device for Apple is very simple. Make sure you are on the latest iPhone software (currently iOS 8.4) and go to the Settings App. Scroll down to ‘Passbook & Apple Pay’ and then tap ‘Add Credit or Debit Card’. You’ll then be asked for your Apple ID password, then click ‘Next’ in the top right corner.

A camera window will appear where you need to place your debit or credit card in the window so it can scan your cards details. Check your details and enter your card’s security code. Now all you need to do is activate the card which can be done via a call or text and you’re ready to go. The process is similar within the Apple Watch app for Apple Watch users.

Please note that not all UK banks are offering the service at present. American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, RBS, Santander and Ulster Bank customers are able to use Apple Pay. HSBC will launch on 28th July and Barclays later in the year.

Where and how can I use it?

You can use Apple Pay wherever there is a contactless payment terminal. Most retailers such as Boots, Costa, McDonalds, Nando’s, Subway and many more are offering the service. Also if you live in London and use Transport for London to get around, then you can use Apple Pay via the Oyster Card terminal to pay for your travel. In the UK, there is a £20 payment limit which will increase to £30 in September 2015.

Using Apple Pay is very simple. On your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, simple bring your device close to the contactless pay terminal and your phone will ask for your fingerprint on Touch ID. Simply place your finger on the fingerprint sensor and you’re done. You’ve paid using Apple Pay. You’ll hear a sound and your phone will vibrate once payment is confirmed. With Apple Watch, simply double click the side button and you’re cards will appear. Bring your Apple Watch close to the pay terminal and you’ll hear a sound and feel a vibration once complete.

How secure is it?

Apple Pay is very secure. Even more secure than your PIN number. PIN numbers can be easily guessed and stolen which can lead to fraudulent activity. As Apple Pay uses Touch ID and your fingerprint it makes it very difficult to copy or duplicate. No card details are passed on to the merchant which keeps you in total control of your personal information. Authorisation can only be done with your fingerprint so this makes your payments using Apple Pay very secure.

Have any questions about Apple Pay? Ask away in the comments below…

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My Top 5 Apple Watch Apps

5 Apple Watch Apps you must download right now…

1. Shazam

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Shazam is a great app that lets you know which song is playing just by your device listening to it. You can even use Siri on your iPhone to ask what song is playing. This great app for the Apple Watch has features that show you the lyrics in time with the music and also lets you buy it from the iTunes Store. When you tap on Buy you only need to swipe up from the lock screen on your iPhone to go straight to the iTunes Store.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/ZEk_q.i

2. Uber

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Uber is a great app that lets you request taxis with the touch of a button on your iPhone. That experience has become even simpler on your Apple Watch. Open the Apple Watch app and Uber will tell you how long you have to wait for your nearest Uber taxi. With a simple tap you can request the Uber and even track where it is. A must have app for all Uber commuters.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/4hz-v.i

3. Dark Sky

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Dark Sky is a great weather app that notifies you when it is going to rain. It is very accurate and informs you if you need an umbrella for the next hour. A detailed weather forecast comes to the Apple Watch by giving you a simple glance on the likelihood of heavy precipitation in the area. A brilliant iPhone app that has made even simpler on your Apple Watch.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/nhD1E.i

4. Nike+ Running

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Nike+ Running iPhone app, it is a very simple app that helps track your outdoor runs. Key features include map tracking, your distance goals, and competing with your friends. This experience has come to the Apple Watch with a simple glance on how you’re progressing with your run, to giving you constant updates on your pace and timing.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/1Zohx.i


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ASOS is a great fashion platform to buy your latest clothes and all things fashion. The iPhone app makes it easy for users to search and refine their searches until they know exactly what they want to by from ASOS. The Apple Watch app helps you search for an item and save it for later. It will notify you when that item is back in stock or has gone on sale. Also using the Handoff feature you can swipe up on your iPhone lock screen to get straight to that item on your iPhone.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/4jQsB.i

Have any Apple Watch apps that you can’t go without? Let me know in the comments below…

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