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iPhone 6s – What You Need To Know

It’s that time of the year again. The newest iPhones are being released to the world tomorrow. The iPhone has become one of the best selling and more importantly, most loved smartphones ever. Each year Apple makes enhancements to the iPhone which makes us stand in queues and buy the product which we need most in our lives.

You may be thinking that there’s nothing different between the iPhone 6 and 6s. Think again. Apple may not have changed the design but all of the technologies have been upgraded with some killer new features. The iPhone 6s will also come in a Rose Gold colour in addition to the Space Grey, Gold and Silver models. Here are the key new features that will make you order the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus…

3D Touch

Multi-touch screens have become essential to the way we interact with our smartphones. The iPhone 6s has a new screen which adds the ability to interact with it with much more functionality. 3D touch is a new technology which enables the iPhone 6s to recognise how much pressure you are applying to the screen. This will revolutionise how you use your iPhone and make your experience much faster and efficient. There are 3 types of pressure which enables you to interact with your iPhone’s screen..

  • Tap – A simple tap does as it suggests and has no difference to how you would used your iPhone daily
  • Peek – Apply a little more pressure on app icons, messages or mail and you can preview before diving into the content
  • Pop – Once you know what you want to open, apply further pressure and it will open your email, message or photo

Live Photos

Live Photos is a great new feature which brings your photos to life. When taking a photo your iPhone 6s instantly records 1.5 seconds of video either side of your photo which creates a short video. This enable you to relive the moment when you took that picture. This picture can be used as a wallpaper, so when you turn on your iPhone screen your wallpaper comes to life. If you have an Apple Watch, you can use Live Photo pictures to use as your watch face. This feature will create priceless moments for you.

Camera Enhancements

With the improved 12 megapixel camera that the iPhone 6s boasts, you can now shoot 4K quality videos. This will enable you to shoot videos with the highest quality. With 4 times the resolution of 1080p HD your 4K videos will never look better. Also with the feature of a front flash option, you can guarantee you won’t be taking selfies in the dark anymore. The front facing camera has been upgraded to a 5 megapixel camera for great quality FaceTime calls and selfies.

Along with iOS 9, these are the key new features that make the iPhone 6s what it is. The design may not have changed much but the interior along with these killer new features, the iPhone 6s is predicted to the the best selling iPhone ever.

Go order your new iPhone 6s now…

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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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Does Apple Have A Diversity Problem?

Apple Inc. are one of the largest companies in the world and employ thousands of employees. Recently, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has come under scrutiny over the diversity of its workforce. The technology industry in general has a workforce diversity problem. The majority of these companies are run by white males. The problem is that not enough women are being employed in this sector and the ethnic minorities are having less of a say in the technology sector’s growth.

Gender

The biggest highlight in Apple’s diversity report shows that only 31% of Apple’s employees are women. This shows that Apple needs to do more in hiring female leaders to improve its diversity. The technology sector is full of talent and Apple needs to recognise that women are equally talented as men. Since 2014, Apple has improved its hiring of women claiming that 35% of its new hires were female.

Ethnicity

The majority of Apple’s personnel are white (54%) which shows a lack of diversity from ethnic backgrounds. The report shows that 60 out of its 83 most senior employees are white men. Whilst Apple claims to be improving its diversity into hiring staff from different backgrounds, the senior staff and executives running the company are mainly white. Amongst the 83 executives, 1 is Hispanic, 2 are black and there are only 8 Asians.

Apple needs to drastically improve its diversity within its workforce. The tech giant claims to have made minor improvements from last year, but I feel that to be seen as diverse, Apple needs to employ from a wider range of backgrounds in senior positions. Also the lack of women in its workforce needs an overhaul including in senior roles. Currently Apple may have a diversity problem but with steady improvements they can have a workforce with employees from a range of backgrounds.

Do you think Apple are diverse enough? Let me know in the comments below…

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The Next iPhone – My Rumour Roundup

Rumours. Rumours. Rumours. iPhone 7. iPhone 6s. iPhone 6c. It’s that time of the year where the iPhone rumour mill gathers speed. Everybody wants to know when the next iPhone is coming and what features it could include. There have been many rumours all over the web but nobody knows for sure what is coming. Here’s my roundup of what they are saying…

Name

What will the next iPhone be called? Most likely they will be called the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, rather than the iPhone 7. Apple likes to make incremental improvements to the iPhone the year after a revolutionary change. That’s why it is most likely the next iPhones will incorporate the “s” in the name suggesting minor changes to its design and technology.

Design

The design for the next iPhone will more than likely be the same or very similar to the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. So far there have been no evidence in the grapevine that suggests a change in screen size or shape. We may see a new Rose Gold colour added to the lineup along with the standard Gold, Silver and Space Grey models.

Features

New features could include:

  • A9 processor which will make the iPhone faster, more reliable and improve efficiency
  • A 12-megapixel camera is rumoured which will keep the same design but shoot higher quality pictures
  • Force Touch technology is most likely to feature, which is used on the Apple Watch for additional options
  • Improvements to Touch ID is likely with better accuracy and maybe more capabilities
  • Unlikely, but there is unconfirmed gossip suggesting a sapphire crystal display could feature

Release date

The most likely release date for the next iPhone is mid to late September 2015. Apple has always released its iPhones in September in order to ramp up excitement towards Christmas. Expect iOS 9 to be released a few days before the next iPhone release.

Other Products/Services

Apple normally doesn’t announce new products on their own. Rumours are gathering pace that a revamped Apple TV set-top box will be unveiled. The current Apple TV design hasn’t been changed for 3 years, so a new streaming set-top box which could incorporate a Force Touch remote is possible. Apple could release an actual TV range in 2016 as it looks to enter the television hardware market. Currently there has been no news on an updated iPad or iPad Mini.

That rounds up the rumours that I have heard. If you’ve heard or seen any new gossip, feel free to let me know in the comments…

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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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3 tips for creating a great App

There seems to be thousands of mobile applications across multiple platforms. From apps that change the way you live to simple games that help you pass the time on your daily commute…

Here are 3 top tips on creating your own app…

1. Design is everything

When thinking about an idea for an app you have to think about how it will look and feel for the user. The design and user interface will need to be very simple and engaging to ensure your users come back for more. Take more time on your design than its features. Users want a simple feel to their experience.

2. Do one thing well

Whether you want to create a game or a simple utility app, ensure you do it well and go all out. Whatever you decide to create make sure you do it well. Don’t try and complicate things by trying too many things in the app. Simplicity is key and doing that one thing well will make for a killer app.

3. Persistence is key

Don’t give up with your idea. Keep going and don’t stop. Standing still is a big no-no in the app world. You need to keep improving your app with updates. Look for the bugs and fix them. Continuously learn about your app and improve it regularly. This will help make sure your app is on top and can’t be faulted by your loyal users. Don’t give up and keep going…

To make sure people keep coming back your app and tell their friends, follow these tips and you’ll have a killer app..

What’s your favourite app that you can’t go without? Let me know in the comments below…

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What is Apple Music?

Apple has always been passionate about music and helping the music industry grow. Since the launch of the iPod in 2001 and iTunes in 2003, Apple has realised that music is now in its DNA. Apple’s latest service is being launched on June 30th.

Here is a simple breakdown of what it is and how you will use it…

What is it?

Discover – Apple Music is essentially a music streaming service with unlimited access to listen to any song, album or playlist from all your favourite artists and genres. You have total control of what you listen to and how you organise your songs. By giving Apple a few ideas of which artists and flavours of music you enjoy, Apple Music will suggest new songs and albums from those genres and artists. As you will be streaming the music, it won’t take up any memory on your iPhone or iPad.

Connect – This is a service that allows you to interact with artists as they post new songs, lyrics, photos and videos. An easy way to keep up to date with your favourite artists lives and interacting with them. Connect gives you exclusive access into the their world and what inspires them to create new and inspiration music for you. You will be able to comment and like on their updates as well as share to Facebook and Twitter.

Radio – Beats 1 will be the world’s first 24/7 live radio station broadcasting from LA, New York and London. With brilliant resident DJ’s including Zane Lowe, this live radio station will be playing all your favourite songs and will include artist interviews all live. When you wake up or are going for a run, Beats 1 will always be on and live. The world’s first live 24/7 radio station.

How can I get it?

On June 30th, Apple will release iOS 8.4 for your iPhone and iPad. Simply update your device to the latest software and open the Music App. Once you open the Music app, you will see a brand new and revamped Music player which will prompt you to sign up to Apple Music. You will also be able to sign up via iTunes on your Mac or PC. Once signed up, you’ll be ready to go and explore all the songs and albums you didn’t even know about…

How much will it cost?

The cost of Apple Music will be FREE! Yes for the first 3 months Apple Music will be available to you at no cost. You will be able to use all the cool new features during this free trial period. After the 3 month free trial has finished, you can continue to have unlimited Apple Music access for an affordable £9.99 per month, or £14.99 per month for a family package of up to 6 people.

For more details on Apple Music visit:

http://www.apple.com/music

Which song will you stream first on Apple Music? Let me know 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

5. ASOS

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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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iPhone 5c & iPhone 5s

Which iPhone are you?

Apple unveiled 2 (yes 2!) new iPhones to the world on Tuesday. This is the first time Apple showcased 2 iPhones in the same year! Both may be very similar but are still very different…

iPhone 5c

– Very similar to the iPhone 5
– Plastic outer body
– Comes in 5 colours (White, Pink, Yellow, Blue & Green)
– Much cheaper than the iPhone 5
– Still has all the features of iOS 7

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iPhone 5s

– Similar design to the iPhone 5
– Touch ID Fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone
– Improved camera with slow motion feature
– Much faster processor to make your tasks speedier than ever
– Comes in Gold, Silver and Space Grey

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Both are released on Friday 20th September.

Go get yours….

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iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S

Which iPhone is for you?

Since Apple announced the iPhone 5 in September 2012, have you ever wondered what the differences are between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S? See below for the key differences, then you can decide which one is for you…

  • Screen size – iPhone 4S has a 3.5 inch screen compared to the longer 4 inch display on the iPhone 5

  • Faster processor – the iPhone 5 is much speedier for tasks such as opening/closing apps and more

  • 4G LTE – the iPhone 5 supports 4G LTE data speeds which are sometimes faster than home broadband

  • FaceTime Camera – the front facing camera is HD on the iPhone 5

  • Dock connector – iPhone 5 has a new ‘Lightning’ dock connector

  • Price – iPhone 4S is considerably cheaper than the iPhone 5 (depending on carriers)

These are the key differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. Overall the iPhone 5 has some minor improvements over the 4S, but is more expensive. So which iPhone will you get….?

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