Broadcasting from California Apple recently held a virtual event in which they reviled 4 new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and new iPads.
When they unveiled the new smartphones—iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max—there was a dubious lack of any groundbreaking features, especially compared to the 2020 5G announcement. Expectations of a portless iPhone and under-display touch ID were not met.
At least among the iPhones the Pro line was probably the highlight of the virtual event. Bot the 6.1 inch and 6.7 inch iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro 13 Pro Max both include Apple’s new and powerful A15 Bionic chip. Apple claims the A15 is the “fastest CPU in any smartphone.” This allows new machine learning features like analyzing text from photos or real-time video analysis.
The Pro devices have five-core CPUs with a 50% increase in graphics speed which may attract many gamers. They also include the brighter Super Retna XDR display which has faster refresh rate, an “all-day” battery life and the option for an impressive terabyte of storage (doubling the prior max).
For the photographers, the camera system was upgraded as well. Now with 77 mm telephoto lens, 3 times optical zoom and new wide and ultrawide cameras.
The Pro and Pro Max base prices are $99 and $1,099. The Pro Max that includes one terabyte of storage comes in at a whopping $1,599. Colors will include sierra blue, gold, silver, and graphite. The entire new iPhone line ships on 24 September 2021.
So recently there was a news article about how an Apple watch saved a biker. The biker was on a ride in Washington when he flipped his bike. He landed head-first on the pavement and was rendered unconscious. His Apple watch sensed the impact and called 911.
His son was waiting for him and received a text from the watch to notify him it detected a hard fall and sent a map with his location. By the time he got there, his dad was already gone and on his way to the hospital. His son received the message because he was listed as an emergency contact on the phone.
What makes the Apple Watch so easy to steal? It doesn’t come with enough security. If a pick-pocket were to grab it, he can easily reset it and you’re dumb out of luck. There is no activation lock to keep someone from a major reset and taking it over.
There were also reports of people easily drawing funds from bank accounts through refillable Starbucks accounts. Starbucks claims they weren’t hacked but rather hackers figured out users credentials and got into their accounts that way. Just another reason not to use public wi-fi.
If you are a Chrome user, there is a new plugin you can add to help you gain some more of your memory. In your browser that is. It is called The Great Suspender. I twill automatically suspend unused tabs. How many times do you have a bunch of tabs open? You can only look at one at a time. You can configure when it will suspend a tab or do it manually. All you have to do is click to reload a suspended tab. It’s worth checking out.
Last week was a big week for all things Apple. They rolled out the iOS 8 upgrade, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They also are giving the new U2 album to iTunes users for free. There was also talk about the Apple Watch. Over ten million iPhones have been purchased already since they went on sale Friday!
The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for 16GB and goes to $399 for 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 and goes to $499 for 128GB. All quoted prices are with a carrier. You can get one contract-free with T-Mobile starting at $649. The Apple Watch won’t be available until 2015.
It was hard for people to get iOS 8 right away when it came out because of so many people trying to download it at one time. You also need to make sure you have around 5GB available on your device to download and install it. It adds a Health App to your homescreen where you can record your vital statistics (height, weight, blood pressure, body measurements, nutrition, etc.)