Product Announcements from Apple’s Virtual Event Part 2

At their virtual event iPhone also revealed the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini (6.1 inches and 5.4 inches).

Both of these phones will include the A15 Bionic chip, just like the Pro line. They both are equipped with a diagonally arranged dual camera system. They also will have extended battery life. The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini will have a 2.5 hour and 1.5 longer battery life than their version 12 predecessors.

Other updates to the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will include a new 5G chip, a more efficient display, a tool called Cinematic Mode which is basically Portrait mode but for video.

The iPhone 13 mini base price will be $699 with 128GB of storage, which is more than the mini has ever included in a base model. The iPhone 13 base price will be $799 with 128GB of storage. The phones will come in five new colors red, pink, blue, black and white.

Apple also showed off their updates to the iPad and iPad mini. The 10.2 inch iPad includes a new, powerful A13 chip that increases performance speed by 20% over the previous iPad. Apple claims the iPad will now be 3 times faster than a Chromebook.

The new iPad will also include a 12 mega pixel camera that employs Center Stage, AI that adjusts the front-facing camera for FaceTime calls. There will also be more accessory support to aid in use with the first-gen Apple Pencil. A color temperature feature, True Tone, which adjusts the screen color temperature will also be included in the new iPad.

The iPad mini (8.3 inches) will include smaller bezels and the corners will be more rounded. New, functional features will included updated front and back cameras, a Liquid retina display, USB-C support, new speaker system, magnetic support for Apple Pencil and new colors will include those like pink and purple.

The standard sized iPad will cost $329 with 64 gigs of storage, which is double what the base model usually includes. The new iPad Mini will begin at $499.

Finally, the Apple Watch Series 7. It’ll slimmer and include a wider screen than the previous model. The Series 7 will include a wider screen that will display 50% ore text and a full keyboard for typing or swiping messages. The Series 7 will begin at $399.

 

 

 

 

Product Announcements from Apple’s Virtual Event Part 1

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.

Windows 11 New Features: User Interface

One of the biggest updates to Windows 11 will be the Start menu and Start button which will be placed front and centered on the task bar. The menu opens to pinned apps, “recommended” recent documents and a search bar. Live tiles are gone.

What Microsoft called “snap layouts” will give the user different window layout options. This will allow users to automatically arrange up to four open windows on their screen without manually moving and resizing them.

A new feature called “Snap Groups” will save a collection of apps a user was using and their layout. This allow users to quickly shift gears between different arrangements which are focused on different tasks. If using a docking station or switching between monitors at work and at home the snaps will reload as soon as a monitor is plugged back into the computer.

Another task oriented preset feature is saved desktops with personalized wallpapers. You could have one each for say school, home, work and gaming.

The entire system will get a graphic update with founded corners on windows and icons and a return to some Vista-like translucent layers for certain windows.

Windows widgets will bring personalized, AI-powered feed of information from weather, traffic, news and more. However, it won’t be all that different from Cortana and the Interests app on Windows 10.

New FAA Regulations Bring Drone Delivery for Amazon, UPS et. al. One Step Closer to Reality

Many large companies like UPS, Amazon and perhaps less well-known Alphabet (Google’s parent company) hope to deliver many of their goods by drone. With new adjustment to government regulation that dream is coming closer to reality.

The Federal Aviation Administration completed a new set rules governing small, remote drones. These new regulations could make way for increased commercial uses of drones. This includes delivery.

Some of these changes included allowing small, commercial drones to fly short distances over people and at night with out a special waiver. These same classifications of drones will also be permitted to fly over moving vehicles under some limited conditions.

Another change is that drone operators must have their remote pilot certificates on their person for display in the case they were challenged by authorities. The rules apply to drone operators who use their drones for work or business under FAA Part 107 regulation.

 

The FAA says some 1.7 million drones and 203,000 drone pilots have been registered under their department.

 

 

 

BlackBerry Will Be Back in 2021

When we thought fully-touch screen phones had killed the popular BlackBerry it turned around and surprised us all as it is coming back.

BlackBerry, after ending its collaboration with TCL, has said they are parting with OnwardMobililty and FIH Mobile Limited to create a new smartphone with a physical keypad like the classic BlackBerry had.

In the first of 2021 we should start to see these new BlackBerry phones. Specific names and dates were not confirmed by anyone. OnwardMobility stated that along with the physical keypad the new BlackBerry smartphones will be 5G ready. They will also continue to run on Android.

They will come first to the North American and European markets. No word on whether the company will bring them to the ever-growing Indian tech market, however, all previous models have eventually made their way to India.

The upcoming BlackBerry smartphones are supposed to be “secure” and provide productivity without disabling the user experience they are known for.

38 Year Old “Microsoft Flight Simulator” Gets New Update

After almost a decade and a half Microsoft is releasing a new version of its video game title “Flight Simulator. It includes new features like traffic, live weather and a incredible world map.

The game lets players become a pilot and fly anywhere in the world, checking out cool sights during the journey.

For those who don’t know the game is very much a real-life simulation—players start by selecting a flight route, taking off, flying and landing all while balancing speed and momentum as a real pilot would have to. While players can skip or fast forward parts of the game, the journey and sight seeing is part of the purpose.

“Microsoft Flight Simulator—or “Flight Sim” as die hard fans call it—is 38 years old and predates both Windows and Word. Over the years it has found a very loyal fan base.

The update starts $59.99 but players can purchase new planes and new airports. It will be available for Xbox and Windows. The update also includes live weather which spices up the journey as pilots have to navigate different kinds of weather. And when Microsoft says live, they mean “LIVE.” A recent storm that passed by the US’s East Coast was visible in the game.