Apple Releases Cheaper 21.5 inch iMac

Apple today released a new model of iMac. These machines are considerably cheaper than their predecessors, priced at $1099. Previously, the cheapest iMac was priced at $1299

The new entry-level 21.5-inch iMac comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of memory, and an Intel HD 5000 Graphics chip.

The New iMac is available immediately in the US. The New iMac should be available in South Africa within the next two weeks.



Apple 5W European USB Power Adapter Exchange Program

Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the Apple 5W European USB power adapter may overheat and pose a safety risk. This adapter came with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models shipped from October 2009 to September 2012. It was also sold as a standalone accessory.

Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange every affected power adapter for a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge. We encourage customers to exchange any affected adapter for a new one as soon as possible using the exchange process below.

Note: Other Apple 5W USB power adapters are not part of this program.

Identifying your adapter

Look at the label between the prongs on your adapter and compare it to the images outlined in red below. The model number and the color of the letters “CE” are the ways to identify an affected adapter.

An affected adapter features Model A1300 and the letters “CE” in solid gray. If you have an affected adapter, discontinue use and exchange it for a new one. You can charge your iPhone by connecting it via a USB cable to your computer until you receive a replacement adapter.

A redesigned adapter features Model A1400 and the letters “CE” outlined in gray. You do not need to exchange your adapter.

Affected adapter

Redesigned adapter

The Exchange Process

Bring the affected adapter(s) to a participating iStore or Apple Authorized Service Provider. Starting June 18, 2014, Wireless carrier partners will also participate. We will need to verify your iPhone serial number as part of the exchange process so please bring your iPhone with you.

The affected power adapter will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

Find a participating location:

  • Apple Authorized Service Provider - Find one here.
  • Wireless carrier partner - Find one here.


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iPhone 6 high-res shots of ultra-thin metal frame surface

We previously posted about photo's of the back cover of the iPhone 6 with rounded corners much like the iPod Touch and iPad. A new photo set shared by Nowhereelse.fr  now shows a similar part from various angles, with its apparent high quality bolstering speculation that this may indeed be a genuine iPhone 6 shell.

As can be seen in the photos, the new iPhone will be made from metal, will be ultra-thin, and include various antenna cutouts throughout the rear of the device. Apple is working on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, but the chassis above looks to belong to the smaller of the two.

You can see in the photo to the right that Apple has moved the sleep/wake/power key to the side of the device in order to make it more accessible via one-hand usage.

The new iPhone will likely include a 1704 x 960 resolution display with a sharper pixel density, a more efficient A8 processor, and it will run the new iOS 8 with health-tracking integration, improved photo synchronization with iCloud, and new messaging features.

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced early in September 2014 and will most likely be released in South Africa by Mid November.



Discovery Insure App Is Killing My Battery

The Discovery Insure App that tracks your driving and gives you reports could be the reason your battery is dying so quickly. Although they state that the app doesn't drain battery however our evidence shows differently. The disclaimer in the app description says that if you are going on long trips you should charge your phone while driving. We had driven for a total of 10 minutes on the day we discovered this issue.

iOS which was released to developers this week has a new feature which allows you to see what apps are using your battery. Earlier today we noticed our battery was running low and decided to use the feature. To our surprise the Discovery Insure App had used a whopping 44% of our battery. The next closes app was Safari with only 8%.

We have also noticed that the Discovery Insure app so how manages to keep tracking you even after you have quit the application.

Maybe it's time to delete the app and save your battery...

The app is now number 3 on the Free iOS App Chart.



iPod Nano (6th Generation) vs Galaxy Gear

In September last year(2013) Samsung release the Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear was Samsung's attempt at beating Apple to the smart watch market however they played right into Apple's hands.

Firstly, as we have written about many times Apple is never first to market. They didn't invent the MP3 play, the smart phone, the tablet or the computer. By entering the smart watch market first, Samsung gave more credibility to Apple.

Secondly, Apple have already released a smart watch however they never labeled it as a watch nor did they ever market it as a watch. The 6th Generation iPod Nano was basically a smart watch and many people used it as a smart watch. Apple could just release the iPod Nano and call it an iWatch and it iWatch and it would still be better than the Galaxy Gear and it was released 3 years before the Gear

Galaxy Gear

Galaxy Gear

iWatch

iWatch

Here is a comparison of the iPod Nano and Galaxy Gear

iPod Nano Galaxy Gear iWatch (Expected)
Screen Size 1.55 inch 1.63 inch 1.55 inch
Pixels 240x240 320x320 -
PPI 220 275
Capacity 8GB/16GB 4GB 16GB
Battery Life 24 Hours 25 Hours 4-5 Days
Sensors Accelerometer Accelerometer
Gyro-sensor
Accelerometer
Gyro-sensor
Bio-Metric Sensors

Three years difference and Samsung couldn't make something better. It gets worse for Samsung....

The Galaxy Gear is unable to play music unless it have a smartphone connected via bluetooth, didn't have an FM Radio which the iPod had. The iPod Nano also had swappable wristbands. The Galaxy Gear did have the phone call a message notification features and a camera something Apple was most likely capable of doing however chose not to.

There is speculation out their the Apple changed the design of the iPod Nano back to a previous design as they were working on the iWatch and didn't want the devices to be so similiar.



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iTunes: OneRepublic - Native

OneRepulic new album "Native" is now available on the iTunes Store.



Apple Announces iOS 8

Apple announced iOS 8 at the keynote event of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference today. iOS 8 gets a multitude of new features for consumers, including revamped notification features, an upgrade to auto-correct called QuickType, support for third-party keyboards, improvements to Mail, and a new health tracking component called Health.

Notification Center

Interactive notifications let users pull down notifications and interact with them to respond to text messages or other notifications without leaving the current open app, or complete actions from notifications shown on the lock screen. In a demo, Craig Federighi was able to reply to an iMessage and like a Facebook post directly from the on-screen notification, which popped over a separate app he was using. 

Keyboard Enhancements

A new feature in the iOS keyboard, called QuickType, adds predictive typing suggestions that adapt to the current context. QuickType learns eah users habits and language while protecting privacy. Along with QuickType enhancing the existing iOS keyboards, Apple is going to allow users to install third-party keyboards for the first time, which means keyboards like Swype can be used natively on the operating system. 

Messages Improvements

Messages gets the ability to name conversation threads, add and remove people from group conversations, allow users to leave group conversations, a feature that has been much-requested by users. In addition to leaving a message thread, users also have the option to turn on "Do Not Disturb," which will mute message notifications from a noisy group message thread. 

With iOS 8, Messages allows users to share their locations right within the app. It also allows audio and video messages to be recorded directly in the Messages app and sent to friends. These messages can be viewed inline or via the lock screen. Craig Federighi showed off a neat trick with an audio message -- he held the phone up to his ear to reply, with the message automatically sending when he lowered the phone. 

HealthKit

HealthKit is a new feature that will gather and consolidate users' health information from multiple sources and apps, such as those from Nike and Fitbit. A corresponding "Health" app will monitor fitness metrics, linking into third-party apps to gather data.

Apple has been testing HealthKit with the Mayo Clinic, letting patients and doctors work together using HealthKit to get personalized thresholds for readings, notifying doctors automatically when something is wrong. 

HealthKit aims to bridge the gap between patients, doctors, and health-tracking devices. According to the Mayo Clinic, HealthKit has the potential to "revolutionize" how the health industry works. 

Siri

Siri gets several updates, with the ability to be invoked hands-free with the phrase "Hey, Siri" along with Shazam voice recognition, 22 new dictation languages, streaming voice recognition to show users search results as they speak, and more.

Family Sharing

A Family Sharing feature will let families share photos, calendars, reminders, and more among up to six family members at once. Family Sharing also allows families (of up to 6 people) with Apple ID accounts using the same credit card to share apps and books. With Family Sharing enabled, when a child purchases an app, an adult will get a popup on their own device asking them to okay the purchase.

The following devices will be able to run iOS 8: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display. 

iOS 8 will be available to developers as a beta today and it will be released to the public in the fall.



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