Are The New Apple AirPods Worth Getting?

Everyone seems to be talking more about Apple’s announcement of the AirPods than the iPhone 7 and that comes with no surprise. The design of the iPhone 7 has been leaked for months while Apple did a pretty good job of hiding what the AirPods were going to look like and what features they were going to have. At $159.00 the AirPods are certainly not cheap but they are also not expensive when compared to the competition. Right now we have 3 competitors to the AirPods: Bragi, Earin, and the Samsung Gear Icon X. All of them are different in their own way but the prices range from ~$100 to ~$300 so Apple’s offering is right in the middle.

So far I have only tried the Earin wireless earbuds which were good but had connection issues, stuck a bit too much out of the ear for my liking, and I didn’t feel they were worth the $250.

The Samsung Gear Icon X and Bragi’s offerings are smart and have a bunch of features that allow the buds to track your runs. Both of these are specifically designed for fitness which is something we don’t see Apple marketing so it’s safe to assume those won’t be ideal for working out. Interestingly enough, Bragi recently announced non-smart wireless earbuds that will retail for $120 which are much more affordable than their $300 smart buds. Unfortunately, Bragis less expensive option won’t ship until November.

Apple’s AirPods have one thing going for them from what I’ve seen and that’s simplicity. They don’t have any buttons, any rubber inserts, pretty much nothing aside from the charging case. If the normal earpods fit your ear then these will fit just as well. Once you pair your main device with the earpods they will automatically pair to all of your other iCloud devices. Things just work without having to mess with any apps or change any settings and I think that’s one of the most important aspects of a product. Will the AirPods be the best wireless earbuds? Probably not but they will push all companies to come out with smarter and better wireless options. I’m not a big fan of the AirPods long design but if that’s what needs to happen for them to be reliable, thin, and light then I am all for it. I’m definitely getting them on day one and I will let you know how they are if you aren’t sure whether to get them or not. Do remember that Apple has a great return policy so if you don’t like them you can always return them!

What Will The iPhone 7 & 7 Plus Look Like?

This years iPhone won’t be getting any huge re-design but it will be getting enough changes that it might tempt you to upgrade. The iPhone 7 has been rumored to not have a headphone jack, sport a simpler antenna design, and an improved camera that, unfortunately, still protrudes from the phone. Below are a few 3D renderings by Martin Hajek of what the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will probably look like. You’ll notice the larger camera on the iPhone 7 Plus which will purportedly feature two lenses as opposed to just a single one on the iPhone 7.

Source: Martin Hajek

Apple to Use Drones to Revamp its Maps Application

You all remember the Apple Maps problem when it first came out, right? Like when it would direct users to drive across an airport runway? Well, Apple has since fixed a lot of these problems, but it still doesn’t come close to the accuracy and usefulness of other systems like Google Maps. So, Apple has a solution: drones.

Yes, that’s right, Apple intends to fix all of its Maps problems using the developing tech, and it may actually add some really neat functions. Specifically, Apple may use this method to keep Maps updated at a much quicker refresh rate than currently available, meaning you’ll know about the annoying closed exit earlier than you otherwise would.

The idea for the drones is that they will be able to analyze road signs and road conditions to update the maps in a more real-time sense. Current methods Apple has been using are vans with many cameras and sensors, but this just doesn’t cover all the needs of collecting such a large amount of data.

None of this is definite, but speculations have been running pretty high recently. Apple actually applied for exemption to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) law against commercial use of drones in 2015 before the more specific regulations from the FAA rolled out. Apple was later granted the exemption, stating Apple could “operate an unmanned aircraft system to conduct data collection, photography, and videography.”

Additionally, to further develop Maps and compete with Google, Apple is said to be looking at adding more indoor maps functions, meaning users can more easily find stores in large malls or the correct hanger in an airport. These are functions that Google has been developing for a while, but with Apple’s acquisition of last year, it seems clear that Apple intends to join that innovation with their app as well.

Overall, Apple seems to be looking to make major changes to their app to make it more usable not just for its customers’ navigation needs, but also for developers. Probably the largest problem Apple had when they still had all of their major issues in the Maps app was the lack of accurate data for developers to use. This made apps like Uber and Lyft less usable, and potentially discouraged devs from using Apple’s platform until it was fixed.

I, for one, am excited to see what updates Apple will come out with and find out if these changes will be significant or just a slight improvement.

Delete OS X Sierra Developer Updates from App Store

I recently updated to the official build of OS X Sierra and for a couple of weeks I had been getting annoying notification updates regarding new developer Sierra updates. I only update to developer builds to test new version of OS X but when the a stable build is out, I stay on it. There are quite a few drawbacks to staying on the developer updates so here is how to remove those updates from the App Store:

Delete updates from Mac App Store OS X Sierra

1: Open ‘Terminal’

2. Copy & Paste the Following: sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/ CatalogURL

3. Your Mac App Store will lag for a minute or so and then the update will disappear!

What’s New on The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?

On Wednesday September 7th, Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both devices have similar designs to the iPhone 6s but include lots of changes inside the hood. Along with the iPhone 7 announcement we also got the announcement of the Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple AirPods. Below is a video detailing all of the announcements from Apple’s September 2016 Keynote.


Overview: 0:01
Mario on iOS: 1:16
iWork Collaboration: 2:05
Apple Watch Series 2: 3:08
Nike Apple Watch: 4:43
iPhone 7 vs 7 Plus: 5:08
iPhone 7 Colors: 6:00
iPhone 7 New Features: 6:40
iPhone 7 No Headphone Jack: 9:56
AirPods, Wireless Earbuds: 10:33

Non-YouTube Link: Vessel DarGadgetZ

Mac Not Waking from Sleep After Upgrading to MacOS Sierra 10.12?

Developers and enthusiasts all expect bugs when upgrading to developer previews but from time to time there are bugs that are very difficult to ignore. In MacOS Sierra 10.12 there is a sleep bug happening on iMac and MacBooks that prevents the user from accessing the computer. The only way to bypass this bug is by restarting the computer or turning the sleep function completely off and using only a screen saver. There are a few things you can try before Apple pushes out the next update but these fixes vary depending on the computer; on my late 2015 5K iMac none did the trick.

Reset SMC

Reset the SMC on Mac notebook computers

If the battery is nonremovable

-Shut down the Mac.
-Plug in the MagSafe or USB-C power adapter to a power source and to your Mac.
-Using the built-in keyboard, press Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the keyboard, then press the power button at the same time.
-Release all keys, then press the power button again to turn on your Mac

If the battery is removable

-Shut down the Mac.
-Disconnect the MagSafe power adapter from the Mac.
-Remove the battery. (Learn about removing the battery in MacBook and MacBook Pro computers.)
-Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
-Reconnect the battery and MagSafe power adapter.
-Press the power button to turn on the Mac.

Reset the SMC on Mac desktop computers 

-Shut down the Mac.
-Unplug the power cord.
-Wait 15 seconds.
-Plug the power cord back in.
-Wait 5 seconds, then press the power button to turn on the Mac.

If resetting the SMC on your Mac does not work then you will have to wait until we get a fix from Apple. I’ve tried disabling lots of apps and features on my iMac to see if that resolved the issue but it did not so don’t waste your time trying a bunch of stuff. If I find a fix before the update I will let you guys know with an update on the post and on twitter. In the meantime just set your computer to never sleep and use a screensaver; I recommend the fliqlo or Google Trends screensaver and then turning the computer off when not using it for prolonged periods of time.