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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

Download iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

The betas of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra are now in the hands of developers and enthusiasts. While there are lots of new features, you might want to hold off until the official release or the public betas coming in July. My iMac has suffered a pretty significant hit in performance with the first beta of macOS Sierra while my iPhone just fails to open certain apps and perform smoothly. With that said, here are the iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra wallpapers so you can feel like you have the beta until you get your hands on the more stable versions.

 MacOS Sierra WallpapermacOS Sierra Wallpaper for OS X

iPhone 6/6s iOS 10 Wallpaper

iPhone 6/6s iOS 10 Wallpaper

iPad Pro, Mini, & Air iOS 10 Wallpaper

iPad Pro, Air, & Mini iOS 10 Wallpaper

Review: Amber Power Case for Apple Watch

Since the Apple Watch first came out, I’ve been looking for an accessory that will charge the watch on the go, as well as protect it while I am not wearing it. I think I finally found that accessory, and it’s called “Amber.”

 

Apple Watch Power Bank - Amber

The Amber is an Apple watch charger with a built in battery that resembles an older generation Mac Mini. The design is solid, and feels just as premium as the Apple Watch itself. I have no doubt that it could protect the Apple Watch, regardless of environmental conditions.

Apple Watch Power Bank - Amber

I have had to travel twice since I received the Amber for review, and both times it has become my ultimate travel companion. I used to have to unplug the apple watch charger from the wall and throw it into my bag, now all I do is make sure the Amber is charged up, and then I am on my way. Sometimes I didn’t even need to take the charger for the Amber with because the battery inside the Amber can recharge the Apple Watch 8 times. It can also, if need be, charge provide some  juice to your iPhone.

Apple Watch Power Bank - AmberThe product was brought into production thanks to a successful IndieGogo Campaign that raised over $100,000. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Amber, it’s a great addition to your Apple Watch if you are in the market for an Apple Watch case/power bank. Amber is available for pre-order on their website for $69, and will be available for purchase later this year for $99. It will retail in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold so it will match your Apple Watch perfectly.

 

 

Apple Announces a 9.7-inch iPad Pro

As expected, Apple introduced a 9.7-inch iPad Pro that has a pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider color gamut, lower reflectivity, and a True Tone feature that dynamically adjusts white balance. It also sports the same camera found on the iPhone 6s and even has the same rear flash and selfie flash feature. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available for pre-order on the 24th and in stores on the 31st.

Pro display
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features advanced display technologies, including a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air® 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider color gamut as the iMac® with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 percent greater color saturation¹ for more vivid colors. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible color, contrast and clarity. Night Shift in iOS 9.3 uses iPad Pro’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

Pro performance
The new iPad Pro is just 6.1mm thin and weighs just under one pound, yet delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility so you can tackle the most demanding tasks wherever you go. The powerful A9X chip with third-generation 64-bit architecture provides performance that rivals many laptops and console-class graphics, while also delivering all-day battery life.² Ultrafast wireless connectivity keeps you connected wherever you go with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, support for even faster LTE Advanced with up to 50 percent faster cellular connectivity³ and the most LTE bands supported by any tablet.⁴ Now with Apple SIM embedded directly in the new iPad Pro, it’s even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when traveling in more than 100 countries and territories.5

iPad Pro has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera sensor featuring Focus Pixels for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharp, detailed images, 63-megapixel panoramas and Live Photos. A True Tone flash improves low light shots and document scanning. The new iSight camera shoots 4K video, making the new iPad Pro the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality video. The improved 5-megapixel, front-facing FaceTime HD camera makes the new iPad Pro perfect for videoconferencing or connecting with loved ones.

Pro audio
The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.¹ Built-in sensors automatically adjust and optimize the audio no matter which way you’re using it. iOS 9.3 also adds support for playing video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams with support for multichannel output using the Apple Lightning® Digital AV Adapter.

 

Pro accessories
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a natural drawing, annotating and note-taking experience. A new Smart Keyboard is custom-designed for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover®. The new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader and Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter make it easy to download photos and videos from a digital camera to iPad Pro, while a new Lightning to USB-C Cable and Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter enable faster charging.

 

Pricing & Availability
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity, the highest of any iOS device. For more information, please visit www.apple.com/ipad.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from Apple.com, and in Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers on Thursday, March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available in early April in Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand (Wi-Fi models only), Turkey and UAE.
Apple Pencil is available for $99 (US) and Smart Keyboard in charcoal gray for $149 (US). The Polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Cover and Silicone Cases for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are available for $49 (US) and $69 (US), respectively, in a range of new vibrant colors.
The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader is available for $29 (US), Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter for $39 (US), Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter for $49 (US), Lightning to USB-C Cable (1 m.) for $25 (US) and Lightning to USB-C Cable (2 m.) for $35 (US).
Every customer who buys an iPad Pro from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online, to help them customize their iPad Pro by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.
Anyone who wants to learn more about the new iPad Pro or iOS 9 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store®.
¹Over iPad Air 2.
²Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results may vary.
³Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
⁴Data plan required. LTE is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see www.apple.com/ipad/LTE.
5Embedded Apple SIM in iPad Pro (9.7-inch) may be disabled when purchased from some carriers. See your carrier for details. Apple SIM and embedded Apple SIM not available in China.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Source: Apple

Turn any Picture into a Live Wallpaper on your iPhone 6s

If you have an iPhone 6s then you probably know about Live Photos which are photos that you can tap and hold on to see moments before and after the picture was captured. The cool thing about live photos is that they can be set as a wallpaper on the lock screen and still have the touch functionality. But what happens when you want to add some motion to your pictures that aren’t live photos? This is where the iOS App LivePapers comes in, it allows you to take a picture or import any picture and add a really cool 3D Touch effect to them. Here is a video review of the app which is available in the App Store for $1.99…

 

 

Source: App Store, AppQuest

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.

How To: Install iOS 10 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

iOS 10 will be launching in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 10 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it on your device but keep in mind that beta software is buggy and could cause issues with apps and battery life. If you want your device to remain fully functional I would suggest staying away from the first couple of beta releases. You can sign up and wait to get into the public beta like Apple did last year. The good thing about the public beta is that Apple doesn’t release a version until it’s more stable to avoid any major problems. The public beta program also doesn’t require you to register your UDID or do anything manually as it gets pushed directly to your device; you can sign up for the public beta here once iOS 10 is announced on the 13th of this month.

Backup Your Device

Before doing all of this make sure to completely back up your device just to be safe. I’ve never had any issues when updating to a beta but it’s best to take as many precautions beforehand to avoid any problems if something goes wrong. You also want to make sure your device’s UDID is registered in Apple Servers as a developer device. There are many places that can register your UDID, we do it for $4. Do not install the beta before registering your device somewhere as it could cause your device to brick and Apple will not help you as that is not covered with warranty.

Finding Your UDID

You Can Find Your UDID by:
-Launching iTunes and connecting your iPhone.
-In the top pane, click on the little icon of your device. Locate where it shows name, phone number, & serial number.
-Reveal the UDID by clicking on the Serial Number. You should now see a long string of characters.

To get the iOS 10 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes, MacOS, Xcode & Make Sure your UDID is Registered
  2. Download/install the iOS 10 Configurator Profile (LINK) Just send it to your phone via email and click on it. If that doesn’t work then send it via Airdrop.
  3. Download iOS 10 firmware for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from this link –> iOS 10 Download Links
  4. Open iTunes and connect your iDevice via a USB cable
  5. Select your device from the top navigation pane on iTunes
  6. Hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the update or restore (depending on what you prefer) button on iTunes
  7. Browse and select the downloaded iOS 10 IPSW file.
  8. The iOS 10 beta installation will begin. Don’t disconnect your device or close iTunes until iOS 10 has been installed on the device!

Here is Our Installation Video from Last Year but It’s the Same Process with iOS 10:

Apple Announces the iPhone SE, A Powerful 4-inch iPhone

Today Apple announce the iPhone SE which is basically an updated iPhone 5s with matte-chamfered edges, a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo, and four metallic finishes, including rose gold. iPhone SE sports the same 64-bit A9 chip from the iPhone 6s for fast speeds and it also has a longer battery life, faster wireless, a 12-megapixel camera featuring with Live Photos and 4K video, and Touch ID with Apple Pay.

The Most Powerful Phone with a Four-inch Display

iPhone SE takes a beloved iPhone design and reinvents it from the inside out, giving customers a powerful, full-featured iPhone no matter which model they choose. The 64-bit A9 chip, introduced in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, offers iPhone SE customers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s, all with gains in energy efficiency for improved battery life. M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is integrated into A9 allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri” without having to pick up your iPhone, and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring your steps and distance. iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with Wi-Fi up to three times and LTE up to 50 percent faster than iPhone 5s.* iPhone SE also includes more LTE bands for better worldwide roaming and supports Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wideband calls.

With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone SE and brings powerful built-in apps like Messages, FaceTime®, Photos, Music and Maps to iPhone users. iOS 9 also brings more intelligence to iPhone SE with proactive assistance, powerful search, improved Siri® features, and a new Night Shift™ feature that uses your iPhone SE’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

All of these innovations are packed into a light and compact phone designed to fit comfortably in your hand, crafted from bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish, refined matte-chamfered edges, a new color-matched stainless steel inset Apple logo and a brilliant four-inch Retina® display.

 

The World’s Most Popular Camera

iPhone SE has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera featuring Focus Pixel technology for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharper, more detailed photos like the ones shot on iPhone 6s. With Live Photos on iPhone SE, customers can go beyond snapshots to capture moments in motion and relive unforgettable memories with sound. Live Photos are beautiful 12-megapixel photos that, with just a touch, reveal the moments immediately before and after the shot was taken, so users can enjoy a living memory rather than an instant frozen in time.

 

Additional camera advancements include:

The ability to shoot HD video with support for 4K at a resolution of 3840 x 2160. After capturing 4K video, customers can edit on a Mac®, PC or iPad®, and with the latest version of iMovie® on iPhone, can even edit two simultaneous streams of 4K on iPhone SE.
Retina Flash, which momentarily makes the display three times brighter with True Tone® lighting technology, for wonderfully bright selfies in low light with the FaceTime HD camera.
Features introduced with iPhone 6s, including up to 63-megapixel panorama photos, video capture up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, time-lapse with video stabilization and cinematic video stabilization.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone SE will be available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at $399 (US) from Apple’s retail stores, Apple.com, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers, or for 24 monthly payments starting at $17 (US) exclusively at Apple’s retail stores in the US.** As part of the newly-announced Trade Up with Installments program at Apple stores in the US, customers can also purchase iPhone SE for as low as $10/month for 24 months.***
Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US will be able to order iPhone SE beginning Thursday, March 24, with availability beginning Thursday, March 31.
iPhone SE will be available in early April in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guernsey, Jersey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and UAE.
Apple-designed accessories including leather cases in black and midnight blue will be available for $39 (US), and Lightning® Docks in color-matched metallic finishes are currently available from Apple’s retail stores and Apple.com for $49 (US).
Every customer who buys iPhone SE from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online, to help them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.
Anyone who wants to learn more about iPhone SE or iOS 9 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store®.

Source: Apple

Three Beautiful Landscape Wallpapers from Firewatch

The team behind Firewatch has released three beautiful landscape wallpapers for your phones, tablets, and desktop. Firewatch is a single player game for Windows, Mac, Linux, and PS4. Check out the wallpapers below:

How To: Right click on the size that you want and click “Open Link in New Tab”. Then right click on the image and click “Save Image As”

Sunset Yellow

Early Morning Green

Classic Firewatch Palette

Source: Camposanto

Apple TV Review – The Best Media Player of 2015?

The 2015 Apple TV is the best product if you want to give some new life to your old (or new) tv. The interface is beautiful and very simple to navigate through. The controller is small yet packed with features and the box itself is simple and minimal. Some people aren’t even considering getting the Apple TV due to its lack of 4K support but as an owner of a 4K tv I can tell you that this isn’t as big of a deal as it has been made out to be. My 4K tv is able to upscale the Apple TV’s interface, games, and videos to the point where everything looks like it is 4K content. If Apple had said that this had 4K support then I would not have doubted it since everything just looks amazing on a 4K TV.

The full video review of the Apple TV can be seen below but if you just want a rundown of what makes this better to the other boxes in the market, I will tell you straight away that it’s the UI and Apps. The iOS App Store is a testament of how good Apple is at getting developers to get apps on their platforms and the tvOS store is no different. Apps are being added all the time and will keep being added which is completely different to the competition right now. The UI of the Apple TV is also very modern and simple which gives your tv a breath of fresh air and it also makes it easy for all of your family members to be able to use it.

 

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