Apple Updates iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes

Apple today released updated versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and iTunes. iTunes 12.4 features a more refined interface with the purpose of making content easier to find. iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.1.1, and tvOS 9.2.1 are mainly bug fix updates.

As always, be careful when updating your devices, and make sure you have a good backup. Head over to the update section on your device to download and install the new firmware. Learn more.

iPlugDelaware Monthly Meeting to be Held February 23, 2016

The February 2016 meeting of iPlugDelaware will be held on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 7:30 am at the Panera Bread in Fairfax Shopping Center (2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803). As usual, the meeting will be in the community room in the back of the restaurant. Meetings last about an hour and are normally held the third Tuesday of each month (this month’s meeting was delayed due to President’s day). Meetings are free to attend and are open to anyone in the legal community.

Meeting Agenda:

  • The iPad as a laptop replacement;
  • Apple Watch Apps worth using;
  • Favorite “law-related” iOS app; and
  • Tablet Alternatives to iOS (Microsoft Surface).

If you have not attended a meeting before, they are a great place to learn about how technology can help with your law practice. You do not have to own any of the devices we talk about, and we are all happy to learn about new technology that has saved you time or added to your well-being.

We look forward to seeing new faces at our meeting, and we are happy to modify our agenda to address any questions or concerns of those in attendance. If you would like something added to our agenda, please let us know on our Facebook Page or through Twitter.

iOS 9 and watchOS 2 Due to Be Released This Afternoon

Apple’s previously announced updates for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch are supposed to be released later today (September 16, 2015). iOS 9 is a new update for all iPad 2 or newer devices and iPhone 4s and newer devices. The Apple Watch will receive its first major software update since being released with watchOS 2. These updates are normally available for download beginning around 1:00 pm eastern time.

It is important that your current devices are cleaned up and ready for the new update. I usually recommend that you apply all App updates from the App Store before installing new versions of iOS. It is also important that you have backups of your devices. I recommend doing both an iCloud backup, and more importantly, plugging your device into your computer and doing an iTunes backup (if for any reason you need to restore your backup, iTunes normally takes only a couple hours at most, where iCloud restore can take multiple days).

Most Apple major software updates have had some issues for early adopters. If there is no killer feature that you absolutely need to have immediately, it is normally a good idea to wait 48 hours after iOS 9 is released before installing. Normally, if there is any major issues, you should hear about them by that time.

Stay tuned to iPlugDelaware for more details about iOS 9 and watchOS 2 after they are released later today.

iPlugDelaware Meeting – Tuesday September 15, 2015 – Here Comes iOS 9

September 15 2015 iPlug Delaware MeetingiPlugDelaware’s September meeting will be held on Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 7:30 am at the Panera Bread in Fairfax Shopping Center (2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803). The meeting will be in the community room in the back of the restaurant. Meetings last about an hour and are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free to attend and are open to anyone in the legal community.

Meeting Agenda:

If you have not attended a meeting before, they are a great place to learn about features of mobile devices that can help make you more productive. All meetings are interactive and provide those attending with an opportunity to ask questions or demonstrate apps or devices that they use in practice. Although a large focus of the meetings are on Apple devices and services, our meetings are used as an opportunity to learn about all relevant mobile devices and technologies and frequently include discussion of Microsoft Windows based devices, Google Android devices, and wearables that are used by those attending the meeting.

We look forward to seeing some new faces at our meeting, and will be happy to address any questions or concerns about using mobile devices. If you would like anything to be added to our agenda, please let us know on our Facebook Page or through Twitter.

Google Copy of Apple Pay Begins Rollout

Android PayGoogle Announced on its blog today, that Android Pay will now be rolling out. Android Pay was announced earlier this summer, and works in the same way as Apple Pay. When you have Android Pay installed, you hold your device near a payment terminal and you will be presented with an option to pay with one of your stored cards. Payments are transmitted using NFC, and your credit card number will not actually be stored on your device. Banks will have to partner with Android Pay in order for you to use your existing debit or credit card with the payment system.

Like Apple Pay, Android Pay will be accepted at any retailer that accepts NFC payments. Android Pay will come installed on new carrier sold phones, and will be available as a download for NFC-enabled Android devices running Android Version 4.4 or higher. In addition to storing payment cards, Android Pay will also allow you to store loyalty cards and gift cards on your device. Later this year, Google promises that Android Pay will also allow in-app purchases.

If you currently have an Android Device running Android 4.4 or newer with Google Wallet installed, Apple Pay will be released as an update to Google Wallet. For new users, Android Pay will be available for download in the Google Play store in the next few days. You will be able to use Android Pay at any existing retailer that accepts Apple Pay. Currently only cards issued by Bank of America, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Region Bank, USAA, and US Bank can be added to Android Pay, but Citi, Wells Fargo, Capital One and others will be coming soon. Just like Apple it appears that each individual bank must sign an agreement with Google to allow use of your card with Android Pay.

I am glad to see that Google is expanding its ability to use Android phones to allow a user to make purchases, I am just disappointed that it appears to be such a direct copy of what Apple already introduced. It will be interesting to watch how each of these products develop over the next year.

Apple September 9, 2015 Event – Hey Siri, Give Us Some New Products.

20150909-170241-IMG_0367Apple held a press event in San Francisco on September 9, 2015 to announce its Fall 2015 product lineup. As expected, Apple announced new iPhones and a new iteration of the Apple TV at the event. Apple also demoed the previously announced iOS 9 and watchOS 2. Both of these updates will be made available for existing devices on September 16, 2016. In a break from tradition, Apple also announced a new iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4. The iPad Pro will be available in November, and the iPad Mini 4 will be available September 25, 2015.

Apple Watch Lineup Changes Announced along with watchOS 2 Availability September 16.

20150909-170709-IMG_0368Apple began the day by discussing watchOS 2. New watch faces and third party complications were again shown. It was indicated that with native apps, developers would be able to do much more with their apps. Among the apps featured by Apple were Facebook Messenger, iTranslate, and AirStrip. AirStrip is a medical app that allows individuals in the medical field to manage their patients, schedules, and real-time medical data. There is also a client app available for patients that allow them to collect and transmit data to medical professionals using the Apple Watch.

20150909-171601-IMG_0370Apple announced new models of the Apple Watch and new bands. Two new finishes were announced for the Sport Watch Lineup. Gold and Rose Gold aluminum finishes were added, as were new finishes for the stainless steel Apple Watch line including the Product(Red) Apple Watch. New bands were also announced. New models are immediately available, and Apple WatchOS 2 will be available September 16, 2015. No changes are being made to the internals of the Apple Watch.

Apple Announces Next Generation iPad… the iPad Pro.

20150909-172109-IMG_0376Tim Cook next discussed the iPad Pro. He called the announcement the “biggest news in iPad since the iPad”. The iPad Pro has a 12.9” display, but is still thinner and lighter than a laptop (it weighs about 1.5 lbs). It features a full-size on-screen keyboard when used horizontally. The iPad Pro display is almost 2 times the size of the iPad Air, which allows you to easily run two apps side by side. It is powered by the A9X chip that was described as providing desktop-class performance. Graphics performance was described as “Console Class”, battery life was estimated at 10 hours, and for the first time for an iPad it includes four speakers.

20150909-175357-IMG_0393The iPad Pro will be available in November. It comes in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. It starts at $799 for a 32GB WiFi only model. It will also be available at $949 for a 128GB WiFi model and for $1079 for a 128gb WiFi + Cellular model.

20150909-173001-IMG_0387In addition to the new iPad Pro, Apple announced the “Smart” Keyboard. The keyboard is made of fabric and included within a cover. Apple added a smart connector on the iPad pro that allows accessories to connect to and be powered by the iPad Pro. The Smart Keyboard will be $169 and will be available when the iPad Pro ships.

20150909-173200-IMG_038920150909-174833-IMG_0390Apple Pencil was introduced as a new input accessory for the iPad Pro. This stylus includes the ability to sense force and stroke to more precisely draw or write on your iPad Pro. Apple Pencil is battery powered, but allows you to plug it into the lightning port of the iPad to recharge. New applications will be able to take advantage of the Apple Pencil and integrate its abilities. The Apple Pencil will be available for $99 when the iPad Pro ships.

Microsoft was featured on-stage to show how Microsoft Office will take advantage of the new features of iPad Pro. Using the ribbon on the Microsoft Office Apps, the Apple Pencil can be used for annotation or markups of documents (it looks like this functionality may be available by touch too). The annotations will be stored natively with the Office Apps, and can be viewed on any device. Microsoft also showed the value of being able to use Microsoft Office Apps side-by-side on the iPad Pro.

Apple Talks TV and Apps – The New Apple TV with Siri and an App Store Announced.

20150909-175953-IMG_0395Tim Cook noted that the TV experience has remained stagnant despite changes in technology. He promised that Apple would do something to change that, and stated that the future of TV is Apps. The center of the new Apple TV is the new remote and an App Store.

20150909-175959-IMG_0396The new remote features a glass touch surface on top, with a microphone button to allow voice interaction with Siri. Rather than just search, Siri uses context to bring results to you. For example, you can simply ask Siri to show “funny movies”, and Siri will bring a list to you. Siri will also allow searching across iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Showtime (with additional apps in the future). In addition to Siri functionality, the new remote includes motion sensing to allow you to use it as a “Wii-like” controller for games. iPhones and iPod Touches will also be able to be used as remotes for games on the new Apple TV.

The new remote will control the volume on your TV and receiver and allow you to power on your other devices. The 32GB version of Apple TV will sell for $149, with a 64GB version for $199. It will be available for purchase in late October 2015. tvOS is available for developers beginning September 9, 2015.

20150909-182517-IMG_0400Siri was the star of the Apple TV demo. Among the features of Siri, is allowing you to navigate shows while playing. You can skip ahead (or back) a certain number of seconds or minutes, or even ask “what did they say” and it will skip back 15 seconds and provide temporary closed captioning. You can ask for information about actors in something you are watching, or check sports scores or weather while watching something. You can use voice commands to switch to other apps on Apple TV.

All the existing Apps remain on the Apple TV, but the Apple Apps have been revamped and updated. Additionally an App Store will be available that allows developers to create apps for the Apple TV and tvOS. Among developers that have already worked on apps, include Netflix, Hulu, Activision and Disney. The third generation Apple TV will remain on sale, but there was no discussion of what features if any will be available on the older device.

And Finally we have the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

20150909-182810-IMG_0403Apple saved discussion of the updated iPhone 6 for last. Cook introduced an updated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that keep the appearance of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus. Colors include Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and a new option of Rose Gold. The display size remained the same for the iPhone models, but the metal and glass were both updated to be stronger and more durable. 3D Touch was introduced for the iPhone as the next generation of multi-touch. The new iPhones will include A9 chips that are advertised as being “desktop class” processors. Siri can also always be launched by simply saying “Hey Siri” (even when not plugged in). TouchID is now twice as fast as before, and the camera on the iPhone was updated with an increased 12MP sensor.

20150909-183528-IMG_04073D Touch allows the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to recognize how hard you are touching the screen to react based on the force of your touch. This allows additional menus to be shown on the home screen, or for you to peek at other information within an app. For example, if you are sent a street address in a message, you can peek at the map without leaving your message. 3D Touch also allows a new type of photo called Live Photo. When you take a photo with iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, by default it captures 1.5 seconds before and after your photo was taken so your photo can come to life when you use 3D Touch on the photo.

20150909-190125-IMG_0411The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus remain available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models. The iPhone 6s starts at $649 for the 16GB model, with the 64GB model costing $749, and the $128GB model $849. The iPhone 6s Plus starts at $749 for the 16GB model, increases to $849 for the 64GB model and will be $949 for the 128GB model. They will be available for pre-order on September 12th and start shipping on September 25, 2015. iOS 9 will be available for existing devices on September 16, 2015.

20150909-190308-IMG_0413The press event ran just over 2 hours in length. Although the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were featured last, the iPad Pro and new Apple TV were probably the biggest stars of the event. It will be exciting to see when Apps start to arrive on the Apple Watch that take advantage of watchOS 2, and when the Apple TV App store debuts in October. More to come as information becomes available. Please share your thoughts on our Facebook Page or send a tweet to us.

Google to Hold Nexus Phone Event on September 29th

Google Nexus EventHot on the heals of Apple announcing their next iPhone Event, Google is planning to hold an event in San Francisco to introduce new Android-Based Nexus SmartPhones on September 29th. It is expected that for the first time Google will introduce two new Nexus phones. According to rumors, Google will introduce an LG-manufactured Nexus 5 with a 5.2″ screen and a Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6 with a 5.7″ screen. These will replace the current Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 sold by Google.

Notably these devices are expected to be the first to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Typically Google has sold Nexus devices directly through the Google Play store. These devices are usually shipped within a month after the announcement, but in the past have had extremely limited availability for several months. Nexus devices receive updates directly from Google and run stock Android without any manufacturer added software.

If you are considering switching to an Android device, or upgrading your current Android Device, it would probably be smart to wait for the Google September 29th event before purchasing a device. More to come after the event.

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