iPlug Wilmington March Meeting – March 17, 2015 – Let’s Talk Time

March  2015 Wilmington Delaware iPlug Meeting

What better way to start your Saint Patrick’s Day than talking about the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch. Our March iPlug meeting will be held on Tuesday March 17, 2015, at the Panera Bread in Fairfax at 7:30 am. Panera is located at 2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington Delaware. The meetings are held in the back room of the restaurant. Normally meetings last about 1 hour. 

As always it is free to attend our meetings and no registration is necessary. If you have never attended a meeting, they are informal and are a chance for users in the legal community to share their experience using mobile technology in their practice and to learn from the experiences of others. It doesn’t matter if you are an attorney, a Judge, a paralegal, a law student or other support staff, if you are associated with the legal community and you are interested in mobile technology, please join us Tuesday morning. 

Last Monday’s Spring Forward announcement by Apple will be thoroughly discussed, including initial thoughts on the Apple Watch, the new 12″ MacBook, ResearchKit, and the price reduction of the Apple TV. We will also discuss the release of iOS 8.2 and Apple’s public beta program for iOS. As always, the floor will also be open for attendee questions, discussion, and demonstrations. 

Since our last meeting, we have also created a Facebook page and a Twitter account in order to provide even more updates to those interested in mobile technology. If you enjoy updates from iPlugDelaware, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so you can interact with us on a more frequent basis. These new accounts make it even easier for you to communicate with us, ask questions, and share information. 

Microsoft Adds iCloud Support for Office for iOS Apps

Microsoft released new versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel for iPhone/iPad today that allow users to open, edit, and save to iCloud. This comes on the heels of Microsoft making these apps free, adding Dropbox support, and expanding storage space on OneDrive for subscribers of Office 365. Microsoft seems to be fulfilling its promise to concentrate on getting users using Microsoft Services and software without forcing them to get locked into one platform. 

If you are already using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iPhone/iPad, just check the App store for the free update. Otherwise search the App store to download these apps for free. 

You Don’t Have to Be a Developer to Test iOS Anymore

iOS 8 Public BetaApple began rolling out its first Public Beta of iOS today by making iOS 8.3, Beta 3, part of the AppleSeed Public Beta Program. To join the Public Beta, you must have an Apple ID and an eligible device. The initial invites have been going out to users that have been publicly testing OS X Yosemite. To sign up for access, login to https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. If you only see the OS X Yosemite beta at this time, it is being reported that invitations will be slowly slowly rolling out.

9to5 Mac reports that the installation is made available over-the-air. Users first are instructed to backup their device using iTunes, then directed to download a configuration profile from the AppleSeed website that makes the beta available in the normal Software Update screen. Instructions are also provided for restoring your device to a previously released non-beta version of iOS.

As always, be careful before installing beta software on your device. It is not recommended that a beta be installed on a mission-critical device, and it is possible that functions of your iPhone or iPad may not work properly with the beta software installed.

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iOS 8.2 Released, Get Ready for the Apple Watch

Apple today released iOS 8.2. Among several bug fixes, Apple included new functionality for iPhones to work with the Apple Watch. After installing, you see a new Apple Watch app on your home screen. Since the Apple Watch has not yet been released, this currently just links to Apple advertising apps, but in a little more than a month it will be used to configure your device and change settings.  

As always, be careful before installing the new update. I have installed it on my iPhone 6 plus and experienced no problems, but every situation is different. If you haven’t already backed up your device, see our article that explains how to use iTunes to backup manually.

AirPlay Presentations Got Cheaper Today


Apple announced today that the current generation of the Apple TV will now be available for $69. Although Apple has been slowly releasing new channels for the Apple TV over the past year, no substantial update was discussed. Apps are still only released at Apple’s discretion and no 3rd party SDK is available.

The Apple TV has faced stiff competition over the past year with more powerful and open devices released from both Google and Amazon. In addition to full featured Apple TV type set-top boxes, both Amazon and Google also have small dongles that simply plug in the back of your TV. These devices also offer the ability of third party developers to release applications to extend the capability of them.

It would still be nice to hear that Apple has additional plans for the Apple TV, but for now be happy that you can pick one up for less money.

More Details About the Apple Watch

Apple Watch SportApple officially announced today that the Apple Watch will begin pre-order on April 10, 2015. The Apple Watch will be officially available on April 24, 2015. As previously announced, the Apple Watch will be available in two different sizes across three different lines. Pre-orders will be taken at Apple Store Retail locations, where purchasers will be able to try the Apple Watch on. The Apple Watch settings app will be available in iOS 8.2 that was released today.

The least expensive version of the Apple Watch will be the Aluminum Apple Watch Sport. The 38mm version of this watch will be $349, and the 42mm will cost $399. You will have the option of several different color rubber bands (Sport Bands), and Silver or Space Gray watch enclosures. You will only be able to purchase these version with the rubber sports bands.

The mid-range Apple offering is simply called the Apple Watch. It is made of stainless steel and is available in the natural Stainless Steel color or Space Black. It will also be available in 38mm and 42mm sizes, with the 38mm Watch starting at $549 and the 42mm Watch starting at $599. The least expensive version of this watch will include the rubber sport band, but you will have the option upgrading to the Black Classic Buckle; the Milanese Loop; the Leather Loop in Black, Blue, Stone, or Light Brown; or the Space Black or Stainless Steel Link Bracelet. Prices will range as high as $1,099 depending of the watch band selected. (See iMore.com article for full pricing details).

The most expense Apple offering will the Apple Watch Edition. This is an 18-Karat Gold enclosure finished in Rose or Yellow gold. Even the Apple Watch Edition only includes the Sport Band in the least expensive version. The Apple Watch Edition will only be available in limited quantities and will start at $10,000. Again, two sizes will be available with different color watch bands to choose from. Surprisingly, Apple is currently just advertising Modern Buckle or Sport Band watch bands for the Apple Watch Edition. The most expensive version will be the 38mm Rose Gold with the Modern Buckle for $17,000.

Confusing about these announcements was that Apple failed to indicate whether all watch bands could be worn across each line of Apple Watch. Currently the Apple Website has no details of pricing, or indicating of which watch bands can be worn with which version of the Apple Watch. Luckily, iMore.com has more details indicating that all bands will be sold separately, but not every configuration will be available with your initial purchase. According to iMore.com, the rubber sports bands will be $49 (in both sizes), the leather loops will be $149, the modern buckles will be $249 (only listed as available for the 38mm versions of the Apple Watch), and the link bracelet will be $449 for the 42mm version of the watch.

Watch SpecsThe Apple Watch Sport features an Aluminum case (enclosure), retina display, and is made of Ion-X Glass. It is noted to be water resistant, but not waterproof. It is rated at up to 18 hours of battery life, and features an ambient light sensor, a heart rate monitor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a speaker and a microphone. It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The case of the 42mm version weighs 30g. The Apple Watch has a Stainless Steel case (enclosure) and the screen is made of Sapphire Crystal. It is heavier at 50g of weight, but otherwise has all the same features of the Apple Watch Sport.

The big questions are going to be how many hours of actual use the Watch provides, and whether the Stainless Steel and Sapphire Crystal make the Apple Watch more durable than the Apple Watch Sport Edition. Although a reserve battery technology had been rumored prior to today’s event, no mention was made on stage or in the press materials on Apple’s website. There was also no mention of what features will be available when it is not connected to an iPhone, and how many apps, songs, or photos can be stored on the watch.

It is somewhat disappointing that despite being pre-announced September 9, 2015 there are still so many unknowns about this device. There were not many additional details provided at today’s event, and I was surprised that the Watch still will not actually be available until April 24th, more than 7 months after being announced. I expect as members of the press get to view and try out the watch, more information will trickle out.

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Time to Find Out What Apple is Doing Next: Spring Forward – The Apple Watch Event

FullSizeRenderApple hosted their Spring Forward event today. This event included discussion of the Apple TV, HealthKit, ResearchKit, the new MacBook 12″, and the Apple Watch.

HBO NowApple began the event by discussing Apple TV. Apple’s Tim Cook invited the CEO of HBO, Richard Piepler, onstage to announce that Apple would be HBO’s exclusive partner for HBO Now, HBO’s standalone streaming product, at launch. HBO Now will be available prior to the April 12th premiere of Game of Thrones on Apple TV, and will be available for $14.99 per month (with the first month free).

AppleTVTim Cook called the Apple TV the category leader. He indicated that over 25 million had been sold to date. It was announced that the current Apple TV would now be available for the lower price of $69 (down from $99). There was no indication of any changes to these devices.

It was indicated that Apple has already sold over 700 million iPhones since released. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have a customer satisfaction rate of 99%, and Tim Cook indicated that Apple was the largest seller of smartphones in the world last quarter.

Apple PayUpdated information was provided about the success of Apple Pay. Tim Cook indicated that Apple Pay has forever changed the way we pay for things. Apple started with only 7 banks supporting Apple Pay, but indicated that there are now over 2500 card-issuing banks. In the 3 months since being introduced, Apple indicated that there are now over 700,000 locations accepting Apple Pay, including over 40,000 Coca-Cola vending machines.

Cook indicated that every major auto manufacturer has now committed to offering CarPlay. He indicated that more than 40 new models of cars will be introduced by the end of the year with CarPlay. He promised that HomeKit will change the way we control our home, but did not highlight any released product.

HealthKit(1:21 pm update:) HealthKit was also addressed during the event. Cook indicated that Medical Research was among the most important use of HealthKit. It was noted that historically one of the problems with Medical Research is that it is one-way in nature. Apple has worked to allow HealthKit and the iPhone play a more important role in medical treatment.

Research KitApple announced a new platform called ResearchKit to allow medical providers to better manage projects and obtain and share data with participants. ResearchKit works with HealthKit to incorporate other data that your devices have already collected. Research Projects highlighted by Apple included Parkinson’s, Asthma, Diabetes and Breast Cancer. The user decides what data is shared, sees the data collected, and Apple never sees the data. ResearchKit was released as an open source project, and the first five-apps under this project will be available later today.

New Macbook(1:40 pm update:) Cook moved on to discuss the Macintosh. It was indicated that although the industry has had shrinking numbers of sales, the Mac increased 20% last year. It was indicated that Macs are now seen everywhere. Cook indicated that Apple challenged themselves to reinvent the laptop and announced the new MacBook.

The new MacBook is only 2 lbs in weight, and is 24% thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air (13.1mm). The new MacBook has a 12″ Retina display with a full-size keyboard. Everything has been re-thought. The trackpad, the keyboard, and the internals have all been redesigned. The new MacBook also is the first Mac to run fan-less. Almost the entire base of the new MacBook is filled with batteries to provide all-day battery life (which means about 9-10 hours of active use). The MacBook will run off a USB-C interface. This will be used for charging and input/output devices. The new MacBook will be available in Silver, Space Gray or Gold.

MacBook Price(1:55 pm update:) The MacBook starts at $1299 for the 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M with 8GB memory and 256 SSD. There will also be a $1599 model that has an upgraded 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor and 512GB SSD. Both models will be available on April 10th and will only be available with a 12″ display. Existing MacBook Airs are being updated to faster processors, and the 13″ MacBook Pro is getting the new trackpad, faster flash memory and updated Intel processors. The existing updated MacBooks are available later today.

Apple Watch(2:00 pm update:) The Apple Watch was called the most-advanced time-piece ever by Cook. Not only was the Apple Watch designed to be stylish, it was designed to be fun, versatile and increase your productivity. The Stainless steel model is available in traditional and space back finishes, and the Apple Watch Sport is available in an aluminum finish in silver or space gray.

Watch SummaryWith the Apple Watch, you can receive and reply to messages right from your wrist. With the built-in speaker and microphone, you can make and receive phone calls on your wrist. You can monitor your blood pressure, and check your emails. You will be able to customize your watch face to be useful to you. The Watch tracks your activity, and alerts you of your exercise, movements and whether you have been sitting too long.

MarathonChristy Turlington Burns, was highlighted at this event. Turlington-Burns is a fashion model, mother, and health advocate. She has been using the Apple Watch, and a short film was shown highlighting her use of the Watch during a half-marathon in Tanzania. She indicated that she frequently relied on the Watch during the marathon to monitor her activity and progress. She is preparing for the Virgin Money London Marathon with the Apple Watch, and her training blog will be hosted on Apple.com.

Watch Siri(2:15 pm update:) Additionally Cook highlighted that the Apple Watch will allow you to pay with Apple Pay, manage your photos, interact with Siri, and control your music. Any notification that is currently received on your iPhone will also be available on your Apple Watch. Kevin Lynch demonstrated Glances which will allow you to see information from apps to quickly interact with data that is important to you.Reminders will also be able to alert you of important events throughout the day.

Lynch demonstrated calls onstage, Digital Touch (to share hand-drawn photos with friends), and requesting rides with Uber. It was shown that hotel rooms can be unlocked using the Apple Watch, products can be paid for, and boarding passes can be accessed. Music can even be identified using Shazam from your wrist. Using home automation, Lynch also showed opening his garage door with his Watch.

Watch BatteryCook indicated that the Apple Watch is designed to provide all-day battery life. During a typical day you can expect up to 18 hours of battery life. iOS 8.2 and the new Apple Watch App will be available on the iPhone today. You can learn about the Watch and configure notifications from within the App. Charging the Apple Watch is done with a magnetic charger on the back of the device. As previously announced, the Apple Watch will be available in Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition.

Watch AvailableApple Watch will be available for pre-order on April 10th. You will be able to try on and learn more about the Apple Watch at Apple Retail Stores beginning April 10th. The Apple Watch Sport will begin at $349 for the 38mm version, with the 42mm available for $399. The Apple Watch (Stainless Steel edition) will start at $549 for the 38mm, and $599 for the 42mm. Depending on Watch bands, the Apple Watch will be as expensive as $1,099. The Apple Watch Edition (the 18k Gold version) will start at $10,000. Actual watches will be available on April 24th.

Keynote over

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