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.

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.

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. 

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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