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.

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.

Apple’s September 9, 2015 iPhone Event May Include New iPads

Apple September 9 2015 Siri EventApple last week announced an event scheduled for September 9, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific Time (1:00 pm here on the East Coast), titled, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” The rumor blogs immediately indicated that the event would introduce the world to new iPhones called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and a new version of the Apple TV set-top box that will include 3rd party Apps and an App Store for the first time. It is also projected that the new Apple TV devices will also include a motion sensing remote that allows force touch and speech input. The new iPhones are also expected to include Force-Touch functionality and an upgraded camera.

Today, reports have surfaced that Apple may also be ready to introduce a long-rumored iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is expected to go on sale in late October, with availability in early November. The iPad Pro is rumored to be 12.1 inches and include a stylus with force touch capabilities. It is also expected that a revamped iPad Mini 4 will be introduced alongside the iPad Pro. The iPad Mini 4 is expected to adopt similar internals to last year’s iPad Air 2.

Updates will be posted on iPlugDelaware.com on September 9th. If you would like to watch the event live, Apple will stream it on Safari for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and the Mac. Streaming will also be available on Apple TV and if you have Windows 10, on the Windows 10 Edge Web Browser. Let us know on our Facebook Page or Twitter Feed what you would like to see at the upcoming event!

iPlugDelaware Wilmington Meeting Tuesday April 21, 2014

iPlugDelaware’s Newest Member Helping Daddy Prepare

Our April iPlug meeting will be held on Tuesday April 21, 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. 

Meetings are free to attend 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. 

This Friday’s Apple Watch release will be thoroughly discussed, including  thoughts on the order process, alternate watch bands, and Apple Watch try-on appointments. As always, the floor will also be open for attendee questions, discussion, and demonstrations. 

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. We always look forward to seeing new faces, and would love to have new guests tomorrow. 

Apple Watch Now Available for Pre-order 

 Apple Watch Pre-order  

At 3:01 a.m., Apple made the Apple Watch available for Pre-order online. Most versions of the Apple Watch initially promised a ship date between April 24 and May 8. Within about 15 minutes, all versions had at least a 4-6 week wait time for delivery. As of this morning all versions of the Watch sport edition have a June delivery date, most of the Watch stainless steel versions still have a 4-6 week delivery window, and Apple Watch edition are not shipping until June or July. 

Pre-orders are being made available exclusively online, and although it is expected that Apple may have limited quantities available on launch day in-store, there is no guarantee. If you missed ordering when the Watch went on sale this morning, it is recommended that you order online as soon as possible if you want a Watch by this summer. 

  

Although the Apple Watch is not available to pre-order at Apple Store locations, you can see and try on the Watch beginning today at Apple Stores. Appointments are needed to actually try the device on your wrist, but anyone will be able to view a display of the Apple Watch. As of this morning, the Delaware Apple Store will had plenty of appointments available as early as this afternoon. To schedule an appointment, visit Apple’s website. 

Let us know if you had any difficulty ordering your Apple Watch, and what version you decided on. 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. 

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