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 Announces Android Wear Compatibility with iOS

Android Wear on iPhoneGoogle announced today on the Official Google Blog that Android Wear now works with iPhones. According to the announcement, only the LG Watch Urbane is currently supported, but all future models of Android Wear SmartWatches will also work on both Android and iPhone Smartphones. Android Wear will pair with an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running at least iOS 8.2.

It will be interesting to see how the Android Wear Watches compete with the Apple Watch on Features. Use of previous Smartwatches that “supported” iOS also meant a limited feature set. The Official Google Blog indicates that you will be able to check information like phone calls, messages and notifications from your favorite apps with just a glance. Fitness goals will also be supported. However, no details were provided of whether responses will be possible using an Android Wear Watch.

More to come as details develop. For now download the Android Wear App if you have an LG Watch Urbane or visit the Google Blog for more information.

iPlugDelaware Wilmington Meeting Tuesday April 21, 2014

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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. 

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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. 

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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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Preview of Apple Watch? We Should Know Monday

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9to5mac.com has last minute details about the Apple Watch based on information from sources that have handled and used the soon to be released device. We should know how accurate these claims are on Monday.

Sources offer hands-on Apple Watch details: battery life, unannounced features, and more http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/06/sources-offer-hands-on-apple-watch-details-battery-life-unannounced-features-and-more/

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