[From Stephen Trew] Mark your calendar Sammy. “According to a new report coming out of China — from PCinLife, the country’s top IT portal — Apple’s new flagship phone will be available in stores between the 16th and 19th of September. This tallies with another earlier rumour from May, in which a German retailer stated that the iPhone 6 would hit the market on September 19: suggesting that this date may be the global date.” Read in full.
[From Hans] First Homekit smartlock. Nice. “With the iPhone 6 and public launch of iOS 8 mere weeks away, one of the first products to take advantage of Apple’s new HomeKit platform has started shipping. The product in question is the August Smart Lock, an electronic lock designed to allow keyless entry into people’s homes.” Read in full.
[From Hans] iWatch could well be announced on the 9th September. “The new device will, predictably, make good use of Apple’s HealthKit health and fitness platform. It will also — predictably — make good use of HomeKit, the company’s new framework for controlling connected devices — though it’s not clear how broadly or in what way.” Read in full.
I’ve used my iPad today to check Facebook, one of my friends has nominated for the ICE bucket challenge. Of course check my tweets, make note of my gym routine, sort what I need to pack for a flight that I am taking to the South of France tomorrow. Other uses today, iMessage a friend, watch a video clip that someone sent me. Handwrite two notes to friends. Design a poster for a charity event that a friend is putting on. Make a note of a DJ session I have been invited to, make a note of the tunes that I wish to spin. On my iPhone I have been taking photographs of a cool building I like, ordered something online quickly with the saved account details stored on my iPhone. Sort my diary for next week, order flowers a friend and arrange for them to be delivered. These are just a couple of the ways that I have used my iPhone and iPad.
[From Hans] iPad speed bump ahead. “Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t worried about the company’s tablet sales, even when industry analysts and consumers have been yammering on about it being a slowing market. Words from the Apple boss came in a brief interview with ReCode’s Walt Mossberg, moments before a report went live detailing plans for a larger iPad out of Cupertino.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Just so that you are aware. “Hewlett-Packard Co is recalling about 6 million computer power cords after 29 reports of the cords melting or charring, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.” Read in full.
[From Hans] LG comes with a big phone with a stylus. “Now that LG’s flagship G3 is a big success, it’s pulling a Samsung by throwing esoteric spin-offs like the G3 Stylus against a wall to see what sticks. The latest is the not-so-brilliantly named Gx2 (the company already has a G2x) that packs a huge, 5.7-inch screen and laser camera focus borrowed from the G3. Other specs are run-of-the-mill: a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB memory, 720p screen resolution and a 3,200mAh battery that should run forever.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Did you know that your iPhone is still tracking your every move? The Telegraph reports. “Inbuilt GPS is an essential feature of most modern mobile phones, with Google Maps, one of the most widely-downloaded apps on the App Store, a must for pinpointing your location and getting around. But did you know that your iPhone is using that GPS to track your every move?” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] More iPad rumours. “Apple is working with suppliers to make a 12.9-inch iPad by early next year, according to Bloomberg. Although is was rumored that Apple was working on a larger iPad throughout 2013, we have yet to see such a tablet come out of Cupertino. Will 2015 finally be the year of the mythical iPad Maxi?” Read in full.
[From Hans] Samsung has been busy releasing firmware updates. “Samsung has a boatload of phones and tablets in its lineup, and regularly releases firmware updates for various devices. These can include major updates, which bring a newer version of the OS to a particular device, or minor ones that improve performance and stability and fix bugs. Software updates for Samsung devices roll out in various regions every day, and you can find out which firmware updates were pushed out by the company over the last 24 hours through our firmware list.” Read in full
[From Hans] Dropbox for iOS has been updated. “Bumped to version 3.3, Dropbox for iPhone and iPad has brought out an enhancement to the built-in search feature allowing you to search within Word and PowerPoint documents with “higher fidelity previews”.” Read in full
Used my iPad to check in online today for a flight that I’m taking on Thursday in addition check the weather. I also used my iPad to write a long email to a friends and send some photographs of a busy weekend that I’ve had to send onwards again to a couple of friends. I upload my photographs to Dropbox and today I was accessing my archives and sending them onwards to friends. So that is how I have used my iPad today.
I found this really interesting, an inside look at the Jot Touch and the story behind. “The Jot Touch with Pixelpoint™ is the evolution of the previous Jot Touch, a pressure sensitive, Creative Cloud connected stylus for iPad. It combines Pixelpoint™ technology and an updated design to give artists a feature-rich, incredibly natural drawing experience. We put a lot into it so that you can get a lot out of it.” Great product. Deets after the jump.
[From Thomas JK] Maybe well worth checking out if you have an iOS device. “The only thing better than a great paid iPhone or iPad app is a great paid iPhone or iPad app that’s on sale for free for a limited time. And this week, we’re starting off strong with eight solid paid iOS apps worth a combined $50 that can all be downloaded for free right now if you act fast.” Read in full.
[From Hans] The Daily Mail making reference that the new iPhone will be announced on the 9th September. “The wait for Apple’s iPhone 6 is nearly over, according to the latest leak. Promotional box art seems to confirm the announcement for Apple’s next smartphone as being Tuesday 9 September. And several other details - including the position of the volume buttons and the new location of the power button - have also been revealed.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Expect to see more of this when Apple releases iOS8, the new iPhone and the iWatch next month. The Watch is a health orientated device that will connect to smart clothing. “The world’s top tennis players are descending on New York City this week to slap the fuzz off some tennis balls in pursuit of an unprecedented $38.3 million purse, and Ralph Lauren is ready to support the cause by arming the tournament’s ball boys with its new line of iPhone-connected smart shirts.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] ” Apparently, at some exec meetings, it’s MacBooks all around the conference room table ” It seems that Apple is now the defacto mobile PC for executives. “In a new blog post, famed ex-Apple executive Jean-Louise Gassée has given his thoughts on the recent IBM and Apple strategic alliance. And while Gassée notes that most strategic alliances don’t work, he thinks the Apple/IBM one will work out… in favour of Apple, that is.” Read in full.
I always enjoy reading user thoughts on how people use their mobile devices and this is no exception. “When my 2001 Subaru Forester died on the side of the highway a week or so back, I was not excited about trying to find a replacement.” Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] iPhone Super Retina. “Gruber says that he thinks the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will keep the current iPhone’s 326 pixels-per-inch, but the 5.5-inch model will have an astonishing 461 pixels-per-inch, making it practically Super Retina.” Read in full
I have lots of photographs from travelling, thankfully they are all backed up to Dropbox. I don’t know what I would do without Dropbox because all my photos are backed up automatically using the Carousel app, I do not have to worry. Great resource.
I’ve used my iPhone to pay for car parking today. There is a great scheme in Manchester where you can pay for parking using your iPhone. It’s quick and easy and again you can renew your parking should I need to. It saves you having to find change and you can just enter the location on your iPhone, park and go about your business. It’s a perfect solution for me, all done on my iPhone
[From Dave Coombes] Interesting editorial over at Windows Phone Daily. “The HTC One M8 for Windows is real, and with it comes the reality that we’re probably going to see a lot of Windows Phones running on Android hardware in the future. I believe the potential for Windows Phone to really start carving out a niche market share in the smartphone industry is astronomically high because of this, but I also think there are pitfalls Microsoft must do its best to avoid — or else Windows Phone will be worse off than ever.” Windows Phone Daily for the full read.
[From Hans] The S5 experiences the Ice Bucket Challenge. “Samsung has published a video that shows the Galaxy S5 taking the Ice Bucket Challenge and very smartly (and funnily) promotes how the device is waterproof.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] This is setting up the iWatch as a health device. The new Health app will send data to doctors, the data will be gathered using the iWatch. “Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to humbly brag about the iPad’s use in patient care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Taking to Twitter to announce the use of the iPad in medicine and patient care, Cook posted a picture of himself and staff at the medical facility with the iPad.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Apple still bucks the trend. Even with its PCs. The focus on quality is key. “Everyone knows the PC market has been in decline for the past few years. But one segment of that market is doing spectacularly well, and one company has managed to carve out enviable sales and profits by dominating that niche. Guess who?” Read in full
Deets about the Galaxy Note 4 Camera over at Sammobile. “According to our sources, Samsung is equipping the Galaxy Note 4 with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX240 camera sensor on the back with optical image stabilization (OIS), which is capable of shooting UHD (3840×2160) video at 30FPS.”
[From Matt T] It’s very convenient to read, reply and delete emails quickly using my iPhone. I have taken advantage of push email and my messages automatically appear on my phone. I don’t really see a compromise in battery life either.
I may have mentioned in the past just how informative I find Twitter. I get to find out breaking news simply by checking to see what is trending. Twitter for iPhone is such an awesome app and I have tried several 3rd party apps yet I prefer the native Twitter app.
I enjoy using Facetime to keep in contact with my friends wherever they are in the world. Whether they be in Brazil or the USA it’s great to stay in contact and I’m always impressed with the quality of the video call, streaming issues hardly ever prove to be a problem. It is also great because apart from the wifi, the calls are free.
[From Hans] Glad to see this has happened. “Vine has announced a significant update for its iOS client today, which will add a number of new features to the popular video-sharing app. The release includes a wide range of new editing tools, as well as the long-requested ability to upload clips from your device’s Camera Roll.” Read in full
Mailbox for Mac looks awesome. “For those who signed up to test out Mailbox for Mac, you should have received a notification today in regards to trying out the beta. The notification came in the form of an email asking you to download and install the app. The availability should expand over the next few weeks since it is getting ready to be launched to the public. Some features in Mailbox for OS X include draft support and mobile support for snoozing messages.” Read in full
Something that I do on a regular basis is use my iPhone to check my bank balances plus it allows me to transfer funds to third parties. Convenient especially when I can order my currency online. It saves me visiting the bank.
[From Lindsey] I downloaded the Amazon app because I can shop online using my iPhone and it saves my payment details, it also stores my sign in details, it’s very convenient. I also frequently use the ebay app for the same reasons plus it sends me notifications if I have been outbid allowing me to rectify my bid.
Something that I do daily is read The New York Times and Rio Times on my iPad Mini. It keeps me up-to-date on two of my favourite cities and I can read it conveniently and at my leisure. Plus it saves on the environment.
[From Walt] I use my iPad exclusively for email and web browsing. I hardly use my laptop because by the time it boots up I could have quickly read messages on my iPad. I’m using an iPad Air and I love it.
TechTalk show is available for your listening pleasure. “Kev and Nick chat the iPhone 5S and rumoured iPhone 6 screen sizes, Nick has sent his Lumia 1020 off for repair, and Kev chats about 4K video on the Panasonic FZ1000. ” Deets after the jump
[From Thomas JK] This will be interesting to see if it’s true. “New version of Lightning cable could be reversible at both ends that can be plugged into a USB port either way up.” The Guardian after the jump
[From Hans] Interesting theory. “Indeed, fast-forward nearly twenty-four hours later and Beta 6 is still nowhere to be seen. Such an anticlimactic turn of events probably means that iOS 8 Beta 5, which was released a fortnight ago, is the final beta build seeded to developers ahead of the so-called Gold Master release.” Read in full
Another usage I have for my iPhone is keeping track of my gym sessions. Daily I record what I have done, what I intend to do and then my results. I use my Notes app, it’s a great way to keep track of my routine.
[From Antoine RJ Wright at Mobile Ministry Magazine] Some months ago, I was the invited sketch note artist for ConvergeSE. While there, I picked up a few items, DDC Field Notes pack and this neat space pen. I’m not one to use a pen often, but it was in my bag and I needed a pen. This pen writes really nice. Wish my stylus had this kind if weight and feel. If it did, this pen would readily make my iPad Mini a better notebook.
[From L Darlington] I have been saving up for an iPhone for a while and I’m grateful to my Mother who helped me out. I now have a sparkly new iPhone 5S and I have to say that wow I love it. My favourite feature is Snapchatting photos and playing games but I have unlimited calls and text messages so I can stay in contact with my Mom and friends.
[From Hans] I wonder if this will change with the Note 4 announcement? “Samsung has itself confirmed that it did indeed see a drop in both market share and profit. In the first half of 2014, Samsung’s market share dropped to 24.9 percent, down 1.9 percent from the same time last year, as it shipped around 223.69 million units during the first six months.” Sammobile after the jump.
[From Hans] You may or may not know some of these, if you do then it could be a refresher”. I did learn of one trick so I am happy I read it. “This is everything you never knew your iPhone was capable of doing.
[From Stephen Trew] So the rumours may be true. Internet of things related perhaps? “Not a year goes by without NFC rumors trying to steal the spotlight during iPhone rumor season, and while this year has certainly been no exception, leaked schematic details reveal NFC might actually land on the iPhone 6 this year.” Read in full
Whilst in Brazil I heard a number of tunes that I wished to add to my music mix for my DJ sessions. I normally Shazam the songs and save them so I can add them to my mixes later on. Another great use of my iPhone.
[From Hans] Palm may live on, in a way through the Pebble watch. “Pebble is dead-serious about competing in the face of Android Wear and whatever Apple is presumably working on. To that end, the company has just announced that it has hired Itai Vonshak as head of product and UX and Liron Damir as head of design. Vonshak and Damir come to Pebble after working at LG, where they were instrumental in creating the user interface and design for webOS TV. Before that, they designed webOS for HP — though not everything they made there saw the light of day.” Read in full at the Verge
l’ve just been watching both the European Athletics and Swimming championships on my iPad. With a good G4 connection I have no streaming issues and the quality on my iPad is awesome. I do enjoy watching live sports on my iPad.