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Apple to Unveil “Airpods” with iPhone 7?

As we inch closer and closer to Apple’s much revered fall press conference, more exciting rumors are making their rounds on the internet regarding the iPhone 7. While it has long been speculated that the iPhone 7 would ditch the headphone jack, more surprising suppositions have been made in terms of how it would be replaced.

According to this alleged leak out of Hong Kong, the new iPhone will be shipped with a set of “Airpods”, Apple’s first standard set of Bluetooth earbuds. Also, along with the new wireless buds they will include an adapter for standard 3.5 mm jack to lightning port.

While this evidence alone might not be so compelling, the “Airpod” headphones are also named on another document filed by Apple to the Eurasian Economic Commission, a regulatory body responsible for trademarks and patents.

All of this combined with the announcement that Apple would be announcing new Beats technology at the same conference is intriguing to say the least.

Credit Synkami/twitter
Credit Synkami/twitter

Air Dre’s? Dre Pods? Only time will tell.

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WWDC 2016: iOS 10 Preview

Last week Apple held their annual WWDC keynote, and as to be expected there were a ton of exciting developments for iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and OS X. This week we are going to break down some of the new technology announcements concerning the mobile platform and what to expect with the launch of iOS 10.

iOS 10:
The long-awaited tune up of Apple’s mobile operating system has finally been announced for a fall release. While not a complete overhaul, iOS 10 offers several great new features that will make an immediate impact, including opening APIs of several existing features to developers, simplified styling and notifications, and more.

Rise of Siri
One of the most anticipated features will be the opening of Siri’s API to developers. While seemingly not so exciting out of the box, this will allow full integration of Siri’s voice recognition technology into limitless third-party apps. This will greatly increase the power of Siri, and the functionality of the iPhone as a whole. Now apps like Uber will be able to facilitate Siri commands instead of only native apps.

iMessages Sweet New Suite 

Apple has always been at the forefront of changing the way we communicate, and the new features in iMessage will do just that. iMessage will now feature bubble animations, in-line drawing for hand written messages, link previews, invisible ink, and more. Better yet, following in line with their recent trend they are opening API to third-party developers for iMessage as well, allowing for endless enhancements. Check out techboi6000’s great visual recap below.

Maps to Success

 

Aside from opening the API, which will allow for integration of many popular third-party apps (think Yelp, Opentable) maps is also getting a couple other great upgrades. You will now be able to easily change view during navigation, i.e. zooming out or observing ahead in your route along the map. My favorite feature announced however will be the ability to search for specific points of interest along your route. Need to stop by a car wash on your way to visit a client? Maps can now search and implement for most direct routes with options to make multiple stops. Lastly, road trippers rejoice as maps will finally locate gas stations as well, especially convenient when added as a stop on a trip.

Automated Everything with HomeKit

With the rise of home-automation systems, Apple has now formally thrown their hat into the ring with the announcement that the HomeKit app, now called simply “Home” will come standard with a download of iOS 10. Now you can control lights, climate, cameras, door locks, and more directly from your iPhone. While this app will require extra equipment for any practical use, Home can be used across several additional platforms (TV and OS X) and could end up being an important step for Apple.

Photos

In a step that looks very similar to Google Photos, iOS10 will now feature facial recognition, as well as object and location recognition to sort and group photos. They call this new technology “Computer Vision”!

Check out MacRumors Photos feature review here:

Check back next week for a functional review of OS X 10.12 Sierra!

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Apple Introduces New Look MacBook

This Tuesday Apple introduced a refresh on the iconic MacBook. Features announced include a faster processor, extended battery life, and a head-turning selection of new colors. Now users can expect an extra hour of web browsing battery time. Also highlighted are greatly improved graphics from the new Intel Skylake processor. This second generation MacBook will be made available in rose gold, silver, gold, and space grey. Just bought a MacBook last month before this announcement? No sweat! Apple is offering a 30-day price guarantee for recent 1st gen MacBook purchasers.  Find out more at Wall Street Journal.BN-NP689_MACBOO_P_20160418204318

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Extending the Battery Life of Your Portable Apple Devices

PRO TIP – Extending Battery life

There’s nothing worse than being out in the wild, far from a power supply, when you notice the battery icon on your portable device going into the red…notifying you of your impending doom while being disconnected from the outside world…as you drift off into space. Okay, maybe it’s not that bad. But we here at tekwerx wanted to recommend some tips about extending the battery life of your Apple products via some quick tweaks that will surely maximize performance while you’re on the go. Instead of reinventing the wheel, please visit this link directly from the source: https://www.apple.com/batteries/maximizing-performance/

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Highlights from WWDC 2015

Highlights from WWDC 2015

WWDC is Apple’s worldwide developer’s conference where Apple’s developer community comes together to learn about the future of IOS and OS X. Members of Apple’s all-star-staff reveal new products and services that will roll out to the public during the course of the next year. So many announcements were made, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight key points while linking out for more information below.

An Improved OS X, El Capitan

OS X 10.11, otherwise known as El Capitan, is more about tweaking the OS X experience and improving performance than redesigning the whole interface. Safari, for example, now allows you to “pin” sites, so they’ll load instantly from the landing page. It also lets you mute audio in tabs without entering specific pages. Spotlight allows you more extensive and integrated search capabilities: you can look up sporting event tickets, weather, and upcoming events using natural language. Improved windows management means that you can automatically split your screen between apps and store multiple desktop layouts in a navigation bar on top. And Metal, the optimization tool Apple first introduced for mobile processors last year, will supposedly now give El Capitan a performance boost.

http://www.apple.com/osx/elcapitan-preview/

Introducing iOS 9

Much like the new version of OS X, iOS 9 is less about radical change than making refinements. The Notes app is gaining more functionality (like drawing!), while Passbook has become “Wallet.” Newsstand has become “News.” HealthKit tracks more data, including UV exposure and menstrual cycles. iOS 9 is supposed to even take up less space on your iPhone, and it offers a “low power mode” to squeeze three extra hours out of the battery. The iPad, meanwhile, has new productivity options — among other things, users can open two apps side-by-side on a single iPad Air 2. Developers can get their hands on all the new features when Apple drops the public beta — its first ever for iOS — in July. The final version will be available in the fall.

http://www.apple.com/ios/ios9-preview/

Say Hello to watchOS 2

Less than two months into its life, the Apple Watch has a new operating system: watchOS 2. It has some more options for watch faces, including the cutely named “Time Travel,” which gives you an overview of upcoming events in addition to what’s going on at the moment. There’s a little bit more interactivity overall — you can, say, reply to emails instead of just reading them. Developers will have more control; they can make apps that play back video and audio using the watch speakers, and there’s full support for HealthKit and HomeKit. Naturally, some of the latest improvements to iOS 9 — like transit directions in Maps — cross over to the Apple Watch as well. Developers have access to the latest watchOS today; like iOS 9, it’s coming to consumers in the fall.

http://www.apple.com/watchos-2-preview/

One More Thing… Welcome to Apple Music.

Apple saved its new music service for the end of its keynote, and even dusted off the Jobs-era saying for its debut. At first blush, it sounds like Apple Music has all the necessary features. You can stream your favorite artists, watch music videos and exclusive clips in HD, and listen to curated playlists. There’s also a feature (called “Connect”) that lets unsigned artists upload their music. Apple’s even created a global radio station called Beats 1 and hired Zane Lowe to run it. You get all that for $9.99 per month, and there’s also a $14.99 family plan option that lets you share Apple Music with up to five other people. That gives Apple a slight edge when it comes to pricing, but Jimmy Iovine, Drake, and Tim Cook didn’t mention much else that sounds all that different from the services Apple Music will compete against. It will be available on iOS starting June 30th and — maybe most importantly — it’s also coming to Android this fall.

http://www.apple.com/music/

 

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Mac Users Advised Not to Update to Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.0

There appears to be a widespread issue with the critical update released today for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, version 14.5.0. The problem is with Outlook specifically, causing users to no longer be able to open a window for email, contacts, etc. Apparently, this is a bug that has already been fixed once, that has resurfaced somehow in this update.

We do not know if this affects Windows users, but we do know that Microsoft is aware of the matter. So, it’s safe to assume that Microsoft is already working on an update to this update. That said, we advise all users not to update to 14.5.0 to avoid any problems in workflow until the patch is available.

We will keep you all posted once there is more information available. In the meantime, feel free to monitor the discussion about this topic over at the Apple message board here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7040301

UPDATE: Microsoft has finally released an update to the problematic update here: Office Update 14.5.1

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Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

April 21, 2015, was the day hyped by many as Mobilepocalypse and Mobilgeddon. Google announced that they will be using mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal in driving search results to users. In the announcement, Google’s Webmaster Central Blog states:

“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

The above statement means mobile-friendly and mobile-responsive sites will earn better positioning in Google’s mobile search engine results, but most importantly, sites that are not optimized for mobile will see less mobile, organic traffic. This and subsequent updates that will follow strongly signal that Google will not only be protective of the quality of the results it serves across devices but the quality of those experiences as well. More and more people access the web on mobile devices, and it is Google’s pledge to return what is relevant and user-friendly to searchers.

Google has created a series of tools to help identify the mobile readiness of a site and also the steps needed to remediate any existing mobile site issues. One such resource is the Mobile-Friendly Test tool now available. Try it here: Google Mobile Friendly Test

According to Marketing Land as of February, 14, 2014 “60 Percent Of Internet Access Is Mostly Mobile”

Google has been telling webmasters to prepare for mobile for years. Thanks to this announcement of the Mobile Search update, many webmasters now have a compelling reason to take action. We anticipated this, and it’s the reason why we’ve recently updated our own website here at tekwerx.com to a mobile friendly version.

tekwerx.com is now mobile friendly!
tekwerx.com is now mobile friendly!

For sites that already utilize a mobile responsive technology, there are still many elements of a mobile site that should be optimized to take full advantage of this mobile search update. Even with technology that adapts sites to mobile screen dimensions, there are still areas in a mobile sites code that should be enhanced to best suit the mobile search crawlers.

Some businesses still don’t have a website, and this is something you should definitely keep in mind if you’re considering having one made moving forward. Others had their website created years ago, and while they certainly served their desired purpose, we recommend adapting to the current changes to stay relevant…your competition surely will. Don’t get left behind. Contact us or call (248) 850-1424 to see how we can help!

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Announcing the New tekwerx.com Website Redesign

Sometimes change is a good thing. While the old version of the tekwerx.com site served its purpose well, we are excited to announce a new and improved website redesign for 2015…after weeks of fine-tuning and tweaking.

Some of the new features include:

• A responsive design that morphs to compliment the device (computer, tablet or smartphone) you are using to view the site.

• A blog that we intend to update regularly featuring articles related to current trends in the ever-changing world of technology.

• A free newsletter featuring Apple-related news, tips, tricks, and best practices for your business.

Stay tuned as we have a lot of exciting announcements to make regarding new services and opportunities we will be making available over the next couple of months. Enjoy the new website!

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