Tech Talk Thursday: iOS 10 Summer Sneak Peek!

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It’s that time again, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference 2016 (WWDC2016) kicked off its June preview with the demo of the highly anticipated new operating system for mobile devices, iOS 10! Some tech blogs are referring to this as the “Biggest iOS Release Ever”. No pressure, Apple! Along with iOS 10, Apple will also be releasing a new macOS, Sierra, as well as new softwares in tvOS and watchOS. The public beta version of iOS 10 will become available sometime in July and can be found here, if you’re interested: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/

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Here’s What You Missed at Apple’s Big Event Yesterday

A giant iPad is here! 

The new 12.9" iPad Pro

The new 12.9″ iPad Pro

As we mentioned last week, Apple’s big keynote event was rumored to be in September this year. Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the company’s latest generations of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Here are some highlights:

  • A new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
  • The new iPhones will be available in rose gold and will have new Apple custom alloy borrowed from the aerospace industry
  • iPhone will have stronger glass
  • Introducing 3D Touch technology; this works with Apple’s Force Touch (on Apple Watch and newer Macbooks) and allows users to peek or preview within an app or phone option with a light tap, and then fully open with a harder press
  • Improved camera on new iPhones
  • A new iPad Pro with a giant 12.9” screen
  • The new iPad Pro features a “smart” keyboard and a stylus called “Pencil”
  • iPad mini 4; a slightly thinner mini with a better camera
  • Apple Watch will soon have Facebook Messenger
  • A fourth generation Apple TV with a new OS called “tvOS” featuring voice control, Siri, Apple TV App Store, and universal search
  • Apple TV has a new remote control with a touchpad and motion control for a better gaming experience

Watch the Keynote in its entirety here: http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2015/

To read more about the latest Apple products announced yesterday, check out these websites:

http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/09/apple-unveils-the-ipad-pro/#.krmkjn:lVSA

http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/9/9288241/apple-ipad-pro-announced-specs-price-release-date

http://www.wired.com/2015/09/ipad-pro/

http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/09/09/apple-unveils-129-ipad-pro-with-smart-keyboard-and-apple-pencil-accessories

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/09/09/iphone-6s-apple-tv-and-ipad-pro-the-september-apple-event-live-blog/

http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-6s/

Tech Talk Thursday: Apple Harvests Early this Year

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Apple's September 2014 Keynote Event

Apple’s September 2014 Keynote Event

The greatly anticipated and legendary event that is Apple’s annual platform for debuting the cream of their product crop is rumored to be early this year. Usually Apple debuts new devices and software in October or November but this year it’s suggested to be sometime during the week of September 7th.

Some might say the date is irrelevant as 2015 promises to be a big year for new Apple products.

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Implementing a new iPad leasing program

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

This Tuesday 120 new medical students were deployed an iPad by the health sciences library during the annual COM orientation fair. This year, however, the library team worked with the COM, main campus, and Apple to implement a new leasing program. Student equipment fees are being collected to lease iPad minis for each student, which will then be turned in after the first two years of medical school. At that time, the students will be given a new device, depending on which Apple tablet is on the market at that time. At the end of their four-year medical school career, students will be given the option to return their tablet, or to purchase it outright for a nominal fee. The library team hopes the leasing program will allow the library to refresh students’ technology after two years, the average amount of time during which new tablets are released.