Tech Talk Thursday: Say Hello to the New iPhone(s)!

By now you’ve probably heard about the new phones Apple has announced this year, the Apple iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus,  and the Apple iPhone X.  The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have just been released, while the iPhone X  is available for pre-order. If you’re in the market for a new phone, you may be wondering about the differences between the devices and if it’s better to buy one over the other. Today, we’ll break down the options with an overview of some key similarities and differences in Apple’s latest iOS mobile devices.

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Get the Most Out of Your iPhone with These Tips You Didn’t Know Existed

For many of us our iPhone is not just a phone, it’s an appendage. I don’t know what I would do without mine. When you realize all the things your iPhone can do that you didn’t even know about, you will love your phone even more! If you will be at COM today stop by room 211 at noon to learn a host of ways to get the most out of your iPhone at our monthly BYOL Lunch & Learn. If you can’t make it, here are three bonus tips you can start using today.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Apps for People Living with Disabilities

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Today we are living in the future. What seemed like science fiction and myth 20 years ago is actually here. We have smart phones, smart cars, and even smart houses! Okay, so we’re still waiting on warp speed and that hover board but civilians are actually taking trips to the moon just for fun (thank you SpaceX!).

In the midst of a technology-driven civilization, it’s hard to think that anyone could be left behind. Unless you are one of the 12.6% (in 2015) of North Americans living with a disability it probably doesn’t cross your mind that often. Society’s underdogs are a small but mighty population with an entirely different set of needs when it comes to technology.

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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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What You Need to Know About The FBI vs Apple Showdown

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Why should you care about what the House Judiciary Committee thinks about the FBI vs Apple court case? Well, do you own a phone, or anything electronic? …then you should care, here’s why!

Lost somewhere in the infinite sea of misinformation are clues about how Apple will go toe to toe in court with the FBI later this month. If you were as confused as I was about what all this Apple/FBI/Congress fuss is about then you’re not the only one. So here’s, as far as I can tell, how it all went down Capitol Hill.

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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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Why are smartphones getting bigger?

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, from http://www.apple.com/iphone-6/

Last week we told you about Apple’s unveiling of their two brand new iPhones, the 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus is even bigger than the 5.1″ Samsung Galaxy S5. So why on earth on smartphones getting so BIG?

A recent story on NPR shed some light on this phenomenon. Apparently studies are repeatedly showing that people are using their smartphones less and less as phones, that is, we’re not talking on our phones but using them as handheld computers. And we want the ability to multitask. Another fascinating reason that we Americans likely take for granted: people in other countries, such as in Asia, don’t have home internet and Wifi, which has become ubiquitous in so much of this country. According to this NPR story, people in Korea rely on their mobile phones as their main source of internet connectivity. Larger phones also lend themselves better to entering in characters in Asian languages.

It’s hard to believe there was a time when we thought our phones would keep getting smaller and smaller, and we laughed at people holding “bricks” up to their ears to talk. Looks like we are all doing less talking on the phone and finding new ways to become more productive and mobile at the same time. A bigger smartphone lets us do just that.