Apple preview iOS 11

iOS 11

Apple’s senior VP of software, Craig Federighi, took to the stage at WWDC to give a preview of iOS 11, showing off new features like a smarter Photo Library and a redesigned Control Center.

iOS 11

Messages is set to receive a redesigned app drawer that makes it easier to use apps and stickers, while a more optimized device storage system will make Messages backups smaller and faster, with messages stored and synced across devices over iCloud. Beginning iOS 11, for the first time, Apple Pay is also integrated into the Messages app.

Siri is will become more naturally spoken, with a new voice powered by deep learning techniques. Also set to feature is a beta translation feature that will allow users to get live translations between English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. More languages are promised by Apple in the months to come.

Lastly for Siri, a new on-device learning system will enable the virtual assistant to understand what a user is likely to want depending on circumstances and time of day. User data will be synced across all devices on a user’s account with end-to-end encryption.

Control Center will be substantially redesigned to appear on a single screen and fill the bottom half of an iPhone’s display, implementing 3D Touch for sub-options within buttons, and sliders to adjust volume and brightness. The Lock Screen and Notification Center will be unified on a single screen, with a swipe up or down from the Lock Screen offering immediate access to notifications.

Apple Maps will include detailed shopping floor plans for shopping malls in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, and London, with several other major cities also covered and additional ones to come. Major airports will also be included in the floor plans, while lane guidance and posted speed limits will be displayed during navigation.

iOS 11

Apple is introducing an optional Do Not Disturb While Driving feature in iOS 11 to prevent distracted driving. HomeKit will also support a new AirPlay 2 protocol for supporting speakers, with a Shared Up Next feature for the protocol where multiple connected users can edit a party playlist. A new MusicKit API will let third-party developers get full access to Apple Music in iOS 11.

Apple market share in South Africa

A survey of 12,000 office workers in South Africa by Inspiration Office has detailed which operating systems local workers prefer.

The survey focussed on the “bring your own device” trend, but touched on other aspects of office workers’ IT experiences.

The results showed that 52% “needed” a smartphone at work, while 38% preferred a tablet.

When it comes to a desktop computer 80% prefer Windows and 11% prefer an Mac Mini, iMac or a Mac Pro.

When is comes to Laptops 79% prefer Windows, while 15% prefer a Macbook, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro.

When it comes to smartphones 50% prefer Andorid while 41% prefer iOS. While Android has a larger market share than iOS there are many more Android devices compared iOS only running on the iPhone. We could estimate that iPhone has 41% market share in the work place.

The iPad is a clear winner in the tablet market with 49% and Android only having 37%.

iOS 10 is now available as free download

Apple unveiled iOS 10, the next-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, on 13 June. Apple CEO Tim Cook described iOS 10 as the “biggest release ever” for iOS users, and the operating system includes major updates for a wide variety of apps, services, and features, including Messages, Siri, Photos, Maps, Apple Music, News, Apple Pay, Control Center, and more.

iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There’s a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications.

Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp.

Messages has been overhauled with new features like background animations, bubble effects, rich links, and Digital Touch, the sketching feature first introduced on the Apple Watch, allowing users to create drawings and annotate photos and videos. Handwritten notes, hidden “invisible ink” messages, quick “Tapback” replies, and bigger emoji are new in Messages, and there’s even a predictive emoji feature that will suggest words that can be replaced with emoji.

Messages has its own Messages App Store, so developers can create apps that can be used in iMessages. Apps add almost unlimited capabilities to Messages, from sending stickers and GIFs to making payments to making collaborative dinner orders.

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A dedicated “Home” app is available for HomeKit devices, and it’s now possible to delete almost all pre-installed apps that are unneeded. Photos features impressive facial and object recognition capabilities, which power a new Memories feature for rediscovering forgotten moments.

Both Maps and Apple Music have been redesigned with cleaner interfaces that are simpler to use, with Maps gaining proactive suggestions and integrated third-party apps and Apple Music gaining better content discovery and a new focus on lyrics. Apple News has also been overhauled with subscriptions, breaking news notifications, and better organization.

Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter in iOS 10 with contextual predictions, and Apple Pay is available on the web. Game Center has been largely eliminated, and many other apps, like Notes, Clock, and Phone have been updated with new features.

To update your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 10 go to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 10 is available on the following devices:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th generation

Why The Time Is Always Set To 9:41 on Apple Ads

There’s a reason for everything at Apple. And that even includes the time displayed on the devices in promotional materials.

It even extends to print ads and television commercials.

Original iPhone displaying 9:42am
Original iPhone displaying 9:42am

That time used to be 9:42. You could see it across various commercials, print ads, and even on Apple’s website. The explanation was simple: That’s the time in the morning that Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone in 2007. Around 42 minutes into his keynote address, he said, “Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone.”

And a picture of the iPhone, displaying the time 9:42, popped up on the screen behind him.

But that all changed in 2010, when the very first iPad was released. When that was revealed, it displayed a different time: 9:41.

But why did the time change? It’s all very simple, according to former iOS chief Scott Forstall, who happened to divulge the secret to Australian-based app developer Jon Manning of Secret Lab.

We design the keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation,” Forstall said. “When the big image of the product appears on screen, we want the time shown to be close to the actual time on the audience’s watches. But we know we won’t hit 40 minutes exactly.

— Scott Forstall

You can see the time displayed on all promotional images from Apple.

iPhone 6 displaying 9:41am
iPhone 6 displaying 9:41am
Mac OS Sierra promotional image displaying 9:41am
Mac OS Sierra promotional image displaying 9:41am

“And there you are — the secret of the magic time,” Forstall told Manning. 

Apple’s iPhone 7 event will only start at 10:00am, 7:00pm South African time. Therefor Apple should announce the iPhone 7 at 7:41pm South African time.

Apple Adds New 2TB iCloud Storage Tier for R299.99 Per Month

Apple quietly added a new iCloud storage tier, offering customers 2TB of data storage space at a price of R299.99 per month in South Africa. Apple now offers four iCloud storage tiers at prices that start at R14.99.

The new 2TB iCloud storage option comes just over a week ahead of the company’s September 7 event, where versions of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch are expected to debut alongside new operating system updates.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the jump in iCloud space is a new desktop syncing feature coming to macOS Sierra. In the new operating system, all files stored on the desktop or in the Documents folder of a Mac are automatically uploaded to iCloud to make them available across a wide range of devices.

A comparison of the US iCloud storage pricing and the South Africa iCloud options reveals that about is working on an conversion rate of $1 = R15. At the time of writing this article the exchange rate is $1 = R14.42

Capacity US South Africa Conversion Rate
50GB $0.99 R14.99 $1 = R15.14
200GB $2.99 R44.99 $1 = R15.05
1TB $9.99 R149.99 $1 = R15.01
2TB $19.99 R299.99 $1 = R15.01

If the South Africa Rand loses any more value we could see these prices increase in the next few weeks.

Apple Invites Media to iPhone 7 event

Apple has sent out media invites for an iPhone 7 event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites offer up a first look at the theme of the event and feature the simple tagline: “See you on the 7th.”

The iPhone 7 is rumoured to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices.

Apple will also use this opportunity to reveal some new iOS 10 features as well as update us on the ones already revealed.

iOS 10 is likely we be available to the public on 14 September 2016

Siri coming to South Africa…

During Apple’s WWDC keynote address it was revealed that Siri would be coming to South Africa. No further information was provided leaving most people wondering what it actually meant.

MacOS Sierra has revealed some clues. If you are using a developer beta you will notice that the Siri Preference Pane has options to change the Language to South Africa and the voice to South Africa.

After some listening to Siri South Africa we started to wonder if it was the same person that did the Telkom voice… What do you think?

OS 10 lets you delete Apple apps you don’t want

The days of having a junk folder full of Apple-made apps you don’t want is finally coming to an end.

It appears that Apple made its first steps toward allowing iPhone and iPad users to delete stock apps today by making them available to download via the App Store.

The company didn’t announce the changes during its WWDC keynote, but after installing the first beta build of iOS 10, developers have discovered that apps like Maps, Contacts, Stocks, and others can now be deleted.

Here’s which apps are now on the chopping block:

Calculator
Calendar
Compass
Contacts
FaceTime
iTunes Store
Mail
Maps
Music
Notes
Podcasts
Reminders
Stocks
Tips
Videos
Voice Memos
Watch
Weather

In a new tutorial posted on its support site, Apple says that if you uninstall the Contacts app you won’t lose your contact information because it’s still stored in the Phone app. The News app will be removable in a new version of iOS 10.

Siri coming to South Africa in iOS 10

Apple announced iOS 10 at it’s WWDC keynote on Monday. Apple highlights the major features of  iOS 10 but did reveal some other features on a word cloud screen when summing up iOS 10.

Upon closer inspection you will see Siri for South Africa in the lower right corner.

It has been officially confirmed that Siri will be coming to South Africa in iOS 10

iOS 10, the stuff Apple didn’t mention

iOS 10 includes a number of changes that Apple neglected to mention in greater detail on stage during its WWDC 2016 keynote, including a new Wake Alarm in the Clock app, individualized read receipts, a new option in the Music app to optimize storage, and many other features outlined below.

Remove Stock Apps

iOS 10 enables users to remove the following built-in apps from the Home screen on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: 

 

• Calendar
• Compass
• Contacts
• FaceTime
• Find My Friends
• Home
• iBooks
• iCloud Drive
• iTunes Store
• Mail
• Maps
• Music
• News
• Notes
• Podcasts
• Reminders
• Stocks
• Tips
• Videos
• Voice Memos
• Watch app
• Weather

The apps are now available as standalone downloads on the App Store, meaning that Apple can issue updates for each app independent of iOS updates. 

If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, removing an app from your Home screen also removes that app from your Apple Watch. 

Removing apps can unsurprisingly impact related functionalities such as CarPlay and Notification Center widgets.

Wake Alarm

A new Bedtime tab has been added to the Clock app with a Wake Alarm function that can help you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. When enabled, the recurring wake-up alarm will remind you when it is time to sleep, track how many hours you slept, and provide detailed sleep analysis. 

Individual Read Receipts

Read receipts can be toggled on a per-person or per-conversation basis on iOS 10, rather than be simply turned on or off entirely. 

Music Storage Optimization

Other Stuff 

• New wallpaper 
• Game Center has been removed
• “Avoid Tolls” toggle in Apple Maps 
• Control Center now supports 3D Touch 
• Settings has new 3D Touch shortcut for Cellular Data
• Tweaked “back to” icon in Status Bar