Apple finally confirmed all the circulating rumours by announcing the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and 4K Apple TV. Face ID, Portrait Lighting, Dual Optical Image Stabilisation and Apple Heart Study were some of our favourite features. The pricing was not one of them. The MacMen run down all of the details for you.
Apple has sent invites for their September iPhone event to members of the press. The event is to be held on 10am, Tuesday September 12 PDT. For our listeners in Australia, this equates to 3am Wednesday 13th September Australian Eastern Standard Time. The event will be the first held at Apple’s new campus, in the Steve Jobs Theatre.
Gestures are set to change the way we interact with our iPhones, according to a report from Bloomberg. With the rumoured absence of a home button, the report states that a user will unlock the phone by swiping up a thin bar from the bottom of the screen.
Apple may release a “Galaxy Note 8” sized iPhone with 6.4” OLED display next year, if a new report from South Korea’s ETNews is to believed. The phone would be even larger than the Galaxy Note 8, but with almost no bezels, the physical size of the device would be similar to the current iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple is pushing for $20 4K movies in iTunes, whilst film studios are pushing for $25 - $30. In the lead up to the rumoured 4K APPle TV announcement, Apple are said to be scrambling to strike deals with movie studios regarding the pricing of 4K movies. Apple wants to continue charging $19.99 for 4K movies, which is the same price currently charged for HD films.
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An eagle-eyed resident of California has spotted one of Apple’s Lexus SUVs recently, sporting a brand new LIDAR set up. The LIDAR systems on the car are designed to send out laser beams to allow the car to accurately detect its surroundings, essentially creating a 3D map of the environment around the vehicle. GPS, wheel sensors, and cameras are all used to assist in the self-driving functionality.
Samsung mobile president, DJ Koh, has told CNBC last week that Samsung is working on a smart speaker. "Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it," Koh said. He went on to say, "As I mentioned I wanted to provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and I want to be moving quite heavily on it." Google Assistant has been launched on iOS in Australia, Germany, France and the UK. The Google Assistant is 137 megabytes in size and requires iOS 9.1 or later. It is compatible with iPad, along with the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Samsung has announced its Galaxy Note 8 at an event in New York last week. It features a 6.3” AMOLED display, with no side bezels, though it does have small bezels at the top and bottom. It features a dual-12MP camera set up, with one wide angle and one telephoto lens. Like the S8, it will have facial recognition, and Iris Scanning as ways to unlock the phone. A fingerprint scanner remains on the back of the phone.
Apple has had a class action complaint filed against them in January, and appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday to argue that it shouldn’t be held liable for iPhone related distracted driving accidents. Julio Ceja, a resident of California, filed the complaint after being involved in an accident where the another driver was texting on an iPhone. Ceja complained that Apple should lock drivers out of their device completely whilst the vehicle is in motion.
Apple have shared a new video series, highlighting the iPad and iOS 11. The promotional series of videos covers features such as multi-tasking, the new dock, the new Files app, signing documents, and mark up with the Apple Pencil. iOS 11 is expected to be released within the next month, shortly prior to the upcoming iPhone launch.
A new feature discovered in the latest version of iOS 11 beta features the ability to disable Touch ID through the SOS feature. By pressing the sleep/wake button five times on an iPhone, the SOS screen appears, where you can see your Medical ID, or make a call to emergency services. If you cancel out of that screen, your passcode is needed to reactivate Touch ID. The feature is not advertised, and is being called by some the “Cop Button”, in response to authorities using force to unlock iPhones using a suspect’s fingerprint.
Apple have set aside a ONE BILLION DOLLAR War Chest for Hollywood programming, according to the Wall Street Journal last Wednesday. This amount should see Apple produce as many as 10 television shows over the next year. Hollywood veterans Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who used to preside over Sony Pictures Television, are supposedly in control of the budget. Currently, Apple have released two television shows through Apple Music: Carpool Karaoke and Planet of The Apps.
Lachlan flies solo today, and discusses the dummy models of the iPhone 8 that have been circulating, how the Home Button might work on a Home Buttton-less iPhone, and an unusual song climbing the iTunes Charts.
With the launch of the next wave of iPhones expected next month, dummy models made of leaked design information have begun circulating amongst YouTubers and media outlets. MacRumors made a hands on video of the iPhone 8, highlighting features such as the edge to edge screen, vertical camera layout, and glass back, which will help to enable wireless charging. Whilst the look and features of the phone are not confirmed, they do line up with leaked specifications, CAD drawings, and information pulled from the HomePod firmware.
More information gained from the HomePod firmware includes a feature that will see the Home Button on the iPhone 8 be resizable, and the ability to be completely hidden. The iPhone 8 is expected to lose any sort of physical home button, and it would make sense that Apple would make the virtual home button contextual.
An unusual song is climbing the charts on iTunes currently. Titled, “a a a a a very good song”, the track is completely silent. Created by Samir Mezrahi, the track is being used for people that have their car autoplay their Music library alphabetically. The track goes for 10mins, and reached #44 on the US iTunes charts
Apple last week seeded an over-the-air firmware file for the HomePod, revealing that it will run essentially a full version of iOS, albeit slightly modified. Within this, developers have discovered references to many features that seem to correlate to unreleased devices, such as the iPhone 8 and upcoming Apple TV.
Some of the iPhone 8 features within the leaked file include the ability to record video in 4K at 60 frames per second, information about the use of facial recognition, and an icon of the iPhone 8, revealing the look of the device.
The unreleased Apple TV is said to be able to play movies in 4K, and both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
It’s unlikely that Apple intended this information to be released, even to developers, before they had made any announcements about these features themselves.
John Gruber, of “Daring Fireball”, reports that the Apple Watch will have an “All-New Form Factor” this year, though he clarifies this this information comes from “an unconfirmed little birdie, though, so I wouldn’t bet the house on it.”
Bloomberg reports that the third generation Apple Watch will include its own LTE, meaning that it can be untethered from the iPhone. This will allow the Apple Watch to send messages, stream music, download apps and generally connect to the internet without the need for an iPhone.
Apple’s stock opened at an all-time high of $159.52 last Wednesday, and a market cap of nearly $830 billion, moving closer to becoming a trillion dollar company.
South Australia have agreed to Elon Musk’s offer of building the world’s biggest lithium ion battery, including the condition of having it built in 100 days, or it’s free. The array will be capable of an output of 100 megawatts of power at a time, and the battery will be able to store 129 MW hours of energy. If used at full capacity, it would be able to provide its maxiumum output for more than an hour.
On this episode of MacMen, Rob and Lachlan discuss PayPal’s CEO saying Apple will struggle with Apple Pay person to person payments, Dexcom CEO says watchOS 4 is a game changer for diabetes management devices, Scott Forstall speaks publicly about Apple for the first time since he was ousted from the company, and Malcolm Turnbull wants big tech companies to co-operate to fight terrorism.
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The MacMen deconstruct Apple's 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference. On this episode, all of Apple's newly announced hardware, including the iMac Pro, HomePod, the 10.5" iPad Pro, as well as updates to the MacBook family, iMacs and iPads. This week's Gadget of the Week is an Apple Watch.