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Facebook & Twitter provide a great place to get your daily dose, but here is October’s Update.

 

 

Pro iPhones & iPads need Pro Headphones.

So Apple decided to continue to utilise the word Pro in its new high-end products with two new audio products being released during October.

Both had a very small fanfare, no keynote, no preview, just a lot of leaks before the products appeared on their relative Stores.

AirPods Pro

Apple has announced a major upgrade to the AirPods, only seven months after the last one

These are much more than the slight tweak of the AirPod2 release, We now have a revamped design, ANC (Active Noise Cancelation), EarBud attachments (with 3 sizes of tips), IP4X Water Resistance, transparency mode & a new price point.

So the design is more rounded & with additional grills which allow Air to pass through, so you don’t feel like you’re underwater.

They now come with EarBuds so should allow them to fit in those peoples ears who they didn’t stay in before with 3 sizes of tips to help make a nice tight seal so they don’t fall out whilst running.

Whilst we are running, you will be glad to know that they are now iP4X Water-resistant, which means sweat proof & rainproof.

The case has been redesigned, it is like the old one but flipped on its side to allow the chunkier shorter buds fit in nicely, you can still wirelessly charge it like the 2 or use a lightning cable.

The Active Noise Cancelation finally brings Apple’s stock earbuds up to date with what most £200+ headphones have had for a few years, & early reviews suggest it gives a fair amount of cancellation from the outside world, utilising the Microphones to block the outside noises & allow you to focus on your music. However, if you wish to have the best of both worlds Apple has a Transparency Mode, which allows you to get the Microphones to help you hear what is nearby & your music so you don’t miss your train stop or are aware of traffic nearby.

AirPods Pro are available now for £249.

Beats Solo Pro

Much like the Earbuds, these headphones are long overdue.

The Beats Solo range is Beats most popular headphones to date shipping over 30 Million of the Solo 3’s. These are the ones that you see on the train, on the bus & walking down the high street.

But they too were missing the industry standard feature of ANC.

So what’s new. An improved sound, a better quality of materials, only come in Matte colours, ANC & Transparency mode & Fast charging.

So the ANC is slightly better with these headphones over the AirPods & that’s down to the seal the cup makes around your ears, some early reviewers have reported that the headphones clamp down on your head to ensure the best seal possible, but that may just be individual heads.

They also come with Transparency mode to allow you to hear the outside world with pass-through of conversations, this can be switched on by the little button on the side.

They are always on when unfolded & always off when folded. Which will help with the people who accidentally forget to turn them off after use, but what about those who have headphones over neck before use. Well, Apple/Beats have made it so the headphones go into a lower power mode when they are not playing music.

Talking of battery life. 22 Hours of ANC & Transparency mode & 40 Hours if you switch those features off. So if you have an hour commute every day, these will last you a good month with these ANC off & if you run out of battery you can plug them into any lightning cable & 10 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playtime.

The sound quality on Beats improved dramatically with the PowerBeats 3 Pro & these come with a very similar soundstage & acoustics, gone are the days of Beats headphones being very base heavy.

Beats Solo Pro are available for £249 in a variety of Matte Colours.

Apple News + Newsstand = Apple News +

Back in the days of the iPhone 4, Apple rolled out an app called NewsStand a way to read magazine & newspaper subscriptions on your iPhone / iPad / Mac & it worked so for a short period when that was how people were utilising their information intake.

It was switched within the News app around 2015 when iOS 9 introduced that & a lot of the functionality was switched off.

Well, now Apple has launched an all “New” service called Apple News +.

Which is a subscription-based service which allows you to read up to 150 titles on your iPhone \ iPad \ Mac.

It does work slightly differently, previously in Newsstand, you paid a subscription to the magazines or newspapers you wished to read individually.

Now you pay £9.99 a month & get to read everything, including past editions of such copies as The Times and The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan UK, Elle UK, Esquire UK, FourFourTwo, Empire, Hello!, Cyclist, Grazia, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Vox, EVO, Heat, House Beautiful, Men’s Health UK, Women’s Health UK, MoneyWeek, Q, Bloomberg Businessweek, Harper’s Bazaar, National Geographic, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Saveur, The Atlantic, The Cut and Vox.

Apple News+ is available today in the UK for £9.99 a month. Customers can sign up for a free one-month trial, and the plan automatically renews after the trial ends.

AppleTV + & Chill

So you might have heard of something called Spotify, Apple didn’t want to miss out, so made Apple Music.

Equally, you might have used or heard of an Amazon Echo, so Apple made the HomePod.

When Netflix took over the way we watch TV & Movies Apple decided to set up Apple TV +

It is available on all your Apple portable devices, not just your Apple TV, via your Apple TV app. which comes pre-installed on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and iPod touch and will soon be on Mac with macOS Catalina. The Apple TV app is also available on select Samsung smart TVs, and will come to Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future. Customers can also sign up and watch Apple TV+ originals on the web at tv.apple.com.

Much like Netflix & Amazon Prime video, they will have exclusives & Apple TV only series with more added each month.

Actors of note involved in some of the initial launch package are Jason Momoa, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Oprah Winfrey, M. Night Shyamalan, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts.

Apple TV+ will be available on the Apple TV app for £4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial starting November 1 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, Apple TV (3rd generation), iPod touch and Mac. To subscribe to Apple TV+, customers must update to iOS 12.3 or later, tvOS 12.3 or later and macOS Catalina. The subscription will automatically renew at £4.99 per month at the end of the seven-day free trial.

MacPro coming soon?

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X with a new Metal engine that delivers performance gains across a wide range of Mac systems and takes advantage of the tremendous power of the all-new Mac Pro and the high-resolution, high-dynamic-range viewing experience of Apple Pro Display XDR. Apple is also releasing updates to Motion and Compressor that feature the same modern Metal engine with performance optimisations for Mac Pro and support for Pro Display XDR.
Metal-Powered Performance
This update to Final Cut Pro delivers a new Metal-based engine that improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, real-time effects and exporting on Metal-compatible Mac computers. Video editors with 15-inch MacBook Pro, the most popular system for Final Cut Pro users, will benefit from a performance that’s up to 20 percent faster, while editors using iMac Pro will see gains up to 35 percent.
Sidecar Support with Catalina
Final Cut Pro works with the innovative new Sidecar feature of macOS Catalina that enables users to extend their Mac workspace by using iPad as a second display to show the browser or viewer. Video editors can use Sidecar with a cable or they can connect wirelessly for even greater flexibility — whether they are working on the go with a Mac notebook or in the edit suite with a Mac desktop.
Unprecedented Power with Mac Pro
Final Cut Pro will leverage the enormous power of Mac Pro, offering support for multiple GPUs and up to 28 CPU cores. This means that rendering is up to 2.9 times faster and transcoding is up to 3.2 times faster than on the previous-generation 12-core Mac Pro. And Final Cut Pro utilises the new Afterburner card for unparalleled performance when working with ProRes and ProRes RAW — the groundbreaking format from Apple that combines the image quality and flexibility of RAW video with the performance of ProRes. This allows editors to simultaneously play up to 16 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video or work in cutting-edge 8K resolution with support for up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video.
Dynamic Range to the Extreme with Pro Display XDR
With a massive 32-inch, Retina 6K display, P3 wide colour and extreme dynamic range, Pro Display XDR provides an immersive and true-to-life viewing experience. Final Cut Pro users can view, edit, grade and deliver high dynamic range video with 1,000 nits of full screen sustained brightness, 1,600 nits peak brightness and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Pro Display XDR easily connects to the Mac through a single Thunderbolt cable, and pros using Final Cut Pro on Mac Pro can simultaneously use up to three Pro Display XDR units — two for the Final Cut Pro interface and one as a dedicated professional reference monitor.
Additional New Features in Final Cut Pro 10.4.7
  • Grade high dynamic range video with enhanced colour mask and range isolation tools.
  • View high dynamic range video tone-mapped to compatible standard dynamic range displays when using Final Cut Pro, Motion or Compressor on macOS Catalina.
  • Select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.
Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor, also benefit from the new Metal-based render engine, resulting in improved playback and accelerated graphics. Both apps are designed to take advantage of multiple GPUs and up to 28 CPU cores in Mac Pro, tap into the power of Afterburner and support professional HDR workflows on Pro Display XDR.
Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 is available today as a free update for existing users, and £299.99 for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4.4 and Compressor 4.4.5 are also available today as free updates for existing users, and £49.99 each for new users on the Mac App Store.

A New Mountain to Master

Apple released a new version of macOS, Catalina, at the beginning of October & it features Apple Arcade on Mac, All-New Entertainment Apps and Sidecar, which Expands Mac Workspace with iPad.

Apple Arcade

If you want to play the Apple Arcade game that drained your iPhone battery for a bit longer whilst you charge it back up. Well power your MacBook on & carry on exactly where you left off.

With a subscription to Apple Arcade for £4.99 per month, users get unlimited access to an unprecedented catalogue of games on Mac, all of which can also be played on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. On Mac, games can be played with keyboard and trackpad or mouse, and many games support controllers as well, including Xbox Wireless Controllers with Bluetooth and PlayStation DualShock 4.

Apple Arcade subscribers get the full version of every game including all updates and expansions, without any ads or additional in-game purchases. Instead of paying upfront for each game, subscribers can download any Apple Arcade game right from the Mac App Store’s brand-new Arcade tab. From action and adventure games to party and puzzle games, Apple Arcade features games for players of all ages, so everyone can find something they’ll love. The service is launching with a 30-day free trial and a single subscription includes access for up to six family members with Family Sharing. The full catalogue of 100 games will be available in the weeks ahead, with more games to come every month, including exciting new action, adventure, RPG, racing and strategy games.

iTunes is Dead, long live the 3 apps that replace it
Three all-new apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV— replace iTunes and make it easy and fun to discover and enjoy music, TV shows, movies and podcasts on Mac. The new Music app is fast and features over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos. Users will have access to their entire music library and new music can still be purchased from the iTunes Store.
Apple Podcasts offers more than 700,000 shows in its catalogue and the option to automatically be notified of new episodes as soon as they become available. The app also features new show categories, curated collections and advanced search tools to allow users to search episodes by current events, people and even phrases.
The Apple TV app brings together different ways to find and watch movies and TV shows into one powerful app and features Apple TV channels, personalised recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to browse, buy or rent. And now Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will also be available in the Apple TV app for Mac starting November 1.
Much Much More
  • macOS Catalina brings Screen Time to Mac for the first time, providing insight into how users are spending time with apps and websites.
  • Mac Catalyst, a new technology that lets app developers easily build Mac versions of their shipping iPad apps.
  • Sidecar feature extends a user’s Mac workspace by using iPad as a second display, allowing them to spread out their work.
  • The new Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single, easy-to-use app on Mac, iPad and iPhone. Find My can help users locate a missing Mac even if it’s offline and sleeping by sending out Bluetooth signals that can be detected by Apple devices in use nearby, and then relaying the detected location of the Mac to iCloud so a user can locate it in the Find My app.
  • Photos feature a beautiful new browsing experience that intelligently showcases the user’s best pictures.
  • Safari has an updated start page that uses Siri Suggestions to elevate frequently visited sites, bookmarks, iCloud tabs, Reading List selections and links sent in Messages.
  • Mail-in macOS Catalina adds the ability to block email from a specified sender, mute an overly active thread and unsubscribe from commercial mailing lists.
  • Notes now has a brand new Gallery View, more powerful search tools and additional collaboration options.
  • Reminders has been redesigned with an all-new user interface that makes it easier to create, organize and track reminders.

macOS Catalina is available today as a free software update for Macs introduced mid-2012 or later.

iOS13.2

September the 19th was less than 50 days ago. but in those 42 days, we’ve already had 5 revisions to the initial iOS13 software. Including 3 within 6 days.

So what’s new in iOS13.2

Well obviously it will help utilise all the above new products & features that Apple will only utilise the latest software with, so if your buying AirPodPros make sure you update.

So we have Deep Fusion, Video Settings, Emojis & lots of new security & privacy features…

iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion, an advanced image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture images with dramatically better texture, detail, and reduced noise in lower light, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Additional features include updated and additional emoji, Announce Messages for AirPods, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.

Camera
  • Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture multiple images at various exposures, run a pixel-by-pixel analysis, and fuse the highest quality parts of the images together resulting in photos with dramatically better texture, details, and reduced noise, especially for mid to low light scenes
  • Ability to change the video resolution directly from the Camera app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
Emoji
  • Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender-neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji
AirPods support
  • Announce Messages with Siri to read your incoming messages aloud to your AirPods
  • AirPods Pro support
Home App
  • HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
  • HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home
Siri
  • Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store the audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings
This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from auto-filling in 3rd party apps
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search
  • Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved
  • Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear
  • Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings
  • Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher

Make sure you update via OTA on your device or via Music/iTunes on your computer.

Rumour Has It

So let’s finish the news with the Rumour mill.

Apple rumours are constant & wide-ranging, between from developing a driverless car to creating an iRing.

The ones that are listed below are more substantial & have been reported by several trusted sources. It doesn’t mean they are going to happen, but have a greater possibility.

MacPro due VERY Soon

So this isn’t a rumour, Apple is releasing a beast of a MacPro & it is going to cost a lot of money, however people are itching for this machine to be released.

So hearing that the machine has received FCC approval, which is a necessary step for a company to launch a new consumer product.

Will it release before Christmas?

MacBook Keyboard replacing

So Apple thought the new keyboard on the 2015 / 2016 Macbook would change the world, it got stuck, unfortunately.

So According to renowned Apple reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on a New Scissor Switch keyboard ready for new MacBooks coming in 2020.

Will that keyboard be on the 16″ MacBook?

So ever since the infamous 2011 17″ MacBook was plagued with GPU issues which despite other repairers offering “Permanent fixes” can only be rectified by Software alone for a relatively short-sighted solution, people have yearned for a larger MacBook Pro. Apparently, 15″ isn’t big enough.

So the rumours have swirled around for a few years but the best way to know if Apple is up to something is to search code within their new software.

Low & behold in macOS Catalina Beta an image/icon depicting the new 16″ MBP was found.

Rumours stated it would be here before the end of October, however so we keep waiting.

2020 iPhone

So the iPhone 11, Pro & Max have only just been released but rumours are already rife about next years phone.

Apple usually follows a Tick Tock approach to design, the Tick usually being a large update such as the iPhone X the tock a much more subtle update such as the S line of products. However, they’ve fallen off this since the X & have essentially had the same design as the X with very small iterations since.

So what do the rumours for next years say, well possibly the following?

No More Notch, a Full OLED Screen with 120hz refresh rate, with all that beautiful sensor gubbins squeezed up above, an under the screen fingerprint scanner bringing back TouchID,  5G functionality for a network that isn’t really fit for purpose yet & possibly the ditching of a lightning cable in turn of USB C.

All we know is we already want it…

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