Just announced on Apple's webpage, they'll be hosting a keynote live on September 7th, 2016 at 10am PDT. You can add a reminder to your calendar at Apple.com and tune in to this event via live streaming. Please note that the HLS technology Apple is running this live stream on will require
"an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation)."
As usual, the Apple event this year will feature all of Apple's newest products (i.e. MacBook Pro overhaul maybe?) including, yes, the iPhone 7! For those looking into purchasing the iPhone 7, discovering new features and perhaps a mighty explanation as to why there is no headphone jack, you'll probably want to tune into this or check back on this post as we update with all of the event details on 9/7.
For those who are not up to date with Apple news, Apple just hosted their WWDC keynote address this past Monday in San Francisco. They brought a lot of game changers to the table for Apple users, marking their iOS 10 as their newest and greatest release. Apple announced a few changes but most notably their features and OS across different products, along with Siri, will get a nice new update.
In the market for an iPhone? Check Walmart or Best Buy! We once found an manufacturer refurbished iPhone 6s Plus in Rose Gold for around $550. You can also check with your cell phone provider for upgrade options which is a popular option with T-Mobile and AT&T users.
We’ve read through many of their updates so here’s a neat breakdown of what’s coming to the new OS, listicle style, for your easy viewing.
Apple… hardcore targeting millennials eh? Just kidding. Their new updates specifically highlight a major revamp of their iMessage. iMessage is a simple yet beloved feature for iPhone users and some associates of mine label it as iPhone’s holy grail (probably a stretch but it’s fine).
The new iOS means iMessage will now have all the fun and interactive features you’ve been getting from messenger apps like Facebook, Snapchat and WeChat. Stickers, GIFs, drawings, all sorts of things popping up in your private or group messaging window, pop up sticker tap backs (a la Facebook) and you can even tap certain words to replace (very easily) with friendly emojis. iMessage can also access your apps. So basically everything we now have access to but on iMessage. Some spiffy examples below:
And none for Android users, bye (also, sorry).
Next, Apple Maps. It really truly sucks doesn’t it? I bet the life of both my small pinkie toes that the majority of iPhone or iPad users still rely heavily on Google Maps or Waze for navigation. Apple maps has been wonky with directions and their traffic, satellite and transit features are not nearly as accurate as Google Maps. Well anyways, Apple noticed.
The new Apple maps is getting a complete redesign. In addition to a new look and feel, here a couple new things you will be able to do with the new Apple Maps:
Book rides from on-demand car companies like Uber and Lyft
Pay with Apple Pay
Make reservations to restaurants
Search for places around you
Will be available on CarPlay which will enable access from car’s display
Finally, Siri. Ah, Siri. It’s like talking to a neglectful lover really. Again, Google Voice dominates here. Google’s voice recognition and geo location features makes an actual conversation possible between you and your phone. From my experience, it has been pretty darn accurate too. Apple is making ways to change all this. Updates coming to Siri:
Biggest yet, Siri will now be opening up to app developers = you can now ask Siri to call for Uber, search through Youtube, search photos and bring up other app functions on your device
Siri will be available for desktop users
There have been rumors of Apple bringing live TV for a while, but looks like it’ll happen via the Sling TV app for now. Apple TV fans, you can now get the Sling TV app! According to Cnet,
“The Sling TV app will only be available on the new Apple TV box that launched in 2015, not the older $70 Apple TV that came out in 2012.”
While the price is decent for Sling, you won’t have access to all the most popular channels but those are optional add-ons that you can purchase at an added fee. Another downside is the inability to record or watch on multiple devices.
How do you feel about these updates? Pretty nifty or just taste like bland cereal? We’ve only covered (what we felt) were new and exciting changes coming to iPhone. Apple also revealed some new features for macOS Sierra (which further defines how Siri functions on desktop), watchOS, and tvOS. You can check all these new features out at Apple.com.