Apple is about to kick off its most important event in years.
The company is expected to announce new iPhones — including a high-end device, potentially called the iPhone X — plus a new Apple Watch and Apple TV device, and maybe some more information about its HomePod speakers. It’s the first-ever press event at the company’s new Steve Jobs Theater, part of its recently opened Apple Park “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, Calif.
The keynote kicks off today, Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 10 am PT, 1 pm ET. (That’s 6 pm in London and 1 am Wednesday in Hong Kong.) Recode will be in attendance, and will cover the event — click here for the latest. Other live coverage options include The Verge and Six Colors.
Apple plans to livestream the event on its website and via its devices, but you’ll need to use one that’s compatible with its livestreaming technology. These include: “iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 9.0 or later, a Mac with Safari on macOS v10.11 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.” You can also use an Apple TV streaming device, provided it’s a second- or third-generation device with software 6.2 or later or the latest, fourth-generation Apple TV.
Apple is finally slated to reveal the highly-anticipated deluxe anniversary iPhone on Sept. 12, and you will want to buy it immediately — but the sticker price could wind up dampening your excitement for the phone’s next-gen features.
Leaker Benjamin Geskin tweeted out a pricing tier for the new iPhones, citing information from a friend who has a friend at Apple.
A New York Times report also backed the idea of a starting price “around $999,” for the iPhone, citing anonymous sources who had been briefed on the device. That’s a much more reliable report than just the whispers of friend of a friend — but others aren’t so convinced that Apple will ask such a high price for a phone.
UBS analysts Steven Milunovich and Benjamim Wilson wrote in an investors note that they “questioned the logic” of Apple putting such a premium on an iPhone. They claim instead that the company will roll out the deluxe device at a $900 starting point for a 64GB model, with a 256GB version eclipsing the $1,000 mark.
The analysts also noted that Apple typically takes some cues from its competitors, and with Samsung’s latest offerings starting well under $1,000 — the new Galaxy Note 8 starts at $930 unlocked — there’s little incentive for Apple to set the bar any higher.
None of these projections questioned the features expected in the deluxe iPhone, which include a new edge-to-edge OLED display, a nearly bezel-free screen with no home button, and a new sensor system for facial recognition.
Speculation over the price of the iPhone is nothing new for the rumor cycle, with reports flying about the extra costs for as long as there have been rumors about a new OLED screen. Now that we’re a week away from the big reveal, however, those projected costs are all the more pressing, since we’re finally closer to getting a shot to put down the cash for one of our own.
While Apple has been slow to adopt virtual reality in its gadgets (the company has virtually nothing on that front so far), there’s a chance that the company might at least jump on the augmented reality bandwagon.
Business Insider, quoting a person familiar with the matter, says Apple plans to build AR features into the iPhone’s camera app.
To achieve this, Apple is reportedly working with several AR startups, as well as teams from AR/VR companies Metaio and Flyby Media which it had acquired in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
In terms of features, this could mean pointing your phone’s camera to an object in the real world and have it recognized — a feature that sounds similar to the one offered by AR startup Blippar. Another possible feature would be face recognition and manipulation; similar features can be seen today on Snapchat and Facebook-acquired Masquerade.
Once the features are built into the iPhone’s camera, Apple plans to release an SDK so that third party developers can tap into the technology and create AR apps of their own.
No timeline for any of these features is mentioned in the report.
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Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” Those words were spoken by Steve Jobs when he unveiled the iPhone in 2007.
He was partially right.
While it was the iPhone that jumpstarted the smartphone industry, it was the introduction of the first third-party apps a year later that really unlocked the potential of this new class of device.
When we set out to pick the 100 best iPhone apps of all time, our intention wasn’t to simply do a list of the most useful or entertaining apps currently available. Just as a great teacher in your youth may have helped shape who you are today, groundbreaking apps of the past have had tremendous impact on the iPhone experience, even if their influence may have since waned or faded entirely.
Ranking them was even more of a challenge. After whittling the list down to 100, we rated each app on its design, usefulness and cultural impact. We also took into account App Store data provided by analytics firm App Annie. Here’s a full breakdown of our methodology.
Though many names on this list are familiar, there are some surprises, too. These are the viral hits, the games we couldn’t put down, the utilities that helped us master our workday, the apps that burned brightly and then faded away, the ones that first made the iPhone feel like magic — and those that still do.
Check out the list here.
In their never-ending push to make pins more, and more useful, Pinterest has launched the ability to buy apps for your iPad and iPhone directly from pins. It’s curated (of course), and if you’re using Pinterest on your device, you’ll have the ability to “install” directly from there. No more middle man…Or middle app… required.
As if we weren’t aware that we’re all obsessed with our phones here’s the data to back it up. Read full article here.