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Deleting music from your iTunes should be pretty easy, but the hoo-hah as been so loud about U2 appearing on people’s devices without being asked, Apple have had to make a token gesture.
Some of the more hysterical sorts have been screaming their lungs through their noses with things like “IF THEY CAN PUT A U2 ALBUM IN EVERYONE’S PHONE, IMAGINE WHAT ELSE THEY CAN PUT IN THERE?!?!?! AAAAARGH!!!!” while other people have shrugged and thought ‘nice idea, but I don’t like U2.’
Well, Apple have released a new tool which allows people to remove U2′s new album from their iTunes library with greater ease.
While it was always possible to remove the album yourself, this new thing is a one-click job, which means that should appease a few lunatics out there.
Apple have also set up a support website to guide people through this difficult time.
After weeks of speculation and rumours and unboxing videos and all that, Apple have finally revealed a bunch of stuff. The key bit of that stuff being the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus at their launch event in Cupertino, California.
The new handsets have bigger screens, general upgrading of internal bits and bobs, along with a new look and feel.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 Retina HD screen capable of displaying more than 1 million pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Retina HD panel that displays over 2 million pixels, 185% more than the iPhone 5S. They’re slimmer than previously, and measure 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively.
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are powered by Apple’s A8 chip, which has 2 billion transistors, making it up to 25% faster than the iPhone 5S, with twice as much graphical prowess.
There’s also new M8 motion processor built in, for fitness tracking, as well as a barometer to measure altitude through air pressure – because we’ve been desperate for that.
The larger phone will provide 24 hours of 3G talking time and the smaller only offers 14 hours. Oh and there’s only 80 and 50 hours of audio playback on them respectively. They also support Wi-Fi speeds of up to three times faster than before. Fancy that.
DON’T PANIC THERE’S STILL A CAMERA.
It’s an 8 megapixel thing offering digital image stabilisation along with now an optical image stabilisation. They can record HD video at 1080 and 60 frames per second. It also features New Focus Pixels for phase-detection and autofocus, like an SLR. A FaceTime HD camera is on the front, with an all-new sensor and a larger f/2.2 aperture that allows in 81% more light than its predecessor on the iPhone 5S.
As previously rumoured, an NFC payments affair is launching alongside the new iPhones, allowing users to make contactless payments, but only the Yanks are getting that for now. Not to mention that contactless payments are nothing new and loads of phones already have it.
The iPhone 6 will be available in gold, silver and space grey, with prices starting at £539 for a 16GB model, running up to £699 for 128GB. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus comes in the same colours, costing £619 for the 16GB model, £699 for 64GB and £789 for 128GB. They’ll both be available to pre-order on September 12th, and will be released in the US and eight other countries on September 19th.
And then. THEN. Apple announced the launch of their first wearable – the Apple Watch.
The key feature of the watch is a ‘digital crown’ on side of it. This allows the user to scroll through and browse the features on it. The phone can detect when you’re either touching it or pressing it, and these subtleties open up extra layers and settings within the watch.
Menus are made up of things called ‘Glances’ that are taken from first and third party applications. Swiping left and right will go through each Glance.
It already looks like people’s stubby fingers aren’t going to be able to work the digital crown. And digital crown sounds stupid. You are able to control music from your watch on your iPhone, and even access music stored locally with a glance.
There’s also something what Apple are calling the ‘Taptic engine’, which is a small vibrator in the watch as well as a waterproof speaker, giving you alerts without bothering the others. Phones that vibrate? That.
You can view these bits just by raising your wrist, and if for example, someone sends you a message, the watch will then work out, by reading the text, the simplest and quickest way of replying, so you don’t need to type in anything. WHICH IS SLIGHTLY CREEPY.
There are also customisable animated emojis! Great for those who have completely given up on language.
Siri’s in the watch now too, so it will literally be a bit Star Trek, and anyone seen talking into their wrist for the forseeable will be mugged.
There’s an in-built heartbeat reader than you can send it to your mates in an instant! You’ll be able to tweet from your watch, get directions back to your BMW i3.
Then there are the fitness apps, heart monitors and move ring, exercise ring and stand ring which all calculate how much time you’ve spent doing, um, moving, exercising and standing.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an exact release date for the device, but has set ‘early 2015′ for sale. They have, however, confirmed $349 as the starting price for the US.
And to top it all off, bloody U2 turned up at the end of the do and performed a new number. And then shoved a brand new album – ‘Songs of Innocence’ – onto iTunes for free.
The long player, their first for five years, has had no thought whatsoever put into the artwork! How thoughtful! The altruistic four piece were long rumoured to be doing something with Apple, and sadly, they did!
That bleedin’ Bono said: “From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose – so today is kind of mind-blowing to us. The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people… by hitting send. If only songwriting was that easy.”
“It’s exciting and humbling to think that people who don’t know U2 or listen to rock music for that matter might check us out. Working with Apple is always a blast. They only want to do things that haven’t been done before – that’s a thrill to be part of.”
So anyway: TWO new phones, a watch, contact less payment, a U2 album whether you want it or not and, oh yeah, iOS 8 will be with you on September 17 too.
There you go.
With Apple announcing some new things today (everything you need to know about that is here), Ikea are on-hand to gently troll them.
A man with greasy hair appears in the video, showcasing the newest, sleekest gadget on the block – Ikea’s ‘BookBook’. Tactile, no lag and all manner of things are crowed about.
Have a looklook.
This Ikea catalogue advert is a play on the way Apple do their adverts, complete with twinkling aspirational music, lots of tediously clean rooms and a bloke gawping at you like a born again Christian.
“The 2015 Ikea catalogue comes fully charged, and the battery is eternal,” says an exec named Jörgen Eghammer, also known as Chief Design Guru. “The navigation is based on tactile touch technology that you can actually feel.”
There’s been a lot of Apple parodies, but Ikea get a pat on the back for this one.
Everything is speculation and guesswork! Hurray!
Of course, there’s a lot of videos and images of the phone being leaked all over the internet, and we’ve been running speculative articles too, because we don’t want to be left behind on all that lovely internet traffic.
So with that, here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone.
One thing is for sure – the new iPhone will look exactly like you expect an Apple product to look like. It’ll have rounded corners and a colour scheme that apes ’70s science fiction films. As it is new, it’ll probably be slimmer and lighter too, because that’s what everyone does.
The new iPhone will probably be taller. Or wider. Or both. Phones are getting bigger again because consumers like pressing the touchscreen a lot. Apple would be mental to make a smaller phone, despite what people want.
The new iPhone may well have haptic technology. Haptic-ness has been a feature on phones for ages, so that’s not at all interesting.
Sapphire Crystal Display
Apple are going for a sapphire crystal display, which means it’ll be robust and hard to scratch. You’ll still break your phone when you’ve had too much to drink mind. It isn’t invincible. The new iPhone will, unquestionably, have a display. It might be curved, even though no-one is really hankering after a curved screen. Samsung’s curved screen effort didn’t set the world on fire did it? The new phone will have a better resolution too, because there’s no point releasing a new phone without being able to jizz on about the improved resolution.
Apple might give you a new operating system. They might not. Thing is, either way it doesn’t matter because if you buy a new iPhone, it’ll have it on whether you like it or not. Like everything else at the minute, it’ll probably focus on health apps. Basically, your new phone will tell you how dreadfully unfit you are.
All new phones brag about how ace the new camera is, so you can expect the new iPhone to be the same. We hear that it’ll have an 8MP camera with improved OIS. Your naked selfies are going to be warts and all from now on. Just don’t upload them to Apple’s iCloud, eh? Oh, and OIS means optical image stabilisation. It might have an interchangeable camera lens too as Apple got a patent for that.
Apple have a bunch of patents for a stylus. They might have an iPen with this new device. They probably won’t because a stylus on your phone makes you look more old-fashioned than a car-dealer wearing his Bluetooth earpiece in bed.
It’ll be expensive.
We’ve no idea. No-one outside of Apple does.
What of the security of our cloud accounts? And don’t worry, Daily Mail readers, we’re not talking about an actual cloud in the sky.
Well, Apple have peered out of the mess and conjecture and said that, while the celebrities’ iCloud accounts were “compromised”, there’s nothing wrong with the system as a whole.
In a statement released yesterday, they said that hackers stole private photographs from accounts using “a very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions”.
“None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”
So, in short, Apple are saying that, unless you’re an attractive famous person, you shouldn’t worry that anyone will come after you for your personal photos.
The FBI have said that they’re looking for the original hacker. If they find them, everyone knows that it won’t stop people trying to get all up in the business of famous people.
And furthermore, even if hackers or whatever don’t go after people’s things, no-one should worry about personal privacy because we collectively don’t have any to begin with, if we’re online.
Apple’s app store review guidelines have been updated and they now say: “If your app doesn’t do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.”
This isn’t the first time they’ve tried to tackle questionable content – a while ago, they binned an app which showed you the location of women around you that had checked into Foursquare.
“If your app looks like it was cobbled together in a few days, or you’re trying to get your first practice app into the store to impress your friends, please brace yourself for rejection,” they added.
“We have lots of serious developers who don’t want their quality apps to be surrounded by amateur hour.”
And what are you developers going to do about it? Cry to your mums? Apple aren’t fussed. They said that there’s no use ”running to the press” to “trash us” for rejecting apps, because that “never helps”.
Tough talk from a bunch of spotty hippies from California.
The iPhone 6 is going to include a new payments system allowing owners to pay in stores simply by tapping their phone on a reader.
And now it sounds like they’ve got the big guns on-board.
The iWallet app will allow users to pay for things like lattes and Wired magazine with their phones, using Near Field Communication (NFC), the technology is already widely used by credit cards for low cost payments.
The handset, which is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday 9th September, will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.
It is rumoured that it will also have a flexible, scratch-proof screen, which is good news for, well, everyone – especially you clumsy alcoholics who get in a lot of arguments where you feel the need to throw your phone around.
Apple is also expected to link the system to their iTunes store, which already holds customer’s payment details, so you’ll be buying Rene & Renato’s Greatest Hits in no time.
Most phones already do it as well, but hey ho.
Apple have been intentionally coy of late, leaving everyone else to fill column inches about what they might do next. Is it going to be their smartwatch?
Or will it be the new, larger iPad (which one reader brilliantly referred to as ‘the maxiPad, which we’re stealing and claiming as our own).
Whatever it is, Apple have gone from coy to downright flirty, sending out an invitation to all, with the date on it (9th September 2014) and a ‘wish we could say more’ on it. Of course, they could totally say more. They don’t want to. They’re like those awful people who put a status on a social network that says “Oh, something amazing has happened! Can’t say too much right now #excited”.
So there it is. Apple have, at least, given a date for their devoted fans to excited about (they’re going to book the day off work so they can watch a speech on the internet and make plans to buy some sleeping bags and deck chairs so they can queue up for Whatever It Is for a whole week while being filmed by a tech blog).
Either way, we look forward to people arguing about Apple being overpriced against “Shut up! It’s a luxury purchase! You cheapskates wouldn’t understand!”
We’ll just remind the rest of you that a phone really doesn’t define you as a person (unless you’re making nuisance calls with it, because that absolutely defines you as a person).
So. Is it a phone, tablet or wearable technology?
According to reports, Apple are launching a new iPad in the first part of 2015 with a new 12.9 inch screen.
This iPad size follows the 7.9 inch and 9.7 inch.
But don’t leap off a cliff just yet, an updated version of the 9.7 inch iPad and the mini will be in the shops by Christmas, according to Bloomberg.
The iPhone is now expected to increase to 5.5 inch screens, which should be announced at an event on September 9th.
And iPhones only scraped 35.2 million sales, short of the market predictions of 36 million.
Let’s all cross our fingers and hope things work out for them at this difficult time.
According to some people who probably should go outside occasionally, this date would keep things consistent with previous releases.
Of Apple’s new iPhone, there are rumoured to be two new models: a 4.7-inch handset, and a 5.5-inch version.
Other sources suggest that the handsets will include faster A8 processors and super-durable sapphire crystal displays, which are being billed as practically indestructible (but in reality, actually are).
The Apple logo (pictured) on the back of the phone may light up for notifications, meaning you’ll be able to put the handset face down and still get alerted to an incoming message when the ringer’s off. Which is, as you can imagine, A SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH.
Apple’s two main iPhone manufacturers—Foxconn and Pegatron—reportedly started mass producing the 4.7-inch model this month. It’s been reported that Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer of the rumoured 5.5-inch iPhone, work that’s supposed to start in September.
This has been given credence by the fact that Foxconn and Pegatron have been harvesting hundreds of new staff to compete with the inevitable demand.
And if you want to be an irritating flash git, luxury brand Brikk announced that it will offer 14 high-end versions of the expected 4.7-inch 128GB iPhone, including models constructed of 24-carat yellow gold, 24-carat pink gold, and pure platinum.
The government wants to make sure Apple’s products don’t contain tools to spy on state institutions.
The Russian proposal was made during a meeting between communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov and Apple’s general manager in Russia, Peter Engrob Nielsen.
Russia reckon it’s all perfectly cool and this move is to ensure the right of consumers and for state security interests.
Apple, unsurprisingly, aren’t too keen on the idea.
While it’s not unusual for non-profit and charitable organisations to offer up their source codes, as it lets other people in to help improve them. The majority tend to keep their codes confidential.
In a statement, Mr Nikiforov said Russian-ly: ”Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 and US intelligence services’ public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware.”
“Obviously, companies which disclose the source code of their programmes are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to establish cooperation with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products.”
That’s making Russia look all far out and liberal, eh readers? Especially with a “remains uncertain” when questioned about a company’s future if they failed to comply.
Mr Nikiforov has also asked for the source codes used by SAP, the world’s fourth-largest business software maker and Germany’s biggest tech company.
Oh, those Russians.
Apple will dripfeed everyone with their new operating system, Yosemite, as of tomorrow.
OS X Yosemite was announced in May, and now it will be available as a public beta test, which will kick off around 1pm EST (which is around 6pm in the UK). If you want to test it out, then hit this link and sign up.
So what’s new? Well, Yosemite will use translucency throughout the system, so if you didn’t like the ‘flat’ colourful UI design of iOS 7, you’ll probably hate this.
There’s also a thing called ‘Handoff’, where Yosemite and iOS 8 will work easier with each other. If you start work on your iPad, it’ll be simpler to pick up where you left off on your Mac (and vice versa). You’ll be able to answer phonecalls from your iPhone with Yosemite too.
There’s improvements to iCloud and the Mail app too, and AirDrop will now work between iOS and Mac devices.
There’s a load of other new things going on as well, but we advise that, if you’re really interested in all that, you let Apple tell you all about it, here. The short version is that Apple want to hook your iPhone up with your other devices in a way that is much easier for the user.
Smartwatch watchers, your hunch was correct. Apple have indeed been busy designing a smartwatch and were awarded a patent for a wrist-worn device with a touchscreen that can communicate with a smartphone.
The patent was submitted in 2011, but Apple’s secretive design manoeuvres mean that it wasn’t officially disclosed until yesterday.
On some of the documents, the device is called ‘iTime’ but as the name hasn’t been trademarked, it’s possible that idea has been ditched somewhere along the line.
The patent is for a device that can work either clipped into a wristband, or on its own.
But when connected to the wristband it turns into a smartwatch which includes ‘haptic sensors’ that mean you can control it with hand gestures (you probably know a number of ‘hand gestures’ you’d like to do at smartwatch wearers).
When will the watch finally appear? Who knows? But Apple say in the patent that there are: ‘continuing needs to make portable electronic devices smaller and more portable. There is also a continuing need to enhance functionalities of portable electronic devices.’
GET ON WITH IT THEN.
Which!!! pitted US prices against UK prices on 13 products, including TVs, games consoles, headphones and even computer software, and found that UK customers are getting the less fragrant end of the stick.
One Samsung TV was £402 more expensive in Britain, while a Macbook Pro 13 inch laptop was £194 more. Meanwhile, Xbox Ones and Playstation 4 cost £57 more than in the US. Software is also astronomical – Adobe Creative Cloud costs £114, and Microsoft Office is £89 more. And the list goes on…
Why? Well it’s not particularly clear. Which! attempted to contact a variety of companies to ask why Britain was paying over the odds and got nothing but mumbles, bumbles and fumbles. Most didn’t bother to reply, and Amazon said something incoherent about ‘different operating costs in each country.’
WTF, Richard Lloyd from Which!!!: “UK consumers are getting a raw deal by paying up to hundreds of pounds more for the same tech products on sale in the US.’ Manufacturers should play fair and explain why consumers are paying more for buying in the UK.”
Last July, we told you about Apple going to court for playing a central role in the price fixing of e-books.
We told you about the daytime ITV drama scenario of book executives meeting up in the private dining rooms of upscale New York restaurants, where they bitched about Amazon’s low prices and asking Apple what they could do about it. Apple pulled their best innocent face, but are now coughing up money.
Apple have agreed to pay $450-million to resolve the US State and consumer claims that they conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.
The settlement will provide $400-million for consumers, on the condition of the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling.
Apple will be holding out for the second ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York going in their favour. If they reverse the liability finding, they could reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million going to consumers.
Or they could eliminate payments altogether.
There could well be a lot of private dining rooms in New York getting booked, filled with executives and judges in the coming weeks, if you catch the drift?