STM Atlas iPad Pro case Review

The 12inch iPad Pro is a wonderful piece of kit. It has fast become one of my favourite pieces of Apple technology. However for the longest time it basically remained the iPad I kept at home. Both the cost of the darn thing and the insurmountable size of it made me nervous of taking it with me when I hit the road (in my case this is usually public transport as I sold my car last year). However with the recent addition of the Atlas iPad Pro case I have started to feel more comfortable taking this monstrous device out with me.

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Essential Apple Show 21: 1Password’s Chris De Jabet (pronounced Day-zhah-bay)

Now that all the fuss has died down, the world has come to terms with the demise of the headphone jack we can now start looking fowards the iPhone 10 and continue to wonder why has Apple left the Mac Pro untouched for 400 days.

Joining me this week is 1Password’s very own Communicator in Brief Chris De Jabet. We talk the new iPhone, new Apple Watch and go into the finer points of using 1Password, the introduction of the new subscription mode and find out more about the inner workings of Agile Bits.

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Ferrite Recording Studio Updates – Extract audio from Video and more bitrate exporting options.

Ferrite is perhaps the best way to record, edit and publish a podcast right from your iOS device and I make no secret of my liking for Ferrite. I’ve used it more than once to edit the Essential Apple podcast and recently did a whole show on the topic of producing a podcast just using an iPad (Ep 17: Nothing more than an iPhone). A new update is out with new features exclusively for paying customers and general free updates.

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Essential Apple Podcast 19: Don..gle… Forget About Me

What was more surprising, Mario coming to iOS, realtime iWorks colab or the removal of the headphone port? Either way it was one hell of an exciting Apple event with Phil Schiler taking up most of the screen time. We recorded our reactions right after the show in this episode of the Essential Apple Podcast.

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This weeks talking points:

Mario is coming to iOS

Holy crap – Mario coming to the App Store even if its just an auto runner in Portrait mode online. Aimed at one handed play, New battle mode called road rally. One price. No in app purchase.

iWork Realtime Colaboration demo by Susan Prescott.

  • Works with and Apple device and via browser.
  • Pics weren’t moved but looks interesting especially as quip was purchased by sales force.
  • Relase Date Anyone?

Apple Watch.

  • Second place to Rolex in terms of revenue.
  • Top selling smart watch.
  • Apple Watch comes top in JD power study. Apple is failing tho right because they dont have anything in the fitbit price range?

Up on stage is Jeff Williams to talk about Pokèmon go on Apple Watch but what was that small thing he dropped in that looked like a 3rd party product annoucement. Did that look a bit sheepish to anyone else?

Pokemon walks are now recorded as workouts.

Apple Watch series 2

  • Swim proof. Water resistant 50 meters.
    • Redesigned speaker system. Uses the speaker to eject the water.
    • 700 swimmers of all types to create an algorithm to measure pool swim and open water swim.
    • Pace. Distance and calorie burn. Tailors to you.
  • 2nd gen SIP
    • Dual core. 50% faster
    • Gpu. Up to 2x faster
    • Night sky running at 60 fps
  • New 2ng gen display
    • 1000 nits
    • Apples brightest display ever
  • Built in Gps
    • Gps accurate pace and distance.
    • Color codes map to show various speed.
  • New case
    • Aluminium. Stainless steel and ceramic!
    • 4 times harder than stainless steel.

No mention of battery life other than a trail demo and a mention of 5 hours walking time. Obviously thats from full charge. Wonder what battery life will be like after a day of normal usage. Partnered with Nike but that wont be out till October.

iPhone 7

  • High gloss black finish. It’s the Teflon edition.
  • Home button.
    • Force sensitive Taptic.
    • Programmable by third party apps.
  • Water and dust resistant.
    • Ip67 standard.
  • Camera
    • Optical image stab in all iPhone models
    • 1.8 aperture
    • 12 megapixel sensor 30% more efficient.
    • Quad led True Tone flash.
    • 100 billion operations in 25 milliseconds.
    • Imagine stability in Live Photos
    • Raw dmg files
    • 7mp FaceTime camera.
  • iPhone 7 plus camera
    • 2 x 12 mp camera.
    • One is wide angle one telephoto.
    • Zoom feature using 2 cameras
    • Up to 10x software zoom after 2x
  • Shadow depth of field.
    • Bokè
    • Used in portrait mode
    • Real time preview.
  • Best camera made in any smartphone.
  • Audio
    • Stereo speakers.
    • Top and bottom
    • 2 x louder w increase dynamic range.
  • EarPods
    • Lightning.
    • Dac.
    • Jbl reflex aware. Adaptive noise cancellation.
    • Adaptive. Lightning to mini phono free.
    • Courage to move on and do something that betters all of us.
    • Maintaining an ancient bit analogue connection.
    • A vision for how audio should work
  • Wireless
    • Apple air pods
    • New W1 chip
    • It sensors detect when in ear.
    • Motion accelerometer. Siri double tap.
    • Beam forming microphones.
    • 5 hours listening.
    • Charging case of 24 hours
    • Intelligent switching between devices.
    • Put EarPods near iPhone and they connect.
    • No pairing or un pairing.
    • New beats headphones beats solo 3 wireless. 40 hours
    • Power beats 3 wireless
    • Beats x (cheap ones)
  • Apple Pay
    • Japan FeliCa nfc comparability.
    • Apple Pay late October.
  • Performance
    • A10 fusion.
    • Four core cpu
    • 2 cores 40% faster than A9
    • 2 cores. High efficient running at 1/5 the power. Used for emails.
    • Apple designed performance controller.
    • Graphics six core graphics 50% faster than a9. 3x faster than a8
  • Battery
    • 2 hours longer than the 6 s
  • Installment plans.
    • iPhone upgrade program.
    • $32 a month
    • Available in U.K.
    • September 9th pre order. Shipping 1 week later.
  • EarPods at $159

And that about covers all we talked about. This week I’ve cheated on the show notes, using our colaborated notes from the event.

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Essential Apple Podcast 18: Apple Security New iCloud Options And External Graphics Cards

The team assemble once again this week to take a look at the last 7 days in the world of Apple in the unique, around a table in a pub style. Well we wish we were in the pub.

  • Apple fixes serious security flaw after UAE dissident’s iPhone targeted – Reuters
  • Apple Signs Deal With Cash Money Records – iClarified
  • EE to Offer 6 Months Of Apple Music To New And Upgrading Customers : EssentialApple.com
  • Apple Inc. Press Releases: Apple Music Festival to Light Up London with 10 Nights of Spectacular Performances This September – iGenius
  • 10 lesser known features in iOS 10
  • Apple debuts new 2TB iCloud storage option for $19.99 per month. Link 
  • Apple Quietly Acquired Personal Heath Data Startup Gliimpse – iPhone in Canada
  • By singling out Apple over taxes, Brussels is abusing its own rules – The Telegraph
  • Wolfe Kickstarter aims to bring external GPUs to MacBook Pro lineup – iThinkDifferent
  • Lord Myners criticises Government green light of ARM sale – The Telegraph

Nemos hardware store

CableJive

CableJive PowerPortz
high power car charge, dual USB car charge, 4 port USB, 4 iPad iPod iPhone Charge

CableJive DockXtender
Leave your case on when you dock

Essential Apple Podcast 017: On Nothing More Than Just An iPhone

A different show this week where I’m joined by a fellow Ferrite user, kyle from the Tabletop Champions podcast (iTunes) to talk through how it’s possible to record, edit and publish a podcast using your iOS device and the rather excellent Ferrite for iOS app

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If you have ever wondered about how to create, edit and publish a podcast using nothing more than your iPhone, iPad or iPod you’ll want to give this episode a listen we cover:

Equipment: The gear we use:
Recording : Dealing with multiple participants on a Skype calls and how to get everyone in synch. What file formats to use for both pre and post processing.

Editing: Normalisation, compression, filters, noise gates and some handy hints for editing with Ferrite.

Publishing. Hosting, stats and a solution for cost effective, unlimited podcast hosting.

We also talk Apple, those darn headphone rumours which won’t go away and some ideas for an OLED status bar.

Apps mentioned in the show

Ferrite: Ferrite combines the ease-of-use of a “voice memo” audio recorder, with a versatile multi-track editing studio — and powerful additional tools like effects & automation available when you need them.

WorkFlow: Workflow is your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Opinion: The world’s only easy to use podcast maker. Record, edit and publish online for free – ready for Twitter, Facebook, iTunes Podcast Directory, and any listening app!

Kyle’s Info:
Kyle, @Fung on Twitter
Edits @TabletopChamps and @TabletopGo
Tabletop Champions – “Real Play” 5th edition dungeons and dragons podcast

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EE to Offer 6 Months Of Apple Music To New And Upgrading Customers

Apple and UK mobile phone giant EE have stuck a deal to offer 6 months of Apple music free to new or upgrading users to the EE mobile network. People familiar with the matter have reported that the CEO of EE flew out to Cupertino to get the deal done.

At the time of writing an EE store employee, who for obvious reasons wanted to anonymous, reported that front line staff are already being briefed on the deal which will be completely seperate from Apple’s 3 month trial.

The 6 months free Apple music offer is due to roll out soon and what better timing with the Apple Music Festival at the RoundHouse London coming up on September 18 – 30.

6 months of Apple free Apple music dwarfs any free trail offeres from rivals Spotify and Pandora who offer free premium service trails for up to 60 days if you Google around and with EE having pretty decent 4G coverage and speeds around the UK buffering shouldn’t be too much of an issue but of course keep an eye on your data limits.

This deal follows hot on another deal where customers can get  6 months free BT sport.

Find out more on the EE.co.uk website about six free months of Apple music.

Essential Apple Podcast 016. I Can Sing A Rainbow Too…

Another week and another Apple round up. A fake iPhone gives Mark an idea, Barry’s waiting to record Parkopedia fall outs and Karl tries to keep us on track about this self driving car stuff. This week’s Worth A Chirp gives a shout out to customer service, Fitness and once again 1Password. 

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This Week’s Talking Points

  • Today’s iPhone 7 leak reveals sleek black handset – TrustedReviews
  • Apple Partners with Parkopedia, Allowing Users to Find Parking Spaces & Garages, Even Reserve Parking Right From Apple Maps – </geek.0>
  • Tim Cook says Apple won’t repatriate money to US ‘until there’s a fair rate’ – CNBC
  • Intel will start building ARM-based smartphone chips – The Verge
    Intel Inside Does the the younger generation recognise Intel as a brand ?
    Apparently Jim Parsons does Intel adds so they might.- YouTube
  • Discussion:- BBC reports that Ford talking about self driving cars (no steering wheel!!) coming in 2021 and Volvo talking about testing self driving cars next year. Are Apple going to do their sit back and then trump all with a car or do we think that its more likely they will still partner with car manufacturers and stick to the software. 

Nemos Hardware Store

It’s not quite the end of the summer season yet and John has some equipment to help you take your iPad out on your travels with you and some rather interesting swimming goggles.

UrbanArmorGear.Com – Selection of iPad Air 2 & iPad Pro Cases : Amazon

UAG Folio iPad Air 2 Feather-Light Composite Case – Amazon

UZBL iPad 2 Cases – Amazon

Comfortable Swimming Goggles designed for Kids – Smaller Goggles For Kids Heads – Tinted – 100%UV Protection – Frogglez Amazon Link.

Worth A Chirp

  • Barry : Chillingo customer service
  • Karl : MyFitnessPal – App Store
    Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for iOS. With the largest food database by far (over 5,000,000 foods) and amazingly fast and easy food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off! And it’s FREE! There is no better diet app – period.
  • Mark : 1Password subscription

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Essential Apple Podcast 015: Driven To Distraction.

Matt’s back this week, whether that’s a good thing is up for discussion. As is the lads’ trip out for a Tesla test drive. Apple working on a TV guide, using Playstation controllers with your Apple TV, Apple Watch news and bug fixing bounties.Listen via

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This weeks talking points.

  • Tesla Chat
  • Apple Working on Digital Television Guide for Apple TV – [macrumours]
  • iOS 10 beta for Apple TV supporting PlayStation controllers [reddit]Apple Certified MFi Controller – PXN 6603W
    Apple MFi Certified – PXN PXN-6603
  • Upgraded Apple Watch 1 Models Said to Launch Alongside Apple Watch 2 Later This Year – [MacRumors]
  • Apple’s new security bug bounty program [imore]

Nemos Hardware Store

STM atlas iPhone case 6 / 6s available in charcoal, denim and red. $34.95 (no uk stock)

Q Acoustics Media 4 Soundbar with Built In Subwoofer amazon $379 / £297.70

Creative IRoar Inteligent Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Amazon $369 / £299

VAVA Voom 20 portable wireless speaker. – Amazon $79.99/ £59.99

Worth A Chirp

Karl : Tesla
Matt: NeoFit Case – A Protective Case with Wrist Strap for the NEW Apple TV Remote (Black) – A plastic hardshell case for the Apple TV Remote by Act Labs – £12.99 – Amazon
Mark : Cleartext A text editor that only allows the 1,000 most common words in English.

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Essential Apple Podcast 014: Unplugged

A bar blocking mobile phone usage, 9 out of 10 people want / don’t want a new iPhone, the Bluetooth headphone saga rolls on and Kayne puts a shout out to Apple, yo! All this and a few tangents taken on this week’s Essential Apple Podcast

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This Week’s Talking Points

English bar blocks mobile phones – SBS
9 in 10 iPhone users won’t buy iPhone 7 without redesign, survey finds – Mashable
Bluetooth Headphone Revenue Overtakes Non-Bluetooth Ahead of iPhone 7 Launch –
MacRumors
Karls headphones : Jabra Move
Marks headphones : Sennheiser HD 202
Kanye West wants Apple to buy Tidal, calls for executive meet – appleinsider.com

Nemo’s hardware store

Nemo’s away on his travels in the land of Mork and Mindy (Boulder Colorado) but that’s not stopped him checking in with some travel tips including:

Audible’s sleep timer
iOS Photography. Dump your bad pics asap.
Portable battery with lightning connector
Don’t forget your Ukulele
Apple Maps is getting better, Google’s is getting way better. 

Worth A Chirp

Mark: New Apple TV Remote app – Free- Apple App Store and if this has not been used yet.
Karl: K11 Premium Bumper for Apple iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus
Matt: NeoFit Case – A Protective Case with Wrist Strap for the NEW Apple TV Remote (Black) – A plastic hardshell case for the Apple TV Remote by Act Labs – £12.99 – Amazon

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Bring Back The Best Games Of YesterYear With Retro Gaming On Your Mac.

Gaming on the Mac is a strange beast. Take a look at some top tier games and you’ll find an array of information telling you what isn’t compatible, rather than what will work. I’m looking at you X-Com 2. Running a system a couple of years old will stand you in good stead especially since Apple hasn’t updated some product lines in over 300 days, but even then if you don’t have the top of the line model you may be struggling with some of the most demanding  games.

But what if your kit is like mine, perfectly adequate for day to day use it still runs the latest Mac OS betas fine but getting your game on isn’t going to happen and funds don’t permit purchasing of a new shiny? There’s retro gaming.

Retro Gaming has seen an incredible resurgence recently even more so as the process of gaming in the yesteryear era is now substantially easier.  Before emulation / retro gaming could be a complete hassle. Previously it was a case of finding an emulator, finding a ROM to boot the emulator[1], configuring the emulator and then finding the ROM for the game you wanted to play. Depending on the game, you may have to tweak the emulation experience and then, finally, you’re  up and running (hopefully).

However there is an easier way thanks to the excellent website GamesNostalgia All of the pain has been removed of configuration leaving you to just search for a game, download and run. That really is all that’s needed and I should know as I’ve wasted more than a few weekends rolling back the years with Speedball 2 or just one more match on Sensible World Of Soccer.

Thousands of games are available from a huge range of old console and computer formats such as Amiga, C64, Spectrum,  Megadrive, SNES, Atari, Coleco, Gameboy… The list goes on and on, each game running near flawlessly on all my aging kit, including my 2009 MacBook Pro and my i7 iMac with a huge amount of ram powered by a weedy Intel HD graphics card.

Running retro games on a big screen did make me feel all nostalgic and for the brief moment I considered trying to work out how I might find a CRT and connect that up just so it would look fuzzier for the full old school gaming vibe.

Granted the experience hasn’t been perfect for a couple of reasons. Back in the day designers worked with the limitations of CRT screens. Back in those days colours would bleed together and on today’s LCD screens it looks almost jarringly sharp but that doesn’t detract from a horrendous level of addictiveness of some games. Also I don’t own a microswitched competition pro joystick or being a bit more up to date an Xbox controller, which is easily configured to work on the Mac, and has now been ordered from Amazon[2].

So if you want to game on your older equipment and you don’t fancy playing an iOS version of some games via airplay onto your TV go check out GamesNostalgia

[1] Not all emulators need this but the interesting ones like Dolphin and Playstation do.  
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Rumours and Rumours and Rumours, Oh My!

With only a few weeks remaining until Apple reveals the new hardware it has been working on the tech press is naturally filled with rumours. The audio jack will be removed, dual cameras, OLED screen bars and countless other supposed rumours and hearsay that ‘people familiar with the matter’ or ‘unnamed sources’ seem more than willing to share.

Now I realise that these sites have to meet their daily post quotas and usually any attention grabbing headline with the word Apple in it is bound to generate some interest, be it positive or negative, but things appear to be getting out of hand this cycle.

There have not only been the usual rumours but now it seems a fresh cry has joined the chorus. That being that this year’s iPhone will be so lacklustre in new features that you’ll most probably be better off waiting until 2017 before upgrading.

What appears to be the main reason for this? Well, it relates to the fact that next year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and some believe Apple will really push the boat out for that model and load it with countless technological treats that we can only gawp at in wonder from way back here in boring old 2016. For some even the 2017 model is not good enough and it’s the 2018 model that we’ll ‘really’ want.

Now I want to give these publications the benefit of the doubt and trust their opinions are shared in the best interests of us mere consumers, however, I can’t help but feel a little cynical when I read these articles. I understand Apple has its detractors and I can see why some of the choices it makes can infuriate users and commentators, not to mention bewilder the competition and analysts alike. But to believe that Apple’s flagship device, the device that earns the most every financial quarter, would be allowed to lapse and lay stagnant for twelve, or even more ridiculous, twenty-four months is almost laughable.

These devices that we use are not rushed and pieced together a few months before launch. They are worked on for years. In an interview Jony Ive has discussed how as Apple was preparing to launch the iPhone 4 his team was already working though the form factors for the iPhone 6.

Apple is a long term company, especially when it comes to hardware. They are in the enviable position that they do not need to rush to market. Whereas other technology companies may release a number of different devices throughout the year and hope the sales are significant enough to earn a profit, Apple, until recently with the iPhoneSE, releases one model (albeit in two different sizes) but they still need it to be a successful in real terms. They need to make this one phone the best they can because they will not be able to correct it for another 12 months following the launch. They also have to build enough units to satisfy the enormous demand, a daunting logistical nightmare that they usually handle competently.

I have no real clue what Apple will announce this coming September, and from the looks of it neither do most of the tech press. This is not their fault as Apple is one of the most secretive companies around, something that is not surprising seeing how many of their designs are copied shorty after launch.

As a result it is no wonder the tech sites and press scramble for every morsel of information, no matter how outlandish, how brazen or, ironically, how predictable (it will be thinner and faster). Fortunately Apple will soon reveal their new devices and there will be a few glorious hours when rumours will take a backseat to actual facts. So once Tim Cook takes to the stage next month enjoy that brief respite, as it will only be a few days, I’m sure, until we’ll start hearing about the iPhone 7S or iPhone 8… and apparently this one will read your mind, an ‘informed source’ tells me.

Hey-Siri.io: A Comprehensive Guide On Talking To Siri.

Sometimes dealing with Siri is great, never missing a beat. Other times a drawn-out, knock-down battle rages, just to get the simplest thing done with Siri. How many times has Siri asked you a question to which you answer with a simple “no” only to be rewarded with “sorry I don’t understand”?

Most people will know the basics “call someone”, “Facetime audio someone”, “tell Karl I’m going to be late for the Podcast” but what if you want to delve deeper? To use the virtual assistants full selection of commands. As per the apparent standard from the Cupertino giant, there is no guide. Apple seem to want you to work it out for yourself. However, help is finally here.

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Meet Hey-Siri.io an incredibly useful site letting you browse every command supported by Siri in Apple’s apps. Over 433 commands are documented with 1000 variations ready for your perusal.

The Hey-Siri.io is very Apple-like in design, plenty of white space, easy to read text with a search facility and you can just choose a command you want to find out more about. I wasn’t aware that “I’m Home” existed.

As great as this resource is, the creators are seeking suggestions and feedback to make Hey-Siri.io even better. Here’s hoping for an even bigger update when Siri drops on the Mac later this year.