[Apple] Apple TV drops to $69 and HBO Now Exclusive with Apple

March 10, 2015  |  Apple

One of the first things announced during the Apple Event was an update to the existing Apple TV (which hasn’t been updated for over 3 years).  The Apple TV received a new entry price at $69 making it very affordable and anyone who thought $99 was too much and skipped out on it should just go out and buy one.

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Why? You ask….

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Because, HBO has a new streaming content deal called “HBO Now” available exclusively with Apple.  This service will debut in April and be available for $14.99 per month, no cable subscription required and anyone who joins in April will get the first month for free.  HBO Now will include past and current television shows and movies.

I hope it won’t be like “Netflix” and “Hulu” with a region restriction because if not I will be subscribing, just in time for the return of Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley and so much more!

Other tidbits from the event:

  • Apple announced ResearchKit: a system that lets iPhone users contribute to the world’s scientific research about health and medicine.  It is open source and launches next month with the first five apps available today.  The data is private and only the researchers can see them.
  • iOS 8.2 with the Apple Watch app is available now for your iOS devices.  The Apple Watch app is similar to the App Store and Tips app offering you some good apps and how-to tutorials.
  • ApplePay is now available in 700,000 locations and some of which were vending machines.
  • CarPlay will be available in 40 major car brands by end of the year.

And with that I’m done with providing you an update on everything that happened at the event.  Hope that summarizes it nicely?

[Apple] Apple Watch Pre-Order Starts April 10 – Shipping April 24

March 9, 2015  |  Apple, New Products

The main focus in the Apple “Spring Forward” event has been the Apple Watch, where we were supposed to get more information about the watch and find out the pricing and availability.  The Apple Watch will be available in 9 countries which included: United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the United Kingdom.  The cost however ranges from $349 – $10,000+ and there will be two models 38mm and 42mm model.  Bands will retail for between $49 and $449 with additional magnetic chargers costing $29 for 1-meter cable and $39 for a 2-meter cable.

The Apple Watch is said to have 18 hours of mixed usage and up to 72 hours on power reserve, meaning it should go on All day.  You can use the watch to access apps, respond to messages, workout, and so much more.

  • Apple Watch Sport starts at $349 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm model
  • Apple Watch starts at $549 – $1049 for the 38mm model and $599 – $1099 for the 42mm model depending on the band you select
  • Apple Watch Edition is a limited edition 18 karat rose gold or yellow gold and it starts at $10,000 and goes as high as $19,000.

This watch is available for pre-order on April 10 and ships April 24.

I’m thinking of an Apple Watch Sport which comes in aluminum instead of the stainless steel with a probably green sport band and I’ll probably get a second band which is either the Milanese Loop ($149) or the Midnight Blue Modern Buckle ($249) or perhaps in pink.  I never can make up my mind but that’s the best thing you can always mix and match your watch.

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[Apple] MacBook Air 11″ & 13″, MacBook Pro Retina 13″ Updated

March 9, 2015  |  Apple, New Products

During the event, Apple has also announced a slight update on its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro line-up.  If you bought one recently then hard luck but this update shouldn’t make you want to get rid of your existing device (yet).

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What’s new in the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Air?

  • Upgraded to 5th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors
  • Thunderbolt 2
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • Faster Flash
  • Longer battery life

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What’s new in the 13″ MacBook Pro Retina?

  • Brand new Force Touch TrackPad
  • Upgraded to 5th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Turbo Boost speeds
  • 2x Faster flash
  • Faster Integrated Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Improved 10 hour battery life (from 9 hours previously)

All three devices can be purchased starting today on the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores, etc.

[Apple] Apple unveils brand new 12″ Retina MacBook

March 9, 2015  |  Apple, I want.., New Products

So, the Apple event just concluded its two hours of announcements, where we were given news about a bunch of things, one of the most important and personally something I’ve been waiting for and hoping would happen, and was actually the reason why I didn’t get myself a MacBook Air 11″ last trip to the US was the unveiling of the brand new 12-inch MacBook Retina named “MacBook”.  The beautiful child joins the existing MacBook line-up and promises you the following features at a starting price of $1299.

What’s new?

  • 12-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2304 x 1440 beauty (more screen capacity on such a tiny device!)
  • It weighs 2 pounds and is 24% thinner than existing MacBook Air at 13.1mm, Lighter & Thinner than ever!
  • Comes in Space Grey, Silver, and beautiful stunning Gold. (I’m grabbing the gold, like anyone can stop me right now!)
  • Redesigned Keyboard that makes it more stable and precise.  Also the keyboard is edge-to-edge which gives you 17% more surface area.
  • Revamped Trackpad with built-in Force Touch.  It can detect the amount of pressure placed on the trackpad and gives you a whole range of new gestures.
  • Intel Core-M processor that starts at 1.1 GhZ with Intel HD 5300 Graphics.
  • First Fanless MacBook.
  • 67% smaller Logic board in a MacBook with lots of batteries surrounding it.
  • All-Day battery life with 9 hours of web browsing and 10 hours of iTunes movie playback.
  • One single USB-C port for charging power, USB data transfer, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA capabilities (adapters sold separately).

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All this beauty will begin shipping on Friday, April 10 through Apple Online and Apple Retail Stores.  I’m getting the extra cash and trying to save up for it!

I’m personally grabbing the high-end $1599 MacBook in gold.  I believe we kind of have our next generation 12″ PowerBook G4 now :P This is the one we’ve been waiting for!

[Apple] 27″ Retina iMac & Faster Mac Mini Announced

October 19, 2014  |  Apple, New Products

I know it has been a few days since I completed my Apple’s Special Event post, but better late than never.  Apple held an event last Thursday, October 16th in which they announced the new iPad Air 2 and the slightly refreshed iPad mini 3 (which after consideration finds only two updates and that is a new colors and Touch ID, otherwise everything is exactly the same as the iPad mini 2, therefore it’s not smart to purchase.  Anyways, Apple also unveiled the new iMac with 5K Retina Display and finally refreshed the Mac Mini.

What’s new in the iMac with 5K Retina Display?

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, carrying a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels.  This means an improved contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy on the iMac. This is just beyond gorgeous!
  • It features the fourth generation Intel Core processors and comes with the standard quad-core 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, it is upgradable to a quad-core 4.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor.
  • Features AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor
  • Comes standard with 1TB Fusion drive (upgradable to 3TB)
  • Comes with Thunderbolt 2 and Faster Wi-Fi

Pricing starts at $2499 (730 KWD) for the stock model featuring: 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory.  It is available for purchase NOW. [Buy iMac with Retina 5K Display]

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[Apple] iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Announced

October 17, 2014  |  Apple, I want.., iPad, New Products

Apple held a special event today where they announced updates in the iPad line-up as well as the Mac line-up.  In this post we will discuss the updates with the iOS devices.

Before the announcement of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, we were given information that iOS 8.1 will be released next Monday, October 20th it will have some improvements to the things that iOS  8 broke when we last updated and bring back things such as the “Camera Roll”, activate Apple Pay (working in the US currently only) and introduce iCloud Photo Library .  This update is free and should hit the airwaves next monday.

What’s new in the iPad Air 2?

  • It is now THINNER at 6.1 mm instead of 7.5 mm on the iPad Air 1.
  • TOUCH ID has been enabled right now which helps you use APPLE PAY as well (however no NFC support).
  • The display has been revamped with the use a of GAPLESS LAMINATED DISPLAY PANEL which helps produce sharper images and covered with ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING that makes it 56% less reflective.
  • A new faster A8X processor is under the hood giving it faster performance and faster graphics.
  • The CAMERA has been updated with 8-megapixel iSIGHT CAMERA with 1.12 micron pixels, f2.4 and 1080P HD videos.  The FaceTimeHD camera also received an update and basically both cameras now can do everything your iPhone 6 can (i.e. Burst-mode,  Slo-Mo, Timelapse, Selfie Burst, HDR photos and HDR videos.
  • FASTER WIFI & MORE LTE BANDS are available.
  • BATTERY LIFE is at 10 hours
  • M8 Processor to give you better accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and an all-new barometer that senses air pressure to determine relative elevation.
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

What’s new in the iPad mini 3?

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  • GOLD Color option
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

Everything else is pretty much the same as the iPad mini 2 (with Retina Display).

 

Prices are:

iPad Air 2

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$699] around 205 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 242 KWD (without tax and shipping)

iPad mini 3

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$399] around 117 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 155 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 212 KWD (without tax and shipping)

Personally, I’m grabbing the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both in Gold color, 128GB Wi-Fi only models.  I find that I don’t use the LTE model at all so why pay the extra $130.

Don’t Ignore Your iPhone 6 or It’ll Kill Itself

September 30, 2014  |  Apple, iPhone

Watching this video had me on the edge of my seat.  I was constantly yelling at the screen “NO NO NO NO!” I felt as if I was watching a horror movie and the killer was about to do something to our heroes.  Apparently because of the smoothness of your iPhone 6 if you leave it on the edge of a glass table and ignore its ringing it might decide to kill itself.  So be careful and don’t leave your phone unattended, or better yet protect it with a case!