Category Archives: Apple

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max & Series 5 First Impressions incl my best photos

Below is my first impressions of the new iPhone 11 Pro Max, it’s camera and general performance so far.

I’ve also included some really good tips when using the camera. As I’ve got the Apple Watch Series 5, I’ve added my first thoughts on this as well.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max – My top 12 shots from the camera!

Over the last 24 hours I have taken several photos with the iPhone 11 Pro Max cameras.

The cameras have been wonderful to use. Above one of my dogs Tiggy. This is portrait mode.

And now just a standard shot of my dog George.

Above wide and ultra wide photos. If any editing occurred it was only done with Apple Photos app.

Same again, wide and ultra wide. When you take a wide shot, the iPhone automatically takes the ultra wide shot as well. The iPhone can then auto correct the shot if say for example you chopped a person out of the frame, or you can do this yourself.

The ultra wide provides some great angles.

Above is wide.

Below is ultra wide.

And finally 2 x optical zoom.

I am really happy with the results so far and am looking forward to seeing future improvements.

Apple just slashed its prices on SSD upgrades for MACS – full details

Something really strange happened at Apple yesterday.

First up it released a new Macbook Air at a new lower price, saving $100 off the older model. Then it removed the Macbook from sale and offered more value for the updated line of Macbook Pro’s.

And then Apple did the unthinkable. It slashed the prices on the upgrades for larger SSDs for its MACS. This change applies across the entire MAC range.

For example a 2TB SSD for the Mac mini will now cost you $1,000, down from $1,400. a 2TB SSD for the 256GB 15-inch MacBook Pro is now just $800, down from $1,200.

A 1TB SSD for the 15-inch MacBook Pro now costs $400. down from $600.

Now all Apple needs to do is offer the same discounts on its RAM upgrade.

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Jony Ive to leave Apple – full details

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built.

After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.
“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” said Ive. “The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators.

I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Apple’s design team, recognized with countless design awards, brings together creatives from around the world representing multiple disciplines, including user interface, industrial design, graphic and font design, haptics and sound design.

Wow.

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LumaFusion 2.0 is released – The Best Video Editing App on iOS just got turbocharged – Full Details

LumaFusion on iOS is my favourite video app. I have used it for years to produce my YouTube videos. The app is universal and works on iPhone and iPad.

The update on Sunday, consisted of an array of both engine and interface improvements. The app now supports double the number of tracks, from 6 now up to 12 — split between 6 video/audio and 6 audio-only tracks. Editors can additionally connect GNARBOX 2.0 backup SSDs, and the Photos Library supports nested folders in Album, Moments, and Media Types groups.

You can now push video to an external display, when in action, this makes room for denser editing and library views. Just imagine using your iPhone or iPad in this way. Plus if you have a keyboard, there are tons of keyboard shortcuts.

The UI has a whole has been revamped with things like a new timeline overview, and track headers that make it quicker to lock, hide, or mute. Colour coded markers can be used to flag and comment on important timestamps, and pressing and holding on the app’s new shuttle control will scrub at different speeds.

Smaller enhancements include help pop-ups, the inclusion of fonts in saved styles, and changes to trimming. It’s easier to trim clips on overwrite tracks with attached transitions, and trimming the head of a linked clip no longer re-links to a different clip.

How powerful is Luma Fusion. Well I tested Luma Fusion with 4K Pro Video Editing on an iPad Pro, iPad Air and Macbook Pro Core i7 to see which was fastest and more. Click HERE to read more and see the video.

LumaFusion put together a video of what’s new, but I can assure you its full list of what it can do is huge. It is currently being sold at its old price on the App Store but is going up soon by quite a margin.

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Tim Cook delivers Stanford Commencement Speech – Full Video

Yesterday, Tim Cook delivered the commencement address at Stanford University. During the speech, Cook recalled Steve Jobs, talked digital privacy, and more.

14 years ago, Steve Jobs delivered the commencement address, so Tim Cook’s speech at Stanford today was made even more notable. The Apple CEO explained that Stanford and Silicon Valley have long been woven together, but that recent events demand some reflection.

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Apple Watch – The Real Story from WWDC 2019 – Editorial

At WWDC 2019, Apple showed off the new version of Watch OS. The big news wasn’t the new watch faces, or new features to the health app it was the few changes to the operating system that will make the biggest difference to using the Apple Watch since it got launced.

Currently, if you want to use an Apple Watch, you need to use an iPhone. This is frustrating if you say wanted to use your Apple Watch with your favourite android phone, because this was not an option.

Now with the new Watch OS beta, Apple has included the Apple App Store directly on the watch. This paves the way for the Apple Watch to be used either completely untethered, or even with any phone of your choice.

Why would Apple consider doing this? Well it is no secret iPhone sales are in decline. Apple has maintained profits by pushing the average price of the iPhone higher and higher. However, this doesn’t stop the decline of sales of the iPhone.

It is no secret that the Apple Watch is the number one selling smart watch world wide, and likely the biggest selling watch period. So with an App Store on the watch, this leaves Apple with an option for people to buy the watch without needing an iPhone and even with the possibility of using it on another platform, like android.

If Apple enabled this, just imagine the exponential increase in sales of the Apple Watch. Who knows the Apple Watch one day could be the actual replacement for the iPhone, or a version of it.

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Belkin and Logitech commit to Mac Pro accessories alongside Apple’s new ‘Pro’ cables

On Monday Apple held its WWDC and apart from all the software announcements, the new Mac Pro was revealed.

The Mac Pro is extremely expensive, and if you need to ask the price, then you cannot afford it.

Fortunately, 9to5mac has reported that both Belkin and Logitech will commit to selling accessories for this new powerhouse. Personally, I don’t blame them as surely the profit margins at this top end price point will be lucrative.

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UAG Plyo iPad Case Review – Ultimate Impact Protection for your iPad

Welcome to my review of the UAG Plyo iPad Case. This case is clever as it is compatible with all the following iPads –

– iPad Air 1
– iPad Air 2
– iPad Pro 9.7
– iPad 5th Gen
– iPad 6th Gen

It also has built in impact protection, auto wake/sleep and more.

Video Review

Conclusion

The UAG Plyo case for iPad provides strong impact protection, extra grip and more. Recommended. Discover the full range of UAG cases on Amazon UK.

Apple and Microsoft Office now working together!!

At Apple’s June 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference Apple announced that Microsoft will be bringing their suit off apps to the Mac App Store and finally in January 2019 they are now available to download today from the Mac App Store and on your iOS device.
In the UK and other countries around the world people started to see this pop up in the iOS app store.

From Office 365 App screen,

“We are proud to announce that Microsoft Office 365 is now on the Mac App Store. Your subscription to Office 365 gives you access to all functions on all platforms. To subscribe, sign up for any Office Suite app and update your subscription. Discover all the apps in the suite, and start creating and collaborating!”

Currently Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint are available to download to start your creativity and productivity on all your Apple devices.

Like Office 365 on other devices this will require further subscriptions to unlock the full ranges of features but will receive basic modes on all applications.

When looking on the UK Mac App Store their subscription prices are as follows,

Office 365 Personal – £59.99
Office 365 Home – £79.99
Office 365 Solo – £112.99

Post by Ricky West