Apple sends out invitations for 9 March Event

Spring forward invite

Apple sent out invitations to the press to attend their event on 9 March in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts. The invitations read ‘Spring forward.’

There is no word on what Apple will talk about but some rumoured projects like the the Retina MacBook Air and/or iPad Pro. The Apple Watch has been announced by Apple and will probably have some details on it there. The Retina MacBook Air has been rumoured for quite some time now and has also been rumoured to remove all its ports (except the headphone jack) and replace it with a single USB Type-C.

The iPad Pro is rumoured to have a mouse and keyboard “Ports” which seems odd because that would take away the whole tablet feel unless it was something like the Microsoft Surface. It is also rumoured to have USB Type-C with faster charging speeds.

We know that the Apple Watch will start at US$349 and that there will be three models, the Sport, Edition and Standard models. I hope that Apple will set an exact date for when it will be released.

So what time will it happen?

Apple will stream the event that Monday and here are some times around the world that they will stream it.

Los Angeles: 10:00 am
New York: 1:00 pm
Paris/Amsterdam: 6:00pm
Johannesburg: 7:00 pm
Bangkok: Midnight between Monday 9 and Tuesday 10
Hong Kong/Shanghai/Singapore: 1:00 am (Tuesday)
Tokyo: 2:00 am (Tuesday)
Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra: 4:00 am (Tuesday)

What are you excited about? I will be writing a post about what Apple announces about 1-2 days after the event. Also come back for my impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9!

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you later! Mekul

Image from The Loop.

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Nearly half of iOS devices in the world run iOS 8

It is more than a week after the iOS 8 release and 46% of Apple devices are on iOS 8 have visited the App Store recently says a dashboard on Apple’s App Store distribution developer page. 

You might be wondering how Apple record this data. Well the data of the adoption rates is based on how many people access the App Store after 21 September, 2014 running iOS 8. 

The usage of iOS 7 devices has gradually dropped down to 49% usage after iOS 8’s release. Another 5% of all Apple devices are on iOS 6 or lower. However, last year when iOS 7 was released, within a week, 52% of Apple devices were found using iOS 7. However, Apple staged the release of iOS 8 could explain why the adoption rates are so slow. 

Many users saw a message saying “Update Requested,” and down below it said “Your software update request has been received. You will be notified when the update has been downloaded is ready to install.” This stage to iOS rollout could be due to the large file size and massive demand of iOS 8 on its servers.

Since the release of iOS 8, Apple’s App Store review team seems to have slowed down as only 74% of app updates and 53% have been reviewed of the apps that Apple have been sent in. 

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you later. Mekul

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Haiku Deck: Make slideshows beautifully

It is hard to find a better app other than Apple’s Keynote for presenting slideshows, but today that is going to change. Haiku Deck, a third party app that has a tonne of features that can make your slideshows better. Without further ado, let’s start the review.

Design

This is what makes Haiku great. The first thing that you do when you download this app is creating an account. You can sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account also. Once creating your account you have two pre-installed ‘Decks’ telling you what is Haiku Deck and the app in action. Tap the plus button to make a new deck.

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The picture above is the first thing that you will see when you create a deck. On the left you can see you have a text button, picture, layout and notes button. You press the picture button to add pictures off Haiku Deck’s wide selection of photos (all photos that Haiku allows you to use is Creative Commons), your own photos from Camera Roll and cloud services. You can choose from 3 different graphs, and solid colours. The layout button lets you choose what layout your title, sub-headings, paragraphs can be.

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You can export your Haiku Deck through major cloud services, links, Keynotes or PowerPoint, or PDF.

The Good

You can export your deck to other formats which I found really suprising because usually you need to upgrade through In-App Purchases. It looks great and fun to use. Haiku Deck takes slideshows to another level. 

The Bad

Saving your deck may take a while depending on how big your deck is. 

Overview 

I would recommend that you should try Haiku Deck if you are looking for something free, simple and fun. It has taken slideshows to the next level. Download Haiku Deck for free on the App Store.

Thanks for reading, more posts coming soon. Mekul

iWatch: My Thoughts

Hey everyone! Mekul is back with some of my thoughts on the highly rumoured iWatch that Apple could be developing. iWatch is rumoured to be working with iOS 8’s new Healthbook app. If you want to read my thoughts continue.

Is it actually going to come out?

Yes. Definitely. I mean it hasn’t actually been officially announced that the iWatch will come out but Apple has picked up two previous Nike FuelBand engineers and presumably are in the iWatch team. Reports have been saying that the iWatch will be going into production. Apple will only make the iWatch’s if people want to buy it.

What do you want it to look like?

I’d like it to be a bit like Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch because it would have a bigger screen, easier to read information and all that.

How much do you think it will cost?

It is a very complex accessory so I think because of that, around about $150.00 40% to build, 50% for Apple and 10% for the people who build it.

Would you buy it?

Depends. If it only has features for the HealthBook app then no, but if it has features like make phone calls, send messages, play games then yes I would consider it.

Thanks for reading. Mekul

Ingress comes to iOS

For those who have been waiting for Ingress on iOS (which was only on Android before) will be happy to know that the internet giant, Google has released Ingress on iOS.

The game uses your real location, objects and landmarks around you to provide clues and find ‘mysterious energy’.

Here is the blurb.

A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

“The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us. “The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.

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Highlights from the description.

  • The World is the Game – Move through the real world using your iOS device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.
  • Strategy – The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.
  • Form Alliances – The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.
  • Download Ingress now from the App Store. It supports iOS 5 and up but crashes on iOS 6. Thanks for reading, Mekul.

    Apple’s ‘Reuse and Recycle’ program comes to Italy

    Hey everyone! Mekul is back with another post. Apple has started another market for the ‘reuse and recycle’ program in another country: Italy.

    If you do not know what the ‘reuse and recycle’ program is you trade in your iPhone get a gift card and you can buy an iPhone 5s, 5c or 4s. You still have to spend some money but it comes to a more reasonable price.

    According to a source, this will be coming to Australia soon.

    Stay tuned, more posts, I will post something about Apple’s highly rumoured iWatch. Thanks for reading, Mekul.

    A jailbreak for 7.1.x has been released!

    Hey everybody! Mekul is back with a exciting new post, which you probably all know by the title. Yes ladies and gentlemen! iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 untethered jailbreak has been released. Before you jump ahead and download it right now, you need to know some information.

    Is it safe?

    If you are using Pangu version 1.1 then you don’t have to worry, but if you downloaded the original version, I recommend that you read this. The program that you use to jailbreak your iDevice is Chinese, and I haven’t heard of this program before, which means I would approach with caution. I have heard that the jailbreak is free of malware, but still would approach with caution. On Pangu 1.0, there is a box that is ticked and you should un-tick it because it will install third-party software, like PP Sync. It also uses an expired enterprise certificate, which the evasi0n avoided this due to legal reasons.

    How do I jailbreak?

    Follow the instructions on Pangu’s english website. You should always make a backup on iTunes first.

    What devices are supported?

    All devices that support iOS 7.1.x.

    When will tweaks and apps be updated?

    Most tweaks and apps will be updated soon on Cydia, but there is a shared document made by iAdam1n about all the compatible tweaks.

    Click here for the list

    What exploits are used?

    There are two exploits used, which could of (and possibly planned) been used on an iOS 8 jailbreak but was used on this version of iOS. It will be harder to find an exploit because Apple will likely patch the vulnerability in a future update.

    Is this unthethered?

    Yes this is an untethered jailbreak.

    What third party apps are installed if you check the box?

    It installs an app called PP Sync, which is the Chinese version of AppSync. If you don’t know what AppSync is, it is a place where you can pirate apps and sync apps between iTunes which I do not support. PP Sync also causes instability and causes crashes on apps.

    I accidentally left the box checked, what do I do?

    Karen Tsai has made a tweak called Complete PPSync Remover. Add the repo http://cydia.angelxwind.net/ and search for the tweak.

    What is the link?

    The site is en.pangu.io and download from the mirrors. I do not recommend that you download Pangu from any other websites than the ones on the site.

    That is all from me. Thank you for reading. More posts coming throuout the week. Mekul