iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

From the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 releases at Apple:

Apple today announced iOS 15, a major update with powerful features that enhance the iPhone experience. iOS 15 makes FaceTime calls more natural, introduces SharePlay for shared experiences, helps users focus and be in the moment with new ways to manage notifications, and brings more intelligence to photos and search to quickly access information. Apple Maps unveils beautiful new ways to explore the world, Weather is redesigned with full-screen maps and more graphical displays of data, Wallet adds support for home keys and ID cards, and browsing the internet with Safari is even simpler with a new tab bar design and Tab Groups. iOS 15 also includes new privacy controls in Siri, Mail, and more places across the system to further protect user information.

Apple today previewed iPadOS 15, with new features that take advantage of the unique capabilities of iPad, helping users be more productive and taking the versatility of iPad even further. iPadOS 15 introduces a multitasking experience that is even more intuitive, making features like Split View and Slide Over easier to discover, easier to use, and more powerful. Notes goes systemwide with Quick Note, and offers new ways to collaborate and organize whether typing or writing with Apple Pencil. New widget layouts for the Home Screen and App Library offer simple ways to personalize the iPad experience and organize apps. Translate delivers new features for translating text and conversations, and users can now build apps for iPhone and iPad, on iPad, with Swift Playgrounds. iPadOS 15 also includes new privacy controls in Siri, Mail, and more places across the system to further protect user information.

If there was a theme today in the unveiling of iOS and iPadOS it would have to be privacy, focus, communication, and productivity. Those are the things that really stood out to me as I watched the keynote and they are all throughout the features Apple unveiled today.

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The Dalrymple Report: WWDC, and return to work

Dave and I talk about the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference starting next week. The conference will be virtual again this year, but there should be lots of news coming from the show. Apple also said this week that it expects workers to start coming back to the office in September.

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The Dalrymple Report: iPad Pro, Siri Remote, and Cicadas

Dave and I talk about my recent review of the iPad Pro and how I found using the device while on a 10-day road trip. We also talked about the new Siri remote, which both of us ordered and have been using with our Apple TV. Dave opens up his window and lets us hear the strange sounds coming from his backyard.

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University of Nevada, Reno partners with Apple for iPad Air

As the University of Nevada, Reno resumes in-person classes in Fall 2021, each member of the incoming freshman class will receive iPad Air at no cost. The University is working with Apple to develop a program that will provide a common learning platform and deliver equal access to technology and digital tools. The new initiative will augment digital literacy and enhance student success and curriculum that can be put to use as students join the workforce.

The university has dubbed the program the “Digital Wolf Pack Initiative” which will see each freshman student receive an iPad Air, Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, Apple Pencil, and a suite of productivity and creativity apps, including Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Swift Playgrounds, GarageBand and other apps.

Faculty will also receive training from Apple so they can be more effective in teaching the students and make sure they get the most out of the program.

The University selected Apple products because of the power of iPad Air and iPadOS, the availability of robust suites of software and apps for productivity and creativity, and best-in-class security and privacy built into the full platform, from hardware to software.

This is exactly what students need. Faculty will be taught how to implement the tools properly and students will reap the benefits of having access to some of the best technology on the market.

iPad Pro M1 Review

I’ve been using the iPad Pro M1 for about a week now, and there is a lot to love about this new device. Obviously, the star of the new iPad is the Apple-designed M1 chip, but there are a few other features that make the iPad a joy to use for anyone.

Let’s get started with the M1 and what it brings to the table for iPad Pro users. First, it’s important to understand that Apple’s A12Z Bionic chip used in last year’s iPad Pro model led the industry in performance. The M1 delivers up to 50 percent more CPU performance than that chip—that’s a lot of headroom for developers of pro apps.

That’s where I think the iPad Pro M1 is going to make its mark in the industry. Apple didn’t build this iPad to handle the current apps on the market, although it can do that with ease, it was built to facilitate a whole new level of apps that we haven’t even seen yet. They could be for pros, science, education, business, productivity, and more. Whatever category they come from, iPad Pro will have the power to make them work.

Developers already see the benefits of M1 and what they can do on iPad. With the addition of the M1 chip, pro video editing app LumaFusion can now handle six streams of 4K HDR video for multicam editing. With its simple interface, you can tap on different streams and instantly make a clip.

Creative pros will also love the Liquid Retina XDR display on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which Apple says delivers “Extreme Dynamic Range.” This allows you to better view and edit HDR content, and with its 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, you can see more detail even in dark areas of photos and videos.

Video and photo professionals have been among the first to adopt the iPad in their workflows. Still, they aren’t the only examples of how developers are taking advantage of the new iPad.

SwingVision, an A.I. Tennis app, can use the iPad Pro M1 to call a tennis match. By mounting iPad on one end of the court, it can determine whether the ball was in or out, instantaneously, on both sides of the net, and show you in the app where the ball landed. Think about that for a minute. Using the iPad’s M1 chip and the wide and ultra-wide cameras, it can track a small object across space and interpret whether it landed inside or outside of a line, all with no delay.

One area of the pro market that hasn’t adopted the iPad as much as I would have hoped is the audio industry, including Apple’s Logic Pro. There is no reason that with the power of the iPad Pro M1 that I couldn’t do everything I need to if I had a great pro audio app. Perhaps the pro audio app makers are waiting for support for external devices, which may be possible now that iPad Pro comes with support for Thunderbolt. I’m not sure what it will take to kickstart the audio industry to adopt the iPad Pro in a more meaningful way, but I’m hoping it’s the combination of M1 and Thunderbolt.

There is no question that the iPad Pro M1 can be your only device. The need for a separate computer these days, for most people, is not necessary. Many of the apps people use on a computer are also available on iPad, so there is no learning curve involved if you only wanted to use an iPad.

One of the features I love the most on the iPad Pro is Center Stage. Using the TrueDepth camera system, a new 12MP Ultra Wide front camera, and the machine learning capabilities of M1, Center Stage allows users to move around while using FaceTime, and the camera will keep them centered in the frame. It’s pretty amazing to see it in action.

I started a FaceTime call seated at a desk, I stood up and took a step back, and the camera zoomed out a little to make sure I was in the frame. As I walked back and forth, the camera would pan side to side, following my movements, always keeping me in the center of the window (except if I went to the extreme side). If someone else comes into the frame, it will zoom out, ensuring that the camera can see both people in the frame.

I turned on FaceTime several times to see what I could do to trick the camera. I had more fun with Center Stage than I think Apple intended, but that’s okay.

The number one accessory Apple has ever made for the iPad is the Magic Keyboard. I’m using the new white version, and it is an absolute must-have for an iPad Pro user.

The functionality of the Magic Keyboard completely changes how efficient you can be with the iPad Pro. Many creative pros may not need a keyboard like this, but the majority of other users will. The keys are very similar to what you would expect from a MacBook in touch and feel. You can attach the iPad and start typing—it feels that comfortable.

Of course, when closed, the Magic Keyboard acts as a protective cover for the iPad, so you get everything you need in one package. The Magic Keyboard is a bit heavier than a simple cover, but I’m willing to accept a little bit of extra weight with the functionality that comes with it.

Magic Keyboard also includes a pass-through USB-C port that allows you to charge the device while keeping the Thunderbolt port free for use on the iPad.

For my uses, I honestly can’t see using an iPad Pro without having a Magic Keyboard. It’s that simple for me.

I was a bit skeptical of using a white Magic Keyboard, but I’m surprised with how resistant it’s been this past week to dirt or any discoloration. I’m not hard on my gear, but I use it a lot, so I’m used to some scrapes, scratches, and the need for occasional cleaning. So far, I haven’t touched the keyboard, and it still looks brand new.

If you are a pro user, buy an iPad Pro M1, you won’t regret it. The power of this device is unbelievable, and the apps are only going to get better. There is no reason that the average user can’t take advantage of the new iPad Pro too. The M1 future-proofs your purchase, and if you get the 5G version, you can work and play anywhere you want. Add the Magic Keyboard, and you won’t even need to worry about buying a new computer.

The iPad Pro M1 has it all, and I think we will see an explosion of apps that take advantage of all this power very soon.

The Dalrymple Report: Revisiting AirTags, Apple VP, and a snake

Dave and I revisit our discussion from last week about the AirTags, stalking and Android. We also talk about Apple’s new vice president of communications, and strangely enough, what do you do if you get bitten by a snake.

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Apple hires new communications VP

A tech industry veteran, Low has done stints at Unisys and Dell, where she served as senior vice president of communications. She’ll report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple confirmed the hire, offering the following statement: “Stella brings her remarkable experience and leadership to Apple’s world-class communications teams. Apple has an important story to tell — from the transformative products and services we make, to the positive impacts we have on our communities and the world — and Stella is a great leader to help us write the next chapter.”

The big question for someone at this level at Apple is not qualifications, but whether or not they fit the Apple culture. That will be her biggest hurdle—It starts and stops there.

The Dalrymple Report: AirTags with Android, the sophomore curse

Dave and I spent some time talking about the AirTags and whether or not Apple should make some of the safety features work with Android (they shouldn’t). We also talked about the sophomore curse as it relates to the second season of Apple TV+ shows being released.

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The Dalrymple Report: Money, AirTags, and iOS 14.5

Apple reported record second quarter earnings this week, including increases in all product categories. Dave and I talk more about AirTags and all the things that you may want to track with them, and we look at iOS 14.5 and a couple of the new features that impress us.

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The Dalrymple Report: iMac, iPad Pro, Remote, and Earth

The Apple event is over so Dave and I take some time to discuss all of the products the company announced. We give our thoughts on the iPad Pro, iMac, Apple TV, Apple Card Family, and of course, the color purple. I also took a minute to talk about the Apple TV+ show “The Day Earth Changed,” a show everyone should watch.

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Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

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I also like some of the new features coming in an iOS update.

With iOS 14.5, listeners can access a redesigned Apple Podcasts app featuring an enhanced Search tab that provides quick access to Top Charts and categories. Apple Podcasts also features beautiful new pages for every show and episode to make it easier to follow, listen, and share. The new Smart Play button helps listeners automatically start episodic shows from the latest episode and serialized shows from the beginning of each series. Listeners can also now save individual episodes, which are downloaded for offline playback, making it easy to bookmark podcasts to listen to later from Library.

Apple Card Family

Apple today announced Apple Card Family, an innovative new way for people to share their Apple Card, track purchases, manage spending, and build credit together with their Family Sharing group. Available in the US in May, Apple Card Family allows two people to co-own an Apple Card, and share and merge their credit lines while building credit together equally. Apple Card Family also enables parents to share Apple Card with their children, while offering optional spending limits and controls to help teach smart and safe financial habits. Apple Card Family is designed to help the Family Sharing group achieve a healthier financial life by making it easy to track spending, all on iPhone and with a single monthly bill.

Financial health and building credit is so important for everyone. I have a feeling there are a lot of people that will take advantage of this for themselves and their children.

Apple introduces AirTag

Apple today introduced AirTag, a small and elegantly designed accessory that helps keep track of and find the items that matter most with Apple’s Find My app. Whether attached to a handbag, keys, backpack, or other items, AirTag taps into the vast, global Find My network1 and can help locate a lost item, all while keeping location data private and anonymous with end-to-end encryption. AirTag can be purchased in one and four packs for just $29 and $99, respectively, and will be available beginning Friday, April 30.

AirTag is probably the worst kept secret at Apple over the last year or so, but it’s still great to see it hit the market. It’s interesting to note that AirTag uses a replaceable battery instead of being rechargeable. Apple says the battery should last over a year with everyday use.

Each AirTag is equipped with the Apple-designed U1 chip using Ultra Wideband technology, enabling Precision Finding for iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 users. This advanced technology can more accurately determine the distance and direction to a lost AirTag when it is in range. As a user moves, Precision Finding fuses input from the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope, and then will guide them to AirTag using a combination of sound, haptics, and visual feedback.

I love Precision Finding. I’ve misplaced my iPhone before and using sound to find is helpful, but nowhere near as accurate and quick as what this will be.

AirTag is designed from the ground up to keep location data private and secure. No location data or location history is physically stored inside AirTag. Communication with the Find My network is end-to-end encrypted so that only the owner of a device has access to its location data, and no one, including Apple, knows the identity or location of any device that helped find it.

AirTag is also designed with a set of proactive features that discourage unwanted tracking, an industry first. Bluetooth signal identifiers transmitted by AirTag rotate frequently to prevent unwanted location tracking. iOS devices can also detect an AirTag that isn’t with its owner, and notify the user if an unknown AirTag is seen to be traveling with them from place to place over time. And even if users don’t have an iOS device, an AirTag separated from its owner for an extended period of time will play a sound when moved to draw attention to it.

Privacy and security. That’s Apple.

iPad Pro M1

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a new Liquid Retina XDR display that brings extreme dynamic range to iPad Pro, offering a stunning visual experience with more true-to-life details to the most demanding HDR workflows.

The iPad Pro was already the fastest device of its kind, but now it has the most efficient and powerful computer chip available, the M1, powering it. On top of that, Apple added an XDR display giving pros a level of portable power we could have only dreamed about a few short years ago.

I love this one line in Apple’s documentation.

iPad Pro now includes support for Thunderbolt.

This is huge for users.

Support for Thunderbolt and USB 4 makes the USB-C port on iPad Pro the fastest, most versatile port ever on an iPad, with 4x more bandwidth for wired connections than the previous iPad Pro — up to 40Gbps. Thunderbolt supports 10Gbps Ethernet and opens up a massive ecosystem of high-performance accessories, like faster external storage and even higher resolution external displays, including the Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution…

I also love Center Stage. The fact that you can move around and the camera will move with you, keeping you in the center of the frame is really cool. I can’t wait to try this out on the new iPad.

The TrueDepth camera system on iPad Pro features an all-new 12MP Ultra Wide front camera designed specifically for iPad, enabling Center Stage, a new experience for video calls. Center Stage uses the much larger field of view on the new front camera and the machine learning capabilities of M1 to recognize and keep users centered in the frame. As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans to keep them in the shot. When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to fit everyone into the view and make sure they are part of the conversation.

Pricing and availability:

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $999 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $1,299 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model

The new iMac M1

There is so much to love about this new iMac. Apple today introduced an all-new iMac featuring a much more compact and remarkably thin design, enabled by the M1 chip. The new iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, … Continued

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The Dalrymple Report: Apple event, Apple TV, Car Thing

Dave and I talk about the upcoming Apple event and what may be released. We also focus in a bit on Apple TV and the rumors surrounding that device. Apparently, Spotify has a new gadget called Car Thing, which looks really stupid.

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Apple announces event for April 20

Apple on Tuesday sent out invites for a special event dubbed “Spring Loaded,” for April 20, 2021. As with all events in the past year, this one will be held online. You can watch the event on any Apple device from Apple’s web site or on your Apple TV. […]

The Dalrymple Report: Scam apps, Tim Cook

This week Dave and I talk about how fake apps on the App Store scam users. Some people think Apple is ignoring the problem, but I’m willing to bet that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to fix it. We also discuss Tim Cook’s interview with Kara Swisher.

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Jason Sudeikis wins another award for Ted Lasso

At the 27th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, actor Jason Sudeikis won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his leading role as the eponymous English soccer coach in Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso.”

Turns out, Ted Lasso is Apple’s premiere show. Who knew.

LG closing its mobile phone business

LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced that it is closing its mobile business unit. The decision was approved by its board of directors earlier today.

LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.

I really like LG as a company. I have several LG TVs and they make quality products, but the smartphone business is dominated by Apple and Samsung. It makes sense for LG to focus its efforts in places it can have a larger impact.

Apple Arcade adds two categories

Apple today announced it is introducing two entirely new game categories and adding more than 30 incredible titles to Apple Arcade, its popular gaming subscription service for players of all ages. Apple Arcade offers breakthrough, unique benefits players love: no ads, no in-app purchases, support for Apple’s high user privacy standards, and one all-inclusive subscription offer with access for up to six family members. In addition to new exclusive Arcade Originals, including “NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition,” “Star Trek: Legends,” and “The Oregon Trail,” the service is introducing two new game categories, Timeless Classics and App Store Greats. Arcade Originals are playable across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Timeless Classics and App Store Greats are available on iPhone and iPad.

With the new categories Apple’s catalog now has 180 games for its users.

The Dalrymple Report: CarPlay, Siri voices, Apple TV remote

Dave bought a new car, so we talk about his first experience using CarPlay. Apple recently released new Siri voices that allows users to choose a wider variety of voices from around the world. There are more rumors about an a new Apple TV remote.

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Apple, UofSC, Benedict College to set up 8 computer labs

Apple, the University of South Carolina, and Benedict College announced a partnership on Tuesday that will see eight Apple computer labs built statewide. Funding for the project comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, which awarded $6 million to the school.

The Dalrymple Report: Apple product security and stealing MacBooks

Apple is clamping down on product security, a move the company hopes will stop leaks about its future products. A brother and sister stole millions of dollars of MacBooks from Stanford, and got caught, of course. A cool video takes us down memory lane with some old Apple products.

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The Dalrymple Report: RIP HomePod, Intel ads

Apple discontinued the original HomePod this week. It’s a product I absolutely love and use every day, but I understand the move. Also, Intel debuted some new ads with Justin Long, who Apple used in its “I’m a Mac” ad campaign. These new ads aren’t nearly as good.

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Apple Maps now displays COVID-19 vaccination locations

Apple today updated Apple Maps with COVID-19 vaccination locations from VaccineFinder, a free, online service developed by Boston Children’s Hospital that provides the latest vaccine availability for those eligible at providers and pharmacies throughout the US. Users can find nearby COVID-19 vaccination locations from the Search bar in Apple Maps by selecting COVID-19 Vaccines in the Find Nearby menu or by asking Siri, “Where can I get a COVID vaccination?”

The Apple Maps placecard for each vaccine site will include the operating hours, address, phone numbers, and a link to the provider’s website, where Maps users can learn more about available vaccines and book appointments. The initial rollout includes more than 20,000 locations, with Apple adding more sites in the coming weeks.

Apple is also allowing local businesses to update their placecards to display COVID information, like shopping hours. Incredibly helpful information all within Maps.