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Apple is testing 5G: Why this matters to the iOS enterprise

Faster, more stable, capable of supporting more devices and equipped to handle life in the fast lane, 5G technology is the next wave of networking, and Apple is deeply involved in testing and developing the standard. What does Apple hope to gain and why should this matter to an iOS enterprise?

What is 5G?         

While it is important to note that 5G is not yet ratified as a standard and networks that use the standard aren’t expected before 2020, 5G is touted as the next-generation of wireless broadband.  

The GSMA has set some criteria, most of which need to be met for a network to call itself ‘5G’. They include 1-10Gbps connections to devices and other end points and the capacity to support up to 100 times as many devices per cell as possible in current implementations.

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Apple, iOS, and IBM are transforming retail, one shop at a time

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WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT

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15 reasons Apple leads the mobile enterprise

Apple Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, set tongues wagging when he claimed the company had just set a “new enterprise revenue record”, though he didn’t say why. I thought I’d try to explain it for him.

BYO Apple

Digital transformation is the dominant story of today – not just in IT, but everywhere else as well. History will show that almost every part of life was impacted by mobile technology, and Apple’s guaranteed place in tomorrow’s enterprise is just one component of this.

The iPhone spawned the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution, one which itself spawned empowered workforces demanding choice: Choice in platform, choice in software, choice in working hours.

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Google Assistant for iPhone: An enterprise perspective

Google I/O saw a range of Google announcements, from the introduction of a low-end Android O OS for low-end phones to the introduction of new software designed to challenge Siri on iPhone, Google Assistant for iPhone.

Google Assistant

Apple’s ads-focused competitor is playing a strong move with this release.

The company hopes to exploit existing public perception that Siri isn’t such a great voice assistant by launching its own assistant at Apple’s platform. Time – and any Siri improvements announced at WWDC – will tell us if it succeeds in this.

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WWDC: Apple’s Kaby Lake MacBook upgrades coming soon

Apple plans to announce upgraded Mac notebooks with Kaby Lake processors at WWDC 2017, a report claims. Regular readers will know we’ve been expecting Apple to migrate to the new chip, but Intel has only just begun shipping suitable processors, hence the delay.

What is Kaby Lake?

Kaby Lake is the seventh generation of the Core series chips. It’s a 14-nanometer processor which has been designed to deliver high quality graphics without a GPU. The smaller processor die and GPU advantages should make for battery life/performance advantages. Other enhancements within these chips include:

  • Fully integrated support for USB-C Generation 2, (G2 USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 support)
  • Native HDCP 2.2 support
  • 4K video support.

We had hoped Apple would stow one of these new processors inside of the recently-introduced MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, but this didn’t happen. It has previously been reported that Intel could only ship suitable versions of these processors starting earlier this year.

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Apple’s Sal Soghoian announces ‘Masters of Automation’ event

There was shock across the Apple community when Sal Soghoian’s position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies at Apple was terminated, but the automation on Apple guru is back this August with the first ever CMD-D conference.

Take control

Macs, iPhones and iPads are powerful, but you can achieve even more with them if you master their built-in automation tools, using Apple Script, Automator and (coming soon) Workflow.

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7 ways Apple Watch is already in the enterprise

Blink and you’ll miss it, but Apple has become the world’s biggest wearable devices company and its Apple Watch is already in use in a variety of different enterprise implementations, even before it becomes truly smart.

Apple and the enterprise

Apple has a great enterprise story to tell. Not only are a huge number of enterprises already using iOS devices, but IBM now claims it is three times more expensive to manage PCs than to manage Macs. And that’s even before you consider that if the UK’s NHS had deployed Macs rather than Windows XP, the recent ransomware attack that used NSA-developed tools would not have succeeded.

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FileMaker 16’s complex simplicity echoes Apple’s enterprise IT strategy

Nowhere is Apple’s visionary approach to enterprise technology evidenced as clearly as in the latest edition of FileMaker 16 Platform, which comes from an independently-run company that happens to be wholly-owned by Apple.

Simple complexity

The veteran solution has been available for over 35-years and has over a million active users.With this kind of constituency, the platform has been given a thorough sprucing up in this release.

FileMaker says it provides everything needed to create, share, and run custom apps for business teams, but it has worked to make the whole thing much more accessible. The new release includes a host of improvements to mobility, integration, development, scalability and security.

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How to manage and use iOS Notifications

Millions of iOS 10 users receive a millions of Notifications every day, but we can also configure these alerts to make them more useful, more productive, and secure. That’s what we’ll look at in today’s report.

What are Notifications?

Notifications first appeared with iOS 5 in October 2011, migrating to Macs the following year.

The system puts new and incoming information at the top of the screen, and also collates these into the Notifications Center panel which you access by swiping down from the status bar. Tap a Notification to open the relevant app, or swipe left and tap Clear to get rid of it.  

If you use a 3D Touch-enabled device you can sometimes get other options when you hard press the Notification, such as Snooze. When you receive a Message in Notifications you can respond to that item by hard-pressing the alert, rather than opening the app.

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Apple’s iPhone 7 is best-selling, and iPhone 6S most used, analysts claim

As we wait on the next edition, we learnt that the most used smartphone in the world is the iPhone 6S, while iPhone 7 remains the world’s best-selling smartphone.

‘Phones across the planet

Two reports come from Strategy Analytics and Scientia Mobile are the latest icing on the cake for iPhone predictions as we wait on Apple’s next-generation devices.

The reports appear as analysts everywhere quietly raise expectations for AAPL stock, itself on course to break a trillion-dollar market cap.

Popular expectation around the next iPhone, which many believe may introduce a new high-end tier, dubbed iPhone 8, is driving significant market changes.

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This little app shows why Apple’s retail store changes make complete sense

While it may seem counter-intuitive, Apple’s attempt to transform its retail operations into community hubs is a future-focused move that puts the company’s retail segment in a much stronger position to survive the digital transformation of retail, the impact of which is shown by a little app from Avira.

Avira Insight and QR Scan

Avira Insight and QR Scan is a smartphone app that lets you scan the QR code on a product you find in the shops and then brings you pricing and availability information gathered from a host of online and brick-&-mortar retailers.

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15 Apple Watch tricks you’ll want to use

The phrase, “Hidden in plain sight” has become a cliché, but the one thing people always forget is that clichés are only clichés because they happen a lot. Apple Watch tips are no exception. How can a device you wear on your wrist have so many hidden features? Here are a few more you may not have seen before:

Quiet light

In a meeting, want to know the time, but don’t want to seem too rude by raising the Watch to your face? Why not gently turn the Digital Crown, which will gently illuminate the watch face so you can glimpse the time surreptitiously?

The call feature everyone neglects

Receiving a call but don’t want to take it on your Watch? When the call notification appears on your Apple Watch screen just turn the digital crown a little so that you see the lower part of the notification screen. Tap Answer on iPhone and Siri will tell the caller to wait while you retrieve your smartphone. (From here).

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How to improve Mac, iPhone & iPad battery life in 26 tips

If you want to tweak the most battery life you can from your iPhone, iPad or MacBook (Pro) you’ll want to review these tips, some can squeeze a little more time from limited charge, but others you need to use early for best results.

iPhone, iPad, iOS battery life tips

Here are some of the best tips to squeeze extra power from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).

Up to date

Make sure your iOS is kept up-to-date to ensure your device is utilizing Apple’s latest battery life preserving tweaks.

Battery usage

Get to know your battery. Open Settings>Battery and wait for your Battery Usage data to load. You’ll be able to see which apps use the most power and switch them off.

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17 iPad tips and secrets you’ll use

I’ve tried to solely include iPad-only features here, though I have included a couple that work across iOS which I think come into their own on the Apple tablet. For even more ideas read 20+ iPhone tips you’ll use frequently, many of which also work on iPads.

Power of 6

Did you know you can include up to six apps in the dock? Do you nest apps into folders and place them there, ‘productivity’, ‘games’, ‘utilities’, for example? How to move and place apps.

Power of 4

Running an app and want to quickly get to another? Just place four fingers on the display and swipe left or right to whizz through your active apps, or swipe up to get to App Switcher view. You may need to enable multitasking gestures in Settings>General.

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iPhone slow down hints Apple’s transition has begun

Apple announced a c.1 percent downturn in iPhone sales this week, but the one question people aren’t yet asking is: If iPhone sales are down just one percentile, how is it looking elsewhere in the smartphone industry, which Trendforce expects will decline by 23 percent in the coming  months? Not only this, but what is the future of this category?

Next generation

Apple seems clear that the downturn is in part caused by greater than usual interest in the next edition iPhone. That makes sense – ten years since the company took the concept of smartphones to the mass market it is surely inevitable that consumers and competitors are keen to see what Apple has planned next.

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12+ useful but hard-to-find tips for using Apple’s Pages

Apple’s iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) are now available for free to any Mac or iOS user, so I thought it might be good to document some of the lesser known talents of Apple’s now-free word processor app.

To insert a hyperlink in Pages

I remember that when I first started using Pages the process of inserting a hyperlink wasn’t that easy to find, so I thought I’d share it here:

Select the word or words you want to add a link too

  • On a Mac select the Insert item in the tool bar and choose Link from the dropdown menu
  • On iOS you will get to the insert link tool via the Paragraph (a reverse P) item from top right of the keyboard. You can also select Link in the contextual menu around the selected text.

Insert your link, including http.

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20+ iPhone tips you’ll use frequently

I write about Apple every day. I write opinions, news analysis, tips, features – all sorts of stuff. Today I thought you might enjoy this collection of 20 lesser-known iPhone tips, which I do hope are of use to you. Here we go:

Fickle fingers

Does Touch ID sometimes fail to recognize your finger as fast as you like? You can improve its accuracy by registering the same fingerprint two or more times in the system. You can improve it even more if you register the same fingerprint on a cold day, and when it is damp, as both can impact your print slightly. Add (and name) fingerprints in Settings>Touch ID & Passcode.

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Android users are losing interest in iPhones, survey claims

The latest Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) survey results show that Apple’s iPhone 7 series smartphones are doing almost as well as the previous generation, except in one key metric: Android users aren’t switching to them as frequently.

Though they are still switching

The statistics claim around 26 percent of iPhone 6S series smartphones switched over from Android last time round, but this has fallen to around 10 percent with Apple’s latest model.

This might represent a cooling of interest in iPhones among curious Android users, but I’d speculate it instead represents an intensification of interest in Apple’s next iPhone, given the hype surrounding the tenth-anniversary release.

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Apple’s Siri chief joins Partnership on A.I. board

Following speculation of its plans yesterday, Apple this morning has confirmed it has joined the Partnership on A.I., with the company’s head of advanced development of Siri, Tom Gruber, taking a seat on that organization’s board.

Security and standards

“We’re glad to see the industry engaging on some of the larger opportunities and concerns created with the advance of machine learning and A.I.,” Gruber says in a statement online. “We believe it’s beneficial to Apple, our customers, and the industry to play an active role in its development and look forward to collaborating with the group to help drive discussion on how to advance AI while protecting the privacy and security of consumers.”

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UPDATED: Apple thinks different about A.I., will cooperate with others

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Apple thinks different about A.I., will cooperate with others

Apple’s alleged decision to join competitors on the Partnership on AI research group shows it now understands that artificial intelligence can only succeed if competitors find some ways to work together.

Walled garden fail

There are lots of different technologies that contribute to A.I. Machine intelligence, sensor development, voice recognition, security and biometrics, pattern matching, neural networking and so many more.

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Apple thinks different about AI, will cooperate with others

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Apple’s iOS 10.3 is a very, very, important upgrade

Developers are currently beta testing iOS 10.3. While this is merely a point upgrade it seems to be a very important one – not because it lets you ask Siri for cricket scores, nor that it gives developers better control of reviews, but for Apple’s plan to move millions of customers to a brand new, modern, file system.

Apple File System (APFS)

Apple has already let us know it plans to migrate all its operating systems to a new file system called Apple File System (APFS) in 2017. This replaces the veteran HFS+ file system the company has been using for years. What’s new is that Apple will port all your iOS devices to support APFS in iOS 10.3.

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Apple is teaching Siri to learn new tricks

Apple plans to introduce a much smarter version of Siri this year, leveraging a bunch of machine learning technologies it recently acquired with Turi, Tuplejump, Perceptio, VocalIQ and other AI-focused acquisitions, Digitimes claims.

Coming soon?

The report seems to suggest Apple plans to introduce these features alongside introduction of a future iPhone, though it is not clear if this will be this year, or the next.

However, this makes little sense given Siri is now available across all Apple’s platforms – while the capabilities may differ (Siri behaves a little differently on a Mac, for example), the basic tech is similar.

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Amazon v. Apple: Home game grudge match

Alexa is everywhere. In your car. In your home. Even your baby monitor. Amazon’s smart assistant already owns around 25 percent of the HiFi speakers market, and its home help hold is growing.

Will Apple take the online retailer on in this sexy sector, or is Siri on iPhone good enough?

Siri’s lost temple

Apple was pretty much first to enter the smart assistant market with Siri.

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Apple and the US: It’s emotional

The emotional connection between Apple and US consumers is stronger than for any other brand, new MBLM Brand Intimacy 2017 research shows.

Can’t live without ‘em

“Apple is our top-ranked brand overall,” the researchers said.

They say the emotional connection between Apple and US consumers is so strong that the Apple brand is one US consumers just can’t live without, based on an online survey across 6,000 people. 

Apple beats Google for “enhancement, ritual, and identity” and is more frequently used in the US than Facebook. Disney and Amazon are the second and third best brands in terms of their emotional connection with consumers.

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Apple and the U.S.: It’s emotional

The emotional connection between Apple and U.S. consumers is stronger than for any other brand, new MBLM Brand Intimacy 2017 research shows.

Can’t live without ‘em

“Apple is our top-ranked brand overall,” the researchers said.

They say the emotional connection between Apple and U.S. consumers is so strong that the Apple brand is one U.S. consumers just can’t live without, based on an online survey across 6,000 people. 

Apple beats Google for “enhancement, ritual, and identity” and is more frequently used in the U.S. than Facebook. Disney and Amazon are the second and third best brands in terms of their emotional connection with consumers.

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Apple’s AR-ready iPhone 8 will know your face

Apple will announce stronger than anticipated iPhone 7 sales at its next fiscal call, but as the smartphone category it created hits ten years old, we can’t help speculating at what’s coming in iPhone 8, “some form of facial/gesture recognition” is the latest in.

I know you

Cowen and Company analyst, Timothy Arcuri, writes:

“Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera.”

 An additional layer of biometric protection could help keep people safer online. This is incredibly important now online fraud is more common than any other crime.

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‘Hey Siri, why don’t you have an offline mode?’

The success of semi-smart voice assistants opens the gates to new convenience and new frustration. We use them in the street, on public transport, in the home , office, even the car, but there’s a problem:

Offline mode

The problem is that most voice assistants, including Siri, don’t have offline modes.

That’s frustrating for Apple users. It means you can’t use Siri to control your AirPods when you are in AirPlane Mode, won’t get any data when you try to search your Mac, and can’t discreetly ask for directions using your wired earbuds if you find yourself lost with no network connection in a bad part of town.

I think most of us are sufficiently familiar with Murphy’s Law (“If anything bad can happen, it will”) to understand that this lack of an offline mode is a problem waiting to happen for most of us.

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“Hey Siri, why don’t you have an offline mode?”

The success of semi-smart voice assistants opens the gates to new convenience and new frustration. We use them in the street, on public transport, in the home , office, even the car, but there’s a problem:

Offline mode

The problem is that most voice assistants, including Siri, don’t have offline modes.

That’s frustrating for Apple users. It means you can’t use Siri to control your AirPods when you are in AirPlane Mode, won’t get any data when you try to search your Mac, and can’t discreetly ask for directions using your wired earbuds if you find yourself lost with no network connection in a bad part of town.

I think most of us are sufficiently familiar with Murphy’s Law (“If anything bad can happen, it will”) to understand that this lack of an offline mode is a problem waiting to happen for most of us.

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Is MacBook Pro the future of the Apple desktop?

We’ve been waiting a long, long time for new Apple pro desktops, but it’s beginning to look very like Apple’s completely focusing on the MacBook Pro at the high end, with iMac as a consumer desktop and MacBook at the low end.

Mobile Mac, desktop class

I guess that is one way of looking at Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claim that Apple plans to increase the max memory configuration in MacBook Pro models to 32GB in the latter half of the year.

That’s the kind of memory you’d expect in order to make Apple’s high-end notebooks even more effective professional tools. Particularly when combined with Kuo’s prediction that Apple will put quad core Intel Kirby Lake chips inside the high end MacBook Pro.

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Make great movies fast on your iPad with iMovie Trailers

iPad users enjoy a powerful tool for creative self-expression on the fly, ‘iMovie Trailers’. These ready to use video creation templates are incredibly useful if you want to make short, punchy movies fast. So what are they and how do you use them?

Movies for the rest of us

If you’ve used iMovie (which is available for download for all Apple devices) you may have been put off by the length of time it takes to create a film from scratch. The results may be impressive, but time is short and many people lack the time it takes to make a perfect movie. iMovie Trailers helps expedite movie making by providing you with a clear and easy to follow template-based workflow that helps you get good results fast.

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With Finie, Apple’s Siri could transform banking

Imagine if you could use Siri to request a detailed breakdown of your bank accounts, or find and pay for financial products using Apple Pay.

It’s possible

A solution that does this was demonstrated at the Digital Money Forum at CES this year, when University of Michigan professor and Clinc CEO, Jason Mars discussed Finie. The software is a voice-activated financial assistant based on Clinc’s own proprietary AI.

The cloud-based technology that can be integrated into existing apps – Citi, Visa and Intuit are already working to put it inside their banking apps, which suggests the security of the service is ready for active use.

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I don’t expect Energous wireless charging in iPhone 8

Apple watchers grew quite excited by pre-Christmas 2016 speculation of a link up between Apple and power-like-Wi-Fi developer, Energous.

Wireless everywhere

The speculation has been around for years. It’s intoxicating because we all want an iPhone that we don’t need to plug into a wall socket to keep charged.

The claimed association with Energous opens up a new vista – the ability to charge a smartphone just by entering a room. The bad news is that this isn’t going to happen, at least, not yet (if ever). Why do I think this?

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Tony Fadell shares new details on the birth of Apple’s iPhone

We’ve learned a lot more about the iPhone as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this week, blogger Sonny Dickson shared some interesting details about the two main prototypes for the iPhone user interface. This morning, ex-Appler Tony Fadell has taken to Twitter to share a whole bunch of new insights into how the iPhone was born.

Exactly! No doubt in anyone’s mind which was the right path. Those on the iPod based UI knew is was doomed. SJ pushed us, “Make it work!” https://t.co/LHq6jQaAew

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