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Watch OS 3 – The Watch OS we’ve been waiting for?

So now we know Apples plans for the watch for the fall thanks to the recent WWDC event. Just in case you missed it here’s the round up from WWDC Apple really feels that people who are using Apple watch love it, particularly for quick glances, information and quick interactions and have taken heed of the frustrations of launching an app and waiting. In their own words “our top focus is performance.” Looking at the demonstrations, yes carefully coreographed, but again when Kevin P said We’ve made optimizations across the entire system including a serious acceleration in app launch time. Your app should actually respond instantly. The information you look at should be updated before you go look so it’s ready the instant that you are, so you are not waiting. Almost all agree that those waiting times have been the achilles heel of the Apple watch. In this age of uber responsiveness across product offerings, Apple Watch has almost been an embarrassment. Taking a look at these In watch OS/3 your favorite apps…

Eddy Cue On The Future Of Apple tvOS

So let’s talk about tvOS and Apple TV. Last fall we introduce the next generation of Apple TV and for the first time developers had a modern platform like iOS to develop for in the living room. We said the future of TV’s apps and the response to Apple TV has been incredible here is what Chris Albrecht the CEO stars had to say “tvOS has allowed stars to create an experience on Apple TV unlike anything we’ve done before and our subscribers are loving it” here’s what the CEO of BoomBit a very popular iOS game developer had to say “we easily extended our iOS game experience to the living room – something that is incredibly difficult to do on traditional consoles” Our last generation Apple TV had 80 video channels and thanks to many of you we now have over 1300 video channels and we have over 6000 native apps in just seven months and I’ve got some new apps to tell you about More Stations and Channels For Apple TV First…

Essential Apple PodCast 006 – Marks 1Revalation

We were going to go WWDC prediction bonkers but just before going live Apple announced the subscription plans for the App store. So we talk about that, Mark Gurman, press expectations, our expectations, worth a chirp and some interesting listener comments. After yet another password breach where some lucky soul thought they bagged themselves a Amazon Prime subscription, it was finally time to put 1Password through it’s paces. The end result.. Just get it because it turns out I’m not the only fan of it on the show. More show notes at EssentialApple.com Thanks to the TechFan and MyMac Podcast for the mention. Marking Gurman on a grade. We discuss (sort of) his past and present predictions. WWDC what are we most looking forward to and hoping for. Nemos Hardware Store takes a look at the Adata i-Memory SDXC card which adds some serious storage to those Macbook Airs (and other Macs). If you’re interested in this or anything else on Amazon please consider using our affiliate link. Thanks to all of the listeners…

Essential Apple PodCast 005 – ‘Dodgy Bluetooth Vans…’

A strange week of Apple news from rumoured thunderbolt displays, rumoured iPhone release cycles, rumoured rumours and sources familiar with the matter. Yet we still manage to pack over an 1h 20 mins with something.. Full Essential Apple Show Notes Amazon Affiliate link Patreon Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus Listen to the show via.  iTunes | TuneIn | Opinion | RSS | Overcast | Google Play | Direct Download This Week’s Talking Points Cold Call Opt-Out Now Available By Text – Sky TeamViewer compromised, users reporting emptied bank accounts – TrustedReviews T-Mobile offers visitors to the U.S. a new $30 calling and data plan – T-Mobile Apple fights call to block Facetime and iMessage – EssentialMac Apple is said to be extending iPhone refreshes to once every three years – Nikkei THUNDERBOLT DISPLAY STOCK LIMITED AT APPLE STORES – Mac Rumours Poll: Would you rather a friend use your toothbrush or your mobile? – Evening Express Nemos Hardware Store For travelers, whose on-the-go routine includes time on-the-bike, the SCOUT 11 Handlebar Duffle is the perfect match. http://northstbags.com/ Amazon and Patreon Support Amazon Affiliate link Patreon LinkWorth A…

Life is Strange Critically acclaimed award-winning episodic adventure heading to Mac

Feral Interactive today announced that the award-winning episodic adventure game Life is Strange™ will be released on Mac soon. Created by Paris-based developer DONTNOD and published by Square Enix on console and Windows, Life is Strange has been highly praised by critics and fans alike for its moving narrative, stylish visuals and compelling system of choice and consequences. All five episodes will be available to play at launch.

iPhone Wireless Charging Now Possible Thanks To Mophie Juice Pack Wireless

Today Mophie have come up with an ingenious solution to wireless charging for us iPhone users in the form of the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless. The battery case maker is launching a wirelessly charging battery case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6S Plus. Mophie says the Juice Pack Wireless will add more than 50% extra battery life though the wireless charging will likely be the big sell. B oth cases come bundled with a flat charging base intended mainly for desks and tables, according to the report. And they don’t come cheap. Apple Insider says the regular juice Pack Wireless costs $99.95, while theplus version is $129.95. One thing for sure is that it looks a lot nicer than Apple’s own external battery with the massive hump on the back but I wonder just how popular wireless charging is. You will have to plug the charger in obviously and then make sure you sit the phone down on to the mat so the only real step that’s being eliminated…

XCOM 2 Alien Hunters DLC Released

Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now! Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new “Ruler” alien units to combat. Ruler aliens will show up at random during a campaign and they are highly intelligent: each has its own unique behavior and tactics. If you can’t take out a Ruler quick enough, it will escape to fight another day. The four new weapons are one-of-a-kind.There’s the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon; Hunter’s Axe, a powerful blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range; Frost Bomb grenade, which can temporarily freeze targets; ShadowKeeper pistol, which grants its user the Shadowfall ability, an ability that guarantees a hit and places its user in concealment if the target is killed. Three new suits of armor can also be constructed, one from each of the alien Ruler corpses,…

TwelveSouth Release BookBook for iPad Pro

TwelveSouth make some lovely items and although they may be a bit on the pricey side they certainly look good and last well. To complement their ever expanding range of BookBook covers available for virtually everything that Apple currently makes (with the exception of the iMac and Mac Pro…although I REALLY want to see a BookBook cover for a 27inch iMac) they now produce one for the 12.9inch iPad Pro. The case features all of their usual stylish trademarks including being manufactured from genuine leather. Also included is a kickstand to place the iPad at an angle for wrist-friendly typing and artistic drawing with an Apple Pencil. Speaking of the Apple Pencil there is also a built-in holster that will keep your new little stylus safe and sound when you are not using it. Secured by dual zippers this case will keep your new ‘not-so-little-precious’ safe as you travel back and forth, while giving it a look and feel of a vintage portfolio. The BookBook for iPad Pro is shipping now and has a…

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