Apple updates MacBook announces WWDC 2016

macbook.rosegoldApple announced today an update to the 12-inch MacBook. Apple’s silent and sleek unique unibody golden child that hovers in size between the two MacBook Air models has been upgraded with new processors, better battery life and one new colour addition.

Under the hood of the MacBook will now be 6th generation dual-core Intel Core “m” processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, peppier 1866 MHz memory and faster flash storage. It will also include the latest Intel HD Graphics 515 processor offering up to 25 percent faster graphics performance. Designed to be your all-day Mac, battery life is also up, now claiming up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback. Read more at CanoeTech Blog.

Apple iPhone SE not exactly a 6S in a 5S shell

iPhone SEApple is Bucking the “bigger is a better” trend unveiling the much anticipated iPhone SE and bringing back the smaller and ever popular 4″ display. And while some are calling it an iPhone 6S in an iPhone 5S form factor, this is not exactly the case.

Yes, the iPhone SE is smaller than the 6S and the same size as the iPhone 5S. And yes, they do have in common, the 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Wi-Fi calling, 12 mega-pixel iSight camera, 4K video recording, 720HD video recording, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) amongst many of the other wonderful features of the iPhone 6S.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple voluntarily recalls select international AC wall plug adapters

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Apple has taken a pre-emptive strike, voluntarily recalling certain two-prong Apple AC wall plug adapters for Mac and iOS devices as well as the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit after determining that in “very rare” cases, handling them could result in a possible electric shock.

In the announcement Apple clarified the recall is limited to adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil. Adapters designed to be used in Canada and other countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the U.S. as well as Apple USB power adapters is not affected. Regardless, owners of the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit who may have purchased the travel adapter in one of the non-affected countries should still verify that it’s not part of the recall.

The potential hazard is not limited to new products; it affects products shipped over a 12-year period, from 2003 to 2015.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Apple releases Swift to the world as Open Source

SwiftDeveloper Contributions Will Help Make Swift Even Better and Available on More Platforms 

TORONTO, Ontario — December 3, 2015 — Apple today announced that its Swift programming language is now open source. As an open source language, the broad community of talented developers — from app developers to educational institutions to enterprises — can contribute to new Swift features and optimizations and help bring Swift to new computing platforms. Introduced in 2014, Swift is the fastest growing programming language in history and combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages.* Apple today also launched the Swift.org website with detailed information about Swift open source, including technical documentation, community resources and links to download the Swift source code.

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Apple refreshes iMac family with new Retina displays

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In a low-key release, Apple has refreshed the iMac family bringing a new Retina 4K display to its smaller 21.5-inch iMac and making the Retina 5K display standard on all 27-inch iMac models. As an added bonus, they’ve also introduced the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Trackpad 2 to replace the current line of Apple wireless accessories. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Renamed Apple Music Festival returns this month

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As they’ve done for the past eight years, Apple will once again bring us a live September music festival from London’s famous Roundhouse. But for those of you who have faithfully tuned in to the festival over the years you’’ll notice it’s been blessed with a new name, will start later in the month and runs for 10 days – a much shorter time period than before. Regardless, it will still feature a world-class headliners like Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, Disclosure and more.

The former the iTunes Music Festival has been rebranded and now called Apple Music Festival to commemorate the recent launch of Apple Music. It will still be broadcast around the world for free or people can watch it live and on-demand via Apple Music. The beauty of it being provided through the new service, according to Apple is that music fans can get closer to their favorite performers as they are covered on Beats 1 giving them backstage news and footage straight from the artists the Apple Music Connect.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Speedo, Misfit partner in new swim tracker Speedo Shine

speedo-shine-man-Misfit, the makers of Shine, the slim-lined activity and sleep tracker, has partnered up with swim apparel and accessories giant Speedo and have introduced the new Speedo Shine. The Speedo Shine takes a page or all of the pages really from the original Shine, incorporating all the same functionality plus new features designed with swimmers in mind.

Specifically, it adds proprietary lap counting algorithms, driven by its 3-axis accelerometer, embedded right into the device’s firmware. It’s designed to work for all stroke types and more accurate than general-purpose devices having been validated by Speedo in-pool testing. Olympic Gold Medalist and Speedo athlete and fitness ambassador, Missy Franklin, has also endorsed it. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers

BeatsPillXLIf you own Beats Pill XL headphones, it may be possible the battery might overheat and catch on fire. To that end, Apple announced today that they are voluntary recalling these speakers and will issue a full refund for customers.

While Apple says the occurrence is rare, they may still pose a fire risk. So not to take any chances Apple has requested that anyone who is currently using these speakers to stop using them immediately.

Apple says the Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle and could come in any of the five colours: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white.  Get full story at: Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple refreshes both 15-inch MacBook and iMac with Retina 5K display

iMAc5KApple announced today that it has refreshed the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display adding new and enhanced features, including the new Force Touch trackpad found on the 12-inch MacBook and the refreshed the MacBook Pro 13-inch introduced back in March. They’ve also added a new lower cost configuration of their ultra high-resolution desktop 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

 

Apple WWDC15 kicks off June 8 in San Francisco

Apple officially announced the 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) would be held at San Francisco’s Moscone West, June 8-12, where developers will gather, “to learn about the future of iOS and OS X”. And while no specifics for any WWDC event are actually ever given out ahead of time, the image on the developer’s splash page and a repetition of history are often telltale signs of what’s to come. Read more……at CanoeTech Blog