#93 The Morning After Apples Event

Finally the journalists have woken up from the daze of yesterday’s event. However, things aren’t looking so great for most of the new services that are soon to be rolling out…

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#92 Apple Announces Pluses On Everything!

Apple popped the cover on its long-awaited streaming service as well as a couple unannounced surprises! Tune in for full coverage! I, for one, was not impressed by one announcement but you’ll have to listen in to find out.

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Apple Is Closing Their Last Apple Watch Shop Next Month

Apple is set to close its last remaining pop-up shop dedicated to Apple Watch on May 13.
(Credit: Shotaro Akiba/Twitter)

The Cupertino-based company is shutting the doors to the last of their remaining Apple Watch-exclusive shop in May. The Tokyo shop is the last of the three pop-up shops that were dedicated to selling their wearable tech.

Twitter user Shotaro Akiba has Tweeted a photo of the announcement at Shinjuku’s high-end Isetan department store where the shop is located.

The announcement reads, “This is a notice that Apple Watch at Isetan Shinjuku will close as of Sunday, May 13. Thank you very much for your continuous patronage.”

Apple’s pop-shop in Japan is the first of its kind to open. Its opening coincided with the launch of the original Apple Watch back in 2015. The other two, located in Paris and London, were opened later on but has since closed in 2017.

But closing the shop doesn’t mean the company is in trouble. Earlier this month, Apple opened a full-fledged store in Shinjuku as well. The pop-up stores were just outlets for Apple’s remaining inventory of their 18k Gold and Rose Gold Apple Watch Edition models. They sold for at least $10,000 to $17,000 when they first launched.

Now that the company is focusing on marketing the watch primarily as a health and fitness accessory, it seems that there is no need for the specialty stores.

 

iPhone SE 2 With Touch ID and No Headphone Jack To Launch Next Month

Apple is reportedly unveiling the iPhone SE 2 next month. It will come with touch ID, an A10 Fusion chip but without a headphone jack.

Another day, another rumour for Apple products. This time, it’s about the iPhone SE 2 and it could be coming REALLY soon.

Japanese blog Macotakara has published new details pertaining to the iPhone SE 2 after talking to a case maker of the phone. This new information coincides with the Eurasian regulatory filings of new Apple models this month.

According to the report, the latest iPhone SE will be launched as early as next month. It will have the same look as the original iPhone SE with the same 4″ display and touch ID. However, it will now be powered with an A10 processor similar to the iPhone 7. Apple Pay is still supported using NFC.

A big difference on the design however, is the removal of the headphone jack. Apple started dropping the headphone jack on its iPhones with the iPhone 7 when they marketed it as water resistant. Could this be a new feature of the iPhone SE as well?

The image posted on the blog showed a case with the same colour as the iPhone 8 blush gold. And similar to the latter, the report claims that the new model also has a glass back and could probably support wireless charging.

Since its launch in March 2016, Apple hasn’t released a new version of the iPhone SE. Perhaps it will finally be this year? Let’s wait and see!

Report: Apple Working on iPhone With Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens

Apple is reportedly planning to launch an iPhone with a curved screen and touchless gesture control in three years.

(Credit: Bloomberg)

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reports that Apple is currently working on iPhones with “touchless gesture control” and curved screens. Apparently, the company is looking to distinguish themselves from the saturated smartphone market with these new features.

The touchless control is described as a hover-like gesture system and is controlled “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.”

These touchless iPhones “would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli” or Samsung’s Air Gestures. This is because the tech will be integrated in the display rather than using a motion sensor in the bezel.

The report also talks about an iPhone display that curves inward “gradually from top to bottom.” This is different from Samsung’s curved screen which bend on the sides of their phones.

To achieve this, Apple will reportedly be using OLED screens instead of LCD which they used in older iPhones. Currently, only the iPhone X uses OLED. The screen actually curves slightly at the bottom, almost imperceptible to the naked eye.

To facilitate with the demand for the OLED screen, Apple will be looking into getting LG as their supplier together with Samsung.

However, this project is not imminent and could take two to three years to complete. And according to people with knowledge of Apple’s plans, both features are still in the development stage. The company could still scrap these enhancements if they choose to.