Apple’s Sept 7th Event Recap – Part I

Photo Credit/Source: Apple Website

Apple held its much anticipated September 7th special event today at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco. The event kicked off with a Carpool Karaoke segment between Tim Cook, Pharrell and The Late Late Show host James Corden.

Apple provided recaps of watchOS 3 and iOS 10, highlighting some of the new features and enhancements that will be included with both OSes. Both watchOS 3 and iOS 10 will be available as free upgrades starting Sept. 13th. Apple also announced that iWork, which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote now supports real-time collaboration allowing users and teams to edit in real-time across the Mac, iPad, iPhone and the web.

Apple Watch

Turning to Apple Watch, we learned today that Pokemon Go, which has garnered a huge fan base, will be coming to Apple Watch before the New Year. As expected, Apple also announced the next generation of Apple Watch – Apple Watch Series 2.

Apple Watch Series 2 has been redesigned and will be “swim proof”. It is water resistant up to 50 meters. The device is completely sealed off with the exception of the speaker which requires airflow. The new design allows the speaker to expel any water that enters the speaker cavity. The Apple Watch Series 2 was designed with swimmers in mind and incorporates new tracking tools for swim workouts.

The Apple Watch Series 2 has a new 2nd-generation SiP (system in a package) which includes a dual-core processor making it 50% faster than the original Apple Watch, a GPU that is 2x faster than the original Apple Watch, a 2nd-generation display which is 2x brighter at 1,000 nits and comes with built-in GPS. The new series is available in three materials: aluminum, stainless steel and the brand new ceramic option.

Apple has also teamed with Nike to create the Apple Watch Nike+ series specifically designed for runners. It will be available in four colors.

The Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Nike+ will start at $369 and be available for pre-order on Sept. 9th. The Apple Watch Series 2 will be available on Sept. 16th and the Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in late October.

Apple has also updated and rebranded the original Apple Watch referring to it as the Apple Watch Series 1. It will include a dual-core processor and watchOS 3.

Stay tuned for Part II of our recap of today’s Apple Special Event.

To watch the entire keynote presentation, go to http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2016.

 

NYC’s Windowless Skyscraper

Walking down the streets of Manhattan in New York City, you can’t help but notice all of the incredible and spectacular skyscrapers that make up the city skyline from the Empire State Building to 30 Rockefeller Plaza to One World Trade Center.

If you’ve walked around the neighborhood of Tribeca, you may have come across a very unique and interesting skyscraper . . . unique and interesting in that it has no windows.

Located at 33 Thomas Street between Thomas and Worth Streets, the windowless skyscraper is the former AT&T Long Lines building. Standing at 550 feet tall, the building which opened in 1974, was designed and built to house telephone switching equipment. The exterior façade of the building is constructed of flat concrete slabs with large protrusions located at about the midpoint and top of the building used for ventilation. The building is self-sufficient with its own gas, electric and water supply and can continue to operate for up to two weeks without public utilities. It was also designed to survive nuclear fallout for up to two weeks.

By 1999, AT&T completed the move of their operations out of 33 Thomas Street over to their current home at 32 Avenue of the Americas which is also home to commercial tenants including Verizon, T-Mobile, NYU, iHeartMedia and the iHeartRadio Theater.

Given the secure nature of the building, the former AT&T Long Lines building continued to be used for some telephone switching equipment and as space for secure datacenters. Little information is available on the current use and operations status of the former AT&T Long Lines building.

 

 

All Eyes On Apple: Sept 7th Event

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With Apple’s now confirmed September 7th event on the calendar, all eyes await to see what Apple will announce at its eagerly awaited September event. The rumors have been building and piling on for months following Apple’s WWDC event in June.

What we can expect at this point is an announcement for a new iPhone, likely being the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many rumors have circulated indicating the next iPhone will likely carry on a similar appearance and size to the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus series while receiving upgrades to the chip and potentially dropping the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. With the iPhone’s ten year anniversary coming in 2017, speculation has it that Apple will save any major redesign & overhaul for its ten year anniversary iPhone series.

We can also expect Apple to provide more specific details as well as the potential release dates for macOS Sierra and iOS 10, both of which are currently in beta/preview release and possibly announce the release of Apple Watch 2.

There has also been much talk about Apple overhauling and refreshing the MacBook Pro line which has not undergone a major overhaul or refresh since 2012. Apple released a minor refresh to both the MacBook and MacBook Air lines earlier this year. Rumors are going around that the new MacBook Pro will be thinner and lighter, utilize Intel’s Skylake processors and have an OLED touch panel above the keyboard. With the September event typically reserved for the iPhone, macOS and iOS, there’s been speculation that Apple may hold a separate October or November event for any new MacBook Pro announcement.

While much of what we know remains in the rumor mill, the bright side is we only need to wait a few more days before Tim Cook takes the stage and puts some of these rumors to bed. Stay tuned for more following the Apple September 7th keynote!

 

GarageBand for Mac & iOS

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GarageBand for Mac & iOS is a powerful all-in-one music creation studio. The app is included with the purchase of new Macs and iOS devices. It can also be purchased standalone through the Mac and iOS App stores.

For someone who’s not a musician or composer, GarageBand does have smart instruments and a collection of royalty-free Apple music loops that you can select, use, edit and arrange to create some really interesting and cool tracks.

With smart instruments, you can use the autoplay control knob to select a series of preset chord progressions for guitars, piano, string instruments, drums & percussions. Likewise, you can utilize GarageBand’s huge library of royalty-free Apple music loops to create really fantastic arrangements. With a little creativity, time and patience, you can put these all together to create some really great instrumental pieces.

While this won’t make you the next John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith or Murray Gold, it will spark your creativity and will certainly be a fun exercise and experience, so give it a try!