Rumors of Siri, the famous iPhone voice-operated assistant, coming to the Mac have been swirling lately, and some recent leaks have given us a solid glimpse into the probability of Siri coming to the Mac. MacRumors reports that they have received screenshots from a reliable source giving us a peek into the development of Siri for the Mac. In addition to a Siri app in the dock (above), it is reported that there will be a "Hey Siri" feature, much like the iPhone's, that can be turned on or off in preferences. Having "Hey Siri" on would definitely drain battery, but it would be a useful feature, especially as it appears there will be a Siri app which would take longer than just saying a command.
Do I think that Siri is coming to Mac? Absolutely. Rumors of Siri on Macs have been floating ever since Siri came to the iPhone, and now that Apple has improved Siri dramatically on the iPhone, it's time for the voice-automated assistant to arrive on the Mac. The report from MacRumors almost confirms this, and it appears we will probably find out for sure this June at WWDC, when Apple anounces OS X 10.12. The only thing left for Apple to do is fix their stale lineup of computers that hasn't changed much in the past few years. But, that's another subject for another time. As usual, feel free to leave a comment if you have additional input. Thanks!
Are we getting close to seeing the Apple Car? A report from Neil Cybart of Above Avalon indicates Apple may be ramping up spending on its much-hyped potential new product: the Apple Car. Since 2014, we've seen an uptick in Apple's R&D (research and development) spending, and it appears that Apple is going to spend at least a record $10 billion on R&D this year. Rumor has it that the increase in spending since 2014, especially the huge increase this year, indicates that Apple is moving towards a huge pivot in their company's direction by diving into the auto industry. Analysts like Neil Cybart have said that this is a huge indication Apple is getting closer to a car, but is he right? Is the R&D increase going to be spent truly on the Apple Car, or is it just wishful thinking?
Industry insider Steven Sinofksy claims that an increase in R&D spending is simply what comes along with company growth. Additionally, historically an R&D spending increase hasn't meant a huge new product. It could simply mean Apple is working on improving small aspects of the iPhone for the release of the 7 or 7s. Other analysts have commented that the spending increase is historically in line with Apple's spending anyway. However, here at AppleBlend, we believe that the R&D spending increase may very well have something to do with Project Titan (Apple Car). A 30% increase from 2015 can't be ignored, and coupled with the steadily growing Apple Car rumors, it's hard to say there's not a correlation.
The recent decline in Apple's tablet sales hardly phases them as they continue to upgrade the iPads yearly. With its recycled design year after year, and the only good selling point its custom X series processor, where does the iPad fit in Apple's lineup?
When the iPhone SE was released, critics bashed it for not receiving huge sales and attention at its launch, and the fact that the sales were underperforming previous iPhones. Many critics used it to propel their narrative that Apple is failing or dying off. I addressed these absurd critiques in my article about the reason that iPhone SE sales weren't what some people expected them to be. Simply put, iPhone SE sales won't be as great as iPhone 7 sales will be or as great as 6s sales were, simply because it's not the next phone in Apple's lineup, but an addition to diversify the product line and cater to 4-inch iPhone lovers. However, it appears that the SE may have more demand than people want to talk about.
Chuck Jones at Forbes writes that "SE lead times have stabilized at 2 to 3 weeks". Now, lead times don't necessarily mean great sales, but long lead times show that there is a high demand for the product (basically, that it's popular). It is performing similar to how the 5s performing on its launch, and I'm not surprised. The SE is a great iPhone to diversify Apple's lineup, and as much as critics want to call it a failure, it simply isn't. Apple made a great move with adding the SE to the lineup and I think it will be a solid performer for years to come. Thanks! Leave a comment below if you have any input.
After lying sick in bed this morning watching Apple's keynote, I realized I couldn't tell the difference between the 5s and the SE so therefore I am going to do a side by side comparison between the two. I will leave full specs below. After close examination I have decided that the SE is just a spec bump of the 5S. Do you agree? Leave a comment with your view.
The new Apple TV hasn't been in the news much lately, but it should be. I recently posted a review of the Apple TV, saying that although the software and remote received a much needed facelift, it felt rushed and unfinished when it came to the App Store. Although some brilliant games like Rayman Adventures and some great and useful apps are on it, the App Store for the Apple TV feels very, very sparse. I couldn't name more than ten decent games for it, which is definitely a problem since it is advertised as being something that's great to game on. In reality, the Apple TV isn't a gaming console but it definitely has the capabilities and they're not being used to the fullest. What worries me more is that we are in the midst of the holiday season, a time when people are buying Apple devices for their families, and no major games have been announced for the TV. What this signals is that companies aren't interested in developing for the Apple TV, and there are quite a few possible reasons for that. But will the TV continue to develop with more gaming capabilities and popularity in the gaming world, or will games eventually be done away with in future Apple TV's, bringing it to its original purposes?
Apple's new battery case, love it or hate it, is here. When I first saw it, I thought of a camel hump. Camels use their humps to store water for their long journeys in the desert just as the Apple battery case aims to provide extra power on your journeys through the internet. After having a good laugh at Apple design labs, I had a thought...
The new Apple TV came out a few short months ago, and after extensive use, I've compiled a list of what the Apple TV is and what it isn't.
What it is:
When the Apple Pencil was announced along with the iPad pro, critics pounced on it, referencing when Steve Jobs said Apple would never make a stylus. I heard from my friends who mocked the pencil. But really, the Apple Pencil isn't a stylus, at least not in the way Steve Jobs meant it. The Apple Pencil was designed specifically for artists using the iPad Pro as a drawing tool. And now that the iPad Pro has come out, I got a chance to go and see the pencil, and I brought two excellent artists with me to see what they thought.
Their first impressions were: wow, this feels like a real pencil! The Apple Pencil responds perfectly to pressure and it feels and looks just like you were drawing on a piece of paper. One of the artists I brought added that the ability to block out your hand was remarkable. It really did feel like a pencil and paper.