Jan 10, 2016 by: Carter Reschke

BeatsheadphonesIs Apple really developing a completely wireless set of Beats headphones, potentially to be released with the iPhone 7?  There is definitely a possibility.  

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac reports that Apple is trying out a brand new type of earphones which could potentially release with the iPhone 7 this fall.  Apparently, these earphones would be "completely wireless, which is to say that they would not even have a cord connecting the left and right earpieces."  If this is true, the earphones would probably resemble something much like the Bragi Dash (pictured with a photoshopped beats logo on them here) and the Motorola Hint headphones.  Apple recently registered the name "AirPods" and with the overall design of the earphones this would be a fitting name and likely the one Apple will use.

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Jan 7, 2016 by: Carter Reschke

Well, that was fun while it lasted.Vidyo  News surfaced yesterday of a screen recording app available on the App Store, Vidyo.  A rare opportunity, many people went ahead and purchased the $4.99 app that uses the Airplay feature to mirror your device's screen and record your phone screen and audio.  Screen recording apps are very valuable, especially to gamers, because it allows you to record what you're doing on your screen and is ideal for YouTube channels featuring mobile games.

Not surprisingly, Apple removed the app from the App Store today.  Apparently they have a policy against screen recording apps, and other apps like this one that have surfaced in the past have been taken down promptly also.  For those of you wanting an app like this, you'll probably have to wait a few months until another one like this surfaces.  

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Dec 21, 2015 by: Carter Reschke

ImovieandgaragebandiMovie and GarageBand are hidden gems on Apple devices.  They get a bad rap; many critics laugh at the "capabilities" of iMovie.  I never hear my DJ or music making friends praising GarageBand, even though it's a wonderful music making application.  The truth is, iMovie and GarageBand are under appreciated applications, and they can do more than you think.

Between iMovie and GarageBand, more of the negativity I hear is focused towards iMovie.  I've been laughed at for telling people I edit in iMovie, and it gets sub-par reviews from YouTube review channels, people on Apple forums, et cetera.  I don't understand this criticism.  I've edited in iMovie for almost a decade; it's phenomenal.  In iMovie I've done stuff from realistic explosion special FX, gunshots and green screen effects to dramatic slideshows and tutorial videos.  You can upload to YouTube or share it with your friends, all easily and directly from iMovie.  There are many of you who don't dislike iMovie, you just don't appreciate it.  iMovie has so many pros such as precise editing with an easy-to-use interface and many templates.  It has so much versatility and so much can be done with it that there aren't many reasons to dislike it.  So haters, quite hating on iMovie.  It's vastly better than that Windows Movie Editor-or whatever Microsoft people edit with.  And to be honest, it's not much worse than Final Cut Pro and has a supremely better interface than After Effects.

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Dec 21, 2015 by: Carter Reschke
Categories: Rumors, Opinion/Ideas

 

AppletvgamesThe 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?

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Dec 21, 2015 by: Ezra Reschke
Categories: Opinion/Ideas

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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...

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Dec 18, 2015 by: Carter Reschke
Categories: Opinion/Ideas

AppletvThe 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:

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Dec 18, 2015 by: Ezra Reschke
Categories: The Apple Report

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Hello and welcome to The Apple Report #1. The Apple Report is basically a summary of the top 3 to 5 trending Apple news and rumors in the past couple weeks. So to keep you entertained, let's jump right in.

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Nov 27, 2015 by: Carter Reschke
Categories: Opinion/Ideas

ApplepencilWhen 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.

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Nov 26, 2015 by: Ezra Reschke

Ipadpro Recently, from time to time my iPhone 6 has been freezing up as the recent iPad Pros have. At first I thought my battery was bad, then as it continued I suspected a software bug. My friend, who lives in Portland, has a iPod 5th gen and called me up informing me his iPod froze up on the lock screen and wouldn't respond despite hearing the sounds of messages and notifications. I recently talked with Carter on this he reported incidents like this too.

If you're having this problem too, you're not alone. Apple has confirmed a problem with its iPad Pro tablets but they only confirmed the iPad Pro units, and only when the Pro's were charged too long. After being unplugged, the tablets display a black screen and won't function, according to user reports on the Apple Support Communities Website. "Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating," the company stated in a recent release on its support Website. Then are my reports untrue? Are all the reports we have received untrue?  I am a person doesn't believe in overcharging devices (with the exception of my MacBook), so it's hard to blame charging. However, we can't say the same about my friends. Reports of this happening on the iPhone 6s as well also point to this being a software issue, not just an iPad Pro issue.

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