iPhone7-Svr-PF-2up_Messages_PR-PRINT-932x910Today was a big day for Apple fans – iPhone 7 day! While we’ve known for a little while now that the actual physical looks would not be the big “Tick” change that would normally have come at this point, there’s still plenty to like under the hood of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. With that said, we’ve got a special iPhone 7 podcast wrap-up to take you through the goods. (It’s a trek, sorry.)

For those that would rather simply read a TL;DR, below is a bullet point list of the important items in an easily digestible format.

 
 
 

RSS | iTunes | Google Play (coming shortly)

 
 

Show Notes

 

 

Apple Music

 

  • 17 million+ subscribers
  • 30 million songs

 

App Store

 

  • 140 billion + downloads
  • 2x more global revenue from next closest competitor
  • 500,000 games
  • Mario – Nintendo coming to App Store
    • Mario Run – runner game
  • Coming “holidays 2016”
  • Super Mario stickers for iMessage
  • Set price – No IAPs (for now)

 

Education

 

  • Stuff was said

 

iWork

 

  • Real-time collaboration across mac and iOS (very google drive/office 365)

 

Apple Watch

 

 

  • Software
    • WatchOS 3
      • Dock
      • New faces
      • Messaging – tapback (double tap for quick reply)
      • Animated stickers (read: gifs)
      • Full screen effects from iOS come to watch
      • Custom replies w/ scribble
      • Emergency – SOS
      • Pokemon Go coming to Apple Watch
        • More than 4.6 billion km walked by players
        • Downloaded over 500 million times
        • Egg hatching now a “complication”
        • Current screen shows current level and XP meter
        • See how far you’ve walked + calories burned + nearby pokemon
        • Can see pokemon that show up – but must take out iphone to catch it
        • Pokestops – tap to pick up items
    • Apple Watch 2 (“Series 2) – starting at $369
      • Pre-order Sept. 6th | Available Sept. 16th
      • “Swim proof” – rated for 50m
      • Speaker used to eject water
      • 2 new workouts – pool and open water swims
      • Specs: 2nd gen SiP SoC (S2)
        • Dual core CPU – 50% faster
        • New GPU 2x faster
        • Display – 2x brighter – 1000nits
        • Built-in GPS
        • Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and now Ceramic (starting at $1249)
        • Apple Watch Nike+ edition – designed with runners in mind – “Late October” – $369-399
          • Perforated, breathable band (aluminum case)
          • Running shortcuts
            • Siri – start a run
          • Tweaked at-a-glance screen w/ distance and pace
            • Advanced mode (?)
      • Apple Watch Series 1 (original)
        • Same dual-core CPU upgrades
        • $269
        • Pre-order Sept. 9th | Available Sept. 16th

 

iPhone

  • Over 1 billion sold
  • iMessage effects + iMessage App Store (recap from WWDC)
  • Colors: Jet black, “black”  (matte black), gold, rose gold, silver
  • Home buton: non-mechanical. Taptic engine.
    • Taptic responses for messages, actions, notifications, ringtones, etc.
  • Enclosure: water and dust resistant
    • IP67
  • Camera (iPhone 7 non-plus)
    • Optical image stabilizaiton in non-plus and plus models
    • Larger f/1.8 aperture (50% more light)
    • New 12mp sensor (60% faster and 30% more efficient)
    • New quad-led true-tone flash
    • RAW support
    • Live photo update
      • Stabilization
      • Editing after you shoot them
      • Capture API for developers
      • Editing API for developers
      • RAW API
      • Wide color capture API
    • Front facing camera
      • Now 7 megapixels
  • Display – Retina HD display – 25% brighter
  • iPhone 7 Plus
    • Camera – 2x 12 megapixel cameras
      • Camera 1 – wide angle
      • Camera 2 – telephoto – 2x optical
      • 1x-10x (optical only up to 2x)
      • New “style” in camera app “Portrait” uses depth of field effect – coming “later this year” as an update to iPhone 7 plus
  • Instagram Special – Instagram app can turn Live Photos into Boomerangs (gifs)
  • Audio
    • Stereo speakers (rip headphone jack)
    • Earpods – Lightning
      • Bundled – Lightning Earpods + Lightning to 3.5mm adapter
  • Wireless
    • Apple Airpods – wireless earbuds
      • Available – Late October – $159
      • Compatible with iPhone 5 and up**
      • W1 chip powers Airpods
      • Beamforming tech
      • Infrared sensors detect when Airpods in ear, and only play when in-ear
      • Touch – Access Siri with a double tap
      • Use external mics to reduce external noise
      • 5 hours charge
      • Wireless charging case – 24 hours battery life (recharges via Lightning)
      • Pair by simply removing from charging case – prompt pops up on screen
      • Beats – new line of headphones taking advantage of W1 chip and iOS implementation
        • Beats Solo 3 wireless
          • 40 hours listening time
        • Powerbeats 3 wireless
        • Beats X
          • Affordable, light
  • Felica – Specific to Japan tech for Apple Pay
  • Performance
    • A10 Fusion
      • 64 bit Quad-core (big-little configuration)
        • 2 high performance cores – 40% faster than A9 in 6s/plus | 2x as fast as A8
        • 120x faster than original iPhone
        • 2 high efficiency cores – 1/5th the power
        • Apple design performance controller handles core-to-core handoff.
      • 6-core GPU that is 50% faster than A9, uses ? the power.
  • Battery life
    • Non-plus – “2 hours more than iphone 6s”
    • Plus – “At least an hour more than 6s plus”
  • LTE
    • Now supports LTE Advanced up to 450 Mbps
  • Availability
    • Pre-order begins September 9th
    • Available September 16th
  • Pricing
    • Same pricing as 6s/6Plus
    • 32 GB | 128 GB | 256 GB (jet black only in 128 and 256)
    • iPhone SE remains at 16/64 GB
    • iPhone 6s remains at 16/64 GB
    • iPhone 6s Plus remains at 16/64 GB
  • Apple Upgrade Program
    • Now available in UK and China
  • iOS 10 – available September 13th

macOS Sierra

  • Released on September 20th for free to Mac owners

 

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