What’s New With Apple: ARKit, iMac Pro, and watchOS 3

Apple is known for innovation in technology, releasing new products several times each year. The largest technology company in the world is known for releasing new versions of smartphones, computers, and other similar gadgets. Apple is expanding its already-prospective horizons and venturing into the car business, as CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed their plans to develop and produce an “Apple car.”


Rather than creating a sporty, fuel-efficient, trendy vehicle, Apple is hopping onboard the self-driving, autonomous car trend. The tech giant is not focused on creating eye-popping vehicles, instead opting for fully autonomous vehicles as their objective.


Apple hopes to advance artificial intelligence in coming years with the advent of an autonomous, Apple-brand vehicle, although no definite plans for release or mass production are set in stone at this time. While autonomous cars are very interesting, arguably more interesting than anything else Apple offers, the company has informed consumers of upcoming releases and upgraded technologies.


The Apple Watch will be getting a new update, watchOS 3, that should be released this fall. The touchscreen watch will also be the future home of Toy Story backgrounds and watch faces, coming around the time watchOS 3 is due.


Apple’s computer operating systems is getting another regular reboot, upgrading macOS Sierra to macOS High Sierra. Presenters made clear that invasive cookies will be thoroughly blocked, virtual reality devices will be easier to use, and Safari browser will be quicker.


The iMac Pro was mentioned, pricing starting at $4,999 — yeah, that’s a lot for a computer — featuring 6 Thunderbolt 3 ports, fast Ethernet, and more. The new, beefed-up computer is not likely to be released soon, with a release date as early as 2018.


Developers will be getting more help with ARKit, an upcoming, developer-friendly API. Depths of objects will be automatically gauged, along with the streamlining of placing objects on concrete surfaces, rather than playing guessing games of where they look natural.




Apple Joins a Quest for the Perfect Car

Until now, self driving car technology has been reserved for car dealerships and high profile tech companies. Today, Apple has confirmed work on these products, which are deviations from their usual line of phones and handheld gadgets. Nevertheless, Apple has a great deal of knowledge to add to the discussion. Their global positioning systems will be revolutionary in this day and age of guidance. Self driving cars need to navigate the road, and with Apple’s contributions, this might be closer than experts previously imagined. Google has openly welcomed them to the industry, claiming that their experience with digital media will go a long way in programming these vehicles. A small coalition of Apple’s designers will abandon phones and laptops for now and focus on this extensive project. The team will still operate at Apple headquarters, but they will have a large amount of resources at their disposal. The company will be funding this endeavor just like any other project within their corporation. If success ensues within a few years, they will construct entirely new facilities for these workers.


This is Apple’s first entrance into the automobile market. They are ready to partner with Toyota and Nissan for the first part of the fiscal year. If things go well, we should see technological process within a few years at the very maximum. In the quest for the perfect car, self driving cars are highly lauded as examples of flawless engineering. However, imperfections are bound to occur along the way. The executive board of Apple has recognized these setbacks, stating that the road to an ideal car is often oversimplified by the public and pundits. Using adaptations from handheld gadgets, Apple plans to take a unique approach to this problem. An integrated system of cars and navigation hubs will avoid confusion and reduce the possibility of a crash.


Apple Unveils DNDWD

The tech world and social media are always flooded with acronyms, but DNDWD is a bit different and you may soon start seeing it more often. The letters stand for: Do Not Disturb While Driving.” The moniker is applied to a new feature on Apple’s iOS 11, which will be released in the fall of 2017. iPhone users who opt-in to the technology will connect their devices to their vehicle’s Bluetooth system. When anyone tries to contact the driver they will receive a Do Not Disturb While Driving notification. The person making contact will also receive the option to mark the message as urgent. An urgent notification will be received by the driver.


Safety advocates are pleased that Apple is taking distracted driving seriously and hope that other smartphone makers will include similar features in their products. The question will be whether or not drivers use the option. For those addicted to their phones, the feature might be similar to a nicotine patch. DNDWD can be a good way for distracted drivers to develop good habits but that doesn’t mean they won’t find a way around the system once their cravings kick in.


For drivers who find themselves attached to their phones, using the technology will still take a great deal of will power. First, the DNDW function can be avoided entirely by not attaching the phone to Bluetooth. Second, non-drivers are able to opt out of the DNDWD mode with one easy click. Opting out might be something drivers choose to select as well. Plus, the urgent function could very easily be abused. It may be necessary for users to let their friends understand what they consider to be an urgent situation.


Drivers who already exercise restraint won’t need the feature much, but it can improve their likability. The option provides the driver with a polite way of declining messages, and for a reason that is increasingly respected as distracted driving accidents continue to increase.


Apple Working on the Future of Autonomous Cars

The magnate Apple developed a program which allows for the navigation of an autonomous vehicle. The test drive for the program has been completed with the use of a Lexus RX450h SUV. The spot for the experiment was Silicon Valley as the Apple facility is located there. The experiment was also captured by an observer that acted fast enough to snap a few shots.



The test car was equipped with the necessary gadgets, but it was still mostly conspicuous. It also looked similar to the test car that Waymo used. Waymo is a self-driving car by Google, but it was retired. The equipment of the Lexus RX450h SUV includes radar, LiDAR, and a few optical cameras.



The experiment that Apple conducted on the roads of Silicon Valley appears to be at a very early stage, according to the DMV documents which have been made public. The company seems to be focusing primarily on the aspect of software at this point. Later stages will probably involve unique tech and gadgets that the magnate will develop in their labs.



Apple has also been trying to change several other things around. Recently, they made a request directed towards the state of California. The subject of the application is the policies of California in regard to self-driving cars. Such kind of an appeal is an obvious telltale sign that Apple is very serious about this project although they are in an early stage of developing it.



The request was made in a letter which had later become public. In their letter, Apple suggests a few changes to the policies with explanations as to why they believe the changes should be made. Some of the reasons are to ensure the safety of the public in transit while still maintaining the project of self-driving cars going as planned. Several other companies also filed their desire for changes in Californian policies on self-driving cars.



The changes made by other companies were regarding their freedom of innovation as well. For example, Tesla referred to the bar that some policies put on the testing of autonomous vehicles. That would only result in innovators looking for another space to do the testing of self-driving cars. Tesla also added that the limit of 10 000 pounds for is not ideal for testing either.




Tech Giant Cisco Purchases AppDynamics Ahead of IPO

Before AppDynamics could enter the IPO market, it was acquired by tech giant Cisco, upsetting the plans of many that were waiting for the company to hit the market. AppDynamics is a smart business that gives companies the ability to monitor the performance of their applications, a vital tool in the digital age.


Cisco acquired the company for 3.7 billion dollars, a huge purchase in today’s market when new and better is always a day away. The acquisition comes as a huge surprise because Cisco just made another large purchase in the tech industry. What is surprising is that all of the new purchases that are being made are rapidly changing Cisco’s portfolio and traditional business.


Tech insiders see all the purchases as being linked to the hardware networking that Cisco is best known for. You can no longer just create a product, but need to understand how it works and functions within the industry that it has been created for. This is where acquisitions like AppDynamics make sense because it brings the two worlds of a single product together.


Insiders suggest that AppDynamics was already open to an acquisition, and even setting itself up for a purchase when it began announcing its move to the IPO market. Doing this is a great way to establish a market value for a company or brand and potential companies are more likely to approach the negotiating table.


With AppDynamics in its portfolio, Cisco is better able to provide its customer base with even more services to realize business growth. Apps are necessary to every brand, especially tech brands, because mobile device and tech users expect to connect with companies through customized means as soon as they start interacting with a brand.


There is plenty of competition for app monitoring services, but with this new acquisition by Cisco, AppDynamics has placed itself in an even better position in the market than it already was and now has the attention of a huge client base.


New Way For iOS App Developers to Respond to Their Users

When the iOS 10.3 is finally released it will become with the capability for the developers to respond to the customer feedback. This was announced in the release notes came out with the firmware’s beta build. Apple anticipates that their new improvement for the feedback infrastructure is in high demand and it is what the developer community has been looking for. Android platform has had this feature for quite some time now.



This new feature on the Apple iOS is a new way for the platform to monitor the App Store reviews and rating. It can also be viewed as an as the expansion of the iOS developer community that includes those who have been dissatisfied with the way that the stores handle the instances such as how the Dev Dash app got so disorganized as a result of the discrepancies of the customer rating.



The ability for the developer to respond to the rating and reviews of the customer is important since they can explain the issues or clarify what led to the customer’s dissatisfaction not for those customers who are being responded to but for the customer who might have experienced the same problem. This is particularly important for instances where the customer may have misunderstood some of the app’s features or they may be reporting a bug that has already been fixed by the current version.



This update is going to benefit the users as well. This would translate to the fact that the users are no longer going to need to email the developers for an issue that require a quick update, for instance, paid items not showing up in the app. Apple revealed that the new feedback will be implemented for the Mac App Store probably in the anticipated release of the 10.13 upgrade that is expected released in June. The current MacOS update is 10.12.3 that released this month.



In addition, the iOS trial version is releasing with a relating feature that goes a long way to enhance user experience. A developer has the ability to do this with the current system. The can request the user to rate the app however upon the user accepting to rate the app they will be directed to the App Store to rate the app. iOS will do away with this process enabling them to do all this without leaving the app.




Solution to Missing AirPods Problem Taken Away by Apple

Ever since it was announced that the iPhone 7 would be doing away with the headphone jack, there have been a number of complaints. One of the biggest was how easy it would be to lose the small wireless AirPods. This fear did come to pass for many users once they began using the AirPods. With a $69 replacement fee, it’s understandable that losing one of these would be more than just a matter of frustration. When an app called “Finder for AirPods” arrived in the App Store, there was finally a great solution to this problem. At least, it was a good solution until Apple removed the app without explanation.

Finder for AirPods relied on the BlueTooth signal to locate the AirPods. This system was inarguably imperfect. It couldn’t pinpoint an exact location but instead would just show you if you were close or getting closer to the source of the signal. This method of location would also only work if the AirPods still had battery life. Despite the app’s limitations, it was certainly better than the default option of nothing at all.

Apple has not commented on why the app was deemed unsuitable for the App Store and removed. The app’s developer told Mac Rumors that “Apple reportedly did not like the idea of people locating their AiPods.” Some users are speculating that the answer lies in the bottom line. If people can’t find their AirPods, they’ll have to buy new ones, a good profit stream for Apple.

Problems with iOS 9.3.3 acknowledged by Apple

In the past month, what was believed to be the last version of iOS 9 was released in the form of iOS 9.3.3. After many complaints were filed about a particularly persistent problem with opening iBooks, Apple has publicly addressed the issue and identified it as a freak accident caused by unfortunate timing.

According to Apple’s explanation, the issue preventing users from being able to open iBooks properly was due to an abrupt hiccup in the server that simultaneously occurred with the release of iOS 9.3.3. Since recognizing the unfortunate coordination of the two events, Apple has taken restorative measures. Apple has stated that any users who were concerned about the safety of their content files should be assured that there was never anything to be worried about due to iCloud storage.

While many were placated by Apple’s response to the issue, there are just as many who remain skeptical as to whether or not the claim is simply damage control. Nevertheless, most of the outrage surrounding trouble with iBooks has settled down, and there haven’t been any new complaints about iOS 9.3.3 submitted to any of Apple’s platforms used for addressing customer grievances. Due to the fact that IOS 9.3.3 will be the final update released for iPhones and iPads that predate the iPhone 5, Apple’s responsiveness to the issue has averted what might’ve been a very sour farewell to many of its older products.

PayPal’s Newest Struggle with Apple and Google

PayPal is making new moves in the tech field of electronic payment systems. PayPal’s 2013 acquisition of Braintree gave it access to some of the newest technology in the field used by massive companies like Uber and Airbnb. This promises to be a new source of growth and market share for PayPal in the field of payment collections.

Being able to buy things online is great, especially if you’re in college and don’t have a car to get to a big box retailer like Target or Kmart, take care of someone and don’t often have the time to go to the store, or just want to lay in bed or enjoy a day doing something other than going to a store, getting stuck in long lines, and dealing with parking. Online commerce is a continually growing section of the economy, and the tech that must be strong enough to support that massive infrastructure is growing and changing as well.

For years, PayPal had fallen by the wayside alongside other tech companies like Yahoo!. It fell into the trap of industry leader that never changed to meet the changing times, but it got out, and Braintree is helping it do that. It’s a fruitful business partnership, and a 300% growth rate in payment volume for Braintree in one year can speak to that. Let’s see what the continued growth and change of this industry means for consumers.

Apple Opposes Rifle Emojis During Unicode Conference

Apple is credited with making a bold move in a recent meeting that was held by Unicode, which is an entity that essentially oversees text standards in computer technology. In recent years, emojis or emoticons have explored in popularity among smartphone users. Perhaps the classic yellow smiley face is the most prominent emoji in the world, but there is an array of other types out there that are integrated into instant messaging systems and SMS platforms. For instance, a rifle emoji certainly is unique and has plenty of appeal to a certain group of people worldwide. However, Apple representatives used their influence to remove a rifle emoji from publication by Unicode. The company clearly explained that it would not integrate such an icon into any of the iOS platforms for iPhones and iPads.

It’s also believed that Google and Microsoft strongly rallied behind Apple on this particular issue during the Unicode conference. Although the details of the discussions have not been disclosed, there’s good reason to assume that such technology giants have certainly taken assertive measures in eliminating the rifle emoji and other controversial icons from the latest Unicode database. It seems that Unicode is once again finding itself entangled in a political issue involving references to gun control. However, this consortium had already publishes a bunch of emojis featuring firearms with specific references for the 2016 Olympics. Some people say there is nothing wrong with celebrating the shooting sport, which tests the marksmanship of professionals from all over the world.