iOS

iOS 8.1- 3 Main Things You Need to Know

Waiting to download iOS 8.1? Don’t! Especially if you have a newer device, iOS 8.1 greatly increases the features available to iOS 8 devices in three main areas: Apple Pay, Continuity, and, surprisingly, Photos. Let’s start with one of the bigger additions: Apple Pay.

Apple Pay

Image from Apple.com

Apple Pay is a revolutionary new mobile payment system. Basically, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus allow users to import their credit or debit cards into Passbook, Apple’s place for storing tickets, gift cards, and the like. When you want to make a payment on a capable cash register, the phones use NFC-chips (near field communication) to communicate with the registers and simply request your fingerprint through Touch ID to approve the purchase. It seems amazingly simple, easy, and secure with Apple’s new secure element that is included in the new iPhones. This element provides a unique transaction code for each purchase that never is used by Apple or by the company or store you’re buying from. In-app payments are also supported in Apple Pay. Apple Pay is accessible on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and will be accessible on the iWatch, and can be used on the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 for in-app purchases only. Several retailers and stores are providing Apple Pay for both their physical locations and their apps with more retailers coming, so I think that Apple Pay will be a huge success.

 

Continuity

One of the biggest new features in iOS 8 is Continuity. Basically, Continuity is a process by which you can resume almost everything you’re doing on one Apple device on any other Apple device you own. Basically, if I was typing a document on my iPad, I could pick it up if I approached my Mac, or I could pick up a call from my iPhone on my iPad. This works for so many services and in so many ways that it is remarkable. Since I heard about Continuity, I’ve been really excited for it, and now that iOS 8.1 is available, Continuity is as well. Continuity helps make the transition between iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and more broadly, iOS and OS X, much more seamless and easy to use together.

 

Photos

Last, and somewhat least, we have Photos. Firstly, in response to the great outcry Apple users had about Camera Roll disappearing from the Photos app, Apple has restored Camera Roll! This is actually more important than it may seem. Having photos all in one place makes them easier to access and share and I’m very glad Apple put Camera Roll back in in iOS 8. Secondly, with iOS 8 comes the launch of iCloud Photo Library, a Flickr-like service that allows Apple users to edit, access, and share their photos in full-resolution between devices in iCloud. This service starts at 5 GB of storage FREE, and does increase to $1 per month for 20GB or $4 per month for 200GB. As sort of a photo-centric precursor to the across-the-board iCloud Drive cloud storage service, I’m curious to see how Apple users like this new feature.

 

Download iOS 8.1 today, see what you think, and then tell The Bengal Review in the comments below! Make sure to like if you like this post, and also to follow The Bengal Review and share this post!

—The Editor

 

External Links: 

http://www.macworld.com/article/2836081/ios-8-1-arrives-which-means-apple-pay-is-live.html

http://www.macworld.com/article/2840154/10-cool-new-features-found-in-ios-8-1.html

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iOS 8 Out Today- September 17

Today, Apple announced iOS 8,  dubbed “the latest version of the world’s most advanced operating system”. iOS 8 includes huge advantages for developers, a new Health app, new interactive notifications, amazing updates to basic apps like Messages and Photos, and amazing new Continuity features that allow all the Apple devices you own to communicate seamlessly with each other, sharing data and allowing you to pick up a project from one device on another that might be better suited for the project.

iOS 8 will be truly amazing and I personally think that it it will be an effective and well-received update to iOS.

For more info, subscribe to HandzStudios for a review of iOS 8 for the iPad that will be coming out soon! I will not be doing a full-out review, but may be posting about certain aspects of iOS 8 in the future.

–The Editor

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iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch

This is the first of our weekend posts. From now on, The Bengal Review will make posts on weekends, with necessary update posts coming throughout the week.

While following Apple for several years now, I have not seen such a significant product announcement as was made Tuesday at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Not only did Apple make crucial and significant updates to staples in their product line, but they introduced two new spectacular Apple lines that I think will make Apple a huge success in the future.

Here’s a breakdown of the basics of what went on at this groundbreaking Apple announcement:

The iPhone was updated with two new models: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 clocks in at 4.7 inches, while the 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches. I think that Apple’s decision to break into the “phablet” market was well-founded, and I think that both the 6 Plus and the 6, with their larger resolutions, faster chips, and overall advancements in design, will be huge successes. The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for 16GB, and the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for 16GB.

The next announcement Apple made at this event was the fact that iOS 8 will be launching officially on September 17. iOS 8 will complement these new phones well and I think that this software update will be on a large scale well-accepted by Apple customers.

Next, Apple announced Apple Pay, a NFC-based service that allows the user to input their credit or debit card information into Passbook in iOS and then be able to use Touch ID to make safe, private, and secure payments at any of the 220,000 touchless-payment stores around the country and several huge retailers. I was so excited when I heard about Apple Pay. Customers are always looking for seamless ways to combine different parts of their lives, and this service will help organize transactions and make them easier and more private. Apple has partnered with American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and all the major banks to provide the financial resources for this service. Apple Pay will be available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Finally, the last major announcement Apple made at this presentation was of the Apple Watch. People had been waiting for an iWatch or a smartwatch made by Apple for a VERY long time. In fact, I posted on The Bengal Review about 18 months ago about whether the iWatch (Apple Watch) would be a good idea for Apple to produce. After finally seeing how amazing Apple has designed the Watch and how spectacular the product and its specs appear at first thought, I think that the Apple Watch is going to be an amazing seller and is definitely going to be a part of Apple’s future. Basically, the Apple Watch operates using a Digital Crown, like the crown which adjusts the time on a physical watch. The demo of the watch at the presentation showed several apps that are uniquely designed for the Apple Watch and a very user-friendly, intuitive, and innovative design with regards to gestures and touch-screen usage. I don’t think that the small size of the screen is going to be a problem for consumers because Apple is going to provide two sizes of the watch, probably at around the same price. It is also compatible with many different designs, colors, and themes, and comes in three distinct collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. It doesn’t come out until early 2015, however, because it has not yet been approved by the FCC. When it does, it will start at $350, and can pair with the iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus.

Apple has just broken into the phablet market, the smartwatch market, and the mobile payment market, and because they seem to have done an amazing job as usual making products that people will love when other products in these categories (Samsung Galaxy Gear) have failed, I think that these new products and services will be huge successes for Apple.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below with your opinion and reblog this post in order to foster some good discussion.

—The Editor

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iOS 7- What and What Not to Think

iOS 7- What and What Not to Think

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There are many opinions floating around in tech circles about iOS 7, Apple’s latest mobile software for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. However, these opinions are not all the same. There are strong arguments from both sides of the issue. Some say iOS 7 is what Apple needs to get back ahead of Samsung, but others think that it will not be able to accomplish this goal. So, with all these opinions out there, what is the average Apple user to do?

Well, let me start by saying that if you want iOS 7, you might have to upgrade your device. If you have an Apple Product that is currently being sold by Apple retail, you’re good. But if you don’t, you’ll have to upgrade for iOS 7.

Just to give a little background, iOS 7 is dramatically different from iOS 6. It features a dynamic new UI (user interface) design, and comes with many sleek new features like iTunes Radio. In my opinion, it is a worthy upgrade. To form your own opinion, I would recommend reading a full summary of the new features from a website like Macworld, or watching the WWDC Keynote Address for yourself. (See external links below).

ios 7 screen

Some tech writers say that iOS 7 is not a worthy upgrade. These people believe that the UI update is not going to be effective and that Apple should have pursued something that was “actually a gamechanger”. I have to respectfully disagree with them. I believe the sleek new update with its new features will definitely help Apple, but don’t take my word for it! Look it up and form your own opinion! Also, look out for iOS 7 this fall!

-The Editor

External links:
Macworld Article on iOS 7
Watch the WWDC 2013 Keynote