Rumors of devices that could be shown at Apple's event tomorrow are adding up to one massive undergoing for the company. If indeed we DO see more than just the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple will have changed the script they've set for themselves over the past several years. While this event is traditionally only the place where we learn about new operating system features in iOS as well as the new "s" devices, tomorrow's event could also play host to smart home upgrades via Apple TV (a new Apple TV), as well as new iPads and Apple Watch accessories.
We're just counting days, nay hours even, before Apple takes to the stage this week. And while many eyes are on the iPhone 6s and the Apple TV, which will hopefully make a grand entrance this time, there is definitely a lot of room left for the big iPad Pro. So much room, in fact, that we're still hearing last minute details about Apple's stylus-enabled and largest tablet ever. And it's a sort of good news, bad news deal, with some of the information proving a bit disappointing.
Today we've had the opportunity to take a hands-on look at the DxO One, a camera that attaches itself to iPhones and iPads. This device connects with Apple's own lighting port, using the iPhone (or iPad) as a view screen. The DxO One then takes the photos itself using the iPhone as a controller. This little accessory appears to be high-quality enough to be a viable addition to our accessory collections right off the bat.
Several years ago Google introduced their own take on spherical photo capture in Android. They pushed this functionality to Street View, their own real-world-capture system for Google Maps. Now they've made it accessible and user-friendly for all people with mobile devices with a new Street View app from Google Maps. This app allows you to capture, share, and view your own spherical photos in as simple a way as has ever been delivered on a mobile device.
The "BB-8 by Sphero" is a robot toy that combines the high-tech remote-control spherical fun of the original Sphero with the life force of the newest droid hero from Star Wars. This is the "ball droid" you've likely seen in the first, second, and/or third teaser trailer video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This device incorporates remote control with a smartphone, augmented reality, and the ability to roll around and act entirely autonomously all around your house, recording data and exploring your hallways as he does so.
Late last month, Apple confirmed its big event taking place on September 9 in San Francisco, and word has it the company will be debuting its new iPad Pro slate at said event, as well as a new iPad Mini model. The iPad Pro has been the source of rumors for a while, and will reportedly be hitting shelves this coming November, with pre-orders being planned for the end of October. Likewise, the iPad mini 4 will be an improvement over the current iPad mini model in multiple ways.
It's not everyday that you hear about malware on iOS, so when the news does hit, it hits hard. And while there are mitigating factors that prevent this malware from being spread too far, it's effects could actually affect even innocent iPhone and iPad users. Nicknamed "KeyRaider", this new family of iOS malware has been able to harvest more than 200,000 valid Apple accounts. Their purpose? To be able to install apps from the App Store without paying a dime. Of course at the expense of those whose accounts have been compromised.
iOS is one of if not the best mobile operating system, but so far its primary focus has been consumers. But some of those consumers are also employees, business men and women, enterprise workers, and the such. And that is one market where Apple is trying to make some headway. Strengthening its push towards the enterprise, Apple has struck up a deal with Cisco, one of the industry's leading networking and collaborative services provider to integrate iPhones and iPads more deeply into users' enterprise lives and workflows.
Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.
Apple's much-rumored iPad Pro will treat the stylus as an option, but one you'll need if you want Force Touch style pressure support according to one analyst's predictions. Tipped to be a 12.9-inch tablet focusing on graphics and multimedia professionals, the iPad Pro is widely expected to be announced later this year, but according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo it will have an official companion accessory never before seen with an Apple product.