Apple Introduces Red iPhone, New iPad, and Clip Video App

Apple Introduces Red iPhone, New iPad, and Clip Video App

There has been a rumor going round the last few days that Apple would do a soft update of some products today. That rumor turned out true, though not entirely in the same scope rumored. Instead of a massively updated iPad Pro line, Apple went a bit more mainstream with a new color to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a new low end iPad, and a new social media app called clips. Let’s take a look.

(PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Apple has had a long relationship supporting the retail initiative to support HIV/ AIDS research and care. That relationship has involved iPods, cases, headphones, and accessories is now going to the iPhone in the form of special edition (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7s and 7 Pluses. The special edition (PRODUCT) RED version represents the 6th color choice available for the iPhone 7 series joining Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Matte Black, and Jet Back.

The new phones will be available both online and in stores starting on March 24th starting at $749 for the 4.7” iPhone and $869 for the 5.5” iPhone 7 Plus in 128 and 256GB variants. There will not be an entry level 32GB version in (PRODUCT) RED.

Also getting a bit of love is Apple’s smallest and most affordable iPhone, the iPhone SE. While its not getting a replacement, the SE has had its storage doubled from 16 to 32GB in the entry level and from 64gb to 128gb in the next step up. Prices stay the same starting at $399 starting on March 24.

iPad

While we were expecting iPad Pro updates, Apple went in the other direction and made the 9.7” model more affordable. The new model is simply called iPad. It feature the A9 SoC from the iPhone 6 Plus and is a replacement in the lineup for the A8X powered iPad Air 2. The new iPad is lightly thicker featuring the 7.5mm thickness of the original iPad Air rather than the 6.1mm of the iPad Air 2 and 9.7” iPad Pro. That doesn’t mean the new iPad in losing any features as it still has Touch ID, 8MM rear and 1.2mp front cameras, and stereo speakers.

The iPad will ship on February 24th in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. It will come in 32 and 128GB versions. Pricing may be the new iPad’s killer feature starting at $329, $70 less than the Air 2, for Wi-Fi and $459 for cellular. The 128GB models add $100 to both of those prices.

Clips

The Most surprising announcement was an app called Clips. Clips is Apple’s take on the multi-clip videos that have become popular on Snapchat and Instagram, only platform agnostic. What makes Clips unique is that the app can add captions and titles in realtime using only their voice. Clips of courses also features the filters and animations that have made these videos popular.

Clips will be a free download from the iOS Apple Store in April and be compatible with iPhones, iPods, and iPads using the 64-bit A7 SoC and later.

Apple allows you to share clips privately with your friends messages or post the finished product to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or Vimeo.

Source: Apple 1, 2, 3

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Just kidding! I wrote a review of the iHome iPLWBT5 at a new site called ByronDoss.com and hope to be doing some more reviews there soon. The site is followed by a lot of the old Geek Beat fans from before the split. Its definitely the beginning here and I’m hoping for good things in the future. Also, this iHome is a really good option if you want something that will charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch and it has some really good sound for such a little thing.

What this means for The Tech Hangout? Nothing. I will continue to write editorial content here. But definitely give Byron’s site a look. He has some great giveaways from time to time for those in his community.

iPhone SE: It’s Not About Us, Its About Everyone Not Us

If you’re reading this, chances are that the iPhone SE is not for you. We’re the geeks, the power users that always want the latest and greatest. What we aren’t is the majority, no matter what we think we are, we’re a very vocal minority in Apple’s sales. You’ll hear about how boring the SE is and how Apple should have done more. On the contrary, Apple made the device they needed to. I’ll tell you why.

When moving to larger screens, Apple moved with all deliberate speed. The 5 & 5S were more about moving the iPhone to the industry standard 16:9 than actually making the iPhone screen larger. It was just longer, but that set the table for what was to come. The iPhone 5 also introduced a new metal unibody construction that was thinner and higher quality than previous iPhones. It also introduced the lightning port. The next year the 5S added 64-bit ARM A8 processing and Touch ID, another important stepping stone, and honestly the feature I appreciate most. Being able to use my thumb print instead of my passwords has made the mobile experience much more enjoyable and convenient.

The next generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally ushered in the medium and large screens I had been waiting for since I laid my eyes and hands on the Samsung Note II. Having larger screens was a godsend for me. I could use it. We also saw NFC and mobile payments make their debut on iOS leading to Apple Pay. The 6S generation brought a 4k rear camera and ability to use the screen as a selfie flash.

Apple found something out along the way. While many people were happy about the color choices and features of the new phones, sone size never fit all. Despite the new phones, 30 million people continued to buy the smaller 4” iPhones. Why? Because it fit them and their uses as much as my 5.5” 6 Plus fits me. The iPhone 5S was definitely a great phone, but it was behind of the features. Apple decided it was time for an upgrade. With the iPhone SE, Apple combined the best of the iPhone 5S with the best of the 6S.

While the iPhone SE may be Apple’s least expensive phone at $399, it is not in any way, shape, or form a low end phone. In fact, its one of the most advanced devices on the market. The A9 CPU is lifted straight from the 6S as is the 12mp rear camera and secure element for Apple Pay. The front camera, screen, and Touch ID sensor are the same as on the 5S. That said, decidedly unlike the 5S it has the Retina flash feature. If you’re looking for 3D touch, its not here. But considering the price and reusing the 5/5C/5S screen, I wouldn’t have expected it.

The most surprisingly controversial design element is reusing the 5S casing for the S$, though now with the same 4 colors as the 6S. The opposition to this perplexes me. Its a smart move for the consumer. The 5/5S have a mature and complete accessories market. Other than the design crowd, who would changing an already excellent design benefit?

The big question is who is this for? Let me tell you. First, its for the person who just wants to have an iPhone. This is your mom, dad, aunt, grandparent, etc and just want an easy to use smartphone experience. The other man crowd is people who even the 4.7” iPhone 6/6S to comfortably use. Lastly, its for the Apple Pay user. Apple wants mobile payments in everyone’s hands. Whoever you are, the iPhone SE gives you the high end features of the latest iPhones in a 4” form factor. You get the full iPhone experience at any size without compromise.

With the iPhone SE, the iPhone lineup is complete. If the SE doesn’t float your boat, you have two other options. Small, medium, and large everyone now has an option.

Tech Hangout #68.99 – Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Paul Gans
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Ben Roethig (Host)

Topic

Google Announces Lollipops, Nexus 6 & 9… no I’m not kidding.

Samsung profits drop 60%

Ireland to close double irish dutch sandwich

GTAT, the gift that keeps on giving

Use your iPhone has a sleep tracker

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Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Hal Sherman
  • Paul Gans
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Eric Schuetz

Topics

IOS 8.01 is available

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Blackberry Passport

Don’t bend your phone

Hard Drive Reliability

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Tech Hangout #65 – Apple Event recap

Introduction

  • Shawn ‘Doc’ Boyd
  • Andrew Rouch
  • Hal Sherman
  • Paul Gans
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Ben Roethig

Topics

Apple releases iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Apple Pay

Apple Watch

Apple brings you new U2 album… for free

Who complained about it afterwards? C*nt of Mac

Swift Goes gold.

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Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Hal Sherman
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Paul Gans
  • Ben Roethig (Host)

Topics

Will the new iPhone have sapphire glass ?

Swift: Apple’s next step in (mobile) development

US Marshall Accidentally Reply-Alls Anonymous Bitcoin Auction Bidders

Screen Mirror for Chromecast

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Tech Hangout #54 – Weird Apple stories and a 3D-printed dress

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Ben Roethig (Host)

Topics

Feedly Suffer Distributed Denial of Service attack

Oleg Pliss Hackers arrested

Tax Holiday for Apple?

Apple Singled out over Irish tax laws

Apple down 85%? Not really!

3D-printed dress exposes your body as you reveal data

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Tech Hangout #48 – The US Airways Twitter screwup

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Hal Sherman
  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Ricardo Garza
  • JW Hodge

iPhones and Macs up, iPads down, 7 to 1 split, Big stock buyback, and Angela comes to Cuppertino

Apple’s Stock Jumps $40 (7.7%) in After-Hours Session
Over 23% of Apple’s iPad buyers were new to the iPad

Apple opens up Beta Program to public

Apple opens up Mavericks Beta Program to the public

USAirways Twitter really really screws up

The Verge Article
US Airways employee screws up

Project Ara takes shape

Project Ara

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Game Stop puts SimplyMac stores where Apple isn’t

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