AppleMagazine #361

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what the xs, xs max and xr are actually like

ALL OF THE KEY DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW PHONES You might have heard that there was a big announcement earlier this month at the Apple campus. The new Apple Watch Series 4 was confirmed, iOS12 was officially launched, Homepods were given a big update and, oh yes, three new iPhones – the XS, XS Max and XR – were announced. But what are the latter three actually like to use? Although many of the most important details about the new phones leaked ahead of the presentation, plenty of information came forth in the keynote itself for Apple fans to unpack. This served to raise a number of vital questions, including… how do these phones actually feel and perform when they are in the user’s hand? Do they fare as well as advertised, and…

is $1,100 too much for an iphone? get an older one for less

The $1,100 price tag on Apple’s latest iPhone turned heads when the company announced two weeks ago. But for less than half as much, you can still get a good camera, a decent-sized screen and other popular features. Just buy a two-year-old iPhone 7. That phone was Apple’s first to come with water resistance and its first to lose the standard headphone jack. Its 4.7-inch screen is adequate and on par with other smartphones, even though its resolution falls short of high definition. And the phone still has a fingerprint sensor and a home button, both of which have vanished in the latest iPhones. Or, if you want to pay more for wireless charging, there’s the iPhone 8. An edge-to-edge screen? You’ll need the upcoming budget iPhone XR or one of its more…

companies taking the future of it services to the skies

Two New Mexico companies are hoping to use solar-powered, fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles to create a service that gathers data from the sky. Wildflower International’s CEO Kimberly deCastro sees the future of information technology taking off to the skies, and the company has partnered with Silent Falcon, which monitors wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service with its solar-powered, fixed-wing UAV to get there, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported earlier this month. “Data is the new oil. Period,” she said. Her company specializes in providing information technology services and hardware for the federal government. The first project the two will work on is a program with Pojoaque Pueblo that gives the Wildflower flight team needed experience. “They have wide-open ground where we can start to really understand what we can do,” deCastro said. Their…

series 4: why the next big thing is on your wrist

THE FUTURE IS SCREENLESS Apple’s September Events are a time for the company to show off their latest innovations and get people excited about the next year of products and software. Historically, it’s the iPhone that attracts the most attention. This year’s Gather Round event, however, which saw the launch of the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, took a slightly different approach, and for the first time, it was the Apple Watch that was the most well-received. With Apple having already pushed the envelope with the iPhone and now offering minimal changes between cycles, many now see the Apple Watch as the ‘Next Big Thing’ for the Cupertino firm; a product that can innovate today’s technology through software and hardware engineering. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Apple’s…

apple, salesforce teaming up on mobile apps for business

Customer relations software company Salesforce says it will join with Apple to create new business apps exclusively for iPhone and iPad. Salesforce said Monday the partnership will focus on three areas: apps for industry and small business to improve customer relations; enabling businesses and developers to create Salesforce apps for iPhone and iPad; and promoting developer career growth by teaching anyone how to build iOS apps. The “Get Started with iOS Development Trail” app is available now, while the others will roll out later this year and in early 2019. The companies say that millions of developers would be able to build their own apps through the new Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS and through Salesforce’s free web-based learning platform Trailhead. Shares of Salesforce rose 1.5 percent in trading.…

why the ‘gig’ economy may not be the workforce of the future

The “gig” economy might not be the new frontier for America’s workforce after all. From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work — task-oriented work offered by online apps — has been promoted as providing the flexibility and independence that traditional jobs don’t offer. Yet the evidence is growing that over time, these jobs don’t deliver the financial returns many workers expect. And they don’t appear to be reshaping the workforce. Over the past two years, pay for gig workers has dropped, and they are earning a growing share of their income elsewhere, a new study finds. Most Americans who earn income through online platforms do so for only a few months each year, according to the study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute released this week. The study, along with other research,…