eXtensions - Wednesday 29 March 2017
Changes to Apple Products (iPhones and iPads) and Updates to Apps (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
New Apple Watch bands - Image courtesy of Apple
Apple updated its Swift Playgrounds app with new languages and announced Clips, a new iOS app for making videos: perfect for sharing on social networking sites. It will be released in April. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now available in red with 128GB and 256GB models starting at 26,500 baht. Proceeds will go to the Product (RED) charity. Orders for these phones began on Friday and they should start shipping by the end of this week.
iPhone 7 Product (RED) - Image courtesy of Apple
I was able to look closely at the new iPhones and Watch Bands yesterday (Tuesday) and wrote about this with comments on switching to a new iPhone 7 Plus (product) RED.
New iPads - Image courtesy of Apple
The new Clips app for creating video content on iOS devices is certainly interesting and has produced some positive comment, even if some say it is something like Snapchat. It does go a lot further, for example with the ability to animate and create captions and titles just by using voice input.
With the low key nature of the announcements, it was one those weeks that was glass half full or half empty depending on how one looks at it. There were also two updates to iTunes. I did not use the app between the updates but reports indicated that a new "Show on Profile Page" toggle - perhaps something for the future - was missing in the revised version.
I think that there is a lot coming in the future: iOS devices like newer versions of the iPad Pro, and Macs, especially in iMacs. What and when are other questions.
It is expected that in the next full update to iOS (version 11) those apps that have not been updated for 64-bit working will not be able to run. You may find that when certain apps are started now, there is a warning that the app, ". . . Needs to Be Updated".
I am aware that the True Visions app shows this warning. This was released in 2011, but has not been updated since 2013. It was actually quite useful, but I no longer subscribe to the service, using Apple TV and other internet links for my viewing. Current subscribers who use this app may want to press the company for an update.
Distressed FX: Crop, Color Filtering, Textures, Editing
A finished image can be exported to Photos, to social networking sites and via email. Filters used in the app are unique, particularly the textures, and there are few apps that can be produce such output. Of particular note here might also be Enlight, Waterlogue and Tadaa: taking our photographs and making them extraordinary.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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