BeatsX Black-ZML by Dre Unboxing

BeatsX by Dre, Model A1763.  Black/ZML.  Manufactured February 2017.

Wireless earphones with soft carry case, USB-Lightning Charging Cable, Rubber earcaps.  Wireless Bluetooth; Up to 8 hours’ wireless play; Removeable wingtips; 5 minute charge gives 2 hours’ play; Flex-form cable to control music and manage calls.


Apple iPhone 5S Space Grey, 16GB Unboxing

As usual, click on the pictures for the bigger … er … picture!

Having made a complete horlicks of my girlfriend’s iPhone 5C repair yesterday, the only sensible thing to do was go out and get a replacement.  So after a fair amount of fannying about at the local EE shop, we (eventually) got this as the next ‘best’ thing.

Pretty sure I had one of these in my dark, distant iPhone-owning past.  Not a bad phone at all really, and the only one EE would give us for nothing.  Still seems tiny compared with the gargantuan 7 Plus.  Just hope to god she’s backed the 5C up ….

iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Depth Effect

My partner, Bee and I went to the park yesterday a) to blow the cobwebs out in the cool London air, and for me to test the Depth of Field effect currently beta-ing on the new iPhone 7 Plus.  And there’s nothing to it more than taking a picture – the electronics do the rest for you!

Apple Event Announced – 9.9.2014


Apple have, at last, announced their next live event, which will happen on 9 September.  The headline, “wish we could say more”, can’t say anything less!

The event is happening at the Flint Centre in Cupertino, very close to the company headquarters.  Apple are said to be building a very large extension to extend the capacity of the venue.  The Flint Centre, as Macheads will all know, is where Steve Jobs announced the Macintosh way back in 1984.

I’ll be covering the event – not exactly live but pretty damn close – on the 9th.  Join me around 6pm BST for all the action, which is likely to announce the arrival of the iPhone 6 and maybe even an Apple Timepiece.

See you there …

The big shroud Apple are building around the Flint Centre, Cupertino

WWDC 14 – A Live Blog After All!

For those of you who refuse to install Safari on your system, or can’t watch the WWDC live stream, here’s a live blog of what’s happening.

Less than five minutes to go, and predictably Coldplay is playing in the background at the Centre.  The Centre is packed, of course, and hundreds of press people are gathered.



  • An advert about developers to open;
  • Lots of Brits featured in this film;
  • The film’s been running for five minutes.  Guess they don’t have much to say today …
  • Here’s Tim
  • 25th Anniversary of WWDC: 1300 developers 25 years ago.  1000 Engineers in today, 100 sessions, 120 labs, 69 country attendees;
  • Youngest developer in audience, 13 years old.  9 million registered Apple developers, 47% increase in the last year.
  • OSX and iOS featured today;
  • Huge Dev release today; more later …
  • OSX and the Mac.  Mac industry growth 12% – 80 million Mac Install Base.
  • Mavericks installed 40m copies since October.
  • 51% Mavericks user adoption; fastest in the PC industry;
  • Windows 8 14% adoption;
  • Craig F is up to talk about OSX;
  • New OS is called YOSEMITE;
  • New interface, new Apps and something new called CONTINUITY;
  • iTunes logo is now red;
  • Clarity and utility, toolbars refined;
  • New dock icons;
  • Dark Mode on desktop if you find dock and icons too colourful!
  • Notification Centre: new Today View; extend the content to use widgets;
  • Spotlight: new interface – big field in the middle of the display;
  • Spotlight now searches for stuff on the net;
  • iCloud Drive?  Pah
  • Mail: New UI.  Made the basics better.
  • Mail Drop.  via iCloud direct to other Macs.  No bounceback for mails up to 5GB in size.
  • Markup.  Doodle stuff on emails.  Even works with PDFs, ie: for signing stuff.
  • Safari.  More space for content.  Favorites bar not needed.
  • New Tab View in Safari.  Stacks for each site in tabs.
  • HTML5 Premium Video in Safari.  ie: Netflix without plugins.  2 hours better battery life on MacBook Pro with this new Safari for watching video.
  • New bloke called Brian showing off Safari.
  • Scroll through tabs in Safari.
  • Continuity.  Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac.
  • Handoff.  iOS devices aware of what you’re doing on the Mac. Pick up working on your iPad from your Mac by new icon in bottom left hand side of home screen.
  • Instant Hotspot.  Works between Mac and iPhone.
  • SMS.  Phone able to act as relay to send messages between devices.
  • Phone calls able to be picked up on your Mac.  And answered with the built in speaker.  Wow.
  • Call a number from a webpage on your Mac.  Nice.
  • Craig F is a really funny guy.  Refused a call from his Mom!
  • Craig phoned Dr Dre from his Mac.
  • Dev copy today, released in Autumn, free again.  Public Beta in the Summer.
  • Tim back.
  • iOS.  800 million devices sold.  100M iPod Touches.  200M iPads.  500M iPhones.  130M new users in the last 12 months.
  • 97% iOS7 Satisfaction.
  • 89% iOS7 install base.
  • Android – only 9% of customers on latest KitKat software.
  • Android counts for 99% of mobile malware.
  • iOS8.
  • A giant release.  Two storeys, not one.  Great user features.  Incredible developer features.
  • Craig back.
  • Design: enhancements for iPhone and iPad.  Notification centre improvements.  Pull down on notification to reply.
  • Double tap to access frequently contacted people.
  • Tabview to iPad in Safari, and sidebar as in Yosemite.
  • Mail.  Mark by swiping.  Delete by gesture.
  • Access more than one mail at a time by swiping down on the mail you’re working on.
  • Picture of Jony Ive with Craig’s hair!  Funny.
  • Spotlight.  Search for apps, Wikipedia entries, news, restaurants, songs etc.
  • QuickType.  Supports predictive typing suggestions.  Suggests what words to include in your message.
  • 14 languages supported.
  • All continuity features on iPad and iPhone.
  • Messages.  Group messaging etc.
  • Share location on Messages.
  • iCloud Drive.  Work across applications.
  • Health?  Er …
  • HealthKit.  Health apps send data to one place, where you can monitor all your metrics from apps, including third party apps like Nike etc.
  • Family Sharing.  Share photos on family photostream, calendars, reminders, find my friends.  Share apps, movies, books, music between family members across devices.
  • Kids need permission to purchase games etc.  You get a message asking if its OK.
  • Photos.  Working with iCloud.  Any photo you take now gets shared over all devices.
  • Photo search with suggestions.
  • New photo smart editing controls.  Auto straightening and cropping.
  • New ground-up photo solution for Mac.  Sneak peak now.
  • iCloud plans coming.  $3.99 a month for 200GB storage.  Cheap.
  • “Hey, Siri”.  Open Siri without touching the phone!
  • Tim is back.
  • iOS8 for Devs.  1.2M apps in the App Store.  300M app store visitors every week.  75B apps downloaded to date.
  • Make App Store better.  New features.  Explore tab – find the app you’re looking for more.
  • Trending searches.  Scrolling results.  Related searches.  Editor’s choice improved.
  • App Bundles available – users buy multiple apps from particular devs at discounted price.
  • App previews – devs make short videos to showcase their apps.
  • TestFlight – Beta Testing Service.  All free.
  • SDK.  Biggest release since the launch of the App Store.
  • Craig back.
  • 4000 new APIs in the SDK.  Extensibility allows Devs to create services for other Apps.
  • Third party apps now define widgets to go in Notification Centre.
  • eBay widget – bid on stuff direct from Notification Centre.
  • System wide third party keyboards installed on iOS.
  • Touch ID API.  83% of users now use Touch ID.
  • Camera APIs for manual control for exposure, focus etc.
  • HomeKit.  Control home automation processes.  Lights, webcams, door locks, thermostats etc.  HomeKit common network protocol.  Only your iOS device controls your hardware in your home.
  • HomeKit also has Siri integration.
  • Metal.  3D graphics.  Reduces OpenGL.  10x faster draw call rates.  Designed for A7 chip.
  • Demoing new 3D graphics on an iPad.  Impressive.
  • SpriteKit.  Building casual games on App Store.
  • SceneKit.  3D Scene renderer.  Casual games.  Physics engine.
  • 14 million users of XCode.
  • A new programming language from Apple.  Doing away with C.  Swift.  “Totally rules”.  Fast, modern, safe, interactive.  Crowd love it.
  • Demo of Swift.
  • Beta of iOS8 today.  Available to everyone else in the Autumn.  Works on iPhone 4S upwards.
  • Tim back.
  • Tim thanking all Apple staff for their efforts.
  • That’s it.

Apple Event, 10 September

Remember that there will be LIVE blogging from 6pm tonight, right here!  There’s no glitz or glamour, just the facts.  And a few photos now and again.  You will need to do a fair bit of refreshing, though – the liveblogging software I used to use crashed all the time because of the weight of visitors.

Be here at six.  Bring beer.  And pork rinds.

Oh, and here’s that ‘leaked’ picture of the leaflet that accompanies the iPhone 5S.  It shows the Fingerprint ID thing on the Home Button.