What is Apple TV?

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What is Apple TV?

Simply put, Apple TV is a digital media player. Apple TV is a small device that uses a cable to connect to your television.

You can use Apple TV to steam movies, TV shows, news, sport, music, photos and other files from your Apple device to any high-definition TV with HDMI.

As well as being able to access your personal media through iTunes you can access content from MLB.TV, NBA.com, NHL GameCenter, Australian Cricket, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and a host of other channels.

Like your other Apple devices, Apple TV is easy to set up and use.

Apple TV works with all your other Apple devices. Your Apple TV will pick up your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac if it is in range. You can also use a PC running iTunes to stream content from your library on to your TV. Once your Apple TV is setup you can login to your Apple account to access any content previously purchased through iTunes. Unfortunately you cannot access any content that is saved outside of your iTunes library.

Apple TV is great for sharing things like photos, home videos or custom playlists. So rather than have lots of people cramming around an iPhone to see your holiday snaps, Apple TV allows you to see them all on the big screen. To get Apple TV working you will have to be connected to your home wifi network.

AppleTV has many great features here are just 3:

  • Apple TV has Family Sharing. This makes it easier for the whole family to share content
  • Apple TV is great to use with AirPlay. AirPlay allows you to mirror what is on your device and see a duplicate image on your TV screen. This makes it great for playing games, displaying emails, text messages or showing presentations.
  • By downloading an Apple TV remote app you can also control Apple TV through your iPhone or iPad. This is most helpful when searching for content. Rather than navigating the keyboard on the TV with your remote you can simply type what you are looking for into your Apple device.

Via: Lenovo, Mac WorldAboutTech, Apple, Business Insider

How to use AirDrop

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In this post we answer these four questions:

 

1. What is AirDrop?

2. How does AirDrop work?

3. How do you use AirDrop?

4. What do you need to access AirDrop?

 

What is AirDrop?

 

AirDrop allows users to transfer almost any file from one Apple device to another over wifi. Photos, music and movies can all be shared. In fact AirDrop will allow you to share almost anything that you would share on Facebook or Twitter. If you regularly share photos via the shared photostream, using AirDrop will mean you won’t take up storage.

 

How does AirDrop work?

 

AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wifi to create a connection between two Apple devices. Bluetooth is used to locate another Apple device. Wifi is used to send the file you want to share. Using AirDrop is actually safer than transferring files via email. This is because using AirDrop creates a firewall around the connection created between the two devices that are sharing files.

AirDrop will detect any compatible Apple device automatically. You will also need a Wi-Fi connection. The devices that you want to share files between need to be close to one another. However as the files are shared over Wi-Fi they can be several rooms apart.

 

How do you use AirDrop?

 

How do you use Air Drop on your iPhone or iPad?

1. To access AirDrop on you iPhone or iPad you slide up the control panel that is at the bottom of your screen.

2. You will then have the option to share a file with everyone or only those in your contacts.

3. Navigate to the file you want to share. So for example if you want to share a photo, navigate to the photo app. Select the relevant picture.

4. Once you have selected the file you would like to AirDrop you need to press the share button. This is the box with the arrow that faces upwards. You will then have the option to share by AirDrop, Message, Mail etc.

5. By clicking the AirDrop icon you then need to locate and select the device you want to share the file with.

6. Tap the AirDrop circle which will send the document. The recipient will receive a notification and the option to accept the AirDrop.

 

How do you use Air Drop on your Mac?

1. On your Mac you can find AirDrop in the side bar of your FINDER window.

2. Once in AirDrop you should see the device you would like to share a file with. Drag the file into the image and click send.

 

What do you need to access AirDrop ?

 

AirDrop works on Apple devices. You will need iOS 7 or later on your iPad4, iPad Mini, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5 or a later device.

On your Mac you will need a Mac released after 2010 running either OS X Lion or OS X Yosemite.

 

Via: iPhone Life, Mac Rumours, Business Insider, About Tech

What is coming from Apple in 2015?

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What can we expect from Apple in 2015? There’s certainly a lot of rumours and predictions making the rounds. Let’s take a look at some of Apple’s biggest products and what we could expect this year.

 

1. Apple Watch

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While not yet an Apple product 2015 will see the launch of the Apple Watch. In fact, it’s the only product launch that has been officially confirmed by the company. Dates for the launch vary, but most expect it will be in February, possibly on Valentine’s Day. It will be Apple’s first wearable technology and will come in three different versions: Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. There will be two models: a 38 millimeter model featuring a 272×340 pixel screen and a 42 millimeter version with a 312×390 pixel screen. Unlike other Apple products the Apple Watch will allow customisation in its design with a range of interchangeable straps. The first version of the watch will require an iPhone. If you don’t own an iPhone but would like an Apple watch you will have to wait until late in 2015. The watch will come with a heart rate monitor so health apps are likely to be central focus of the Apple Watch. Pricing will start at $349 in the US (approximately $430 Australian) with no indication around pricing for more expensive models.

 

2. Apple TV

With no significant update in a number of years, there are many rumours circulating around Apple TV in 2015. Some suggest Apple will launch a subscription service with live and on demand TV. Other rumours have suggested there will be support for video games as well as a dedicated App store. A dedicated App store could mean Apple TV is used as a control hub for various products around the home with developers using Apple’s HomeKit tools to create apps. While most rumours suggest that Apple will continue to refine Apple TV, rumours persist that a complete redesign is on the cards one that would once again see it dominate an increasingly competitive product segment.

 

3. iPhone 7

While it seems only recently that the iPhone 6 was launched, Apple has been consistently launching new versions of the iPhone in September each year. This is expected to continue. Over half of Apple’s revenue is generated from this product alone and therefore consistent launches of upgraded iPhones have almost become mandatory for Apple to ensure it remains at the forefront of the smart-phone industry. Rumours for the iPhone 7 focus on the devices camera. Some have predicted the biggest improvement ever for the iPhone’s camera especially the rear facing camera. Other rumours include a built-in Beats Music app, upgraded chip technology, wireless charging and a reversible USB charger.

 

4. iPad

The most likely prediction for the iPad this year is a larger screen. Dubbed the iPad Pro or iPad Plus the screen could be over 12 inches compared to the 7.9 and 9.7 inch models currently on offer from Apple. A partnership with IBM has most people predicting that the new iPad will be aimed at educational institutions and business professionals with a range of new business related apps to be launched. The new iPad may also allow multitasking through custom software allowing a split-screen.

 

5. Mac

 

Retina display has been a staple of the MacBook Pro since 2012. 2015 might finally see a MacBook Air with this same technology. A new 12 inch version alongside the current 11 and 13 inch models has been forecast as has ultra-slim casing, a new trackpad without a button and a fan-less design. It is possible too that the rumoured 12 inch version would be offered in the same three colours currently available for the iPhone 6. Predications for a release date centre around the middle of the year.

The Top Apps of 2014

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Here is the definitive list, drum roll please… the Top Apps of 2014 for iPhone and iPad.

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Top Free iPhone Apps

 

The number one free iPhone App was Facebook Messenger. This is despite concerns around privacy and users expressing frustration that Facebook had removed the message function from their main app. It appears that social media continues to be as popular as ever with related apps dominating the list.

  1. Facebook Messenger
  2. Snapchat
  3. YouTube
  4. Facebook
  5. Instagram
  6. Pandora Radio
  7. Google Maps
  8. Flipagram
  9. Spotify Music
  10. 2048

 

Top Paid iPhone Apps

 

Heads Up! A word guessing game in the mould of celebrity head finished as 2014’s most popular paid iPhone app. It’s a regular feature on Ellen De Generes’ show. Games made up the majority of the paid apps list.

  1. Heads Up!
  2. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  3. Afterlight
  4. Plague Inc.
  5. Sleep Cycle alarm clock
  6. Facetune
  7. Cut the Rope 2
  8. Bloons TD 5
  9. A Dark Room
  10. 7 Minute Workout Challenge

 

Top Free iPad Apps

 

With the bigger screen is it any surprise that You Tube and Netflix secured number one and number two spots on the iPad most popular free app list?

  1. YouTube
  2. Netflix
  3. Calculator for iPad Free
  4. Skype for iPad
  5. Microsoft Word
  6. Facebook Messenger
  7. Facebook
  8. Candy Crush Saga
  9. Chrome
  10. Clash of Clans

 

Top Paid iPad Apps

 

Similar to the top free iPhone apps, games were the big hit when it came to buying iPad apps in 2014. Minecraft – Pocket Edition topped the list and has a four and half star rating from 37,000 reviews.

  1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  2. Cut the Rope 2
  3. Heads Up!
  4. The Room Two
  5. Survivalcraft
  6. Notability
  7. Terraria
  8. Plants vs. Zombies HD
  9. Hide N Seek : Mini Game With Worldwide Multiplayer
  10. Card Wars – Adventure Time

 

What has been your favourite app of 2014? Is there a new one that you have discovered? Perhaps there’s one you can’t live without? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Source: Mac Rumours

What do Apple’s Christmas Ads Say About Us?

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Did you see Apple’s Christmas commercial from last year? Entitled “Misunderstood” it shows a teenage boy seemingly uninterested is the activities going on around him as his family enjoys its Christmas. The teenager is thought to be more interest in his iPhone than spending time with family. What is revealed at the end of the 90-second spot is that he has been filming the whole day on his iPhone. The teenage shares the movie with his emotional family.

 

If you haven’t seen the ad you can watch it here:

The ad was well received. It even won an Emmy Award for “Best Commercial.” Entertainment Weekly called it a “Merry little cry,” and a “completely beautiful surprise.” However the feedback was not universally positive. Jennifer Rooney from Forbes wrote that it was “A sad commentary on culture and does Apple no favours.” She argued that what the commercial was really showing was that life is better through video. Gizmodo also claimed the commercial was “fundamentally antisocial.”

 

Then comes Apple’s 2014 commercial “The Song.” In a similar vein to 2013, the 2014 ad tugs at the heartstrings. It shows a girl who has found an old record made by her grandmother. The girl sets about rerecording the album as a duet, adding her voice to that of her grandmother’s. An iPad mini is then left for her grandmother with the recording as a Christmas gift.

 

You can watch the 2014 commercial here:

Apple wants to showcase how its products can be used to create thoughtful gifts and strengthen relationships. Despite the commercial just being released there are already critics of the 2014 commercial. Apple Insider claims it “fails to achieve an impact,” while the 2013 version “made you think and had more tension.” Cult of Mac while saying the ad is “certainly not bad” it doesn’t resonate “like last year’s storyline.”

 

Are Apple’s TV commercials a reflection of how technology has taken over our lives making us more interested in recording the moment than living the moment? Or is Apple’s message that technology allows us to connect and share in ways we never could before ring true? At Mac and PC Doctors we are obviously big technology fans, so we would go with the later view.

We would love to hear what you think.