Missed the Apple Event? Check Out the Highlights!

If you’ve been following along, you know that Apple held a little event on the morning of September 7th, 2016, just a little announcement for upcoming devices and software. If you missed the event, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the highlights of the show as far as we were concerned. We all like to hear the big numbers, no point messing around, here are some that Apple shared today:

  • 1 billion iPhones sold
  • 17 million Apple Music subscribers
  • 900 million Lightning connector devices
  • 140 billion App Store downloads
  • 106% YoY growth in app downloads
  • 500,000 games in the App Store
  • 2x app developer revenue vs competing app stores

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Announced

There’s a new phone on the block, one that Apple claims is the fastest smartphone available today. To be fair, it’s not available today, you’ll have to wait for September 9th before you can place your pre-order for September 16th shipment.

Check out all the details of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the links below:

Water resistant iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announced
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus everything you need to know

iPhone 7 Camera feature
iPhone 7 has no headphone jack, here’s how you listen to music
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pricing and availability

iOS 10 Coming September 13th

There is really not much to say or see here, Apple simply confirmed that iOS 10 will roll out to your mobile devices on September 13th. Stay tuned, we’ve got plenty of iOS 10 coverage coming soon.

iOS announced, everything you need to know

Apple Watch Series 2
Apple event Sept 7 2016 Watch breath

With a new naming convention, the next generation Apple Watch is called the Series 2. Doubling the processing and display capabilities, Apple Watch Series 2, combined with Apple WatchOS 3, promise a greater fitness experience. The particular focus is on waterproofing, or ‘swimproof’ as Apple called it, allowing you to take your new Watch Series 2 into the water.

Built-in GPS makes for a great hiking companion and new apps and capabilities will enhance your keep-my-phone-in-my-pocket lifestyle. Beyond swimming, runners may enjoy the Nike+ Runner’s Watch announced for October release.

Finally, the original Watch will see a spec update and continue to sell under the new name Series 1. No big surprises in this announcement, just a less expensive, non-waterproof buying option.

Apple Watch Series 2 announced, original Watch updated, called Series 1
Apple WatchOS 3 highlights

Pokemon and Mario

Well, Nintendo made it to the show with not one, but two major franchises. Focusing on the Apple Watch Series 2, we’ll be able to enjoy the new Pokemon Go companion app later this fall. With little monster proximity detection and a focus on tracking your steps to hatch eggs, we may just see this launch before the dedicated accessory for the job.

Apple event Sept 7 2016 mario coming soon

Mario is a huge addition to the franchise. Coming to an iPhone near you, Super Mario Run is a side scrolling platformer that has fun social gaming aspects and a simple, one-handed gameplay mechanic. Watch for the familiar Mario series hitting iOS soon.

Super Mario Run coming to iOS
Pokemon Go companion app for Apple Watch announced

Say No to Headphones! Or At Least Say Goodbye to the
3.5 mm Jack

As rumored, Apple has done away with the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. For many, this is a huge let down, but rest assured, there will be an adapter in the box to support your old headphones.

Moving forward, Apple has announced the AirPods – Bluetooth connected earbuds with absolutely no wires. They operate as a single headset, or double them up for stereo sound. There are a few other existing and new Bluetooth and Lightning plug connected headphones as well, check it out.

Apple kills the headphone jack, introduces AirPods wireless headphones

Work and Play Apple Music Festival and iWorks Collaborative Updates

Apple has a little shindig coming up, for those able to be in London in the last weeks of September, enjoy onsite performances by some big names. For those not in London, enjoy the same performances through your Apple TV!

When not dancing away, head back to the office for some Google Drive/Docs collaborative document editing through iWorks. I’ll leave you to read the post linked below for more details, but the bottom line, team efforts in the workplace have gained a powerful new advancement across your Apple devices.

Apple Music Festival will be available for streaming
Apple iWorks introduces live collaborative editing, teamwork to a new level

TabTimes.com | Sept 2016
Jonathan Feist