With the advent of iOS 11 yesterday, which seems to be working very smoothly for most of us, iPhone and iPad users get their first chance to play augmented reality apps build using ARKit. AppleInsider reports on some of the first ARKit apps to appear in the App Store.

One of the very first is Strava’s Fitness AR, which uses data captured from its main fitness tracking app to depict rides, runs, and hikes on a 3D map. To use it, you first must link your Strava account with the AR app and start a new route, or you can choose to share previous activity data with the app. Fitness AR will then show the data as 3D images directly on a real-world flat surface. The app works in tandem with Strava Running and Cycling GPS metrics, and gives the user a whole new way of looking at their runs or rides.

Fitness AR costs $2.99 and is available to download here: Fitness AR on the App Store

Next up is SmartPicture Technologies’ PLNAR app, which uses ARKit to record room measurements in real time. All you have to do is point your device at anchor points in a room to produce accurate digital measurements of any flat surface, or areas such as counter tops. Looks like a very useful app!

PLNAR is free and can be downloaded here: PLNAR on the App Store

And last but most definitely not least, MacRumors reports that IKEA has just released its eagerly awaited augmented reality app, IKEA Place, which lets the user browse through a wide variety of IKEA products and actually seeing how they might look in their home.

Click here to download the free app: IKEA Place on the App Store


The big day is finally here, with iOS 11 now available to download for compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch, bringing with it many changes and improvements. At the time of writing, iOS 11 is one of the top trends on Twitter worldwide, and judging by the most popular comments on there, the main issue around the world appears to be how long it takes to download, and how big the update is (2.5GB, approximately), with a Twitter moment titled “The iOS 11 Struggle is Real if You Have Full Storage.”

AppleInsider has a great round-up report on the many changes ushered in by the update, including ARKit, a revamped App Store, deep learning for Siri, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new Music app, h.265 for video, a redesigned Control Center, indoor mapping for Maps, and AirPlay 2.

You’ll need to have iPhone 5s and upward or iPad mini 2 and upward, iPad Air and upward, and all iPad Pros, as well as the iPod touch sixth generation, in order to download the software.

Source: Apple's iOS 11 available to all, brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2, more
According to MacRumors, the AirPods inductive wireless charging case that was shown during Apple’s special event on Monday could be available in stores by this December. The original report in MacPrime said that according to sources at Apple Switzerland, the case will cost $69.

The current out-of-warranty fee to replace the regular AirPods charging case is $69, so the new wireless version costing exactly the same sounds about right. The main cosmetic difference for the new charging case is that the LED battery indicator light has been moved from the inside to the front of the case so that you can easily see it when the case is placed on a charging mat without having to open the case.

It’s not yet known if Apple will be selling a version of the case that also contains the AirPods rather than just selling it as a replacement case without the AirPods. Should that be a possibility, expect it to cost at least the current price of $159.

Image: AppleInsider

Source: AirPods Wireless Charging Case Rumored for December Launch at $69

With all the excitement about yesterday’s iPhone announcements, Apple’s other product announcements at the event have been a little overshadowed by the big reveals, such as the introduction of the new Apple TV 4K, for example.
The new Apple TV 4K is built on the A10X Fusion chip, and comes complete with support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10.

Using Siri and the Apple TV app you can easily find and play exactly the content you want, with Siri making it very easy to search using only your voice. Siri is also able to find you 4K movies across all your apps.

The new sports integration introduced by Apple on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater yesterday looked very exciting, with sports fans able to track their favourite teams and get on-screen notifications when they are playing.

Currently, the TV app has only been available in the US, but from this month it will also be available in Australia and Canada, and in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK by the end of the year.

Apple TV 4K starts at $179 for 32GB or $199 for 64GB. You can also still get Apple TV 4th generation at $149 for 32GB. Pre-orders start on Friday, September 15, for availability on Friday, September 22.

Source: Apple

Apple announced several other new products yesterday at the iPhone launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, including the much-rumoured Apple Watch Series 3.

Just as has been reported over the past few weeks, the latest edition to the Apple Watch line-up has built-in cellular functionality and GPS, or you can also choose a version with just GPS and no cellular functionality. Both of the new models boast a 70% faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip.
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) features a full LTE and UMTS cellular radio that can switch immediately from cellular when separate from your iPhone, but still has the same number as your iPhone so that you don’t need to give your friends, family, or work a second phone number. Apple gave a great demonstration from the stage yesterday of a crystal clear phone call to an Apple employee on a paddle-board in the middle of a lake via her Apple Watch. Very impressive stuff!

Apple also showed how it has managed to solve the problem of where to put the cellular antenna in such a small device by creating an industry-first antenna that uses the display as both a transmitting and receiving element for LTE and UMTS. And to get around the lack of room inside the watch casing for even a Micro SIM, Apple created a built-in eSIM that is more than 100th the size of a traditional SIM card.

Health remains a very important focus of the Apple Watch for Apple, and the new watchOS 4 features an updated Heart Rate app that will provide much more complex heart rate insights, including measurements during...

Just one day to go now until Apple finally unveils the new iPhone line-up as well as some other goodies, including an LTE Apple Watch Series 3. Fittingly, this will be the inaugural event at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater. However, according to a report from VentureBeat, via MacRumors, work on the new venue was only just completed and approved in the nick of time, or last week, to be more precise!

VentureBeat today published documents that reveal that Apple didn’t actually get official approval for the event until the day after it sent out the invitations to the press on August 31.

The documents show that on September 1, 2017, officials in Cupertino, California, issued Apple a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Steve Jobs Theater, proving that the building had passed fire and safety checks. And while there is still some work to be done on the theater, it has, just in time, been certified as a safe venue in which to hold Apple’s big event tomorrow, in front of hundreds of members of the press and other VIPs.

We can’t wait to see what Apple will be revealing under that magnificent roof tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT. We’ll have all the news for you here, of course, and you can watch it live at Apple’s website: Watch the Apple Special Event

Source: Apple Received Approval Just Last Week to Host First-Ever Event at Steve Jobs Theater

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