Apple hasn't given us an official launch time for iOS 9 and watchOS 2.0 yet, but the iPhone and Apple Watch maker is pretty consistent with its release schedule so it's pretty easy to guess exactly just when everyone's iPhone will be downloading and rebooting. Apple typically releases its big iOS updates at 10AM pacific time and while most people can do the math to see when that'll be where they live, it's also cool to have a handy chart. That's exactly what someone set up at timeanddate.com so you'll know when to start hammering Apple's servers if you live in Franfurt (7PM), Perth (1AM), Karaj (9:30PM), or New York (1PM).
Apple Music posted another video in its Discover series, Discover Flo Morrissey. Hailing from the UK, Ms. Morrissey has an amazing voice. The song she sings in her Apple Music video has an eery and plaintive quality I find compelling. The Discover series shines a spotlight on new artists—earlier on Tuesday we posted one for Leon Bridges. There are also videos for Shamir and Flying Locus.
Apple Music launched a new series of videos on YouTube that highlight new artists. The one I'm posting below is called Discover Leon Bridges, a young man from Texas I first saw on UK show Late Night with Jools Holland. His music is like a fresh blast of R&B straight from 1965, and he's awesome. Apple Music must think so, too. Check out this acoustic performance (that's a hollow body electric guitar, but it's not being amplified).
Set your DVR for Tuesday, September 15, because Apple CEO Tim Cook is going to be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Mr. Cook has been far more willing to be interviewed than Steve Jobs ever was so it's cool to see him showing up The Late Show, and Mr. Colbert's style means we'll probably get to hear about more than just the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro unveilings from last week. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert runs week nights on CBS, but your DVR already knew that.
AmpliTube has long been one of my favorite amp and effects modelers (with a nod toward's the modeling in Logic Pro X). In the midst of iPhone 6s mania last week, IK Multimedia announced AmpliTube 4, a new version of the software that focuses on what the company bills as "Hyper Realistic Tone." The foundation of that tone is coming from new models, new mic controls, new rooms, new control over those rooms, and more. AmpliTube 4 will also add a MIDI-controllable 4-track looper for those who like to build live songs one layer at a time. The software is available for pre-order at $99, and will ship in October for $149. I'll be putting it through its paces—look for a review here at TMO.
Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel Saturday morning called Apple Store, Brussels - The Creativity Continues. The piece highlights some of the artists Apple hired to create artwork for the Apple Store location, which is scheduled to open September 19th, 2015. From Apple's description, "Brussels has a rich tradition of comic art. So, to celebrate the opening of the Apple Store, Brussels, we brought together some of the city’s most imaginative comic artists. Hear them speak about their work and the city that inspired it."
It's interesting just much of the analog world continues to inform the world of music. Take the keyboard. Sure, there was the keytar, but even the most advanced digital/electronic keyboard is really an analog keyboard minus the physical connections to wires and levers that pull hammers that strike strings. The folks at Roli may be changing that, though, with a device they're calling the Seaboard RISE. It's an interesting mix of control surface with only the barest of nods to the aspect of an analog keyboard that is necessary. I haven't played with one yet, but the video below makes it look very interesting. It uses MIDI over USB or MIDI over Bluetooth, and it works with Mac and Windows. It's not cheap, though, and is available for pre-order for $799.
There's one more video from Apple's "Hey Siri" event we wanted to show, Introducing Apple Pencil. It features Jony Ive explaining what Apple Pencil is, how it works, some of the technical innovations required in iPad Pro that allow the two devices to work together, and many shots of this cool new device in action.. Check it out.
Apple is finally embracing our vulgar and angry inner selves by supporting the middle finger Emoji that has technically been a part of the Emoji standard for 15 months. One Foot Tsunami reported that Apple added the bird to its Emoji set in a beta of iOS 9.1 released to developers this week. iOS 9.1 hasn't been announced for consumers, and iOS 9.0 itself won't be released until September 16th, but the developer preview of iOS 9.1 includes a variety of new Emoji. So get ready for more pictographic ways to express yourself.
Nasa has posted brand new photos of the planetoid Pluto taken by the New Horizons spacecraft, and they are wowza. Revealing possible dunes, canyons, mountains, plains, and all manner of features that scientists weren't expecting. “Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement. “If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that’s what is actually there.” There are several more amazing photographs on Nasa's blog, along with a very interesting writeup. Check it out.
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