Apple is promoting the "Hey Siri" feature that allows you to activate Siri hands-free using that spoken command. In typical Apple fashion, it's not an explainy piece, however. Instead, Apple shows different people using the feature in several situations. Titled iPhone 6s - Hey Siri, the spot is part of Apple's "Not much has changed" series of commercials.
Apple has a new message to promote iPhone 6s: the company is calling it Ridiculously Powerful. Part of Apple's "Not much has changed" campaign, the spot focuses on how fast the processor is in the new iPhone 6s, how good the graphics are, how great the camera is (and the processing that can be done on the device), and more. Note the cameo by Jon Favreau.
Monument Valley is one of those games you have to play to truly appreciate. It's a puzzle game with a very MC Escher feel, it's a litte Zen, and now it's totally free. The game is usually priced at US$3.99, but right now it's available for free on Apple's App Store. Monument Valley earned a Best Of award from Apple in 2014, and TMO's Melissa Holt gave it a thumbs up, too. If you haven't played it yet be sure to pick up Monument Valley now before the price goes back up.
You can snap photos and use scanner apps to get drawings into your iPad Pro, but what if you want to trace a drawing? Turns out you can with your Apple Pencil. Watch The Mac Observer's video where Jeff Gamet shows you how.
Jeremy Clarkson, formerly with the BBC and Top Gear, has been hired by Amazon to work on a new car show to appear on Amazon Prime video in 2016. Meanwhile, Amazon has put Mr. Clarkson to work. First, pitching the Fire TV. And now he's appearing in an extended YouTube video showing us the virtues of Amazon's proposed delivery by drone system, something Amazon appears to be very serious about. Mr. Clarkson makes the whole project seem so very, very cool.
Another killer deal on iPad on Black Friday is $100 off the iPad mini 4 at Best Buy—that retailer's deals have been among the best today. That puts the starting price for Apple's newest iPad mini model at $399, a 20 percent discount off retail. This offer is available in stores, but you can also shop online.
Walmart is offering Apple's iPad mini 2 for $199, a $70 discount off the retail price of $269. That's a significant 26 percent off, one of the biggest percentage discounts we've seen on an Apple product. This is a Black Friday deal only, but it's available online so you don't have to endure the insanity of a Walmart Black Friday store.
Best Buy is offering $100 or $125 off of iPad Air 2. 16GB and 64GB models, both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular, are discounted by $100. That means you can get one starting at $399. 128GB models are discounted $125, meaning they start at $574.99. These deals are being offered in-store, but you can also get them online.
Let's say you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on your Apple TV, but don't want to disturb anyone with the audio. No problem: just use headphones. Now how about making that happen without getting tangled in wires running from your TV to your head? The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Apple TV in this video tip.
Apple has launched a new Christmas commercial called Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day. It features both of those artists, but only features a brief look at a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X at the beginning, and another quick glimpse later in the spot. It also features two brief looks at an Apple Watch on Andra Day's wrist. It closes with the message "Love, ." It has the kind of heartwarming feel Apple has used in other holiday spots in recent years. What do you think?
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