Poll: Which iPhone 7 Home Button Haptic Click Level Did You Choose?

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

iPhone 7 Home Button Choose Your Click

We’re running an informal poll for our readers and listeners on Twitter. Which home button haptic click level did you choose on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? We published a tip yesterday if you’re wanting to revisit the setting you chose during setup. As for the poll, you can see the results after choosing, but so far, only a few miscreants like our own Dave Hamilton have chosen level 1. I’d love to see a lot of data on this, so help spread the poll.

iOS 10: Control Your iPhone's Flashlight with 3D Touch

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iOS 10 beefed up 3D Touch support for the iPhone and one place you can see that in action is in the Control Center. Check out The Mac Observer’s video tip showing how you can use 3D Touch to control the flashlight and more.

John Brooks Releases ProDOS 2.4 for All Apple II Computers

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love this: John Brooks announced the release of ProDOS 2.4 for all Apple II computers. It’s an update 30 years in the making, and it was released for the anniversary of Apple’s legendary Apple IIGS. On that specific machine, the new version of ProDOS includes new launching utilities, boot options, a GS/OS dormant state, and ProDOS 2.4 is smaller than ProDOS 2.0.3. Other Apple II models get new features, as well, making it a must-have for every Apple II enthusiast. You can check out the full list of improvements and features at the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange.

John Brooks Releases ProDOS 2.4 for All Apple II Computers

NASA's Marshall Smith Sets Course for MacTech Conference 2016 as Keynote Speaker

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

NASA's Marshall Smith speaking at MacTech Conference 2016

MacTech Conference 2016 is reaching for the stars—or at least Marshall Smith, the keynote speaker, is. Mr. Smith is NASA’s Director of Cross-Program Systems Integration and Chief Engineer for Exploration Systems Development, as part of Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate. That’s all government-speak for saying he’s the guy who coordinates engineering United States manned space flight efforts across the agency’s many employees, contractors, and locations. He’ll be talking about his insights on cross-culture and cross-organization collaboration from his perspective as one of NASA’s top men. MacTech Conference 2016 runs from November 16th through November 18th in Los Angeles and is one of the go-to events from Apple consultants, IT pros, and enterprise pros. Early bird registration is still open, so you can save US$400 off the event—plus an extra $200 using TMO’s special discount—if you sign up now.

New Apple Music Commercial Features James Corden... and Eddy Cue

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple aired a new Apple Music commercial during the Emmys featuring actor and late night talk show host James Corden pitching his ideas for an ad promoting the streaming music service. The spot is a big departure from Apple’s other ads because is also features Eddy Cue, Bozoma Saint John, and Jimmy Iovine—the Apple Music executive team. It’s a fun commercial, assuming you’re a James Cordon fan, although it was kind of disappointing that we didn’t get any mention of Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All. Apple is sharing the new ad on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

Apple Watch Edition Series 2 (Ceramic) Unboxing

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

John Kheit received his Apple Watch Edition Series 2—the new one made from Ceramic—and shared his unboxing experience. Unlike the ones shown during Apple’s September 7th media event, the $1,299 Apple Watch Edition Series 2 comes with a light gray band. Check out the full video to see what else ships in the box.

iPhone 7 Plus Unboxing Video

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

In this unboxing video, John Kheit shows us what comes with iPhone 7 Plus. He compares it to the iPhone 6s Plus, and you also get a bit of a look at his under-the-desk Mac display, part of his multi-display setup that is a tad nuts.

Jet Black Apple AirPods? Yes, Please

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Apple gave many iPhone fans what they wanted when they introduced “black” and “jet black” color options for the new iPhone 7, but the company’s intriguing AirPods are only available in traditional “Apple white.” As a taste of what could have been, and what may be soon, designer Martin Hajek created some renderings of jet black AirPods, which happen to look fantastic paired with their corresponding iPhone 7. Check out Martin’s site for a full set of renderings.

Jet Black Apple AirPods? Yes, Please

TMO's Jeff Gamet Dives into iOS 10 Stickers with Space is the Place

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

TMO’s Jeff Gamet has been experimenting with iOS 10 Sticker Packs, and now that Apple has finally released its latest iPhone and iPad operating system, you can get in on his handiwork. Jeff has two Sticker Packs available today: Space is the Place – Color and Space is the Place – BW loaded up with his artwork and ready to go in Messages. The packs are priced at US$0.99 because launch day deals are always fun. The price for each pack will go up, so grab them right away.

TMO’s Jeff Gamet Dives into iOS 10 Stickers with Space is the Place

Mogees Keys with Mogees Pro and Play Makes Everything an Instrument

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Mogees released Mogees Keys for iPhone and iPad Monday. This is a companion app for Mogees Pro (US$129.99 on Amazon) and Mogees Play (coming soon), both of which are centered around the Mogees Vibration Sensor. That’s a microphone, to you and me, and it’s designed to turn any surface, anything, into a musical instrument. Mogees Pro or Play pick up the vibrations and send them to the app, where those vibrations are turned into something akin to MIDI input. Mogees Keys uses a keyboard metaphor for this process. The video below shows it in action. As a drummer, I enjoy things like #vfhitthings on Instagram (and elsewhere). Mogees Pro and Mogees Keys is sort of an extension of that innate desire many musicians have to turn everything into an instrument. Mogees Keys is a free app, but it requires the above-mentioned hardware.

New TiVo BOLT+ Now Includes 6 Tuners and 3TB Storage

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

On Monday TiVo announced their BOLT+ DVR, enhancing the company’s flagship line with a sleek, black unit that includes six tuners and 3TB of recording capacity. Six tuners may seem like a lot until you think about how the current TiVo paradigm works: you have the BOLT+ (or BOLT, or 4+ tuner Roamio) on one TV connected to cable, then you have TiVo Minis at all your other TVs. You only pay a subscription fee for your main device, and each of the Minis can stream live or recorded shows from the host. The trick is, each active Mini occupies one tuner of the host device when in use. Six tuners begins to make a lot of sense if you have even 2 or 3 TVs in action at any one point in time. TiVo is really the only company who is properly addressing the whole-house media viewing solution this way, and it truly makes life a lot simpler. TIVo’s new BOLT+ is priced at $499.99 and will be available online and at brick-and-mortar retail on Thursday, September 15th.

New TiVo BOLT+ Now Includes 6 Tuners and 3TB Storage

iOS 10 GM Adds "Announce Calls" Feature

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Rolled out to to developers last week, the iOS 10 Golden Master release (Version 10.0.1 14A403) includes a new Announce Calls feature in Settings > Phone. When enabled, your phone will begin ringing as usual and then your ringtone’s volume will duck down while Siri announces the name or number of the caller. You have the option to set this to Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only or Never. If set to Always, it will announce through your iPhone’s speaker only when the Ring/Silent switch is in Ring mode. iOS 10 will be available for all users tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th.

iOS 10 GM Adds “Announce Calls” Feature

Apple Offers $10 Film Bundles for 10 Years of iTunes Movies

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is offering 10-movie bundles for US$10 to celebrate ten years of movie sales on the iTunes Store. The collections include movies such as “Pacific Rim,” “Superman Returns,” “Knocked Up,” “The Wolf of Wallstreet,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Queen.”Apple is also highlighting the top the iTunes movies (sorry, no deals there) over the past decade with—no surprise—loads of Pixar titles. The bundles are great deals, so be sure to check them out today before they’re gone because this is a 24-hour sale.

Apple Offers $10 Film Bundles for 10 Years of iTunes Movies

Apple Currently Sells 25 Dongles/Adapters

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

One little, two little, three little dongles. Four little, five little, six little dongles. Seven little, eight little, nine little dongles. 25 little dongles in a row. I know, I skipped a few, but I was stretching the absurdity a little far, even for me. So, what am I am talking about? Dr. Andrew Leavitt gathered up all 25 dongles/adapters Apple currently sells. With folks thinking about the headphone jack going the way of the floppy, it’s an interesting list to consider. I hadn’t realized Apple still sold 30-Pin adapters, for instance. And how about that External USB to Modem adapter? Who has external modems any more? I know, apparently someone. Check out Dr. Leavitt’s list. The image at the top, BTW, is a mockup of a headphone jack-to-Lightning adapter. I can’t imagine Apple could make it so small—you’re going to need some signal processing in there somewhere.

Apple Currently Sells 25 Dongles/Adapters

Apple's Jackless iPhone: There's at Least One Lightning Adapter Already Available

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There has been much (pointless) wailing and gnashing of teeth about Apple ditching the headphone jack. We’ll find out if Apple is really doing it Wednesday morning, but there’s at least one Lightning headphone jack adapter already in the wild. It has the unsexy name of HRT i-dSp Headphone digital Sound Processor, and it allows you to connect a regular pair of headphones to an iOS device through the Lightning port. Don’t rush out and buy it just yet, though. For one thing, we don’t know how Apple is handling the transition. For another, this device also requires an Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, making it unwieldy. I expect more seamless devices sooner, rather than later, if Apple does ditch that port. My point in posting this, however, is that there are already solutions on the market for a problem that doesn’t yet exist.

Apple’s Jackless iPhone: There’s at Least One Lightning Adapter Already Available

TAP and SMASH for iOS Has that Just-One-More Thing

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The thing I enjoy the most about posting games like this is the chorus of “Gee, thanks, Bryan. I just wasted my entire afternoon because of you” messages I get. With that in mind, I offer you a cordial “You’re welcome!” reply. Today’s game is called TAP and SMASH. The premise is simple: when you tap, a triangle that represents you moves up in a straight line. Along the way, you collect stars (for points) and coins (for buying power ups, continuing your game, etc.). In your way are circles and lines traveling across your path. When you tap, you move. When you don’t, you fall. That makes avoiding the enemy shapes a matter of timing and luck. I suck at this game, but it has that just-one-more quality. It’s also free to download. For $0.99 you can turn off ads that play every five minutes or so between games. You can also buy coins, but you can have a lot of fun without doing so. I happily paid to turn off ads because I’ve been playing the game a lot. Enjoy!

TAP and SMASH for iOS Has that Just-One-More Thing

Newest Apple Campus 2.0 Flyover Shows Glass Panels, Solar Panels, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

YouTube user Matthew Rogers has posted a new drone flyover video of Apple Campus 2.0, the so-called Spaceship HQ. This update features some of the glass panels that will form the outer walls of the building, solar panels on the roof, the shrinking dirt mountain on site, many of the outer buildings, fuel cells, and more. I love seeing these updates.  The building is amazing, even in its unfinished state, and being able to watch it grow is fun.

Use the Force to Control Sphero's BB-8 Droid

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

We’ve been impatiently waiting for Sphero’s BB-8 motion controller wristband ever since we saw it earlier this year at CES, and now it’s finally almost here. The BB-8 Force Band lets you control Poe Dameron’s little droid friend by moving your wrist, almost as if you’re using the Force. If you don’t have a BB-8, that’s OK because the Foce Band controls Spero’s other robots, too. You can pick up the Force Band on September 30th for US$79, or $199 bundled with a BB-8.

Use the Force to Control Sphero’s BB-8 Droid

Siri in iOS 10: Apple Highlights Third Party Apps Using Siri

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple published two blog posts Thursday that highlight some of the first third party apps that will have Siri support in iOS 10. The move comes ahead of the actual launch of iOS 10, and continues the company’s effort to play a broader role in shaping the Apple narrative. In Hey Siri, book me a ride, Apple highlights Uber, Lyft, mytaxi, Didi Chuxingm Vonage, Cisco Spark, and Skype. Users will be able to use Siri to get a ride or make a call without first opening these apps. In Hey Siri, show me my best selfies, Apple shows Siri integration with Pinterest,  Vogue Runway, Looklive, and Pikazo.

Siri in iOS 10: Apple Highlights Third Party Apps Using Siri