Here's Where to Preorder Your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 preorder

Set your alarm because iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus preorders start at 12:01AM pacific time Friday morning—which means Thursday night is going to run really late for a lot of people. You can place your preorder on Apple’s website, in the Apple Store app, or through your cell service provider.

Apple's iPhone 7 Headphone Adapter Costs $9

· Jeff Gamet · News

Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

Apple is including a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with the iPhone 7, but what happens when you lose yours? Apple is happy to sell you another, and it’ll cost you US$9.

Apple Drops Prices, Bumps Storage on iPad Line

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPad lower prices

The iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were in the spotlight Wednesday morning, Apple quietly lowered the prices on the iPad lineup while bumping up storage. The 16GB storage option is gone and a 256GB option is available, just like the iPhone 7.

iOS 10, watchOS 3 Available Sept 13

· Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 10 Messages

iOS 10 and watchOS 3 are finally getting the nod of approval from Apple and will move from beta status to official releases on September 13th. The free upgrade will come three days before the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 ship on September 16th.

macOS Sierra Coming September 20

· Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Sierra website

Apple’s big focus today is the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, but that doesn’t mean the Mac didn’t get any love—or more precisely, macOS Sierra. Apple quietly updated the Sierra website on Wednesday to say the replacement for Mac OS X El Capitan will ship on September 20th.

Apple goes Wireless with AirPods

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple AirPods

Apple embraced wireless earbuds on Wednesday with the introduction of its AirPods earbuds. AirPods are designed to connect to the iPhone and Apple Watch over Bluetooth, and let you quickly switch between which device where they’re streaming audio.

iPhone 7 Coming Sept 16 with New Processors, Amazing Cameras

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7

Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus during its “See you on the 7th” media event Wednesday morning. The new models replace the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as Apple’s top of the line iPhones with faster processors and improved cameras.

Apple Intros Waterproof Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch Series 2

Apple’s September 7th media event was about more than just the iPhone 7 because we also got our first look at Apple Watch 2. This is the first refresh of Apple’s smartwatch since it shipped almost 18 months ago and adds new features like a built-in “swim-proof” waterproofing, and a GPS.

Pokémon GO Coming to Apple Watch

· Jeff Gamet · News

Pokémon GO on Apple Watch

Pokémon GO is coming to the Apple Watch later this month, fixing a glaring omission in the game when it first launched on the iPhone. The Apple Watch version gives you notifications your wrist, lets you track in-game activities, and ties in with fitness tracking, too.

Apple Leaks iPhone 7 Features on Twitter

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 on Twitter

Apple hasn’t officially announced the iPhone 7 yet at its “See you on the 7th” media event, but that didn’t stop the company from revealing some of its features on Twitter. The company’s Twitter feed is highlighting features like waterproofness, new cameras, stereo speakers, and longer battery life.

TMO "See you on the 7th" Live Coverage

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple September 7 media event

Apple’s “See you on the 7th” event is set to start at 10AM pacific time today, and The Mac Observer will be on location at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco to cover the day’s big announcements. CEO Tim Cook and other company executives are expected to take the stage to show off the successor to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and possibly the Apple Watch 2.

Apple Store Offline Ahead of iPhone 7 Launch Event

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Store offline

Apple’s online store went offline Wednesday morning ahead of the company’s “See you on the 7th” special media event. The Apple Store app now says “We’ve got something special in store for you,” which most likely is the iPhone 7.

Don't Count on Kaby Lake Processors in the New MacBook Pro

· Jeff Gamet · News

MacBook Pro without Kaby Lake processor

With Intel’s Kaby Lake processors shipping and the MacBook Pro woefully overdue for a refresh, Apple could skip over Skylake and roll out new laptops with the latest chips—except that isn’t going to happen. Instead, Apple will most likely retire the aging Haswell chips it currently uses and finally move on to Skylake, and the really significant processor change won’t come until 2018 with Cannonlake.

Apple Music gets $99 Annual Subscription via Gift Card

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music annual subscription gift card

If an Apple Music subscription at US$120 a year is a little too expensive for you, try $99 instead. Apple is now offering the discounted subscription through a special gift card you can buy in the company’s retail stores.

Happy Labor Day

· Jeff Gamet · News

Labor Day hot dog

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We’ll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 6, just in time for Apple’s “See you on the 7th” media event. Enjoy the holiday!

Apple Cleaning House, Removing Abandoned Titles from App Store

· Jeff Gamet · News

App Store cleaning house

Apple is about to start cleaning the App Store’s house by removing outdated and abandoned apps. The change should make it easier to find the apps you’re looking for, improve discoverability, and cut down on apps that aren’t compatible with current iOS versions. Developers trying to manipulate search results with long app names are in for a surprise, too.

Get Ready for the FBI's New Encryption Back Door Push

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone encryption

The FBI’s fight for government mandated backdoors into our encrypted data and devices is far from over, and Director James Comey says he plans to bring that back to the forefront next year. Mr. Comey says it’s time for an “adult conversation” on the topic, and that law enforcement needs an easy way to access our private data for criminal investigations.

Apple Patches 2 Critical Security Flaws in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

The KRACK hack is being patched

Apple released separate security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan on Thursday. Both updates patch the same two critical security flaws. One flaw potentially exposed kernel memory, and the other allowed a maliciously crafted app to take over your system.

Judge Rejects Monster's Claims in Beats Lawsuit

· Jeff Gamet · News

Monster logo with crying baby

Monster Cable founder Noel Lee got a double-dose of disappointment: first, he missed out on a big cash win when Apple bought Beats, and now his lawsuit alleging the headphone maker scammed him out of that deal is on the rocks. The judge overseeing the case tossed out his claims only days before the scheduled trial which is now focused on whether Monster should have to pay Beats’ legal expenses.

Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

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Dr. Mac says he doesn’t  usually write about Apple’s minor operating system updates, but, if you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should update to iOS version 9.3.5 without delay. Read all about it in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #190:  Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!