TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-25: Bob Mansfield's Apple Car, iPhone 7 Launch Date

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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A new report claims Bob Mansfield is in charge of the Apple Car project. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Bob running Project Titan, plus they have some things to say about a report tagging September 16th as the iPhone 7 release date.

Pokémon GO: How to Turn off AR

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Pokémon GO

It’s really cool seeing a Charmander, Flareon, or Pikachu right in front of you when you’re playing Pokémon GO. The augmented reality, or AR, that lets you see a Pokémon on the sidewalk in front of you is pretty fun, but turning it off can save a little battery life and makes the game easier to play, too. Read on to learn how to turn off Pokémon GO’s AR feature.

iPhone 7 Reportedly Launching on Sept 16

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone in crystal ball

Apple’s still unannounced iPhone 7 will reportedly be announced a little earlier than usual this year and hit store shelves on Friday, September 16th. Word of the release date comes via Venture Beat’s Evan Blass, who has a track record for predicting Android smartphone rollouts.

MGG 615: John and Dave Trade Places

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Quick Tips: All those little things you know that you don’t think about? Other people know and don’t think about them, too… so we think about them and share them, enhancing everyone’s knowledge! Then it’s on to some questions, with a surprising number about Ethernet. Go Figure!

FBI Looks for Touch ID Workaround by 3D Printing Fingers

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

A 3D printer printing a hand

The FBI has a new trick up its sleeve for getting into locked iPhones. The agency hired Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University, to 3D print the fingers of a murder victim. The idea is to use the 3D prints to unlock the device. Should it work, it will open up new avenues for law enforcement and pose new threats to everyone, everywhere.

Apple Has Olympic Limited Edition Apple Watch Bands in Brazil, But We Found Alternatives

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch Band Olympics 2016 Sampler

Apple is offering limited edition Apple Watch bands for the Olympics, but you can only get them at the Apple Store VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca. That’s in Brazil. GQ reported that Apple has Apple Watch bands commemorating 14 “major competitor” countries. But if you can’t go to Brazil, we did some digging and found a couple of alternatives at Amazon and AliExpress.

Pokémon GO Already the Most Downloaded iPhone App Ever

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Pokémon GO launched in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand only a couple weeks ago and it’s already the most download title on Apple’s App Store ever. More countries have been getting in on the game since then, and with Japan launching Pokémon GO today it’s a safe bet downloads are going to just keep climbing. That popularity is no doubt translating into big bucks for Nintendo and Apple thanks to in-app purchases, and also potentially slimer waist lines for players who’re getting off their couches and roaming the streets looking for Bulbasaur and Pikachu to catch. If Pokémon GO’s downloads are any indication, we really do have to catch ’em all.

Pokémon GO Already the Most Downloaded iPhone App Ever

Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th

· Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple announced Friday that it will hold its quarterly call with analysts on Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be keenly watching results and guidance looking for signs in renewed growth for Apple. In the March quarter, Apple reported year-over-year declines in revenue and iPhone sales.

Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger

If you share your car with other people, you’ll want to check out today’s deal for the Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger. It plugs into your car’s AC outlet (or cigarette lighter), and features two 2.4A USB ports, one 3A USB port, and one USB-C port. You can get it through us for $19.99.

Just Breathe. Apple's watchOS 3 beta Will Show You The Way.

· Dave Hamilton · Columns & Opinions

watchOS 3's new Breathe app, now in beta

I’m someone who runs at a pretty fast clip. When the Apple Watch first came out and everyone was touting its health benefits, I didn’t think that a device on my wrist was going to help remind me to walk, stand or exercise more. Apple’s new Breathe app, however, has changed all of that.

After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised for Glory

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

iPad Pro & pencil

The iPad launched with great enthusiasm, and just about everyone had to have one. It was boldly declared to be the harbinger of the Post-PC era. But then it faltered. Now, Apple is positioning the iPad to take up its long-intended role as the PC replacement. Here’s how Apple is going to return the iPad to glory.

iStumbler on Sale for $10

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iStumbler is a great WiFi network monitoring and troubleshooting utility for the Mac. You can use it to see what networks are nearby, track which channels and frequencies each network uses, view encryption status, and even get the coordinates for nearby base stations. As if that’s not enough, it also tracks Bonjour and Bluetooth devices. iStumbler is a handy tool that usually costs US$25, but right now it’s on sale for $10—more than half off. You can pick up a copy at the iStumbler website.

iStumbler on Sale for $10

iPhone 7 will be Waterproof, Include Lightning Headphone Dongle

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone with audio dongle

Apple’s iPhone 7, expected to ship this fall, will include “professional class waterproofing” and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle. That’s according to Deutsche Bank analysts following Apple’s production closely.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones with 3D Printed Fingers, Uber-waterproof iPhone 7

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Scientists are working with the FBI to 3D print fingers so they can unlock smartphones. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the potential privacy and security issues related to 3D printing copies of our fingers. They share their thoughts on a report claiming the iPhone 7 will sport pro-grade waterproofing.

New Security Threat Targets OS X, iOS through Graphics

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

There’s a new security threat for OS X and iOS that could let attackers remotely control your device or install malware by sending you an image file. The threat is fairly serious, although so far it’s still just a proof of concept, and Apple patched the flaw in OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3.

Apple Reportedly Shifting Car Plans to 2021

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple Car Artist Rendition, with Electric Plug

Apple has reportedly shifted its target date for Apple Car back to 2021, one year later than earlier leaks suggested.   Waiting another year sucks, but it won’t affect Apple Car’s eventual success.

Polymail for iOS and OS X Drops Invitation Requirement

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Want to try out Polymail on the Mac or your iPhone? That’s no problem now that it doesn’t require an invitation to download. Polymail is an alternative email app for iOS and OS X that lets you track email messages and receive notifications when they’ve been read, schedule when a message is sent, “snooze” messages for later reference, and even unsend messages. You can download the Mac version at the Polymail website, and the iOS version at Apple’s App Store.

Polymail for iOS and OS X Drops Invitation Requirement

Satechi's Excellent 60 Watt Charging Station: 2 USB-C and 4 USB-A Ports

· John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Satechi 60W USB Charger

Satechi has introduced the “60W 6-Port Multi-Port USB Desktop Charging Station.” It’s a pure charging hub that intelligently partitions up to 60 watts of power to four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports. Notable features include a great exterior design, a power LED and an on/off switch.  John reviews it.

Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones: $239.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones

We have a solid deal for those who like their tunes bass-heavy, Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones from Apple’s Beats by Dre. Made of steel and aluminum, these headphones feature thick padded cups for your ears. Our deal offers a significant discount at $239.99, which is 39% off retail.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-21: Apple Car Delays, Listener Feedback

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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A new report says Apple’s car won’t ship until 2021, but is that a problem? Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to weigh in with their opinions, plus they respond to listener comments from yesterday’s show where we discussed black box recorders in autonomous cars.