iOS 10 now available for iPhone and iPad update

Cupertino, California, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The biggest iOS release ever is available today (SEPTEMBER 13, 2016) as a free update for iPhone and iPad. iOS 10 is a massive release for Messages, brings new ways to use Siri with your favorite apps and introduces Memories in Photos, an exciting way to help you rediscover favorite and forgotten occasions from your photo library.

Messages gets a massive update with more animated and personalized ways to message friends and family using full-screen effects, Tapback and more. iOS 10 brings the power of the App Store to Messages, creating fun new ways to communicate with friends using apps that let you send stickers, edit photos, send payments or schedule dinner or a movie, all from within Messages. Using emoji is more fun than ever, with predictions that present the perfect emoji as you type, a new tap to replace feature that lets you “emojify” any message and new emoji that appear three times larger.

With iOS 10, your favorite apps can now talk to Siri so you can search for photos, make payments, message friends, place calls, book rides and start workouts just by using your voice.

Photos helps you rediscover favorite and forgotten occasions from your photo library by automatically surfacing them in Memories and uses machine learning to group the people, places and things inside your images into albums with on-device face, object and scene recognition. This intelligence brings Memories and Related photos to life in a way that’s personal and meaningful to you.

Additional features in iOS 10:

  • A new Home app lets you simply and securely set up, manage and control your home all in one place. Accessories can be managed individually or grouped into scenes so they work together with a single command and can be controlled by using Siri.
  • Maps is even simpler and more intuitive to use and now your favorite ride booking apps and reservation services are available from within the app.
  • Apple Music brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience with an easier way to navigate your library and discover new music and lyrics to your favorite songs.
  • The new News app simply surfaces the stories you want to read and adds support for breaking news notifications and paid subscriptions.

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Apple
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Catherine Anderson
Apple
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Source: Apple

iPad tops Best Buy’s Top 15 Holiday Tech Gifts for 2015

Minneapolis, MN, 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — When it comes to Holiday gifts to give and receive, tech products are high on the list.

Best Buy commissioned a national study to see what shoppers are looking for, and the results show that tablets lead a diverse group that also includes HDTVs, wearables and wireless speakers.

The top of the Top 15? The iPad. Here’s the full list:

Top 15 tech gifts for 2015

  1. iPad
  2. Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
  3. MacBook
  4. Samsung 48” Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
  5. Sharp 43” Smart HDTV with Roku
  6. Microsoft Surface
  7. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
  8. Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate and Activity Tracker
  9. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
  10. Dyson V6 Absolute Bagless Cordless Vacuum
  11. Vizio 43” Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
  12. Apple Watch
  13. SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker
  14. iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot
  15. GoPro HERO4 Action Camera

The Best Buy study also uncovered the following holiday shopping trends:

  • Millennials rank CE No. 1. The study found that millennials (ages 18 – 34) put consumer electronics firmly at the top of their preferred gift lists – both for giving and receiving.
  • More men than women prefer to give and receive tech gifts. Three times as many men (27.9 percent) as women (9.7 percent) want to receive consumer electronics for gifts. And twice as many men (29.6 percent) as women (16.5 percent) prefer to give tech gifts.
  • Deals drive self-gifting. Nearly 85 percent of consumers take advantage of sales or price discounts during the holiday season to make additional non-gift purchases for themselves or their families.

SOURCE:  Best Buy

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iPad tops Best Buy's Top 15 Holiday Tech Gifts for 2015

iPad tops Best Buy’s Top 15 Holiday Tech Gifts for 2015

Apple iOS 9 available on Sep 16 as free update for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, will be available on Wednesday, September 16 as a free update for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users. iOS 9 makes iOS devices more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri® features, all while protecting users’ privacy.

The way you interact with iPad gets even better with iOS 9, thanks to new multitasking features that let users view and interact with two apps at once, side by side. With Picture-in-Picture, users can play video while browsing the web, composing email or using other apps. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app offering new ways to capture ideas, detailed transit information in Maps, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

“iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful — Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”

Intelligence
In iOS 9, every experience with iPhone gets even better, with new intelligence that works behind the scenes to present the right information at the right time. Proactive assistance presents the most relevant information at a given time of day and suggests actions at that particular moment based on the apps you use frequently and the time of day you use them. Siri features an all-new design, contextual reminders based on time and location, and new ways to search photos and videos. Search queries deliver more relevant results from more categories, including sports scores and schedules, simple math calculations, weather conditions and stock prices.

iPad Experience
iOS 9 delivers new multitasking features designed specifically for iPad that allow you to do even more:

  • Slide Over lets you simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the one you’re in and easily switch between your apps.
  • Split View allows you to view and interact with two apps at the same time, side by side, and resize your view to prioritize one app over another.
  • Picture-in-Picture lets you continue a video or FaceTime® call while using your favorite apps.
  • Typing is faster and easier with an all-new Shortcut Bar that displays convenient editing tools, and new Multi-Touch™ gestures make it even easier to select, edit and move text.

Built-In Apps
The powerful built-in apps on iPhone and iPad are designed for all your essential, everyday tasks. In iOS 9, we’re delivering a completely redesigned Notes app, support for transit in Maps, an all-new News app and new capabilities in Apple Pay™.

The completely redesigned Notes app includes the ability to draw a quick sketch using your finger, easily create checklists to keep track of your to-dos or snap a photo directly in a note. Important items can be saved directly to the Notes app from other apps and are kept in sync across all your enabled devices with iCloud®.

Maps adds support for metropolitan transit systems and schedules, and subway station entrances and exits are precisely mapped. When you plan your trip, Maps can offer a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, and presents you with what’s nearby, delivering options for local food, drinks, shopping and more.*

News delivers a reading experience that combines the rich, immersive design of a print magazine with the interactivity of digital media. News can learn your interests and suggest relevant content that’s easily shareable or saved for later, and delivers the best articles from more than 50 publishers, representing hundreds of titles from the world’s most influential news, sports, business and magazine brands, covering over one million topics.**

Apple Pay adds support for Discover, merchant rewards programs and participating store-issued credit and debit cards. Shoppers will be able to manage their cards in the new Wallet app.

Foundation
This latest release makes the foundation of iOS even stronger with refinements including battery optimization that provides a typical user with an additional hour of battery life, and a low-power mode to further extend battery life.*** Software updates require less space to install and the Install Later feature can perform updates to your device when it’s not in use. Enhanced security features in iOS 9 keep your devices and Apple ID secure by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices and improving two-factor authentication by building it directly into iOS, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to your Apple ID. iOS 9 apps and the user interface now take advantage of Metal™ to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation and better overall performance.

Availability
iOS 9 will be available beginning Wednesday, September 16 as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini™ and later. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. For more information visit www.apple.com/ios.

*Transit information in Maps is available in select major cities, including Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Washington D.C., as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. Nearby information is available in the US and China.
**News app availability varies by country.
***Battery life depends on usage and settings.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Apple
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Apple iOS 9 available on Sep 16 as free update for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users

Apple iOS 9 available on Sep 16 as free update for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users