Apple promised to “brighten everyone’s day” with today’s new product launch, and they didn’t disappoint.
Here’s the ExchangeMyPhone rundown of the many highlights from Cupertino:
The first new feature to be announced was the iOS 7.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, promised that “iOS 7 will quickly become the world’s most popular operating system.” It will be released on September 18th and Apple is projecting to have 700 million iOS devices sold by the end of the month.
iWork will come free with all new iOS devices along with over 200 new features, including iTunes Radio – Apple’s answer to Pandora.
Moving along quickly, Tim went on to introduce the eager audience to 2 new phone designs (to replace the iPhone5):
1) iPhone 5C
Essentially a plastic and colorful iPhone5 for $99. In the words of Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive, the “iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically plastic.” The phone comes in green, white, blue, pink and yellow.
It is more fun and more colorful but “made with all the incredible technology of the iPhone 5.” The phone has a A6 processor (same as the iPhone 5), the same 8-megapixel rear-camera, a larger battery than the iPhone 5 and a brand new FaceTime HD camera on the front (including larger 1.9u pixels and backside illumination). The phone supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.
Apple has also created custom cases with a “soft-feel silicon rubber.” They are $29 each and environmentally friendly.
The next up was the much-hyped…
2) iPhone 5S
Phil Schiller describes it as “the most forward thinking phone anyone has ever made.”
It comes it silver, gold, and a “new space gray” (aka slate).
We will get to the wealth of features below but most exciting is the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, “You can simply touch your home button to unlock your phone”. Forget trying to remember passcodes, the iPhone 5S “uses a key you have everywhere you go”.
The iPhone 5S is also 5 times faster than the iPhone 5 with a new A7 processor that packs faster performance and better graphics. It has the first ever 64-bit chip on a smartphone.
There is also an M7 “motion co-processor” that measures the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope. It can tell apps if you’re stationary, walking, driving, etc and Nike is already taking advantage of it with a new app called “Nike+ Move.”
The battery life is improved, with up to 250 hours on standby.
The phones also sports a new iSight camera, a five-element Apple-designed lens with an F2.2 aperture. When you take a photo, it actually takes multiple photos and picks the best.
The iPhone 5 is gone but you can upgrade to the iPhone4S for free.
What do you think?! You can pre-order on Friday September 13th.
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1. The new, cheap iPhone 5C
This seems to be the whisper that won’t go away. Pundits, techies and analysts alike have been predicting since last year that a wallet-friendly addition to the iPhone family was on it’s way. Experts tend to agree that a more affordable iPhone would be the necessary catalyst for Apple product proliferation in the global marketplace, especially in countries like China. It is believed that this new phone could possibly replace the 4S and would be a pared down model without features like Siri. It would be made of plastic, versus the aluminum and metal materials used for the iPhone 5 and retail around $199, with a contract.
3. Shades of things to come
Remember those now vintage iBooks and desktops that came in a rainbow of colors? We know that, on occasion, Apple does dabble in different areas of the color wheel – as we saw more recently with iPod minis. One of the rumors getting the most attention is the iPhone Gold, which is exactly what it sounds like, and would represent a total visual departure from what we know as the iPhone brand.
Once upon a time bees were the antagonists of our childhood summers – my, how things have changed. By now most of us know that bees are a vital player in our ecosystems. But they’re also in danger.
Buzzing bee armies are responsible for pollinating an entire third of human food but in the past thirteen years the bee population has begun to vanish, decreasing by more than 30%. The cause of this collapse continues to mystify scientists and hypotheses differ: the European Union blames harmful pesticides they are now mobilizing to ban, while the United States is pointing the finger away from human impact and towards parasitic mites.
Whatever the cause, bees need help and quick.
One of the most innovative, super-hero efforts to save the U.S. bee population is taking off, quite literally, at a Washington airport. Sea-Tac airport has reinvented a whopping 50 acres of what was previously unused space by giving it to bee keeper Bob Redmond for bee breeding.
And, if you though air traffic control was a big responsibility, try managing 18 hives and a half million bees single-highhandedly. Well, leave it to Bob! He says that what makes the airport the perfect home for the Flight Path Project is that it is a controlled area, one they can agro-tailor for optimal well be(e)ing.
But, does it work? You bet. The airport is now home to 500,000 bees who fly 5.5 million times a day, 5,500 times that of the commercial flights from Sea-Tac. If those aren’t the metrics of success we don’t know what is!
City governments and urban entrepreneurs across the world are now paying increased attention to providing camping options within city limits. Sound like an oxymoron? Well it is, which is why urban camping is blossoming into an outdoor experience unto itself: not quite rural romping not quite city hustling.
One fascinating example is taking root in Amsterdam where architects Oscar Rommens and Joris Van Reuseldrew drew inspiration from the skyscraper but gave it a campy twist. Their creation is a small-scale, mobile, urban camping facility. The unit is a literal and figurative platform for city explorers to stay overnight (avoid exorbitant hotel prices), connect with other travelers and rediscover urbanity in a totally new way.
In the Midwest, urban camping has a unique iteration that’s more nature-focused. North Face has teamed up with the Chicago parks department to create the Camping 101 Program, giving novice campers and their families the chance to have a slumber-party in select public parks. The initiative is so well-loved that North Face is teaming up with other state park agencies in California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Oregon.
The consensus when it comes to easily-accessible camping is clearly more, more, more! Have you pitched a tent in an urban jungle?
We’d love to hear about your adventures.
We are incredibly excited to see where Rogers’ research goes and will be cheering on our new ally!
Heat like the sort the East Coast has been experiencing has many different effects but perhaps the most ubiquitous is just how lazy it makes us. No one wants to tackle insulating the attic when its 100 degrees outside, even if it would make your home significantly cooler. So let’s take it slow. Here are our top five small, simple steps you can take to beat the heat: guaranteed to make a difference you can fell but the environment and your bank account won’t even notice!
Cheers to staying cool this summer.
This ingenious solution isn’t just making an economic impact by delivering renewable light energy to many rural areas. There are important health benefits as well because most of the developing world still relies on on kerosene lamps that pose huge safety hazards: the fumes inhaled by children in kerosene-light homes is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
And sOccket has yet another a new fan, President Obama. During his recent trip to Africa his team set to work distributing the item to many African nations and on a tour of a facility that manufacturers the ball he even showed off some of his soccer skills! A huge goal for the two Harvard girls who knew just how powerful play could be.
Most city-dwellers operate under the assumption that, like binoculars and snow tires, the United States Park Service is simply irrelevant to their urban existence. But, as it turns out, the Forest Service has been hard at work pounding the pavement of America’s major city centers to bring us the surprising truth about city trees: they’re saving our lives, quite literally.
In the first of two recently published studies, director Geoffrey Donovan and his team revealed a direct and dramatic correlation between loss of trees and loss of human life in city centers. According to the study, as deforestation of urban areas spread across the country there was an increase in mortality related to cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illness: 6,113 related lower respiratory system-related deaths and 15,080 cardiovascular-related deaths.
The second study surveyed the tree populations of 10 major cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Syracuse) to determine how effectively they were filtering out air pollutants. And guess what? They’re doing a phenomenal job, so much so that urban trees and forests are saving an average of one life per year per city. That means in New York City alone, trees save an average of eight lives annually.
We hope that this newly reveled super power will inspire city residents to get involved planting more trees in their communities.
If you’re looking for ways to get involved, there are dozens of non-profits looking for volunteers. Friends of the Urban Forest in San Francisco for instance has planted more than 47,000 trees since 1981. They have also earned bragging rights by planting 43% of the city’s street tree canopy, and now, as it turns out, saving some lives along the way!
While the cybercafé has grown increasingly rare in North America, in many developing nations it remains the gateway to the Internet and a gathering place integral to community life. Such is the case in many African nations where these local cafés are still very relevant and the standard way to get online.
The typical scene in these cafes is a crowded one, both with people and bulky computer units that that serve a very limited number of users at a time given the space and energy they require. Internet connection is often slow, machines unreliable and energy costs huge.
The system could be much more efficient for customers and owners alike. Which is why Google is rethinking the “user interface”, not of a new digital software but of the physical space of the internet cafe. What, exactly does this look like? A tablet café. By replacing desktops with tablets the entire experience of getting online has been transformed for locals in Dakar, where Google is piloting the program.
The first major advantage of the program is economic: tablet cafés make good business sense. Owners stand to save a significant amount of revenue on electricity, savings that Google Africa hopes, “can be reinvested in faster connectivity to bring in more customers.”
From a social-change standpoint, potential benefits of the program are even greater. Though customers do not own the tablets, the impact of putting cutting edge technologies into the hands of under-served populations is immeasurable. Customers emerge with something much more valuable than a tablet: technological literacy that corresponds with some of the most advanced devices and operating systems in the world. The potential for the democratization through knowledge here is huge.
Finally, from a community building perspective the physical layout tablets afford is inherently more social and much closer to that of a traditional cafe. Rather than hunched over in separate cubicles customers can sit comfortably on couches, chat and share with total ease.
Do you think tablet cafes are the future face of internet access in the developing world? Can the barriers to sustainability of the program be overcome? Share your thoughts with us!
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