Tag: Pre-order

HomePod Pre-Order and Questions

Apple’s music speaker, the HomePod, is now available for pre-order for $349. It is available for delivery and in Apple Stores on February 9th.

The HomePod will be my first “Smart Speaker”. I do not own an Amazon Echo nor a Google Home. I did think about buying an Amazon Echo, but decided to wait; which now in hindsight, I am glad I decided to wait. It is still possible that I might buy an Amazon Echo at some point in the future, but it is not something I need to get right away.

The HomePod is not for everyone. If you use a variety of devices, do not subscribe to Apple Music, and in particular do not have an iPhone, then the HomePod is likely not for you. Apple has positioned the HomePod to be a music speaker first, and smart assistant second. Unlike many, I am the absolute target market for Apple’s HomePod. This is because I subscribe to Apple Music and use Apple products almost exclusively. Plus, I am always up for writing about Apple, and the HomePod is the latest of Apple’s gadgets.

There are a few questions that I hope to be able to answer with the HomePod. These questions are:

  1. How well does Siri hear me while music is playing?
  2. Does the HomePod work as expected with adding items to To Do apps, lists, notes, and the like?
  3. How well does Siri work as compared to the iPhone when asking the same questions? How about as compared to the Apple Watch?
  4. What happens when I disable wireless on both my Apple Watch and iPhone, and then try to use the HomePod? What limitations are there?
  5. Will the HomePod play songs from my library, if I ask it to?
  6. How does the HomePod sound in a large room that has hardwood, as compared to a carpeted room?
  7. Can I use the HomePod as a speaker for the Apple TV? If so, how does that work and sound?
  8. How does the HomePod work with older iOS devices?

I have pre-ordered the Space Gray HomePod for pickup on February 9th. I will give my first impressions after I have used it for a couple of days, and a full review will come later down the road after I have had significant time to use it.

Are there any questions about the HomePod that you would like answered? If so, let me know on Twitter. If you do not want to publicly reply, you can also send me a DM.

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra pre-orders available on Amazon

iOS10.Users.Developers

iOS 10 for Users and Developers explores the myriad of new features in iOS 10 across all of Appleā€™s iOS-based devices: iPhone, iPad, tvOS, and watchOS. Some of the topics covered include Widgets, HomeKit, Payments, Unlocking your Mac, Notifications, Messages and the Music Redesign.

For Developers, the biggest changes occur within Xcode and Swift. Swift 3 is covered extensively as well as some of the new frameworks, and the updates with Xcode.

As with previous years, iOS 10 for Users and Developers is now available for pre-order from Amazon. It costs $3.99, or the equivalent around the world.


macOS.Sierra.Cover

macOS Sierra for Users, Administrators, and Developers is a book that covers all of the new features of macOS Sierra. For users, some of the categories covered are the new name, Siri, changes to Photos, the Apple Watch and your Mac, Storage updates, Messages, Safari changes, and the Apple File System (APFS).

For Server Administrators, some of the items include updates to permissions, Apple Classroom, security updates, and other supported changes.

For developers, the changes in Xcode as well as Swift 3 are covered. Along side these, the new frameworks that have been unveiled by Apple are discussed.

No matter what your level of expertise, macOS Sierra for Users, Administrators, and Developers has something for everybody.

Just like the iOS 10 book, macOS Sierra for Users, Administrators, and Developers is available for pre-order Amazon. It will cost $3.99, or nearly that around the world.

Reminder: OS X 10.11 El Capitan e-book available for Pre-Order

OS X 10.11 for Users, Administrators, and Developers is available for pre-order on Apple’s iBooks Store in both iBooks format as well as ePub format. The book is also available on Amazon in ePub format. The cost for the e-book is $3.99. The book will be released on September 30th, 2015.

OS.X.10.11.El.Capitain.Cover

OS X 10.11 El Capitan for Users, Administrators and Developers covers many of the new features within the operating system. For users, we cover the new Split View, the changes to the cursor, the new San Francisco Font, changes to Spotlight, upgraded Notes, improvements to Apple Maps, and the new features of Safari.

For administrators we cover the big changes to application assignment and other changes to Profile Manager, the overall look, some file sharing changes, the improved softwareupdate command, the implications of security changes, and built-in application versions.

For developers we look at the new Apple Developer account, Xcode 7, the new frameworks like Metal, GameplayKit, and Network Extension. We also look at the changes developers need to make for security, Swift 2, changes to Objective-C and CloudKitJS.

Pre-order for OS X 10.11 El Capitan e-book is now available

As is the case in the previous years, I have written an e-book about OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

It is available now for pre-order on Apple’s iBooks Store in both iBooks format as well as ePub format. The cost for the e-book is $3.99. The book will be released on September 30th, 2015.

OS.X.10.11.El.Capitain.Cover

OS X 10.11 El Capitan for Users, Administrators and Developers covers many of the new features within the operating system. For users, we cover the new Split View, the changes to the cursor, the new San Francisco Font, changes to Spotlight, upgraded Notes, improvements to Apple Maps, and the new features of Safari.

For administrators we cover the big changes to application assignment and other changes to Profile Manager, the overall look, some file sharing changes, the improved softwareupdate command, the implications of security changes, and built-in application versions.

For developers we look at the new Apple Developer account, Xcode 7, the new frameworks like Metal, GameplayKit, and Network Extension. We also look at the changes developers need to make for security, Swift 2, changes to Objective-C and CloudKitJS.

iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus Pre-Order Availability: 09/12/2015 (Morning)

Last year I did some charts with availability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This year, I will do some charts again. I do not know how often I will update them. But each will be a new post.

This data is from approximately 5 hours after the start of pre-orders, which began at 12:01 Pacific Time this morning.

Notes: T-Mobile’s Site as well as AT&T’s site both indicate limited availability for the iPhone 6s Plus, regardless of storage capacity and color. AT&T’s site is stating between October 13th and October 30th for all iPhone 6s Plus models.


iPhone 6s from Apple.com
  16GB 64GB 128GB
AT&T Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Sprint Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
T-Mobile Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Verizon Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25

iPhone 6s Plus from Apple.com
  16GB 64GB 128GB
AT&T Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Sprint Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
T-Mobile Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 2-3 weeks
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Silver: 2-3 weeks
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 2-3 weeks
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Sprint Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 9/25
Silver: 9/25
Gold: 9/25
Space Gray: 9/25
Rose Gold: 2-3 weeks