Apple iPhone X – What To Expect From The Apple Keynote

It’s the second week of September and for pretty much everyone interested in tech, even if they don’t like Apple products, it’s time for the Apple Keynote and the impending release of new products.

Expect iPhones, except iPads, expect Apple TV, expect Apple Watch – except everything, but do not assume it will happen. However, in the days building up to launch, we’ve seen plenty of leaks.

Whether you use Apple products or not, it’s difficult to get away from the event over in America. The first thing to note is that this Keynote is taking place in Apple’s brand new Steve Jobs Theater in Los Angeles. Nice touch if we’re honest.

What To Expect

So to the products in question – it seems from 9to5Mac’s report and Twitter users, that there will be THREE iPhones released. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as an ‘anniversary’ product to celebrate over a decade of the iPhone, with the iPhone X.

Now this information comes from coding that has been leaked over the weekend leading up to the keynote, and we can see all three of these names mentioned. It’s not a surprise really, but it’s what else that was made almost public. Face ID, animated emojis (face recognition will also convert the face you pull into the emoji you intend!) and new wallpapers. Nothing special we would say.

However tell that to this guy…Mazen Kourouche. The first in line in Sydney, queuing up since Monday 11th September. Commitment.

He clearly loves his Apple products, and is pretty excited – but we’d be really excited for, and think is long overdue, is wireless charging with these devices. Samsung is already there and has been for a while.

A radical overhaul for the iPhone – which we think may include a full OLED screen with no bezel – needs to have what we’re desperate for – wireless charging!

Wireless Charging

The tech is here, the people demand it, and it’s all around you. Wireless charging in coffee shops, bars and restaurants, at airports – it is everywhere. Just not in an iPhone. Yet. We hope.

With Qi Charging, which is the standard almost around the world, we’d be surprised if Apple decides to go down a similar route as it did with the original Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch uses a tweaked version of Qi meaning it cannot be used with a standard Qi charger – and it may decide to do that once more to cash in with its own chargers and licences for their tech to third-parties. However, if it wants to join in the party, the hope is Apple decide instead to go with the global standard.

If it does, then why not check out the soundmaster UR411SI Bluetooth FM / DAB Clock Radio with Wireless Qi Charging. It’s an incredible looking unit and will solve all your needs to charge and then play audio at the same time via Bluetooth.

The UR411SI is perfect for bedside tables or study spaces, and if – just if – Apple do not release their own charger, it could be a wonderful addition in your home with your brand new Apple iPhone.

Don’t forget if your mobile already allows for wireless charging through Qi technology, then why not get one today!

Simply click on the image of the UR411SI, or the links in this article and order NOW online at BuyCleverStuff.

Apple iPhone 7: How To Integrate It In Your Home

This evening will see Apple stage their annual September “special event” – for most, the feeling is that it surrounds the announcement of the iPhone 7.

There have been countless so-called leaks and rumours relating to what this new Apple product will include, or more importantly not include.

With the murmurings suggesting a twin-camera on the rear of the smartphone, but most importantly the belief that we could be about to bear witness to the end of the headphone jack.

It is rumoured, and until this special event is done and dusted we can only say that, that the headphone jack will no longer be a feature.

Instead, Apple are believed to be providing either wireless Bluetooth ‘earpods’ or will have included earphones that will connect with a Lightning connection as the 3.5mm port will be missing to give the device an even slimmer profile (so your phone can slip even easier down the side of your sofa without you knowing!).

Apple bought the Beats headphone brand in 2014, and their wireless Bluetooth headphones have been heavily marketed by some of the world’s leading sportsmen and sportswomen, which have also played a major part in the idea that wireless headphones are on the way with an Apple product at some stage.

Regardless of this potential development, at BuyCleverStuff, we don’t see this as a major problem.

We’re almost sure that Bluetooth functionality will be included as a feature.

It’s been a feature in every iPhone since the very first release in 2007, and their commitment to Beats and their recent development of that range suggests it will remain, meaning integration of wireless audio in your home, we’re still here to guide you in the right direction!

We have a whole host of Bluetooth ceiling speaker systems available that can be used by connecting your Bluetooth device. Whether it’s an iPhone or any other mobile/tablet device that features a Bluetooth transmitter (check your device’s manual, but it is almost as-standard nowadays).

Whether it is a simple to install single wireless Bluetooth ceiling speaker, which can also be waterproof in design.

If you’re looking for something to pair up with and have a control panel keypad on your wall (Systemline E50 – with radio or Systemline E100 – without radio), or perhaps you’d like a system that has varying sizes of speakers to choose from which plays wireless from your Bluetooth device and can be set up across two zones/rooms.

We also have a great range of Sonos streaming set-ups with fantastic Q Acoustics Q Install ceiling speakers should you wish to use your device’s Wifi connection.

Whatever you make of tonight’s Apple event and their new releases, at BuyCleverStuff, we’ll be on hand to help you integrate your audio and visual in your home in the best way possible.

To watch the Apple event tonight click here: apple.co/live (Check requirements below for watching on your chosen device)

Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

Compare: Apple Lightning & Apple 30-Pin Connectors

The Apple Lightning Connector is the newest connector found on the iPhone 5 onward (including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and models released in September 2015), iPod Touch (5th generation) onward, iPad (4th generation) onward, iPad Mini, iPod Nano (7th generation), and Apple Pencil. The connector was changed to the Lightning Connector from the 30-Pin Connector.

Apple’s 30-Pin connector was common to most Apple mobile devices (iPhone (1st generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 1st-4th generation iPod Touch, iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3) from its introduction with the 3rd generation iPod in 2003 until the Lightning connector was released in late 2012.

So what does this mean?

Well it means a lot, first thing to know is that Lightning Connector is not compatible with the old 30-pin connector as found on most Docking Stations. Plus the new Lightning Connector is a digital only output, meaning it simply can’t be adapted to fit in an old 30-pin connector. It is useful as the cable can connect either face up or face down.

Official Lightning connectors contain an authentication chip, meaning it is difficult for third-party manufacturers to produce compatible accessories without Apple’s approval.

Apple however offer a solution, currently at a cost of £25 Apple offer DAC Lightning to 30-pin Adapter to get around the problem (as well as other connectors for USB, HDMI, VGA and SD cards).

At the moment. our Apple iPhone / iPod Docking Stations are not compatible with the new iPhone 5 or new generation of iPod devices, however we are working with our manufactures and suppliers to look into a solution.

If you already have a Docking Station then at the moment the only solution is to purchase a Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter, this adapter is attached to the bottom of the iPhone or iPod and will allow you to use in an old 30-Pin Connector Docking Station. We recommend only using official Apple adapters to use when converting from 30-Pin.

What are my other options?

Apple’s range of iPhones, iPods, and iPads now feature Bluetooth functionality and can connect effortlessly with speakers that feature built-in Bluetooth receivers.

By using this feature, it allows you to control your device and not be restricted from using it when otherwise out of reach when docked.

More so is the importance of using Bluetooth now as, with our experience, docking stations that are not compatible with the newer Lightning connections and are reliant on adaptors

(Image: Flickr/randychiu)