Apple Updates—Animoji, AR Upgrades, & Battery Life

Apple Updates—Animoji, AR Upgrades, & Battery Life

A lot has been going on with Apple over the past week or so. Quite a bit of news has come out about Apple devices, particularly concerning the future release of iOS 11.3 later in Spring. Here are just a few of the things you may have missed recently!

New Animoji will be added

When iOS 11.3 is released, you can expect new Animoji to be released with it! A preview from Apple has announced that four more Animoji will be added, joining the currently available twelve.

As you might know, animoji are the animated emoji that have been available on iOS 11 since late last year. Using animoji, you can make certain characters move based on your own movements and facial expressions. Some of the previously available animoji include a pig, an alien, a panda, and a unicorn.

The new animoji will include two typical animals—a bear and a lion—as well as the fun-sounding skull and dragon.

Apple’s augmented reality has been upgraded

Apple’s preview also discusses their new upgrades to their augmented reality (AR) technology. ARKit 1.5, the newest version of Apple’s AR tech, has been released for developers, and with it comes some cool new updates.

Previously, ARKit could allow users to place objects on horizontal surfaces (like, say, the floor). With ARKit 1.5, users will be able to also place objects on vertical surfaces (such as walls). This is a huge upgrade, making Apple’s AR experience even more compelling. In addition, users will be able to point their phone at a flat item (like a picture on a wall), and their phone will use AR to display any available facts about the item if it’s recognized by the system. For example, if you were visiting an art gallery, you could perhaps use Apple’s AR to find more information about certain pieces you were looking at.

iPhone slowdown to become optional

You may recall hearing a lot of talk last month about how iPhones were being slowed down. People were reporting that their iPhones seemed to slow down over time. Eventually Apple confirmed the speeds of these iPhones were being throttled, says CNN Money, though it wasn’t for some nefarious reason.

According to an open letter from Apple, iPhones were being slowed in order to prevent phones from being shut off as the phones’ batteries aged. Many people were upset this slowdown hadn’t been properly communicated to them, leading to Apple offering a heavily discounted battery replacement for certain affected customers.

Now Apple is going to make things even more transparent and open by allowing users to decide whether their iPhones are slowed down. In their iOS 11.3 preview, Apple describes their upcoming performance feature settings. These settings will make it possible to see whether your phone is set to slow down (preventing your phone from shutting down unexpectedly as your battery ages). If it is set to be throttled, you’ll be able to switch off this feature.

For more about what Apple is up to, take a look at their Newsroom.

Why is unlimited Internet important at home?

Why is unlimited Internet important at home?

What’s the future of the “major provider” networks? Scamming their customers out of more money by bringing data caps, just like those that have been such a pain in the mobile phone world, into the world of high-speed home Internet. For years it looked like data caps and throttling, a method of slowing down the Internet on your phone if you pass a limit they’ve set, were going to be a problem for phone users only. Then the landline Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) realized they needed a way to shore up their television and phone service divisions as people started cutting the cord. What better way to do that then to just borrow the exact same methods of overcharging mobile phone users and bring it to your home?

Many of the largest ISP’s now have some form of data cap or throttling system in place. Companies like Cox, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and more have brought out data caps ranging from 250GB to 1TB. If you’re familiar with bandwidth and data usage that range might seem reasonable for an average household, but the problem isn’t today, it’s tomorrow. In the world of “tomorrow” we will see more people cutting the cord with their cable or Satellite service and exclusively watching videos, movies, and shows through their Internet connection. People who still need landlines are increasingly using VoIP services that operate over a data connection with your Internet service. Music, video, gaming, communication, education – it’s becoming more common to get all of these things through your Internet connection, and the average bandwidth used by each household is going to grow at an exponential rate over the next decade.

The biggest data hogs

There are two big reasons that data consumption is only going to increase for the average household in just the next few years; the Internet-of-Things and 4k televisions. The Internet-of-Things (IoT) refers to the ubiquitous nature of Internet connected devices that surround us everywhere we go, and increasingly surround us at home. Almost everything has a connection to the Internet these days; televisions, cameras, thermostats, and even some refrigerators. While some IoT devices are expensive and seem hard to imagine becoming an everyday item, the reality is that these devices will only get less expensive and more commonplace as people get used to the convenience of their phone or tablet being able to talk to all of the other devices in their lives. 4k televisions are quickly becoming common in households all over, with some 4k prices matching those of regular HD televisions at big box stores. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are starting to pump out some 4k content for their customers, and as the catalogue of 4k shows and movies grows so will the average data use. These ultra-high-definition videos eat up considerably more data and bandwidth than their forefathers.

More information on the rise in ISP’s capping their data:

Wired – Sorry it’s time to start counting gigabytes at home too

ARS – Home Internet data caps and overage fees expand to more US cities

Easy Internet Now is the future of ISP’s

There are already tens-of-thousands of homes across the country that regularly use several devices simultaneously to stream videos, listen to music, and surf the web with no access to cable television or a landline telephone. While other providers look at these homes with fear, and plot ways to get more money from them to shore up their traditional entertainment divisions, Easy Internet Now was built to be the perfect solution for these cord cutters. All EIN plans are unlimited, meaning we will never cap your data usage or throttle your connection. We’re right there with you on the forefront, helping families across the nation get rid of their overpriced cable charges. No contract, no credit check, no limits. EIN is the ISP of the future, and we’re ready to serve you today.