Tons of Announcements from Apple + A Text Message Autoresponder

Facebook Live with Apple’s Special Event

Were you able to tune into my Facebook Live last week or did you watch the Apple Keynote?  They announced a bunch of changes happening this year primarily to services. Apple News+ out now, Apple Card coming this summer, and Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade coming this fall.  Apple is making sure that the common theme through all of these services is privacy. I would love to hear what you are most excited about with these announcements. Keep reading for more details on each service.

Apple TV+ coming this fall

Apple TV + is a new streaming service exclusively on the Apple TV app.  Featuring original shows and movies that will most likely rival Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the new YouTube TV.  Apple TV + was announced to release this fall and you can have Apple notify you when it premieres.

Apple News+ available now with a free 1-month trial then $9.99/mo after that

Apple News + is a digital newsstand available now.  With animated covers that draw you into some of the best magazines and newspapers.  Check it out for free here

Apple Arcade coming this fall

Tired of ads and in-app purchases?  Apple’s upcoming Arcade will be an all you can play subscription.  You will be able to jump from one device to another while playing and have access for up to six family members.  If you love games you will want to check out what Arcade has to offer. Check out some highlights here

Apple Card coming this summer

Apple Card definitely has me intrigued.  With features like Daily Cash back and map pinpoints from where you made a purchase, to spend summaries and no fees at all.  This card will give credit card companies a run for their promotions. Another super cool feature is that you can estimate your interest based on different amounts you pay up front.  In real time! Check out Apple Card here and if you want to be one of the first to know when it arrives this summer be sure to click the ‘Notify Me’ button in the top right corner of the window.

Apple releases macOS 10.14.4, iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, HomePod 12.2, Watch 5.2

Apple just released a number of software updates.  For those who have an Apple TV and have wanted to be able to use Siri to turn on your favorite may just be in luck with the new tvOS that was released.  You can use your updated iOS device or updated HomePod which will turn on your television and switch to the correct input if your TV supports using only one remote.  Take a look at this article that will detail out the latest updates. New Animojis anyone?

Google Stadia

Cloud based gaming seems to be the next step for gamers.  Google is taking their turn with a new gaming platform called Stadia.  Unlike previous gaming consoles, Stadia does not live in a box. The Stadia controller will have specific smart functionality but they said other USB-powered controllers will work as well.  Google says that games will be accessible through the Chrome browser on devices such as desktops, laptops, select phones, and tablets. To start, it will only work over Wi-Fi and you should expect to use over 25Mbps internet connection.  You will need a $35 Chromecast if you want to access on a TV. It is said to launch later this year. Do you think it will it rival Apple’s Arcade? Check out what CNN Business has to say.

Brick Mode

Wish there was a text message auto-responder? I’ve found an unconventional way to get you one with your iPhone using Do Not Disturb While Driving. People call it brick mode. I got the inspiration here. I created a video on my YouTube Channel talking about the many features as well as a walk through on how to set everything up. Take a look here and don’t forget to subscribe!