Bring on Sunday

Good morning everyone.

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A good Saturday for college football was had. Ohio State lost in what was a good game. My friend Pete’s team at Oregon pulled out a victory. Back to  Ohio State. I think this is just what the team needed. I felt like they were a bit over ranked at the beginning of the season. But they take into account many factors like returning seniors, recruiting, injuries, etc. 2014 they lost their second game and then went on a tear the rest of the season. I’m not sure I’m seeing that with this team. I really hope that I’m wrong.

I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the classless act at the end of the game as the Sooners were celebrating.

Indy Women in Tech

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Lexi Thompson pulled out a victory over Lydia Ko. Nice to see her go head to head and come out victorious.

Funny Note.

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My buddy Bob Madsen dropped his son off at Cal Poly yesterday. They were greeted by this on the streets. They might as well be screaming ,”Well done on giving us your hard earned money. Keep giving us more…”

HaHa.

iPhone Announcement Tuesday

Tuesday is the event. 10 am is the time. In the new Steve Jobs theater that just got finished where Apple spent almost $20,000 per seat. You enter this theater and take a stairway below ground and then you’re in an entirely underground theater environment. What an excellent tribute to the man that had the vision to bring us the IPhone.

I’m expecting an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the gem – the iPhone X. The IPhone X may start at $1200. A $400 premium over the other phones because it supports wireless charging and has an entirely OLED screen. I think we’ll also see an Apple Watch with cellular connectivity and an AppleTV that does 4k.

Why My Next Car will have Apple’s CarPlay

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I was having a discussion about this on Twitter with a fellow techie. Apple’s CarPlay. It’s the way we can revolutionize the car. Cars have amazing hardware but the car manufacturers are always terrible at software and interfaces. Enter Apple. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road.

My wife’s boss bought a new $120k Mercedez. He loves the way that it drives. He loves the sound system. In the top three items that he talks about – always CarPlay. He went out and bought an iPhone specifically for it.

If you’re an Android user, even Google has caught onto this with Android Auto. Google and Apple both know this is the future.

I was one year away from getting it in my current model Honda. My next model and my wife’s will definitely have Apple’s CarPlay.

Below is a list of all of the car’s that currently come with Apple Carplay. Some have even gone as far as to already support the latest CarPlay Wireless. No need to even plug the phone into a cord – it just syncs to the screen.

“IT’S CLEAR THERE’S A LOT OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL … REVOLUTIONIZE THE CAR EXPERIENCE.” – Tim Cook

Which vehicles offer Apple CarPlay?

As of the time of writing, Apple CarPlay is offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles: Further more detailed list can be found here.

 

Audi

2017 A3, A4, A5, Q2, Q7, Allroad, and TT models.

Acura

2017 NSX

Bentley

2017 Bentayaga

BMW

2017 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X3, X4, X5, and X6 models. The 2017 5 Series models have promised to be the first vehicle offering a wireless CarPlay experience and should be available first quarter of 2017.

Buick

2017 Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Envision models.

Cadillac

2017 ATS, CTS, CT6, Escalade, XTS, and XT5 models.

Chevrolet

2017 Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe.

Chrysler

2017 300 Sedan (Chrysler promises that CarPlay will be available on the 2018 Pacifica Minivan).

Dodge

2017 Charger and Challenger models.

FIAT

FIAT has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Ford

2017 C-Max, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Super Duty, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Transit, Transit Connect, and Mustang.

Genesis

Hyundai’s new luxury brand will offer CarPlay on the G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis).

GMC

2017 Canyon, Sierra Yukon, and Acadia models.

Honda

2017 Accord, Civic, Pilot, and Ridgeline models.

Hyundai

Azera, Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Veloster, IONIQ, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport.

Infiniti

Infiniti has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Jeep

Jeep has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Kia

2017 Optima, Cadenza, Forte, Forte5, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, and Sedona models.

Land Rover

Land Rover and Range Rover have not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Lexus

Lexus has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mazda

Mazda has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mercedes-Benz

2017 B-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, GLC-Class, SL-Class, SLC-Class models.

MINI

MINI has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Mitsubishi

Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander models

Nissan

Maxima

Porsche

2017 718 (Cayman & Boxster), 911, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne models.

Subaru

Subaru is introducing CarPlay on its new 2017 Impreza model.

Toyota

Toyota has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.

Volkswagen

2017 Beetle, CC, Golf (e-Golf, GTI, Golf R), Golf SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta models.

Volvo

S90, V90 Cross Country, XC90 models.

 

Woz Leaves Apple

Today in History. Woz Leaves Apple

_85441188_00b21d85-f09c-4c31-bfd3-5a24dcee2034Definitely a big moment. Nobody did more to advance home/personal computing than Woz. Steve Jobs was a marketing genius but Woz was the man on the work bench with the intuitive ideas to put it all together. Below is one of my favorite clips from Steve Jobs where Woz was trying to get recognition for the Apple II team.

After Apple Event Thoughts

In case you didn’t see it yesterday. Here it is summed up in ten minutes.

Anyone remember the IPhone 3G that was pure black and used to scratch easily and show all of those scratches. Yep! It’s back and they’re (Apple) is saying that you definitely need a case should you go ‘Jet Black’ and that it is sensitive to scratching.

I’m most intrigued by the IPhone 7 Plus as it actually has two cameras. One for wide angle and one for more ‘zoomed’ telephoto photos. In the past when you’ve ‘zoomed’ it does it all in software digitally. It’s more of a software cheap way of zooming in on photos – think of it as just cropping in. When you do it thru hardware there is no loss in image quality.

I’m excited about the new Apple Watch. Finally it’s waterproof. A screen and power boost. But perhaps the most significant part – finally GPS is added.

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Kind of on a funny note to me. Apple finally realized the idiocy of the Apple Watch Edition. Whatever that gold version of it is called. That was a disaster and I thought from the announcement that it didn’t suit the type of company that Apple is. You’re not Rolex – you’re a tech titan. Act like it. So they finally cut it entirely from the line. Smart move. Long overdue.

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Back to the IPhone 7.

Apple did take the big step in getting rid of the headphone port. Not a big deal to me but if you did just drop $500 on a new set of headphones that doesn’t do wireless and you’re not keen on carrying around an adapter – then you’ll really prefer the IPhone 6s.