Apple has officially released iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 to the public. The updates bring many new features to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users, and third-party developers have been hard at work on updating their apps to take advantage of Apple’s latest tools. Read on for the details…
We’ll be updating this post throughout the next few weeks with new apps and features. If you’re a developer with an app to share, get in touch and I’d love to try it out. Our list can’t be 100% comprehensive from day one, especially with the 24-hour notice this year, so please do reach out with your updates.
Note the bullets below are not necessarily comprehensive changelogs, but just a selection of what’s new in the applications.
Last updated: Friday, October 2, 2020
Most recent additions:
Added on September 27:
CardPointers for Credit Cards
Home screen widgets
App Clip for filtering credit card offers without signing in
iPadOS 14 side bar support
Downloadable Apple Watch faces with complication families
A man from eastern P.E.I., currently on a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, is looking to help put an experiment on board the International Space Station (ISS) next year.
Justin Pater of Montague has been named a mentor on the Genes in Space project, an annual competition for high school students.
The competition is open to students from grades 7 to 12 from across the U.S. They’re asked to design experiments that use DNA analysis to solve real-world problems in space exploration. The winning experiment is carried up to the International Space Station.
“Being a nerd myself, it’s definitely a cool opportunity,” said Pater.
“It’s really a great opportunity for the high school students because it really gives them an opportunity to see the things they learn in a classroom can actually be applied to solve real, like applicable, problems.”
The ideas come from the students in consultation with their teachers locally, who then pitch their ideas to one of the mentors appointed by the competition. Pater will choose some groups of students to work with.
“We can throw the resources of Harvard at the problem and try to make that experiment possible,” he said.
The competition organizers will narrow the field down to five finalists. The winning team will visit NASA to train astronauts on how to perform the experiment. The experiment itself will launch to the ISS late next summer.
Credit to Montague school
Pater said he is constantly on the lookout for opportunities such as this, and that may be because of his own high school experience.
“I wasn’t really confident in an academic sense. In fact, I took an extra year to graduate high school,” he said.
“It really wasn’t until that year that I realized that I had the potential of becoming something, and what I’m doing now wouldn’t be possible without the guidance of Mr. Philip MacDonald and Miss Margaret MacDonald … teachers at Montague Regional High School.”
Pater credits the interest of those two teachers for getting him to Harvard, and from there into the Genes in Space competition.
A company called PlateStation is selling colored plates for the PS5.
You have four color options: Chromatic, Cherry Red, Indigo Blue and Matte Black.
A single set costs $39.99.
The PlayStation 5 isn’t out yet, but you can already buy something to customize the next-gen console. A company called PlateStation has unveiled a set of custom plates that allow you to add a dash a color to the PS5’s normally white exterior (via Engadget). The plates come in four colors: Chromatic, Cherry Red, Indigo Blue and Matte Black. A single set will cost you $39.99.
Installation is presumably as simple as popping off the PS5’s existing white plates and putting in place the new ones. One thing to keep in mind is that the plates aren’t an official Sony accessory, so it’s probably best to wait and hear what other people say about them before you pay the $40 they cost. But if you feel like taking a chance now, the company offers a 10-day return policy.
PlateStation’s offering is likely the first of many customization options we’ll see for the PS5. In fact, you already have companies like DBrand offering custom wraps for the console. So if the plates don’t strike your fancy, you should have plenty of other options.
The new iPad Air features a squared-off iPad Pro-like design, a 10.9-inch IPS Liquid Retina LCD Display with a 2,360 x 1,640 resolution, Apple’s new A14 chip — the same processor is the iPhone 12 series — and comes in 64GB and 256GB storage sizes.
Further, instead of Face ID or a physical front-facing Touch ID button, the iPad Air (2020)’s fingerprint scanner is located on the top of the tablet inside its power button.
The tablet’s colourful design comes in ‘Silver,’ ‘Space Grey,’ ‘Rose Gold,’ ‘Green’ and ‘Sky Blue.’
While the iPad Pro (2020) remains Apple’s highest-end tablet because it features a 120Hz refresh rate, a LiDAR sensor, the new iPad Air actually features a more powerful processor than the Pro.
Regarding pricing, the Wi-Fi iPad Air costs $779 for the 64GB version and $979 for the 256GB iteration. The 64GB Wi-Fi and Cellular iPad Air starts at $949 for the 64GB iteration, with the 256GB version costing $1,149.
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