The new iPhone 6 and iWatch

Whenever Apple does a big product or software launch I salivate, jump up and down with glee, and the next day do a layman's summary. This time though when they did the launch last night, I was 33000 feet in the air on a flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Mango's WiFi was working though (albeit slowly) and I was able to follow most of the news!

As I've been on stage (hosting events for Old Mutual) over the last 2 days, and this morning I left home at 5am for a TV shoot, I didn't have time to write too much detail, but here are some of the essentials:

The new iPhone 6 is:

  • Thinner and larger (2 sizes)
  • New A8 chip (over 50 times faster than the original iPhone)
  • 802.11ac (3x faster Wifi)
  • With volt, start a call using WiFi and when you leave your WiFi spot it seamlessly crosses over to LTE.
  • Much better front and rear camera
  • Battery life equal and sometimes better using various elements of the phone
  • A new 128GB option

The new iOS8 software will launch on 17 September (will work on your iPhone 5) and the new iPhone 6 will launch 2 days later. I've been told that South Africa has been upgraded from Tier 3 to Tier 2, which means we won't have to wait until December to get the phone, but might get it as soon as early October. Very cool!

The additional (and expected) news was the launch of the iWatch!  Since I was on a plane when the gadget was revealed I had to bite my lip to stop screaming out, as us Apple people like to pretend the entire world is equally excited, but we know there are haters out there :).

The iWatch comes in various strap colours and integrates with the iPhone. It comes with quite a few health monitoring devices and what they call "intimate and easy communication" abilities. It will be available early next year.

Apple also introduced something called Apple Pay, which uses encrypted NFC technology so that you use your credit card for purchases, but you don't have to pull your credit card out of your wallet! It will roll out across the U.S and eventually hit our stores as well. It is revolutionary and a great way to combat card skimming.

I've gotta dash, but in case my wife is reading this, "All I want for Christmas..."

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The hair raising morning at home

My two girls came into our room at about 5.30 this morning and instead of asking for their iPads, said they were off to go draw in Tayla-Jean's room.

Nicole and I, very grateful for a few more minutes in bed so we could wake up like normal human beings, waved them goodbye and wished them well on their journey down the passage.

A few minutes later Tayla-Jean popped into our bedroom again to show us how careful she is when walking with paper-cutting scissors (she's been taught to stretch out her arm and point the scissors to the ground as if she is pointing a stick at the floor). Semi-comatose Mum and Dad once again smiled from the bed and then continued nursing our cups of coffee.

Thats when things took a nefarious turn. After about 5 minutes of silence from the adjacent bedroom we heard laughter followed by the words: "Look Alyssa, I did it. I cut your hair"...


Whether Tayla-Jean had planned it all along, or she got a sudden spurt of creativity when she had the locks of her sister in her hand, she decided to make a masterpiece with them and got hard to work...


A few minutes later it was done, and quite well done I might add... a hair shoe:


To save Alyssa any embarrassment when she gets older and comes across this blog, I'm not including a picture of my 2 year old with a bald spot on her head.
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A brush with the law without the sugar rush

Yep, it's another one of THOSE blog titles that isn't what it seems.

This weekend was a great one. Now that the store is up and running properly I can spend a little more time focusing on my other work and also spend some more time with the girls again. Sunday morning we all just lazed around in bed and the girls decided they wanted to brush my hair. After a moment of realising there was nothing on top to work with, they started brushing the hair under my lip...

My favourite YouTube clip of the weekend has to be the Nandos "blue light brigade" commercial. I love satire and wish we as South Africans embraced it more. Here is the ad:

Finally, being Spring Day and it's warming up a little, here's a great way to look fabulous...

Have a great week!

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