It’s this past year, a file system which was initially announced at WWDC and designed with all Apple Watch, iPad, the iPhone, Mac, and Apple TV at heart, is about to be ended.
Apple continues to be using its 31-year old Hierarchical File System (HFS) for iOS phones up to now. It was initially created for Macs with hard or floppy disks, and not for modern cellular devices with solid state storage. HFS, its successor, didn’t address the requirements of devices that are mobile enough.
Apple’s new APFS was created to scale across these brand new kinds of machinery get the most out of SSD or flash storage. It’s also engineered as the main characteristic, so restoring files on a Mac as well as a iOS phones might get a good deal simpler in the long run, as well as supports attributes like pictures. “APFS is made for Apple’s modern device.”
As APFS was created to be low latency, this should also enhance read and write speeds on Mac or iOS device.
Apple presented this using a Mac during WWDC last year, revealing how time was conserved by APFS on a file copy that was simple compared to HFS. Beta testers of iOS 10.3 reported seeing more storage accessible after the upgrade, mainly due to the manner APFS computes accessible data.
Other than the usual tiny increase to storage, it’s improbable you’ll iPhone just or see any gains. It’s going to help put a few of the foundations to change completely around to 64-bit programs just something that many believe will occur with iOS 11, on iOS.
It shouldn’t be much more, but Apple is taking on a huge job to carefully and quietly modernize an incredible number of iOS devices so that matters will take a little more than regular file systems.
Apple on Thursday unveiled its’ new, red iPhone 7, making it the biggest (Product) Red offering to date, according to CEO Tim Cook. (Product) Red is an Aids charity which Apple began working with about ten years ago. Portions of certain RED Apple products are donated to the organization’s Global Fund.
The red iPhone 7, which is the company’s first red iPhone, and will be available for order from customers after March 24th, was released along with a smaller update of its iPad Pro tablet. The iPad Air has been replaced with a cheaper tablet called only “iPad.” The company also doubled the storage capacity of its iPhone SE, so that its biggest model can now hold 256 gigabytes of data.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (Product) Red offering to date, and we can’t wait to get it into customer’s hands. “ Cook also noted that Apple’s customers, through their purchase of Product (RED) offerings, have made a significant impact on the fight against AIDS. “Since we began working with RED ten years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS, through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod Nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition, all the way to today’s lineup of Beat’s products and accessories for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.”
The red iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch display and is available with either 128 GB of capacity, or 256 GB capacity. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch display, also with the same two capacity options. The smaller iPhone 7 starts at $789, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus is $ 869 at, the lower 128 GB capacity, and nearly $1,000 for 256 GB capacity ($ 969).
RED CEO Deborah Durgan remarked that Apple has already contributed $130 million to its Global Fund, making it the charity’s largest corporate donor, and helping to fight AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. “Combining the global reach of the world’s most loved Smartphone with our efforts to provide access to provide access to life-saving ARV medication ins sub-Saharan Africa, customers now have a remarkable opportunity to make a difference and contribute to the Global Fund through the purchase of this new beautiful (PRODUCT) RED iPhone”, said Durgan.
Other standard Apple products are also RED products all year round, including Beat’s headphones and speakers, the iPhone 7 Smart Battery case, as well as the full iPod line, and other products. Some Apple products weren’t updated as part of the new Apple Store lineup, notably the Macbook, and the larger, 12.9 inch iPad. Many industry watchers expected these products to get an update.
Product(Red) is a licensed brand owned by (RED), the Aids charity founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, which aims to fight the spread of aids by engaging the private sector in efforts to raise awareness, and funds, to combat hiv/AIDS in Africa.
The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with just one lightning port which can be either used to charge the phone or to listen to music – both can’t be done simultaneously.
Although Apple did provide a wireless fix to the listening-and-charging-at the-same-time quandary, it was not for those who do not prefer or are not ready to go wireless.
While the Apple Airpods may be the ideal solution for many iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users, it restricts those who do not fancy the wireless types, for whatever reason. They would not be wrong if they feel they are being forced into the wireless option.
Now with the introduction of the Rayz Plus headphones/earbuds, the issue seems to have been resolved – what should have come from Apple has been made available by Pioneer.
Pioneer’s New Rayz Plus will now allow users to listen to music and charge their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus simultaneously. The charging can be done through a pass-through lightning port housed in a dongle integrated into the cable of the Rayz Plus while it allows you access to music through the lone lightning port in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
To put it differently, the headphone will connect to the iPhone 7 or iPad lightning port and the phone charger will connect to the lightning port inbuilt in the headphone cable, for simultaneous listening and charging.
Being a lightning headphone the Rayz Plus draws its power from the iPhone or iPad. So, even if the phone is not being charged the headphone can draw its power from the device which is minimal as Pioneer claims. When the phone needs charging all the user has to do is simply connect the charger to the lightning port on the headphone drawing power from a wall socket.
Here’s a list of the salient features of the new Rayz Plus by Pioneer:
Rayz earphones come with ‘smart noise canceling’ capability which can adapt to the user’s ears and surroundings and cut off undesired ambient sound for better focus.
At the same time, the HearThru feature keeps some ambient sound audible enough in the interest of safety – it ensures that the user does not become totally oblivious to his surroundings while listening to stuff on the Rayz Plus.
The AutoPause feature ensures that the music pauses automatically when the earphones are taken off and resumes when put back on.
The Rayz Plus has a remote control which, like the dongle (housing the lightning port), is integrated into the cable of the headphone like its earlier version, Rayz. However, the new Rayz Plus has an additional smart button added to the control which is a welcome inclusion in that it allows the user to bring up favorite apps, launch the Rayz controls and even mute and unmute calls.
A personalized app allows users to customize the earphone and smart button settings with regular software updates adding new features to the app.
Multiple microphones in the Rayz Plus and patented “voice isolation technology” ensure better user voice recognition by Siri.
The Charging Port
As mentioned earlier, the integrated charging port allows the user to charge his/her iPhone or iPad while the lightning headset draws minimal power from the lightning port on the device thereby eliminating the need for a battery and additional charging cables. The charging port makes the Rayz Plus the first of its kind among lightning headphones.
Priced at $ 150 it is just nine dollars less than the wireless Apple Airpods. Surely, anyone opting for the wired Rayz Plus would not be doing it for the price advantage but out of preference as the difference is not that big to make it the deciding factor.