Airtag: The clever little tracker that helps you keep tabs on where your stuff is.

An entirely new product line.

Yesterday Apple debuted its new object tracking devices called Airtag. Airtag has been a long rumoured product that utilises the FindMy network and a new ultrawideband Chip that has made its way into may of Apples newer devices. Tile may be a familiar product to many of you that works in a similar, albeit now more archaic way.

The premise is that you attach these white buttons that are aboute the size of a coin to your devices and things, either in a pocket such as a purse or a wallet, a rucksack, or attached via one of the many variations of holders and keyrings that Apple have also launched. These Airtags are then detected within the FindMy app which is present on every iPhone, iPad and Mac. Within the FindMy app you will be able to see the location of the Airtag and also have it make a sound and because apple is using ultrawideband technology instead of plain Bluetooth it can help you much more accurately track down your thing.

Here’s where they differ from products like Tile – Because Apple has access to the huge network of apple devices all over the world,  the Airtag can relay its location via other peoples devices who walk near the Airtag – the location then making its way to your FindMy app. It does this completely privately using encryption and without anybody knowing. This means you are exponentially more likely to be able to track down those missing keys on a bench or at a bar.

Like your iPhone, you can also set the Airtag into lost mode – this means that if someone finds it and holds their phone near to the tag it can give them a telephone number of your choosing to hopefully reunite you with your item. The Airtag is priced at £29 for one or £99 for four and you can customise them with etched text and emoji for free.

"AirTag will provide customers with another way to leverage the power of the Apple ecosystem and enhance the versatility of iPhone.”

Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing.

A new world of accesories.

Much like Magsafe, Apple have done what they do best and created a whole new ecosystem of products that third parties can (and already have) make to enhance our quality of use. Belkin has already come straight out of the gate with their own budget offerings that apple are selling directly via their stores and online. If you search amazon for Airtag you will also find lots of low-cost keyrings and holders which mark a stark contrast to apples £35 options. In the coming weeks and months, we will see more and more accessories emerge for every possible use case of Airtag.

Hermès. Hermès. Hermès.

And of course, Apple’s long term collaborative design partner Hermès also has created their own range of luggage tags, keyrings and lanyards – but be prepared to be shocked by the prices (or perhaps not if you are already a Hermès fan). These cost up to £399!

An entertaining ad.

Apple also screened its ad for the Airtag which is quite a marvellous little piece of film work. Check it out below.

Express Transit Added to Apple Pay in London!

Earlier in the year Apple added 'Express Transit' as an option for Apple Pay users.

What this means is that you can allocate one of your payment cards to be used when you tap in at tube stations without having to use Touch ID or Face ID - making the whole process of moving through the city so much quicker. No more pileups at the turnstiles!

Apple Watch being used with Apple Pay Express Transit option in London Underground Station.

The other advantage is because the card gets loaded into a chip on your phone - it doesn't even matter if your phone is switched off or out of power - it will still allow you to go through the barrier and pay! - very cool. This works with Apple Watch too!

What devices will Apple Pay work on?

You can pay using Apple Pay on an iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, SE, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max or Apple Watch.

How do I set my iPhone up for Apple Transit?

Before you can use the Apple's Express Transit mode you'll need to enable it.

On your iPhone head to Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay - then tap on Express Travel Card and to set up the debit card you want to use.

Once set, that will always be the account that is charged when using London transport.

Dujio Blog - Siri

Real Life Siri Impression!

A female rapper called HAZMATCAZ from Baltimore has created a video that has swept across the web due to her uncanny rendintion of a Siri response.

She has the same smooth deep voice that we all recognise from turn by turn driving instructions on our iPhones.

Have a watch yourself to see for yourself:

Apple’s Jony Ive designs a $250,000 Unibody Diamond Ring!

Sir Jony Ive, the Chief Design Officer at Apple and Marc Newson have come together to create a one of a kind ring hewn from a single lump of diamond for the Product (RED) charity initiative.

Heres a quote from the Sotheby's catalogue:

...with their mutual obsession with transformning raw material into objects of value, Ive & Newson's design is singular, clear and un-compromised by the traditional metal settings and bands that have previuously been required to create 'diamond rings'. Theirs will be created by removing material rather than adding-an ambition made possible by the extraordinary scale of the stone which will enable the ring to be completely made of this material.

Its certainly a feat of enginerring to be able to create a ring like this but we dont imagine we will see many, the size of diamond required to make this beast of bling precludes it from becoming a standard design. It looks like this may be a one off. The ring hasn't actually been finished yet and will be made to fit the winning bidders chosen ring size and will be constructed with 2-3000 facets - the highest amount ever seen in a cut diamond.

Visit Sotheby's for more information

Print Plugins for Apple Photos

Printing Photo Projects on a Mac

In the latest update to the Mac Photos App, Apple has enabled third parties the ability to write photo project plugins. Until now only editing plugins were available ie to retouch or add filters to your images.

Now there are a range of plugins available for printing your images and turning them into photo books.

Some of you may remember that there was the option of doing this in Aperture (rest in peace), however the selection available at the moment are very much consumer focused services and not the likes of Queensbury or Couture Books et al.

All you need to do is head to the App Store to find the appropriate app (links below) and it will install itself. When you launch the apps all that will show is a splash screen as the apps themselves are installed into the photos app as a project option in the sidebar on the left.

This is a little clumsy and I think the need to have an external app to do this is a bit confusing but nonetheless that’s how it’s done.

Available Now

1. Whitewall

Whitewall is a popular service for creating framed prints at lots of different sizes with lots of customisable options.

2. Mimeo

Mimeo has a similar offering to Apple’s own range of printable products but its always good to have a choice right?

Coming Soon...

3. Motif

Motif is actually a plugin that was created by the company that used to print all of apples print products and as such means that the products will be quite familiar to anyone who used to use Apples print services. At the moment they are Ireland and a few other European Countries only but I have been assured that they are making their way over to Europe very soon. These guys definitely look like the easiest option and feature slightly more sophisticated designs.


Exploring iOS 12: Screen Time

Screentime: A Wake Up to Tech Addiction

For quite some time now we have all been commenting on the increase in technology addiction and how people using social media and phone apps engage less and less with the “Real” world and those around them. Screen time is out to change that.

Apple have put together the Screen Time app that easily and clearly shows us how much time we are spending on each and activity. Prepare to be shocked by your own habits! It goes one step further than just showing us, it allows us to actually set an allowance of how much time you want to spend in each app each day.

So if your an instagram addict or a facebook fanatic and you want to get some control over how much of your life you invest in these apps you can set your own limits an get warned when you are approaching them.

When you hit your limit you’ll be met with a blank screen with a warning and a button to let you extend your time in the app -which means that any extension of time is an affirmative action by you - so you only have yourself to blame!

We think its a really positive step that, despite at first appearance seems to fly in the face of what a tech company’s normal motivations are, could end up improving Apple’s reputation and bringing back some Humanity to the technology we use.

Is Apple working on an actual TV?

Some blurry shots surfaced today that seemed to suggest Apple may be working on creating a full blown television screen - jumping beyond the set top box market.

They seem to be in an acoustics testing facility.

It is said to be a 60 inch display completely encased in aluminium with cameras and microphones with all the electronics in a small area in the stand and featuring an OLED screen.

It may, of course, also be a next generation display for the upcoming Mac Pro redesign but at 60 inches it may be pushing the practicality a bit far.

Of course, many products Apple test never see the light of day but it would mark an expansion into consumer electronics that has been on the rise since the acquisition of Beats Audio and the release of AirPods, Apple Watch and the upcoming Homepod due to be released in December.

Do you think an Apple TV would be worth the inevitable premium? Would you queue for one?

P.s. What are these images always so blurry? HD cameras have been around for a while now. What gives?

The Siri Enigma

Siri was perhaps the biggest and most "new feature" of an Apple device for quite some time. How many of us actually use it in day to day life? - I for one haven't been taking advantages of some of the cool things Siri can do and as of iOS 7 Siri has had a bit of an upgrade.

The trouble is, Siri's repertoire is growing and its sometimes hard to even recall what you can ask Him/Her/It to get stuff done.

Heres a great video that reminds us of some of the handy and cool things that the helper with 'tude can do!

Sapphire to make your tech sparkle!

So according to reports it looks like Apple may be looking to replace the Gorilla Glass on its devices with Sapphire. At the moment Sapphire glass is 10-30 times more expensive than Gorilla Glass from Corning, however, it appears that Apple has invested heavily in the development of the production process of Sapphire glass (which is already used for the home button on the iPhone 5s).

Apple has made a deal with the manufacturer, GT Advanced Technologies, and together with a Solar Panel Company Apple acquired to access its Ion Particle Accelerator technology, it will be able to manufacture the thin slices of sapphire at a much lower price. This may mean that before long the entire screens of our devices will be super hard waring.

Personally, I look forward to the day that I don't have to apply one of those awful bubble blighted screen protectors.