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Blind Bargains Qast 104: WWDZZZZ

J.J., Joe and Scott (who came up with the episode title during our live tweeting of this event) sit down to discuss what was shown in Apple's 2017 WWDC Keynote. New hardware and some insights into what is in store for iOS 11 takes center stage in our conversation. However, we widen our scope to talk about Apple Watch and that "one more thing" everyone knew was coming. So stick your Air Pods in... it is an Applecentric BBQ.


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Discussion Topic: WWDC 2017 Keynote

8 months ago Apple gave us the new macBook and the internet was not impressed. With the iPhone company breaking radio silence for Developers, do they lay a new rose golden egg or do they put up a goose egg instead? We'll talk about the High Sierras and the lows of the event based upon our live viewing and the stories listed below.

How Apple Sees the Near Future

The Accessibility Features Mentioned On-Screen in the Apple Keynote That Were Not Talked About

Amazon Prime Video Is Coming to Apple TV After Years of Delay

Apple introduces watchOS 4 at WWDC with new Siri-powered watch face

Apple's macOS High Sierra: faster Safari and a new file system

Steam VR Coming to Mac as Apple Embraces Virtual Reality

Apple Releases Wireless Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad

Apple Refreshes 21.5-Inch and 27-Inch iMacs With Brighter Displays

Apple iMac Pro is promisingly powerful

Here s hoping the iMac Pro learns from the Mac Pro s mistakes

Apple Updates Entire MacBook Line-Up With Kaby Lake CPUs, Faster SSDs, and Graphics

Apple Focuses on Discovery with App Store Redesign

iOS 11 FAQ: Everything you need to know!

The 9 best iOS 11 features Apple didn t talk about onstage

Apple Uses iOS 11 to Make iPad more Mac-like

Apple introduces a redesigned 10.5-inch iPad Pro starting at $649.99

The second coming of iPad

New iPad Pros FAQ: Everything you need to know!

Apple s new iOS file manager coming this fall as part of iOS 11

Apple Drops 2TB iCloud Storage Price to $9.99, Eliminates 1TB Option

Here Are All of the New Upgrades to Siri

Apple Music reaches 27m subscribers

Apple unveils HomePod, its Siri smart speaker

Tip: Backup For Your Backup With Google Drive

You are going to laugh when you read this but, Google has a way for you to switch to Android from iOS. Yet as crazy as it sounds, the method Google suggests actually could save you if your iCloud backups of Contacts and the like get borked somehow. Google notes on the "Switch To Android" page three easy steps for making a backup using Google Drive for iOS. It can take a few hours, no really it does, to upload photos and other files off your iDevice, so set it to start before you go off to slumberland. You won't be able to transfer iTunes media, or apps, but your other files can be accessed from various Google services or directly from Google Drive. And, if you do have an Android phone or tablet on hand, you could even use the "Move To iOS" app From Apple to move data back to an iThingy in a pinch. Many Google apps can be used with Voiceover on iOS. Moreover, Talkback works just fine on the Apple created Android app "Move To iOS". This is a great way to access data for those who live in places outside the "Walled Garden" and who knows... it might just save you some heartache if your backup fails elsewhere.

Sound Off:
We asked our Twitter followers to sum up the event in 140 characters. And Patrick, our dear Editor In Chief Of Audio, starts off this stream of responses.

@BorrisInABox: 2015, we announced a 5k iMac. In 2017, we announced one that actually costs that much.

@slannon97: I'm not impressed this year.

@ed_edwardson: really magical. Really, really magical. Magical, really. Really, really, really, magical... really.

@jfayre: Keynote? There was a keynote? really announce anything of substance and made me consider android?

@LeftBollocks: @blindbargains I will never get those two hours back. The end.

@FreakyFwoof: I don't want your 'buttery-smooth scrolling fingers' on my brand-new iPad Pro. In fact I don't want a brand-new iPad Pro.

@lulu_bear: Fixing what ain't broke, selling us what we don't want to buy. #CynicalMe.

@jmbauer: Put the NO in innovation. Sonos Echo. Macs that should have financing. Take deep drags on your apps. Know your files. Magical

@Christopher2236: Apple died with jobs

@BryanSmart: Here at Apple, inspiration something. This did that, but now this, too. But we didn't stop there. Now 400 percent more arbitrarily better!

@mohaneds: bling, bling and more bling.

@Gracie2880: *Boring star And very expensive

@hudginsmegan47: $349 for a HomePod that I'll have to pair with my phone and which uses Siri which doesn't sound like it's been improved. No thanks.

@patadog02: Was not all that impressed with the keynote except for Amazon coming to Apple TV glad they refresh the MacBook Air.

@cristoferdeo: Same stuff/better specs. New speaker with same crappy Siri experience. Venmo killer #P2P VR/AR. I'm blind. Yawn. #BBQast

@fastfinge: "me to!" Says apple. Apple catches up on VR. Apple catches up on the echo. Apple catches up on machine learning. Apple catches up on gaming.

@tsquires711: Something about a new speaker, new iPad, mac, iOS and watch updates that are all not very memorable and over-priced.

@coreycook82: Underwhelming

@turtlecatpurrz: yawn. WWDC was today huh? That's nice.

@GWocher: What is this, invasion of the apple snatchers with their home pods?

Last Word:

We only had a few moments for divergence this week and J.J. had this story on hand. Or should we say 'claw"?
Boy spends 30 minutes stuck in claw arcade game in Maryland

Episode 105 sees us return to more of a feature focused format. Or that is the plan unless a big pile of pre-convention news lands on our desks between the moment you read this and the evening in which we record next. We have come to accept either scenario these days in the topsy turvey world of today's Assistive Technology.

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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