Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers Apple new flagship smartphone with biometric security (see article below), Apple's poor lawyer's smartphone, a new version of a cloud practice management system, and new document assembly software that works within Microsoft Word. Don't miss the next issue.
A TOUCH OF SECURITY
How can you persuade legal professionals to buy the seventh-generation iPhone? Let's see. Lawyers are bound by ethics rules concerning client confidentiality. How about security? Bingo! According to Apple, half of iPhone users don't use a passcode to access their iPhones (I see you sheepishly shrugging). Also, lax security can result in your kids racking up hundreds of dollars of in-app game purchases.
iPhone 5s … in One Sentence
Announced today and shipping on September 20, Apple's iPhone 5s is the company's new flagship smartphone.
The Killer Feature
Apple's new Touch ID technology enables you to unlock the iPhone using your fingerprint. You can also use Touch ID instead of your Apple ID password to purchase apps, books, and music from Apple's App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes respectively.
Touch ID is built into the home button. You can train your iPhone to work with one or more of your fingers as well as with the fingers of other people. This way, your spouse can check something on your iPhone while you're driving.
Thanks to Touch ID's ability to scan below the surface of your skin, you need not tap the home button with dead on precision or while holding the iPhone in a specific position, enabling you to unlock your iPhone when in a rush (or when you've got a beer in one hand and several in your stomach).
Because the iPhone 5s ships with iOS 7 operating system, it also benefits from the new operating system's Activation Lock, which prevents thieves from disabling Find My iPhone or wiping and reactivating your iPhone (this technology requires a free iCloud account).
Other Notable Features
The new iPhone weighs 3.95 ounces and measures 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches. Made from anodized aluminum, you can choose from three colors — gold, silver, or space gray. Regarding data, the iPhone 5s supports LTE and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. In the United States, the major carriers plan to offer it for $199 (16 GB), $299 (32 GB), or $399 (64 GB) with a two-year contract.
The iPhone 5s is powered by the world's first 64-bit mobile processor dubbed the A7 (Apple designs its own CPUs for iOS devices so don't expect to see the A7 in other smartphones). But wait, there's more — a second "coprocessor" called the M7 that handles the accelerometer, gyroscope, and other motion sensors in the iPhone 5s. This means your iPhone knows when you're in a car so it can show you driving rather than walking directions, knows when it's lying on a desk so it can preserve battery life, etc. Speaking of the latter, you can expect 10 hours of battery life (250 hours standby).
Apple has improved the rear 8 megapixel "iSight" camera with a larger sensor and wider aperture. The new dual LED True Tone technology results in better flash photos. The redesigned Camera app features a burst mode (10 photos per second), image stabilization, slow motion video, zooming while shooting video, and filters.
What Else Should You Know?
In addition to shipping with iOS 7, the iPhone 5s also includes Apple's iWork productivity suit (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), as well as iPhoto and iMovie. Learn more about iPhone 5s. Apple offers an accompanying leather case in six colors for $39. Learn more about iPhone 5s.
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