We’re only in the middle of October and while everyone is picking out their Halloween costumes and carving pumpkins there is big tech news afoot. Put down those carving knives because here we go: Apple’s big “event” has come and gone and with it was the release of a slew of new IoT products. The big news here is the new iPad Air 2 will be released. There will be the usual internal upgrades like the new A8X processor, M8 GPU and 8MP iSight camera on the back. A new gold color will be offered alongside the usual black and silver options as well as a 9.7″ Retina display. Also new to the iPad range is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Something possibly more important than any of that was the incorporation of the new Apple SIM. This is a SIM card that doesn’t specifically work for just one carrier. It works for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and lets you switch between carriers without contract as you wish. Look for more apple devices to have that feature in the future. The full release can be found here.
The IoT has been growing at a rapid pace and as such there are various consortium’s out there to promote some type of uniformity among standards. One that has been gaining steam among companies is the AllJoyn standard promoted by AllSeenAlliance. It aims to be “the” standard by which all smart bulbs communicate with other household products. AllJoyn is supported by companies like Bosch, Haier, LG, Electrolux but some important names like Wink and Phillips remain absent. For more information on AllJoyn check out the website here.
HTC has just released its new periscope shaped RE camera into the wild. It’s a direct competitor to the new GoPro HERO 4. Although it doesn’t shoot in 4K it does shoot in 1080p and can take stills with its Sony sourced 16MP CMOS sensor. Nifty features like a grip sensor that turns the device on when you pick it up and time lapse recording set it apart. The RE is designed to be dunked in water as deep as a meter and you can monitor your underwater adventures by live streaming to your phone via companion app. Connectivity is provided by Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 5-pin micro USB and Micro SD card. More info on the RE can be found at HTC’s website.