You had fun assuming identities of creatures with Animoji on the iPhone X. Now it’s time to evolve and take on a human form. Memoji is one of the most talked-about and highly-anticipated features on the soon-to-be-released iOS 12. This August, Apple previews the personified version of Animoji via a special occasion—Singapore’s 53rd National Day.
Teaming up with 18 notable local personalities, Apple created a special Memoji Video that sees them reciting the National Pledge. The mechanics of the 3D emoji-inspired function mirrors Animoji—it uses the front-facing TrueDepth camera on iPhone X, which analyses your facial expressions and mirrors those expressions in a dozen different Animoji/Memoji in the Messages app.
Those eager to try Memoji and other iOS 12 features can sign up for the Public Beta programme and it is recommended to download this beta software onto a secondary device.
Not an owner of an iPhone X (why though)? Apple extends the National celebrations through its music platform, apps store, and The 2018 Red Dot Heroes at Apple Orchard Road. From August 3 to 10, Apple Music is featuring essentials from popular music artists Tabitha Nauser, Sezairi and Charlie Lim. The ‘Songs of a Nation’ collection on Apple Music will also host ‘The A-List Singapore Music’ playlist, ‘Malay Pop Radio’ and ‘Mando-Pop Radio’ which will help listeners discover great local music across a range of genres.
On the App Store, start your adventure with Cat Quest, a game set in the wonderful world of Cats, epic fishing adventure Desert Island Fishing, or Ice Cream Uncle & Son, the game that’s keeping the spirit of selling ice-cream on the streets alive. If you’re looking for handy new apps, chat with your friends using the first Singlish Stickers pack for iMessage or save time by paying for parking through your iPhone with Parking.sg.
Lastly, The 2018 Red Dot Heroes series of events celebrates the incredible creative community in Singapore and will include exclusive live performances from music artists Tabitha Nauser and Sezairi, plus educational sessions hosted by talented creatives in photography, fashion design, business and more. Explore new writing techniques with novelist Suffian Hakim, learn to make beats with electronic music producer Jasmine Sokko, or help build a sustainable Singapore with illustrator and visual reality artist André Wee. More sessions will soon be announced so stay tuned to the Today at Apple website for more information and to register to attend.
Thursday, 9 August, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Apple to celebrate the creativity of Singapore with singer-songwriter Sezairi. He’ll share his creative process and the inspiration behind his music, and debut his latest single, Mirage, with an exclusive acoustic version. Sezairi will also perform other original songs, including his 2016 chart-topping hit Fire to the Floor.
Music Lab: Deconstructing Beats with Jasmine Sokko
Saturday, 11 August, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Apple Orchard Road
Discover what it takes to make killer electronic music with multi-talented artist Jasmine Sokko. She’ll share her process for creating compositions, from beat making to sound design, and perform her new songs. Then you’ll experiment with GarageBand to break down her songs and practise remixing them to create a track of your own.
Exclusive: Writing Dialogue with Suffian Hakim
12 August, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Apple Orchard Road
Join novelist Suffian Hakim, hailed as one of the most creative young voices in Singaporean literature, as he shares the key ingredients for writing great dialogue. You’ll brainstorm ideas and note them down using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Then explore new writing techniques and discover how to pen interesting conversations that bring your storytelling to life.
Performance: Charlie Lim
22 August, 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Details to be confirmed.
*Here are the 16 personalities featured in this Memoji project:
Top: Kevin Lester (LionCityBoy), Tabitha Nauser, Justin Ang (The Muttons), Anita Kapoor, Joakim Gomez, Sonia Chew
Middle: Sezairi, Kim Huat (a.k.a Mr Brown), Rosalynn Lee, Fandi Ahmad, Benjamin Lee (Mr Miyagi), Allan Wu
Bottom: Yip Pin Xiu (Paralympian), Vernon Anthonisz (The Muttons), Theresa Goh (Paralympian), Chai Yee Wei (award-winning filmmaker), Yasminne Cheng, Hirzi Zulkifli