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Apple announced iPhone SE

The long-awaited iPhone SE was officially revealed alongside a new iPad by boss Tim Cook at Apple’s exclusive event tonight

The company’s CEO started by introducing two new initiatives around sustainability and health.

Tim Cook reinforced a commitment to make Apple’s production and products renewable and expanded HealthKit to include CareKit – a new way for patients to track their treatments.

The new iPhone SE retains the design of the iPhone 5s and has the innards of an iPhone 6s. The device still features Apple’s latest-generation A9 processor and 12-megapixel camera, capable of recording 4K video. The device also received a voice assistant Siri. In comparison with an iPhone 6s, the only thing missing from the iPhone SE is pressure sensing 3D Touch.

The new device comes with the recognizable anodized aluminum finish and is available in the same four colors offered across most of Apple’s newer product lineups: Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold.

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As expected, the iPhone SE will be available 16GB and 64B capacities with pricing starting at $399 and $499 respectively, which Apple notes is its most affordable iPhone yet. The smartphone will also be available for free on the usual two-year agreement with carriers or $17/month on installment plans.

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The device will first come to such countries like Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States.

The iPhone SE will be available to order from March 24 and begin shipping on March 31. 

In addition to the new iPhone SE, Apple announced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with all of the features of the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support. The company also released new Apple Watch updates, iOS 9.3 with Night Shift, new quick actions, app improvements and ‘1970’ bug fix.

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Apple shares new ‘Timer’ iPhone 6s ad featuring Cookie Monster

Apple revealed a humorous new iPhone 6s ad that features well-known celebrity guest: the Cookie Monster.

In the video, Sesame Street character bakes cookies and uses hands-free Siri on his iPhone 6s to time the baking of his cookies.

Both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus include the A9 processor and M9 motion coprocessor, which allows Siri to continuously listen for the “Hey Siri” command without needing to be plugged into power. The older models of devices, “Hey Siri” is available, but only while an iOS device is charging.

Meantime, while Cookie Monster is waiting for the cookies to be ready, he is using “Hey Siri” to play Jim Croce song “Time in a Bottle,” and continues to pace around the kitchen.

The new ad demonstrates how perfect Siri understands the Cookie’s monster unusual accent, plays music playlists, sets timers and more.

The iPhone 6s “Timer” commercial featuring Cookie Monster is an addition to a number of iPhone 6s ads starring well-known celebrities, but it is the first one to star a character. Previous videos focusing on iPhone 6s included Jamie Foxx, Bill Hader, Jon Favreau, and Stephen Curry.

Watch the new ad below:

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New iPhone 7 case image depicts thinner body and new larger camera

The first image purports to show technical drawings for the iPhone 7 chassis appeared on French blog Nowhereelse.fr. 

The alleged images from Taiwanese phone case manufacturer Catcher Technology show the back of the iPhone 7, which is expected to be released by Apple this coming September. 

You can see that the rear camera is surrounded by a larger black orifice, which explains why the new design results in a “slight bulging outgrowth.” The opening also sits closer to the edge of the device.

According to the rumors, a dual-camera system will be reserved for the larger 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus, potentially exclusive to a version called ‘iPhone 7 Pro’.

The chassis leaker adds that the design “seems slightly thinner than the iPhone 6s, confirming in passing the lack of a headphone jack port”. 

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Source: NowhereElse.fr

Steve Hemmerstoffer has shared a full body rendering on the site, showing an artist’s conception of the rear of the upcoming iPhone 7. The new device is set to arrive this fall.

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Source: NowhereElse.fr

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Apple aiming to debut OLED iPhone in 2017

Apple is reportedly planning to push up the debut of the OLED iPhone to 2017, which is a year earlier than previous estimates, reports Nikkei, who was among the first publications to report on iPhone’s rumored switch to OLED.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple has contacted LG and Samsung to talk about ramping up OLED production in time for next year’s handset launch.

If true, the company will debut OLED displays two years earlier than predicted by noted analyst Ming Chi Kuo. Last year, Kuo said that he believes Apple to continue using existing TFT-LCD panels until at least 2019.

Apple has long shown interest in OLED technology and even revealed a number of patents related to the tech. In addition, December report claimed that the company had opened a secret lab with at least 50 engineers working on advanced OLED and LCD projects.

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OLED displays are said to be thinner and more power-effeicent than LCD technology and will allow for deeper blacks. The iPhone maker currently uses OLED technology in the Apple Watch.

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Сhange the mood of your room with Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb

Do you want to change the mood of your room with just a few taps? The SatechiRevogi Bluetooth 4.0 RGBW Smart LED Bulbs offers 16 million color combinations.

In addition to the color option, the smart device can dim and brighten on command, and use just 10 percent of the energy consumed by a standard bulb.

Revogi’s smart LED bulbs are easy to install and can fit into any standard socket. Once paired with the free Delite app on smartphone, it gives you control upto 10 smart LED bulbs from your phone at once. All you need to do is to use the companion app to select between millions of colors and set mood lighting to calm or energize you.

You can also easily set timers to turn lights on or off to help you fall asleep and wake up with your own customized settings.

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Every bulb features a lifespan of 25,000 hours and uses 10% of the energy in comparison with a standard bulb.

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Key features:

Control all aspects of your lights from an easy-to-use app

  • Choose from 16 million color options
  • Easily control the brightness of your lights
  • Set smart-timers
  • Control up to 10 bulbs from the app
  • Enjoy preset ‘scenes’
  • Use 90% less energy than w/ traditional bulbs

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TSMC reportedly the only manufacturer of next-gen ‘iPhone 7’ A-series chip

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC, will reportedly be the only company to provide the processor used in the next-generation iPhone, reported the Electronic Times.

TSMC has received exclusive rights to manufacture Apple’s new chip, to be called “A10” if naming conventions continue. The Taiwan company beat Samsung in the race to scale 10-nanometer process technology.

TSMC will go into full production of the next-generation chip sometime in June. The iPhone 7 is believed to be announced during the usual fall iPhone update window.

After the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched last year, owners began reporting about differences in the performance of models using the TSMC-made A9 chip and the Samsung-made A9 chip. According to the results of some benchmark tests and videos, an iPhone 6s equipped with the TSMC chip appeared to run cooler and have better battery life than an iPhone with a Samsung chip did.

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While the current A9 SoC is a pretty powerful processor, it might not succeed in supporting the dual rear-facing cameras this year’s flagship handset will reportedly feature.

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Joli Originals offers leather sleeve for iPad Pro

Joli Originals, an independent company that imports leather from Italy, introduced a new high quality leather sleeve for iPad Pro.

The new cases have a pretty simple design. They are handmade from smooth, premium Italian leather. Each sleeve features a natural uneven texture and 100% Dutch wool inside, which protects your device and allows it to easily slide in-and-out. The wool comes in different colors, includding red, black, aqua, brown, orange, and pink, but this selection is determined by the exterior leather color, either, grey, brown, or dark brown.

There are currently three versions of its leather sleeve for iPad Pro. One for the naked iPad Pro, one for the iPad Pro paired with a Smart Cover, and one for the iPad Pro paired with a Smart Keyboard.

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The Joli sleeves give iPad owners a good way to protect their beloved Apple products without having to compromise the design during actual use.

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Joli Originals also offers both a Smooth and Textured collection for MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and extras for wallets, cable wraps, passports, and a memo book sleeve. The iPhone 6s Plus sleeve can be purcahsed for €57.85 ($73.75 USD), the iPad Pro sleeve runs €90.08 ($99.24 USD), and the MacBook sleeve will cost you €81.82 ($90.14 USD). Joli’s sleeves can be found on its website.

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iPhone 7 Plus said to feature 256GB option and larger 3,100 mAh battery

According to multiple reports, Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 Plus may come with 256GB storage option and larger 3,100 mAh battery as two differentiating features over the smaller iPhone 7.

There is no confirmation if the iPhone 7 Plus will still feature 16GB base storage, or if the company will opt for larger storage options such as 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, compared to the iPhone 6s Plus lineup of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models.

The rumored 3,100 mAh battery would be approximately 12.7% larger than the iPhone 6s Plus’s 2,750 mAh battery. If Apple does add a 256 GB option to the lineup, it’s likely the company will shuffle the other storage sizes.

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In addition, the company may remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector, which means the products receive between 6.0mm and 6.5mm thinness and a waterproof design. The smartphones may also be provided with a quicker TSMC-built A10 chip and Intel 7360 LTE modem and non-metallic casing with hidden antenna bands. iPhone 7 Plus models could have 3GB of RAM.

The new flagship iPhones are expected in the fall.

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Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case-good keyboard solution for iPad Pro

Logitech developed The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro, which is a good solution for those users who type a lot.

The new accessory is a keyboard and a case that turns the Pro into a proper faux laptop. It folds up like a laptop, waking up the iPad when it’s opened and shutting it down when it’s closed.

Thanks to its fabric exterior, it looks nice and super sturdy. It comes in colors that are actually matched to the iPads—black and grey, red and gold, and silver and blue.

Unfortunately, Logitech’s new product isn’t water resistance and lightweight. The iPad and case together weigh about 3.2 lbs. By comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air weighs 2.96 lbs and the 13-inch Macbook Pro weighs 3.57 lbs.

The iPad is docked to the Create Backlit Keyboard Case with a strong magnet. You can pick it up even when it’s opened, and the keyboard stays attached and in position.

The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard is really good at making Apple-y chiclet keyboards, and both the layout and the function of the Create case are dead ringers for Apple’s familiar MacBook Air and Pro keyboard.create-backlit-keyboard-case

Thanks to the Smart Connector, there’s no Bluetooth pairing and you don’t need worry about whether the keyboard is charged or not. All you must do is to lock the iPad into place and it’s ready to go.

Finally, there’s a nice set of 14 iOS  function keys, including a Homebutton, screen brightness, keyboard brightness and media controls — play, fast forward and rewind. It is also equipped with sound controls and a Lock button. 

The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case is available for $150, which is pretty pricey for a keyboard and case.

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Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone available

Last month, Belkin unveiled a new Charge Dock for iPhone users that has a nice additional feature for users of the Apple Watch. Finally, the new accessory is available for purchase on Belkin’s website.

The Charge Dock allows you to conveniently recharge both your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with a single wire. That means you need only one charging solution for both of your Apple devices. The dock will charge an iPhone even if it is in a case.

The Dock looks stylish and also features Made for iPhone and Apple Watch badges, meaning it’s passed Apple’s certification tests. It has a heavy metal base, which measures 10.93 by 13.4 by 8.8 centimeters, and a solid cast arm with a chrome finish. The base is covered with a non-slip and non-scratch material and includes an adjustable Lightning connector for your iPhone, and the arm has an integrated, magnetic Apple Watch charger with a detachable band clip. Magnets ensure that the connectors align automatically, letting inductive charging to start immediately.

According to the company, it is the only charge dock that is made for Apple Watch. It is compatiable with the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and all versions of the Apple Watch.

Belkin is shipping the Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone for $129.99 now.