Early this morning, Apple unveiled new Special Edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models, which feature a vibrant red aluminum finish paired with a silver Apple logo and white front bezels. While the new red iPhone models won’t be available for purchase until Friday, March 24, tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee got his hands on one of the new devices early, and has shown it off in the first (PRODUCT)RED iPhone unboxing video.
The (PRODUCT)RED iPhone ships in a box decorated with red text and a red iPhone, and inside, there’s a (PRODUCT)RED insert alongside the regular manuals. Aside from that, the packaging is the same as other iPhone models with a charging cable and Lightning EarPods.
Brownlee’s first reaction to the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone was “Wow, this thing is really red and really good looking.” He goes on to say that it’s as “ridiculously good as you think,” and calls it the most photogenic iPhone he’s seen in a long time.
According to Brownlee, in person, the device has an almost satin finish that is super saturated, and because it’s not as dark as the Matte and Jet Black iPhones, it isn’t as prone to showing fingerprints. Brownlee is not a fan of the white front of the device (he calls it “goofy”) and says he’d prefer it with a black front.
Apple release the Special Edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to celebrate more than 10 years of partnership with the (RED) charity. All (PRODUCT)RED purchases let customers contribute to the Global Fund to join the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Over the course of its 10 year partnership with (RED), Apple has been responsible for donating more than $130 million and is the largest corporate donor to the Global Fund.
The new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone models are available in 128GB and 256GB storage capacities, priced at $749/$849 for the iPhone 7 and $869/$969 for the iPhone 7 Plus. As mentioned above, the new devices will go on sale on Friday in more than 40 countries around the world.
First up, Apple announced a brand new 9.7-inch iPad that will replace the venerable iPad Air 2. Priced affordably at just $329 — for the entry-level model — Apple’s new iPad comes equipped with a 64-bit A9 processor and is available in 32 and 128GB storage configurations. The Wi-Fi + Cellular equipped models start at $459 for the 32GB model and $559 for the 128GB model.
Second, Apple today introduced some welcome changes to its iPad Mini 4 by upping the available storage options and keeping the price point the same. For $399, consumers can now pick up an iPad Mini 4 with 128GB of storage, a nice bump from the previous 32GB model which retailed for the same price. If you want to add cellular connectivity into the mix, the price gets bumped up to $529.
As for availability, the revamped iPad Mini 4 is available today while the brand new 9.7-inch iPad will open up for pre-orders on March 24.
New iPhone 7
It may not be earth shattering, but if you’re been looking for an iPhone 7 model that just pops a little bit more, Apple’s brand new iPhone 7 will likely fit the bill. Introduced under the (PRODUCT) RED line, both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available in a sleek new red color option. As noted on Apple’s website, every (PRODUCT) RED purchase “contributes to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation.”
The new iPhone 7 will be available for purchase online and in Apple retail stores worldwide on Friday, March 24.
New ‘Clips’ app for mobile video editing on the fly
In something of a surprise, Apple today also announced a new video editing app called Clips. The app promises to let users quickly create short videos with all sorts of fun effects, including photo filters, overlayed emoji and speech bubbles, animated captions and more. Even though Apple is coming to the game late here, it’s nice to see the company effectively admit that most users have no interest in creating fun videos by slogging through the iMovie editing process.
Indeed, Apple’s press release touts Clips’ lack of a traditional video editing environment as a perk.
“Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools,” Apple says. “Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. Clips has dozens of music soundtracks to choose from, and they automatically adjust to match the length of a video.”
iPhone SE storage bump
Apple’s compact iPhone SE also received a small but welcome update this morning, with Apple doubling the storage capacity for both of its SE models. With the 16GB model phased out, the iPhone SE is now available in 64GB and 128GB configurations. The pricing will remain the same, with the entry-level model retailing for $399. Both models will be available on March 24.
New Apple Watch bands
Apple Watch wearers will be glad to know that there are a number of new watch band designs available.
New nylon bands come in the following colors: Berry, Tahoe Blue, Orange, Red, Pollen and Midnight Blue. New Sport bands are available in the following colors: Pebble, Azure and Camellia. The Classic Buckle band, meanwhile, has a subtle new redesign and is available in Sapphire, Berry, and Taupe. Bands available under the Nike Sport Band banner now include Volt/Black, Pure Platinum/White and Anthracite/Black.
If you’re looking for something a bit more elegant, there are some new Hermes band options available as well, including Fauve Barenia Leather Double Tour and Bleu Zéphyr Epsom Leather Double Tour designs. Additional colors include Lime and Colvert.
You can check out all of Apple’s brand new band designs over here.
New iPhone cases
Alongside its new (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7, Apple today also rolled out a handful of new iPhone 7 cases, including three new silicone cases available in the following colors, “azure”, “camellia” and “pebble.” Additionally, Apple introduced a trio of new leather iPhone 7 cases available in the following colors: taupe, sapphire and berry. There’s also a new “Saddle Brown” leather case option for the iPhone SE. You can check out all of Apple’s new iPhone 7 cases over here. Or, if you want something a little more unique, we’ve got just what the doctor ordered.
YouTube today officially announced its new streaming television service, YouTube TV, reports Recode. Priced at $35 per month, YouTube TV features access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and approximately 30 major cable channels, with television content available alongside YouTube’s own video content.
Separate from YouTube Red, the new TV service will be available as a standalone app that’s launching later this year. While it will be available on laptops and TVs through Chromecast, YouTube TV is said to be focused on a “mobile first” experience, with YouTube expecting most users to watch on smartphones and tablets.
At launch, available channels will be limited to cable networks owned by companies that also own broadcast networks, but that could change in the future.
One thing that distinguishes YouTube TV from its competitors is that while it will feature cable networks owned by companies that also own broadcast networks — so it will offer both ESPN and ABC, both owned by Disney — it doesn’t feature any networks owned by programmers that operate exclusively on pay TV, like Viacom, AMC or Time Warner.
YouTube TV features include cloud DVR options with unlimited storage space, an AI-powered recommendation system, and service that scales reliably for no launch-time outages.
At $35 per month, YouTube TV is at the price point Apple hoped to achieve when it was working on its own now-shelved television streaming service. It’s also a price point that’s competitive with offerings like DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue.
YouTube has been working on a streaming television service for more than two years, and while it was originally rumored to be called “Unplugged,” the company appears to have gone with a simpler name. Compared to competing TV services, YouTube TV could potentially have an edge given its impressive existing user base.
Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal suggested people around the world are watching more than 1 billion hours of YouTube videos every day.
It’s a few days since the official naming of Apple’s new campus as Apple Park, and we’re today seeing the first drone footage following the announcement.
The solar panel installation on the garage roofing is now 100% complete, and looks stunning. It seems likely the garage will be home to more electric cars than you’d find at other companies.
The solar panels on the main building are still being added as other work continues to be ready for the first employees to move in in April …
The maintenance facility is now being prepared for landscaping work, and more trees have been planted above the main access tunnel. Heavy equipment can also be seen at work preparing the meadows and the two miles of walkways that will wind their way through the park.
We can also see major progress on the fitness center, as well as other smaller ancillary buildings.
In the center of the main building, more drought-resistant trees are being planted.
While drone footage has kept us updated on exterior construction, little has yet been seen of the interiors. Apple shared a few shots last year, and we later learned of additional details like iPhone-like elevator buttons.
Apple will host a March event to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup and other products, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.
In terms of the iPad Pro lineup, the report claims Apple will announce new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March.
If the report is accurate, it would suggest Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is widely rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display without a Home button.
Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro—it now says 10.5-inch—will have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro thanks to its edge-to-edge design. The earlier report said the top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but it will likely be slimmer.
The blog also previously said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone display like the current 9.7-inch model, using advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in the surrounding environment.
Meanwhile, it said the 7.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash, as Apple works to standardize features across its tablet lineup. All new iPad Pro models will reportedly gain quad microphones as well.
Three months ago, Barclays analysts predicted Apple will release a trio of new iPad Pro models in March, including 9.7-inch, 12.9-inch, and edge-to-edge 10.9-inch models, but not a 7.9-inch iPad Pro. Instead, their research note said Apple will continue to produce and sell the iPad mini 4, released in September 2015.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has likewise said Apple is planning a new 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro lineup for 2017. He did not mention a 7.9-inch model. He said the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are likely to feature a faster Apple A10X processor, while the “low-cost” 9.7-inch model will sport an A9X chip.
DigiTimes expects a 10.5-inch iPad Pro as well, making that four separate sources reporting similar. The math checks out too: the width of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro would match the height of the iPad mini screen, while it would have the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model and the same pixel density as the iPad mini.
Today’s report also claims Apple may add a 128GB storage option for the iPhone SE, alongside the smartphone’s existing 16GB and 64GB capacities, and add a new red color—(PRODUCT)RED?—option for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The blog previously said the red color would be for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
The report also calls for new Apple Watch bands at the event in line with last year’s Spring refresh. Apple introduced the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands at its March 2016 event last year.
As we noted earlier, Apple has released iOS 10.3 beta 1 to developers. The update brings several new features to the table, including Find My AirPods for helping to keep track of Apple’s recently-released and highly popular AirPods. But that’s not all that’s new in iOS 10.3. In this hands-on video walkthrough, we’ll step through some of the other new additions.
Whats’ new in 10.3 beta 1?
Find My iPhone now supports AirPods. You can find the location of AirPods and emit a sound from each wireless bud.
Apple File System (APFS) – A file conversion is performed automatically upon iOS 10.3 install to seamlessly transition over to Apple’s new File System, APFS.
New Podcast app widget.
New iCloud Analytics setting to allow sharing of analytics and usage data from your iCloud account.
Siri cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.
In-App Ratings & Reviews switch to allow developers to ask for product feedback, and app developers will be able to respond to reviews in the future.
Settings app includes account link at top of the main page. A new view provides you with a broader look at device account settings and storage.
CarPlay gets quick access to the last three apps used.
Updated UI for Spotlight search suggestions.
Animations when opening and closing apps slightly modified.
When Apple announced its wireless AirPods last fall, there was some anxiety over how easy it would be to lose one of the wireless earbuds. Well, the company is looking to ease that burden a bit. As part of the upcoming iOS 10.3 update, you will be able to use the Find My iPhone app to locate a lost AirPod. Just like the app helps you find a misplaced laptop, iPad or iPhone, it will soon tell you were that earbud fell out of your pocket.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the app uses the AirPods’ wireless tech to locate them. The earbuds don’t have a GPS connection, so Apple employs the iPhone’s GPS tech. The map inside the Find My iPhone app will show you the last place the AirPods were in range of an iOS device connected to your iCloud account. If you happen to lose one out of range, the software will show you a general location of where it was last connected to one one of your gadgets. However, you will have to use your phone to employ this method.
What happens when you drop an AirPod at home and you just can’t see it? The app will also let you play a sound through the earbuds to help you locate them. Here, you have the option beaming a noise through one or both of the audio accessories. Of course, this is dependent on the fact that the AirPods haven’t run out of battery yet. iOS 10.3 was released to developers today, so it shouldn’t be long before it and its earbud-locating tool are available for everyone to use. Hey, at least it might save you $69 on a replacement set.