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Roundup: The best new 9.7-inch iPad Pro cases & accessories

Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the same dimensions as the iPad Air 2 on paper, but the device’s new 12-megapixel camera means your old iPad case probably won’t cut it. That is unless you cut it yourself to accommodate the new larger camera and flash that will make a larger opening on cases …

9.7 inch iPad Pro includes 2 GB RAM, slightly slower CPU than 12.9 inch iPad Pro

Although the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro is superior to the 2015 12 inch iteration in some regards, including better cameras and display, it appears the raw processor is not as identical as Apple implied in its presentation. Although both models have an A9X processor, the 9.7 inch version actually has …

Here’s how Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone SE compares to the rest of the lineup

Small iPhone fans, rejoice! Apple has finally updated its 4-inch iPhone for the first time since the iPhone 5s in 2013. Dubbed the iPhone SE, Apple’s 2016 4-inch iPhone could pass for the iPhone 5s if you weren’t looking too close (save for the rose gold version), but how does it compare to its …

9to5Toys Last Call: Milanese Loop Apple Watch Bands from $16, Beats Solo2 $100, Nest 3rd Gen. $205, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by <i>signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter</i>. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p>TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:<p><i>Last Call Updates:</i><p>Buy a refurbished Apple AirPort Express Wi-Fi router w/ 1-yr …

YouTube for iPad gains Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iOS 9, still lacks PIP

The YouTube app for iOS sees an update today adding support for Slide Over and Split View multitasking. Even though iOS 9’s multitasking functionality has finally reached the app, picture-in-picture support remains to be seen. Users will note that background audio <i>is</i> available for current YouTube …

Apple reportedly set to introduce new, thinner, 13 inch and 15 inch MacBooks by July

Digitimes has a mixed track record of reliability with regard to Apple rumors, but its latest report gels with expectations. The report claims Apple is preparing new 13 inch and 15 inch MacBooks to launch in the summer, by July. Although the publication does not say this, it indicates that new …

Opinion: The iPhone SE is a smart, long-term move – and creates the prospect of a $299 iPhone

I argued a couple of months ago that ‘peak iPhone’ was likely a temporary phenomenon, but that Apple might have to be willing to accept lower margins if it is to continue to grow its sales.<p>I think it will also need to learn to be a little more flexible when it comes to its profit margins, …

Nomad expands its Apple Watch band lineup with two new rugged Italian leather Straps

Apple isn’t the only strap maker expanding the Apple Watch band lineup with new leather colors this week. Nomad is introducing two new Strap colors for its leather Apple Watch bands: amber gray and rustic brown. The two new Nomad Straps join classic tan which debuted last fall, and all three Apple …

How-To: Use Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the same time on iOS 9.3 [Video]

There are tons of new features included with yesterday’s release of iOS 9.3, and Night Shift — the new feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s color temperature to reduce blue light — is arguably its best new addition.<p>Unfortunately, Night Shift is automatically disabled when you enable Low …

All use of customer data by Apple requires sign-off by three ‘privacy czars’; debates can take a year

With Apple making very clear how strongly it feels about the privacy of customer data through the FBI case, it’s no surprise that the issue is a hot-button within the company. A <i>Reuters</i> piece shows just how serious Apple is when it comes to guarding personal data.<p>Any collection of Apple customer …

Comment: Dissing owners of older PCs, even accidentally, may not be the best way to sell them an iPad

One remark Schiller made during yesterday’s launch event raised a few eyebrows. In noting that the majority of 12.9-inch iPad Pro customers had actually switched from Windows PCs, he pointed to the huge potential switchers market still out there for Apple. There are, he said, over 600 million PCs …

Report: Apple in talks to acquire Imagination Technologies, likely to start developing its own mobile GPUs [Updated]

<b>Update</b>: In a statement to CNBC, Apple has confirmed it is not planning to make an offer for Imagination Technologies. It did however hold some talks with the company about undisclosed topics.<p>ArsTechnica is reporting that Apple is in ‘advanced talks’ to acquire Imagination Technologies, makes of the …

Poll: Will you be buying the iPhone SE or 9.7-inch iPad Pro?

The new toys are official. The iPhone SE very nearly amounts to an iPhone 6 in an iPhone 5 casing, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is effectively a smaller version of the 12.9-inch model.<p>While the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were Apple’s response to a large part of its customer base who were waiting impatiently …

Night Shift automatic Sunrise/Sunset schedule missing in iOS 9.3? Here’s the fix

With the release of iOS 9.3 yesterday, Apple included a major new feature that may help you sleep better at night: Night Shift. Night Shift works by changing the color temperature of your screen gradually as the day changes. In Control Center, you can toggle this feature on and off manually. In …

Watch the product announcements from the iPhone SE event in under 10 minutes

We’ve put together a supercut of the iPhone SE event that features all of the major product information discussed in under 10 minutes. If you’re pressed for time, but still want to tune in and see the event’s announcements, you can now do so in a mere 9 minutes and 22 seconds.<p>Of course, you’ll also …

Video roundup: Hands-on with the new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple earlier today officially took the wraps off of the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7-inch. While the two devices are largely similar to devices we’ve seen in the past, there are a few tweaks here and there that people have been requesting to get a look at. Members of the press who were in attendance …

Roundup: The best cases for the new iPhone SE

Apple earlier today officially took the wraps off of the oft-rumored iPhone SE. While the device is set to go up for pre-order on Thursday, March 24th and ship a week later, a handful of cases are already available for the device. While the device is largely identical to the iPhone 5/5s in terms of …

You can now buy replacement tips for the Apple Pencil in packs of 4 for $19

While it didn’t officially announce them onstage during its press event earlier today, Apple this evening has started selling replacement tips for the Apple Pencil. The company is selling the tips in packs of four on its online store for $19. The replacement tips are available to ship within 1 …

DOJ asks that hearing w/ Apple be vacated, says it found ‘possible method’ to unlock iPhone

<b>Update #2:</b> Apple has responded to the latest filing from the Department of Justice saying that if the government is unable to succeed in unlocking the device on its own, Apple will demand to know everything about the method by which it tried.<p><b>Update</b>: The judge has granted the DOJ’s motion to vacate …

9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch from $249, iPad mini 4 $300, 11-inch MacBook Air $710, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by <i>signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter</i>. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p>TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:<p>Don’t jump on Apple’s $50 Watch price drop, you can do better! Deals from <b>$249</b> …

Apple’s new Classroom app for iPad is now available on the App Store

Apple’s new Classroom app for iPad is now available in the App Store. The educational app enables shared iPad experiences, task/group assignment, and much more on iOS 9.3 and beyond. Here’s the full description:<p>Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide …

Comparison: What are the differences between the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch model?

As expected, Apple earlier today officially unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. While the device is essentially the same as the larger 12.9-inch model, there are a few notable differences that may perhaps frustrate users of the larger model, but also encourage iPad Air 2 users to upgrade. Read on as we …

Apple releases Xcode 7.3, with better code completion and support for latest SDKs

Apple has released Xcode 7.3 for developers, following a lengthy beta period, with several new features, enhancements and bug fixes. First and foremost, Xcode 7.3 includes the latest SDKs for iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, OS X 10.11.4. It also bundles the latest release of Swift version 2.2.<p>Xcode 7.3 …

tvOS 9.2 is now available, Apple TV 4 gains Siri Remote dictation, app folders, iCloud Photo Library, Bluetooth keyboard support, more

The fourth generation Apple TV has even been on the market for less than six months and there’s already a massive update ready for it. The new tvOS 9.2 software update is now available and includes several features that previously hadn’t made it from Apple TV 3 as well as features totally new to …

watchOS 2.2 is now available, Apple Watch gains enhanced Maps app + multi-watch pairing support

Alongside iOS 9.3 today, Apple has released watchOS 2.2, the latest software update for all Apple Watch owners. Starting with watchOS 2.2, iPhones running iOS 9.3 or later can pair and swap between multiple Apple Watch models; changing between Apple Watch models previously required a lengthy …

OS X 10.11.4 is now available, Mac gains Live Photos on Messages + secure Notes & more; iTunes 12.3.3 out as well

Apple has officially released the OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan update through the Mac App Store. The software update is available for all Macs capable of running OS X 10.11. The Mac update delivers new features including Live Photo viewing and sharing through iMessage using the Messages app as well as …

Apple releases iOS 9.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch featuring Night Shift, Touch ID Notes and more — here are all the new features

Following a lengthy beta period, Apple has now released iOS 9.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 9.3 is a significant feature update for Apple’s mobile operating system, with brand new additions like Night Shift, Touch ID Notes and more. iOS 9.3 runs on every iOS 9-capable device, including the …

Apple launches variety of new Apple Watch models and band colors

Alongside the launch of a new Space Black Milanese Loop and range of nylon bands, Apple has also refreshed some of its other models and bands with new colors. We’ve listed every single new model Apple sells from today after the break. Note that all Sport models (featuring a rubber or nylon band) …

Watch Apple’s latest videos including ’40 Years in 40 Seconds’

If you missed Apple’s special event today, head over to our news hub where we’re collecting all of the developments from today in realtime.<p>Then head below to watch all of the new product videos and ore that Apple aired today during the event. These include promo videos for the new 9.7-inch iPad …

Numbers from Apple event: 30m 4-inch iPhones sold last year, 5000 Apple TV apps, renewable energy stats, more

Apple CEO Tim Cook took some time to kick off today’s ‘Let us loop you in’ press event with comments on the FBI/encryption controversy, but the company also offered the usual milestones and stats throughout the event.<p>While noting its recent milestone of reaching 1 billion active Apple devices in …