A very brief summary of the product announcements Apple made today:
- New band colors:
- Sport: yellow
- Leather: teal, red
- Milanese Loop: Space Grey
- New Woven Nylon bands $49: in 7 colors, including neon blue, pink, orange
- Space Grey Milanese Loop
- Now starting at $299 (down from $349)
- iPhone 5s form factor with iPhone 6S internals
- (except no 3D Touch)
- Starting at $399 without contract / $0 with 2-year contract
- 16GB / 64 GB Capacity
- Pre-orders March 24, shipping March 31
- Night Shift – reduces blue light in display at night
- New Health features
- New CarPlay features
- New Education features – deployment, Classroom app
- Available today – free update
- TrueTone ambient color matching
- Smart Keyboard to match
- Apple Pencil support
- New USB Camera Adapter – powered
- Now in Rose Gold
- 32GB $599 / 128GB $749 / 256GB $899
- (also brought 256GB capacity to 12.9″ at $1099)
- Preorder 3/24, shipping 3/31
- Lineup now looks like: iPad mini | Air 2 | Pro 9.7″ | Pro 12.9″
If you got a brand-spanking-new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, especially the one with the fingerprint reader, or a Surface Dock, and you wanted to play with them on your Surface Pro 3, make sure you visit good ol’ Windows Update and make sure you have the 10/26/2015 System Firmware Update. Otherwise you will experience very limited functionality.
The fingerprint reader won’t be recognized, therefore you won’t even see the Microsoft Hello section of the Sign-on Options screen. The dock will charge your Surface, but the Surface won’t see the DisplayPort or USB ports.
See the whole scoop from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/install-update-activate/pro-3-update-history?os=windows-10
It was a busy morning for Microsoft yesterday, as they announced several key hardware products at their press event. Here’s a quick recap from my point of view.
- Now joining the Limited Edition Forza Motorsport 6 bundle is the upcoming Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle with a downloadable copy of the game, a custom Spartan-themed metal case, matching custom metal controller, and 1 TB of storage. The listed release date is October 20, and it’s priced at $499.
- Windows 10 will be coming to Xbox One “this holiday season”, nothing more specific yet.
- A new high-performance Elite Gaming Controller coming in “October 2016” and priced at $199.99.
After a slight delay, Apple released watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch yesterday. What’s new in this release? Find out below.
watchOS 2: Native Apps, New Watch Faces and More Available Now
Apple started pushing out the long-awaited watchOS 2 update yesterday afternoon, with the anticipated and welcome addition of native watch apps, among many other enhancements. Here’s the best way to get watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch.
How to install watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch the right way | Cult of Mac
Here are two reviews of iOS 9, in case you’re still trying to decide whether to do it, or so you know what you’re getting.
Brief review: Cult of Mac
iOS 9 review: It’s all about speed | Cult of Mac
In-depth review: Federico Vittici of MacStories
iOS 9: The MacStories Review, Created on iPad