Vintage Apples: Streaming music from Apple Watch to an 8-track player...and more!

Vintage Apples: Streaming music from Apple Watch to an 8-track player...and more!

Niles Mitchell, AKA napabar on YouTube, has a lot of fun with vintage electronics that may or may not be made by Apple. In this article, we have two examples of videos that Mitchell has created that deal with linking up present-day Apple gear with vintage tech. 

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Lofree Poison M Wireless Speaker features retro looks, powerful features

Lofree Poison M Wireless Speaker features retro looks, powerful features

We see so many wireless speakers here at Apple World Today that it takes something special to turn our heads. Fortunately, we were given the chance to review a wireless speaker that not only has very cool vintage styling, but some features not found on other speakers. The Lofree Poison M (about US$70) began a Kickstarter campaign this morning and it surpassed its funding goal in minutes. Here’s our detailed review of the Lofree Poison M.

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Vintage Apples: 3 videos show top games from Mac Performa series, iMac G3 and Apple Pippin

Vintage Apples: 3 videos show top games from Mac Performa series, iMac G3 and Apple Pippin

"applemctom" on YouTube is fond of vintage Macs and the games that ran on them. Although these games look crude in comparison to what we're used to now, they represent some of the best games and educational apps that ran on the Macs of a bygone era. In the three short videos following, you'll see retro gaming on the Apple Macintosh Performa series (1992 - 1997), the iMac G3 (1998), and the short-lived Apple Pippin gaming console (1996-1997). Enjoy!

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Slickwraps Retro Case protects your iPhone like it's 1984

Slickwraps Retro Case protects your iPhone like it's 1984

As a blogger who writes more than his share of reviews of iPhone cases, I get a lot of them at no cost for review purposes. That's why it's a bit surprising that the case I'm currently protecting my iPhone 7 Plus with is one I paid for. With just one look, I knew I had to open my wallet, get out the credit card, and purchase the Slickwraps Retro Case ($36.99) to adorn my iPhone.

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Vintage Apples: Unboxing and Powering Up a 2004 12-inch PowerBook G4

Vintage Apples: Unboxing and Powering Up a 2004 12-inch PowerBook G4

Thanks to the generosity of Dwight and Franklin Shih of Colorado, I had the fun yesterday of unboxing and booting up a working 2004 12-inch PowerBook G4. In this Vintage Apples video, you get to see just how fast one of these aluminum beasts was when running OS X Panther -- frankly, it was surprising just how speedy the 13-year-old laptop actually was!

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Belkin releases MIXIT DuraTek USB-C cable and takes a trip down memory lane

Belkin releases MIXIT DuraTek USB-C cable and takes a trip down memory lane

Few accessory manufacturers have been around since the dawn of the Mac, but one was actually in existence pre-Mac: Belkin. The company was founded by Chet Pipkin (current CEO), who started building cables on his parents' dining room table in 1983. Now the company is well-known to most Apple users for its wide range of accessories, and today Belkin released its latest product -- the US$29.99 MIXIT DuraTek USB-C cable.

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AWT News Update: March 14, 2017

AWT News Update: March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day! We're hoping that you do something irrational today, like subscribe to the AWT News Update podcast or even become a Team AWT member:

  • Samsung plays catch-up to Apple in terms of smartphone security updates
  • Russia rules that Apple engaged in price fixing for iPhones
  • You've heard of Apple Park, but what about Apple Campus 3 at Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, CA?
  • A working Apple-1 computer will be up for auction in May
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You can fit an original iPhone display between the app icons on an iPad Pro

You can fit an original iPhone display between the app icons on an iPad Pro

Dennis Munsie pointed out yesterday on Twitter the immense size of the iPad Pro screen by noting that the distance between app icons on the new tablet's display is wider than the original iPhone display. That's 324 pixels (on the Pro) compared to the width of the first iPhone display at 320 pixels.

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Retro iPhone 6s / 6s Plus both classy and pricy

Retro iPhone 6s / 6s Plus both classy and pricy

Does anyone have $1,699 they can lend me? If so, I'm going to run right out and spend it on a frivolous purchase, but one that's incredibly cool. The ColorWare iPhone 6s Retro ($1,599) and iPhone 6s Plus Retro ($1,699) harken back to the days of the beige case and color logo of the Apple IIe.

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Throwback Thursday: "A whole universe on one disk"

Throwback Thursday: "A whole universe on one disk"

It's February of 1986, and you've just seen the future. A single optical disk called a "CD-ROM" can hold "amazing quantities of data" -- 550 megabytes! That was the cover of Macworld Magazine back in that much more innocent age, discussing the arrival of writable compact disks and opening up a veritable universe of storage -- if you were used to hard disk drives that maxed out at 20 MB of capacity.

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Rare Apple I is recycled by Bay Area woman, sells for $200,000

Rare Apple I is recycled by Bay Area woman, sells for $200,000

One of the continuing news themes that we love to cover is the sale of Apple I computers at auction. They've gone for as much as $905,000, and are exceedingly rare -- only 200 Apple I computers were hand-made in the first batch and sold for $666.66 each in 1976. This weekend we heard the story of a Bay Area electronics recycling firm that is looking for a woman who dropped off an Apple I in April that subsequently sold to a private collector for $200,000.

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Sharing files between a Mac 512Ke and an Apple Watch

Sharing files between a Mac 512Ke and an Apple Watch

OK, it's not really syncing, but this little hack by Niles Mitchell is still a lot of fun. What Niles did is to take his vintage Mac 512Ke, get it talking to a PowerBook G3 "Wall Street" as a networking go-between, and then set up an action using Workflow on the Watch to go to the URL of an image stored on a floppy disk connected to that old Mac. The result? The Watch grabs the file off of the floppy and it appears on the display of the smartwatch. Cool!

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Throwback Thursday: The "personal organizer" we had before the Newton

Throwback Thursday: The "personal organizer" we had before the Newton

Back before the Newton MessagePad made a splash in 1993 as the first "Personal Digital Assistant", several consumer electronics companies were making handheld devices designed to do all of the things that we take for granted now on our iPhones and Apple Watches -- take short notes, check our calendar, make appointments, and look up phone numbers. One of these devices was the Casio B.O.S.S. SF-8000 -- one of which I have in my Museum of Obsolete Technology. 

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