Tests show AirPods can take a licking, keep on ticking

Tests show AirPods can take a licking, keep on ticking

I'm showing by age by using that old Timex watch tagline made famous by John Cameron Swayze, but it appears that Apple's new wireless AirPods can put up with a lot of abuse and still keep working. 9to5Mac put a pair of AirPods through a lot of abuse, putting the buds and charging case through drop tests of up to ten feet, submersion in water, and even a wash cycle with detergent. To quote blogger Benjamin Mayo, "Incredibly, they still work after all of that with only minor scuffs."

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Why Apple removed security tethers from demo products in Apple Stores

Why Apple removed security tethers from demo products in Apple Stores

Apple's retail group is smart, and it knows that the best way to get someone to buy a product is to give them unfettered access to a device. Up until recently, that really wasn't possible as each and every device was tethered to a table with a security cable. If you wanted to try picking up an iPhone 7 Plus to see what it really felt like in your hand or pocket, you couldn't do it without that cable dangling from the back. Apple has removed those tethers now and replaced them with other security measure to insure that devices won't be walking out the doors of the stores.

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9to5Mac: 9.7-inch iPad Pro price starts at $599, comes in 32GB and 128GB models

9to5Mac: 9.7-inch iPad Pro price starts at $599, comes in 32GB and 128GB models

As the hours count down to Monday's Apple Event, some rumors are gaining more clarity and truth, while others are getting a bit more fuzzy. 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, who is usually right on the money about product rumors, says that the new iPad expected Monday will indeed be called the iPad Pro, and unsurprisingly it will come with a Pro price as well.

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Hair Force One shoots down common belief that quitting multitasking apps helps battery life

Hair Force One shoots down common belief that quitting multitasking apps helps battery life

It's always fun to hear directly from Apple execs, who often take to email or Twitter to offer short answers to questions from Apple customers. The latest comes via 9to5Mac reader "Caleb", who sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking about quitting multitasking apps in iOS:

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Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter now supports iPhones

Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter now supports iPhones

The US$29 Lightning to USB Camera Adapter is an unsung hero of cabledom; in the past, it let you connect a DSLR or point-and-shoot digital camera with a USB port to your iPad in order to back up photos from the camera. Well, with iOS 9.2 and the adapter, it's now possible to connect your compatible iPhone (iPhone 5 or newer) to those same cameras. 

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Estimates show iPad Pro will sell more in first three months than total sales of all Microsoft Surface tablets

Estimates show iPad Pro will sell more in first three months than total sales of all Microsoft Surface tablets

Apple bloggers aren't the only people fixated on the success or failure of the iPad Pro; investment analysts also keep a sharp eye on supplier reports to estimate how many of the device will be sold. Last week, KGI estimated that Apple would sell about 2.5 million iPad Pros this quarter, and this week, RBC Capital Markets predicts the number will be closer to 1.7 million devices by year-end. 

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New 4K 21.5-inch iMac on tap for next week

New 4K 21.5-inch iMac on tap for next week

Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac is reporting that "multiple reliable sources" say that new 21.5-inch iMacs sporting 4K screens will be introduced next Tuesday, October 13, 2015. While the style of the iMac will remain comparatively similar to the existing model, it will have a new 4096 x 2304 screen and faster graphics cards, and will most likely come pre-loaded with OS X El Capitan.

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AWT News Update: September 2, 2015

AWT News Update: September 2, 2015

Today's AWT News Update is brought to you by... well, nobody. But please let us know if you'd like to be a podcast sponsor and your product will be blasted out to about 4K listeners a month.

  • About fifty publishing partners are expected to be part of Apple's News app at launch
  • A certain rumor site is saying that the iPad Pro will be announced at Wednesday's Apple event
  • Case manufacturers are beginning to send out info on iPhone 6s/6s Plus cases, which means the devices might be just a bit larger than their predecessors
  • New Apple Watch Sport Band colors are expected to be announced soon
  • CBS Sports will stream Super Bowl 50 (excuse me, Super Bowl L) on Apple TV
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