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iPhone SE: An iPhone 6S in an iPhone 5 body for $399

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

Apple iPhone SE

During its Let Us Loop You In event, Apple announced the new iPhone SE. Citing the demand from iPhone owners who don't want a larger display than what was offered on the iPhone 5 series of devices, the iPhone SE maintains the 4-inch display that was found on the iPhone 5 and 5S, but upgrades everything under the hood. It's powered by the far more capable Apple A9 and M9 chips, which are found in the current iPhone 6S flagships. The camera is also brought over from the latest models, giving the iPhone SE an upgraded 12 megapixel camera which supports Live Photos and shoots in 4K. Apple Pay support is also onboard, as is 802.11ac Wi-Fi and "Hey Siri" hands-free control. All-in-all Apple says the new iPhone SE is twice as fast as the iPhone 5S that it replaces.

The iPhone SE starts at $399 for the 16GB model, which makes it the cheapest iPhone ever. If you need more storage than that 16GB, there's also a 64GB model for $499. You can order ir starting on March 24.

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes Is a Surprisingly Great Mobile Game

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Review

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, a role-playing game released for mobile platforms last fall, initially struck me as a game I could skip without a second thought. It had the appearance of a cheap cash-in meant to capitalize on the launch of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Although I'm not generally not the sort of person to write off a game for being free-to-play (some of my favorite games don't cost a dime to start playing), there's something about the combination of that business model, mobile, and a major franchise that made me assume it was not worth so much as a download.

I was wrong.


Bleeding Edge TV 573: ConnectSense Smart Outlet with HomeKit Review

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is an Apple HomeKit compatible device that plugs into any outlet in your home, allowing you to turn just about any device into a smart device. The Smart Outlet gives you two outlets, which can be powered on and off by using the ConnectSense app, Siri voice control, or even pressing a button on the side of the device. Plug in a lamp, and you can now control that lamp from anywhere, using your smartphone or tablet - even outside of your home if you own an Apple TV. I bring you my full rundown of the ConnectSense Smart Outlet in this episode!

You can pick up the ConnectSense Smart Outlet now.

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Apple to introduce the iPhone SE the week of March 21st

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone SE

Apple is reportedly working on launching a 4-inch iPhone model dubbed the iPhone SE. Similar to what Apple has done with the iPhone 5c version albeit, in this case, with upgraded specs that are akin to the iPhone 6; perhaps higher. This is great news for those that find the bigger smartphones a bit unwieldy but without sacrificing cutting edge specs.

The iPhone SE design is slated to look closer to the iPhone 5s but with tapered edges mimicking the iPhone 6 design. A hybrid of sorts. All the newer bells and whistles will be included such as Apple’s in-house designed silicon A9 processor, M9 co-processor, perhaps all-in-one chip, “Hey Siri”, full Live Photo support, and an improved 8-megapixal iSight camera. Also rumored is Touch ID/Apple Pay features and, of course, upgraded wireless capabilities. Storage will likely be 16GB and 64GB. I must say, you might as well pony up for the 64GB version because 16GB is so 2007.

Mark your calendars for March 21st because it’s that time of year again where Apple reveals all the new cool gear. There’s a high probability that iPhone SE might go on sale as quick as March 25th.
 

Read More | 9to5Mac

Bleeding Edge TV 569: Titan Lightning Cable Review

If you ever get tired of Apple's flimsy iPhone charging cables fraying, breaking, or getting chewed up by pets, you'll wanna be sure to give the Titan Lightning Cable a look. Made from two laters of flexible, high-strength steel, I've found the Titan cable to be durable enough to withstand my three dogs. Previously, any official cables from Apple would be destroyed within a week, while the Titan model from Fuse Chicken has held up for months.

Aside from the cabling itself, the Lightning and USB connectors on the Titan line are permanently sealed with a one-piece housing that's been fused directly over the electronics and metal cabling. Paired with the steel body, this is how the Titan is made to be a cable that lasts.

You can pick up the Titan Lightning Cable now, or if you are on Android, get the Titan microUSB Cable instead.

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Unboxing Live 173: iPhone 6S Launch and Unboxing

Apple has eliminated most of the fun from Apple Store iPhone launches! In this episode, I am waiting for the iPhone 6S to launch at the Alderwood Mall Apple Store. Typically, there are hundreds of people all camped out, waiting in line, and generally switching between having a great time and hating life depending on the temperature and the rain. This year? For the vase majority of the night it was 3 people. THREE PEOPLE! I was the third to arrive, getting there at 8:00PM the night before launch - last year by then there were 80 people in line. The next person didn't arrive until about 4:30am - 8.5 hours later. I do finally get my hands on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and bring you an unboxing of the device as well.

You can order the new Apple iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus now.

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Bleeding Edge TV 548: Apple CarPlay review

Apple hopes to fix the issue of distracted driving with CarPlay, Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use the features of your smartphone while you're in the car, giving you access to things like Apple Music, phone calls, text messages and iMessages, podcasts, Maps, audiobooks, and more. Once you plug your iPhone into a CarPlay equipped vehicle, you see the interface appear right on the dashboard. In this case, I am using the 2016 CHevy Colorado Z71 pickup truck, which ships with Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with your car’s controls — knobs, buttons, or touchscreen. And the apps you want to use in the car have been reimagined, so you can use them while your eyes and hands stay where they belong.

You can get the Apple iPad mini 4 now!

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Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus now available for pre-order!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone 6s pre-order

The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now available for pre-order. You can head over to Apple’s Web site now to grab the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s or 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Just be sure you know which carrier, color, and storage option you want so that you can get the iPhone s6 in your cart and check out quickly, as the site is getting hammered with traffic, which may result in errors:

Carriers:

  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile (requires full price purchase)
  • Verizon Wireless

Colors:

  • Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • Silver
  • Space Gray

Storage Options:

  • iPhone 6s: 16GB ($199) / 64GB ($299) / 128GB ($399)
  • iPhone 6s Plus: 16GB ($299) / 64GB ($399) / 128GB ($499)

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will launch on September 25th, but as sales happen through the night, delivery dates are likely to start slipping.

Good luck! Let us know what you ended up getting! 

Read More | iPhone 6s Product Page

Meet the new rose gold iPhone 6s

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Design, Handhelds

iPhone 6s Rose Gold

Earlier today, Apple announced the brand new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones. Be sure to check out our post that covers all of the new features. In addition to announcing the years new flagship smartphones during the Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, the company also released a brand new color option for iPhone buyers - rose gold. As you can see above, the rose gold iPhone has a light pink metallic shade to it--more pink than copper. The rose gold color joins the silver, space gray, and gold colors to make up this years iPhone line.

Will you be choosing rose gold this year? You can pre-order the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from Apple.


Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus: 3D Touch, 12MP camera, 4K video recording, starts at $199 on September 25

iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

During it's Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones. The updated smartphones still sport the 4.7-inch Retina HD display for the 6s and 5.5-inch Retina HD display for the 6s Plus, but there's a lot of new stuff that Apple is bringing to the table with this years flagship models:

  • 12 megapixel iSight Camera: Apple has bumped the megapixel count in the iPhone for the first time in 4 years, going from 8 megapixels to 12. This is a 50% increase in pixels, and with it comes 50% more focus pixels, making autofocus even faster than before as well.
  • 5 megapixel FaceTime HD camera: Another big improvement, as the front camera on the iPhone goes from 1.8 megapixels to 5.0. Apple will use the display itself as the True Tone Retina Flash for those selfies you need to take while in the dark.
  • 4K video recording: You can now shoot 4K video directly from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • 3D Touch: This is one of the tentpole features. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can now sense depth. This is similar to Force Touch on the Apple Watch, but much more advanced. Pushing down on different elements throughout iOS will allow you to select shortcuts, preview information with the "peek" gesture, go further into that data with the "pop" gesture, and more.
  • A9 processor: Apple's A9 processor offers 70% faster performance and 90% faster graphics than the previous A8 chip. Not only will things feel much faster, but games are now "console quality" according to Apple.
  • Touch ID Second Generation: Apple has doubled the speed of the Touch ID sensor
  • Wi-Fi speeds doubled
  • LTE Advanced with support for 23 LTE bands, and speeds that are twice as fast
  • Live Photos: This might have been the coolest thing Apple showed today. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will capture 1.5 seconds before and after you take your photo

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in silver, space gray, gold, and a new rose gold color option. Be sure to check out our iPhone 6s pricing guide.


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