Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short supply following iPad Pro launch

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Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015, 09:25
Category: Accessory, iPad Pro, News, retail

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The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.

The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.

Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:

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Waterfield Dash: MacBook sleeve of the Gods

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 05:11
Category: Accessory, Cases, MacBook, Review

Waterfield Dash SleeveCase for MacBook by Jason O'Grady

As long as I’ve used MacBooks (and PowerBooks before them) I’ve kept them in a padded sleeve. Notebooks contain delicate electronics, they store our most import data, and they shouldn’t be bouncing around inside a bag, purse or suitcase without protection. Rather than trying to find a bag to fit my MacBook, I prefer to keep it in a quality sleeve and put that into any bag  I want.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield notebook sleeves since 1999 because of their high quality materials and stylish designs. Their new Dash MacBook Sleeve ($59) is built with a combination of ballistic nylon, impact-resistant compression foam, and a plush liner, and it fits Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook like a glove.

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iFixit tears down Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard, posts results

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:34
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Peripheral

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The new Apple peripherals are out and the ice-cold felines at iFixit have torn them down and posted the results.

The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic keyboard apparently share many of the same chips. All of them sport the Broadcom BCM20733 Bluetooth 3.0 chip, even though the Trackpad 2 officially requires a Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac.

The Magic Trackpad 2 is said to rely on the same Force Touch technology in current MacBooks, including four strain gauges for measuring pressure, and a similar Taptic Engine. The Trackpad largely only scales the technology up to a larger size.

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Apple debuts 4K, 5K iMacs, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 08:13
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iMac, News, retail

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These could smack of the nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its 2015 iMacs, including a new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display.

The new desktops feature faster processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and up to 2TB of Fusion Drive storage for stock configurations. The 4K 21.5-inch iMac has a 3.1GHz Core i7 Broadwell processor and integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, while the 5K 27-inch iMacs have 3.2GHz to 3.3GHz Core i5 and i7 Skylake processors and dedicated AMD Radeon R9 GPUs.

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DxO One camera for iPhone now available for pre-order

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Date: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 08:14
Category: Accessory, iPhone, News, photos, Uncategorized

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This is pretty nifty.

DxO Labs now has the DxO One camera for iPhone available for pre-order. The camera, which features 1080p video capture, 20.2 megapixel resolution, f/1.8 maximum aperture and 1-inch camera sensor has gotten a fair amount of attention of late and can connect to your iPhone’s Lightning connector port.

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Apple apparently co-designing third-party accessory packaging for Apple Store locations

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:52
Category: Accessory, battery, Cases, retail

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Your product’s packaging has to look pretty enough to be on an Apple Store shelf.

And Apple will help you with that.

A series of redesigned packages for several Mophie battery packs were recently spotted at an Apple Store in Japan. The boxes match the style used for Apple’s own products, with large images and minimalist text against a stark white background. It’s unknown how many other companies may have updated boxes on shelves.

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Philips announces that Hue Lights will be available in the fall, will support Apple’s HomeKit interface

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 08:00
Category: Accessory, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Philips’ Hue Lights will get HomeKit support and be en route to you this fall.

Philips has also stated that the smart lights you already own will work with HomeKit and you won’t have to replace them to get them working with HomeKit.

The company released the following statement on its Facebook page:

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Apple issues recall for Beats Pill XL speaker, cites possible overheating, fire risk

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This isn’t the most auspicious beginning to Apple’s partnership with Beats.

Also, if you bought a Beats Pill XL speaker at an Apple store, there’s a chance it could catch fire.

Apple has issued a rare recall notice on the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker sold in Apple Stores and various other retailers. The voluntary recall cites a situation in which the battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Beats Music for some US$3 billion in 2014. The current Beats Pill XL hardware has remained the same since Apple purchased the speaker company.

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Reserve Strap, other outfits, eye Apple Watch diagnostic port for accessories

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 08:41
Category: Accessory, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Sometimes it’s the lesser known ports that allow for the best peripherals.

A number of third party vendors are looking to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch’s lugs to charge the device. One accessory maker discussed this approach, opening up the possibility of a “Made for Apple Watch” program down the line.

“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” the designers of battery band Reserve Strap wrote in a recent post. This is an undocumented functionality, and there is no word on whether Apple will allow continued access via the port.

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Apple launches USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Friday, March 13th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Accessory, MacBook, News

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These are the first days of USB-C and we’re curious about it.

It’s sort of like having someone new in your life, except it’s a digital standard that Apple is applying for power, video, communications and almost everything else under the sun.

Which is pretty interesting, the raw facts stating that USB-C can apparently support 100W of power + HDMI 1080p + USB 3.x data rates at the same time. Even so, Apple is now offering its USB-C Digital AV Multipart Adapter, a US$79.00 device that offers a power, HDMI and USB bridge in one device.

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