Apple Refreshes The iPhone 6S And 6S Pro With New Aluminum, Cameras And Processors

iphone6s-rosegoldBesides updated internals and a new rose gold finish added to he design portfolio, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are truly incremental upgrades, if anything — but in all the right places. Starting with the new A9 processor: 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 faster at GPU tasks (that’s over the iPhone 6’s A8 processor).

A new feature introduced within the new 6S and 6S Plus includes 3D Touch —  allowing one to press down on the iPhone’s screen to pull up new menus, activate shortcuts, thus interacting with the device in new levels (like holding the Camera icon to go straight into selfie mode), in junction with Apple’s own Tapic Engine for force feedback. Also, the screen is coated in Ion-X the same material used on the Apple Watch Sport edition. Newly arrived is the aluminum alloy that the phone is made out of, manufactured as Apple’s own custom blend — and now including a rose gold model, alongside the gold, white and space gray.

In regards to imaging, Apple has finally boosted the rear-facing iSight cameras to 12 megapixels, up from 8 megapixels — the same stats since 2012 — which means that cameras offer 4K video capture, a first for iOS. The front-facing 5 megapixel shooter is an improvement as well, translating for more (famous) selfies.The fingerprint sensor has also reached its second generation, seeing general improvements.

The software changes are vast, including Live Photos: think of a GIF, but with sound — the camera app captures a 12MP still for 1.5 sec that will be animated, with sound, frame-by-frame. Oh, and animated wallpapers are part of the new iOS 9, which launches September 16th, lest I forget.

Contract pricing is as-follows: $200, $300, $400 (for 16, 64, and 128GB models). Plus models are $100 more, each — essentially Apple is keeping the same promotional prices on its end, however U.S. carriers have convoluted this price range with the introduction of special contract plans, so true prices of the new iPhone remains to be seen. Apple is introducing a yearly upgrade program at $32 a month, including Apple Care service with unlocked versions of the device. But, Apple couldn’t stop there: there are new iCloud storage options, starting at 50GB for 99 cents a month, 200GB for $2.99/mo or 1TB for $9.99/mo.

Shipping date? To be announced.

Via: Apple PR

The iPad Pro Is A 12.9″ Tablet Of Fantasies, With 10 Hour Battery Life

ipad-proThe new iPad Pro is a 12.9-inch tablet with the option of adding the Apple Pencil (charged via a Lightning cable), a stylus accessory that heightens precision input in creative apps and supports Microsoft Office. A 12.9-inch Retina display with 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution, the iPad Pro’s screen alone is as large as the height of an iPad Air 2 — let that sink in for a second.

Physically the Pro isn’t too hefty at all: at 6.9mm thin and 1.57 pounds, it too is a design feat considering that the screen is so large. So, it seems to compliment that, Apple is also including another accessory: a Smart Keyboard cover.

A full-sized keyboard as seen on the laptops and 10 hours of battery life, paired with the Apple A9X processor means that the iPad Pro has forever blurred the line between the Macbooks series and the iPads.

Also, pricing is as follows: $800, $950, and $1080 for 32, 64 and 128 gigabyte options, respectively. Meanwhile, the two main accessories for the iPad Pro will cost $100 and $170, for the Pencil and keyboard, respectively.

The entire line starts shipping in November.

Via:Apple PR

Moto Hint Review: You Can Look Good Talking To Yourself

20150831_162328In today’s day and age, hands-free phone calls are quintessential if you’re driving, running , or generally just doing any activity where your hands and most of your concentration would be delegated to another task. What most hands-free peripherals lack is a connection with your phone that is more than just Bluetooth.

That’s where the Moto Hint is supposed to come in: by being a smart, hands-free device, from top to bottom.

The New Moto 360 Is Inbound With Sport, Men’s And Women’s Versions

20150901_135726Not one, not two, but three truly distinct versions of the Moto 360 wearable using the latest version of Android Wear. The new Moto 360 is divided into three categories: male, female and sport.

The men’s version consists of 46mm and 42mm sized watches, while the women’s by default consists of a single 42mm model. Both versions include leather and steel band options — the bands of which can also be swapped out for official Moto bands or 3rd-party ones. It’s also worth noting that the women’s version has access to a dual-band version, which is like two interlocking bracelets, one housing the watch.

Specs-wise, the Moto 360 is as follows: 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, WiFi, dual-mics and Gorilla Glass 3 for the display. Also: support for Android (of course) and now, iOS.

Pre-orders start September 2. starting at $299, going up to $429, depending on the Moto Maker colors, watch size and bands. Moto 360 Sport availability will be announced next month. Meanwhile, the 42mm and 46mm versions will begin shipping out in late-September., Google Play, Nordstrom, BestBuy & Verizon will all take part in sales of the wearable.

Finally Taking PC Gaming Seriously, Lenovo Launches The New Y Series

20150901_140454Lenovo has taken gaming seriously this year, introducing a new Y series line of gaming computers and accessories at a press briefing in New York City. The feature presentation of the new series are the Ideacentre Y900 and Y700, full ATX tower desktops priced at $1599 and $999 respectively, launching in November. Both systems feature the latest 6th generation Intel processors, 625W power supply, up to a GTX 980 graphics card, air filters within the chassis design to improve air flow and an exuberant red lighting scheme.

Google Has A New Logo, And It’s…Playful?

downloadFrom a design perspective, I’m kind of torn with the new Google logo. On one hand, it seems more playful and indicative of the leadership change and the restructuring of Google into Alphabet, but on the other hand, it seems like something one might out via a Wacom tablet in just a few hours (which was definitely not the case here). It can also be said that the previous logo had more class and and a sense of modernity.

So, take it or leave it, the new Google logo is here to stay for some time — moving on, then.

Via: Official Google Blog 

Mission Workshop Sanction Review: An Urban Backpack Of Choice

20150831_161541For years now I’ve sworn by Chrome Industries’ catalog of messenger bags and rucksacks but during that time, I wondered: what about Mission Workshop, essentially the opposing company? They also produce gear for cyclists and dwellers of the world, but they do so with a more professional, dare I say black-ops look that can be taken much more seriously.

Reporting in: Mission Workshop’s Sanction backpack — you may proceed.

Samsung Gear S2 Is An Interesting Smartwatch, If Nothing Else

gears2Absent of any “Galaxy” branding for good reason — it uses Samsung’s Tizen, not Google’s Android Wear — the Samsung Gear S2 is right up there when it comes to simple and attractive smartwatches. With a screen that measures 1.2-inches across at 360 x 360 resolution, however it is 11.4mm, which is thicker than most smartphones, Samsung’s included (essentially, this isn’t a wafer). Multiple versions exist: the Classic, with black leather and chassis, the stock Gear S2 pictured here, and a thicker version with a 3G eSIM that can make and receive calls.

All models sport a 1GHz dual-core processor with an NFC radio, so you’ve got something that can take advantage of Samsung Pay — it’s a venerable little thing, if nothing else. Right? Probably. Maybe.

No word on costs, but both Verizon and T-Mobile will carrry and sell the wearable in the near future.