Apple Introduces New Second-Generation AirPods Case With Wireless Charging Support

At today's iPhone-centric event, Apple briefly introduced a new second-generation AirPods case that features support for wireless charging.

The AirPods Case is physically identical to the current-generation AirPods Case, with the exception of a charging indicator light located on the outside of the case instead of the inside.


Apple's new AirPods Case will work with the company's upcoming "AirPower" wireless charging mat, which will be able to charge the AirPods, the Apple Watch Series 3, and the iPhone X or iPhone 8 simultaneously.

Apple does not yet appear to be offering the new AirPods Case either on a standalone basis or in a set with AirPods. It may be coming at a later date, as the AirPower charging accessory is not expected to ship until 2018.

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Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Golden Master to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master (GM) version of tvOS 11 to developers following a beta testing period that saw the company release 10 tvOS 11 betas. The golden master represents the final version of tvOS 11 that will be released to the public on Tuesday, September 19.

Registered developers can download the tvOS 11 update by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C cable and installing a beta profile using iTunes. Once the profile is in place, new beta updates are available over the air.


tvOS 11 is a modest update that has not received a lot of attention from Apple. It brings automatic switching between light/dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options that keep multiple Apple TVs in a household in sync, new background modes and notification support, Focus API improvements, custom sound support, network-based pairing and development support, improvements to Mobile Device Management, and other small changes.

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Apple Seeds watchOS 4 Golden Master to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master (GM version) of watchOS 4 to developers following a beta testing period that saw the company release a total of eight betas. The golden master version of watchOS 4 represents the version of the software that will be released to the public on Tuesday, September 19.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4 golden master can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update.

To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

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watchOS 4 brings three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual user. There are new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training and new swimming options.

GymKit, new in watchOS 4, lets the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app has been updated to provide intelligent coaching, monthly activity challenges, and tailored workout encouragement.

Starting a workout is faster than ever with a new Quickstart interface, there's a new look for Apple Music, and with under-the-hood improvements, third-party apps are faster than ever and can do more.

Apple plans to release watchOS 4 to the public on Tuesday, September 19, three days ahead of when the new Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to consumers.

For more on what's new in watchOS 4, make sure to check out our watchOS 4 roundup.

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Apple Unveils ‘AirPower’ Multi-Device Wireless Charging Accessory Coming Next Year

At its iPhone-centric event that saw the unveiling of the new iPhone X and iPhone 8 equipped with Qi wireless charging capabilities, Apple announced a new wireless charging accessory called "AirPower."

Designed as a simple oval-shaped white charging mat, AirPower is able to charge the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 inductively. It also works with the Apple Watch Series 3 models and a new AirPods charging case that was briefly mentioned during the keynote.


The new AirPods charging case is identical to the current case, with the exception of a new indicator light located on the outside of the body and the wireless charging capabilities.

In addition to being able to charge through Apple's AirPower charging mat, the new iPhone X and the iPhone 8 will also be able to charge using Qi-based charging accessories. Apple will partner with companies like Mophie and Belkin to create iPhone-specific accessories, but all Qi chargers should work as event videos showed the iPhone charging in cafes and other locations.

According to Apple, its AirPower charging mat uses a new kind of charging standard that is able to support multiple devices at once, so it won't be immediately available.

Apple plans to ship the AirPower in 2018, but a more specific launch date hasn't been announced. Pricing is alwo unknown at this time.


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Apple Seeds iOS 11 Golden Master to Developers Ahead of September 19 Public Launch

Apple today seeded the golden master (GM) version of iOS 11 to developers. The golden master represents the final version of iOS 11 that will be released to the public, and it comes after a beta testing period that saw Apple release a record 10 betas.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11 golden master from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed.


iOS 11 is a major update to the operating system designed for the iPhone and the iPad. It introduces several new design changes like a customizable Control Center and a reimagined Lock screen that's been merged with the Notification Center, along with smaller tweaks like bolder fonts, redesigned app icons for major apps, and a revamped App Store.

Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments are coming in the Messages app, a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is designed to help drivers stay focused on the road, and Siri has been enhanced with a new more natural voice, cross-device syncing, and the ability to learn more about each user's habits.

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Photos includes new editing options for Live Photos, the Camera app offers optical image stabilization for Portrait Mode, Apple Music lets you follow friends, Maps features indoor mapping and lane guidance, and Notes has a new Document Scanner and handwriting recognition.

ARKit for developers brings a range of new augmented reality apps and games to iOS devices, and a new Core ML SDK lets developers build smarter apps. iOS 11 is also the biggest update ever for the iPad, with a new Dock that introduces much improved multitasking, a Files app for better managing files, improved Apple Pencil support, a revamped App Switcher, and a system-wide drag and drop feature.


iOS 11 will be released to the public on Tuesday, September 19, three days ahead of the official launch date of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

For more details on all of the new features included in iOS 11, make sure to check out our iOS 11 roundup.

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Apple Announces 5.8-inch ‘iPhone X’ With Super Retina OLED Edge-to-Edge Display

Apple announced the iPhone X during its special event at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino today. Apple said the iPhone X was "the future of the smartphone" and will "set the path for technology for the next decade".

"For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision," said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. "With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience."
The iPhone X, pronounced "ten", features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display with 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458ppi, HDR support, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and True Tone.

The device uses touch-based gestures to interact with iOS 11 in lieu of a home button, and is powered by a next-generation A11 Bionic neural processor. The handset features a glass and stainless steel design, which features a front-facing camera with advanced facial recognition and authentication technology called Face ID.

The Face ID authentication process utilizes the 7-megapixel front-facing TrueDepth camera along with a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator, in order to accurately map and recognize the user's face, so that it can be used to authenticate Apple Pay and gain access to secure apps. The front camera now also supports Portrait mode for taking selfies with depth-of-field effect.

There's also a redesigned, vertically aligned dual-lens TrueDepth 12-megapixel rear camera, featuring Quad-LED True Tone flash with dual optical image stabilization. Elsewhere, the iPhone X's wireless inductive charging works with Qi-certified third-party charging devices, including pads offered by Mophie and Belkin.


The device is fast-charge capable, while its surgical steel band enhances its water and dust resistance. The the handset will be available in space gray and silver colors.

The iPhone X supports new animated emoji, or "Animoji", thanks to the phone's new 3D sensing capability, enabling users to create custom 3D animated emoji based on facial expressions picked up by the camera. The new A11 Bionic chip is also tuned for augmented reality experiences made using Apple's ARKit software framework.

The iPhone X comes in 64GB and 256GB storage capacities, priced from $999. The iPhone X will be available to pre-order from October 27 and will ship on November 3.

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Apple Confirms iPhone Wireless Charging Accessories Coming from Mophie, Belkin, and More

Apple today revealed the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, all of which will support Qi wireless charging. Although Apple's own wireless charging accessory won't be coming out for a while, customers will be able to purchase charging pads from other accessory makers: Mophie, Belkin, Incipio, and more.


The iPhone's charging is based on the Qi standard, so users will be able to charge their iPhones anywhere they can find a Qi charging pad.


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Apple Reveals ‘iPhone 8’ and ‘iPhone 8 Plus’ With Glass Bodies and A11 Bionic Chip

Apple CEO Tim Cook today officially announced the all-new "iPhone 8" and 'iPhone 8 Plus." The iPhones are made from "the most durable glass" ever found in a smartphone, are sealed for water and dust resistance, and include Apple's Retina Display. The iPhones will be available in Silver, Space Gray, and a new Gold finish


The iPhones keep Apple's traditional sizes: iPhone 8 at 4.7-inch and iPhone 8 Plus at 5.5-inch. The speakers are louder than the iPhone 7, and inside each of the new iPhones is the "A11 Bionic" chip. The chip has two performance cores, four high-efficiency cores, and the first-ever Apple-designed GPU that's 30 percent faster than the previous A10 chip.


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Apple Announces ‘Apple TV 4K’ With 4K HDR Support, iTunes Movie Prices Same as HD Films

Apple today announced the "Apple TV 4K" during its keynote at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. Eddy Cue introduced the device, explaining that the new set-top box has "4K HDR," which will deliver high-quality video content for users to watch. This even includes advancements to the Apple TV's user interface and text fonts.


The company played a clip from Spider-Man: Homecoming to show off the included A10X chip, the same chip that's in the iPad Pro that has 4x faster graphics and 2x faster CPU performance. Cue said that the price of 4K HDR movies on iTunes will be the same price as HD movies, and if you've already purchased eligible HD movies you'll get the 4K versions for no extra charge.

The Apple TV 4K will start at $179, and pre-orders open September 15. The device will launch September 22.



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Apple Announces New Watch Bands and Finishes for Apple Watch Series 3

Apple announced new bands and finishes for the Apple Watch Series 3 during its special event at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino today.


Apple is now offering a new space gray finish for the case of the latest Watch, as well as a new sport loop woven band, and new Nike Plus models. There are also new Hermès editions available.

Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity will be available in 9 countries and 14 carriers from September 22.

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