Apple alongside Amazon, Google and Microsoft today filed a joint amicus brief in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan that aims to introduce new emissions regulations. The EPA had some major pushback on the plan, so now Apple and the others are lending their support:
Users are reporting downtime for some of Apple’s iCloud services this afternoon including problems logging in to iCloud and syncing data to apps that access the cloud services for calendars, mail and more.
The iPhone SE is here, and we’ve given your our initial impressions as well as a look at some of the device’s top features. Now it’s time to talk more about the key differences that differentiate the iPhone 5s from the iPhone SE.
The one key difference that Apple likes to keep under the radar is the amount of RAM included in its mobile devices. It’s ironic, because this is arguably one of the biggest changes between the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, and it makes a noticeable difference in day to day usage. Watch our video, and see for yourself. more…
TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:
Last Call Updates:
Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest version): $800 shipped (Reg. $999)
- Walmart launches iPhone SE $100 discount, other Apple/Samsung devices too!
- Final Fantasy XV gets a new playable demo, now available for free on PS4 and Xbox One
- Get the Apples to Apples Freestyle Card Game for only $5.50 Prime shipped (Reg. $17)
- ROAM-e follows you around in the sky and takes selfies on demand
- Home: DYMO Handheld Label Maker $10 (Reg. $15), more
- Sports/Fitness: Kelty Folding Cooler from $33 (Reg. $55+), more
UE BOOM 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker in all colors: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone w/ 2.7K HD Camera drops to $399 shipped (Reg. $450+)
App Store Free App of the Week: CHOMP interactive storybook goes free for the first time ($3 value)
Game Dev Story for iOS now matching its lowest price ever: $1 (Reg. $5)
Apple offers Day One 2 iOS journal app for free ($10 value)
Take It Easy iOS puzzler/brain teaser goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $2)
Sprint customers can now (but probably shouldn’t) pay monthly for Amazon Prime
Apple 21-inch Retina 4K iMac 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB (newest version): $1,300 shipped (Reg. $1,499)
Buy a refurbished Apple AirPort Express Wi-Fi router w/ 1-yr warranty for $49 shipped (Orig. $99)
MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:
Smartphone Accessories: BYTECH 14,000mAh Power Bank $17 shipped (Orig. $40), more
- Amazon Gold Box: Dyson AM09 Fan/Heater in multiple colors (refurb): $220 shipped (Orig. $450)
- Daily Deals: Stanley 210-Piece Mixed Tool Set $90, KeySmart Key Holder $12, more
- Green Deals: WORX WG156 2-in-1 Electric Trimmer/Edger $80 shipped (Reg. $107+), more
- Kindle First eBook freebies for April: Golden Age, The Secret Healer, Blood Defense, more
- Games/Apps: LEGO Jurassic World for Mac $20, freebies, more
- Google Play Metal Albums for $0.99: Trivium’s Silence In The Snow (Orig. $11), more
- Buy Galaxy S7 from AT&T & get a FREE 48” Samsung TV ($500 value) w/ DirectTV (or U-verse)
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MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:
iOttie Car Mounts for iPhone/Android Devices: Easy One Touch 2 $13 (Reg. $20), w/ Qi Charger $40 (Reg. $55)
Hit the road w/ TP-LINK’s 802.11n Portable Travel Router for $8 Prime Shipped (Reg. $13)
Apple Watch 42mm Space Gray Milanese Loop Band + Aluminum Dock: $27 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)
- Smart 120Hz LED HDTVs: Samsung 50-inch 4K $639 (Reg. $950+), more
- Smart 4K 60Hz LED UHDTVs: Samsung 60-inch $949 (Reg. $1,200), more
- Samsung 50-inch 4K 3D Smart LED UHDTV w/ 4 HDMI inputs: $749 (Reg. $1,400)
- Headphones: AKG Tiesto DJ-style $30 (Reg. up to $80), earbuds from $14, more
- Amazon adds over 70 products to its Dash Button lineup: Doritos, more
- Free MP3 Albums: Black Sabbath Paranoid, Chris Janson Buy Me a Boat
- Twelve South HiRise Apple Watch Dock: $40 shipped (Reg. $50)
- Free PS Plus Games for April: Dead Star, Zombi, more
- T-Mobile offers buy one, get one half off for the new iPhone SE (& 6s/Plus, more)
- Green Deals: Stanley 10W Rechargeable LED Flashlight $37 (Reg. $54), more
- No joke: Krispy Kreme is going to give out free glazed doughnuts on April 1st
- Bluetooth Speakers: Sony w/ AirPlay $350 (Reg. $500+), LG P7 Portable $50 (Reg. $80)
- Best Buy: $50 gift card w/ iPhone SE purchase & up to $350 off iPad Pro 9.7 on Verizon
- Apple iPhone 6 16GB (certified pre-owned, unlocked): $385 (Orig. $649), more
- Media: Zootopia + Batman v. Superman pre-order deals, more, more
- SNES30 Bluetooth Controller brings old-school buttons to touchscreen games: $35 (Orig. $45)
- Fashion: Nautica Men’s Cozy Fleece Crew Top $6, more
- Philips Friends of hue LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit: $100 shipped (Reg. $130+)
- Klipsch X4i In-Ear Headphones for iPhone $60 shipped (Orig. $150)
- Just $7 Prime shipped: USB to SATA 3 portable SSD/HDD enclosure
- DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter w/ built-in 4K Ultra HD Camera: $779 shipped (Reg. $999)
- Nike Clearance Extra 25% off: Legend Dri-Fit Shirt $13, more
- Netflix April Preview – Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, more
- TiVo Bolt 500GB 4K DVR + Streaming Media Player w/ 1-yr. of Service: $255 (Reg. $300)
- Save 75% on any movie rental including new releases: The Big Short, Sisters, Revenant, more
NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:
Seagate unveils the “world’s first” USB-powered 8TB desktop hard drive
- Sony’s new RX10 III digital camera goes big with a 24-600mm lens and 4K capabilities
- Unboxing the awesome, pricey C-3PO and Stormtrooper Bluetooth speakers [Video]
- QWERKYWRITER is a mechanical Bluetooth keyboard that takes us back to simpler times
- Build an Alexa-enabled device using a Raspberry Pi
- Review: Fitbit Alta pairs smart fitness tracking with a small and beautiful design
- The Kuvée smart wine bottle brings the Internet of Things to grapes near you
- This Kickstarter project allows up to 10 people wirelessly listen to nearly any source
- TCL’s new 4K Roku-enabled UHDTVs hit every price point
- The Tovala iOS-connected oven scans and automatically prepares your dinner
- VIZIO’s new $999 P-Series 4K Ultra HDTV w/ Google Cast and HDR may be this year’s top release
- SpotCam’s latest IP surveillance camera offers records 24-hours of footage in the cloud for free
- You can now mow your lawn via Apple Watch w/ Husqvarna’s new Automower app
- Nike’s self-lacing prophecy finally comes true with the HyperAdapt 1.0
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For the first few months after purchasing my iPhone 6, I was a daily Apple Leather Case user. I picked up the case more out of convenience than desire, but I never truly felt it served my needs. The case felt weak, unsupportive, and more like a leather-wrap than a protective case. I’ve kept an eye out for other potential alternative leather cases, but could never find one I really loved. The Apple Leather Case seemed so close to what I would have wanted, but the way it wore down was just not appealing to me at all. A lot of other leather cases are too bulky, have a built-in wallet, or are just utterly expensive. Then Mujjo released their Leather Case for the iPhone 6(s). As soon as I laid my eyes on it, I knew I wanted it. It looked strong without adding bulk, sported a beautiful tanned leather, and was priced fairly in comparison to competing cases.
I had two immediate impressions when first picking up the iPhone SE. First, ‘wow this feels small!’. Having gotten used to the iPhone 6 and 6s as the new normal, the SE really does feel like an iPhone mini when you first handle it.
But the second, which followed seconds later, was ‘… in a good way.’
I’m old enough to have used the very first mobile phones, which were ginormous. For many years, the primary goal of manufacturers as they introduced successive models was to make them smaller and smaller. Smaller was newer, sexier and more hi-tech.
Picking up the iPhone SE gave me that feeling all over again. It didn’t feel like a step down, it actually felt like a step up. It was like ‘wow, Apple has managed to fit (almost) all of that 6s tech into this much more pocketable phone.’ And yes, this thing fits sideways into jeans pockets, and gives no sense of being at risk of falling out of other trouser pockets while cycling.
My third impression – and I think this is something I could only say to a tech audience like you, because you’ll understand – was feeling like I was welcoming back an old friend. I remembered how much I love this design. It truly is a classic that looks every bit as great today as it did when it was first introduced …
It wasn’t all that long ago that Taylor Swift was boycotting Apple Music over artist compensation, but Eddy Cue and company quickly turned that around and now the global pop star is starring in the latest Apple Music ad … with a face-smacking twist.
A patent application spotted by Patently Apple suggests that the Apple Watch turning on its display as you raise your wrist could be just the first of many supported gestures. Pointing, waving and even extending pinky and thumb in a ‘phone me’ gesture could all be used to initiate actions on either the Watch itself or a paired iPhone.
While voice and touch input can be an effective way to control a device, there may be situations where the user’s ability to speak the verbal command or perform the touch gesture may be limited.
This [patent] relates to a device that detects a user’s motion and gesture input through the movement of one or more of the user’s hand, arm, wrist, and fingers, for example, to provide commands to the device or to other devices […] The device can interpret the gesture as an input command, and the device can perform an operation.
Apple gives a number of illustrative examples of such gestures …
Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU, said the FBI is facing “a million-dollar question, and really what it comes down to is, does the FBI prioritize its own surveillance needs, or does it prioritize cybersecurity.’’
The longer the FBI keeps the security flaw to itself, he said, “the more they are gambling that no other entity will discover this flaw.’’
A former FBI official said that the agency’s decision on whether or not to reveal the method would likely depend on how many iPhone models it is able to unlock …
We got our first look inside the iPhone SE a couple of days ago when Chipworks took one apart. The company revealed then some of the mix of old and new components, but iFixit has now provided a closer look in its own teardown.
The main finding is that the entire display assembly is straight out of the iPhone 5S – right down to the FaceTime camera, which explains why that remained a paltry 1.2MP unit instead of the 5MP version in the iPhone 6S …