Kickstarter: $10 iLDOCK will let you charge your iPhone 7 and use headphones simultaneously

A new Kickstarter campaign is hoping to solve two issues associated with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. A). the lack of a 3.5mm headphone port, and B). the inability to charge the iPhone 7 while listening to music.

To be fair, Apple does include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter in the iPhone 7 box, so I wouldn’t go as far as to call that a real problem, but the inability to charge and listen to headphones at the same time may pose a legitimate issue for some.

If funded, the Kickstarter campaign for the iLDOCK hopes to launch a small Lightning-enabled dongle that brings back the 3.5mm headphone jack, and features a Lightning input for charging. more…

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AOL launches new Alto email app on iPhone and iPad

AOL is launching an Alto app today for iOS (and Android) that aims to offer a fresh take on email. AOL’s new app features a single dashboard that intelligently organizes the most important info from your email, calendar and elsewhere.

Alto, which was previously available on the desktop for a limited number of testers, hopes you’ll want to ditch the traditional inbox-format for email, serving up the most important info from emails in card-form in what it refers to as the Dashboard.

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iPhone 7 Plus: Portrait mode impressions on iOS 10.1 beta [Photos]

I admit that I buy a new iPhone every year for the camera upgrades. My iCloud Photo Library is up to 14,633 photos and 1,261 videos and growing. Almost every one of those were captured with an iPhone so its camera matters to me. Last year’s iPhone 6s introduced Live Photos which I absolutely love. (This from November is just one of my favorites; you can view it on the web thanks to Tumblr’s new Live Photo feature).

This year includes Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus which intelligently applies a blur effect over backgrounds on still shots. Portrait mode photos often look like they were shot on dedicated cameras, not smartphones. The feature requires the dual camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus to work and is only available in beta on iOS 10.1 beta for now. Apple wants to fine tune Portrait mode’s performance before it hits primetime, and there are a few things we can already learn about it through testing.

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Apple shares balloon-filled iPhone 7 ad showing off expressive iOS 10 Messages effect

Apple has just posted the latest iPhone 7 ad on their YouTube channel today, entitled ‘Balloons’ for obvious reasons. The video follows a balloon throughout various scenes as it eventually finds it way to other balloons, and into someone’s window. It’s only clear at the end that the ad spot is for the iPhone 7 with the balloon tie-in promoting the new Messages features on iOS 10.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earbuds $150, HomeKit Smart Home Sale, Withings Wi-Fi Scale $135, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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App Store Free App of the Week: Flowing Meditation & Mindfulness goes free for the first time (Reg. $3+)

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Jaybird’s Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds are a perfect match for iPhone 7: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

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Save big on HomeKit gear in Home Depot’s Deals of the Day: Schlage Sense Deadbolt $179 (Reg. $229), more

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Daily Deals: Withings Heart Health Wi-Fi Scale $135, CyberPower 175W Power Inverter with USB Port $15, more

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Get Anker’s new Self-Docking Eufy RoboVac 20 for $249 (Reg. $299) + deals on Eufy Air humidifier & desk lamps

jetech-cases-iphone-7-plusGive your new iPhone 7/Plus some added coverage: cases from $5 and 3-pack screen protectors $4

These minimalist iPhone 7/Plus cases will protect without overshadowing Apple’s design for $4.50 Prime shipped

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Roundup: The best ultra-thin iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases

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Keyboard Maestro for Mac: $20 (Reg. $36)

Deus Ex Go gets its very first drop on iOS/Android: $2 (Reg. $5)

Apple Store app is your key to the award-winning iOS game INKS for free

The Best Console Game Releases for September: BioShock Collection, NBA 2K17, and more

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Review: This is Ground’s Mod 3 carries your iPad and accessories in a luxurious leather wrapping [Video]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Stay healthy and connected w/ up to 20% off Philips devices today: Health Watch $200 (Reg. $250), more

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

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Amazon has a pair of top-rated monitors on sale: Dell 29-inch Widescreen $291 (Reg. $350), LG 27-inch 4K $396 (Reg. $450)

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Amazon’s newest Fire TV Stick is faster and includes an Alexa Voice Remote, early adopters get $65 of freebies

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Get a free game of your choosing this week when you step up to an Xbox One S

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earbuds $150, HomeKit Smart Home Sale, Withings Wi-Fi Scale $135, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

jaybird-freedom

Jaybird’s Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds are a perfect match for iPhone 7: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

home-depot-smart-home-sale

Save big on HomeKit gear in Home Depot’s Deals of the Day: Schlage Sense Deadbolt $179 (Reg. $229), more

withings-body-cardio-heart-health-and-body-composition-wi-fi-scale

Daily Deals: Withings Heart Health Wi-Fi Scale $135, CyberPower 175W Power Inverter with USB Port $15, more

robovac-20

Get Anker’s new Self-Docking Eufy RoboVac 20 for $249 (Reg. $299) + deals on Eufy Air humidifier & desk lamps

jetech-cases-iphone-7-plusGive your new iPhone 7/Plus some added coverage: cases from $5 and 3-pack screen protectors $4

These minimalist iPhone 7/Plus cases will protect without overshadowing Apple’s design for $4.50 Prime shipped

spigen-iphone-7-thin-case

Roundup: The best ultra-thin iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases

keyboard-maestro-copy

Keyboard Maestro for Mac: $20 (Reg. $36)

Deus Ex Go gets its very first drop on iOS/Android: $2 (Reg. $5)

Apple Store app is your key to the award-winning iOS game INKS for free

The Best Console Game Releases for September: BioShock Collection, NBA 2K17, and more

this-ground-mod-3

Review: This is Ground’s Mod 3 carries your iPad and accessories in a luxurious leather wrapping [Video]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

philips-health-monitoring-gold-box

Stay healthy and connected w/ up to 20% off Philips devices today: Health Watch $200 (Reg. $250), more

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

dell-u2913wm

Amazon has a pair of top-rated monitors on sale: Dell 29-inch Widescreen $291 (Reg. $350), LG 27-inch 4K $396 (Reg. $450)

fire-tv-stick-alexa

Amazon’s newest Fire TV Stick is faster and includes an Alexa Voice Remote, early adopters get $65 of freebies

xbox-one-s-console-forza

Get a free game of your choosing this week when you step up to an Xbox One S

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Staggering 12% of US consumers claim they will buy Apple’s AirPods; would be $3B revenue

A survey of U.S. consumers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch found that a staggering 12% of the population was planning to buy Apple’s new wireless AirPods when they go on sale next month. That would represent total revenue of $3B, reports Business Insider.

Purchase intention surveys tend to be optimistic, it being easier to say you’ll buy something than actually going out and handing over the $159, but even for intenders, that’s a huge number …

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KGI: ‘Increasing likelihood’ iPhone 8 will feature glass front and back, stainless steel metal for premium models

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new report further forecasting that the 2017 iPhone will likely adopt and glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. The idea seems to be that the new Jet Black iPhone 7 has proved highly popular with customers due to the appeal of its glossy finish, and glass would make it much less scratch prone; Apple has recommended customers use a case with the glossy aluminum model to avoid ‘micro abrasions’ from general usage.

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How to replace iPhone 7 & 7 Plus battery, display, Taptic Engine & more in new repair guides

If you’re looking for info on how to repair or replace your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus battery, display or other components, look no further. As it does every year, repair guide site iFixit is usually one of the first to rip apart Apple’s new iPhones to find out what’s inside, and for that reason they are also one of the first to offer up detailed guides on how to repair and replace various parts of the devices. 

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Happy Hour Podcast 087 | Siri Speaker, Apple Watch sleep tracking, and the latest in HomeKit

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the latest Siri Speaker rumors, potential Apple Watch sleep tracking and smarter heart rate tracking features, the latest news in the HomeKit space, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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