9to5Rewards: Mujjo’s high-quality leather iPhone cases and wallet sleeves [Giveaway]

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Mujjo. The Netherlands-based maker of quality handcrafted cases for iPhones and other Apple products uses leather, wood and other premium materials to make some of our favorite cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. 

The company has three of its high-quality leather cases available for iPhone 6(s)/Plus, iPhone 7/7Plus (normally up to $46 each) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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Report: Next iPhone models to include True Tone displays, custom front/back 3D sensors for facial recognition & AR

According to a new investor note from Barclays, Apple currently plans to bring its True Tone display technology to all three of this year’s new iPhones. The note explains that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 will all feature the True Tone technology, which was first introduced with the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

The report also offers new information regarding the 3D sensors that Apple is expected to include in the iPhone 8 for facial recognition and augmented reality features.

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9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ 512GB MacBook Pro $1,799, Seagate 4TB External HDD $88, SanDisk 32GB Lightning Flash Drive $28, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Nintendo Switch Review: The hybrid that changed my mind about consoles

Apple’s 13-inch 512GB MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar for $1,799 (Reg. $1,999)

B&H takes up to $300 off high-end 2016 MacBook Pro models (Tax NY/NJ only)

Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is on sale for $1,280

Save $234 on Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air: $765 (Reg. $999)

Seagate, QNAP, WD and other hard drive deals from $37 in Amazon’s Gold Box

SanDisk’s iXpand 32GB/64GB USB 3.0 Lightning Flash Drives from $28

Daily Deals: SanDisk 64GB USB Type-C Flash Drive $23, Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Unlocked (Refurb) $100, more

Target launches $300 gift card promo with iPhone 7/Plus purchase

B&H launches new iPad pre-orders with discounts, rewards and tax in NY only

iTunes and Amazon launch DreamWorks $10 HD movie sale: Bee Movie, Shrek, more

Don’t Think Twice is this week’s iTunes $1 HD Movie Rental (Reg. $5)

App Store Free App of the Week: Blyss iOS puzzler goes free for very first time (Reg. $2)

9to5Rewards: Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air Battery Case [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

DODOcase launches 40% off sitewide sale

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Put yourself into games and feel the action with the new Hardlight VR suit

Destiny 2 reveal trailer, release date, limited edition details, more

Comcast rolls out new Xfinity prepaid internet service, plans start at $15

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat has HomeKit + Alexa control: $199 (Reg. $249)

Twelve South Fermata Headphone Charging Stand first notable price drop: $72

Elgato Eve HomeKit-enabled Smart Light Switches from $40, 2-pack $76

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ 512GB MacBook Pro $1,799, Seagate 4TB External HDD $88, SanDisk 32GB Lightning Flash Drive $28, 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:

Apple’s 13-inch 512GB MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar for $1,799 (Reg. $1,999)

B&H takes up to $300 off high-end 2016 MacBook Pro models (Tax NY/NJ only)

Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is on sale for $1,280

Save $234 on Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air: $765 (Reg. $999)

Seagate, QNAP, WD and other hard drive deals from $37 in Amazon’s Gold Box

SanDisk’s iXpand 32GB/64GB USB 3.0 Lightning Flash Drives from $28

Daily Deals: SanDisk 64GB USB Type-C Flash Drive $23, Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Unlocked (Refurb) $100, more

Target launches $300 gift card promo with iPhone 7/Plus purchase

B&H launches new iPad pre-orders with discounts, rewards and tax in NY only

iTunes and Amazon launch DreamWorks $10 HD movie sale: Bee Movie, Shrek, more

Don’t Think Twice is this week’s iTunes $1 HD Movie Rental (Reg. $5)

App Store Free App of the Week: Blyss iOS puzzler goes free for very first time (Reg. $2)

9to5Rewards: Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air Battery Case [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

DODOcase launches 40% off sitewide sale

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Put yourself into games and feel the action with the new Hardlight VR suit

Destiny 2 reveal trailer, release date, limited edition details, more

Comcast rolls out new Xfinity prepaid internet service, plans start at $15

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat has HomeKit + Alexa control: $199 (Reg. $249)

Twelve South Fermata Headphone Charging Stand first notable price drop: $72

Elgato Eve HomeKit-enabled Smart Light Switches from $40, 2-pack $76

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Wishlist: Here are the things that we’d love to see with HomeKit

My Smart Home Diary series describes my decision to go all-in on HomeKit, even though it meant the expense of replacing some older, non-HomeKit-compatible devices. For me, it just makes obvious sense to have a complete ecosystem of connected devices that can all be controlled by a single app – and by Siri.

I’d even go as far as arguing that HomeKit-compatibility is now the entry fee for companies wanting to launch smart home devices. I’ve turned down several pieces of kit offered for review because they didn’t work with HomeKit.

But great as it is, HomeKit isn’t perfect. I described earlier some of my irritations, and in this piece I’ve compared notes with my colleagues to compile a wishlist of things we’d love to see …

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Second consumer-test organization finds MacBook Pro battery life exceeds Apple’s claims

Following extremely puzzling Consumer Reports tests that showed the 2016 MacBook Pro offering substantially better battery-life than Apple claimed, a UK consumer-testing organization has reported the same thing.

Which found in tests of 67 laptops that Apple was the only manufacturer to deliver greater than promised, while other manufacturers delivered as little as half the claimed life.

As with the previous report, though, I’m struggling to understand the stated results …

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Verizon launching its own streaming TV service in the summer as net neutrality under threat

AT&T will soon have competition for its DirecTV Now service, according to a Bloomberg report, which says that Verizon is preparing to launch its own service in the summer.

Verizon Communications Inc. has been securing streaming rights from television network owners in preparation for the nationwide launch of a live online TV service, according to people familiar with the matter. The telecommunications giant plans to start selling a package with dozens of channels this summer.

The service is expected to be available via both set-top boxes and smartphones and tablets …

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Phil Schiller announces official opening of Apple’s App Accelerator in Bengaluru, India

Phil Schiller has announced the official opening of Apple’s iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. The center is designed to provide free guidance, inspiration and one-on-one app reviews for local developers.

The company first promised the center back in May of last year, the company explaining then why it had chosen the location …

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