Here’s everything new Apple showed off at Monday’s event

Apple’s March 21 event held a number of new products and some key software updates. It may not have been the blockbuster event that last year’s Apple Watch reveal was, but Apple showcased the new iPhone SE, a smaller iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands. Apple’s iOS 9.3 also made an appearance, along with some new HealthKit news. Here’s a recap of everything Apple announced in case you missed it.

Return of the 4-inch iPhone

Return-of-the-4-inch-iPhone_

The 4-inch iPhone made its triumphant return at the March event, and although it may look like an iPhone 5S, it has all the power of the iPhone 6S. It has the A9 processor, the same 12-megapixel camera as the 6S, and Touch ID support for Apple Pay. In terms of looks, it’s chunkier and edgier than the iPhone 6S, giving the device a retro vibe.

Apple will start selling the iPhone SE on March 24, when it’ll cost $400 for the 16GB model, or $17 per month on Apple’s 24-month installment plan. It’ll be sold in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Singapore.

Read more here.

9.7-inch iPad Pro

9.7-inch-iPad-Pro_

Apple’s iPad Air 3 is still nowhere to be found. Instead, the company introduced a new 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro that sports most of the same specs in a smaller package. It’s powered by the A9X chip, sports a 12-megapixel camera, and boasts a special True Tone display tech that shifts color temperature based on the lighting you’re in. The new feature works in conjunction with Night Shift mode, which removes blue light to help you sleep better at night. Apple also offers the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil as accessories for the tablet.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. It starts at $600 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, but the LTE enabled one will cost you $730. It’s available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. You can pre-order it on March 24 and get it in stores on March 31 in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the U.K., U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S.

Read more here.

Apple Watch price drops to $300, gets new bands

Apple-Watch-price-drops-to-0,-gets-new-bands_

The Apple Watch did indeed get new bands at the March event, including a new woven nylon band and a pastel lineup of straps called the “Spring Collection.” Apple also discounted its wearable to $300, so that more people can strap a smartwatch to their wrists in 2016.

The Apple Watch 2, on the other hand, is expected to have a September launch. We’ve already heard plenty of rumors about the Watch 2, from the health-sensor suite to new materials for the bands and watch faces. More iPhone-free capabilities are also expected, which would be helpful. Apple seems to be taking its time updating the Watch with big new features.

Read more here.

iOS 9.3 packs some cool updates

iOS-9.3-packs-some-cool-updates_

After months of beta testing, Apple finally sent iOS 9.3 out to all its users on March 21. The main highlight is Night Shift mode, which limits the amount of blue light your iOS device emits, so that you can sleep better at night and rest your eyes. The software update also packs Touch ID security for Notes, improvements to News, app suggestions from HealthKit, and education features via the Classroom app.

iOS 9.3 will be available as an over-the-air update. You can go to Settings > General > Software Update to check if the update has hit your device.

Read more here.

Tim Cook on FBI battle: ‘We will not shrink from this responsibility

tim-cook-apple

Given that Apple’s landmark case versus the FBI over encryption begins the day after its big event, Tim Cook also had a thing or two to say about the case and its relationship to Apple’s products. He emphasized that Apple will continue to fight the order and to protect its users’ privacy and the security of its products. Cook’s statements were brief, but they did kick off the event.

Read more here.

iOS 9.3 packs some cool updates

ResearchKit-tackles-serious-health-issues_

Apple launched ResearchKit last year with the aim of solving one of the biggest problems facing medical research: data collection. Thanks to more than a billion Apple devices, however, researchers can now collect the data necessary to further advance medical progress. The company touted its achievements in scientific research for autism, and introduced CareKit, an open-source platform that helps app developers create ways for patients to manage their medical conditions and care.

The apps have four modules. Care Cards provide a to-do list that helps patients remember to take medications and perform physical therapy exercises. The Symptoms and Measurement Tracker allows patients to record their progress; They can take pictures of a wound to show how it’s healing and use the iPhone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to measure a limb’s range of motion. Finally, the Insight Dashboard compares the patient’s symptoms against the Care Cards, and the Connect module allows patients to share data with their doctor(s).

Read more here.

Apple’s new recycling robot rips old iPhones apart in search of gold, and more

Apple's-new-recycling-robot-rips-old-iPhones-apart-in-search-of-gold,-and-more_

Apple highlighted its new recycling robot LIAM at the start of the event, and it’s pretty amazing. The robot begins by picking up your old phone and scanning it to determine the make and model. Once the scan is complete, the system knows every single component inside the phone — every screw, every circuit, and every piece of metal, plastic, or glass. Then, using an array of suction cups and specialized attachments, the bot begins to systematically break down the phone and separate the parts.

The parts are then recycled and made into new products. The idea is to make sure that less waste is created. Apple is encouraging its users to recycle their iOS devices and help the company lessen its carbon footprint.

Read more here.

Apple TV adds new dictation feature

Apple-TV-adds-new-dictation-feature_

The new Apple TV will support dictation. Now, usernames and passwords will be easier than ever to enter into forms for apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime — no more swiping and clicking necessary. The device also got support for folders, allowing users to categorize their many choices among that deep well of 5,000 available apps.

Siri can also search across more apps in the App Store, and Apple finally added access to iCloud photo library, making all photos available on a big screen.

Read more here.

Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…
Apple

Rumors say Apple's AirPower wireless charger may finally be in production

At its September event in 2018, Apple unveiled the AirPower, a new wireless charging mat that will allow you to charge multiple devices at one time. It has not yet been released. Here's everything we know about the device so far.
Product Review

Apple brought ECG tracking to consumers. Withings is making it affordable

The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $400, and the highlight function is the electrocardiogram, which has the potential to save lives. Withings’ new Move ECG has the same capability but at a fraction of the cost.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for January 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for January 2019.
Mobile

Apple’s iPad lineup is confusing. We break it all down for you

Trying to decide which iPad is right for you is a chore. What generation is the latest iPad? Which ones have been updated and which ones are collecting dust? Check out our iPad guide and we’ll break it down.
Mobile

Biometric phone unlocks can’t be forced by feds, says U.S. judge

Fingerprint and face unlocks used to not be protected by the Fifth Amendment, but that may soon change. A judge in California has ruled biometric unlocking methods of all kinds are protected in the same way as passcodes.
Mobile

The Motorola Razr may return as a foldable phone — for $1,500

The Motorola Razr V3 is one of the world's most iconic phones, and it could be making a stylistic return in the form of a foldable Motorola smartphone -- but it may cost around $1,500. Is the nostalgia worth it?
Mobile

The Note 8 and S8 range now have access to the Android Pie beta

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

The iPhone XS Battery Case's battery has a smaller capacity than previous cases

Apple has been rumored to be working on a new iPhone battery case for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now, those new cases are finally here, offering seven hours of extra use for each iPhone and are available for $129.
Mobile

Join the Apple club with our complete guide to switching from Android to iOS

If Android simply isn’t cutting it for you anymore, then you might be considering Apple’s warm embrace. Here’s how to make the switch from Android to iOS without losing your contacts, sleep, or hair!
Mobile

It’s back! Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

Twitter has finally brought back the reverse chronological feed, allowing you to see your feed based on the newest tweets, rather than using Twitter's algorithm that shows what it thinks you want to see. It's easy to switch.
Mobile

Huawei in for a rough year as feds investigate alleged trade secrets theft

Huawei is also facing issues in the U.S., but it doesn't seem like that will end any time soon. According to a new report, the company is facing a federal investigation in the U.S. for allegedly stealing trade secrets.
Mobile

Having trouble logging in? Here’s how to reset your Apple ID password

To use any of Apple's services, you need to have an Apple ID and know your password. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with forgotten passwords and regain access to your account. Here's how to reset your Apple ID password.
Mobile

Android Q: Everything we know so far about Google’s next mobile OS

Android Pie recently rolled out, but it's already time to look ahead to Android Q, the next version of Google's mobile OS. We've seen a number of rumors and leaks come out about the operating system -- here's everything we know so far.