Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Apple’


The Wirecutter’s best deals: UE’s Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker drops to $130

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot – some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

UE Boom 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker

Street price: $165; MSRP: $200; Deal price: $130

We’ve seen this drop to $150 a couple of times, but at $130, this is the lowest price we’ve seen outside of a short-lived Black Friday flash sale. The price is available on all colors, though some of them are backordered. As our guide compares it directly to speakers in the $200 price range when reviewing it, at this heavily discounted price this speaker is a nice bargain.

The UE Boom 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker pick we like in our best portable bluetooth speaker guide. Brent Butterworth writes, “We had a tough time deciding between the UE Boom 2 and the Bose SoundLink Mini II when we wanted a pick in the $200 range. The Boom 2 plays loud enough to cover a suburban backyard or to drown out voices at a dinner party, but we think voices sound a little more natural and smooth through the SoundLink Mini II. The Boom 2 now has a nice Party Up feature, which lets you play the same audio source through as many Boom 2 and UE Megaboom units as you like. It’s a great way to do multiroom sound on the cheap, but you’re still limited by Bluetooth’s relatively short range.”

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G portrait lens

Street price: $480; MSRP: $500; Deal price: $430

This is the best price we’ve seen on this Nikon portrait lens in months, and only the second time it has hit this price this year. We’ve seen it lower before, but it’s been 2 years since we last saw it below $400.

The Nikon 85mm is our portrait lens in in our guide on the first Nikon lenses you should buy. Tim Barribeau said, “If you enjoy taking pictures of people, we recommend the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G portrait lens. This 127mm-equivalent optic is amazingly sharp, and its fast aperture lets you shoot in low light at shutter speeds fast enough to hold the camera by hand while giving beautiful background blur. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture, and though it is a full-frame-compatible lens, it weighs just 350 grams (0.8 pounds), half the weight of the rival Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD.”

Apple non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro 2016

Street price: $1,500; MSRP: $1,500; Deal price: $1,350

This is one of the few deals we’ve seen on the new 13-inch Macbook Pro, and it’s a solid $150 drop below its normal price. We saw drop to $1,400 on Black Friday, and this is a nice $50 drop below that. The non-Touch Bar Macbook Pro will be one of our recommended picks in an upcoming update to our Macbook guide. This deal has been price-matched at Best Buy.

The 2016 non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro is an upcoming top pick in our guide on which Macbook to buy. Dan Frakes wrote, “If you don’t need any legacy ports—or you’re willing to deal with adapters until all your gear is USB-C—the 2016 non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro occupies a nice middle ground between the 12-inch MacBook’s size and weight and the Touch Bar Pro’s performance and connectivity.”

Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset

Street price: $120; MSRP: $120; Deal price: $90

The first good sale we’ve seen on this runner-up, dropping it $10 below the best price we’ve seen to date, and $30 below the street price.

The Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver headset is our runner-up pick for the best gaming headset. Dennis Burger wrote, “Kingston’s new HyperX Cloud Revolver is a bit of a departure for the company: It’s a new design, with new drivers, a better microphone, and a new auto-adjusting headband. Not quite as neutral as the original HyperX Cloud, the Cloud Revolver has a sound that’s tuned more for action games. Its auto-adjusting headband is great for anyone with a larger head.”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The


‘Pokémon Go’ is available right now on the Apple Watch

Pokémon Go has made its way to the Apple Watch, enabling trainers to receive notifications right on their wrists about nearby Pokémon, PokéStops, eggs and medals. Players are even able to collect goodies from PokéStops directly via the Apple Watch. This latest version of Pokémon Go also lets users log each gameplay session as a workout that counts toward their Apple Watch Activity rings, and it displays the distance traveled toward hatching an egg and receiving Candy for Buddy Pokémon.

One thing the Pokémon Go Apple Watch app can’t do is actually catch Pokémon. The Apple Watch activates if there’s a Pokémon nearby, but players need to pull out their iPhones to actually capture the creatures.

Niantic revealed the Apple Watch version of Pokémon Go back in September. That’s before the Pokémon Go Plus bracelet came out — it’s the $35 wearable that functions like a low-tech version of the Apple Watch app, alerting players when they’re near Pokémon and allowing them to collect items from PokéStops. The Plus accessory does have one advantage over the Apple Watch: It lets players attempt to catch Pokémon directly from the bracelet, though the device doesn’t say which type or level the creature is and you’re only given one shot with a standard Poké Ball.

Niantic recently added new Pokémon from the Gold and Silver games to Pokémon Go, plus it threw in a Santa-hat-wearing Pikachu that’s only available to find and catch through December 29th.


‘App Santa’ Offers Discounts of Up to 80% Off Popular iOS and Mac Apps

Each year, a group of developers behind some of the most popular iOS and Mac apps get together and offer significant discounts on their content as part of an “App Santa” promotion.

This year’s App Santa went live this morning, and includes apps like Tweetbot, Screens, Launch Center Pro, Star Walk, and more. Many apps in the promotion are available at a 50 percent discount, but for some apps, prices are down 80 percent. A full list of apps on sale is below, with direct links included.


  • Tweetbot – $4.99, down from $9.99
  • Rando Emoji – $0.99, down from $1.99
  • Screens – $9.99, down from $19.99
  • Drafts 4 – $2.99, down from $4.99
  • Deliveries – $3.99, down from $4.99
  • Pennies – $0.99, down from $4.99
  • Vee – $0.99, down from $2.99
  • Launch Center Pro – $2.99, down from $4.99
  • Castro – $2.99, down from $2.99
  • Star Walk – $0.99, down from $4.99
  • Star Walk HD – $0.99, down from $4.99
  • Group Text+ – $0.99, down from $2.99
  • Interact – $2.99, down from $4.99
  • Soulver – $0.99, down from $3.99
  • Pcalc – $6.99, down from $9.99


  • Tweetbot – $4.99, down from $9.99
  • Screens – $14.99, down from $29.99
  • Deliveries – $3.99, down from $4.99
  • Pcalc – $6.99, down from $9.99
  • Day One – $29.99, down from $49.99

The App Santa discounts will be available from today, December 22, through December 26. Many other developers are offering holiday discounts on their apps, and our sister site AppShopper is a good way to find all of the apps that are available on the cheap.
Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors-All?d=6W8y8wAjSf4 MacRumors-All?d=qj6IDK7rITs


The best gadgets of 2016

A year ago, virtual reality felt almost like a pipe dream. But during 2016, we saw the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Daydream, a new mobile platform from Google. VR is here, and it’s very much . . . well, real. We’re still waiting for more games to appear and for the price of truly immersive platforms to fall, but it’s an auspicious start for a category that’s sometimes felt overhyped.

Of course, there was even more great stuff this year beyond VR. We’ve seen the steady evolution of smartphones with Google’s Pixel devices, the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 line (with the Note 7 being the obvious exception). Both Dell and HP delivered some of the most refined laptops we’ve ever seen (sorry, MacBook Pro). And we can think of a few more standouts too. Find all of our favorite gadgets of 2016 in the gallery below.

Check out all of Engadget’s year-in-review coverage right here.


Apple gives app makers more time to switch to HTTPS connection

Earlier this year, Apple required all app developers to switch on App Transport Security by January 1st, 2017. The feature (introduced with iOS 9 back in 2015) would have boosted apps’ security, since it forces them to connect to the internet over HTTPS. Unfortunately, not everyone took advantage of the feature, and Google even released some codes that allowed developers to bypass ATS. If you were expecting to be protected by this extra layer of security in a few days’ time, though, you’d be sorely disappointed. Cupertino has decided to extend the deadline and give developers more time to prepare for the switch. In a post on the Apple Developer website, the company wrote:

“App Transport Security (ATS), introduced in iOS 9 and OS X v10.11, improves user security and privacy by requiring apps to use secure network connections over HTTPS. At WWDC 2016 we announced that apps submitted to the App Store will be required to support ATS at the end of the year. To give you additional time to prepare, this deadline has been extended and we will provide another update when a new deadline is confirmed.”

Apple doesn’t have a new deadline yet, but it promises another update when it has a date in mind.

Via: 9to5mac

Source: Apple


Nokia sues Apple over a slew of patent infringements

Nokia announced today that it has sued Apple for patent infringement in Germany and the US. According to the suit, Apple did agree to license a few Nokia patents in 2011, but has declined offers since then. “Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, Nokia’s head of Patent Business, in a statement.

The suit was filed in Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. A total of 32 patents are involved and cover a range of technologies that include everything from the display and user interface to chipsets and video encoding.

Apple is no stranger to patent infringement lawsuits. It paid $24.9 million in a Siri patent lawsuit earlier this year and $625 million in a Facetime patent lawsuit as well. Of course, it’s had the occasional victory too, like when it sued Samsung for patent infringements and won.

Source: Nokia


Apple Watch refurbs lower the cost of outfitting your wrist

You no longer have to wait for a sale to snag an Apple Watch at a more reasonable price. Apple has quietly started selling refurbished Series 1 and Series 2 models through its American online store, lowering the barrier of entry if you don’t insist on untouched wristwear. They’re currently the most common models, to no one’s surprise (no ceramic Apple Watch Edition here), but you’re getting a sizable 15 percent discount over brand new: Series 1 begins at $229, while the GPS-equipped Series 2 variants start at $309. The Series 2 lineup also includes a few stainless steel versions starting at $469.

These aren’t the lowest prices we’ve seen. At the height of the holiday shopping frenzy, you could buy a Series 1 for under $200. With that said, these discounts are considerably more reliable… and importantly, they lower the official cost of entry for the Apple Watch world. While we wouldn’t exactly call $229 an impulse buy, it’s considerably more palatable if you’re not sure about this whole smartwatch thing and would rather not spend more than necessary.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple


Apple’s tiny, totally wireless AirPods get meticulously torn down

After having been delayed for months — for reasons never publicly confirmed, no less — Apple’s AirPods are finally here. And really, what better to way to celebrate one of the most curious delays in Apple history than by tearing those things apart? The folks at iFixit have done just that (as always), and the end result is a fascinating look at $160 worth of meticulously crafted silicon and audio parts. Spoiler alert: there’s more glue in them than you’d think.

As you might imagine, the tiny scale of Apple’s work and all the glue sealing everything in place make the AirPods a nightmare where repairs are concerned. In fact, all the components are so tightly packed in there that the idea of replacing parts or fixing them in general is downright laughable. Still, this kind of surgery does a great job illustrating the insane, compact origami that goes into modern consumer gadgets. And if nothing else, iFixit’s strangely gorgeous imagery more thoroughly explains the importance of the AirPods’ most questionable design choice: those stems that dangle out of your ear.

People stare, but they probably don’t realize that those stems are mostly all battery — their charge capacity works out to 1 percent of the iPhone 7’s — with long antennas glued to them to maintain a strong connection between the Pods themselves and the phone. (For what it’s worth, we’ve had a pair of AirPods for months and the multiple wireless connections were more-or-less rock-solid the entire time.)

Knowing that doesn’t make the stems look any better, though, as evidenced by all the shade thrown at me by coworkers whenever I wear these things. Also nestled deep within there is what makes the AirPods really tick: the minuscule W1 chip. It’s responsible for the Pods’ dead-simple pairing and power-sipping tendencies, which so far have been the big reasons our review units have seen such consistent use. The level of tension subsides when attention is turned to the AirPods’ charging case, but make no mistake: if you’re a fan of lilliputian tech, this is one teardown you have to see.


Apple Releases Firmware Update 7.7.8 and 7.6.8 for AirPort Base Stations With Back to My Mac Bug Fix

Apple today released new firmware updates for its Wi-Fi base stations, including the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The 7.7.8 update is available for 802.11ac base stations, while the 7.6.8 update is available for 802.11n base stations.

According to Apple’s release notes, the update fixes an issue that caused AirPort base stations from appearing in the AirPort Utility when Back to My Mac is enabled. The firmware updates can be installed using the AirPort Utility app for iOS or OS X.

Apple has reportedly stopped development on its AirPort wireless routers, with no new AirPort products planned for release, but the company will continue to offer bug fixes and updates in the near future.
Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors-All?d=6W8y8wAjSf4 MacRumors-All?d=qj6IDK7rITs


Apple Stops Signing iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1

Now that iOS 10.2 has been available for over a week, Apple has stopped signing earlier versions of iOS 10, including iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1.

Customers who have upgraded to iOS 10.2 will no longer be able to downgrade their iOS devices to iOS 10.1.1, the previous version of iOS.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out to encourage customers to stay up to date. iOS 10.2 is the only version of iOS 10 that can be installed on iOS devices, though developers and public beta testers can download iOS 10.2.1, a future update that is currently in a beta testing phase.

Released to the public on December 12, iOS 10.2 introduced major new features like the dedicated TV app, new emoji, and a range of bug fixes. Apple has also stopped signing tvOS 10.0.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV.
Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors-All?d=6W8y8wAjSf4 MacRumors-All?d=qj6IDK7rITs

%d bloggers like this: