With the release of the Series 3, Apple released a set of new Nylon/Velcro Sport Loops which are the most comfortable Apple Watch bands released to date. Unfortunately, these new Sport Loops are only bundled in with the Cellular Apple watch so that means if you get a normal Series 3, Series 2, or Series 1 you will have to shell out a little over $50 for one band which is insane.
[caption width="3671" align="aligncenter"] Apple Watch Sport Loop in Black, Fake[/caption]
I’d been waiting for a fake/copy to pop up on Amazon and it finally did! It’s called the Qifit New Nylon Sport Loop with Hook and Loop Fastener and it comes in all of Apple’s original colors which I couldn’t believe so I purchased a pink and a black one to see how close they come to Apple’s version. Basically, it’s the exact same thing but for $16. The colors are exactly the same but more importantly, the way the velcro is laid out and how the band feels is also exactly the same! This is the first band I’ve bought on Amazon that actually looks like an Apple product without branding.
[caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Band, That redness is exactly like Apple's Color[/caption][caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Apple Watch Sport Loop, Just Like The Real Thing[/caption]
If you have been wanting a sport loop then you can confidently buy these knowing you are getting the same thing as Apple but without the hefty price tag. It’s ideal for working out and sleeping but I bought mine mainly for sleeping since it makes the watch so much more comfortable than any other band. You can get one here on Amazon. Just as a tip, the black one is like the one I am wearing in the picture and isn’t completely black (just how Apple’s is), I believe dark olive is more of a darker gray/black.
Each year, Apple participates in the Japanese New Year tradition called Fukubukuro, or Lucky Bag, in which retailers create grab bags of items they sell, often for a highly discounted price. Apple has gained some attention with this tradition, as the bags have contained some premium products in the past.
Bags that are purchased contain items that the purchaser doesn’t know, and the bags cannot be returned with the exception of items not properly working. This keeps the tradition interesting and almost like a lottery of sorts.
Last year, four different versions of the bags were created and sold for 36,000 yen, which is the equivalent of about $345. Items in the bag varied from iPods, iPads, and Jaybird Bluebuds to MacBook Airs and Beats Pills. Below is an example of a bag someone purchased last year:
As you can tell, the bags are quite well-priced, with the above bag containing over $1300 worth of merchandise. Unfortunately, this deal is only available in Japan, but if you are there, the bags will be selling on January 2, 2015, and they will likely be sold out very quickly as there is a limited quantity.
Apple has begun airing a new MacBook Air TV ad which promotes the MacBook Air as ‘the notebook people love.’
The ad shows off different decals of famous shows, cities, movies, and even companies like Beats. The MacBook Air isn’t only ‘the notebook people love’, it’s also Apple’s most affordable notebook at $899. Check out the ad below…
Apple has refreshed the MacBook Pro lineup with new 13-inch and 15-inch models. The 13-inch model will have nine hours of battery life and use PCI Express solid-state drives as well as 802.11ac WiFi. The 13-inch model will start at $1,299 with 2.4GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The 15-inch model will start at $1,999 and also will have longer battery life and faster internals. Both laptops start shipping today.
With the latest-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor, the 13‑inch MacBook Pro with Retina display lets you take your most performance-hungry apps on the road. That means wherever you can take your camera, you can take Aperture and your entire digital photo studio, too. Hyper-Threading technology, which enhances performance by letting each core handle multiple tasks simultaneously, is included in every model. And with speeds up to 2.8GHz, shared L3 cache up to 4MB, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3GHz, these processors are ready for just about anything.
The 15‑inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has the power to do even more amazing things. Fourth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors provide the fastest performance ever in a MacBook Pro. You can make quick work of even the most complex tasks in professional apps like Final Cut Pro, thanks to speeds up to 2.6GHz, 6MB of shared L3 cache, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8GHz. And the top-of-the-line model comes standard with 16GB of superfast 1600MHz memory. All of which means the 15‑inch MacBook Pro is ready to take on whatever you can dream up, wherever your travels take you.
The laptops are now available on Apple’s Online Store.
Apple has sent out invitations to an October 23rd event at which many are expecting to see an iPad mini, a 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, updated iMacs, and updated Mac minis. Unlike Apple’s recent events that have been held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Apple will hold this event at the California Theatre in San Jose at 10:00 am PT. The invite says “We’ve got a little more to show you.” and while it’s pretty straightforward, the “little” might be a hint towards the iPad Mini but, who knows. Whatever Apple announces you can count on us to have details on everything and some hands-on coverage on most of the products once they are released.
There have been numerous tethering apps that have made their way into the App Store in the past and today we have another. DiscoRecorder, a $2 ‘voice recorder’ app that according to 9to5Mac comes with a hidden tethering feature. This means you can tether the 3G connection from your iOS device to your computer or device of choice.
The video above explains how to set up the tethered connection which is basically done by creating a computer-to-computer network. Enabling tethering from the app requires a bit more work like renaming a recorded message “PearSauce269.aac” it works. Check out the video and download the App before Apple finds out and pulls it from the App Store.