Twelve South Introduces Forté — A Luxury Stand for Apple Watch

Twelve South

Twelve South is one of the coolest companies out there making accessories exclusively for Apple products. I’ve talked about a few of their products in the past and personally own a couple myself. Today, Twelve South has introduced Forté — a beautiful luxury stand for the Apple Watch.

Forté is the most luxurious Twelve South product to date. The weighted base mirrors the graceful, rounded edges of your Watch’s face. Rising from the base is a slender chrome arm that prominently holds Apple Watch for charging and viewing notifications, while concealing the charging cable. It perfectly compliments the stainless steel or new aluminum finishes. A genuine leather pad protects Watch bands, from the sport band to the 18-karat yellow gold Edition bands, and all those in between.

Forté for Apple Watch is available now for $59.99 via the Twelve South website.

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Apple’s New Magic Accessories Lineup

Apple's Magic Accessories

Along with a new iMac lineup, Apple has also today introduced an all new lineup for their Magic accessories for Macs. The company today launched an all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Trackpad 2, all of which now sport built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can be charged with any Lightning cable. The company has given special attention to the batteries and power management, such that you get up to an hour of usage with just one minute of charging, while a full-charge takes around 2 hours.

These new accessories will be available in India in about two weeks, at prices mentioned below.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The Apple Magic Keyboard replaces the previous generation ‘Apple Keyboard’ and features an updated design and a re-engineered scissor mechanism that offers 33% more key stability. This new keyboard also sports full-sized keys with the new in-house San Francisco font seen in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan.

The Apple Magic Keyboard is priced at ₹8,300 in India.

Apple Magic Trackpad 2

The new Magic Trackpad 2 is a much more substantial update compared to the Magic Keyboard. It is 29% larger than the previous generation and features an all-new design, similar to the new keyboard. The Magic Trackpad 2 also now features Force Touch, giving you access to more ways to interact with your Mac. Of course, you can still use Multi-touch to navigate.

The Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is priced at ₹11,200 in India.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 only changes internally to house the new lithium-ion battery. There are no new features added to the mouse, except for this ugly way to charge it.

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is priced at ₹6,600 in India.

Apple Updates its iMac Lineup, Adds 21.5″ Retina 4K Model (India Pricing)

Apple's New Retina iMacs

Apple has today announced a refresh of its entire iMac lineup by introducing a new 21.5″ Retina 4K model to the iMac family and updating the other iMac models with better hardware. The company now has three iMac models in 21.5-inch sizes, two of which feature a 1920×1080 Full HD display while the third features a 4096×2304 Retina 4K display. On the other front, there are three 27-inch models, all of which feature a 5120×2880 Retina 5K display.

The new iMacs also feature updated hardware, with the 27″ iMacs rocking the new Intel Skylake processors and AMD graphics while the 21.5″ iMacs still sport the older Broadwell chips and Iris Pro graphics. The displays feature a wider, “P3-based” color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space that enables more brilliant and true-to-life colors on the screen. The iMacs also feature two Thunderbolt 2 ports and newer Fusion Drive config that makes the lower-end iMacs more affordable.

Here is the pricing of the new iMacs for India:

21.5 inch models:

Intel Core i5 1.6GHz
8GB RAM
1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
Intel HD Graphics 6000
1920×1080 LED-backlit display
₹91,900

Intel Core i5 2.8GHz
8GB RAM
1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
Intel HD Graphics 6200
1920×1080 LED-backlit display
₹1,07,900

Intel Core i5 3.1GHz
8GB RAM
1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
Intel HD Graphics 6200
4096×2304 Retina 4K display
₹1,23,900

27 in models:

Intel Core i5 3.2GHz
8GB RAM (2x4GB on four slots)
1TB (7200-rpm) hard drive
AMD Radeon R9 M380 Graphics
5120×2880 Retina 5K display
₹1,48,900

Intel Core i5 3.2GHz
8GB RAM (2x4GB on four slots)
1TB Fusion Drive
AMD Radeon R9 M390 Graphics
5120×2880 Retina 5K display
₹1,64,900

Intel Core i5 3.3GHz
8GB RAM (2x4GB on four slots)
2TB Fusion Drive
AMD Radeon R9 M395 Graphics
5120×2880 Retina 5K display
₹1,88,900

The previous generation 27″ Retina iMacs were priced at ₹1,59,900 and ₹1,79,900, so the pricing has gone up by ₹5000 and ₹9000 for the higher end models.

Daniel Van Boom writing for CNET about the high pricing of the iPhone 6s in India:

[The iPhone lineup] will cost more in India than any other country, starting out at 62,000 rupees for the 16GB 6S — that’s the equivalent of $955, AU$1,310 or £620 for the entry-level model.

On the other end of the spectrum is the top-of-the-line 128GB 6S Plus, which will cost 92,000 rupees, which converts directly to about $1,415, AU$1,950 or £925.

He adds:

Ironically, the high pricing could prove a costly move for Apple, with analysts saying that such expensive smartphones will alienate almost all of its prospective userbase in India. Though Samsung and its Galaxy S flagship devices have a presence in the Indian market (with the S6 starting at around 40,000 rupees — $615, AU$840 or £400) the most popular smartphones are budget, sub-$200 devices like Chinese handset maker Xiaomi’s RedMi range and products made by local brand Micromax.

I don’t know about others, but I’m fairly certain that I’m waiting it out for iPhone 7. Unless something happens to my current iPhone 6 and these prices drop over the next few months.

The Original LIFX Smart Bulb Gets a Price Cut to $60

LIFX Smart Bulb

LIFX is a family of LED Smart Bulbs. These bulbs connect to your router over Wi-Fi and can be controlled using an app on your smartphone or tablet. Because these bulbs are always connected to the internet, you can use the power of IFTTT recipes to customize their behavior and mould them to your liking. These bulbs also do not require any ‘Hub’ and work independently.

Currently there are 3 products in the LIFX family:

  1. The Original — 16 Million Colors and 1000 lumens
  2. White 800 — 1000 shades of white and 890 lumens
  3. Color 650 — Full Color Downlight and 650 lumens

I presently have two LIFX Original bulbs in my house, with a third one on its way. I purchased the first one 18 months ago and I love everything about it.

Today, the company has just announced that The Original LIFX bulb has received a price cut from retailing at $99.99 to just $59.99 now. If you’ve been on the fence about smart bulbs, now’s a good chance to grab one.

You can order The Original LIFX Smart Bulb from Amazon or directly from their website, with both offering you Free Shipping in the US.

Official Release Dates for Upcoming Disney Pixar Films

The official @DisneyPixar Twitter handle just tweeted out the official release dates for their upcoming films through 2019.

Release Dates for Disney Pixar Films

I am very excited for The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory, but not so much about Cars 3.

Enhanced Editions of Harry Potter Series Available Exclusively on iBooks

Apple today sent out a press release announcing that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are now exclusively available on the iBooks Store.

These enhanced editions contain the full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork, as well as annotations throughout the series.

Until now, the Harry Potter digital books have only been available for readers to purchase through the Pottermore Shop. Starting today, iBooks® users can experience the books with all new exclusive custom covers for each title, and typography including the custom Harry Potter typefaces and new section headers and drop caps.

These books are priced at $9.99 each and are available in 32 countries starting today. Additionally, Apple has also begun accepting pre-orders for French, German and Spanish versions of these editions are they’ll be available starting November 9 in 18 additional countries.

Apple has even setup a custom landing page for Harry Potter fans at www.itunes.com/HarryPotter.

Sneha Johari writing for MediaNama:

Ecommerce player Snapdeal has invested $20 million in logistics firm GoJavas to further enhance its supply chain and logistics. GoJavas will use the funds to add 100 more cities to its repertoire in the next 6-12 months. Snapdeal had picked up a minority stake in the company for an undisclosed amount in March this year.

According to Snapdeal, GoJavas has been one of its ‘best performing’ last mile logistics partners, reducing Snapdeal’s delivery time by 24 hours in the last 6 months. Snapdeal says that it has invested $100 million in the last 6 months to improve delivery timelines by 70%, while looking to invest another $200 million in the next 12 months to strengthen its supply chain.

TwelveSouth introduces an all new BookArc for MacBooks

TwelveSouth BookArc for MacBooks

TwelveSouth, makers of some of the most amazing and drop dead gorgeous accessories for Mac and iOS devices, today announced a redesigned version of the BookArc for MacBooks. The BookArc is an all aluminum stand that lets you prop your MacBooks upright in a closed-clamshell mode, thus freeing up space on your desk and additionally making your workspace look a lot cooler.

The new BookArc has been redesigned to have gorgeous chamfered edges and a slightly tweaked shape. The interchangeable silicone inserts allow you to fit in any current generation MacBooks in the BookArc, including the new 12-inch Retina MacBook. Each BookArc ships with three inserts, so even if you buy a new MacBook, you won’t have to purchase a new BookArc.

TwelveSouth BookArc on the Desk

The TwelveSouth BookArc with a MacBook on a Desk

I had the original BookArc, released almost 7 years ago and loved using it with my 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro and 24″ Apple Cinema Display. I had quite a narrow desk back then, so it was great being able to pop the uMBP upright, just behind the Cinema Display and free up the space for other stuff.

The new BookArc has been priced at $50, similar to what the old model was priced at. If you’re in the US, you can also enjoy Free Shipping on your order. In India, Apple Premium Resellers like Imagine and Unicorn do stock TwelveSouth products, but it’s going to be a while before the new BookArc shows up there.

Rich McCormick writing for The Verge:

[Motor Trend] says that Android Auto tracks variables including vehicle speed, throttle position, fluid temperatures, and engine revs, information that is collated and then sent back to Google. Apple’s CarPlay, on the other hand, only checks with the car’s powertrain control module to ensure that the vehicle is moving. Porsche was apparently unwilling to enter a deal that would send reams of information back to Google — partly, Motor Trend says, because the manufacturer thinks those details make its high-end autos special, and partly because Google itself is in the midst of building its own car.

I can’t possibly imagine why Google would want all that data. Can you?