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2016 MacBooks: Everything we know about Apple’s upcoming laptop updates

Following Apple’s iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro launch last month, the MacBook lineup is next up for major product updates from Apple. What needs upgrading? All MacBooks are approaching or passing the one year mark since last being updated — MacBook Airs in March of last year, the new 12-inch MacBook in April, and the Retina MacBook Pros in March and May. But where might the new machines leave the rest of the lineup?

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Jordan Kahn

April 15th

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XCOM 2 launches today worldwide with day-one Mac release

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XCOM 2, a sequel to the popular XCOM game franchise’s original release, is launching today worldwide for both Mac and PC users, 2K and developer Firaxis announced.

The franchise has received a few releases and spin-offs for Mac and iOS in recent memory — and a refreshed version of the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown game in 2013 — but XCOM 2 is the first official sequel to the original 1994 XCOM: Enemy Unknown release. The game seems to be going over well with players with mostly 9 out of 10 and up scores from the reviewers. 

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And here’s a break down on the story in XCOM 2 from 2K’s press release:

In XCOM 2, humanity lost the war against the alien threat that has established a new world order on Earth. XCOM, formerly a secret paramilitary organization, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens’ rule and free mankind from their evil plans.

The developers noted some new additions in XCOM 2 for those familiar with past XCOM titles, including: a unique new narrative, more varied and powerful aliens, procedurally-generated levels and modding support.

It’s available today for $59 on Amazon, GameAgentSteam and elsewhere with the Mac version available as a digital code for Steam. 

Watch the new official launch trailer below:


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February 5th

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Poll: Will you buy the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se?

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With Apple’s much rumored upcoming iPhone 5se on the horizon— an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S that retains the 4-inch display size for diehard fans of the model— we want to find out if you plan on upgrading when the new device launches. That’s the question we ask in today’s poll, in addition to what device you’re upgrading from (or downgrading, depending on how you look at it). 

There are a few things to consider unlike usual Apple and iPhone product launches. It looks like the iPhone 5se, as we previously reported is the current plan for the device’s moniker, will break up Apple’s usual fall release schedule with a mid-year iPhone refresh. It will also be unusual in that Apple is releasing an upgraded model of an already aging iPhone, the iPhone 5S. The thought is that the model will cater specifically to diehard fans of the smaller 4-inch display that was last included in a flagship model with the iPhone 5S. It will also get the usual upgraded internals— new processors, cameras on par with the iPhone 6, NFC, upgraded Bluetooth, Wi-Fi chips, etc— and color options that resemble Apple’s current iPhone 6s lineup. 

But apart from the 4-inch display, will the upgrades that the 5se packs in be enough for you to upgrade from your current 4-inch iPhone, or perhaps even make the switch from a larger iPhone model?

And will it matter that Apple isn’t planning to make the iPhone 5se part of its most advanced, top of the line iPhone lineup— Apple is planning a design that is said to closer resemble the old 5S than the newer, rounder design of the current iPhones apart from cover glass with more modern curved edges. And adding to that, it might not exactly be the most desirable or freshest design for an iPhone around, especially by the time the iPhone 7 inevitably drops sometime later this year in the fall. Also keep in mind, as we noted in our original report, that Apple plans to discontinue the current 5s with the 5se available around the same price points. 

Apple is currently planning on using its March Apple Watch 2 and iPad Air 3 press event to also introduce the new iPhone 5se and likely announce shipping and availability details.

So are you planning on upgrading to the iPhone 5se? And will you be upgrading from the 4-inch iPhone you’re currently using? Switching from a larger iPhone now that Apple has a new 4-inch model? Or holding off to see what iPhone 7 has to offer?


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 4-inch, event, iPhone 5se, March, pricing, release date, Shipping, specs

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February 2nd

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Poll: Will you buy the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se?

IPhone-lineup-2016

With Apple’s much rumored upcoming iPhone 5se on the horizon— an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S that retains the 4-inch display size for diehard fans of the model— we want to find out if you plan on upgrading when the new device launches. That’s the question we ask in today’s poll, in addition to what device you’re upgrading from (or downgrading, depending on how you look at it). 

There are a few things to consider unlike usual Apple and iPhone product launches. It looks like the iPhone 5se, as we previously reported is the current plan for the device’s moniker, will break up Apple’s usual fall release schedule with a mid-year iPhone refresh. It will also be unusual in that Apple is releasing an upgraded model of an already aging iPhone, the iPhone 5S. The thought is that the model will cater specifically to diehard fans of the smaller 4-inch display that was last included in a flagship model with the iPhone 5S. It will also get the usual upgraded internals— new processors, cameras on par with the iPhone 6, NFC, upgraded Bluetooth, Wi-Fi chips, etc— and color options that resemble Apple’s current iPhone 6s lineup. 

But apart from the 4-inch display, will the upgrades that the 5se packs in be enough for you to upgrade from your current 4-inch iPhone, or perhaps even make the switch from a larger iPhone model?

And will it matter that Apple isn’t planning to make the iPhone 5se part of its most advanced, top of the line iPhone lineup— Apple is planning a design that is said to closer resemble the old 5S than the newer, rounder design of the current iPhones apart from cover glass with more modern curved edges. And adding to that, it might not exactly be the most desirable or freshest design for an iPhone around, especially by the time the iPhone 7 inevitably drops sometime later this year in the fall. Also keep in mind, as we noted in our original report, that Apple plans to discontinue the current 5s with the 5se available around the same price points. 

Apple is currently planning on using its March Apple Watch 2 and iPad Air 3 press event to also introduce the new iPhone 5se and likely announce shipping and availability details.

So are you planning on upgrading to the iPhone 5se? And will you be upgrading from the 4-inch iPhone you’re currently using? Switching from a larger iPhone now that Apple has a new 4-inch model? Or holding off to see what iPhone 7 has to offer?


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February 2nd

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Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation game for iPhone/iPad arrives ahead of movie release

With the latest installment in the Mission Impossible series set for a theatrical release later this month on July 31st, an official iPhone and iPad game for the movie has just launched on the App Store.


Developed by Glu, the action/adventure game bears the same name as the film, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, and offers a number of free-to-play levels set in locations from the movie. The gameplay, a mix of first- and third-person action scenes that for the most part put you behind a firearm of some sort, seems to take a lot after other popular Glu developed titles such as Contract Killer.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it… Join the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) to infiltrate secure locations and eliminate high-profile targets, perform lethal strikes and confront the Syndicate. Travel across the globe to exotic locations like Morocco, London, and Vienna to collect intelligence and take on enemy threats. Choose among story, heavy gun, gauss rifle, repeatable, and stealth missions to accomplish your goal of eliminating the Syndicate once and for all. Join other players to build an agency, complete missions and earn team rewards. Communicate with fellow IMF agents through chat to share tips and tricks. This message will self-destruct…

The game is free to download and play, but it offers a number of paid in-app purchases for in-game items. You’ll need network connection to play, and you’ll also find some ads in this free app. The game will run on most of your iOS devices, but the 4th-gen iPod touch isn’t welcome. 

Here’s a look at the game on iPad:

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Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation is available for free on the App Store now.


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July 17th

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Apple Watch release date for New Zealand scheduled for July 31st

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After its initial launch in nine countries in April, followed by seven more late last month and a handful of other countries launching later this week, Apple Watch will arrive for customers in New Zealand for the first time on July 31st. Apple has quietly made the announcement on an updated product page within its Apple Store iOS app, as pictured above.

The launch in New Zealand will follow a few countries going live later this week on July 17th, including the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand. The latest Apple Watch launch saw the device released in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan last month, while the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan had access to the device at launch back in April.

Apple hasn’t made an official announcement for what will be the fourth wave of Apple Watch launch countries, and it’s unclear at this point if others will join New Zealand on the 31st (but we’re on the lookout for others).

Customers in New Zealand will be able to purchase Apple Watch starting 7:01am local time on July 31. 


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July 15th

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Windows 10 Is Coming This Summer

Thought Windows 10 wouldn't arrive till October? Think again. You won't have long to wait to get rid of 8—because the operating system you deserve is coming this summer instead.

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March 18th

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Report claims chip suppliers are preparing to ramp up Apple Watch production

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Apple has yet to provide a specific launch date for the Apple Watch, leaving its early 2015 timeframe and internal memo revealing a spring launch after Chinese New Year as the only information to go by in terms of a release date. A new report by Taiwan-based DigiTimes, however, suggests that the Apple Watch could launch sooner rather than later next year.

According to DigiTimes, which has a hit-and-miss track record at reporting on Apple’s future product plans, chipmakers in Apple’s overseas supply chain are reportedly gearing up to begin production of the Apple Watch. The report, citing industry sources, claims that between 30 to 40 million units of the upcoming wearable device have been ordered.

A previous supply chain rumor claimed that Apple supplier Quanta Computer would begin Apple Watch production in January 2015, possibly just in time for a Valentine’s Day release. While it was originally considered to be unlikely that the smartwatch would be ready in time for Valentine’s Day, the supply chain ramping up production this month makes a February launch more realistic.

French website iGen.fr reported last week that the steel Apple Watch will start at $500 alongside a gold model that will retail for between $4,000 and $5,000. Apple previously claimed at its September event that the Apple Watch would start at $349, which likely applies to the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, but did not disclose further pricing information.

The report also backed up the Valentine’s Day launch date for the Apple Watch.


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Joe Rossignol

November 13th

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Report claims steel Apple Watch to start at $500, gold model between $4-5K

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French website iGen.fr, which has provided reliable information in the past, reported on Tuesday that the Apple Watch will start at $500 alongside a gold model that will retail for between $4,000 and $5,000. Apple previously claimed at its September event that the Apple Watch would start at $349, but did not disclose further pricing information.

The report claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will cost $500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive version at between $4,000 and $5,000. That price range would be nearly half the estimated $10,000 price that some other reports have suggested.

In terms of a launch date, the report claims that the Apple Watch will launch in time for Valentine’s Day, but that was the most specific date given. We previously shared an internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts in which she wrote that the Apple Watch will launch in the “Spring” following the Chinese New Year.

iGen.fr accurately reported that Apple would launch both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at its September event and has also provided information that proved true regarding an iPod touch update in the past.

Apple announced last month that its WatchKit SDK will be available in November.


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November 5th

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IMDb iOS app gets iOS 7 redesign, improved navigation & filters, Oscars section, more

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The IMDb iOS app for iPhone and iPad gets a nice update today that finally introduces an iOS 7 style redesign for the app. On top of the new look and feel, the app also adds a bunch of new features that improve navigation and make it easier to track people and release dates using filters and wish lists:

What’s New in Version 4.0

- New iOS7 look and feel!
- New navigation and homepages for iphone, including a sleek dropdown menu, accessible from every page.
- Name lists! Finally, you can keep track of your favorite people!
- New list sorts and filters (including the much requested Release Date sort for Watchlists).
- Vote on interesting name trivia, title trivia, quotes, and goofs.

The updated app also includes a new section dubbed “Road to the Oscars” that includes “all your nominations and award season photos leading up to The Academy Awards®, including live results during both the Golden Globes and The Academy Awards® broadcasts.”

Version 4.0 of the IMDb app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, filters, IMDb, iOS 7, iPad, iPhone, Oscars, redesign, release date, update, version 4.0, wish list

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Jordan Kahn

December 19th

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