Following reports that the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will be unveiled on March 15, it now appears that the models will also be available in Apple Stores three days later, on March 18, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. With the devices going on sale so soon after the event, sources suggest that Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for either of the new devices, although they cautioned that Apple’s plans could still change. In the case of iPhones, in particular, Apple has traditionally opened pre-orders within two to three days after it unveils a new model, with in-store availability coming one to two weeks later, around the same time pre-orders begin arriving in customers’ hands. While Apple’s iPad releases have been a little less consistent in this regard, it would still be unusual for Apple to release both devices in-store so quickly following a major Apple event. Sources have suggested that Apple has already begun ramping up production of the new four-inch iPhone, which is intended to bring the latest technology — specifically NFC for Apple Pay — to the iPhone 5 family for users who may be reluctant to embrace the larger iPhone 6 screen sizes.
The recently rebranded VRS Design is continuing its push into the American market with a number of new iPhone cases. The company's Crystal Bumper ($33), High Pro Shield ($33), and Verge Active ($33) all still bear the Verus name the company used before rebranding. Crystal Bumper and High Pro Shield are similar cases, both using the style of a soft shell surrounded by a hard plastic bumper. Verge Active is a bit different, as it puts a soft shell inside a harder, outer shell. The case also comes with a partially rotating magnetic holster clip, if you're still interested in that sort of thing. All three cases have proper coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls.
Apple is forging ahead with plans for unveiling its own original, exclusive television programming, and is in fact already getting ready to announced its first television show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which will reportedly be titled Vital Signs, is described as a “dark semi-autobiographical drama” featuring Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr. Dre, who now works in the upper echelons of Apple. Multiple sources are said to have confirmed that Dre will be both starring in and executive producing the six-episode vehicle, with the production funded by Apple.
Haptic feedback developer Immersion has filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of patent infringement. The lawsuit cites technologies such as 3D Touch, Force Touch, and the Apple Watch, as well as vibration patterns for ringtones and notifications, claiming multiple Apple devices are using its intellectual property, including all iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models and all Apple Watch models. Immersion claims these devices infringe on two of its own patents related to tactile feedback, including U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051, Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects and U.S. Patent No. 8,773,356, Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations. The suit also names AT&T for reasons that are not entirely clear, although in the filing Immersion claims AT&T “encourages and facilities infringing use by others” through its sale of Apple products, and its offering of guides, directions, and other materials. Notably, however, no other mobile carriers are mentioned in the lawsuit. Immersion has also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to try and prevent the sale of the affected Apple devices in the United States. [via MacRumors]
Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Xtra Drive Lightning Flash Drive with 16GB Micro SD Card for only $71.99 — 20% off the regular price. The MFi-certified external storage device can plug directly into your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch allowing you to easily store your music, videos, and photos. It supports any microSD card up to 128GB in size, and includes a 16GB card to get you started. A USB 3.0 connector on the other end lets you easily plug into your Mac or PC for transferring files back and forth between your iOS devices and your desktop or laptop computer.
Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, has noted that his company’s talks with Apple have basically stopped, CNN Money reports. While Moonves was cautiously optimistic about making a deal with Apple back in October, he now tells CNN Money that those talks have ceased, at least for the time being, stating that although CBS had conversations with Apple “awhile back” his company hasn’t “had any recent conversations with them” although he notes that many other new digital companies are eager to partner with CBS and other content makers. Asked whether he believed that Apple will enter the marketplace with its streaming TV service this year, Moonves’ response was “You’ll have to ask Apple that. I don’t know that,” supporting recent reports that suggest Apple has been frustrated at a lack of progress in dealing with content providers, and may in fact be looking to develop exclusive content instead.
These days, just about every Apple device works with an external keyboard, from the iPhone to the Apple TV, and since most traditional Bluetooth keyboards only pair with a single device at a time, you’re often left juggling multiple keyboards or constantly repairing. This is where Kanex’s new MultiSync Aluminum Keyboard ($100) comes in — it allows you to simultaneously pair up to four Bluetooth devices and easily switch to your preferred device using four quick function buttons above the numeric keypad.
Rareform’s iPhone 6/6s Case ($40) is truly unique — each of the company’s cases have a different look, as the back of the case features an original piece of reclaimed billboard, cut, washed, and sewn into a matte, rubbery polycarbonate shell. We don’t give full reviews to shell cases, as they don’t provide proper everyday protection for an iPhone. Nevertheless, some users are only considered with cases as a fashion accessory, which is why we feature shell cases in our Gear section.
Apple will be sourcing the new CPU for its iPhone 7 models exclusively from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to a new report from The Electronic Times . The two companies reportedly reached a deal based on the Taiwanese company’s manufacturing process for 10nm chips and more advanced designs that provide better performance and efficiency. Although Apple had been rumoured to be looking for new suppliers for its A9 CPU in the two iPhone 6s models, the company went back to Samsung for at least some of its chips, splitting chip orders between both Samsung and TSMC. This led to a number of reports that the TSMC version of the A9 provided significantly better battery life than the Samsung version in at least some artificial benchmarks, with Apple tacitly acknowledging the difference but noting that it represents a two to three percent variance under real-world usage conditions. TSMC is expected to begin production of the A10 chip in June, with a ramp-up of its 10nm manufacturing process in the second half of 2016, ramping up to full production in 2017. [via MacRumors]
Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac for only $4 — half off the regular price. While uninstalling apps on a Mac is usually as simple as dragging them to the Trash, many apps still leave a little bit extra behind, cluttering up your Mac and using space needlessly. AppDelete takes care of these stragglers such as preference files, cache files, and other data, and can even help you search for apps you’ve already deleted to get rid of those extra bits left behind from before.