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iLounge Game Spotlight: Toca Life: After School

Our kids here at iLounge have long been fans of Toca Boca’s lineup of apps, and the prolific game developer has returned with its latest entry, Toca Life: After School ($3), a new entry that expands the Toca Life universe letting kids explore a variety of different after-school activities, including a skate park, an art workshop, a dance studio, and a sports court.

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Review: Cinemood Storyteller Portable Projector

As any of our regular readers will know, we spend a great deal of time here at iLounge looking at relatively pedestrian accessories such as speakers, cases and chargers, punctuated by the occasional HomeKit accessory — which is pretty much the normal state of affairs in the Apple ecosystem these days. So needless to say, we were definitely enthusiastic about the opportunity to look at something quite a bit different. Cinemood Storyteller is a fully portable, battery-powered LED projector that can convert any flat surface into a 12-foot screen, with a library of preloaded content aimed at keeping families with young children entertained, but also offering direct YouTube and Netflix streaming over Wi-Fi.

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Apple struggling to cut its dependence on Samsung for OLED displays

Apple is struggling to source OLED screens from manufacturers other than Samsung, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. Apple has been trying to make a deal with LG Display as an alternative supplier of OLED screens for this year’s iPhones, thereby reducing its dependence on Samsung, but according to people familiar with the matter, manufacturing problems have caused LG to fall behind schedule. One the sources noted that Apple is now trying to decide whether it will be able to rely on LG Display to provide screens for the upcoming iPhone models expected to be released this fall. Currently, Samsung is Apple’s only OLED display provider, which puts Apple’s largest rival in control of pricing on the displays for Apple’s flagship iPhones, potentially driving up the price at which Apple can afford to sell devices such as the iPhone X. Analysts have reportedly been saying for months that Apple is in “urgent” need of finding another supplier for its OLED displays, however, LG has had mixed success with the quality of its OLED displays for other devices such as the V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL, suggesting that Apple would also need LG to step up its game if it were to become a secondary supplier, which may also be the source of some of the manufacturing delays.

New iPhone SE could launch in May, sans headphone jack

An updated iPhone SE may in fact be coming as early as next month, according to a new report by Mac Otakara [via MacRumors]. Speaking with case makers at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong this week, the Japanese website was told that a second-generation iPhone SE would still maintain the same physical size as the current iPhone, but could eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack and possibly even move to a glass back with wireless charging capabilities, although case makers seem less certain on that last point.

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Daily Deal: FRETX Smart Guitar Learning Device

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the FRETX Smart Guitar Learning Device for only $69.99 — that’s 36% off the regular price. This clip-on device attaches to any guitar and shows you where to put your fingers using lights so that you can learn chords without reading music. The companion iOS app teaches you the basic chords in less than an hour and gives you immediate feedback on how you’re playing, and teachers and students can even share exercises through the app.

Get the FRETX Smart Guitar Learning Device now for only $69.99

Apple releases 2018 Environmental Responsibility Report

Apple has released its 2018 Environmental Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s progress throughout fiscal year 2017 in making all of its operations more eco-friendly. While Apple already announced earlier this month that it had accomplished its goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy sources for all of its facilities worldwide, the formal annual report on the company’s environmental initiatives outlines more of what that means, as well as progress that Apple has been making to protect the environment in other facets of its business as well.

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Report: Apple considering dual-SIM 6.1” LCD iPhone model

Another new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple may have plans this year for a dual-SIM iPhone model, 9to5Mac reports. The new investor note by Kuo suggests that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone rumoured earlier this year, could be available in a version that would support dual-SIM technology, meaning that it would support two physical SIM card slots, and no eSIM support. This latest update adds to an earlier report that suggested Apple was considering a dual-SIM option for a new 6.5” OLED “iPhone X Plus” also rumoured to be in the pipeline for release later this year, which Kuo also corporate in his investor note, adding however that dual-SIM support will not be coming to the smaller 5.8-inch OLED version. Kuo also expects that the dual SIM iPhone would be priced higher than single SIM models, suggesting that the standard 6.1” LCD iPhone could sell for as low as $550, while the dual-SIM version might be priced in the $650 to $750 price range.

OtterBox releases new case designs for Solo: A Star Wars Story

OtterBox has announced a new series of special edition cases for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in advance of the film. The new designs are part of the company’s Symmetry Series, featuring the same level of protection against dumps and drops with graphics that pay tribute to Han Solo and his loyal sidekick. The “Millennium Falcon” case features the legendary ship that made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, while “Chewbacca” is a great option for fans of the wookie and “All or Nothing” displays symbols representative of a galaxy far, far away. The new case are available now from the OtterBox website for $44.95 for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 versions, and $54.95 for the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X versions.

Daily Deal: HyperGear Wireless Gift Set

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the HyperGear Wireless Gift Set for only $44.99 — that’s 35% off the regular price. This three-piece audio set helps you get ready for any situation, with over-ear headphones, earbuds, and a booming speaker, all with travel-friendly portable designs so you can take them anywhere. Each has built-in mic and controls so you an answer calls as well as listening to your music, flexibility to use Bluetooth, wired inputs, and even micro SD cards.

Get the HyperGear Wireless Gift Set now for only $44.99

Agile Tortoise releases Drafts 5

Agile Tortoise has released Drafts 5, a full rewrite of the company’s very popular quick note taking app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The new version expands on the classic Drafts 4 experience with improved editing tools, tappable task marks for creating shopping lists and other quick tasks, and deeper customizability through app-wide themes and custom icons. The new version also provides better ways to organize information in Drafts, such as tagging, workspaces, next-previous navigation, and a new “Focus Mode,” and improves capture with SiriKit integration, allowing notes to be created in Drafts right from a “Hey Siri” command. Action and scripting capabilities have also been significantly enhanced, allowing for more advanced workflows. A full list of what’s new is available on the company’s website.

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