Have you ever cracked a Lightning connector, or — perish the thought — your iPhone itself when roughly yanking it out of a dock? Apple’s working on the problem. Cupertino’s patent department just filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a sort of super dock that will make docking your smartphone safer and easier than ever.
Apple could charge an upwards of $400 for its highest end iWatch, according to Recode. Apple executives have reportedly “discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device,” although there will also be different models set at lower prices.
Does that mean the top-of-the-line iWatch will actually cost $400? Not necessarily.
This week: Mark your calendars for Sept. 9th, friends, because iWatch is nigh! Plus: an insanely accurate iPhone 6 leak hits Youtube; the apps we use to send our friends and family money; why everyone’s buzzing about Hyperlapse; rumors of a 12.9-inch iPad resurface; and privileged apps that live in our menu bars.
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Depending on who and when you ask, the iPhone 6 may or may not ship with a futuristic new Sapphire Glass display. Widely rumored to be nigh-invulnerable, Sapphire Glass is widely believed to be the technology that will make shattered iPhones a thing of the past. But will it really?
Seeking answers, the repair experts over at uBreakiFix have taken a piece of Gorilla Glass and a piece of Sapphire Glass through a series of torture tests to see which resists damage better. And the truth is that Sapphire isn’t actually as good as Gorilla Glass in one key scenario.
Last weekend, we reported that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 seemed likely to boast a 1334 x 750 Retina Display, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6L could have a 461 PPI Super- Retina Display. Now it looks like that working iPhone 6 cobbled together may have confirmed the iPhone 6’s resolution.
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Picks of the week...
So you don't have to slog through a lake of reviews to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the iTunes Store to compile a list of the best new books, movies and music to come out this week.
This week the most destructive giant lizard in the world lands on iTunes. The New Pornographer treat us to some happy new indie rock. And Susan Pinker explains why you should put down your iPhone and start talking to people face-to-face.
Brill Bruisers - The New Pornographers
What it sounds like: Happy indie pop rock you just can't help but to dance to.
Why you should listen to it: The songwriting on Brill Bruisers is deeper, riskier and more engaging than anything New Pornographers have made their 15 years together.
iTunes - $9.99
What it's about: Robin Wright plays a version of herself as the former starlet of Princess Bride whose final job involves preserving her digital likeness so she can make enough money to care for her sick son.
Why you should watch it: The entire journey from digital to real and back again is both trippy, compelling and filled with great performances by John Hamm, Paul Giamatti, and Robin Wright.
iTunes - $6.99
Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
What it's about: A 1930's noir era tribute to hard-boiled private detective stories that intertwines the lives of five female characters throughout the Depression and WWII years.
Why you should read it: Feiffer has created a genre-bending book that reads like a film noir with a cartoonist's version of a detective story that features both tremendous breadth and scope.
iTunes - $14.99
LOSE - Cymbals Eat Guitars
What it sounds like: Loud vintage indie with revived guitar tones and clever-tongued turns of phrase.
Why you should listen to it: You need more rock in your life and less Ariana Grande.
iTunes - $9.99
What it's about: The world's most popular monster gets back to his roots of destroying Earth's most iconic cities
Why you should watch it: Gareth Edwards brings the monster franchise back to its roots with a movie that's as much about the humans as the enormous lizard causing destruction.
iTunes - $19.99
Lock In by John Scalzi
What it's about: A highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe, giving one percent of its victims Lock In disease, leaving them unable to move or respond to stimulus.
Why you should read it: John Scalzi is one of the best sci-fi writers alive, and this time he's thrown in a delicious murder mystery into his work.
iTunes - $11.99
10 Summers - DJ Mustard
What it sounds like: Party-anthem hip-hop beats that are whimsical and worry-free.
Why you should listen to it: It's not great contemplative music, but if you're ready to party over Labor Day weekend, no one is making infectious beats to party right now like Mustard.
iTunes - $7.99
What it's about: 10 years after a global economic collapse, Guy Pearce stars as a loner traveling down the road of vengeance after a pack of criminals steal the only thing in the world that matters to him.
Why you should watch it:The cinematography is great. Guy Pearce does a pretty good job at playing a bad ass, and Robert Pattinson does an even better job at being a dimwitted thief.
iTunes - $14.99
The Village Effect by Susan Pinker
What it's about: How your iPhone is destroying your life because face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity.
Why you should read it: Your eyes are tired. Your fingers are sore. And you've realized it's time to step away from iPhone screen for a bit and have real relationships with people.iTunes - $12.99
SEATTLE, Washington – Together: Amna & Saif puts you and another player on the same screen, controlling a mother and son duo of characters to solve various environmental puzzles. It’s a “couch co-op adventure puzzle game” that requires you to talk, interact, and think with another human being.
Lead designer Lyle Cox told us that he’s always wanted to make a game that benefits society in some way. “My hope is that people who play the game,” he said, “get some benefit to their relationship for having done so.”
Gadget Watch: Aug. 29, 2014
Cameras, cameras, cameras. German photographic trade show Photokina is just around the corner, and the big names are outing their latest models before the news pipes get completely clogged with the tangled hair and soap scum of new releases. So this week we have a bunch of cool new cameras and accessories, including a GoPro harness for your pooch, along with the usual mix of gadgets designed to make you want to part with your cash.
An update to the already-discontinued X20, this compact swaps the old optical viewfinder for a hi-res electronic finder, gets a bigger tilting rear LCD and adds a control wheel around the lens. It keeps the amazing X-Trans II sensor and 28-112mm (equivalent) ƒ2-2.8 zoom, and packs a new Classic Chrome film mode. I want this so hard. $600
Evernote Pfeiffer Collection
Evernote’s Pfeiffer Collection is not – as you might hope – a range of productivity tools designed by 1980s actress and icon Michelle Pfeiffer. It is instead a set of desk tidies, made from various materials including walnut and “bright.” They’re intended to hold old-school detritus like paperclips and pens, plus modern junk like iPhones, SIM cards and even an iPad. $106
The best part of Pentax’s new mid-level K-S1 is the strip of pulsing LEDs on the hand grip. Pentax missed a chance to build the “Knight Rider of cameras” with its choice of green over red LEDs, but still. This pointless addition will flash to count down the self timer, and the light around the shutter release will turn red in video mode. $750
Bluelounge’s Soba is a cable-routing kit that will wrangle wayward wires, keeping them tidy in a “Vortex” tube and letting them exit where you need them. The kit comes with 10 feet of zip-closed tubing, a y-splitter and mounting caps (brackets). I have one here and ready to test, but it looks like there’s some effort involved in planning it all out, so maybe I’ll just have one more coffee first… $25
Of course GoPro’s dog harness is called the Fetch. Of course. The Fetch straps onto the dog’s back, secured around its shoulders, chest and belly, and the camera can be mounted up top or down below. This is probably my favorite product of the year so far, and the photo above is definitely the best product shot for 2014. If I had a dog I’d be out with one of those playing frisbee right now. $70
Olympus Pen E-PL7
Olympus makes the best Micro Four Thirds bodies right now (and that’s coming from someone who owns a great Panasonic). This one’s even better, with a 180-degree flip-screen that activates “selfie mode” when fully extended (there's a shutter button on the touchscreen), built-in Wi-Fi to share that selfie to your iPhone, a 16MP sensor and a 14-42 mm (equivalent) ƒ3.5-5.6 kit lens. From $700.
Moleskine Livescribe notebook
Moleskine’s newest notebook has an almost-invisible dot pattern on the pages that makes it work with your Livescribe pen. The pen has a camera in its nose that tracks your every stroke and scribble and sends it all to your iPhone or iPad as editable text, creating a perfect digital copy of your paper notes. Now you can continue your Moleskine habit, but with added digitization. $30
iPhone magnetic lens plates
Love: accessory iPhone lenses. Hate: Those stupid stick-on metal rings the lenses’ magnets stick to.
The answer is the new magnetic plate that now ships with every set of lenses sold by Photojojo. The plates, color-coded to your iPhone, stick over the entire glass strip at the top rear of the iPhone 5/s, so you can use these lenses and still get the iPhone in a case. Bonus – you can slide the lens out of the way when not in use. From $20.
This Schiller water bike is to the pedalo what a sweet S-Works road racer is to a recumbent bike. It’s slick, speedy and way overpriced. A Gates carbon drive turns a NuVinci transmission, which turns two propellers. You can even use the handlebars to steer the thing, and it’s only $6,500.
When you start to see assembled iPhone 6 devices basically powered on, you know it’s getting late in the rumor mill cycle. Basically every part imaginable for Apple’s forthcoming smartphone has leaked ahead of its September 9th unveiling.
Now hi-quality shots of what looks like a near finished iPhone 6 hull have surfaced. They show the defined antenna lines on the back as seen in previous parts, but this time they’ve been colored to look more at home on the phone.