The biggest takeaways from Apple’s tiniest keynote in years

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A size for every hand.
A size for every hand.
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Evolution, not revolution, was the tone of today’s low-key Apple event. Smaller is better, says Apple, with two big product “reveals” that show off compact new devices with impressive internals.

While most of the announcements today have already been discussed and dissected, like the 4-inch iPhone SE, new Apple Watch bands and a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, there were a couple of surprises.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Apple’s oddly low-key “Let us loop you in” event.

Now we know exactly which cars have CarPlay

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VW's 2016 lineup is rolling deep with CarPlay.
Yes. Every Volkswagen.
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Apple’s finally getting specific about how well adoption of its CarPlay protocol is going.

A list appeared on the company’s website today confirming that over half of the manufacturers it has partnered with have announced specific models of vehicles that will receive the functionality.

If you’re wondering which cars have CarPlay, you have over a hundred to choose from. Here’s what we know so far.

Everything new (and exciting!) coming in iOS 9.3

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This is a bigger update than anyone anticipated.
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Apple released the developer beta for iOS 9.3 today. To the surprise of many, it actually includes quite a few brand new and useful features whether you’re in the classroom or trying to sleep — or both. There are so many new features that we can actually dedicate an entire post to explaining all of them. So here we are doing exactly that.

Note that since today marks iOS 9.3’s release only for developers, it might be a while before the rest of us see the final version show up in the Settings app. But without further ado, here is everything you can look forward to in iOS 9.3.

Volkswagen: Apple ‘didn’t allow us to’ demo wireless CarPlay at CES

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VW's 2016 lineup is rolling deep with CarPlay.
VW's 2016 lineup is rolling deep with CarPlay.
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Cult of Mac CES 2016 full coverage Volkswagen is the first car maker to offer wireless CarPlay, but Apple doesn’t want them to show you how cool it is.

This isn’t a new feature; if you have an iPhone running iOS 9, it’s in there. But all CarPlay-compatible vehicles currently available go the wired route, making you plug your handset into your ride’s console to use the protocol. Volkswagen has managed to make the feature wireless, but Apple has forbidden the company from giving demos at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.