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We talk next-gen AirPods and the return of Touch ID, on The CultCast

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Can you handle some hot, hot beta action?
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This week on The CultCast: The next generation of AirPods might be incoming! We’ll tell you what we know. Plus, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are likely coming to iPad, along with Mini LED and Touch ID … under the screen. This could be the new Touch ID tech we’ve been waiting for. And stay tuned to hear how to listen to YouTube music in the background, without paying for YouTube Red. It’s a hot tip, and it’s coming your way.

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Next iPad Air could boast Mini LED display and under-glass Touch ID

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New iPad Air could have an all-display screen.
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The new iPad Air will boast a Mini LED display and display-based Touch ID instead of Face ID, an Apple leaker claims.

Twitter user @L0vetodream, who has previously correctly shared details about forthcoming Apple devices, said that the iPad will therefore feature a full screen display with no notch. Last year’s iPad Air refresh sported a physical Home button.

Why the 2020 iPhone SE is the perfect iPhone for a rotten time

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Pandemic iPhone: The 2020 iPhone SE seems perfect for the times.
The 2020 iPhone SE seems perfect for the times.
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Talk about good timing. Apple unleashed its new budget-priced iPhone SE successor Wednesday, smack in the middle of a worldwide health crisis that’s wreaking havoc on health care, economies and behavioral norms.

With flagship-level specs packed into a familiar design — and priced at just $399 — the 2020 iPhone SE is the perfect iPhone for the current pandemic. It delivers tons of features we can all use during this rotten time, with a price tag that’s totally appropriate.

2020 iPhone SE combines a familiar face with new technology for $399

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The 2020 iPhone SE has finally landed after a lengthy wait.
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Apple on Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited iPhone SE refresh for 2020. The latest model packs new technologies, including an A13 Bionic chip, into a form factor that’s familiar to any iPhone fan.

The new iPhone SE also offers up to 256GB of storage, Touch ID, and wireless charging. You can order yours from Friday, April 17, starting at $399. It makes its official debut on Friday, April 24.

Apple supposedly pencils in April 15 launch for iPhone 9

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A reported iPhone 9, similar to this conceptual design, could arrive any day now.
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Apple has supposedly penciled in an April 15 launch date for its low-cost iPhone 9.

New claims that surfaced Tuesday indicate the company held an internal briefing this week to decide “tentative” announcement and shipping dates for the new device. Those claims remind us, however, that “we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and things could change.”

Apple Watch might get Touch ID for easier unlocking

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Is Touch ID really necessary?
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Apple is working to bring Touch ID to Apple Watch for the first time, according to new reports out Friday. The company is said to be exploring two methods of integrating the technology into its wearable for easier unlocking.

The new model may prove particularly interesting to Apple Watch Series 2 owners, who are expected to miss out on Apple’s upcoming watchOS 7 update this fall.

2020 MacBook Air review roundup: Magic Keyboard makes all the difference

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Still the kind of ultraportables.
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The first reviews of Apple’s new and improved MacBook Air are out just days after its official unveiling. It will come as no surprise to fans of the machine that each one has great things to say about Apple’s most popular notebook.

New configurations, increased storage, a reduced price, and — most importantly — and brand-new Magic Keyboard make this a stellar MacBook Air upgrade. Still not sure? Here’s what the critics have to say…

Wild iPhone 12 concept packs holograms, 6 cameras and more

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Would you buy this iPhone?
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What if Apple stole more from Samsung? That’s basically the premise behind the latest iPhone 12 concept video from ConceptsiPhone and it actually doesn’t look that bad.

Armed with a wrap-around display and six camera lenses on the back, this gorgeous iPhone 12 concept borrows a lot of design elements from the iPhone 4 series with a dash of Samsung Galaxy S20 mixed in with some sci-fi features that are definitely not ready for smartphones.

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