AppleInsider reports that Nissan has today launched its new Leaf all-electric vehicle, complete with a couple of extras that will be of interest to Apple device owners. Among the innovations introduced in the new model, including the Nissan e-Pedal, which enables the driver to accelerate, decelerate, and brake using just the one pedal; ProPilot assist technology; and intelligent lane departure warning, the new Leaf also boasts a 7-inch touchscreen display with CarPlay support, although only the mid-tier and upwards models starting at $32, 490 will have that feature.
The Nissan Leaf is on sale in Japan on October 1, 2017, and will then arrive in the US, Canada, and Europe early in 2018. Anyone who reserves a Nissan Leaf online by January 22, 2018, and buys the car by May 15, 2018, can choose from a free Apple Watch Series 2 or free GoPro HERO5 Black or Nest and Google Home Bundle.
Source: Nissan debuts redesigned Leaf with Apple CarPlay, offers Apple Watch with reservations
MacRumors reports that drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has today posted his latest drone video footage of Apple Park, aptly entitled “From Dreams to Reality.” The new flyover takes an up-close look at the newly completed Steve Jobs Theater where Apple will be holding its special iPhone launch event next Tuesday, September 12.
The 120,000-square-foot theater is situated in a 20-foot tall glass cylinder with the world’s largest freestanding carbon fiber roof. It has seating for 1,000 people, all of which will doubtless be filled at the theater’s inaugural event on Tuesday.
Elsewhere today, Bloomberg has taken an in-depth look at the theater, revealing, among many other interesting facts about the magnificent building, that each of the 1,000 leather seats costs approximately $14,000.
And lucky attendees at Tuesday’s event should prepare to be suitably amazed when, after the initial presentation, a wall within the auditorium will slide back to reveal the product demonstration room, which Bloomberg likens to “the Thunderbird 3 launchpad underneath Tracy Island’s circular pool house.”
Sources: New Apple Park Drone Video Shows Off Steve Jobs Theater Ahead of Next Week's Event
Apple's Other Big Reveal on Sept. 12
According to a new report from DigiTimes, via MacRumors, Apple has booked production capacity for “above 12-megapixel” camera lens modules to be made by smartphone lens manufacturer Largan Precision at a new factory it’s building in Taichung, Taiwan.
The report claims that according to “market rumors,” Largan is the only manufacturer that will be able to meet Apple’s required minimum yield rate, with the new factory able to handle monthly production of 600 million lens modules.
Largan is due to commence production of the modules in October 2017, meaning that they will be for the 2018 and beyond iPhone and iPad line-up rather than the forthcoming new iPhone line-up that Apple is about to launch on September 12 next week.
Apple’s entire current iPhone and iPad line-ups all have 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras and 7-megapixel front-facing cameras, but with this news, it seems likely that we can look forward to iPhones and iPads with 16-megapixel or 18-megapixel cameras in the not too distant future.
Source: Apple Takes Early Step Towards iPhones With 'Above 12-Megapixel' Rear Cameras
9to5 Mac reports that Apple has just released a new pair of Beats W1 over-ear headphones, the Beats Studio3, priced at $349.95. These latest models use the W1 chip to enable automatic pairing with iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, and boast up to 40 hours of battery life.
Another new feature of the headphones is the addition of “Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling,” whereby they employ two integrated microphones to listen dynamically to the nearby environment and use algorithms to adjust the degree of noise cancellation as required. As you might expect, this drains the battery a little more, but even with noise cancellation activated you should get around 22 hours battery life, and noise cancellation will be automatically disabled when battery life gets too low.
Beats boasts that its noise cancellation technology is even more advanced than that of main competitors Bose.
As far as design aesthetics go, the new Studio 3 looks similar to the previous versions. However, Apple says that the ear cushions are now much more comfortable.
The Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are available to pre-order from Apple now ahead of a shipping date in mid-October. They come in Red, Matte Black, White, Porcelain Rose, Blue, and Shadow Gray versions.
Source: Apple releases new Beats Studio 3 headphones featuring W1 chip, better noise cancellation and battery life
Despite its hefty pricetag, the Apple Pencil has proven to be an important accessory for creators and novices alike. Here are a few tips and tricks that you may not know about your Apple Pencil that will make the experience that much better:
1. Trace Paper
If you put a piece of paper over your iPad Pro, you can use the Apple Pencil to trace through the paper. The display will still recognize the Pencil’s movements and inputs. This works on most regular paper, but it may vary with thicker card stock. Either way, it’s an impressive trick and a really cool way to get started on an illustration.
2. Use It to Navigate
The Pencil is more than a drawing accessory as I use it for more than doodling or taking notes. Believe it or not, my workflow usually consists of using the Apple Pencil to navigate through web pages, apps, etc. You are able to use it to open links, type short messages, and even swipe keyboards like Swype and SwiftKey so you don’t need to lift a finger.
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The global replacement cycle for iPads could pick up steam over the next few quarters as iOS 11, the latest update of Apple's ( AAPL) mobile operating system, becomes widely available later this month.
That development would likely anchor a forecast return to growth for the worldwide tablet market next year, when Apple and mainland Chinese brands led by Huawei Technologies are predicted to strengthen their shipment volumes.
"The new iOS 11 would be an important update to iPad Pro, as the new features will make it more of a personal computer-like device," said Peggy Cheung, the research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific.
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