We expect iPhones and iPads to undergo torture tests on release, but now it looks like accessories such as the newly released Apple AirPods are also being subjected to all manner of duress in order to test their resilience, according to AppleInsider.

In his latest video, YouTuber Everything ApplePro shows how he put the new AirPods and their charging case through a variety of ordeals, starting off with drop tests both with and without case from up to 10 foot. Neither the AirPods or their case were damaged at all, other than picking up a couple of scuff marks.

Next up, the AirPods and their case were put through a 32-minute wash cycle, complete with detergent and clothing, and then put through the dryer cycle as well, along with a pair of standard Apple Lightning earbuds. Once again, the AirPods were undamaged, and the Lightning earbuds also only had minor damage to the sound quality in one ear.

Finally, the AirPods were dunked in a foot of water. The continued to play and came through undamaged once again. Apple doesn’t even publicise the fact that the AirPods appear to be waterproof, but maybe it should?!

Source: Apple AirPods, charging case hold up to torture test with nothing but cosmetic damage

9to5 Mac reports that iTunes is having a massive holiday sale of Movies, many of which are now priced at just $4.99 for purchases and $0.99 for rentals. You can also get a variety of Editors’ Choice, Recent Releases, and Dreamworks films for $9.99. There are even limited-time bundles available, and Amazon Video will actually match some of the iTunes bargains, for example The Hateful Eight ($4.99), American Sniper ($4.99), and Argo.

The $4.99 movies include Inception, Birdman, and The Hurt Locker; $0.99 rentals include The Great Gatsby, Argo, and Clockwork Orange; $9.99 recent releases include War Dogs, Sausage Party, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

Bundles on offer include Harry Potter Complete Collection for £49.99, The James Bond Collection for $99.99, The Dark Knight Trilogy for $19.99, Jurassic Park Collection for $29.99, and Star Wars: Six Movie Collection for $69.99.

There are actually many more bargains that we’ve mentioned here, so hopefully something to suit everyone’s taste. No word as to when the sale ends.

Sources: Big year-end iTunes movie sale is now live w/ tons of great $5 titles, $0.99 rentals, bundle discounts & more

9to5 Mac reports that following last week’s release of Nintendo’s long-awaited Super Mario Run iOS game, analytics firm App Annie has been analyzing the available data following the game’s launch. According to App Annie, Super Mario Run had more than 10 million downloads and made more than $4 million on launch day, and was the top ranked game by download in 60 countries worldwide.

Impressive figures for day one, but early signs point to Super Mario Run not being able to maintain Pokémon Go’s level of dominance, and App Annie explains why:

“Pokémon Go follows a freemium model with optional in-app purchases to generate revenue. It’s iOS revenue continued to grow in the following weeks as user engagement increased. Super Mario Run, on the other hand, offers a single $9.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full game. As a result, payments precede extended gameplay and, therefore, revenue is more likely to be concentrated early on in the game’s lifecycle.”

Elsewhere, Super Mario Run has already had its first update, and BGR is not particularly impressed with the result, saying that the nature of the update doesn’t bode well for the game’s long-term popularity.

The update offers Super Mario Run players the chance to buy a Poinsettia plant from the Shop for 500 coins, a Sparkly Christmas Tree for 1500 coins, and a Sparkly Snow Globe for 2000 coins. The items will only be available to purchase from December 19 to January 5.

Sources: Super Mario Run saw 10M downloads, $4M revenue, on day one – but likely won’t beat Pokémon Go

Super Mario Run’s first update paints a bleak picture for the app’s future

AppleInsider reports that Apple has just updated Apple Maps in the UK with the addition of public transport for many areas in the UK, including major metropolitan areas such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield. Also added is public transport data for smaller areas in between the larger metropolitan areas, which means that public transport information for much of the UK is now included in Apple Maps.

This data includes information from the National Rail network in the UK, as well as other related services that enable travel on public transport from one metropolitan area to another.

Aside from the UK update, transit information for Salt Lake City has also just been added, making it a total of 28 US metropolitan area mass transit systems that are now supported by Apple Maps.

Apple is going at a much slower pace than Google in terms of its transit updates for the Maps app, possibly hoping to avoid Google’s mistake of rushing out its transit direction updates when not all data was complete, leading to much confusion for commuters who were using the directions.

Source: Apple radically expands UK transit info in Maps, adds Salt Lake City in US

AppleInsider reports that games accessory company SteelSeries has released a limited-edition version of its Bluetooth Nimbus game controller for Mac, iOS, and Apple TV, the Nimbus White.

Just like the original SteelSeries Nimbus, the Nimbus White is compatible with over 2,000 Apple TV games, and can also be used to control the Apple TV.

The controller is compatible with the third-generation iPad onwards, the fifth- and sixth-generation iPod Touch, the fourth generation Apple TV, and iPhone 4s onwards.

AppleInsider praised the original SteelSeries Nimbus as the “best iOS-compatible gaming controller we’ve ever tested” in a previous review, citing it as the best solution for Apple TV gamers. SteelSeries is particularly well-known for its high-quality gaming keyboards used by gaming PC manufacturers such as MSI, so the company clearly knows what makes a good gaming accessory.

The SteelSeries Nimbus White Gaming Controller is available now exclusively from Apple.com or Apple retail stores for $49.99.

Source: SteelSeries limited edition Nimbus White game controller exclusive to Apple Store

According to a new report from Korean website etnews, via 9to5 Mac, LG Display has teamed up with Apple, Microsoft, and Google to mass-produce folding OLED displays. etnews says that the three companies are among the first to order supplies of the new displays, which will enter mass production in 2018. The report says that it is expected that LG Display and Samsung will be the two main producers of folding displays, but whereas Samsung Display is working with its own Samsung Electronics Wireless Business Department, LG Display is partnering with companies such as the three aforementioned giants.

LG Display has apparently already developed and produced a foldable panel prototype of a “significantly high” technical level, which was shown at CES 2013 (pictured). etnews says that while Samsung has been very vocal about its intentions to develop folding displays, even going so far as to distribute a concept video of a folding smartphone, LG Display and LG Electronics have been flying under the radar somewhat as far as their work on folding displays is concerned, mainly due to the relative lack of success of their smartphone manufacturing business compared with that of Samsung.

Source: LG Display reportedly partnering with Apple on foldable OLED for upcoming iPhones


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