With AirPods still in short supply (I’ve just checked and there’s currently a wait of 6 weeks in the UK, for example), MacRumors has a possible solution if you really need to get your hands on a pair sooner, but you’ll have to pay a premium price of $289 for the privilege.

Known for its custom paint jobs for Apple products, ColorWare has today announced that it has Apple AirPods in 58 different designs available to order. Costing $130 more than the Apple list price, you can choose to buy AirPods in many different shades, including solid colours and metallics. A glossy jet black option is also available.

You can also choose to have one AirPod in a different colour or design than the other, and if you throw in an extra $30 you can also have the AirPod charging case painted. Matt and gloss finishes are both available, as are custom colours.

Tweeting about its new custom AirPod range, ColorWare said that coming up with the right process for the customized AirPods was “FAR from easy,” which is not surprising, considering the fact that ColorWare painstakingly disassembles each AirPod and custom paints each individual component.

Source: ColorWare is Now Selling Apple's AirPods in 58 Colors if You're Willing to Pay $289

Apple has today announced the name of its spaceship-shaped campus, which is nearing completion in Cupertino, California. The new 175-acre campus, which will be open for employees to start using in April, will be called Apple Park. Over a period of 6 months, more than 12,000 people will be moved into the campus, with building work still set to continue throughout the summer.

Apple says that Apple Park was “envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration,” and in honour of Jobs’s vision, Apple also revealed that the new theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. The theater sits on top of a hill that is actually one of the highest points in Apple Park. It’s entrance is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder.

Apple Park’s famous ring-shaped, 2.8-million-square-foot main building is covered by the world’s largest panels of curved glass.


MacRumors reports that according to the latest adoption rate data revealed by Apple today, some 5 months after iOS 10 was released it is now installed on 79% of active iOS devices. iOS 9 is still installed on 16% of active iOS devices, and 5% of devices have older versions of iOS installed.

Judging by these figures, the iOS 10 adoption rate seems to be a little ahead of the iOS 9 adoption rate over the same length of time, with iOS 9 sticking at 77% of active devices for a short time back in February 2016.

The already impressive iOS 10 adoption rate is set to increase even further very soon with the release of iOS 10.3, which is currently still in beta. The update’s key new features include “Find My AirPods” and also the new Apple File System (APFS).

iOS 10 adoption rates are way ahead of those of Android, of course, with Android’s latest OS, Nougat, currently installed by just 1.2% of active Android devices.

Source: iOS 10 Now Installed on Nearly 80% of Active iOS Devices

According to a new report from MacOtakara, via MacRumors, Apple has plans to announce several new products at a special event this March, including four new iPad Pro models, as well as a 128 GB iPhone SE and red versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Starting with the iPad Pro, MacOtakara says that the four models to be announced in March will be 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch verrsions. The 10.5-inch model is not expected to launch until May, but the three other models will launch in March, according to MacOtakara’s sources. The 10.5-inch model is also said to have an edge-to-edge screen with no home button, which could be why the release date of that particular model is later than than the others.

The 7.9-inch “Mini” iPad Pro will have a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash. All of the four new iPad Pro models will also have quad microphones.

As well as the new iPad Pro range, MacOtakara’s source also says that Apple will be launching a 128 GB iPhone SE, and red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus variants.

Source: Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at March Event

9to5 Mac reports today on an inventive and quirky new iPad Pro ad campaign from Apple that is somewhat reminiscent of the famous “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” ads. The adverts feature tweets from PC owners about the iPad Pro such as “An iPad Pro is not even close to being a computer,” or other tweets about problems the user is having with their laptop, such as “My laptop has the nastiest virus and I’m terrified.” In each of the video spots the PC user’s worries and anxieties are soothed by a perky voiceover that tells them that an iPad Pro doesn’t get PC viruses, for example, “so relax, there’s nothing to be afraid of…” The ad spots are also very humorous in tone, with each vignette ending with a joke or two.

In all of the videos, the iPad Pro is shown being used much more like a laptop, complete with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, rather than being used like a traditional tablet. Using the iPad Pro instead of a laptop or desktop is something that Apple has been touting for several years now.
Source: Apple launches whimsical iPad Pro ad campaign based on PC user tweets

AppleInsider reports that Apple has announced that it will be returning to San Jose for this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which will be running from June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, with registration starting on March 27. The news came via The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, who got the chance to speak to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, with Schiller revealing the date and location for the conference.

For the past 13 years Apple has held its annual WWDC in San Francisco, but the newly announced San Jose venue in which the 28th annual WWDC will be held is much closer to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

It’s likely that Apple will be launching iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 during the WWDC’s opening keynote presentation, as the company traditionally uses the keynote to make such announcements.

Schiller said that despite being at a different venue, WWDC 2017 will be roughly the same size as the previous conferences, with 5,000 developers attending and 1,000 engineers.

“We look forward to working with Apple to create a special experience for the thousands of attendees who will visit San Jose for this marquee event,” said Mayor Liccardo. “And on behalf of our entire city, I’d like to extend a warm invitation to Apple developers, partners and enthusiasts from around the world to join us in Downtown San Jose as Apple unveils its latest innovations.

Source: Apple's WWDC 2017 returns to San Jose June 5-9, registration begins March 27


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