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Apple Ships iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, More Siri, Apple File System, More

· · Product News

iOS 10 Logo

Apple shipped iOS 10.3 Monday, a significant update to the company’s mobile operating system. Major features include the ability to find your AirPods under Find My iPhone; new Siri integration with third party apps; new CarPlay features, including daily curated playlists from Apple Music; and perhaps most importantly, the official rollout of Apple File System.

Live Home 3D Pro for Mac: $24.99

· · TMO Deals

Live Home sD Pro for Mac rendering

Check out Live Home 3D Pro for Mac, which helps you build from the ground up something as simple as a shed or living room or a complete sky scraper. You can design 2D floor plans, too—check out the deal listing for all the features. It’s $24.99 through our deal, 64% off retail.

Steve Wozniak Accepts Award from Startup World Cup, Says 'This One's for Apple'

· · News

Steve Wozniak at the Startup World Cup Finale

Steve Wozniak spoke at the Startup World Cup Finale Friday, where he talked about Apple’s early days, his own even earlier days, startup value, and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way. At the end of his keynote, he was presented with a miniature version of the Startup World Cup itself, which he accepted saying, “This one’s for Apple.”

Ztylus Kamerar Zoom Lens Kit for iPhone 7 Plus: $31.95

· · TMO Deals

Ztylus Kamerar Zoom Lens Kit for iPhone 7 Plus

We have a deal for you today on the Ztylus Kamerar Zoom Lens Kit for iPhone 7 Plus. It includes a case and three lenses: Macro Zoom lens, Fisheye lens, and Telephoto lens. The case allows for quick changing of the lenses, and you can get it through our deal for $31.95. [Update: Our friend Ewen Rankin tweeted a note to me about his case having some problems. – Bryan]

Airpod Skins Add a Splash of Colorful Protection to Apple AirPods

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Airpod Skins, which the company described to me as “minimal color protectors for apple AirPods.” I’m sure there are folks who would be interested in helping to protect the finish of their AirPods, but I thought they simply look great. They’re a simple wrap available in a dozen colors, with some of those colors involving a fade from top to bottom. They’re priced at A$8.25 and are available now. Each order includes two sets, too.

Airpod Skins Add a Splash of Colorful Protection to Apple AirPods

ARMOR-X Magnetic Charging Cable: $19.99

· · TMO Deals

ARMOR-X Magnetic Charging Cable

We have a deal for on an ARMOR-X Magnetic Charging Cable. This cable connects magnetically to a Lightning (or other) adapter you fit into your iPhone (or other device). Get the end of the cable near that adapter, and it will use magnetism to connect itself to your device. This lets you use multiple adapters with one cable. You can get one with a Lightning adapter for $19.99, half off retail.

Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO - ACM 403

· · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday’s technology at today’s prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple’s new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.

Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows: $22.99

· · TMO Deals

Aeon Timeline 2 running on Mac

We have a deal for you today on Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows. This tool is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies and more. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $22.99, a discount of 54%.

Apple Facebook Commercial Promotes Spring 2017 Apple Watch Bands

· · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new commercial promoting its Spring 2017 collection of new Apple Watch bands. The spot hasn’t appeared on YouTube yet, but it is available on Facebook. In 15 seconds, the commercial flashes through the new bands launched on Tuesday and encourages people to “choose a model” and “try a band.” It was posted with the tagline, “New Apple Watch bands are here. Explore the possibilities,” Also, it should make my friend John Kheit sit back and blow bubbles of contentment until the cows come home. Or until this week’s episode of Pop.0, whichever comes first.

New Apple Watch bands are here. Explore the possibilities.

Posted by Apple on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Global Fleet of Apple Stores Explode in this Animated Timeline

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Apple Stores Worldwide, an “Interactive map showing the impressive expansion of Apple stores” by Retale.com. It’s a map of the globe that shows the year-by-year expansion of Apple’s fleet of retail stores. Each one blossoms like a nuclear hit in a war game, and you can hover over any one of them to get details about the store. Apple’s foray into retail is one of the biggest corporate success stories of the last 15 years, and seeing it play out over the course of a few seconds is interesting. In the screenshot below, I highlighted a random store in Brisbane, Australia.

Global Fleet of Apple Stores Explode in this Animated Timeline

Here Are 14 New Apple Watch Bands Announced Tuesday

· · Product News

Apple Watch Spring 2017 Collection

Apple launched several new Apple Watch bands Tuesday for Spring 2017. The collection includes new Striped Woven Nylon and Sport bands, standalone Nike Sport bands, and new flavors of Apple Watch Hermès bands. At the same time, Apple has sharply limited the number of out-of-the-box choices for new Apple Watch Series 2 purchases. Here’s what they look like.

iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit: $19.95

· · TMO Deals

iFixit Essentials Toolkit

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together another deal with iFixit, this time on the iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit. It features a magnetized driver handle, tweezers, a spudger, a jimmy, iFixit’s own opening tool, a suction handle, six iFixit opening picks, six screwdriver bits, including Pentalobe, Torx, and Torx Security. Plus a case, all for $19.95. I own an iFixit toolkit and one of the company’s lockpicks and love them. Good tools, excellent quality.

PSA: Don't Charge Your iPhones in the Bath

· · Editorial

An iPhone in a bath tub

Folks, don’t charge your iPhones or iPads (or other smartphones, if that’s your thing) in the bath. While most people likely understand that, London’s The Daily Mail reported that Richard Bull from Ealing in west London died of accidental electrocution while charging his iPhone in the tub.

Drake Crushes Apple Music Record with 89.9 Million Streams, Beating Spotify

· · News

Drake's More Life cover

Drake set a new record for first-day streams with his new album, More Life, which was streamed 89.9 million times on the first day. That was not only a record-setting debut, it crushed Spotify’s first-day totals for the album of 61.3 million streams. That’s significant, because that was itself a record for the larger streaming service.

PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac: $29.99

· · TMO Deals

PDF Expert 2.2 on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

We have a deal for you on PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac, a PDF-editing tool from Readdle. This was the 2015 App of the Year Runner Up in Mac App Store, and it allows you to edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs. You can also fill out forms, annotate, and more. We have it for 50% retail at $29.99.

A Ventilated Lapdesk Designed for Apple MacBooks

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out iSkelter’s Slate 2.0, a ventilated lapdesk designed for Apple’s MacBook line. iSkelter has a number of products for Apple users, as well as a large ventilated laptop desk designed for PC gamers with ginormous PC laptops. The ones aimed at Mac users include slots to hold an iPad (or book or whatever), and you can choose to get it with a mousepad, a naked work space, or a white board(!!). They’re made from bamboo, and are priced starting at $59.95. Models with a mousepad are available through Amazon Prime for $69.95.

A Ventilated Lapdesk Designed for Apple MacBooks