There was a big Apple announcement this week which gave us some cool new products to drool over and which also talked about some fun updates to existing products. But there was plenty happening outside the Apple ecosystem as well; there are a few can’t miss new apps below, a great new speaker, some bone conducting headphones you have to see to believe and lots more! We’ll save the Apple announcements for last so you’ll make sure to appreciate everything else that comes before them…
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BeoPlay A6 Speaker
Sure the BeoPlay A6 looks dope but it’s best feature is it’s touch capabilities. You don’t even need a phone to control it. Just swipe left or right or tap on the top of the speaker to get the party started.
Outflow Subscription Management App
Outflow is a brilliant app that helps you keep track of all your subscriptions like Netflix, Evernote, Spotify, Dropbox or just about anything tech related that you pay for. Once setup, you’ll be able to get and manage notifications the day of or the day before your credit card gets billed.
Rocketbook Cloud-Integrated Notebook
Rocketbook raised nearly $1 million on Indiegogo recently for it’s cloud-connected paper notebook. If you like the feel of writing on paper but crave the convenience of digital storage and search, Rocketbook might become your favorite new thing. It works with apps like Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive.
Sony A7S II Ultra-Sensitive Camera
Sony recently announced a crazy new camera, the A7S II, with incredible sensitivity. It’s ISO range goes from 50 to 409,600! It’s also got 5-axis image stabilization and shoot 4K internally. With faster autofocus and a price starting at around $3,000 this is going to be a great mid-range camera that serious hobbyists and professionals can get excited about.
Paper App (3rd Version)
The Paper app’s been around for quite awhile, but the team at 53 is back with a brand new version that now combines text notes with sketches with pictures. That means that on top of the already awesome sketch function you can now include todo list items and markup photos. The aim is to create a fast, comprehensive note experience and it’s definitely unlike any other note apps you’ve ever seen.
BATBAND Bone Conduction Headphones
The BATBAND is a radically different type of headphone that uses bone conduction technology to keep your ears free while listening to your favorite music, podcasts, audiobooks and more. And of course it works for making and taking calls. I have no idea whether it would be good or bad listening to the world around you while listening to content in your headphones, but it definitely sounds interesting. And..
Pocket Points App for Students
Phones are distractions. That’s why they’re awesome and why we can at times hate them. But if you’re a student, nothing should be more important that tuning into your classes and tuning out of social media updates. But it’s hard, right? Well that’s where the Pocket Points app comes in. When you stash your phone during class you’ll earn points to use for food and other good stuff. So ya… get paid for being present in class.
Apple’s latest iPhone looks the same as the iPhone 6 but now features an upgraded camera with a 12MP sensor that can also shoot 4K video. There’s also a new Live Photos feature that records a second and a half of footage before and after snaps automatically to create a cool animation effect. Of course the new 6s features a speedier processor as you’d expect but one really neat feature is the new 3D Touch which is basically like Force Touch and lets you access convenient shortcuts throughout iOS 9.
The new Apple TV’s greatest new feature is Siri integration. Siri makes it super easy to search for content and control playback so gone are the days of having to type a movie or actor’s name on a tiny onscreen keyboard. There’s also a new touch-surface remote that lets you swipe through menus and content and which will also be great for Nintendo Wii-like gaming. Other new features include an app store and higher specs.
The iPad Pro is huge. It’s got a 12.9″ Retina display and launched with some optional new accessories including a stylus called the Apple Pencil and a keyboard with a new connector called the Smart Keyboard. The new A9X chip is a 64-bit chip with desktop-class performance. With 4 speakers, better cameras and faster wireless it will be interesting to see who finds this device appealing.