iDevices — in other news, wireless AirPods, Pokémon GO for Watch, Nintendo’s Mario


(Image from Apple NZX's iPhone 7 page.)
(Image from Apple NZX’s iPhone 7 page.)

AirPods earbuds — Apple’s new wireless (ie, cord-free) AirPods are designed to connect to the iPhone and Apple Watch over Bluetooth, to let you quickly switch between which device where they’re streaming audio. They include built-in microphones for noise reduction and phone calls. The just-announced W1 chip is the heart of AirPods. This provides better audio while managing the AirPods’ built-in optical sensor, dual accelerometers, and microphone.
AirPods sport five hours battery life between charges, and the carrying case has a built-in battery you can use to recharge and extend that to 24 hours.
Unlike many wifi earbuds, they don’t even have a cord connecting one to the other – this is wireless too.
NZ prices, availability — The new Apple-designed wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for RRP NZ$269 inc.GST from Apple.com beginning in late October. All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with Lightning Connector and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately at Apple.com for RRP NZ$49 inc.GST and RRP NZ$15 inc.GST, respectively.

Pokémon GO Coming to Apple Watch — Pokémon GO is coming to the Apple Watch later this month, fixing a glaring omission in the game when it first launched on the iPhone. The Apple Watch version gives you notifications your wrist, lets you track in-game activities, and ties in with fitness tracking, too.

Nintendo’s Mario coming to the iPhone and iPad — Nintendo’s Mario character is coming to the iPhone and iPad in a new game called Mario Run. It’s coming in time for the holidays, but pricing hasn’t yet been announced. You can play the game one-handed and engage in a new battle mode called Toad Battle.

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