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Apple Announces 'Let Us Loop You In' Event For March 21st (theverge.com) 66

An anonymous reader writes: The official Apple Events page has been updated in advance of the newly announced media event. Invitations were sent out earlier Thursday inviting members of the press to "let us loop you in." The event will be streamed using Apple's HTTP Live Streaming technology and will require an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later. The company is expected to announce a new, smaller iPhone SE, that will be the same size as the iPhone 5 but with improved specs like a A9 processor and 8-megapixel rear camera. In addition, Apple is expected to announce a new, smaller iPad Pro. It is rumored to feature a 9.7" display and a Smart Connector to support Smart Keyboard -- it may even be compatible with the Apple Pencil. We can expect some kind of update for the Apple Watch, most likely new Apple Watch bands. A black version of the Milanese Loop may be in the works to match the Space Black Apple Watch. Of course, Apple will talk encryption as the event is scheduled one day before the next hearing between Apple and the FBI on March 22. Apple may surprise us with new MacBooks or OS X updates but we will most likely have to wait until Apple's developer conference in June.
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Apple Announces 'Let Us Loop You In' Event For March 21st

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  • Be still my beating heart!
  • Also... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Friday March 11, 2016 @01:20AM (#51675949)

    The event can also be streamed from second-, third- and fourth-generation Apple TV set-top boxes. On a Mac, users must be running Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X 10.8.5 or later, and PC users must use the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.

    In any case Pen support for the regular iPad would be nice, but unless there's some surprise addition this looks like another boring event. Apple has been busy this past year with the MacBook, Watch, iPad Pro, Apple TV, etc, but right now their entire product lineup is either too old or too new to tempt me.

  • When are they going to finally come out with that line of footwear I've been hearing so much about (the iShoe)? I'm starting to think it's just vaporware.
  • Woww.... Apple you rocked as always. I wanted to be a part of this event.
  • by cerberusss ( 660701 ) on Friday March 11, 2016 @02:22AM (#51676061) Homepage Journal

    Apple may surprise us with new MacBooks

    That, or they may continue to make good money with 3 year old CPUs.

    Except for the iMac, virtually the entire Mac lineup gets the advice: "don't buy" because they're all based on Intel's previous gen chips (Haswell). Skylake is nowhere in sight currently: http://buyersguide.macrumors.c... [macrumors.com] Now I have to admit, the MacBook Pro series only uses Intel's high-end integrated GPU, so they've actually been waiting on Intel the whole time. But still.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      And 32 GBytes of RAM? I've held-off for three years on an upgrade, because I need more RAM to run vms.

    • because they're all based on Intel's previous gen chips (Haswell).

      Haswell (4th gen) is actually 2 revs out of date, Broadwell is 5th gen and Skylake is 6th.
      It seems the 13" rMBP has a Broadwell chip, but the top of the line 15" rMBP really isn't that much different, spec wise, than it was in late 2013.

    • Didn't Intel say they're going for SLOWER CPUs? AFAIK 4790K is the fastest single thread x86 CPU and it is quite a few years old (it is also considerably more expensive now than it was when launched!!!).

      I know, sure it isn't really the same with portables and there are energy efficiency improvements but still the point is that 3 years old CPUs aren't what they used to be so to speak :-)

    • Yeah, can't wait for Apple to ship some Skatlake products. Well, maybe they really only freeze Windows and Linux computers, and OS X never had those problems.

      But maybe that's your problem, that you can't blame Apple for that?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The actual announcement is: "Let Us Lock You In"
    FTFY

    • That's getting a bit old. If you want to use iCloud and related, sure you're locked in.

      But if you're a techie like most of the people here, you'll switch that off and use apps that are cross-platform. OwnCloud/Dropbox, SimpleNote, WhatsApp, etc. For the regular stuff like email and calendaring, just use anything that works over IMAP and CalDav.

      • And don't use iTunes, don't get any proprietary accessories / chargers, don't use AirPlay, don't use iMessage... in the end you might as well not get an iPhone to begin with if you care about vendor lock-in.

        • And don't use iTunes, don't get any proprietary accessories / chargers, don't use AirPlay, don't use iMessage... in the end you might as well not get an iPhone to begin with if you care about vendor lock-in.

          Well, at least you won't be locked into Google then. Or Amazon.

          • When you are "locked" into Google you have choices between dozens of manufacturers. They all use standard chargers. The messaging application (Hangouts) is cross-platform. You don't need any proprietary software to manage your music library (MP3 copy and paste works fine).
            The level of vendor lock-in-ess if much, much lower than with anything Apple makes or even touches.
            You can even choose no to use the Play Store and use Amazon instead. Or you can install your own APK manually and not use any of those if yo

            • Between all the different USB specs, I have at least three "standard" chargers. But, hey, at least I can gloat that it's not proprietary right?

            • When you are "locked" into Google you have choices between dozens of manufacturers.

              Yeah, people keep switching between Android manufacturers - hoping that this time their phone won't suck. Much better that way.

    • What phone/technology vendor DOESN'T try to lock you into their ecosystem nowadays? Microsoft and Google are just as bad as Apple about that. But I bet you're fine being locked into your Google Play Store.
  • But my Cerebellum committed suicide half way through.

  • I try to stay out of Apple bashing, but there is a point where you encounter undeniable truths. I have never met someone willingly move from Android to iOS. The only scenario is as follows: pre-paid customer A breaks Android phone. Their friend, pre-paid customer B is on the same network and has an old iPhone 4 that can be reactivated.

    Granted, I have seem people leave Android for Windows Phone or BlackBerry, but I have never seen anyone leave any of the three platforms for iOS. Okay, so that's an anecdotal
    • by nytes ( 231372 )

      Well, step up and shake my hand.

      After years of being stranded on Gingerbread, with no further updates, my wife and I switched to iPhones at the beginning of this year. I've been very happy with the change. Pleasant little surprises have revealed themselves every other week or so, like when I called my wife's phone for a test, and her iPad rang and she was able to answer from there.

      • by wjcofkc ( 964165 )
        I do in fact know where you are coming from. I did say not exclusively true or something similar. In my case I switched from Android to a Blackberry Classic. In fact, that was last week. I thought I knew perfectly well what I was buying into, but I keep running into these little but totally awesome functions. Your calling me out is fair. There is a difference between playing around with devices, and digging in deep because you actually own one of any given platform for the first time. I didn't really think
        • by nytes ( 231372 )

          About the most complicated thing I think I've run on my iPhone is Hearthstone, although I may have tried Goat Simulator once.

          Most non-technophiles are probably reluctant to move off a platform they are familiar with, especially something that they may need to depend on working, like a phone.

          The techies that write up the reviews seem to use something for just a week or two before writing about the experience, probably due to deadlines set by their editors. Hence the reason that it's hard to find good side-b

          • by wjcofkc ( 964165 )
            As far as your old phone goes, I maintain a collection of old phones including a rather pathetic LG running 2.2.1. The hardware always seemed like too much too waste. Although I never knew what I might use them for. I recently had some, let's just say people trouble. In fact pretty recently. I looked into it and found software for all of them lets me run video surveillance. I have five old phones and they are all running lower power mode video surveillance indoors and outdoors. I was even able to toss my tw

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