Apple dropped the price of its EarPods and iPhone power adapters by $10, after it said the iPhone 12 would not ship with these accessories



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Apple has dropped the price of its EarPods and iPhone wall chargers by $10, after it confirmed that the new iPhones it announced Tuesday would not ship with these accessories.

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Its EarPod headphones — a wired alternative to Apple’s Bluetooth AirPods — are now $19 on the Apple Store, a third less than the previous price. 

Its 20W power adapter, which lets you charge your phone at a plug socket, is also $19 — this is a new product, and down from $29 for the old adapter, which Apple has now discontinued.

Older iPhone models still on sale on the Apple Store, including the iPhone 11, XR, and SE, will also no longer ship with these accessories, the company said.

At its iPhone 12 announcement on Tuesday, the company said that shipping phones without these accessories would let it use smaller boxes, helping it meet its environmental goals.

“It’s like removing 450,000 cars from the road per year,” Apple executive Lisa Jackson said at the launch event.

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Instead of a wall charger, the iPhone 12 will come with a USB-C to Lightning cable, which can be plugged into a computer or wall adapter for charging.

Other phone-markers have already removed chargers and headphones from their boxes, Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, told Business Insider, but many more companies will likely follow Apple’s lead.

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Gadget Guard Offers Unbreakable Strength and Unrivaled Protection for iPhone 12 Models – Press Release

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah–(Business Wire)–The world is finally getting a look at the next generation of iPhones and customers can now order Gadget Guard screen protectors in time to protect their new devices. For a limited time, those who buy the Black Ice screen protectors will get 50% off all other accessories.

Gadget Guard’s improved Black Ice Flex screen protectors are available for all new models Apple announced yesterday – iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The Black Ice Flex for iPhone 12 is infused with an EPA registered additive that extends the life of the screen protector by inhibiting microbe growth that could cause staining or surface deterioration.

The protectors may also be purchased with up to $250 in device screen insurance. A Privacy Edition is also available to protect your sensitive on-screen data. The Privacy Edition allows users to keep others from viewing their screens.

“Once again Gadget Guard is leading in innovation to offer antimicrobial protection and the latest privacy protection for the new iPhones,” said Dr. Ryan McCaughey, the company’s CTO. “With Black Ice Flex, we continue to offer unbreakable screen protection, now with longer lasting clarity and performance.”

The unbreakable screen protector has five integrated layers of protection to provide superior impact resistance and a glass-like feel. In addition to being shatter and chip-proof, Flex is also scratch and smudge resistant.

The new screen protectors can be ordered here and customers can use the code Protect50 at checkout to get 50% off any other accessories. The screen protectors can be also ordered at Amazon or at participating retail outlets.

Gadget Guard also offers the new Flex Privacy screen protectors (without the antimicrobial additive) for the iPhone SE (2020),11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XR, XS, XS Max and

Apple’s iPhone 12 event absent from Chinese social media platforms

  • Apple’s livestream of its iPhone 12 launch event on Tuesday was not available to watch on top Chinese social media platforms.
  • Tencent Video, iQiyi, Bilibili, and Weibo didn’t stream the event.
  • Bloomberg reported that the platforms canceled coverage without explanation.
  • The event garnered massive interest in China, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue, and the iPhone 12 was the top topic on Weibo.
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Top Chinese social media platforms reportedly pulled their planned coverage of Apple’s iPhone 12 livestream on Tuesday, despite massive interest in the event.

When Apple revealed the iPhone 12, its first 5G phone, video platforms such as Tencent Video, iQiyi, Bilibili, and Weibo didn’t carry the event, despite originally planning to, Bloomberg reported.

The report said the platforms gave no explanation for not showing the event in China, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue.

The iPhone 12 was later ranked the top topic on Weibo, with users posting photos of the new phone.

Bloomberg reporter Yuan Gao said in a tweet that the platforms usually hire translators and commentators to ensure the event is covered late into the night.

 

In an analyst note, financial services and investment firm Wedbush said the news “speaks to the ongoing ‘cold tech war’ tensions between the US and China.”

It estimated that around 20% of iPhone upgrades in the coming year will come from China. 

Representatives of Tencent Holdings, iQiyi, Weibo, and Bilibili didn’t respond to Bloomberg’s requests for comments.

During the event, Apple revealed four new 5G phones, starting at $699. 

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New iPhone 12 unveiled, new gadget, release dates and everything else you need to know from Apple event

Apple has finally unveiled its new iPhone 12 plus a brand new gadget.

The Apple ‘Hi, Speed’ event took place on Tuesday night where the company also confirmed that its new flagship smartphone will be its first to work on faster 5G networks.

There will be four version of the brand new model and that’s not all that has been announced, the Mirror reports.

The company also introduced a new gadget that you may want for you home.

The HomePod Mini is a brand new, revamped version of the HomePod speaker which went on sale in 2018.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone 12, the HomePod Mini, plus the release dates.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini

The first new iPhones to be unveiled were the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini.

Both smartphones feature 5G and have identical features.



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The main difference is, of course, their size.

The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone 12 Mini is Apple’s smallest smartphone yet, with a tiny 5.4-inch display.

The iPhone 12 is priced £799 and will be available for pre-order from October 16, with availability from October 23.

If the iPhone 12 Mini sounds more like your thing you will unfortunately have longer to wait.

The iPhone 12 Mini is priced at £699 and will be available for pre-order from November 6, before being available in stores from November 13.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple then introduced us to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.



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iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Like with the other two models, they both have 5G.

The difference is the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch display, while the Pro Max

Apple’s Intercom Feature Works on iPhone, iPad, HomePod, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay

During the unveiling of HomePod mini at Tuesday’s Apple event, Apple introduced an upcoming new feature called Intercom that works across all Apple devices with the exception, it would seem, of Mac.


Intercom will enable family members to communicate with each other wherever they are in the home, with the ability to send and receive spoken messages via HomePod speakers. If a family member is in the garden or away from home, they can still use Intercom on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and even CarPlay. Apple explains:

A new Intercom feature offers a quick and easy way for family members to connect with each other at home. One person can send an Intercom message from one ‌HomePod‌ to another — whether in a different room, a specific zone, or multiple rooms throughout the home — and their voice will automatically play on the designated ‌HomePod‌ speaker. Intercom works with ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, Apple Watch, AirPods, and ‌CarPlay‌, so everyone in the household can get Intercom notifications and send Intercom messages from the backyard or on their way home.

In the latest ‌HomePod‌ beta software, the setup process explains that users can say “Hey Siri, Intercom,” followed by their message, and then choose which HomePods and/or personal devices the message should be sent to. Other options include “Hey ‌Siri‌, tell everyone,” and “Hey ‌Siri‌, reply…” to respond to a message.


On personal devices, Intercom messages appear as notifications with the option to listen to the audio message. Users can also choose when Intercom notifications are delivered to their ‌iPhone‌ (Never / When I’m Home / Anywhere), and can select who can use Intercom via the Home app if they have remote access. Apple is also including an accessibility option that transcribes spoken messages on personal devices.

The Intercom feature will arrive