Tag - Logitech
Let's just cut straight to it: this is $100. Considering that you do not actually need it, or indeed anything remotely like it, that feels like a lot at the point of sale -- but then you can say exactly the same of your iPad Pro, and you'd be just as wrong. The Logitech Base for iPad Pro is a really fine piece of work. It's a charging stand for either model of the iPad Pro, which uses Apple's new Smart Connector.
The iPad Pro line of Apple tablets now has a dock that takes advantage of the range's Smart Connector, courtesy of Logitech. The Logi Base is a stand for both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch versions of the iPad Pro, one that takes advantage of the Smart Connector's power transfer capabilities by using it to charge the iPad Pro's battery, giving users an alternative to the usual method of attaching a cable to the iPad Pro's Lightning connector.
There is no such thing as the perfect keyboard, or at least there isn't one slice of perfection for everyone. It'd be dull if there were, but it would also be quite handy. As it is, for us the Logitech K810 keyboard is so very nearly the best possible option that we're wondering why it took us years to try it out. With chagrin, we also realize that if we'd checked it out even a few months ago, we'd have ditched it in favor of the Logitech K811 instead.
Logitech is continuing its expansion into the headphone market with the planned acquisition of Jaybird. Jaybird, best known for its sports-oriented Bluetooth headphones, follows Logitech's previous acquisition of headphone maker Ultimate Ears. With the acquisition, Logitech has also moved into the wearables market, with Jaybird's Reign fitness tracker also responsible for attracting Logitech's interest in the Salt Lake City, Utah based company.
Sometimes, just sometimes, the difference between two keyboards is quite subtle and truly down to the fingers of the beholder. What someone finds strong and reliable, the next person will find loud and clacky. This time, though, there is a very apparent and clear difference between this Logitech K480 and the K380 model that we've previously enthused about. The K480 must surely be 100 somethings better than the K380.
We've been testing a lot of Logitech keyboards lately and, just between you and me, we were considering doing a kind of smackdown group test of the lot. However, when your water cooler conversations become heated about plastic keyboards, though, it's time to take a look at yourself and your priorities in life. That's not to say I won't cave in, especially if the alternative is to discuss football, but right now I'd like you to imagine that the smackdown happened in private and that the Logitech K380 won. Keep this in mind, though -- it's still the most blue keyboard I've ever used.
Logitech is attempting to take on the videoconferencing market, by launching a new conferencing system aimed at mid-to-large size groups and meeting rooms. The Logitech Group follows on from the CC3000e in the ConferenceCam range, offering the ability to hold a conference call with a group of up to 14 people locally, though this can be extended to a total of 20 people by the use of an optional expansion microphone.
Previously, we've enthused about the Logitech K380, mostly enthused about the Create, and generally enthused with some caveats about the K400r -- and what do you mean, you're getting these names mixed up? Logitech took some steps toward making things clearer with this, the Logitech K400 Plus keyboard. That doesn't sound like a giant leap forward for keyboard naming, but in all other ways the firm markets this as being for use with your "smart" HDTV -- sort of.
Logitech has added another gaming-focused keyboard to its peripherals range, this time a new full-size mechanical keyboard with color-changing LEDs and high-specification internals. The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is claimed to offer customizable lighting, dedicated media controls, and mechanical switches that can give optimum performance and durability to players during gameplay.
If you've got an iPad Pro, you use it to excess. Far more than you did your iPad Air, and actually you thought you hammered that iPad Air quite a bit. There is something about the Pro that lends itself to doing more -- and the more you use it, the more likely you are to want an external keyboard. Plus, you might use your iPad Pro so much that it's effectively paid for itself, but you're still hurting from that large chunk of change you had to spend. You're not yet at the stage where you can casually throw your iPad Pro in a bag. You want to know it's safe, you want to be able to use it to its fullest, so you've looked at getting the Logitech Create keyboard case for iPad Pro. Every iPad Pro owner has looked at this, many have bought it; we've been living with it for a month.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE