Hands on with GoPro Hero 10 Black: A whole new level

The new GoPro Hero 10 Black may have a nearly identical outward appearance as the 2020 model, but it’s a whole new beast of an action camera.

Impressive new performance

Inside the tenth-generation device is the GP2, GoPro’s second-generation SoC that’s driving many new features this time around. That speedy chip has improved not just how fast the camera boots up but also the quality of the content.

GoPro Hero 10 Black is much more responsive

GoPro Hero 10 Black is much more responsive

Turning on the camera is very fast, and moving through the interface is snappy too. One of my biggest frustrations from the Hero 9 was how the interface would lag as you tapped on various menus.

This is entirely a thing from the past, thanks to that new processor.

The time it takes from wholly turned off to capturing video has improved considerably over previous generations. This makes it very comfortable for users to pull out the camera with little notice, knowing that it would be recording in time to capture what I wanted.

With earlier GoPros, I always had this feeling it was going to stall and drag when turning it on, causing me to miss my shot.

  • GP2 processor
  • 5.3K video capture at 60 FPS
  • 23MP photos
  • HyperSmooth 4.0
  • Compatible with all Hero 9 mods
  • Autoupload
  • Wired transfers

HyperSmooth has undergone many improvements. It can now compensate for roll up to 45 degrees from level, almost double what the Hero 9 could do.

I tried strapping it to the back of my dog as he ran through the yard, and I was blown away by how level and smooth the video was.

The GoPro Hero 9 Black vs GoPro Hero 10 Black

The GoPro Hero 9 Black vs GoPro Hero 10 Black

Speaking of video, this camera can now record in incredible detail. We’re talking 5.3K footage at up to 60 frames per second, double the 5K 30 FPS from the Hero 9.

I don’t shoot in 5K all too often, but at 60 frames per second, I can shoot in 5K but crop it into 4K and have some wiggle room on framing.

Slo-mo footage from the Hero 10 gets stepped up too at 240fps. Now, rather than only 1080P at 240fps, there is a 2.7K option. Of course, it would be nice to see a 4K 240fps option, but this is still a significant upgrade.

I shoot in slo-mo reasonably frequently, and it is always unfortunate having to step down the resolution to accommodate that higher frame rate.

Eco-friendly GoPro packaging

Eco-friendly GoPro packaging

Another appreciatable little touch is GoPro’s packaging, as the Hero 10 Black comes in a hardshell case with a paper sleeve around it. The paper, which can be recycled, is far more eco-friendly than a plastic box or wrapping.

You can perpetually use the case to travel with your GoPro, and it can house additional accessories that you may pick up later.

GoPro Hero 10 Black sample photo

GoPro Hero 10 Black sample photo

So far, I’ve done limited camera testing in various environments, but I did take it to downtown Cleveland to capture a few shots. Above, you can see a landscape shot of the Cleveland Museum of Art over the water.

This is a 23MP photo, and it came out great with the HDR setting. A lot of detail still came out in the shadows.

A still from a 4K night video

A still from a 4K night video

Here, you can see a still of a 5K video taken in the evening after the sun had gone down. Some areas are dark, but it overall reduced noise in these low-light shots.

I’m very excited to keep testing this camera and see how else it performs. Stay tuned for the full review of the GoPro Hero 10 Black coming soon.

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Is Pokémon Unite actually free to play?

Best answer: Yes, Pokémon Unite is free-to-play on iPhone, Android devices, and Nintendo Switch. While there are in-app purchases for skins and characters, you don’t have to pay anything to enjoy the game. Additionally, Nintendo Switch players do not need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play.

League of Pokémon

Initially, Pokémon Unite released on Nintendo Switch back in July 2021, but now iPhone and Android users can join in the fun on mobile. This is a Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) developed by TiMi Studios. You might remember this developer as the one that created Arena of Valor.

In many ways, Pokémon Unite plays like League of Legends or other popular MOBAs already in existence. The difference being that Pokémon Unite is far more accessible to beginners while still being fun for MOBA veterans. The best part is that players can square off against each other regardless of if they’re playing on a Nintendo Switch, an iPhone, or an Android phone. Most importantly, the game does not require in-app purchases to play, nor do Switch owners need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to access it.

How much does free cost?

As I said before, this is a free-to-play game and there are even some free rewards as you play. However, there are in-game shops and ways to spend real-world money. First and foremost, there’s a battle pass which gives you extra goodies for leveling up during the season. You can get the basic battle pass for roughly $8 or the premium battle pass for about $16. But again, the battle pass isn’t needed to play.

Players slowly earn Aeos coins while playing and can use these to purchase clothes and Pokémon Licenses once enough have been collected. However, you’ll be able to acquire things a whole lot faster if you exchange real-world dollars for Aeos Gems. Certain items can only be purchased with Aeos Gems, while other microtransactions can only be purchased with other in-game currency. The thing to note here though is that there is no paywall. You can easily enjoy the game for years without spending a penny.

Now, there have been people who claim that Pokémon Unite is play-to-win. Due to the various characters’ skill levels and tier ranking, some definitely are more powerful and easier to handle than others. Plus, you can purchase certain items that enhance your Pokémon’s abilities. So, purchasing all of these will definitely give you an advantage. However, I’ve played hundreds of rounds and have always been able to have a good mix of wins and losses without spending any money at all.

Pokémon Arena

Pokémon Unite

Free download at Nintendo

I choose you.

Face off against opponents and see who can score the most goals before time runs out. There are several characters to play as, and each has different skills.

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Should you update your Apple Watch to watchOS 8 when it’s released?

The Release Candidate version of watchOS 8 is here and it will be released to the general public on Monday. After three months of beta testing, here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s newest update for Apple Watch.

Table of contents

What’s new with watchOS 8?

While watchOS 7 had a strong update cycle, watchOS 8 only tweaks a formula we already know from the latest software updates. This new operating system doesn’t reinvent the wheel but makes the experience of wearing the Apple Watch more delightful.

For those with the latest Apple Watch hardware, watchOS 8 brings a number of features and improvements. But it’s also the small tweaks that matter the most. Even after all these years, the Apple Watch is made for small interactions and glances, watchOS 8 helps you exactly with that.

New Watch Face with more to come

With every new iOS cycle, I get excited to learn more about new Memoji customization. With the watchOS, I always most look forward to new Watch Faces. For the past few months, I’ve been using the old ‘California’ face since Apple only introduced ‘Portraits’ in the beta cycle and it doesn’t feature any complication.

With the RC version of watchOS 8, Apple added the long-anticipated “World Time” face, which was accidentally shown during a WWDC21 session. Apart from the World Timer and Portraits faces, the new Apple Watch Series 7 will also receive its own exclusive watch faces, but they won’t be available for older models.

Unfortunately, this year’s watchOS 8 update doesn’t bring as many faces as I had expected, so it doesn’t help users to have a more personalized wearable, unlike last year’s unique “Artists” faces.

Always-on Display upgrades

One of the things that changed with watchOS 8 is that the Always-On Display allows you to see notifications without raising your wrist. When a new notification comes, you get a preview of what app it is then you can raise your wrist or just tap to read what’s new.

It’s convenient and works exactly as intended. Another big feature coming to watchOS 8 is that Apple made a new API available to developers so you’ll now see a dimmed state of a third-party app instead of the previously used blur and digital clock.

This is useful for apps like Apple Music, where you can tap the play button and the response is immediate. In the previous versions of watchOS, you’d have to tap once to wake the display, and again to actually interact.

All new Contacts, Weather, Photos, and Find My Apps

Take a deep breath with watchOS 8

watchOS 8 is focusing even more on people’s well-being. The Breath app is now called Mindfulness, so rather than just taking a minute to relax, users can take a moment to reflect and think of a recent experience they truly enjoyed.

I confess that I don’t care that much about this kind of feature, but I know how important it can be for some people. I tried it a few times over the past three months and it’s nice, but I don’t see myself using it regularly.

Speaking of well-being, Apple is bringing two new workouts: Pilates and Tai Chi, which are a great addition amid the pandemic.

Notably, one of my favorite features of iOS 15 is also available on watchOS 8: Focus mode.

With that, I can easily switch between different tasks and only be notified by things that matter the most at that moment. I really enjoy starting an exercise and Focus change my status to working out, so no one interrupts me – except if it’s an emergency. Then, I can read everything that I missed through this hour.

Another small but great addition is Siri now telling me how’s my exercise going: ff I completed another kilometer, my pace, and if one of my rings is closed. This is a mislay tweak for AirPods owners, but it makes a big impact on my workout routine.

New Workouts and Fitness+ expansion

it’s expanding Fitness+ to more countries later this year, including Brazil.

With that, my Apple Watch will become more with features such as “Time to Walk” and Fitness+ workouts. Although I still can’t try Fitness+ now, it’s a great addition for those who plan to download watchOS 8 and will be able to use the service rather sooner than later.

Where are all the big changes in watchOS 8?

As I said previously, watchOS 8 isn’t changing how the operating system works. It’s not giving a new dock approach and one of the core features of the Watch was removed with watchOS 7: Force Touch support.

There are still cool things coming to the Watch, which are delayed. For example, with proper integration with HomeKit, if someone rings your connected doorbell, you might see options like unlocking the door or turning on the entry lights. There’s also a new Camera room, and watchOS 8 knows which scenes you’re most likely to use based on the time of day.

In a future update, the Wallet app will also become more useful for US residents. The app will store your Home key and ID cards, and Apple already revealed which states will be the first to support this feature, and you can learn more about it here.

watchOS 8: worth upgrading it or not?

watchOS 8 is all about small changes that will improve your glimpse experience with the Watch. This year, Apple is focusing on a quality of life improvements and larger screen sizes with the Apple Watch Series 7.

If you already enjoyed watchOS 7 but want to do a bit more with your Watch, stay more connected, learn more about your routine, and know when to take a break, watchOS 8 will help you with all of that.

Release date and devices compatibility

Apple will release watchOS 8 on September 20. All Apple Watches compatible with watchOS 7 will be able to upgrade to watchOS 8. Here’s the full list:

  • Apple Watch Series 3 (2017)
  • Apple Watch Series 4 (2018)
  • Apple Watch Series 5 (2019)
  • Apple Watch SE (2020)
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (2020)

Different from iPadOS, iOS, and macOS updates, Apple doesn’t make clear what functions will be available for each Watch. For instance, the Apple Watch Series 3 did not receive support for multiple complications last year.


Even though watchOS 8 is a small upgrade, there is a lot of features to be excited about. Those already owning an Apple Watch with an Always-On Display will see a big improvement in how this technology works.

All the well-being features Apple keeps adding turn your Watch into a more personal and useful wearable. With redesigned watch faces for the Apple Watch Series 7, and an all-new Portraits watch face, you can stay healthy, informed, and ready for your day with watchOS 8.

Are you excited about watchOS 8? Will you update? Tell us in the comment section below.

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How to use Taptic Time on the Apple Watch

If you don’t want to disturb anyone when finding out the time on your Apple Watch, you could try Taptic Time. Here’s how to feel what time it is in watchOS.

Like other watches, the Apple Watch has, as its core function, the ability to tell users the time. It seems obvious, but considering all of the features the Apple Watch has, it’s something that can be easily forgotten about.

While you can usually tell the time by looking directly at the screen, that may not necessarily be an option. For example, at a theater, having a bright screen illuminate in the middle of a dark room could be distracting to other movie watchers.

The Apple Watch can also be set to speak the time aloud, or to play chimes each hour. As an accessibility and a convenience feature, this is great, as you can know the time without looking at the screen, and just with a light press of the screen with a few fingers.

But again, this is not entirely great for situations where you need to be covert. While a bright screen could be distracting, hearing Siri say the time out may be just as bad.

It is possible to set up the Apple Watch to tell you the time, without requiring anyone to look at the screen, and without making a loud noise.

Taptic Time

A relatively underused feature of the Apple Watch, Taptic Time enables you to actually feel what the time is at that moment. Instead of noise or using the display, it instead employs the Taptic Engine of the Apple Watch to vibrate on your wrist.

By feeling and recognizing the pattern of vibrations, it is possible to know what the time is.

How to enable Taptic Time on the Apple Watch

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Clock, then Taptic Time.
  • Set the toggle next to Taptic Time to On.
  • Select the pattern that Taptic Time should use.

When Taptic Time is enabled, you can touch and hold two fingers on the watch face to start the vibrations.

Setting up Taptic Time is done in the Clock menu in the Settings app.

Setting up Taptic Time is done in the Clock menu in the Settings app.

If you also have Speak Time engaged, which is found within the Clock menu in Settings, then the tap and hold command will give you a different result. If Silent Mode is engaged, Taptic Time will be triggered, but otherwise the Apple Watch will speak the time instead.

If Speak Time is turned off, Taptic Time will trigger regardless of whether the Apple Watch is set to Silent Mode or not.

Taptic Time patterns

Within the Taptic Time settings menu are three options for patterns. These relate to how the Apple Watch will vibrate when telling the time.

Morse Code will tap out each digit of the current time in Morse Code. This is handy for people who are familiar with that coding system, but not necessarily for anyone unprepared to learn and memorize the different tap patterns.

Digits is quite straightforward, as it will start off by telling you the hours, with long taps signifying 10 hours before switching to short taps for each additional hour. So one long tap and four short ones would be 14.

This is then followed up by a similar system for minutes, with long taps meaning 10 minutes and shorter taps for each extra minute. For example, two long taps and three short taps would be 23 minutes.

Putting it together, a pattern of two long taps, one short tap, three long taps, and four short taps means 21:34, or 9:34 P.M.

A third mode is Terse, which is a similar collection of long and short taps to signify time. However, rather than telling you the exact time, it instead gives you the time to a 15-minute period.

While less accurate than Digits, Terse can be a considerably quicker way to find out the general time, with potentially fewer taps.

Terse operates by using long taps to signify that five hours have passed since midnight, followed by short taps for the remaining hours, then long taps again for each quarter-hour.

For example, three long taps, four short taps, and two long taps would translate to a time between 19:30 (7:30 P.M.) and 19:44 (7:44 P.M.)

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3 Main Differences Between the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

There’s no doubt that Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max specs place it at the top of the iPhone leader board, but the iPhone 13 Pro is so remarkably similar, making it not too far behind.

Of course, the iPhone 13 Pro costs less, starting at $999, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099. This is the same starting price as the previous year’s Pro models. However, if you want to upgrade to 1TB of storage, it costs a whopping $1499 for the Pro and $1599 for the Pro Max. Still, only a difference of $100.

The iPhone 13 Pro is lighter and easier to hold. Its length and weight are 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches and 7.2 ounces compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches and 8.5 ounces. If you have small hands, you might want to reconsider purchasing the Pro Max model.

Due to the large size of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, it can hold more battery power and can last up to 28 hours. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro can only last up to 22 hours.

More Pro Than Ever Before

Because of how similar the two models are, it essentially all comes down to whether or not you want to pay $100 more for a slightly larger phone with a bit more battery because these phones share a lot of specs, making both of them the most Pro iPhones ever to exist.

“Our Pro lineup pushes the limits with our most advanced technologies for users who want the very best iPhone”

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Both the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max received major camera upgrades compared to previous models. The new telephoto camera has 3x optical zoom, a 6-element ultra-wide lens that lets in more light, and a wide camera with a 2.2x improvement in low light, Cinematic Mode, as well as ProRes and Dolby Vision video.

Another shared spec for the Pro Lineup is the ProMotion display, which adjusts from 10Hz to 120Hz, responding dynamically to the speed you’re scrolling.

If you decide to go Pro, the colors to choose from for both models are Graphite, Gold, Silver, or the brand new Sierra Blue.

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Switch finally got Bluetooth headset connectivity and N64 games are coming

Which N64 games do you really want to play on Switch?

Well another week has come and gone meaning that it’s time for the Nintendo recap. Welcome, everyone. There’s been a few exciting developments this week, including insiders claiming that an N64 emulator on Switch is coming and an update released that finally lets us connect wireless headphones directly to our Switch consoles. Plus, the GameCube hit an important milestone this week, while Bayonetta fans learned they might have something to fear. And although the Switch dropped in price in the UK, we aren’t getting the same treatment in the US. Let’s dive in.

GameCube celebrates 20 years 🎈🎂🥳

If you enjoyed the GameCube in your youth, you’re probably complaining about your back right now while yelling at kids to get off your lawn. This classic system originally launched in Japan on September 14, 2001, which means it hit its 20th anniversary this last Tuesday. Hold on I need to take an aspirin.

It might not have been a commercial success in its time, but this system sparked a legacy that continues to live on.

It’s crazy to think that the GameCube is this old. Many of the games on this system were so influential they altered the course of their respective series. Super Smash Bros. Melee, for example, is still debatably the best Smash game as it introduced important new mechanics that continued on with the series.

It was also on this system that we got the first two Metroid Prime games, Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Resident Evil 4, and the first cell-shaded Zelda with Wind Waker, among other significant classics. Not to mention, it was the first to bring Animal Crossing to consoles in the west. It might not have been a commercial success in its time, but this system sparked a legacy that continues to live on.

N64 on Switch Banjo-Kazooie and other Rare games too?

A few weeks ago, we learned thanks to Nate the Hate’s podcast that Game Boy and Game Boy Color games are coming to Nintendo Switch in the near future. Multiple media outlets reached out to their “sources” and corroborated the idea, but Eurogamer took things even further, stating that “other retro platforms are also in the cards”. Going along with this escalation, Nate the Hate and his guest MVG talked this last Wednesday about the likelihood of N64 games coming to Nintendo Switch as well, and at one point he even said, “one of the platforms that will be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online in the future is the revolutionary Nintendo 64.”

Could this be what Phil Spencer’s shelf has been teasing us about all year?

Before we all get too excited about replaying the glorious games from our youth on Switch, it’s important to remember that due to certain licensing issues with Goldeneye 007 and the fact that Rare, the developer that brought us Banjo-Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Jet Force Gemini and other gems, is now owned by Microsoft. As such, it isn’t likely that these games will make it to any N64 emulator on Switch. Now, it is possible that Microsoft and Nintendo could come to some kind of agreement over the Rare titles. This could be what Phil Spencer’s shelf has been teasing us about all year. Still, it’s a long shot.

With the kind of anticipation N64 titles create, a separate N64 emulator subscription could launch alongside Nintendo Switch Online and would likely be somewhere between a yearly $20 and $35 payment. Knowing that this is our only way to legally access these games on current systems, fans would easily do it too.

However, keep in mind that Nintendo already excludes certain classic games from previous emulators, so it’s likely the same would happen for this N64 one. The industry-changing Zelda games, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, for example. Considering how much monetary potential they have, they’d probably sell them separately. Super Mario 64 would also be on this emulator, considering it was already made available on Switch for a limited-run physical copy via Super Mario All-Stars. But it too would be sold separately from an emulator bundle considering how well it can sell on its own.

Finally, Bluetooth headphones without a middleman What it means for the OLED model

Get out of here adapters, and don’t even look at me, dongles. With the 13.0.0 update Nintendo released on Tuesday, night we can finally connect Bluetooth headsets directly to the Switch without needing an intermediary accessory. Keep in mind that this update does not apply to microphones on headsets, which isn’t surprising given that voice chat isn’t readily available on Nintendo Switch games. It just took four years since the Switch launched for Nintendo to flip the switch and make an ability it’s been capable of all along go live.

This update launched suspiciously close to the OLED Model’s release date.

Now the question becomes, why did Nintendo suddenly decide to make Bluetooth headphone connectivity available out of the blue on a Tuesday evening? (Well, Wednesday morning in Japan). It could be it’s just been on the back burner for a while and finally just happened to go live. However, launching this suspiciously close to the launch of the OLED model could mean it has something to do with ramping up the abilities of the newest console iteration. Depending on just what hardware upgrades are used exactly on the OLED model, it could have the potential to be more powerful than we currently know it to be.

This becomes more apparent when you consider that the 13.0.0 update included a specific update for the OLED model dock, which is interesting as many people hadn’t realized it could get an update until now. Gaming news show host, Spawn Wave, noted in a video that if this new dock features HDMI 2.0 rather than the HDMI 1.4 that’s been in previous models, it could mean that the dock could eventually support 4K in a future update. That basically means this would pave the way for the “Switch Pro” everyone’s been wanting. Dun dun dun! Let the conspiracies fly.

Switch price cut in the UK but not the US

Last week, Nintend’Alerts, a reliable leaker, tweeted that the Switch would be dropping in price come the next Monday. Turns out they were correct. However, this only applies in the UK. When gaming insider Stephen Totilo asked Nintendo about it, he was told that the “price drop was just for Europe.”

Now, Nintendo has been known to omit certain truths when responding to direct questions. It’s very possible that they’re holding off in the US market for now, but could drop the price closer to Black Friday. Regardless, it’s strange that this was done in one area and not any others. Though, it won’t be surprising if other regions also get a price drop in the next few months.

Bayonetta getting a new voice actor? Uncertain future

Hellena Taylor is best known for voicing our favorite leading witch from the Bayonetta series. However, her comments on Twitter this week have concerned many of her fans. When fellow Twitter user, Yousif, responded to one of her tweets saying, “You’re an icon Hellena I can’t imagine Bayonetta without your amazing voice.” The actress responded saying, “Well you might have to.” This of course got several people asking for more information to which Taylor responded, “I’m not at liberty to say.”

No clear developments have come to light since then. Now, you might recall earlier this year that PlatinumGames told its fans to basically stop anticipating Bayonetta 3 news because then they would be surprised when it actually showed up. They’ve more recently gone on to say that news about the game’s release is actually up to Nintendo. But rest assured the game is currently being worked on and the developers are looking forward to the release. In an interview with VGC, Atsushi Inaba, PlatinumGames’ studio head, even said that “There’s no need to worry…Everything’s OK.”

We’ll just have to be patient a little while longer. Nintendo tends to have meticulous controlled plans for when each game releases on its systems. Whether the titular Bayonetta character continues with the series or not, we do at least know that this game is making progress and should hopefully release in the near future.

That’s all for the Nintendo recap

Welp, that’s all we’ve got for this week’s Nintendo recap. What do you think about an N64 emulator on Switch possibly coming to Nintendo Switch Online? What games would make it worth it to you? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Until next time.

- Rebecca Spear

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Apple’s leather cases for iPhone 13 Pro: Hands on and first impressions

Apple’s supremely soft leather cases have once again been updated for the latest batch of iPhones. Ahead of the iPhone 13 release, we go hands-on with all the new colors.

Size and fit

While Apple offers all colors of its leather case in variations for the iPhone 13 mini,iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, we’ll be looking at the iPhone 13 Pro model.

We’ve stressed this already in our hands-on with Apple’s silicone cases, but we’ll repeat it again here. Unlike with iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro cases are not interchangeable.

iPhone 13 Pro case on iPhone 13 dummy unit

iPhone 13 Pro case on iPhone 13 dummy unit

As the iPhone 13 Pro has a significantly larger camera module, iPhone 13 cases will not fit inside. While iPhone 13 Pro cases will fit on the iPhone 13, there will be notable empty space around the camera bump.

Design and new colors

Just as Apple didn’t massively alter the design of its signature silicone case, the leather cases have remained unchanged as well. That doesn’t stop them from being one of our favorites, however.

Apple's leather case

Apple’s leather case

The experience of the leather case is above that of the silicone case, including the packaging. Whereas the silicone case is put inside a thin box with a sticker seal, the leather case has a thicker box without a sticker.

Instead, it has an all-paper locking mechanism that pops open and closed. It’s a small detail, but Apple does differentiate between the quality levels.

The anodized metal buttons on Apple's leather case

The anodized metal buttons on Apple’s leather case

The case itself has a rigid interior with very soft leather on the outside, and an Apple logo embossed into the center of the back. Along the sides, the buttons are anodized pieces of aluminum that are color-matched to the cases themselves.

The inside of Apple's leather case

The inside of Apple’s leather case

On the inside is a gentle microfiber lining that will prevent any scratches to your phone. You can also see a circle on the inside, indicative of the case’s support for MagSafe.

Dark Cherry case

Dark Cherry leather case

The new seasonal colors for iPhone 13 are Golden Brown, Dark Cherry, Sequoia Green, Midnight, and Wisteria.

Available now

Despite iPhone 13 not releasing until September 24, Apple’s new leather cases — and silicone cases — are available to order now. You can find them on Amazon for $59.99.

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Amazon’s $299 iPad 9th Gen, $459 iPad mini 6 deals cement price war with Walmart

Matching the lowest prices we’ve seen on Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad (9th Generation) and iPad mini 6, Amazon is knocking $30 to $40 off preorders. Prices start at just $299.

2021 iPad savings

As we reported earlier this week, Walmart initiated the price war by dropping Apple’s newly announced iPad 9th Generation to $299 and Amazon has now matched the $30 discount on the 64GB, Wi-model. Looking for additional storage space or Wi-Fi + Cellular functionality? Check out the best 2021 iPad prices in our Price Guide.

iPad mini 6 also discounted

Amazon is also matching Walmart’s $40 price cut on the brand-new iPad mini 6, which offers second-generation Apple Pencil 2 support and USB-C charging. Now on sale for $459.99 at Amazon, this preorder price drop delivers the cheapest iPad mini 6 price we’ve seen since the new model was announced on Sept. 14.

Plus, deals on the latest Apple hardware

Cheap Apple Prices

AppleInsider and Apple Authorized Resellers are also running specials iPhone, iPad and Mac hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in bonus savings on accessories, software and more. Here are just a few of the deals running this week:

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Poll: What was your favorite Apple announcement at the iPhone 13 event?

Take our poll!

The iPhone 13 event is over, and what a week it has been. Apple has announced not only its new best iPhone, but also the Apple Watch Series 7, iPad, and a new iPad mini 6, but which was your favorite? That’s what we want to find out in this week’s poll.

But first, here’s a recap of what was launched:


Apple has released a brand new iPad with an A13 Bionic processor, Center stage, True tone, and more storage. It costs $329 and brings with it support for Apple Pencil and the Magic keyboard. However, there’s no design change from the previous model, save the end of white bezels.

iPad mini

iPad mini arguably stole the show with its stunning new design, A15 Bionic processor, thinner bezels, Touch ID in the home button, and more.

Apple Watch Series 7

A big surprise, Apple Watch didn’t change anything like we thought it would. We were promised a new chassis with flat edges and a new processor by multiple leakers, instead, we got a slightly redesigned watch with the same processor, larger display, and some new faces. It’s also the toughest Apple Watch to date.

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 builds on the iPhone 12 with a smaller notch, A15 chip, better camera, better display, and some exciting new videography upgrades like cinematic mode.

iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro got 120Hz ProMotion displays, up to 1TB of storage, a variable refresh rate, macro photography, new colors, and more.


Personally, the iPad mini is a massive upgrade on previous years, making it a prime candidate for Apple’s best iPad over the iPad Air and M1 iPad Pro (2021). This was definitely the most exciting upgrade in my book, and a nice surprise after we’d heard that the iPad wasn’t actually going to debut until next month. But what did you think? Take our poll below, or click here if you’re on mobile.

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Best Deals Sept. 18 – WD Elements 14TB for $270, 128GB DDR4 for $460, more!

Friday’s best deals include a 32:9 43.8-inch Sceptre IPS monitor, 14TB of external WD Elements storage for $270, 128GB of G.Skill DDR4 memory for $460, and more!

Shopping online for the best discounts and deals can be an annoying and challenging task. So rather than sifting through miles of advertisements, check out this list of sales we’ve hand-picked just for the AppleInsider audience.

You’ll find more than just Apple products here. Each section is organized by product type or brand and can contain anything from furniture to iPhone cases.

If an item is out of stock, it may still be able to be ordered for delivery at a later date. These deals won’t last long, so act fast for anything that might be of interest to you.

Deals are added every day, throughout the day.

Computers, monitors, and accessories

Laptops, desktops, computers, and tablets

New today:

  • Asus ROG Strix Ryzen 7 5800X 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD 1TB drive, GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, was $1869.99 now $1699.99

Deals still going on:

  • ABS Master Gaming Desktop PC Intel i5 10400F GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 16GB DDR4 3000MHz 512GB SSD, was $1,299.99 now $1,199.99
  • Asus 15.6-inch VivoBook 15 F513 Laptop FHD Intel Core i3-1115G4 8GB Memory 256GB SSD, was $549.99 now $379.99
  • Gateway 15.6-inch Ultra Slim Notebook: AMD Ryzen 5 3450U 1080p 16GB RAM 256GB SSD, was $699.99 now $349
  • Gigabyte 15.6-inch Aero OLED 4K UHD Gaming Notebook Computer with Intel Core i7-11800H 2.3GHz 16GB RAM 512GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB – Black, was $1,799 now $1,599
  • Gigabyte 15.6-inch Aero 15 OLED YD: 4K AMOLED i7-11800H RTX 3080 16GB DDR4 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD Thunderbolt 4, was $2,999 now $1,899 with mail-in rebate
  • HP 11-inch Touch Screen Chromebook Qualcomm Snapdragon 8GB Memory 64GB eMMC, was $599 now $399
  • Samsung 15-inch Galaxy Book Pro with Intel Core i5 512GB SSD Mystic Blue, was $1,099.99 now $349.99
  • Trigkey Green G1 Mini PC – Intel J4125 processor – 8GB Memory – 128GB M.2 SATA SSD storage, was $248.00 now $208 with the on-page coupon

Computer parts

$100 off AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

New today:

  • Cooler Master Hyper 202 Black Edition CPU Cooler, was $44.99 now $24.99 after mail-in rebate

Deals still going on:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-Core 32-Thread Desktop Processor, was $829 now $729 with promo code EMC2AZ9A652
  • Cooler Master AMD Wraith Ripper ThreadRipper TR4 CPU Cooler, was $134.99 now $29.99 after mail-in rebate
  • Phanteks Glacier One 240MP D-RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, was $129.99 now $99.99 with mail-in rebate
  • XFX Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6900XT 16GB GDDR6, was $1,799.99 now $1,699.99

Computer Storage

New today:

  • Crucial MX500 1TB SSD, was $99.99 now $84.99
  • WD 14TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive USB 3.0, was $379.99 now $270.19
  • WD Black 2TB NVMe SSD, was $529.99 now $339.99

Deals still going on:

  • PNY 1TB Technologies CS3040 XLR8 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 Solid State Drive, was $179.99 now $144.99
  • Samsung 1TB 970 EVO Plus M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive, was $169.99 now $144.99
  • Samsung 2TB 870 QVO Internal SSD, was $229.99 now $181.25
  • Samsung 2TB 970 EVO Plus M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive SSD, was $499.99 now $249.99
  • SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive Go USB Type-C / USB Flash Drive, was $74.99 now $23.99
  • Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services, was $134.99 now $102.00
  • Team Group 1TB CX2 Classic 2.5″ Solid State Drive, was $88.99 now $76.99
  • WD 1TB BLACK SN850 M.2 2280 NVMe Gaming PCIe Gen 4 x4 Internal SSD, was $229.99 now $179.99
  • WD 6TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, was $249.99 now $129.99
  • WD 5TB Easystore External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive – Black, was $179.99 now $109.99 at Best Buy and Ebay

Computer RAM and Computer Memory

Neo Forza FAYE 16GB RAM for only $54.99

Neo Forza FAYE 16GB RAM for only $54.99

New today:

  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200, was $102.99 now $77.99
  • G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 128GB (4x32GB) DDR4 2666, was $519.99 now $459.99

Deals still going on:

  • Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3600, was $229.99 now $159.99
  • G.Skill 32GB (2x16GB) Ripjaws V Series DDR4 3200, was $139.99 now $127.99
  • Neo Forza 16GB (2x8GB) Faye DDR4 3600 Desktop RAM Kit, was $82.99 now $54.99 with promo code EMC2AZ9A644

Monitors and monitor accessories

New today:

  • Sceptre IPS 43.8-inch Ultra Wide 32:9 LED monitor, was $699.99 now $519.07 with promo code 80BTSHOTHOT

Deals still going on:

  • Acer 27-inch Nitro VG270U Pbmiipx was $369.99 now $289.99
  • AOC 32-inch FHD 75Hz Adaptive Sync Curved Gaming Monitor C32V3H, was $224.99 now $199.99
  • Asus 27-inch VG278Q 1080p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor, was $249.99 now $209.99 with mail-in rebate
  • BenQ 27-inch Mobiuz 1080p 144Hz IPS LED Gaming Monitor with Eye-Care (EX2710), was $299.99 now $189.99 after mail-in rebate
  • Gigabyte 27-inch M27Q, was $359.99 now $299.99
  • LG 27-inch 2560×1440 IPS Monitor w/ USB Type-C (27QN880-B) and Ergo Stand, was $449.99 now $319.99
  • LG 27-inch 4K UHD 5ms 60Hz IPS monitor, was $449.99 now $396.99
  • MSI 34-inch Optix Ultra Wide QHD Monitor, was $429.99 now $379.99
  • Samsung 34-inch 3440×1440 75Hz UltraWide VA Monitor LS34J552WQNXZA, was $399.99 now $279

Razer Last Chance to shop and other deals (US only)

Computer accessories

Deals still going on:

  • HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Wired Gaming Keyboard, was $109.99 now $54.99
  • Logitech Brio 4K Ultra HD Webcam, was $199.99 now $165.31
  • Logitech G PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, was $129.99 now $99.99
  • Logitech G815 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Tactile), was $196.03 now $169.99
  • Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse W/ Hero 25K Sensor, was $149.99 now $99.99
  • Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam, was $199.99 now $169.99
  • Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset – Mercury White, was $49.99 now $35.99
  • Wacom PTH660 Intuos Pro Digital Graphic Drawing Tablet, was $379.95 now $299.95

Computer Programs and Computer Applications

Deals still going on:

  • Bitdefender Internet Security 2021 3-PC/2yr, was $119.99 now $29.99
  • Bitdefender Total Security 2021 – 2 Year / 5PCs, was $149.99 now $39.99
  • Microsoft 365 Personal 12 month auto-renewing subscription with a $15 Amazon gift card, was $84.99 now $58.99


Deals still going on:

  • Netgear 4-Stream AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (RAX20-100NAS), was $149.99 now $89.99
  • TP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Extender, was $34.99 now $22.99

TV, TV accessories, and TV speakers

Televisions and Projectors

Deals still going on:

  • Anker Nebula Astro mini projector and speaker, was $279.99 now $199.99 with on page coupon
  • Vizio 58-inch M-Series 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Apple AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision, was $769.99 now $699.99

Hisense ULED TVs

  • 50-inch U6G 4K ULED Quantum HDR Smart TV (2021), was $699.99 now $499.99 and get a 4-year Accidental Extended Warranty
  • 55-inch U6G 4K ULED Quantum HDR Smart TV (2021), was $799.99 now $549.99 and get a 4-year Accidental Extended Warranty
  • 65-inch ULED 4K Premium Quantum Dot 65U6G, was $849.99 now $699.99
  • 75-Inch Hisense ULED Quantum Dot QLED Series Android 4K Smart TV, was $1,499.99 now $1,148


  • LG 48-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1196.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 55-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1296.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 55-inch 4K Smart OLED TV, was $1796.99 now $1496.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV, was $2499.99 now $2096.99 and get a $200 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 65-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1,796.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 77-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $3199.99 now $2,796.99 and get a $100 Visa Gift Card

Sony 4K TV Deals

  • Sony 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR65X90J, was $1,599.99 now $1,498
  • Sony 65-inch X90J TV BRAVIA XR Full Array LED 4K Ultra HD, was $1,599.99 now $1,498
  • Sony 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR75X90J, was $2,399.99 now $2,098

TV Accessories

Deals still going on:

  • Amazon Fire TV Blaster, was $34.99 now $19.99
  • Roku Ultra LT 4K HDR Streaming Device, was $79 now $49

Smart Products

Deals still going on:

  • eufy Security Solo IndoorCam, was $51.99 now $46.99 with on-page coupon
  • CostCo Members only: Google Nest Learning Thermostat with Nest Temperature Sensor, was $250 now $190
  • Kasa Smart 2K Security Indoor Camera with 2-Way Audio and Night Vision works with Alexa & Google Home, was $44.99 now $35.99
  • Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip and Surge Protector HS300, was $79.99 now $49.99 with on-page coupon
  • Kasa Smart Plug 4-Pack – White, was $29.99 now $21.99
  • LIFX A19 Mini Day and Dusk White Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb – 4 pack, was $79.96 now $59.96

Charging and other power products

Deals still going on:

  • Anker Nano USB C Charger, was $16.99 now $13.59
  • Anker 18W USB C Nano Charger Wall PD Charger Power Adapter PIQ 3.0 Fast Charging, was $14.99 now $11.99
  • Samsung Wireless Fast Charger 2.0 Duo Pad, was $99.99 now $22.99

Deals still going on:

  • Coleshome 39-inch Student Writing Desk Two-Tone Design, was $79.99 now $29.99
  • Coredy R750 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $320.99 now $191.24
  • Coredy L900 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $519.99 now $341.99 with on page coupon
  • Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner with Auto-Empty Station, was $799.99 now $559.99 with promo code ECOROBOT559 and on-page coupon
  • Flexispot Standing Desk Converter 30 inch, was $129.99 now $109.99 with on-page coupon
  • LG CordZero Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum, was $699.99 now $449.99
  • ODK Height Adjustable Standing Desk 48-inch x 24-inch, was $298.99 now $148 with on-page coupon
  • ODK Height Adjustable Standing Desk 55-inch x 24-inch, was $359.99 now $199.99 with on-page coupon
  • Pilot 8-Pack FriXion Erasable & Refillable Gel Ink Stick Pens (Assorted Colors), was $21.04 now $7.25
  • Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, was $19.99 now $14.42

Headphones, Ear Buds, and Speakers

$105 for Refurbished Beats Studio Buds

$105 for Refurbished Beats Studio Buds

New today:

Deals still going on:

  • Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Buds Black Totally Wireless Noise Cancelling In Ear, was $149 refurbished $105
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 Ohm Pro Studio Mixing and Mastering Open-Back Headphones, was $179 now $159
  • JBL Studio 520 Dual 4″ Center Channel Speaker, was $349.95 now $99.99
  • JBL Studio 590 Floorstanding Speaker, was $999.95 now $499.99
  • JBL Sub 550P 10″ Powered Subwoofer, was $599.95 now $199.99
  • Sony SSCS5 3-way 3-driver Bookshelf Speaker System Pair, was $219.99 now $168
  • Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones – White, was $19.99 now $9.99
  • Sony Truly Wireless Sports In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones – WFSP800N/B, was $199.99 refurbished $49.99
  • Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series Standard Center Channel Speaker, was $129 now $99

Tech and gadgets

Deals still going on:

  • Amazon Music subscribers get 6 months of Disney+ FREE
  • Anycubic Photon Mono X Resin 3D Printer, was $899.99 now $609.99 with on-page coupon
  • Cricut Maker Machine – Champagne, was $399.99 now $299.99
  • Cricut Maker Machine + Essentials Bundle – Champagne, was $533.42 now $349.99 and Access Subscribers pay only $314.99
  • DJI Mavic Mini Combo Drone, was $499 now $399
  • GoPro HERO7 Black + Extra Battery + Super Suit Dive Housing Case, was $350.99 now $249.99
  • Renogy 50W Portable Solar Panel Charger Foldable E.Flex, was $139.99 now $89.99

eBay 20% off tech, home, and luxe

  • Fitbit Versa Quartz Movement Digital Dial Unisex Watches FB504, was $169.95 open box $104.63 with promo code SAVE4FALL
  • Oris Aquis Chronograph Blue Dial Men’s Watch, was $3,700 now $1,718.81 with promo code SAVE4FALL
  • Justice League (Blu-ray), was $14.99 now $7.20 with promo code SAVE4FALL
  • Anker PowerConf C300 Smart 1080P Webcam Autofocus Adjustable FoV for PC Smart TV, was $129.99 now $103.99 with promo code SAVE4FALL
  • Startech USB3HDCAP HDMI to USB 3.0 1080p Video Capture Device, was $369 now $175.99 with promo code SAVE4FALL
  • Save 20% off on more products with promo code SAVE4FALL

Video games, toys, and games

Disney Frozen 2 No-Floor Dome Tent for only $10

Disney Frozen 2 No-Floor Dome Tent for only $10

Deals still going on:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition – PlayStation 5, was $59.99 now $29.88
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition – Xbox One, was $59.99 now $29.99
  • Dark Souls: The Board Game, was $119.95 now $70.70
  • Demon Souls (PlayStation 5), was $69.99 now $49.94
  • Disney Frozen 2 No-Floor Dome Tent, was $24.99 now $10.00
  • Hard Place, now FREE
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5 – Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, was $4.49 now FREE
  • Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller (Carbon Black), was $59.99 now $49.99
  • Overwatch (PC), was $39.99 now $9.91 with promo code STILLGOTIT
  • Quake II RTX is free on GOG.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4), was $59.88 now $19.99
  • Resident Evil Village/Resident Evil 8 Steam Key, was $79.99 now $33.36
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo Switch, was $59.99 now $45.99


Deals still going on:

  • Mad Max (4K UHD), was $14.99 now $4.99
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital), was $25.99 now $11.48
  • Terminator Genisys (4K UHD), was $14.99 now $4.99
  • Terminator Genisys (4K UHD), was $14.99 now $4.99
  • Tomb Raider (2018) (4K UHD), was $14.99 now $4.99

Apple products and Accessories

Apple products and Apple accessory products

Deals still going on:

  • Apple AirPods Pro, was $249 refurbished $179
  • Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad – Silver, was $129 now $111.05
  • Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe, was $59 now $49.55
  • Apple MagSafe Charger at Daily Steals, was $39.99 now $31.99
  • Apple MagSafe Charger at Amazon, was $39.99 now $27.14
  • Apple M1 Mac mini 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM, was $699 open box $589
  • Logitech Slim Folio Pro Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th gen) – Graphite, was $129.99 now $89.99
  • OtterBox Style Folio Wallet for MagSafe – iPhone 12 mini – Black, was $49.95 now $24.95

iPhone Cases

Deals still going on:

iPhone 12 Pro

  • Apple Leather Case with MagSafe – (Product) RED, was $59 now $49.99
  • Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe – (Product) RED, was $49 now $34

iPhone 11 cases

  • Apple Silicone Case, was $39 now $13.99

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