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September 7, 2016, 10:50 PM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple execs Greg Joswiak, Dan Riccio, Phil Schiller on why audio jack was ditched: space for camera tech, processors, battery, and to improve water resistance  —  Apple VP Greg Joswiak is grinning as he holds up what is easily the smallest iPhone adapter I have ever seen. iPod white …
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Apple Reinvents the Wireless Headphone with AirPods  —  Introducing an Effortless Wireless Listening Experience Packed with High-Quality Audio & Long Battery Life  —  Apple® today introduced AirPods™, innovative new wireless headphones that use advanced technology to reinvent …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple debuts wireless AirPods with 5 hours of battery life, available for $159 this October, and comes with charging case that provides 24 hours of battery life  —  As part of the iPhone 7 event, Apple has announced brand new truly wireless AirPods, premium wireless headphones that work in concert with the iPhone 7.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
iPhone 7 has no 3.5mm jack, comes with Lightning “EarPods” and a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter; Apple also sells the adapter for $9 and EarPods for $29 separately  —  Apple has updated its iconic white earbuds to include a Lightning connector and will bundle a pair with every iPhone 7.
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
iPhone 7: stereo speakers, force-sensitive haptic home button, 12MP f/1.8 camera with OIS, 7MP front camera, water and dust resistance; preorder 9/9, ships 9/16  —  Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 today.  The new iPhone features a design that's very similar to last year's iPhone 6S …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
iPhone 7 Plus: one wide-angle and one telephoto lens allowing 2x optical zoom; portrait mode for shallow depth of field effect coming as software update later  —  As long rumored, the new iPhone — one of them, anyway — has a dual-camera setup on the back.  What's the benefit of this crazy contraption?
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iPhone 7 hands-on: looks similar to iPhone 6s, Jet Black color is surprisingly grippy, optical zoom camera makes huge difference, new home button is awful  —  The new finishes — and new cameras — make a big difference  —  I just escaped Apple's hectic hands-on area and have some thoughts on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple warns new glossy Jet Black iPhone 7 finish will scratch easily, recommends using case  —  Apple is warning customers that its new “Jet Black” iPhone 7 might scratch easier than other models.  —  Apple today announced its all-new iPhone 7 lineup, and with it introduced two new black finishes …
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple debuts Apple Watch Series 2 with “swimproof” water resistance up to 50 meters, built-in GPS, new ceramic chassis variant, brighter display, 50% faster SoC  —  Apple unveiled its second generation smartwatch today at its annual mobile hardware event, and it is unsurprisingly called the Apple Watch 2.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Sony debuts PlayStation 4 Pro, which supports 4K, launches Nov. 10 for $399; new games will be playable on old PS4 hardware; older games look better on PS4 Pro  —  Sony has officially unveiled the next big iteration of the PlayStation 4.  The console — codenamed Neo, which the company discussed …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Super Mario Run, a new side-scrolling runner game, is coming to iOS first, in time for the 2016 holidays, price TBD  —  Nintendo finally announced that it is introducing a new Mario game to Apple's iOS app store for the first time.  Shigeru Miyamoto, the chief game designer at Nintendo …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple updates iPad lineup, increasing storage of all tiers, now starting at 32GB; iPad Pro prices drop, with 9.7" model starting at $599 and 12.9" model at $799  —  Although the focus of today is on the iPhone 7 and the new Apple Watch, the company has refreshed its iPad lineup slightly.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Scott Belsky is no longer GP at Benchmark after just seven months on the job, plans to focus on a pre-launch Benchmark-backed startup he co-founded  —  Scott Belsky is no longer a general partner at venture capital firm Benchmark, just seven months after taking the job.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
iOS 10 will be available on September 13th  —  Apple will release iOS 10 to existing devices on September 13th. iOS 10 is the biggest update to Apple's mobile operating system so far, and it includes a significant update to the Siri digital assistant.  Siri has been overhauled to improve image searches …
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Intel spins out McAfee unit; the newly formed company is valued at $4.2B, including debt; TPG will pay $1.1B for a 51% stake  —  SAN FRANCISCO — McAfee, once one of the household names in computer security software, is poised to become an independent business once more.

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