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September 8, 2016, 2:10 AM

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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 …
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.
Susie Ochs / Macworld:
Apple AirPods hands-on: stay securely in place, feel more comfortable to wear than EarPods, auto-pausing effect works well  —  I really thought I'd hate the AirPods, but guess what?  They rock!  —  I didn't want to like the AirPods, I really didn't.  But in the hands-on area …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
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.
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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
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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 …
Matt Peckham / TIME:
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.
RTTNews:
HPE says it will spin off and merge non-core software assets with Micro Focus; HPE shareholders get $2.5B in cash and 50.1%, about $6.3B, in Micro Focus stock  —  Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) Wednesday announced its plan to spin-off and merge its non-core software operations …
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 …
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 …
The Information:
Sources: Snapchat talking to investment bankers about filing for an IPO later this year or early 2017 but hasn't yet settled on a bank  —  Snapchat has been talking to investment bankers about filing for an IPO towards the end of this year or early in 2017, according to people the company has spoken to.
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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