Lightning Stories April 13

AAPL: 141.05

-0.75

PSA: Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter gets a firmware update to version 1.0.5

If you recently plugged in Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, you were likely met with an alert requesting an update for the device. The update is performed over the air directly via the iOS device that the dongle is connected to. It’s not clear what new enhancements or bug fixes, if any, are included with the new update, but there are no glaring user-facing changes that we’ve spotted thus far.

Lightning Stories December 21, 2016

AAPL: 117.06

0.11

When Apple launched the iPhone 5 with a new-fangled Lightning port – instead of the 30-pin dock connector that had been a standard feature on every previous generation of iPhone, as well as on iPods since 2003 – there was a great deal of outrage.

‘What about all the docks and speaker systems we own that have 30-pin connectors?’ was the question many asked. The decision was described as arrogant and unreasonable. Apple was accused of profiteering, by forcing everyone to buy new cables, docks and speakers.

Apple responded in three ways. It pointed to the undeniable technical superiority of the new port. It explained the difficulty of making ever slimmer devices with a port designed for much thicker ones. And it assured everyone that this would be the last change for a long time – that the Lightning port would be around for many years to come …

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Lightning Stories December 20, 2016

AAPL: 116.95

0.31

Now that users are finally getting their hands on Apple’s AirPods, a few tidbits of information about the product are starting to roll in. Earlier today, we shared how AirPods hold up after drop and water tests. Now, eagle-eyed users have noticed that the charging port on the AirPods case is nearly identical to the shape of a USB-C port, leading to some questions…

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Lightning Stories June 22, 2016

AAPL: 95.55

-0.36

When I reviewed SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB flash drive for iPhone back in April, I noted it was one of the best yet. Today the company is launching a new product that essentially offers the same functionality— extra storage for files that you can access from a companion iOS app— but in the form factor of a sleek iPhone 6/6s case.

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Lightning Stories June 14, 2016

AAPL: 97.46

0.12

9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/s Battery Case $11, 13″ MacBook Air 256GB $829, Philips Lightning Headphones $140, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Save nearly 20% on Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB: $970 (Reg. $1,199)

Smartphone Accessories: 1byone 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $25), more

Daily Deals: MacBook Air 13.3-inch Laptop 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB $829, JBL Charge 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker $80, more

Don’t wait on the iPhone 7, these Philips headphones have a built-in Lightning cable: $140 shipped (Reg. $240+)

Sling TV offers new users a 32GB Apple TV for $89 when you pre-pay for 3 mos. of service ($209 value)

Now you can get the UE Boom 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker for $150 ($50 off)

Best Buy is taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel: 38mm from $349, 42mm starts at $399

Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iOS and Android $80 shipped, Apple Watches up to $200 off, more

Start your week with a $100 discount on iPad mini 4 & Air 2, priced from $300 shipped

App Store Free App of the Week: Drop Flip puzzler goes free for the first time ever (Reg. $2)

Rovio’s Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $1)

AngerOfStick2 and its brutal beat’em up action goes free on iOS (Reg. $1)

Square Enix brings human augmentations and hacking to iOS with the new Deus Ex Go

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Amazon Gold Box saves everyone’s Father’s Day with tools, watches, grooming, drones and dad clothes

Lightning Stories June 1, 2016

AAPL: 98.46

-1.40

Native Union makes some really well designed accessories for Apple products, and TAG is the latest to join its collection. TAG is a stylish Lightning cable meant to look attractive enough to carry on your key chain or loop around your bag.

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