April 13, 2016

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In our regular Feature Request series, 9to5Mac authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products. Since we started the feature back in November of last year, the majority of installments in the series have focused on Apple’s own software and hardware, including a number of ways the company can improve its current iOS and Mac OS X software as well as possibilities for upcoming iOS 10 and Mac OS X 10.12 releases.

And some of the other Feature Requests we’ve published included features for the new Apple TV, the upcoming next-generation Apple Watch 2, Apple Music, iCloud, and more. Below we’ve compiled a hub for the series giving you an easy way to stay up to date and hopefully some hints at what to expect at WWDC this year and other upcoming Apple product launches… expand full story

Snapchat has been on a roll lately introducing bigger and more creative updates to their social network. From introducing custom geofilters, to a massive overhaul in their chat system, they show no signs of slowing down. Today’s update takes video interactions a step further by allowing you to “pin” stickers and emojis to moving objects in video. The update will be rolling out to Android today and soon to iOS.

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Pro 12.9-inch $670, APC UPS Battery Backup $20, Philips Hue Bundles from $56, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Jackery USB Power Banks: 6000mAh w/ MFi Lightning Cable $20 (Reg. $30), 20100mAh USB-C $36 (Reg. $50)

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in Silver: $670 shipped (Reg. $799), more

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in all colors: $860 shipped (Reg. $1,079)

Stay online when the power goes out with the APC Back-UPS Power Supply for $20 (Reg. $30)

Philips Hue Starter Kits (1st gen) w/ free shipping: Lux $56 (Orig. $80), White & Color $135 (Orig. $170)

Philips Hue discounted bundles: 4-pack A19 white & color bulbs (2nd gen) $199 shipped (Reg. $240), more

Amazon’s new $290 Kindle Oasis is a slim, luxury e-reader with months of battery life

Apple’s latest 256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1,200 (Reg. $1,499) – $99 less than list price of 128GB model

Apple 12-inch MacBook w/ Retina display 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB: from $1,250 w/ .edu

What if I told you that you could get a great Apple Milanese Loop knockoff for a tenth of the price ($16 Prime shipped)?

Apple Watch 42mm Space Gray Milanese Loop Band + Aluminum Dock: $27 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)

App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope Time Travel for iPhone and iPad goes free for the very first time (Reg. $1)

Anthill for iOS drops down to its lowest price in years: $1 (Reg. $2)

Apple’s Pay Once & Play 50% off iOS game sale: Transistor, Brothers, Rules!, Implosion, Radiation Island, more

Brothers A Tale of Two Sons iOS puzzle-adventure game gets its first price drop: $2 (Reg. $5)

Apple offers Day One 2 iOS journal app for free ($10 value)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Daily Deals: Canon MG5720 Printer Scanner & Copier with AirPrint $60, SanDisk Ultra Plus 64GB microSDXC Memory Card $25, more

  • Enhance your computer audio w/ Mackie’s CR4 50W Reference Speakers for $115 (Reg. $150)
  • Smartphone Accessories: Polk Boom Swimmer Bluetooth Speaker $20 (Reg. $30), more
  • Fashion: Patagonia up to 50% off – 1/4 Zip Pullover $64, Board shorts $39, more
  • HDTVs: Seiki 42-Inch 4K $225, VIZIO 24-inch Smart 1080p (Refurb) $90, more
  • Media: Shrek The Whole Story Blu-ray $20, iTunes movies $10 – The Big Short, more
  • Games/Apps: Dishonored Definitive from $15, iOS freebies, more
  • This 40-inch BÖHM Soundbar is loaded with inputs including Bluetooth: $71 (Reg. $119)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Green Deals: Aukey 12000mAh Solar Dual-USB Power Bank $25 (Reg. $30+), more

Samsung 48-inch Smart 4K UHDTV w/ 3 HDMI + 2 USB ports: $450 (Reg. $800)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Impossible Project reveals its Polaroid-style analog camera with iOS connectivity

JBL’s new Reflect Aware C noise cancelling headphones are powered by USB Type-C

[UPDATE: Official press release added below.]

While Apple prides itself in maintaining a tight group of 19 industrial design team members under Jony Ive, one longtime member Daniel Coster has made a rare exception to the general rule and departed the company for a new venture elsewhere. As a member of Apple’s design team, Coster’s name has appeared on patents dating back to 1999 ranging from the iPhone 4 design to the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard cover as well as software interfaces. Since departing from Apple, Coster has taken an executive role at action camera company GoPro.

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