Updated Apple Hardware

Today, Apple announced updated 15-in MacBook Pros with ForceTouch trackpads. The lower end model for $1999 retains a 2.2Gz i7 and 256 GB flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics, but boosts internal memory to 16Gb. The $2,499 model upgrades to 512 GB of flash storage and a 2.5-GHz CPU, adding AMD Radeon R9 M370X discrete graphics hardware with 2 GB of VRAM.

The new 5K retina iMac model is now priced at $1,999 with a 27-inch, 5120 x 2880 Retina display, 3.3-GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics (2GB of VRAM), along with 8 GB of memory, a 1TB, 7200-RPM hard drive and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. The $2,299 model, which got a price cut, boosts quad-core i5 speed to 3.5 GHz, graphics hardware to AMD Radeon R9 M290X (4 GB of VRAM), and storage to a 1TB Fusion Drive.

Apple also announced a new Lightning dock with a 3.5mm audio line-out port in the back, which supports headphone remote control. No AC adapter is supplied, so MGRM2charging power comes via a Lightning port that you must connect to your own power adapter and cable. The dock is priced at $39.

Review: Sony Smartwatch 3 (SWR50)

41WZ83JiK2LWhen the Apple Watch was introduced last year, one would think that this is the first smartwatch ever, much like the introduction of the iPad in 2010. However, there have been several other manufacturers who have released smartwatches well before Apple.

One of these was Sony. They have released two previous models under their own operating system. Late last year Sony introduced the Smartwatch 3 (SW50) its first watch using Google’s Android Wear OS.

Pricing

This watch comes with either a rubber-like silicone band or a metal band and is priced significantly less than the Apple Watch. The silicone band model sells for $249.99 while the brushed stainless steel model goes for $299.99. Currently, there are no vendors that sell the all-metal band unless you go to eBay for a seller outside of the U.S.

Sony engineers have made it possible to change out watch bands, so you can opt for the silicone one now, and get the steel one later. Unfortunately, the band is not a standard size, so only a band made for this smartwatch will work. Continue reading…