Apple Releasing New Peripherals For Macs

One way you change how you use your technology is by changing the peripherals. The term peripherals covers everything from your mouse and keyboard to that USB Hub you thought you would never need. Apple intends to help Mac users change by releasing a new set of peripherals that will build on the success their last generation had. With three reworks of old peripherals, all experiencing changes lets see how they work out.

First up is the mouse with the smallest amount of changes, by removing the thin plastic plate at the bottom of the mouse (we will cover why they did this in a minute) and by making it slightly longer. Apart from that the Magic Mouse 2 is selling at $79, only a fraction more than the old $69 mouse.

Next up is the keyboard. Designed to sit at an angle the keyboard now has a natural slope to the metal sheet that holds it, this new metal design features keys which are ever so slightly bigger but still placed in the same location as the old keys. Simply by reducing the large gaps in between the keys they have managed to make it feel and work better while not giving you that awkward few days when your still getting used to that new keyboard layout.

Finally, you have the trackpad. Built on the same slope and in the same size it can now sit alongside the keyboard without sticking out like an eyesore. With a wider surface and the ability to click anywhere on the trackpad and with support for Force touch the new trackpad looks to help users all throughout. Sadly at $129 is not something I think you can just buy on a whim.

Finally, there is the little piece of plastic we have neglected up until now that was removed from the mouse. The reason is quite simple, there is no need for batteries. The new generation of Apple peripherals come with built-in batteries which can charge nine hours of power in two minutes thanks to the lightning cable. At full charge they are looking at around a month of use.

Are you excited about these new features to the Apple catalogue or are a little put off by the prices? Tell us in the comments.

Thank you The Verge for the information and image.

Apple May Ditch the Home Button in Next-Gen iPhones

Apple introduced a revolutionary smartphone design when it first came out. Back then, phones had an abundance of buttons, but the company wanted to make it more simplistic. Thus, they came up with the Home Button.

Apple’s Home Button is used on both iPhone and iPad devices to minimize applications, bring up the multitasking menu, activate Siri and other user specific actions. But now, Apple is rumoured to ditch the Home Button too.

According to a report from Digitimes, the Cupertino giant is integrating the Home Button functions in its display by developing a touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chip. This means that the Home Button will now be displayed on the screen, rather than having it as a physical button.

We’ve seen the company make the same move with the trackpad on its latest MacBook series, so it’s highly likely that we will see the same approach on its mobile devices too. However, we are fairly certain that the latest iPhone models being released this fall will not bear the TDDI technology.

In addition, the company is working to integrate the fingerprint sensor directly on the display too. This means that your smartphone’s display will be able to read and interpret your fingerprints as well.

As always, Apple is not going to officially confirm rumours outside of their annual conference, so we might see the company announce the new tech next year. Until then, we might even see other manufacturers taking the same ‘all-display’ approach. As far as I know, the old Nokia N9 is a good example of such a ‘buttonless’ smartphone (except for the volume physical buttons of course).

Thank you Digitimes for providing us with this information

New Version of Valve Steam Controller Comes With Analogue Stick

Valve is going forward with its Steam controller, making changes and releasing new and improved versions. Its latest sneak peek of the new Steam controller version which is currently in development shows that the controller comes with an analogue stick for the very first time, as seen in the pic below.

This new version is said to represent the third major design change shown to the public so far. The original prototype of the Steam controller revealed in September had fewer buttons and two large trackpads, along with a touchscreen. The second one show in January had its touchscreen removed and received two symmetrical sets of ABXY face buttons.

Valve is said to have avoided the analogue stick in previous versions because it wanted to replicate the controller experience using haptic feedback infused trackpads in the form of weighted electro-magnets. Either way, it is not currently certain if this will be the final version of the Steam controller or more changes are to be made before its release.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information
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