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Apple launches Year of the Tiger-themed AirPods

Complete with free red envelopes

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The New Year means that Chinese New Year is right around the corner. To celebrate the event, some brands are releasing themed products limited only for the time being. Apple, one of those brands, has announced a Chinese New Year-themed pair of AirPods with Year of the Tiger aesthetics.

A bit less than a month before the Chinese New Year’s start on February 1, Apple is now selling the themed wearable for some markets in Asia. The wearable’s case will sport an engraving of a cute cartoon tiger. Besides that, the AirPods’ packaging will also have the themed logo in red.

Under the hood, the device still has the same specs and hardware as the standard AirPods without the design. If your country doesn’t offer the themed AirPods, you’re not missing much. However, if the design does entice you, you might have to find the device in Asian countries, especially where Chinese New Year is celebrated. Apple had already confirmed China and Hong Kong as markets for the themed wearable.

The Chinese New Year-themed AirPods is available for HK$ 1,999. Buyers who grab the device will also get free red envelopes emblazoned with different Chinese zodiac signs wearing a tiger suit.

If the minimalist design from Apple isn’t in your wheelhouse, Beats by Dre (which Apple owns) has also released their own themed wearables. Instead of just a simple logo, the Beats version has golden tiger stripes on both earbuds and the case.

SEE ALSO: AirPods 3 Unboxing and Review

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Apple releases two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

For Pride Month 2022

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Show off your colors. June is once again Pride Month. To celebrate the occasion, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands for the Apple Watch. It comes in two amazing flavors, giving users some options on how to express their identity. Starting today, Apple Watch users can customize their bands with the Pride Edition Sport Loop and the Pride Edition Nike Sports Loop.

First off, the Pride Edition Sport Loop is a white nylon band brandishing the combined power of several pride flags including transgender and gender-nonconforming identities. It also has colors for the Black and the Latinx community. Crossing each color in the rainbow, a stylized “pride” shines across the band, similar to the style of the classic Macintosh “hello.”

Further, with the new App Clip functionality, the band comes with its own dedicated watch face to match hardware with software.

Secondly, the Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is a simpler black band with pride colors across its length. The main headline is the accompanying watch face, though. As part of Nike’s Be True collection, the watch face is a gradient depicting pride colors and representing the identity in sports.

Both bands are now available for order online for US$ 49. It will also come to Apple Store branches starting May 26.

Besides the two bands, Apple is also releasing a Shot on iPhone campaign during Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch’s wallpaper ‘Fluid’ is a coming out story

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Poké ball Galaxy Buds exist

But only in South Korea

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South Korea has all the Poké-luck in the world. After being treated to a special Pokémon Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, they’re now getting Galaxy Buds housed in a Poké ball case.

As Gizmodo reports, the Poké ball Galaxy Buds retails for 134,000 KRW (around $105). Included in the package are a bunch of Pokémon stickers featuring Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and more.

It’s interesting to note that the Poké ball case doesn’t charge the Galaxy Buds. How it works is that the regular charging case of the Galaxy Buds fits inside the Poké ball case. It’s a neat workaround and one that could be a welcome treat for existing Galaxy Buds owners who may want to purchase the case separately should that be an option.

As mentioned earlier, this special edition Galaxy Buds is likely a follow-up to a the Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3. That package will net users a Pikachu Clear Cover Set, a Pokémon Pouch for the device, and a Pokémon Custom Pack (which includes a Pikachu keychain, stand, and custom sticker set). The device will also have a varied set of themes installed on the phone.

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HUAWEI Watch GT 3 Pro, FIT 2 now available for pre-orders in PH

Part of HUAWEI’s six new product releases

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Watch GT 3 Pro

Pre-orders for the new HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Pro and WATCH FIT 2 are now available in the Philippines.

The WATCH GT 3 Pro (46 mm Titanium edition and 43 mm Ceramic edition) and WATCH FIT 2 may now be pre-ordered on the following platforms:

The two new smartwatches come as part of HUAWEI’s release of a new-generation products, which also include the Mate Xs 2 foldable smartphone, WATCH D, S-TAG motion sensor, and Band 7.

Redefining the workout experience

With a 1.43-inch AMOLED 466 x 466 HD color display, the WATCH GT 3 Pro comes with the following premium features:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis
  • Arterial stiffness detection and TruSeen
  • Accurate heart health measurement and blood oxygen monitoring
  • Accurate GPS with built-in dual-band five-system GNSS
  • Sport mode and free-diving mode (up to 30 meters deep)
  • Over 100 workout modes
  • AI Running Coach

Smartwatch for a new generation

Meanwhile, the WATCH FIT 2 combine style and functionality for modern users.

The 1.74-inch AMOLED HD FullView display smartwatch comes with interactive features, such as Tap to Transfer, and a speaker for users to call on the go.

Like the GT 3 Pro, the FIT 2 boasts of intelligent functions to make it an ideal workout companion, with 97 workout modes and the Healthy Living Management function via the Huawei Health App.

Pricing, availability in PH

The WATCH GT 3 Pro will be available from PhP 16,999 while the WATCH FIT 2 will sell starting at PhP 6,499.

Filipino customers will also get a free Huawei FreeBuds 4i and Huawei Strap (worth PhP 5,598) when they place WATCH GT 3 Pro orders and before May 26, 2022.

The WATCH FIT 2 will also come with a free HUAWEI Scale 3 (worth PhP 1,399) from May 27 to 30, 2022.

Meanwhile, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2, WATCH D, and Band 7 are also coming soon to the Philippines, with more details to follow.

As for Singapore, more details on the official rollout of the six new products will be released at a later date.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

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