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5 best cases for the iPhone XS and XS Max

A case for every occasion

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If you just bought the new iPhone XS or XS Max, trust us you’re gonna want to get a case for it immediately. Breaking the glass on either side of the phone will set you back much more than a good case can.

Thankfully, one of the biggest and probably most underrated advantages of owning an iPhone is the array of third-party accessories you can get. Go online or to the mall and you’ll find one that matches your mood, the occasion, or your next destination. There are obviously more important factors to consider when buying a phone, but knowing you can get a case for your newest investment, in every style, color, or material possible after your purchase is always comforting.

Can you imagine going to an important meeting or on a night out with a flimsy jelly case? Neither can I. Here are some of my favorite cases for the new iPhone XS and XS Max.

1) Casetify Impact Cases, $50

If you’re a little clumsy like me and drop your phone often, there are a lot of military-grade cases out there that you can get. Unfortunately, they will most likely ruin the premium aesthetic of your new iPhone or your cute outfit. Fortunately, Casetify’s new Impact Cases come in fun, quirky prints. You can even pick the color of the bumper to match the color of your iPhone! The designs may look dainty but these cases have a two-layer construction of what they call qitech material so your phone will survive even a six-foot drop.

2) Casetify Leather Case with Strap, starts at $80

Need to elevate your outfits? This genuine leather case is the answer. It comes with a detachable chain wristlet and/or strap so you can wear it on yourself. There’s a version that comes with a card slot, perfect for a girls’ night out — you can hit the dance floor hands-free without worrying about misplacing your phone! The best part: You can personalize it with your initials. It’s a little pricey but power dressing is always better when paired with quality accessories.

3) Speck Presidio Grip World Edition, $39.95

It’s been three months and I’m still not over the World Cup so sue me. Speck’s iconic Presidio Grip cases now come in Germany, France, England, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico colorways (none for Argentina, sadly). The next World Cup may be four long years away but there are so many tournaments anyway, and these cases will surely come in handy. Not a football fan? The Presidio Grip line comes in other eye candy colors that offer the same amount of protection.

4) Native Union Clic Terrazzo and Clic Marquetry, price TBA

The new Native Union collections for the new iPhones are not out yet, but you can’t really go wrong with this brand. They offer some of the most tastefully made cases I’ve seen on the market and I can’t wait to check out the new Clic Terrazzo collection. It’s made of Jesmonite so no two pieces are ever the same, says Native Union. There are also going to be new leather color blocks for the Clic Marquetry collection which, I’m hoping, are more monotone and are made of different textures of fabric so they’re more versatile.

5) Gramas Hybrid Shell Case, ¥ 6,000

I first encountered Japanese brand Gramas one leisurely stroll at the mall. They stood out in a shelf of plastic cases not only because they looked t h i c c, but also because I’m always attracted to cases that combine completely different materials that somehow end up looking good. I believe they’re called hybrid for that reason, but upon closer inspection, I found that underneath that beautiful shell is a card slot made for IC cards in Japan. Most cases that double as card holders have their slots exposed because usually credit cards still need to be taken out to be swiped or inserted. Since IC cards work just by tapping, there’s really no reason for them to be out there. Of course, if you’re already using Apple Pay for Suica or if you don’t live in Japan, then the card slot is best occupied by something else, like say, an elevator or parking access card.

Bonus: Spigen Classic C1, $39.99

Every die-hard Apple fan freaked out when Spigen made these cases that look like the iMac G3 of yesteryears. They have yet to confirm whether the iPhone X cases are compatible with the new iPhone XS or if they’re making a version for the iPhone XS Max. But, seeing as how they succumbed to customer demand and crowd-funded versions for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, it won’t be long before the demand for cases compatible for the 2018 iPhones forces Spigen to make them.

Ever since the new iPhones were announced, brands have been quick to label their old iPhone X cases as compatible with the iPhone XS but that may not always be the case, no pun intended. One of the upgrades to the new iPhones is a bigger image sensor so the camera module at the back is actually also slightly bigger. That said, unless you can return them, it would still be wise to go to a store and try the cases on before buying them. You paid so much for your new iPhone after all, so you wouldn’t really want to rock a sloppy-fitting case, would you?

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

Time to splurge!

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MacBook Pros

Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

AirPods 3

The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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Apple quietly launched a polishing cloth worth $19

Yes, it’s a piece of cloth

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All eyes were on the new MacBook Pro during Apple’s Unleashed event this week. With a new processor inside, it’s no surprise. However, behind all the glitz and glamor, Apple launched a more surprising product behind closed doors. For arguably its most premium product so far, the company launched the Apple Polishing Cloth for US$ 19.

Launched quietly on Apple’s online store, the Polishing Cloth (yes, that’s its official name) can reportedly clean any Apple display with its “soft, nonabrasive material.” In terms of appearance, the new accessory has an incredibly simple design: a white square cloth with a subtle Apple logo.

If you’ve ever cleaned a device before, you might find the Polishing Cloth a bit familiar. Yes, it’s basically any nonabrasive microfiber cloth available on the market today. And it’s worth around ten times a non-branded one. With an exorbitant price relative to others, the accessory might have the most premium price for an Apple product.

However, despite the intense price, the new accessory is already sold out. Currently, the store page pegs the next earliest shipping date at six to eight weeks from now. Some of Apple’s products do require a more rigorous cleaning, according to Apple.  If you have such a device, you might find use for the expensive cloth. If not, well, there are cheaper alternatives.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 mini Review: STILL My Favorite!

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Sony adds water-resistant WF-C500 to its headphone line

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Sony WF-C500

Sony is making your music-listening experience even more personalized with the announcement of its new wireless headphones: the WF-C500.

Sony’s impressive WF-C500 is ideal for people who want to switch to truly wireless headphones and enjoy all their favorite music in even better quality.

With its unique sound customization, compact design, easy to use Bluetooth pairing, long lasting battery life and water-resistant feature, Sony’s newest headphones can now take your music anywhere.

Small size, uncompromising sound

The WF-C500 showcases a compact design that perfectly fits your ear, while delivering high quality sound powered by Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE).

This restores high frequency sound and fine fade-out sound to the track you’re listening to and create a more authentic listening experience.

The wireless headphones will also allow you to customize your sound aptly using the Equalizer setting in the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app.

That way, you can tailor your sound depending on the music genre you’re currently vibing to—whether it’s chill pop or bassy rap—with a variety of settings.

You can even create and save the preferred settings so you won’t have to tinker with controls the next time you plug the headphones in.

Comfort is key

The WF-C500 is small and light, while its ergonomic surface design helps create a more stable and secure fit in your ears to make them the perfect companion wherever you go.

Their rounded shape makes them a pleasure to wear, leaving you free to focus on music that matters to you.

Compact and stylish case

The truly wireless headphones come with a stylish cylindrical charging case that is small and definitely easy to carry around so you can take the earbuds anywhere you go.

Its translucent lid with a frosted glass-like texture adds on to a luxurious appearance and feel.

Effortless listening experience 

The WF-C500 has been specially designed to make every day listening trouble-free.

Aside from easy operation buttons like play, stop, skip and volume adjustments, they offer an easy way to access your preferred voice assistant like Google Assistant or Siri to make or receive calls hands-free.

You can connect to your preferred voice assistant to get directions, play music and send messages with just a click of a button.

Conversations also flow freely with hands-free calling, which is made clearer than ever with a high-quality built-in microphone.

Great for on the go

Sony WF-C500

The headphones will provide you with 10 hours of battery life, making it perfect for on the go listening.

Its handy charging case pushes that life up to 20 hours total. If you’re in a rush, you can easily add an hour of extra playtime by having a quick 10-minute charge.

Water-resistant for multitasking

With an IPX4 water resistance rating splashes and sweat are no problem for the WF-C500, meaning you can keep moving to the music while enjoying your passions like working out or being at the beach.

The WF-C500 is ideal for multitasking too. If you want to listen to your music while still being able to have a conversation, remove one earbud only from the charging case and use as normal.

A stable and reliable Bluetooth connection creates a seamless and uninterrupted listening experience that ensures it’s just you and the music.

Immersive audio features

Sony WF-C500

The WF-C500’s Bluetooth chip transmits sound to left and right ears simultaneously, along with optimized antenna design ensuring outstanding listening.

And with low audio latency, watching your favorite movies take on a whole different audio experience as well.

Additionally, WF-C500 allows playback of 360 Reality Audio tracks, personalized to the specific shape and size of the user’s ears.

With 360 Reality Audio you can bring the concert wherever you are or listen to music as if you’re with the artist in the recording studio.

Pairing is a breeze

The WF-C500 supports Google’s Fast Pair feature, which means you can pair the headphones with your Android device quickly and easily.

Swift Pair also makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones with your Windows 10 computer via Bluetooth.

Sustainability matters

Sony has not only designed the WF-C500 to be stylish but also with sustainability in mind.

Zero plastic is included in the packaging material of this model, reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of their products and practices.

Pricing and availability

The WF-C500 comes in black, white, green and orange and is now available for PhP 4,999 at Sony Centres and Authorized Dealers stores nationwide.

You may also shop for the WF-C500 at Lazada and Shopee.

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