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New iOS 12.2 update hints at new iPads and rebirth of iPod Touch

New Apple products coming our way

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Apple recently rolled out a new beta update for its mobile operating system. The new iOS 12.2 beta will bring bug fixes and improvements, but there’s more hidden in the codes. The release of a new iPod Touch has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now that its release might come sooner, and there could also be new tablets from Apple.

As seen in the code of the first iOS 12.2 beta, there could be two iPads in the works. With an “iPad 11” moniker, the new tablets will come in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+Cellular variants. Based on recent talk, we could expect an iPad Mini 5 and a new iPad 9.7-inch version.

Fans of the small tablet will be excited to know that a faster and newer iPad Mini is coming soon. There’s also speculation that the new regular iPad will have a slightly larger display with thinner bezels. Although, according to the developer who unearthed the code, the new iPads won’t have Face ID.

iOS 12.2 code | Image credit: Steve Troughton-Smith

As for the resurrection of the iPod Touch, there’s very little info aside from the fact it’ll run iOS. Interestingly, there’s no reference in the code for either Touch or Face ID for the iPod Touch. This leads us to think that Apple might position the new iPod product as an affordable music player.

iOS 12.2 code | Image credit: Steve Troughton-Smith

So far, there’s no scheduled Apple event on the calendar. We’re not expecting to see the new iPads and iPod Touch anytime soon, but they should be announced sometime this year.

SEE ALSO: Apple will launch headphones more expensive than Beats

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This is a real Banana Phone and you can buy it now

Connects to your smartphone like a headset

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In the deep annals of ancient internet history, one of the earliest memes was the infamous Banana Phone song. In fact, the word “meme” hadn’t even entered our common lexicon when the video first dropped on YouTube. Since then, the video has gained massive online popularity, earning it a spot in the internet hall of fame.

More than a decade later, we finally have the technology to create a real Banana Phone. Created by the Banana Phone LLC, the Banana Phone is literally a banana-shaped phone. Somewhat.

Instead of a smartphone (or even a dumb phone), the Banana Phone is a Bluetooth-enabled device that merely connects to your smartphone. In other words, yes, you can take calls on a banana.

The device isn’t a new one, either. The Banana Phone was first developed in 2017 through an Indiegogo campaign. However, The Verge has spotted a new one already in the works.

According to the founder himself, the upcoming Banana Phone will come with a loudspeaker built for music playback. If the mood takes you, you can actually play the original “Banana Phone” video through an actual Banana Phone. We’re living the dream.

Besides the loudspeaker, the new model will come with a bigger battery, capable of up to 20 hours of usage. Despite the upgrade, the Banana Phone will still have the same US$ 39.99 price tag.

Currently, the new model is still unavailable on the Banana Phone’s official site. However, it will likely launch sometime around the end of November.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 8110 4G Hands-On: Retro Banana Phone!

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New Google Pixel Buds coming in 2020

Gotta wait a while longer

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The new Google Pixel Buds have officially been unveiled but we won’t get our hands on them until Spring 2020.

Google says the Pixel Buds were designed with the user in mind. It is truly wireless and promises rich sound, clear calls, and a comfortable fit. The company notes how it’s great hardware made exceptional by having Google deeply embedded into it. For instance, it should help you in your out-of-the-country trips with Google Translate built in.

The new Pixel Buds are supposed to last for five hours of continuous playback and extend that to 24 hours through the wireless charging case. The headphones will retail for US$ 179.

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This is an official Pokédex iPhone case

For your iPhone X or iPhone XS

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Your dreams of carrying an actual Pokédex is still just a dream. This iPhone case by Premium Bandai is the next best thing.

It’s officially called the Pokédex Smartphone Case, but it’s only really made for the iPhone X and iPhone XS. You should be able to fit the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 in here but it will cover mic and the flashlight. Unfortunately, this won’t fit the iPhone 11 at all.

The case costs US$ 69.99 and will launch on March 2020 in Japan. It’s open for international pre-orders. Check here to secure one.

SEE MORE: The average American needs 5.8 days to save up for an iPhone 11 Pro

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