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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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Mujjo Leather Wallet Case: Learning the art of letting go

Say goodbye to bulky pockets

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For years, I’ve been an over-packer. I bring a lot of things I don’t need even during the most simple occasions. Whenever I go to the bank, have a lunch date, meet someone at a cafe, or enjoy a simple night-out with my friends, I always have the urge to bring non-essential essentials and stuff them into a man purse or a small bag.

My issues with over packing stems from my anxiety. What if I drain my battery and can’t book a cab later? Do I need to bring my 20000mAh power bank today? It’s difficult to calm the F train down when my anxiety is caused by my fear of inconvenience.


In reality, I don’t actually need my accessories to accompany me on my errands. What I need is just my smartphone and cards. To train myself from bringing fewer things, I started looking for a leather wallet phone case to carry only my musts.

The phone case that I’ve been looking for

I chanced upon Mujjo’s leather wallet case a few months back, and as a leather lover, I instantly fell in love with it. At that moment, it felt like a godsend to all my worries.

Mujjo’s leather wallet case exudes a classy, premium vibe. Made with authentic leather, it’s guaranteed to age beautifully as part of your life. The case is sleek and doesn’t scream attention — more reason why this accessory was love at first sight for me.

I don’t require a case that attracts more attention than needed. After all, it’s an accessory; it needs to subtly accentuate how stunning I am. Just look at how it matches my leather jacket.

The case fits perfectly on a phone, and its button padding is highly responsive. With its Japanese suede lining on the back, I must say that it’s beautifully crafted.

This case also features a stitched leather pocket on the back that can carry two to three cards. Yes, it can fit your credit card, commuter card, and even an ID (but definitely not your baggage).

Learning the art of letting go

Mujjo’s leather wallet case gives a different kind of pleasure. Its smell oozes with class and style, and there’s a natural high when your fingertips linger on the surface of a vegetable-tanned leather.

More importantly, it’s easy to grip, and it doesn’t slip out from my hands, but you learn to let go of items that you don’t need when you go out. I stopped bringing my bulky, leather wallet and opted for a cashless lifestyle. I didn’t bother bringing a man purse or a small bag to stuff my accessories like my 20000mAh power bank.

To date, the case has helped me believe that less is more. The fear of inconvenience subsides because at the end of the day, I’m an adult capable of making adjustments. If I encounter a problem and only have my smartphone and cards, I’m pretty sure I can always find a way.

Does this case match your lifestyle?

For people who are already living a minimalist lifestyle, Mujjo’s leather wallet case is a suitable accessory. For those who are trying to break the cycle of being an over-packer and learning the art of letting go, a leather wallet case is a good start. This particular case is for the iPhone XR and it comes in Tan, Olive, Black, and Blue for EUR 41.

Mujjo crafts premium leather wallet cases in different colors for other iPhones and the Galaxy S series, as well. They ship worldwide with free shipping for orders above EUR 60. Check their portfolio of cases here.

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Skyroam Solis: The jet-setting girl’s best friend

Make the world your office

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I’m writing this at the Hamad International Airport in Doha. Work and life circumstances brought me here for a quick layover. And although this particular airport has great internet connectivity, I can’t say the same for, well, everywhere else in the world I travel to.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where global unfettered and unrestricted internet exists so instead, I resort to bringing around this tiny thing.


This is the Skyroam Solis and for those of you who move around a whole lot, this thing will be your best friend. This nifty little device is a hotspot that works in 130-plus countries (which is a lot). I’ve used it in the US, Japan, and the Philippines with no hitch.

It’s also mindblowingly simple: Turn it on, connect to its Wi-Fi and you’re all set. You can subscribe to different data plans, Wi-Fi cards, or day passes depending on your use. To monitor usage, you just log on to the Skyroam app, easy peasy.

Basically, it’s reliable LTE internet anywhere I go. This means I don’t ever need to hunt for hotspots and I have the flexibility to work anywhere I go. I’ve typed away and filed stories and articles from a beach and let me tell you, there’s no going back to a desk for me. Actually, there’s no going back to a desk for me and four more people because the Solis can handle up to five connected devices so you can share the internet love.

Of course, there are still some areas where the Solis had spotty signal. But, that was when I was on a teeny boat in the middle of the ocean, hopping from remote island to the next so I’m pretty sure any device would have a problem, seeing as I didn’t even have service from a local provider.

An added bonus: The Skyroam Solis doubles as a power bank with 6000mAh or close to two smartphone charge cycles. Obviously, this also means that it will take a while of nonstop use for this thing to die. The Skyroam website says 16-plus hours of non-stop Wi-Fi battery life and although I’m always online, I’ve never really needed to be online continuously for that long.

If you’re ready to make the world your office, you can buy the Skyroam Solis for US$ 150 and add on an internet plan of your choice. If you’re not sure about committing to the Solis just yet, or for those who don’t travel as much, Skyroam also rents out the device at a more affordable cost. 🌎✈️

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Global Sources: Content Creator Essentials

We found the must-have portable lighting setup for creators

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Here at Global Sources we’ve been on the lookout for products that you might be interested in either buying or selling, but in the process we found gadgets, equipment, and accessories that we like. As traveling creators, we’re still in the process of figuring out how to have a more efficient and effective mobile studio that we can carry with us wherever.

Telesin’s egg-shaped charging cases are perfect for our Sony a7s batteries — they’re colourful and handy. They also double as memory card readers and holders. We also found portable LED lights from Number King that makes setting up fuss-free. It has a built-in battery but is slim and small enough to fit in a backpack’s laptop compartment.


With all the traveling we do, taking care of one’s skin is downgraded to the bottom of priorities. An easy solution is a portable humidifier from Remax Life — it’s as small as a pen, and just needs a bottle of water to work its magic.

Last but not the least: a solar-powered backpack that’s surprisingly designed well and is stylish! Having a lot of compartments and extra room is always a plus for creators for our tools and knicknacks.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.

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