April 5, 2016
Apple used its March ‘Loop You In’ event to unveil new, more accessible versions of the iPad and iPhone. The downsized iPad Pro was touted as ‘indispensable and immersive’, with an improved, but smaller, 9.7-in screen, a 12-megapixel camera and a 64-bit chip that rivals laptop processors, plus you can use it with the Apple Pencil or a Smart Keyboard cover. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch has had a price cut of around £50 and is now available with colourful nylon or leather straps.
The iPhone SE reverts to the screen size of a 5S but with the performance of the 6S, including faster wireless, longer battery life, Apple Pay and Live Photos. Choose from four metallic finishes to house a 16 or 64GB memory, for the cheapest ever iPhone price tag of £359.
One for the developers – Apple also released CareKit, which is a software framework following on the heels of ResearchKit. Apps designed via the kit will help people to monitor symptoms and medication, and to share information with medical professionals or family.
B&O BeoSound 35
BeoSound 35 is the latest all-in-one wireless music system from Bang & Olufsen. The elegant design means that the one-metre wide speaker will fit right into your interior scheme, whether it’s standing or fixed to a wall, as well as ensuring the quality of sound you would expect from B&O. Although it can function independently, the BeoSound will, of course, integrate seamlessly with your BeoLink Multiroom system, or AirPlay or Bluetooth devices. On sale mid-April, priced at £1745.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
Launching soon, at around £3400, the Family Hub allows you to post and share calendars, pin photos and the kids’ artwork, and leave notes. If that sounds much like what you could do with some magnets, Samsung has also built in cameras so you can track the contents and expiry dates you have in stock via your smartphone in the supermarket, or you can get online and order straight from the fridge, as well as finding recipes to suit your ingredients.
Looking for a mobile upgrade? The Fairphone 2 might not match the spec of the industry’s top models, but it certainly makes an effort to out-do them on ethical grounds. With modular construction and replaceable parts, the phone is designed to break the throwaway-society cycle, and the component materials are as responsibly sourced as possible. You can even double up on SIM cards and wave goodbye to lugging a work phone and a personal phone around. Out now, priced at £410.