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School is just now ending in many states around the country, but that didn’t stop Apple from kicking off its back-to-school sale this week. If you’re in the market for a new device ahead of the coming school year, Apple is giving away a free pair of AirPods with your purchase of any eligible computer or tablet. This includes the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air, which leaves you with plenty of options.

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If you decide to take advantage of the promotion, all that you need to do is head to Apple’s Back to School landing page, select your Mac or iPad of choice, and proceed with the checkout process. After you’ve decided which model you’re going to choose, you’ll reach a page where you can add AirPods with a charging case (normally $159.99) to your order free of charge.

If you’d prefer to have a wireless charging case, you can upgrade for $40, and you’d rather get a pair of AirPods Pro, it’s going to cost you $90. You can also opt not to take the free AirPods at all, but even if you don’t need the wireless headphones, they’d probably make a solid gift.

In addition to the AirPods offer, Apple is also giving current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as teachers and staff, 20% off AppleCare+ for the products they buy.

It’s also worth noting that all new Apple devices come with three-month free trials to both Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. For quite some time, Apple was giving consumers a free year of Apple TV+, but as we learned earlier this week, the company actually wants people to start paying for the streaming service at some point. Therefore, all of the initial free trials from 2019 that have been extended multiple times will finally be ending in July. Furthermore, eligible devices activated July 1st, 2021 or later will qualify for offers of 3 months free Apple TV+, so if you want a full year (as well as some free AirPods), you might want to place your order soon.

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Naabiae Nenu-B is a Medical Health Student and an SEO Specialist dedicated to flushing the web off fake news and scam scandals. He aims at being "Africa's Best Leak and Review Blogger" and that's the unwavering stand of Xycinews Media.

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10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: Alexa in your car for $19.99, $200 Chromebook, $13 string lights, $190 AirPods Pro, more

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There are so many fantastic deals on Amazon this weekend. We sifted through them all to find the very best ones. After all, you should be relaxing this weekend, not digging for discounts! Here are the 10 best deals we can find right now:

Scroll through all of today’s best bargains below.

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New Gorilla Glass for camera lenses will improve smartphone photography

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Most people rely on their smartphones for photos and videos. Thanks to the various advancements from smartphone vendors each year, there’s almost no point in getting a point-and-shoot camera. But smartphone cameras have become increasingly large and more prone to accidental damage. The smartphones that deliver excellent photo quality have more than one camera on the back. Those phones also have significant camera protrusions (or “bumps”). That’s the compromise smartphone vendors have to make to improve camera performance. These developments can increase the risk of damage. That’s why Corning made its new Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ lens covers.

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Corning is a well-known name in the mobile industry. Many of the current and past smartphones feature strong Corning Gorilla Glass panels protecting the displays. Gorilla Glass is quite durable and will safeguard devices against most accidents. Glass is still glass, however, so the risk of accidental damage remains.

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Light passing through the different elements of a smartphone camera, from the external glass cover to the image processor. Image source: Corning

The company’s next glass component for smartphones targets cameras. The new Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ will provide better scratch resistance than other alternatives and allow more light to reach the camera sensor in the process.

Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ coming first to Samsung phones

The new Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ lenses will feature a new anti-reflective coating that will allow 98% of light to pass through. More light leads to better photography, and Corning says its new durable glass lenses will do better than existing solutions. The video below shows that other lens covers allow between 92% and 95% of light to pass through.

The upgrade to 98% might not seem like much. But it might make a world of difference for low-light and night photography.

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Scratch resistance for Corning Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ compared to other solutions. Image source: Corning

Aside from improving photography, the new Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ will offer better scratch resistance than other solutions. The video below says that Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ covers will be almost as scratch-resistant as sapphire glass. Apple has been using the latter for protecting iPhone cameras and the Apple Watch. Corning used the DX and DX+ technology on smartwatches before.

Samsung will be the first company to employ Corning’s Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ camera covers. It’s unclear what Samsung smartphones might make use of the new Corning camera parts. But the timing of Corning’s announcement might suggest that some of Samsung’s next flagships will feature the new DX and DX+ lens technology. It so happens that Samsung announced a press event for August 11th, where it’ll unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 foldable handsets.

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Apple Watch Series 7: All there is to know about Apple’s next watch

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The Apple Watch has completely changed the wearable world. Sure, there were smartwatches before the Apple Watch, but none as impactful, influential, and well-implemented. The Apple Watch Series 6 was Apple’s best effort yet. Rumors indicate that Apple will take things to the next level with the Apple Watch Series 7.

Traditionally, Apple launched a redesign for its iPhone and Apple Watch every three years. For the Apple Watch, this is the year. As a result, we’re expecting the Apple Watch Series 7 to bring a number of changes.

Excited for the Apple Watch Series 7? Or just want to learn more about the upcoming smartwatch? Here’s everything we know about Apple’s next smartwatch so far.

Apple Watch Series 7 design

As mentioned, Apple brings a redesign to its mobile devices every three years — and this is the year for the Apple Watch. Rumors indicate that the device will get a flat-edged design that brings it more in line with the iPhone, higher-end iPad, and iMac.

This has been corroborated by serial leaker Jon Prosser. Prosser claims to have seen renders of the upcoming device, and has created his own images based on those renders. Prosser also says that the device will come in a series of colors and that there may be smaller bezels around the display than previous-generation Apple Watches.

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Rumored design of the Apple Watch Series 7. Image source: Jon Prosser/Renders by Ian

Bloomberg’s Mark German agrees with this speculation, saying that the Apple Watch Series 7 will sport thinner bezels and that Apple has been testing a new “lamination technique” that will bring the display closer to the top cover of the Apple Watch. Gurman’s sources also note that the watch may be “slightly thicker,” but that it won’t be a noticeable difference. If it means a larger battery, we’re completely fine with that trade-off.

Apple Watch Series 7 health tracking

Apple has emphasized health tracking on the Apple Watch since its release, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. The device will sport the same fitness-tracking features as on the Series 6, but it may add some new ones too. Chief among those could be blood glucose monitoring.

Rumors about blood glucose monitoring on the Apple Watch have been swirling for a few years now. It’s clear that Apple is working on bringing that tech to the Watch. But there are conflicting rumors as to whether it will be on the Series 7. A report from ETNews notes that blood glucose monitoring will be a standout feature of the Apple Watch Series 7, however, a newer report from Bloomberg instead suggests that the tech may not be ready for the Series 7.

Some rumors have been hinting at the idea that Apple might be working on blood pressure monitoring as well. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has a sensor for blood pressure monitoring, so it wouldn’t be that surprising to see it — especially given the fact that we’ve seen related patents from Apple.

Apple Watch Series 7 specs

The Apple Watch is already an incredibly functional smartwatch, and it takes years for the device to slow down and not be able to handle new software updates. Like in previous years, the Apple Watch Series 7 will likely get a spec-bump that makes it even more capable, and able to keep up with watchOS 8 and other related features from Apple.

Some rumors, like a report from DigiTimes, suggest that the new S7 chip will support a new double-sided System in Package (or SiP), which could give the device a serious battery life boost. We don’t really expect the battery to be larger, though.

Apple Watch Series 7 price and availability

The device is expected to be released at around the same time as previous Apple Watch models. That’s to say, Apple will likely announce the device sometime around mid-September. Usually, Apple’s keynotes are on a Tuesday.

When it comes to pricing, the device will probably be a similar price as previous-generation models. In other words, it will start at around $399 for the entry-level 40mm model, or $429 for the 44mm model.

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