All the great new gadgets and gear you need to know about!
Every week great new accessories are announced for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. This week that includes a new perfect-for-coffee-shops Bluetooth keyboard from Microsoft, inexpensive new fitness trackers from MOOV and Polar, a new wireless media stick from SanDisk so you can sling your videos between devices, and a new iPad case from Logitech with a twist. Each one has something cool and unique about it, so check let's check them out!
1. Microsoft Foldable Keyboard
Microsoft recently announced a swanky new foldable keyboard that works with just about everything, including the iPad. The Foldable Keyboard has three months of battery life on a single charge, and manages to maintain a slim 5 mm profile. It's spill resistant, which is nice to have if you're working from the coffee shop, and the ability to pair up with two devices over Bluetooth 4.0 means you can use it with your iPhone while out and even your Apple TV or Mac while home. Check out Windows Central's full review for all the details.
2. MOOV Now
Preorders for the next generation MOOV fitness tracker just opened up. MOOV set itself apart by being a sports-oriented fitness coach, rather than a passive monitor. This means detecting your strides when running or strokes when swimming, and offering tips as you go. The latest model is smaller and lighter than the original, and switches to a replaceable watch battery for power, which should last for 6 months of usage. It's cheaper than an Apple Watch, if all you want to do is track activity, and MOOV just announced HealthKit support, so you can choose to collect all its data right in the Health app if you like. Currently, MOOV Now is available at an early bird price; expect it to go up to $100 once it hits retail this fall.
3. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
SanDisk announced a surprisingly helpful new flash drive built for talking directly to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is available in denominations ranging from 16 GB to 128 GB, and can store files from your device thanks to its iOS app. (There's also an Android app if you're cross-platform.). Whether it's video or music, it's all wirelessly accessible. You can even stream media out to three devices at once, provided the Connect Wireless Stick has a charge.
4. Logi BLOK iPad case
Logitech launched a new line of iPad cases called BLOK, that, as you might expect, have some characteristically sharp corners. The science behind it looks sound, and the bright colors available for the cases certainly offer an element of style. The basic Shell also comes with a screen protector. The second model, called the Case, sports a front flap cover that doubles as a stand, and if you want to go all-out there's a Keyboard Case that gives you a full typing experience via Bluetooth. It's a charming, simple series of cases that may tickle your fancy.
5. Polar Loop 2
The Polar Loop 2, like the previous generation Loop, is a relatively inexpensive tracker that keeps tabs on your day-long activity level and your sleep cycle. (You'll still need Polar's dedicated heart rate monitor for that functionality, however). Polar's iOS app supports HealthKit and lets you see if you're meeting fitness goals throughout the day. New to the mix are notifications and vibration alerts right from the app. Again, cheaper than an Apple Watch if that's all you want or need.
6. Your favorite new iPhone and iPad gadgets?
That's what we've been able to dig up, but we're always eager to hear what you guys have picked up. Let us know in the comments!