17 Best New MacBook Pro Accessories

17 Best New MacBook Pro Accessories is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new MacBook Pro completely changes how you connect everything you own to your computer and Apple sticks with this for the 2017 MacBook Pro as well. Here are the best 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro accessories you can buy to smooth the experience and connect your devices.

With new USB C connections, that deliver faster speed thanks to Thunderbolt 3, you will need new cables, adapters, and dongles. You’ll also need a special adapter to connect to an older Cinema Display.

We’ll walk through the best 2016 MacBook Pro accessories that you can buy from Apple and from other retailers to save. Like notebooks, Apple charges a premium for adapters and cables. We also help you find the best new MacBook Pro cases.

The best 2016 MacBook Pro accessories you can buy.
The best 2016 MacBook Pro accessories you can buy.

We’re building this list of essential 2017 MacBook Pro accessories out as we find the items that most users will need from sources that are reputable.

Read: New MacBook Pro 13 vs MacBook Pro 15

With two to four new USB Type C ports, you will need 2016 MacBook Pro accessories to connect your phone, SD card, monitors and more. There’s simply no way around buying some new cables and adapters.

USB C cables also deliver power, allowing you to charge your MacBook Pro using any of the ports. You can’t just use any cable, though, since not all will be able to handle the power draw needed.

You can save when you buy from reputable third parties, but keep in mind that not all USB C cables and accessories are equal. There are bad USB C cables that could damage your devices. Not all USB C cables will deliver the same speed, since not all support ThunderBolt 3.

New MacBook Pro Charger & Cable

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New MacBook Pro Charger & Cable

You can get by with the one charger that comes with your notebook, but it's a smart idea to pick up a spare 2016 MacBook Pro charger to have on hand.

While USB C is a standard, you can't use just any cable and adapter to charge the 2016 MacBook Pro with USB C. This is especially true for the 15-inch MacBook Pro that requires more power.

Don't mess around with charging your 2016 MacBook Pro. At this stage it's smart to go with the official MacBook Pro USB C chargers.

13-inch MacBook Pro Charger - $69 at Apple

15-inch MacBook Pro Charger - $79 at Apple

2-Meter USB C Charge Cable - $19 at Apple

We may see third-party affordable options arrive, but for now you should go with these options. If you need a longer extension you can pick up the extension anywhere that one is sold. Amazon offers one for $8.75 that will let you extend your charging capabilities. You can also use one you already own.

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17 Best New MacBook Pro Accessories is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Here’s A List Of Things You Should Do Before the iPhone 7s Launch

Here’s A List Of Things You Should Do Before the iPhone 7s Launch is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re planning to buy the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus, two of Apple’s three rumored 2017 iPhones, there are a few things you’ll want to do prior to Apple’s announcements.

Nothing is confirmed but it sure looks like Apple will announce three new iPhones in September. Rumors point to a flagship, an iPhone 8, and two complimentary devices that might be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus might not come with the same high-end features Apple puts on the iPhone 8 but they should come with a solid combination of hardware and software. They’re also expected to be cheaper than the iPhone 8.

If you’re gearing up to buy a new iPhone now would be a good time to start preparing for September and the rumored, but inevitable, iPhone 7s launch date. This checklist will help you do exactly that. Let’s start with some basics.

Brush Up on the iPhone 7s

If you’re interested in picking up a new iPhone this fall it would be a good idea to stay on top of the latest iPhone 7s details.

For many of you, this is a no-brainer. You’ve been tracking the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus rumor mill and you’re already ready for Apple’s announcements.

Many others haven’t been following along and the September launch will be their first interaction with the new devices. If that’s the case, you’ll have only a few days to decide if you want the phone. Don’t be this person.

Dig into iPhone 7s rumors right now so that you set proper expectations ahead of the company’s launch. Rumors could also outline some of the key dates (pre-order, release) ahead of time, something that will help you better prepare.

We also recommend digging into the latest iPhone 8 rumors in order to compare the three devices before September arrives. The more you know the better off you’ll be come launch day.

Go Hands-on with the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are widely expected to have the same screen sizes as their predecessors. Apple might tweak their designs a bit but we expect the overall size of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to be similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

If you’re on the fence about whether to buy the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus, it would be a good idea to go find friends who own these phones and compare them.

This will help you decide which one is right for you. If you don’t have friends with iPhone 7’s, go down to a local retailer to get hands-on and ask questions.

Decide between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s now so that you aren’t struggling with the decision when pre-orders go live next month.

Research iPhone 7s & iPhone 7s Alternatives

Now would be an excellent time to start researching the competition.

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will face stiff opposition when they arrive. Starting with Apple’s devices, it’s a good idea to look into the current phones like the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6. Maybe you decide you don’t need to pay top dollar for a phone experience that suits your needs.

If you’re willing to move away from Apple’s ecosystem, it would be wise to look into the various Android competitors out there. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+LG G6, LG V30, and HTC U11.

And then you have rumored devices like the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is confirmed for August 23rd and it’ll be one of the top iPhone 7s Plus alternatives in 2017 and beyond.

Get Familiar with iOS 11

If one thing is certain it’s that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will run Apple’s new operating system, iOS 11. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you get familiar with iOS 11 before the iPhone 7s launches.

There are a few ways to do that right now. You can load up the iOS 11 beta on spare device and give it a whirl. Or, and this is the route most people should take, you can dig into feedback from those testing the iOS 11 update. Like us.

We’ve put together a walkthrough video that takes you through the changes on board iOS 11. We’ve also released a guide that showcases the key differences between iOS 11 and iOS 10.

Get acquainted with iOS 11 because the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will run it, not iOS 10, out of the box.

Check Your Upgrade

Make sure you keep an eye on your upgrade(s) as we approach September.

Some of you are probably coming off of contracts that locked you into a specific carrier. These plans typically require specific device upgrade dates.

In some cases, you’ll still be able to upgrade into a contract but in many others, you’ll need to buy your device on a brand new payment plan.

The upgrade process can be extremely confusing so it’s important to get a handle on it right now before Apple takes the stage.

You can quickly check your upgrade using your phone or you can check via Apple’s website though you’ll need to have very specific information on hand to do so.

Make a Plan for Your Current Phone

It’s time to start making a plan for your current device.

Some of you might have it easy. Maybe you know a family member who needs a new iPhone or maybe a friend’s already offered to buy your old phone when the new iPhones come out.

If you don’t have someone ready to take the phone off your hands, you might think about looking into re-sale sites like Gazelle and Nextworth. Trade-in prices through these sites are typically a lot better before new iPhones arrive.

You might also think about holding onto your phone to take advantage of potential trade-in deals. Carriers typically take old phones in exchange for money toward a new iPhone and we could see some early iPhone 7s trade-in deals emerge in September.

Start working out a plan now so that you aren’t scrambling come September.

Track iPhone & Android Deals

If you aren’t completely set on buying the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus it’s a good idea to look into the current deals on iPhones and Android devices.

As we approach the fall we’re starting to see retailers and carriers offer some outstanding deals on flagships and mid-range devices.

We’ve gone over the best iPhone 7 deals and best Galaxy S8 deals and we’ve also seen deals on other popular devices like the iPhone 6s and LG G6.

You might even be able to find a steal on sites like Craigslist or eBay if you’re patient.

Start Saving

The iPhone 8 will probably command top dollar but that doesn’t mean the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will be cheap.

Rumors haven’t confirmed iPhone 7s pricing yet but we expect pricing for the two upcoming models to look something like this in the United States:

  • iPhone 7s Price – $649
  • iPhone 7s Plus Price – $769
  • iPhone 7s price – $27/mo
  • iPhone 7s Plus Price – $32/mo
  • iPhone 8 Price – $45/mo

Remember, the upfront cost of buying a new iPhone probably won’t be the only charges you rack up in September.

You might need to make one last payment to your carrier. You might need to pay an upgrade fee. You might need to buy new cables. You might need a new case. Or a screen protector. Or AppleCare. You get the point.

There’s a good chance you’ll have to spend more than you think you’ll have to spend so make sure you have your financial situation sorted ahead of the announcement and the start of pre-orders.

Dig Into Carriers & Data Plans

Make sure you start researching carriers, data plans, and network coverage right now. They’re confusing and you’ll want to narrow down your options before you buy.

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will probably come to a wide range of carrier in the United States. Expect AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to be among the carriers that offer the new iPhones.

If you aren’t tied to a specific carrier, dig into network size and coverage in the areas you frequent the most.You’ll also want to look into the different data plans and pricing so that you know what you’re getting into once you place a pre-order.

Finding the best carrier and plan for you and your device can be extremely tricky and time consuming so get ahead by taking care of this now.

iPhone 7s: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To

iPhone 7s Release Date is Close

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iPhone 7s Release Date is Close

The first and perhaps best reason to wait for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus is the simple fact that Apple's event is probably just a few weeks away. 

iPhone rumors haven't been able to pinpoint an exact date just yet but most point to a launch sometime next month. September is the standard for new iPhone launches. 

We fully expect invites to the annual fall media event to go out in late August or early September. We expect the event itself to take place in early-to-mid September followed by an iPhone 7s release in mid-to-late September. 

If these rumors aren't convincing enough, Apple and its carrier partners have already started prepping for the iPhone 8 release date with policy changes and iPhone 8 reservations. We aren't the only ones expecting a launch to go down next month. 

If you wait, you give yourself three more iPhone options to compare to the current crop of devices. Choice is never a bad thing when it comes to buying a new device. 

This type of iPhone launch only happens once a year so most of you should hold out and what to see what Apple's got in store for 2017. 

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Here’s A List Of Things You Should Do Before the iPhone 7s Launch is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 7s Release: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To

iPhone 7s Release: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the iPhone 7s release date inching closer it’s important to set realistic expectations so you aren’t disappointed or caught off-guard by Apple’s announcements.

iPhone rumors continue to heat up as we approach the fall. Apple is reportedly planning three new iPhones including a flagship iPhone 8.

The other two devices are currently dubbed iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus but some believe they could be called iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (with an iPhone 8 Pro) or simply iPhone and iPhone Plus (with an iPhone Pro).

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus might not have the same internals as the flagship model but they should still suit the needs of many smartphone buyers. The two devices are rumored to have camera upgrades, the same processor as the iPhone 8, and large high-resolution displays.

While many people have their eye on the iPhone 8, others are interested in the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Their rumored price points probably have something to do with that.

If you’re interested in picking up an iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus you’re probably wondering when they’ll launch and when they’ll hit shelves. Apple hasn’t announced anything yet but we expect that to change soon.

This guide goes over a few things you can expect from the iPhone 7s release including a look at the release date, pre-orders, and a few things to keep in mind for release day.

If you’re in the hunt for a new phone, keep these things in mind as we approach the month of September.

Expect the iPhone 7s Launch in September

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Expect the iPhone 7s Launch in September

You shouldn't have to wait too much longer for Apple to confirm the iPhone 7s launch date. 

Nothing is confirmed but iPhone rumors point to an arrival sometime in September. The exact date hasn't leaked but we should get a firm date soon. Either from rumors or from Apple itself. 

If Apple is planning a September launch event, and there's no reason to believe it's not at this point, invites should go out within the next few weeks. Last year, the company sent out invites for an early September event in late August. 

Unless something drastic happens behind the scenes, it's safe to expect an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus launch, and release, sometime in September. For some people. 

Apple will almost certainly release the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in stages. Countries like the United States always get new iPhones on day one while smaller markets typically have to wait.

Most countries got the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2016 but the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus didn't hit Indonesia until March of 2017. 

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iPhone 7s Release: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 7s: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To

iPhone 7s: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re looking to buy your next smartphone it might be a good idea to wait for Apple’s rumored iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to arrive.

As we approach the month of September, iPhone 8 rumors are starting to grow louder. Apple hasn’t sent out media invites yet but rumors suggest the company will take the curtain down and announce three new iPhone models including a flagship iPhone 8 next month.

Apple’s iPhone 8 will reportedly be accompanied by two new models that we’re calling the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Others think they might be called iPhone 8/iPhone 8 or iPhone/iPhone Plus. Whatever the case may be, we should see two devices accompany the company’s next flagship to shelves this fall.

The iPhone 8 might be the device everyone is talking about but we expect the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to deliver exciting flagship features. Rumored features include large high-resolution displays, wireless charging, upgraded internals, and three color options.

Now that we’re cruising through the month of August, most people looking to buy a new phone should wait for Apple to make its fall announcements. With that said, there are some reasons why you might just want to cave and pickup an iPhone or another device in August.

Our guide will take you through some of the best reasons to wait for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and some reasons why you might want to buy another phone right now.

iPhone 7s Release Date is Close

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iPhone 7s Release Date is Close

The first and perhaps best reason to wait for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus is the simple fact that Apple's event is probably just a few weeks away. 

iPhone rumors haven't been able to pinpoint an exact date just yet but most point to a launch sometime next month. September is the standard for new iPhone launches. 

We fully expect invites to the annual fall media event to go out in late August or early September. We expect the event itself to take place in early-to-mid September followed by an iPhone 7s release in mid-to-late September. 

If these rumors aren't convincing enough, Apple and its carrier partners have already started prepping for the iPhone 8 release date with policy changes and iPhone 8 reservations. We aren't the only ones expecting a launch to go down next month. 

If you wait, you give yourself three more iPhone options to compare to the current crop of devices. Choice is never a bad thing when it comes to buying a new device. 

This type of iPhone launch only happens once a year so most of you should hold out and what to see what Apple's got in store for 2017. 

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iPhone 7s: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Former Apple and Tesla engineer will try to simplify Google’s AI efforts

Google might have already been making significant headway with its artificial intelligence efforts, but those efforts will likely get boosted with the hire of former Apple and Tesla engineer Chris Lattner.

The name might not ring a bell, but Lattner was a prominent figure in the world of Apple software. He joined the company in 2005 before eventually becoming a member of Apple’s senior executive leadership team. More significantly, Lattner developed the company’s Swift programming language and was one of the main drivers behind Swift Playgrounds, which introduced the programming language to a younger audience.

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Lattner left Apple in January of this year and joined Tesla that same month to help build the company’s Autopilot technology. It was quite the hire for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, but it did not last very long – Lattner left after only five months on the job. Lattner did not divulge exactly what led to his leaving Tesla, but said that he and Musk agreed they did not work well together:

In the end, Elon and I agreed that he and I did not work well together and that I should leave, so I did.

Fast forward to today, and Lattner agreed to join Google Brain, Google’s research unit. Lattner will reportedly work on TensorFlow, which is designed to simplify the search giant’s AI programming, though no other details about Lattner’s role were given.

Even so, this is a solid hire for Google and could lead to simpler TensorFlow software or lower device hardware requirements to run AI software. It could also be that none of that will happen, but given Lattner’s track record until now, Google is willing to make this bet with a glass half full.