The highly anticipated BeatsX earphones will officially launch on Friday, February 10. First announced in September, BeatsX feature Apple's wireless W1 chip. After several delays, Beats By Dre revealed the release date for the $150 accessory. The tweet didn't explain whether BeatsX would debut in additional countries at the end of this week.
There's a new Bluetooth keyboard in town, billed as the first Multi-touch keyboard ever. The TextBlade weighs only 1.5 ounces (42.5 g) and uses magnets to fold up for easy carrying. According to the manufacturer WayTools, eight physical keys use Multi-touch and MagLever technology to provide a precision touch-typing experience.
Full-size 19mm key spacing and 2mm of travel make TextBlade keys the same as a standard keyboard. In addition to characters, the keys are MultiLayer, which provides access to symbols, editing shortcuts, and iOS-specific controls. The space bar contains a lithium polymer battery that charges in less than an hour and lasts up to a month.
Bluetooth 4.0 (BT LE), also known as Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth Smart first appeared in smartphones in 2011. It is required for the Handoff feature of iOS 8 and Yosemite. The following iPhones and iPads use Bluetooth 4.0:
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPad, 3rd generation
- iPad, 4th generation
- iPad mini
Once paired with the iPhone, Bluetooth devices are remembered for future use, even after they are disconnected. In some cases, a long list of Bluetooth devices can be confusing, especially if some are duplicates or will never be used again. Removing paired Bluetooth devices from the iPhone can solve this problem.
Once removed, a device will need to be re-paired from the beginning in order to be used again. To begin the process of removing a Bluetooth device from iOS 7, first navigate to Settings -> Bluetooth. Bluetooth must be switched ON for the list of paired devices to be displayed.
In case you missed it, the jailbreak-like application Bluetooth OnOff is still available in the iTunes App Store. Even though the app seems to be in violation of Apple's App Store guidelines, it has managed to survive for six days now. It's unknown whether Apple will pull the app or let it remain, but to be safe, you should probably act quickly.
Bluetooth OnOff offers a simple solution to one of the biggest iPhone complaints -- the ability to activate and deactivate your bluetooth easily. Normally a user must navigate to Settings/General/Bluetooth/Toggle to switch their bluetooth on or off. This application saves you time by allowing you to toggle your bluetooth settings just by launching the app. It also offers some kind of bluetooth chat option, but most iPhone owners will only be interested in the simple toggle feature.