Gadget Ogling: Mac’s Back, Nintendo Returns, and Huawei Goes to the Edge

macbook-proWelcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that leads you by the hand through the sprawling labyrinth of gadget announcements to find the hidden treasure.

In our chest of delights this time around are the latest MacBook Pro, Nintendo’s new console, and a smartphone from Huawei.

As always, these are not reviews, partly because some of these items are months away from hitting retailers’ shelves. The ratings relate only to how much I’d like to try each item.

Apple Crunch

Apple has unveiled a redesigned MacBook Pro, giving the company’s core laptop its first full refresh in a few years.

The design has metal on all sides, along with a Force Touch trackpad double the size of previous versions.

There’s a customizable OLED touch strip above the keyboard that responds to gestures and taps — a demo indicated one might use it for fast access to various emoji or for secondary controls within an app. It essentially replaces function keys, but with far more purpose and control.

To the side of the Touch Bar is the second-generation Touch ID module for fingerprint authentication.

Naturally, it’s the thinnest, lightest MacBook Pro ever, because Apple and hyperbole are tighter than Velcro and fabric. The display is 67 percent brighter and displays 25 percent more colors, though apparently somehow eats less power than before. The battery apparently lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.

For connectivity, there are four Thunderbolt USB Type-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which Apple clearly displayed great courage to include. However, there are no HDMI, USB or Thunderbolt ports, or any memory card slots. The Type-C ports are all you get — even if, thankfully, there are three more than in the previous MacBook.

I’m sure it’s shinier and prettier and smarter and thinner and faster than ever, and that’s well and good. Aside from the compelling Touch Bar, though, there’s not a lot to get truly thrilled about.

Excising regular USB ports mean you’ll need adaptors to connect many of your peripherals (including your iPhone). I’m honestly just waiting for Apple to fit an operating system and processing power into an eye implant à la Black Mirror.

Switching Things Up

Regular readers will note I am a lifelong lover of games, and particularly Nintendo. I remember how excited I was as a 6-year-old to unwrap my Super Nintendo on Christmas morning. I’ve devoted many, many hours to Super Mario World and my favorite game of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, in the quarter century since.

The Wii U didn’t much excite me, except for the tremendous Super Mario Maker. However, the latest Nintendo offering, Nintendo Switch, offers a look at a new future for console gaming.

Switch is a hybrid system that, when nestled into its dock, connects to a television. So far, so traditional. However, when you lift Switch out of said dock, it instantly transforms into a portable gaming system with a high-definition display.

The device has two detachable Joy-Con controllers, with one connected to each side. These can stay separate, connect with an accessory to become a more traditional controller, or be used as individual controllers for some multiplayer games. Switch also will support a standalone pro controller.

Switch uses GameCard cartridges instead of discs, which suggests the system may not be backward-compatible with Wii or Wii U games. Gamers can connect multiple Switch systems for local multiplayer play. It seems like Switch is designed to replace both the Wii U and the 3DS, which is curious, since Nintendo’s handheld systems have performed well for some time.

Even with such scant details (the Switch doesn’t go on sale until March), Switch is an utterly compelling console. It looks like it’s going to hit the right balance between casual and more passionate gamers that the Wii and Wii U consoles never were able to find. Plus, there’s that wonderful IP in Mario, Zelda, and so many other titles.

I truly can’t wait to get my hands on one, and then proceed to lose easily in a game of Mario Kart.

Rating: 5 out of 5 1-Ups

Nothing but Screen

I’ve made no bones about being someone who’s probably an iOS lifer at this point, but if anything were to push me into switching smartphone teams, it’d be something like the Mi Mix Android phablet.

It seems a little larger than I’d like, with a 6.4-inch screen, but that’s almost entirely screen real estate — the display takes up 91.3 percent of the body. It looks gorgeous, almost like the pure glass phone of Jony Ive’s dreams. It’s not quite that, though, as the rear and side buttons are made of ceramic.

Ultrasound takes the place of a proximity sensor, which is neat, and the Mi Mix houses 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and uses the same Snapdragon processor as Google Pixel. There’s a rear 16-megapixel camera — though weirdly, the front-facing camera is at the bottom of the phone to account for all of that screen space.

Again, the design is spectacular. It’s probably the best-looking smartphone I’ve seen since the iPhone 6.

It’s a shame that you’ll likely need to pay a premium to import one from China, when Xiaomi really could have something on its hands were it to take this globally. I’d absolutely be tempted to get it, even if I am bound to my contract for another year

Election 2016: Either Way, More Drama

2016-presidential-electionIn a few days, we will either be inundated by ISIS terrorists in our homes right after the U.S. government takes all of our guns, or we will be at nuclear war with the world, based on my Twitter feed. Women no longer will be allowed to vote, and global warming will turn us into crispy critters.

After watching all three debates and some of the crap coming out of both campaigns, I finally can figure out why Mexico is paying for a wall: They want to keep the crazy people out of their country.

To keep some of you from escaping to Canada or digging a hole in your yards and pulling it in after you, I thought I’d share what I expect will happen if either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected.

What follows is an analyst’s view of what will result when the election is over (which may not be this month, given that both sides seem to agree that if they lose it means the election was rigged). I’ll close with my product of the week: the new phone from LeEco, the Le Pro 3. It’s damn close to the new Google Pixel at about half the price, and it makes the iPhone 7 look like last year’s phone.

Ineffective Leadership

For the last eight years, we’ve had a president who has been both relatively popular and relatively ineffective. In his first two years, when his party owned both houses of Congress, virtually nothing but Obamacare got done. Then his party lost control in the House of Representatives.

This loss was due in large part to the mismanagement of Nancy Pelosi, who appeared to relish sticking it to both her Republican rivals and the newly elected president. She isn’t going anywhere, and likely will do the same thing to Clinton if she wins.

So, a relatively popular president and both houses of Congress got us two years of almost nothing but Obamacare.

Now we have two very unpopular candidates, neither of which is likely to have the support of Congress, and people are scared to death they will do something really bad. These two folks are so badly tarnished that the one who wins is likely to be under almost immediate indictment or…

Impeachment Ahead

Both candidates don’t seem to get rules. Trump has a nasty habit of being self-serving and acting before thinking, and the odds of him making an impeachment-level mistake in the first year are surprisingly good. If he wins, the Democrats are fired up to get him out of office. Also, the Republicans appear to hate him nearly as much as they hate Clinton, so he won’t get much support from his own party.

Clinton attracts scandals like poop attracts flies. She is already at war with the FBI and hasn’t even entered office yet. She doesn’t have the charisma her husband has, or the depth of support he had, and her judgment also appears to be a scandal magnet. The Republicans are over the top in their hatred of her, and her democratic peers tend to run from scandals.

Wild cards are concerns the FBI has with the Clinton Foundation and money laundering, something I think could have been brought up months ago. Also, Trump’s financials could reveal deep and inappropriate ties to a foreign government, either of which could fast-track this process.

No Mandate

At the end of this process, the primary platform for Clinton appears to be that she isn’t Donald Trump, and the primary platform for Trump is that he isn’t Hillary Clinton. What this means is that if there is a mandate, it is likely tied back to that one aspect, which effectively goes away after the election.

On the plus side, this likely will be the fastest execution of a campaign promise in history. On the minus side, there is no other mandate, which means anything else these folks want to do will require that they get the support of the American people, who mostly hate both of them. Good luck with that.

The country would prefer either of the VPs over the folks running for president. They seem more like twin brothers than they do highly opposed opponents. If they switched parties, we’d likely hardly notice. Just saying.

Both candidates are poised to challenge results and could win a challenge. What this means is that regardless of who wins, the loser is likely to make a huge stink and challenge the results, unless it’s a blowout. The surveys are indicating a very tight race.

It may be some time before we know who actually is president, and we can look forward to a ton more fun controversy and drama surrounding the event.

Given the likelihood of intimidation at polling places, a cyberattack on some part of the polling system, and the ancient and inconsistent technology used for capturing votes across the nation, there is good chance the loser will be able to have this vote overturned. So, it may not be over for a while anyway.

Wrapping Up

If you like soap operas, you’ll probably like the outcome of this election regardless of who wins, because the only thing that is certain is that we will have a ton more drama over the next eight years. The odds of an impeachment attempt are as close to 100 percent as we likely can get, assuming the winning candidate, who most certainly will be ancient, survives into office.

The odds of success, given how disliked both candidates are and how often both step over the line, are better than they likely have been in our collective lifetimes.

In the end, you can sleep soundly. There is little likelihood that either candidate will do anything truly evil, because it is equally unlikely they’ll be able to do anything at all except create more drama.

I do think you should get out and vote, because there are a lot of good people down ballet that can make a difference, and some important initiatives — both local and national — that you should care about.

Do read up on these, because if you’ve been watching the media, you’ve been lied to a lot and you certainly want to be smarter than either of the presidential candidates in your choices. Hey, how often can you legitimately say you’re smarter than the president?

Google’s Pixel Wins a Place in the Sun

Google’s Pixel smartphone, which made its debut last month, has gathered some high praise from reviewers.

“The Google Pixel is now the best Android smartphone you can buy,” wrote Joanna Stern in The Wall Street Journal.

“The other leading contender was disqualified due to spontaneous combustion,” she added, referring to Samsung’s doomed Galaxy Note7, which was recalled for safety reasons.

Stern was impressed with Pixel’s display; its high pixel count made the blacks in photos appear deeper, colors more vibrant, and everything sharper.

“The AMOLED display makes photos look better — even ones taken on an iPhone,” she wrote.

Keep Your Pixels Dry

Pixel “offers the look and competence of an iPhone with a truly great cameraand loads of innovative software and services,” David Pierce noted in a review for Wired.

“It changes my answer to the question I hear most often: ‘What phone should you get?’ You should get a Pixel,” he wrote.

“The immediate joke everyone, including me, made on Twitter after the Pixel launch was that Google made an iPhone,” Pierce added. “Well, that’s true. As it turns out, an iPhone running Android is exactly what I’ve been waiting for.”

Pixel is a standout compared to other heavyweights in the market, according to Lisa Eadicicco, who reviewed it for Time.

“All told, the Pixel is Google’s first smartphone that can go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy flagship,” she wrote. “It’s on equal footing with those phones in most of the areas that really matter, although its lack of water resistance is a setback. Still, Android fans who pick up the Pixel should be pleased, so long as they keep it dry.”

Smooth Performance

Google hit a home run with its first branded smartphone, said Cnet reviewer Lynn La.

“With Pixel, Google stepped up to bat, called its shot and knocked it out of the park,” she wrote.

It’s a departure from Google’s earlier Nexus smartphones, because you don’t have to be an Android enthusiast to appreciate what Google has accomplished with the Pixel.

“The only thing you’ll have to be enthusiastic about is owning a phone that’s beautiful, takes awesome photos, and has smooth performance,” La wrote. “If you are, the Pixel’s for you.”

The Pixel’s performance was won kudos from Jason Cross, writing for PC World.

“Android fans often complain about phones (especially Samsung’s) that lead benchmark charts, but still somehow seem to stutter, chop, and sputter when you use them,” he explained.

“The Pixel XL does none of that,” he wrote. “At every turn it is smooth, fast, and most of all, responsive.”

“Indeed, this may be the smoothest and most responsive Android phone I’ve ever used,” he added.

Rain on Pixel’s Parade

Some reviewers were unimpressed by Google’s smartphone offering.

“The absence of a major competing Android device works out especially well for Google because the Pixel is, relatively speaking, mediocre,” Brian X. Chen wrote for The New York Times.

“It is slower than Apple’s iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7, Samsung’s smaller flagship phone,” he noted.

“Photos shot with Pixel’s camera don’t look as good as the iPhone’s,” Chen continued. “And Google’s built-in artificially intelligent virtual assistant, called Assistant, is still fairly dumb.”

Pricing may be an issue with the Pixel models, noted David McQueen, research director for consumer devices and strategic technology at ABI Research.

The Pixel is priced at US$650 and the larger Pixel XL is selling for $770.

“This is quite expensive for what you’re getting, and the build quality isn’t as good as other flagship phones in the market,” McQueen told TechNewsWorld. “It’s going to be a bit problematic for Google to create differentiation for the hardware at that price point.”

Google’s Hardware Future

However, baking Google Assistant into Pixel’s hardware could do that, McQueen continued.

“Since it’s the first device to carry Google Assistant, that will be a differentiator in an Android market where it’s very difficult to make any sort of differentiation on the hardware,” he said.

Indeed, Google Assistant may not only be Pixel’s prime asset, but also a key component of Google’s hardware future.

“The Pixel’s greatest strength is really not anything in the hardware side,” said Mark Hung, a research vice president at Gartner.

It’s Google Assistant, which is only available on Pixel, he pointed out.

“It’s the future of not only Pixel, but of the Google hardware ecosystem,” Hung told TechNewsWorld. “Google is looking to make artificial intelligence the next platform after mobile and social.”

Gunning for Apple

Reviewers taking the measure of Pixel never failed to mention the iPhone. There’s a simple reason for that.

“They’re going after iPhone customers and other high-end phone buyers,” said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research.

It may be difficult for Pixel to make headway in that target market, though.

“In developed markets, we’re seeing a lot of saturation,” Rubin noted. “It’s a pretty late time to be a newcomer to the space, even if you have all the advantages that Google has.”

iPhone users were Pixel’s target market, but the product also will benefit from the recall of the Samsung Note7, pbserved Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“The Pixel will be the major alternative to the Note7,” he told TechNewsWorld, “even though it lacks the Samsung product’s stylus and wider carrier distribution

iPhone 8 to Feature Wireless Charging, Says KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo

iPhone 8 to Feature Wireless Charging, Says KGI's Ming-Chi KuoThe iPhone 8 rumours are picking up speed and the latest one again backs previous claims of wireless charging support. Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reiterated that the iPhone 8 will support wireless charging.

Kuo notes that wireless charging adapters will be bundled with just the premium models, and the base model buyers will have to buy it as an additional separate accessory. The wireless adapter will be of the same design structure as the inductive pad used for charging the Apple Watch currently. Kuo also confirms that iPhone 8 will sport a glass back to ensure fast wireless charging speeds with minimum disruption from frequency interference.

This is not the first time that the iPhone 8 is tipped to sport wireless charging. An early leak claims that the new wireless charging feature will let the upcoming iPhones get charged from a distance of about 15 feet which means that users won’t need to place the iPhone on a wireless charging plate, like we’ve seen with wireless charging technology so far.

The iPhone 8 is additionally tipped to sport a bezel-less curved display with OLED screens. However, Apple is said to be having difficulty in producing mass OLED screens, and so it might just introduce it exclusively on premium variants. The Home Button is expected to be entirely eliminated from the device, and will be replaced with an onscreen button. It is also tipped to sport a faster new A11 processor, and a new Touch ID system for unlocking the device and paying via Apple Pay.

Google Drops Cast Branding and Replaces It With Chromecast Built-In

Google Drops Cast Branding and Replaces It With Chromecast Built-InGoogle has been becoming increasingly serious about the branding on its products to help users identify its technology with ease. The company earlier renamed its Google Cast app to Google Home last month and has now decided to ditch the Google Cast branding from its Twitter account in lieu of the name ‘Chromecast’.

Google has recently started to move away from its Google Cast branding on its own products as well as third-party products that support the technology and has instead referred to it as “Chromecast built-in”, as reported by The Verge.

As per the report, the official switch from the Google Cast brand will happen in 2017 and Google says that it is being done to “help users identify the technology that they’ve come to enjoy and appreciate.”

Even though the search giant still refers to the technology as Google Cast on its dedicated page, it does mention the ‘Chromecast built-in’ name in its description. The description about the technology reads, “Google Cast – also known as Chromecast built-in – is a technology that lets you cast your favourite entertainment and apps from your phone, tablet or laptop right to your TV or speakers.”

Considering that users are able to better identify the technology by the name of the Chromecast dongle, which made it popular, it does appear to be a reasonable move by the company.

The best iPhone 6S deals and tariffs for November 2016

It’s November, which means Christmas is just around the corner and some great iPhone 6S deals are coming to market, especially since the iPhone 7 has made itself comfortable in the market.

The 6S is only one generation behind, so it’s still a very strong phone and the price is far more reasonable than those of the iPhone 7, plus there’s now a tasty 32GB middle option in between the 16GB and 64GB choices. We’ve rounded up the best deals on this page, and separated them by network.

Maybe you get better signal on Three, or you really enjoy that £1 lunch deal from O2 (we do) – whatever your preference we’ve got all the major network’s best deals listed below. Or you can use our deal finder below to have a look around and get the deal that’s exactly perfect for you.

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The best iPhone 6S deals in November:

Further down the page we’ve listed the best deals by network, so you can immediately find the best deal at your preferred provider. But if you’re just looking for the best deal for the iPhone 6S this November then look no further then our list of the top three below.

Plus don’t forget to play around with our deals widget – you can tailor it to your needs so if you need a lot of data, but not a lot of phone storage or a certain colour of handset you can find the best deal for what you need right there.

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iPhone 6 deals on EE

iPhone 6S 16GB | £90 upfront (with 10OFF code)| Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £25.99 per month
The best iPhone 6S deal on EE this month is dun dun dun…. identical to last month, so it’d seem the launch of the iPhone 7 hasn’t had much of an effect on other phones. But using the 10OFF code with Mobiles.co.uk will get you a little extra money off. If you want an iPhone 6S on EE for the lowest possible tariff at 1GB data, this is still the deal out there. The £25.99 per month fee is as cheap as it gets and the upfront fee is still pretty standard despite the new iPhone 7. Total cost over 24 months is £713.76

View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

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iPhone 6S 32GB | £125 £75 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £26.50 per month @ Mobiles.co.uk
3GB is a really solid amount of data – for the average user it should be that sweet spot that’ll get you through the month, just, so you aren’t wasting money on extra GBs. At the time of writing this deal on the iPhone 6S is nearly £73 cheaper than the next best 3GB offer, making it pretty sweet if you ask us. Total cost over 24 months is £711.

Voucher code: 50OFF6S
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iPhone 6S 32GB | £99.99 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £28.50 per month
This is a really solid deal for the iPhone 6S with 3GB of data. £85 upfront is just about cheaper than average, and £28.50 per month for 3GB and unlimited everything else is definitely good value, so overall it’s one of our favourite deals this month. It’s not the cheapest 3GB deal we could find (see above) but if you settled with O2 this could be the deal for you. Total cost over 24 months is £783.99

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iphone 6 deals on Three

iPhone 6S 16GB | £96.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £29pm
This is a strong deal from Three, which comes as a surprise as Three have been pretty lacking in good iPhone deals lately. £79.99 upfront is below average and £29 monthly isn’t bad for 4GB data – last month you would need to pay this much for 1GB data so things are picking up over at Three.Total cost over 24 months is £792.99

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

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Now let’s break down the best iPhone 6S deals by network…

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Best iPhone 6S deals on EE – The network with high-speed 4G

iPhone 6S 16GB | £90 upfront (with 10OFF code) | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £25.99 per month
The best iPhone 6S deal on EE this month is dun dun dun…. identical to last month, so it’d seem the launch of the iPhone 7 hasn’t had much of an effect on other phones. But using the 10OFF code with Mobiles.co.uk will get you a little extra money off. If you want an iPhone 6S on EE for the lowest possible tariff at 1GB data, this is still the deal out there. The £25.99 per month fee is as cheap as it gets and the upfront fee is still pretty standard despite the new iPhone 7. Total cost over 24 months is £713.76

View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone 6S 32GB | Free phone | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £35.99 per month
The iPhone 6S 32GB was announced at launch of the iPhone 7. It fills the gap perfectly between the 16GB and 64GB versions and should be a nice amount of data for the average user. This particular iPhone 6S deal is very strong and actually offers better value for money than many 16GB options. If you need more space on your phone and cheeky bit of data for your handset then this is worth checking out. Total cost over 24 months is £885.75

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iPhone 6S 32GB | Free upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 10GB data | £40.99 per month
You might be a super user, constantly streaming and downloading (or uploading). Well we’ve got a deal for you buddy, don’t worry! How about 10GB of data, no upfront cost and unlimited calls and texts (obvs) for £40.99 monthly? Sounds pretty good right? Well it gets better, because it’s on the lovely iPhone 6S 32GB, so you’ll have somewhere to store all those downloads too.

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

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Best iPhone 6S deals on O2 – the network with benefits like O2 Priority

iPhone 6S 32GB | £125 £75 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £26.50 per month @ Mobiles.co.uk
3GB is a really solid amount of data – for the average user it should be that sweet spot that’ll get you through the month, just, so you aren’t wasting money on extra GBs. At the time of writing this deal on the iPhone 6S is nearly £73 cheaper than the next best 3GB offer, making it pretty sweet if you ask us. Total cost over 24 months is £711.

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iPhone 6S 32GB | £99.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £28.50 per month
This is a really solid deal for the iPhone 6S with 3GB of data. £85 upfront is just about cheaper than average, and £28.50 per month for 3GB and unlimited everything else is definitely good value, so overall it’s one of our favourite deals this month. It’s not the cheapest 3GB deal we could find (see above) but if you settled with O2 this could be the deal for you. Total cost over 24 months is £783.99

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iPhone 6S 16GB | £4.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £40pm
This is the best deal we could find for a decent data allowance + the smaller iPhone. It’s very cheap upfront but it’s really not that great overall – £40 per month for 5GB of data… Well let’s just say you can scroll up and down the page and you’ll probably find something a little more appetising. But maybe you’re really here for the £1 lunch from O2 Priorities, in which case this is appetising. The cost over 24 months is £964.99

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iPhone 6S 32GB | £54.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 10GB data | £40pm
Now THIS iPhone 6S deal we can get behind. It’s pretty much the same cost as the one above, but you’ll get double the amount of data AND internal storage for a touch more upfront and the same cost per month. Unless you’re hell-bent on getting the cheaper model with less storage then this is the one we’d recommend. You definitely won’t regret having the extra GBs on your phone. The cost over 24 months is £1014.99

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Best iPhone 6S deals on Vodafone – Offers extras like Spotify and Sky Sports

iPhone 6S 32GB | Free phone | 1GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £32 per month
This is a really good deal for the iPhone 6S, thanks to the £48 cashback that’s on offer. The lack of an upfront cost is rather good, plus you get the higher-capacity model but you will need to suck up a slightly higher monthly tariff as a result. Overall, a good deal that the thrifty on Vodafone will enjoy. Total cost over 24 months is £720

Get this deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

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iPhone 6S 32GB | £59.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £32pm
This deal will appeal to those who need more data and don’t mind paying a bit of the cost upfront – it’s the same monthly tariff, but you’re getting a 3GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is £827.99

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iPhone 6S 128GB | £74.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 6GB data – £37pm
Want the HUGE 128GB version of the iPhone 6S? Want a good deal on it? Well look at this. £74.99 upfront (which you shouldn’t turn your nose up at) plus 6GB of data and unlimited everything else for £37 a month seems pretty damn good to us. Total cost over 24 months is £962.99

Get this deal: at Mobile Phones Direct

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Best iPhone 6S deals on Three – the network with unlimited data

iPhone 6S 32GB | £96.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £29pm
This is a strong deal from Three, which comes as a surprise as Three have been pretty lacking in good iPhone deals lately. £79.99 upfront is below average and £29 monthly isn’t bad for 4GB data – last month you would need to pay this much for 1GB data so things are picking up over at Three.Total cost over 24 months is £792.99

View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

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iPhone 6S 32GB | £99.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 12GB data | £35pm
Three always have the biggest data offerings, but you do pay the price for them… Normally. This deal is £99.99 upfront, which is standard as you can see from the rest of the deals on this page. The monthly cost is £35 a month and for that you’ll get a sweet 12GB of data plus unlimited everything else, which means Three have surprised us this month with a really tasty deal on the iPhone 6S. Total cost over 24 months is £939.99

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iPhone 6S 16GB | £93.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 30GB data | £39pm
Three has always been famous for being the network that still offers an unlimited data option, but we’re going for the 30GB option here – it’s a lot cheaper and honestly, only the smallest fraction of people need unlimited. Seriously – 30GB is probably more than enough (though Three will likely tell you otherwise). Total cost over 24 months is £1029.99

Jaguar I-Pace: Meet the all-electric Big Cat

Jaguar has just announced the I-Pace in LA – the British marque’s first all-electric vehicle and “one of the most important new cars since the E-Type”.

T3 had a chance to get up close and personal with the new car, here’s everything you need to know:

The I-Pace is largely derived from Jaguar’s C-X75 mid-engine supercar project. It borrows intelligent aero throughout to achieve a low drag coefficient of 0.29, and uses stunning 23-inch Nighthawk wheels to give it an aggressive stance. A full-length panoramic glass roof floods the interior with natural light, and at night, an array of LEDs embedded in the roof illuminate the patterned glass to create an arresting visual effect.

1. Sports car’s pace

Electric motors on the front and rear axles generate an impressive 400PS, and 700Nm of instant torque. This will power the sporty SUV from 0 to 60mph in around 4 seconds.

2. British attention to detail

GPS coordinates of car’s birthplace (Jaguar’s design studio) will be laser-etched into the wooden surface of the instrument panel. Presumably, so its engineers never get lost.

3. Welcome to the flight deck

The I-Pace features an intuitive new user interface. The primary 12-inch touchscreen is blended seamlessly into the dash, with ‘micro-click’ haptic feedback and additional screens dotted throughout the cabin.

4. All-weather electric SUV

Making use of JLR’s leading traction technology (ASPC and AdSR), you’ll be safe with the knowledge that the I-Pace can handle anything Mother Nature throws at it.

5. Keeps on rolling

The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack has a predicted range of more than 220 miles. Drivers with an average daily commute will only need to recharge the vehicle once a week.

6. Plenty of space

Despite the car’s sporty design – the electric drivetrain enables a cavernous 530-litre luggage compartment. The entire cabin is light and spacious, with the same capacity as a much larger vehicle.

7. Launched in Virtual Reality

The I-Pace was launched in across the globe in virtual reality. It’s one of the most impressive uses of VR we’ve seen from a brand, with 66 HTV Vive headsets connected for the reveal. During the presentation we could move the car around to look at it from different angles. It was also used to explore certain aspects of the car in more depth, the suspension system could be exploded for example.