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HYPERLINKED: New iPads/Apple TV And PlayStation & Xbox Have New Controllers

And Anker's new MagSafe cube!

Welcome to HYPERLINKED, where we run you through the biggest stories of the week in the tech space.

NEW IPADS AND A NEW APPLE TV HAS BEEN REVEALED

Apple has announced a new baseline iPad. It’s been redesigned with no home button, and USB-C. The front facing camera has also been moved to the landscape positioning which makes a lot more sense for Facetime calls.

The iPad is now compatible with Apple Pencil, but the original one, so you’ll need a lightning to USB-C adaptor to be able to use it.

The new iPad is available from October 26th and starts at $749 for Wi-Fi or $999 with Wi-Fi + cellular.

Apple also announced a new iPad Pro with an M2 chip as well as a new hovering Appel Pencil 2 feature that gives you feedback right as you place the Apple Pencil down.

The new iPad Pro with M2 will be available on October 26th and start at $1,399 for 11 inch and $1,899 for 12.9 inch.

A new Apple TV has also been announced with an A15 Bionic Chip. It now has HDR10+ support alongside Dolby Vision is also cheaper than the last iteration.

The new Apple TV is available from November 4th and costs $219 for the Wi-Fi version (64GB storage) or $249 for the Wi-Fi + Ethernet (with 128GB storage).

THE NEW DUALSENSE EDGE PRO CONTROLLER GOT DETAILED

PlayStation has announced that the PS5 DualSense Edge Pro Controller will release on January 26th, 2023. Pre-orders will go live on October 25th (next Tuesday), and we’ll have more local Aussie info on that once it’s live.

The controller will cost $199.99 USD (~$315 AUD) and each analogue stick module will cost $19.99 USD (~$31 AUD), but we’ll let you know about local pricing when we have it.

As far as features go, the controller will have customisable controls, swappable stick caps, replacement stick modules, chargeable back buttons, customisable button mapping, adjustable trigger stops and dead zones, tunable stick sensitivity and dead zones as well as a USB braided cable with lockable mechanic and quick swap control profiles and settings. You’ll also be able to chance the audio on the fly by holding down one of the new Fn buttons down and using the D-Pad.

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XBOX ELITE CONTROLLER COMES TO DESIGN LAB

Xbox has now announced that the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller is now up for customising in the Xbox Design Lab. You can get creating right HERE. 

As of right now, Aussies can design the body, back case, D-pad, bumpers, triggers, thumbsticks, and buttons and select between a cross-shaped or faceted D-Pad. You can even customise the thumbstick base and ring for the first time in Design Lab. If you’re looking for the accessories as well, you can customise your case and interchangeable components with selections such as metallic paddles as well as different shaped thumb sticks.

Xbox Elite Xbox Design Lab

The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller itself starts at roughly $219.95 AUD whilst the controller with all of its components starts with roughly $280 AUD in an Elite Package, so it’s not super cheap, but obviously if you’re wanting the best Xbox controller customised, it’ll be worth the price.

ANKER’S NEW CHARGING CUBE IS THE COOLEST CHARGER I’VE SEEN

There’s absolutely no shortage of wireless chargers on the market right now, but Anker has just revealed the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. It’s a 3-in-1 charging cube and in its original form, it really just looks like a cube, but it quickly pops out to reveal an Apple Watch charger, then the top folds up so that you can use it as a MagSafe charger and then underneath that houses a spot to also charge your AirPods.

It’s not only perfect for travel, but the fact that it is a lot smaller than almost any other 3-way wireless charger that I’ve seen is a game-changer.

So far, it looks to be exclusive to Apple in the US and costs $149.99 USD (~$235 AUD).

Anker Magsafe Cube