Apple to Reportedly Drop iPhone 15 in September
It’s that time of the year when tech enthusiasts worldwide ready themselves for a new iPhone announcement, and Bloomberg is reporting that the 15th version of the popular smartphone will be revealed on either Sept. 12 or 13, with a sales drop the following week on the 22nd. One of the key design features expected to appear on the Apple iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus is the addition of the Dynamic Island pill-and-hole cutout, which first appeared on the iPhone 14 Pro collection. The feature displays content that’s running in the background, such as music controls and incoming calls. Perhaps the most noteworthy change coming to all iPhone 15 models is the introduction of a USB-C port. Essentially, this replaces Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector, which has been on all iPhones going back to the fifth iteration more than a decade ago.
Ralph Lauren Reveals Official Outfits for 2023 US Open
Continuing its storied reign of dressing some of tennis’s best, Ralph Lauren unveiled its official 2023 US Open on-court uniforms, as well as a commemorative capsule of apparel and accessories, on Tuesday. This marks the 18th year in which the New York-based brand is the official outfitter of the US Open and the company is tasked with the job of dressing over 215 on-court officials and 400 ball crew members. Keeping its commitment to sustainability in mind, the ball crew polo will once again be made with yarn taken from recycled plastic bottles. With Wilson‘s help, Ralph Lauren will collect plastic tennis ball cans during the tournament, which will be recycled and utilized in future fabric production. The US Open runs from Aug. 28 until Sept. 10.
Justin Jefferson, Metro Boomin Headline New NFL Flag Football Campaign
August is Celebrating Play Football Month, so the NFL enlisted the help of some famous faces to help announce its youth flag football campaign “Let’s Play.” Among those with cameos in the spot are Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and newest Global Flag Football Ambassador Justin Jefferson, rapper Quavo, and NFL legend Michael Vick alongside his daughter Jada Vick, who is a star flag football quarterback and recently received a full scholarship to play at Reinhardt University in Atlanta. The whole thing is set to the hit song “Superhero” by Metro Boomin and it features real-life youth flag players. According to the release, the initiative was created to inspire kids to play flag football and “depicts a dynamic rallying cry for youth of all ages and genders and highlights the sheer athleticism of the sport, along with its next generation of stars.”
Udonis Haslem Goes from Hoops to Jai Alai in Retirement
Former Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem might be newly retired, but he isn’t totally exiting sports. Along with staying on in a player operations role in South Beach, the three-time NBA Finals champion is also investing in the Rebote Renegades of the World Jai-Alai League. In announcing the news on his Instagram, Haslem called it a “new chapter” and assured that “I’m gonna make sure the Renegades are out here putting in work‼️” The Renegades were the Fall 2022 Battle Court champions.
Fanatics Strikes Back at Panini’s Monopoly Claims
In response to an antitrust lawsuit filed against Fanatics from Panini, the online retail giant issued its own countersuit against Panini on Monday. Filed in a Florida district court last week, Panini alleges in the original claim that Fanatics has “created an entirely new monopoly spanning multiple leagues and multiple players associations.” The conflict comes down to licensing rights for pro sports leagues and their corresponding trading cards. Right now, Panini owns the league and player union license to produce trading cards for the NBA and NFL. It’s held those exclusive rights since 2009 and 2016, respectively. As for Fanatics, they acquired trading card company Topps in January 2022 after winning future licensing rights from MLB, the MLBPA, the NBA, the NBPA, and the NFLPA.
Cam’ron, Pop Smoke Among Hip-hop Stars Featured on Special NYC Metro Cards
New York City‘s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is celebrating hip-hop‘s 50th anniversary by giving its MetroCards a new look. The MTA teamed up with Universal Music Enterprises to debut a limited capsule of MetroCards featuring images of four legendary New York City emcees: LL Cool J, Rakim, Cam’ron, and the late Pop Smoke. According to an Instagram post revealing the artistry, only LL Cool J and Pop Smoke’s MetroCards are available for purchase, though Rakim and Cam’ron’s MetroCards will go on sale later. Each rapper’s MetroCards are available to pick up in their respective boroughs — Queens for LL Cool J, Brooklyn for Pop Smoke, Long Island for Rakim, and East Harlem for Cam’ron.