T3 Hype: best tech released this week; new Apple iPad and iPhone, Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE, Apple Watch bands and more

T3 Hype is a weekly round-up of all the hottest tech news and releases

Rather than doing oodles of separate stories on various announcements, we'll filter them to bring you only the stuff that matters most, updating every Friday for your reading pleasure.

This week we have the new Apple iPad, Super Mario Run, Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE, Uuni 3, Apple Watch bands, Maserati Levante Q4 and more.

New Apple iPad

Apple decided to quietly update its iPad Air 2 this week with a new name of simply 9.7-inch iPad. The new iPad features a brighter retina display, the A9 processor from the iPhone 6S and a slimmer depth down from 7.5mm to 6.1mm.

The new models also feature the same 8-megapixel and 1.2-megapixel cameras. The new iPad starts at £339 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model. Check out the link below for all the details.

Apple replaces the iPad Air 2 with a new iPad, called simply 'New 9.7-inch iPad'

New Apple iPhone, in red

Apple has also unleashed a new version of its iPhone 7 this week, now in red. As you can imagine it’s more than just a new colour.

The new Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition phones start at £699 for the 128GB model. By splashing out on the vibrant red aluminum model you’ll be helping the charity partnership which, in its ten years, has generated over $130 million from Apple alone.

You'll definitely want this special edition (RED) iPhone

Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE

Samsung has taken the wraps off a new version of its Gear S3 Classic smartwatch that now comes packing LTE connectivity.

The new timepiece in still running Tizen OS and packing GPS but now also takes a SIM. That means always connected calls, texts and app data - like streamed music. Here’s hoping it hits the UK. Read up on it all below.

Samsung Gear S3 Classic with LTE is here, is it the watch we’ve been waiting for?

Plantronics Backbeat 500 wireless headphones

If you want an immersive yet wireless headphone experience that lasts, the Plantronics Backbeat 500 could be for you. These cans kick out 18 hours of playback for less than £90.

Hibernation mode will save battery while Bluetooth 4.1 will make high quality connectivity simple. They come in white, grey and dark grey. Find out more at the link.

Get 18 hours of playback for under £90 with the Plantronics Backbeat 500 wireless headphones

Apple Watch bands

This week has had plenty of new Apple kit and among that lot has appeared some new band options for the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.

Now you can straps on a new wide strip Woven Nylon band, Nike Sports Bands and Hermès bands, all in new colours. Get the full lowdown at the link.

And there's a whole bunch of new Apple Watch bands, too!

Maserati Levante Q4

We took to the Alps to test out Maserati’s new SUV the Levante Q4. Check out what we thought of the 275bhp luxury beast at the link.

T3 Drives: Can the Maserati Levante’s Q4 all wheel drive system conquer the snowy Alps?

Uuni 3

When it comes to wood-fired pizza, ovens can be expensive - reserved for the professionals. Thanks to Uuni they can now be affordable too.

The latest Uuni 3 woodfired oven heats to 500°C in 10 minutes to cook awesome pizzas in 60 seconds so you can churn them out at your next garden party. Barbeques are so last year.

The Uuni 3 gives the wood-fired oven a 2017 makeover