Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin AirPods have come from nowhere to dominate the earbuds marketplace in just six years. Apple’s best buds are the AirPods Pro, and after three years, they have been replaced by an all-new second-generation product. So should you upgrade to AirPods Pro 2, and what’s the difference? Here’s everything you need to know. Note: Apple still calls its second-generation model ‘AirPods Pro 2nd Generation’, but for brevity, I will refer to them as ‘AirPods Pro 2’ in this guide. The original AirPods Pro are no longer for sale. Design - Familiar On The Outside, All Change On The Inside AirPods Pro have long been Apple’s best-looking buds, and AirPods Pro 2 don’t change a winning formula. Externally, the new Pros are almost identical to their predecessors. AirPods Pro - 30.9 x 21.8 x 24.0 mm (1.22 x 0.86 x 0.94-inches), 5.4 g (0.19 oz) AirPods Pro 2 - 30.9 x 21.8 x 24.0 mm (1.22 x 0.86 x 0.94-inches), 5.3 g (0.19 oz) … [Read more...] about Apple AirPods Pro 2 Vs AirPods Pro: What’s The Difference?
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max buyers have already endured more than their fair share of problems . But now, buyers face an altogether different challenge. A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reveals that “total iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max shipments in 4Q22 will be 15–20 million units less than expected”. As a result, buying either model before Christmas, or even the new year, will be almost impossible. Kuo states that production of both models was “significantly affected by laborer’s protests” at the Foxconn Zhengzhou iPhone plant in China. Apple did have plans of producing up to 85M units during Q4, but the “average capacity utilization rate of Zhengzhou iPhone plant was only about 20% in November,” and it is only “expected to improve to 30–40% in December.” Kuo reveals that Apple has tried to outsource about 10% of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max production to smaller partners Pegatron and Luxshare … [Read more...] about More Problems Revealed For iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max Buyers
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin 10/11 Update below. This post was originally published on October 8 The list of issues for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro buyers keeps getting longer. Following iMessage and FaceTime activation errors , CarPlay and data migration bugs and random reboots , owners are now reporting an array of new problems. They came to light after popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee asked iPhone 14 owners about their experiences with the new range. Of the circa 5,000 responses, the overwhelming majority complained about bugs — and three, in particular, stood out. First, the lock screen. While there are many bugs in iOS 16 which affect all iPhone models, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro buyers appear to have been disproportionately impacted by bugs with the new lock screen. These include glitching data, and an auto-rotate bug when customising the lock screen. Second, the Dynamic Island. Arguably the highlight of the iPhone 14 … [Read more...] about Battery, Dynamic Island And Lockscreen Problems Reported By iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro Buyers
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin After years of speculation, Apple has finally confirmed that it will follow the European Union’s new law requiring all smartphones with a physical port to use USB-C. But it may come with a twist. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's Tech Live event , Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, was the person to confirm that Apple will follow new European Union law mandating the use of USB-C on all smartphones sold in its member countries from autumn 2024. But that might not be the end of the Lighting port on iPhones worldwide. Responding to a question from The WSJ’s Joanna Stern, Joswiak refused to answer whether Apple will transition all iPhones to USB-C worldwide — something that had been assumed due to the added production line complexity any split would introduce. He was also blunt about time scale, stating: “the Europeans are the ones dictating timing for European customers.” … [Read more...] about Apple Confirms iPhones Will Follow New EU USB-C Law, But Doubts Remain Internationally
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Early iPhone 15 leaks claim Apple is planning to redesign its iconic smartphone range . And now we just got our first look at how the new ‘iPhone 15 Ultra’ flagship is expected to look. Extraordinarily detailed renders by Saad Ismail (for AppleInsider ) illustrate how reports of curved edges , dual front cameras and the transition to USB-C should look. And the result is an iPhone that is unmistakably modern yet undeniably retro. What really stands out here is the curved chassis, which has echoes of the 2013 iPhone 5C . While this design is unloved due to its cheap plastic back, it was arguably the most ergonomic iPhone Apple made since the iPhone 3GS . Furthermore, in terms of build quality, the iPhone 15 Ultra could hardly be further from the iPhone 5C, with Apple tipped to introduce a titanium chassis. Titanium costs $35-50 per kilogram , making it approximately 30x more expensive than stainless … [Read more...] about New iPhone 15 Ultra Renders Detail Apple’s Radical Redesign
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin While we’re waiting for iOS 16.2 to arrive, Apple has suddenly snuck out a smaller release, iOS16. 1.2. Here’s how to get it and what’s in it. Make Forbes your destination for all-things iOS. Read full details of what’s in the release from me the moment it lands. Kate O’Flaherty looks at the security considerations of each new release. And then read Gordon Kelly ’s analysis of whether you ought to install or wait. MORE FROM FORBES Apple's Latest iPhone Video Is Deeply Moving, A Must-Watch By David Phelan Which iPhones can run iOS 16.1.2? If you have an iPhone from the iPhone 8 onwards, this is for you. For iPads, you need iPadOS which, for the first time, is on a different release schedule than iOS. There’s no iPadOS 16.1.2, by the way, this is an iPhone-only release. How to get it You’ll have done this before but just in case: open the Settings app on the iPhone and then … [Read more...] about Apple iOS 16.1.2: Surprise iPhone Release With Crucial Upgrades
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Last week, multiple stories stated that Amazon's Alexa was a failure and the company could lose as much as $10 billion on this technology this year. The Ars Technica article quotes a Business Insider report that says, " The BI report spoke with "a dozen current and former employees on the company's hardware team," who described "a division in crisis." Just about every plan to monetize Alexa has failed, with one former employee calling Alexa "a colossal failure of imagination," and "a wasted opportunity." This month's layoffs are the end result of years of trying to turn things around. Alexa was given a huge runway at the company, back when it was reportedly the "pet project" of former CEO Jeff Bezos. An all-hands crisis meeting took place in 2019 to try to turn the monetization problem around, but that was fruitless. By late 2019, Alexa saw a hiring freeze, and Bezos started to lose interest in the project around 2020. Of … [Read more...] about Has Alexa’s Original Objective Become Obsolete?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin T+A Elektroakustik may not be one of the best-known names in mainstream consumer electronics, but in the world of high-end audio, especially in Germany, the Herford-based company is a byword for some of the best-sounding audio equipment on the market. As well as producing amplifiers, streamers and loudspeakers, T+A does a brisk trade in high-end wired headphones for audiophiles who demand the best sound without compromise. The company has garnered plenty of praise for its Solitaire P headphones, but now it’s chosen to step into the world of wireless headphones and ANC (active noise canceling), so that audiophiles can enjoy high-end audio quality without wires. The Solitaire T headphones are positioned at the top end of the wireless market and they are likely to appeal to users who want the best sound available from Bluetooth. The Solitaire T headphones use some of the latest and most advanced technology to ensure their … [Read more...] about T+A’s New Solitaire T Headphones Offer Great Passive And Wireless Performance With ANC
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin These inexpensive, highly portable products can help keep travelers safe on the road. Portable Carbon Monoxide Detector Most people don’t think about carbon monoxide (CO) when traveling. In October, three Americans tragically perished from CO poisoning at an Airbnb in Mexico City that apparently had a boiler with a gas leak. CO is a leading cause of poisoning in the United States, killing more than 400 Americans a year. Burning fuel (like wood, charcoal, propane, fuel oil or gasoline) creates carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. It can accumulate to fatal levels when a home is improperly ventilated. Still, only 27% of U.S. homes have CO alarms. Accidental CO poisonings are entirely unnecessary. A portable carbon monoxide alarm will detect a dangerous CO concentration and alert you with a buzzer. Kidde is a well-known brand in both smoke alarms (I have them in my home) and CO … [Read more...] about The Best Gear For Staying Safe While Traveling
Media mogul Jimmy Lai in 2021. - A + A (Dec 1): A Hong Kong court delayed media mogul Jimmy Lai’s foreign collusion trial, as China mulls a local government request to bar overseas-based lawyers from representing defendants in national security cases. The court will meet again on Dec 13 to discuss a timetable for Lai’s trial, which was originally scheduled to start on Thursday (Dec 1). The government sought the adjournment to prevent Lai’s UK lawyer from representing him during the trial. After failing to get the local courts to bar Timothy Owen, the city’s leader John Lee said on Monday he would ask Beijing to examine whether overseas lawyers should be allowed to take on national security cases under the law. Lai, 75, faces a possible life sentence if he is convicted of colluding with foreign forces in a trial. Prosecutors allege that Lai sought international sanctions against Hong Kong and China through his pro-democracy newspaper. Lee said on Monday the … [Read more...] about Hong Kong court delays media mogul’s national security trial