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Apple AirPods Max are Apple’s first over-ear headphones

The Apple AirPods Max are finally here

The Apple AirPods Max have finally been launched, having been the subject of rumor for quite some time now. 

The first Apple over-ear headphones – which most outlets predicted would be called the AirPods Studio –  were quietly announced via a press release posted the Apple newsroom.

According to the company, they come with “incredible high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio”, like the AirPods Pro.

Landing on December 14, they’ll cost you $549 / £549 / AU$899 , and you can preorder today.

Read more here.

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Apple announces new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard

Sooner than expected, Apple has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Magic Keyboard. It features optional Intel 10th Gen processors and starts at $1,299. In one sense, it is a minor spec-bump upgrade for the existing lineup of 13-inch MacBook Pros. But it also represents the end of an era: Apple no longer sells any new laptops with the much-maligned butterfly keyboard mechanism.

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iOS 14 Could Offer Home Screen Widgets, Wallpaper Customizations

iOS 14 could offer home screen widgets and wallpaper customizations for the first time, according to 9to5Mac and Twitter user DongleBookPro.

Apple is reportedly working to implement widgets that can be moved freely around like icons on the iPhone and iPad homescreen for the very first time. The feature is reportedly codenamed “Avocado” and no other details are available. It was also mentioned that Apple is still working on implementing the feature and it may be scrapped.

In addition to home screen widgets, Twitter user DongleBookPro shared allegedly leaked screenshots of new wallpaper settings and customization options coming in ‌iOS 14‌. The leaked screenshots reveal a new “Collections” menu that users can populate with their own photos. The new “iOS 13” column hints that Apple will not be removing wallpapers first introduced in ‌iOS 13‌. It also appears Apple will be grouping similar wallpapers together in a more pleasant arrangement, as users will now be able to scroll left to right instead of top to bottom.

The screenshot also mentions new “Home Screen Appearance” options which will allow users to alter the appearance of their current wallpaper. It appears users will now be able to select dark, dim, blurred, and normal versions of a wallpaper.

Apple is expected to announce ‌iOS 14‌ at its WWDC 2020 event this June which will be held online.

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Apple iPhone 9 could be made official on April 15, new rumor says

The upcoming Apple iPhone 9, the successor to the iPhone SE from 2016, has been rumored for a long time now, and it looks like we’re finally getting very close to its official introduction. A few weeks ago a report talked about the phone being delayed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but apparently Apple may have had a change of heart.

According to a new report, the company held an internal meeting to discuss how to proceed, and the conclusion of said meeting is that the iPhone 9 will get official on April 15. It will then become available on April 22. It’s unclear if the company plans to hold an online event for the launch, or will simply issue a press release and be done with it.

iPhone 9 could be made official on April 15, new rumor says

The iPhone 9 will allegedly start at $349 or $399, thus being an intriguing new entry into the mid-range price wars. Design-wise, expect a blast from the past, with huge screen bezels and a physical, capacitive Touch ID sensor on the front, below the display (but not under it, mind you).

As far as the release timeframe goes, since we’re still globally dealing with a pandemic, it pretty much goes without saying that Apple’s plans might change yet again. Hopefully they don’t, and then perhaps Google will also choose to announce the Pixel 4a soon so it can battle it out with the iPhone 9 for the hearts and minds of consumers who aren’t willing to pay twice or thrice as much for a smartphone, especially given the situation right now.


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iOS 13.4 update is landing on March 24, and it may fix an annoying iPhone issue

Apple has acknowledged issues with the Personal Hotspot feature on iPhone and iPad within iOS 13, and it’s thought the next software update may be able to fix this problem.

Apple confirmed iOS 13.4 will be landing on Tuesday, March 24, and it’s set to be a fairly big update to your iPhone. Your iPad will also get an update to iPadOS 13.4, if it’s compatible.

Many users have reported the Personal Hotspot feature is temperamental in the iOS 13 update, with it disconnecting regularly. An easy fix is to turn the feature off and on again, but that doesn’t solve the problem for good.

Now, an internal document from Apple has been sent to the company’s Authorized Service Providers (and it was found by MacRumors).

The note says that Apple is aware of the disconnect issue for the Personal Hotspot feature. It offers a variety of fixes while the company works on an official fix.

There’s no confirmation that this will be tackled within iOS 13.4, but it being acknowledged by Apple ahead of a new software update may mean that the upgrade will come with a big fix.

While that’s uncertain, the latest iOS 13.4 update looks set to bring an option to unlock your NFC-compatible car with your iPhone, along with new Memoji stickers, iCloud folder sharing, and even combined app purchases across iPhone and Mac.

iPadOS is arguably getting even bigger updates, with mouse and trackpad support set to land within the tablet software.

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MKBHD: 2020 MacBook Air Impressions: A Clean Refresh!

It wouldn’t be normal if the top tech reviewer of Youtube did not give us a very first review of the 2020 MacBook Air.

According to the Youtuber words is a weird time to be alive as the corona virus outbreak is at its peak. And he explains that, despite that the fact all the tech events are cancelled and the all the Apple stores are closed hence Apple is launching a product.

The product is the 2020 Macbook Air, which is an updated version of Apple’s most popular laptop.

  1. Introduction of the New Magic Keyboard (which is basically the scissor keyboard a better alternative from the previous failed butterfly keyboard)
  2. Fast separated touch id key to unlock the laptop using your fingerprints
  3. Inverted arrow keys are also back (everyones favourite)

It has to be mentioned that the product is great for those who afford to pay a premium quality product to do what it does. Simple daily stuff such us emailing, word processing, browsing through the web and maybe basic social media image processing (and of-course many others).

Also another thing that needs to be mentioned is that the Macbook Air is not targeted for pro users or IT people who have higher specs expectations, but if you are a typical user who needs to do the basics everyday and you can afford it, I believe it is a great machine.

Now lets watch together the video and let me know in the comments with your thoughts.

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Rumored 802.11ay standard for iPhone 12 maybe geared for apple glasses

A report earlier this week suggested that the upcoming iPhone 12 may support a new WiFi spec, 802.11ay. This would pretty surprising, as the standard is so new the spec hasn’t even be finalized, and Apple normally waits a while before adopting new tech – as we’ve seen for everything from 3G onward.

A piece today speculates that Apple’s interest in this might be for connectivity with the long-rumored Apple Glasses …

MacWorld’s Jason Cross starts by explaining that 802.11ay is effectively the reinvention of something first created a decade ago: gigabit WiFi.

About 10 years ago, the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (a group of companies including Apple, Intel, AMD, Broadcomm, Qualcomm, and others) got together to build a standard spec for wireless communication over the 60GHz frequency band. They called it WiGig because it offered gigabit speeds, but it’s official IEEE designation is 802.11ad [and it] never really caught on […]

802.11ay is the second coming of WiGig. Finally ratified in 2019, it’s a big enhancement to the WiGig protocol that still uses the 60GHz frequency range, but should travel further and provide a lot more bandwidth. One stream is up to 44 gigabits per second, and you could bond 4 streams for a total of 176 gigabits per second. That’s about as fast as HDMI 2.1 for one stream! Of course, real-world performance will be much lower, but it’s still a dramatic improvement over the Wi-Fi you’re used to.

But given that 802.11ay still lacks the ability to penetrate walls, what good would it be in an iPhone? Cross echoes our own Benjamin Mayo’s suggestion that it would make for much faster AirDrop, which could be useful when sending large video files between Apple devices. But he speculates that the bigger reason for Apple’s interest could be Apple Glasses.

The exciting part of 802.11ay is that it provides high enough bandwidth and low enough latency that it can be used to send data to high-resolution, high refresh rate displays. Like, say, virtual reality or augmented reality headsets.

Apple has long been rumored to be working on a headset or eyewear that does at least AR, maybe mixed AR and VR. All the processing for your AR/VR experience could happen in the headset itself, making it a completely standalone product, but doing so makes it bigger, heavier, more expensive, and shortens battery life. The alternative is to make the headset a relatively dumb set of displays and cameras, with all the processing happening on some sort of base station—like your new iPhone 12. An ultra-high speed, super low-latency connection like that provided by 802.11ay is a necessity to make that work.

Although the most recent report suggests we won’t actually see Apple Glasses hit the market until 2023, it would be in the company’s interest to have them be compatible with as many iPhones as possible, to maximize the sales opportunity. Putting the necessary tech into iPhones released ahead of time would make sense.

Concept image: Martin Hajek/iDrop News

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2020 iPad Pro case leaks show new square camera bump similar to iPhone 11

As we continue to hear rumors that a new iPad Pro revision is coming in the spring, Ben Geskin shared photos of supposed cases for the new hardware. Mirroring CAD leaks from the end of the year, the eye is naturally drawn to the new square hole for the expected new 3D-sensing iPad Pro camera system.

Based on the case photos, the iPad Pro bump will be very similar to what we’ve seen in the iPhone 11 Pro.

The new iPad Pro is expected to feature a triple-lens camera module. Whereas the iPhone 11 Pro has a telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide camera array, it is believed that one of the three lenses on the new iPad Pro will be a 3D-depth time-of-flight sensor.

The expected time-of-flight sensor is similar to the front-facing TrueDepth camera, which uses Infrared light to create a 3D representation of your face for Face ID. The big difference is this 3D sensor would be back-facing, able to detect depth about 8-10 feet away from the iPad.

Although Apple’s intended use cases for the technology are still somewhat unclear, it is expected to be able to enable new augmented reality applications — and perhaps bring high-fidelity Portrait mode to the iPad camera for the first time.

The latest rumors indicate that the new time-of-flight sensor will debut first on the iPad Pro in the spring, as well as being a premier feature of the high-end iPhone 12 in the fall.

Source: 9to5Mac