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  1. The battle of the two noise cancellation headphones is something we’ve been looking forward to as much as you. The two headphones are known for being amongst the best noise cancellation headphones and we couldn’t resist pitting both of them against each other. We will be evaluating both headphones in terms of design, sound, value and features to determine which one is the best headphone to purchase in 2021. Here’s our comparison of the AirPods Max and the Sony WH- 1000XM4 that might interest audiophiles and sound enthusiasts: 1. Design © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the design, Apple knows how to craft premium devices and the AirPods Max have got the same treatment as well. Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is by no means basic but in comparison to the AirPods Max, it does lack that premium feel. Having said that, due to the WH-1000XM4’s plastic body, it is fairly lighter and easier to use than the AirPods Max. Both headphones offer great functionality as well, however we prefer Apple’s Digital Crown for volume control and the dedicated noise cancellation button more. Overall, AirPods Max’s design is much more convenient and feels great to use. Winner: AirPods Max 2. Sound Customisations © Apple and Sony When it comes to sound quality, both headphones offer great performance, highly controlled mids and well-tuned drivers. Having said that, the Sony WH- 1000XM4 offers more customisations via its proprietary app and adjust the sound to your liking. The AirPods Max, however does not offer any solution and instead forces users to choose from presets that can be found in the audio settings. In this department, the WH-1000XM4 has a clear edge over the AirPods Max until Apple lets users fine-tune different frequencies according to their liking. Apple does have something called ‘Adaptive EQ,’ however it isn’t as comprehensive as Sony’s EQ levering feature within its app. Winner: Sony WH-1000XM4 3. Sound Quality © MensXP The AirPods Max and WH-1000XM4 both come from companies who have a long history with audio products. There’s no doubt that both headphones offer one of the best sounding experiences you can get from a wireless over-the-ear headphone. If I had to choose between the two, I won’t be able to as both sound incredible. You can read more about the WH-1000XM4 and the AirPods Max on our website where we go in more detail. That said, Apple has a slight edge over the Sony WH-1000XM4’s thanks to its ‘Spatial Audio’ feature. Winner: Draw 4. Noise Cancellation © Apple Sony has been at the forefront of noise-cancellation technology for the past few years and we can finally see Apple catching up to the competition with the AirPods Max. Having said that, we do prefer Apple’s easy to use noise cancellation mode by simply tapping on a button to switch between transparency mode and noise cancellation. On the Sony WH-1000XM4s, one has to use the touch sensor to activate or deactivate the ANC feature which is not as intuitive as Apple’s offering. Winner: AirPods Max 5. Accessories © Sony Both the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the AirPods Max come with accessories, however the former offers a more robust set of add-ons. The AirPods Max only come with a case that doesn’t even protect the headphones from drop damage. In the case of the Sony WH-1000XM4, the headphones come with a proper carry case that protects it from fall damage, scratches and other types of damage it may experience in a carry bag. Apart from the case, the WH-1000XM4s also give other accessories such as an AUX-in cable and a travel adapter which you can plug into an Airplane’s audio system as well. The AirPods Max just comes with a charging cable that you can’t even connect with the iPhone to listen to music if the battery runs out. You will need to purchase a separate 3.5mm to USB-C cable or dongle to listen to music with the iPhone in case you run out of battery. Winner: Sony WH-1000XM4 6. Value and Affordability © Youtube_Marc Taraz Steiner The AirPods Max retails in India for Rs 59,990 whereas the Sony WH-1000XM4 retail in India for Rs 24,990. The difference between the two is massive and if you look at which headphones offer more value for money, it has to be the Sony WH-1000XM4. They come with more accessories, are compatible with both iOS and Android devices and offers proper protection with a solid carrying case. If you're looking at sound quality for the price, the WH-1000XM4 wins on affordability. Winner: Sony WH-1000XM4 View the full article
  2. Apple's new Airpods Max headphones are already in the news as some users are now facing excessive battery drain issues. It seems to be happening even when the headphones are not in use and are kept in the smart case provided by Apple. Ever since the AirPods Max headphones were launched, there's been a lot of confusion about exactly how they save battery power to deliver 20 hours of listening time as claimed by Apple. You can read all about it right here in case you need some clarity. That being said, a lot of users are reporting about an unusual battery drain issue for their device even when it is idle or inside its smart case. In fact, some users are claiming that their devices are dying overnight due to low battery. In case you are facing a similar issue with the AirPods Max, then here's a possible fix - © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla How to Fix Apple AirPods Max Battery Drain Issue First, press and hold the digital crown and the noise-control button simultaneously. The device will then show an orange light which means it's restarting. Keep holding the buttons until they show a while light which confirms that your headphones have been reset to factory settings. A lot of users have reported the issue gets fixed once it goes back to factory settings, however, it's just a temporary fix if anything. We hope Apple will address this issue soon via an update. It's worth pointing out that this isn't a guaranteed fix for the battery drain issue for the AirPods Max. It may or may not work for you and it's hard to what's causing it at the moment. It remains to be seen if Apple will roll out an update for the same or will it try to replace the units facing this particular issue. © YouTube/Marques Brownlee AirPods Max are one of the most expensive pair of headphones we've ever used and they sound fantastic. We didn't face any weird battery drain issues with our unit and you can read our review of the headphones right here. We'll keep an eye on this issue, so stay tuned for more info on the same. Source: Reddit View the full article
  3. Apple’s next iPhone could include an in-screen fingerprint sensor that we’ve been wanting ever since it was removed when Face ID was first introduced. A new report by Bloomberg suggests the new fingerprint scanner will coexist with Face ID instead of being a replacement for it. Apple has been developing an in-screen fingerprint scanner technology for years and might finally be ready to implement it. © Youtube_Verge Android smartphones already use an in-display fingerprint sensor for years alongside some form of facial recognition. iPhone users have been asking for the feature to make a return and Apple has managed to bring it back on the new iPad Air as it is side-mounted on the power button. Face ID is quite fast and reliable when it comes to the Face Unlock feature. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a problematic method of unlocking the smartphone as the world embraced masks for protection. With the Touch ID, users will be able to unlock the smartphone relatively faster without having to remove the mask much like how it is on Android smartphones. Having said that, it isn’t certain whether Apple will use an in-display fingerprint reader on the next iPhone or whether it will be side-mounted on the power button like the iPad Air. Other rumours suggest that the next iPhone will finally incorporate a 120Hz ProMotion display and remove the charging port in favour of wireless charging exclusively. © YouTube Other reports have also suggested new hardware upgrades when it comes to the next iPhone as it is rumoured the smartphone will have a more capable ultra-wide camera. We have already seen a huge leap in the camera department thanks to Apple’s computational photography feature. However, the next iPhone is expected to come with significant hardware improvements this year. Apple is expected to launch the next lineup of smartphones in September this year with the phones going on sale in October or November. Apple might move the launch of the iPhone permanently to October as there was a delay for the iPhone 12 due to Coronavirus pandemic. It could be possible that Apple might make the change permanent similar to how it was done for the 2011 iPhone 4s. Before the iPhone 4s, new iPhones were launched either in June or July. However, since then Apple has been known to launch a new iPhone every year sometime in September. Source: Bloomberg View the full article
  4. Samsung’s latest flagships i.e. the Galaxy S21 Series do not come with a charger or headphones in the box which sparked funny reactions from fans. However, the company has now confirmed in a statement to The Verge that the South Korean giant will apply the same approach to other models going forward. © Youtube_y Vo Xuan Samsung mobile communication EVP and head of customer experience Patrick Chomet wrote in an FAQ that Samsung will be taking a “gradual” approach to removing chargers and earphones from the boxes of the forthcoming smartphones. He noted Samsung customers can already reuse accessories from previous owned devices and the removal will address sustainable consumption issues and remove any pressure that consumers may feel towards continually receiving unnecessary charger accessories with new phones. "We’ve also been implementing standardized USB-C type charging ports since 2017, so older chargers can still be compatible with our newest Galaxy models," he added. Samsung smartphones for the past three years support USB-C Power Delivery Fast charging which makes it easier for existing customers to use previous accessories. Users can also purchase any third-party PD charger for fast charging needs which makes it a bit easier to make the transition for Samsung as compared to Apple. However, we don’t know as of yet which future models will be removing the accessories from the box. © Samsung Budget-friendly devices such as the Galaxy ‘M’ and ‘A’ series tend to have chargers in the box. However, it will be interesting to see if Samsung will take the same approach for the cheaper models. © Samsung Samsung mocked Apple for removing accessories from the box soon after the iPhone 12 line-up was launched. The company soon after scrubbed its social media accounts of critical posts prior to the Galaxy S21 series launch. What do you think of Samsung following Apple’s footsteps to remove accessories from the box of the Galaxy S21 Series? Let us know in the comments if you would favour this move if Samsung opts to go for the same approach for budget smartphones as well. View the full article
  5. A new study has shown that the Apple Watch along with other wearable devices can detect COVID-19 even before the user gets a clue that they are infected. Other devices such as the Fitbit and Garmin were also found to have similar capabilities according to the report. Smartwatches are now becoming health monitoring devices with many now having the ability to track blood oxygen levels. The blood oxygen level is a useful indicator of detecting symptoms of respiratory diseases. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla However, a new report by Mount Sinai Health System in New York, has found smartwatches have the ability to continuously or frequently check the hear rate. The smartwatches are capable of detecting subtle changes in the wearer’s heartbeat as well. Such changes can warn users about diseases like COVID-19 seven days before any symptoms are felt or detected in testing. The study tracked over 300 health workers who were wearing Apple Watches between April 29 and September 29, 2020. It is worthy to point out that Apple was not involved in the study nor did it fund it. The assistant professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Rob Hirten said “Our goal was to use tools to identify infections at the time of infection or before people knew they were sick. We already knew that heart rate variability markers change as inflammation develops in the body, and Covid is an incredibly inflammatory event. It allows us to predict that people are infected before they know it.” The study showed that changes in heart rate and the variation in time between heartbeats was different from users with COVID-19 compared to users who were not exposed to the disease. An elevated heart rate means that the person’s nervous system is active and more resilient to stress. This is essentially important as more than half of COVID19 cases have been spread by asymptomatic carriers. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Since the user always has a smartwatch on their wrist and does not require any input from the wearer, it is relatively easier to detect COVID-19 as compared to the traditional test. Having said that, it is still prudent to get yourself tested in case you show symptoms as smartwatches are currently not foolproof. It will be interesting to see if any of the smartwatches will have a feature in the near future that prompts the wearer about possible COVID-19 symptoms. The Apple Watch has been credited in the past for detecting heart diseases making it one of the most essential smartwatches to own today. Sources: CBS View the full article
  6. Apple's decision to remove the charger and the earpods from their iPhone box packaging pissed a lot of people. Apple said the decision was made keeping in view the company's environmental goals, and now, we just learned approximately how much Apple probably ended up saving by making that decision. According to a Counterpoint Research report, it looks like Apple ended up saving $4.2 by not bundling any box contents. Check out Counterpoint Research's infographics for the same: © Counterpoint Research $4.2 is approximately Rs 308 on every iPhone 12 box it shipped. While that doesn't look like a significant amount, it indeed adds up to a huge sum when you consider all the iPhone 12 units that Apple shipped. As per the report, Apple shipped over 63 million iPhone units which means they probably ended up saving over $250 million. That and you need to consider the amount of money they probably made by selling box accessories separately. Obviously, this probably wasn't a move to save or make any profits but there's no denying that Apple did end up making a lot of profit off a decision that was made keeping their environmental goals in mind. © YouTube/Marques Brownlee That being said though, Counterpoint Research says how it cost them more to make an iPhone 12 in comparison to the iPhone 11. You can check out their report right here to learn more about other costs involved in detail. View the full article
  7. Apple's new AirPods Max headphones are undoubtedly one of the most expensive pair of headphones one can buy on the market right now. It comes with a staggering price tag of Rs 59,900 in India which is absolutely insane. It's in fact more expensive than most other premium headphones on the market. But it looks like Apple is a cheaper version of the AirPods Max for those who think this is way too expensive. According to a new report, it looks like Apple is planning to cut down the price a bit by using plastic shell instead of the premium quality metals used on the current AirPods Max. The “cheap” AirPods Max are still a thing. However, I haven’t got a date for it, what I can tell you is that they are working on them, price will be 349 and they will be made out of plastic. — LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro) January 4, 2021 The leak says that the cheaper AirPods Max is definitely in the works but there's no info about its launch date or the price tag. It looks like the cheaper AirPods Max may be priced at around $350 which is roughly about Rs 25,000. © Apple Obviously, there's no way to confirm this piece of info so we suggest you take it with a pinch of salt. It would be awesome if Apple somehow manages to bring down the price. It's a really cool pair of headphones with some great features and we're sure a lot of people just can't afford one right now and are probably waiting for a cheaper one to come out. View the full article
  8. Apple cider vinegar, a very popular ingredient for many home remedies, is nothing but fermented apple juice. It’s made by adding yeast which turns the sugar juice into alcohol. We have all grown up hearing so much about this ingredient. From treating hair and skin problems to being the ultimate weight loss weapon, apple cider vinegar is known for its many health benefits. However, there are still quite a few myths surrounding apple cider vinegar. After all, not everything you see on the internet is true. Worry not, because we are here to tell you the truth. Here are 5 ‘proven’ benefits of apple cider vinegar and how it can help you change your life for the good. __ECOMLOOKS__2398__ __ECOMLOOKS__2399__ __ECOMLOOKS__2400__ __ECOMLOOKS__2401__ __ECOMLOOKS__2402__ The BottomlineApple cider vinegar is one of the most effective ingredients, however, it also has the most number of myths attached to it. We hope this article helps you clear out the myths and believe in the actual benefits of apple cider vinegar. Explore More View the full article
  9. Xiaomi was one of the first ones to make fun of Apple when they had announced about the new iPhones not having a charger in the box. But soon after that, they announced that the Mi 11 won't come with a charger. An interesting turn of events indeed but now the company says they had been planning to do that since 2015. Yes, Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun has assured that they did not copy Apple's move to make this decision. It looks like Xiaomi has been planning to do this since 2015. Jun just noted that they waited long enough to implement it because it wasn't sitting well with the consumers. © Weibo That being said, he didn't mention what made them implement it now. We're pretty sure a decision like this isn't going to sit well with consumers ever. We're also not sure why Xiaomi decided to make fun of Apple when they had their own plans to implement something similar. Not including box content isn't something new for Xiaomi, by the way. In fact, they were one of the first ones to stop adding in-box accessories like wired earphones and cases. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Overall, we definitely think this move to not include the charger in the box seems like it was inspired by Apple. We just have to wait and see if they stop including the charger with all their devices. It'll be interesting to see how the consumers will react to not seeing a charger in the box with budget phones. Source: BGR View the full article
  10. Rumours of a foldable iPhone have been floating for a while and it seems like the ‘iPhone Flip’ might become a reality soon. According to a leak by supply chain sources, Apple is looking at taking on Samsung and Motorola with a foldable phone of its own. United Daily News cited sources and reported that Apple has asked its supplier Foxconn to supply two prototype shells with displays that fold. Both of these models are different from each other © EverythingApplePro One of the prototypes is akin to the Galaxy Z Fold and the Motorola Razr where it resembles a traditional flip phone. The prototype folds in half and works like the aforementioned phones by competitors. The other prototype looks somewhat similar to the Galaxy Fold 2 or the Microsoft Surface Dup where two screens are held together by a hinge. It isn’t clear which of the two models might end up being the final product as it is unsure whether Apple is working on two separate foldable models. It could be possible that Apple is simply testing out both form factors as of now before ironing out the final design of a foldable iPhone. © Front Page Tech Apple recently filed a patent that is quite different from every other foldable smartphone currently available in the market. In fact, it could change the foldable smartphone altogether if Apple follows through with its recent patent filing. The filing shows a foldable device that can fold inward like the Galaxy Z Flip and outward like the Huawei Mate Xs. It is worthy to point out that the concept is just a patent right now and may not become a commercially viable product anytime soon. Apple fans have been waiting for a foldable phone in response to Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola for a while, however, it seems like the foldable iPhone will not launch until 2022 at the earliest. Supply chain leaks are quite common and it does not suggest anything final from Apple. The leak just points at the fact that Apple is testing foldable devices, however, it might be a while until we see a final product by the Cupertino giant. © iOS Beta News We should hopefully know more in the coming months if Apple is indeed serious about foldable phones. It could be possible Apple might go with either of the two designs mentioned or might go with a different strategy altogether. What do you think about a foldable iPhone and would you buy one in the near future? Let us know in the comments which foldable design you prefer for a possible future foldable smartphone by Apple. Source: United Daily News View the full article
  11. Apple's prototype units never really make it out of their campus and they're really good at hiding their work. Except for the one time when an Apple employee accidentally left a pre-production iPhone 4 at a bar and the world got to see it early, we haven't seen many Apple prototype units. Now, it's the original Apple Watch prototype that shown up online. Here, take a look - Prototype Apple Watch with Security Case runs an Internal Pre-WatchOS 1.0 build, complete with internal testing apps and development settings. It’s extremely amazing that something like this could still exist; without having been destroyed. #appleinternal pic.twitter.com/WDTWP0NpIp — Apple Demo (@AppleDemoYT) December 27, 2020 As you can see, we're looking at an early prototype of the Apple Watch that's sitting inside a bulky case. It essentially makes the Apple Watch look like an iPod, a rather clever way of keeping it under the wraps. The images also show how some UI elements of the watchOS were present from the early days. In fact, even the physical appearance of the watch hasn't really changed much since the original Apple Watch that came out back in 2015. Of course, the newer versions are more powerful and come with some awesome features, but we think it's time for a design change. © Twitter/AppleDemoYT It'll be interesting to see if Apple is cooking something behind the scenes for its next Apple Watch release. But for now, you'll have to settle with either the Apple Watch Series 6 or the Apple Watch SE. Either way, you'll be getting a really great watch to go with your iPhone. View the full article
  12. Apple decided to not include a charger with any of the new iPhones this year, which, it says is a huge step towards reducing impact and promoting environmental stewardship. The company even decided to remove the charger from the older iPhones that were on sale. This move didn't really sit well with a lot of consumers. Other manufacturers took note of it and started mocking it for doing it. Xiaomi was one of the first ones to come out and announce how it was reducing plastic packaging instead of removing the charger. Well now, Xiaomi has confirmed that its Mi 11 series of smartphones will not ship with a charger in the box. Yeah, we don't know what happened but it's quite the turn of events. The same was confirmed by Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun and he cited environmental concerns for the same. He said people have many chargers which create an environmental burden, and therefore the company was canceling the charger for the Mi 11. Here, check it out - © Weibo We're not here to mock Xiaomi and point out how they went back on their word after mocking Apple. In fact, even Samsung is expected to do the same and they were also one of the first ones to mock Apple by releasing a full-fledged ad that has now been deleted. Don't worry, we didn't leave anything out of the box with the #Mi10TPro. pic.twitter.com/ToqIjfVEQX — Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) October 14, 2020 That being said, we're very curious to see what Apple pulls out next time and create a trend out of it. Let's be honest here and accept the fact that most people are just following what Apple is doing, so we can't wait to see the next trend. View the full article
  13. According to the BBC report, Tesla was valued at $60bn (£45bn), but it has now grown to be worth 10 times that amount
  14. I’ve been using the MacBook Air for the past three weeks and at first, I was quite sceptical of what the laptop was capable of. I was under the notion that a mobile SoC such as Apple’s M1 could never beat offerings by Intel and AMD. However, in my time, I’ve come to realise that the M1 chip not only beats Intel-powered laptops but puts them to shame. What was particularly surprising about the M1 MacBook laptop was its battery backup. This laptop can last you all day on a single charge and this is all thanks to the new M1 SoC. Apple is known for making beautiful laptops and often ignoring the hardware which is not the case for the M1 laptop. In fact, this laptop uses a familiar design but improves majorly on its hardware capabilities. The new M1 chip brings significant speed and efficiency improvements that have left Intel-powered devices far behind. The M1 Chips is Apple’s first integrated SoC that integrates CPU, GPU, RAM and more all together for Mac. In comparison, the new M1 chip is 2.8x faster than its Intel MacBook Pro counterparts and the GPU is 5x faster as well. While these claims do put the M1 MacBook on a pedestal, it’s time we put it to test ourselves. Design And Display The M1 MacBook Pro does not look any different from previous models as it uses the same uniform rectangular shape, aluminium body and this time around a fan-less body The MacBook Pro also come in silver and space gray but we would have liked to see other colours as well. The MacBook Pro also has the same large trackpad, Touch Bar, and a thin hinge. There are only two USB-C ports that can be used to charge the laptop using a compatible power-delivery charger. The two USB-C ports also support DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps), and USB 4 connections. We would have liked to see more ports here for better connectivity as often we have found, two ports are not enough for accessories. In terms of networking, the M1 MacBook also includes 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 networking for faster data speeds. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the 13.3-inch panel comes with a very high resolution at around 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. The laptops are available in two sizes i.e 13-inches or 16-inches where we got to test the smaller variant for the purpose of this review. The colours on the display are as vibrant and sharp as previous models if not better. The display also supports the True Tone feature which comes handy for automatically switching the white balance according to the ambient light. The display is also rated to display the entire P3 colour gamut which can also be found on the M1 MacBook Air. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Touch Bar have all the function keys you need to control operations on the laptop and even provides additional functions depending on the app you are using. Apps like Pages, Safari and Photoshop make use of the touch bar with specific functions such as making bookmarks or predicting words. Having said that, it is entirely up to developers to make use of the Touch Bar and we will see more support from apps. The one thing that sets the MacBook Pro apart from the Air is the Touch Bar which is more than enough reason to get the “Pro” model over the air. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, laptops now need better microphones for Zoom calls and, Apple has also added a three-microphone array. These microphones are said to filter out 40% of hiss sounds as compared to previous models. Similar to the previous models, the M1 MacBook Pro also comes with four full-range speakers which have two upward-firing tweeters. These speakers are located right next to the keyboard at each side. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla My major complaint with laptops is the use of cheap trackpads which causes enough friction when using for extended periods of time. It is a problem on the new Xiaomi Mi Laptop available in India and many other Windows laptops available in the market. In the case of the MacBook Pro, the trackpad is of excellent quality that is smooth and even has haptic feedback embedded underneath. The trackpad is highly accurate and the clicking action feels satisfying no matter where you click on the pad. Performance The biggest change in the new MacBook Pro is its M1 SoC as it uses a different architecture than Intel’s Core i5 or i7 CPUs. Since the SoC is based on ARM’s architecture, it is theoretically capable of running iOS apps as well. Since the architecture has changed, even apps will have to be made especially for the M1 SoC which developers are at work right now. Having said that, Apple’s own first-party apps such as Pages, Numbers, Garage Band, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro have been optimised for the new SoC. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Since apps are being ported over to support the M1 SoC, many of the apps run in emulation which does affect the overall performance for now. Certain apps took longer to open and some took longer to install. However, once the apps were running, most of the apps were smooth to use. If you are video creator, transcoding videos are probably the most performance heavy processes you will deal with. The MacBook Pro can take 16 minutes to transcode a 4K video to 1080p on Handbrake. That’s just one minute short of Core i7 powered laptops that run handbrake natively. However, once we started running the Beta version of Handbrake that has been optimised for M1 processor, the transcode time dropped to 8 minutes. On AnTuTu benchmark, it had a score well over 1 million points which is a first for any laptop. On Geekbench 5, the laptop scored 1687 (single-core) and 7433 (multi-core) which is tiger than Apple’s own MacBook Pro powered by the Intel Core i9-9989HK (8-core chip). On GeekBench 5, single and multi-core scores for the M1 powered MacBook Air are 1687 and 7433 respectively. On the other hand, Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro powered by the Intel Core i9-9989HK (8-core chip) and 64GB RAM scores 1097 and 7014 respectively. On Cinebench, when testing the latest R23 release that supports the M1 SoC, it blows the competition out of the water with its superiority. It scored 7508 (multi-core) points and 1498 (single-core) which is quite impressive for an ARM-based SoC. The 2019 16-inch low-end MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz processor, it scored 6912 points in the multi-core test and 1,113 points in the single-core test. In terms of graphics, GFXBench 5 test showed that the laptop is capable of running around 80fps on the demanding Aztec test at a resolution of 1400p. This is more than enough to run games on the laptop that are available on Apple’s Arcade service, but for more demanding games we can expect frames to dropdown to lower figures. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of battery life, the MacBook Pro is capable of lasting 22 hours on a single charge which involved watching video content over Netflix at half brightness level and using AirPods Pro via Bluetooth. Considering the competition, the MacBook Pros battery last longer than Dell’s XPS 13 and Apple’s own Intel-powered by MacBook Pros. The Final Say If you already are an iPhone user and want a MacBook that will make your experience cohesive, the new M1 MacBook Pro is a great laptop to consider. It will be running most of your iOS apps natively on the laptop and is more powerful than Apple’s own Intel Core i9 powered laptops. If you are a content creator or a graphic designer, you will see a significant jump from Intel-powered laptops. View the full article
  15. It starts innocently with an iPhone, and before you know it, Apple has taken over your life. Your phone, your laptop, your watch, your earphones, literally almost every single electronic you own is Apple. And, as if Apple hadn't completely taken over our lives already, now they're also planning on launching a car in a few years. © Pexels According to Reuters, Apple is officially getting into self-driving car technology with a plan to produce a passenger vehicle by 2024. Moreover, it could also include its own breakthrough battery technology. Apple actually has been at it since 2014, when they launched Project Titan, but that was put on the back burner. They're coming back strong, it seems, and have plans to distinguish themselves from the competition as well. © Apple Reportedly, the new battery design could "radically" reduce the cost of batteries and increase the vehicle's range. Well, going by the battery of iPhones, it doesn't sound that promising, but we'll just have to wait and see. Of course, when it comes to Apple, the first thing people do is make jokes and memes, and an Apple car is already giving people so much roasting material. Cool name. iMobile. Upgrades every 6 months and the old model slows down when the new one drops — Sean McIntosh (@seaninmcintosh) December 22, 2020 Oh no. Imagine you’re in the middle of driving and your car starts to automatically update. — (@CrownMePhD2) December 22, 2020 Of course. Doors and seats come separate for 350$ each https://t.co/gHRrpdtge6 — Jay-T (@fuxkflvcko) December 22, 2020 In order to be environmentally conscious, of course. Wheels sold separately — S.B. (@shonebrodus1996) December 22, 2020 Car....with more battery. Us: can we please have more phone battery Apple:.....car — cp (@ChristophPerez) December 22, 2020 Yep. Windshield is going to crack on a windy day — Omar (@ogalvez423) December 22, 2020 I can see it. “Wheels must be bought separately so that we can maintain carbon neutrality” https://t.co/TVTSOjwvRk — Adams Keefer (@adams_keefer) December 22, 2020 Don't even want to think about it. Considering its latest headphones cost A$1,000 anyone want to guess what the price of the car will be? https://t.co/rvbHWTYpmr — Shaun R (@ShaunoTweetsOn) December 22, 2020 It's scary. Can’t even get the battery on my phone to hold a long charge and we’re supposed to trust a car? — Taylor Ham (@taylorhamsammy) December 21, 2020 Maybe they'll come up with a new name for windows. how is an apple car gonna have windows https://t.co/bPrPvQxqt4 — dacosta (@Robbie_Dacosta) December 22, 2020 Oops. 2024: The year of Busy, Busy Town https://t.co/fWK8w21hwS pic.twitter.com/kTf2AxRaNi — Anne ️‍ (@captainseeley) December 22, 2020 Sounds fair. Suggestion for @apple: -Maybe figure out battery technology for an 8-ounce iPhone before you move on to a 3,000-lb car? https://t.co/VHai8CZGc1 — Jonah Blank (@JonahBlank) December 22, 2020 It's inevitable. LOL I CAN JUST SEE ALL THE CARS MESSING UP EVERY TIME A NEW ONE IS ABOUT TO COME OUT! https://t.co/302Q6HXEvE — Young Dezòd (@platini954) December 22, 2020 View the full article
  16. Elon Musk tweeted last night saying he wanted to sell Tesla to Apple during its “darkest days” when the Model 3 rollout was supposed to happen. He unveiled that Apple CEO Tim Cook “refused” to take the meeting for the possible sale of the company to Apple. © Reuters "During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value)," . Musk wrote “He refused to take the meeting.” Apple dished out the details in response to a tweet about how Apple has started to work on its self-driving car. He noted that Tesla was worth about one-tenth than what it is worth today. Tesla’s market capitalisation closed at $607 billion which is ten times more than what it was at the time when Musk wanted to sell the company to Apple for about $60 billion. © Reuters It seems like Apple has once again sparked its interest in an electric self-driving car as the company hired many ex-Tesla executives along with buying companies that make equipment for self-driving technology. A recent report suggests that Apple might launch its self-driving car in the next five years as the company has started talks with major suppliers of vehicle electronics to gear up for production in the U.S. © Twitter_9to5Mac Apple has also partnered with its trusted chip partner TSMC to develop a chip for its self-driving cars. The Cupertino giant also recently shifted its leadership to John Giannandrea who is the company’s head of artificial intelligence. According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple recently made progress on a potential battery breakthrough which could result in the launch of the self-driving car sooner than expected. Apple has been developing a lithium-ion phosphate battery that can be put together more tightly in the car’s battery pack. This in turn reduces weight while also increasing the energy density. In 2015, Musk said that an electric car was “the next logical thing” for Cook and Apple to work on. “It’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches,” Musk said. View the full article
  17. We’ve been hearing about Apple reducing the size of the notch for a while now, but we are yet to see Apple go through with it. There were rumours of the iPhone 12 sporting a smaller notch but instead, we got the same notch as previous models. However, this time around, it may seem like Apple might bring a smaller notch design in the iPhone 13 next year. © Unsplash/rahul-chakraborty According to a new report by Digitimes, the iPhone 13 may finally reduce the size of the notch because Apple’s new 3D sensing module would not need to be as large. It would be a welcome move for the next iPhone to reduce the notch size as it really does interfere with the overall experience. It’s not like Apple has not been able to implement FaceID without a notch as one can see how it is being used on the iPad Pro. Other rumours suggest the iPhone 13 will also include ToF sensors at the back which will be supplied by II-VI. Other rumours suggest the Pro variant of the iPhone 13 is expected to get an extra telephoto lens as well. © Jon Prosser Other reports suggest the iPhone 13’s camera module’s placement inside the device has to be slightly lowered to make room for components under the notch. Apple has been working on a smaller notch for a while as seen in this hardware sketch of an iPhone prototype. The sketch was leaked by Jon Prosser when it was rumoured the iPhone 12 might get a smaller notch, however it seems like the same design might be a good reference for the iPhone 13 rumour as well. © Unsplash/denis-cherkashin Much like every other leak, we advise taking this report with some salt as it could be possible that Apple may not implement the smaller notch. We expected the same with the iPhone 12, but ended up with the same larger notch in the final product. Other rumours suggest the iPhone 13 is also expected to have support for WiFi 6E for faster data transfer, lower latency and higher performance. Source: Digitimes View the full article
  18. TWS or truly wireless earbuds have taken off in India with so many options that sometimes it gets hard to pick the right one. However, it seems like I may have found one of the best TWS earbuds of 2020 by an unlikely audio company i.e. Anker. Anker is known for making great chargers and power banks, however I never expected the company to deliver a great audio product. I’ve been using the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro for quite some time during this work from home scenario and feel these earbuds can give companies like Samsung and Apple a run for their money. Here’s what I think about the TWS earbuds by Anker: Design The moment you look at the Liberty 2 Pro earbuds the first thing you will notice is its bulky design. The Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro are probably one of the biggest earbuds you will find in the market and probably the heaviest as well. In fact, my only complaint about the earbuds is its sheer size and the fact that the earbud awkwardly sticks out from the ear when using. If you are looking for earbuds that have a smaller profile, these might not be for you. However, if you can ignore the design and want something that delivers great sound, you may want to consider the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro puts the big size to good use as it features Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture (or ACAA) drivers or in other words, the two drivers are put on top of one another. This unique design choice has a direct effect on the sound quality especially if you don’t like lower frequencies overpowering the mid and high frequencies. We’ll talk more about the sound performance later but we had to mention the unique driver placement that is probably the cause for the TWS’ bigger size. Each earbud also comes with a button which can be used to control music playback, volume control, track skipping and even voice assistant activation. However, since there are only two buttons, you can only assign two functions to either of the buttons via the Soundcore app. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro also has an IPX4 water resistance rating which means you can use it while working out. The earbuds also ship with seven pairs of silicone tips and three pairs of ear wings for various degrees of comfort. These accessories are a welcome addition if you want the perfect fit. These earbuds won’t fall off that easily once you have used the right earbud and wings. Having said that, after prolonged use the earbuds do feel a bit heavy and can be cause for discomfort. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro also comes with a hefty charging case that can extend the overall battery life of the earbuds to 32 hours - at least that’s what Anker claims. In our usage, with the charging case, these earbuds lasted about 25 hours on a single charge. As for the earbuds themselves, they can last anywhere between 5-7 hours depending on your usage habit. Battery life is by far the strongest suit of the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro, thanks to which it is one of the longest-lasting TWS earbuds we’ve used all year. Sound Performance The Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro supports Bluetooth 5.0, AptX and AAC which is essential in earbuds these days for the best experience possible. It helps in lower latency in terms of wireless connection which is quite useful if you watch a lot of videos. When setting up the earbuds, we recommend using the HeardID feature from the Soundcore app as it helps in tuning the earbuds. Once you fire up the feature, the earbuds will play frequencies and all you need to do is notify the app when you stop hearing them. This will result in an EQ profile that is best suited for your hearing. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The sound profile of these earbuds is more tuned for users who like bass in their music. You can, however, adjust the EQ from the app but it isn’t as comprehensive as other TWS offerings. Surprisingly enough, even with its heavy bass sound profile, the mids and highs do not get overpowered. There is enough room between the different channels for clear defined sound. Each instrument can be heard clearly although we do recommend pumping up the mids manually from the app. In terms of loudness, the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro can be extremely loud which we aren’t really big fans of. You can turn it all the way up if you want but we advise against it if you cherish your hearing. While listening to music is a great experience, hearing content like spoken-word podcasts can be a bit underwhelming. You will notice a slight white-noise sound when listening to podcasts or even when watching video content. This is most noticeable at low volumes which can be a bit bothersome for some people. The Final Say If your sole purpose is to listen to music, then the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro is a great alternative to offerings by Samsung and Apple. Having said that, you will have to deal with the bulky design that can get uncomfortable after prolonged usage. View the full article
  19. New leaks this week indicate that Apple is working on a lower price point truly wireless earphones that are expected to launch sometime in 2021. The new earphones will be slightly more affordable than the current AirPods Pro and higher than the regular AirPods with the wired charging case. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Elec cites their sources from the supply chain and says we can expect a new pair of AirPods in the year 2021. These truly wireless earphones are expected to borrow design cues from the AirPods Pro albeit not have all of the same features. Apple is in the process of replacing the regular AirPods with the so-called ‘AirPods Pro Lite’ in their stores. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The new AirPods Pro Lite will come with a wireless charging case and will be a value proposition that is similar to Apple’s recent attempts for various products from its portfolio. These new TWS earphones will also likely phase out the classic AirPods as the products will have similar features but an improved design. © 52Audio The AirPods Pro Lite would also have silicon tips like the Pro model and a similar charging case. It is possible that the battery size would be different than the AirPods Pro as it will not feature Active Noise Cancellation. A person familiar with the matter told The Elec that the Lite version will be priced 20% cheaper than the normal AirPods Pro. The third generation of AirPods may launch at a cheaper price point than the current AirPods Pro. However, pricing details of the device could change. Supply chain leaks provide accurate information about features and designs, however pricing predictions are mostly based on assumptions. We should know more next year if Apple launches the new AirPods Pro Lite alongside other products at a future event. Source: The Elec View the full article
  20. Ever since the iPhone X, Apple has gradually removed the TouchID biometrics function from iPhones in favour of FaceID. However, it seems like Apple is working on a new version of TouchID to use on iPhones in the future. According to tipsters Ming Chi-Kuo and recently Jon Prosser, the iPhone 13 might bring back the TouchID sooner than we know. © denis-cherkashin-unsplash However, this time around Apple is experimenting with bringing TouchID is a bit different from what was used on previous iPhones. There is a good chance that Apple might place the fingerprint scanner under the display. While this is nothing new as Android smartphones have used this feature for years, it would be a first for iPhones. In his latest video, Prosser mentioned that Apple is working on two iPhone prototypes that uses the new TouchID feature. These prototypes are using the TouchID scanner under the display, however he did clarify that it may not be implemented in the final product. Apple has been reluctant to use in-display fingerprint scanners as it poses a security concern and isn’t totally secure like the FaceID. © anh-nhat-Unsplash Having said that, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it hard for users to unlock iPhones using FaceID due to protective masks. It could be possible that Apple is looking to add a secondary method of biometric security due to the difficulty faced by iPhone users. However, it could be possible that Apple may not use the in-display fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 13 and might embed it on the power button. Apple already does this with with the iPad Air (2020) and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see this tech make its way to the iPhone 13 as well. Source: Front Page Tech View the full article
  21. Apple, as a company, garners loyal customers across the globe where some can be classified as “Superfans.” While not many companies out there have fans, Apple has remained an exception for the better half of the past fifteen years. However, in order to be a super fan of a company that boasts prices higher than any other gadget manufacturer, it can be really costly. © jan-losert-unsplash The most expensive gadget Apple makes is currently the Mac Pro which costs $6,000 or about Rs 4.4 lakh, however if you include all the extras, a Mac Pro with top of the line specs can cost roughly $62,000 (roughly Rs 45 lakh). If you can afford it, you can also buy other products that cost a great deal such as the MacBook Pro that comes with Intel’s 9th Generation i9 processor. This laptop can set back a fan by around $2,800 or around Rs 2 Lakh. Similarly, if an Apple fan invests in accessories such as leather cases or a hands-free mouse, one could end up spending more than $9,000. View the full article
  22. It seems like Apple’s CEO is not exempt from the same problem most people with smartphones face today. With the advent of social media, news and entertainment apps, an average user’s screen time has increased tenfold over the past few years. It seems like Tim Cook was facing the same problem as he was recently discussing his iPhone usage patterns in a recent interview. View the full article
  23. This year, Apple took a bold step to remove charging bricks from the iPhone 12 Series which was met with mixed opinions by customers. However, it seems like Apple may consider taking this step further by removing the charging cable from the box as well. Apple removed the charging brick from the iPhone 12 Series as a move to reduce its carbon footprint while others suspect it was also to reduce cost. © salman-majeed-unsplash However, Apple removing the charging cable altogether might be the next step in this direction. This information is not based on a leak or a rumour bur rather a survey Apple sent its existing customers. The survey asked customers about two things specifically, — the included charging cable and biometric security. As per a report by 9to5Mac, Apple has sent these surveys to iPhone 12 customers asking them about which items i.e. USB-C to Lightning cable, Apple Stickers and the Sim eject tool that are included in the packaging were used. The survey does not indicate whether Apple might remove any of these times, however, asking about behavioural usage of the aforementioned items could be indicative that Apple is considering removing the cable. It is worthy to point out that prior to removing the charging brick from the iPhone 12, Apple asked existing customers via a survey about how they used their chargers included in the retail package. © martin-sanchez-unsplash Apple since then has removed the charging brick to reduce e-waste and it could be possible Apple might eventually remove the charging cable as well. This doesn’t seem too far-fetched any longer since Apple is rumoured to be working on a portless iPhone for 2021. Apart from the accessories that come in the retail box, Apple also asked customers about the security aspect of FaceID and about their experience. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, protective masks have been making it difficult for customers to unlock their phones as FaceID does not recognise a user’s facial features with it. Some rumours have pointed towards an in-display fingerprint sensor on the next generation of iPhones or a fingerprint scanner on the lock-screen button similar to the iPad Air. Source: 9to5Mac View the full article
  24. Apple announced its new over-the-head headphones yesterday which will retail in India for a whopping Rs 59,900. However, apart from checking out the headphones and its features, people were more interested in the smart cover it comes with. While the audio device itself sounds great on paper, the smart cover seems to be the centre of attention thanks to its er… interesting design. The AirPods Max have been rumoured for a while with features like spatial audio, active noise cancellation, powered by Apple’s H1 chip. However, the AirPods Max also comes with a new smart cover that helps in conserving battery life when not in use. Having said that, the smart cover resembles quite a few things from handbags to underwear to body parts. Naturally, Twitter was the first to point out the smart case’s design and here are our favourite comparisons: new airpods max case looks exactly like my helmut lang bra purse pic.twitter.com/pRFwUW3LP9 — tsan (@tsantsai) December 8, 2020The AirPods Max case really be looking like a expensive af sleeping mask pic.twitter.com/XvDFTWklZ2 — ️Lizzie️ (@lizzie__fangirl) December 8, 2020The AirPods Max case is more useful than I thought pic.twitter.com/Yv3twE8kLy — Fr!ZzY𓅓 (@FAOAKA) December 8, 2020Legitimately just spat out my drink. What the **** is that https://t.co/mynuGtKpy0 — Richard Devine 🇬🇧 (@Ricker666) December 8, 2020Well, this is not the first time Apple has been made fun of due to odd designs, but we do feel the smart cover for the AirPods Max is a bit odd. It looks unlike anything we’ve seen and we expect to see memes on it for a while. What do you think about the AirPods Max and the smart cover? Do you think the new headphones by Apple will be as popular as the regular AirPods and are you willing to spend almost Rs 60,000 for a pair of headphones? Let us know what you think in the comments section. View the full article
  25. Apple has finally announced its new audio product via a press release called the ‘AirPods Max’ that comes with unique features for Apple users. The new headphones come with an H1 chip for computational audio capabilities and Adaptive EQ. The headphones also support Active Noise Cancellation and even has Transparency mode similar to the AirPods Pro. AirPods Max will be available in five colours i.e. space grey, silver, sky blue, green, and pink. The headphones will be available in India from December 15th and are available to pre-order on Apple’s official website. © Apple The headband on the headphones has a breathable knit mesh canopy for extra comfortable and equal weight distribution. The headband itself is made on stainless steel for extra durability that will be compatible with a variety of head shapes and sizes. The AirPods Max come with a 40mm dynamic driver that is expected to be the best sounding audio device Apple has made yet. The AirPods Max also uses the H1 chip in each earcup to deliver the best sound possible using computational audio and software teaks. The headphones is also capable of delivering spatial audio which comes handy when watching video content on Apple devices. © Apple Adaptive EQ is used by the headphones to adjust the fit and seal of the ear cushions as the headphones measures sound signals deliver to a user and adjust frequencies accordingly. In terms of noise cancellation, each ear cup features three outward-facing microphones that detect environmental noise while one microphone inside the ear cup monitors the sound reaching the listener’s ear. The headphones adapt the level of noise cancellation automatically depending on the loudness of ambient noise. © Apple Users can also switch to Transparency mode by simply pressing the noise control button once which will enable a listener to hear the environment around them including their own voice. The AirPods Max can also automatically detect when a user is using the headphones. The headphones use optical and position sensors to determine whether they are in place and should start playing audio. Similarly, when the headphones are removed, the audio will pause as soon as the listener lifts one of the ear cups. © Apple The AirPods Max comes with a soft slim ‘Smart Case’ that puts the AirPods Max in an ultraslow power state as well. The headphones are rated to last up to 20 hours on a single charge according to Apple with noise cancellation and spatial audio enabled. © Apple AirPods Max is available to order starting today for INR 59900 from apple.com and Apple Authorised Resellers. AirPods Max will begin shipping on Tuesday, December 15 in India amongst other regions. View the full article
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