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Western Digital announces two new SanDisk wireless chargers

15:48 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Western Digital has announced two new wireless chargers for iPhone, AirPods, and AirPods Pro, in their Ixpand line, including a 15W, fast-charge compatible model.SanDisk's Ixpand Wireless Charge SyncThose in the market for a new wireless charger can check out Western Digital's two new offerings, the SanDisk Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync and the SanDisk Ixpand Wireless Charger 15W. Read more...


Western Digital announces two new SanDisk wireless chargers

15:48 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Western Digital has announced two new wireless chargers for iPhone, AirPods, and AirPods Pro, in their Ixpand line, including a 15W, fast-charge compatible model.SanDisk's Ixpand Wireless Charge SyncThose in the market for a new wireless charger can check out Western Digital's two new offerings, the SanDisk Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync and the SanDisk Ixpand Wireless Charger 15W. Read more...

'Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You' documentary debuts a day early on Apple TV+

14:38 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Apple's exclusive Springsteen documentary debuted one day early to Apple TV+ ahead of its official October 23 launch date.Bruce Springsteen fans can rejoice, as "Bruce Springsteen's Letter To You" is now available to watch. The documentary chronicles Springsteen recording "Letter to You" live with the full E Street Band? including final take performances of 10 originals from the new record.The documentary also delivers in-studio footage, never-before-seen archival material, and an insider's look at "Letter to You" from Springsteen himself. Read more...

How to fix distortion in AirPods and AirPods Pro

14:37 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

If one of your AirPods has gained an unpleasant humming distortion, there are steps you can take to fix it before you call Apple.Distortion can affect both AirPods Pro (left) and regular AirPods (right)It may start with phone call audio sounding a little echoey, or just in some way not quite right. Over time, it can extend to meaning one of your AirPods, or AirPods Pro, is actually unpleasant to wear. Read more...

AirPods tool aims to tell the difference between clogs and faults

13:12 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Apple has allegedly started to roll out a tool to Apple Stores that can perform an initial test on AirPods before being fully serviced, one that can determine if a loss of sound quality is a genuine fault or caused by dirt buildup.A common problem endured by users of personal audio devices is a loss of sound quality or volume over time. While it is possible that the hardware has developed a fault, there's also the chance that the earphones could be affected by dirt blocking the airway, which could feasibly be rectified with a clean.In a tweet by serial leaker "@choco_bit" on Twitter, Apple is said to be providing a new audio testing tool for AirPods that will quickly work out whether the issue is related to too much gunk in the accessories or a real fault. The tool takes the form of a tray that's slightly larger than an iPhone, and designed to seat an iPhone supplied by the store. Read more...

Porsche Taycan car gains podcasts and Apple Music time-synced lyrics

12:28 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Porsche's electric Taycan continues its integration of Apple Music with the addition of time-synced lyrics, as well as podcasts.Porsche TaycanWhile not implementing regular CarPlay per se, the electric Porsche Taycan is adding to its previously announced support for Apple Music without needing an iPhone connected. Now the car will include Apple's time-synced lyrics alongside the audio. Read more...

iPhone 12 supports iOS updates over 5G, but users might need to manually activate feature

06:41 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

An Apple support document published this week notes iPhone 12 series handsets support 5G downloads of iOS updates, though some users might need to manually enable the feature.Apple outlined the capabilities of iPhone 12 series 5G data modes in a support document published Tuesday. Along with all-5G, all-LTE and a so-called "Smart Data Mode," which automatically toggles cellular connectivity between 5G and LTE depending on network speeds, iOS provides three data throughput settings for iPhone 12 devices: Allow More Data on 5G, Standard, and Low Data Mode.Users benefit from high-quality FaceTime calls, high-definition video and audio, and iOS updates over cellular with Allow More Data. In addition, third-party apps are unleashed to use more cellular data for "enhanced experiences." This setting is automatically selected as iPhone's default with certain unlimited-data plans on a carrier-by-barrier basis. Read more...

Apple Introduces Option to Download iOS Updates Over 5G on iPhone 12 Models

05:43 22 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple has introduced the option to download iOS software updates using 5G cellular data on the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, according to a support document published this week. To download iOS updates over 5G, users will have to enable the "Allow More Data on 5G" mode in the Settings app under Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Data Mode. Apple says this mode also enables higher-quality video and FaceTime calls, and allows third-party apps to use more cellular data for enhanced experiences, when connected to 5G networks. According to an internal Verizon document obtained by MacRumors, the ability to download iOS updates over cellular is limited to 5G iPhones with the "Allow More Data on 5G" mode enabled. On all previous-generation iPhones, and on iPhone 12 models that are connected to an LTE network, downloading iOS updates will still require a Wi-Fi connection. Apple's support document also confirms that when using iPhone 12 models in Dual SIM mode, 5G is not supported on either line, except in China. Apple plans to enable 5G in Dual SIM mode in other countries later this year.Related Roundups: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 ProTag: 5GBuyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Buy Now), iPhone 12 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Apple Introduces Option to Download iOS Updates Over 5G on iPhone 12 Models" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Airbnb Working With Jony Ive's 'LoveFrom' Company

01:47 22 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple's longtime head of design Jony Ive left the company back in mid-2019 to start his own company called LoveFrom, and one of Ive's first clients is Airbnb. Airbnb today announced that it is working with Ive's LoveFrom company on a "special collaboration" that will include a multi-year relationship to "design the next generation of Airbnb products and services."Today, I'm thrilled to announce that Jony and his partners at LoveFrom will be engaging in a special collaboration with me and the Airbnb team. We have made the decision to work together through a multi-year relationship to design the next generation of Airbnb products and services. Jony will also help us continue to develop our internal design team, which he believes to be one of the world's best. I know he is particularly excited about a relationship that will evolve to become a deep collaboration with our creative team. I hope all of this speaks to the seriousness of our design-driven approach. We believe that working together will be an important and powerful creative partnership. We're both excited about the ideas we already have, as well as ideas that are currently beyond our imagination.Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky says that he has long admired Ive's work, and that he and Ive have been friends for "many years," sharing a belief in the "value and importance of creativity and design." When Jony Ive left Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Cupertino company would continue to work with Ive's LoveFrom, with Apple serving as one of LoveFrom's "primary clients." At the time, Ive said that he was looking forward to working with Apple "for many years to come" and remaining "very involved." Ive's company, LoveFrom, was created in partnership with Marc Newson, who Ive has worked with for many years. LoveFrom is a collective of designers, architects, engineers, artists, writers, and musicians. When Ive left, his design duties were taken over by Evans Hankey and Alan Dye, who head up Industrial Design and Human Interface Design, respectively. Both report to Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Operating Officer.Tags: Jony Ive, Airbnb, LoveFromThis article, "Airbnb Working With Jony Ive's 'LoveFrom' Company" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple spent $1.56M lobbying US government in Q3

01:43 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

A U.S. Senate document published this week reveals Apple spent spent some $1.56 million in the third quarter of 2020 to lobby lawmakers on a variety of issues including the coronavirus pandemic, taxes, autonomous vehicles, and more.According to a lobbying disclosure form made public on Tuesday, and subsequently spotted by SetteBIT on Twitter, Apple directed a team of seven lobbyists to impact policy at the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Defense, Federal Communications Commission, Treasury Department, Health & Human Services, U.S. Trade Representative, State Department, Homeland Security, Office of Management & Budget, National Institute of Standards & Technology, and Executive Office of the President.Apple discussed a range of matters with lawmakers, from the usual patent reform, environmental, trade and corporate tax reform issues to more recent developments like the coronavirus and remote education. On the latter, the tech giant benefitted from a boost in Mac and iPad sales thanks to stay-at-home orders and the remote learning initiatives that followed. Read more...

Airbnb hires Jony Ive to design next-gen products and services

01:39 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Online vacation rental giant Airbnb on Wednesday said it has hired former Apple CDO Jony Ive and his company LoveFrom to assist in the design of future products and services.Announced in a blog post from Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, Ive will work on next-generation "products and services" as a design consultant. It appears that he will report directly to Chesky, or collaborate on design initiatives with the CEO, throughout what is described as a "multi-year relationship.""Jony will also help us continue to develop our internal design team, which he believes to be one of the world's best," Chesky writes. "I know he is particularly excited about a relationship that will evolve to become a deep collaboration with our creative team." Read more...

Apple Lobbies for Tax Breaks for Manufacturing More Chips in United States

01:39 22 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple is seeking tax breaks from the U.S. government for domestic chip production, which suggests Apple may be aiming to move more iPhone manufacturing to the United States. According to Bloomberg, second and third-quarter lobbying disclosure reports indicate that Apple lobbied officials from the Treasury Department, Congress, and the White House on tax issues that included "tax credits for domestic semiconductor production." Apple designs many of its own chips, including the A-series chips used in iPhones and iPads and the Apple Silicon chips that will be used in future Macs. Development of chips is done in-house in Cupertino, but production is outsourced to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Apple's lobbying efforts indicate that it perhaps wants to move production to the U.S., where it would not have to deal with tariffs and trade tensions between the United States and China. Apple's recent lobbying coincides with a push by the company and its partners to move some production away from China and even back to the U.S. in a few cases. There's also a broader effort by the U.S. semiconductor industry to get government support for increased domestic production. Apple veteran and director of federal government affairs Tim Powderly is leading Apple's lobbying efforts, according to Bloomberg. Apple's prior policy exec, Cynthia Hogan, left the company in May after being selected as one of the members of Joe Biden's vice presidential selection committee. Most Apple products are made overseas, but the 2013 Mac Pro was manufactured in Austin, Texas. The same Texas plant is also responsible for the final assembly of the new ‌Mac Pro‌ models, and Apple decided to use the plant after being provided with tariff exemptions. Apple chip partner TSMC in May announced plans to open an advanced chip factory in Arizona, and once that plant is open, it is expected to produce 5-nanometer chips. Apple's most recent A-series devices use A14 chips built on a 5-nanometer process. Apple in 2018 committed to spending $350 billion to boost the U.S. economy over the course of five years, and has contributed funds to U.S. companies that make ‌iPhone‌ components, including Corning and Finisar. Note: Due to the political or social nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.This article, "Apple Lobbies for Tax Breaks for Manufacturing More Chips in United States" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Short-form streaming platform Quibi to shut down [confirmed]

00:35 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Less than a day after landing on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire stick, and Android TV, Quibi will be shutting down services after all.Launched in April, Quibi touted itself as a breakthrough streaming medium for the on-the-go generation. The service offered 5- to 10-minute long "chapters," in a format that was optimized for viewing on a smartphone.However, as the coronavirus forced many indoors, the demand for on-the-go entertainment dwindled. The service even attempted to make jumps to larger screens through other streaming hardware, including smart TVs and set-top boxes like the Apple TV. Read more...

State report says Foxconn's Wisconsin plant 'more of a showcase' than a factory

00:32 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

A Wisconsin state report on Foxconn's troubled factory concluded that the project shows no sign of actual LCD manufacturing, and likely never will.Credit: Engineering News-RecordThe evaluation contradicts statements from Foxconn, which insisted earlier in 2020 that the plant would be producing LCD panels sometime this year. Read more...

Apple designer Alan Dye discusses creating the Apple Watch

00:24 22 Oct - AppleInsider News

Alan Dye reveals how features in Apple Watch Series 6 are founded in design choices Apple made back for the very first Apple Watch, plus just how carefully crafted every Watch face is.Apple's vice president of human interface design, Alan Dye, has been a principal figure in the making of the Apple Watch, and has now talked with a watch podcast about its origins ? and how those early principles still apply."You know, early on, we spent a great deal of time thinking about not only the first version, but of course, how do we create a design system for Apple Watch that can live long into the future?" he says on the podcast "Monocle on Design." Read more...

HomePod Mini vs. HomePod Buyer's Guide

00:13 22 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

This month, Apple unveiled the HomePod mini as the first addition to the popular HomePod lineup, with a new spherical design and the S5 chip. With a more affordable price tag of just $99, ‌HomePod mini‌ is a much more accessible and versatile HomePod in a compact design. The original ‌HomePod‌ continues to be sold by Apple for $299. At over three times the price of ‌HomePod mini‌, should you still consider the larger, original ‌HomePod‌, or choose the new ‌HomePod mini‌? Our guide outlines the differences between the two HomePods and helps to answer the question of how to decide which may be best for you. Comparing the HomePod and HomePod mini The ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌ share a number of key features, such as multiroom audio and Siri. Apple lists these same features of the ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌: Similarities Multiroom audio Stereo pair capable ‌Siri‌ and upward-facing display Audio-conductive fabric Seamless audio handoff Smart home hub Intercom, Find My, ‌Siri‌ Shortcuts, Ambient sounds, and Music alarms Available in White and Space Gray Apple's breakdown shows that the two HomePods share a number of important features. Even so, there are meaningful differences between the ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌ which justifies the $200 price difference, including design, audio technologies, and spatial awareness. Differences HomePod Large, capsule design A8 chip High-excursion woofer and seven tweeters Six-microphone array Spatial awareness Home theater with Apple TV 4K HomePod mini Compact, spherical design S5 chip Full-range driver and dual passive radiators Three-microphone array U1 chip Read on for a closer look at each of these aspects, and see what exactly both HomePods have to offer. Design At just 3.3-inches tall, the ‌HomePod mini‌ is much smaller than the original ‌HomePod‌, which is just under seven inches tall. The ‌HomePod mini‌ also has a compact spherical design, while the original ‌HomePod‌ has a bulkier capsule-like design. The ‌HomePod‌ is larger than the ‌HomePod mini‌ to accommodate more internal components for a fuller audio experience. Both devices are covered in Apple's audio-conductive mesh material. The ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌ also share the ‌Siri‌ waveform that appears on the top display to indicate when ‌Siri‌ is engaged, and integrated touch controls for volume. Both HomePods are also dependent on a wired power cable, meaning that neither is portable. The ‌HomePod mini‌'s compact spherical design is more discreet than its larger sibling, and will be the preferred device for tables and surfaces where you have limited space or don't want it to stand out. Likewise, the larger ‌HomePod‌ will be more appropriate on TV units and areas with more space. Audio Technology Audio hardware is the most important area of difference between the two HomePods. ‌HomePod mini‌ offers a single full-range driver, powered by a neodymium magnet and a pair of force-canceling passive radiators, which enables deep bass and crisp high frequencies. On the other hand, ‌HomePod‌ features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, and a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high-frequency acoustics, each with its own amplifier and with directional control. Both devices use an Apple-designed acoustic waveguide to direct the flow of sound down and out toward the bottom of the speaker for an immersive 360-degree audio experience. This allows users to place ‌HomePod‌ almost anywhere in a room and hear consistent sound. However, the original ‌HomePod‌'s larger size allows it to achieve a wider, more spacious soundstage. The ‌HomePod‌ will deliver richer, fuller sound compared to the ‌HomePod mini‌. The ‌HomePod mini‌ will still likely deliver clean and functional sound, but there is no doubt that the added size and audio hardware in the larger ‌HomePod‌ overshadows it significantly. Microphones ‌HomePod mini‌ uses a three-microphone array to listen for "Hey ‌Siri‌," and a fourth inward-facing microphone helps isolate sound coming from the speaker to improve voice detection when music is playing. The larger ‌HomePod‌ uses an array of six microphones for the same reason. These microphones help to cancel echo and enable ‌Siri‌ to understand people whether they are near the device or standing across the room, even while loud music is playing. However, it is unclear if the added microphones on the ‌HomePod‌ are to counteract its louder, larger sound profile, while the ‌HomePod mini‌ simply doesn't need a six-microphone array due to its smaller size, or if it is a point of material difference between the two models when it comes to sound isolation. Processor and Software The ‌HomePod‌ uses the A8 chip from the iPhone 6, iPad mini 4, and ‌Apple TV‌ HD, while the ‌HomePod mini‌ uses the S5 chip from the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE. The ‌HomePod‌'s processor allows it to use advanced software for real-time acoustic modeling, audio beam-forming, and echo cancellation. ‌HomePod mini‌ uses its processor to maximize the performance of its less capable audio hardware. In an attempt to achieve big sound out of a compact design, the Apple S5 chip in ‌HomePod mini‌ works with advanced software to analyze the unique characteristics of the music and apply complex tuning models to optimize loudness, adjust the dynamic range, and control the movement of the driver and passive radiators in real-time. The A8 chip in the larger ‌HomePod‌ likewise performs some unique functions, such as bass management through real-time software modeling that ensures the speaker delivers the deepest and cleanest bass possible, with low distortion. Ultimately, the ‌HomePod‌'s processor is not a very important consideration when it comes to choosing between the two models. The A8 is an older but more powerful chip, while the S5 is a newer but less powerful chip. Both chips run the same operating system and deliver appropriate computational audio with a comparable level of performance. Spatial Awareness The larger original ‌HomePod‌ uses spatial awareness to sense its location in the room. This allows it to automatically adjust and optimize the audio based on its location in the room for improved sound quality. The ‌HomePod‌ can detect walls and corners, and uses this information with its directional tweeters to deliver sound evenly across the room, while reducing distortion and echo. Only the original ‌HomePod‌ has spatial awareness, and the ‌HomePod mini‌ does not have this feature. U1 Chip The ‌HomePod mini‌ contains one feature that the original ‌HomePod‌ lacks: the U1 chip. The Apple-designed U1 chip is an ultra-wideband chip which performs directional and proximity-based operations. The ‌HomePod mini‌ uses the U1 chip to detect when other U1 devices, such as the iPhone 12, are nearby. This allows it to more quickly hand off audio and interact with nearby devices, as well as display relevant information on devices that are close to the ‌HomePod mini‌. Beyond this, however, the full potential of U1 in ‌HomePod mini‌ does not yet seem to have been realized. In the future, U1 could facilitate close-range data-transfer, improve AR experiences, and track a user's location within the home. Apple now seems to be adding the U1 chip to all of its new devices, with the chip appearing in the iPhone 12 lineup and the Apple Watch Series 6. Stereo Sound Adding a second ‌HomePod‌ to your setup enables stereo sound to create a wider soundstage for richer, more enveloping sound. Each ‌HomePod‌ is able to play its own channel of either left or right sound, while separating out both the ambient and direct energy. Both devices can perform automatic detection and balance of two speakers using both direct and reflected audio. Even though the two speakers act as one, each ‌HomePod‌ communicates with each other so that only one speaker responds to ‌Siri‌ requests. While both ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌ support this stereo pair capability, you cannot pair a ‌HomePod mini‌ and an original ‌HomePod‌ together. Instead, you can only pair two original HomePods or two ‌HomePod‌ minis as stereo speakers. Both HomePods support multiroom audio and can be mixed together using that functionality, but not to achieve stereo sound. Home Theater with Apple TV 4K The original ‌HomePod‌ also supports Home Theater with ‌Apple TV‌ 4K. This allows the ‌HomePod‌ to provide a more immersive home theater experience when it is paired with an ‌Apple TV‌ 4K, by offering surround sound and Dolby Atmos. The feature is reliant on the directional and spatially aware capabilities of the original ‌HomePod‌, so it is not available on the ‌HomePod mini‌. Two ‌HomePod‌ minis can nevertheless still provide stereo sound for ‌Apple TV‌, but not the full home theater experience of the original ‌HomePod‌. If you intend to use the ‌HomePod‌ or a pair of HomePods as TV speakers with an ‌Apple TV‌ 4K, there is no doubt that the original ‌HomePod‌ will provide a much better audio experience. Final Thoughts Overall, it's clear that the ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌ are products that have different purposes. The ‌HomePod‌ is a more full-featured high-end speaker for excellent sound quality, while the ‌HomePod mini‌ is intended to be more versatile. This is reflected in the ‌HomePod mini‌'s more affordable price. The ‌HomePod mini‌ may be better suited to areas such as hallways or kitchens, while the original ‌HomePod‌ seems to be better suited to larger rooms where audio content is consumed more regularly, such as living rooms. The main reason to buy the larger ‌HomePod‌ will be due to its better audio fidelity. As an extension of this, if you want to use your HomePods with an ‌Apple TV‌ 4K, the larger ‌HomePod‌ is the preferred option. With its directional audio and spatial awareness, on top of its plethora of high-end audio hardware, the original ‌HomePod‌ is the device for areas where sound quality is the priority. In locations where the device may be used more for ‌Siri‌ than music, ‌HomePod mini‌ seems to be the better option. The ‌HomePod mini‌ will be better when something more discreet is needed or if it is in an area where it would be used more in passing. The ‌HomePod mini‌ will still perform well in multiroom audio mode, and its more affordable price tag allows users to acquire more of them for use around the home. Generally speaking, if you want a ‌HomePod‌ to achieve the best possible sound quality and volume, get the original ‌HomePod‌. Otherwise, the ‌HomePod mini‌ will be more than sufficient for your needs.Related Roundups: HomePod, HomePod miniBuyer's Guide: HomePod (Caution), HomePod Mini (Caution)This article, "HomePod Mini vs. HomePod Buyer's Guide" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple iPhone 12 models use Qualcomm's 5G X55 modem

23:49 21 Oct - AppleInsider News

Apple's new 5G-equipped iPhone 12 models appear to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem, according to early teardowns of the devices.Credit: WeiboAlthough the iPhone 12 doesn't officially start arriving on customer doorsteps until Oct. 23, teardown videos and internal photos of the new models have surface on Chinese social media. Read more...

Some iPhone 12 cases are shipping without speaker holes

23:44 21 Oct - AppleInsider News

Some of Apple's iPhone 12 cases appear to be shipping out to customers without speaker holes on the bottom, according to user reports.Credit: zarnold16The defect seems to affect the new MagSafe-compatible cases for Apple's new handset. Although the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro officially drop on Oct. 23, accessory orders have been arriving throughout the week. Read more...

Apple's Roadmap for Using Qualcomm's 5G Modems in Future Products Revealed, Including X60 in 2021

23:34 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

In April 2019, Apple and Qualcomm announced an agreement to dismiss a long-running legal battle between the two companies worldwide, paving the way for Apple to use Qualcomm's 5G modems for its iPhone 12 lineup and beyond. Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon X60 modem is built on a 5nm process A teardown video shared earlier today revealed that Apple is using Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem in iPhone 12 models, and beyond that, we have now uncovered Apple's roadmap for Qualcomm modems in future products. As alerted to us by Danny Walsh on Twitter, page 71 of an Apple-Qualcomm settlement filing reveals that Apple intends to launch new products with the Snapdragon X60 modem between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. Apple has also committed to using as-yet-unannounced X65 and X70 modems in products launched between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024. From the settlement document:Apple intends to commercially launch (i) New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 (the "2020 Launch"), some of which use the SDX55 Qualcomm Chipset, (ii) New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 (the "2021 Launch"), some of which use the SDX60 Qualcomm Chipset, and (iii) New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024 (the "2022/23 Launch"), some of which use the SDX65 or SDX70 Qualcomm Chipsets (each a "Launch" and collectively the "Launches").While these settlement details are over a year old, Apple's roadmap for Qualcomm modems in future products went largely under the radar. Built on a 5nm process, the X60 modem packs higher power efficiency into a smaller footprint compared to the X55. Smartphones equipped with the X60 will also be able to aggregate data from both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously to achieve an optimal combination of high-speed and low-latency network coverage. When it introduced the X60 modem in February 2020, Qualcomm said that 5G smartphones featuring the chip would begin launching in 2021, so it is a prime candidate for inclusion in next year's iPhones as Apple's roadmap suggests.Related Roundup: 2021 iPhonesTags: Qualcomm, 5GThis article, "Apple's Roadmap for Using Qualcomm's 5G Modems in Future Products Revealed, Including X60 in 2021" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Short Form Video Service Quibi Shutting Down

22:13 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Short form video streaming service Quibi is shutting down, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and The Information. Employees and investors were notified about the impending shutdown over phone calls that went out this afternoon. Quibi, which launched in April, is similar to Netflix or Hulu but it provides video content in shorter 5 to 10 minute snippets for $4.99+ per month. Quibi envisioned its short form video being watched on smartphones, with the company pouring more than $1 billion into original content. Following its launch, Quibi saw a slow start, which Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg attributed to the pandemic. Katzenberg called Quibi's launch "not close to what we wanted," and the service ended up with an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 subscribers. Quibi believed that it would garner approximately 7.4 million subscribers during its first year after launching, and it has so far come nowhere close to meeting that target. Katzenberg approached several tech executives to see if Quibi might be able to be sold off, but no companies were interested. Katzenberg spoke with Facebook, Warner Media, and even Apple's software and services chief Eddy Cue, all of whom declined a purchase. Companies were not interested in Quibi because of its unappealing licensing deals. Quibi's content is exclusive to Quibi for just two years, with creators then able to license it to other services, and after seven years, creators get back show ownership. Quibi is also facing a lawsuit from interactive video company Eko, with Eko claiming Quibi stole its horizontal/vertical video content technology. Quibi also attempted to expand outside of its smartphone-only streaming format, offering apps on other platforms such as the Apple TV. An ‌Apple TV‌ app for Quibi launched yesterday, but the platform expansion has come too late to save the service. Quibi had backers that included most major Hollywood studios, Alibaba, and Google, and The Information says it will shut down with $850 million in cash and several hundred million in debt. It is not clear how much money will be returned to shareholders, and investors in the company stand to lose money.Tag: QuibiThis article, "Short Form Video Service Quibi Shutting Down" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Some Defective Apple iPhone 12 Cases Shipping Without Speaker Holes

21:54 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

At least two customers who have purchased iPhone 12 cases have received defective cases that do not have speaker holes, which obscures the sound. Photo by Reddit user zarnold16 There have been two separate threads on Reddit from iPhone 12 customers who purchased a case and received one without speaker holes. One customer was told by an Apple advisor that the case wasn't meant to have speaker holes, which is, of course, incorrect. One of the original posters uploaded a video showing the defective case from more angles. Photo by Reddit user Natebaakko There have been limited reports about cases with no speaker holes, but anyone who receives one should be able to get a replacement case from Apple by contacting Apple's support staff or visiting a retail store location. The majority of the cases that are being sent out to customers do indeed have speaker holes by design, with the non-speaker hole cases representing a clear manufacturing defect.Related Roundups: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 ProTag: iPhone 12 casesBuyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Buy Now), iPhone 12 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Some Defective Apple iPhone 12 Cases Shipping Without Speaker Holes" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Jabra adds active noise cancellation to Elite 75t, Elite Active 75t earbuds

21:28 21 Oct - AppleInsider News

Jabra has just released a firmware update for its Elite 75t and Elite Active 75t true wireless earbuds that introduces active noise cancellation, bringing them more in-line with Apple's AirPods Pro.Jabra Elite 75t true wireless earbudsWe compared the Elite 75t as well as the Elite Active 75t to Apple's AirPods Pro. They fared quite well with the biggest difference being the lack of ANC. Read more...

iPhone 12 Models Use Qualcomm's X55 Modem

21:24 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple's iPhone 12 lineup appears to be equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem, which is in line with rumors that we heard about the new devices prior to their launch. An iPhone 12 teardown video on Chinese social networking site Weibo gives a close look at the L-shaped logic board and the modem chip. The X55 offers support for both 5G mmWave networks and 5G Sub-6GHz networks, along with 5G/4G spectrum sharing, and it is Qualcomm's second-generation 5G chip after the X50. Reports in 2019 indicated Apple would use the X55 modem in its ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup, and at the time, the X55 was Qualcomm's fastest and newest 5G modem. Qualcomm in February 2020 introduced the X60 modem built on a 5-nanometer process, which is more power efficient than the 7-nanometer X55. There was some speculation that Apple could adopt the X60 for the ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup, but the X60 likely came out too late in the ‌iPhone 12‌ development process to be considered for the new devices. Next year's iPhones will likely use the Snapdragon X60 modem from Qualcomm, which is the third-generation 5G modem chip that Qualcomm has manufactured. It will bring notable performance improvements in terms of battery draw, component size, and connectivity speed because it offers carrier aggregation for combined mmWave and sub-6GHz networks. Apple used Intel chips for the iPhone 11 lineup, but switched to Qualcomm's technology after it became clear that Intel would not be able to manufacture 5G modem chips. Apple settled a long-running legal battle with Qualcomm to get access to Qualcomm's chip technology. Related Roundups: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Buy Now), iPhone 12 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "iPhone 12 Models Use Qualcomm's X55 Modem" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple lands 'The Velvet Underground' documentary from director Todd Haynes

21:09 21 Oct - AppleInsider News

Apple has landed the rights to "The Velvet Underground," an upcoming documentary that explores how the band changed the world of music, set to air exclusively on Apple TV+Image Credit: AppleThe documentary serves to show how The Velvet Underground became a cultural touchstone ? one of rock 'n' roll's most revered bands ? capable of embodying the band's creative ethos: "how to be elegant and how to be brutal." Read more...

Apple Buys Rights to 'The Velvet Underground' Documentary

20:31 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today announced that it has purchased the worldwide distribution rights to "The Velvet Underground," a documentary from Todd Haynes. Haynes' documentary follows 1960's band "The Velvet Underground," which was headlined by Lou Reed and once managed by artist Andy Warhol. "The Velvet Underground" was known as the "house band" at the Factory, which was Warhol's studio that served as a hangout for artists and a venue for legendary parties. "The Velvet Underground" will feature never before seen performances and recordings, Warhol films, experimental art, and in-depth interviews with key players of that time.The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock 'n' roll's most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, "The Velvet Underground" shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture.There's no known release date for "The Velvet Underground" at this time, but it joins several other documentaries that Apple has picked up such as Werner Herzog's "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds," "Boys State," "Beastie Boys Story," "Dads," and "The Elephant Queen."Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "Apple Buys Rights to 'The Velvet Underground' Documentary" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Belkin releases new GaN chargers and Wemo outdoor HomeKit smart plug

19:48 21 Oct - AppleInsider News

Belkin has introduced a new Wemo-branded HomeKit outdoor power outlet in time for the holidays, as well as a new trio of GaN chargers at various wattages.Belkin's new 60W USB-C GaN charger and Wemo Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart PlugWemo outdoor smart plug Read more...

Belkin Debuts Compact 'Boost Charge Pro' 60W GaN USB-C Power Adapter

19:37 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Belkin today announced the launch of the Boost Charge Pro USB-C GaN Wall Charger 60W, which it says is the smallest GaN 60W solution on the market. The new USB-C Boost Charge Pro 60W charger joins Belkin's lineup of other gallium nitride (GaN) power adapter options. GaN technology has become widespread over the last few years and allows for much smaller power adapters that take up less space than the standard silicon power adapters. According to Belkin, the Boost Charge Pro 60W is 53 percent smaller than standard 60W laptop chargers and is able to work with USB-C Apple devices including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro. It can also fast charge an iPhone (including the new iPhone 12 models) when paired with a USB-C to Lightning cable. The compact Boost Charge Pro 60W is equipped with overcurrent and overvoltage protection to keep devices safe while charging. Belkin is selling the Boost Charge Pro USB-C PD GaN Wall Charger 60W for $50, and it can be ordered from the Belkin website.Tag: BelkinThis article, "Belkin Debuts Compact 'Boost Charge Pro' 60W GaN USB-C Power Adapter" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple issues fourth iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2 public betas

19:36 21 Oct - AppleInsider News

Apple has released the fourth public betas for iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 a day after releasing developer versions of the same beta.iOS 14.2 public beta 4 is now availableArriving about 24 hours after the developer betas went live, the public beta can be downloaded from Apple's Beta Software Program site. The beta content is likely to be the same as what was provided in the developer version. Read more...

Wemo Launches New HomeKit-Compatible Outdoor Smart Plug

19:21 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Belkin's Wemo brand today announced the launch of a new WiFi-connected HomeKit-compatible Outdoor Smart Plug that joins Wemo's other smart plugs, light switches, and dimmers. The Outdoor Smart Plug is ideal for outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, and other outdoor appliances, and it does not require a hub to function. It is equipped with two splash-proof, weather resistant AC outlets that allow the items that are plugged in to be controlled using Siri voice commands, the Wemo app, and the Home app. The Outdoor Smart Plug is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Hey Google for those that don't have a ‌Siri‌ ecosystem. The WiFi Outdoor Smart Plug can be pre-ordered from Belkin or from Amazon for $39.99, with orders set to ship out in late October.Tags: Belkin, WeMoThis article, "Wemo Launches New HomeKit-Compatible Outdoor Smart Plug" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Releases Fourth Public Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 With New Emoji and Shazam Control Center Options

19:13 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today seeded the fourth public betas of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to its public beta testing group, one week after releasing the third betas and a day after providing the fourth betas to developers. Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and iPadOS? 14.2 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website on an iOS device. Apple in iOS and iPadOS 14.2 is adding new Emoji 13 emoji characters, with options that include smiling face with tear, ninja, pinched fingers, anatomical heart, black cat, mammoth, polar bear, dodo, fly, bell pepper, tamale, bubble tea, potted plant, piņata, plunger, wand, feather, hut, and more, with a full list available here. iOS 14.2 introduces a new Music Recognition control for the Control Center, deepening the integration of the Apple-owned Shazam app in the iOS operating system. Music Recognition lets you discover music playing around you and it can recognize music playing in apps even when you're wearing AirPods. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The Shazam Music Recognition feature can be added to Control Center through the Control Center options in the Settings app. To use the feature, open up Control Center and then tap on the Shazam icon to initiate a single recognition. The update brings a redesigned Now Playing widget for the Control Center that lists recently played albums that you might want to listen to when you have no music playing. There's also a redesigned interface for AirPlay, making it easier to play music across multiple ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled devices in the home. For those who have low vision, Apple added a "People Detection" feature in the Magnifier app that uses the camera to let iPhone users know how far away other people are, which can be useful for social distancing purposes. For Apple Card users, the iOS 14.2 update adds a yearly spending history option so ‌Apple Card‌ holders can see how much they've spent in the current calendar year and how much Daily Cash they've earned. Prior to iOS 14.2, ‌Apple Card‌ offered spending activity information in a weekly or monthly summary. As for smaller but interesting tweaks, iOS 14.2 brings a new icon for the Apple Watch app, with the watch now sporting one of Apple's new Solo Loop bands. The fourth beta released for developers yesterday confirmed that there are several new wallpapers in the update, which work in both light and dark modes. For info on all of the new features that were introduced with the initial iOS 14 update, make sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup.Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14This article, "Apple Releases Fourth Public Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 With New Emoji and Shazam Control Center Options" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Early iPhone 12 Teardown Features Smaller Taptic Engine, Magnet Ring and L-Shaped Logic Board

18:47 21 Oct - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are set to be delivered to customers this Friday, but there are already a few out in the wild. Leaker DuanRui this morning shared a video featuring a short teardown of the new ‌iPhone 12‌, giving us a quick look at the internals. In the video, the ‌iPhone 12‌ is taken apart component by component, with comparisons to corresponding iPhone 11 parts provided. The new ‌iPhone 12‌ has an L-shaped logic board, which we initially saw in a leak in May. The ‌iPhone 12‌ logic board isn't identical to the leaked logic board, so that leaked version is likely from another one of the ‌iPhone 12‌ models. ‌iPhone 12‌ teardown video. pic.twitter.com/XuOJxfuoQh— DuanRui (@duanrui1205) October 21, 2020 The logic board is longer than the logic board that was used in the ‌iPhone 11‌, and it has the aforementioned L design rather than just a straight design. There's a 2,815mAh battery in the ‌iPhone 12‌, which was seen in Brazilian regulatory filings last week. Comparatively, the ‌iPhone 11‌ has a higher capacity 3,110mAh battery. Apple lists similar battery lengths for both iPhone models, though, due to efficiency improvements introduced through the A14. ‌iPhone 12‌ pic.twitter.com/4lXm6cs7G3— ????? (@L0vetodream) October 21, 2020 Smaller batteries may have been included because Apple may have needed extra space for the 5G components in this year's iPhones, but there have already been some concerning early tests about faster than normal battery drain when using 5G networks. That's not necessarily a surprise because it's well known that 5G drains battery faster, but it's something ‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro users should be aware of. The Taptic Engine, which provides haptic feedback, is a good deal smaller in the ‌iPhone 12‌, and the teardown also shows off that magnetic ring that works with MagSafe accessories. There are also comparisons between other components such as the display, dual-lens camera setup, flash, and more, which those interested can see in the video. iFixit will have in-depth teardowns of both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro coming in the future, which we can count on seeing after the new devices are released.Related Roundup: iPhone 12Tag: DuanRuiBuyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Buy Now)This article, "Early iPhone 12 Teardown Features Smaller Taptic Engine, Magnet Ring and L-Shaped Logic Board" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums