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apple launches airpods max with a ‘custom acoustic design’ and digital crown

After months of rumours, Apple has announced AirPods Max, the latest member of its headphone line that brings the technology of its popular AirPods earbuds to a new over-ear design to rival high-fidelity offerings from Sony, Bose and Beats. And in a nod to Apple’s other ubiquitous wearable, the Apple Watch, the AirPods Max have a Digital Crown to control your music. The new headphones, which come in five colours to match the iPad Air 4 and cost a whopping £549, include all of the features Apple has brought to the AirPods and AirPods Pro, including active noise cancellation, Transparency mode and spatial audio. The somewhat large cups are wrapped in a ‘breathable knit mesh canopy’ that spans the stainless-steel headband and is designed ‘to distribute weight and reduce on-head…

apple building 5g modems for future iphones

Apple is starting to build its own modems to be used inside future iPhones. Chief technology officer Johny Srouji has revealed that the firm is working to build its own 5G modem has now begun, following last year’s acquisition of Intel’s modem business. Back in 2019 Intel gave up and stopped trying to compete with Qualcomm in the 5G modem market. At the same time Apple entered into a settlement with Qualcomm and established a multi-year contract for Qualcomm to supply modems to it for the next six years. But Apple’s long-term ambition is to design these chips itself. It bought Intel’s modem business for $1 billion in 2019 and has since built up a working group with the expertise required to design modems. That development has now begun. Srouji revealed that work on…

apple updates shazam app with new interface and adds song id beta on the web

At has been over two years since Apple purchased Shazam, and it’s long overdue for an interface overhaul. Last month, the Shazam app got its biggest update since the acquisition, completely overhauling the interface and improving sync. In addition, the Shazam website has the ability to identify songs, once you give it permission to use the microphone on your computer, phone, or tablet. It’s a good way to quickly identify a song on a device you may not have downloaded the app onto yet. The app now has a slide-up card on the main screen to more quickly access your past Shazams, and get back to the big Shazam button when browsing around. The search tap now has a card to access country and city charts, so you can what’s popular in…

3 rules to understand the price of apple products

It’s as regular as the turning of the seasons. Apple announces a new product and then the complaints that it’s overpriced start rolling in. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that selling a pair of headphones for £549 does seem a bit much. Will it succeed? That remains to be seen – and Apple sometimes does misjudge its prices, as happened with the original HomePod. But in general, you should not be surprised about Apple selling a product for a high price. Its pricing strategy shifts from product to product and from year to year, but it’s worth keeping in mind some basic rules of Apple pricing. SEEK BARGAINS ELSEWHERE Rule 1: Apple will never be the low-price leader in a category. While the company’s critics will claim its products are endlessly overpriced,…

review: iphone 12 mini

Price: £749 from fave.co/2WzknYB Size matters, and for the past four years Apple fans with small hands have been crying out for the company to make an iPhone they can hold comfortably. The SE (2016) was the last 4in iPhone – most likely last in the sense of ‘final ever’, rather than just ‘most recent’ – and nothing since has come close to that device’s combination of portability and ease of use. But this is the year of plenty, as far as iPhones go, and there’s now something for everyone: like a 20th-century rugby union team, Apple’s smartphone department welcomes all shapes and sizes. And the prop-forward iPhone 12 Pro Max has a scrum-half scurrying along behind it. The 12 mini certainly isn’t a 4in phone – its screen measures 5.4in, very nearly…

review: magsafe duo charger

Price: £129 from fave.co/37C096S The best thing I can say about the MagSafe Duo charger is that it does what it’s supported to do: charge your iPhone 12 and Apple Watch at the same time. But if you’re looking for a revolutionary MagSafe charging experience – or quite frankly, even a good one – you should probably wait for something better and cheaper to come along. At £129, you should expect the MagSafe Duo to bring a level of charging akin to the fabled AirPower charger, which promised a new charging solution that, according to Phil Schiller, would “actually help the entire industry move forward”. The MagSafe Duo doesn’t do that. If anything, it’s a step backwards. The MagSafe Duo charger is very pocketable and clearly made with travel in mind, but it…