Apple is reportedly adding hands-free Siri and water resistance to its next AirPods

Bloomberg reports that Apple has a couple of interesting features in store for upcoming versions of its AirPods wireless earbuds. We heard back in December 2017 that Apple had plans for new AirPods; this year, they’re slated to get a new wireless chip for improved wireless chip. That’ll allow for access to Siri without having to physically tap the earphones; you’ll be able to invoke the assistant with just a voice command. Next year, they’ll also be water resistant, so they won’t go kaput if you’re caught in the rain. That’s good news for Apple fans and people who are…

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How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on Apple TV

How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on Apple TV

The one feature, which I have always found appreciable in Apple ecosystem, is “Accessibility.” From letting you magnify the entire screen to filter colors to speak items on the screen, the suit has got plenty to enhance your user experience.

To ensure I’m able to quickly enable my favorite Accessibility features without having to dig into Settings app, I use Accessibility shortcut on my Apple TV.

How to Use Accessibility Shortcut on Apple TV

If you also use Accessibility on your set-top box, you should take the full advantage of the shortcut to easily turn on/off your favorite features like VoiceOver. Read on to enable and use it on your digital media player:

How to Set Up and Use Accessibility Shortcut on Apple TV

Step #1. First off, open Settings app on your Apple TV.

Step #2. Now, click on General.

Step #3. Next, you need to click on Accessibility.

Step #4. Next up, click on Accessibility Shortcut and select a preferred option.

That’s it!

Going forward you can quickly enable or disable an Accessibility feature like Zoom on your set-top box. To do so, just press the Menu button three times on the Siri remote.

Have your say:

Among several impressive options, VoiceOver, Switch Control, and Display Accommodations are my favorite Accessibility features as they are enormously useful. Which is your favorite and why do you like it? Share your valuable feedback about in the comments below.

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Is Apple Buying Cobalt Directly from Miners to Make Safer Batteries?

Apple is currently holding discussions to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a metal used in smartphone batteries, according to a new report. Reportedly, Apple is in talks to begin buying cobalt directly from mining companies. Cobalt, a hard silver-gray metal, is an essential material in the production of lithium-ion batteries used across Apple’s product lineup. […]
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Apple details how it developed the iPhone X’s ‘Portrait Lighting’ feature

iPhone X Camera

While the iPhone today is capable of taking absolutely stunning and arguably best-in-class photos, that wasn’t always the case. Going back in time a bit, the original iPhone camera was nothing special. In fact, the original iPhone camera wasn’t even respectable relative to what other smartphone manufacturers were releasing at the time. Over time, though, Apple began to invest more in camera technologies and it wasn’t long before new iPhone models were routinely setting new standards of excellence for mobile photography.

In recent years, Apple has undeniably taken mobile photography to the next level, thanks in large part to the company’s control of both the iPhone hardware and software. Most recently, Apple released a camera feature it dubs Portrait Lighting. The feature itself takes advantage of the iPhone’s dual camera scheme and enables users to take photos designed to resemble professional shots that would ordinarily be taken in a studio environment.

Currently available on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone 7 Plus, Portrait Lighting in iOS 11 is truly remarkable. And speaking to the lengths Apple went to perfect it, the company earlier today released a new ad which details how the feature was brought into existence.

As detailed in the video below, Apple worked with global image makers and top photographers in order to get the lighting effects just right. What’s more, Apple implemented advanced machine learning concepts to help create “studio-quality portraits.”

Apple has always been a company known to sweat the small stuff, and the video above is just yet another example of the company’s unrivaled attention to detail.

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