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A new research report from Barclays (via MacRumors) claims that Apple is hard at work on a next-gen pair of AirPods that will likely see the light of day sometime in 2019. Feature wise, the second iteration of AirPods will reportedly include noise cancellation features and the introduction of a new W2 chip. Incidentally, previous reports have suggested that the next iteration of AirPods will be water-resistant and will feature hands-free support for “Hey Siri.” As it stands now, AirPods users have to tap the headphones in order to call Siri into action.
While AirPods were initially scoffed at, the tiny accessory has proven to be quite a surprising success for Apple. Not only has demand for Apple’s advanced wireless earbuds remained strong since first launching in December of 2016, customer satisfaction is said to be in the 98% range.
In stark contrast, Apple’s recently released HomePod does not appear to be faring as well in the marketplace, with Barclays claiming that demand has been “underwhelming.” Arguably, that’s not much of a surprise given the HomePod’s relatively hefty $ 349 price point. While the HomePod may sound better than any other speaker in its price range, it’s not yet clear if everyday consumers actually care about premium sound quality when cheaper smart speaker alternatives exist. On a related note, a recent rumor claims that Apple is planning to release a more affordable version of the HomePod later this year.
As for Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup, Barclays believes that Apple will release three brand new iPhone models this coming September, including a more affordable 6.1-inch device with an edgeless LCD display. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it aligns perfectly with previous reports from Ming-Chi Kuo, largely regarded as the most accurate Apple analyst in the business.
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Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook’s atypically specific comments yesterday establishing the iPhone X as Apple’s best-selling iPhone model, a report from Business Korea doubles down on claims that Apple will discontinue the device this year. The report suggests that Apple’s component orders are falling at an unusual rate, in the process impacting many South Korean companies.
According to the report, Apple’s sole iPhone X screen supplier Samsung Display has told partner firms that Apple has already cut screen orders from 40 million to 20 million for this quarter, will drop from 20 million to 10 million next quarter, and plans to bring the number down to zero in the second half of this year. As Business Korea notes, the declining screen orders strongly imply the iPhone X’s discontinuation, as Apple only buys OLED iPhone screens from Samsung Display; thus, Samsung’s orders directly reflect total iPhone X production.
Whether Samsung can be relied upon for accurate information in this situation is questionable, due in part to Samsung’s status as a key rival and major supplier to Apple. The companies’ relationship is famously frayed, having survived lawsuits and public spats largely because the Korean company has remained uniquely capable of supplying various components Apple requires. In recent times, Samsung and Apple have jousted for the title of global smartphone leader, swapping places from quarter to quarter.
It’s possible — though not likely — that Samsung is being cut out of Apple’s screen supply loop. Samsung’s biggest Korean competitor, LG, was understood to be Apple’s preferred choice for OLED screens, but reportedly fell short of the standards demanded for the iPhone X. LG might have remedied its screen production concerns, and Apple could be planning to bring LG’s screens into the supply chain mid-cycle. But the Business Korea report is more likely to be correct. Recent analyst guidance suggests that Apple will debut an iPhone X replacement and a Plus-sized model this year, making discontinuation of the current model possible.
Business Korea reports that Samsung Display is working to offset the decline in Apple purchasing by offering excess OLED screens to Chinese smartphone manufacturers — a decision that may speed the adoption of high-quality OLEDs in iPhone competitors. In that regard, Apple’s pitch that the iPhone X represents “the future” of phones may wind up being true even sooner than expected.
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Samsung today launched Level In ANC (EO-IG930) in-ear wired earphones in India. It has two-way speakers for an immersive music experience and offers powerful Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to drastically minimise surrounding ambient noise by -20dB. It comes with Talk-in Mode that allows you to stay fully immersed in high-quality music while allowing you to be cautious about the … Continue reading “Samsung Level In ANC earphones with active noise cancellation launched in India for Rs. 3799”
The writing on the wall is larger than ever before for headphone jacks in smartphones, so it’s no surprise that web searches for “bluetooth headphones” have hit an all-time high this holiday season. Sure, you could tentatively dip your toe in the water and save yourself some cash by trying out a pair of cheaper bluetooth earbuds. But if you’re feeling in the mood to be generous to yourself or a loved one, maybe it’s time to spring for a pair of premium over-the-ear bluetooth headphones — a pair like the Sennheiser HD1, which retails for $ 499.95 but is currently being sold for $ 349.95 on Amazon, the lowest they’ve gone for there.
[Deal Alert] Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones with active noise cancellation down to $ 349.95 ($ 150 off) on Amazon, $ 349.98 ($ 149.97 off) at Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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The Beats Studio3 Wireless is Apple’s answer to high-end noise-cancelling headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. While they’re a solid product, it’s debatable as to whether they’re worth a premium over other Beats models.
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Like it or not, Bluetooth headphones are becoming more and more popular these days. Whether we’re talking about over-ear headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 35 or more compact solutions like the Bragi Dash, it’s hard to deny that they’re becoming increasingly popular. On the upper end of the wireless headphones market sits the Sennheiser HD1, which at its $ 499.95 MSRP, is one of the most expensive Bluetooth headphones you’ll find for sale.
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Apple has announced a new pair of headphones from its Beats by Dr. Dre brand today. The new Beats Studio 3 Wireless are in fact the flagship headphones offered by the company from this point on, retailing for $ 349 in the US and £299 in the UK. The Studio 3 use the W1 chip for instant connections to other Apple devices. In this regard, they’re similar to the previously launched Beats Solo 3, Beats X, and PowerBeats 3. However, the Studio 3 are over-ear headphones, and they come with adaptive noise cancellation (ANC). This means the headphones are essentially always listening to the…
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