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New Apple AirPods X leaked with eye-popping price

Published: 23/Feb/2020 16:12

by Calum Patterson

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Apple AirPods are infamously pricey, turning their very ownership into a meme of sorts, where only the most affluent dare wear them. But, a new leak from Target suggests an even more expensive model is on the way – AirPods X.

Regular AirPods (wireless headphones that connect to devices via Bluetooth) will set you back $159, or $199 with a wireless charger brand-new. The Pro model comes in at $249. When compared to cheaper Bluetooth ‘pods’, that can be picked up for a tenth of the price, it’s understandable why they have such a reputation.

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We’re not going to get into the debate about whether this premium price is worth it, but there’s no denying that some of that cost is for the aesthetic appeal and the official Apple logo.

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It looks like Apple’s next AirPods will be over-ear (this is just a concept image).

New AirPods X leaked

Never one to rest on their laurels, Apple is apparently planning to release a new model of AirPods, an over-ear version, called the X.

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Per 9to5Mac, amidst reports that new AirPods would be launched in the first half of 2020, the new AirPods X will come in at a whopping $399.

Over-ear headphones are typically more expensive than their in-ear counterparts, and it’s a logical next step for the AirPods lineup.

YouTuber Jon Prosser posted an image on Twitter, stating: “Multiple Target employees have started reaching out to me about this,” with the name “Apple AirPods (X Generation).”

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Also visible is the price tag at 399.99, although it should be noted that no currency is given. The image adjacent is simply a concept post, not an actual image of the rumored headphones.

There is some confusion around these headphones though, given Apple already sells the Beats brand of over-ear headphones. The AirPods X is expected to be “separate” from the Beats product line.

As for when they will be officially announced, most signs point to an Apple event in March. The tech giants are also expected to announce new iPad Pros and a potential iPhone 9 model. There’s no official event confirmed yet though.

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Marques Brownlee reveals ultimate iOS 14 iPhone Home Screen customization

Published: 26/Sep/2020 17:15

by Andy Williams

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Tech YouTuber, Marques ‘MKBHD’ Brownlee, has unveiled his ultimate three-tier setup guide for iOS 14, which caters for beginner, intermediate and advanced iPhone users.

On September 16, Apple rolled out iOS 14 to the public. Offering more customization than ever before, the latest software update is one that’s been welcomed with open arms by iPhone users at large.

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Overall, the new update gives iPhone users a more user-friendly experience, with notable changes such as the introduction of Widgets, pinned conversations in Messages and the ability to shelf those infrequently used Apps into your ‘App Library’ — no more cluttered Home Screens!

But it’s the Android-esque level of customization which has iPhone users excited, with some Pokemon fans completely overhauling their Home Screen with their favorite characters.

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Pokemon fans have been having a field day with their newfound iOS 14 customization.

iOS 14 customization for all iPhone users

Marques Brownlee has given iPhone users of all abilities a tutorial of how to customize their Home Screen, with Widgets being the driving force behind the newfound level of modification within iOS 14.

Brownlee aptly labeled each tier, reflective of the level of customization on offer. Level 1 offers users the essential level of customization, with the Weather, Batteries and App Library offering the core level of tidying up a cluttered Home Screen.

Level 2 makes use of specialist third-party Widgets — such as Widgeridoo and Color Widgets — to provide a deeper level of customization via their unique UIs. And finally, Level 3 provides users with the ability to completely color-coordinate their Home Screen, from App icons to the Widget themselves, using Siri Shortcuts.

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Brownlee’s recommended App icon customization allows users the ability to replace the icon itself with an image of their choosing, as well offering the function to leave the name field blank for a “cleaner look,” as the YouTuber states.

While strictly speaking, there isn’t an in-built facility to customize App, Marques’ Siri Shortcuts workaround offers those looking to take their customization to the next level, a prime opportunity.

Of course, as more third-party Widgets are developed and iOS 14 matures, there’s no end to the amount of customization that’ll be on offer with the latest software update. Meaning that Android users will have one less thing to brag about.

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