Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2022

HomePod mini : Room-filling sound

 The Apple HomePod mini was released at a time when other manufacturers' smart speakers had been available for quite some time.

Source: Apple

Apple's HomePod mini comes with a 150-cm-long built-in cable that terminates in a USB type C connector. It is always white, yellow, orange, blue, or space gray in color, just like the HomePod Mini.

A USB-C power adapter with a 9V and 2.2A output is included. The box also includes the obligatory quick start guides, warranty and compliance information, and an Apple sticker. 

The smart speaker is spherical and measures 84.3 mm high by 97.9 mm wide. The bottom and top, however, have been flattened. A textile mesh made of acoustically transparent fabric covers the sides, with a design that resembles a sea urchin cactus.  Perhaps this is why the color options are limited to white, yellow, orange, blue, and space gray. The Apple logo is displayed on the underside, which is circular and rubberized.

The control panel is mounted on top of a circular glass plate. It consists of two printed symbols that represent a plus and a minus button. This can be used to control the volume. Touch gestures on the surface are used for everything else. Several LEDs are also included, which provide lighting effects and visual feedback.

There are two passive woofers and full-bandwidth drivers inside. The sound is completed by a special acoustic waveguide for a 360-degree sound field and computational audio for real-time tuning.

Four microphones allow for reliable voice control even at a distance.

With AirPlay 2, that device can be used as a multiroom speaker as well as a stereo speaker for two people.

Bluetooth 5.0, IEEE 802.11n WLAN, and an ultra-wideband chip for connecting to nearby devices are all included. Thread is also supported, as is Apple HomeKit. The Apple HomePod mini is 345 grams in weight.

The HomePod mini is simple to set up. Simply connect the HomePod to the 20 W power supply, Siri will greet you, and the HomePod will be configured in the home WLAN with an iOS or iPadOS device. The HomePod mini, on the other hand, cannot be configured without an iOS device!

If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can listen to ca music directly from the service. As a result, the Apple HomePod mini comes with a six-month free trial period.

With an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription, you can use your own iTunes and iCloud music libraries directly on the HomePod. It's possible to listen to Apple Music Radio and podcasts, as well as

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac users can use AirPlay to stream other content to HomePod mini. However, music cannot be streamed so easily via Bluetooth. The BLE interface is only intended for smart home control. So anyone from the Android device needs something like AirMusic Pro.

On the device itself, using the HomePod mini is simple and intuitive: a single tap pauses or resumes music. Typing activates the Cupertino voice assistant program if no music is playing. With a press and hold, we can summon Siri in any situation, including while listening to music. Siri is waiting for our commands as the circle on the top of the Apple HomePod mini glows brightly.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Apple Fitness Plus: A subscription service will generate $ 3.6 billion in revenue by 2025

 The Apple Watch, or rather its watchOS operating system, was one of the highlights of WWDC 2022, which took place at Apple's headquarters (and, of course, online) last week; among other things, we discussed the upcoming news for Fitness Plus, a subscription service launched less than two years ago that gives users more options, features, and, most importantly, video courses to stay in shape according to their own preferences. sport and training level. Analysts at JP Morgan believe the company's future is bright.

Source: Apple

JP Morgan stated in a note to investors that the service has enough features to set it apart from its competitors, and that as a result, it will be able to continue to grow in the near future. This is despite the fact that the enormous push caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is now fading, and we are returning to normalcy, at least in part.

Analysts estimate that the virtual fitness market will nearly double in size by 2021, from $ 6 billion in 2020 to $ 11 billion. At least half of current subscribers are expected to stick to this fitness system, bringing the industry's total revenue to $ 70 billion by 2026.

Fitness Plus has an advantage over the competition because of its deep integration with the Apple ecosystem, both hardware and software. For example, during the training video, the biological data detected in real time by the Apple Watch can be displayed as an overlay, and if the user is an Apple Music subscriber, he can choose a custom playlist as the session's soundtrack.  Fitness Plus also covers a wide range of sports activities, whereas other platforms are more specialized, resulting in a larger pool of potential users.

In conclusion, analysts predict that Fitness Plus will generate $ 3.6 billion in revenue by 2025, compared to $ 300 million in 2021. That said, it is believed that the bulk of the profits will come from the Apple One all-inclusive subscription rather than single-service subscriptions.

The first Apple Watch-enabled fitness service.

  • There are 11 different types of workouts, including HIIT, Yoga, and Strength. And guided meditations.

  • Onscreen real-time metrics, such as your heart rate, will keep you motivated.

  • New workouts every week, from 5 to 45 minutes.

  • Use your watch to walk or run with audio-guided experiences.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Apple will have to change the charging port of the iPhone

 Apple has been dealt a severe blow by the European Union. On Tuesday, European Union countries and legislators agreed that mobile charging ports for phones, tablets, and cameras will be the same. This is the first time in the world that an official order will be used to determine which charging port will be installed in a device.

Apple will have to change the connector of any iPhone it sells in Europe starting in 2024 as a result of the European Union's decision. According to the European Commission, this will save customers money. iPhones are charged with Lightning cables, while Android devices are charged with USB-C connectors. According to a 2019 Commission study, USB Micro-B connectors were found in half of chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018, with USB-C connectors accounting for 29% and Lightning connectors accounting for 21%.

For the past ten years, Belgium has pushed for a universal mobile charging port for all businesses. iPhone and Android users, on the other hand, complained about having to use different chargers for their various devices.

Thierry Breton, the EU's industry commissioner, estimated that the deal would save customers around 250 million euros. "It will also allow new technologies like wireless charging to emerge, and they will no longer have to worry about market-sharing being hampered by innovation," he added.

EU, the same standard charger will be used for smart devices

By the end of 2024, USB, Type C chargers have been made mandatory for charging all smart devices in EU member states. On the other hand, the American tech company Apple has opposed the law by declaring it unnecessary.

The European Union has decided that the same standard charger will be used for smartphones and tablets in all member countries. It was first proposed a decade ago, but member states have recently agreed on a draft law. After the implementation of this law, all users using smartphones and tablets in European countries will be able to charge their devices with USB, Type C charger.

Andrei Kvachiev, a member of the European Parliament from Bulgaria, has been part of negotiations between member states on drafting the law. He says the new law will make the lives of European consumers easier and will also save the environment from electronic waste weighing about 11,000 tonnes a year.

However, the EU's move is a major blow to Apple, the world's largest smartphone and tablet maker. Apple also opposed a volunteer campaign launched in 2009 aimed at reducing the number of chargers. Apple uses Lightning Charger for most of its mobile devices and has declared the new European law unnecessary.

This is the first agreement of its kind to be reached between EU member states, while smartphone companies have failed to find a common solution on their own.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Apple Pay in the sights of the EU Antitrust

The European Commission takes the preliminary view that Apple has been responsible for an abuse of dominant position by limiting access to the technology that underlies the Apple Pay mobile electronic payment system.

According to competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, the information gathered so far indicates that Apple has violated European rules to the detriment of potential competitors by preventing it from developing other electronic payment systems that use Apple devices.

If the allegations are confirmed, Apple could pay a fine of up to 10% of revenue.

"Apple has limited access to the key inputs needed to develop and run mobile payment apps, so-called mobile wallets," said Vice President Vestager.

He then recalled that in Europe the majority of payments by telephone are made using NFC technology.

Apple's comment

"We designed Apple Pay to provide users with an easy and secure way to digitally present their existing payment cards and to allow banks and other financial institutions to offer contactless payments to their customers," explains a spokesperson. "Apple Pay is just one. many options available to European consumers to make payments, and has ensured fair access to NFC while setting industry-leading standards for privacy and security.

We will continue to engage with the Commission to ensure that European consumers have access to the payment option of their choice in a safe and secure environment ”.

Apple starts selling iPhone parts to fix the phone at home

 Apple starts selling iPhone parts to fix the phone at home

Fixing mobile phones is not an easy job. But Apple is interested in facilitating part of the process.

On Wednesday, the manufacturer started selling parts to replace the iPhone's battery, display and other components.

The initiative is part of a program that provides tools for independently repairing iPhones.

The action is a result of the work of the Independent Repair Program. The initiative rose to a new level last year. At the moment only American consumers have access to this program.

Components are available for purchase from Self Service Repair Store.The store only serves the new 3rd generation iPhone SE, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, including Mini, Pro and Pro Max

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Apple’s latest high-end processor M1

 Without question, the fully developed M1 processor, now hitting tablets to laptops on Apple desktops, is a masterpiece. However, this has not been easy to accomplish, and the coronavirus outbreak has been a major challenge in the end.

Strict secrecy surrounded Apple's new processor, the chip called M1, which has since been slowly incorporated into everything from the iPad to MacBook laptops.

The M1 development team was headed by someone named Johny Srouji who had been designing his own iPhones processors for some time.

The success of Srouji lies in its ability to perfectly balance engineering and commercial needs.Srouji said the design of the M1 processor was a particular challenge, as they first had to clearly indicate that it would indeed make Apple products better.

There was an obvious need for their own processor, a further challenge was that they "had to see into the future", not just in terms of where the technology would go.

We can say that it went well, as the base M1 is also excellent for tablets and laptops, much more powerful than the M1 Max, which has been virtually doubled to come out with the amazingly powerful M1 Ultra.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Apple Watch Reportedly Coming Soon With Satellite Communications For Emergency Calls

 The low-earth orbit radio technology was already expected for the iPhone. It is coming to Apple Smartwatches.

A feature that was expected for Apple smartphones before the iPhone 13 came out is now set to come to the Apple Watch. This is reported by the financial news agency Bloomberg . The plan is for the computer watch to be able to make emergency calls even when there is no mobile phone reception - using so-called low-earth orbit satellite radio technology, or LEO for short, with which satellites in low earth orbit can be reached.

Emergency SOS via satellite

The feature would complement the emergency call SOS function already present on the smartwatch, which uses the LTE network. The device can automatically detect when a person has fallen - and then contact the authorities. Alternatively, emergency SOS can also be activated manually. With LEO, a significantly wider range for the function would be implemented, for example at sea or in the mountains. A transmission of the current location is planned.

According to the report , the Watch should receive the function in the foreseeable future . However, it could be that the iPhone will initially lead the way here – allegedly already this year, writes Bloomberg .

Already planned for the iPhone 13

Last year there were credible-sounding reports that Apple is planning to install LEO technology in the iPhone 13 . At first it was said that the function was intended for iMessage, but later the information focused on a possible emergency call service. When the new model was introduced, the feature was missing.

Supposedly it is planned to offer an "Emergency Message via Contacts" function. In doing so, the iPhone would query what type of emergency occurred - such as vehicle, boat, plane or fire. Further details would then be queried and the data would then be transmitted to an emergency service – including the position. For implementation, both the watch and the smartphone need suitable basebands including antennas for the LEO satellites.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Apple Watch and watchOS 9

 watchOS 9 , the next generation operating system dedicated to Apple Watch , could come to introduce a new energy saving mode that aims to allow users to use the smartwatch in a basic form while containing battery consumption.

This would be an evolution of what is available on the current watchOS 8, or the " Low Power " mode which however significantly limits the functionality of the device by showing only the time. With the next version of the operating system, Apple aims to bring a concept already introduced with the energy saving mode on iPhone and iOS to its smartwatch. However, it is currently not known what the new energy saving mode will allow to do and if it is destined to really materialize in watchOS 9.

The news of watchOS9, however, would not end here: among the rumors shared by Bloomberg there is that relating to a new function for the detection of any atrial fibrillations which this time will be able to keep track of the duration of the time window in which the user has found himself. in a state of fibrillation.

And then again are cited in a generic and not very detailed way, new specific features for the health of the female public, for sleep monitoring, for workouts and for the management of drugs in synergy with the iOS Health app, which precisely in the future version 16 is expected to integrate a number of new notifications focusing on this area . On the hardware side, however, mention is made of a temperature sensor which, however, would limit itself to signaling a body temperature above the norm without showing an exact measurement.

Apple Watch with satellite connectivity for emergency messages

There is also talk of the possibility that in the future Apple Watch may also be equipped with satellite connectivity in order to send emergency messages to close contacts or even alert the authorities in the event of an accident, in the event that the cellular network is not available.

With regard to satellite connectivity, some rumors had circulated in the past according to which it would have already been implemented in the iPhone range of last year: the hypothesis has not materialized and the possibility that this could happen with the iPhone 14 family is now being raised. expected for the current year and subsequently also with the Apple smartwatch.

According to rumors, there are two methods of communication currently under development . The first, called "Emergency Message to Contacts", would allow you to send short text messages over a satellite network when normal cellular coverage is not available. In this case the messages would appear in the Messages app characterized by gray bubbles (next to the green ones for SMS and blue for iMessage messages).

The second method, on the other hand, would allow, in a more articulated way, to report a state of "crisis" to the authorities, such as a road accident or a fire . This system provides that the user is asked some questions to better identify the emergency, and also the possibility of detecting more or less automatically cases in which the user may not be able to answer or have lost consciousness, a little 'as is the case with the fall detection functionality already present in the Apple Watch.

Like all things involving a radio or satellite transmission system, whose regulatory standards may vary from country to country, it cannot be taken for granted that this functionality can be made available in all markets.

Apple Watch for Blood Pressure: Not before 2024

Finally, some longer-term speculation regarding sensors, already mentioned often in the past, for measuring blood pressure and monitoring blood glucose. The Apple has been working for some time on a mechanism that allows to determine a state of hypertension , but it would have encountered problems of accuracy during the phases of internal testing of the technology, tested on a group of employees. Also in this case, similar to what would happen with the temperature sensor, the system would limit itself to signaling any abnormal pressure states without providing specific readings. However, the feature could be ready for commercial debut no earlier than 2024.

On the other hand, the system for the non-invasive monitoring of blood glucose does not have a time window, not even indicative : it would be a technological obstacle that is still difficult to overcome and for which years of research and development will probably still be needed. Meanwhile, Apple is working with glucose meter companies to improve support for these devices and offer better service to diabetic users.

Returning to wachOS 9, we await the preview presentation at WWDC scheduled from 6 to 10 June next , alongside iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS 13.

Monday, March 28, 2022

iPhone SE 2022, semi-shock start: low sales, Apple halves estimates | Kuo

 The iPhone SE 2022 adventure doesn't seem to have started very well . This was reported by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a normally trusted voice for Apple products. The smartphone announced at the beginning of the month does not seem to have thrilled the market, so much so that according to Kuo, Apple has already adjusted the estimates for 2022 downwards .

Previously DigiTimes had reported that the Apple would have expected to sell 30 million iPhone SE 2022 by the end of the year , now instead the information collected by Kuo indicates numbers as large as half or a little less : the forecast would have been revised to 15-20 million of unity , a sign that the reception of the public was not the warmest.


The skepticism of some, at first, has understandable reasons. The cheapest iPhone of the range is aesthetically an iPhone SE 2020 , which in turn has the appearance of the iPhone 8 that that design brought it to the market in 2017, when, moreover, there were already products with a more modern look on the market - such as iPhone X , with which he shared the stage of Apple Park.

Furthermore, even if we want to go beyond the aesthetics, there is nothing new in terms of components, except for the A15 Bionic chip with the 5G modem . iPhone SE 2022 has the usual 4.7-inch LCD display, a little anachronistic, the same 12 megapixel main camera (only one on the back, by the way) from two years ago and a battery that is more capacious but that will have to prove to be able to absorb the greater energy demands of the 5G module without worsening the autonomy compared to the past.

In short, iPhone SE 2022 is an "Apple-style" operation that seems not to be working as the leaders of Cupertino and some observers would have expected . The good thing is that those who are fascinated by a product with the very powerful Apple chip that is on the top of the range from almost 1,000 euros and which costs about half do not have to wait for new stocks to arrive at the warehouses.

On Amazon, at the time of writing, a good part of the range is available for purchase: here are the links of configurations and colors ready for shipment , if only to give you an idea.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

After update to iOS 15.4: Apple confirms battery problems

 In addition to some improvements, the new iOS version 15.4 also brings some known problems: Apple confirmed user reports that the iPhone battery discharges much faster after installing the update.

The update to version 15.4 of the Apple operating system iOS had to deal with irregularities in battery operation a few days after the release, as can be seen from various user reports on Twitter. The company itself has already responded to the problem in a tweet .

After the installation of iOS 15.4, the battery life of iPhones is significantly reduced – in some cases, five percent battery consumption can be seen within ten minutes in sleep mode. Enormous heat developments on the back can also be observed more frequently with the update.

iOS 15.4 battery problems: what to do?

However, Apple sees no reason for concern in this regard. Instead, the company’s support site tweeted that these operations were common, noting that installed apps and software-side features would take up to 48 hours to adapt to the new OS version.

Accordingly, Apple recommends a patient approach after the iOS 15.4 update has been installed and the battery problem occurs. After a few days of waiting, the applications should be adjusted to the new operating system, so that battery operation should resume normal cycles.

Restarting the smartphone should also be a potential workaround. Customers should only contact official Apple support for troubleshooting if the battery consumption is in this range over the long term.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Against Apple and Google: India declares war on Android and iOS

 State funds are therefore to be used to support start-ups and university projects in the implementation and research of the new operating system. According to the project plan, 300 billion US dollars are to be turned over by the electronics industry by 2026 – currently sales are 75 billion dollars.

The government sees the new operating system as a door opener to playing at the top of the international electronics market. The Indian government up to the prime minister is also hoping for more foreign investment. “For the first time, investors and public markets are funding and investing in the technology sector,” said the minister.


The Indian operating system is not the first attempt to break the market power of Silicon Valley. Many mobile phone users still remember the failed Blackberry and Windows Phone operating systems.

In view of diplomatic tensions, Chinese mobile phone manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi also want to become independent of American operating systems. Huawei already uses a Linux-based Android adaptation and bans Google apps on its devices.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

iOS 16: revolutionary concept changes the way we call forever

 Have you ever thought about it: What could or should be changed in the basic concept of a telephone call in 2022? Hard to imagine that there is anything there. And yet, the following idea is so brilliant that Apple would have to be crazy not to want to include it in the upcoming iOS 16 for the iPhone.

 If you don’t know , you can actually still use a smartphone like the iPhone to make phone calls these days. Unfortunately, very few do, especially younger people who spurn contact in this way. Instead, there are text deserts or voice messages that you send to each other and then have to read through or listen to at length. A direct conversation seems to have fallen out of fashion.

Revolutionary idea for iOS 16: Subject line for phone calls – wow

So how could you make the telephone call itself more attractive again?
Dan Mall, CEO of SuperFriendly, has a genuinely brilliant idea that will end up changing the way we call forever (Source: Dan Mall via 9to5Mac ). 

The idea: Before someone calls, a subject is set and written down, similar to an email. The person called is shown this subject line directly on the iPhone display, even before accepting the call. On the one hand, he or she has the opportunity to set up a brief conversation, you also save yourself explanatory words at the beginning of the conversation and on the other hand, you can reject the call directly if you are not interested.

Well, this is how you deal with unwanted calls today:

This makes the phone call much more efficient and fears of taking the call are eliminated. But the idea goes even further. For example, as a user, you could make it mandatory to enter a subject. If this doesn’t happen, the call goes straight to the mailbox. A small downside: All of this was probably only possible between Apple devices, Android smartphones have to stay outside.

Also intended for the Apple Watch

Why not also for the Apple Watch? A language assistant like Siri would of course be helpful for this (Dan Mall via 9to5Mac).

However, the feature would not be limited to the iPhone alone, integration into the Apple Watch would be just as conceivable and sensible for Mall. This is paraphrased for the smartwatch as follows:

“For example, you could tell a voice assistant to call about a specific topic. And if you skip it, you might be prompted to do so. This type of interaction is less complicated than typing, and both outgoing and incoming calls provide and capture more information.”

We think: Wonderful! Hopefully Apple will get wind of it and consider something similar for the upcoming iOS 16 . The readers at 9to5Mac agree, by the way. To date, more than 70 percent of those who took part in a survey agreed with the following statement: “Yes, I would like to know what the subject of a call is before I answer it.” Only just under 20 percent are outspoken , the rest appear to be Generally no longer interested in telephone calls.

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