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iOS 13 Battery Drain: 15+ Tips to Make Your Battery Last Longer

With every new operating system update, there are complaints about battery life and rapid battery drain, and iOS 13 is no exception. Since iOS 13 was released, we've seen reports of issues with battery life, which have waxed and waned with various iOS 13 updates. iOS 13 battery life problems caused by bugs can't be helped until Apple provides updates to address the issues, but there are steps you can take to maximize your battery life and cut down on hidden sources that might be causing excess drainage. 1. Limit When and How Often Apps Access Your Location It's a good idea to check your location settings to limit apps accessing your location for privacy reasons, but it can also be beneficial to your battery life. Here's how to get to your Location Services settings: Open up the Settings app. Choose Privacy. Tap Location Services. Review the list and edit settings by tapping on the name of each app in the list. You have four possible choices for location settings for each app thanks to some updates introduced in iOS 13, though not all four choices will always be available for every app depending on what it does. You can select the following: Never, Ask Next Time, While Using the App, and Always. Never will prevent an app from ever accessing your location, and unless there's a specific need for an app to know where you are, such as a mapping app, setting location access to Never is the best choice. Ask Next Time will prompt an app to ask you with a popup the next time that it wants your location, so you can temporarily approve it. With this

Everything You Need to Know About the Apple Pencil

Apple in 2015 unveiled the first iPad Pro, which came with an optional stylus called the Apple Pencil. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was famously against styluses, but the Apple Pencil has proven to be a useful tool for note taking, sketching, and more. The Apple Pencil has stuck around since 2015, and as of today, it is compatible with Apple's entire current iPad lineup. In the guide below, we cover everything you need to know about the Apple Pencil. What is the Apple Pencil? The Apple Pencil is an Apple-designed stylus that works with Apple's iPads. It's called the Apple Pencil because of its resemblance to a traditional pencil, albeit with a definitively Apple-esque design. There's a small plastic tip (which can be replaced) that connects with the ‌iPad‌'s display, a pencil-like body to hold onto, and a charging mechanism. In the original Apple Pencil, there's a Lightning connector, but the second-generation model charges inductively through the ‌iPad Pro‌. The Apple Pencil is used in lieu of a finger for precision tasks like writing and sketching, and it can also be used for navigating through the operating system. It's excellent for drawings, art creation, note taking, and similar tasks because it's precise, has palm rejection, and offers pressure and tilt sensitivity. In a nutshell, the Apple Pencil is meant to work like a traditional pencil, but instead of writing on paper, you write on the ‌iPad‌'s display. You can put your hand right on the ‌iPad‌ while you write, which, for a long time, was functionality other styluses were not able to accurately

25 Must-Know macOS Tips for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Mac Users

There are dozens if not hundreds of macOS shortcuts and tricks to streamline your workflows and make it easier to use your Mac, but many of these shortcuts are easily overlooked or forgotten. For this guide and accompanying YouTube video, we asked MacRumors readers on Twitter and YouTube for their favorite, most useful macOS tips, which we've compiled below. Some of these are more basic and will work for all users, while others are a bit more advanced. Check out our video to see them in action, or read through the guide for a quick overview. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Desktop and App Management Activate Spotlight for Searching - To bring up a handy search interface that will let you find files on your Mac, just use Command + Space. Spotlight can do all kinds of things, from locating files to answering basic questions to solving math problems. Swap Between Apps - To switch between your open applications, press Command + Tab. Keep holding down the Command key and then press Tab to cycle through the open apps. Let go when the app you want is highlighted. Close Apps From App Switcher - When you're in the Command + Tab view, press the Q key with command held down to close an open app. Hot Corners - If you don't already use Hot Corners, they're worth checking out. You can set tasks that will happen when your mouse hovers in a specific corner, like launching Mission Control, showing the desktop, and more. Set them up in System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners. Advanced Hot Corners - If you want to use Hot Corners

10 Long Press Tips to Reveal Hidden Functions in Safari on iPhone and iPad

On iPhone and iPad, a long press (also known as a press-and-hold) gesture will often initiate a different action in an app that isn't immediately obvious, such as revealing an icon's contextual menu. On recent iPhones, a long press will sometimes also offer haptic feedback in the form of a vibration, which Apple calls Haptic Touch. Apple has made extensive use of the long press gesture and ‌Haptic Touch‌ in its apps, which means if you don't tend to long press screen elements, you could be unaware of some convenient shortcuts to everyday actions, or you could even be missing out on app functionality altogether. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. This is particularly true for Safari, Apple's native mobile browser, which has several handy features that can be accessed with a long press. In this article, we've put together 10 of our favorite long press tips for Safari on iPhones and iPads running iOS 13. Note that the default minimum period that a finger must press on the screen for the long gesture to be recognized is half a second. If you're having trouble performing a long press, open the Settings app, go to Accessibility -> ‌Haptic Touch‌, and try selecting a Fast or Slow touch duration. There's also a handy interactive demo area for you to test each setting. 1. Bookmark Multiple Tabs in One Go Make sure you have a few tabs open in Safari that you want to reference at a later time. Now, select one of those tabs, and in the main browsing window, long press the Bookmark icon (it looks like an open book). A popup menu will appear on

What Do You Want to See From Apple in 2020?

In our What to Expect article that we shared yesterday, we covered everything that we're expecting to see from Apple based on current product rumors and historical release data. New iPhones with 5G, OLED displays, and upgraded 3D triple-lens camera system with significant augmented reality improvements are in the works, Apple is working on updated Macs and iPads, and AirTags, an innovative new accessory for tracking lost devices, is on the horizon. We could also see a lower-cost HomePod, new over-ear headphones, and there could perhaps be some surprises in store like an augmented reality headset or an ARM-based Mac, but those aren't sure bets for 2020 at this time. There are also some outlandish rumors, like folding iPhones and iPads, plus rumors about the Apple Car, virtual reality headsets, and other far off products continue to circulate. We want to hear from the MacRumors community. What are you hoping to see Apple release in 2020? Are there new features you're hoping Apple will bring in iOS 14 or macOS 10.16? New headphones? Updated Mac features? New additions to the iPhone lineup? Let us know what you want to see in the comments, and make sure to check out our What to Expect article for a look at the current rumors. We'll learn more about Apple's 2020 product plans in the early months of the year, and as always, we'll be covering all Apple rumors in-depth here at MacRumors. Our MacRumors forums are also a useful resource for discussing upcoming products and rumors, and with so many new products rumored for 2020, our forums are the place to be for

What to Expect From Apple in 2020: New iPhones, Refreshed iPads, Apple Watch Series 6 and More

We're expecting to see some major changes from Apple this year, with several exciting new products on the horizon. Significant iPhone changes are expected in 2020, with 3D sensing rear cameras, 5G technology, and an all-OLED lineup. Apple is also working on updated iPad Pro models, new Macs, Apple Tags, and could have a few other surprises in store like an augmented reality headset, a lower-cost HomePod, an updated Apple TV, and more. Below, we've rounded up all of the products we're expecting to see from Apple in 2020 based on both current rumors that we've heard so far and past release information. "iPhone SE 2" During the first half of 2020, Apple is said to be planning to unveil a new low-cost iPhone that will be sold alongside the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and Pro Max. The smartphone, though called an "iPhone SE 2" in rumors, is actually most similar to an iPhone 8. It might even be called an "iPhone 9," which is Apple's missing iPhone after the company released the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X in 2017. An iPhone SE and an iPhone 8 It's said to feature a 4.7-inch display with Touch ID, which means it will continue to use the thicker bezels of the iPhone 8 line. Inside, it will be equipped with an A13 chip, the same chip that's in Apple's flagship iPhones. To keep costs low, it will feature a single-lens rear camera, 3GB RAM, and it will be available in silver, red, and space gray colors. Rumors indicate the new low-cost iPhone will be priced at $399. For more information on the upcoming iPhone SE 2, check out our iPhone SE 2 roundup. iPhone 12 Lineup

Year in Review: Everything Apple Introduced in 2019

2019 was a significant year for Apple, bringing new an updated three iPhone lineup, AirPods Pro with noise cancellation, the long-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the modular high-end Mac Pro for Apple's professional user base. There were also a ton of new services, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and the Apple Card. In the article below, we've created an overview of everything that Apple launched in 2019. 10.5-inch iPad Air (March) Apple added a new iPad to its lineup in March, debuting the iPad Air. At 10.5 inches and with a $499 price tag, the iPad Air is designed to offer a middle-tier option that's between the expensive 11-inch iPad Pro and the affordable 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad. The iPad Air offers up a True Tone display and a design that's similar to the now-discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro, plus there's an A12 Bionic chip, Apple Pencil support, and a Smart Connector that allows it to work with Apple's Smart Keyboard. The iPad Air's specs are identical to the iPad mini 5, but it has a much bigger body. iPad mini 5 (March) Apple in March introduced the first update to its iPad mini line in several years, launching the iPad mini 5 with True Tone support, a faster A12 Bionic chip, and, for the first time, Apple Pencil support. The iPad mini is functionally identical to the iPad Air, but in Apple's smaller 7.9-inch tablet form factor. Pricing on the iPad mini starts at $399, making it more expensive than the seventh-generation iPad but more affordable than the iPad Air. 4K and 5K iMacs (March) Apple refreshed its 4K

Guides, How Tos, and Tips for New Mac Owners

MacRumors readers who were lucky enough to receive a new Mac for the holidays will want to check out our collection of Mac how tos and guides to learn the ins and outs of your new machine. Whether you're new to the Mac or are upgrading from an older model, there's likely to be a useful tip or two here for you. These how tos apply to Apple's latest Macs, from desktops to notebooks, and it includes macOS Catalina tutorials. Beginner TipsHow to Right-Click on a Mac How to Copy and Paste on a Mac How to Uninstall Apps on Your Mac How to Use the macOS Help Menu How to Use Emoji on Mac How to Set Up iMessage on Your Mac How to Force Restart a MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro How to Erase and Factory Reset Your Mac How to Take a Screenshot on Your Mac How to Create a Guest Account in macOS How to Use 'Hey Siri' Hands-Free on a Mac How to Customize File and Folder Icons on Your Mac How to View Folder Sizes on Your Mac Using Finder How to Manage File Associations in macOS How to Change a File Type's Default App in macOS How to Use the macOS App Switcher to Open Files, Hide and Quit Apps, and Launch Exposé How to Enable Markup Annotation Tools in macOS How to Use Tags to Organize Files and Folders in macOS How to Add a Recent or Favorite Items Stack to Your Mac's Dock How to Get Your Mac's Dock to Show Running Apps Only How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock macOS Catalina FeaturesHow to Use Find My iPhone on Mac or PC How to Turn Off Find My Mac How to Watch Picture-in-Picture Video on

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks for New iPad Owners

Get a new iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air or iPad Pro for the holidays? If so, you may want to check out our extensive collection of iPad how tos and guides to learn the ins and outs of your new tablet. Even if you've had an iPad before, if you're upgrading to a new model, there are new features to get acquainted with, such as the addition of Face ID and the lack of a Home button in the iPad Pro, and Apple Pencil support across the entire lineup. Below, we've organized our most useful iPad-related how tos into categories for quick access. Beginner Tips How to Set Up Your New iPhone or iPad Using Automatic Setup How to Update Apps How to Delete Apps on iPhone and iPad How to Back Up Your iPhone and iPad How to Factory Reset Your iPhone or iPad How to Shut Down or Force Restart Your 2018 iPad Pro How to Take a Screenshot on Your iPad How to Send and Receive SMS Messages on iPad via Text Message Forwarding How to Identify and Remove Unnecessary Apps on Your iPhone and iPad How to Use the iPad App Switcher How to Use Drag and Drop on an iPad and iPhone How to Create and Use Memoji How to Use Screen Time How to Access and Set Up Parental Controls How to Turn on Automatic Software Updates How to Use Instant Hotspot on iPhone and iPad How to Clear the Cache on iPhone and iPad Useful iPad Features How to Save or Share a Safari Web Page as a PDF How to Use the Magnifier Feature on iPhone and iPad How to Take Burst Photos on iPhone and iPad How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password With a Friend on iPhone or iPad How to Add a

How Tos, Guides, and Tips for New AirPods Owners

Since their launch in 2016, Apple's AirPods have become wildly popular and are an oft-gifted item. This year, Apple debuted both the AirPods 2 and the AirPods Pro, offering more choice for consumers this holiday season. If you received AirPods as a gift, make sure to take a look through all of the how tos in this guide, because there are plenty of AirPods and AirPods Pro tips and tricks worth knowing. Basic Features How to Set Up and Connect Your New AirPods 2 How to Charge AirPods and AirPods 2 How to Change the Name of Your AirPods How to Use Just One AirPod How to Clean Your AirPods How to Find Your AirPods Serial Number and Check Your Firmware How to Update Your AirPods How to Answer a Phone Call on AirPods How to Wirelessly Charge Your AirPods Must-Know Tutorials How to Use the 'Hey Siri' Command With AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro How to Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection on Your AirPods What Does the Light on the AirPods Case Mean? How to Pair AirPods to Your Apple Watch How to Unpair Your AirPods From iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Watch, or Mac How to Have AirPods Announce Your Calls Connectivity With iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac How to Switch Devices When Using AirPods How to Check AirPods Battery Life on iPhone and Apple Watch How to Use AirPods With Your Mac and Customize Controls Tips and Tricks How to Use Just One AirPod How to Set AirPods Microphone to Just One AirPod How to Share One Pair of AirPods With a Friend You Can Tap Your Ear to Activate Your AirPods How to Get Siri to Announce

Useful Tips, Tricks, and Walkthroughs for New Apple Watch Owners

If you got a new Apple Watch for the holidays, this is the article for you. We've collected all of our Apple Watch-related how tos and guides to help you learn the ins and outs of your new wrist-worn device. Even if you've had an Apple Watch before, the newest Series 4 and Series 5 models have updated features like ECG functionality that lets you take a quick electrocardiogram right from the wrist, and with the Apple Watch Series 5 specifically, there's a new always on display. Below, we've organized our Apple Watch-related how tos into quick access categories, so browse through to see if there's something new to learn. For Beginners How to Force-Quit Misbehaving Apple Watch Apps How to Reset or Force Restart Your Apple Watch How to Add a Passcode to Your Apple Watch and What to Do if You Forget It How to Specify Your Activity Type in the Apple Watch Workout App How to Customize Your Apple Watch Workout Metrics How to Customize Default Replies on Apple Watch Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch How to Make Icons and Fonts Bigger on Apple Watch How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones and Listen to Music on Apple Watch How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch How to Use the Activity and Workout Apps on Apple Watch How to Send and Respond to Messages on Apple Watch How to Use the Flashlight on Your Apple Watch Useful watchOS Tips How to Browse the Internet on Apple Watch Through WebKit Integration How to Use the Calculator App's Split Bill and Tip

Helpful Tips, Tricks, and How Tos for New iPhone Owners

Did you get a new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max for the holidays? If so, make sure to take some time to browse through this article, which is packed with helpful tips, tricks, and guides for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and earlier iPhone models. Whether you're new to iPhone or have upgraded to a new model, there's likely to be something in here for you. There are hundreds of features and hidden tricks available on the iPhone, so it can be easy to forget the full range of what the iPhone can do. Below, we've rounded up our most useful iPhone-related how tos and tutorials, both for general iPhone usage and for getting used to iOS 13. Tips for Beginners How to Set Up Your New iPhone or iPad Using Automatic Setup How to Turn on Automatic Software Updates How to Force Restart or Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 11 and 11 Pro How to Force Restart or Hard Reset the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus How to Identify and Remove Unnecessary Apps on Your iPhone and iPad How to Set Up Medical ID on Your iPhone How to Control and Tweak a True Tone Display on iPhone and iPad How to Add a Website Bookmark to Your Home Screen on iPhone and iPad How to Use Apple Pay Cash on iPhone and iPad How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving How to Use Screen Time How to Access and Set Up Parental Controls How to Make a Group FaceTime Call How to Use App Limits and Downtime How to Capture Better Videos With Your iPhone How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password With a Friend on iPhone or iPad How to Scan Documents With Your iPhone in Three Quick Steps

True Wireless Earbuds Comparison: AirPods, Powerbeats, Sony, Jabra, and More

After Apple came out with the AirPods, wire-free earbuds flooded the market, and there are now a ton of options from companies ranging from Sony to Razer. In our latest YouTube video, we took a look at several popular wire-free earbud options, comparing the features and giving each one an overall score to figure out which ones are the best. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. This comparison includes the following earbuds: Razer Hammerhead, Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro, Jabra Elite 75t, Sony WF-1000XM3, AirPods Pro, ‌AirPods‌ 2, and Powerbeats Pro. We're comparing the major features of each set of earbuds and assigning a score in four different categories, including comfort, portability, sound quality, and bonus features. Keep in mind that these are opinion-based scores. We have a quick overview below, but make sure to watch the video for the full comparison. Razer Hammerhead ($99) These earbuds are modeled after the ‌AirPods‌ with no silicone tips and a stem at the bottom. They're cheap at $99, and while the sound isn't bad, it does lack bass. They're not uncomfortable, and charging via USB-C is a nice bonus. Razer promises 60ms latency for gaming, and while we didn't notice a huge difference when playing a game, it was noticeable with videos. The battery lasts for four hours, with an additional 12 hours from the charging case. Comfort: 8 Portability: 7 Sound Quality: 6 Bonus Features: 6 Overall: 7 Soundcore Liberty 2 ($149) Soundcore is an Anker brand, and Anker is known for its high-quality but still

Using Voice Control in iOS 13 to Operate an iPhone Hands-Free

Apple in iOS 13 added a Voice Control feature as an Accessibility option designed for those who need to use their iPhones and iPads without their hands. It allows for complete control of the operating system using voice commands. Voice Control is designed for people who need an alternative to physical control, but it has the potential to be useful even for those can use their devices with their hands. Check out our latest YouTube video below to see Voice Control in action, and read on to see how to enable it and what it can do. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. How to Enable Voice Control Voice Control can be turned on in the Settings app by following these instructions: Open up the Settings app. Scroll down to Accessibility and tap it. Select the Voice Control option. Tap on Set Up Voice Control. The setup screen for Voice Control will walk you through the different things you can do with your voice, which ranges from opening apps and adjusting settings to tapping buttons and dictating and editing text. After tapping on Set Up and checking out the various options, Voice Control will be toggled on. What Voice Control Can Do With Voice Control enabled, there's a little microphone icon that's active and visible on the iPhone's display. When Voice Control is active, you don't need to invoke Siri or use any other kind of wake word to navigate the ‌iPhone‌. Simple commands like "Open Settings" work to open up an app, and then you can navigate by saying things like "Go Back." You do need to learn the specific commands for

Black Friday 2019: Best Deals on Apple Products Including iPhone, HomePod, AirPods, and More

Although Thanksgiving festivities are just getting underway across the United States, many Black Friday deals are about to kick off (or already have kicked off) at retailers around the country. The big retail chains are all starting Black Friday early today, including Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and Kohl's, and many online-only deals are already available. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. To help sort through the best deals, we've created this post to focus on Apple products and Apple related accessories. Throughout the day on Black Friday, keep an eye out for more deals posts that will highlight the best sales on HomeKit devices, AirPods and other audio accessories, iTunes gift cards, and more. Of course, for the best all-around collection of Black Friday discounts, be sure to head over to our full Black Friday Roundup. Note that not every deal in this article is live yet, but many will be available as the day progresses. iPhone Best Buy and Walmart are the best among the big retailers if you intend to purchase and activate a new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max this weekend. At Best Buy, you can save up to $500 with activation and in-store trade-in of your old smartphone. The iPhone 11 starts at $199.99 and the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $499.99. For the iPhone 11 Pro, you'll pay $20.83 per month for 24 months. This will be one of the best straight discounts on new iPhone models for Black Friday.

iPhone: 2020 Buyer's Guide

In 2007, Apple launched the original iPhone, kickstarting the modern smartphone era which is now dominated by the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms. We've had 12 years of iPhones so far, with the latest models, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, having launched in October of 2019. Apple follows an annual update cycle, introducing new high-end flagship models while often discounting prior-year models and selling them at more affordable price points. iPhone vs Android Over the years, the Android and iPhone platforms have evolved to the point where feature-wise, they're similar in function. Android smartphones are made by multiple manufacturers, but the operating system is provided by Google, which leads to a wider variety of phones and price points to choose from, but poorer integration between software and hardware. Apple's control of both the iPhone and the operating system (iOS) results in a more consistent experience plus ongoing support. With iOS 13, Apple supports all iPhones that were introduced in the last four years, so the majority of active iPhone owners can and do upgrade to the newest version of iOS that Apple rolls out each year. Android updates, though, are are more inconsistent and often don't make it to all Android-based smartphones because each manufacturer has to implement support on an individual basis. So while Google also does yearly Android updates, the reality is that a lot of older Android smartphones don't get the new software. With Apple's control and curation of the iPhone experience, the iPhone is largely considered to

Apple Student Discount Guide: Savings for Students and Teachers

If you're a student or a teacher, you should know that Apple offers educational discounts on a variety of Apple products, along with cheaper Apple Music subscriptions and more. This guide provides details on the educational benefits that you can get from Apple as a student or a teacher along with eligibility requirements. Apple's Educational Site Apple has an entire separate site that's dedicated to students and teachers who are interested in buying Apple products at a discount, with the products listed at their educational pricing. The EDU store offers a discount on all Mac and all iPad models. With the EDU discount, for example, the entry-level MacBook Air is available for $999 instead of $1099, a discount of $100, and the ‌iPad‌ is available for $309 instead of $329. Discounts available vary based on price point, but are right around the 10 percent mark. You'll see the biggest discounts on Apple's most expensive items, such as the iMac Pro, which is marked down by $400. Apple does not offer educational discounts on the iPhone, Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple TV, AirPods, or Apple accessories. Eligibility According to Apple's EDU sales policies in the United States, the following people are eligible to make a purchase from the EDU store: Students attending a higher education institution, such as a university. Faculty and staff of higher education institutions. Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States, including school board members or appointed members (like PTA or PTO executives). Homeschool teachers. Pa

Top 14 AirPods Pro Tips and Tricks

Apple in October 2019 debuted the AirPods Pro, a new higher-end version of its existing AirPods with an updated design, noise cancellation technology, a customizable fit with silicone ear tips, and a more expensive $249 price tag. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We've collected 14 of our favorite ‌AirPods Pro‌ tips to help you get the most out of Apple's latest and greatest wireless earbuds. Check out our video, keep reading, and you might discover a new trick or two. 1. Take Out Your ‌AirPods Pro‌ the Right Way Have you found yourself getting frustrated trying to wrestle each AirPod Pro out of the case? Well, we're here to tell you "you're holding it wrong." Apple has designed them in such a way that you simply have to push on the back of each earbud and it will swivel right out between your thumb and forefinger. 2. Enable Noise Cancellation for Better Audio ‌AirPods Pro‌ are Apple's first in-ear headphones with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which adapts to the shape of your ear and blocks out the outside world so you can focus on what you're listening to. ANC relies on a feature called Ambient EQ, which Apple says adjusts the sound signal 200 times a second to optimize audio for your specific ear shape through the use of an internal-facing microphone. When you turn off noise cancellation, Ambient EQ is also disabled, meaning sound quality is slightly degraded. So for the best Airpods Pro audio experience, it's better to keep noise cancellation on. By default, pressing and holding either AirPod Pro stem will cycle

When Might Apple Release an Arm-Based Mac?

There have been rumors suggesting Apple has an interest in Arm-based Macs for years now, but speculation about an Arm-based Mac has picked up over the course of the last year following rumors about Apple's work on its own chips designed for the Mac. Apple is currently reliant on Intel for the processors used across its Mac lineup, but that is perhaps set to change in the future as Apple works to transition over to Arm-based chips similar to the A-series chips used in its iPhones and iPads. Arm vs. Intel Right now, Apple uses x86 chips from Intel in all of its Mac products, while its iPhones and iPads use Arm-based chips. x86 chips and Arm chips are built using different architectures. Intel's chips are CISC (Complex Instruction Set Architecture) while Arm chips are RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer). Were Apple to switch from CISC Intel chips to RISC it would likely have a positive impact on power efficiency and compute efficiency for everyday users because most people don't use applications that take advantage of the more complex instructions of a CISC chip. A chip instruction set can be likened to different words in the English language that mean the same thing. As an example, someone might use the word "hit" multiple times in a day, but would rarely find a reason to use the word "pummel." An RISC chip in this scenario only knows the word "hit," while a CISC chip knows the word "pummel." When there's a call for the "hit" instruction to be made multiple times, the RISC chip would need to use multiple "hit" instructions, while the CISC chip can more

AirPods Pro vs Powerbeats Pro

Apple in late October 2019 surprised us with an upgraded version of the AirPods called the AirPods Pro, which feature Active Noise Cancellation, superior sound quality, and an all-new design. Apple's ‌AirPods Pro‌ are its second set of headphones to feature the "Pro" moniker, following the Beats-branded Powerbeats Pro earbuds that Apple released back in April 2019. In this guide, we'll go over all of the differences between the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. ‌AirPods Pro‌ Design vs. PowerBeats Pro Design The ‌AirPods Pro‌ are designed for casual use, while the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are aimed specifically at those who are using them for workouts like running, biking, and trips to the gym. Design wise, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ look similar to the ‌AirPods‌ 2 but with a much shorter stem and a tweaked body design that incorporates flexible silicone ear tips, a first for the ‌AirPods‌ line. The silicone ear tips snap right onto the base of the ‌AirPods Pro‌, allowing for a comfortable fit and Active Noise Cancellation technology. Apple designed the silicone tips of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ to ensure a comfortable fit in most ears, with the design aimed at conforming to the contours of each individual ear for a superior seal. ‌AirPods Pro‌ have also been designed with what Apple is calling an "innovative vent system" that's meant to equalize pressure within the ear to minimize discomfort that's common in other in-ear designs. Apple says that ‌AirPods Pro‌ will make you feel like there's nothing in your ears, and in testing, we