Rajesh Pandey, author at Cult of Mac

iPhone 14 Plus vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max comparison: Which is right for you?

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iPhone 14 Plus vs iPhone 14 Pro Max comparison: Which 6.7-inch iPhone 14 is right for you?
Which 6.7-inch iPhone 14 is right for you?
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If you want an iPhone 14 with a large screen, you now have two choices: iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

That’s because Apple tweaked its iPhone 14 lineup this year, replacing the “mini” model with a “Plus” variant. The new iPhone 14 Plus comes with a 6.7-inch display, giving it similar dimensions to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, it comes with different features — and a smaller price tag.

So, what compromises did Apple make to reach that lower price point? And, if you want a large iPhone, which model should you buy? Read our comparison of the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max to find out.

Apple wants to make AirPods and Beats headphones in India

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AirPods could be the next Apple product to be 'Made in India.'
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Apple is asking its suppliers to move production of AirPods and Beats from China to India. This is the first time the company is looking to manufacture its wireless earbuds in the South Asian country.

The Cupertino giant has been heavily diversifying its supply chain recently and reducing its reliance on China. The company had already moved a portion of AirPods production from China to Vietnam in 2019.

Spark for Mac redesign focuses on boosting your productivity

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Spark for Mac gets a big redesign.
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Popular email client Spark is getting a significant redesign for Mac. It completely overhauls how you approach your inbox, with features like priority email, Smart Inbox, and a Command Center.

Spark is also moving towards a premium model with a new subscription tier. You can continue using the app for free if you don’t need the premium features.

EU passes law forcing Apple to switch to USB-C by 2024

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R.I.P. Lightning ...
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The European Parliament voted in an overwhelming majority Tuesday to enforce USB-C as the standard charging port across a wide range of consumer electronics. The law will come into effect by the end of 2024.

With the legislation passed, Apple has a couple of years to complete the transition of its product lineup to USB-C. The company continues to use the Lightning port on iPhone and some accessories for charging purposes.

Original AirPods Pro could gain Adaptive Transparency mode from newer model

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Original AirPods Pro could get one of the best features of the new second-generation version.
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The new Adaptive Transparency feature found in second-generation AirPods Pro earbuds could make its way to the original model. The feature blocks loud noises above the 85 dB threshold to protect the wearer’s hearing.

iPhone users running iOS 16.1 beta 3 and the latest AirPods Pro beta firmware spotted the Adaptive Transparency toggle for the wireless earbuds in the Settings app.

Save $100 on the beautiful 24-inch iMac

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The beautiful and powerful 24-inch iMac gets a sweet $100 discount
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You can currently grab Apple’s 24-inch iMac with an M1 chip with a sweet $100 discount. The deal is applicable on both the entry-level and the 8-core GPU variant.

Thanks to the discount, you can get the M1 iMac for as low as $1,199.

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It’s time to say goodbye to SwiftKey for iPhone

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SwiftKey for iOS is riding off into the sunset.
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Microsoft is killing SwiftKey for iOS, one of the most popular third-party keyboard apps for iPhone. The company will remove the app from the App Store and end its support on October 5.

SwiftKey first became available for iPhones in 2014. Microsoft acquired the keyboard app in 2016 and eventually discontinued its own Word Flow keyboard for iPhone.

Apple will produce fewer iPhone 14 units due to low demand

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Weak demand means Apple won't produce as many iPhone 14 units as initially forecasted.
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Apple has reportedly gone back on its plans to boost iPhone 14 production for the year. The company seemingly nixed the original plan after demand for the “standard” iPhone 14 did not surge after its release.

The situation is very different for the iPhone 14 Pro.