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Why Google really, really wants Apple to add RCS to iMessage

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Google wants iPhone to adopt RCS and end the differences between blue bubbles and green bubbles.
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Google’s campaign to talk Apple into supporting Rich Communication Services in iMessage continues. The Android-maker introduced a new website Tuesday that claims that because iPhone does not support RCS it lacks “modern texting standards” and causes unnecessary problems.

Apple has long resisted RCS, choosing instead to reserve the best benefits of its messaging software to iPhone users.

Beats Fit Pro gets a Kim Kardashian makeover

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The three neutral colors are designed to blend in like a proper fashion accessory.
The three neutral colors are designed to blend in like a proper fashion accessory.
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A collaboration between Apple’s Beats brand and celebrity Kim Kardashian will soon result in three new colors of Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds.

The three new “neutral” colors are designed to blend in more than most earphones. They come out at Apple.com/kim starting August 16 and at select Apple Stores and resellers on August 17.

iOS 16 beta 5: All the new features and changes

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iOS 16 beta 4: All the new features and changes
iOS 16 beta 5 introduces several new changes and enhancements, especially in the Messages app.
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The fifth iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 betas bring changes both big and small to Apple’s upcoming mobile operating systems. That includes the long-awaited return of the iPhone battery percentage to the status bar.

We cataloged all the latest changes we can find in the post below. You also can find all the changes in previous iOS 16 beta builds archived in this article for reference.

2 new iPhone game controllers offer radically different designs

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2 new iPhone game controllers offer radically different designs
The Gamevice Flex (left) and PowerA MOGA XP5-i Plus (right) are iPhone game controllers with very different designs.
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The Gamevice Flex and PowerA MOGA XP5-i Plus are both game controllers for iPhone, but that’s almost the only thing they have in common. The Gamevice product wraps around the handset to put buttons and d-pads on either side of the screen, while PowerA’s mimics an Xbox controller but with a phone mount.

No matter the design, these let players escape using onscreen touch controls when accessing cloud-gaming services, Apple Arcade and other games.

AirPods Pro 2 may stick with Lightning charging case ahead of 2023 switch to USB-C

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Modders like Ken Pillonel put USB-C ports in AirPods cases, but Apple may not for the upcoming AirPods Pro 2 case.
Modders like Ken Pillonel put USB-C ports in AirPods cases, but Apple may not for the upcoming AirPods Pro 2 case.
Photo: Ken Pillonel

Apple products are shifting from Cupertino’s proprietary Lightning connectors to USB-C, but the switch may not be in the cards for the second generation of AirPods Pro, expected to ship before the end of the year.

Or so said a prominent analyst Tuesday, anyway.

These braided Lightning cables are more durable than Apple’s

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This MFI-certified Lightning cable combines speed, durability and style.
Why stick with a boring white cable that will inevitably fray when you can upgrade to braided?
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Apple doesn’t enjoy a great record when it comes to charging accessories. The company’s Lightning cables, in particular, seem overpriced and less than rugged.

So, if you want to power up your iPhone or iPad without being super-careful, it might be time for an upgrade. With a braided sheath to protect it, this Vibrance Connect Lightning cable might just last much longer than a stock Apple cord. You can get one today for just $39.99 in a range of eye-catching colors.

M1 MacBook Air with 512GB storage drops to an irresistibly low price

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You really should not miss this deal on the M1 MacBook Air.
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Apple’s M2 MacBook Air might be the newest kid on the block, but you can’t go wrong with the M1 Air as well. And with Best Buy taking a whopping $200 off on the 2020 MacBook Air, now is the perfect time to buy one.

This is the lowest price the M1 MacBook Air has dropped down to.

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This pocket-size color sensor is an eyedropper tool for the real world

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Capture colors anywhere with this mini sensor, now 15% off MSRP.
This pocket sensor lets you save colors from the real world on your iPhone.
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Color is an essential part of any visual project. When you find inspiration in the digital realm, it’s easy enough to find the hex code and save the shade. But what about in the real world? You can think of the Nix Mini Color Sensor V2 as your pocket color picker.

This tiny device can detect the exact hue of any object or material and send the result straight to your iOS device. It’s typically priced at $99, but you can get the sensor today for only $83.95.