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How to get the latest AirPods firmware update


How to get the latest AirPods 3 firmware update
There is a firmware update out for AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. Here’s how to get it.
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Apple has fresh firmware for all current AirPods models, and these are packed with features. AirPods Pro 2 get Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness and Personalized Volume. Plus there are new features for AirPods 2, original AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

The AirPods update process is indirect, but we can steer you through it.

Incredible deal slashes 20% off AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C case before launch


AirPods Pro with USB-C port and charging cable
The new version of AirPods Pro 2 leaves Lightning behind in favor is USB-C.
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The new AirPods Pro 2 version that comes with a USB-C case was only unveiled last week, and is not yet launched, but you can already save $50 off the cost. That’s quick work.

Plus, Apple’s new top-of-the-line wireless earbuds bring some additional features besides the port change, including additional dust resistance.

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All AirPods might get USB-C charging in 2024


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An AirPods 3 charging case with USB-C might be on Apple's radar.
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Apple could release charging cases that use USB-C for lower-priced AirPods in 2024, according to an unconfirmed report. A similar case for premium AirPods Pro 2 is expected at Apple’s September event next week.

And Apple might bring USB-C to AirPods Max next year, too, as part of a general move away from Lightning.

Bright and beautiful Mac Studio rig gets a lot right [Setups]


A lot of people want to know what that delightful wallpaper is. See below.
A lot of people want to know what that delightful wallpaper is. See below.
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A well-lit and well-equipped computer setup can evoke peace and productivity at the same time. Today’s Mac Studio rig exudes a zen-like calm despite being a total powerhouse.

It features a well-mounted Studio Display, a slick mechanical keyboard with wrist rest, a sleek external drive as well as tidy pegboard storage for AirPods Max.

New ArcField MagSafe charger powers up iPhone fast


It's a potent little charger with a built-in kickstand.
It's a potent little charger with a built-in kickstand.
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Using older magnetic chargers, lots of folks still charge their iPhones at a pokey rate of 7.5 watts. So it’s good news Spigen just rolled out its first 15W MagSafe device, the ArcField Wireless Charger.

You can use it to quick-charge any MagSafe iPhone 12, 13 or 14 handset, and it’ll juice up an AirPods Pro charging case at 5W.

This wireless charging case for iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch is perfect for travelers


Momax Airbox stores and charges your Apple devices.
Momax Airbox stores and charges your Apple devices.
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Momax’s Airbox Portable Power Cabin may be the ultimate companion for your Apple devices. The clamshell case not only charges your gadgets fast with its built-in 10,000mAh battery, it also stores them on the go — including iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods or AirPods Pro.

It’ll top up your iPad quickly via USB-C as well. And there’s even a special, non-charging slot to store your Apple Pencil.

The company calls the Airbox the world’s first foldable power bank. And Momax is offering a limited-time deal that drops the price considerably — plus an additional discount for Cult of Mac readers only!

Amazing deal knocks $50 off AirPods Pro 2


AirPods Pro 2 could act as heart monitor and hearing aid
You don't want to miss this AirPods Pro 2 deal.
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A whopping 20% discount brings the price of AirPods Pro 2 down to $199. These are the best wireless earbuds you can buy for your iPhone, Mac and other Apple gear.

Some Bose or Sony earbuds might deliver slightly higher sound quality or better noise cancellation. But nothing can match how seamlessly AirPods Pro integrate with Apple devices.

3 more simple AirPods tricks everyone should know


3 more simple AirPods tricks everyone should know
AirPods have some nifty features you should be aware of.
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AirPods have no obvious controls on them, so it’s easy to think you just stick them in your ears and start listening. But these wireless earbuds offer features that aren’t immediately obvious.

We recently published six hidden tips and tricks for AirPods. Now here are a few more you might not know.

The latest group covers how to more easily control your AirPods, how to find a lost one, plus a simple way to extend the battery life.

AirPods Pro 2 deal knocks 20% off the best wireless earbuds for iPhone


At a glance, they could be AirPods Pro, but they're AirPods Pro 2, with many internal upgrades.
What's your reason not to buy the AirPods Pro 2 at its discounted price?
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If you are looking for a new pair of earphones for your iPhone, the AirPods Pro 2 are an obvious choice. And if you take advantage of Amazon’s latest deal, you can grab the earbuds for as low as $199.

This is a sweet $50 off the earphones’ retail price, making them much more affordable.