5 big questions heading into Apple’s first earnings report of 2020

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Apple's Q1 2020 earnings report will probably break some records.
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Apple’s first earnings report of the decade is barely 24 hours away, and Wall Street is praying for another historic quarter.

After defying gravity for the last 12 months, Apple’s soaring stock price suffered its biggest single-day loss in more than six months today. Tuesday’s Q1 2020 earnings, which will cover sales from the 2019 holiday season, could provide the jolt AAPL shares need to start jumping up the charts again. However, certain hot topics — and what Apple says about them — could signal a downturn ahead.

Share your music with other AirPods, wirelessly

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Things are about to get romantic.
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If you and a friend both have AirPods or Beats headphones, you can share audio coming from a single iPhone or iPad. This is great for listening to the same music track or podcast, or — most useful I reckon — watching a movie together. Apple makes it really easy for you to share your audio stream with someone else. In fact, you could say it’s easier than doing it the old way, because A) there are no wires to get tangled and B) there’s no splitter adapter to lose.

Here’s how to set up audio sharing on AirPods.

AirPods Pro noise cancellation spoiled by firmware updates, users say

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Have you noticed a change?
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AirPods Pro’s brilliant noise cancellation feature gives them a huge advantage over regular AirPods. Except when that noise cancellation feature doesn’t work properly.

A growing number of users say their buds aren’t blocking out background noise as effectively as they once did. And testing confirms that to be the case.

How to stop accidentally switching off noise cancellation in AirPods Pro

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Keep AirPods Pro noise cancellation switched on -- permanently.
Keep noise cancellation switched on -- permanently.
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If you have a pair of AirPods Pro, then you know all about noise cancellation. That’s kind of the whole point of Apple’s top-tier AirPods, from the noise-sealing silicone tips to the software Ear Tip Fit Test. You probably also know that you can deactivate noise cancellation, and even quick-switch modes by squeezing the shaft of one of the earbuds.

But what if you never want to disable the excellent active noise cancellation on your AirPods Pro? Maybe you keep accidentally deactivating the feature (like I do). Today we’ll see how to switch off the shaft-squeezing shortcuts — and how to access them from your iPhone’s lock screen instead.

AirPods sales spike means total market domination

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AirPods and AirPods Pro outsell all rivals by a wide margin.
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Apple sold almost 60 million AirPods wireless headphones in 2019, according to a market-analysts firm. That’s a dramatic increase from the 35 million the company is estimated to have sold the year before.

And Apple took the lion’s share of 2019 sales of totally wireless (TWS) headsets.

Last chance! Save on Elago’s insanely cool AirPods, Watch accessories

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Prices start at just $11.70!
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Elago’s brilliant retro charging stands for Apple Watch, inspired by iconic devices like the original Macintosh and Game Boy, are now available at 10% off the usual price — but only until tomorrow, January 15.

The same discount applies to AirPods cases and the rest of the Elago lineup when you buy from the Cult of Mac Store. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also giving you free standard shipping.

CES 2020 trends: AirPower alternatives, rise of 5G, tasty TVs

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It's shaping up to be an exciting year for tech.
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CES 2020The post-holiday tech fest that is CES shutters its doors today for another year. This week’s event has been as weird and as wonderful as any other, giving us a glimpse of all kinds of innovative gadgets on the way in 2020.

Better AirPods alternatives. Wireless chargers that achieve what Apple couldn’t. iPhone cases you can throw on the compost heap when they’re no longer needed. Here are the biggest trends from CES 2020.

How to check AirPods battery life from your Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch can tell you about the batteries in your AirPods.
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There are several ways to check the remaining battery life on your AirPods and AirPods Pro. You can flip open the AirPods’ case, and wave it near your iPhone or iPad to see a pop up battery screen. Or, if the AirPods are currently connected to your iPhone, you can swipe to the batter widget in the Today widget screen. But did you also know that you can check your AirPods’ battery from your Apple Watch?

How to make AirPods Pro fit any ears

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This is the simplest "hack" ever.
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I sent my first pair of AirPods Pro back to Apple soon after buying them. Why? Because they were too small for my ears. Even with the biggest silicone tips fitted, I could never get too green checkmarks on the Ear Tip Fit Test. But, thanks to an absurdly simple hack, I’m back in the game. Now my AirPods Pro past the fit test every time. More importantly, noise really is sealed out, and the AirPods Pro are super comfy.