Next-gen AirPods will take a page out of AirPod Pro’s design playbook

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Apple will ditch its original AirPods design completely with the next-gen model.
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Apple’s third-gen AirPods will boast a design and compact system-in-package (SiP) solution similar to AirPods Pro, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in his latest research note to clients.

Kuo suggests that the next-generation wireless earbuds will arrive in the first half of 2021. That would be approximately 18 months after Apple debuted the AirPods Pro design in 2019.

Save 15% on these awesome Apple Watch, AirPods accessories

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Sale ends this Sunday!
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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 15% off their usual price in our Fourth of July sale.

The same discount applies to AirPods cases and the rest of the Elago lineup, but the sale is only good this weekend. Treat yourself to something awesome today.

We rave about iOS 14’s best ‘secret’ features on The CultCast

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Get a second shot of WWDC 2020 talk in this week's podcast.
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WWDC 2020 This week on The CultCast: We bring you a huge list of great iOS 14 features that Apple did not mention onstage during this week’s WWDC keynote, and there’s a lot here to love.

Plus: Why iOS 14’s new Home screen widgets aren’t as powerful as you might think. And get ready to log into websites with Face ID or Touch ID.

Today’s episode is supported by CleanMyMac X, an all-in-one utility that takes care of your Mac’s health: It’s a macOS cleaner, a performance monitor, a malware remover and, occasionally, a lifesaver. And until July 5th, you can go to macpaw.com/cultofmac to get CleanMyMac X with a 30% discount.

The best hidden features in iOS and iPadOS 14

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There's a lot more to discover in iOS 14.
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WWDC 2020Apple showcased some major changes and improvements for iOS 14 during its big WWDC 2020 keynote on Monday — and it was just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more that we didn’t get to see.

We’re now discovering what some of those things are, thanks to the first beta release, which is already available to registered developers. Here are our picks for the best hidden features in iOS 14.

Save $19 on AirPods Pro and get set for stunning spatial sound

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Or save $39 on renewed models.
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Apple just rolled out an AirPods Pro update that makes noise cancellation even better, and soon, its tiny buds will get another upgrade that adds amazing spatial sound. Don’t already have your own? Change that today.

Pick up AirPods Pro on Amazon and enjoy $19.01 off the usual price — one of the biggest discounts yet — or opt for a renewed pair and save $39.05.

Apple dominates the competition among wireless headphone customers

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Apple has a whole lot of brand awareness among customers.
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A survey of customers in the UK hammers home Apple’s dominance when it comes to wireless in-ear headphones. According to a report by Counterpoint Research, 63% of respondents named Apple as a preferred brand when picking their next wireless in-ear headphones.

Apple trounced the competition that included Bose, Sony, the Apple-owned Beats, Samsung and others. While respondents were able to name multiple brands, the quantity of people who mentioned Apple makes clear just how much of a name Apple has carved out for itself in this market.

Is noise cancellation fixed in latest AirPods Pro firmware? Nobody knows.

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AirPods Pro users can't agree whether active noise cancellation is fixed by the latest firmware update.
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Apple updated AirPods Pro to firmware version 2D27 on Tuesday. Users of these truly wireless headphones have since had a chance to install it, but there’s no consensus about whether it makes active noise cancellation as good as it was when this product first launched.

iOS 14 warns you exactly how loud your AirPods are

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iOS 14 looks out for your hearing
Find out if the song you’re listening to is permanently damaging your hearing with an iOS 14 Control Center feature.
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WWDC 2020 Listening to music on AirPods at too high a volume can damage your hearing. As a reminder of this, iOS 14 offers an optional icon in the Control Center to show just how loudly the song is playing on a connected pair of AirPods or earbuds at that moment. And it measure the sound pressure down to the exact decibel.