Don’t be fooled by the 2018 AirPods ‘leak’

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New AirPods this year? Probably not.
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Apple could surprise us with updated AirPods before the end of 2018. But don’t be fooled by supposed “leaked” photos that claim to offer our first glimpse at the new headphones and their packaging.

The publisher claims the refresh will bring Apple’s long-awaited wireless charging case, better sound, and more. Some things just don’t add up in this case, however.

iPhone XS user guide suggests AirPower isn’t quite dead yet

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Is AirPod finally ready to make its big debut?
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With no mention of it during the iPhone XS keynote, and little sign of it on Apple’s website, it was beginning to look like AirPower had been wiped entirely from Apple’s plans. But it seems the wireless charger isn’t quite dead yet.

AirPower is mentioned in the iPhone XS user guide, early adopters have noticed today. A reference in the latest iOS 12.1 beta also provides hope for the device.

How to use iOS 12’s Live Listen feature with AirPods

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AirPods plus iOS 12 equals Live Listen.
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Back in 1979, the original Sony Walkman had an odd feature. If you pressed an orange button on the end, a built-in mic would connect to the user’s headphones, letting the person hear what was going on in the outside world. This may be the first case of technology being used to mitigate the bad manners surrounding personal audio.

Now, in iOS 12, this type of feature is back — and way more useful than it was in music’s greatest-ever decade. Live Listen is a new iOS 12 feature that pipes live audio from the iPhone’s mic directly to your AirPods. Why? Well, it’s an accessibility feature, but it can be used for much more.

Trump tariffs are about to hit Apple fans where it hurts

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President Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook don't see eye-to-eye on any of the Trump tarrifs.
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President Trump reportedly ordered tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese goods yesterday. After these were first proposed several weeks ago, Apple warned that they’ll likely increase the cost of many of its products.

The list of affected devices includes some of Apple’s most popular offerings.

HyperJuice AirPods wireless charger does what Apple can’t

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The HyperJuice is an AirPods wireless charger that, unlike Apple's, is available now, not sometime in the future.
The HyperJuice is an AirPods wireless charger that, unlike Apple's, is available now, not sometime in the future.
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Conspicuously absent from the Apple event yesterday was the AirPods wireless charger that the company first showed off last year. Well, you don’t have to wait for Apple to get its act together because a third-party accessory maker called Hyper just announced its own solution.

HyperJuice is a snap-on adapter to the Apple AirPods Charging Case, allowing it to get power from any Qi wireless charger.

Live blog: Apple unveils its biggest iPhone lineup ever

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The iPhone XS Max will be the largest iPhone Apple ever made.
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Apple’s most anticipated keynote of 2018 is finally here and thanks to a bevy of leaks, it might be short on surprises.

Details about the entire 2018 iPhone lineup have already surfaced online, even as Tim Cook and the gang get set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater this morning.

Will Apple be able to pull out “one more thing” to wow fans? We’ll find out in just a few hours. Come on in and join Cult of Mac‘s live blog for a full breakdown on everything that is announced today.

Ring in Apple’s big announcement with our top iPhone accessories [Deals]

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Even with a new iPhone, you're still going to want the right accessories, so we've rounded up some of the best.
Even with a new iPhone, you're still going to want the right accessories, so we've rounded up some of the best.
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Today, Apple adds another generation to its line of mobile devices and operating systems. iOS 12 and iPhone Xs come with a whole new set of features that you can read about elsewhere, but one thing that hasn’t changed about iPhone is the need for the right accessories. So we’ve rounded up some of the best deals on iPhone accessories in the Cult of Mac Store, from an affordable AirPod alternative, to a wireless charging pad, a DSLR-style grip, and more. Read on for more details:

Don’t expect new Beats headphones at Apple’s iPhone event

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2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons with his Beats.
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Apple’s huge iPhone keynote tomorrow won’t give any stage time to the company’s Beats-branded headphones.

Despite being the largest headphone brand in the world and inking a sweet new deal with the NBA, new Beats headphones aren’t planned to be revealed at Apple’s biggest event of the year.

Trump tariffs may jack up Apple Watch prices by 20%

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Yeah, we're pretty incredulous about your ideas, too, Mr. Trump.
Thanks Donald!
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Trump’s latest round of proposed tariffs will negatively impact Apple’s revenues but according to some numbers crunched by an Apple analyst, investors shouldn’t worry about the company’s profits being hit too hard.

Apple revealed last week that some of the proposed tariffs would hurt the profitability of Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod and Apple Pencil. Price increases would be passed on to consumers, however, it probably won’t be more than a 20% jump.

How to work when it’s really, really noisy

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Construction noise can drive you crazy.
Construction noise can drive you crazy.
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As I write this, there’s a truck outside my window using its crane to shovel molten blacktop onto the street. Its diesel engine is revving hard, and has been for the last half hour. For the past two years, there’s been an apartment building under construction across the street from my office. Starting at (and often before) 7 a.m., six days a week, I’ve enjoyed a symphony of pumped cement, circular saws screeching through thin metal sheets, over-revved forklifts, and drilling into reinforced concrete.

I mention this to tell you that I know a thing or two about writing in a noisy spot. I also know how to stop it driving you nuts.