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  • Disgruntled HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality

    foggyhill said:
    ...is Apple listening...?
    listening to what?.. to a small group of random whiners... more nonsense.

    Plenty of people said that the bass was overemphasized at launch and I'm guessing that's what got "fixed" to make it more neutral.
    There is a definite change. Bass ( subwoofer ) sound is more musical and controlled now and not just low with the update. Mids are definitely more pronounced. I think there is a bit more volume to mids and vocals ( not in a bad way ). There is a change to make it sound more neutral and it will take some people a bit to get used too. I noticed it immediately and liked it.  B)
  • Review: Apple's new AirPods are a first-class update to an already superb product

    Eric_WVGG said:
    We found that a pair of original AirPods bought in late 2016 now holds a charge for around two hours of continuous playing compared to the five or more they originally had.
    I'm a little unclear if this is the playback capacity of the buds (I think?) or how much juice the case carries. 

    I'd appreciate a future article that tries to “benchmark” a two-year-old set. I know it couldn't be terribly scientific, but at least it would be a good basis of comparison.

    Personally, I think I'm just gonna go with the $49/bud replacement when these get decrepit, and wait for Airpods 3 before taking another plunge.
    $49.00 replaces one bud...in warranty.  $69.00 per bud if out of warranty or lost.  Plus tax and shipping fee of $6.95... Not really saving much by replacing and waiting..

    How much does it cost to repair or replace my AirPods?

    Model Battery service Out-of-warranty fee Lost
    AirPods $49 each $69 each $69 each
    Charging Case $49 $59 $59
    Wireless Charging Case $49 $69 $79

  • Apple said to be upgrading AirPods with 'Hey Siri' & better water resistance

    lightvox said:
    Useless to me until they implement passive noise cancelling.  Every Apple headphone (not including Beats) has sounded horrible (weak bass and mids) because the earbuds don't properly seal.  Clear example of design over function.
    There are actually some folks that these fit correctly. So this is merely your opinion, not a fact.  Personally If I could get them to fit correctly in both ears I would buy this immediately. The fit in my right ear is good, but my left ear canal is just a tad smaller so the fit and sound is as you stated. Also I think some folks like the fact that you can hear your surroundings as they use them while they walk around the city, or at work where they need to be aware of what is going on around them.

    I personally have the Beats X because I like the fit ( because of what I described above )  but to say design over function is a bit of an overstatement in my opinion. They don't suit your needs, but millions of others are love them...
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  • Samsung continues attacking iPhone and Apple Stores in ad campaign

    AI_lias said:
    Agree with the headphone jack ad: just got off a longer conference call, and I had the dongle connected to not run out of battery while on the call. Removing the headphone jack was not a good move. I don't care who else removed the headphone jack. Talking on the phone with headphones and charging at the same time is a basic use case, not a rare exception. It's an eye-sore and inconvenient. 
    Funny, I'm on calls every day with work and have never run into this issue. I tried the in-box wired headphones on my 7 for a while, and never managed to talk for 10 hours straight before need to charge. Later I switched to wireless AirPods and it's never been an issue either. Not sure what I'm doing wrong...
    I just don't get these types of posts either..  Some folks just refuse to change, and will not go wireless for charging or with headphones.   Eventually this change will be unavoidable..

    List of Phones Without a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack

  • Apple investigating iPhone 6 explosion in California

    “Apple advised to Adata there could be a few factors that could cause overheating, such as the use of unauthorized charging cables and chargers”

    How are consumers supposed to know if the cables or chargers are “unauthorized”?  I’ve bought 1/2 a dozen chargers, and 20+ cables on Amazon in the last decade for my iPhone and IPad.  

    No one intentionally buys an “unauthorized” cable/charger...  

    Does Apple actively police what’s being sold?  I assume they collect money to authorize accessories, part of that money should go to enforcement, otherwise no one is going to pay it.

    AI could ask.  If Apple doesn’t, their response is lawyer speak BS.  If they do, that would be useful and relevant info...
    Any aftermarket cable or accessory  that is safe to use clearly has MFI on the box it comes in. I have used MFI cables in my car and my bedside for years without issue. 



    Here is some helpful info from Apple to help identify inferior knock off cables and accessories that may be unsafe for use. 


  • Apple sued for storing iCloud data on third-party servers

    ElCapitan said:
    ElCapitan said:
    The lawsuit is 100% appropriate.

    Apple has given the public the impression they store data in their own datacenters, and as Apple provides these services around the planet and customers in different countries should be informed where their data actually is stored so they can make informed decisions if they want to use the service or not.  It probably also has lead customers to believe they got an increased level of privacy (as spouted by Apple marketing), when in reality they got closer to Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft base level. If I knew my iCloud data was stored on Google servers, I would have ended the iCloud subscription immediately. 

    But of course for ex-Compaq Tim Cook, he don't see the difference.

    I think you are confusing your interpretation of what Apple said. They never said they owned the servers that house iCloud data, plus they don’t go into detail with the public on what data  is stored on those specific servers. Plus the fact that they use encryption which so far no one has been able to defeat makes it hard to present a case in which the plaintiffs or you were harmed.

    I am not confusing anything. Apple has made multiple announcements of how they are building large data centers for iCloud and other services, and have even given tours of them for journalists. 

    It has been generally assumed that Apple mainly have been hosting iCloud on Microsoft Azure architecture, but the servers running it were fully deployed to Apple owned facilities and locations. 

    Data hosted in other cloud services will necessarily also end up in their backup systems where they never should have been. They can possibly also be decrypted there because Apple can decrypt iCloud hosted data and have done so in multiple cases for law enforcement. When the data end up in a third party backup system it can also be restored to a different location and potentially be compromised. 

    This is also about Apple's integrity and trustworthiness. They pretend to have a holier-than-thou stance on privacy, yet completely fail to inform the customers that their data might migrate outside Apple facilities. NOT good!
    How can you say something is generally assumed and then think it to be worth a lawsuit when you are incorrect? Who cares if there were large announcements detailing Apple building data centers?  Are you saying this also not true?  You are making it seem as though they offered iCloud services and made announcements of the data centers they were building and then used 3rd party servers to deceive people?

    I also assumed as you did that they owned the servers where iCloud data is stored. I am not really shocked to learn that they had to use some outside services to do to the sheer number of users. I personally am not worried that my encrypted data will somehow become unencrypted and get out to the public. I trust Apple's security and encryption.

    iCloud secures your information by encrypting it when it's in transit, storing it in iCloud in an encrypted format, and using secure tokens for authentication. For certain sensitive information, Apple uses end-to-end encryption. ... No one else, not even Apple, can access end-to-end encrypted information.Jul 3, 2019


  • A history of the iPad Mini, from life to limbo

    nunzy said:
    Now that Apple makes phones with normal sized screens, there's little need for iPadMini. So few people buy them that they are not worth making anymore.

    Apple's genius is knowing which products to axe in order to maximize total profits.
    Normal sized screens?
  • Apple Watch Series 4 is here with full-screen OLED display, slimmer chassis

    Can wear these because of my job so I’ll stick with my Rolex Explorer II
    So you felt the need to name drop 8k watch...cool.
  • Apple Music launches Apple Digital Masters collection of high-quality songs

    mobird said:
    I would like to see Music replace all artists, albums, and songs in my Music library with the HiRes / Apple Digital Masters versions automatically. Glad there is competition out there (Tidal) breathing down Apple's neck. What I hope is not the case is that Apple only adding titles on a go-forward basis and limited to Apple Digital Masters. Many people including myself are streaming to higher end audio systems in the home and using HomePods as well, these systems benefit from higher quality streams and audio files/formats. The long standing argument by some that higher quality audio formats were not needed because people were using inferior playback devices such as  BT speakers, Airpods, and headphones (Beats) along with the environment that they were listening in were not justified should be put to rest. Obviously Tidal, HD Tracks, record labels, Qobuz and now Apple to name a few have realized that there is a market and demand for higher quality music.
    I agree with the need for higher quality music and I am excited about this.. .but how exactly is Tidal breathing down Apple's neck?

    Tidal has around 4.2M paid subscribers... 
    Spotify around 100M paid subscribers

    Apple Music around 60M paid subscribers

  • 2019 iPod touch: Everything you need to know

    smaffei said:
    Apple should have made the base model 64Gb for $199.

    But, of course Tim and his cronies won't because they know 64Gb is the sweet spot everyone wants. Get the user to pay $100 more for 128Gb. Milkers.
    Seriously????  It's $100.00 more for 3x the storage... Oh the horror!  Give me a break.  It's a music player not a phone.